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Be Ordinary is the first EP by South Korean singer-songwriter Hwang Chi-yeul, his first studio album in 10 years, released on 13 June 2017, since his debut album Five Senses in 2007.[1]

Be Ordinary
EP by
Released13 June 2017 (2017-06-13)
RecordedSpring 2017
GenrePop
Length25:56
LabelNHN Entertainment, How Entertainment
ProducerHwang Chi-yeul
Hwang Chi-yeul chronology
Five senses
(2007)
Be Ordinary
(2017)
Be Myself
(2018)

Contents

Background and releaseEdit

In March 2017, singer Hwang Chi-yeul said during an interview:

"The exact release date hasn't been decided yet, but maybe in June? I think it might be unveiled before summer. There will be a song that I wrote on the new album, some of the tracks will be written by others though."[2]

In June 2017 after the EP’s release, Hwang said during an interview with KBS World Radio:

"A song I self-wrote is on my album for the first time. It's track 7, "Alone" and it's a special track for me. I lived on a rooftop when I wrote that song so I was sitting out in the shade on my rooftop when I wrote the lyrics. I thought the emotion of love was so limiting so I watched movies like "If Only" and "The Notebook" to stir up more emotions and wrote the lyrics. That's why this song is so special to me. It's my first album so I was too shy to put it as track 1 so I put it as track 7.",[3]

He explains what "A Daily Song" is about:

"It's a song recalling memories so yes, I do have similar memories. It could be about love, my parents, a childhood incident. Music has the power to bring back memories from when you were young. So I too remember things from my past...when I write songs, of course my experiences are included. I also use other people's stories or movies.",[3]

Be Ordinary describes nearly every aspect of his ordinary everyday life as a musician for the past 10 years he remained unknown. His last release as a studio full-length album was in 2007 with his album Five Senses. Be Ordinary is his first EP.

PromotionEdit

Before the EP's release, Be Ordinary, a teaser video,[4] was released on 9 June 2017. The EP and its official music video,[5] were released on 13 June 2017 and EP consists of seven tracks with many different genres. He wrote the lyrics for the last song, "Alone".[6]

On 24 May 2017, Hwang performed the song "A Daily Song" live for the first time on episode 16 of I Can See Your Voice, Season 4, that was broadcast on 15 June 2017 on Mnet.[7]

On 23 June 2017, "A Daily Song" took first place in the fourth week of June 2017 on KBS Music Bank. The nominees for the Music Bank K-Chart first place were "A Daily Song" by Hwang Chi-yeul and "Untitled, 2014" by G-Dragon.[8]

On 24–25 June 2017, Hwang held his first concert, Yolo Con at the Olympic Park in Seoul and performed his new songs from the EP live.[9]

Hwang is scheduled to hold his solo showcase on 30 July 2017 in Taipei,[10] and in concert on 10–11 August 2017 in Toronto.[11]

Hwang occasionally performs songs from the EP acoustically on a live streaming channel V LIVE.[12]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Prologue"Kang Hwa-sung (David Kang)1:10
2."With you"Choi Gap-won, Kang Hwa-sung (David Kang)4:04
3."A Daily Song"Han Gil, Han Wool4:19
4."Angle"Hong Ji-yu, Son Jun-hyuk, Bull$Eye3:51
5."One Spring Day"ENIAC, SONGMARION3:39
6."Goodbye..."Lee Keun-sang, Lee Mi-a4:04
7."Alone"Hwang Chi-yeul, Jeon Sang-hwan4:27

PersonnelEdit

Source:[13][9][14]

  • Hwang Chi-yeul – vocals
  • Kang Hwa-sung (David Kang) – piano, keyboards
  • Shin Jeong-eun – keyboards, drums
  • Jeong Su-wan – guitar
  • Choi Hun – bass
  • Han Gil – piano
  • Park Shin-won – guitar
  • Kang Tae-woo – backing vocals
  • Yoon Young-bok – keyboards
  • Tommy Kim – guitar
  • Bull$Eye – drums
  • Son Jun-hyuk – backing vocals
  • ENIAC – piano, keyboards, drums
  • Kim Da-ham – piano, keyboards
  • Lee Gheun-hyung – guitar
  • Jang Tae-woong – bass
  • Super COO – drums
  • Jeon Sang-hwan – piano, bass, drums
  • Chung Soo-wan – guitar

ChartsEdit

AlbumEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 1,[15]

Monthly chartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 1,[16]

Half-Year chartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 10,[17]

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 17,[18]

SinglesEdit

Chart (2017) Single Peak
position
Digital Chart A Daily Song 6,[19]
Download Chart A Daily Song 5,[20]
Streaming Chart A Daily Song 5,[21]
BGM Chart A Daily Song 2,[22]
BGM Chart Alone 2,[23]
Mobile Chart A Daily Song 2,[24]
Singing room Chart A Daily Song 1,[25]
Social Chart A Daily Song 61,[26]

Album salesEdit

Gaon Monthly Album Chart, South Korea
Year Month Be Ordinary
Sales Cumulative sales
2017 June 112,783 112,783,[27]
July 4,233 117,016,[28]
August 7,151 124,167,[29]
September 4,152 128,319,[30]
October 11,729 140,048,[31]
November 79,574 219,622,[32]
December 4,582 224,204,[33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hwang Chi-yeul's new album sells over 100,000 copies". YON HAP NEWS AGENCY.
  2. ^ "[Exclusive] Hwang Chi-yeul set for summer album release". Korea Herald. Lee Young-man.
  3. ^ a b "KBS World Radio Backstage Chat".
  4. ^ "황치열, 타이틀곡 '매일 듣는 노래' 뮤직비디오 티저영상 공개" (in Korean).
  5. ^ "황치열, 오늘(13일) 신곡 음원 및 MV 공개 '중독성 甲'" (in Korean).
  6. ^ "Alone" (in Korean).
  7. ^ "'너의 목소리가 보여' 황치열, 미스터리 싱어에서 초대가수로 '인생대반전'" (in Korean).
  8. ^ "황치열, 밝은 미소와 함께 뮤직뱅크 1위 인증샷...훈훈" (in Korean).
  9. ^ a b "Hwang Chi-yeul becomes best-selling nongroup artist since 2013".
  10. ^ "황치열, 대만 여심 훔친다…7월 단독 쇼케이스 개최" (in Korean).
  11. ^ "FIRST LIVE CONCERT IN CANADA".
  12. ^ "비가 주르주륵 매일 듣는 노래" (in Korean).
  13. ^ "Goodbye" (in Korean).
  14. ^ "Singer makes successful comeback with new album".
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  33. ^ "December 2017 Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association.