Wonder World (album)

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Wonder World

From left: Sunye, Yeeun, Sohee, Yubin, Lim
Studio album by Wonder Girls
ReleasedNovember 7, 2011
Recorded2010-2011
in America and South Korea
GenreK-pop, pop, R&B, rock
Length41:29
LabelJYP Entertainment
ProducerPark Jin-Young
Wonder Girls chronology
2 Different Tears
(2010)
Wonder World
(2011)
Wonder Party
(2012)
Singles from Wonder World
  1. "Be My Baby"
    Released: November 7, 2011
 
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Wonder World

From left: Sunye, Yeeun, Sohee, Yubin, Lim
Studio album by Wonder Girls
ReleasedNovember 7, 2011
Recorded2010-2011
in America and South Korea
GenreK-pop, pop, R&B, rock
Length41:29
LabelJYP Entertainment
ProducerPark Jin-Young
Wonder Girls chronology
2 Different Tears
(2010)
Wonder World
(2011)
Wonder Party
(2012)
Singles from Wonder World
  1. "Be My Baby"
    Released: November 7, 2011

Wonder World is the second studio album by South Korean pop girl group Wonder Girls. It was released on November 7, 2011. It was produced by Park Jin-Young.

Background and recording[edit]

On October 23, JYP Entertainment and the members revealed a new poster which read "R U Ready?" hanging over their company's building with a new version of the Wonder Girls logo now in a chic new black design. Later on, JYPE confirmed that the group's digital music distributors have decided on a release date for the group's second official album to be on November 7. However, the group will only be promoting in South Korea for a month as they are also preparing for their Asian promotion tour in December.[1] It was also reported that while preparing for their comeback promotions, the group have enlisted some help from some big international figures.[2][3]

Then, Naver Music reported that the group will be releasing teasers leading up to the album's release. The dates of when the teasers will be released were shown.[4] Starting on October 28, the group uploaded some teaser photos onto their official website.[5] The girls are seen in chic black and white all holding antique guns. In the second batch of teaser photos released on October 31, the group carried the theme called “Red Wonder Girls.”[6] Following the photo teasers, teaser videos for their second album was uploaded on their official Youtube channel on November 1. The first teaser shows the five with their new, edgy looks, and a set with a tough, rock-style concept, as well as individual shots of each of the members. In just one day, the video received over 560,000 hits and on the morning of November 2, the video reached #1 on the "Most Discussed Video" list.[7] The final video teaser was released on November 3. It revealed that the group's title track for the album will be called "Be My Baby". On November 4, the second album's name was finally revealed to be Wonder World composing of 13 new songs with an exception of two being a remix and an English version of the title track, "Be My Baby". The music video reached 2 million views in after its second day of being released, and has gained over 12 million views as of December 2011.

Concept and artwork[edit]

The group has worked with some big international figures for the album's concept. Renowned choreographer Jonté Moaning, who worked with American R&B artist Beyoncé for her song "Freakum Dress" and has served as a back-up dancer for "Single Ladies", helped choreograph the group's music video for "Be My Baby". Designer Johnny Wujek, who was also the fashion stylist for American pop artist Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" and "California Gurls", also worked alongside the group.[2][3]

Composition[edit]

Various members of the group participated in the album's track listing. Yeeun participated as the composer and lyricist for the song "G.N.O," as well as the arrangement and composer for "Me, in". In an interview she commented about the strong American influence that she had received while working on new music in the album as she stated "When I went to a club, I heard songs from Rihanna and LMFAO. We thought it would be nice if we could make club music, done right, in Korean."[8]

Hyerim collaborated with her label-mate rapper San-E for her solo song "Act Cool" where he also helped her write the rap lyrics.[9] Yubin wrote the raps for the songs "Girls Girls," "Me, in," and "Sweet Dreams." Sohee and Yubin recorded a duet together called "SuperB" which allows people to get a feel for the new type of sound that the group have brought.Yeeun and Sunye also had a duet entitled "두고두고" (Long Long Time).[8]

Release and promotion[edit]

In order to promote the release of the album, JYP Entertainment first released teaser pictures on October 24 with the question "R U Ready?", which appeared in front of the company's building. The members began promotions for the album with a live performance of "G.N.O" and "Be My Baby" on KBS's Music Bank on November 11.

On various radio and television programs, they performed 두고두고 (Long Long Time) and Act Cool.

The group also performed "Me, in" at the 2011 MBC Gayo Daejun on December 31.

