|Released||January 12, 2015|
|Singles from Base|
| on YouTube|
Background and release
Jonghyun collaborated with various artists for his album, such as Younha, Wheesung, Zion.T and Iron. His title song, featuring Iron as the rapper, is called "Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)" and was released digitally on domestic music sites on January 12, 2015, together with the album. He performed in a showcase to introduce the album at the SMTown Coex Artium on January 8, 2015. He told the media before his live showcase at the SMTOWN Coex Atrium:
|“||To be honest, I am not confident in singing ballad songs. Fans have loved my ballads in the past, but I am not really good at singing them. For this album, I focused on introducing my style of music and what I would like to pursue in my musical career. I wanted to make an album filled with songs I like, and work with musicians who inspired me. When deciding who to collaborate with for this album, I chose artists who can express the songs best.||”|
Jonghyun's song, "Beautiful Tonight", was composed as early as 2012 and was inspired by the view of the moon as he was walking home from work one night.
On January 7, Jonghyun released his self-composed song "Déjà-Boo" which is co-produced by Zion.T who also features on the track. The song is a described as a "retro funk song with a synthesizer comping melody and the funk rhythm of a bass".
On January 8, Jonghyun pre-released "Love Belt", another self-composed song which is a collaborative track with Younha, on MBC FM4U's broadcast of "Blue Night". The official music video for "Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)" was released on the same day, it features the rapper Iron who received attention with his performance on Mnet's survival show Show Me The Money 3. The concept of the music video takes after the name of the title song, guilty pleasure which means to enjoy something that you shouldn't. Jonghyun portrays a man who is head over heels for an alluring woman. Jonghyun started his official album promotions on KBS′ Music Bank on January 9. Jonghyun's music video to "Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)" was the most watched K-pop video in America and in the world for January 2015. As of 2015 the album has sold around 74,000 copies in South Korea.
Credits adapted from official artist page.
All lyrics written by Jonghyun except track 3 which is co-written with Wheesung.
|1.||"데자-부 (Déjà-Boo)" (feat. Zion.T)||Kim Jonghyun||Kim Jonghyun, Zion.T, Wefreaky||3:29|
|2.||"Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)" (feat. Iron)||Kim Jonghyun, Iron||Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, Jean Beauvoir, Anne Judith Wik, Robin Jenssen, Martin Mulholland||3:41|
|3.||"할렐루야 (Hallelujah)"||Kim Jonghyun, Wheesung||Im Gwang Ok, Martin Mulholland, Nermin Harambasic||3:18|
|4.||"Love Belt" (feat. Younha)||Kim Jonghyun||Kim Jonghyun, Wefreaky||3:31|
|5.||"NEON"||Kim Jonghyun||Kim Jonghyun, Deez||3:29|
|6.||"일인극 (MONO-Drama)"||Kim Jonghyun||The Underdogs, Eric Dawkins||4:14|
|7.||"시간이 늦었어 (Beautiful Tonight)" (|
Hidden track: 포춘쿠키 (Fortune Cookie))
|Kim Jonghyun||Kim Jonghyun, Wefreaky||5:32|
|South Korea||Gaon Weekly album chart||1|
|Gaon Monthly album chart||2|
|United States||Billboard World Albums||1|
Awards and nominations
Music Show awards
|"Déjà-Boo"||Show! Music Core||January 17, 2015|
|Inkigayo||January 18, 2015|
|The Show||January 20, 2015|
|Show Champion||January 21, 2015|
|M! Countdown||January 22, 2015|
|Music Bank||January 23, 2015|
|Show! Music Core||January 24, 2015|
|The Show||January 27, 2015|
|Worldwide||January 12, 2015||CD, digital download||S.M. Entertainment|
|South Korea||S.M. Entertainment, KT Music|
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