New Kids: Continue

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New Kids: Continue
IKON - New Kids-Continue.jpg
Digital and Red version cover.
EP by
ReleasedAugust 2, 2018 (2018-08-02)
Recorded2018
Genre
Length17:18
LanguageKorean
Label
ProducerB.I
IKON chronology
Return
(2018)
New Kids: Continue
(2018)
New Kids: The Final
(2018)
Singles from New Kids: Continue
  1. "Killing Me"
    Released: August 2, 2018
  2. "Freedom"
    Released: August 2, 2018
Music video
"Killing Me" on YouTube

New Kids: Continue is the first extended play of South Korean boy band iKON. It is the third of the group's four-part album series that began with the single album New Kids: Begin and ended with the second extended play New Kids: The Final.[2] It was released by YG Entertainment on August 2, 2018.[3] The mini-album includes a total of five tracks.[4] It was produced by iKON leader B.I and YG producers.[5] The physical album comes in two versions: Red & Blue.

Composition[edit]

The lead single of the album, "Killing Me", was released with a music video on August 2, 2018.[6] The song, a trap-dance track driven by wailing synths and a riotous beat[6], describes feelings after a "painful breakup"; its title was inspired by the common phrase "this is killing me".[7] The music video conveyed the emotional devastation described in the lyrics through the use of flames, darkness, brightly hued sets, and expressive dance movements.[6] "Freedom" was released as the second single (referred to as "sub title") of the album on August 2.[8] It is described as a rock-infused song.[9]

Promotion[edit]

iKON held a dance cover contest for the song "Killing Me" from August 20 to September 30, 2018. Three winners were announced at the end of the contest.[10]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

In South Korea, New Kids: Continue debuted at 2 on the Gaon Album Chart.[11] In the United States, the album was No. 4 on Billboard World Albums, with about 1,000 copies sold.[12] In South Korea, "Killing Me" debuted at 9 on the Gaon Weekly Chart.[13] The song debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's World Digital Song Chart, marking the group's best sales to date.[12]

Critical[edit]

South China Morning Post praised the diversity and wild genre shift of the album but criticized it for following a predictable and standard pop formula.[14] Billboard praised the title song "Killing Me", saying that “unlike most K-pop songs, it forgoes a titular earworm hook, choosing instead a more dramatic declaration.”[15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Killing Me" (죽겠다; juggetda)B.I
  • B.I
  • Joe Rhee
  • R.Tee
  • R.Tee
  • Joe Rhee
3:13
2."Freedom" (바람; balam)
  • Millennium
  • B.I
  • Seung
Millennium3:21
3."Only You"
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Kang Uk-jin
Kang Uk-jin3:32
4."Cocktail" (칵테일; kagteil)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Millennium
Millennium3:46
5."Just for You" (줄게; julge)B.I
  • B.I
  • Kang Uk-jin
  • LIØN
  • Kang Uk-jin
  • LIØN
3:21
Total length:17:00

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Japan Weekly Albums (Oricon) 25
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan) 22
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 2
United States Billboard Top Heatseekers 15
United States Billboard World Albums 4

Awards and nominations[edit]

Music program awards[edit]

Song Program Date Ref.
"Killing Me" M Countdown (Mnet) August 9, 2018 [16]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label(s) Format Ref.
Various August 2, 2018 YG Entertainment, Genie Music Digital download, CD [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NEW KIDS : CONTINUE". itunes.
  2. ^ "iKON completes New Kids project : 'New Kids:Continue' is third EP for the popular boy band in 15 months". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "iKON to return with new album next month". Kpop Herald. July 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "iKON Releases Official Tracklist for Upcoming Album "New Kids Continue"". Mwave. July 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "iKON – 'NEW KIDS:CONTINUE' TRACKLIST". YG Life. July 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "iKON Makes a Dramatic Return With Haunting New Single 'Killing Me'". Billboard. August 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "iKon explains meaning behind new single 'Killing Me'". Kpop Herald. August 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "'Comeback D-7' iKON Reveals Teaser Poster for Sub Title Song 'FREEDOM'". YG Life. July 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "iKON aims to repeat viral success with new album". Yonhap News. August 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "3 winners announced for iKON dance cover contest". Kpop Herald. October 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "2018년 32주차 Album Chart" [Album Chart – Week 32 of 2018 (New Kids: Continue] (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "iKON Hit New Peak on World Digital Song Sales Chart With 'Killing Me'". Billboard. August 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "2018년 32주차 Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart.
  14. ^ "'New Kids: Continue' by iKon is underbaked, but worth a listen [Review]". South China Morning Post. August 12, 2018.
  15. ^ "iKON's 'Killing Me' earns Billboard's praise, tops iTunes charts in 24 countries". Kpop Herald. August 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "iKON Tops 'M Countdown' with the Song 'KILLING ME'… 'Overwhelming Performance in Music Charts'". YG Life. August 10, 2018.

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