Breakthrough (Twice song)

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Twice - Breakthrough.png
Standard single cover
Single by Twice
from the album &Twice
B-side"Fancy (Japanese ver.)"
ReleasedJuly 24, 2019 (2019-07-24)
LabelWarner Music Japan
  • Yu Shimoji, Jan Baars, Ronnie Icon, Rajan Muse
Twice singles chronology
"Happy Happy"
"Feel Special"
Music video
"Breakthrough" on YouTube

"Breakthrough" is a song recorded by South Korean girl group Twice. It is the group's fifth Japanese maxi single and includes three other tracks. The song was pre-released digitally on June 12, 2019 and the CD single was later released on July 24 by Warner Music Japan.

Background and release[edit]

On April 6, 2019, Twice announced the release of their fifth Japanese single titled "Breakthrough".[2][3] On June 12, it was pre-released as a digital single on various online music portals and the full music video was also released online on the same day.[4][5][1] 

The single physically released on July 24, 2019, along with the news that Twice would appear in a commercial for cosmetic brand "Aube", featuring "Breakthrough" as the commercial song.[6][7][8]

In celebration of the release of the new songs, Twice's new AbemaTV original variety show would be aired on July 19. Twice members would fulfill requests from fans which has been recruited in advance, on SNS at all Hawaii locations. A special gift campaigns was held sequentially from the 12th. Ten types of "AbemaTV x Twice" hashtags have been attracted attention, trending for one week in a row, and a special number from campaign also trends for three consecutive nights. For the gift of the campaign, fans would given the right to meet Twice.[9][10][11]


"Breakthrough" was composed by Jan Baars, Rajan Muse, Ronnie Icon with lyrics written by Yu Shimoji.[12] It was described as a dramatic, brassier electro-pop sound that puts the nonet's silky smooth vocals front and center and it's "meant to evoke the feelings of a cool summer night".[1]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Naive Creative Production and was released on June 11, 2019 on YouTube.[13] The music videos begins with the same split-colored set with emphasize the darker feel of "Breakthrough". The music video also features neon signs that declare the titles of singles. Stylistically, in "Breakthrough" the group is seen dancing at night in sensual black outfits -- similar to ones seen in the music video for "Fancy" -- and imposing power suits.[1]

As of December 2019, the video has received over 60 million views and 1 million likes.[14]


On July 5, 2019, Twice performed "Breakthrough" for the first time on Music Station 2 Hour Special episode. It was also performed during Twice World Tour 2019–2020 "Twicelights"'s Japanese leg, starting on October 23, 2019 in Sapporo.[15][16] On September 28, they performed "Breakthrough" on NHK Shibuya Note Presents Twice Request Live, a spin-off project of the music program "Shibuya Note".[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

The CD single debuted at number 2 on the daily ranking of Oricon Singles Chart with 128,525 units sold on its release day.[18] It also ranked number 2 on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart with 229,326 copies sold,[19] while topped the Billboard Japan recorded 288,502 copies sold and 3,451 downloads from July 22–28, 2019.[20]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download EP[21]
1."Breakthrough"Yu Shimoji
  • Jan Baars
  • Rajan Muse
  • Ronnie Icon
Jan Baars3:37
2."Fancy" (Japanese version)Eri Osanai
  • Black Eyed Pilseung
  • Jeon Gun
3."Breakthrough" (taalthechoi Remix)Yu Shimoji
  • Jan Baars
  • Rajan Muse
  • Ronnie Icon
4."Breakthrough" (Instrumental) 
  • Jan Baars
  • Rajan Muse
  • Ronnie Icon
Jan Baars3:37
Total length:13:32

Korean version[edit]

The Korean version of "Breakthrough" was released on September 23, 2019 as the seventh track of Twice's eighth extended play (EP) Feel Special as special gift for fans. The Korean lyrics were written by Olivia Choi.[22][23]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[29] Platinum 250,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Version Format Label Ref.
Various July 24, 2019 Japanese Digital download, streaming JYP Entertainment,

Warner Music Japan

Japan CD Single
Various September 23, 2019 Korean Digital download, streaming JYP Entertainment


  1. ^ Peak chart position of "Breakthrough (Korean ver.)" on Billboard Korea K-Pop 100.
  2. ^ Peak chart position of "Breakthrough (Korean ver.)" on World Digital Song Sales Chart


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