A Class (album)

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A Class
Studio album by Miss A
Released July 18, 2011
June 5, 2012 (re-release)
Recorded 2010-2011
Genre K-Pop, Pop, dance-pop
Length 46:04
Language Korean, English
Label AQ/JYP/LOEN/KMP
Producer Park Jin-young
Miss A chronology
A Class
(2011)
Touch
(2012)
Singles from A Class
  1. "Love Again"
    Released: June 30, 2010
  2. "Bad Girl Good Girl"
    Released: July 1, 2010
  3. "Breathe"
    Released: September 27, 2010
  4. "Love Alone"
    Released: May 2, 2011
  5. "Good Bye Baby"
    Released: July 18, 2011
  6. "One to Ten"
    Released: September 3, 2011

A Class is the first studio album by South Korean-Chinese girl group Miss A. The album was released on July 18, 2011, and contains thirteen songs. It contained six singles, including the award-winning "Bad Girl Good Girl".

Background and release[edit]

Bad But Good, a four-song EP, was released on July 1, 2010, and contained four songs. The EP included "Love Again" ("다시 사랑") and "Bad Girl Good Girl", which served as Miss A's first and second singles, released on June 30 and July 1, 2010, respectively. These two tracks plus album track "Break It" were later included on A Class The track "Looking At Each Other" ("딱 마주쳐)" was not included. The group had their debut performance on July 1, 2010, with "Bad Girl Good Girl" on M.net M! Countdown.

A second four-track EP, Step Up, was released on September 27, 2010. Its track "Breathe" was used as the promotional single, and all the songs were later added to A Class. The "Breathe" music video shows the Miss A members dancing in a room with stripes of various colors. The members are also shown standing around a large cannon from which member Jia is about to be fired.

In July 2011, miss A announced the upcoming release of their first full-length album called A Class. JYP CEO Park Jin-young uploaded a video of himself at a recording studio with Grammy-winning mixing engineer Manny Marroquin, who has worked with artists like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Bruno Mars. He also showed a 15-second preview of the group's new song "Goodbye Baby", which eventually became the album's lead single.[1] The single was released on July 8, 2011, followed by the A Class album on July 18.

The album's next single, "Love Alone", was specially created for South Korean figure skating champion Kim Yuna's "Ice Show". The group performed the song as special guests on the show as Yuna and other figure skaters danced to the song. It was also the group's first song sung in the English language, and was released on May 2, 2011.[2]

Reception and awards[edit]

In 2010, "Bad Girl Good Girl" was awarded the Cyworld Song Of The Month on Cyworld,[citation needed] and placed at number 1 on the Gaon Weekly Digital Charts[3] and number 1 on the 2010 Gaon Yearly Charts.[4] The Bad but Good EP reached number 6 on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart[5] and number 7 on the monthly chart. The Step Up EP made it to number 6 on Gaon's Weekly Albums Chart[6] and number 10 on the monthly chart, and "Breathe" reached number 2 on Gaon's Weekly Digital Chart and number 27 for the year.[4] Finally, A Class reached number 9 on the Gaon Weekly Albums Chart[7] but finished at number 5 for the month[8] and 44 for the year of 2011.[9] "Good Bye Baby" and "Love Alone" went to numbers 1[10] and 6[11] on Gaon's Digital Charts, respectively.

"Bad Girl Good Girl" went on to win the Song of the Year award at the 2010.[12]

Tracklisting[edit]

Official Tracklist[13]
No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "One to Ten" (하나부터 열까지) Kupa, Rado Rado Tommy Park 3:37
2. "Good Bye Baby"   J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul", Shim Eun-ji 3:46
3. "Help Me"   Hong Ji-sang Hong Ji-sang Hong Ji-sang 3:19
4. "Break It"   Super Changddai Tommy Park Super Changddai, Tommy Park 3:50
5. "Mr. Johnny"   Tommy Park, Kim Eun-soo Tommy Park Tommy Park 3:07
6. "Play That Music DJ" (그 음악을 틀어줘요 DJ) Super Changddai Super Changddai Super Changddai 3:17
7. "Step Up"   Hong Ji-sang Hong Ji-sang Hong Ji-sang 2:47
8. "Breathe"   J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul", Shim Eun-ji, Cho Jong-soo, Hong Ji-sang 3:34
9. "Blankly" (멍하니) Kim Hee-young Shim Eun-ji Shim Eun-ji 4:45
10. "Love Again" (다시 사랑) Super Changddai Super Changddai Super Changddai 3:26
11. "Love Alone"   Ursula Yancy Kahlil Feegel, Alexander Palmer   3:33
12. "Bad Girl Good Girl"   J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul", Hong Ji-sang 3:37
13. "Good Bye Baby" (Silver Mix) J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul", Shim Eun-ji 3:53
Total length:
46:04

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Gaon Weekly album chart[7] 9
Gaon Monthly album chart[8] 5
Gaon Yearly album chart[9] 46

Sales and Certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Gaon physical sales[15] 31,885

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JYP gives surprise preview of miss A's new song". 30 April 2011. Koreanboo. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "miss A performs Love Alone for Kim Yuna’s "Ice Show"!". 11 May 2011. Naver. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "2010년 29주차 Digital Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "2.2010년 디지털종합 Top 100". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 13 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010년 29주차 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "2010년 41주차 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "2011년 36주차 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "2011년 07월 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  9. ^ a b 2011년 총 결산 앨범 차트 (in Korean). Gaon. 2011-02-24. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  10. ^ "2011년 31주차 Digital Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "2011년 20주차 Digital Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "2010 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". 
  13. ^ "A Class by Miss A. - Download A Class on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  14. ^ a b "YESASIA: A CLASS Special Edition Deluxe Version (CD + DVD) (Taiwan Version) CD - Miss A, Universal Music (TW) - Korean Music - Free Shipping". YesAsia. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  15. ^ 2011년 총 결산 앨범 차트 (in Korean). Gaon. 2011-02-24. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 

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