Take a Deeper Look

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Take a Deeper Look
Jay Park Take A Deeper Look.jpg
EP by
ReleasedApril 27, 2011
June 13, 2012 (Japan)[1]
GenreR&B, hip hop, dance-pop, pop
LanguageKorean, English
LabelSidusHQ, Yedang Company, Universal J
ProducerJung Hoon Tak (also exec.), Choi Jang Hyuk (also exec.), Seth Friedman (also exec.), Jay Park (also exec.), Cha Cha Malone, Dok2, The Quiett, Eroc
Jay Park chronology
Count On Me
Take a Deeper Look
New Breed
Singles from Take A Deeper Look
  1. "Abandoned (feat. Dok2)"
  2. "Tonight (feat. Kang Min-kyung Of Davichi)"

Take a Deeper Look is the first mini album (second extended play overall) by Korean-American singer, Jay Park. The album was released in digital and physical format by April 27, 2011.



The song "Bestie" was released on October 4, 2010, in advance of the album's release. It was inspired by three members of a 6-year clique entitled "WhatsApp jam". It was first released as a digital single on October 4, 2010 worldwide on Bandcamp,[2] then on iTunes on October 11, 2010 in English,[3] and finally on various Korean digital music sites as "베스티" on October 26, 2010 as a digital single album.[4] The single released in South Korea included the Korean version of "Bestie", a Korean remix version, and the b-side song "스피치리스" ("Speechless") by Park and AOM crew mate, Cha Cha Malone. Park first performed the "Bestie" on August 7, 2010, at the Summer Week & T Beach Festival at Naksan beach, nearly two months before being official released.[5] Park also performed the English version of "Bestie" at ISA 2010 in Los Angeles.


In 2010, Malone gave Park another song, "Abandoned", and said he made it just for him.[6] He also gave him the title of the song as a 4-syllable melody : "A-ban-don-ed".[6] Park thought it would be great to add a choreography for the song,[6] and asked Andrew Baterina, from MTV ABDC's season 2 runner-up SoReal Cru, to create a choreography for the song.[7] The choreography took 4 months to be completed, being revised several times.[6] Park started writing the lyrics in English first, but never finished, rewriting the song in Korean instead.[8]

"Abandoned" had to be recorded twice, unlike the other tracks of the album recorded at once. Park recorded it again, because he decided to change the melody of the song at the middle.[9] The song was mixed by American audio engineer and record producer Tony Maserati. Lyrically, "Abandoned" is written about a man being abandoned and hurt by a loved woman, expressing the sorrow and felt over a lost love.[10][11]

In March 2011, Park sang a short snippet of "Abandoned" on the KBS show Guerrilla Date, his first appearance on a public broadcast in over one and a half years.[12]

Music videos[edit]

A teaser for the mini-album was released on Park's old YouTube channel on April 19, 2011.[13] It was then re-released on Park's Official YouTube channel on April 26, 2011 as his old account was suddenly deleted.[14]


A teaser for the title song "Abandoned" was released on Park's old YouTube channel on April 21, 2011.[15] It was then re-released on Park's Official YouTube channel on April 26, 2011 because his old account was deleted.[16]

The music video for "Abandoned" was released on Park's Official YouTube channel on April 27, 2011.[17] It stars Park & Miss Korea 2010 contestant Park Mi So.[18] The choreographer is Andrew Baterina, a member of MTV ABDC’s runner-up SoReal Cru, who also made the choreography for "Demon".[18] The dancers in the music video include Park, Baterina, Daniel Jerome (from Park's dance crew "AOM"), Ill and Wassup (both from dance crew "Prepix"). Dok2, who features on the song, also makes an appearance.

A dance version was released on Park's Official YouTube channel on May 7, 2011.[19]


A teaser for "Tonight" was released on Park's Official YouTube channel on May 6, 2011.[20] The music video was released on Park's YouTube channel on May 10, 2011.[21] The choreographer is Haw from dance crew "Prepix". There is a dance intro by Park and Haw. Park's dancers in this music video are all from dance crew Prepix. Kang Min-kyung, who features on the track, doesn't make an appearance on the music video. During her verse, Park makes a solo dance instead. After the actual music video, there is a dance break at the end, featuring Park, Rookie (from "Drifterz" crew) and Jotee (from "Rivers" crew).

