Bonamana (song)

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Single by Super Junior
from the album Bonamana
Released May 10, 2010 (2010-05-10)
Format Digital download, promotional single
Recorded SM Studios in Seoul, South Korea
Genre House
Length 3:59 (album/radio version)
4:15 (dance version)
Label SM Entertainment
Writer(s) Yoo Young-jin
Producer(s) Lee Soo-man (Executive), Yoo Young-jin
Super Junior singles chronology
"It's You"
"No Other"
Music video
"Bonamana (Korean)" on YouTube
"美人 (Bonamana)"
CD+DVD cover
Single by Super Junior
Released June 8, 2011 (Japan)
June 22, 2011 (Taiwan)
Format CD, CD+DVD, digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre J-pop, house, electro, heavy beat, dance-pop
Label Avex Trax
Writer(s) Goro Matsui (lyrics)
Yoo Young-jin (music, arrangement)
Super Junior singles chronology
"美人 (Bonamana)"
"Mr. Simple"

"Bonamana" (Korean title: 미인아 Miina; literal meaning Beauty) is a song performed by South Korean boy band Super Junior. It is the lead single from the group's fourth studio album, Bonamana. The song was released as a digital single on May 10, 2010, three days before the South Korean release of Bonamana.[1] The song was written by Yoo Young-jin, who also penned the lyrics.


Followed by the establishment of "SJ Funky," a style that Super Junior had been exploring since the release of their third studio album, Sorry, Sorry, "Bonamana" draws influences from American electronica funk and hip hop, incorporating African rhythms and club house beats into the melody, similar to the song's writer Yoo Young-jin which later showed the same style on Yoo's later works Super Junior-M's "Super Girl" and Shinee's "Ring Ding Dong".[2] The song incorporates the Afro tom, an African percussive instrument, and the powerful riff of a Jupiter synth, a sound synthesizer. Vocals are portrayed through usage of autotune. The song is about the sincerity of a man who is trying to win a girl's love, and the lyrics are described as witty and humorous.[3]

Promotion and reception[edit]

On May 6, 2010, "Bonamana" was announced to be the lead single from the group's fourth album.[1] The full single was released via digital download on South Korean MP3 download sites on May 10.[1] The song was first performed on KBS2TV's music show Music Bank on May 14,[4] and their performance peaked at number 3 on Nate's top trending search. The group performed "Bonamana" on MBC's Show! Music Core on May 15[5] and on SBS's The Music Trend on May 16.

After only one week in the charts, "Bonamana" surged to number 1 on Music Bank's K-Chart, making it Super Junior's fastest rise to the top of the chart for a lead single.[6]

Music video[edit]

The choreography in the first hook is inspired by Kim Yuna's "Danse Macabre" performance.

Directed by Jang Jae-hyuk, the music video was filmed in a filming set in Namyangju, Gyeonggi in late April 2010.[7] The video is fairly low budget and was entirely shot in a disoriented sepia color, with shadows and alternating brighter lights shining on the members, consistently changing the lighting of the video. The video first begins with different angle shots of each member standing and slowly spinning around in a dark background with alternating backlighting, and then proceeds to a lighter tone when the song begins. A majority of the music video focuses on showing the group's various hip-hop dance formations and techniques. The choreography of the dance is inspired by speed skating, and the dance steps during the first hook of the song is inspired by Kim Yuna's "Danse Macabre" performance.[8] Also, in the music video, there is a dance break performed by all members.

A minute teaser of the music video was revealed on May 7 through YouTube,[9] and the full music video premiered on May 12 on Korea's GOMTV video site and through SM Entertainment's official YouTube account,[10] attracting over 600,000 views on the first day of release. It currently has over 55 million views.

Japanese release[edit]

On April 25, 2011, it was announced that the single is going to be re-released into a Japanese version and that it will be a tie-up for Japanese convenient store chain Circle K Sunkus. The song will be released as a digital download on May 18, 2011 to be followed by a physical release on June 8, 2011, therefore officially their first Japanese single. There will be an upcoming CM (commercial movie) for the tie-up that was filmed way back February 2011 and that the Japanese lyrics were recorded a month after, in March 2011.[11] The single takes 2nd on Oricon chart on the first day of release. According to the Oricon Chart, Bonamana (美人) sold 27,168 units on its release day. In addition, Bonamana (美人) music video which is made of videos from ‘Super Junior 3rd Asia Tour Super Show 3 in Japan’ held at Yokohama Arena in February, received over 300,000 views on the Japanese UCC website ‘Nikoniko’ in a day.

Musical personnel[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "MV teaser of Super Junior's fourth album 'Bonamana' to be released on May 7". TV Daily (in Korean). 2010-05-06. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Super Junior comes back with 'Bonamana', includes Ryeowook's first solo song". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 2010-05-10. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  3. ^ "Super Junior's Official Site". SM Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  4. ^ "10-member Super Junior promises to do their best for the 3 members". Nate (in Korean). 2010-05-14. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Super Junior-Davichi-Lee Jung-hyun to have comeback on Music Core". Max Movie (in Korean). 2010-05-15. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  6. ^ a b (2010-05-21). "Super Junior achieves #1 after only one week comeback". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  7. ^ "Super Junior's Bonamana MV to be released on the 12th". Asia Economy (in Korean). 2010-05-11. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  8. ^ "Super Junior introduces the skate dance through their Bonamona comeback". Newsen (in Korean). 2010-05-14. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  9. ^ "Super Junior's fourth album teaser to be released on May 7". Asia Economy (in Korean). 2010-05-06. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  10. ^ "Super Junior to unveil music video to new single tomorrow" Asiae. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-22
  11. ^ SUPER JUNIORが日本席巻! (1/2ページ) - 芸能 (in Japanese). Sanspo.Com. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  12. ^ "Gaon Search - Super Junior". Gaon (in Korean). August 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart- 2010 (#1 to 50)" HITO Radio. Retrieved 2011-07-08 (Chinese)
  14. ^ a b "美人(BONAMANA) SUPER JUNIORのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon (in Japanese). August 3, 2011. 

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