Girls' Generation (2011 album)

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This article is about the 2011 self-titled album in Japanese by Girls' Generation. For their 2007 self-titled album in Korean, see Girls' Generation (2007 album).
Girls' Generation
Studio album by Girls' Generation
Released June 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)
Recorded August 2010–March 2011
Length 41:22
Language Japanese
Label Nayutawave
Producer Lee Soo-man
Girls' Generation chronology
  • Girls' Generation
  • (2011)
Singles from Girls' Generation
  1. "Genie"
    Released: September 8, 2010
  2. "Gee"
    Released: October 20, 2010
  3. "Mr. Taxi / Run Devil Run"
    Released: April 27, 2011
The Boys reissue cover

Girls' Generation is the debut Japanese album by the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, and was released by Nayutawave Records on June 1, 2011. A repackaged edition of the album, The Boys, was released on December 28, 2011.[1][better source needed]

To promote the album, Girls' Generation embarked on their first Japan concert tour, The First Japan Arena Tour. Furthermore, the album is also ranked 18th on Spin magazine's Top 20 Pop Albums of 2011, and makes Girls' Generation the highest selling album and the highest annually ranked album achieved so far by a Korean group in Oricon history.

With the aid of their repackaged album, the album has officially shipped over 1 million copies as of January 11, 2012. As of June 2012, the album has been "Million"-certified by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), making the group the second Korean artist to earn this achievement in Japan since Korean labelmate BoA's Best of Soul in 2005.[2]

Background and release[edit]

After releasing three singles in the Japanese market, including "Genie", "Gee", and "Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run", it was rumoured that Girls' Generation would release their first Japanese studio album.

On May 13, 2011 the official Girls' Generation Japanese website posted an image stating that "big news" would be announced on May 16, 2011.[3] On May 16, eight months after their Japanese debut in September 2010, Girls' Generation finally revealed their first Japanese album titled Girls' Generation,[4] with the tracklist made available soon after.[5] The tracks "Mr. Taxi" and "Let It Rain" were used as the background music for various versions of Girls' Generation's CF with Lipton Tea.[6] As a result of their rising popularity, Girls' Generation became the highest earning foreign artist in Japan for the first half of 2011.[7]

On August 11, a music video for "Bad Girl" was released to celebrate the group's fourth anniversary since debut and the success of their first Japanese album.[8] The music video was shot in a dark parking garage, and starts with shots of Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung getting off large bikes.

On December 7, it was announced that Girls' Generation would release a re-packaged version of their first Japanese album Girls' Generation as Re:package Album "Girls' Generation" ~The Boys~, which includes a Japanese version of their international hit "The Boys", and remixed versions of "The Great Escape", "Bad Girl", "Mr.Taxi", and a new song "Time Machine". The Girls' Generation re-packaged album was released on December 28. A music video for "Time Machine" was released on March 13, 2012.[9]

Promotion[edit]

It was announced on March 7, 2011 that Girls' Generation would embark on their first nationwide Japan tour starting May 18, 2011 at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, with a total of 7 stops in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.[10] The start of the tour was postponed to May 31, 2011 because of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Due to overwhelming demand, with up to 300,000 applicants applying for tickets,[11] additional stops were added to the tour.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Spin[13] (positive)
Time Out[14] 3/5 stars

Girls' Generation received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. James Hadfield writing for the Japan edition of Time Out were not impressed with the Japanese versions of earlier Korean singles "Genie" and "Run Devil Run", commenting that the mastering lacks the "heavily compressed punch" of the originals. Nevertheless, he lauded it as a "cohesive" album and regarded the record as an "improvement" on the group's previous Korean releases. Hadfield also labelled Girls' Generation one of the best J-pop albums.[14]

Spin‍ '​s editor Chuck Eddy picked "Bad Girl" as a highlight on the album, calling it "over-the-top" and "Latin-freestyle-emoted" track.[13] Writing for the same magazine, Charles Aaron ranked Girls' Generation number 18 on Spin‍ '​s list of 20 Best Pop Albums of 2011; he praised the record as a collection of "over terrifyingly sophisticated dance tracks" and chose "Run Devil Run" as a standout.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

Pre-orders started on different e-stores. On Amazon Japan, the deluxe edition sold very well and rose quickly to No.1 on the pre-order chart while the limited edition was ranked 7th. On various Japanese album stores, Girls' Generation was the No.1 pre-ordered album with over 300,000 units expected to be shipped.[16]

The album topped the Oricon Daily Album Chart at first place on June 1 with a sales count of 43,583 copies, which made Girls' Generation the first foreign girl group ever to top the chart on the release date.[17][18] According to Oricon, the album sold 131,553 copies in the first week and placed first on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart, surpassing the record for first week debut album sales for a foreign artist, a record previously held by SM Entertainment labelmate BoA's Listen to My Heart.[19][20] One month after the album release, Oricon reported a total sales of 211,972 copies. The album placed second on the Oricon Monthly Album Chart for the month of June and became the 5th best selling album of 2011 in Japan according the Oricon Album Rankings.

