Cheer Up (song)

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"Cheer Up"
Single by Twice
from the album Page Two
ReleasedApril 25, 2016
FormatDigital download
GenreK-pop, dance-pop[1]
Length3:28
LabelJYP Entertainment
Songwriter(s)
Twice singles chronology
"Like Ooh-Ahh"
(2015)
"Cheer Up"
(2016)
"TT"
(2016)
Music video
"Cheer Up" on YouTube

"Cheer Up" (stylized as "CHEER UP") is a song recorded by South Korean girl group Twice, the lead single of their second extended play (EP) Page Two. It was released on April 25, 2016 by JYP Entertainment and distributed by KT Music. It is written and composed by Sam Lewis and Black Eyed Pilseung respectively.

The song is the best-performing single of 2016, as it charted number one on Gaon Digital Chart. It also won several awards including Song of the Year in two major music awards shows, Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards.[2][3][4]

Composition[edit]

"Cheer Up" has lyrics written by Sam Lewis and music by Black Eyed Pilseung, the same team who wrote Twice's hit single "Like Ooh-Ahh" from their debut EP. It is a dance-pop song that incorporates multiple genres, including hip hop, tropical house, and drum and bass; this blend was described as "color pop".[1][6] Lyrically, the song emotes tease and frustration about a love interest.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Cheer Up" was directed by video production team Naive (Kim Young-jo and Yoo Seung-woo).[8] It went viral on YouTube soon after it was uploaded on April 25, 2016 gaining 400,000 views in only thirty minutes. It reached one million views in less than a day, and surpassed seven million views on April 27.[5][9][10]

In the music video, the members portray characters from famous films. Mina is Itsuki Fujii from Love Letter, Sana is Sailor Moon, Nayeon is Sidney Prescott from the Scream film series, Tzuyu is Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) from Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Jeongyeon is Faye Wong in Chungking Express. Momo is an action heroine reminiscent of the Tomb Raider and Resident Evil film series, Jihyo is a cheerleader from Bring It On, Chaeyoung is a cowgirl (reminiscent of different Western films, especially A Fistful of Dollars), and Dahyun is the gisaeng Hwang Jini (from the biopic Hwang Jin Yi).[11][12][13] In the group dance scenes, the members are cheerleaders at a pep rally in a soccer stadium and a basketball stadium and in another dance scene, they are in front of a house, decorated as if hosting a party, wearing casual clothing.[14]

A special music video, titled "Twice Avengers", was released on May 27 to commemorate the original music video reaching 35 million views on YouTube. In the special video, the members dance in their film character costumes on a set made to look like a planet in outer space.[15][16]

On November 17, the video surpassed 100 million views.[17] It then surpassed 200 million views on August 9, 2017, making Twice the first K-pop girl group with two music videos to reach this milestone.[18]

Reception[edit]

Twice performing "Cheer Up" in May 2016

Tamar Herman of Billboard described "Cheer Up" as an atypical K-pop girl group release that "solidifies Twice's unique style" through its unexpected mix of beats and genres. She further noted that the accompanying music video helped reinforce the members' independent identities while the song showcased of each member's individual voice, "[forgoing] musical wholeness for the sake of eccentricity".[5]

Fuse journalists Jason Lipshutz, Tina Xu, and Jeff Benjamin discussed the release in the K-pop-centric podcast K-Stop, describing "Cheer Up" as a 1990s pop throwback reminiscent of Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time". They praised the single's fun and catchy tone, rap break, and the "incredible" production quality of its music video but criticized its heavily processed vocals and controversial lyrics, which seem to encourage young women to "play games" (i.e., feign disinterest) with their romantic partners. They concluded that, while the group has a lot of potential, they would need to "polish it up" for future releases.[19]

Billboard and Dazed included "Cheer Up" in their best K-pop songs of 2016 lists, with the later writing that "if the dead had risen in 2016, they’d probably be required to bust out the 'Cheer Up' dance" while the previous called the chorus "criminally catchy" and stated that, with this single, Twice "solidify themselves as a leader in the girl-group game."[7][20]

The song's "shy shy shy" line became a viral meme and was imitated by many celebrities.[21][22]

"Cheer Up" is commercially successful as it topped Gaon's Digital Chart with accumulative digital sales of 1,839,566 in 2016. It is also the most streamed song of that year with 111,556,482 streaming count.[2][23][24] It entered Billboard charts' World Digital Songs at number 3.[25]

Japanese version[edit]

On February 24, 2017, Twice officially announced that their debut in Japan was set for June 28. They released a compilation album titled #Twice which consists of ten songs including both Korean and Japanese-language versions of "Cheer Up".[26][27][28] The Japanese lyrics were written by Yu Shimoji.[29]

Charts[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2016 8th Melon Music Awards Best Song of the Year Won [36]
Best Dance – Female Nominated
18th Mnet Asian Music Awards Song of the Year Won [37]
Best Dance Performance – Female Group Nominated
2017 31st Golden Disc Awards Digital Daesang (Song of the Year) Won [38]
Digital Bonsang Won
26th Seoul Music Awards Record of the Year in Digital Release Won [39]
6th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – April Won [40]
14th Korean Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated [41]
Best Pop Song Nominated [42]

Music program awards[edit]

Program Date Ref.
M Countdown (Mnet) May 5, 2016 [43]
May 19, 2016 [44]
May 26, 2016 [45]
Music Bank (KBS) May 6, 2016 [46]
May 20, 2016 [47]
May 27, 2016 [48]
June 3, 2016 [49]
June 10, 2016 [50]
Inkigayo (SBS) May 8, 2016 [51]
May 22, 2016 [52]
May 29, 2016 [53]

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