Turn Me On (Kim Kyu-jong EP)

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Turn Me On
Kim Kyu Jong-1st Turn Me On.jpg
Turn Me On cover
EP by Kim Kyu-jong
Released 27 September 2011 (2011-09-27)
(see Release history)
Genre K-pop, R&B, Dance
Language Korean
Label LOEN Entertainment
Warner Music Taiwan
Producer B2M Entertainment
Kim Kyu-jong chronology
Turn Me On
(2011)
Meet Me Again
(2012)
Music video
"Yesterday" on YouTube
"Yesterday Dance Version" on YouTube

Turn Me On is the Korean solo mini album debut of Kim Kyu-jong of South Korean boy band SS501. It was released on September 27, 2011 under B2M Entertainment and distributed by LOEN Entertainment.[1] On October 28, the album was also released in Taiwan by Warner Music Taiwan.[2]

Background and development[edit]

Following the other four members of SS501, Kim was the last to debut as a solo artist after he left his former agency DSP Media in October 2010. While the other members released their own solo albums in the early 2011 one by one, Kim was concentrating on his acting career.[3] Since their last album Destination in 2010, the only time that Kim got active in music was during his and Heo Young-saeng's Kyu Jong & Young Saeng Story joint fan meeting in Seoul and other countries across Asia.[4][5] Kim was also featured in Heo's debut solo album Let It Go in the song "Rainy Heart",[6] though he was not seen in the music video.[7]

On September 19, B2M Entertainment announced Kim Kyu-jong music comeback with the release of his own solo album.[8] During this time, Kim had been busy with his Goong musical, a spin-off of the Korean television drama of the same title, at the Kyoto Minami-za, Japan.[9] Nevertheless, Kim participated in the album's concept and song production. In the same day, photo teasers for his upcoming album were released.[10]

On September 22, a 34-second video teaser of his titular single "Yesterday" was released through B2M Entertainment's official YouTube account.[11] The story-line of the video involves Kim's unpleasant relationship with a woman.[12][13]

Release and promotion[edit]

Five days after the video teaser's release, the agency officially released Turn Me On album and the music video for Kim's lead single "Yesterday" through its official YouTube channel on September 27.[14] The album was also released in Taiwan by Warner Music Taiwan later on October 28. It comes with two versions: Limited Edition and Deluxe Edition with a bonus DVD.

The album contains five songs including the mid tempo dance lead track "Yesterday" (부제: 어제보다 슬픈 오늘…), a high tempo dance track "My Love" featuring rap by fellow member Heo Young Saeng, and R&B track of "Get Ya' Luv" with an acoustic version of it. The overall album was co-produced by Taewan and Han Sang Won, who also participated with SS501's "U R Man".[15]

For the music video, the video features Yang Jiwon, a member of the pre-debut girl-group of the same company called Spica. On October 24, B2M Entertainment released a dance version of "Yesterday" uploaded onto their official YouTube account.[16] The video features the dance of the single, emphasizing its suspender dance move.

It's thanks to people. I realized that there are still many people who care about me. I made the decision to work really hard thanks to people to whom I feel really thankful towards. I used to complain when I had many things to do, but now I try to enjoy it.[17]

The album debuted at number three on Gaon Album Chart for the week starting on September 25, 2011.[18] It then reaches the tenth and eighty-second spots on the Monthly and Yearly Charts respectively.

Two days after the release of his mini album, Kim Kyu-jong revealed during an interview that he almost quit the music industry. Despite that his disposition was generally considered cheerful, he said that he was disheartened by the words and actions of others. Nevertheless, he continued performing after receiving encouragement from his fans and friends, particularly his label-mate and fellow member Heo Young-saeng. Being the last SS501 to release a solo album, Kim stated that he tried not to feel pressured, and decided to work at his own pace.[17]

Music shows[edit]

Kim Kyu-jong had his first comeback stage on September 29 on Mnet's M!Countdown, performing his lead single "Yesterday".[19] He also performed on KBS' Music Bank and SBS' Inkigayo.

Artwork[edit]

An example of Kim Kyu-jong's photo teasers.

On September 19, Kim Kyu-jong released photo teasers of him for his upcoming album. The photos (e.g. image on the right) show Kim Kyu-jong in a heavy white make-up with white-dyed hair before a white background.[10] Initially, mixed reaction from the crowd and various online communities were heard and seen, from curiosity to criticisms.[19] B2M Entertainment stated during his pre-release album: "Kim Kyu Jong participated in the concept meetings and song production himself to show a new image never seen before in his new album. The photos from his album revealed today also reflect this strong will."[8]

On September 29, two days after the album release, Kim Kyu-jong said that the photos would get the attention of people whether their reactions are positive or negative. In addition, he said that the reason why he dressed as a woman represents two things: breaking-off from the inside to show his own colors on the outside and; putting one's own image to the person he or she likes. For the latter, he particularly mentioned the struggles of women in grooming their outer appearances to look good. Despite his initial plans of looking like a woman, however, he stated that he looked more of a transvestite.[19] Regarding the cover art, he wanted to make sure the look was different than anything he had done during SS501 days.[8] He explained:

