Russian Roulette (Spica EP)

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Russian Roulette
RussianRoulette-EPcover.jpeg
EP by
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)
Recorded2011-2012
Genre
Length20:25
LabelB2M Entertainment
Spica chronology
Russian Roulette
(2012)
Lonely
(2012)
Singles from Russian Roulette
  1. "Doggedly"
    Released: January 10, 2012
  2. "Russian Roulette"
    Released: February 8, 2012
Repackage cover for Painkiller
Painkiller-EPcover.jpeg
Singles from Painkiller
  1. "Painkiller"
    Released: March 14, 2012

Russian Roulette is the debut mini album from South Korean girl group Spica. It was released on February 8, 2012 with the song of same name as the promotional song.[1] The EP was re-released on March 29, 2012 with the name Painkiller. The song of same name was used to promote the re-release.[2]

Background[edit]

After releasing "Doggedly" as a prologue single, on January 31, 2012, B2M Entertainment officially announced that the group would have their formal debut with a mini-album, titled Russian Roulette. On February 2, a teaser video of the music video of "Russian Roulette" was released on B2M Entertainment's YouTube account.[3][4] On the following days, more photos of the music video and concept of the mini album were released.[5] The teaser caught the attention of the public due to the girls playing Russian roulette on a table. The music video was released one week after, on February 8, same day of mini-album's release. On the same day, B2M entertainment revealed more details of the members.[6] After promoting "Russian Roulette", B2M Entertainment announced the re-release of the mini-album under the title Painkiller, with the song of the same name being the promotional song. The agency revealed some photos of the concept on March 26.[7]

Composition[edit]

"Russian Roulette", title song of the mini-album of same name, was written by Song Sooyoon and produced by Han Jaeho and Kim Seungsoo (also known as Sweetune). They are also known for producing songs for the groups Kara, f(x), Rainbow, SS501, Nine Muses, Infinite and more. "Painkiller", re-release's title song, was written by Kim Jinhee with Ring and composed by Ryan Jhun, David D.A Doman and WillIam David Porter. Ryan Hyun also produced other songs of the mini-album, such as "Hwa (Fire)" and "Up N Down". "Hwa (Fire)" was written by the group's leader Kim Bo Ah. "Diary" was written and produced by the member Kim Bo Hyung.[1]

Promotion[edit]

The group debuted on February 9, on Mnet's show M! Countdown.[8] They also promoted the song "Russian Roulette" on the shows Music Bank, Music Core, Inkigayo, Music on Top and K-Pop Con. Promotions of "Russian Roulette" ended in March 11, on SBS' Inkigayo. On March 29, the group returned promoting the EP with the song "Painkiller" on M! Countdown. All promotions ended in April 22, on SBS' Inkigayo.

Music video[edit]

Russian Roulette

On February 2, a teaser video of the music video of "Russian Roulette" was released on B2M Entertainment's YouTube account.[3] The music video was released one week after, on February 8, same day of mini-album's release. In the music video, the girls are playing Russian roulette on a table with one lighted candle under. The girls also perform the song in 3 different studios. In the end, the member Juhyun got shot by the revolver and the candle under the table was cleared.

Painkiller A teaser of the video of "Painkiller" was released in March 24 on B2M Entertainment's YouTube account.[9] The full music video was released on March 29, along with the mini-album re-release. In the music video, the girls performing the song in an empty street and also in a studio with black background. Also appears some solo shots of the girls on the empty street and under a white background with some incandescent lamps. In the end of the video, when Juhyun turns her head to the camera, the camera got some electrical defect and broke off alone, then the camera drops to the floor, interrupting its connection. The video ends with the name of the group (SPICA) and the song's name (Painkiller) appearing in a black screen.

