Ah Yeah (EP)

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Ah Yeah
EXID Ah Yeah cover.jpeg
EP by
ReleasedApril 13, 2015
Recorded2014-15
GenreK-pop
Length28:46
LanguageKorean
Label
ProducerShinsadong Tiger
EXID chronology
Hippity Hop
(2012)
Ah Yeah
(2015)
Street
(2016)
Singles from Ah Yeah
  1. "Up & Down"
    Released: August 27, 2014
  2. "Ah Yeah"
    Released: April 13, 2015
Music video
"Up & Down" on YouTube
"Ah Yeah" on YouTube

Ah Yeah (stylized as AH YEAH) is the second extended play by South Korean girl group EXID. It was released on April 13, 2015 by Yedang Entertainment and distributed by Sony Music. "Up & Down" was released as the lead single while its title track served as the follow-up single from the album.

Background and release[edit]

On March 4, 2015, a representative from EXID's label spoke to Star News and said that the group was working on a new song, scheduled to be released in the second week of April, but that it was undecided if the song would be released as a single or with a mini-album.[1][2] On April 3, the album's cover art and tracklist were leaked online, prompting Yedang to issue a message the following day, stating that they would take legal action if the leak harms the group's comeback success.[3]

The group held a showcase at Noon Square in Myeongdong on April 12, during which they revealed "Ah Yeah" and performed the song for the public for the first time.[4][5]

As of October 2015, the album has sold close to 41,000 copies in South Korea and 7,000 copies in Japan.[6][7]

Composition[edit]

The album was composed by Shinsadong Tiger, who has been the group's producer since their debut.[8] Member LE also participated in the album's production, co-writing and composing all the songs on the album. The title track, "Ah Yeah", is a hip-hop style dance song with a repetitive hook. "Pat Pat" is described as an "urban R&B" song and "With Out U" as an "urban dance" song. The album also includes their previous single "Up & Down" as well as a new version of "Every Night."[9][10]

The first single made headlines for its belated chart run — after initial mediocre success, the song started charting three months after its debut.[11] The late success of the single was attributed to a fan-cam video of member Hani performing the song, which went viral across Korean social media networks in late November.[12][13][14]

Track listing[edit]

CD/digital download[10]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Ah Yeah'" (아예; Aye)Shinsadong Tiger, Namking Nang, LEShinsadong Tiger, Namking Nang, LEShinsadong Tiger3:19
2."Thrilling" (아슬해; Aseulhae)Shinsadong Tiger, Polar Bear, LEShinsadong Tiger, Polar Bear, LEShinsadong Tiger, Polar Bear3:32
3."Pat Pat" (토닥토닥; Todaktodak)LEShinsadong Tiger, LEShinsadong Tiger, LE3:51
4."With Out U"LELE, S. KimShinsadong Tiger, S. Kim3:31
5."1M"Shinsadong Tiger, Monster Factory, LEShinsadong Tiger, Monster FactoryShinsadong Tiger, Monster Factory3:51
6."Up & Down" (위아래; Wiarae)Shinsadong Tiger, Namking Nang, LEShinsadong Tiger, Namking Nang, LEShinsadong Tiger3:09
7."Every Night (Version 2)" (매일 밤; Maeil Bam)LEShinsadong Tiger, LEShinsadong Tiger4:14
8."Ah Yeah" (Instrumental) Shinsadong Tiger, Namking Nang, LEShinsadong Tiger3:19
Total length:28:46

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[15] 5
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[16] 272
US World Albums (Billboard)[17] 12

Monthly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[18] 10

Awards and nominations[edit]

Annual music awards[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015 24th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) EXID Won
High1/Mobile Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
4th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Discovery of the Year - 2014 Won

Music program awards[edit]

Song Program Date
"Up & Down" M! Countdown (Mnet) January 8, 2015[19]
January 15, 2015[20]
Music Bank (KBS) January 9, 2015[21]
January 16, 2015[22]
Inkigayo (SBS) January 11, 2015[23]
The Show (SBS MTV) January 13, 2015[24]
"Ah Yeah" The Show (SBS MTV) April 21, 2015[25]
Inkigayo (SBS) April 26, 2015[26]
May 3, 2015[27]
Show Champion (MBC Music) April 29, 2015[28]
May 6, 2015[29]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
South Korea[10] April 13, 2015 CD, digital download
Worldwide[30] April 14, 2015 Digital download Yedang Entertainment

