Mister (song)

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"Mister"
Kara - Mister (single).jpg
Single by Kara
from the album Revolution
and Girl's Talk
B-side
  • "Umbrella"
  • "Mister" (Korean)
Released August 11, 2010 (2010-08-11) (Japan)
Format
Recorded 2010
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:12
Label Universal Sigma
Songwriter(s) Song Soo Yoon, Natsumi Watanabe, PA-NON, Han Jae-Ho, Kim Seung Soo
Producer(s) Sweetune
Kara Korean singles chronology
"Wanna"
(2009)
"Mister"
(2010)
"Lupin"
(2010)
"Wanna"
(2009)
"Mister"
(2009)
"Lupin"
(2010)
Kara Japanese singles chronology
"Mister"
(2010) Mister2010
"Jumping"
(2010) Jumping2010
Music video
"Mister" on YouTube

"Mister (Hangul: 미스터, Japanese: ミスター)" is a song performed by South Korean girl group Kara from their second Korean album, Revolution. It was released as their Japanese debut single on August 11, 2010. It was released in four editions, one includes a DVD, another one is CD with a 28-page photobook, and two CD only editions, first press and regular.[1]

Background[edit]

The song was originally from the group's second Korean album Revolution. The group performed this song as a part of their comeback stage special alongside Revolution's lead single, "Wanna", starting on July 31, 2009, beginning with KBS's Music Bank then onto MBC'sShow! Music Core and finally on SBS's Inkigayo.[2] After wrapping up their comeback stages to begin promotions for their second full-length Korean album, the song proved to be popular with the viewers due to its addicting "butt dance" that is featured prominently in the choreography;[2][3] helping the group's Revolution album to perform well on various music charts prompting the group to promote the song more on music programs rather than the actual lead single, "Wanna". Due to the overwhelming response that "Mister" received, the group's overall popularity in South Korea increased, with numerous advertisement requests coming in for the group as they had more advertisements in October 2009 than the previous two years.[4]

On May 8, 2010, it was announced at a press conference in Akasaka that the group would be making their long-awaited Japanese debut with a Japanese version of the song during summer. On July 15, 2010, Universal Music Japan released the promotional video teaser of "Mister" stating that their single will be released on August 11, 2010. Upon release, their Japanese debut single ranked #5 in the Oricon daily chart.[5] The group held a surprise performance at Shibuya109 in Tokyo on the same day. Although the event was not officially announced, 3,000 fans who heard the news immediately gathered to watch the group perform. As there was a greater number of people who arrived than expected, their Japanese label, Universal Sigma, had to suspend the concert in 3 minutes when it was supposed to last 30, because the location of the concert was a famous traffic area in Tokyo, and the massive gathering of the crowd could be dangerous for the people's safety. Multiple Japanese news media, including Sankei Sports, has reported this unbelievable event, and confirmed the group's successful debut in Japan.[6]

Composition[edit]

It is the Japanese version of "미스터" ("Mr.") from the group's second Korean full-length album, Revolution. The song is about a girl who has a crush on someone, but is too shy to approach him. Because she doesn't know the person very well, she refers him as "Mr." The musical arrangement of the song is slightly altered and the members sing in a much higher pitch during the verses as opposed to the Korean version. The lyrics begin:

"友達以上 恋人未満曖昧なカンケーは 飽きたわ.."
"Tomodachi ijō koibito-miman aimaina kankē wa akita wa.."

The B-side, "Umbrella", is originally from the group's third mini-album, Lupin. The musical arrangement and the lyrics has also been slightly altered. Like for example, the beginning of the song is much more different than the Korean version. However, during the bridge of the song the members can be heard rapping/talking in Korean language.

Music video[edit]

On June 19, 2010, it was confirmed by an official from the music video set that they were in the process of filming a promotional video for the song. A teaser was revealed on June 14. The full video premiered on July 27, 2010. The girls can be seen in various sets, including a basketball court scene and in the military base, sporting their usual sexy outfits to match with those seen on the single's album covers. They are also seen wearing military outfits during the military base scene. [7][8] It was the group's first ever and only music video of the song.

