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#Twice
Twice-Standard edition (album cover).jpg
Standard edition cover
Compilation album by Twice
Released June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)
Recorded 2015–2017
Studio JYPE Studios
Genre J-pop, pop[1][2]
Length 34:16
Language
Label Warner Music Japan
Producer J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"
Twice chronology
Signal
(2017)Signal2017
#Twice
(2017)
Twicetagram
(2017)Twicetagram2017
Singles from
  1. Twice
  1. "TT (Japanese ver.)"
    Released: June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)

#Twice (stylized as #TWICE; Hashtag Twice)[3] is the first Japanese album by South Korean girl group Twice. It is a compilation album consisting of both Korean and Japanese-language versions of the group's first five singles. It was released on June 28, 2017 by Warner Music Japan.[4][5]

The album surpassed 100,000 unit sales within four days since its release, and sold a total of 136,157 physical copies on its first week sales.[6][7] It recorded over 200,000 unit sales on Oricon Albums Chart in less than a month and in less than two months, it sold over 260,000 copies, earning it a Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[8][9]

Background and release[edit]

In early February 2017, Twice launched their Japanese website and other social media channels. Large photos and ads of Twice were seen on the walls of busy shopping districts and subway station in Tokyo on February 8.[10][11][12] On February 24, they officially announced that their Japanese debut was set for June 28, 2017. It was revealed then that they would release a compilation album titled #Twice which consists of 10 songs including both Korean and Japanese-language versions of "Like Ooh-Ahh", "Cheer Up" and "TT." On the same day, five Japanese morning programs informed viewers of the upcoming debut and featured Twice in an interview.[4][13][14]

On May 31, Twice released details of the album, including the track listing. It has three versions: Standard Edition, First Press Limited Edition A (CD and photo book) and Limited Edition B (CD and DVD).[5][15][16][17]

On June 7, Warner Music Japan uploaded a short recording video of Twice for the Japanese version of "Like Ooh-Ahh" on YouTube. A week later, Twice digitally released "Signal (Japanese ver.)", along with the short version of its music video, as a preview and countdown to album release.[18][19] #Twice was officially released on June 28. It was also released as a digital download in EP format on various portals, including South Korean music sites distributed by Genie Music, containing the five Japanese-language songs.[2][20]

Promotion[edit]

On June 14, 2017, it was announced that Twice would have a collaboration with Shibuya 109 store's 109 Summer Sale campaign for 2017 to mark the album release of #Twice. The store hosted pop-up stores called #Twice Pop-up Store and #Twice Gallery at its Tokyo and Osaka branches throughout July.[21][22] They also launched a promotion campaign with Tokyo Tower. On June 29–30, letters "TT", which represent the title track, were displayed in bright pink lighting on the Japanese tourist destination.[23]

The group performed "TT (Japanese ver.)" for the first time on a television program on the June 30th episode of Music Station, the first South Korean girl group to perform on the show since 2012. They appeared on the two-hour special episode along with Exile The Second, Kanjani8, Keyakizaka46, Dean Fujioka, Tomoyo Harada and Hey! Say! JUMP.[24][25]

On July 2, Twice held their two-part debut showcase titled Touchdown in Japan in Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, where they performed their first five Japanese songs, "Touchdown" from Page Two, "Jelly Jelly" and "One in a Million" from Twicecoaster: Lane 1 and a medley of their first five Korean singles. It was attended by a total of 15,000 people.[26][27][28][29]

Twice greeted more than 10,000 fans through a "Hi-Touch", an event where you can share high fives and handshakes in a close position with the band members, held at Makuhari Messe in Mihama-ku, Chiba on August 5 and at Intex Osaka in Suminoe-ku, Osaka on August 6.[30][31]

Commercial performance[edit]

#Twice debuted at number 2 on the Oricon Daily Album Chart on June 27, 2017, selling 46,871 physical copies. It then claimed the top spot of the daily chart on its fifth day.[32][33][34] The album charted at number 2 on Oricon Weekly Album Chart, which sold 136,157 units, the highest first week album sales among K-pop artists in Japan in the last two years.[7][35] On Oricon Digital Album Chart, it debuted at number 1 with 6,295 download count.[36] It also peaked at number 2 on Billboard Japan Hot Albums and charted for 25 weeks in 2017.[37][38]

On July 6, it was reported that over 210,000 copies of #Twice were shipped out within a week since its release.[39] On December 4, it was announced that it topped Tower Records Japan's 2017 best-selling domestic albums by K-pop artists.[40][41] The album exceeded 326,400 shipments on February 23, 2018.[42]

Track listing[edit]

