Step (Kara album)

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Step
Studio album by Kara
Released September 6, 2011
(see release history)
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop, dance-pop, EDM
Length 32:01
Language Korean
Label DSP Media, CJ E&M
Kara chronology
Girl's Talk
(2010)
Step
(2011)
Super Girl
(2011)
Singles from Step
  1. "Step"
    Released: September 6, 2011
  2. "Rider"
    Released: October 22, 2011
  3. "Strawberry"
    Released: November 3, 2011

Step is the third full-length album by South Korean K-pop girl group Kara. It was released on September 6, 2011.[1][2] A special limited edition was available for pre-order starting August 25, 2011.[3][4]

Background and recording[edit]

On August 4, 2011, the group confirmed that they will be releasing their third official album on mid-September and will resume their activities in South Korea for the first time in over six months. It was also reported by industry representatives that the group has been recording songs for the album during their spare time while they were busy promoting their fourth Japanese single, "Go Go Summer!". DSP Media stated that the group are in the process of reviewing which songs to be used as the lead song from the album.[5]

Concept and artwork[edit]

Regarding the concept of the album, the group was also faced with a choice between maintaining their usual bright, cute and youthful concept or transforming into something new.[6]

Composition[edit]

The limited edition of the album contains a bonus track called "With My Heart (Dear Kamilia)" which is the Korean version of "Ima, Okuritai 「Arigatou」" from their third Japanese single.[4]

The album's title track was released as the lead single.

Release and promotion[edit]

A special edition of the album was available for pre-order on August 25, 2011, 10 days ahead of the official release. The special edition includes a 32-page booklet, a digipack and a bonus track. According to DSP Media, the first 100 people who purchased them will be chosen to attend a special showcase by KARA on September 14, 2011. DSP Media also teamed up with YouTube to deliver a special online series of three episodes titled “KARA Channel” which covers the group's preparations for the release of the album. The series began airing at Kara's official YouTube channel on September 7, 2011 and ended on September 21, 2011.[7]

Due to the group's commitments with their schedule in Japan they will only promote the album for three weeks.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangements Length
1. "EY! OH!" (Intro) Park Se Hyun, Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min Park Se Hyun, Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min Park Se Hyun, Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min 1:01
2. "Step"   Song Soo Yoon Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo, Hong Seunghyun 3:21
3. "Rider"   Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min 3:03
4. "Strawberry"   Zig Zag Note Zig Zag Note Zig Zag Note 3:31
5. "Follow Me" (따라와; Ddarawa) Zig Zag Note Zig Zag Note Zig Zag Note 3:29
6. "Date (My Boy)"   Kim Won Hyun, Jang Sang Huk Kim Won Hyun Kim Won Hyun 3:22
7. "I Am... (Ing)" (나는..; Naneun..) (Acoustic Version) Kim Bo-Ah, Lee Joohyung Kim Bo-Ah, Lee Joohyung Lee Joohyung 3:58
8. "Kara 4 U" (Outro) Park Se Hyun, Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min Park Se Hyun, Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min Park Se Hyun, Yoo Hyun-Sang, Jang Jae Min 1:03
9. "Step" (Instrumental)   Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo Han Jae Ho, Kim Seung Soo, Hong Seunghyun 3:21
10. "With My Heart (Dear Kamilia)" (Bonus Track) Park Hae In Simon Isogai Simon Isogai 5:49
Total length:
32:01
Notes
  • "I Am... (Ing) (Acoustic Version)" is a re-recorded version of a song that was previously included in the group's second mini-album "Pretty Girl".
  • "With My Heart (Dear Kamilia)" is a Korean version of "Ima, Okuritai 「Arigatou」", from their Japanese single "Jet Coaster Love".

Oricon Chart[edit]

Released Oricon Chart Peak
September 15, 2011 (Import Disc)
October 5, 2011 (Official release)
Weekly Albums Chart[8] 5

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Japan October 5, 2011[9] CD
Taiwan[10] October 7, 2011 CD & DVD Warner Music Taiwan

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