Pretty Girl Special Edition

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Pretty Girl Special Edition
KaraHoney.jpg
From left to right: Goo Hara, Han Seungyeon, Park Gyuri, Nicole, Kang Jiyoung
EP (reissue) by Kara
Released February 12, 2009 (Download)
February 18, 2009 (CD)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre K-pop, dance-pop
Length 19:24
Label DSP Entertainment, M.Net Media
Kara chronology
Pretty Girl
(2008)
Pretty Girl Special Edition
(2009)
Revolution
(2009)
Singles from Honey
  1. "Honey"
    Released: February 16, 2009

Pretty Girl Special Edition, also known as Honey, is a repackage of South Korean girl group Kara's second EP Pretty Girl (2008). It was released digitally on February 12, 2009, with a physical release on February 18, 2009.

In contrast to Pretty Girl's cute and lively concept, "Honey" is more wistful and features the members of Kara as soft, feminine women.[1] The song was remixed from the original version, and also underwent a slight name change from "하니" (Ha-ni) to "Honey".[1]

Background[edit]

"Good Day, Season 2" was the group's first digital single. It is a remix of "Good Day" from their first mini-album "Rock U". It was released on October 13, 2008, and later included on the Honey EP. It was rearranged by Han Jae Ho and Kim Seung Soo, the same people who produced Kara's "Rock U", as well as the original soundtrack of the hit drama series "달콤한 나의 도시: My Sweet Seoul", the songs "You Are My Heaven" and "Find" by SS501, and "고맙다" ("Thank You") by Kim Hyun Joong.

A repackaged mini-album edition of the Pretty Girl EP was scheduled to be released on February 19, but was then moved up a day to February 18.[1] The new EP features "Honey", various remixes of "Pretty Girl", and a remix "Good Day Season 2", a song that was initially only given a digital release.[2]

The second single from the EP was "Honey". Kara filmed the music video for "Honey" on February 10. The music video was to be released on February 17[1] but was moved up a day to February 16.[3] The music video features the girls in pure angelic dresses sitting at home.

Promotion[edit]

The group debuted "Honey" on KBS's Music Bank program on February 13, 2009.[4][2][1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Honey" 3:40
2. "이게 뭐야 (Plastic Version)" (What's This) 3:03
3. "Pretty Girl (Bunny Version)" 2:47
4. "굿데이 시즌2" (Good Day: Season 2) 3:12
5. "Pretty Girl (School Rock Version)" (Bonus Track) 3:29
6. "Honey (remix)" (Bonus Track) 3:13
Total length: 19:24

Charts and performance[edit]

Kara member Han Seung-yeon noted that "Honey" climbed the charts much faster than "Pretty Girl" did, while Goo Hara stated that the song appealed to an older age group.[5]

After a few weeks, "Honey" achieved its first #1 on M.Net's M Countdown show on March 5, 2009.[6] The song also won the a first-place award on SBS's Inkigayo program.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Kim, Hyeong-woo. "카라 'Honey' 12일 선공개 순위 급상승 '청순 폴폴'". Joins.com. JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved February 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "가라 원더걸스! 카라가 다시 왔다...핑클처럼 깜찍댄스-애교안무". Nate. Nate. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ Kim, Hyeong-woo. "카라 '하니' 활동 스타트 "이번엔 청순본능!". Newsen. Newsent. Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ Choi, Dae-han. "카라 '하니' 후속곡으로 결정!". Today Korea. Today Korea. Retrieved February 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ Gil, Hye-sung. "'긍정적인' 카라 "그래도 1위는 꼭 해봐야죠"". Money Today. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ Jo, Dong-hoon. "카라1위 데뷔이후 첫 1위 감격!". Today Kore. Today Korea. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ "카라 "소녀시대 게 섯거라" 데뷔 2년만에 TV 첫 1위 눈물 울먹울먹". Joins.com. JoongAn Ilbo. Retrieved March 9, 2009.