Love & Peace (Girls' Generation album)

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Love & Peace
The cover art for the album. It portrays the girl group sitting, standing, or leaning against something in the corner of an art studio with paper flowers scattered on the floor. The peace symbol is plastered a few times on the image.
Studio album by Girls' Generation
Released December 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)
Recorded 2012; April – October 2013
Genre
Length 44:46
Language Japanese
Label
Producer Nozomu Tsuchiya
Girls' Generation chronology
I Got a Boy
(2013)I Got a Boy2013
Love & Peace
(2013)
Mr.Mr.
(2014)Mr.Mr.2014
Singles from Love & Peace
  1. "Love & Girls"
    Released: June 19, 2013
  2. "Galaxy Supernova"
    Released: September 18, 2013

Love & Peace is the third Japanese studio album (seventh overall) by Girls' Generation, a South Korean girl group. The album was released for digital download on December 10, 2013 in selected countries in Asia by Nayutawave Records (Universal Music Group), followed by a physical release in Japan the next day.[2][3]

Three singles were released prior to the release of the album: "Love & Girls", peaking at number four on the Oricon Chart and at number three on the Japan Hot 100, "Galaxy Supernova", peaking at number three on Oricon as well as number four on the Japan Hot 100 chart and "My Oh My". The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) less than a month after its release, for sales of 100,000.[4]

Background and development[edit]

The album was physically released in four editions, with each edition containing the same twelve songs. The four editions also feature three different album covers, with the Blu-ray limited edition and DVD limited edition sharing the same cover.[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

On October 25, 2013, it was revealed that Girls' Generation will be releasing their third Japanese album on December 11.[6] "Galaxy Supernova", "Love & Girls", "Do The Catwalk", "Lingua Franca",[7] "My Oh My" and "Beep Beep" (B-side from "Flower Power") have all been released prior to the release of this album.[8]

A live show subsequently titled as Love & Peace took place on December 14, 2013 at the Yokohama Arena, with tickets distributed through a lottery available to those who purchased the third album.[9][10]

The album was initially made available for pre-order on iTunes for Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and most of Southeast Asia with "Motorcycle" becoming available for download immediately after purchase.[2]

The album was promoted with the tour Girls' Generation Japan 3rd Tour 2014, started on April 26, 2014 in Marine Messe Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan. The tour was ended on July 13, 2014 in Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan.

Singles[edit]

"Love & Girls" served as the lead single from Love & Peace. It was released on June 19, 2013 in Japan by Nayutawave Records and Universal Music Japan.[11] The single debuted at number 4 on the Japanese Oricon Singles Chart, selling 42,796 physical copies within its first week of release.[12] It also peaked at number 3 on the Japan Hot 100.[13]

"Galaxy Supernova" debuted at number four on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart.[14] The single managed to sell 14,564 physical copies on its second day achieving first place in the Oricon Daily Singles Chart.[15] One week after the release, Galaxy Supernova managed to sell 50,793 physical copies.[16][17]

"My Oh My" was released digitally on November 5, 2013 as a promotional single.[8] The music video depicts the girls dressed in brightly colored outfits, taking revenge on a guy who cheated on his girlfriend by turning him into a white bunny and using magic so the guy will realize of what he had done.[18] The song "Motorcycle" was released as the second promotional single on December 5, 2013.[19]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone Japan 3/5 stars[20]
The Japan Times Positive[21]

Love & Peace garnered mixed reviews from contemporary music critics.

On the day of its physical release, the album debuted on the daily Oricon Albums Chart at number one. After the first week, with sales amounting to about 129,000, it debuted on the weekly Oricon chart at number one as well and number two on Billboard Japan, which resulted in the album being certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[4] Due to receiving significant airplay in Japan, "Motorcycle" charted on the Adult Contemporary Airplay chart of Billboard Japan at number 54, along with "Marry You" by Bruno Mars, "Best Song Ever" by One Direction, "Yuki no Hana" by Mika Nakashima, and eight other songs.[22]

All of the album's tracks charted at various positions from number ten to 126 on the South Korean Gaon international Digital Chart following the release.[23] Love & Peace also debuted at number ten and peaked at number nine with Shíjiān de gē (2013) (Chinese: 時間的歌) by Cheer Chen and two other albums on the Taiwanese albums chart.[24] The album debuted on the monthly Oricon albums chart at number two.

Track listing[edit]

Love & PeaceStandard edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Gossip Girls" Kenn Kato Kanata Okajima, Andreas Öberg, Maria Marcus 3:16
2. "Motorcycle" Akira Öberg, Marcus 3:31
3. "Flyers" Hidenori Tanaka Steven Lee, Sebastian Thott, Didrik Thott 4:03
4. "Galaxy Supernova" Frederik Tao Nordsø Schjoldan, Fridolin Nordsø Schjoldan, Kamikaoru, Martin Hoberg Hedegaard Frederik Tao Nordsø Schjoldan, Fridolin Nordsø Schjoldan, Kamikaoru, Hedegaard 3:09
5. "Love & Girls" Kamikaoru Erik Lidbom, Ronny Svendsen, Anne Judith Wik 3:07
6. "Beep Beep" Jeff Miyahara, Anne Judith Wik, Ronny Svendsen, Nermin Harambasic, Robin Jenssen, Junji Ishiwatari Jeff Miyahara, Anne Judith Wik, Ronny Svendsen, Nermin Harambasic, Robin Jenssen, Ishiwatari 3:21
7. "My Oh My" Kamikaoru, Erik Lewander, Ylva Dimberg, Louis Schoorl Kamikaoru, Lewander, Dimberg, Schoorl 3:10
8. "Lips" Ishiwatari Daniel "Obi" Klein, Charlie Taft 3:48
9. "Do the Catwalk" Ishiwatari Okajima, Öberg, Marcus 4:01
10. "Karma Butterfly" Kamikaoru Christian Vinten, Grace Tither 3:12
11. "Linguafranc" (リンガ・フランカ; Ringa Furanka) Tanaka, Agehasprings Öberg, Jon Hallgren, Dimberg 3:07
12. "Everyday Love" Sara Sakurai Tom Diekmeier, Tim Hawes, Obie Mhondera, Katerina Bramley 3:30
13. "Blue Jeans" (Fanclub Edition Bonus Track) Akira Lidbom, Andreas Carlsson 3:28
Total length: 44:46

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Countries Date Format Edition Label
Brunei[32] December 10, 2013 Digital download Standard Nayutawave Records
Cambodia[33]
Hong Kong[2]
India[34]
Indonesia[35]
Laos[36]
Malaysia[37]
Philippines[38]
Singapore[39]
Sri Lanka[40]
Taiwan[41]
Thailand[42]
Vietnam[43]
Japan[5] December 11, 2013 CD, digital download
CD+DVD or Blu-ray First Press Limited
CD+Blu-ray Limited
Hong Kong[44] CD+DVD or Blu-ray First Press Limited
South Korea[45] Digital download Standard S.M. Entertainment
Australia[7] December 13, 2013 Nayutawave Records
New Zealand[46]
Taiwan[47][48] December 18, 2013 CD Standard
December 23, 2013 CD+Blu-ray First Press Limited Edition
Austria[49] February 12, 2014 digital download standard edition
Belgium[50]
Brazil[51]
Denmark[52]
Germany[53]
Finland[54]
Greece[55]
Hungary[56]
Ireland[57]
Italy[58]
Netherlands[59]
Norway[60]
Poland[61]
Portugal[62]
Spain[63]
Sweden[64]
Switzerland[58]
United Kingdom[65]

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