Welcome Back (iKon album)

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Welcome Back
IKON Debut Full Album 'Welcome Back'.jpg
iKON Debut Full Album cover
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 24, 2015 (2015-12-24)
Genre
LanguageKorean
LabelYG
ProducerB.I
IKON chronology
Welcome Back
(2015)
Return
(2018)
Singles from Welcome Back
  1. "My Type"
    Released: September 15, 2015
  2. "Airplane"
    Released: October 1, 2015
  3. "Rhythm Ta"
    Released: October 1, 2015
  4. "Apology"
    Released: November 16, 2015
  5. "Anthem"
    Released: November 16, 2015
  6. "Dumb & Dumber"
    Released: December 24, 2015
  7. "What's Wrong?"
    Released: December 24, 2015
Music video
"My Type" on YouTube
"Airplane" on YouTube
"Rhythm Ta" on YouTube
"Apology" on YouTube
"Anthem" on YouTube
"Dumb & Dumber" on YouTube
"What's Wrong?" on YouTube
Half Album Cover
IKON Debut Half Album 'Welcome Back'.jpg

Welcome Back is the debut studio album by South Korean male group iKON. The full album was initially planned to be released on November 2, 2015. However, on October 27, 2015, YG Entertainment announced that the release of the full album would be delayed. The album was released on December 24, 2015, along with additional music videos than previously planned. Additionally, two digital singles along with accompanying music videos were released on November 16.

iKON topped the Gaon Album chart with their Debut Half Album - Welcome Back from October 4, 2015 to October 10, 2015.[1] Their first single, My Type was released on September 15 and became a huge success, selling about 1.6 million copies in Korea and becoming one of the best selling singles of 2015.

Background and development[edit]

On September 15, 2015, iKON's debut single "My Type" was released.[2]

On October 1, 2015, iKON released the first half of Welcome Back, along with two music videos for their promotional singles "Airplane" and "Rhythm Ta."[3][4] Two additional singles, "Apology" and "Anthem" were released on November 16, 2015, as part of the rescheduling of the release of the full album. iKON's first studio full album was released on December 24, 2015, with the title tracks "What's Wrong?" and "Dumb & Dumber".

iKON's leader B.I was involved in the song composition for the majority of the tracks in the full album. iKON's vocalist Ju-ne composed "Rhythm Ta" while iKON's rappers Bobby and B.I wrote the lyrics to all the tracks in the full album.

Commercial performance[edit]

Welcome Back Half Album charted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart[5] selling 82,208 copies in its first month and 3,463 in the second month.[6][7] The full album also charted at number one,[8] with a total of 52,312 copies sold in the first month of release.[9] In the year-end chart, the album reportedly sold a total of 117,483 copies.[10]

On the Oricon Chart, the half album charted at 26[11] and the full album charted at 22.[12] On January 13, 2016, the Japanese version of the album was released and 53,207 copies were sold in the first day, topping the Oricon daily chart.[13] With a total of 61,508 copies sold in its first week of release, the Japanese album charted third on the Oricon chart.[14] In October 2016, sales of the album had passed the 150,000 copies mark, and its Japanese version had passed the 90,000 copies mark.

"My Type" was released along with a music video on 15 September 2015. Within 24 hours of its release, the music video surpassed 1.7 million views on YouTube. The group took their first music show win with the single on 26 September 2015 on MBC's Music Core, even though they had yet to make their first official live appearance. On 24 September, "My Type" achieved a 'triple crown' on the Gaon chart, having taken the number one spot on the digital, download, and streaming charts simultaneously for the 39th week of 2015. On 18 September, the single became number one on the music video chart of Chinese music streaming sites QQ Music and Youku. iKon also trended on Weibo, where they were reportedly searched 1.3 billion times. "My Type" was the 34th best selling song of 2015 by Gaon Music chart.

Track listing[edit]

Half album track list[15]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Welcome Back"
  • B.I
  • Rovin
Rovin3:33
2."Rhythm Ta" (리듬 타; Rhythm Ta)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
P.K3:47
3."My Type" (취향저격; Chwihyangjeogyeok)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Kush
  • Choice37
  • Kush
  • B.I
Choice373:31
4."Today" (오늘따라; Oneul Ttara)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Ham Seung-cheon
  • Kang Uk-jin
  • Future Bounce
Future Bounce3:12
5."Airplane"B.I, Bobby,
  • B.I
  • Future Bounce
Future Bounce3:36
6."M.U.P" (솔직하게; Soljighage)
  • The Fliptones
  • The Jackie Boyz
3:23
Total length:21:02
Full album track list[16][17]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Dumb & Dumber" (덤앤더머; deom-aendeomeo)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Future Bounce
  • B.I
Future Bounce4:01
2."What's Wrong?" (왜 또; wae tto)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Rovin
Rovin3:49
3."I Miss You So Bad" (아니라고; anilago)
  • G-Dragon
  • Dee.P
DEE.P3:48
4."Rhythm Ta" (리듬 타; lideum ta)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • P.K
  • B.I
  • Ju-ne
P.K3:47
5."Anthem" (이리오너라; Irioneora; B.I & Bobby)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Teddy
  • Choice37
3:25
6."Apology" (지못미; Ji Mot-mi)
3:51
7."Airplane"
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Future Bounce
Future Bounce3:36
8."My Type" (취향저격; Chwihyangjeogyeok)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Kush
  • Choice37
  • Kush
  • B.I
Choice373:31
9."Today" (오늘따라; Oneul Ttara)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Ham Seung-cheon
  • Kang Uk-jin
  • Future Bounce
Future Bounce3:12
10."Welcome Back"
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Rovin
Rovin3:33
11."Rhythm Ta Remix" (리듬 타; lideum ta)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • P.K
  • B.I
  • Ju-ne
P.K3:47

Charts[edit]

Sales[edit]

Chart Sales
South Korea 157,255[23]
Japan 99,570[24]

Awards[edit]

Music programs[edit]

Song Program Date Ref.
"My Type" Show! Music Core (MBC) September 26, 2015 [25]
Inkigayo (SBS) September 27, 2015 [26]
October 4, 2015 [27]
"Rythmn Ta" M Countdown (Mnet) October 8, 2015 [28]
"Apology" Inkigayo (SBS) November 29, 2015 [29]
"Dumb & Dumber" M Countdown (Mnet) January 14, 2016 [30]
January 21, 2016 [31]
January 28, 2016 [32]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Album Language Label(s) Format
South Korea October 1, 2015 EP Korean YG Entertainment Digital download
Various
South Korea October 5, 2015 CD
Japan[33] October 28, 2015 Japanese YG Entertainment, YGEX Digital download
South Korea December 24, 2015 Full Album Korean YG Entertainment Digital download, CD
Various Digital download
Japan[34][35] January 13, 2016 Japanese YG Entertainment, YGEX Digital download, CD
March 30, 2016 Complete Edition Digital download, CD

References[edit]

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