Mr. Simple (song)

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"Mr. Simple"
Single by Super Junior
from the album Mr. Simple
Released August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02)
Format Digital download, promotional single
Recorded 2011
Genre Dance-pop, synthpop
Length 3:59
Label SM Entertainment
Writer(s) Yoo Young-jin
Producer(s) Yoo Young-jin
Super Junior singles chronology
"No Other"
(2010)
"Mr. Simple"
(2011)
"A-Cha"
(2011)
Music video
"Mr. Simple" on YouTube

"Mr. Simple" is a song by South Korean boy band Super Junior, released as their tenth Korean and lead single off their fifth studio album of the same name digitally on August 2, 2011 via SM Entertainment in South Korea. The song topped the charts hours after its release.

The Japanese version of the song was released as their second Japanese single on December 7, 2011 under Avex Trax.[1] A b-side track of the single entitled "Snow White" was revealed via the group's official Japanese website on November 30, 2011. The single debuted at #2 in the Oricon Weekly Charts, selling 89,000 copies on its first week of release, outselling their previous Japanese single Bijin (Bonamana) which sold 59,000 on its first week and 67,000 on total sales, making it Super Junior's highest-selling Japanese release yet.[2] The song was used as a commercial tie-up for Japanese satellite communication holding company SKY Perfect JSAT Group.[3] It will also became an ending theme song of TBS's Tsubo Musume for January 2012.[4]

Mr. Simple became the 85th best-selling single of 2011 in Japan according to the Oricon charts[5] and is certified Gold by the RIAJ for 100,000 units shipped to Japanese music stores.[6]

Background[edit]

The song was released along with the rest of the album's tracks on August 2, 2011 and has topped online charts hours after its release. The song was written by Yoo Young-jin, which was also the writer of their previous lead singles "Twins (Knock Out)", "Don't Don", "Sorry, Sorry" and "Bonamana". SM Entertainment describes the song as:

The title song, ‘Mr. Simple’, is a ‘SJ FUNKY’ song created solely for Super Junior and it can be considered as the final version of ‘SJ FUNKY’ following ‘SORRY, SORRY’ and ‘BONAMANA’ that swept the world. The lyric describes the reality where modern people living in a complicated world failing to achieve what they intended to and losing their love and dreams without the breadth of mind in a simple way with humorous and metaphorical words, meaning “There is no need for taking take everything very seriously. Simple and easy way can rather be a better choice for finding oneself” like the title, ‘Mr. Simple.’

Music Video[edit]

The music video for the song was released in August 4, 2011 via SM Entertainment's official SMTOWN YouTube page[7] while its Japanese version PV was released November 13, 2011 via Space Shower TV.[8]

Korean Tracklist[edit]

  1. Mr. Simple (3:59)

Chart[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Gaon Singles chart[9] 1
Gaon Streaming Singles chart[10] 1
Gaon Download Singles chart[10] 1
Gaon Mobile Ringtone chart[10] 1
Gaon Karaoke chart[10] 1
Billboard K-Pop Hot 100[11] 7

Japanese release[edit]

"Mr. Simple (Japanese Version)"
CD-only Cover
Single by Super Junior
B-side Snow White
Released October 19, 2011 (2011-10-19) (digital)
December 7, 2011 (2011-12-07) (physical)
Format CD, CD+DVD, digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Electropop, synthpop, dance-pop(Mr. Simple)
R&B, synthpop (Snow White)
Length 3:59
Label avex trax
Writer(s) Yoo Young-jin, Goro Matsui
Producer(s) Yoo Young-jin
Super Junior singles chronology
"Bijin (Bonamana)"
(2011)
"Mr. Simple (Japanese ver.)"
(2011)
"Opera"
(2012)

Tracklisting[edit]

CD

  1. Mr. Simple (3:59)
  2. Snow White (4:07)
  3. Mr. Simple - Korean ver. - (3:59)
  4. Mr. Simple - Instrumental - (3:59) (CD Only)
  5. Snow White - Instrumental - (4:07) (CD Only)

CD+DVD Limited Pressing Edition" DVD Tracklist

  1. Mr. Simple
  2. Mr. Simple - Dance ver.
  3. Mr. Simple - Korean ver.
  4. Mr. Simple - Korean ver. [Type B]
  5. Off Shot Clip

"CD+DVD" DVD Tracklist

  1. Mr. Simple
  2. Mr. Simple - Korean ver.

Charts and sales[edit]

The single debuted at number three in the Oricon Daily Singles Chart on December 6, 2011, selling 17,000 copies.[12] It plunged down to number six for three days and later peaked at number one by December 10, 2011, the day in which the group's Super Show 4 Osaka leg commenced, selling 36,000 copies, beating AKB48's Ue kara Mariko which sold 23,000 copies, at number two.[13] The latter marks Super Junior's first time to have a release to peak at number one since debut.[14] By the end of 2011, the single was ranked as the 85th best-selling single of 2011 in Japan according to the Oricon charts.[5]

Chart Peak
position
Reported
sales
Oricon Daily Singles Chart
1
88,973[2]
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart
2
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart
8
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart
85

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales 110,608+[15]
RIAJ physical shipping certification Gold[6]

Music Shows Wins[edit]

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2011 August 21 Mr. Simple
August 28
September 4

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2011 August 12 Mr. Simple
August 19
August 26
September 2
September 9

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2011 August 11 Mr. Simple
August 18
August 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kingpolo (2011-10-07). "Super Junior unveils teaser video for Japanese version of "Mr. Simple"". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  2. ^ a b "CDシングル 週間ランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング". Oricon.co.jp. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Mr.Simple SUPER JUNIORのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  4. ^ Vitalsign (2011-12-28). "Super Junior’s "Mr. Simple" to be used as the ending theme song for Japan’s ‘Tsubo Musume’". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/js/y/2011/more/5/
  6. ^ a b http://www.riaj.or.jp/data/others/gold/201112.html
  7. ^ asphodel (2011-08-04). "Super Junior unleashes full MV for "Mr. Simple"". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  8. ^ lawlietta (2011-11-13). "Super Junior releases Japanese "Mr Simple" PV". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Gaon Search – Super Junior" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  10. ^ a b c d gaon
  11. ^ "Billboard Korea K-POP Hot 100 2011.08.03". Billboard. August 11, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/js/d/2011-12-06/
  13. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/js/d/2011-12-10/
  14. ^ leesa86 (2011-12-08). "SHINee and Super Junior climb to the top of the Oricon Charts". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  15. ^ "CDシングル 週間ランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 

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