Best Girls

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Best Girls
Version B Cover
Greatest hits album by Kara
Released November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
Recorded 2008-2013
Genre J-pop, K-pop
Length 1:32:25
Language Japanese, Korean
Label Universal Sigma
Kara chronology
Full Bloom
(2013)
Best Girls
(2013)
TBA
Singles from Best Girls
  1. "French Kiss"
    Released: November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)

Best Girls is the third greatest hits album by South Korean girl group Kara and the final album with former members, Nicole Jung and Kang Jiyoung. The album was released on November 27, 2013 in three different editions. French Kiss was released on November 27, 2013, as the only single from the album. The album contains 25 songs in both Japanese and Korean, including hits such as Mister, Jet Coaster Love, and Step.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Information regarding the album was revealed in late October, when Universal Music, and various blogs began to announce it. The album was announced in three different versions: 2CD+2DVD Type A, 2CD+DVD Type B, and 2CD Type C. Type A comes with two CDs with a total of 25 songs. Version B comes with an additional DVD featuring thirty five music videos including the extra bonus close up versions. Finally, type A also includes twenty videos of songs sung by KARA live in concert. Type A lists for ¥8,500, type B for ¥5,500, and type C for ¥2,980.

Significance[edit]

The compilation album is particularly significant as it is widely believed to be the final album where all five KARA members will be together, due to contract expiration of the group's two members Nicole Jung and Jiyoung Kang with their Korean agency, DSP Media. The album serves as an offering to the group's fanbase, Kamilia, for their support towards the girls and also as a final goodbye for their time together as a five-piece ensemble.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

CD 1 Tracklist [1][2][5]
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Mister" (ミスター)     3:12
2. "Jumpin'" (ジャンピン)     2:58
3. "SOS"       4:42
4. "Jet Coaster Love" (ジェットコースターラブ) Natsumi Watanabe, Yu Shimoji Hwang Seong-je 3:40
5. "Ima, Okuritai 'Arigatō'" (今、贈りたい「ありがとう」) S. Isogai S. Isogai 5:51
6. "Go Go Summer" (GO GO サマー!) Y. Shimoji Han Sang-won, Lee Sang-ho & Kimzart 3:20
7. "Girls Be Ambitious!" (ガールズ ビー アンビシャス!) PA-NON Hwang S.J. 3:36
8. "Winter Magic" (ウィンターマジック) Simon Isogai ArmySlick, M.I. 5:52
9. "Speed Up" (スピード アップ) Emyli Mohombi, Ivar Lisinski, Ninos Hanna, Robert Hanna 3:21
10. "Girl's Power" (ガールズ パワー) PA-NON Han Sang-won 3:57
11. "Electric Boy" (エレクトリックボーイ) Line Krogholm, Shalamon Baskin, Mikko Tamminen Line Krogholm, Shalamon Baskin 3:22
12. "Bye Bye Happy Days!" (バイバイ ハッピーデイズ) Simon Isogai Simon Isogai 4:36
13. "Thank You Summer Love" (サンキュー サマーラブ) Yu Shimoji Takumi Masanori 3:47
14. "French Kiss" (フレンチキス)     4:16
Total length:
56:30

All songs written and composed by Han Jae-ho and Kim Seung-soo (known as Sweetune), except where noted. 

CD 2 Tracklist [5]
No. Title Length
1. "Rock U"   3:34
2. "Pretty Girl"   3:14
3. "Honey"   3:40
4. "Wanna" (Song Soo-yun, Han Jae-ho, Kim Seung-soo) 3:05
5. "Mister (Hangul: 미스터)" (Song Soo-yun, Han Jae-ho, Kim Seung-soo) 3:12
6. "Lupin (Hangul: 루팡)"   3:10
7. "Umbrella"   3:24
8. "Jumping (Hangul: 점핑)"   2:58
9. "Step (Hangul: 스텝)" (Song Soo-yun, Han Jae-ho, Kim Seung-soo) 3:21
10. "Pandora" (Song Soo-yun, Yue, Han Jae-ho, Kim Seung-soo) 3:11
11. "Damaged Lady (Hangul: 숙녀가 못 돼)" (Song Soo-yun, Han Jae-ho, Kim Seung-soo) 3:06
Total length:
35:55

Charts[edit]

Oricon Chart[edit]

Oricon Chart Peak Debut sales Sales total Chart run
Daily Singles Chart 4 42,101 (weekly)[citation needed] 65,228+ 6 weeks
Weekly Albums Chart 5
Monthly Albums Chart 13
Yearly Albums Chart 126

Other charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Japan Top Albums 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Japan (RIAJ)[6] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Japan November 27, 2013 Ringtone Universal Sigma
November 27, 2013 CD, Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Best_Girls
  2. ^ a b c http://ournikori.blogspot.com/2013/10/infopic-kara-best-girls-album-covers.html
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/5748061/kara-member-nicole-leaving-in-2014-another-possibly-following
  4. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/11/karas-nicole-rumored-to-leave-for-the-us-if-an-agreement-cant-be-reached-with-dsp-media#axzz2lcckqbN6
  5. ^ a b http://www.jpopasia.com/news/kara-to-release-best-album-and-xmas-song-french-kiss::15095.html
  6. ^ "Japanese album certifications – KARA – Best Girls" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved December 14, 2013.