color on me is the debut extended play by Kang Daniel. It was released digitally on July 25, 2019 by KONNECT Entertainment and distributed by Sony Music Korea. The physical album was later released on July 29, 2019. The EP contains five tracks with “뭐해 (What are you up to)” as its lead single and four tracks excluding the “Intro (Through the Night)” having Kang Daniel as one of the lyricists.

Development and Writing

At his debut showcase with the press on July 25, Kang Daniel talked about the process of making color on me. “I wanted to meet the fans as soon as possible. That’s why I decided to make an EP instead of a full-length album that would have taken much longer. So I would be satisfied if fans just listen and enjoy my music.” He continued, “The album’s concept was inspired by the second track ‘Color’ a lot. I thought it would be great if my unique color can captivate many people. I want to open up my infinite potential and show my diversity.”

Regarding his contribution as a lyricist, Daniel said, “I always thought writing lyrics was difficult. I received lot of inspiration from watching films and reading my fans’ words. I received lots of support in the fancafe through fans’ comments and letters. The product of this is the fifth track ‘I Hope’, which talks about what I hope. I want to tell the fans not to worry.” He finished the Q&A saying, “Ultimately as an artist, I want to become a person who gives hope. Through my songs and performances, I want people to receive hope.”[s]

In an interview with Star Maker from July 31, Devine Channel’s CEO and producer Kei Lim (Im Kwangwook) shared what it was like to work with Kang Daniel for his solo debut album. The producer and Daniel met for the first time during the show Produce 101 Season 2, when Lim produced the concept evaluation track “Open Up”. Lim said, “Kang Daniel was really passionate about making his own music. It wasn’t a smooth process to create music with him because he’s very ambitious and has his own opinions. Ever since we started working on the album, we saw each other almost everyday. We talked about music, recorded it, and kept fixing it. [He] was able to complete the album within such a short time because he focused solely on producing the album and didn’t allow himself any personal time. It was seriously no joke. His passion is at the level of TVXQ’s Yunho’s.”[s]

When talking about his contribution and Kang Daniel’s creative control, Lim said, “As it is Kang Daniel’s own album, the extent of support I provided was mostly with the technical side of creating the album, but as a whole the artist controlled its direction and message. Of course we talked about music genres, but he put in the story of what he wanted to convey to his fans through this album. He also wrote me long messages with lyrics via messenger. While talking a lot with him and the album’s direction, his own colors were added in.”[s]

Lastly, he shared that as a person, Kang Daniel is straight-forward and genuine. “You can tell that he wants to show his sincerity to others. It’s quite manly. He has that manliness of a Gyeongsangdo man. He makes you comfortable just after seeing him once or twice. Even as a guy, I can see the charm he has. He’s also really easy-going.”[s] [s]

On January 10, 2020 in the behind the story show One Music One Story hosted by Park Geun-tae, producer Kei Lim further shared, “When Kang Daniel first came to the studio, due to lack of time we selected some good songs from Devine Channel’s library, then arranged and put the melody in. It was really done in a short of time, but as Daniel was so passionate, three songs were completed in a week and a half, then recorded right after.”[s] [s]

Promotional Activities and Awards

Kang Daniel held two debut showcases on July 25 at YES24 Live Hall, one for the press (4 PM) and one for the fans (8 PM). Despite not being able to freely promote on TV due to his legal dispute with former agency LM Entertainment, Kang Daniel won his first music show trophy as a soloist with the title song “뭐해 (What are you up to)” on KBS2’s Music Bank on August 9.

After holding fan signs in Gwangju, Daejeon, Busan and Daegu between July 31 and August 1, Kang Daniel kicked off his fan meeting tour ‘color on me’ on August 16 with stops in Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Seoul. The official poster for the Seoul special titled ‘Color on Seoul’ dropped on October 21. The last stop of the tour would feature a two-day fanmeeting on November 23-24 and a special exhibition on November 22-24, all held at Ilsan KINTEX.

On November 30, Kang Daniel attended and performed “뭐해 (What are you up to)” and his latest digital release “TOUCHIN'” at the 2019 MelOn Music Awards held in Gocheok Sky Dome. That night he was also awarded in the category Best Music Video for “뭐해 (What are you up to)”.

Entertainment Taiwan revealed on December 20 that Kang Daniel’s ‘Color on Me’ fan meeting in Taiwan ranked 2nd place in the list of Top 10 Korean Stars Fan Meetings of 2019 (December 16, 2018 – December 15, 2019). The event gathered 3,000 fans with a revenue of 13 million TWD.[s]

Commercial Performance

As of January 2020, color on me has sold more than half a million copies, becoming Sony Music’s 5th most sold album globally between July and September (calendar Q3, but Sony’s fiscal Q2).[s]

In South Korea, Kang Daniel broke three records in the history of Hanteo chart: highest first-day sales for a soloist with 342,218 copies, highest initial sales for a soloist in just three days with 400,000 copies, and highest first-week sales for a soloist with 460,000 copies . It also received a Double Platinum certification from Gaon (South Korea’s national chart). At the end of 2019, Gaon placed the album at seventh place for its Year-End South Korean Albums chart.[s]

Title song “뭐해 (What are you up to)” debuted at number one on iTunes in sixteen countries, reaching twenty the next day. This prompted the album to debut in second place on the Worldwide iTunes Album chart.

color on me is the debut extended play by Kang Daniel. It was released digitally on July 25, 2019 by KONNECT Entertainment and distributed by Sony Music Korea. The physical album was later released on July 29, 2019. The EP contains five tracks with “뭐해 (What are you up to)” as its lead single and four tracks excluding the “Intro (Through the Night)” having Kang Daniel as one of the lyricists.

