Spring Day (song)

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"Spring Day"
Single by BTS
from the album You Never Walk Alone
ReleasedFebruary 13, 2017
Format
Studio
  • Dogg Bounce
  • The Rock Pitt
  • Sky Studios
Genre
Length4:34
LabelBig Hit Entertainment
Songwriter(s)[1]
Producer(s)Pdogg
BTS singles chronology
"Blood Sweat & Tears"
(2016)
"Spring Day"
(2017)
"Not Today"
(2017)
Music video
"Spring Day" on YouTube

"Spring Day" is a song recorded by South Korean boy band BTS. Released through Big Hit Entertainment, it was the first single from the repackaged album Wings (2016), released in 2017 as You Never Walk Alone. The single was a success, topping the Gaon Digital Chart, and has since surpassed 2,500,000+ downloads.[2] The song also won 'Song of the Year' at the 2017 Melon Music Awards.[3] A remix of the song entitled '"Spring Day" (Brit Rock Remix)' was uploaded for free download in June 2018.[4]

Background[edit]

On February 12, 2017, BTS held a comeback preview show[5] on Naver V LIVE.[6] Starting on the 18th, they held the 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour in support of their album, having shows in South Korea, the Americas, and various Asian countries performing songs from the new release in front of fans for the first time.[7][8][9][10] Later, week long promotions on broadcasting networks started on February 23, with both singles "Spring Day" and "Not Today" being performed on Mnet's M! Countdown[11] even though one of the new songs, "Outro: Wings" was deemed unfit for broadcast by KBS.[12]

"Spring Day" earned BTS four first-place trophies on local music programs.[13] It debuted at number 15 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 and number 1 on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart, selling 14,000 digital downloads; moreover, all four new songs held down the first four slots[14] making BTS the first K-pop act to do so.

Composition[edit]

"Spring Day" is in the key of Eb major and the main vocal range is between Bb3-Bb5. It mixes various styles, such as pop, rap, world, and K-pop, and features backing vocals from singer-songwriter Arlissa.[15] It is 107 beats per minute.[16]

The song uses a seasonal metaphor to describe a friend's temporary absence. Member J-Hope stated the genre for the song was "a mix of British rock and electronic sounds".[17]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Spring Day" was uploaded onto the video sharing website YouTube on February 12, 2017,[18] surpassing 9 million views within 24 hours,[19] breaking BTS's previous single "Blood, Sweat, & Tears'" record. A week later, the music video for their follow up single "Not Today" overtook "Spring Day"'s record with 10 million views.[20] Similarly, "Spring Day" became the fastest K-pop group music video to reach 20 million views, achieving the feat in less than four days; "Not Today" bested it in less than three.[21] Many fans and media outlets rumored the music video was inspired by the Sewol Ferry tragedy.[22] It currently has over 205 million views on YouTube. Kultscene described the music video as "aesthetically pleasing,... beautifully shot and well thought out", with references made to movies and books, like Snowpiercer and Omelas, which "added layers to the video".[23] Similarities to the 1974 Ursula K. Le Guin novella The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas are discussed widely among fans. The novella tells the story of a utopian city called Omelas, whose citizens’ happiness depends on the ongoing suffering of a single child. The video suggests through imagery including the name Omelas, that the members are among those who, once enlightened to the suffering, walk away from Omelas.[24]

The music video was directed by Choi YongSeok of Lumpens.[25] Other key personnel working on staff are Lee Wonju serving as the assistant director, Nam Hyunwoo the director of photography, Song Hyunsuk working the gaffer, Emma Sungeun Kim as the producer, and Park Jinsil the art director.[26]

Reception[edit]

Billboard's Tamar Herman wrote an article on the repackaged album You Never Walk Alone, describing the single "Spring Day" as an "alt hip-hop song infused with rock instrumentals and EDM synths" combining the rap elements for which BTS has become known with "dreamy vocals and yearning lyrics." Herman calls "Not Today" the dual single counterpart to "Spring Day", a power anthem for "all the underdogs in the world."[27] "Spring Day" ranked number one on Dazed Digital's "20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2017" list, which described the song as "an intelligent, compelling and elegantly restrained study of loss and longing" that "deliberately avoids cliché pomp and drama".[28]

"Spring Day" is the longest charting song on Melon by an idol, as of July 10, 2018 charting for seventy-three weeks and counting. The prior song that charted the longest was BTS' Blood Sweat & Tears.[29] Upon release the song in South Korea became BTS' first "roof hit" and remained number one in real time on MelOn for twenty-four hours. It also ranked number one on eight other South Korean portals.[17]

The song is the 6th most watched K-pop video of 2017.[30]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year-end lists
Critic/Publication List Rank Ref.
10 Magazine The 10 Must Listen To Korean Artists Of 2018 N/A [46]
Billboard The Best K-pop Songs of 2017: Critics' Picks 5 [47]
Dazed Digital 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2017 1 [28]
Idolator The Best K-Pop Songs Of Q1 8 [48]
KultScene 25 Best K-pop Songs of 2017 12 [49]
Best K-pop music videos of 2017 N/A [50]
Soompi The Top 15 K-Pop Hits Of 2017 [51]
Awards
Awards Award-Giving Body Category Result
2017 19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Music Video Won
8th Melon Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Melon Popularity Award Weekly Popularity Award (February 20) Won
2018 Golden Disc Awards Digital Bonsang Won
Digital Daesang Nominated
Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – February Nominated
Music programs wins
Program Date
Show Champion (MBC Music) February 22, 2017
M Countdown (Mnet) February 23, 2017
Music Bank (KBS2) February 24, 2017
Inkigayo (SBS) February 26, 2017

Sales[edit]

Chart Sales
South Korea[52] 2,500,000+
United States[43] 14,000

References[edit]

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