I Got a Boy (song)
|"I Got a Boy"|
|Single by Girls' Generation|
|from the album I Got a Boy|
|Released||January 1, 2013|
|Recorded||2012; S.M. Boomingsystem|
|Genre||K-pop, hip hop, electropop, New wave music|
|Label||S.M. Entertainment, KT Music|
|Writer(s)||Will Simms, Sarah Lundbäck Bell, Anne Judith Wik, Yoo Young-jin|
|Producer(s)||Will Simms, Yoo Young-jin|
|Girls' Generation Korean singles chronology|
"I Got a Boy" is a song by South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, released on January 1, 2013, as the title track from their fourth Korean album, I Got a Boy. The song was co-produced by the group's long-time collaborator, Yoo Young-jin, as well as Will Simms. A predominately electronic-inspired song, the song contains elements of both hip-hop and rap, with the group exchanging between singing and rapping.
The accompanying music video was filmed in October 2012, with hip-hop-inspired choreography handled by renowned American choreographers, Nappytabs. The video became an instant hit on YouTube, gaining over 10 million views within 55 hours. Overall, it was well received by music critics, with Billboard calling it one of the "most-forward thinking lead pop singles heard in any country". At the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013, "I Got a Boy" won the award for Video of the Year. As of July 2014, its music video has achieved more than 100 million views on YouTube.
Background and release
“I Got a Boy” was written by European composers Will Simms, Sarah Lundbäck Bell, Anne Judith Wik with additional writing by Korean composer Yoo Young-jin. The song was produced by Will Simms and Yoo Young-jin. S.M. Entertainment emphasized the song as a "different song compared to the usual style that Girls’ Generation usually has shown, (the song) contains many musical styles and tempo changes.” They also stated that the group would not be wearing high heels during promotional performances and instead they would be focusing on the level performance they will be giving.
On December 20, 2012, SM Entertainment posted a teaser image containing the words "2012. 12. 21 10 A.M." under the group's name on a badge surrounded by South Korea's national flower on their official Twitter. The following day the music video and single for "Dancing Queen", a pre-release single, was released, the video ended with a teaser for "I Got A Boy," featuring the girls in eccentric and colorful outfits with the title track's release date of January 1, 2013 being revealed at the same time. A twenty-second snippet of the song was released on January 1, 2013.
The Los Angeles Times' music critic Randall Roberts called it a "scattered" anthem and a "gleefully chaotic" song that could indicate pop music's future trajectory. He also described the accompanying music video as "wonderfully weird". Billboard praised the song as “one of the most-forward thinking lead pop singles heard in any country” for its intense mix of different sounds and melodies. Jeff Benjamin, the author, commended Girls’ Generation for “[setting] the bar truly high for pop in 2013″ with “I Got A Boy”.
On December 4, 2013, Time revealed that “I Got A Boy” came in as number 5 on the “Top 10 Songs of the Year“, placing higher than other popular artists, including Lorde and Miley Cyrus. The article describes the girls as “a ridiculously effective hook machine”, a pop phenomenon that rivals the likes of One Direction and Katy Perry.
Following the release of "I Got a Boy", the song received an 'all-kill' on all real-time charts in South Korea within two hours of its release. I Got A Boy peaked at number one spot in Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 The single managed to top the Gaon Singles chart
Girls' Generation made the first of their comeback performances on a weekly music show for "I Got a Boy" on Mnet's M! Countdown on January 3, 2013, while also performing "Dancing Queen". The group will continue their first week of performances for the album on KBS' Music Bank, MBC's Music Core and SBS's Inkigayo on January 4, 5 and 6, respectively. The group also performed it on their MBC comeback special; Girls’ Generation’s Romantic Fantasy on January 1, 2013. The song, along with Dancing Queen, also had its first-ever overseas performance in the Dream K-pop Fantasy Concert on January 19, 2013 in Manila, Philippines.
