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TWICE wishes successful second album to bring third within 2016

All Headlines 20:50 April 25, 2016

By Chung Joo-won

SEOUL, April 25 (Yonhap) -- Members of South Korean girl group TWICE crossed their fingers on Monday that their new album would hit the jackpot, so that the band could release another within this year.

In a media showcase at Yes 24 Live Hall in eastern Seoul, the nine-member act wished to continue the immense success shown by its debut album, released six months prior in October.

"I wish we could release one more album within this year. Then we will be able to meet the fans again," said TWICE's Nayeon in the question-and-answer session of the media showcase.

All nine -- Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyong and Tsuyu -- showed up for the media showcase, to perform the album's title song "Cheer Up" and a remake of "Dear Love."

None of the idol group members seemed pressured about the immense success of their debut album, "Like OOH-AHH."

"So many loved our song 'Like OOH-AHH,' and that gives us another reason to come up with an even better performance. We plan to hold more events for our fans and show more diversity in our colors," Nayeon said.

TWICE released its second and latest EP album "Page Two" on Sunday at midnight, topping local music charts with the title song, "Cheer Up." But the girl group is reaching out for more, vowing to perform in the same costumes that they wore in the music video if they top the music shows on television networks.

The new EP album contains seven songs, including "Cheer Up," "Dear Love," "Touchdown" and "WooHoo" -- all of which makes the most of the springy and cheerful vibe of TWICE members, aged 16 to 20.

The title song "Cheer Up" blends a total of nine genres, ranging from hip-hop to tropical house. This multi-faceted blend of K-pop resulted from their management agency JYP Entertainment's "color pop," or K- pop with different mixes of several music genres.

Color pop is fully demonstrated in the music video of "Cheer Up" as well, with the nine TWICE members dressed up in different costumes as the heroines of nine different movie genres from rom-com, horror, action and Japanese animated television series.

Sana played Sailor Moon, the heroine of the Japanese anime of the same name; Chaeyoung a cowgirl; and Nayeon the lead actress of horror film "Scream." Jeongyeon exuded boyish-sexy in a parody of Cantonese film "Chungking Express," and Tsuyu played Audrey Hepburn in little black dress.

Other members took up the stereotype characters, such as a beauty of the Joseon era (1392-1910) and the heroine of a shooting action flick.

"Each member plays out different concepts, meaning that watching the music video only once won't suffice," said Chaeyoung.

Among the members, Tsuyu, the only Taiwanese member of the band, drew the most attention in a little black dress and double-layered pearl necklace.

"I usually don't wear this kind of (dress). But I fell for this dress. I hope I look alright in the music video," the 16-year-old said in a making-of video played on the silver screen during the media showcase.

The teen singer recently enrolled in a South Korean arts high school in Seoul.

"I'm happy to put on such a pretty school uniform and hang out with Dahyun and Chaeyoung at school. My teachers and classmates are very nice to me. I'm having so much fun (at school)," she said.

In the music video, the nine members also stage a cheerleading pep rally in a soccer stadium, dressed in cheerleading uniforms.

The cheerleading concept has been one of the most popular concepts among K-pop girl groups -- AOA, Lee Hyo-ri, After School, Girls' Generation and many more have used it.

"The company elaborated much to come up with the (cheerleading) concept. AOA and Girls' Generation did great job (in the cheerleading concept,) but I think TWICE has its own color to show," said TWICE's Nayeon.

jwc@yna.co.kr
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