Hades (single album)

Hades (/ˈhdz/; Ancient Greek: ᾍδης or Ἀΐδης, Háidēs) is the sixth single album, and the second part of the VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION trilogy, followed by Kratos and preceded by Zelos, by the South Korean boy band VIXX. The album was released on August 12, 2016 under the label of Jellyfish Entertainment. The song "Fantasy" was used to promote the album.

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ReleasedAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
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Music video
"Fantasy" on YouTube

Background and releaseEdit

For every song, a different themed God appears. We're preparing a song and performance that suits them.

VIXX, in Singles Magazine. May 2016 Issue.

On March 29, 2016, Jellyfish Entertainment released the Conception Art Film,[1] which signaled the start of their year-long project and trilogy VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION,[2][3] through which the group would show their wide musical and conceptual spectrum and would be themed around the gods that appear in Greek mythology.[4] An official Instagram for the project was also created at that time.[5][6] On April 10, 2016, VIXX released the opening trailer of 2016 CONCEPTION,[7] and nine days later on April 19 released the first album in the trilogy, Zelos which is based upon the god of the same name.[8][9]

On August 1, 2016, VIXX revealed that the second album would be Hades,[10][11] which is based on the God Hades; who was the ancient Greek chthonic god of the underworld.[12] On August 2, VIXX began releasing teasers for the album,[13][14][15] On August 5, 2016, VIXX revealed the track list of the album,[16] it was also announced that the album would come in two versions, a regular version and a Kihno version. The regular version would come with the CD, 68 page photobook, photo card and poster whilst the Kihno version would come with the Kihno card, post card with printed autograph, a set of 31 photocards and a poster.[17][18] On August 5, 2016, the group revealed the Hades Concept Film on Naver TV Cast,[19] and on the following day released a video music spoiler to the title song "Fantasy" which features VIXX member Leo playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata".[20] On August 9, VIXX revealed a highlight medley of the songs featured in the album,[21] and on the following day released a teaser of the music video.[22] The music video for "Fantasy" was released on August 14, 2016. "Fantasy" has a darker theme that emphasizes the concept of Hades, Greek god of the Underworld, unlike the first 2016 CONCEPTION release that was conceptualized around Zelos, representative of zeal and jealousy.[23][24]

Hades charted at number 1 on the Gaon album chart, with the title song "Fantasy" charting at number 22 on the Gaon Digital Chart and number 5 on Billboard World Digital Songs. Hades sold cumulative 97,222 copies in August.[25]


The title song "Fantasy" was written by songwriter Kim Mi-jin from Music Cube and VIXX member Ravi. The song was composed and arranged by Devine Channel. The track has a "dramatic, orchestral sound" with an "elegant [and] ethereal quality".[23][24] The second track "Love Me Do" was written by Kim Changrock, Andrew Baag, Han Kyoung-soo and Ravi and composed by Kim Changrock and Andrew Baag with arrangement by Kim Changrock, Andrew Baag and DEVILCAT. The third and final track "Butterfly Effect" (Korean나비 효과) was written by Hwang Ji-won from Jam Factory and Ravi and composed by Erik Lidbom and Andreas Oberg. Erik Lidbom for Hitfire Production arranged and produced the track.[16]


VIXX began promoting Hades and performing songs from the album at their third concert VIXX Live Fantasia – ELYSIUM from August 13 at the Seoul Olympics Gymnasium,[26] followed by a live Comeback Special on Naver V LIVE on August 14 to commemorate the release of the album.[27] VIXX also performed "Fantasy" and "Love Me Do" on SBS MTV's The Show, followed by music programs MBC Music's Show Champion, KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Show! Music Core, SBS's Inkigayo, and Mnet's M! Countdown. VIXX gained their first win for "Fantasy" on August 23 on The Show.[28] VIXX wrapped up their month long promotions for "Fantasy" on September 11, 2016 on SBS's Inkigayo and during that time VIXX won 1st place three times on the music shows.

