Day & Night (EP)

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Day & Night
Kara - Day and Night cover.jpg
From left to right : Young-ji, Gyu-ri, Seung-yeon and Hara.
EP by
ReleasedAugust 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)
Recorded2014
Genre
LanguageKorean
Label
ProducerDuble Sidekick
Kara chronology
Best Girls
(2013)
Day & Night
(2014)
In Love
(2015)
Singles from Day & Night
  1. "Mamma Mia"
    Released: August 18, 2014

Day & Night is the sixth Korean mini-album of the South Korean girl group Kara. It was released on August 18, 2014 with the song "Mamma Mia" as promotional single.[1] It is the first album to feature Heo Youngji following the departure of members Nicole and Jiyoung earlier in the year.[2]

Background[edit]

After the departure of Kang Jiyoung and Nicole Jung from the group, DSP Media started a TV show titled Kara Project, a reality TV program which revolves around seven trainees who competed to become the new member of the group. On July 1, 2014, Heo Youngji was proclaimed the winner. Following her victory, DSP announced plans for the group to release a South Korean album in August before embarking on a concert tour in Japan on October.[2][3] Producer Duble Sidekick was later announced to be working on the record.[4]

In July 16, it was reported that the group finished the recordings of the mini-album's promotional single music video.[5] On August 1, it was revealed that its title track will also be released as single in Japan after it received good reviews from Japanese affiliates.[6][6] The full track listing of the single was unveiled on August 8, with "So Good" serving as its B-side.[7]

Composition[edit]

The EP consists of six tracks. The first five tracks, including the lead single "Mamma Mia", were composed by Duble Sidekick. The music video was filmed in the Gyonggi Province on July 9.[8] The song will also be released as the group's eleventh Japanese single after it received good reviews from Japanese affiliate label, Universal Sigma.[6] The last track on the album, titled "Story", were co-written by members Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, and Goo Hara.[9]

Promotion[edit]

The group held an album showcase in August 18, same day as the EP's release, at UNIQLO-AX Hall and was also aired on channels SBS MTV in South Korea and TBS in Japan on August 24.[10]

Day & Night showcase setlist
  1. Go Go Summer! (Korean version)
  2. So Good
  3. Talk
  4. 2Night
  5. Step
  6. Lupin
  7. Talk
  8. Mamma Mia

Track listing[edit]

The track listing was revealed on August 8. A video of the album preview was uploaded on Kara's official YouTube channel.[9]

Official tracklist[11]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Live"
  • Duble Sidekick
  • David Kim
  • Duble Sidekick
  • Shion
3:29
2."Mamma Mia" (맘마미아)Duble Sidekick
  • Duble Sidekick
  • Homeboy
  • Tenzo & Tazco
3:32
3."So Good"
  • Duble Sidekick
  • David Kim
  • Duble Sidekick
  • Tenzo & Tazco
3:07
4."Melancholy (24/7)" (멜랑꼴리; Mellangkkolli)
  • Duble Sidekick
  • David Kim
  • Duble Sidekick
  • Seion
3:37
5."Red Light" (빨간불; Ppalganbul)
  • Duble Sidekick
  • David Kim
  • Duble Sidekick
  • Tenzo & Tazco
3:25
6."Story" (이야기; Iyagi)Shion4:03
Total length:20:33

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea[1] August 18, 2014 CD, Digital download DSP Media
LOEN Entertainment
Worldwide Digital download
Japan[12] November 5, 2014 CD, Digital download Universal Sigma

Singles[edit]

"Mamma Mia!"
Kara - Mamma Mia single cover.jpg
Clockwise from top left : Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Heo Youngji and Goo Hara.
Single by Kara
from the album Day & Night and Girl's Story
B-side
  • "So Good"
  • "Don't Hurry"
ReleasedAugust 27, 2014
FormatCD single, digital download
GenreDance-pop
Length3:32
LabelUniversal Sigma
Songwriter(s)Duble Sidekick, David Kim
Producer(s)
  • Duble Sidekick
  • Shion
Kara singles chronology
"French Kiss"
(2013)
"Mamma Mia!"
(2014)
"Summer Gic / Sunshine Miracle / Sunny Days"
(2015)

"Mamma Mia!" (マンマミーア!) is the eleventh Japanese single by South Korean girl group Kara and is also taken from their sixth Korean mini-album Day & Night which was released on August 18, 2014. It was released as a single in Japan on August 27 in three editions.[7] This marks the second time that the group has released and promoted a song simultaneously in both South Korea and Japan after "Jumping".

