South Korean girl group Twice have released a new track titled “Talk that Talk”, from their highly anticipated extended play (EP) titled “Between 1&2.”
Released on August 26, 2022, by JYP Entertainment and Republic Records, “Between 1&2” is Twice’s eleventh Korean mini album and a sucessor to their previous project, November 2021’s Formula of Love: O+T=<3. It is supported by the collapsedone-penned title track, “Talk That Talk.”
The album’s official release was confirmed on the night of July 13, 2022, only hours after JYP Entertainment announced that all nine members of the group renewed their contracts with the company, which were due to expire in fall of the same year. Later on, it was revealed that three members of TWICE, leader JIHYO and rappers DAHYUN and CHAEYOUNG took part in writing lyrics for over four songs on the extended play.
“Between 1&2” consists of seven tracks, including the lead single “Talk That Talk”.
Between 1&2 follows the release of Celebrate, Twice’s fourth Japanese studio album, and is be their first Korean release in 2022.
On May 16, after concluding their second worldwide concert tour in Los Angeles, a cryptic post saying “2022.06.24” and “2022.08.26” was posted on Twice’s social media accounts, leading fans to speculate what the post could mean. June 24 would be later revealed as the release date for Nayeon’s solo debut EP, Im Nayeon.
On July 2, while hosting an episode of MBC’s Show! Music Core, Twice member Dahyun announced that Twice will be having a comeback, stating that “it is planned, so please look forward to it”.
On July 12, all members of Twice renewed their contracts with JYP Entertainment. A day later, a “mini album” titled Between 1&2 with a planned release date of August 26 was announced by JYP Entertainment.
A promotional poster with the phrase “Tell Me What You Want” written above a light switch was posted onto Twice’s social media accounts on July 13, 2022. On July 26, the tracklist of the EP was released.
On August 5, JYP Entertainment released a timetable for the EP. On August 9, Twice released an opening trailer for the EP and a snippet of “Talk That Talk”. On August 17 and 18, individual teasers and group photos showing the concept of the album were posted on their official social media accounts.
On August 19, the group released snippets of the second track, “Queen of Hearts”, and the fifth track, “Brave”. On August 23, the group released a sneak peek to the album. On August 24 and 25, the group released two teasers for the music video of “Talk That Talk”.
Twice is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. Twice was formed under the television program Sixteen (2015) and debuted on October 20, 2015, with the extended play (EP) The Story Begins.
Twice rose to domestic fame in 2016 with their single “Cheer Up”, which charted at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, became the best-performing single of the year, and won “Song of the Year” at the Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their next single, “TT”, from their third EP Twicecoaster: Lane 1, topped the Gaon charts for four consecutive weeks.
The EP was the highest selling Korean girl group album of 2016. Within 19 months after debut, Twice had already sold over 1.2 million units of their four EPs and special album. As of December 2020, the group has sold over 10 million albums cumulatively in South Korea and Japan, becoming the highest-selling K-Pop girl group of all time.
The group debuted in Japan on June 28, 2017, under Warner Music Japan, with the release of a compilation album titled #Twice. The album charted at number 2 on the Oricon Albums Chart with the highest first-week album sales by a K-pop artist in Japan in two years. It was followed by the release of Twice’s first original Japanese maxi single titled “One More Time” in October.
Twice became the first Korean girl group to earn a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for both an album and CD single in the same year.
Twice ranked third in the Top Artist category of Billboard Japan’s 2017 Year-end Rankings, and in 2019, they became the first Korean girl group to embark on a Japanese dome tour.
Twice is the first female Korean act to simultaneously top both Billboard’s World Albums and World Digital Song Sales charts with the release of their first studio album Twicetagram and its lead single “Likey” in 2017.
With the release of their single “Feel Special” in 2019, Twice became the third female Korean act to chart into the Canadian Hot 100. After signing with Republic Records for American promotions as part of a partnership with JYP Entertainment, the group has charted into the US Billboard 200 with More & More and Eyes Wide Open in 2020 and Taste of Love and Formula of Love: O+T=<3 in 2021.
Twice’s first official English-language single, “The Feels”, became their first song to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, peaking at the 83rd and 80th positions of the charts, respectively. They have been dubbed the next “Nation’s Girl Group”, and their point choreography—including for “Cheer Up” (2016), “TT” (2016), “Signal” (2017), and “What Is Love?” (2018)—became dance crazes and viral memes imitated by many celebrities.