A Talk

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A Talk
ATalk-Hyuna.jpg
EP by Hyuna
Released July 28, 2014
Genre
Length 15:54
Label Cube Entertainment
Hyuna chronology
Melting
(2012)
A Talk
(2014)
A+
(2015)
Singles from A Talk
  1. "Blacklist"
    Released: July 21, 2014
  2. "Red"
    Released: July 28, 2014

A Talk is the third extended play by South Korean singer Hyuna. The EP consists of five tracks and incorporates Trap, Hip-Hop and R&B music genres. It was released for digital download by Cube Entertainment and Universal Music on July 28, 2014. The physical album was released a day later on July 29. To promote the EP, Hyuna appeared on several South Korean music programs, including Music Bank, Show! Music Core and Inkigayo. "Red" was released as the title track for the EP.[1]

Background and release[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Cube Entertainment announced that Hyuna would be releasing her third solo EP.[2] A reality documentary program, Hyuna's Free Month, was produced to show her preparation and promotional activities for the album release.[3][4] On July 15, the name of the TV show was changed from Sexy Queen to Hyuna's Free Month, and aired its first episode on July 21[5] on SBS MTV.[6]

Hyuna performed the EP's lead single "Red" (빨개요; Ppalgaeyo) and album track "Blacklist" on music shows starting on July 25 on KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Show! Music Core, SBS's Inkigayo and Mnet's M! Countdown.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

On August 6, 2014, Hyuna won her first ever music show award on MBC Music's Show Champion for "Red",[7] and won on the same show again the following week.

Despite calling "Red" "fifty shades of messy," Lucas Villa of AXS praised Hyuna for delivering a "club banger that would make Miley proud."[8] Rolling Stone named "Red" number 5 on their year-end list of the top ten music videos of 2014.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

A Talk entered and peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Album Chart on the chart issue dated July 27 – August 2, 2014.[10] A Talk charted at number 17 on the Gaon Album Chart for the month of July 2014 with 8,183 copies sold.[11]

The title track "Red" entered and peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Digital Chart on the chart issue dated July 27 – August 2, 2014 with 221,261 downloads sold – topping the componing Download Chart – and 3,230,615 streams. In the same week, "Black List", che first album single, also entered the Digital Chart at number 70.[12][13][14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "A Talk" Hyuna, Seo Jae-woo, Astroz Seo Jae-woo, Astroz Astroz 01:26
2. "French Kiss" Brian Lee, Kim Tae-ho, LE Brian Lee, Im Kwang-wook, Seo Jae-woo Im Kwang-wook, Seo Jae-woo 03:12
3. "Red" (빨개요; Ppalgaeyo) Seo Jae-woo, BlueSun, Socrates Seo Jae-woo, Kim Tae-ho Seo Jae-woo, Kim Tae-ho 03:33
4. "From When and Until When" (with Yang Yoseob) (어디부터 어디까지; Eodibuteo Eodikkaji) Hyuna, Im Hyun-sik Im Hyun-sik Seo Jae-woo 03:23
5. "Blacklist" (feat. LE) Hyuna, LE Seo Jae-woo, Kim Tae-ho Seo Jae-woo, Kim Tae-ho 03:32

Charts[edit]

Albums chart[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Gaon Weekly albums chart[15] 3
Gaon Monthly albums chart[16] 17

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Gaon physical sales[citation needed] 10,000+
Oricon physical sales[citation needed] 1,000+

Awards and nominations[edit]

Music program awards[edit]

Song Program Date
"Red" Show Champion (MBC Music) August 6, 2014
August 13, 2014

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea July 28, 2014 Digital download Cube Entertainment
July 29, 2014 CD
United States[17] August 11, 2014 Digital download
Mexico[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (July 16, 2014). "HyunA Poses Topless to Announce New Single". Billboard. 
  2. ^ "HyunA to make her solo comeback in July". Allkpop. 6Theory Media. June 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "HyunA's Upcoming Solo TV Show Announces Official Name and Premier Date". Soompi. July 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ 현아, 리얼리티 SBS MTV 방송 확정 ‘현아의 모든 것 담는다’
  5. ^ "HyunA's Upcoming Solo TV Show Announces Official Name and Premier Date". Soompi. 2014-07-15. 
  6. ^ Hyuna to have a solo comeback & reality program
  7. ^ "HyunA wins on 'Show Champion' with 'Red'". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ Villa, Lucas (August 19, 2014). "HyunA twerks it out in comeback music video for 'Red'". AXS. 
  9. ^ Jessica Suarez (December 29, 2014). "From Taylor Swift's luxurious mansion freakout to OG Maco's low-budget hotel turn-up, the best clips of the year". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  11. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  12. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". gaonchart.co.kr. Archived from the original on May 14, 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  13. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  14. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  15. ^ "2014년 32주차 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ "2014년 7월 Album Chart (종합)". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ "A Talk by HyunA on iTunes US". Itunes. 
  18. ^ "A Talk by HyunA on iTunes Mexico" (in Spanish). Itunes.