Nobody (Wonder Girls song)
From left: Yubin, Sunye, Sohee, Yeeun, Sunmi
|Single by Wonder Girls|
|from the album The Wonder Years: Trilogy|
|Released||September 22, 2008
September 30, 2009 (U.S.)
|Genre||K-pop, dance-pop, electropop|
|Wonder Girls singles chronology|
Nobody is a dance-pop song produced by Park Jin-Young and recorded by Korean girl group Wonder Girls. The song was released as a digital download single on September 22, 2008 in their native Korean. Sampling the Italian trio La La's "Johnny Johnny", "Nobody" became popular within hours, becoming a top search term and ranking No. 1 on various digital music sites.
A live performance video of "Nobody" at M! Countdown was for some period of time the most viewed K-pop video on YouTube, until being surpassed on September 1, 2011 by the music video for "Gee" by Girls' Generation. The live performance was also the first K-pop video to reach 50 million views on YouTube (in 2011).
In May 2012, Wonder Girls announced their official debut into the Japanese market with DefStar Records with a Japanese version of Nobody, "Nobody ～あなたしか見えない～", in a Japanese debut EP titled "Nobody for Everybody".
- 1 Background
- 2 Tracklisting
- 3 Promotion
- 4 Music video
- 5 Charts and reception
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The single became very successful in the countries where it was released, topped charts both in South Korea, China and United States, the song have sold an estimated number of 9,500,000 copies (around 9,000,000 downloads plus over 400,000 physical copies).
South Korea release
The single was the title track from their 1st mini-album entitled "The Wonder Years: Trilogy", the single became a smash-hit in all Korean charts, and sold 4,648,973 digital downloads in South Korea alone.
North American release
The group's official MySpace stated that an English version of "Nobody" would be released in the United States sometime in 2009, serving as their debut single there, with JYP Entertainment confirming the release in June 2009. "Nobody" was released to iTunes on June 26, 2009 and to Amazon MP3 a day later. Wonder Girls have set up an official YouTube account and it includes the English version of music video itself.
On the October 31, 2009 issue of Billboard Hot 100, the single debuted at number 76. Wonder Girls became the first South Korean group to enter the chart. By the end of 2009, the single had sold in excess of 400,000 copies in the United States of both digital and physical copies combined. The single became the best-selling physical single of the year in the United States, and topped the Year-End Chart of the "Billboard Hot Single Sales" which indicates the official physical singles chart. "Nobody" had sold over 319,000 physical copies and over 80,000 downloads in the United States.
In 2010, Wonder Girls entered the Chinese market with the Chinese/Taiwan Special Edition that is a compilation of the girls' greatest hits album covers 13 of the group's biggest songs since debut. In addition to their hit songs, Chinese versions of "Tell Me", "Nobody", and "So Hot" are on the album. The compilation included DVD with 3 MVs: Tell Me, Nobody, and So Hot. In the Chinese 2010 Year-End Chart "Nobody" reached the 1st position with over 5 million downloads and became the best-selling song ever for a foreign artist in China.
See: Nobody For Everybody
Various remixes of "Nobody" were produced for various award shows and end-of-year specials. At the 2008 M.Net KM Music Festival (MKMF), the Wonder Girls performed a tango version and a disco version of "Nobody". The rest of the remixes debuted at the 2008 Golden Disk Awards, which showcased each Wonder Girl performing a short clip of a unique "Nobody" remix. On October 11, 2009, the official American remix of the song was released. The remix was done by famous American DJ Jason Nevins.
Plagiarism and lawsuits
In March 2009, it was reported that both JYP Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing would be taking legal action against other Asian musical groups who had adopted or covered "Nobody" illegally. JYP Entertainment stated that groups and actresses in People's Republic of China and Cambodia had been "recklessly copying" the group's songs, dances, and costumes.
US English single
- Digital download
- "Nobody (English Version)"
|US CD single|
|1.||"Nobody" (Background Vocals by J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" & Kim Hyuna)||J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"||J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul", Woo Seok Rhee "Rainstone", Ho Yoon Moon "Moonworker", Jun Soo Nuh, Brian Stanley, & Brian Gardner||3:37|
|2.||"Nobody Jason Nevins Remix"||J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"||J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul", Woo Seok Rhee "Rainstone", Ho Yoon Moon "Moonworker", Jun Soo Nuh, Brian Stanley, & Brian Gardner||3:35|
|3.||"Nobody (Karaoke Remix)"||3:34|
- Remix Edition EP
- "Nobody" (Jason Nevins Remix)
- "Nobody" (Jason Nevins Extended Remix)
- "Nobody" (Jason Nevins Remix Instrumental)
- "Nobody" (Jason Nevins Extended Remix Instrumental)
See: Nobody For Everybody
The Wonder Girls had their official comeback on the weekend of September 26–28, 2008, performing on KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Music Core, and SBS's 인기가요 ("Top Songs"). At the end of October, the group briefly used the "Rainstone Remix" of the song.
