Gee (Girls' Generation song)
|Single by Girls' Generation|
|from the album Gee, Oh!, & Girls' Generation|
|Released||January 5, 2009|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Genre||K-pop, dance-pop, bubblegum pop|
|Writer(s)||Ahn Myung-won, Kim Young-deuk|
|Girls' Generation Korean singles chronology|
"Gee" is a Korean song by South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, released as the lead single from their first EP Gee on January 5, 2009. It quickly went to number one on various charts and eventually set a record for being number one on KBS's music show Music Bank for nine consecutive weeks. The music video for "Gee" has achieved more than 135 millions views on YouTube. A Japanese version of the song was later released on October 20, 2010.
Background and release
"Gee" is a fast-tempo song about a girl who has fallen in love for the first time. The title is supposed to be an exclamation of surprise, an expression similar to “Oh my gosh”, or more similarly, "Gee!" in English. It topped the Cyworld's hourly music chart on the day of its release and 6 other digital music charts within two days. Girls' Generation had their first promotional activity for the song on the MBC's music show Music Core on January 10. "Gee" eventually became a hit, achieving nine consecutive number one wins on the KBS's Music Bank, and eight consecutive wins on the Mnet 's chart, setting a record at the time. It was named as the "Song of the decade" by South Korea's online music website, MelOn, and chosen to be the most popular song of 2009 on Music Bank. The song has also won several major awards such as "Digital Daesang" and "Digital Bonsang" at the 2009 Golden Disk Awards, "Daesang" and "Digital Music" awards at the 19th Seoul Music Awards, and "Song of the Year" at the 7th Korean Music Awards.
A Japanese version of the song was later released on October 20, 2010. It was released as the second single from the group's debut Japanese album, Girls' Generation. The song reached number one on the RIAJ's weekly digital track chart on October 26, and eventually was ranked fifty-seventh and twenty-third on Billboard's 2010 & 2011 Japan Hot 100 charts, respectively. In January 2014, "Gee" was certified "Million" by the RIAJ, achieving more than one million digital downloads.
In popular culture
A parody of "Gee", called "Hee", has gained popularity among Korean citizens. It is a combination of the instrumental of "Gee" and some extremely venomous dialogue from the drama Temptation of Wife.
A viral video named Showa Era Gee (Grandpa Showa era) (Gee しょうわ時代 （爺爺爺－昭和時代))?) was posted on YouTube on Aug 15, 2011 featuring elderly men in a shoe shop dancing to the Japanese version of "Gee". The video was originally on SMAPxSMAP Japanese show. It was also posted on Smosh website and was reviewed by "AtomicMari" on "Smosh Pit Weekly".
The CGI movie series Dead Fantasy used the song in a music video for the series.
There are three full music videos for the Korean version of Gee. The video with the storyline was released on January 7, 2009. It features the girls as mannequins in a store who come to life after the employee closes and leaves the store. Shinee member Minho plays the employee. At the end of the video, the girls run away as they're mannequins and Minho comes in and looks at a work board. The dance scenes show the girls dancing in a white room wearing different colored shorts. The other two videos are dance versions of the music video. The first one shows the girls dancing in the store, without the "mannequin storyline" while the second one simply shows the girls dancing before a white background which is used in the original music video.
On October 6, 2010, the Japanese music video of "Gee" was released. Shinee's Minho once again plays a role, this time as a customer, of the store run by Girls' Generation. Throughout the video they dance in the shop, and instead of showing them wearing different colored shorts as they did in the Korean version, this time they wore jeans. It also has new scenes of the girls dressing up, which are in the second chorus. When Minho comes in the store the girls hear the door and they drop everything in their hands, but pick them back up and run to Minho. There are still mannequins in the video this time but they are real ones and cannot come alive. The video shows the girls hiding behind the mannequins at the very beginning.
|1.||"Gee [ジー; Ji-]" (Japanese version)||Kanata Nakamura||E-Tribe||E-Tribe||3:23|
|2.||"Gee [지; Ji]" (Korean version)||E-Tribe||E-Tribe||E-Tribe||3:23|
|3.||"Gee" (Without main vocal)||E-Tribe||E-Tribe||3:21|
|1.||"Gee" (Music video)|
|2.||"Gee" (Music video – Dance version) (First Press only)|
- Cyworld Digital Music Awards: Song of the Month (January)
- Cyworld Digital Music Awards: Bonsang Award
- 19th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award
- 19th Seoul Music Awards: Digital Album Award
- 19th Seoul Music Awards: Daesang Award
- Gaon Chart: Digital Music Award ("Gee")
- 7th Korean Music Awards: Song of the Year
- 2009 Melon Music Awards: Song Of The Year
- 2009 Melon Music Awards: Odyssey
- 24th Golden Disk Awards: Digital Bonsang Award
- 24th Golden Disk Awards: Digital Daesang Award
- 52nd Japan Record Awards: New Artist (Girls' Generation "Gee" [Japanese version])
|Released||Oricon Chart||Peak||Debut Sales||Sales Total||Chart Run|
|October 20, 2010||Daily Singles Chart||1||66,203 (weekly)||206,346||50 weeks|
|Weekly Singles Chart||2|
|Monthly Singles Chart||7|
|Yearly Singles Chart||49|
Billboard Japan Charts
|Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay||1|
|Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay||2|
|Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales||2|
|Billboard Japan Hot 100||2|
|Billboard Japan Hot 100 Yearly ends 2010 ||57|
|Billboard Japan Hot 100 Yearly ends 2011 ||23|
|Gaon Singles Chart (Korean version)||1|
|Gaon 2009 Year-End Singles Charts (Korean version)||1|
|RIAJ Digital Track Chart||1|
|RIAJ Digital Track Chart Yearly Top 100 2010||42|
|RIAJ Digital Track Chart Yearly Top 100 2011||7|
|South Korea Gaon Weekly Albums Chart||3|
|South Korea Gaon Monthly Albums Chart||3|
|South Korea Gaon Weekly International Albums Chart||3|
|South Korea Gaon Monthly International Albums Chart||3|
|South Korea Gaon Yearly International Albums Chart||8|
Sales and certifications
|South Korea (Gaon Chart)||4,900,000+|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|Gaon Chart monthly number-one monthly singles
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