#Twice — Standard edition
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Like Ooh-Ahh (Japanese ver.)"
  • Black Eyed Pilseung
  • Sam Lewis
Rado3:35
2."Cheer Up (Japanese ver.)"
  • Sam Lewis
  • Yu Shimoji
Black Eyed PilseungRado3:28
3."TT (Japanese ver.)"Black Eyed PilseungRado3:34
4."Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)"
  • Min Lee "collapsedone"
  • Mayu Wakisaka
Min Lee "collapsedone"3:15
5."Signal (Japanese ver.)"
  • J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"
  • Kairos
  • J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"
  • Kim Seung-soo
  • Armadillo
  • Kairos
3:16
6."Like Ooh-Ahh"
  • Black Eyed Pilseung
  • Sam Lewis
  • Black Eyed Pilseung
  • Lewis
Rado3:35
7."Cheer Up"Sam LewisBlack Eyed PilseungRado3:28
8."TT"Sam LewisBlack Eyed PilseungRado3:34
9."Knock Knock"
  • Sim Eun-jee
  • Min Lee "collapsedone"
  • Mayu Wakisaka
  • Min Lee "collapsedone"
  • Mayu Wakisaka
Min Lee "collapsedone"3:15
10."Signal"J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"
  • J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"
  • Kairos
  • J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"
  • Kim Seung-soo
  • Armadillo
  • Kairos
3:16
Total length:34:16

Content production[edit]

Credits adapted from album liner notes.[43]

Locations[edit]

Personnel[edit]

