Bubble Pop!

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Bubble Pop!
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EP by Hyuna
Released July 5, 2011
(see release history)
Recorded June 2011
Genre K-pop
Length 15:34
Label Cube Entertainment
Hyuna chronology
Bubble Pop!
(2011)
Melting
(2012)
Singles from Bubble Pop!
  1. "Bubble Pop"
    Released: July 5, 2011

Bubble Pop! is the debut EP by Hyuna, a member of South Korean girl group 4Minute. It was released on July 5, 2011 under Cube Entertainment[1] and reached number 7 on Korea's Gaon Weekly Albums Chart.

Release and reception[edit]

On June 30, 2011, a promo single, "A Bitter Day", was released digitally.[2] It featured guest singer G.NA in the chorus and rapping by Yong Jun-hyung of Beast.[3] It was co-written by Yong and Choi Kyu-sung. The song peaked at number 10 on the Gaon Weekly Digital Chart[4] and at number 165 on the Gaon Year-End Digital Chart for 2011.

On July 5, 2011, the EP's title track, "Bubble Pop!", [5] and its music video were released. The music video features a cameo by MBLAQ's Lee Joon.[6] The Music Video was filmed on Okinawa, Japan[7] Hyuna promoted the song on music shows from July 8, 2011 on KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Show! Music Core, SBS's Inkigayo and Mnet's M! Countdown.[8] The song reached number 4 on the Gaon Weekly Digital Chart[9] and finished 2011 at number 21 on Gaon's year-end chart. It has sold a total of 2,694,310 digital copies.[citation needed]

In December 9, 2011, title track "Bubble Pop!" ranked #9 on American music magazine SPIN's "20 Best Songs of 2011" list.[10]

The song was parodied in the 2016 Family Guy episode "Candy, Quahog Marshmallow!".

Promotion and controversy[edit]

Hyuna promoted the title track "Bubble Pop!" on music shows in July 2011 on KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Show! Music Core, SBS's Inkigayo and Mnet's M! Countdown. The EP's introduction song "Attention" was also used in the performances.[11]

In August, Cube Entertainment halted promotions because the title track's video, choreography, and on-stage costumes were deemed by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) to be "too sexually suggestive".[12] Cube Entertainment decided to promote a follow-up single "Just Follow", featuring rapper Dok2. Hyuna's performance on the Inkigayo music show featured rapper Zico from the boy band Block B instead, and featured lyrics he re-wrote.[13][14]

Track listing[edit]

Bubble Pop![15]
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Attention"   Beomi, Nangi Beomi, Nangi 1:26
2. "Bubble Pop!"   Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung 3:33
3. "Downtown" (feat. Jeon Ji-yoon) Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung Shinsadong Tiger, Choi Kyu-sung 3:23
4. "A Bitter Day" (feat. G.NA and Yong Jun-hyung) Choi Kyu-sung, Yong Jun-hyung Choi Kyu-sung 3:47
5. "Just Follow" (feat. Dok2) Dok2 Dok2 3:25
Total length:
15:35

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Gaon Weekly albums chart[16] 7
Gaon Monthly albums chart[17] 13

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South, Korea July 5, 2011 CD Cube Entertainment

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bubble Pop! on Soribada". July 5, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "4minute's HyunA to release ballad, "A Bitter Day", before album release". 
  3. ^ "HyunA Releases "A Bitter Day" Single". 
  4. ^ "2011년 28주차 Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "HyunA releases "Bubble Pop!" mini album!". 
  6. ^ HyunA releases "Bubble Pop!" music video!
  7. ^ "HyunA releases comeback teaser MV, "Bubble Pop!"". 
  8. ^ "HyunA makes her "Bubble Pop!" comeback on 'Music Bank'". 
  9. ^ "Gaon Search - Hyuna" (in Korean). Gaon. Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "SPIN's 20 Best Songs of 2011". SPIN. SpinMedia Group. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "HyunA makes her "Bubble Pop!" comeback on 'Music Bank'". allkpop. 6Theory Media. July 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ "HyunA abruptly concludes "Bubble Pop" promotions". Allkpop. August 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "HyunA performs "Just Follow" with Block B's Zico on 'Inkigayo'". Allkpop. 6Theory Media. August 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ 현아, 후속곡 ‘저스트 팔로우’로 11일부터 활동 (in Korean). Gaon. August 10, 2011. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "HyunA Mini Album Vol. 1 - Bubble Pop! on YesAsia". July 4, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ "2011년 29주차 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ "2011년 07월 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 

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