State of the Art (Shinhwa album)

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State of the Art
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State of the Art cover
Studio album by Shinhwa
Released 11 May 2006 (2006-05-11)
Genre K-pop, dance
Language Korean
Label Good Entertainment
Universal Music Taiwan
Shinhwa chronology
Winter Story 2004–2005
(2004)
State of the Art
(2006)
Inspiration #1
(2006)
Singles from State of the Art
  1. "Once in a Lifetime"
  2. "Throw My Fist"
  3. "You're My Everything"

State of the Art is a studio album by South Korean boy band Shinhwa. It was released on 11 May 2006 by Good Entertainment, and represents the group's eighth major album release (tenth overall).

Composition and recording[edit]

State of the Art twelve tracks. It was recorded at GoodSound Studio, Rui Studio, Silk Studio, Eungeon (은건) Studio, Dream Factory, and Momo Studio in 2006.[1] Shinhwa member Lee Minwoo composed the lyrics for the song "Paradise", and member Eric Mun composed the rap lyrics for all songs, alongside David Kim.[1]

Singles and music videos[edit]

The music video for "Once in a Lifetime", was directed by Cho Soo-hyun, who also directed the music video for Psy's "Gangnam Style" and "Gentleman"; and also the music video for "This Love" from Shinhwa's The Classic album in 2013.[2]

Sales and reception[edit]

The album debuted on the Recording Industry Association Korea (RIAK) chart for the month of July 2006, with 161,452 copies sold[3] The album finished 2006 at number 3 on South Korea's year-end charts, with total sales of 215,641 copies.[4]

Tracklisting[edit]

Information is adapted from the liner notes of State of the Art (Special Edition):[1]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Thanks!"   Shin Yoo (Max), Hwang Seong-jae (BJJ), Eric Mun, David Kim S.J. Hwang S.J. Hwang 3:44
2. "Your Man"   Lee Sang-in, Brian Kim, E. Mun, D. Kim S.I. Lee S.I. Lee 3:35
3. "Weak Man" (Korean: 약한 남자) An Young-min, E. Mun, B. Kim Y.M. An Y.M. An 3:37
4. "Once in a Lifetime"   B. Kim, E. Mun B. Kim Kang Bong-gu, Ryu Hyeong-seob, B. Kim 4:46
5. "Doobob"   Y.M. An, E. Mun, D. Kim Jo Young-soo Y.S. Jo, Mordny 3:31
6. "Paradise"   Lee Min-woo, D. Kim, E. Mun J.H. Jeong J.H. Jeong 3:57
7. "Highway Star (feat. Ivy)"   Seo Jeong-hwan, E. Mun, D. Kim Mad Soul Child Mad Soul Child 3:44
8. "Midnight Girl"   Park Chang-hyeon, E. Mun, D. Kim C.H. Park C.H. Park 4:12
9. "Throw My Fist"   B. Kim, E. Mun, D. Kim Ryu Hyeong-seob H.S. Ryu 3:44
10. "Chance" (Korean: 기회) Jeon Seung-woo, E. Mun, D. Kim S.W. Jeon S.W. Jeon 4:06
11. "Why Me..." (Korean: 왜 내가...) Yoon Kyeong Lee Hyeon-jeong H.J. Lee, Jeong Byeong-gyu 4:16
12. "You're My Everything"   Lee Yoon-hwan, E. Mun, D. Kim Kim Ki-beom Kim Do-hoon 3:59

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Recording Industry Association Korea (RIAK) chart for the month of July 2006, with 161,452 copies sold[3] The album finished 2006 at number 3 on South Korea's year-end charts, with total sales of 215,641 copies.[4]

Chart Peak
position
Sales
South Korea Monthly Albums (RIAK) August 2006[5] 1
  • KOR: 215,641[4]
South Korea Yearly Albums (RIAK) 2006[4] 3
Taiwan Weekly Albums (G-Music J-Pop) Week 40[6] 5

Release history[edit]

A special edition version of State of the Art also released, containing bonus remix tracks of "Throw My Fist" and "Midnight Girl" and a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage.[7] The album was released in Taiwan on 5 October 2006 by Universal Music Taiwan in two versions, including one with a bonus DVD.

Country Date Distributing label Format
South Korea 10 May 2006 Good EMG, CJ E&M CD (CMBC-0648)[8]
Cassette (CMBM-0648)[8]
28 June 2006 Digital disc (CMBC-0664)[9]
16 August 2006 Special Edition (CD+DVD) (CMBC-0685)[7]
Taiwan 5 October 2006 Universal Music Taiwan CD (984 394-6)[10]
CD+DVD (984 394-5)[11]

Personnel[edit]

Information is adapted from the liner notes of State of the Art (Special Edition):[1]

  • Park Kwun-young - producer
  • Shinhwa - co-producer
  • Lee Jang-eon - co-producer
  • Park Bong-gu - music producer
  • Park Hyeok - sound engineer
  • Choi Hyo-young - mastering
  • Sam Lee - guitar ("Thanks!", "Doobob", "Chance", "Why Me...")
  • Ko Tae-young - guitar ("Your Man", "Once in a Lifetime", "Throw My Fist", "Midnight Girl (Pop Ballad Ver.)")
  • Park Su-won - guitar ("Highway Star")
  • Hong Joon-ho - guitar ("Midnight Girl", "You're My Everything")
  • Cho Joon-soo - bass ("Midnight Girl (Pop Ballad Ver.)"
  • K-Strings - strings ("Weak Man", "Once in a Lifetime", "Throw My Fist", "Why Me...")
  • Shin Min - string arrangement ("Weak Man", "Why Me...")
  • Lee Na-il - string arrangement ("Once in a Lifetime", "Throw My Fist")
  • Ryu Hyeong-seob - string arrangement ("Throw My Fist")
  • Hwang Seong-jae - programming, keyboards ("Thanks!")
  • Jang Ji-won - keyboards ("Once in a Lifetime", "Midnight Girl (Pop Ballad Ver.)")
  • Kang Su-hyo - drums ("Once in a Lifetime")
  • Jang Sang-hyeon - drums ("Midnight Girl (Pop Ballad Ver.)")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d State of the Art (Special Edition) (Media notes). Good EMG. 2006. 
  2. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (8 May 2013). "Fujii Mina to be Shinhwa’s Lady in ‘This Love’ MV". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Album Sales For The Month Of July 2006". Recording Industry Association Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d "2006 Yearly Chart". Recording Industry Association Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  5. ^ "Album Sales For The Month Of August 2006". Recording Industry Association Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  6. ^ "Weekly Top 20 J-Pop Chart". G-Music (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 16 October 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "State of the Art Special Edition info". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "State of the Art information". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "State of the Art digital disc info". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "State of the Art Taiwan CD info". Universal Music Taiwan (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "State of the Art Taiwan CD+DVD info". Universal Music Taiwan (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2012.