First Step (CNBLUE album)

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First Step
FirstStep-cover.jpeg
Studio album by CNBLUE
Released March 21, 2011
Recorded 2010-2011
Genre Rock
Length 47:30
Language Korean
Label FNC Entertainment, Mnet Media
CNBLUE chronology
Re-maintenance
(2010)
First Step
(2011)
First Step +1 Thank You
(2011)
Alternative Cover
Special Limited Edition cover
Singles from First Step
  1. "Intuition"
    Released: March 21, 2011
  2. "Love Girl"
    Released: April 26, 2011

First Step is the debut album by the South Korean rock band CNBLUE. The album was released on March 21, 2011 in South Korea. The song "Intuition" was used as the title track. The album contains twelve songs, three new songs, eight Korean versions of their Japanese songs and one song from their Japanese album as bonus track. The album was re-released on April 7, 2011 in a Special Limited Edition with the same track list and an 80-pages photobook with making-of the music videos "Intuition" and "Love Girl".

Composition[edit]

The album contains Korean versions of songs which were previously released in Japanese. The songs "I Don't Know Why", "Lie", "One Time" and "Ready N Go" (previously titled "The Way part 1 ~One Time~" and "The Way part 2 ~Ready N Go~") from their second Japanese album 392, "Just Please" from their Japanese debut EP Now or Never, "Wanna Be Like U" and "One of a Kind" from their second Japanese EP Voice, and the song "Thank You" (previously titled "a.ri.ga.tou.") from their first Japanese album ThankU.

Music video[edit]

Intuition[edit]

The first teaser of the music video for "Intuition" was released on March 6, 2011 on the CNBLUE's YouTube account.[1] The second teaser was released a week after.[2] The full music video was released on March 21, 2011, along with the album.[3]

Love Girl[edit]

A teaser for the music video of "Love Girl" was released on April 21, 2011[4] and the full music video on April 25 on the CN Blue's YouTube account.[5]

Promotions[edit]

The promotions of the title track "Intuition" started in March 24, on Mnet's show M! Countdown and was also promoted in the TV shows Music Bank, Music Core and Inkigayo. The songs "Love Follows the Rain", "Love Girl", "I Don't Know Why" and "Imagine" were used for the special comeback week performances. The song won 7 music show awards: 3 on M! Countdown, 3 on Music Bank and 1 on Inkigayo. To celebrate the "triple crown" on M! Countdown, the group made a special stage performance with the songs "Love Girl" and "Lie".[6] The promotions of the song ended on April 24, on Inkigayo. They followed the promotions with the song "Love Girl" to promote the special EP First Step +1 Thank You, the first performance of the song was on April 29 on Music Bank. The promotions of the song and albums ended in May 22. The song "Intuition" placed at No.19 on KBS Music Bank Year End 2011 K-Chart.

Track listing[edit]

Track list[7]
No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Intuition" (직감; Jikgam) Han Seong-ho SEI, KOZI SEI, KOZI 3:42
2. "Love Girl" Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seong-ho Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun 3:33
3. "Imagine" (상상; Sangsang) Han Seong-ho, Jung Yong-hwa Kim Jae-yang, Han Seung-hun Kim Jae-yang 3:59
4. "I Don't Know Why" (Korean version) Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seong-ho Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun 3:48
5. "Love Follows the Rain" (사랑은 비를 타고; Sarangeun Bireul Tago) Han Seong-ho Lee Jong-hyun, Han Seung-hun Han Seung-hun 5:03
6. "Lie" (Korean version) Kim Jae-yang Lee Jong-hyun, Kim Jae-yang Kim Jae-yang 3:49
7. "One Time" (Korean version) Jung Yong-hwa Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun 3:49
8. "Just Please" (Korean version) Jung Yong-hwa Jung Yong-hwa, OWL OWL 3:20
9. "Wanna Be Like U" (Korean version) CNBLUE Shusui, Tony Nilsson OWL 3:40
10. "Ready N Go" (Korean version) Han Seong-ho, Jung Yong-hwa Han Seong-ho Jang Young-soo 3:28
11. "Thank You" (고마워요; Gomawoyo) CNBLUE Lee Jong-hyun OWL 5:27
12. "One of a Kind" (Bonus track) Shusui, Mattias Håkansson Shusui, Mattias Håkansson OWL, Ryo-ta Fukuoka 4:01
Total length: 47:30