Controversy[edit]

During the promotions of "Russian Roulette", it was warned by the TV company MBC to change some parts of the lyrics of the song, since the original was deemed for broadcast. It was stated by the group's company, B2M Entertainment, explained that the lyrics in the track did not meet MBC broadcast standards. The parts in question were related to the desperate situation of the females in the video, and how a line about "holding one's breath" could be negatively interpreted as promoting suicide. In order to promote the song on Music Core, B2M Entertainment, Spica and the writers changed some parts of the song's lyrics.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Russian Roulette track listing[1]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Anger" (Korean: 화; Hwa. Chinese: 火)Kim BoaRyan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Brande KelleyRyan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Brande Kelley3:03
2."Up N Down"Kim Jinhee, RingRyan Jhun, J Read Fasse, Nicolas Scapa, Michale John Dewey HancockRyan Jhun, J Read Fasse, Nicolas Scapa, Michale John Dewey Hancock3:31
3."Russian Roulette" (러시안룰렛; Reosian Rullet)Song SooyoonHan Jaeho, Kim SeungsooHan Jaeho, Kim Seungsoo, Hong Seunghyun3:30
4."No More"Kim Jinhee, RingRyan Jhun, Amanshia Nunoo, Drew Scalercio, David D.A. DomanRyan Jhun, Amanshia Nunoo, Drew Scalercio, David D.A. Doman3:17
5."Diary" (일기장; Ilgijang)Kim BohyungKim BohyungKim Bohyung3:48
6."Doggedly" (독하게; Dokhage)GruzioGruzioYi Jihyun, Gruzio3:18
Total length:20:25
Painkiller track listing[2]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Painkiller"Kim Jinhee, Ring, Roberto HornsRyan Jhun, David D.A. Doman, William Porter Jr.Ryan Jhun, David D.A. Doman, Roberto Horns4:14
2."Anger" (Korean: 화; Chinese: 火)Kim BoaRyan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Brande KelleyRyan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Brande Kelley3:03
3."Up N Down"Kim Jinhee, RingRyan Jhun, J Read Fasse, Nicolas Scapa, Michale John Dewey HancockRyan Jhun, J Read Fasse, Nicolas Scapa, Michale John Dewey Hancock3:31
4."Russian Roulette" (러시안룰렛; Reosian Rullet)Song SooyoonHan Jaeho, Kim SeungsooHan Jaeho, Kim Seungsoo, Hong Seunghyun3:30
5."No More"Kim Jinhee, RingRyan Jhun, Amanshia Nunoo, Drew Scalercio, David D.A. DomanRyan Jhun, Amanshia Nunoo, Drew Scalercio, David D.A. Doman3:17
6."Diary" (일기장; Ilgijang)Kim BohyungKim BohyungKim Bohyung3:48
7."Doggedly" (독하게; Dokhage)GruzioGruzioYi Jihyun, Gruzio3:18
8."Painkiller" (Instrumental) Ryan Jhun, David D.A. Doman, WillIam David PorterRyan Jhun, David D.A. Doman, WillIam David Porter4:14
Total length:29:04

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea February 8, 2012[1] Digital download, CD B2M Entertainment
LOEN Entertainment
March 29, 2012 (Painkiller)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "(EP) 러시안룰렛 (Russian Roulette) / Daum 뮤직 :: 언제 어디서나 Music on Daum" (in Korean). Daum Communications. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  2. ^ a b c "(EP) Painkiller / Daum 뮤직 :: 언제 어디서나 Music on Daum" (in Korean). Daum Communications. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  3. ^ a b "스피카_SPICA :: Russian Roulette :: Teaser" (in Korean). B2M Entertainment's YouTube account. 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  4. ^ 스피카 데뷔곡 티저공개 ‘가창력 발군’ 실력파 대형신인 탄생 (in Korean). Nate. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  5. ^ 스피카 "산전수전 끝, 빛나는 별 될래요" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  6. ^ (인터뷰) 스피카 "이효리 보며 가수꿈 키워, '포스트 핑클'될것" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  7. ^ "스피카, 신곡 'Painkiller'로 활동재개 "보컬-퍼포먼스 다 잡을 것"" (in Korean). Naver. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  8. ^ 스피카 데뷔, 이효리 얼굴에 먹칠않는 ‘대박예감’ 완벽무대 (in Korean). Nate. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  9. ^ "스피카_SPICA_Painkiller Teaser" (in Korean). B2M Entertainment's YouTube account. 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  10. ^ "스피카 데뷔곡 가사 일부 수정해 MBC 재심의 통과" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  11. ^ a b c d "Gaon search – SPICA" (in Korean). Gaon. 2012-05-18.
  12. ^ a b "Gaon album chart". Gaon (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-05-18.

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