|TWICE / Korea Times file|
K-pop girl group TWICE will be back with its ninth EP, "More & More," next month, the first in a series of major releases expected to heat up the early summer chart race.
JYP Entertainment's nine-piece multinational group will release the new record June 1. It will be the band's first collection of songs since the previous EP, "Feel Special," in September last year.
The title song was produced by JYP founder and chief producer Park Jin-young. Park is behind several of TWICE's past hits, such as "What is Love," "Signal" and "Feel Special."
Aside from Park, a team of international songwriters and producers, including MNEK of Britain, Zara Larsson of Sweden and American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, also joined the production.
Several members of the group also chipped in creatively for the first time, with Nayeon writing the lyrics for "Make Me Go," and Jeongyeon and Chaeyeong involved in the lyrics and rap segment for "Sweet Summer Day."
The title track "More & More," according to JYP, is a tropical house number, with lyrics on intensifying emotions as romantic relations move forward.
The return will bring back together all nine members after Mina, one of the group's three Japanese members, had been absent since late 2019 due to health issues.
TWICE's return signals the start of major female K-pop "comebacks" this summer, with rival girl group BLACKPINK of YG Entertainment also set to release a new single in June. SM Entertainment also plans to launch a duo sub-unit of Red Velvet next month. (Yonhap)