Girls' Generation (2007 album)

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Girls' Generation
Studio album by Girls' Generation
Released November 1, 2007 (Korea)
(see release history)
Recorded December 2006–August 2007
Genre K-pop, teen pop, dance-pop
Length 39:34
Language Korean
Label S.M. Entertainment
Producer Lee Soo-man
Girls' Generation chronology
Girls' Generation
(2007)
Gee
(2009)
Singles from Girls' Generation
  1. "Into the New World"
    Released: August 3, 2007
  2. "Girls' Generation"
    Released: November 1, 2007
  3. "Kissing You"
    Released: January 18, 2008
  4. "Baby Baby"
    Released: March 13, 2008

Girls' Generation (Korean: 소녀시대) is the debut album by South Korean girl group Girls Generation for the S.M. Entertainment label in South Korea.[1]

The album was re-released on March 13, 2008 and Baby Baby became the title of the repackage album. The fourth single, "Baby Baby", was used to promote the album.[2] The album promotions was concluded on April 13, 2008 at Inkigayo.[3]

History[edit]

After a short break, the group's first full album was released in late autumn 2007, with the lead single "Girls' Generation" (Korean: "소녀시대"), a cover of Lee Seung-chul's hit. [4] The album was released in two versions, each edition features the same contents, however the cover art used for one of them was used as back cover for the other one, and the other way around. An MV for "Baby Baby" was released as well, containing scenes of the Making of video of the Girls' Generation MV, and footage of the girls working on their first album.

The album has sold 121,143 copies to date, placing 8th in the year-end charts. In early 2008, Girls' Generation began promoting their second single, "Kissing You". In March 2008, the album was re-released and re-titled Baby Baby. A third single, "Baby Baby", was used to promote the album.[5]

Composition[edit]

Girls’ Generation, the album also includes Ooh La-La! which incorporated the stories of fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White into the lyric and impressive melodies, Kissing You, a house style dance tune with the sweet lyric sung as if they are whispering love to their boyfriends and created by the hit composer Lee Jae-Myeong, and Baby Baby, a shy confession of love and a present from Hwang Seong-Je, the composer of BoA’s Atlantis Princess, to Girls’ Generation. Tears have the impressive, sweet and lovable vocal while Complete have elegant melodies and clear and transparent harmony. The first regular album of Girls’ Generation contains 11 songs: 9 new songs including the remake, Girls’ Generation’ and other songs in a variety of genres such as dance, ballad and house brought by prominent musicians such as KANGTA and Kenzie. [6]

Singles[edit]

"Into the New World" was released on August 2, 2007 as the lead single from the album. It was originally first performed by the group in SBS's The Music Trend on August 5, 2007. "Into the New World" reached #1 on Mnet's M! Countdown.[7] Over 100,000 copies of the single were sold.[citation needed]

The second single from Girls' Generation, "Girls' Generation" was released on November 1, 2007 which was originally a hit for Lee Seung-Chul in the 80s. To celebrate this cover, Lee Seung Chul appeared on KM M!Countdown with the girls performing the song.[8] Girls' Generation released the teaser for their single "Girls' Generation" on October 29, 2007. The single was released on digital music sites on November 1, 2007. The official music video was unveiled on the same day.The song was written and produced by Lee Seung-Chul and Song Jae Jun. The song was used in episode 76 of You Are My Destiny, a drama that stars Yoona.

In early 2008, Girls' Generation began promoting their third single from the album, "Kissing You", which won the group their first K-chart win after achieving the number one position on the KBS Music Bank February chart.[9] This song achieved the #1 spot on three major TV music rankings—SBS Inkigayo, M.net M.Countdown! and KBS Music Bank.

Girls' Generation released the teaser for their fourth single "Baby Baby" on March 15, 2008. The single was released on digital music sites on March 17, 2008. The official music video was unveiled on the same day. It was the lead single of the repackage of Girls' Generation (2007 album), titled Baby Baby which was released on March 17, 2008.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Girls' Generation" (소녀시대) Lee Seung-Chul Song Jae Jun 3:50
2. "Ooh La-La!"   Yoon Hyo Sang Steve Lee 3:54
3. "Baby Baby"   Hwang Seong Je (BJJ), Yoo Jenny Hwang Seong Je (BJJ) 3:11
4. "Complete"   Jo Yoon Gyung Jan Lysdahl, Ingrid Skretting 3:56
5. "Kissing You"   Lee Jae Myung Lee Jae Myung 3:18
6. "Merry-Go-Round"   Kim Jeong Bae Kenzie 3:14
7. "Tears" (그대를 부르면) Kim Seok Hyeon (Avenue47) Park Gi Wan (Avenue47) 3:53
8. "Tinkerbell"   Jo Yoon Gyeong Ingrid Skretting 2:56
9. "7989" (TaeYeon duet with Kangta) Kangta Kangta 3:30
10. "Honey" (소원) Kwon Yun Jeong Ingrid Skretting 3:15
11. "Into the New World" (다시 만난 세계) Kim Jeong Bae Kenzie 4:25
Total length:
39:23
Baby Baby (Repackage bonus tracks)
No. Title Length
12. "Kissing You" (Skool Rock Remix) 3:10
13. "Let's Go Girls' Generation" (long) 9:48
14. "Let's Go Girls' Generation" (short) 6:18
Total length:
58:39

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Girls Generation adapted from AllMusic. [11]

  • B.B.J. – Composer
  • Girls' Generation – Primary Artist
  • K Strings – Performer, Strings
  • Sam Lee – Guitar
  • Jan Lysdahl – Composer

Release history[edit]

Version Country Date Distributing label Format
Girls' Generation
South Korea
November 1, 2007
S.M. Entertainment
CD, cassette
Taiwan
November 30, 2007[12]
Avex Asia
CD
Baby Baby
South Korea
March 13, 2008
S.M. Entertainment
CD/CD+DVD
Taiwan
May 2, 2008[13]
Avex Asia

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