New Challenge

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New Challenge
EP by Infinite
Released March 21, 2013
(see release history)
Recorded 2012–2013
Genre K-pop, dance-pop
Length 22:11
Language Korean
Label Woollim Entertainment
Infinite chronology
Infinitize
(2012)
New Challenge
(2013)
Koi ni Ochiru Toki
(2013)
Singles from New Challenge
  1. "Man in Love (남자가 사랑할 때)"
    Released: March 21, 2013
  2. "Still I Miss You (그리움이 닿는 곳에)"
    Released: April 25, 2013

New Challenge is the fourth extended play by South Korean boy band Infinite. It was released on March 21, 2013, with the song "Man in Love (남자가 사랑할 때)" being used as promotional track.[1]

Background[edit]

During Infinite's 2013 Infinite Rally fan meeting on March 1, 2013, the group announced that they have finished recording their upcoming album and the release was impending.[2][3] On the same day a video teaser was revealed on Woollim Entertainment's YouTube channel.[4] On March 12, a new logo of the group was revealed on the group's official Korean website as a kind of teaser.[5] A day later, on March 13, a date (2013.03.21) appeared behind the group's logo on their website, supposing that was the scheduled release day of their release.[6] From March 14 to March 20, 2013, photo and video teasers of the members were individually released, one member per day, through their website; starting with Sungjong[7] and ending with the group's leader Sunggyu.[8] The title of album's promotional track, "Man in Love", was revealed on March 17, 2013.[9] The EP and music video for "Man in Love" were simultaneously released at 12:00 pm KST. New Challenge was physically released on March 25, 2013.

Composition[edit]

Like their previous releases, the group teamed up with production duo Sweetune to produce the EP.

The title track, "Man in Love", as well as the tracks "As Good As It Gets", and the group's cover of leader Sunggyu's solo song, "60 Seconds" was written by Song Sooyoon and composed by Han Jaeho and Kim Seungsoo. The album's only ballad track "Still I Miss You" was produced entirely by Hwang Hyun. "Beautiful" was written and composed by member Woohyun, with arrangements made by Yue, while "Inconvenient Truth" was written by Song Sooyoon and composed by Lee Changhyun.

Promotion[edit]

The TV promotions for the song "Man in Love" started on March 21, 2013, on Mnet's show M! Countdown, the same day as the album's release. Infinite is as well promoting the song on other music broadcast shows, KBS Music Bank, MBC Music Core, SBS Inkigayo and MBC Music Show Champion. The song "Still I Miss You" was performed alongside "Man in Love" during the "comeback week" of promotions and on their goodbye stages. They also performed a special stage in Music Bank with the remade version of Sunggyu's "60 seconds"

The album's main track "Man in Love" has won seven (7) music show awards during the entire promotion. It received 1st place for two consecutive weeks in SBS' Inkigayo,[10] (March 31 and April 7) and KBS Music Bank (April 5 and 12). The song has as well ranked on top spot on MBC Music's Show Champion (April 3) and on Mnet's M! Countdown (April 4). The group has achieved an all-kill with their first place wins on all music broadcast shows during their third week of promotion. On April 20, MBC has introduced a brand new ranking system for Music Core and hailed Infinite as the winner of that week's chart and the first receiver of the revived ranking award. The achievement also makes them the first idol to receive first place wins in all public music shows airing in Korean major broadcasting stations for the past 12 years.

Track listing[edit]

Official tracklist[1]
No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Welcome to Our Dream" (Intro)   Ahn Junsung Ahn Junsung 1:09
2. "Man in Love" (남자가 사랑할때) Song Sooyoon Han Jaeho, Lee Changhyun, Kim Seungsoo Han Jaeho, Lee Changhyun, Kim Seungsoo, Hong Seunghyun 3:15
3. "이보다 좋을 순 없다." (As Good As It Gets) Song Sooyoon Han Jaeho, Lee Changhyun, Kim Seungsoo Han Jaeho, Lee Changhyun, Kim Seungsoo, Hong Seunghyun 3:35
4. "그리움이 닿는 곳에" (Still I Miss You) Hwang Hyun Hwang Hyun Hwang Hyun 3:50
5. "Beautiful"   Nam Woohyun Nam Woohyun Yue 3:27
6. "60초 (Infinite version)" (60 seconds) Song Sooyoon Yue, Han Jaeho, Kim Seungsoo Yue, Han Jaeho, Kim Seungsoo, Hong Seunghyun 3:34
7. "불편한 진실" (An Inconvenient Truth) Song Sooyoon Lee Changhyun Lee Changhyun 3:20
Total length:
22:11

Chart performance[edit]

Upon the digital release on March 21, the title track, “Man In Love“ has successfully achieved an ‘all-kill’, sweeping the top spot on all the main music charts where it reached #1 on Mnet, Daum, Melon, Soribada, Bugs, Olleh Music, Naver Music, Monkey3 and Cyworld. In addition to that the keywoard ‘인피니트 (INFINITE)‘ also ranked high on the real time search queries of Nate, Naver, and Daum.[11]

As soon as their physical albums hit the shelves on the March 25, it quickly rose to first place on the Hanteo chart.[12][13] The album also managed to rank at the top spot for two weeks in a row and recorded over 5 times the amount of physical albums sold as the 2nd placer. The warm reception for the new album is also evident as their previous albums also managed to re-enter the charts.

