A Once's Guide to Twice

Author: Samuel Weiss-Cowie

23 October 2016

A Once's Guide to Twice

In commemoration of Twice's recent 1-year anniversary, and in eager anticipation of their comeback, here is a Once's guide to Twice, its members, and its releases.  

Following a selection process through the reality show Sixteen, the nine memebrs of Twice debuted as a new girl group from JYP Entertainment in October of 2016 with the instant hit "Like Ooh-Ahh," quickly gaining a massive following.  This rising group is renowned for their stellar visuals and cheerful style, as well as the unique flair each of the nine brings to the stage and to each of the band's music videos.  Their fandom, ONCE, is ever-expanding, and their new mini-album 'TT'--to be released October 24 at 12:00 AM KST--should generate a surge of new fans.  

Nayeon

Group Position: Lead Vocalist

Born: September 22, 1995, in Seoul, South Korea

Blood Type: A

Height: 163 cm (5'4")

Nicknames: Squirtle, Nabongs, Nasoong, Bunny Unnie

Jeongyeon

Group Position: Lead Vocalist

Born: November 1, 1996, in Suwon, South Korea

Blood Type: O

Height: 169 cm (5'7")

Nicknames: Dad, Yoojung Sunbae, No Jam Hyung, 

Momo

Group Position: Main Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist

Born: November 9, 1996, in Kyotonabe, Japan

Blood Type: A

Height: 167 cm (5'6")

Nicknames: Momorin, Dancing Queen, Moguri


Sana

Group Position: Lead Dancer, Vocalist

Born: December 29, 1996, in Osaka, Japan

Blood Type: B

Height: 168 cm (5'6")

Nicknames: Squirrel, Kim Sana, Satang

Jihyo

Group Position: Leader, Main Vocalist

Born: February 1, 1997, in Guri, South Korea

Blood Type: O

Height: 162 cm (5'4")

Nicknames: Thomas

Mina

Group Position: Leader Dancer, Vocalist

Born: March 24, 1997, in San Antonio, USA

Blood Type: A

Height: 163 cm (5'4")

Nicknames: Black Swan, Minari, Penguin,  Miguri

Dahyun

Group Position: Lead Rapper, Vocalist

Born: May 28, 1998, in Seongnam, South Korea

Blood Type: O

Height: 165 cm (5'5")

Nicknames: Tofu

Chaeyoung

Group Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist

Born: April 23, 1999, in Seoul, South Korea

Blood Type:  B

Height: 159 cm (5'3")

Nicknames: Pretty Rapstar, Chaeng

Tzuyu

Group Position: Maknae, Vocalist, Face of the Group

Born: June 14, 1999, in Tainan, Taiwan

Blood Type: A

Height: 170 cm (5'7")

Nicknames: Chewy, Yoda

The Story Begins: Twice's First Mini-Album

Released: October 20, 2015

1. "Like Ooh-Ahh": An immediately infectious track, "Like Ooh-Ahh" is about a heartfelt search for meaningful love.  This was Twice's debut music video and is currently the most viewed debut music video of any Kpop girl group ever!  Here, the members sing and dance their way into your hearts as their story begins.

2. "Do It Again": "Do It Again" is similarly upbeat to "Like Ooh-Ahh" but has a heavier vibe, rather than the pure, light pop of the title track.  The lyrics also deal with love, but with a sassier and more knowing tone.

3. "Going Crazy": This is a charming and heartfelt story of a seemingly fruitless crush.  Much as the members can't help but fall in love with the song's love interest, you too won't be able to resist this track's strong interlocking vocals and high energy.

4. "Truth": A heartwarming, mid-tempo song, "Truth" discusses the anxiety of--and pressing need to--express one's love to another.  This track has an exceptional and distinct flow between parts, emphasized especially by Jihyo's vocal performance.

5. "Candy Boy": One of my personal favorites from this EP, "Candy Boy" is sweet, innocent, and fun, with a winning chorus and fitting imagery throughout the lyrics.

6. "Like a Fool": Twice slows it down with "Like a Fool," with shining vocals from the entire ensemble, and a showcase of Dahyun's rapping talent at the song's core.

Page Two: Twice's Second Mini-Album


Released: April 25, 2016

1. "Cheer Up": This wildly popular song is the title track of Twice's second mini-album, and comes with a fantastic music video that sparked the"shy shy shy" trend.  The video itself provides each member with a unique theme (similarly to music video like SNSD's "Lion Heart"), while bringing them together to perform the superb choreography.  You will undoubtedly have trouble not singing along to this track's chorus, as its utter exuberance will pervade your mind.  Humorously, the lyrics take you into the mind of a girl playing hard to get, putting Twice on the opposite end of track's like "Going Crazy," where the roles are reversed.

2. "Precious Love": You will feel for Twice in this track, as they earnestly plead for their lost love to return, with a bright melody that hides the inner sadness contained in the lyrics.  The track is open-ended, leaving you to decide how the story works out.

3. "Touchdown": Tying into the sports theme of  their album's cover and photos, Touchdown is a track that will get your blood pumping and your feet moving with its sunny notes.  The theme of the track is an extension and progression of  "Cheer Up," with the singers having fully enamored a lover and urging him to accept his newfound affection.

4. "Tuk Tok": Twice have clearly come into their own with "Tuk Tok," a track expressing pure confidence and popularity, as well as the maneuvering done to maintain that prestige.  The song also reveals how their are numerous levels to every character, as a true love is revealed within the flock of eager followers.  However, such companionship must be kept covert for the sake of appearances, displaying a level of complexity that seems trivial from the outside.

5. "Wohoo":  Another chipper track about chasing love, "Woohoo" embodies Twice's capacity to fill listeners with joy through their musical styling.

6. "My Headphones On":  This is one of Twice's most unique tracks, concerning the lyrics.  The song tackles a breakup, but more importantly, discusses the ways of coping afterwards and addresses the power of music to pick you up when you are melancholy, and to heal wounds.  These ideas feel particularly pertinent as you hear them being discusses in a song, the exact medium the song's protagonist uses to find strength in times of strife.  The song has a fantastic message, encouraging listeners to feel happy whether or not they are in a relationship, and providing a method by which to find joy on somber days.

7. "I'm Gonna Be a Star": "I'm Gonna Be a Star" is a bonus track that only comes with the physical CD.  It is an animated song about achieving stardom, and seems particularly relevant as Twice sings it as their rise to fame has already begun.

Videos

Here are Twice's two music videos, as well as the showcase for their upcoming release, and one of my personal favorite live performances.