we're losing our first single today . . .
"LOVE LOVE LOVE" is the title track from After School's special Christmas-themed single album, Happy pledis
, released on December 7, 2010. The song's lyrics were written by Raina and it was composed by Anders Dannvik and Krististian Lagerstr. Former Pre-School Girl Yoo Ara, who later debuted in HELLOVENUS, provided backing vocals on the song. "LOVE LOVE LOVE" was remixed by FRAKTAL in 2011, and that version was included on the HAPPY PLEDIS 2012
album the following year.
"LOVE LOVE LOVE" peaked at #4 on the Gaon Download Singles Chart and at #8 on the combined downloads and streaming Gaon Digital Chart, and its parent album, Happy pledis
, peaked at #2 on the Gaon Album Chart. A portion of the album's sales was donated to the Save the Children
The Happy pledis
album project was announced by Pledis as a surprise gift to the company's artists' fans just days before its release on December 1, 2010. Initially announced as the first in a trio of releases from After School, Son Dambi, and Orange Caramel, Happy pledis
ended up being the only single album to be released in the end. Pledis would, however, continue releasing Christmas-themed charity albums annually for the next two years: the HAPPY PLEDIS 2012
single album featuring their roster of artists and several trainees in 2011, and "Dashing through the snow in high heels
", a digital single featuring Orange Caramel and NU'EST, in 2012.
Pledis also announced alongside the album details that Bekah would not be participating in this special album, saying, "Bekah was unable to participate in this album because she is on break at her home in Hawaii. After moving to Korea to train and debut as a singer, Bekah hasn't been able to return home for the past 3-4 years, which is why we let her go this time. She will be in Hawaii for the next one or two months." In 2011, during promotions for After School's first full album, VIRGIN
, Bekah revealed the real reason she had returned to Hawaii was to recuperate from a leg injury.
Raina, who had previously written the lyrics for two songs ("Still...
" and "In this Place
") on Orange Caramel's second mini-album, also wrote the lyrics for "LOVE LOVE LOVE". During a press conference for the album's release, she said, "I have a lot of interest in writing lyrics ... Whenever I have the opportunity to participate in the lyric composition, I try my best to help. I hope one day I'll be able to write the lyrics for one of our title songs. I want to be directly involved." Raina would continue writing lyrics for After School's b-sides and several of her solo releases.
(8) — "There were 2 genuine shocks I witnessed as the leaderboard was filling out - one was the gag of a song that didn’t even make Top 30, and the other shock was Love Letter defeating Love Love Love. How could y'all let this happen??"
(8) — "This has grown a lot on me over the years. I'll always prefer 'Someone is you' to this, but it's pretty sold in retrospect. (and 'LOVE LETTER' is 1000000x better so y'all made the right choice there!!)
(9.5) — "Yeah, fuck the Christmas haters, I love this song."
(8.5) — "Very festive! Was this a Xmas record?"
(8) — "Has a bit of an Orange Caramel feel, this, doesn't it? Which might explain why I really like it!"
(8) — "Cute bop ditty."
(7.75) — "Grinches probably tanked this one right after hearing the christmas bells. It's kind of cute though! Nothing special, but good enough for an xmas single."
(6) — "It's pretty cute for a christmas song, but there is no way I would let Christmas song represents their discography."
(6) — "Well... At least this was for charity."
(6) — "Nawt a Christmas single...."
(5) — "no no no thanks."
(3) — "Hard pass."
(3) — "I hate Christmas music."