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Jung, Ji-won (March 10, 2015). EXID, 4월 둘째주 컴백확정…대세 굳히기. XsportsNews (in Korean). Nate. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  3. ^ Lee, Jae-hoon (April 4, 2015). EXID, 새 앨범 트랙 리스트 유출 법적대응. Newsis (in Korean). Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Ghim, Sora (April 13, 2015). "EXID Makes A Comeback With 'AH! YEAH'". BNTNews. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Kim, Ye-na (April 12, 2015). EXID, ‘위아래’ 업그레이드 버전 ‘아예’로 대세 걸그룹 이어갈까(종합). BNTNews (in Korean). Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Sales references for "Ah Yeah" (album):
  7. ^ Sales references for "Ah Yeah" (album) in Japan:
  8. ^ Jin, Min-ji (April 13, 2015). "EXID to bring out 2nd album". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  9. ^ Lee, Eun-jung (April 10, 2015). 걸그룹 EXID, 신곡 '아예'로 '위아래' 뛰어넘을까. Yonhap (in Korean). Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c "Ah Yeah - EXID" (in Korean). Mnet. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Rookie group EXID belatedly hits charts". Korea Herald. November 25, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  12. ^ Kim, Hyeon-sik (November 25, 2014). 걸그룹 EXID, 기적의 차트 역주행으로 '대반전' [Girl Group EXID, Miraculous Chart Sprint "Shocking"] (in Korean). CBS/NoCut News. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  13. ^ Lee, Seung-mi (November 23, 2014). '제2의 빠빠빠'탄생?…EXID '위아래'광속 차트 역주행 [Birth of Second "Bar Bar Bar"? EXID "Up & Down" Has Light-Speed Chart Sprint] (in Korean). Ilgan Sports/Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on November 30, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  14. ^ Kim Hyo-eun; Sung So-young (December 15, 2014). "Social media gives failing singers another chance". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  15. ^ "South Korean Gaon Chart: Album – The 18th Week of 2015". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  16. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved May 24, 2015. (subscription only)
  17. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "K-Pop Label Blasts TMZ As 'Racist' for Mocking EXID Singer's English". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  18. ^ "South Korean Gaon Chart: Albums – April 2015". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  19. ^ Choi, Ji-hyun (January 8, 2015). EXID, 데뷔 3년만에 첫 1위 기념 인증샷 공개 “평생 잊지 못할 날” (in Korean). Tenasia. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  20. ^ Kim, Min-jung (January 15, 2015). "EXID, '엠카' 2주 연속 1위 등극 "팬미팅 하겠다"". Star News (in Korean). Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  21. ^ Song, Soo-Bin (January 9, 2015). "'뮤직뱅크' EXID 지상파 첫 1위, 앵콜무대서 연지곤지 탈춤 공약 이행" (in Korean). Tenasia. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  22. ^ Choe, Sin-hye (January 16, 2015). "'뮤직뱅크' 에이핑크 누른 EXID 또 1위 차지하나" (in Korean). Hankooki. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  23. ^ Yun, Sang-geun (January 11, 2015). "EXID '위아래', '인기가요'마저 1위..역주행 계속된다" (in Korean). Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  24. ^ "'EXID', "매일 행복에 빠져 지내고 있습니다"" (in Korean). YTN. January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  25. ^ "Ah Yeah's first win, unbelievable looks!". Daily K Pop News. April 21, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  26. ^ "EXID Wins with "Ah Yeah" on "Inkigayo," Is Overcome with Tears". Soompi. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  27. ^ "EXID wins 2nd consecutive Inkigayo win for "Ah Yeah"". Koreaboo. May 3, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  28. ^ "EXID Takes 3rd Win for "Ah Yeah" on "Show Champion"". Soompi. April 29, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  29. ^ "EXID Takes 5th Win for "Ah Yeah" on "Show Champion"". Soompi. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  30. ^ "iTunes - Music - Ah Yeah by EXID". itunes.apple.com. Apple Inc. Retrieved April 13, 2015.