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"TT" is a song recorded by South Korean girl group Twice. The song was released by JYP Entertainment on October 24, 2016, as the lead single from their third extended play Twicecoaster: Lane 1. It was written and composed by Sam Lewis and Black Eyed Pilseung respectively. The title "TT" refers to the emoticon used to express crying or sadness.[2]

"TT"
Single by Twice
from the album Twicecoaster: Lane 1 and #Twice
ReleasedOctober 24, 2016
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length3:34
LabelJYP Entertainment
Songwriter(s)
Twice singles chronology
"Cheer Up"
(2016)
"TT"
(2016)
"Knock Knock"
(2017)
Music video
"TT" on YouTube

The Japanese version of "TT" was released as the lead single from the group's first Japanese compilation album, #Twice.[3] Its accompanying music video was released on June 21, 2017.

Background and releaseEdit

On October 10, 2016 JYP Entertainment announced Twice's comeback with the title track "TT" from their third EP Twicecoaster: Lane 1. The first teaser for the music video was unveiled on October 20, featuring a boy and a girl wearing Halloween costumes, followed by the second teaser on the 21st. It was released on October 24 as a digital download on various music sites.[4][5][6][7]

A remix version titled "TT (TAK Remix)" was released on February 20, 2017 as a bonus track from Twice's special album Twicecoaster: Lane 2.[8]

CompositionEdit

"TT" was composed by Black Eyed Pilseung, who is also the composer of Twice's hit songs "Like Ooh-Ahh" and "Cheer Up", and arranged by Rado. It has lyrics written by Sam Lewis, which describes a girl's pounding heart as she falls in love for the first time. It is a K-pop song with heavy electronic influences and steady deep house snare beats.[1][10] Of the song, Twice member Jihyo said "We've got a song that best shows Twice's energetic, bright vibe that we've shown since 'Like Ooh-Ahh' and 'Cheer Up'".[11]

Music videoEdit

The music video for title track "TT" was directed by Naive, the same production team behind the music videos for Twice's songs "Like Ooh-Ahh" and "Cheer Up".[12] It earned more than 5 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours since its release. As of 2016, the video set a new record in only 40 hours, making it the fastest K-pop group music video to reach 10 million views and then broke the record of fastest to reach 20 million views in 114 hours (4 days 18 hours).[2][13][14][15]

In early 2017, the music video for "TT" hit 100 million views and became the most viewed K-pop girl group music video of all time.[16][17] It also recorded the first K-pop female act and the fastest idol group to achieve 200 million and 300 million YouTube views.[18][19][20] In September 2018, the music video became the first by a K-pop female act to hit 400 million views on YouTube.[21]

In the music video, the members showcased different personalities and famous characters through Halloween-themed cosplays: Jeongyeon and Momo portray Pinocchio and Tinker Bell respectively. Dahyun is White Rabbit of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland while Sana is Hit-Girl of Kick-Ass comic series. Chaeyoung is The Little Mermaid and Nayeon is a cute devil. Mina is a female pirate reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean. Tzuyu and Jihyo have contrasting concepts; Tzuyu is a mysterious vampire in a black see-through dress while Jihyo is a mix of Elsa from Frozen and the White Queen from Alice Through the Looking Glass—wearing a long white dress.[22][23][24] The video ends with a "To be continued" message, hinting to the album's sequential nature.[1]

Commercial performanceEdit

"TT" became one of the best-performing songs in 2016, as it claimed the top spot of Gaon's Digital Chart for four consecutive weeks. It also peaked at number 2 and 3 on Billboard charts' World Digital Song Sales and Billboard Japan Hot 100, respectively.[25][26][27][28]

It placed at No. 6 of 2017 Billboard Japan Hot 100, the only Korean song on the ranking.[29] "TT" surpassed 100 million streams in April 2017 and 2,500,000 downloads in July 2018 on Gaon Music Chart.[30]

Japanese versionEdit

A few weeks after the release, "TT pose", which is part of the choreography of "TT", became a trend in Japan. It was imitated by several Japanese celebrities on SNS and became popular among teenagers. On February 24, 2017, Twice officially announced that their debut in Japan was set for June 28. They released a compilation album titled #Twice which consists of ten songs including both Korean and Japanese-language versions of "TT".[31][32][33][34] It has Japanese lyrics written by Shoko Fujibayashi.[3]

The full music video of the Japanese version of "TT" was released on June 21. It was directed by Jimmy of BS Pictures, the same team that produced other JYP Entertainment artists' music videos including 2PM's "The Time We Have Spent Together", Got7's "Hey Yah" and "My Swagger", and more.[35][36] It ranked at No. 4 of YouTube Japan Top Trend Music Video in 2017.[37]

In February 2018, TT (Japanese ver.) earned Gold digital certification for sold over 100,000 downloads on Oricon Digital Singles Chart, it was the group's first single certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[38]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[46] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2017 6th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – October Won [47]
2018 32nd Japan Gold Disc Award Song of the Year by Download (Asia)[b] Won [48]

Music program awardsEdit

Program Date Ref.
The Show (SBS MTV) November 1, 2016 [49]
Show Champion (MBC Music) November 2, 2016 [50]
M Countdown (Mnet) November 3, 2016 [51]
November 10, 2016 [52]
Music Bank (KBS) November 4, 2016 [53]
November 11, 2016 [54]
November 18, 2016 [55]
November 25, 2016 [56]
December 2, 2016 [57]
January 6, 2017 [58]
Inkigayo (SBS) November 6, 2016 [59]
November 13, 2016 [60]
November 20, 2016 [61]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Peak chart position of "TT (Japanese ver.)" on Oricon Digital Singles Chart.
  2. ^ Award received by "TT (Japanese ver.)"

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