Mr. Simple version A album cover
|Studio album by Super Junior|
|Released||3 August 2011release history)(See|
|Recorded||June — July 2011 at SM Studios, Seoul, South Korea|
|Genre||K-pop, synthpop, electropop, R&B, dance, pop rock, country pop, hip hop, electronica|
|Length||47:44 (Version A)
47:41 (Version B)
|Producer||Lee Soo Man|
|Super Junior chronology|
Mr. Simple (Hangul: 미스터 심플; RR: Miseuteo Shimpeul; reissue name A-CHa) is the award-winning fifth studio album of South Korean boy band Super Junior. It was released on 3 August 2011 by SM Entertainment, distributed by KMP Holdings and digitally release on 2 August. On 19 September 2011, a repackaged edition, re-titled A-CHa was released. It features four new tracks including title track "A-CHa" and "Superman" which was previously released in version B only.
This is the group's second album that features ten of the original 13 members, the first being their previous album, Bonamana, and the last one with member Heechul, who enlisted for his mandatory military service in September 2011.
At the year end award shows of 2011, the album won the Disk Daesang Award at the 26th Golden Disk Awards and 21st Seoul Music Awards, as well as the Album of the Year at the 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards. The album, including the repackaged version, is listed as the 2nd best-selling album of the year for 2011. According to Gaon Chart, as of the end of December 2012, the album has sold a cumulative total of 543,623 copies domestically.
Background and development
On March 31, 2011, leader Leeteuk announced during the interview, "At the earliest, we’ll be coming out with our fifth album this summer." Leeteuk and Eunhyuk confirmed on their radio show "Super Junior Kiss the Radio" on June 1, 2011 that they had begun recording their upcoming album that day. Heechul tweeted on June 2, 2011 saying that the group "may be going crazy with preparations for our fifth album, but when it’s finally released, you’re all going to go mad." American dancer Kenny Wormald posted on his official Twitter on July 11, 2011 that he had started the choreography rehearsal for the group's upcoming new single. On the same day, Leeteuk and Eunhyuk stated on their radio show "Super Junior Kiss the Radio" that songwriter Jinu (hitchhiker) had contributed something for the new album. Shim Jae Won, current choreographer and former member of the disbanded SM group Black Beat tweeted two pictures of the choreography practice of the group showing the lower half of their bodies.
The first of the teaser photos was released on July 20, 2011 featuring Eunhyuk. Other photos followed, in order of: Donghae, Leeteuk, Shindong, Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Yesung, Siwon and Heechul. On the same day, it was announced that the album is set for an August 3 release.
Music and MV
The album is mostly synthpop, with the title track, "Mr. Simple", being the last installation of the "SJ Funky" genre in which the group has been consistently pursuing since "Sorry, Sorry" (2009) and "Bonamana" (2010). Songs encompassed with synthpop elements include "Opera", "Be My Girl", "Walkin'" and "My Love My Kiss My Heart". Other tracks included in the album are the country-flavored tracks "Good Friends" and "Sunflower", an electropop number "Feels Good", a cover of a 1996 song by Jinu (hitchhiker) entitled "White Christmas", ballads "Storm" and "Memories", a Donghae-Chance-written track "Y", as well as the inclusion of subgroup Super Junior-M's Korean version of their 2011 title track "Perfection", in which it serves a purpose "to give a chance to Korean fans to enjoy the music of Super Junior-M which is appearing in various stages in Asia." Meanwhile, for the B-version of the album, a further-included track "Superman" is described to be "a minimalist hip-hop track which feature the members singing in a low vocal range."
On July 22 to 24, 2011, the group filmed the music video for their new lead single. Two video teasers were released on August 1, 2011, in which the first teaser gained a million views on YouTube a day after its release and 2,500,000 views by the second day. Meanwhile the second teaser passing a million views by the second day. The music video reached more than half a million views within the first few hours of release. It passed 1.5 million views by the end of the first day, and 3 million by the end of the second, views. Currently, the music video has over 80 million views. On August 26, 2011, a music video for the album's supporting single, "Superman", was released on their YouTube channel, featuring clips from their Super Show 3 Tour as well as the photoshoots and music video making for "Mr. Simple".
Promotion and release
The group held a press conference at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul on August 4, which attracted over 200 reporters, including 70 foreign journalists from Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore The group expressed that they will promote the album for as long as possible till Heechul's enlistment date and also to continue with Super Show 4 World Tour.
Super Junior had their debut performance of "Mr. Simple" and a non-album track "Superman" at Music Bank on August 5, 2011, followed by Music Core the following day, Inkigayo after that and on August 11 on M! Countdown. However, promotions for the song ended on August 28 due to the enlistment of member Heechul to the army on September 1, 2011.
