Roly-Poly (T-ara song)

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"Roly-Poly"
Single by T-ara
from the album John Travolta Wannabe
Released June 29, 2011
Genre Disco[1]
Length 3:34
Label Core Contents Media
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Shinsadong Tiger
  • Choi Gyu Sung
T-ara Korean singles chronology
"Yayaya"
(2010)
"Roly-Poly"
(2011)
"Cry Cry"
(2011)
"Yayaya"
(2010)
"Roly-Poly"
(2011)
"Cry Cry"
(2011)
Music video
"Roly-Poly" on YouTube
Audio sample
"Roly-Poly"
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Standard cover
Single by T-ara
from the album Jewelry Box
B-side Lies"
"Apple is A"
"Roly-Poly in Copacabana
Released February 29, 2012
Format
Genre Disco
Length 3:36
Label EMI Music Japan
Songwriter(s)
  • Shinsadong Tiger
  • Choi Gyu Sung
T-ara Japanese singles chronology
"Yayaya"
(2011)
"Roly-Poly"
(2012)
"Lovey-Dovey"
(2012)
"Yayaya"
(2011)
"Roly-Poly"
(2012)
"Lovey-Dovey"
(2012)
Music video
"Roly-Poly" (Japanese version) on YouTube

"Roly-Poly" is a dance-pop song by South Korean girl group T-ara. It was taken from their second mini album John Travolta Wannabe, released on June 29, 2011. The song was written and produced by Shinsadong Tiger and Choi Gyu Sung, who were also behind the group's hit song "Bo Peep Bo Peep". "Roly-Poly" won three weekly #1 awards on Mnet's M! Countdown and SBS's Inkigayo, and went on to becoming the top grossing and most downloaded song of 2011 with a record $2 million in sales[2] and 4,077,885 downloads.[3]

A remix of the song titled "Roly-Poly in Copacabana" was released on August 2[4] and was used for the group's follow up promotions.

In 2012, "Roly-Poly" was made into a stage musical starring T-ara's Hyomin, Jiyeon and Soyeon, Kang Min-kyung (Davichi), Jang Hye-jin (I Am a Singer), veteran musical actress Park Hae-mi, Han Ji-sub, Kim Jae-hee and Yoon Young-joon.[5][6][7]

The song was re-released in Japanese on February 29, 2012, as the group's third single.[8]

Stereogum ranked the music video of the song No. 12 on its list of 20 Best K-pop videos.[9] It was named the fourth best K-pop song by Edge Media.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Japanese single:
Version A:
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Roly-Poly" (Japanese ver.) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung, Ryu Hwa Young, Shoko Fujibayashi (Japanese lyrics) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung 3:36
2. "Kojinmaru~Uso~" (コジンマル; Geojitmal[note 1]; 嘘; Lies) Cho Young Soo, Kei (Japanese lyrics) Cho Young Soo 3:49
3. "Roly-Poly" (Japanese ver. - Instrumental)     3:36
4. "Kojinmaru~Uso~" (Instrumental)     3:46
Total length: 14:44
Version B:
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Roly-Poly" (Japanese ver.) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung, Seiko Fujibayashi (Japanese lyrics) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung 3:36
2. "Apple is A" (Japanese ver.) Cho Young Soo, Seiko Fujibayashi (Japanese lyrics) Cho Young Soo 3:10
3. "Roly-Poly" (Japanese ver. - Instrumental)     3:36
4. "Apple is A" (Instrumental)     3:08
Total length: 13:28
Regular edition:
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Roly-Poly" (Japanese ver.) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung, Seiko Fujibayashi (Japanese lyrics) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung 3:36
2. "Roly-Poly in Copacabana" (Roly-Poly in コパカバーナ; Kopakabāna) (Japanese ver.) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung, Seiko Fujibayashi (Japanese lyrics) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung 3:31
3. "Roly-Poly" (Japanese ver. - Instrumental)     3:36
4. "Roly-Poly in Copacabana" (Japanese ver. - Instrumental)     3:33
5. "Bo Peep Bo Peep" (Korean version - Live ver. from T-ARA First Show Case in SHIBUYA-AX 2011.7.5) (Bonus track) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung 4:12
Total length: 18:24

Charts[edit]

On the Gaon Digital Chart dated June 26, 2011, "Roly-Poly" debuted at number three, before descending to number eight the week after. On its' third week it bounced back to number two, the song's peak on the chart. "Roly-Poly" managed to hold at the runner-up slot for two more weeks (stuck behind three different songs nonetheless), before descending down the chart. Despite never topping the weekly or monthly chart and having a little less than half a year to chart, "Roly-Poly" managed to become the best-performing song of the year on the Gaon Digital Chart.

Sales[edit]

Country Sales
South Korea (digital)[16] 4,077,885
Japan (physical)[17] 62,774

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Geojitmal" (Korean: "거짓말") in Korean means "Lies".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eddy, Chuck (June 21, 2012). "The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time". Spin. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ 티아라 ‘롤리폴리’ 음원매출 20억 올 1위 등극, 아이유 ‘좋은날’ 제쳐 (in Korean). Nate. August 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ 올해 가장 많이 팔린 음원은? 티아라 '롤리폴리' (in Korean). Naver. December 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "티아라, '롤리폴리 in 코파카바나'로 활동 시작..'복고 2탄'" (in Korean). Nate. August 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (December 9, 2011). "T-ara the musical". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  6. ^ "Preview for T-ara's Roly Poly the Musical released". allkpop. December 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ Lee, Claire (January 5, 2012). "T-ara reel in the years in retro musical". The Korea Herald. 
  8. ^ "T-ARA(ティアラ)公式ウェブサイト | トピック" (in Japanese). December 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.stereogum.com/983191/the-20-best-k-pop-videos/franchises/list/
  10. ^ http://boston.edgemedianetwork.com/entertainment/music/news//128271/what_runs_the_world?_2011%25E2%2580%2599s_top_10_k-pop_songs
  11. ^ "Digital Chart – Week 30 of 2011" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Digital Chart – 2011" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on October 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Weekly CD Ranking". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. March 12, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Japan Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Download Chart – 2011" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Oricon Ranking Service" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved July 11, 2016. (Subscription required (help)).