Pretty Girl (EP)

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Pretty Girl
From left to right: Kang Jiyoung, Han Seungyeon, Park Gyuri, Nicole, Goo Hara
EP by Kara
Released December 4, 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre K-pop, dance-pop
Length 17:24
Label DSP Entertainment, M.Net Media
Kara chronology
Rock U
(2008)
Pretty Girl
(2008)
Pretty Girl Special Edition
(2009)
Singles from Pretty Girl
  1. "Pretty Girl"
    Released: December 3, 2008
  2. "I'm..(Ing)"
    Released: December 30, 2008

Pretty Girl is the second mini-album by K-pop girl group Kara. It was released on online music sites and on CD on December 4, 2008.

History[edit]

It was announced in late November that Kara would be releasing a second mini-album, two months after "Rock U", with a fun "party" concept.[1] After the song's release and the positive reception that it received the group's name became a popular search term on various Korean portal sites propelling the girl's popularity in South Korea.[2]

In addition, the song also charted high on various websites and digital music retailers, which allowed the group to rival some of South Korea's top girl groups such as Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation, and the Brown Eyed Girls.[3] The group's leader, Park Gyu-ri, attributed Kara's rise in popularity to their natural but pretty appeal,[2] while national newspaper Sports Seoul attributed it to the fact that the band finally found their own identity.[3]

Promotion[edit]

The group began its comeback on all major music shows on December 4, 2008, the single's release date, starting with M.Net Countdown.[4] During their first national performance on KBS's Music Bank, member Goo Ha Ra forgot part of the choreography and cried for an hour backstage.[5]

During Kara's December 14, 2008 performance on Seoul Broadcasting System's Inkigayo ("Popular Songs"), the fans decided to cheer with pink rubber gloves, which positively surprised viewers; even the group was surprised, as member Han Seung-yeon wrote on her blog that she almost died of laughter.[6][7]

"Pretty Girl" is featured in the international arcade music game, DJ Max Technika 3.

Music video[edit]

On November 29, 2008, DSP Entertainment released a teaser video for "Pretty Girl", which received over 40,000 hits in one day.[8] The full video was released on December 2, 2008 online and was positively received by the public.[1]

Tracklisting[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Honey (하니)"   3:40
2. "Pretty Girl"   3:14
3. "Yodel (요를레이)"   3:38
4. "My Darling"   3:09
5. "I'm..(Ing) ( 나는..(Ing) )"   3:41
Total length:
17:24

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 카라, '프리티 걸' 뮤비 공개...미니 2집 활동 본격 돌입 예고 Kara, "Pretty Girl" MV Released...2nd Mini Album Activities Rush-Announced. 매일경제 (Maeil Gyeongjae). December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
  2. ^ a b 카라 "깜찍·발랄 국민여동생? 호호호~" (Kara "The Country's Cute and Lively Younger Sisters? Hohoho"). Hankook Ilbo. December 10, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  3. ^ a b 카라 '원더걸스-소녀시대-브아걸, 거기 서!' (Kara: "Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation, Brown Eyed Girls, Stop Right There!"). Sports Seoul. December 15, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  4. ^ Kim, Hyungoo. 카라 4일 새 미니앨범 발표 ‘2개월 만에 컴백’ (Kara's New Album on the 4th, "Second Comeback in Two Months"). Newsen/Joins.com. December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Kim, Hyungoo. 카라 구하라 첫 컴백 무대 후 눈물 펑펑 (Kara's Goo Hara Cried Many Tears After First Comeback). Newsen. December 5, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  6. ^ Kim, Hyung-woo.카라 응원 화제 “깜짝 고무장갑 퍼포먼스 신선해” (Kara Cheer Type "Surprise Rubber Glove Performance was Fresh"). Joins.com. December 15, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  7. ^ Kim, Sung-han. 카라 "어? 고무장갑 부대… 웃겨 죽을뻔" (Kara: "Huh? The Rubber Glove Accessories...I Almost Died Laughing"). Sports Hankook. December 15, 2008. Retrieved December 2008.
  8. ^ Gil, Hye-sung. 걸그룹 카라, 신곡 티저영상 12시간 만에 4만 클릭 (Girl Group Kara, New Video Teaser received 40,000 Clicks in 12 Hours). MoneyToday. November 29, 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2008.