Track listingEdit

The credits are adapted from the official homepage of the group.[29]

1."Fantasy"Kim Mi-jin (Music Cube), RaviDevine Channel3:29
2."Love Me Do"Kim Changrock, Andrew Baag, Han Kyoung-soo, RaviKim Changrock, Andrew Baag3:51
3."Butterfly Effect" (나비 효과; Nabihyogwa)Hwang Ji-won (Jam Factory), RaviErik Lidbom, Andreas Oberg3:21
4."Fantasy" (Inst.) Devine Channel3:29
Total length:15:00

Awards and nominationsEdit


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Dance Performance - Male Group "Fantasy" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
SBS PopAsia Awards Album of The Year[30] Conception Trilogy (Zelos, Hades and Kratos) Nominated
Gaon Chart Music Awards 3rd Quarter Best Selling Record Award Hades Nominated

Music program awardsEdit

Song Music show Date
"Fantasy" The Show August 23, 2016[31]
Show Champion August 24, 2016[32]
The Show September 6, 2016[33]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart Peak
South Korea (Gaon album chart) 1
South Korea (Gaon Digital Chart (Fantasy) 22
Taiwan (FIVE-MUSIC Korea-Japan Album Chart) 2
Billboard World Digital Songs (Fantasy)[35] 5

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
South Korea August 12, 2016
  • CD
  • Digital download
Worldwide Digital download Jellyfish Entertainment

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "VIXX prepares you for comeback with 'Conception'". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  3. ^ "VIXX, SEVENTEEN, and Lovelyz Jump on the "Trilogy" Bandwagon". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ "겁 없는 여섯 남자, 빅스 - Singles May Issue". Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
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  6. ^ "빅스, 연간 프로젝트 예고…아트 필름으로 예열". Retrieved 12 April 2016.
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  9. ^ "VIXX Go Lighter But Stay Edgy With 'Dynamite' Single & Video". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
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  11. ^ "'컴백' 빅스, 전무후무 피지컬 티저 공개 '모델 포스'". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  12. ^ Cartwright, Mark, "Hades", Ancient History Encyclopedia, retrieved 29 June 2015
  13. ^ "VIXX drops comeback schedule for sixth single 'Hades'". Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  14. ^ "VIXX prepares for second 'conception' with 'Hades'". Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Update: VIXX Shares Hints At Comeback Plans With Schedule". Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  16. ^ a b "'컴백 D-7' 빅스, 트랙리스트 공개..타이틀곡 '판타지' 확정". Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  17. ^ "VIXX 6TH SINGLE "HADES"". Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  18. ^ "VIXX 6TH SINGLE "HADES" KIHNO VERSION". Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  19. ^ "VIXX drop concept film for 'Hades'". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  20. ^ "VIXX drop unexpected 'FANTASY' music spoiler for 'HADES'". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Update: VIXX Shares Highlight Medley For "Hades"". Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Watch: VIXX Rocks Their Dark Concept In "Fantasy" MV Teaser Video". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
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  24. ^ a b "VIXX release ethereal 'Fantasy' MV | allkpop.com". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  25. ^ "Gaon Album Chart - August 2016". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  26. ^ "VIXX to release 2nd part of trilogy on Aug. 12". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  27. ^ "[V LIVE] VIXX's Live 'FANTASY' - Comeback Special Live". Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  28. ^ "빅스, '더쇼'서 컴백 첫 1위…트로피 수집 시동 걸었다". Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  29. ^ "VIXX 6th Single: Hades". Jellyfish Entertainment. August 7, 2016. Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  30. ^ "SBS PopAsia Award 2016: Album of The Year". www.sbs.com.au. November 16, 2016. Archived from the original on November 19, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  31. ^ "Watch: VIXX Grabs 1st Win For "Fantasy" On "The Show," Performances By I.O.I, UP10TION, And More". Soompi. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  32. ^ "VIXX Takes 2nd Win For "Fantasy" On "Show Champion," Performances By I.O.I, Oh My Girl, WJSN, And More". Soompi. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  33. ^ "VIXX Takes 3rd Win With "Fantasy," Performances By Spica And More On "The Show"". Soompi. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  34. ^ Cumulative sales for Hades
  35. ^ "VIXX Return to Social 50 Chart With 'Fantasy' Comeback". billboard.com. Retrieved August 25, 2016.

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