Bbibbi

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"Bbibbi"
IU – Bbibbi.png
Single by IU
from the EP Love Poem
ReleasedOctober 10, 2018
Format
GenreAlt-R&B
Length3:14
LabelKakao M
Songwriter(s)IU
Producer(s)Son Myung-gab
IU singles chronology
"Sleepless Rainy Night"
(2017)
"Bbibbi"
(2018)
"Love Poem"
(2019)
Music video
"Bbibbi" on YouTube

"Bbibbi" (삐삐) is a song by South Korean singer-songwriter IU, released as a digital single on October 10, 2018 by Kakao M.[1] "Bbibbi" topped all major charts in South Korea and broke the record for the most listeners in 24 hours on music service Melon, with 1.42 million.[2] It subsequently debuted at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart. The song was released in part to commemorate 10 years since IU's debut.[3]

Composition[edit]

"Bbibbi" is a laid-back alt-R&B track with confrontational and introspective lyrics that addresses IU's haters and critics, with her turning around commentary on her image.[4] Particular attention was paid to her delivery, including phrases and words like "yellow C-A-R-D" and "hello stu-P-I-D".[5][4] "Bbibbi" refers to a pager in Korean, in particular the noise the device makes before people leave a message.[5] "Bbibbi" is also the Korean name of Pippi Longstocking, the titular character of the Swedish children's novel Pippi Longstocking.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by VM Project, was released along with the song and makes prominent use of monochromatic colour schemes. IU performs a choreographed hip hop dance routine with a blank expression on her face, which was called "more cute than menacing" by Caitlin Kelley of Forbes.[4] She also appears in high fashion looks, with Billboard stating that she wears a "Grace Kelly-style scarf".[5]

The video currently has over 120 million views, making it the second most popular Korean music video by a female soloist in 2018.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[6] 26
South Korea (Hot 100)[7] 1
South Korea (Gaon)[8] 1
US World Digital Songs (Billboard)[9] 5

Certifications[edit]

Streaming[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
South Korea (Gaon)[10] Platinum 100,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Download[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
South Korea (Gaon)[11] Platinum 2,500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

Music program awards
Program Network Date Ref.
Music Bank KBS October 19, 2018 [12]
Show! Music Core MBC October 20, 2018 [13]
October 27, 2018 [14]
November 3, 2018 [15]
Inkigayo SBS October 21, 2018 [16]
October 28, 2018 [17]
November 4, 2018 [18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bbibbi – Single by IU on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Hwang, Hye-jin (October 10, 2018). "아이유 '삐삐' 멜론 역대 최고이용자수 돌파, 23시간만 142만명 기록" [IU 'Bbibbi' achieves highest number of visitors on Melon, exceeding all-time record with 1.42 million people in 23 hours] (in Korean). MSN. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  3. ^ McMullen, Chase (October 10, 2018). "Korean Queen IU sounds more confident than ever on truly vibrant celebratory single 'BBIBBI'". The 405. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Kelley, Caitlin (October 15, 2018). "IU Gives Fair Warning On Chart-Dominating Single 'BBIBBI'". Forbes. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Herman, Tamar (October 10, 2018). "IU Takes Aim at the Haters in New Single 'Bbibbi' to Celebrate 10th Anniversary". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Iu Chart History (K-Pop 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  8. ^ "Digital Chart – Week 41 of 2018". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "IU Chart History: World Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Gaon Certification - Streaming". Gaon Chart. May 6, 2019.
  11. ^ "Gaon Certification - Download". Gaon Chart. September 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Watch: IU Takes 1st Win For "BBIBBI" On "Music Bank"; Performances By Lee Hong Ki, NCT 127, And More". Soompi. October 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Watch: IU Takes 2nd Win For "BBIBBI" On "Music Core"; Performances By NCT 127, Lee Hong Ki, And More". Soompi. October 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "Watch: IU Grabs 4th Win For "BBIBBI" On "Music Core"; Performances By BoA, MONSTA X, Stray Kids, And More". Soompi. October 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "Watch: IU Takes 6th Win For "BBIBBI" On "Music Core"; Performances By EXO, MONSTA X, IZ*ONE, And More". Soompi. November 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Watch: IU Takes 3rd Win For "BBIBBI" On "Inkigayo"; Performances By Lee Hong Ki, NCT 127, And More". Soompi. October 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Watch: IU Takes 5th Win For "BBIBBI" On "Inkigayo"; Performances By BoA, MONSTA X, Stray Kids, And More". Soompi. October 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "IU Takes 7th Win For "BBIBBI" On "Inkigayo"". Soompi. November 4, 2018.