Bonamana

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This article is about Super Junior's album. For the song, see Bonamana (song).
Bonamana
Bonamana version A cover
Studio album by Super Junior
Released May 13, 2010 (2010-05-13)
(See Release history)
Recorded October 2009 — April 2010 at SM Studios in Seoul, South Korea
Genre K-pop, R&B, dance, electronica
Length 42:04 (Version A and B)
56:53 (Version C)
Language Korean
Label SM Entertainment
Producer Lee Soo-man
Super Junior chronology
Sorry, Sorry
(2009)
Bonamana
(2010)
Mr. Simple
(2011)
Singles from Bonamana
  1. "Bonamana"
    Released: May 10, 2010
  2. "No Other"
    Released: June 25, 2010
Music video
"Bonamana" on YouTube
"No Other" on YouTube

Bonamana (Hangul: 미인아; RR: Miina; literally: Beauty) is the fourth studio album of South Korean boy band Super Junior. It is the first album with ten out of the original 13 members to take part. It was first released as Version A, on May 13, 2010 by SM Entertainment.[1] This was followed by Version B on May 20, which included behind-the-scenes photos from their stage performances and music video shoots.[2] A repackaged version C was released on 28 June, with four new tracks including follow-up single "No Other".[3]

The album, as to the information provided by South Korean album chart Gaon, sold a cumulative total of 300,000 copies of all versions, awarding the album as the "best selling album of 2010" and outselling their previous award-winning studio effort Sorry, Sorry.[4]

Recording and production[edit]

The group first announced that they were working on their fourth full-length studio album in January 2010 while presenting an award at Thailand's KPN Awards. A week later, Kibum, who participated very little in the group's third studio album Sorry, Sorry due to acting pursuits, discussed the possibility of participating in the production of Bonamana during an interview.[5] After a thorough discussion with producers, Kibum decided to continue his acting career instead. With Kang-in fulfilling his two-year mandatory military service and Han Geng's lawsuit against SM Entertainment, only ten members were able to work on the album.[6]

Shindong tweeted about preparing for the fourth album in early April.[7] On April 19, SM Entertainment formally announced through online media outlets about the release and production of the album. After Super Junior finished their Super Show 2 Asia concert tour in the Philippines, the members postponed solo activities to fit more time on working in the album in time for a mid-May release.[8]

Music[edit]

Super Junior consistently described the main concept style of Bonamana to be "mature" and "sophisticated". Following the music genre that they settled for in Sorry, Sorry, the music in Bonamana is largely mainstream and is composed of a variety of genres including R&B ballads, pop dances, and hip hop.[9] However, unlike Sorry, Sorry, a majority of Bonamana maintains a handful of cheerful, medium-tempo pop songs that Super Junior had been known for performing since debut.

The album contains 11 tracks with title track "Bonamana", an upbeat electropop song. SM described that "Bonamana" is the "completion of the SJ Funky genre", a genre that Super Junior will pursue continuously since its development in Sorry, Sorry. Eunhyuk created the dance choreography for "Boom Boom," hip hop dance track characterized for its "dark and powerful groove."[10] Super Junior invites Park Chang-hyun a fourth time to write the soft vocal ballad "Coagulation", performed by Super Junior-K.R.Y. Similar to "Coagulation" is "One Fine Spring Day", a solo song by Ryeowook. The fourth track, "Your Eyes" is described as a "regular Super Junior R&B ballad", with emphasized characterization on the differences between Yesung's and Kyuhyun's voices. Surprisingly, on the seventh track "Shake It Up," Han Geng who was currently in a lawsuit with SM Entertainment, did not have his vocals scratched out on the track. It was revealed later by the representative of SM Entertainment that this song was recorded before Han Geng filed the lawsuit. The album ends with the cheerful electropop song "Here We Go" that will "[refresh] the listeners' hearings."

For the repackaged album, Bonamana Version C, there are four new songs. The first one, "No Other," received great feedback, so it was followed up with a music video released on July 7, 2010. The next song, "All My Heart" is written by Leeteuk and Henry Lau, is an acoustic guitar ballad. The other Super Junior member, Eunhyuk and Donghae also wrote and compose the song "A Short Journey"[11] as a tribute for fellow member Kangin who was serving in the military. This song is performed mainly by Kangin, accompanied by Donghae, Yesung, Kyuhyun, and Ryeowook.

Singles[edit]

Like most of Super Junior's past lead singles, the first track was announced on May 6, 2010 as title track "Bonamana". A music video teaser, was released on May 7, with a brief and blurred preview of the song's chorus,[12][13] and available for digital download from May 10.[14] The full MV was released on 12 May.[15] Naming the genre as "SJ Funky" (Super Junior Funky), "Bonamana" consists of "African rhythms, with catchy grooves and club house beats." The song is widely defined to be in an electropop funk style, and a majority of the song is concentrated on vocals.[9]

The follow-up single "No Other", digitally released on 25 June, is a dance-pop track. It was produced by New York-based producers Reefa, Denzil (DR) Remedios, Kibwe (12keyz) Luke and Ryan Jhun, who have worked with other hip-hop artists such as Fabolous, Ludacris and The Game.[3]

Promotion and reception[edit]

Super Junior's first comeback performance was on May 14 with the performance of "Boom Boom" and "Bonamana" on KBS2TV's Music Bank,.[16] The group performed again with the roster the following weekend on MBC's Show! Music Core on May 15[17] and on SBS's The Music Trend on May 16.

