Keep Your Head Down
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|Keep Your Head Down|
|Studio album by TVXQ|
|Released||January 5, 2011 (see release history)|
Cover for the re-release of Keep Your Head Down, renamed to Before U Go
|Singles from Keep Your Head Down|
Keep Your Head Down (repackage name Before U Go) is the fifth Korean studio album (ninth overall) by pop group TVXQ, released on January 5, 2011 by S.M. Entertainment. It is the first album released by remaining TVXQ members U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin, and the duo's first Korean album since 2008's Mirotic. Released in three different versions, the album spawned three promotional singles and two title singles: "Keep Your Head Down" and "Before U Go", the latter being the lead single off the album's repackage version.
In South Korea, the album debuted at number one on the Gaon Albums Chart on January 8, 2011, and stayed at number one for a second week. By the end of the month, 230,227 sales were shipped. By the end of the year, over 320,000 copies of the album were sold in South Korea alone, making it the third best-selling album in Korea in 2011.
Background and recording
In July 2009, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu filed a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment, claiming that their 13-year contracts were excessively long and their profits were unfairly distributed. In October 2009, the Seoul Central District Court granted the three members a temporary contract injunction, but the three members had to comply with S.M. Entertainment if they wish to continue their activities as TVXQ in Korea. TVXQ continued their activities in Japan under their Japanese label Rhythm Zone, but the group was dropped from Rhythm Zone after it signed Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu as the band JYJ in April 2010.
In August 2010, remaining members U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin performed at the SMTown Live '10 World Tour in Seoul as members of TVXQ. Yunho and Changmin re-recorded older TVXQ songs for their live performances, and also performed new songs exclusive to the duo. In November 2010, S.M. Entertainment announced TVXQ's return with Yunho and Changmin. Their comeback album, Keep Your Head Down, was confirmed for a January 2011 release.
Keep Your Head Down had been in the making since 2009. Yunho previewed a short snippet of title single "Keep Your Head Down" at the SMTown concert in Los Angeles in September 2010. New song "Maximum", performed by both Yunho and Changmin at the same concert, was originally recorded by all five members before the lawsuit in July 2009.
|1.||"왜 (Keep Your Head Down)" (Why)||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin, Yoo Han-jin||3:59|
|2.||"믿기 싫은 이야기 (How Can I)" (The Story I Don't Want to Believe)||Park Chang-hyun||Park Chang-hyun||3:22|
|3.||"Maximum"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin||3:40|
|4.||"Crazy" (feat. Jay from Trax)||Kim Tae-sung, Noday||Kim Tae-sung, Noday||3:18|
|5.||"Honey Funny Bunny" (U-Know Yunho solo)||E-Tribe||E-Tribe, Jang Jun-ho, Gong Hyun-sik||3:19|
|7.||"고백 (Confession)" (Max Changmin solo)||Max Changmin||Mr. Cho, Kim Tae-sung||3:56|
|8.||"Our Game"||JQ||Simister, William Edward/Hawes, Tim Mondhera, Obi Shimbarashe/Priddle, Stuart||3:30|
|9.||"She"||Kenzie, Matthew Tishler, Amy Powers, Liz Rodrigues||Matthew Tishler, Amy Powers, Liz Rodrigues||3:15|
|10.||"아테나 (Athena)" (Athena OST)||Hwang Hyun||Hwang Hyun||3:35|
|Normal edition bonus tracks|
|11.||"Journey (Paradise Ranch OST)" (feat. Seohyun of Girls' Generation)||Kim Dal-woo||Kim Dal-woo||4:26|
|Before U Go (Repackage)|
|1.||"이것만은 알고가-독백: Before U Go (Monologue)"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin, Yoo Han-jin||2:22|
|2.||"이것만은 알고가 (Before U Go)"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin, Yoo Han-jin||4:33|
|3.||"왜 (Keep Your Head Down)" (Why)||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin, Yoo Han-jin||3:59|
|4.||"Maximum"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin||3:40|
|5.||"믿기 싫은 이야기 (How Can I)" (The Story I Don't Want to Believe)||Park Chang-hyun||Park Chang-hyun||3:22|
|6.||"Crazy" (feat. Jay from Trax)||Kim Tae-sung, Noday||Kim Tae-sung, Noday||3:18|
|7.||"Honey Funny Bunny" (U-Know Yunho solo)||E-Tribe||E-Tribe, Jang Jun-ho, Gong Hyun-sik||3:19|
|9.||"고백 (Confession)" (Max Changmin)||Max Changmin||Mr. Cho, Kim Tae-sung||3:56|
|10.||"Our Game"||JQ||Simister, William Edward/Hawes, Tim Mondhera, Obi Shimbarashe/Priddle, Stuart||3:30|
|11.||"She"||Kenzie, Matthew Tishler, Amy Powers, Liz Rodrigues||Matthew Tishler, Amy Powers, Liz Rodrigues||3:15|
|12.||"아테나 (Athena)" (Athena OST)||Hwang Hyun||Hwang Hyun||3:35|
|13.||"Journey (Paradise Ranch OST)" (feat. Seohyun of Girls' Generation)||Kim Dal-woo||Kim Dal-woo||4:25|
|14.||"이것만은 알고가 독백: Before U Go (Monologue)" (Instrumental)||Yoo Young-jin, Yoo Han-jin||2:24|
|Worldwide / South Korea||January 5, 2011||Special edition|
|January 12, 2011||Normal edition|
|March 16, 2011||Repackage edition|
|Taiwan||February 18, 2011||CD||Normal edition||Avex Taiwan|
|February 10, 2012||CD+DVD||Taiwan special edition|
|Hong Kong||February 22, 2011||CD||Normal edition||Avex Asia|
|Philippines||April 29, 2011||CD||Normal edition||Universal Records|
|Japan||May 4, 2011||
||Normal edition||Avex Trax|
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