The first teaser for the video was integrated in the "Dancing Queen" music video as part of time machine theme. The teaser showed each member, both close-up and mid-shot in a dark room with a pink fluorescent diamonds in the background, accompanied by rock-influenced synths which then breaks down to a dubstep-influenced section with the words "Ayo stop, let me put it down another way" spoken by Tiffany. The teaser for the video's drama version was released on December 26, 2012, at 5pm KST. A teaser for the dance version of the video was released two days later on December 28, 2012. Choreography for the song was handled by renowned choreographers Nappytabs who also worked with label mates TVXQ and BoA. Nappytabs had previously tweeted a picture of themselves along with nine dancers and SM Entertainment performance director Jae-won Shim. The music video, directed by Hong Won-ki for ZANYBROS, was released on January 1, 2013 on SMTOWN's YouTube channel and on Mnet.
The clothes wore by the girls in the MV featured streetwear fashion such as Kenzo x Opening Ceremony, Adidas Collection by Jeremy Scott and printed leggings; Stussy's 'Good Vibe' t-shirt, Obey's 'OG Basic' crewneck, and Joyrich varsity jacket. In the sleepover scene the girls can be seen wearing clothes by UK independent label Lazy Oaf, such as Batman shirt, fruity t-shirt and pizza crewneck. The style is described by Liza Darwin of MTV Style as "a kaleidoscopic streetwear explosion" and that the MV is a "fashion whirlwind ... jam-packed with rad clothes".
The video, running for five minutes and five seconds, begins in the same room as seen in the "Dancing Queen" music video, with the girls chatting in a pink-colored room; Tiffany and Yuri are sitting at a table drinking tea, Sooyoung is doing her homework, Sunny and Yoona are joking by the bed, Jessica is spraying Girl de Provence, Taeyeon and Seohyun are discussing clothing choices and Hyoyeon is blow-drying her hair. A man (Kim Ian) is then seen walking to the girls' apartment, who then rings the doorbell, the girls stop everything they're doing and rush to the door to look through the peephole, the man is then seen walking away with the words "That's weird" and "Is anybody home?" seen in speech bubbles. The camera then zooms in through the peephole to the girls and then back out again to a multi-colored room with the entire group dressed in military-inspired clothing, the sequence begins with a rap intro performed by Sooyoung and Yuri and then cuts to a street with the members dressed in hip-hop-inspired outfits with the members beginning to perform the choreography as Tiffany performs a spoken intro.
The video then cuts to several close-ups of each member, as well as scenes featuring the man flirting with each member. It then abruptly stops with the members throwing their hats toward the camera which then cuts to a second room with a strip of yellow and red triangles extending from behind the group and over them, following this, the video cuts between scenes of the members with the man as well as them in the three sets performing the song's choreography. Tiffany is then seen dressed in a pink trench coat and an orange-blonde wig singing into a retro-microphone in runway set with pink fluorescent diamonds in the back, as seen in the teaser, followed by Taeyeon wearing the same wig and a red trench coat, then, after a short close-up of Yuri in the same wig, the video then cuts back to close-ups of the group, scenes with the man and the three dance sets. The video ends with the group posing in the street with their Korean and English names seen above the "I Got a Boy" logo from the single and album covers.
Following the release of the "I Got a Boy" music video, a screenshot from the teaser imbedded in the "Dancing Queen" video became the center of controversy due to the wording. Sunny's hat in the video contained the words, "Welcome Motherfuckers," with a star in place of the 'U' as; "Welcome Motherf★ckers". The public openly criticized the use of offensive language. SM Entertainment subsequently released an edited version of the video.
|Gaon Singles Chart||1|
|Gaon Monthly Singles chart||1|
|Gaon Streaming Singles chart||2|
|Gaon Download Singles chart||1|
|Gaon Mobile Ringtone chart||1|
|Gaon Karaoke chart||5|
|Billboard K-Pop Hot 100||1|
Credits adapted from "I Got a Boy" liner notes.
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