Humanoids (album)

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Humanoids
TVXQ Humanoids.jpg
Studio album (repackage) by
ReleasedNovember 26, 2012 (2012-11-26)
Recorded2012
Genre
Length48:40
LanguageKorean
Label
Producer
TVXQ chronology
Catch Me
(2012)
Humanoids
(2012)
Time
(2013)
Singles from Humanoids
  1. "Humanoids"
    Released: November 26, 2012

Humanoids is the repackage of Catch Me (2012), the sixth Korean studio album by South Korean pop duo TVXQ. It was released on November 26, 2012 by S.M. Entertainment, two months after the original record. The repackage features two newly record songs – the EDM lead single "Humanoids" and the dubstep track "Here I Stand."

Humanoids debuted at number one on South Korea's Gaon Albums Chart and the Hanteo Chart, and stayed as number one on the charts for three weeks. Compared to the duo's previous singles, the album's lead single "Humanoids" performed rather poorly on music charts, peaking at only number 31 on the Gaon Singles Chart and failed to chart on Billboard's Korea K-Pop Hot 100.

Background[edit]

TVXQ's sixth Korean studio album, Catch Me, was released on September 24, 2012. For the album, TVXQ stepped away from their usual SMP and orchestral pop genres to pursue electronic dance music and dubstep. The duo also experimented with British heavy metal music in the album.[1] Catch Me was a commercial success, peaking at number one on the Gaon Albums Chart and maintained its number one position for three weeks. Selling over 256,000 copies by the end of the year, Catch Me was the third best-selling Korean album of 2012 and won Gaon's Album of the Year for the fourth quarter of 2012.[2]

On November 17, TVXQ performed "Humanoids" for the first time at their two-day concert in Seoul, South Korea, the first leg of their Live World Tour: Catch Me.[3] On November 19, the teaser for "Humanoids" was unveiled online, followed by the announcement of the repackage album, which was released on November 26.[4]

New material[edit]

"Humanoids"
Single by TVXQ
from the album Humanoids
ReleasedNovember 26, 2012 (2012-11-26)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2012
Genre
Length3:29
LabelS.M. Entertainment
Songwriter(s)Kenzie
Producer(s)Kenzie
TVXQ singles chronology
"Catch Me"
(2012)
"Humanoids"
(2012)
"Ocean"
(2013)
Music video
"Humanoids" on YouTube

Coinciding with the release of the repackage, lead single "Humanoids" was released on November 26, 2012. Produced and written by Kenzie, "Humanoids" is a mid-tempo EDM song with low-strung vocals, a higher range chorus, and robotic cadences. The lyrics are rather cynical – though it talks of rebuilding a better future, the new generation is stained with daunting fragments of the past.

The music video premiered on YouTube on November 26, featuring members U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin dancing in a dark futuristic backdrop. The choreography was created by NappyTabs.[5] The music video was noted for its dystopian-like steampunk imagery.[6] While the background maintained its washed-out gray undertone, Yunho and Changmin were dressed in color. Changmin wore bright colors, while Yunho carried darker attires, and the duo's contrasts in colors were maintained throughout the video.[5] "Humanoids" underperformed on digital charts, peaking at number 32 on the Gaon Singles Chart with only around 157,000 downloads.

The third track "Here I Stand", produced and written by Kim Young-hu, is an upbeat, dubstep ballad. The lyrics describe the feelings of a long-distance relationship.

Promotion[edit]

TVXQ's first televised comeback performance of "Humanoids" was on November 25, when they performed the single on The Music Trend.[7] The performance was then followed by a performance on Music Bank on November 30 and Show! Music Core on December 1. The duo ended their music show performances on December 23.

Commercial performance[edit]

Charting together with the original Catch Me, Humanoids had first week sales of nearly 12,000 according to the Gaon Chart, peaking at number one. The album dropped a few spots on its second week, but rose to number one again on its third, and maintained its position for a second week. By the end of the year, Humanoids sold over 90,765 copies.[8] Humanoids sold an additional 21,909 copies in Japan according to the Oricon.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Humanoids"Lee Kyung-nam, Lee Sol-bi, KenzieThomas Troelsen, Donald “haZEL” Sales3:29
2."Catch Me"Yoo Young-jinYoo Young-jin4:38
3."Here I Stand"Young-hu KimYoung-hu Kim4:09
4."인생은 빛났다 (Viva)" (Insaengeun Bitnatda lit. "My Life Started to Shine")KenzieThe Underdogs (production team)3:15
5."Destiny"Kim Yi-NaKim Tae-sung, Yim Gwang-wook, Andrew Choi3:51
6."비누처럼 (Like a Soap)" (Binu Cheoreom)KenzieKenzie, Kim Jung-bae3:28
7."I Don't Know"Kim Bu-minHitchhiker3:23
8."꿈 (Dream)" (Kkum)Jo Gwang-hoPark Jung-won3:53
9."How Are You"Hwang HyunHwang Hyun4:02
10."Getaway"Kim Bu-MinHitchhiker3:33
11."I Swear"Shim Chang-minMazeland3:44
12."Gorgeous"Kim Jung-BaeKenzie, Andrew Choi3:31
13."Good Night"Yoo Young-jinYoo Young-jin Yoo Han-jin3:44

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Regions Dates Format(s) Label(s)
Worldwide November 26, 2012 S.M. Entertainment
South Korea
Taiwan Digital download Avex Taiwan
December 21, 2012[11] CD

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TVXQ's Official Website". Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  2. ^ "TVXQ'S 'CATCH ME' WINS "ALBUM OF THE YEAR" FOR 4TH QUARTER OF 2012 AT GAON!". K Music. 2013-02-14. Archived from the original on 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  3. ^ "TVXQ's follow-up track 'Humanoids' revealed at 'Catch Me' world tour!". Officially K Music. 2012-11-19. Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  4. ^ "TVXQ reveals teaser for 'Humanoids'". Allkpop. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  5. ^ a b "Style Breakdown: TVXQ's 'Humanoids'". Allkpop. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  6. ^ "MV review: Humanoids". cynicalkpop. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  7. ^ "TVXQ follows up with 'Humanoids' on Inkigayo!". Allkpop. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  8. ^ a b "Gaon Chart releases rankings for the year 2012". Gaon Music Chart via Daily Kpop News. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  9. ^ "Oricon ranking". Oricon. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  10. ^ http://www.gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/album/list.gaon
  11. ^ "TVXQ - Humanoids AVEX TAIWAN". Avex Taiwan (in Chinese). Retrieved 2013-12-28.