The music video has since been uploaded on DSP Media's YouTube channel on March 6, 2011.

Live performances[edit]

The group performed a short version of the song as a part of their comeback stage special alongside Revolution's lead single, "Wanna", starting on July 31, 2009, beginning with KBS's Music Bank then onto MBC'sShow! Music Core and finally on SBS's Inkigayo.[2] The group eventually filmed a live performance of the whole song on August 19, 2009 at MBC'sShow! Music Core.[9] Afterwards, the group began promoting the song more on other music programs due to the song's sudden rise of popularity for its popular "butt dance" choreography.

The group made their Japanese debut with the single and had their first live performance on TV Asahi's program "Music Station" for the first time on October 15, 2010, showing off the popular "butt dance" to the Japanese audience.[10]

In 2011, the group also performed the song as a part of a medley with "Jet Coaster Love" during the 62nd Kōhaku Uta Gassen. They opened the second half of the show wearing red attires.

Cultural impact[edit]

The song's popular "butt-dance" has been featured on various TV programs and other media outlets in Japan. A parody of it was featured on the popular anime series Naruto Spin-off: Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals - Episode 6 and Doraemon,[11] and on the live action series Kamen Rider Fourze - Episode 3. The song is featured in the international music game, DJ Max Technika 3; both on arcade and PlayStation Vita releases. The song was also included on the Japanese release of the Nintendo Wii video game Just Dance and on the K-pop Dance Festival which is the Korean version of the Just Dance made by SKONEC.

Many well-known celebrities and actors in Japan have also shown their fondness for the song's dance. Jun Matsumoto, member of popular Japanese boyband Arashi, also attempted to dance to the song during the April 16 episode of his group's variety show Arashi Ni Shiyagare. Child actress Mana Ashida also considers herself a fan of the group and had performed the dance during her March 28 appearance on Shabekuri 007. She was later given a surprise visit by the KARA members during her 7th birthday.[12][13]

Figure dolls based upon the group wearing the attire they wore during promotions for the single were eventually released on March 2012 in South Korea and Japan. This also made them the first South Korean idol girl group to launch their own toy-brand based upon themselves.[14]

A K-Pop rookie group produced by JM Entertainment, called "Nom", consists of a five-male group, helps popularizing the song as one of their performances on their mall shows in the Philippines. Also, an insight for the boy group who made this choreography has also been featured on the Japan's TV program called Star Cam.[15][16][17]

Accolades[edit]

In 2011, USEN revealed that Mister ranked #18 for the year, based on hit song rankings, song requests, and broadcasts. Japan's Karaoke charts also ranked Mister #1 for the months of November and December, revealing Kara's popularity potential in Japan in the coming year.[18]

On October 31, 2013, the song was revealed to have made the most profit from royalties and copyright revenue back in 2012 by the Ministry of Culture despite being released back in 2009. These profits come from not only downloads domestically and internationally, but fees received when songs are used for licensing in events such as karaoke joints. The song was revealed to have made approximately 362 million won (341,000 USD). The song was followed by Korean girl group Girls' Generation's "Gee", also released in 2009, which earned approximately 359 million won (338,000 USD). [19][20]

Track listings[edit]

Maxi single
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Mister (ミスター)" Song Soo Yoon, Natsumi Watanabe, PA-NON Han Jae-Ho, Kim Seung Soo 3:12
2. "Umbrella (アンブレラ)" Song Soo Yoon, Natsumi Watanabe Han Jae-Ho, Kim Seung Soo 3:45
3. "Mister" (Instrumental)     3:12
4. "Mister (미스터)" (Bonus Track (Version C) Song Soo Yoon Han Jae-Ho, Kim Seung Soo 3:12
Total length: 13:21

Chart performance[edit]

Upon release, the group's debut single exceeded expectations as it ranked #5 in the Oricon daily chart.[21] "Mister" was ranked #1 on Japan iTunes as most downloaded video and song.[22] On August 17, 2010 it was announced by Oricon Style that Kara’s single debut album "Mister" ranked #5 in the weekly singles making them the first ever Korean girl group to do so. Oricon Style reported the girls’ success as, “First time in 29 years and 8 months since a foreign girl group has entered the top 10 with their debut album.”[23]