After the departure of Kang Jiyoung and Nicole Jung from the group, DSP Media started a reality TV program titled Kara Project, which revolves around seven trainees who compete to become the new member of the group. On July 1, 2014, Heo Youngji was proclaimed the winner. Following her victory, DSP announced plans for the group to release a South Korean album in August before embarking on a concert tour in Japan on October.[2][3] Producer Duble Sidekick was later announced to be working on the group's next album.[4] On August 1, it was revealed that its title track will also be released as single in Japan after it received good reviews from Japanese affiliates.[6][6] The full track listing of the single was unveiled on August 8, with "So Good" serving as its B-side.[7]

The single cover for the three editions of the single were first released in July 31, 2014.[13]

It was produced by Duble Sidekick and was described as a powerful dance song that "accentuates Kara's unique color". The music video was filmed in the Gyeonggi Province on July 9.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All editions tracklist
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Mamma Mia!" (マンマミーア!)Duble Sidekick
  • Duble Sidekick
  • Homeboy
  • Tenzo & Tazco
3:32
2."So Good" (ソー・グッド)
  • Duble Sidekick
  • David Kim
  • Duble Sidekick
  • Tenzo & Tazco
3:07
3."Mamma Mia!" (Instrumental)  3:32
4."So Good" (Instrumental)  3:07
Bonus Track (Limited edition version C)
No.TitleLength
5."Don't Hurry" 

Chart performance[edit]

Oricon chart[edit]

Oricon Chart Peak Debut sales Sales total
Daily Singles Chart 5 25,702 (weekly) 31,864+
Weekly Singles Chart 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "HOTTRACKS – 생활 속 감성충전소". hottracks.co.kr (in Korean).
  2. ^ a b c "Girl group KARA welcomes new member". Korean Herald. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "8月から新生KARA・4人組にて、再始動!!". Universal Music Japan (in Japanese). 2014-07-01.
  4. ^ a b Lee, JinHo. "[Exclusive] Kara to Return in August with Duble Sidekick's Song". 11 July 2014. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  5. ^ "DSP "新카라, 홍원기와 MV촬영 끝…8월 컴백준비 박차"". Nate (in Korean). 2014-07-16.
  6. ^ a b c d e Jeon, Su Mi. "Kara Unveils Comeback Photo for New Title Song 'Mamma Mia'". M-Wave News. Archived from the original on 3 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "8/27発売 ニューシングル「マンマミーア!」のカップリング曲を含む 全トラックリストが公開!!!". Universal Music Japan. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b Jeon, Su Mi (1 August 2014). "Kara Unveils Comeback Photo for New Title Song 'Mamma Mia'". Yahoo! Entertainment Singapore. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b Danbi Hong, Grace (8 August 2013). "[Video] Kara Reveals Album Preview and Tracklist for 'Day & Night'". M-Wave News. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  10. ^ "新生KARA初ライブ!!TBSチャンネル×SBS MTV日韓同時独占放送!"2014 KARA ComeBack ShowCase"". TBS (in Japanese). 2014-08-04.
  11. ^ "KARA(카라)-[DAY&NIGHT] Album Preview(앨범 미리듣기)". KARA's Twitter account. 2014-08-07.
  12. ^ "KARA / Day & Night【CD】【2014年11月5日発売】 – KARA – UNIVERSAL MUSIC STORE". Universal Music Store Japan (in Japanese).
  13. ^ "ニューシングル「マンマミーア!」 ジャケット写真、アーティスト写真、タイトル解禁!4人組・新生KARAとして遂に始動!!". Universal Music Japan. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.

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