A Shared Dream

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A Shared Dream
A shared dream album cover.jpg
Studio album by U-KISS
Released February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)
(see release history)
Recorded 2011-2012
Genre J-pop, electropop, synthpop, trance, eurobeat, R&B, dance-pop
Label Avex Trax
U-KISS chronology
Neverland
(2011)
A Shared Dream
(2012)
DoraDora
(2012)
Mu-mo Version Limited Edition
Singles from A Shared Dream
  1. "Tick Tack"
    Released: December 14, 2011 (2011-12-14)
  2. "A Shared Dream"
    Released: February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)
  3. "Forbidden Love"
    Released: February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)

A Shared Dream is the debut Japanese studio album by South Korean boy band U-KISS, released in February 29, 2012 by Avex Trax.[1]

Background and development[edit]

In May 2011, U-KISS formally signed under Avex Japan for their Japanese debut. Soon thereafter, an album entitled First Kiss, a compilation of all their songs from their debut Korean album up until their Break Time album, was released. A Japanese version of their Korean Bran New Kiss albums and their DVDs from their First Kiss Live in Osaka event were also released. On June 8, 2011, U-KISS went to stay in Japan for three months to prepare for their official Japanese debut. On November 18, 2011 Japan’s Fuji TV Network revealed a preview for the music video of the lead single from U-KISS' first new material Japanese album, A Shared Dream, entitled "Tick Tack".[2] On November 23, the full track of "Tick Tack" leaked online, and the full music video followed on December 5, 2011. U-KISS released the music video officially through their YouTube account on December 6, 2011.[2][3] The song was released as a single, with the non-album B-side "Coincidence", on December 18, 2011.

Singles and promotion[edit]

The album has a total of twelve tracks, which were mostly composed and recorded in high quality facilities in Japan.[4] U-KISS made their official Japanese debut on December 14 with a live performance of "Tick Tack" on the Japanese TV show, Made in BS Japan.[5] "A Shared Dream" was leaked on the internet on February 16, 2012.[6][7] It is a heavy ballad, with a mixture of English and Korean lyrics incorporated with piano.[8] The single, "Forbidden Love" is a continuation of the style they had in "Man Man Ha Ni" (2008), "Bingeul Bingeul" (2010) and "Shut Up!" (2010).[9] The group held a fanmeeting event with 2,000 fans to celebrate the release of their albums and the very first performance of "Forbidden Love".[1][10] The song was also performed on the March 16th episode of NTV‘s Happy Music.[11] U-KISS also promoted on various radio stations such as Skip Beat, KPOP Street and Area Cross of Northwave FM, Now & Next and Groove of Air-G FM and on STV Radio.[12] Aside from Radio promotions, the group also appeared on shows like DJ and Play Saturday of TVh.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Mu-mo Edition [1]
No. Title Length
1. "Tick Tack"   3:42
2. "Forbidden Love"   3:32
3. "Show Me Your Smile"   4:06
4. "We Set Off!!"   4:27
5. "A Shared Dream"   5:04
6. "The Sound of Magic"   4:14
7. "Orion"   5:26
8. "Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe"   3:21
9. "Man Man Ha Ni" (Japanese version) 3:32
10. "Bingeul Bingeul" (Japanese version) 3:16
11. "Shut Up!" (Japanese version) 3:13
12. "Believe"   4:44

[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 6 on the daily edition of the Oricon Chart being the album with the highest entry in the Top 50.[14] The album peaked at number 5 on the Oricon weekly charts.[15] "Tick Tack" reached number 5 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.[16]

Chart Peak Position Sales Total
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart[15] 5
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 37 13,138

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g U-KISS Official Japanese Website: NEWS http://u-kiss.jp/news.html Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b U-KISS Official Japanese Website NEWS: 「Tick Tack」 Music Video 初オンエア解禁!! http://u-kiss.jp/news.html Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Soompi News: Full Tick Tack MV revealed!". Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ Go KPOP News: U-KISS Announce Plans for 2 Album Release. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  5. ^ D Kpop News: U-KISS Japanese Debut http://www.dkpopnews.net/2011/12/video-u-kiss-performed-japanese-debut.html Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  6. ^ A Shared Dream PV revealed Koreaboo Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  7. ^ A Shared Dream PV revealed! TokyoHive Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  8. ^ A Shared Dream PV Asian Addicts Anonymous Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  9. ^ Forbidden Love MV and Track Kpop Concerts Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  10. ^ "10 ASIA: U-KISS to unleash 2nd Japanese album and 1st Full-length album". 
  11. ^ U-KISS Performed Forbidden Love on Happy Music Tokyo Hive. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  12. ^ U-KISS Promotions in Radio Stations U-KISS Japan Official Website Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  13. ^ U-KISS Promotions in Television U-KISS Japan Official Website Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  14. ^ "티아라·유키스, 日새싱글 오리콘동반 '톱10' 진입". 
  15. ^ a b "週間 CDアルバムランキング 2012年03月12日付". Oricon. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "週間 CDシングルランキング 2011年12月26日付". Gaon. Retrieved 17 February 2015.