For years, Twice has been ranked among the most popular and best-selling vocal groups in the world. Recently, members of the K-pop girl group have gone solo to expand their reach in addition to their work with the group, and now one of the group’s most beloved singers is looking for a single to elusive success in America.
Jihyo, one of nine members of K-pop girl group Twice, released a new version of their single “Killin’ Me Good” on Friday (September 15). What makes this version different from the original? It’s in English.
The Twice star re-released the track, now performed in English, in an obvious attempt to make the song a hit in the Western world. The redesign was announced a week before the song’s release.
“Killin’ Me Good” was selected as a single from Jihyo’s debut project, an EP titled Area. The set was released a month ago, on August 18, and has performed well in many markets. In the United States, the track debuted and peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200. It is a good starting point for any release by a South Korean solo musician, especially a female artist.
Now that “Killin’ Me Good” is available in English, the hope is likely that the song will have a better chance of competing in countries like the US, UK, and other markets with massive audiences. Jihyo clearly has a large fan base in these countries, especially America, but after a track sells well in its debut, it can be difficult for the artist to continue promoting it and keep it alive via traditional methods when the music is performed. in a language other than English.
The new version of “Killin’ Me Good” could help it perform better on the Billboard Jihyo is not the first South Korean artist to take this route, and musicians in the K-pop world who have re-released their wares in English have seen some success.
Many K-pop groups have won charts in the United States, but the soloists are still in their early stages. So far, several BTS members, such as Jimin, Jung Kook, and Suga, have landed on the Hot 100 without their bandmates, while Blackpink singers have also achieved the same feat. Twice has landed on the Hot 100 more than once, but so far, none of the members have accomplished the same feat.