Lovey-Dovey (T-ara song)

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Japanese Regular Edition
Single by T-ara
from the album Funky Town and Jewelry Box
Released January 3, 2012 (2012-01-03)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Nu-disco, dance-pop
Length 3:35
Label Core Contents Media, LOEN Entertainment
EMI Music Japan (Japanese)
Songwriter(s) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung
Shoko Fujibayashi (Japanese)
Producer(s) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung
T-ara Korean singles chronology
"We Were in Love"
"Day by Day"
"We Were in Love"
"Day by Day"
T-ara Japanese singles chronology
(2012) Roly-Poly2012
(2012) Lovey-Dovey2012
"Sexy Love"
Audio sample
Sexy Love2012

"Lovey-Dovey" is a song by South Korean girl group T-ara from their fourth extended play Black Eyes (2011) repackage, Funky Town (2012). It was released as the lead single on January 3, 2012. A thirty-second teaser of "Lovey-Dovey" was unveiled at the end of their "Cry Cry" music video, with a full one-minute teaser released on November 30, 2011.

Written and produced by Shinsadong Tiger and Choi Kyu-sung,[1] "Lovey-Dovey" is an electropop song with strong beats, and the instrumental features the use of cowbells and scratching. The song is described as being influenced by the "trendy club music popular in Europe and the United States".[1][2] The lyrics are about the protagonist feeling lonely without, as well as seeking for, their love interest.

"Lovey-Dovey" reached number one in South Korea as well as number one on the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart. Five music videos have been produced for the song, but only three of the five have been released to date. The first version is a continuation of their earlier "Cry Cry" drama music video, the second features a zombie concept, and the third follows the group traveling and promoting around Tokyo, Japan. The song won a total of thirteen number one awards on various South Korean music shows: four on Music Bank, four on Music on Top, three on Inkigayo, and two on M! Countdown.


"Lovey-Dovey" was written and produced by Shinsadong Tiger and Choi Kyu-song. It was revealed on an episode of MBC's K-pop Star Captivating the World that Junhyung of Beast helped suggest song titles and other ideas to Shinsadong Tiger while he was working on the song.[3] In early October 2011, it was reported that T-ara would be promoting "Lovey-Dovey" for their comeback album in November.[4] It was originally decided that the group was to promote both "Cry Cry" and "Lovey-Dovey" at the same time, however, because the two songs had completely different concepts, they made a last minute final decision to promote "Lovey-Dovey" after promotions for "Cry Cry" were over.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Katherine St. Asaph of Popdust included "Lovey-Dovey" on their 'Weekend Playlist' at number seven, describing the song as "... the exact midpoint between today's dance and latter-day disco, with an infectious curtsy of a chorus and vocal burbles."[6]

Chart performance[edit]

In Korea, the song debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart,[7] making it their third consecutive number one—including their collaboration with labelmate Davichi. "Lovey-Dovey" made its debut on the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 at number 20 on the issue dated January 14, 2012,[8] and then climbed to the top of the chart the following week; making it their second consecutive number one. The song spent three weeks at number one on the chart and seven weeks in the top ten.

At the end of 2012, song was downloaded more than 3,700,000 times in South Korea.[9]

Music videos[edit]

T-ara's management agency Core Contents Media announced that a total of three music video directors will be involved in the production of five music videos for "Lovey-Dovey",[10] including "drama"; "dance"; and "club" versions.[11] However, only the "drama" version has been released; with the additional "zombie" and "Tokyo" versions, out of the five. Another version was produced for the Japanese remake of "Lovey-Dovey".

Track listing[edit]

Japanese single:
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Lovey-Dovey" (Japanese ver.) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung, Shoko Fujibayashi Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung  
Limited edition DVD:
No. Title Length
1. "Lovey-Dovey (Japanese ver.) Music video"  


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Gaon Weekly singles[12] 1
Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100[13] 1
Billboard Japan Hot 100[14] 11

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position Sales
South Korea (Gaon) 7[15] 3,758,864[16]


Released Oricon chart Peak Debut sales Sales total Chart run
May 23, 2012 Daily singles chart 5 19,245 (Weekly)[17]
23,263 (Monthly)[18]
29,129+ 7 weeks
Weekly Singles Chart 9
Monthly Singles Chart 24

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
South Korea January 3, 2012 Digital download
Japan May 2, 2012[19] Digital download
May 23, 2012[20] CD single

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Funky Town - MNET". Mnet. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "티아라 ‘러비더비‘ 큐리 편 뮤비 무려 17분30초". 23 November 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "용준형, 알고보니 티아라 '러비더비' 만든 주인공? : 네이트 뉴스". Sports Seoul. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "티아라, 신사동호랭이와 'lovey-dovey(러비더비)' 발표. 무슨 의미? : 네이트 뉴스". Nate. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Lee, Kyong-ho (7 November 2011). "티아라, 18일로 컴백 앞당겨… '소시-원걸 넘을 도약점 될까?'". TV Daily. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  6. ^ St Asaph, Katherine (28 January 2012). "The Popdust Weekend Playlist". Popdust. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gaon Chart releases chart rankings for the 1st week of January + 2011 Total Album Sales". allkpop. 6Theory Media, LLC. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Billboard Korea (18 January 2012). "K-Pop Hot 100: T-ara Makes Giant Leap for Top Spot |". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "2012 download". Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "티아라 '러비더비' 뮤비, 감독 3명·5버전 제작". StarNews. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Han, Sang-yeon (5 December 2012). "티아라 ′러비더비′ M/V "감독 3명+5개 버전, 초호화 제작"". Asia Today. Asia Today Ltd. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  12. ^ ":: 가온차트와 함께하세요 ::". Gaon. 2012 년, 2012.01.15~2012.01.21: Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart |". Billboard. Prometheus Global. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Japan Hot 100 |". Billboard. Prometheus Global. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart: 2012" (in Korean). Gaon Digital Chart. 
  16. ^ "2012 Download Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  17. ^ "CDシングル 週間ランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング". Oricon Style. Oricon Inc. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - T-ARA「Lovey-Dovey (Japanese ver.) - Single」". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  20. ^ " Lovey-Dovey [Japanese ver.](初回生産限定盤)(DVD付): T-ARA: 音楽". Retrieved 23 May 2012. 

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