"Level 1000"[edit]

The music video for "Level 1000" was released on Park's YouTube channel on May 13, 2011.[22]

Track listing[edit]

1."Touch The Sky" (feat. The Quiett)Jay Park, The QuiettThe Quiett, ParkThe Quiett3:34
2."Abandoned" (feat. Dok2)Park, Dok2Cha Cha Malone, ParkTony Maserati4:19
3."Tonight" (Korean: 오늘밤) (feat. Kang Min-kyung of Davichi))ParkErocEroc3:37
4."I Can't Be Live You" (Korean: 너 없이 안돼)ParkCha Cha Malone, ParkTony Maserati4:32
5."Don't Let Go"ParkCha Cha Malone, ParkTony Maserati3:49
6."Level 1000" (With Dok2)Park, Dok2Dok2Dok23:56
7."Bestie" (Korean version)ParkCha Cha MaloneThe Quiett3:32
Total length:27:19


The mini album had already recorded 50,000 pre-orders before its actual release as of April 19, 2011.[25] SidusHQ, Park's agency, revealed that they had to expand the limit of pre-orders to 50,000 instead of 30,000 as they were flooded with pre-orders for the mini album. All 50,000 copies of the album sold out within five days after its release date on April 27, 2011. They also revealed that they were producing additional 20,000 copies of the limited edition album to fulfill the requests of the fans.[26]

In the United States, the album peaked at number three on the Billboard World Albums chart[27][28] and at 26 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart though no promotions were made there.[28]

Chart Peak
United States Billboard World Albums[27] 3
United States Billboard Heatseekers Albums[28] 26


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  2. ^ Bestie (Korean) | Jay Park Archived 2012-01-23 at the Wayback Machine. Bestie (Korean). October 4, 2010.
  3. ^ iTunes - Music - Bestie (Korean Version) by Jay Park. iTunes - Bestie (Korean Version). October 11, 2010.
  4. ^ 박재범, AOM 차차 호흡맞춘 디지털싱글 깜짝발매[permanent dead link]. Sports Seoul. October 25, 2010.
  5. ^ "Jay Park rocks 'Nothin' On You' at Summer Week & T". allkpop. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Kim, Hyun-Woo (May 5, 2011). "미니앨범으로 돌아온 2PM 출신 박재범 (Former 2PM member Jay Park comes back with a mini album)" (in Korean). Korea Daily. Retrieved September 13, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Jay Park collaborated with Park Mi So for upcoming MV + new teaser pictures". Allkpop. April 15, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "Jay Park teases with English version of "Abandoned"". Allkpop. April 28, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  9. ^ "Jay Park sits down with Vogue Girl Korea for in-depth interview". Koreaboo. April 19, 2011. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "솔로 컴백 박재범 "내 마음, 2PM에 항상 열려있다" (Solo comeback Jay Park, "my heart is always open to 2PM")" (in Korean). Sports Seoul. March 18, 2011. Archived from the original on August 26, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "박재범 "나가수? '나는 댄스 가수다'라면 OK!" (Jay Park: "I'm a singer? If it's "I'm a dancing singer," OK!)" (in Korean). Ilgan Sports. May 11, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "Jay Park appears on a Guerilla Date, gives a preview for 'Abandoned'". Allkpop. March 12, 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  13. ^ JAY PARK TEASER. Take A Deeper Look (Album Preview) on YouTube. April 19, 2011.
  14. ^ Jay Park 'Take A Deeper Look' (Album Preview). Take A Deeper Look (Album Preview) on YouTube. April 26, 2011.
  15. ^ Abandoned Teaser !!. Abandoned Teaser Video on YouTube. April 21, 2011.
  16. ^ Jay Park 'Abandoned' (Teaser Video). Abandoned (Teaser Video) on YouTube. April 26, 2011.
  17. ^ Jay Park 'Abandoned' (HD Version). Abandoned (feat. Dok2) Music Video on YouTube. April 27, 2011.
  18. ^ a b 박재범 ‘Abandoned(어밴던드)’ 뮤비 스틸공개 ‘강렬 카리스마 발산’. Nate. April 15, 2011.
  19. ^ Jay Park 'Abandoned (Dance Version)'. Abandoned (feat. Dok2) Music Video (Dance Version) on YouTube. May 7, 2011.
  20. ^ Jay Park '오늘밤 Tonight' (Teaser Video). 오늘밤 (feat. 강민경 Of Davichi) Teaser Video on YouTube. May 6, 2011.
  21. ^ Jay Park '오늘밤 (feat. 강민경 Of Davichi)'. 오늘밤 (feat. 강민경 Of Davichi) Music Video on YouTube. May 10, 2011.
  22. ^ Jay Park 'Level 1000 (feat. Dok2)'. Level 1000 (feat. Dok2) Music Video on YouTube. May 13, 2011.
  23. ^ #1 미니앨범 ‘TAKE A DEEPER LOOK’ 이야기. Daum Music. April 27, 2011.
  24. ^ JAY PARK/ TAKE A DEEPER LOOK‐JAPAN EDITION‐【初回限定盤】【CD】【+DVD】【2012年6月13日発売】 | JAY PARK | UNIVERSAL MUSIC STORE. Universal Music Japan Store.
  25. ^ 박재범 첫 솔로앨범 선주문 5만장 기염 ‘Jay-Effect’. bnt news via Nate. April 19, 2011.
  26. ^ 박재범 부활하나? 첫 미니앨범 5만장 5일만에 완판. Newsen via Daum. May 3, 2011.
  27. ^ a b World Albums. Billboard World Albums Chart. May 2011.
  28. ^ a b c 박재범, 美 빌보드 ’월드 앨범’ 3위 . Herald Media. May 6, 2011.

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