The album was release in 11 countries across Asia., including Taiwan on September 6, 2011 by Avex Taiwan. The album was supposed to be pre-released in the Philippines by Universal Records on October 1, 2011 but was moved to October 8, citing manufacturing problems caused by typhoon Nesat. The Type A album was officially released in the country on November 24.
After the released of "Mr Simple" in Japanese, the group followed-up with the release of "Opera" in Japanese. The single album also include the travel-themed mid-tempo ballad "Way", Japanese original music video and making-of DVD. It has been available for pre-order from 11 March 2012.
The album debuted at number one on music portal Hanteo chart, selling 79,152 copies, and topped Japanese Tower Records online chart and physical album sales chart in its first week of release. It also topped the physical album sales charts of Hottracks, Yes24 and other online music charts, as well as the top spot on Dosirak, Bugs and Melon for the album's title track "Mr Simple".  The album also debuted at number 3 on Billboard World Albums Chart for the week of 20 August 2011.
According to Hanteo music chart the album sold 100,000 copies after two weeks of release and it peaked at number one for the month of August with 287,427 copies sold, according to Gaon Chart. Meanwhile, the repackaged album, A-CHa, which was released on 19 September, debuted at number 1 on Hanteo real-time albums chart. It sold 52,000 copies by the end of September 2011, ranking at the number two, behind JYJ's In Heaven. Whereas it debut at number three on Gaon Monthly Album Chart for September with 97,210 copies sold.
At the year end list of album sales for 2011, complied by Gaon Chart, the album is listed as the second best-selling album of the year with 343,348 copies sold and the repackaged version at number seven with 129,894 copies sold. Thus making a cumulative total sale of 473,242 copies in South Korea. On 12 April 2012, Gaon Chart reported that up till the end of March 2012, the album has sold a cumulative total of 502,830 copies, making it the first album in four years to exceed half a million in sales since Kim Gun Mo's eighth album He-story in 2003 and TVXQ's fourth album, Mirotic in 2008. The released in the Philippines on October 8, peaked at number one in Odyssey Weekly Album Chart. After a week of selling the album reached gold status with standout sales of 7,500. This was the group's 5th number one album and 4th album to certify gold status in the country making them the only Korean act to do so.
|1.||"Mr. Simple"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin||3:59|
|2.||"Opera" (오페라; Opera)||Kenzie||Thomas Troelsen, Engelina Larsen||3:01|
|3.||"Be My Girl" (라라라라; Lalalala)||Kim Bu-min||Lanz, Henri Jouni Kristian, William Rappaport, Aku Rannila, Julimar Santos (aka J-son)||3:09|
|4.||"Walkin'"||Misfit||Denzil "DR" Remedios, Kibwe "12Keyz" Luke, Sharif Slater, Ryan Jhun||3:46|
|5.||"Storm" (폭풍; Pokpung)||Kim Jung-bae||Kenzie||4:16|
|6.||"Good Friends" (어느새 우린; Eoneusae Urin)||Yoon Jong-shin||Yoon Jong-shin||3:57|
|7.||"Feels Good" (결투; Gyeoltu)||Denniz Jamm, Qwan||3:19|
|8.||"Memories" (기억을 따라; Gieogeul Ttara)||Park Jun-soo, Lee Yoon-jong||Park Jun-soo||4:11|
|9.||"Sunflower" (해바라기; Haebaragi)||Hong Ji-yoo||Brandon Fraley||3:52|
|10.||"White Christmas" (엉뚱한 상상; Eongttunghan Sangsang)||Jinu (Hitchhiker)||Jinu (Hitchhiker)||3:36|
|11.||"Y"||Lee Donghae, Chance||Donghae, Chance, Super D||3:27|
|12.||"My Love, My Kiss, My Heart"||Kim Taesung||Denzil "DR" Remedios, Kibwe "12Keyz" Luke, Sharif Slater, Ryan Jhun||3:40|
