Absolute First Album

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Absolute First Album
Studio album by T-ara
Released November 27, 2009 (Digital)
December 4, 2009 (Physical)
2013 (Re-issue)
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, K-pop, dance-pop
Label Core Contents Media/Mnet Media/LOEN Entertainment (South Korea)
PolyEast Records (Philippines)
Alpha Media Music (Taiwan)[1]
Producer Kwon Chang-hyun
T-ara chronology
Absolute First Album
(2009)
Temptastic
(2010)
Singles from Absolute First Album
  1. "Joheun Saram"
    Released: April 29, 2009
  2. "Geojitmal"
    Released: July 27, 2009
  3. "TTL (Time to Love)"
    Released: September 15, 2009
  4. "TTL Listen 2"
    Released: October 09, 2009
  5. "Bo Peep Bo Peep"
    Released: November 27, 2009
  6. "Cheoeum Cheoreom"
    Released: November 27, 2009
Alternative cover
"Breaking Heart" re-release cover limited edition
Singles from Breaking Heart
  1. "Neo Ttaemune Michyeo"
    Released: February 26, 2010
  2. "Naega Neomu Apa"
    Released: March 3, 2010

Absolute First Album is the debut studio album by South Korean girl group T-ara. The album was initially planned to be released earlier as an extended play, however, it was decided that a full album would be released instead. Including the four singles released earlier in the year, the album spawned seven hit songs including "Good Person", "Lies", "TTL (Time to Love)", "TTL Listen 2", "Bo Peep Bo Peep", "Like The First Time", and "I Go Crazy Because of You". One track on the album, "Good Person", had to be re-recorded due to the member lineup changing after the original release of the song.

Release[edit]

In November 2009, it was first announced that T-ara would be releasing their first mini-album. The next week, it had been changed to a full-length album and was released in digital format on November 27, with the physical release following on December 4.[2] The songs and album quickly hit number one on all major music charts on the day of the album's release.[3]

Promotion[edit]

In order to promote the album, T-ara released two potential title tracks along with the digital release on November 27. After the music video teasers for "Bo Peep Bo Peep" and "처음처럼" were released, a poll was conducted in order to determine the song that would become the lead single for the album.[4] Around 9,000 fans voted with "처음처럼", thus winning the poll and becoming the album's title track. However the group's agency released a statement saying that they will begin promotions for "Bo Peep Bo Peep" first, after the song received positive responses from critics who believed that it will become the group's first hit. Despite this, the company promised fans that the group will perform the song for follow-up promotions of the album. T-ara went on to win their very first music award on New Year's Day of 2010 at KBS's Music Bank which was followed by another win on SBS's Inkigayo. In total, the group had won five number one music awards from both shows. The group also performed special remixes of "Bo Peep Bo Peep", including Christmas and New Year versions of the song to coincide with the holidays. As the promotions for "처음처럼" began in 2010, main vocalist Soyeon was diagnosed with H1N1 and promotions quickly ended.[5]

Re-release[edit]

In early February 2010 it was announced that T-ara would be releasing a repackaged version of the album with a new title track in order to thank their fans for the success of their first album.[6] The title track for the re-release of the album, 너때문에 미쳐, was penned by singer-songwriter Wheesung.[7] The song went on to hit #1 on all major music charts and win several awards on weekly music programs like M.net's M! Countdown and SBS Inkigayo. The repackaged album was released in the Philippines by PolyEast Records June 2010. By the end of 2011 it was reported that "I Go Crazy Because Of You" was downloaded 4,164,777 times in South Korea alone, becoming of the best-selling singles in the history of Korean music and the second best-selling single by T-ara (after 'Roly Poly').

Track listing[edit]

Absolute First Album
No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "One & One"   Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung Shinsadong Tiger 02:36
2. "Cheoeum Cheoreom" (처음처럼, "Like the First Time") "hitman" bang "hitman" bang Wonderkid 04:04
3. "Bo Peep Bo Peep"   Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-Sung 03:45
4. "Tic Tic Toc"   Ahn Young-min Ahn Young-min Davina 03:19
5. "Bye Bye"   Nam Ki-sang, Kang Jung-myung Nam Ki-sang Nam Ki-sang 03:34
6. "Apple is A"   Ahn Young-min Cho Young-soo Cho Young-soo 03:10
7. "Falling U"   Han Sang-won Han Sang-won Yoon Young-min 03:29
8. "Neoneoneo" (너너너, "You You You") Kim Do-hoon, Kim Ki-bum, Rhymer Kim Do-hoon, Kim Ki-bum Kim Do-hoon 03:40
9. "Geojitmal" (Dance Ver.) (거짓말, "Lies") Ahn Young-min Cho Young-soo Cho Young-soo 03:46
10. "T.T.L (Time To Love)" (featuring Choshinsung) Hwang Sung-jin, Rhymer, Joosuc Kim Do-hoon Lee Sang-ho 03:38
11. "Geojitmal" (Slow Ver.) Ahn Young-min Cho Young-soo Cho Young-soo 03:44
12. "T.T.L Listen.2" (featuring Choshinsung) Rhymer, Sangchu Kim Do-hoon, Rhymer Kim Ki-wan 03:32
13. "Joheun Saram" (좋은 사람, "Good Person") K-SMITH Han Sung-ho Kim Jae-yang 03:32
14. "Norabollae?" (놀아볼래?, "Wanna Play?") Ahn Young-min Cho Young-soo, Kim Tae-hyun Cho Young-soo, Kim Tae-hyun 02:53
Total length:
49:15

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Absolute First Album adapted from liner notes.[8]

  • Lee Jae-hyunk – executive producer
  • Kwo Chang-hyun – producer
  • Lee Eung-young, Kim Hyung-joon, Park Gyu-hyun, Woo Min-hyuk – management
  • Kim Jin-hee – A&R
  • Lee A-ram – marketing
  • Kim Jae-woon at Studio J – photography
  • Lee Soo-jin, Yoo Young-joon, Park Eun-bi - assistant photographer
  • Soon-chul, Gun-hyung and Sunny – hair
  • Shin Kyung-mi, Kang Mi, Hee-jin, Byung-wok – make-up
  • Kim Woo-ri – style director
  • Heo Hyo-hee – stylist
  • Kim Kyung-na, Choi Yeon-jung – assistant stylist
  • YAMA & HOTCHICKS – choreography
  • WHYN Communication – printing
  • Kim Jong-gap at Ggotmeot Design Studio – design

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Edition
Korea November 27, 2009 Digital download CJ E&M
LOEN Entertainment (Re-issue)
Standard
December 4, 2009 CD
March 3, 2010 Re-issue
Philippines June 4, 2010 PolyEast Records
Taiwan August 20, 2010 CD+DVD Alpha Media Music

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