K-Pop Artists Releasing Songs In English Versions: 2NE1, Big Bang, Wonder Girls, NCT, and More

GOT7 – Lullaby

GOT7 - Lullaby
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GOT7’s song titled Lullaby was released on Monday, September 17, 2018, in all four versions of it. This boy-band under the auspices of JYP released their latest song in not one, or two, or three languages, but in Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and English. A funky house and synth-pop hybrid, the track bounces around between groovy verses before exploding with its bass-heavy chorus, creating a modern-day “Lullaby” as the group’s vocalists let loose with soaring belts, especially Youngjae and Jinyoung.

The single was released with a fantastical music video full of magical effects, like Mary Poppins-esque, real-world animation and a flying car straight out of Harry Potter, as the members of GOT7 interact with a variety of scenes and worlds before they come together to perform the track’s sleek, seductive choreography.

The group explained that they released the quartet of versions due to their international fanbase, who are known as Ahgase or iGot7. Jinyoung said that they further realized the importance and love of fans all around the world during their world tour. They do read comments on the Internet, but feeling the fans’ energy at a concert is completely different. They felt like they could communicate directly with fans by speaking in their languages. That is why they decided to record the title track in four different languages.

BIG BANG – Lie

BIG BANG - Lie
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Big Bang’s song titled Lie was released on August 16, 2007, by YG Entertainment, as the first single from Big Bang’s first extended play, Always (2007). The song was written and composed by rapper G-Dragon. It became the group’s breakout hit, topping charts in their home country for several weeks and consequently winning Song of the Year at the 2007 Mnet Asian Music Awards. The song remains one of their most critically acclaimed songs to date, and is often viewed as one of their signature songs.

The English version of Lie was released under the album For the World. For the World is the first Japanese extended play by the Korean hip-hop group Big Bang. The EP contains eight English songs with hip-hop, dance, and soul elements, co-composed and written by band member G-Dragon. For the World reached number 53 on the weekly Oricon Albums Chart, and as high as 13 on the daily chart.

RED VELVET – Bad Boy

RED VELVET - Bad Boy
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Red Velvet’s song titled Bad Boy was released on January 29, 2018, along with the album and an accompanying music video. Written by S.M. Entertainment artist and songwriter Yoo Young-jin, and produced by The Stereotypes, Eazy, Maxx Song, and Whitney Philips, Bad Boy is primarily an R&B song with elements of hip-hop that has a synth melody and heavy bass sound. Its lyrics describe a relationship between the titular “bad boy” and a cold woman.

The song was well-received by critics overseas, and in the group’s native country, South Korea, who praised the music, the music video and its choreography, and the group’s transition to a sexy concept, something they had never attempted before. Bad Boy was included in Billboard’s ‘100 Best Songs of 2018: Critics’ Picks’ list, and topped their annual ’20 Best K-pop Songs of 2018: Critics’ Picks’ list. They were the first female act to top this chart. Dazed also included the song in their ’20 best K-pop songs of 2018′.

Commercially, the song was a domestic and international success, topping the Gaon Download Chart and charting at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart in South Korea. It charted at number two on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart.

As of October 2019, it has sold over 500,000 units in the United States, has 233 million views on YouTube, and 100 million streams on Spotify. The group entered the Canadian Hot 100 for the first time with the song, making them only the seventh K-pop artist and the third female act to appear on the chart. It also charted in Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.