The First (album)

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The First
Studio album by Shinee
Released December 7, 2011 (2011-12-07) (Japan)[1]
Recorded April - October 2011
Length 43:59
Language Japanese
Label EMI Music Japan
PolyEast Records (Philippines)
Avex Taiwan
Warner Music (Indonesia)
Producer San-e Ichii, Akira Miyake, Lee Soo Man
Shinee chronology
Lucifer
(2010)
The First
(2011)
Shinee World
(2012)
Singles from The First
  1. "Replay (Kimi wa Boku no Everything)"
    Released: June 22, 2011 (2011-06-22)
  2. "Juliette"
    Released: August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29)
  3. "Lucifer"
    Released: October 12, 2011 (2011-10-12)

"The First" is the first Japanese studio album by South Korean boy group Shinee. The album was scheduled for release on November 23, 2011, however it was delayed to December 7, 2011 in Japan under EMI Music Japan.[1] The album features three previously released singles, "Replay", "Juliette" and "Lucifer", all of which have ranked within the top three on Oricon charts.[2]

Background and release[edit]

Five of the songs from the album have been released as A-side singles, "Replay", "Juliette" and "Lucifer", in Japan. On January 13, 2012, it was announced that The First was certified Gold for selling over 100,000 copies.[3]

The album was released in three versions, a limited edition special box containing a DVD, an 88-page photo book, a can badge type MP3 player including all the album tracks, and an original 2012 calendar. The DVD includes digest of "Japan Debut Premium Reception Tour" and jacket photo shooting. A limited edition contains a DVD, a 68-page photo book, and a desktop calendar for 2012. The DVD includes digest of "Japan Debut Premium Reception Tour in Japan" and digest of "Japan Debut Premium Reception Tour in London" and a regular edition contains a bonus song "Stranger", the main theme of the TV drama series Strangers 6.[4][5] Also comes with a 44-page photo book.[6][7]

Promotion[edit]

Shinee held a commemorative live for the successful release of their first Japan album, "The First" on December 24 at the Tokyo International Forum Hall A. The live took place 3 times in order to accommodate the 15,000 fans that won the lottery to attend. Onew opened the concert by shouting out, “Let’s have some fun with SHINee today!”. They performed a total of 6 songs including their debut single, "Replay -Kimi wa Boku no Everything-" and "Lucifer", as well as a new song in their album called “To Your Heart“.[8]

The First Japan Arena Tour[edit]

Shinee held a 20 performance tour hitting 7 locations around Japan, this tour make Shinee became the first Korean group to set a record for the most people in attendance with total of 200,000 people in the first Japan tour.

Tracklist[edit]

Credits adapted from the official homepage. [9]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Lucifer" (Japanese version) STY Ryan Jhun, Yoo Young Jin, Adam Kapit, Bebe Rexha 3:54
2. "Amigo" (Japanese version) Shoko Fyhubayashi Jimmy Andrew Richard, Michael Edward Snyder, Gabriel Steve Lopez, Sean Alexander 2:58
3. "Juliette" (Japanese version) Jonghyun, Natsumi Kobayashi (Japanese lyrics) Mikkel Remme Sigvardt, Jay Sean, Mich Hansen, Joseph Belmatti 3:26
4. "Better"   Sara Sakurai, Minho Steven Lee, Sean Alexander, Drew R. Scott 3:11
5. "To Your Heart"   Kanata Okajima, Minho Erik Lidbom, Jon Hallgren 3:21
6. "Always Love"   Natsumi Kobayashi Denzil "DR" Remedios, Ryan Jhun, Kibwe "12keyz" Luke 3:44
7. "Replay (Kimi wa Boku no Everything)" (Replay -君は僕のeverything-, Replay (You Are My Everything)) (Japanese version) HIRO Jason Pennock, Tchaka Diallo, James Burney II, Ravaughn Nichelle Brown, Jach Kugell 3:35
8. "Start"   Sara Sakurai Josef Salimi, Drew R. Scott, Sammy Naja 3:56
9. "Love Like Oxygen" (Japanese version) Natsumi Kobayashi Sigvart Mikkel Remee, Secon Lucas, Troelsen Thomas 3:03
10. "Hello" (Japanese version) Natsumi Kobayashi Tim McEwan, Jess Cates, Lars Halvor Jensen 3:04
11. "The Shinee World" (Japanese version) Kanata Nakamura Yoo Young Jin 3:56
12. "Seesaw"   Kanata Okajima Shaffer Smith, Chris James 2:41
13. "Stranger" (Bonus track) Natsumi Kobayashi, Minho Kenzie 3:13
Total length:
43:59

Charts[edit]

Oricon[edit]

Oricon Chart Peak Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run Certification
Daily Albums Chart 3[citation needed] 38,922 (Daily)[citation needed]
71,666 (Weekly)[citation needed]
100,000+[citation needed] 27 weeks[citation needed] RIAJ: Gold[citation needed]
Weekly Albums Chart 4[citation needed]
Monthly Albums Chart 11[citation needed]
Yearly Albums Chart 92[citation needed]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Japan December 7, 2011 CD, Digital download EMI Music Japan
South Korea February 29, 2012 Digital download SM Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shinee's The First tracklist is made public". soompi.com. Soompi. November 7, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "SHINee sets a new record in the 44 year history of the Oricon". allkpop.com. Allkpop. October 19, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Shinee's The First is certified Gold". Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "SHINee's discography - THE FIRST". S.M. Entertainment. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "SHINee to Perform ′Sherlock′ and ′Stranger′ on ′M Countdown′". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "The First Special Box". Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The First (PHOTO BOOKLET, Regular Edition)". Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "SHINee announces their first Japanese tour at Christmas Eve event". allkpop.com. Allkpop. December 24, 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage". SM Entertainment. December 22, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 

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