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Digital and Normal Edition B artwork.
Digital and B artwork version.
EP by
ReleasedAugust 20, 2018 (2018-08-20)
Genre
Length
  • 18:11 (original)
  • 35:58 (repackage)[a]
Language
Label
ProducerLee Jong Myung
Loona chronology
[+ +]
(2018)
[#]
(2020)
Singles from [+ +]
  1. "Favorite"
    Released: August 7, 2018
  2. "Hi High"
    Released: August 20, 2018
Repackage album cover
XX (Loona EP).jpg
Singles from [X X]
  1. "Butterfly"
    Released: February 19, 2019

[+ +] (read as plus plus) is the debut extended play by South Korean girl group Loona. It was released on August 20, 2018, by Blockberry Creative and distributed by Danal Entertainment.

The EP was the second highest selling debut album by a girl group in 2018 with 52,823 physical copies sold. It has sold over 107,248 physical copies combined as of May 2020.

A repackaged version, [X X] (stylized as [× ×] and read as multiply multiply) was released on February 19, 2019, by Blockberry Creative and distributed by Kakao M.

Background[edit]

On October 2, 2016, Blockberry Creative announced that they would be debuting their first girl group through an 18-month long pre-debut project.[1] Between October 2016 and January 2017 members HeeJin, HyunJin, HaSeul and YeoJin were introduced.[2][3][4][5] Then, between April and July 2017, members ViVi, Kim Lip, JinSoul and Choerry were officially introduced.[6][7][8][9] Finally, between November 2017 and March 2018, members Yves, Chuu, Go Won and Olivia Hye were officially introduced.[10][11][12]

On August 15, Blockberry published the official tracklist for the album and set the release date to August 20, 2018, 6 P.M. KST.[13]

Repackaging release[edit]

Blockberry Creative released a 26-second teaser titled "X X" on October 14, 2018 on Loona's official YouTube channel, which featured events from the "Hi High" music video in reverse.[14] Another teaser was released on January 1, 2019, following more teasers released once every week of January.

A repackaged version of the album named X X was released on February 19, 2019, with "Butterfly" as the lead promotional single along with five other tracks added to the original track list.[15] It was distributed by Kakao M in both digital and physical formats.[16]

Singles[edit]

"favOriTe" was released as a pre-debut single on August 7.[17]

"Hi High" was released as the lead single in conjunction with the EP on August 20. On August 17, a music video teaser was released.[18]

"Butterfly" was released as the lead single for the repackaged version of the EP on February 19, 2019.[19]

Commercial performance[edit]

[+ +] debuted at number 2 on the Gaon Album Chart, at number 4 on the US World Albums and US Heatseekers Albums and at number 20 on the US Independent Albums.

The EP was the 6th best-selling album of August 2018, with 41,583 physical copies sold.[20] On September, the EP sold 5,903 additional copies for a total of 47,486 copies sold.[21] On October 15, it was reported that the album was the best-selling album by a girl group that debuted in 2018, after surpassing 50,000 copies sold.[22] The album sold 52,823 physical copies in 2018, being the second best-selling album by a girl group that debuted in 2018 after Iz*One's Color*Iz, 15th best-selling album by a girl group and 80th best-selling album overall in 2018.[23]

Repackage performance[edit]

[X X] debuted at number 4 on the US World Albums Chart with 2,000 downloads sold and 721,000 on-demand audio streams for its songs.[24][25] It also debuted at number 8 on US Heatseekers Albums and at number 22 on the US Independent Albums.[26][27] The EP also debuted at number 10 on the Gaon Album Chart and peaked at number 3 in its second week.[28][29]

The EP was the 9th best-selling album of February 2019, with 26,563 physical copies sold.[30] It was also the 17th best-selling album of March 2019, with 15,874 additional copies sold.[31] It also charted at number 61 for the month of April 2019 with 2,837 additional copies sold, for a total of 45,274 copies sold.[32]

Track listing[edit]

