Antifragile is the second extended play by South Korean girl group Le Sserafim, released by Source Music on October 17, 2022. It contains five tracks, including the lead single of the same name. Antifragile marks their first release as a quintet, following the departure of Kim Ga-ram in July 2022.

Antifragile
Digital and "Vol.1 Midnight Onyx" version cover
EP by
ReleasedOctober 17, 2022 (2022-10-17)
Recorded2022
StudioHybe Studio (Yongsan, Seoul)[1]
Length13:26
LanguageKorean
Label
Producer
Le Sserafim chronology
Fearless
(2022)
Antifragile
(2022)
Unforgiven
(2023)
Singles from Antifragile
  1. "Antifragile"
    Released: October 17, 2022

The album debuted at number two on the Circle Album Chart and was certified million by the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA) for selling 1,000,000 units. In the United States, it debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200, becoming the group's first entry on the chart.

Background and release

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On September 1, it was revealed that Le Sserafim would be making their first comeback with new music in the fall.[3] Through a short video clip published on September 19, Le Sserafim announced the title and release date of their upcoming extended play (EP).[4] Source Music then shared the EP's physical release details on social media platforms.[5] Three sets of concept photos titled "Midnight Onyx", "Iridescent Opal" and "Frozen Aquamarine" were also revealed in the weeks leading up to the release of Antifragile.[6] The track samplers and track list were released on October 3 and 4, respectively.[7][8] The music video for the lead single was released prior to the EP.

Composition

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The EP contains five songs, including the lead single of the same name, "Antifragile".[8] Member Huh Yun-jin participated in the songwriting process of the third, fourth, and fifth tracks. In addition, member Sakura participated in writing and composing the fifth track.[9]

The record opens with "bass-heavy" intro, "The Hydra". The track references a "mythological creature", where each member speaks in their native language.[10] The second track, "Antifragile", is described as an "Afro-Latin style" pop song with a "heavy" Latin rhythm. The lyrics of the song convey the message that difficult times are stimulus for growth and that with this mindset, they will become stronger.[9] It is followed by "Impurities", which is described as a "sophisticated" R&B track. The fourth track, "No Celestial", is a punk-pop song, characterized with heavy guitar sound. The lyrics are "all about embracing their flaws". The closing track "Good Parts (When the Quality Is Bad but I Am)", is another R&B track, where the members sing about finding "true courage in embracing one's flaws".[10]

Awards and nominations

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Awards and nominations for Antifragile
Year Ceremony Award Result Ref.
2023 Circle Chart Music Awards New Artist of the Year – Physical Nominated [11]
Korean Music Awards Best K-pop Album Nominated [12]

Commercial performance and reception

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Following the commencement of pre-orders on September 19, the album sold more than 400,000 copies within a week.[13] As of October 6, Antifragile had sold 560,000 copies,[14] and as of October 14, it surpassed 600,000 copies.[15]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
IZM     [16]
NME     [17]
AllMusic     [18]

Promotion

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On the day Antifragile was released, Le Sserafim hosted a live showcase on Mnet to introduce the extended play and to communicate with their fans. "Antifragile", "Impurities", "No Celestial", and "Good Parts (When the Quality Is Bad but I Am)" were all performed at the showcase.[19]

Track listing

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All tracks except for track 5 (produced by Sir Nolan and Alex Bilowitz) are produced by 13 (Score, Megatone).

Track listing for Antifragile
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Hydra"
  • Score (13)
  • Megatone (13)
  • Hybe
1:44
2."Antifragile"
3:04
3."Impurities"
  • Score (13)
  • Megatone (13)
  • Jonna Hall
  • Danke (Lalala Studio)
  • "Hitman" Bang
  • Huh Yun-jin
  • Daniel "Obi" Klein
  • Charli Taft
  • Kim Chae-ah
  • Maggie Szabo
  • Hayes Kramer
  • Blvsh
  • Jaro
  • Nikolay Mohr
  • Park Sang-yu
  • Cho Yoon Kyung
  • Lee Hyung Seok (PNP)
3:16
4."No Celestial"
  • Score (13)
  • Megatone (13)
  • Danke (Lalala Studio)
  • Cazzi Opeia
  • Ellen Berg
  • Kim In-hyung
  • Ronnie Icon
  • YoungChance
  • TK
  • Shorelle
  • Julia Bognar Finnseter
  • Nermin Harambašić
  • Poutyface
  • Park Sang-yu
  • Huh Yun-jin
2:46
5."Good Parts (When the Quality Is Bad but I Am)"
2:36
Total length:13:26

Credits and personnel

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  • Score (13) – writing (all tracks), production (tracks 1–4)
  • Megatone (13) – writing (all tracks), production (tracks 1–4)
  • Alex Bilowitz – writing (track 5), production (track 5)
  • Sir Nolan – writing (track 5), production (track 5)
  • Blvsh – writing (track 3)
  • Cazzi Opeia – writing (track 4)
  • Charli Taft – writing (track 3)
  • Cha Yubin – writing (track 5)
  • Cho Yoon Kyung – writing (track 5)
  • Daniel "Obi" Klein – writing (track 3)
  • Danke – writing (tracks 2–5)
  • Ellen Berg – writing (track 4)
  • Hayes Kramer – writing (track 3)
  • "Hitman" Bang – writing (tracks 2, 3)
  • Huh Yun-jin – writing (tracks 3–5)
  • Hybe Labels – writing (track 1)
  • Isabella Lovestory – writing (track 2)
  • Jaro – writing (track 3)
  • Jenna Andrews – writing (track 5)
  • Jonna Hall – writing (track 3)
  • Julia Bognar Finnseter (track 4)
  • Kim Chae-ah – writing (track 3)
  • Kim In-hyung – writing (track 4)
  • Kyler Niko – writing (track 2)
  • Lee Hyung-seok – writing (track 3)
  • Maggie Szabo – writing (track 3)
  • Nathalie Boone – writing (track 2)
  • Nermin Harambašić – writing (track 4)
  • Nikolay Mohr – writing (track 3)
  • Park Sang-yu – writing (track 3)
  • Paulina Cerrilla – writing (track 2)
  • Poutyface – writing (track 4)
  • Ronnie Icon – writing (track 2)
  • Sakura Miyawaki – writing (track 5)
  • Salem Ilese – writing (track 5)
  • Shintaro Yasuda – writing (track 2)
  • Shorelle – writing (track 4)
  • Supreme Boi – writing (track 1)
  • TK - writing (track 4)
  • YoungChance – writing (track 4)
  • Kim Ha-nul – assistant direction
  • Jeong Ji-won – assistant direction
  • Nu Kiml – creative direction
  • Atu – direction
  • Gabriel Cho – visual creative
  • Moon Sung-woong – visual creative
  • Cho Yoon – visual creative
  • Kim Yu-joo – visual creative

Charts

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Sales and certifications

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Sales and certifications for Antifragile
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan 72,826[42]
South Korea (KMCA)[44] Million 1,081,332[43]

Release history

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Release history for Antifragile
Region Date Format Label
Various October 17, 2022
South Korea CD
Various October 21, 2022

See also

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References

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