Over 200,000 copies were pre-ordered a week after the release date was announced, setting a new high record for the group.[18] According to South Korea's Hanteo chart, version A of Bonamana, debuted at #1 on the charts, selling over 36,000 copies on the first day of release, making it the biggest opening day of the group's career.[19] After four more days of release, over 70,000 copies were sold.[20] Bonamana charted at #1 again on real time and daily charts after the release of version B, selling over 13,000 copies, totaling the offline sales to over 100,000.[21]

The album peaked at number one on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart for the week of 9 to 15 May 2010[22] and also number one for May and June on the Gaon Monthly Album Chart. On February 2011, according to Gaon Chart's 2010 year-end summation chart, the album's A and B versions sold a cumulative total of 200,193 copies, awarding the album as the "best selling album of 2010". Meanwhile, the repackaged album sold 99,355 copies, ranking at the ninth spot in the same chart,[4] bringing to a total of almost 300,000 units sold in South Korea. While in Taiwan, the album sold a cumulative total of 57,000 copies. In the Philippines, the album reached gold status after a week released on May 4 selling 7,500 copies.

Track listing[edit]

Version A and B
No. Title Lyrics Music Translation Length
1. "미인아 (BONAMANA)"   Yoo Young-jin Yoo Young-jin Beauty (BONAMANA) 3:58
2. "나쁜 여자 (Boom Boom)"   Kenzie Hayden Bell, Wayne Beckford, Ray Lavender Bad Girl (Boom Boom) 3:15
3. "응결 (Coagulation)" (Super Junior-K.R.Y) Park Chang-hyun Park Chang-hyun   4:20
4. "나란 사람 (Your Eyes)" (Yesung and Kyuhyun duet) Kim Jungbae Kenzie Someone Like Me (Your Eyes) 3:41
5. "My Only Girl"   Hong Ji-yoo Brandon Fraley, Joshua Welton   3:09
6. "사랑이 이렇게 (My All Is In You)"   Kwon Yun-jung Squeak Jackson, Stephen Beckham Love Like This (My All Is In You) 3:36
7. "Shake It Up!"   Kim Young-hoo Ryan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Ronald Frost, Micheal Muncie, Denzil "iDR" Remedios, Kibwe "12Keyz" Luke   3:02
8. "잠들고 싶어 (In My Dream)" (Yesung, Sungmin, Donghae, Ryeowook, Kyuhyun) Kwon Yun-jung Kim Ji-hu Want To Go To Sleep (In My Dream) 5:02
9. "봄날 (One Fine Spring Day)" (Ryeowook solo) Kwon Yun-jung Magnus Andersson Spring Day (One Fine Spring Day) 3:56
10. "좋은 사람 (Good Person)"   Yoo Hui-yeol Yoo Hui-yeol Good Person (Good Person) 4:04
11. "Here We Go"   Kim Eana Carl Utbult, Tebey Ottoh, Fredrik Hult   3:50

Charts[edit]

Album Charts[edit]

Country Chart Peak
position
South Korea Gaon Weekly Album Chart 1
Gaon Monthly Album Chart 1
Gaon Yearly Album Chart 1
Japan Daily Album Charts 5
Taiwan G-Music Combo Chart 1
G-Music J-pop Chart 1
G-Music International Chart 1
Thailand Channel V's V Countdown 1

Singles Charts[edit]

Country Chart Song Position
South Korea Gaon Digital Singles Chart Bonamana 8[23]

Sales[edit]

Country Chart Album Sales
South Korea Gaon Chart Bonamana +403 000

Release history[edit]

Version Region Date Distributing label Format
A South Korea May 13, 2010 SM Entertainment CD
Hong Kong June 4, 2010[24] Avex Asia
Taiwan June 18, 2010[25] Avex Taiwan
Philippines July 3, 2010 (Special Release)
July 9, 2010 (Official Release)
Universal Records
B South Korea May 20, 2010 SM Entertainment CD
Hong Kong June 4, 2010[26] Avex Asia
Taiwan June 25, 2010[27] Avex Taiwan
Philippines July 3, 2010 (Special Release)
July 9, 2010 (Official Release)
Universal Records
C (Repackaged) South Korea June 28, 2010 SM Entertainment CD
Hong Kong July 3, 2010[28] Avex Asia
Taiwan July 23, 2010[29] Avex Taiwan
Philippines August 28, 2010 (Special Release)
September 3, 2010 (Official Release)
Universal Records
-- Japan July 21, 2010 Avex Trax, Rhythm Zone CD
D (Asia Special Edition) Taiwan November 19, 2010[30] Avex Taiwan CD+DVD

References[edit]

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  23. ^ http://www.gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/total/list.gaon
  24. ^ "Bonamana Hong Kong A edition album info"Avex Asia. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-08 (Chinese)
  25. ^ "Bonamana Taiwan A edition album info" Avex Taiwan. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-08 (Chinese)
  26. ^ "Bonamana Hong Kong B edition album info" Avex Asia. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-08 (Chinese)
  27. ^ "Bonamana Taiwan B edition album info" Avex Taiwan. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-08 (Chinese)
  28. ^ "Bonamana Hong Kong C edition album info" Avex Asia. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-08 (Chinese)
  29. ^ "Bonamana Taiwan C edition album info" Avex Taiwan. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-08 (Chinese)
  30. ^ "Bonamana Taiwan D edition album info" Avex Taiwan. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-08 (Chinese)

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