Critically acclaimed K-Pop superstars TWICE returned with the release of their 12th mini album, READY TO BE.
The seven-track album includes the pre-released single, “MOONLIGHT SUNRISE,” Korean and English versions of the title track “SET ME FREE,” and B-sides “GOT THE THRILLS,” “BLAME IT ON ME,” “WALLFLOWER,” and “CRAZY STUPID LOVE.” The mini album received over 1.7 million preorders, making it the group’s most preordered album to date and a clear indicator of their growing, global popularity. indicating the great level of anticipation for it.
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Earlier this morning, TWICE participated in the lighting of the Empire State Building in partnership with Musicians On Call to not only celebrate READY TO BE’s release, but also raise awareness for Musicians On Call’s mission to deliver live music in hospitals. Additionally, the group performed “SET ME FREE” on last night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and will perform “MOONLIGHT SUNRISE” on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Tuesday, March 14. In addition to the performance, the group also sat down with Kelly for an interview for their first-ever U.S. talk show interview.
TWICE kicked off 2023 strong with the pre-release of “MOONLIGHT SUNRISE” in January, which debuted at No. 84 on the Billboard “Hot 100” and earned the group high-placements on Billboard’s “Digital Song Sales” chart (No. 3) and both Spotify’s US Chart (No. 39) and Global Chart (No. 60). Earlier this month, the group was honored at the 2023 Billboard Women in Music Awards, where they received the “Breakthrough Award,” and closed the ceremony with their first-ever performance of “MOONLIGHT SUNRISE.” While in Los Angeles, the group also hosted a massively successful pop-up experience in support of READY TO BE’s release.
TWICE will embark on their READY TO BE world tour next month. The 14-city tour will kick off on April 15 with shows in South Korea, Australia, and Japan before heading to North America. The North American tour run consists of nine shows —with more shows forthcoming — beginning at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on June 10.
In 2022, TWICE was the most-streamed female K-Pop group on Spotify (U.S.), and they are also the longest-charting female K-Pop act on Spotify’s “U.S. Daily Top Artist” chart. Last year alone, they accumulated nearly 300 million streams (with cumulative streams of over 5.5 billion, to date). They also completed their 4TH WORLD TOUR Ⅲ where they played sold-out arenas across the U.S., as well as two encore performances at Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium. These shows made TWICE the first female K-Pop group to sell out two North American arena tours and the first female K-Pop group to play a North American stadium, respectively.