Virgin (After School album)
|Studio album by After School|
|Released||April 29, 2011 (South Korea)|
|Label||Pledis Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment|
|After School chronology|
|Singles from Virgin|
Virgin is the first full-length album by South Korean girl group After School. They promoted the album by performing their lead single "Shampoo" along with a tap dance performance of "Let's Step Up". It was released on April 29, 2011 and contains 13 songs (including new recordings of their songs "Because of You" and "When I Fall" and "Bang!"). The group has released three music videos for the album: "Shampoo", "Let's Step Up", and "Play Ur Love".
This was the last set of promotions for member Bekah.
A sample of the album's lead single, "Shampoo."
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Following the admission of ninth member, E-Young, Pledis Entertainment announced that After School will be having a comeback at the end of April 2011. They also announced that After School will release their first full-length studio album. Before the release of the album, several actions were made by the agency such as releasing a mini-album for the group leader Kahi and also the release of Orange Caramel's "Bangkok City".
On April 18, 2011, Pledis released a photo teaser of the album, featuring fourth generation member E-young. The track-listing and three other member photos followed, which were separated into third, second, and first generation members. On the day before the album's release, Pledis uploaded the video of their lead track "Shampoo" and "Let's Step Up!" on their official channel at YouTube.
Their comeback stage was held on KBS Music Bank and they performed "Shampoo" and "Let's Step Up".
The album contains nine new tracks, three re-recorded songs, and a radio edit. Two of the new tracks, "Lean on Time" and "My Bell" are solo songs sung by main vocal members Raina and Jungah.
Two songs from the album features a Pre-School Girl: in "Dream" features Yoonjo, which in 2012 debuted on the group Hello Venus, and in "Funky Man", a duet song of the members Nana and Lizzy, features Kyung Min.
|1.||"Let's Step Up"||Bekah||Junho Chang||1:45|
|2.||"Shampoo"||Won Tae Yeon||Daishi Dance, Tomoharu Moriya||4:35|
|3.||"Virgin"||Jang Ji-Won, Bekah||Niclas Lundin, Maria Marcus, H. Bharadia, Daishi Dance||3:32|
|4.||"Bang!" (2011 New Recordings)||Kim Hee-Sun, Bekah||Kim Tae Hyun||3:18|
|5.||"Play Ur Love"||Kim Bo Ah||G-HIGH||3:48|
|6.||"Dream" (feat. Yoonjo (Hello Venus))||Kim Hee-Sun||Samuli Laiho, Daisuke Kahara||3:42|
|7.||"Because of You" (너 때문에; Neo Ttaemune) (2011 New Recordings)||Brave Brothers||Brave Brothers||3:56|
|8.||"Leaning Against Time" (시간에 기대어; Sigane Gidaeeo) (Raina solo)||Young Shin Cho||Yuchi Yeon||3:32|
|9.||"Are You Doing Okay?" (잘 지내고 있죠; Jal Jinaego Issjyo)||Hwang Sung Jin||Bakdeok Sang||3:41|
|10.||"Funky Man" (Nana vs Lizzy) (feat. Kyung Min [Pre-School Girl])||Chang Chun Ho, Hyun Sik Gong||Chang Chun Ho, Hyun Sik Gong||3:22|
|11.||"My Bell" (Jung-A solo)||Song Yang Ha||Song Yang Ha||4:00|
|12.||"When I Fall" (2011 New Recordings)||Kahi||Magnus Lidehäll, Jacob Olofsson, Viktoria Sandström||3:21|
|13.||"Shampoo" (Radio Edit)||Won Tae Yeon||Daishi Dance, Tomoharu Moriya||3:57|
Virgin was released in the Philippines on 23 July 2011, along with Bang! and Happy Pledis 1st Album, and it debuted at number one on the Philippines AstroChart, while Bang! debuted at number two and Happy Pledis 1st Album at number three.
Other songs charted
|South Korea||April 29, 2011||CD, Digital download||Pledis Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment|
|Japan||May 13, 2011||CD||LOEN Entertainment|
|Philippines||July 23, 2011||CD and freebies||Universal Records Philippines|
|Taiwan||April 24, 2013||CD and DVD||Avex Taiwan|
- Universal Records Philippines (25 July 2011). "After School "Virgin" is #1 in AstroPlus album charts". Facebook.
- "After School - Gaon Search" (in Korean). Gaon. July 29, 2011.
- Official website (Korean)