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2015 2nd Mini Album 'FM' (or FM) is the third mini-album by Crayon Pop. It was released on March 27, 2015 with the title track serving as the album's lead track.

Background and release

In January 2015, officials with Chrome Entertainment revealed that Crayon Pop was working with producer and songwriter Shinsadong Tiger, known for creating hit songs like EXID's "Up & Down", for the group's next single. It was later confirmed on the group's Facebook page and that the single was slated to be released sometime at the end of March.[1][2]

"FM" was first performed at the K-Pop Night Out at SXSW concert in Austin, Texas on March 19, 2015. Upon returning to South Korea, the group held a street showcase in Dongdaemun, Seoul on March 21, followed by performances in Myeong-dong, COEX Mall, and Hongdae.[3][4] Promotions for the album and single began on March 26 with the television appearance on the music show M! Countdown.[5]

Composition

The title track, "FM", is an electropop dance song written and composed by Shinsadong Tiger and Monster Factory. "FM" is an acronym for "field manual" and is slang for a guy who is a rule follower, though not in a good way. "Hapataka" was written by Kim Yoo-min, who wrote their hit single "Bar Bar Bar" and has a mixture of "dance and punk sounds along with lyrics that flip the Korean alphabets backwards". "1, 2, 3, 4" was written by Song Ji-hoon who wrote the group's first three singles "Saturday Night", "Bing Bing", and "Dancing Queen".[6][5]

Music video

The music video for "FM" was released on March 27, 2015 and was directed by Lee-Gi-baek of Studio Tigercave.[7] The video was filmed in a quarry in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do[8] and portrays a "charismatic female warrior" concept with Super Sentai and Sailor Moon imagery as Crayon Pop are depicted as superheroes to defeat a evil rat villain and his minions.[9][10][11]

Chart performance

FM failed to match the success of the group's previous releases. The title track debuted at #83 on the Gaon Digital Chart, rising up to #45 the following week before falling off the chart for the week of April 5, making it their lowest-charted song since their viral hit "Bar Bar Bar" in 2013. The mini-album debuted at #6 on the Album Chart and has sold 4,449 copies to date.

Track list

  1. "FM" - 3:41
  2. "Hapataka" - 3:08
  3. "1, 2, 3, 4" - 3:06
  4. "FM" (Inst.) - 3:41
  5. "Hapataka" (Inst.) - 3:08
  6. "1, 2, 3, 4" (Inst.) - 3:06

References

  1. Lee, Ji-hyun (2 February 2015). 크레용팝, 신사동호랭이 손잡고 컴백 박차 "2월 목표" (Korean). Star News. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  2. Jackson, Julie (10 February 2015). Crayon Pop teams up with Shinsadong Tiger. The Korea Herald. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  3. Lim, Jeong-yeo (18 March 2015). Crayon Pop to perform at Dongdaemun in March. K-Pop Herald. The Korea Herald. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  4. Jeon, Su-mi; Translated by Grace Danbi Hong (18 March 2015). Crayon Pop to Hold Street Showcase for ′FM′ on 3/21. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Mwave. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Choi, Sin-ae; Translated by Yeawon Jung (24 March 2015). Crayon Pop to Make Comeback This Week on ‘M COUNTDOWN’. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Mwave. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  6. Hong, Bo-ram (27 March 2015). ‘뮤직뱅크’ 크레용팝 ‘FM’ 컴백 무대… 역시 독특 컨셉 선두주자 (Korean). Tenasia. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  7. Work. Studio Tigercave. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  8. 크레용팝의 1년 만의 신곡 'FM' M/V 촬영 현장 공개. Naver Music. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  9. Stanley, Adrienne (1 April 2015). Crayon Pop Embodies Heroic Girl Power with ‘FM’. MTV Iggy. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  10. Hong, Grace Danbi (27 March 2015). [Video Crayon Pop Saves the World in ′FM′ MV]. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Mwave. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
  11. Benjamin, Jeff (30 March 2015). Crayon Pop Channel Power Rangers, Sailor Moon in 'FM' Video. Billboard. Retrieved on 2 April 2015.

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