Winter Magic (song)

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"Winter Magic"
Regular edition cover
Single by Kara
from the album Super Girl
"Winter Magic (X'mas version)"
ReleasedOctober 19, 2011 (2011-10-19)
FormatCD single, digital download
GenrePop, Christmas
LabelUniversal Sigma
Songwriter(s)Simon Isogai
Kara singles chronology
"Winter Magic"
""Speed Up" /
"Girl's Power"
Music video
"Winter Magic" (preview) at YouTube

"Winter Magic" (ウィンターマジック, Wintā Majikku) is the fifth Japanese single by South Korean girl group Kara. It was included in their second Japanese album, Super Girl (2011). It was released digitally on October 12, 2011 and physically on October 19. It was released in three different editions.[1]


Information about a fifth Japanese single first surfaced on the internet when member Nicole tweeted to fellow member JiYoung on Twitter, "Starting from now, spend all your time together with me!!!! You're mine You're mine You're mine!!", to which she replied, "Unnie (Nicole), you too, you're mine you're mine you're mine! Bounce, bounce, be~ mine~~". Nicole then tweeted back by saying "I see, therefore unnie (herself) will take responsibility for you until the end [..]". Fellow member Goo Hara also tweeted in regards to the posts made by her fellow members: "Heehee, such cute kids. Giving hints like that is... ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ(*laughs*)". This led to many fans believing that the members were hinting on possible lyrics for their next single that will be released in the future.[2]

On September 16, 2011, Universal Music Japan officially announced on the group's Japanese homepage that they will be releasing their fifth Japanese single on October 19 and will be titled "Winter Magic". The album covers for the album were then unveiled on September 27.[1]

The song first hit the Japan radio and immediately afterwards a radio rip surfaced online at September 24.[3]

Music video[edit]

A teaser for the music video was released on Universal Music Japan's YouTube channel on October 10, 2011. The full music video was released on October 12.


The video begins with the group, dressed in white night gowns, singing together to the intro of the song while sitting warmly inside a modern living room near a fireplace. As the song begins, the scene shifts towards morning where each member is seen emerging from their own houses dressed in warm winter clothing. They then head to the town by themselves to wait for someone. The video ends with someone finally arriving and each of the group members' smiles can be seen.

Live performances[edit]

The group made their first live performance of the song at TV Asahi's Music Station on October 14, 2011[4] and made another performances on the shows Count Down TV in October 23, on Music Japan and made an apparition in the show Music Lovers, both in October 24.

The group also appeared at an all star Christmas live event called “LAWSON present MUSIC FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE" supported by Sukapaa” which was held during a three-day span between December 23 and 25 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. They appeared on the 24th where they performed the X'mas version of the song along with their past singles and hits.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

Japanese single:[1]
1."Winter Magic (ウィンターマジック)"Simon IsogaiSimon IsogaiArmySlick, M.I.4:53
2."Whisper (ウィスパー)"Nice73GENGEN3:37
3."Winter Magic" (Instrumental)   4:53
4."Whisper" (Instrumental)   3:38
Total length:17:00
Bonus Track (Limited Edition Version C)
5."Winter Magic (ウィンターマジック)" (X'mas version)Simon IsogaiSimon IsogaiYosuke Nimbari5:07
Total length:22:07

Chart performance and sales[edit]

Before its full release, the song had already topped the Recochoku mobile daily chart for the most ringtone downloads.[7]

Oricon Chart[edit]

Released Oricon Chart Peak Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
October 19, 2011 Daily Singles Chart 2 78,148 124,965+ 16 weeks
Weekly Singles Chart[8] 3
Monthly Singles Chart 5
Yearly Singles Chart 64

Other charts[edit]

Chart Peak
Billboard Japan Hot 100 2
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Year-End[9] 53
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales Year-End[10] 50
RIAJ Digital Track Chart weekly top 100[11] 2
RIAJ Digital Track Chart weekly top 100
Winter Magic (X'mas version)[12]
RIAJ Digital Track Chart yearly top 100[13] 65

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
RIAJ physical single[14] Gold (100,000+)
RIAJ ringtone downloads
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[15] Gold (100,000+)
RIAJ PC downloads Gold (100,000+)

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Japan September 29, 2011 Ringtone Universal Sigma
October 12, 2011 Digital download (Song only)[16]
October 19, 2011 Digital download, CD single

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 第5弾シングルが早くも登場!今年の秋冬のスタンダード・ナンバーになる事必至! (in Japanese). Universal Music Group. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  2. ^ "Karaholic (_karaholic) on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  3. ^ "Take a first listen to KARA's new song, "Winter Magic"". Tokyohive. 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  4. ^ "Music Station reveals guest list for October 14th". Tokyohive. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  5. ^ "flumpool, KARA, JUJU, Koda Kumi and more to come together for a unforgettable Christmas". Tokyohive. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  6. ^ "JUJU、KARA、倖田來未も登場!忘れられないクリスマスライブ!" (in Japanese). Tokyohive. 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  7. ^ (연예 뉴스 스테이션) 카라 ‘스텝’ 일본 최대 음원사이트 다운로드 1위 (in Korean). Nate. 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  8. ^ "2011年10月17日~2011年10月23日のCDシングル週間ランキング (Oricon Weekly chart for October 31st)" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  9. ^ "Japan Hot 100 Music Chart /". Billboard. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  10. ^ "Hot Singles Sales Year End Music Chart / Billboard Japan". Billboard. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  11. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue October 18, 2011" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  12. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue November 29, 2011" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  13. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2010年12月15日~2011年12月13日「着うたフル(R)」 2011年有料音楽配信「年間チャート」(通称:レコ協チャート)" [Record Association Analysis: December 16, 2009—December 14, 2010 Full-length Cellphone Download 2010 paid digital sales "Yearly Chart" (Abbreviated: RIAJ Chart)] (PDF). RIAJ. December 21, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  14. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2011年10月 [Record Association report: October 2011 Gold List and other approved work]. RIAJ (in Japanese). November 22, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  15. ^ レコード協会調べ 11月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:11月度認定> [Record Association report: November 2011 Gold List and other approved work]. RIAJ (in Japanese). February 9, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  16. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - KARA「ウィンターマジック - Single」" (in Japanese). iTunes. Retrieved 2011-10-11.