Development and Writing

At his debut showcase with the press on July 25, Kang Daniel talked about the process of making color on me. “I wanted to meet the fans as soon as possible. That’s why I decided to make an EP instead of a full-length album that would have taken much longer. So I would be satisfied if fans just listen and enjoy my music.” He continued, “The album’s concept was inspired by the second track ‘Color’ a lot. I thought it would be great if my unique color can captivate many people. I want to open up my infinite potential and show my diversity.”

Regarding his contribution as a lyricist, Daniel said, “I always thought writing lyrics was difficult. I received lot of inspiration from watching films and reading my fans’ words. I received lots of support in the fancafe through fans’ comments and letters. The product of this is the fifth track ‘I Hope’, which talks about what I hope. I want to tell the fans not to worry.” He finished the Q&A saying, “Ultimately as an artist, I want to become a person who gives hope. Through my songs and performances, I want people to receive hope.”[s]

In an interview with Star Maker from July 31, Devine Channel’s CEO and producer Kei Lim (Im Kwangwook) shared what it was like to work with Kang Daniel for his solo debut album. The producer and Daniel met for the first time during the show Produce 101 Season 2, when Lim produced the concept evaluation track “Open Up”. Lim said, “Kang Daniel was really passionate about making his own music. It wasn’t a smooth process to create music with him because he’s very ambitious and has his own opinions. Ever since we started working on the album, we saw each other almost everyday. We talked about music, recorded it, and kept fixing it. [He] was able to complete the album within such a short time because he focused solely on producing the album and didn’t allow himself any personal time. It was seriously no joke. His passion is at the level of TVXQ’s Yunho’s.”[s]

When talking about his contribution and Kang Daniel’s creative control, Lim said, “As it is Kang Daniel’s own album, the extent of support I provided was mostly with the technical side of creating the album, but as a whole the artist controlled its direction and message. Of course we talked about music genres, but he put in the story of what he wanted to convey to his fans through this album. He also wrote me long messages with lyrics via messenger. While talking a lot with him and the album’s direction, his own colors were added in.”[s]

Lastly, he shared that as a person, Kang Daniel is straight-forward and genuine. “You can tell that he wants to show his sincerity to others. It’s quite manly. He has that manliness of a Gyeongsangdo man. He makes you comfortable just after seeing him once or twice. Even as a guy, I can see the charm he has. He’s also really easy-going.”[s] [s]

On January 10, 2020 in the behind the story show One Music One Story hosted by Park Geun-tae, producer Kei Lim further shared, “When Kang Daniel first came to the studio, due to lack of time we selected some good songs from Devine Channel’s library, then arranged and put the melody in. It was really done in a short of time, but as Daniel was so passionate, three songs were completed in a week and a half, then recorded right after.”[s] [s]

Promotional Activities and Awards

Kang Daniel held two debut showcases on July 25 at YES24 Live Hall, one for the press (4 PM) and one for the fans (8 PM). Despite not being able to freely promote on TV due to his legal dispute with former agency LM Entertainment, Kang Daniel won his first music show trophy as a soloist with the title song “뭐해 (What are you up to)” on KBS2’s Music Bank on August 9.

After holding fan signs in Gwangju, Daejeon, Busan and Daegu between July 31 and August 1, Kang Daniel kicked off his fan meeting tour ‘color on me’ on August 16 with stops in Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Seoul. The official poster for the Seoul special titled ‘Color on Seoul’ dropped on October 21. The last stop of the tour would feature a two-day fanmeeting on November 23-24 and a special exhibition on November 22-24, all held at Ilsan KINTEX.

On November 30, Kang Daniel attended and performed “뭐해 (What are you up to)” and his latest digital release “TOUCHIN'” at the 2019 MelOn Music Awards held in Gocheok Sky Dome. That night he was also awarded in the category Best Music Video for “뭐해 (What are you up to)”.

