Blooming Period

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Blooming Period
Blooming Period, Block B EP.jpg
EP by Block B
Released April 11, 2016 (2016-04-11)
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length 22:24
Language Korean
Label
Producer
Block B chronology
H.E.R
(2014)
Blooming Period
(2016)
Singles from Blooming Period
  1. "몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later)"
    Released: March 28, 2016
  2. "Toy"
    Released: April 11, 2016

Blooming Period is the fifth extended play by South Korean boy band Block B, released on April 11, 2016 by Seven Seasons, almost two years since their last Korean album, H.E.R. The album contains two singles, "몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later)", which was pre-released on March 28, 2016; and "Toy", which was released with the EP.

Background and release[edit]

The group announced the release of their fifth mini album in the first week of March in 2016 with plans of releasing its lead single ahead of the album.[1] "몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later)" was released digitally on March 28 and is described as 'neo soul genre music'. It was also noted to be different from the group's previous releases, bringing out their more emotional side musically, also showing it through their acting in the song's music video which was released on the same day.[2][3]

Produced by member Zico and Poptime, Blooming Period was eventually released on April 11, 2016 with another single, "Toy", which also had its music video released on the same day.[4]

Composition[edit]

Zico and Poptime composed the first three tracks, while "Walkin' In The Rain" was composed by Park Kyung & Score Megatone, and "빙글빙글 (Bingle Bingle)" was written and composed by Dean. All the tracks, including both singles, were penned by Zico with the exception of "빙글빙글 (Bingle Bingle)". "몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later)" and "Walkin' In The Rain"'s lyrics' were written with Park Kyung.[4]

Promotion[edit]

Block B started promotions on music programs on Music Bank on April 15, where they performed "A Few Years Later" and "Toy".[5] The group also appeared on You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook on the same day and performed the two singles from the album, along with their other songs.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

"몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later)" debuted at No. 3 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[7] The group won its first music show trophy for "몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later)" on Inkigayo on April 10.[8] "Toy" debuted at No. 2 on the Gaon Singles Chart and the album itself debuted at #1.[9] The album also charted at No. 4 on Billboard's World Albums chart. The group received their first music show trophy for "Toy" on April 20 on Show Champion.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Credits are adapted from Naver.[11]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later)"
  • Zico
  • Poptime
3:47
2."Toy"Zico
  • Zico
  • Poptime
3:26
3."사랑이었다 (It Was Love)" (Taeil)Zico
  • Zico
  • Poptime
4:29
4."Walkin' In The Rain"
  • Zico
  • Park Kyung
  • Park Kyung
  • Score Megatone
3:36
5."빙글빙글 (Bingle Bingle)" (B-Bomb, U-Kwon)Deanfluenza
  • Deanfluenza
  • Beat & Keys
3:17
6."몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later)" (Instrumental) 
  • Zico
  • Poptime
3:47
Total length:22:24

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[12] 52
South Korean Gaon Albums Chart[13] 1
US Billboard World Albums[14] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahn, Woorim (March 9, 2016). "Block B Prepares for Comeback". bntnews. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  2. ^ Bae, Jung Yun (March 28, 2016). "Block B's P.O Almost Fainted During Music Video Filming". bntnews. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  3. ^ Bae, Jung Yun (March 30, 2016). "Block B's Taeil to Show Off His Unexpected Charms". bntnews. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Benjamin, Jeff (April 11, 2016). "BLOCK B SHOWS OFF LOVELORN SIDE IN 'TOY' VIDEO". Fuse. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Jeong, Seul-gi (April 15, 2016). "'뮤직뱅크' 블락비, 매력 넘치는 컴백 무대 '몇 년 후에'-'토이'". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "[단독] 블락비 '스케치북' 완전체 첫 출연…본격 방송활동 시작". Naver (in Korean). April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  7. ^ ""A Few Years Later"". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "블락비 '몇 년 후에' 인기가요 1위, 지코 "나태해질 수 있는데…진실된 사랑 그대로 존재한다고 얘기하고 싶어" 감격". Chosun (in Korean). April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  9. ^ ""Toy"". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  10. ^ "블락비, 컴백 하자마자 '쇼챔피언' 1위..'올킬시동'". Korea Daily (in Korean). April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  11. ^ "Blooming Period" (in Korean). Naver. Naver Corporation. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "오리콘 위클리 싱글/앨범/DVD/블루레이 차트 1~100위 April - Week 2 - 2016 (#52)". Oricon. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Blooming Period". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "World Albums – The Week of April 30, 2016". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2015.