|Studio album by f(x)|
|Released||April 20, 2011
(see release history)
|Recorded||2009 and 2011 at S.M. Studios, Seoul, South Korea|
|Genre||Pop, dance-pop, electronica, electropop|
|Producer||Lee Soo Man|
|Singles from Pinocchio|
|Singles from Hot Summer|
Pinocchio is the first studio album and third overall physical release by South Korean girl group f(x), released on April 20, 2011 by SM Entertainment in South Korea. The album was re-released as Hot Summer on June 14, 2011 and contained the title track "Hot Summer" as well as two singles released in 2009, "La Cha Ta" and "Chu~", plus the previously-released "Is It Ok?". Both versions of the album sold a total of almost 190,000 copies in South Korea.
"La Cha Ta" was f(x)'s debut song, and was released digitally on September 2, 2009. Following their first live performance at the Samseong-dong Fashion Center on September 2, 2009, the music video was screened and released online the next day. The group's first broadcast performance of "La Cha Ta" was held on MBC's music show Show! Music Core on September 5, 2009. A physical maxi-single for the song was released on November 9, 2009, with the B-sides "Step to Me" and "You are My Destiny." The music video for the song, released on September 2, 2009, featured the group members dancing on various theater-themed sets. They start by arriving and getting off a pink car and dancing in front of a lighted theater entrance during the night. As the song starts, members Victoria Song, Amber Liu and Sulli Choi enter the theater through the door while Luna and Krystal Jung stay behind to sing first two verses respectively. The scene shifts to individual sets. Amber, dressed as a ringmaster is on a dark stage with fire pits in front, red carpet beneath and huge hanging doors as decors at the back. Victoria, wearing a formal pink dress and jewelry, is in a room with glittering mauve-colored walls and posh pink and white hanging ornaments. Luna, wearing a golden dress, is walking up a black staircase leading to a crescent shaped shimmering golden seat. Sulli, dressed in casual form, is in a bedroom with blue walls, red carpet and a large teddy bear hanging from the wall. Krystal, dressed in formal black, is in a room with many hanging crystals and mirrors at the back. As song proceeds, girls discover that their rooms are connected and greet each other. As the song comes to an end the girls come out of the theater laughing and drive off in their car.
"Lollipop" was recorded in two versions. The Chinese-language version features boyband M.I.C. and boyband Shinee in the Korean version. It uses an interpolation of the 1958 hit "Lollipop" written by Julius Dixson and Beverly Ross. The Chinese version was used for cellphone LG Lollipop in China and was not included on the album. The music video was filmed in December 2009, and was released in January 2010.
"Pinocchio (Danger)" (피노키오; Pinokio) was the lead single used to promote Pinocchio. The song was released digitally on April 17, 2011, and an accompanying promotional music video was released through YouTube on April 19, 2011. The music video shows f(x) dancing choreography by Jillian Meyers, her first work with f(x). The video features two dance sets, one with white carved walls, manual-rotating fans and pyramids on the floor and in the background, another one white set with swirling black and white, and five individual sets (one for each member). Victoria is in an orange room with different boxes, Amber is in a white room with black drawings, Luna] is in a red room with checkered red flooring, Sulli is in a hexagon blue-green and pink room, and Krystal is in a blue triangular room.
"Gangsta Boy", an album track, markedf the first time the Danish music producers and songwriters Thomas Troelsen and Mikkel Remee Sigvardt collaborated with f(x). Hong Ji-yoo also help writing the lyrics for the song. It was performed with "Pinocchio (Danger" during f(x)'s music show promotions of the album.
"Hot Summer" is a Korean cover of the song of the same title, originally recorded by the German band Monrose. Like the 2009 singles "La Cha Ta" and "Chu~♥", it was included in the Hot Summer repackage of the album and was released as a single on June 14, 2011.
Release and promotions
The full music video for "Pinocchio (Danger)" was released on April 19, 2011. F(x) had their first live televised performance after a year-long hiatus through KBS's Music Bank on April 22, 2011. The song "Gangsta Boy" was chosen to be part of the special performance. "Pinocchio (Danger)" won a total of 8 music show awards: 3 on Inkigayo, 3 on M! Countdown and 2 on Music Bank, the first win was on April 29 in Music Bank. The promotions of "Pinocchio (Danger)" ended on May 29.