JYP Entertainment staff
  • Song Ji-eun "Shannen" (JYP Entertainment Japan) – executive producer
  • Jimmy Jeong (JYP Entertainment) – executive producer
  • J. Y. Park "The Asiansoul" – producer, all instruments, keyboards and computer programming (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Sim Eun-jee – assistant producer
  • Min Lee "collapsedone" – assistant producer, all instruments and computer programming (on "Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)" and "Knock Knock")
  • Kim Seung-soo – assistant producer, all instruments, keyboards and computer programming (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Armadillo – assistant producer (JYP Publishing), all instruments, keyboards and computer programming (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Yasuhiro Suziki (JYP Entertainment Japan) – strategic planning
  • Rinko Narita (JYP Entertainment Japan) – A&R
  • Lee Ji-hoon (JYP Entertainment Japan) – A&R
  • Ayumi Saiki (JYP Entertainment Japan) – artist and fan marketing
  • Lee Seong-ah (JYP Entertainment Japan) – artist and fan marketing
  • Kim Sung-bub (JYP Entertainment Japan) – artist and fan marketing
  • Hong Mina (JYP Entertainment Japan) – artist and fan marketing
  • Kang Min-ju (JYP Entertainment Japan) – artist and fan marketing
  • Cho Hae-sung (JYP Entertainment) – management in Korea
  • Sun Jin-chul (JYP Entertainment) – management in Korea
  • Jung Kyoung-hee (JYP Entertainment Japan) – administration
  • Kim Tae-hwa (JYP Entertainment Japan) – administration
  • Park Nam-yong (JYP Entertainment) – choreographer
  • Kim Hyung-woong (JYP Entertainment) – choreographer
  • Yun Hee-soo (JYP Entertainment) – choreographer
  • Na Tae-hoon (JYP Entertainment) – choreographer
  • Yoo Kwang-yeol (JYP Entertainment) – choreographer
  • Kang Da-sol (JYP Entertainment) – choreographer
  • Lee Tae-sub (JYP Entertainment) – recording engineer
  • Choi Hye-jin (JYP Entertainment) – recording engineer
  • Eom Se-hee (JYP Entertainment) – recording engineer
  • Lim Hong-jin (JYP Entertainment) – recording engineer
  • Jang Han-soo (JYP Entertainment) – recording engineer
  • Lee Jeong-yun "Lia" (JYP Publishing) – publishing
  • Kim Min-ji (JYP Publishing) – publishing
  • Shin Da-ye (JYP Publishing) – publishing
Warner Music Japan staff
  • Kaz Kobayashi – executive producer
  • Hayato Kajino – supervisor
  • Rie Sawaoka – supervisor
  • Yukiyasu "German" Fujii – chief A&R
  • Toshio Kai – A&R
  • Nao Fuse – A&R
  • Hidetsugu Sato – sales promotion
  • Naoki Takami – digital planning and marketing
  • Yoshinori Ishii – digital planning and marketing
  • Mamoru Fukumitsu – WMJ "JYP room"
  • Lim Wan-chul – WMJ "JYP room"
  • Han Gui-taek – WMJ "JYP room"
  • Kimi Yoneda – WMJ "JYP room"
  • Masayo Kuroda – product coordination
  • Mizuho Makizaka – A&R secretary
Japanese version recording staff
  • Goei Ito (Obelisk) – recording director
  • Yu-ki Kokubo (Obelisk) – recording director
  • Satoshi Sasamoto – pro tools operation
Design staff
  • Toshiyuki Suzuki (United Lounge Tokyo) – art direction
  • Yasuhiro Uaeda (United Lounge Tokyo) – design
  • Takaki Kumada – photography
  • Valet – jacket photo style director
  • Choi Hee-sun – music video style director
  • Lim Ji-hyun – music video style director
  • F.Choi – music video style director
  • Lee Jin-young – assistant stylist
  • Ju Young-suk – assistant stylist
  • Heo Su-yeon – assistant stylist
  • Park Nae-joo – hair director
  • Kim Se-gyeong – hair director
  • Han So-hee – assistant hair director
  • Kim Hwa-yeon – assistant hair director
  • Won Jung-yo – makeup director
  • Choi Su-ji – assistant makeup director
  • Jung You-jung – assistant makeup director
Movie staff
  • Jimmy (BS Pictures) – music video director ("TT (Japanese ver.)")
  • Kim Young-jo (Naive Creative Production) – music video director ("Signal (Japanese ver.)")
  • Yoo Seung-woo (Naive Creative Production) – music video director ("Signal (Japanese ver.)")
  • Taikou Nakamura – making music video director ("Like Ooh-Ahh (Japanese ver.)")
  • Han Gui-taek – jacket shooting making movie director ("#Twice"), music video making movie director ("TT (Japanese ver.)"), music video making movie director ("Signal (Japanese ver.)")
  • Yu Yamaguchi (Warner Music Mastering) – DVD authoring
Other personnel
  • Rado – all instruments and computer programming (on "Like Ooh-Ahh (Japanese ver.)", "Cheer Up (Japanese ver.)", "TT (Japanese ver.)", "Like Ooh-Ahh", "Cheer Up" and "TT")
  • Joe J. Lee "Kairos" – all instruments, keyboards, computer programming and vocal production (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Hobyn "K.O" Yi – additional engineering and vocal production (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Jihyo – background vocals (on "Like Ooh-Ahh (Japanese ver.)", "Cheer Up (Japanese ver.)", "TT (Japanese ver.)", "Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)", "Like Ooh-Ahh", "Cheer Up" and "TT")
  • Nayeon – background vocals (on "TT (Japanese ver.)", "Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)" and "TT")
  • Ikuko Tsutsumi – background vocals (on "Like Ooh-Ahh (Japanese ver.)", "Cheer Up (Japanese ver.)", "TT (Japanese ver.)", "Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal (Japanese ver.)")
  • Mayu Wakisaka – background vocals (on "Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)" and "Knock Knock") and vocal recording director (on "Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)")
  • Esther Park "Legaci" – background vocals (on "Signal" and "Signal (Japanese ver.)")
  • Kim Yong-woon "Goodear" – recording engineer (on "Like Ooh-Ahh" and "Cheer Up") and mixing engineer (on "Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)" and "Knock Knock")
  • fabiotheasian – recording engineer and assistant mixing engineer (on "Like Ooh-Ahh")
  • Wes Koz – assistant recording engineer (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Han Chul-kyu – assistant recording engineer (on "Like Ooh-Ahh")
  • Jang Hong-seok – assistant recording engineer (on "Cheer Up")
  • Park Sang-rok – assistant recording engineer (on "TT")
  • Samuel J Lee "Swish" – vocal production (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Lee Tae-sub – mixing engineer (on "Like Ooh-Ahh (Japanese ver.)", "Cheer Up (Japanese ver.)", "TT (Japanese ver.)", "Like Ooh-Ahh", "Cheer Up" and "TT")
  • Choi Hye-jin – assistant mixing engineer (on "Cheer Up (Japanese ver.)", "TT (Japanese ver.)", "Cheer Up" and "TT")
  • Tony Maserati – mixing engineer (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Miles Comaskey – assistant mixing engineer (on "Signal (Japanese ver.)" and "Signal")
  • Kwon Nam-woo – mastering engineer (on "Like Ooh-Ahh (Japanese ver.)", "Cheer Up (Japanese ver.)" and "TT (Japanese ver.)")
  • Park Jung-un – mastering engineer (on "Knock Knock (Japanese ver.)", "Signal (Japanese ver.)", "Knock Knock" and "Signal")
  • Dave Kutch – mastering engineer (on "Like Ooh-Ahh")
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering engineer (on "Cheer Up" and "TT")
  • Will Quinnell – assistant mastering engineer (on "TT")

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[48] Platinum 250,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2018 32nd Japan Gold Disc Award Album of the Year (Asia) Won [49]
Best 3 Albums (Asia) Won

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