Virgin (After School album)

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Virgin
Studio album by After School
Released April 29, 2011 (South Korea)
(see release history)
Recorded 2009 - 2011
Genre Dance-pop, electropop
Length 62:38
Label Pledis Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
After School chronology
Virgin
(2011)
Playgirlz
(2012)
Singles from Virgin
  1. "Because of You"
    Released: November 25, 2009
  2. "Bang!"
    Released: March 25, 2010
  3. "Shampoo"
    Released: April 27, 2011
  4. "Play Ur Love"
    Released: May 16, 2011

Virgin is the first full-length album by South Korean girl group After School. They firstly promoted the album by performing their lead track "Shampoo" along with a tap dance performance to "Let's Step Up". It was released on April 29, 2011 and contains 13 songs (including new recordings of their songs "Because of You" and "When I Fall" and "Bang"). The group has released three music videos for the album: Shampoo, Let's Step Up, and Play Ur Love.

This was the last set of promotions for member Bekah.

History[edit]

A sample of the album's lead single, "Shampoo."

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Following the admission of ninth member, E-Young, Pledis Entertainment announced that After School will be having a comeback at the end of April 2011. They also announced that After School will release their first full-length studio album. Before the release of the album, several actions were made by the agency such as releasing a mini-album for the group leader Kahi and also the release of Orange Caramel's "Bangkok City".

On April 18, 2011, Pledis released a photo teaser of the album, featuring fourth generation member E-young. The track-listing and three other member photos followed, which were separated into third, second, and first generation members. On the day before the album's release, Pledis uploaded the video of their lead track "Shampoo" and "Let's Step Up!" on their official channel at YouTube.

Their comeback stage was held on KBS Music Bank and they performed "Shampoo" and "Let's Step Up".

The album contains nine new tracks, three re-recorded songs, and a radio edit. Two of the new tracks, "Lean on Time" and "My Bell" are solo songs sung by main vocal members Raina and JungAh.

Two songs from the album features a Pre-School Girl: in "Dream" features Yoonjo, which in 2012 debuted on the group Hello Venus, and in "Funky Man", a duet song of the members Nana and Lizzy, features Kyung Min.

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Let's Step Up"   Bekah Junho Chang 1:45
2. "Shampoo"   Won Tae Yeon Daishi Dance, Tomoharu Moriya 4:35
3. "Virgin"   Jang Ji-Won, Bekah Niclas Lundin, Maria Marcus, H. Bharadia, Daishi Dance 3:32
4. "Bang!" (2011 New Recordings) Kim Hee-Sun, Bekah Kim Tae Hyun 3:18
5. "Play Ur Love"   Kim Bo Ah G-HIGH 3:48
6. "Dream" (feat. Yoonjo (Pre-School Girl)) Kim Hee-Sun Samuli Laiho, Daisuke Kahara 3:42
7. "Because of You" (너 때문에; Neo Ttaemune) (2011 New Recordings) Brave Brothers Brave Brothers 3:56
8. "Leaning Against Time" (시간에 기대어; Sigane Gidaeeo) (Raina solo) Young Shin Cho Yuchi Yeon 3:32
9. "Are You Doing Okay?" (잘 지내고 있죠; Jal Jinaego Issjyo) Hwang Sung Jin Bakdeok Sang 3:41
10. "Funky Man" (Nana vs Lizzy) (feat. Kyung Min (Pre-School Girl)) Chang Chun Ho, Hyun Sik Gong Chang Chun Ho, Hyun Sik Gong 3:22
11. "My Bell" (Jung-A solo) Song Yang Ha Song Yang Ha 4:00
12. "When I Fall" (2011 New Recordings) Kahi Magnus Lidehäll, Jacob Olofsson, Viktoria Sandström 3:21
13. "Shampoo" (Radio Edit) Won Tae Yeon Daishi Dance, Tomoharu Moriya 3:57
Total length:
62:38

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea April 29, 2011 CD, Digital download Pledis Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
Worldwide Digital download
Japan May 13, 2011 CD LOEN Entertainment
Philippines July 23, 2011 CD and freebies Universal Records Philippines
Taiwan April 24, 2013 CD and DVD Avex Taiwan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Korean) "After School - Gaon Search". Gaon. July 29, 2011. 

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