The song was certified Platinum by the RIAJ for cellphone digital downloads.[24][25]

Oricon Chart[edit]

Released Oricon Chart Peak Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
August 11, 2010 Daily Singles Chart 5[21] 29,238 144,856 55 weeks
Weekly Singles Chart 5[21]
Monthly Singles Chart 16
Yearly Singles Chart 67

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
RIAJ physical single[29] Gold (100,000+)
RIAJ ringtone downloads[30] 3× Platinum (750,000+)
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[31] 3× Platinum (750,000+)
RIAJ PC downloads[32] 2× Platinum (500,000+)
RIAJ single track (full-length cellphone downloads+PC downloads)[33] Million (1,000,000+)

Release[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Japan August 11, 2010 CD single, Digital download Universal Sigma
Taiwan August 20, 2010 CD+DVD

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.universal-music.co.jp/kara/disco.html
  2. ^ a b c (in Korean) Kang, Eun-yeong. "카라 '엉덩이춤' 너무 귀여워~" ("Kara's 'Butt Dance' is So Cute~"). Sports Hankook. August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  3. ^ (in Korean) 카라 ‘엉덩이춤’ 눈길 확~ 대박 조짐 (Kara's "Butt Dance" is Eye-grabbing; Huge Hit)[permanent dead link]. Joins.com/Newsen. August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  4. ^ (in Korean) Kim, Won-gyeong. 실룩샐룩! 카라 ‘엉덩이’에 CF계 홀렸다 (Shake, Shake! Commercials Fall for Kara's "Butts"). Nate News. November 18, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  5. ^ (in Korean) 카라 日 데뷔앨범 ‘미스터’ 오리콘 5위 입성 대박. Newsen. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.tokyohive.com/2010/08/karas-guerilla-concert-in-tokyo-is-suspended-after-3-minutes/
  7. ^ "KARA unveils Mister MV teaser". 19 June 2010. Allkpop. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "KARA unleashes MV for Japanese version of Mister!". 27 July 2010. Allkpop. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2009/08/kara_performs_mister_in_full_on_music_core
  10. ^ Nifty News. "Nifty News". September 30, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  11. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/09/kara-appears-in-japanese-anime-doraemon
  12. ^ http://www.tokyohive.com/2011/04/matsumoto-jun-dances-to-karas-mister/
  13. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/04/japanese-child-star-ashida-mana-dances-to-karas-mister-on-shabekuri-007
  14. ^ http://www.mydaily.co.kr/news/read.html?newsid=201203152004431137%7C First girl group to be made into figure dolls
  15. ^ http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Arts&Leisure&title=New-kids-on-the-block&id=77760
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  18. ^ 日 신인1위 올킬 카라 ‘일본 최고 신인가수 10배, 적수 없다’. "Nate". December 20, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2010.On April 9th,2012 KARA guest-featured on Fuji TV‘s hit variety program ‘Hey Hey Hey‘ and was acknowledged as the top artist when it came to karaoke.The production crew revealed that KARA’s “Mister” was the #1 most sung song at Japanese karaoke cafés since 1990.KARA who has started the ‘hip dance’ craze in both Korea and Japan triumphed mega popular Japanese group AKB48 for the top karaoke spot. Ahead of this, large karaoke system company Daiichi Kosho also selected KARA’s “Mister” as the most requested song at karaoke last year.
  19. ^ http://uk.kpopstarz.com/articles/853/20131031/karas-mister-number-1-paid-song-royalties-usage-copyright-2012.htm
  20. ^ "저작권 수입 1위는 12억원 번 박진영…박구윤 '뿐이고'등 트로트 성적 쏠쏠". 31 October 2013. Nate. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
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  23. ^ (in Japanese) 카라 日 데뷔앨범 韓国ガールズグループ・KARA、ノーランズ以来29年8ヶ月ぶりの海外女性グループデビュー作TOP10入り. Oricon Style. August 171, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
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