oNiely (stylized oNIELy) is the first EP of Niel under TOP Media, released on February 16, 2015.[1] The album is Niel's debut as a solo artist after over 4 years with the South Korean boy group Teen Top. Of the album's seven tracks, only "Affogato" was written by Niel.[2]

oNiely
ONIELy cover.jpg
EP by
ReleasedFebruary 16, 2015 (2015-02-16)
GenreK-Pop, Dance
Length24:58
LanguageKorean
LabelTOP Media
Singles from oNiely
  1. "Lovekiller"
    Released: February 16, 2015
  2. "Spring Love"
    Released: April 14, 2015
Repackage cover
Spring Love.jpg

BackgroundEdit

On January 5, 2015, it was announced that Niel would be making his official solo debut in February.[3] January 27, on Mnet's "4 Things Show", Niel revealed a self-composed track "Affogato" from the EP.[4] On February 1, TOP Media announced Niel would release an EP entitled oNiely on February 16. Niel collaborated with various artists for his EP, such as C.A.P, L.Joe, and Dok2. February 17 on the radio program, "Power FM's 'Choi Hwa Jung's Power Time," Niel said he had to go to the emergency room twice during preparations for the debut due to anxiety.[5] On February 20 in the TV show "2TV morning" Niel's mother sent a video message stating "I found out from the news article that Niel had gone to the emergency room."[6]

Release and receptionEdit

On February 16, oNiely was released. oNiely reached number 1 on the weekly Hanteo Album Chart. It sold 17,205 copies on the first week.[7] oNiely also topped the "Bugs album chart top 100" and Gaon album chart.[8]

On April 14, Niel released oNiely repackage "Spring Love". The repackage album debuted at number 8 on Top 20 Best-Selling Albums on the Taiwan's weekly Five Music chart[9] and peaked at number 4 on Hanteo Album Chart.[10]

Music video and Single PromotionEdit

The official music video for the lead single "Lovekiller" came out on February 16 and features rapper Dok2. In the video, Korean model Yoo Seung-ok played the role of the "lovekiller".[11][12] Much of the music video's inspiration came from Michael Jackson.[13][14] Niel held the album's showcase performance at the Ilchi Art Hall in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, on February 16, 2015.[15] Televised promotions began on February 13, on KBS's Music Bank.[16][17] He also promoted his album in various radio programs. On February 17, Teen Top SNS posted a video titled "Running machine live". In the video, Niel had been singing "Lovekiller" while jogging on the treadmill. The video impressed all the viewers with the high-speed movements while he kept singing. It showcased his abilities to perform perfectly, all while maintaining the choreography.[18]

oNiely repackage Spring Love came out on April 14, 2015. The official music video for title track "Spring Love" was released on the same day, featuring female singer Juniel.[19] The video was filmed in Hoxton Studio Pacific in Japan. Niel made his solo comeback with "Spring Love" feat. Juniel on Mnet's M! Countdown on April 16, 2015.[20]

CompositionEdit

The album includes the ballads "Call Me", "Epilogue", and "Song of an Angel"; the funk pieces "Affogato" ; and the disco set "Lovekiller" in which he sings along to a steady acoustic guitar riff.[21] The song "Lovekiller" was composed by Black Eyed Pilseung, who also wrote the melodies for Teen Top's "Missing" and "I'm sorry."[22]"Lovekiller" is a medium-tempo dance song with an acoustic guitar sound. The song, "Affogato," which means "a gentle mix of sweet and bitter"- was self-produced by Niel. He first revealed the music video in Mnet's "4 Things Show".[2]

Track listEdit

Credits adapted from official Teen Top page.[23]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Only You"Black Eyed PilseungBlack Eyed Pilseung3:03
2."Lovekiller (feat. Dok2)" (못된 여자)Black Eyed PilseungBlack Eyed Pilseung3:29
3."아포가토 (feat. C.A.P)" (Affogato)NielNiel3:26
4."Lady (feat. L.Joe)"Black Eyed PilseungBlack Eyed Pilseung3:31
5."전화해" (Call Me)Ye-YoYe-Yo3:28
6."에필로그" (Epilogue)Brand NewjiqDJTY3:27
7."천사의 노래" (Song of an Angel)Lucid FallLucid Fall4:22
Total length:24:58
Spring Love (Repackage Album)
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."심쿵 (Spring Love) (feat. Juniel)"Park Chang-hyun (박창현)Park Chang-hyun (박창현)3:16
2."Memory... (feat. V-hawk)"NielNiel3:38
3."Only You"Black Eyed PilseungBlack Eyed Pilseung3:03
4."Lovekiller (feat. Dok2)" (못된 여자)Black Eyed PilseungBlack Eyed Pilseung3:29
5."아포가토 (feat. C.A.P)" (Affogato)NielNiel3:26
6."Lady (feat. L.Joe)"Black Eyed PilseungBlack Eyed Pilseung3:31
7."전화해" (Call Me)Ye-YoYe-Yo3:28
8."에필로그" (Epilogue)Brand NewjiqDJTY3:37
9."천사의 노래" (Song of an Angel)Lucid FallLucid Fall4:22
Total length:31:52

ChartsEdit

ONIELy

Country Chart Peak
position
South Korea Gaon Weekly album chart[24] 1
Gaon Monthly album chart[25] 3

ONIELy Repackage `Spring Love`

Country Chart Peak
position
South Korea Gaon Weekly album chart[26] 4
Gaon Monthly album chart[27] 9

Release historyEdit

Album Region Date Format Label
oNiely Korea February 16, 2015[28] Digital download TOP Media
LOEN Entertainment
February 17, 2015 CD
Spring Love Korea April 14, 2015[29] CD, digital download TOP Media
LOEN Entertainment

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Niel releases self-produced track 'Affogato' on '4 Things Show'". Retrieved 27 January 2015.
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  6. ^ "Impressed by a video letter to Daniel, mother". 20 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Niel, the first solo album by weekly-chart No. 1". Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "Niel solo album, listeners are acknowledging the well-made album weekly chart No. 1". mydaily. 26 February 2015.
  9. ^ "第16 週 統計時間:2015/4/10 - 2015/4/16". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "Hanteo Top 5 (Korean Album)". yesasia. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
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  14. ^ "'Lovekiller' Announces Niel as New King of Cool" (Press release). 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
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  17. ^ "Music Bank' Highlights: CNBLUE' Jung Yonghwa Wins #1 On The February 13, 2015 Episode + Performance Recaps". KpopStarz.
  18. ^ "Niel Sings 'Lovekiller' While Jogging On A Treadmill". news.chosun. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  19. ^ "Juniel is the singer behind the sweet voice heard in Niel's upcoming song 'Spring Love'" (Press release). allkpop. 2015-04-10. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  20. ^ Niel and Juniel will perform “Spring Love” for the first time on M! Countdown
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  22. ^ "TEEN TOP's Niel loses his heart to a 'Lovekiller' in solo debut MV + 'oNIELy' tracks!". Retrieved February 16, 2015.
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  24. ^ gaonchart.co.kr. "2015년 35주차 Album Chart" (in Korean).
  25. ^ gaonchart.co.kr. "2015년 04월 Album Chart" (in Korean).
  26. ^ "2015년 17주차 Album Chart". Archived from the original on April 23, 2015.
  27. ^ "2015년 04월 Album Chart". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association.
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  29. ^ Niel reveals title track of upcoming repackaged album 'Spring Love'. April 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-07.