|13.||"Perfection" (태완미; Taewanmi) (Super Junior-M) (Bonus Track)||Lee Won-geun||Mikkel Remee Sigvardt, Thomas Troelsen||3:24|
|1.||"Superman"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin||3:21|
|2.||"Mr. Simple"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin||3:59|
|3.||"Opera" (오페라; Opera)||Kenzie||Thomas Troelsen, Engelina Larsen||3:01|
|4.||"Be My Girl" (라라라라; Lalalala)||Kim Bu-min||Lanz, Henri Jouni Kristian, William Rappaport, Aku Rannila, Julimar Santos (aka J-son)||3:09|
|5.||"Walkin'"||Misfit||Denzil Remedios, Kibwe "12Keyz" Luke, Sharif Slater, Ryan Jhun||3:46|
|6.||"Storm" (폭풍; Pokpung)||Kim Jung-bae||Kenzie||4:16|
|7.||"Good Friends" (어느새 우린; Eoneusae Urin)||Yoon Jong-shin||Yoon Jong-shin||3:57|
|8.||"Feels Good" (결투; Gyeoltu)||Hong Ji-yoo||Denniz Jamm, Qwan||3:19|
|9.||"Memories" (기억을 따라; Gieogeul Ttara)||Park Jun-soo, Lee Yoon-jong||Park Jun-soo||4:11|
|10.||"Sunflower" (해바라기; Haebaragi)||Hong Ji-yoo||Brandon Fraley||3:52|
|11.||"White Christmas" (엉뚱한 상상; Eongttunghan Sangsang)||Jinu (Hitchhiker)||Jinu (Hitchhiker)||3:36|
|12.||"Y"||Donghae, Chance||Donghae, Chance, Super D||3:27|
|13.||"My Love, My Kiss, My Heart"||Kim Taesung||Denzil Remedios, Kibwe "12Keyz" Luke, Sharif Slater, Ryan Jhun||3:40|
|1.||"Superman"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin||3:21|
|3.||"Mr. Simple"||Yoo Young-jin||Yoo Young-jin||3:59|
|4.||"Oops!" (featuring f(x))||Leeteuk, Heechul, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Misfit||Kalle Engstrom, William J Fuller||3:44|
|5.||"A Day" (하루에; Harue)||Kim Jungbae||Kenzie||3:27|
|6.||"Andante" (안단테; Andante)||Misfit||Leeteuk, Henry, Kim Kyuwon||3:06|
|7.||"Opera" (오페라; Opera)||Kenzie||Thomas Troelsen, Engelina Larsen||3:01|
|8.||"Be My Girl" (라라라라; Lalalala)||Kim Bu-min||Lanz, Henri Jouni Kristian, William Rappaport, Aku Rannila, Julimar Santos (aka J-son)||3:09|
|9.||"Walkin'"||Misfit||Denzil "DR" Remedios, Kibwe "12Keyz" Luke, Sharif Slater, Ryan Jhun||3:46|
|10.||"Storm" (폭풍; Pokpung)||Kim Jung-bae||Kenzie||4:16|
|11.||"Good Friends" (어느새 우린; Eoneusae Urin)||Yoon Jong-shin||Yoon Jong-shin||3:57|
|12.||"Feels Good" (결투; Gyeoltu)||Hong Ji-yoo||Denniz Jamm, Qwan||3:19|
|13.||"Memories" (기억을 따라; Gieogeul Ttara)||Park Jun-soo, Lee Yoon-jong||Park Jun-soo||4:11|
|14.||"Sunflower" (해바라기; Haebaragi)||Hong Ji-yoo||Brandon Fraley||3:52|
|15.||"White Christmas" (엉뚱한 상상; Eongttunghan Sangsang)||Jinu (Hitchhiker)||Jinu (Hitchhiker)||3:36|
|16.||"Y"||Donghae, Chance||Donghae, Chance, Super D||3:27|
|17.||"My Love, My Kiss, My Heart"||Kim Taesung||Denzil "DR" Remedios, Kibwe "12Keyz" Luke, Sharif Slater, Ryan Jhun||3:40|
|South Korea||Gaon Weekly Album Chart||1|
|Gaon Monthly Album Chart||1|
|Japan||Oricon Weekly Album Chart||17|
|USA||Billboard World Album Chart||3|
|Year||Month||Mr. Simple||A-CHa (repackaged edition)|
|Position||Sales||Cumulative sales||Position||Sales||Cumulative sales|
|South Korea||August 2, 2011
August 3, 2011 (version A)
August 22, 2011 (version B)
September 19, 2011 (repackaged)
CD, digital download
|Japan||August 6, 2011||CD (import)||Avex Trax|
|Taiwan||September 6, 2011 (version A)
September 23, 2011 (version B)
September 30, 2011 (Repackaged)
|Singapore||September 29, 2011 (version C)||CD||Universal Music|
|Philippines||November 24, 2011 (version A)
December 17, 2011 (version B & C)
|Malaysia||September 12, 2011 (version B)
October 10, 2011 (version C)
Credits are for the Type A of the album, unless where indicated.
|2011||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Album of the Year||Won|
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