Electric Boy

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"Electric Boy"
KARA Electric Boy Regular Edition cover.jpeg
Regular edition cover
Single by Kara
from the album Girls Forever
B-side
ReleasedOctober 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)
Format
Genre
Length3:22
LabelUniversal Sigma
Songwriter(s)
  • Line Krogholm
  • Shalamon Baskin
  • Mikko Tamminen
  • Faya
  • Emyli
Producer(s)Mikko Tamminen
Kara singles chronology
"Pandora"
(2012)
"Electric Boy"
(2012)
"Bye Bye Happy Days!"
(2013)

"Electric Boy" (エレクトリックボーイ, Erekutorikku Bōi) is the seventh Japanese single by South Korean girl group Kara. It was released on October 17, 2012.[1][2] Although on Wii U, the song is featured on the soundtrack of the third Japanese edition of Just Dance Wii.[3]

Background[edit]

The single was announced by Universal Sigma and on Kara's official Japanese website on September 21, with the track list of the single, jacket covers and prices of every edition.[1] The single was released in four different types, three limited editions: a CD+DVD edition including the CD single with the standard track list and a DVD including the music video of the song, a Close-Up version and behind the scenes from the music video,[4] a CD+Photobook edition including the CD single with the standard track list and a 28-page photobook[5] and a first press edition from the CD only edition including only the CD single itself with a bonus track, the original version of the song "Pandora",[2] and a Regular edition, including only the CD single itself with the standard track list. All limited editions comes with a lottery ticket for the hand-shake event, to be held in October 21.[6]

In October 3, it was announced that the group will make a special DJ launch event in October 17, day of the single's release, in a somewhere part of Tokyo and a hand-shake event in October 21 in Tokyo Big Sight.[7][8]

Composition[edit]

"Electric Boy" was written by Shalamon Baskin, Mikko Tamminen, Line Krogholm, Faya and Emyli and produced by Mikko Tamminen. "Orion", the single's b-side, was solely written and composed by Simon Isogai. He also composed the songs "Winter Magic" and "Ima, Okuritai 「Arigatō」" for the group. The bonus track, "Pandora", is a Korean song released on the group's fifth mini album of same name. It was written by Song Soo-yun and composed by Yue, Kim Seung-soo and Han Jae-ho.

Music video[edit]

A 1-minute teaser of the music video of "Electric Boy" was released on Universal Music Japan's YouTube account on September 27, 2012. The full music video premiered on the TV channel Space Shower TV Plus two days later, on September 29.

Track listing[edit]

Limited editions[4][5] and CD only regular edition:[2][9]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Electric Boy" (エレクトリックボーイ; Erekutorikku Bōi)Line Krogholm, Shalamon Baskin, Mikko Tamminen, Faya, EmyliLine Krogholm, Shalamon Baskin, Mikko Tamminen3:22
2."Orion" (オリオン)Simon IsogaiSimon Isogai5:35
3."Electric Boy" (Instrumental)  3:22
4."Orion" (Instrumental)  5:36
Total length:17:51
Bonus Track (CD only First Press edition):[2]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
5."Pandora" (Korean version)Song Soo-yunYue, Kim Seung-soo and Han Jae-ho3:11
Total length:21:02

Chart performance[edit]

Oricon chart[edit]

Released Oricon Chart Peak Debut sales Sales total
October 17, 2012 Daily Singles Chart 1[10] 28,604 76,248
Weekly Singles Chart 2[11] 57,942
Monthly Singles Chart 8[12] 70,161
Yearly Singles Chart 106 76,248

Billboard charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Japan Hot 100 1[13]
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales 1[14]
Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay 2[15]
Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay 2[16]
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales (2012) 97[17]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
RIAJ physical single Gold

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Japan October 10, 2012 Ringtone[18] Universal Sigma
October 17, 2012 Digital download,[9] CD single

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "10/17NEWシングル「エレクトリックボーイ」発売決定!" (in Japanese). DSP Media. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  2. ^ a b c d "KARA - エレクトリックボーイ(初回限定盤C) - UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN" (in Japanese). Universal Music Group. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  3. ^ "【Nintendo Direct】日本の人気楽曲を多数収録した『ジャストダンス Wii U』が4月3日発売決定". 16 February 2014. Yahoo! News Japan. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "KARA - エレクトリックボーイ(初回限定盤A) - UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN" (in Japanese). Universal Music Group. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  5. ^ a b "KARA - エレクトリックボーイ(初回限定盤B) - UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN" (in Japanese). Universal Music Group. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  6. ^ "「エレクトリックボーイ」発売記念 KARAメンバー5人との「ハイタッチ会」開催決定!!" (in Japanese). Universal Music Group. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  7. ^ "KARAメンバー5人がDJとして参加!!「エレクトリックボーイ発売記念 スペシャルイベント」開催決定!!" (in Japanese). Universal Music Group. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  8. ^ "KARA 2大イベント開催決定!" (in Japanese). DSP Media. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  9. ^ a b "iTunes - ミュージック - KARA「エレクトリックボーイ - EP」" (in Japanese). iTunes Store. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  10. ^ @hisaka2u (October 17, 2012). "ORICON STYLE編集長のTwitter 2012年10月17日の発言" (Tweet). Retrieved October 17, 2012 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "2012年10月15日~2012年10月21日のCDシングル週間ランキング(2012年10月29日付)" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  12. ^ "2012年10月のCDシングル月間ランキング(2012年10月度度)" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  13. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 2012/10/29付け" (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  14. ^ "Hot Singles Sales 2012/10/29付け" (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  15. ^ "Hot Top Airplay 2012/10/29付け" (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2012-10-24. Archived from the original on 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  16. ^ "Adult Contemporary Airplay 2012/10/29付け" (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  17. ^ (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2012-10-24 http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=sales_year&year=2012. Retrieved 2012-10-24. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "【レコチョク】KARA「エレクトリックボーイ」" (in Japanese). Recochoku. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-10-13.

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