[+ +]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."+ +" 
  • Hwang Hyun
  • NOPARI
  • GDLO (MonoTree)
  • Artronic Waves
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
  • SlyBerry (BADD)
Hwang Hyun (MonoTree)0:58
2."Hi High"
  • Jaden Jeong
  • GDLO
  • Hwang Hyun (MonoTree)
  • Hwang Hyun
  • GDLO (MonoTree)
  • Mayu Wakusaka
  • Hwang Hyun
  • GDLO (MonoTree)
3:16
3."Favorite"
  • Kim Su-jung
  • Jaden Jeong
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
  • Sophia Pae
  • SlyBerry
  • Kim Jin-hyeong (BADD)
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
  • SlyBerry
  • Kim Jin-hyeong (BADD)
3:14
4."열기 (9)"
  • Seo Jung-Ah
  • Brooke Toia
  • Daniel Caesar
  • Ludwig Lindell
  • Adelen Steen
  • Brooke Toia
  • Daniel Caesar
  • Ludwig Lindell
  • Adelen Steen
3:30
5."Perfect Love"Le'mon
  • Yun Jong Sung (MonoTree)
  • Le'mon
Yun Jong Sung (MonoTree)3:42
6."Stylish"
  • Iggy (OREO)
  • Lambo (OREO)
  • Mike Macdermid
  • Emma O'Gorman
  • Marc Lian
  • David Brant
  • Iggy (OREO)
 3:29
Total length:18:09
[X X]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."X X" 
  • Kim Jinhyeong (BADD)
  • SlyBerry (BADD)
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
  • Kim Jinhyeong (BADD)
  • SlyBerry (BADD)
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
0:48
2."Butterfly"
  • G-high (MonoTree)
  • Jaden Jeong
G-high (MonoTree)G-high (MonoTree)3:57
3."Satellite (위성)"
  • ZNEE (153/Joombas)
  • Jaden Jeong
  • David Amber
  • Ashley Alisha (153/Joombas)
David Amber3:09
4."Curiosity"Park Jiyeon (MonoTree)
  • G-high (MonoTree)
  • Ashley Alisha (153/Joombas)
G-high (MonoTree)3:09
5."Colors (색깔)"
  • Dally
  • Jaden Jeong
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
  • Hiekee
  • Kim Jinhyeong (BADD)
Billie Jean3:15
6."Where You At"Park Jiyeon (MonoTree)
  • Daniel Kim
  • Mekay
  • Ylva Dimberg
Daniel Kim3:27
7."Stylish"
  • Iggy (OREO)
  • Lambo (OREO)
  • Mike Macdermid
  • Emma O'Gorman
  • Marc Lian
  • David Brant
  • Iggy (OREO)
 3:29
8."Perfect Love"Le'mon
  • Yun Jong Sung (MonoTree)
  • Le'mon
Yun Jong Sung (MonoTree)3:42
9."열기 (Heat)"
  • Seo Jung-Ah
  • Brooke Toia
  • Daniel Caesar
  • Ludwig Lindell
  • Adelen Steen
  • Brooke Toia
  • Daniel Caesar
  • Ludwig Lindell
  • Adelen Steen
3:30
10."favOriTe"
  • Kim Su-jung
  • Jaden Jeong
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
  • Sophia Pae
  • SlyBerry
  • Kim Jin-hyeong (BADD)
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
  • SlyBerry
  • Kim Jin-hyeong (BADD)
3:14
11."Hi High"
  • Jaden Jeong
  • GDLO
  • Hwang Hyun (MonoTree)
  • Hwang Hyun
  • GDLO (MonoTree)
  • Mayu Wakusaka
  • Hwang Hyun
  • GDLO (MonoTree)
3:16
12."+ +" 
  • Hwang Hyun
  • NOPARI
  • GDLO (MonoTree)
  • Artronic Waves
  • Billie Jean (BADD)
  • SlyBerry (BADD)
Hwang Hyun (MonoTree)0:58
Total length:35:59

Charts[edit]

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Chart (2018) Peak
position
French Digital Albums (SNEP)[33] 120
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[34] 2
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[35] 4
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[36] 20
US World Albums (Billboard)[37] 4

[X X][edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
French Digital Albums (SNEP)[38] 55
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[39] 3
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[40] 8
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[41] 22
US World Albums (Billboard)[42] 4

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan 1,671^
South Korea 61,466[43]
United States 1,000[44]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Accolades[edit]

Year-end lists[edit]

Albums Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
[+ +]
Billboard 20 Best K-pop Albums of 2018
17
[X X]
The 25 Best K-pop Albums of 2019
5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ to repackage edition
  2. ^ to repackaged edition

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