TWICE to make comeback with sophomore album 'Eyes Wide Open', excited fans say they aren't ready
K-pop fans, get ready for an epic new era of TWICE. South Korean record label JYP Entertainment revealed on October 6 that the K-pop girl group is prepping their sophomore studio album. Titled 'Eyes Wide Open', the new LP is scheduled to release on October 26, 2020.
"TWICE is coming back with new 2nd regular album 'Eyes Wide Open' on the 26th," said JYP Entertainment in a statement, according to Korea Dispatch. Meanwhile, TWICE will open pre-order reservations for the forthcoming album on October 7 at 10 am KST and on October 6 at 9 pm EST in the US timezone.
Over on Twitter, fans are in a meltdown over the announcement. "HOOOOLYYYY S*******T OMG OMG," exclaimed a fan while another said, "Can't wait for the comeback."
HOOOOLYYYY SHIIIITTT OMG OMG— 𓄼 ᴮᴱjιʍεπα⁷; 生 (@xm_tae) September 30, 2020
Can't wait for the comeback 🥺🥺🥺🥺— 오 다 딩 (@akuhuman123) September 30, 2020
One fan wrote, "WAIT I WASN'T READY."
WAIT I WASN'T READY— marianna⁷💜 (@IIXIGGUK) September 30, 2020
Another fan shared, "Bruh im in class about to freakout in front of my teacher....time to start ordering soon hehe."
Bruh im in class about to freakout in front of my teacher....time to start ordering soon hehe— Jxii🤟🏽 (@_iamkpoptrash_) October 5, 2020
Following their announcement, JYP Entertainment gave a preview of 'Eyes Wide Open' with album cover art designed in Story, Style and Retro versions, as well as templates of material including a photobook, message card, lyric folded poster, DIY sticker, photocard, poster and many more. Check out the preview below.
For TWICE, 'Eyes Wide Open' will mark the band's first new full-length album in three years. Apart from being their special time for a comeback, the month of October is especially significant for TWICE as the group officially stepped into the musical arena five years ago with their debut EP 'The Story Begins' the same month. The group shared their excitement about the band's fifth anniversary and shared their love for fans, saying, "We can’t believe it’s been 5 years. We could not have done it without Once," referring to the name of their fandom. They added, "It’s not enough to say thank you, hope TWICE and Once make more good memories in the future."
The year 2020 has been a generous one for TWICE fans as the group has already shared hit singles such as 'Swing' (released in February 2020), 'More and More' (in June), and 'Fanfare' (June). The group's last album was a Japanese-language full-length, titled '&Twice'. Their debut LP and first Korean-language record is 'Twicetagram'.
'Twicetagram' was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, including earning a spot on Billboard's 20 Best K-pop Albums of 2017. It was placed at No. 19 and has been described as "an entire collection of incredible bubblegum hits". The album and its lead single 'Likey' debuted atop both Billboard's World Albums and World Digital Song Sales respectively. 'Likey' is the group's first number 1, making Twice the first female K-pop act to lead on both charts.