April, and a Flower

April, and a Flower (styled as April, and a flower) (Korean사월, 그리고 꽃; RRsawol, geurigo kkot) is the debut extended play by South Korean singer Chen. It was released on April 1, 2019 by SM Entertainment and distributed by Dreamus.[1] The extended play features six songs including the hit single "Beautiful Goodbye".[2] The album is available in three versions: April, Flower, and a standard Kihno version of the album.

April, and a Flower
April, and a Flower.jpg
Digital cover
EP by
ReleasedApril 1, 2019 (2019-04-01)
Recorded2019
StudioSM Studios, Seoul, South Korea
GenreK-pop
Length24:56
LanguageKorean
Label
ProducerLee Soo-man (exec.)
Chen chronology
April, and a Flower
(2019)
Dear My Dear
(2019)
Singles from April, and a Flower
  1. "Beautiful Goodbye"
    Released: April 1, 2019

Background and releaseEdit

On March 8, it was reported that Chen would release his first solo album in April.[3][4] On March 19, the EP's title April, and a Flower, release date and art cover were revealed. The pre-order of the three versions of the EP started on the same day.[5] On March 21, a detailed teaser photo of the EP schedule was released.[6] On March 22, the track list[7] and the album details were released.[8]

On March 25, three image teasers of the singer were released.[9] On March 26, additional three image teasers were released.[10] On March 27, highlight medley of the EP was released.[11] On March 29, three image teasers of the singer were released.[12] On the same day, the first teaser of "Beautiful Goodbye" music video was released.[13] On March 30, two additional teaser photos were released.[14]

On April 1, the official music video of "Beautiful Goodbye" and the EP were released.[15] On April 5, a vertical video of "Beautiful Goodbye" was released.[16] On April 8, a visual video of "Flower" was released.[17] On April 19, a handwritten video of "Beautiful Goodbye" was released, where fans of Chen participated in writing the lyrics of the song on papers, and a video collage was made of it.[18]

PromotionEdit

 
Chen in a showcase on April 1, 2019.

On April 1, Chen held a showcase where he talked about the process of making the EP and held a listening session of it, the singer also performed the lead single "Beautiful Goodbye" for the first time.[19][20] On the same day he held a busking event titled "Chen's April Busking" at Coex Artium Mall where he discussed about each track of the EP with the fans, and performed "Sorry Not Sorry" and "Beautiful Goodbye".[21] Chen started promoting on Korean music programs for one week starting from April 5, 2019 and resulted in achieving first place on two music programs.[22] On April 6, The singer held a fansign in Sinchon,[23] and on April 20, in Busan and Daegu.[24]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Flower" (꽃; Kkot)Kim Je-hwiKim Je-hwi4:01
2."Beautiful Goodbye" (사월이 지나면 우리 헤어져요; Sawor-i Jinamyeon Uri He-eojyeoyo; lit : After April, We Are Separated)Jisoo Park (153/Joombas)
  • MooF (153/Joombas)
  • Jisoo Park (153/Joombas)
MooF (153/Joombas)4:29
3."Sorry Not Sorry" (하고 싶던 말; Hago Shibdeon Mal; lit : What You Want To Say)Paul KimPhenomenotesSong Young-joo4:26
4."Love Words" (사랑의 말; Sarang-e Mal; lit : A Word Of Love)KenzieKenzieKenzie3:36
5."I'll Be There" (먼저 가 있을게; Meonjeo Ga Isseulge; lit : I'll Be There First)Min Yeon-jaeKingMingKingMing4:12
6."Portrait of You" (널 그리다; Neol Geurida; lit : Draw You)Seo Ji-eum
  • Andreas Stone Johansson
  • Ricky Hanley
Andreas Stone Johansson4:12
Total length:25:04

ChartsEdit

SalesEdit

Region Sales
South Korea (Gaon)[34] 212,252
China (QQ Music)[35] 90,000
Japan (Oricon)[36] 3,220
United States (Nielsen Music)[37] 1,000

AccoladesEdit

Awards
Year Organization Award Nominated work Result Ref
2020 Golden Disc Awards Disc Bonsang April, and a Flower Pending [38]
Disc Daesang Pending
Digital Bonsang "Beautiful Goodbye" Pending
Music show awards
Song Program Date Ref.
"Beautiful Goodbye" Show! Music Core (MBC) April 13, 2019 [39]
Inkigayo (SBS) April 14, 2019 [40]

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
South Korea April 1, 2019
Various
  • Digital download
  • streaming
SM Entertainment

ReferencesEdit

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