Don't Don (song)

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"돈 돈! (Don't Don)"
Single by Super Junior
from the album Don't Don
Released September 20, 2007
Format Radio single
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop, dance-rock, experimental
Length 4:11
Label SM Entertainment
Writer(s) Yoo Young Jin, Groovie K
Producer(s) Lee Soo Man
Super Junior singles chronology
"Full of Happiness"
(2007)
"Don't Don"
(2007)
"Marry U"
(2007)
Music video
"Don't Don" on YouTube

"돈 돈! (Don't Don)", literally translated to "Money, Money! (Don't Don)", is an R&B/rock song (specifically SMP) written by Yoo Young Jin and Groovie K for the Korean boy band Super Junior, which was released in their second album, Don't Don on September 20, 2007. On September 21, 2007, the group made their first performance on KBS's Music Bank, performing "Don't Don." The song debuted in most South Korean music charts and enjoyed success as part of the top 20 for weeks.

Song history[edit]

"Don't Don" is the first track in Don't Don, a song with the music combination of rock, heavy beat, R&B, rap, and dance-pop. The song debuted as part of the top 20 on most South Korean music charts on the second week of October.[1] Composed, arranged and written by Yoo Young Jin, the song is an extinctive type of SMP (SM Music Performance), with the composition of heavy guitar riffs, percussion patterns, an electronic violin solo, and other musical elements that mix the song into a grand musical performance. The song features various rap strings and also a solo violin performance, performed by a Canadian-Chinese SM Entertainment trainee, Henry Lau, who is now a member of Super Junior-M.

"Don't Don," pronounced as don don in Korean, is a play on the words "don," (Korean: ), which means money, and "donda," (Korean: 돈다), which means "to go insane". In an effort to promote the world to become a more innocent and magnanimous place to live, the lyrics sends a message about how money, hypocrisy, and the change of society has made the world into a twisted and greedy place to live. The lyrics urge listeners to transform the world into a place where the innocence of children can be preserved.[2]

Music video[edit]

The dance choreography for the song were choreographed by the members of Super Junior. A mature change in dance style, which includes pelvic thrusting that was first introduced in their last single, "U", robotic dancing, smooth transitions, and an exclusive addition of a solo dance segment presents Super Junior's dramatic change in image. In the music video, the Super Junior members dance in a war-like environment with explosive fire and hot air surrounding them. The members are seen running away from trucks and also jumping over large cracks as if escaping from danger. The music video came out with two versions, the second version with extra shots of Henry Lau, a featured artist, and a large sun hanging in the dark sky near the end of the music video. The theme of the video deals with chaos and confusion, similar to how the lyrics of the song expresses that money has made the world go crazy and become hypocritical. The theme of the video controls a dangerous habitat which sends off a dark message and warning to the audience, which is not any similar to Super Junior's previous music videos where the main theme of the song is not expressed as clearly.[3] Henry Lau plays the violin during the dance break of the music video. Throughout most of the video, only twelve members are seen dancing to most of the choreography. Kyuhyun, due to his car accident injury, appeared only during his solo part.

Reception[edit]

"Don't Don" debuted in weak positions at most online charts. It won its first #1 recognition, the SBS Popular Songs Mutizen Song, on October 21, 2007, a month after its release.[4] "Don't Don" won its second recognition on November 1, 2007 at M.NET's M!Countdown, being the number one song of the week along with V.O.S.'s new single, "Everyday."[5] Although the successful sales of Don't Don is reflected from the notability of the first single, "Don't Don" did not win as many achievements as the group's past single, "U."[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

  • Leeteukvocals (rap, chorus, background)
  • Heechul – vocals (rap, chorus, background)
  • Han Geng – vocals (main, chorus, background)
  • Yesung – vocals (main, chorus, background)
  • Kang-In – vocals (main, chorus, background)
  • Shindong – vocals (rap, chorus, background)
  • Sungmin – vocals (main, chorus, background)
  • Eunhyuk – vocals (rap, chorus, background)
  • Donghae – vocals (main, chorus, background)
  • Siwon – vocals (main, chorus, background)
  • Ryeowook – vocals (main, chorus, background)
  • Kibum – vocals (rap, chorus, background)
  • Kyuhyun – vocals (main, chorus, background)
  • Henry Lau – violin
  • Yoo Young Jin – vocals (background)

Controversy[edit]

The featuring of Henry Lau, a Canadian-Chinese SM Entertainment trainee who plays the electronic violin during the violin solo segment in the song, created controversies with the fan base of Super Junior.[6] Many fans of Super Junior initially supported Henry after seeing his pre-debut live performance while dancing with the violin at Super Junior's comeback performance on September 21, 2007, but after SM Entertainment announced Henry as part of the soon-to-debut Super Junior-M, a new subgroup of Super Junior, fans became furious with the label for adding a fourteenth member in Super Junior.[7] Some fans begin to bash Henry and had plans to boycott SM Entertainment products. The fans even shouted "Thirteen!" during a solo performance of Henry while performing with Super Junior. However, SM Entertainment stepped up and said that Henry will not be affecting the official Super Junior, and will just be having activities with the subgroup.

Heechul Coughing Blood[edit]

Kim Heechul recalled when Super Junior was promoting “Don’t Don”, “When we were recording the song ‘Don’t Don’, I was given the latter portion where I had to shout out ‘Super Junior’. I was praised for doing it well by the song composer after finishing my part for the first time. I was full of vigor after that and every time when it was time for us to perform this song, I would scream really hard for my part. But after a few performances, blood started appearing. I would cough out blood after every ‘Don’t Don’ performance.”

Chart performance[edit]

"Don't Don" debuted on various South Korean charts on the second week of October. It debuted as #7.

Charts (2007) Peak
Position
Chart Korea[8] 1
M.NET M!Countdown Chart[9] 1
Popular Songs Take 7 Charts[10] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Korean) ChartKorea.net. [1] Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  2. ^ (Korean) Mydaily.co.kr. Super Junior releases album on September 20, comeback after one year four months September 14, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2007.
  3. ^ (Korean) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2007-10-14.  Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  4. ^ (Chinese) Sina.com. Super Junior wins Mutizen Song after one month of release October 21, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  5. ^ (Korean) Newsen.com. SuJu, V.O.S tear together November 1, 2007. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  6. ^ (Chinese) Sina.com. Super Junior makes dance stage comeback with Chinese newbie September 21, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  7. ^ (Chinese) Sina.com. Super Junior-China forms next year, Hankyung and Henry core members October 3, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  8. ^ (Korean) [2] Retrieved October 16, 2007.
  9. ^ (Korean) [3] Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  10. ^ (Korean) [4] Retrieved October 21, 2007.

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