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What's Happening? (Song)
by B1A4 from the album, What's Happening?
Also Known As What's Going On?
Hangul 이게 무슨 일이야
Kanji
Pinyin
Released May 6, 2013
Composer Jung Jinyoung
Writer Jung Jinyoung
Baro
Genre K-pop
Dance-pop
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What's Happening? (Song)
by B1A4 from the album, 2
Also Known As What's Happening? What - Why?
Hangul
Kanji イゲ ムスン イリヤ ~なんで?どうして?
Pinyin
Released March 19, 2014
Composer Jung Jinyoung
Writer Jung Jinyoung
Baro
B&C Factory
Genre K-pop
Dance-pop
Length
Label Pony Canyon
Producer
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What's Happening? is the title and lead single of B1A4's fourth Korean EP, What's Happening?. The single was simultaneously released with the EP on May 6, 2013 under WM Entertainment.

A Japanese version named Ige musun Iriya ~nande? Dōshite? (イゲ ムスン イリヤ ~なんで?どうして?) was also released as a single and featured on B1A4's second Japanese studio album, 2.

CompositionEdit

Jinyoung composed the song and co-wrote the lyrics with Baro.

The track kicks off with an angelic layering of harmonies before moving into the high-energy, guitar-driven verses. The track seamlessly moves through the different sections including aggressive rap parts and the shout-a-long One Direction-esque chorus. Though, the track has the unfortunate inclusion of a quick, talk section after the intro, first chorus and at the very end of the track that throws a wrench into its flow.[1]

As stated by Jinyoung:


"It’s a song where I tried out the combination of pop and hip-hop elements along with rocktronic sounds. When I first made the track, it had a strong rock influenced feel because it was created with electric guitar and real session drum notes. However, I felt like the minor chords didn't match all that well with the real drum, so I tried using club kicks and the sound became sturdier and the song’s style changed a lot. The reverb kick in part B of the 1st verse gives a tense feel, and part B of the 2nd verb maximizes that tense feeling through a 808 kick. Because I felt like an electric sound would give off a sharper feel, I used a mute guitar and created a softer sound. During the chorus, I used an arpeggio bass instead of a side chain, creating a more bright rhythm.

Because I’m the type that thinks about the members’ specialties and personalities or our team’s color when working on songs, I thought about the reactions of the members at every moment. And the resulting concept was a situation where the guy catches his cheating girlfriend! Although it’s a given that you would be angry and would have a mental breakdown, it seemed like the members and I met the situation in a pleasantly positive way. (Truthfully, I had worries that I… was the only one who thought like that). Is this the reason why all the lyrics I write are always positive?

When Baro was writing rap lyrics, I asked for lyrics that were witty and pleasant instead of gloomy and in a mental breakdown state. Also, the good day part of the ‘on such a good day’ part during the chorus could be interpreted in different ways, depending on who’s listening to it. To someone, it could be their special anniversary with their girlfriend, or it could be on a day with such good weather. I wrote the lyrics while thinking of many different scenarios. Also, with the hopes that people listening to it would sing along, I didn't drag the first narration too long, and it can be sung along to the beats. Also, we also made the narrations continue on immediately to part A. Also, who could the girl’s voice behind the ‘I’m at home~’ part at the beginning be? ㅎㅎ"


Additionally, Jinyoung states that the lyrics were inspired by events of cheating that happened personally by him:


"That’s right. Some aspects were exaggerated for the song, but back in my student days I did have an actual dramatic experience where I got a call from a close friend saying “Your girlfriend was with another guy.” That experience was quite a shock. To express the situation at the time, “What’s going on!” and “Why? How?” put it best. I think that people with similar experiences will understand."

PromotionEdit

The Korean music video was released a day after the EP and single was released and televised music show promotions began two days later on May 7, 2013 beginning with M!Countdown.[4]

On May 14, 2013 the official Youtube channel uploaded a dance practice version of the song.

The Japanese single version of What's Happening was released on August 28, 2013 and ranked first on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart selling 25,705 copies.[5]

Music VideoEdit

B1A4 - 이게 무슨 일이야 (What's Happening?)03:23

B1A4 - 이게 무슨 일이야 (What's Happening?)