For their American live television debut, they performed "Nobody" on The Wendy Williams Show, a FOX morning talk show. They also performed on Fox's hit show So You Think You Can Dance result show.
The first live performance of the Japanese version of Nobody was at the GirlsAward 2012 Spring/Summer by Crooz event in Tokyo. Wonder Girls were the only Korean group to be invited at the event as one of the performing artists, aside from opening act, Code-V.
Korean and English MV
The music video begins with Park Jin-Young performing a Motown-style concert with the Wonder Girls as his backup singers. After the show, a couple of record executives give Park sheet lyrics to the song "Nobody", which he prepares to debut on his next show.
Minutes before his show begins, Park is in the men's restroom using a toilet stall when he realizes that there is no toilet paper available. As he frantically calls for help, everyone on stage begins to wonder where he is as the show starts. The executives then motion the Wonder Girls to bring their microphone stands forward and take center stage. At the end of their performance, Park finally appears on stage to congratulate the group for their performance. While the song plays, the video becomes a montage of the group's career progressing to superstardom.
At the end of the video, Park enters another toilet stall and sees that there is toilet paper available. Unfortunately for him, he pulls the last sheet off the dispenser and once again has to call for help.
The PV begins with Sohee holding a newspaper The New York Lines with the "wonderful" Wonder Girls as the front cover and an article titled "Nobody, the worldwide hit". Sohee in white shades folds the newspaper. Then, it reveals that the Wonder Girls are in an airplane. The screen pans from left to right, showing the members in neon dresses: Sunye in green, Hyelim in blue, Yoobin in orange, Yeeun in yellow, and Sohee in pink. As the airplane side slides down, the member walk out from the stairs to be greeted by paparazzi. The girls walk past the paparazzi forward to a stage. The back of the stage slides closed. Yoobin begins with "it'll never change" and the song begins with the girls dancing with their microphone stands. After Sohee's second verse and during Yeeun's chorus, it pans out to show a black-and-white TV showing the Nobody music video. A family is watching and dancing to Nobody in one room and switches to another room with two ladies dancing along. The TV is zoomed in to see the girls in changed dresses and hairstyles. The girls are in upgraded golden dresses similar to the ones in their 2008 version. The stage changed to have a live band, a pianist to the left, and four background singers to the right. The song continues with Yeeun and Sunye sharing the chorus leading to Yeeun's high note, then Sunye's ad libs. The song ends with Yoobin's rap and a pose with the microphones.
Charts and reception
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||76|
|U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Songs||4|
|U.S. Billboard Year-end Hot Singles Sales 2009||1|
"Nobody" went No. 1 on KBS' Music Bank program in early October, then remained there for four consecutive weeks. The song also won Cyworld's "Song of the Month" award in September and October 2008, giving them a total of five "Song of the Month" awards, tying Big Bang.
At the 2008 MKMF Awards, "Nobody" won awards for "Song of the Year" and "Best Music Video".
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- Official Wonder Girls MySpace. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
- (Korean) Kim, Hyeong-wu. 원더걸스 미국 데뷔 성공 가능성 얼마나 될까 (What are the Wonder Girls' Chances of Succeding in American Debut?). Joins.com/Newsen. June 5, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- Wonder Girls Nobody English Version
- Silvio Pietroluongo (2009-10-22). "Jay Sean Recaptures Hot 100's Top Slot". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
- Nobody Songfacts
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- Wonder Girls to sue for plagiarism: agent. AFP. March 13, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
- "Heatseekers Songs". Billboard. billboard.com. October 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- "Year-end Hot Singles Sales 2009". Billboard. billboard.com. January 01, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
- September 2008 album sales. Recording Industry Association of Korea. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
- 원더걸스 JYP 선배 비 제치고 뮤직뱅크 1위 등극. Newsen/Joins.com. October 24, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2008.
- 원더걸스 2달 연속 싸이월드 어워드 수상 ‘총5회 빅뱅과 동률’. Newsen/Joins.com. November 6, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2008.
- Kim, Shi-eun. ‘MKMF 3관왕’ 원더걸스 “변치 않는 원더걸스 되겠다” (MKMF Triple Winner Wonder Girls "Will Never Change"). HanKyung.com. November 16, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2008.