Fine (Taeyeon song)

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"Fine"
Single by Taeyeon
from the album My Voice
Released February 28, 2017
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative pop
Length 3:29
Label S.M. Entertainment
Songwriter(s)
  • Jin Ri
  • Michael Woods
  • Kevin White
  • Andrew Bazzi
  • Shaylen Carroll
  • MZMC
Producer(s) Rice n' Peas
Taeyeon singles chronology
"11:11"
(2016)
"Fine"
(2017)
"Make Me Love You"
(2017)

"11:11"
(2016)
"Fine"
(2017)
"Make Me Love You"
(2017)
Music video
"Fine" on YouTube

"Fine" is a song recorded by South Korean singer Taeyeon for her first studio album My Voice (2017). It was released on February 28, 2017 as the album's single by S.M. Entertainment. The song's lyrics were penned by Jin Ri, while its music was composed by Michael Woods, Kevin White, Andrew Bazzi, Shaylen Carroll, and MZMC. Musically, "Fine" is an alternative pop song that highlights Taeyeon's vocals.

The single received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Taeyeon's vocals on the song and compared its musical styles to those of American singer Taylor Swift. It debuted atop the Gaon Digital Chart and remained on the top position for a further week. The song additionally charted at number seven on the Billboard World Digital Songs. To promote "Fine" and My Voice, Taeyeon performed the song on three music programs: Music Bank, Show! Music Core, and Inkigayo. A music video for the song was also released; it depicts Taeyeon reminiscing about a past relationship.

Background[edit]

Since debuting as a soloist in October 2015 with the successful extended plays I and Why as well as chart-topping digital singles "Rain" and "11:11", South Korean singer Kim Tae-yeon (known by her mononym Taeyeon) has risen to prominence and established herself as the country's most popular individual celebrity of 2016.[2]

On February 14, 2017, Taeyeon's agency S.M. Entertainment announced that her first full-length studio album would be released in the end of February.[3] The album's title was My Voice, while the title track and lead single was announced to be "Fine", which was released simultaneously with the release of the album.[4]

Promotion[edit]

A music video for the song was released in conjunction with the release of My Voice on February 28, 2017. Billboard's Tamar Herman described the visual as "artsy".[5] Taeyeon performed the song for the first time on KBS' Music Bank on March 3, 2017. She subsequently performed the song on MBC's Show! Music Core and SBS' Inkigayo on the two following days.[4]

Reception[edit]

Hyun Min-young from IZM praised Taeyeon's vocals on the song and compared its musical styles to those of American singer Taylor Swift.[6] Jeff Benjamin from Billboard labelled it "a 2.0 sonic version" of Taeyeon's 2015 single "I" while praised her "uplifting" vocals.[7]

"Fine" debuted atop the Gaon Digital Chart for the week ending March 4, 2017.[8] Within its first week of release, the single sold 251,751 digital units and gained 5,057,692 streams through South Korean digital music services.[9][10] It remained on the top position for a further week,[11] with 115,847 downloads and 5,533,647 streams gained during the week of March 5–11, 2017.[12][13] "Fine" was the best-performing song on the Gaon Digital Chart of March, accumulating 437,057 downloads and 22,063,715 streams through South Korean music services.[14]

The song additionally debuted at number seven on the Billboard World Digital Songs.[7]

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the CD booklet of My Voice.[15]

  • Korean lyrics by Jin Ri (진리)
  • Composed by Michael Woods, Kevin White, Andrew Bazzi, Shaylen Carroll, MZMC
  • Arranged by Rice n' Peas
  • Vocal directed by G-High
  • Pro Tools operating by G-High
  • Background vocals by Taeyeon, Choi Young-kyung
  • Recorded by Lee Min-kyu at S.M. Big Shot Studio
  • Mixed by Gu Jong-mil at S.M. Yellow Tail Studio
  • Mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon)[8] 1
US World Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 7

Sales[edit]

Region Sales
South Korea[17] 1,214,489

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2017 9th Melon Music Awards Fine Best Ballad Nominated
2018 32nd Golden Disc Awards Digital Bonsang Nominated
7th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – February Nominated

Music program awards[edit]

"Fine" accumulated two awards, each on two of South Korea's music programsM Countdown and Music Bank.

Song Program Date
"Fine" M Countdown (Mnet)[18] March 9, 2017
Music Bank (KBS)[19] March 10, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herman, Tamar (March 1, 2017). "Taeyeon Is 'Fine' With First Solo LP 'My Voice'". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  2. ^ 2016년 올해를 빛낸 가수와 가요 [Report on the country's music celebrities of 2016] (in Korean). Gallup. November 25, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Kim Woong-yum (February 14, 2017). 2017 ‘소시’ 릴레이…4번째 주자는 태연 [2017 'Soshi' relay...the 4th runner is Taeyeon] (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kim Young-rok (March 3, 2017). 태연, 오늘 '뮤직뱅크'서 'Fine' 무대 최초 공개 [Taeyeon debut 'Fine' on 'Music Bank']. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Herman, Tamar (March 1, 2017). "Taeyeon Is 'Fine' With First Solo LP 'My Voice'". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Hyun Min-young. "Album Review: Taeyeon". IZM (in Korean). Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Benjamin, Jeff (March 8, 2017). "Taeyeon Rings Into World, Heatseekers Albums Charts With 'My Voice'". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on March 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Download Chart – Week 9 of 2017" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on March 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Streaming Chart – Week 9 of 2017" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on March 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "Digital Chart – Week 10 of 2017" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on March 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "Download Chart – Week 10 of 2017" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on March 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Streaming Chart – Week 10 of 2017" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on March 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "Digital Chart of March" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  15. ^ My Voice (CD booklet) (in Korean). Taeyeon. S.M. Entertainment. 2017.
  16. ^ "World Digital Songs: March 18, 2017". Retrieved March 8, 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  17. ^ 2017년 Download Chart [Year-end 2017 Download Chart]. Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  18. ^ ‘엠카’ 태연, ‘Fine’으로 1위...‘프듀101’ 소년들 첫 공개 ['M Countdown': Taeyeon's 'Fine' gets first place]. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  19. ^ Kim Young-rok (March 17, 2017). '뮤직뱅크' 태연, 걸그룹 대전 속 1위…비투비-여자친구 컴백 ['Music Bank', Taeyeon wins no. 1, BTOB-GFriend comeback]. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved March 17, 2017.