Wonder World (album)

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Wonder World
Wonder World (album).jpeg
From left to right: Sunye, Yeeun, Sohee, Yubin, Hyelim
Studio album by Wonder Girls
Released November 7, 2011
Recorded 2010–2011
(New York City, New York, United States; Seoul, South Korea)
Genre
Length 41:29
Label JYP
Producer
Wonder Girls chronology
2 Different Tears
(2010)
Wonder World
(2011)
Wonder Party
(2012)
Singles from Wonder World
  1. "Be My Baby"
    Released: November 7, 2011
  2. "G.N.O."
    Released: November 30, 2011
  3. "Me, In"
    Released: December 31, 2011
  4. "Girls Girls"
    Released: January 4, 2012

Wonder World is the second studio album by South Korean pop girl group Wonder Girls. It was released on November 7, 2011. It was produced by Park Jin-Young. "Be My Baby" served as the lead single from album. Both album and single were commercial success. Album was promoted with a Wonder World Tour in 2012. Members were more involved in songwriting in production: Park Yeeun wrote and produced "G.N.O." and "Me, In", Kim Yubin wrote "Girls Girls", "Me, In" and "Sweet Dreams" while Woo Hyelim wrote and produced her solo song "Act Cool", featuring San E. Members also recorded duets: Min Sunye and Yeeun recorded "Long Long Time" while Yubin and Ahn Sohee recorded "SuperB".

Background and composition[edit]

On November 4, the album's name was revealed to be Wonder World, consisting of 11 new songs, one remixed song, and an English version of the lead single, "Be My Baby". Various members of the group contributed to composing material for the album. Park Yeeun was the composer and lyricist for the song "G.N.O." and performed the arrangement and composition for "Me, In". In an interview she commented about the strong American influence that she had received while working on new music in the album as she stated "When I went to a club, I heard songs from Rihanna and LMFAO. We thought it would be nice if we could make club music, done right, in Korean."[1] Woo Hyelim collaborated with rapper San-E for her solo song "Act Cool" for which also helped her write the rap lyrics.[2] Kim Yubin wrote the raps for the songs "Girls Girls" "Me, In" and "Sweet Dreams". Ahn Sohee and Yubin recorded a duet together called "SuperB", and Yeeun and Min Sunye also had a duet entitled "두고두고" (Long Long Time).[1] Renowned choreographer Jonte' Moaning, who worked with American R&B artist Beyoncé on her song "Freakum Dress" and has served as a back-up dancer for "Single Ladies", helped choreograph the group's music video for "Be My Baby". Designer Johnny Wujek, who was also the fashion stylist for American pop artist Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Gurls", also worked alongside the group.[3] Wonder World placed at number 1 on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart[4] and number 5 on Billboard's World Album Chart.[5] "Be My Baby" went to number 1 on both the Gaon Weekly Digital Charts[6] and the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100.[7] The song was also featured on the group's TV movie, "The Wonder Girls", which aired on TeenNick.[citation needed]

Commercial performance[edit]

Wonder World entered and peaked at number one on the Gaon Album Chart on the chart issue dated November 6-12, 2011.[8] The album stayed in the Top 10 of the chart for four consecutive weeks.[9] The album entered and peaked at number 4 on the chart for the month of November 2011 with 35,051 physical copies sold.[10]

The album placed at number 42 on the Gaon Album Chart for the year 2011 for 34,140 physical copies sold.[11]

In the US, the album entered and peaked at number 5 on Billboard's World Albums chart on the week ending November 26, 2011.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Wonder World – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "G.N.O." Park Yeeun
  • Yeeun
  • Lee Woo-min
  • Fredrik
3:30
2. "Be My Baby" J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul" Park 3:31
3. "Girls Girls"
Shim 3:33
4. "Me, In"
  • Shin
  • Yeeun
3:14
5. "Sweet Dreams"
  • DeepFrost
  • Shim
3:34
6. "Stop!" Hong Ji-sang Hong Ji-sang 3:22
7. "Dear Boy"
  • Fingazz
  • DJ Nüre
3:11
8. "두고두고" (Long Long Time (Sunye and Yeeun duet)) Park Park 3:46
9. "SuperB" (Yubin and Sohee duet) Kim Eana East4A 3:19
10. "Act Cool" (Hyelim featuring San E)
  • Woo Hyelim
  • San-E
  • Woo
  • San-E
3:33
11. "Be My Baby" (Ra.D Mix) Park Park 3:27
12. "Nu Shoes"
  • Rainstone
  • Kronlund
  • Hilbert
3:29
Total length: 41:29

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

  • Sunye – vocals (all tracks except for tracks 9, 10)
  • Yeeun – vocals (all tracks except for tracks 9,9 10), songwriting, production (tracks 1, 4), rearrangement (track 4)
  • Yubin – rapping (all tracks except for tracks 8, 10), songwriting (tracks 3, 4, 5)
  • Sohee – vocals (all tracks except for tracks 8, 10)
  • Hyelim – vocals, rapping (all tracks except for tracks 8 and 9), songwriting, production (track 10)
  • Lee Woo-min – producer (track 1), rearrangement (track 4)
  • Fredrik – producer (track 1)
  • Cho Jong-soo – raps (track 1)
  • Park Jin-young – songwriting, production (tracks 2, 8, 11)
  • Shim Eun-ji – songwriting (track 3), production (tracks 3, 5)
  • Shin Jung-hyeon - songwriting, production (track 4)
  • Billion Dollar Baby - songwriting (track 5)
  • Noday - songwriting (track 5)
  • DeepFrost - production (track 5)
  • Hong Ji-sang – songwriting, production (track 6)
  • Jessica Martinez – songwriting (track 7)
  • Nikki Flores – songwriting (track 7)
  • Fingazz – production (track 7)
  • DJ Nüre – production (track 7)
  • Kim Eana – songwriting (track 8)
  • East4A – production (track 8)
  • San E – featured artist, rapping, songwriting, production (track 10)
  • Woo Seok Rhee – songwriting, production (track 12)
  • Alexander Kronlund – songwriting, production (track 12)
  • Lukas Hilbert – songwriting, production (track 12)

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[4] 1
US World Albums (Billboard)[5] 5

Monthly charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[14] 4

Sales[edit]

Country Chart Sales/shipments
South Korea Gaon physical sales 43,349+[15]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Format Label Catalog Ref.
South Korea November 7, 2011 Standard L100004386 [16]
United States Digital download JYP [17]
Taiwan January 6, 2012
  • Standard
  • Special
  • CD
  • DVD
  • digital download
Universal Music 1027259494 [18]
Malaysia April 10, 2012 5053105239122 [13]
Singapore

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "혜림 랩, 그간의 심경 토로? 솔로곡 'Act Cool' 가사 화제". News.nate.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
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  4. ^ a b "2011년 47주차 Album Chart". Gaon. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "World Albums Week of November 26, 2011". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "2011년 47주차 Digital Chart". Gaon. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Week of November 26, 2011". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
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  12. ^ "World Music: Top World Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
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  15. ^ Cumulative sales for "Wonder World":
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  17. ^ "Wonder World by Wonder Girls on Apple Music - iTunes". iTunes Store. November 7, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
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