Ear Fun

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Ear Fun
EarFun-EPcover.jpeg
Ear Fun album cover
EP by CN Blue
Released 26 March 2012 (2012-03-26)
Recorded 2011-2012
Genre Pop rock
Length 21:16
Language Korean
Label FNC Entertainment / CJ E&M Music and Live
Warner Music Taiwan
Producer Han Seong-ho, Han Seung-hoon, Kim Jae-yang
CN Blue chronology
392
(2011)
Ear Fun
(2012)
Code Name Blue
(2012)
Alternative Cover
Special Limited Edition cover
Singles from Ear Fun
  1. "Still in Love"
    Released: 16 March 2012
  2. "Hey You"
    Released: 26 March 2012
Music video
Still in Love on YouTube
Hey You on YouTube

Ear Fun is the third Korean mini-album (sixth overall) by the South Korean rock pop band CN Blue. It was released on March 26, 2012 with the track "Hey You" as the promotional single.[1]

Background and release[edit]

As a teaser of the mini-album, the song "Still in Love" was released in March 16, along with a special music video featuring scenes of the group in a recording studio. The EP was scheduled to be released in March 27, but it was released one day before the official release due of the high popularity of the song "Still in Love".[2] The first teaser of the song and music video for "Hey You" was released in March 19 featuring the member Jung Shin. The second teaser was released in March 21 featuring the member Jong Hyun. The third teaser was released in March 22 featuring the member Min Hyuk. The fourth and last teaser was released in March 23 featuring the member Jung Yong-hwa. The full music video of "Hey You" and mini-album were released in March 26. The album also features a Korean version of the song "In My Head", the group's major debut single and fourth overall single in Japan. This version of the song was firstly introduced on KBS's show Music Bank Year-End special in December 23, 2011 with few changes of the lyrics.

A special limited edition of the EP was released in April 10, 2012. It includes the same track list and there will be 140 pages of pictorial photos and a DVD containing a 20-minute clip of the members shooting in the U.S. In addition, the special limited edition will also include four supplemental sections for each of the members (18 pages individual shoot for each of the members).[3]

Composition[edit]

The title song "Hey You" was written by Han Seong Ho and composed by Kim Do Hoon and Lee Sang Ho, same writer and composer of the group's other title songs "Intuition", "Love" and "I'm a Loner".

Promotions[edit]

The promotions of the song "Hey You" started in March 29, 2012 on Mnet's show M! Countdown. They are also promoting on the shows Music Bank, Music Core, Inkigayo, and Show Champion. Two other songs of the EP were also performed: "Still in Love" was used for the comeback week performances and "In My Head" was used for the goodbye week on Music Bank. The album Ear Fun and the title track "Hey You" won 4 music show awards, from M! Countdown on April 5, Show Champion on April 10, Music Bank on April 20, and Inkigayo mutizen on April 22.[4] The promotions ended on April 22, on SBS Inkigayo.

Track listing[edit]

From CNBlue[5]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Hey You" Han Seong-ho Kim Do-hoon, Lee Sang-ho Kim Do-hoon, Lee Sang-ho 4:00
2. "Still in Love" (아직 사랑한다; Ajig Saranghanda) Han Seong-ho, Kim Jae-yang, Jung Yong-hwa Kim Jae-yang, Jung Yong-hwa Kim Jae-yang 3:18
3. "Dream Boy" Han Seong-ho Han Seung-hoon, Kim Jae-yang, Jung Yong-hwa Han Seung-hoon 3:03
4. "Rock n' Roll" Han Seong-ho, Jung Yong-hwa Han Seung-hoon, Jung Yong-hwa Han Seung-hoon, Go Jin-young, Park Hyun-woo 3:23
5. "Run" Han Seong-ho Han Seung-hoon, Jung Yong-hwa Han Seung-hoon 3:17
6. "In My Head" (Korean version) Jung Yong-hwa Jung Yong-hwa Tamai Kenji, Momota Rui 4:18
Total length: 21:16