On December 19, 2011, Oricon reported that Girls' Generation sold over 542,054 copies in the 2011 calendar year to rank 5th place on the Oricon Yearly Album Chart.[21] This surpassed the previous record of 7th place and 369,530 copies sold by SM Entertainment labelmate TVXQ's Best Selection 2010,[22] and makes Girls' Generation the highest selling album and the highest annually ranked album achieved so far by a Korean group in Oricon history. On June 8, 2012, the RIAJ certified the album "Million" for shipping over a million copies.[23]

The album placed 5th on the Oricon Weekly CD Albums chart for the second week of January 2012,[24] and Oricon announced that it was the first time in history that an album by a Korean artist placed in the Top 10 for 17 weeks. The previous record holder was the original soundtrack for the Korean drama Winter Sonata, which remained in the Top 10 for 16 weeks.[25][26]

Editions[edit]

The album was originally released in three different editions: Deluxe Limited First Press Edition, Limited Pressing Edition, and the Regular Edition. A repackaged Edition was released later.

  • Deluxe Limited First Press Edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring "Mr. Taxi"'s original and dance versions of the music video, plus "Genie" and "Gee" Japanese music videos, a 40-page photobook, a mini bag that comes in a special box.
  • Limited Pressing Edition comes in a slipcase with a 32-page photobook and a bonus DVD featuring the same contents at the Deluxe Limited First Press Edition except "Mr. Taxi"'s dance version.
  • Regular Edition comes in a standard jewel case with a lyrics-only booklet.

The album was later re-released as Re:package Album "Girls' Generation" ~The Boys~ was released in three editions: a Regular Edition with a lyrics-only booklet, a Limited Edition with a 36-page photobook, a bonus DVD featuring music videos of "Bad Girl" and "The Boys" (English Version) plus two rubber coasters and a Limited Pressing with the same photobook, bonus DVD and a case from the limited edition, but with two B2-size posters.

Singles[edit]

"Genie" is the official title for the debut in Japanese. The single was the first ever Japanese single released by Girls' Generation on September 8, 2010 in Japan. A new version of the music video was filmed to accompany the Japanese version, and the teaser was released on August 19, 2010. On August 26, 2010, the full music video was released. The song reached #5 on Oricon Charts on the releasing day. The song reached #2 on September 11, 2010.[27][28] The song was released in three editions, two CD+DVD (first press and regular), and a CD Only edition. First press CD+DVD edition includes a special photobook and a random (1 of 9) photocard. The single includes also includes the Korean version, "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)".

Girls' Generation also had success in Japan with their second Japanese single "Gee". They took second place and were crowned the first ever overseas girl group to reach number 1 on the chart.[29] The song was ranked fifty-seventh on the Japan Hot 100 2010 year-end chart. On April 20, 2011, the girls added another accomplishment to their belt as the RIAJ (Recording Industry Association of Japan) website updated their charts showing that SNSD's Chaku Uta Full (ringtones) downloads for "Gee" went Double Platinum. The RIAJ certifies Platinum as moving 250,000 units, so Double Platinum would mean that the girls had over 500,000 downloads for "Gee".[30]

"Mr. Taxi / Run Devil Run" set a new record for Girls' Generation, being their first Japanese single to shift 100,000 units in its first week of release.[31] Before they released the physical single, they released the Japanese version of "Run Devil Run" as a digital single on January 25, 2011. The single also managed to clinch the number 1 spot on Billboard's Japan Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks.[32][33] "Mr. Taxi" was first performed live on May 13, 2011 on TV Asahi's Music Station.[34] On May 25, "Mr. Taxi" topped the Taiwanese music chart Gmusic.[35]

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Mr. Taxi"   STY STY, Scott Mann, Chad Royce, Paolo Prudencio, Allison Veltz 3:33
2. "Genie" (Japanese version) Kanata Nakamura, Yoo Young-jin Fridolin Nordso Schjoldan, Nermin Harambasic, Robin Jensen, Ronny Svendsen, Anne Judith Wik, Yoo Young-jin 3:42
3. "You-aholic"   STY STY, Lindy Roberts, E.Kidd Bogart, Greg Ogan, Spencer Nezey 3:29
4. "Run Devil Run" (Japanese version) Kanata Nakamura, Hong Ji-Yu Alex James, Michael Busbee, Kalle Engström 3:21
5. "Bad Girl"   Hiro Hiro, Jörgen Elofsson, Jesper Jakobson, Lauren Dyson 3:44
6. "Beautiful Stranger"   Hiro Hiro, Leah Haywood, Daniel James, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers 2:42
7. "I'm in Love with the Hero"   Kanata Nakamura Leah Haywood, Daniel James, Kevin Christopher Ross, Bret Carlson Puchir 2:48
8. "Let It Rain"   Hiro Hiro, Love, Habolin 3:40
9. "Gee" (Japanese version) Kanata Nakamura, E-Tribe E-Tribe 3:21
10. "The Great Escape"   STY STY, Andre Merritt, E.Kidd Bogart, Greg Ogan, Spencer Nezey 3:49
11. "Hoot" (Japanese version) Kanata Nakamura, John Hyunkyu Lee Alex James, Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin Michael Larsson 3:17
12. "Born to Be a Lady"   Kanata Nakamura Leah Haywood, Daniel James, Shelly Peiken 3:56
Total length:
41:22

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Japan (RIAJ)[45] Million 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Edition Distributor Ref.
Japan June 1, 2011 CD Standard Nayutawave Records [46]
CD + DVD [47]
Digital download [48]
South Korea July 13, 2011 CD S.M. Entertainment [49]
Japan December 28, 2011 Repackage Nayutawave Records [50]
CD + DVD [51]

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