Similar result can also be found in GAON Weekly Albums chart where it remained to be on top spot for two consecutive weeks.[14][15] Moreover, with barely 13 days, the number of physical sales amounting to 138,000+ is enough to make it as the best selling album for the month of March.[16] Aside from that, the album also achieved recognition in Oricon Imported Albums Chart where it ranked first for two consecutive weeks.[17]

Album Chart[edit]

Single Chart[edit]

Song Peak chart position
KOR US
Gaon Chart[18] K-Pop

Billboard[19]

"Man in Love" 6 6

Other Songs Charted[edit]

Song Peak chart position
KOR US
Gaon Chart[18] K-Pop

Billboard[19]

"As Good As It Gets." 33 33
"Still I Miss You" 31 22
"Beautiful" 38 44
"60 Seconds" (Infinite version) 44 64
"An Inconvenient Truth" 39 52
"Welcome to Our World" (Intro) 68 95

Music Shows Weekly Charts[edit]

The following is a list of Infinite wins for the song 'Man In Love' on Korea's televised music broadcast shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel M.net, Music Bank on KBS, Show Champion on MBC Music and Show! Music Core on MBC.

Show Date
The Music Trend/Inkigayo 1st 2013.03.31 [7,893 points]
Show Champion 1st 2013.04.03
M! Countdown 1st 2013.04.04 [8,810 points]
Music Bank 1st 2013.04.05 [16,387 points]
The Music Trend/Inkigayo 2nd 2013.04.07 [8,291 points]
Music Bank 2nd 2013.04.12 [10,846 points]
Music Core 1st 2013.04.20 [7,587 points]

Sales[edit]

Legend: Peak Position

Physical Sales

Album Chart Period Covered Amount Monthly Rank Yearly Rank
New Challenge Gaon Physical Album Chart[20] March 2013 138,431 1st 12th
April 2013 19,653 4th
May 2013 2,291 27th
July-Dec 2013 2,422 -
Total (As of Date) 162,797 units

Digital Sales

Song Chart Period Covered Amount Monthly Rank
"Man In Love" Gaon Digital Singles Chart [21] March 2013 30,403,993 points 23rd
April 2013 39,211,708 points 22nd
May 2013 15,049,481 points 66th
June 2013 5,313,037 points 156th
Gaon Online Chart Streams [22] March 2013 2,751,358 streams 49th
April 2013 5,798,474 streams 22nd
May 2013 2,945,646 streams 61st
June 2013 1,249,173 streams 127th
Gaon Online Downloads [23] March 2013 321,712 downloads 17th
April 2013 270,976 downloads 24th
May 2013 92,508 downloads 85th
Gaon BGM Chart [24] March 2013 N/A 9th
April 2013 18th
May 2013 58th
Gaon Mobile Ringtone Chart [25] March 2013 33rd
April 2013 11th
May 2013 41st
June 2013 27th
Gaon Karaoke Chart [26] April 2013 126th
May 2013 85th
Song Chart Period Covered Amount Monthly Rank
"Still I Miss You" Gaon Digital Singles Chart [21] March 2013 8,878,697 points 82nd
April 2013 5,509,722 points 159th
Gaon Online Chart Streams [22] March 2013 605,026 streams 195th
April 2013 671,961 streams 195th
Gaon Online Downloads [23] March 2013 97,648 downloads 82nd
April 2013 39,392 downloads 194th
Gaon BGM Chart [24] March 2013 N/A 27th
April 2013 86th
Song Chart Period Covered Amount Monthly Rank
"As Good As It Gets" Gaon Digital Singles Chart [21] March 2013 7,437,214 points 103rd
Gaon BGM Chart [24] N/A 60th
"An Inconvenient Truth" Gaon Digital Singles Chart [21] 6,485,558 points 115th
Gaon BGM Chart [24] N/A 63rd
"Beautiful" Gaon Digital Singles Chart [21] 6,005,085 points 124th
Gaon BGM Chart [24] N/A 82nd
"60 Seconds (Infinite ver) Gaon Digital Singles Chart [21] 5,640,601 points 134th
Gaon BGM Chart [24] N/A 86th

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea March 21, 2013 Digital download[1] Woollim Entertainment
LOEN Entertainment
March 25, 2013 CD[27]

References[edit]

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