Scientist (2021) by TWICE
|Album/Mini-album||Formula of Love: O+T=<3|
|Release Date||November 12th, 2021|
|Songwriter||Shim Eun Ji|
|Composer||Anne Marie, Melanie Fontana, Michel “Lindgren” Schulz, Tommy Brown, Steven Franks, 72|
People say that love is complicated. But TWICE stay on their ground and say love is simple. That premise became the theme of their newest song “Scientist”.
“Scientist” is the title track of TWICE’s third studio album Formula of Love: O+T=<3. Formula of Love: O+T=<3 was released on November 12th, 2021. It consists of 13 tracks and TWICE members also participated in the writing of several of the tracks on the album.
Background of “Scientist”
The snippet of TWICE’s new release was first mentioned in their first English single, “The Feels” that was released on October 1st, 2021. At the end of the music video, there’s a poster with a hint of TWICE’s next release date and also their tour.
On October 24th, 2021, JYP Entertainment released a trailer titled “TWICE Love Lab” where TWICE members are dressed as scientists and conduct an experiment about love to find the answer to their hypothesis and find out the appropriate response to a loved one.
On October 29th, 2021, the timetable of TWICE’s comeback was released on TWICE’s Twitter account. On the same day, the tracklist of the Formula of Love: O+T=<3 album revealed that the album has 15 tracks on the physical edition and 16 tracks on the digital edition including the previously released English version of “The Feels”.
On November 1st, 2021, the released concept group photo revealed that there would be four versions of the album, namely Study About Love version, Break It version, Explosion version, and Full of Love version. Then from November 2nd to November 5th, 2021, the individual photo of each of the versions were released followed by the release of the Formula of Love: O+T=<3 sneak peek video.
The story of “Scientist”
“Scientist” takes the premise about love that is simple and doesn’t need calculations like maths. In love, things like measuring angles and studying the other person are not quite necessary. And applying pushing and pulling isn’t quite their style, especially if the person that’s interested in them is going to give up in the middle, then it’s better for that person to stay away.
Rather than analyzing and being stuck in your own head, it’s better for a person to make a move, TWICE said. That’s why they are keen to say that love ain’t a science and don’t need a license in it. The more they sit and think, it would become a minus.
Nayeon said that “Scientist” is the song that encourages people to follow their hearts when it comes to love and not something that is to be researched and sought an answer for. “Scientist” is a simple love song written by Shim Eun Ji and composed by Anne Marie, Melanie Fontana, Michel “Lindgren” Schulz, Tommy Brown, Steven Franks, and 72.
“Scientist” brings the blend of deep house and dance-pop with 80’s synth beats genre and is produced by Tommy Brown, Steven Franks, and Michel Lindgren Schulz.
MV of “Scientist”
The music video of “Scientist” tells the story of TWICE members who become scientists that study love and find the perfect formula of love. In the video, there’s also the version of TWICE members studying about love through a video made by TWICE scientists.
The experiment conducted by TWICE members is to search for the perfect version of TWICE that also became the representation of the ideal of romantic love. They keep searching and experimenting for the perfect love but since love isn’t a science, the project failed several times and through the project they found out that to create the ideal of romantic love is to combine both passion and logic.
The music video of “Scientist” was released on November 12th, 2021, and in 2 weeks its views reached more than 62 million.
TWICE first performed “Scientist” on November 13th, 2021, when they appeared on MTV Fresh Out Live. Other than that, TWICE also performed “Scientist” on several South Korean music shows like Music Bank, Music Core, and Inkigayo.
“Scientist” is well-loved not only by ONCE but also by the general audience. It charted in several countries and also won on music shows.
Music Show Awards
|Music Bank||November 19th, 2021|
|Inkigayo||November 28th, 2021|
|South Korea||K-pop Hot 100||30|
|Japan||Japan Hot 100||25|
|US||World Digital Song Sales (Billboard)||7|
|Billboard Global 200||52|