Chart performance[edit]

Album chart[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Japan Oricon Weekly album chart[7] 15
South Korea Gaon Weekly album chart[8] 1
South Korea Gaon Weekly domestic album chart[8] 1
South Korea Gaon Monthly album chart[8] 2
South Korea Gaon Mid-Year album chart[8] 5
South Korea Gaon 2012 Yearly album chart[9] 14
Taiwan G-Music Weekly Top 20 Combo Chart [10] 5
Taiwan G-Music International Chart [11] 2
Taiwan G-Music Asia Album Chart [12] 1

Singles chart[edit]

Song Peak chart position
KOR
Gaon Top200
[13]
KOR
Billboard
[14]
weekly monthly yearly
"Hey You" 1 13 111 7
"Still in Love" 3 9 139 6
"Dream Boy" 72 96
"Rock n' Roll" 88
"Run" 79
"In My Head" (Korean version) 65 80
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Digital sales[edit]

Chart Songs
"Hey You" "Still in Love"
Peak position Sales Peak position Sales
South Korea Gaon Yearly digital aggregate chart[15] 111 116,452,770 aggregates 139 98,770,318 aggregates
South Korea Gaon Yearly digital download chart[15] 120 1,257,932 downloads 112 1,312,009 downloads
South Korea Gaon Yearly digital streaming chart[16] 135 11,080,458 streamings 168 8,547,952 streamings

Album sales[edit]

Country Chart Period Peak position Sales Accumulative sales
Japan Oricon physical sales 14,765+
South Korea Gaon Monthly Album Chart March 2012 #5 59,944[17] 59,944+[18]
April 2012 #2 60,144[18] 120,088+[18]
Gaon Yearly Album Chart 2012 #14 122,515+[19] 122,515+

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea March 16, 2012 (Single: Still in Love) Digital download FNC Entertainment
March 26, 2012 CD, Digital download
April 10, 2012 (Special Limited edition) CD
Taiwan May 4, 2012 CD, CD+DVD Warner Music Taiwan

Award and nomination[edit]

Year Award Category Nomination Result Ref
2012 14th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Band Performance "Hey You" Nominated [20]
Song of the Year Nominated [21]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 씨엔블루 ‘아직 사랑한다’ 3일 만에 조회수 100만 돌파 (in Korean). Naver. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b "4월 10일 CNBLUE (EAR FUN) SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION 발매 안내" (in Korean). FNC Music. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  4. ^ 씨엔블루 ‘뮤직뱅크’ 1위로 활동 마무리 ‘유종의미’ (in Korean). Nate. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  5. ^ "CNBLUE 3rd Mini Album (EAR FUN) Track List" (in Korean). FNC Music. 2012-03-28. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  6. ^ "最新迷你韓語專輯EAR FUN台灣獨占豪華影音限定盤 CD+DVD / 華納線上音樂雜誌" (in Chinese). Warner Music Taiwan. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  7. ^ "2012年03月26日~2012年04月01日のCDアルバム週間ランキング (Oricon's Weekly album chart for April 9th)" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Gaon Albums Chart" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Gaon - Yearly charts" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Weekly Top 20 Combo Chart". G-Music. 2012-05-11. Archived from the original on 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  11. ^ "International Chart". G-Music. 2012-05-11. Archived from the original on 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  12. ^ "J-Pop Chart". G-Music. 2012-05-11. Archived from the original on 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  13. ^ "Gaon Singles Chart" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  14. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart". Billboard. 2011-09-08. Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  15. ^ a b "Gaon - Yearly charts" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  16. ^ "Gaon - Yearly charts" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  17. ^ Kim, Hyun Rok (12 April 2012). "Big Bang's fifth mini album sells over 250,000 copies". Star News. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c "Gaon physical sales". Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  19. ^ "Gaon Chart Yearly Album Chart (This links to current week - select the year/month/week from drop down menu)". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Nominees for the 2012 MAMA Announced". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Nominees for SONG and ARTIST of the YEAR". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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