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Gaon Weekly album chart [8] 1
Gaon Weekly domestic album chart[8] 1
Gaon Weekly single chart ("Intuition") [9] 1
Gaon Monthly album chart[8] 2
Gaon Monthly single chart ("Intuition") [9] 4
Gaon Yearly 2011 album chart[10] 8
Gaon Yearly 2011 Top200 digital comprehensive chart ("Intuition")[11] 12
Gaon Yearly 2011 Top200 download chart ("Intuition") [11] 40
Gaon Yearly 2011 Top200 streaming chart ("Intuition") [11] 16

Sales[edit]

Chart Amount
2011 Gaon physical sales [10] 115,467
2012 Gaon physical sales [12] 19,265
Total Sales (copies) 134,732

First Step +1 Thank You[edit]

First Step +1 Thank You
FirstStepplusone-cover.jpeg
EP by CNBLUE
Released April 26, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Rock
Length 15:30
Language Korean
Label FNC Entertainment, Mnet Media
CNBLUE chronology
"First Step"
(2011)
"First Step +1 Thank You"
(2011)
"392"
(2011)

"First Step +1 Thank You" is a special Korean EP released by the South Korean rock band CNBLUE. It is the third Korean EP of the group, but it's being counted as First Step's re-release album (repackage album). It was released on April 26, 2011 with the new version of the song "Love Girl" as the title track. The EP was released as a "thank you" gift for the fans who supported the group with their first studio album First Step.[13] It comes with 4 songs, 3 Korean versions of their previous Japanese songs and a new arrangement version of the song "Love Girl" from their first studio album First Step.

Composition[edit]

This EP contains Korean versions of songs which were previously released in Japanese. Excluding "Love Girl", all the songs were previously released on their third Japanese indie single "Re-maintenance".

Track listing[edit]

Track list[14]
No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Love Girl" (New version) Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seong-ho Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun Han Seung-hun, Shin Min-kyu 3:32
2. "Try Again, Smile Again" (Korean version) Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seong-ho Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun, Han Seong-ho youwhich 3:58
3. "Don't Say Goodbye" (Korean version) Han Seong-ho Jung Yong-hwa, Han Seung-hun youwhich 4:26
4. "Yes" (그래요; Geuraeyo) Lee Jong-hyun, Han Seong-ho Lee Jong-hyun youwhich 3:37
Total length: 15:30

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Gaon Weekly album chart[8] 1
Gaon Weekly domestic album chart[8] 1
Gaon Weekly single chart ("Love Girl" (New Ver.)) [9] 19
Gaon Monthly album chart[8] 4
Gaon Monthly single chart ("Love Girl" (New Ver.)) [9] 52
Gaon Yearly 2011 album chart[10] 48

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Gaon physical sales[10] 31,447 (2011 only)

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea March 21, 2011 CD, Digital download FNC Entertainment
April 7, 2011 (Special Limited edition) CD
April 26, 2011 (First Step +1 Thank You) CD, Digital download
Taiwan April 27, 2011 CD Warner Music Taiwan
June 2, 2011 (First Step +1 Thank You)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CN BLUE teaser A". YouTube. 2011-03-06. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  2. ^ "CNBLUE_FIRST STEP_Teaser_2". YouTube. 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  3. ^ "CNBLUE_(FIRST STEP) Title Song 직감 Full Ver". YouTube. 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  4. ^ "CNBLUE (LOVE GIRL) Music video Teaser". YouTube. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  5. ^ "CNBLUE (FIRST STEP + 1 THANK YOU) Title (LOVE GIRL) M/V Full ver". YouTube. April 25, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ 씨엔블루, '트리플 크라운' 끝아니다…스페셜 무대 준비 (in Korean). Nate. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  7. ^ "1집 정규 FIRST STEP / 씨엔블루(CNBLUE) - 엠넷" (in Korean). Mnet Media. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "This links to current week - select the year/month/week from drop down menu". Gaon Album Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  9. ^ a b c d "This links to current week - select the year/month/week from drop down menu". Gaon Single Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  10. ^ a b c d 2011년 총 결산 앨범 차트 (in Korean). Gaon. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  11. ^ a b c 2011년 총 결산 차트 (in Korean). Gaon. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  12. ^ "Gaon Chart Yearly Album Sales (This links to current week - select the year/month/week from drop down menu)". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ 씨엔블루, 팬 위한 스페셜 앨범 26일 발매 (in Korean). Nate. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  14. ^ "FIRST STEP +1 THANK YOU / 씨엔블루(CNBLUE) - 엠넷" (in Korean). Mnet Media. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 

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