Even though it would be great to hear many nice words about it but getting away from that, I thought that I should do something that I have never done before, and it attracted many people's attention on it... Even then, I think they will say 'What's this?' when they see the photo. Besides cursing over the photo, I am thankful simply that they found and saw the photo.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "No More Yes" Kim Tae-wan, HAN Kim Tae-wan, 251, high J 3:24
2. "Yesterday" Lee Ji-eun, Han Sang-won Han Sang-won 3:28
3. "My Love" (Ft. Heo Young-saeng (YS)) Kim Tae-wan Jimmy Richard, Joleen Belle, Joachim Svare, Kim Hansen 3:21
4. "Get Ya' Luv" Kim Tae-wan, HAN Kim Tae-wan, 251 3:19
5. "Get Ya' Luv" (Acoustic Version) Kim Tae-wan, HAN Kim Tae-wan, 251 2:50

Music videos[edit]

  • "Yesterday"
  • "Yesterday dance version"

Release history[edit]

Country Date Distributing label Format
South Korea 27 September 2011 B2M Entertainment
LOEN Entertainment
CD[20]
Worldwide B2M Entertainment digital download[21]
Taiwan 28 October 2011 Warner Music Taiwan Limited Edition (CD)[2]
Deluxe Edition (CD+DVD)[22]

Charts[edit]

Chart Country Period Peak position Notes/Ref
Gaon Single Chart South Korea 25 September - 1 October 2011 53 "Yesterday"[23]
Gaon Weekly Album Chart 3 [24]
Gaon Monthly Album Chart September 10 12,826 copies[25]
Gaon Yearly Chart 2011 85 18,735 copies[26]
G-Music Combo Chart Taiwan Week 44
(28 October - 3 November 2011)
6 1.49% sales[27]
G-Music J-Pop/K-Pop Chart 1 11.82% sales[28]
Five Music J-Pop/K-Pop Chart 2 8.59% sales[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hong, Lucia "Kim Kyu-jong to begin solo singing career with mini-album next week" 10 Asia. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18
  2. ^ a b "Turn Me On (Limited Edition) album info" Warner Music Taiwan. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18 (Chinese)
  3. ^ :SS501's Kim Kyu Jong releases tracklist for debut solo mini-album, "Turn Me On". Allkpop. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  4. ^ (Korean)"김규종 SS501 앨범은 내년쯤 계획" Nate News. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-09
  5. ^ (Korean)"김규종 "SS501 음반은 다음해로 계획 中" 발표" Nate News. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-09
  6. ^ "Kim Kyu Jong Talks About Solo Debut and SS501". Soompi. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  7. ^ "HEO YOUNG SAENG (허영생)_RAINY HEART_M/V(뮤직비디오)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  8. ^ a b c "SS501′s Kim Kyu Jong to Make Long-Awaited Comeback". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  9. ^ "SS501 Kim Kyu Jong’s Musical “Goong” Royal Couple Stills Released". Soompi. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  10. ^ a b "SS501’s Kim Kyu Jong Releases Stunning Teaser Photos for Upcoming Solo Album". Soompi. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  11. ^ "KIM KYU JONG (김규종)_20110927_TURN ME ON teaser". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  12. ^ "SS501′s Kim Kyu Jong Reveals MV Teaser for "Turn Me On". Soompi. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  13. ^ Eun, Elizabeth "SS501′s Kim Kyu Jong to Make Long-Awaited Comeback" CJ E&M enewsWorld. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  14. ^ "KIM KYU JONG (김규종)_YESTERDAY_M/V(뮤직비디오)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  15. ^ "SS501's Kim Kyu Jong releases debut mini-album, "Turn Me On"". Allkpop. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  16. ^ "KIM KYU JONG (김규종)_YESTERDAY_M/V(Dance ver.)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  17. ^ a b "[Interview] Kim Kyu Jong, “I was on the verge of retiring...”". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  18. ^ Hong, Lucia "Gaon Weekly Album Chart: 25 September-1 October 2011" 10 Asia. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18
  19. ^ a b c d "[News] Kim KyuJong “Extraordinary Female Make-Up Photo, Hoping to be Pretty but Simply Transvestite”". Dkpop News. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  20. ^ "Turn Me On album info" Yesasia. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18
  21. ^ "Turn Me On - EP". iTunes. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  22. ^ "Turn Me On (Deluxe Edition) (CD+DVD) album info" Warner Music Taiwan. 28 October2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18 (Chinese)
  23. ^ "Gaon Weekly Single Chart - September 25 - October 1, 2011". Gaon Charts (in Korean). Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "This links to current week - select the week from drop down menu" Gaon Album Chart. Retrieved 2011-11-18 (Korean)
  25. ^ "This links to current week – select the year/month from drop down menu" Gaon Album Chart. Retrieved 2011-11-14 (Korean)
  26. ^ "Gaon Yearly Charts - 2011". Gaon Charts (in Korean). Archived from the original on February 6, 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  27. ^ "This links to the current week - search for week number at the bottom of page" G-Music Combo Chart. Retrieved 2011-11-18 (Chinese)
  28. ^ "This links to the current week - search for week number at the bottom of page" G-Music J-Pop/K-Pop Chart. Retrieved 2011-11-18 (Chinese)
  29. ^ "J-Pop/K-Pop Chart Week 44 (28 October – 3 November 2011)" Five Music Chart. Retrieved 2011-11-18 (Chinese)

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