The group then began performing Girls Girls in some music programs during mid-January rather than the title track before promotions of the album ended.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicNotesLength
1."G.N.O."  Park YeeunPark Yeeun, Lee Woo Min, FredrikGirls Night Out. Rap by Yeeun, Cho Jong-soo.3:30
2."Be My Baby"  J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" 3:31
3."Girls Girls"  Yubin, Shim EunjiShim EunjiRap by Yubin.3:33
4."Me, in"  Yubin, Yeeun, Shin Jung HyeonShin Jung Hyeun, YeeunSampling of Shin Jung-hyeon's “The Beauty”. Rearranged by Yeeun, Woo Min Lee. Rap by Yubin.3:14
5."Sweet Dreams"  Yubin, Billion Dollar Baby, NodayDeepFrost, Shim EunjiRap by Yubin.3:34
6."Stop!"  Hong JisangHong Jisang 3:22
7."Dear. Boy"  Jessica Martinez, Nikki FloresFingazz, DJ Nüre 3:11
8."두고두고 (Long Long Time)"  J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"Sunye & Yeeun duet3:46
9."SuperB"  Kim InaEast4AYubin & Sohee duet3:19
10."Act Cool (Feat. San E)"  Lim, San-ELim, San-ELim solo; Rap by Lim3:33
11."Be My Baby (Ra.D Mix)"  J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" 3:27
12."Nu Shoes"  Woo S. Rhee 'RAINSTONE', Alexander Kronlund, Lukas HilbertWoo S. Rhee 'RAINSTONE', Alexander Kronlund, Lukas Hilbert 3:29
Total length:
41:29

Chart performance[edit]

A few hours after releasing "Wonder World", it was reported that it had topped various music charts across the internet. Around 8AM KST on November 7th, album's lead song “Be My Baby“ placed first on Melon, MNet, Cyworld, Soribada, Naver Music, Daum Music, Monkey3, Bugs Music, and other online charts. All of the album tracks also ranked within the top 20 on most music sites.[11]

Album chart[edit]

ChartPeak
position
South Korea Gaon Weekly album chart[12]1
South Korea Gaon Weekly domestic album chart[12]1
South Korea Gaon Monthly album chart[12]4
U.S. Billboard World albums chart[13]5

Single chart[edit]

SongPeak chart position
KORUS
Gaon Chart[12]K-Pop Billboard[14]
"Be My Baby"11

Other songs charted[edit]

SongPeak chart position
KORUS
Gaon Chart[12]K-Pop Billboard[14]
"Me, In"717
"Girls Girls"1018
"G.N.O."1121
"Stop!"1749
"Act Cool" (feat. San E)1847
"Sweet Dreams"2067
"Do Go Do Go"2173
"Dear Boy"2474
"Nu Shoes"2571
"Super B"2892
"Be My Baby" (Ra.D Mix)3788

Sales and certifications[edit]

ChartAmount
Gaon physical sales[15]71,382+

Release history[edit]

RegionDateLabel
KoreaNovember 7, 2011JYP/LOEN
MalaysiaApril 10, 2012[10]JYP/WMG

References[edit]

  1. ^ 원더걸스 11월7일 컴백 `마침내 소녀시대와‥`. Naver. October 24, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "원더걸스 신곡 댄스, 비욘세 안무가가 만든다 :: 네이버 뉴스" (in (Korean)). News.naver.com. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b "'컴백' 원더걸스, 케이티페리 스타일리스트가 '의상' : 네이트 뉴스". News.nate.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  4. ^ "네이버 뮤직 :: 찾는 기쁨 듣는 즐거움, 네이버 뮤직". Music.naver.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  5. ^ http://wondergirls.jype.com/
  6. ^ "Wonder Girls Unleash Second Teaser Photos". Soompi.com. 2011-10-30. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  7. ^ "Wonder Girls' Teaser Hits the Most Discussed Video Chart on YouTube". Soompi.com. 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  8. ^ a b "성숙해진 원더걸스 2집으로 국내 컴백 - MBN :: 매일방송". Mbn.mk.co.kr. 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  9. ^ "혜림 랩, 그간의 심경 토로? 솔로곡 'Act Cool' 가사 화제". News.nate.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  10. ^ a b http://www.asiahomecd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_20&products_id=12515
  11. ^ "Various Wonder Girls' album tracks take their place on real-time charts". Koreaboo.com. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Gaon Search - Wonder Girls" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  13. ^ "World Albums / Billboard.com (Top World albums for November 26th)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  14. ^ a b "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart | Billboard.com". Billboard. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  15. ^ (Korean) "Gaon album chart". Gaon. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 

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