Pentagon Release Frog-Themed 'Naughty Boy' Music Video: Watch
Boy band Pentagon released their new song “Naughty Boy” on Monday. It's their first single since April's addicting "Shine" saw the act grow in prominence in the K-pop world.
Like its predecessor, Pentagon's latest single is a playful track full of eccentric touches. It opens up with bright strings, whistling sounds and a dramatic intro from Kino before it grows into a rhythmic dance track propelled by tinny percussion, trumpeting horns, bouncing piano and buoyant synths. The members switch off between cheeky solo verses before leading into the heavily layered, chant-heavy choruses as they sing about being the titular "Naughty Boy" who can change for love.
The song’s Korean title “Tree Frog” -- a reference to a Korean proverb about a mischievous "Naughty Boy" frog who didn’t listen to his mother but changed upon her death -- heavily influenced the music video for Pentagon's new single. It features not only Billy Bounce-inspired frog-hopping choreography but also frequent appearances of amphibian-themed apparel and decorations, ranging from ponchos to a giant frog. Plotwise, the K-pop group is seen as workers at a car wash and fittingly don workplace attire like overalls and safety vests before heading to some after-hours karaoke fun in a car as they sing about being their own people before changing for someone they care for.
Members Hui and E’Dawn collaborated with producer Flow Blow on “Naughty Boy,” while rappers Yuto and Wooseok also wrote lyrics for the song, the same team behind “Shine.” E’Dawn is on hiatus from the group following the news in August that he is dating soloist HyunA, and his future within the group and at Cube Entertainment is currently in a state of flux. The group’s 10th member Yan An is also absent from “Naughty Boy” due to health issues.
“Naughty Boy” fronts Pentagon’s Thumbs Up!, the group's seventh Korean EP since their start in 2016. Along with the single, it features four other songs: the mellow pop-rock track “Just Do It Yo!!,” the rambunctious M.O.L.A-produced “Skateboard,” the smooth ballad “When It Rains in NIght” and the titular anthemic synth-pop track. Along with the members who worked on “Naughty Boy,” Kino and Shinwon also have songwriting credits on the EP.
Since their start in 2016, the group has seen three albums appear on the World Albums chart, with 2017's Demo_01 landing their highest rank at No. 5 last September.
Watch the music video for Pentagon’s “Naughty Boy” here: