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Winner aims to extend YG’s streak at the top

Apr 05,2018
The first quarter of 2018 was not short of blockbusters for YG Entertainment, South Korea’s third-largest music label-entertainment agency.

The company’s junior boy band iKON hit a massive home run with “Love Scenario,” followed by Big Bang’s recent hit “Flower Road,” which dominated streaming charts for over three weeks.

On deck to bat next for YG is boy band Winner, which returns to the spotlight with “Everyd4y,” its second full-length studio album and its first domestic release in eight months, after “Our Twenty For” back in August last year.

As with “Fate Number For” from a year ago, the group opted for a release window centered around the number four - putting it out on the fourth of April.

The 12-track album kicks off with “Everyday,” a slow-paced trap song written by members Kang Seung-yoon and Mino, and arranged by YG’s in-house producer Jang Seok-joon, also known as Airplay. Also thrown in the mix are two songs - “Raining” and “Have a Good Day” - that were originally first released in Japan in February.

“It’s as if our past four years are encapsulated in this album. We have some songs that were written four years ago and recent works as well,” Kang, the band’s primary songwriter, said during a group interview hours before the album’s scheduled release.

The album title, partly inspired by last year’s four-themed marketing campaign, as well as that of the lead song, was chosen to emphasize the importance of each and every day of people’s lives.