Romeo (EP)

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Romeo
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EP by Shinee
Released May 25, 2009 (2009-05-25)
Recorded March - May 2009
Genre K-pop
Length 23:14
Language Korean
Label SM Entertainment
Producer Lee Soo Man
Shinee chronology
The Shinee World
(2008)
Romeo
(2009)
2009, Year of Us
(2009)
Singles from Romeo
  1. "Juliette"
    Released: May 18, 2009

Romeo (Korean: 로미오) is the second EP of South Korean boy group Shinee. It was released on May 25, 2009 in South Korea under the seal of the label S.M. Entertainment. The EP consists of six tracks including the title song "Juliette" and is Shinee's first Korean release after nine months hiatus. On August 29, 2011 a Japanese version of "Juliette" was released as Shinee's second Japanese single with the original Japanese song "Kiss Kiss Kiss" as a B-side. The release peaked at #3 on the weekly Oricon chart.[1]

The album was commercially successful in South Korea — it charted high on the charts and topped the Hanteo Charts for three consecutive weeks[2][3] but there are no known cumulative chart records for albums sold in 2009. Prior to the establishment of the Gaon Music Chart in 2010, South Korea's music charts were supplied by the Music Industry Association of Korea (MIAK), which stopped compiling data in 2008.[4] Accourding to Gaon the EP has sold over 20.000 copies since 2011.[5]

Background and release[edit]

Romeo is Shinee's first Korean release after 9 months hiatus since the reissue Amigo on October 31, 2008. The EP was originally scheduled for release on May 21[6] but was delayed to May 25 due to Onew's damaging his teeth.[7] The choreography for the title song is the work of Rino Nakasone who also choreographed Shinee's previous songs like Replay and Love Like Oxygen.[8] The lead single "Juliette" is a remake of "Deal with It" by Jay Sean and Corbin Bleu. Executives at S.M. Entertainment bought the rights to the song from Hollywood Records. The song was slightly re-arranged by Cutfather and as the original song's lyrics were not purchased, the Korean lyrics were penned by Shinee members, Jonghyun and Minho.[9][10] On May 22, the group started their official promotions and performed the title song for the first on Music Bank.[11] The Korean music video was released on May 22, and features f(x)'s Krystal as the female lead,[12] while the song's Japanese music video featured actress Go Ara. The Korean music video was shot in early May in Seoul and Ilsanseo-gu and was directed by Lee Sang-kyu.[13]

Concept and Composition[edit]

"We want to showcase music that is colourful and yet full of personality, and a group that leads the trend and brings to everyone many different unique sides."

–Member Jonghyun about the group's new album.[6]

The album concept was inspired by William Shakespeares tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The boys portray the Romeo of 21st century, who are confessing their love to their Juliet. The album consists of six tracks and composers like Kenzie, Young-hu Kim, Jung Yeop and Eco Bridge have participated on the composition for the album.[10][11] Also two of the six songs are named after Romeo and Juliet — the title song "Juliette" and the last track on the album "Romeo + Juliette". The title song, which is described as a song with silver refined rhythm and acoustic drums is written by Shinee's group member Jonghyun, who for the first time after debut has taken on the job of writing the lyrics. He stated that after listening to the demo of the title track he went to look for a romance story that "will make everyone interested but also a story which everyone can identify with" and that he suddenly thought of the classic movie, Romeo and Juliet and was inspired by it.[14] A Japanese version of "Juliette" was released on August 29, 2011 as Shinee's second Japanese single with the original Japanese song "Kiss Kiss Kiss" as a B-side.[1]

Track list[edit]

Credits adapted from the official homepage.[15]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "니가 맘에 들어 (Talk to You)" (I Like You) Kim Tae-sung (Xperimental Production) Carol Borjaf 3:27
2. "줄리엣 (Juliette)" Jonghyun, Minho Mikkel Remee Sigvardt, Jay Sean, Mich Hansen, Joe Belmaati 3:25
3. "차라리 때려 (Hit Me)" (Might as Well Just Hit Me) Young-hu Kim Carol Borjaf 3:56
4. "세뇨리따 (Señorita)" Kim Jung-bae Kenzie 3:32
5. "잠꼬대 (Please, Don't Go)" (Sleep Talking) (Jonghyun + Onew) Jungyup Jungyup, Eco Bridge 4:10
6. "소년, 소녀를 만나다 (Romeo + Juliette)" (Boy Meets Girl) Lee Sung-su Lee Sung-su, Chon Hong-sung 4:44
Total length: 23:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shinee Juliette-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  2. ^ Kang Seung-hoon (June 16, 2009). "샤이니, '로미오' 한터차트 3주 연속 1위". Asia Economic Daily (in Korean). Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Lee Kyung-ran (June 16, 2009). "샤이니 '로미오' 연속 3주 음반 판매 1위". Nate (in Korean). Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Han, Sang-hee (February 23, 2010). "Korea Launches First Official Music Charts Gaon". The Korea Times. The Korea Times. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ Cumulative sales for "Romeo":
  6. ^ a b "최고 연하남 SHINee, 21세기 로미오로 화려한 컴백!". Chosun (in Korean). May 12, 2009. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ Im, Lim (May 20, 2009). "Shinee's Onew Injures Front Teeth Two Days Before Comeback Performance". MyDaily (in Korean). Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "少女時代、美脚ダンスの振り付け担当は日本人ダンサー・仲宗根梨乃". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). October 20, 2010. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Kang, Seung-hoon (May 20, 2009). "Onew's Extraordinary Injury Causes 1-2 Week Delay". Joins.com (in Korean). Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Park Se-yeon (May 18, 2009). "'로미오' 변신 샤이니 '줄리엣' 노래하다..21일 2nd 미니앨범 공개". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved July 23, 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b "샤이니(SHINee) 2번째 미니 앨범 '로미오', 21일 발매". Chosun (in Korean). May 18, 2009. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ "샤이니, '줄리엣' 뮤직비디오서 로미오 변신 (동영상)". Nate (in Korean). May 24, 2009. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ "'로미오 변신' 샤이니 화제 뮤비 22일 공개". Nate (in Korean). May 22, 2009. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  14. ^ "노래도 자라고 키도 자라고 … 남동생 티 벗은 샤이니". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). June 10, 2009. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage". SM Entertainment. May 25, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2010.