The music video for "Hot Summer" was released on June 17 through S.M. Entertainment's official YouTube account. The first performance of the song was on June 17, on the show Music Bank. The song won 2 music show awards: one on Inkigayo in June 26 and another on M! Countdown on June 30. The promotions of the song and album ended on July 10, on Inkigayo.
|Pinocchio (Danger) edition|
|1.||"Pinocchio (Danger)" (피노키오; Pinokiyo)||Kenzie, Misfit||Dwight Watson, Jeff Hoeppner, Alex Cantrall, Hitchhiker||3:14|
|2.||"Sweet Witches" (빙그르; Bing-geureu)||Kim Bumin||Hitchhiker||3:28|
|3.||"Dangerous"||Kenzie, Nermin Harambašić, Robin Jenssen, Ronny Svendsen, Anne Judith Wik||Nermin Harambašić, Robin Jenssen, Ronny Svendsen, Anne Judith Wik||3:14|
|4.||"Beautiful Goodbye"||Cho Hun Young||Various Artists, Kenneth Karlin, Alex Cantrall, Lindy Robbins||4:06|
|5.||"Gangsta Boy"||Hong Ji Yoo, Thomas Troelsen, Mikkel Remee Sigvardt||Thomas Troelsen, Mikkel Remee Sigvardt||3:09|
|6.||"Love" (아이; Ai)||Song Soo Yun, Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo||Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo||3:15|
|7.||"Stand Up!"||Shin Jae Pyung||Shin Jae Pyung||3:55|
|8.||"My Style"||Lee Ji Eun, Ryan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Natasha Bougknight, Lauren Seymour||Ryan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Natasha Bougknight, Lauren Seymour||3:41|
|9.||"So Into U"||Kim Eun Soo, Shim Eun Ji||Shim Eun Ji||3:35|
|10.||"Lollipop (feat. Shinee)"||Hong Ji Yoo, Ryan Jhun, Tysear, Reefa, Antwann Frost, Brande Kelley||Ryan Jhun, Tysear, Reefa, Antwann Frost, Brande Kelley||3:11|
|Hot Summer (Repackage edition)|
|1.||"Hot Summer"||Kenzie||Thomas Troelsen, Mikkel Remee Sigvardt||3:46|
|2.||"Pinocchio (Danger)" (피노키오; Pinokiyo)||Kenzie, Misfit||Dwight Watson, Jeff Hoeppner, Alex Cantrall, Hitchhiker||3:14|
|3.||"Sweet Witches" (빙그르; Bing-geureu)||Kim Bumin||Hitchhiker||3:28|
|4.||"...Is It OK?" (좋아해도 되나요; Johahaedo Doenayo)||Hwang Hyun||Hwang Hyun||3:11|
|5.||"Dangerous"||Kenzie, Nermin Harambasic, Robin Jenssen, Ronny Svendsen, Anne Judith Wik||Nermin Harambasic, Robin Jenssen, Ronny Svendsen, Anne Judith Wik||3:14|
|6.||"Beautiful Goodbye"||Cho Hun Young||Various Artists, Kenneth Karlin, Alex Cantrall, Lindy Robbins||4:06|
|7.||"Gangsta Boy"||Hong Ji Yoo, Thomas Troelsen, Mikkel Remee Sigvardt||Thomas Troelsen, Mikkel Remee Sigvardt||3:09|
|8.||"Love" (아이; Ai)||Song Soo Yun, Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo||Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo||3:15|
|9.||"Stand Up!"||Shin Jae Pyung||Shin Jae Pyung||3:55|
|10.||"My Style"||Lee Ji Eun, Ryan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Natasha Bougknight, Lauren Seymour||Ryan Jhun, Antwann Frost, Natasha Bougknight, Lauren Seymour||3:41|
|11.||"So Into U"||Kim Eun Soo, Shim Eun Ji||Shim Eun Ji||3:35|
|12.||"Lollipop (feat. Shinee)"||Hong Ji Yoo, Ryan Jhun, Tysear, Reefa, Antwann Frost, Brande Kelley||Ryan Jhun, Tysear, Reefa, Antwann Frost, Brande Kelley||3:14|
|13.||"La Cha Ta"||Kenzie||3:12|
|14.||"Chu"||Cho Yun-Gyeong||Anders Wilhelm Wollbeck, Daniel Presley, Mattias Lindblom||3:10|
|Album||Peak chart position|
Sales and certifications
|Gaon physical sales (Pinocchio)||61,637+|
|Gaon physical sales (Hot Summer)||61,341+|
|South Korea||April 20, 2011||CD, Digital download||S.M. Entertainment|
|South Korea||June 14, 2011 (Repackage)||CD, Digital download|
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