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イゲ ムスン イリヤ ~なんで?どうして? B1A403:26

イゲ ムスン イリヤ ~なんで?どうして? B1A4

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The accompanying music video incorporates all the right elements too. The boys look snazzy in a colorful, preppy-inspired concept that is reminiscent of SHINee's recent "Dream Girl" look, but served with a healthy helping of hip-hop. Plus, the boys look like they're having genuine fun (as 1D always do) sneaking around a technicolor doll house trying to save a masked-faced girl from a mask-faced man. It all leads to a humongous pillow fight with the highlight of the video in the outro as the group acts out the choreography based around the lyrics; like when they sing "Every time I think about you" and point to their watch and head. A super-fun way to end the video and leaves a positive impression on the viewer. [6]

Japanese SingleEdit

In Japanese, the single was titled as "What's Going On? Why?" (イゲ ムスン イリヤ 〜なんで?どうして?). Released August 28, 2013, the single had three versions. Version A had four songs and a DVD containing behind-the-scenes footage of the cover art's photoshoot as well as a ticket to a Japan-exclusive handshake event. Version B had six tracks, stickers, and a ticket to a Japan-exclusive handshake event. Version C, the regular edition, also contained six tracks.[7]

It was put on B1A4's second Japanese studio album, 2, on March 19, 2014.

Japanese lyrics to "What's Going On? Why?" were written by B&C Factory.

Japanese TracklistEdit

Version A
Number Title Lyrics Composer Length
1 What's Going On? Why?
イゲ ムスン イリヤ 〜なんで?どうして?
Jung Jinyoung
Baro
B&C Factory
Jung Jinyoung 3:23
2 In The Air (Japanese Version) Swin AKA 수인
Ryan S. Jhun
Jung Jinyoung
Baro
MEG.ME
Ryan S. Jhun
JD Relic
3:33
3 What's Going On? Why? (Instrumental) - Jung Jinyoung 3:22
4 In The Air (Instrumental) - Ryan S. Jhun
JD Relic
3:33
Total Length: 13:51
Version B
Number Title Lyrics Composer Length
1 What's Going On? Why?
イゲ ムスン イリヤ 〜なんで?どうして?
Jung Jinyoung
Baro
B&C Factory
Jung Jinyoung 3:23
2 In The Air (Japanese Version) Swin AKA 수인
Ryan S. Jhun
Jung Jinyoung
Baro
MEG.ME
Ryan S. Jhun
JD Relic
3:33
3 If... As Long as There's You (Japanese Version)
IF...君さえいれば -Japanese ver.-
My Brother and My Sister
Baro
MEG.ME
My Brother and My Sister
Ichiro Suezawa
3:26
4 What's Going On? Why? (Instrumental) - Jung Jinyoung 3:22
5 In The Air (Instrumental) - Ryan S. Jhun
JD Relic
3:33
6 If... As Long as There's You (Instrumental) - My Brother and My Sister
Ichiro Suezawa
3:23
Total Length: 20:40
Version C
Number Title Lyrics Composer Length
1 What's Going On? Why?
イゲ ムスン イリヤ 〜なんで?どうして?
Jung Jinyoung
Baro
B&C Factory
Jung Jinyoung 3:23
2 In The Air (Japanese Version) Swin AKA 수인
Ryan S. Jhun
Jung Jinyoung
Baro
MEG.ME
Ryan S. Jhun
JD Relic
3:33
3 Beautiful Target (Japanese Version) -like it mix- My Brother and My Sister
Baro
CNU
My Brother and My Sister 3:23
4 What's Going On? Why? (Instrumental) - Jung Jinyoung 3:22
5 In The Air (Instrumental) - Ryan S. Jhun
JD Relic
3:33
6 Beautiful Target (Japanese Version) -like it mix- (Instrumental) - My Brother and My Sister 3:22
Total Length: 20:36

LyricsEdit

See What's Happening? (Song) Lyrics

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/1561417/b1a4-give-off-one-direction-vibes-in-whats-happening
  2. http://b1a4trans.tumblr.com/post/49969612436/trans-naver-music-special-4th-mini-album-tracks
  3. https://www.facebook.com/notes/b1a4/trans-b1a4-talking-about-their-2-japanese-album/489621191143487
  4. http://www.k-popculture.com/?p=2546
  5. http://en.korea.com/blog/enter/k-pop/cnblue-b1a4-and-kara-make-the-top-3-on-the-oricon-chart-with-their-new-japanese-singles-on-the-date-of-release/
  6. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/1561417/b1a4-give-off-one-direction-vibes-in-whats-happening
  7. http://aviateb1a4.tumblr.com/post/53346499701/trans-info-b1a4s-3rd-japanese-single

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