Lovey-Dovey (T-ara song)
Japanese Regular Edition
|Single by T-ara|
|from the album Funky Town and Jewelry Box|
|Released||January 3, 2012|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|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|
|T-ara Japanese singles chronology|
"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, "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". 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. In early October 2011, it was reported that T-ara would be promoting "Lovey-Dovey" for their comeback album in November. 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.
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."
In Korea, the song debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart, 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, 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.
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", including "drama"; "dance"; and "club" versions. 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".
|1.||"Lovey-Dovey" (Japanese ver.)||Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung, Shoko Fujibayashi||Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung|
|Limited edition DVD:|
|1.||"Lovey-Dovey (Japanese ver.) Music video"|
|Gaon Weekly singles||1|
|Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100||1|
|Billboard Japan Hot 100||11|
|South Korea (Gaon)||7||3,758,864|
|Released||Oricon chart||Peak||Debut sales||Sales total||Chart run|
|May 23, 2012||Daily singles chart||5||19,245 (Weekly)
|Weekly Singles Chart||9|
|Monthly Singles Chart||24|
|South Korea||January 3, 2012||Digital download|
|Japan||May 2, 2012||Digital download|
|May 23, 2012||CD single|
- List of best-selling singles in South Korea
- List of number-one hits of 2012 (South Korea)
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 2012 (Korea)
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