Entertainment Taiwan revealed on December 20 that Kang Daniel’s ‘Color on Me’ fan meeting in Taiwan ranked 2nd place in the list of Top 10 Korean Stars Fan Meetings of 2019 (December 16, 2018 – December 15, 2019). The event gathered 3,000 fans with a revenue of 13 million TWD.[s]

Commercial Performance

As of January 2020, color on me has sold more than half a million copies, becoming Sony Music’s 5th most sold album globally between July and September (calendar Q3, but Sony’s fiscal Q2).[s]

In South Korea, Kang Daniel broke three records in the history of Hanteo chart: highest first-day sales for a soloist with 342,218 copies, highest initial sales for a soloist in just three days with 400,000 copies, and highest first-week sales for a soloist with 460,000 copies . It also received a Double Platinum certification from Gaon (South Korea’s national chart). At the end of 2019, Gaon placed the album at seventh place for its Year-End South Korean Albums chart.[s]

Title song “뭐해 (What are you up to)” debuted at number one on iTunes in sixteen countries, reaching twenty the next day. This prompted the album to debut in second place on the Worldwide iTunes Album chart.

Track Listing

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#   Title Lyrics Music Arrangement
1.  “Intro (Through the Night)” – 1:19 Flow Blow Flow Blow Flow Blow
2.  “Color” – 2:56 Yorkie
Thama
Kang Daniel
Geoffrocause
Devine-Channel Thama
Geoffrocause
Devine-Channel
3.  “뭐해 (What are you up to)” – 3:02 Yorkie
Thama
Kang Daniel
Devine-Channel Thama Devine-Channel
4.  “Horizon” – 2:36 Yorkie
Thama
Kang Daniel
Devine-Channel Thama Devine-Channel
5.  “I HOPE” – 3:07 Kang Daniel
Flow Blow
Flow Blow Flow Blow

Album Credits

MUSIC PRODUCTION KONNECT Entertainment
EXECUTIVE ALBUM PRODUCTION Kei Lim (Devine-Channel)
PRODUCERS Devine-Channel, Geoffrocause, Flow Blow
RECORDING ENGINEER Jang Wooyoung (Doobdoob Studio), Kim Minhee (821 Sound)
RECORDING STUDIO Doobdoob Studio, 821 Sound Studio
MIXING ENGINEER Chad Rabbit (Alice), Doobdoob Studio, Soundpool Studio, Cube Studio
MASTERED BY Kwon Nam Woo (821 Sound Mastering)
CHOREOGRAPHY Antoine Troupe, Tobias Ellehammer[tw], Franklin Yu
MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION VM Project Architecture[site]
ARTWORK Studio XXX[site]
PHOTOGRAPHY Lee Joon Kyung
STYLIST Kim Youngjin[ig]
HAIR Seungjin (빗앤븟)
MAKEUP Eunjoo, Anna (빗앤븟)

“Thanks To”

Hello everyone. This is Kang Daniel.
This album is an album that means a lot to me, and I think it will keep remaining in my memory.
To the people who have always been helping me unwaveringly, to the people who have been supporting me so that I could be brave, there are so many people I would like to deliver my thanks to.

In order for me to show the best image in the insufficient time, all the staff who stayed up trying with me through so many nights, I would like to thank you once again from the bottom of my heart.

This album, more than anything, was one that I prepared thinking of the fans who have been supporting me, waiting for me for such a long time.
I know you guys believed in me and waited for me, so I know well the weight of your expectations.

In the future, please also look after the efforts that singer Kang Daniel makes to show you a good image!
Thank you.

 Translation: @incessantbeat 

Hello everyone. This is Kang Daniel.
This album is an album that means a lot to me, and I think it will keep remaining in my memory.
To the people who have always been helping me unwaveringly, to the people who have been supporting me so that I could be brave, there are so many people I would like to deliver my thanks to.

In order for me to show the best image in the insufficient time, all the staff who stayed up trying with me through so many nights, I would like to thank you once again from the bottom of my heart.

This album, more than anything, was one that I prepared thinking of the fans who have been supporting me, waiting for me for such a long time.
I know you guys believed in me and waited for me, so I know well the weight of your expectations.

In the future, please also look after the efforts that singer Kang Daniel makes to show you a good image!
Thank you.

 Translation: @incessantbeat 

Charts

Album (Peak Charts Positions)
South Korea Japan WW iTunes Sales
Certifications
1 23 2 KOR: 500,134
JPN: 2,324…..
Tracks (Peak Charts Positions)
Title Gaon
Billboard Korea
“Intro (Through the Night)” #139
“Color” #111 #3
“뭐해 (What are you up to)” #15 #1
“Horizon” #127
“I HOPE” #110 #2

Source: Gaon 1Gaon 2 | Billboard

Tracks (Realtime Debut)
Title MelOn Genie Mnet Bugs Naver Soribada Flo
“Intro (Through the Night)” #25 #20 #15 #8 #31 #47
“Color” #20 #16 #12 #4 #2 #16 #42
“뭐해 (What are you up to)” #4 #7 #3 #1 #1 #7 #19
“Horizon” #21 #19 #19 #5 #27 #54
“I HOPE” #23 #21 #22 #7 #29 #59

Source: MelOn  |  instiz iChart

“뭐해 (What are you up to)” had 266,153 unique listeners on MelOn in the first 24 hours with a ratio of 70.1% female and 29.9% male. Age demographics were as follows: 14% 10s, 40% 20s,  23% 30s, 14% 40s, 4% 50s and 5% 60s.

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