“Believer” provides such a distinctive addition to the album. It is done through its upbeat and retro-inspired instrumentals along with its uplifting lyrics aimed to cheer up fans when facing difficult times due to the ongoing pandemic in 2020. Aside from being a catchy disco-style song, “Believer” notably stands out on the album for Jihyo’s leading vocals and Dahyun’s whisper rap.
Background of “Believer”
Before the release date was announced, there were rumors about their new album. JYP Entertainment then confirmed the rumor that TWICE will make a comeback after releasing “More and More” in June 2020. Their next album, Eyes Wide Open, was announced on October 1st, 2020, through TWICE’s official SNS accounts. It was announced along with release dates and promotional schedules. Later, on October 11th, 2020, teaser images alongside the digital album cover were officially released by JYP Entertainment. “Eyes Wide Open” was officially released on October 26th with the launch of the official audio, and songs became available to stream on various digital music platforms.
Story of “Believer”
TWICE’s “Believer” was written by Kenzie (a songwriter from SM Entertainment) and composed by Kenzie, Greg Bonnick, Hayden Chapman, and Alice Penrose. This song was arranged by LDN Noise, Kenzie, and Penrose. “Believer” has a bit of a different vibe from any other TWICE song that has ever been produced. It is an EDM-inspired tune with a slight influence of R&B and dance. Many people also think there is a touch of vintage European dance music in “Believer.” The song mainly talks about motivation and self-encouragement. The lyrics of “Believer” attempt to convey a message on how to believe in yourself in order to achieve your dreams, regardless of any difficult circumstances that you have to face.
MV of “Believer”
There is no official music video for “Believer.” However, on October 26th, 2020, the official audio was uploaded on YouTube through JYP Entertainment’s official channel. As of July 2021, the official audio of “Believer” on YouTube has over 1.5 million views.
Performance of “Believer”
“Believer” was performed during the Eyes Wide Open live virtual album launch on YouTube on October 26, 2020. It was performed as a medley with other songs from the album including “Behind the Mask” and “I Can’t Stop Me.” There were only eight members who performed because Jeongyeon was on hiatus due to issues related to anxiety. All the members were wearing yellow and black. The stage set was dominated by pink and purple neon lights with a touch of tropical-themed decor. Sana and Jihyo’s vocals in this performance were on point as they often complemented other members’ vocals before and after their parts while at the same time managing to stand out on their own.
Achievements of “Believer”
Right after the album release, “Believer” ranked in South Korean music charts such as GAON and Bugs. Since “Believer” was not a lead single or title track, it hasn’t received any award nominations. The song was never played nor ranked on any music program.
“Believer” Weekly Chart
“Believer” Fun Facts
“Believer” is one of Momo’s favorite songs n the album Eyes Wide Open because the song left the greatest impression on her.