SNSD 4th Album – I Got A Boy
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Label: SM Entertainment
– Album size: 50x196x38mm
– Album weight: 310g
– There will be 10 different covers; 9 with individual members and 1 group. Covers will be shipped randomly but some shops offer selection.
Because of production reason, there will be no poster for this album. S.M. announced that group posters will be given.
– Poster size: 545x394mm
– Each album will contain a 40-page photobook. Each cover has a different photobook, as well as a different logo.
After the group’s label S.M. Entertainment revealed the group intended to return in January 2013, MBC announced on December 11, 2012, that the group would be receiving a separate broadcast depicting the album process in preparation of the album’s release in January 2013. On December 20, 2012, SM Entertainment released a teaser image through their official Twitter account. The text on the emblem reads, “Girls’ Generation 2013″, with the date and time, “2012. 12. 21 10 A.M.”.This was later revealed to be the pre-release single, “Dancing Queen”, which was released on the corresponding date. On December 20, 2012, SM Entertainment posted a teaser image containing the words “2012. 12. 21 10 A.M.” on their official Twitter.
After the release of “Dancing Queen,” the group began the release of teaser pictures, with the first member being Hyoyeon, who donned multi-colored rainbow hair. Another picture of Hyoyeon was released, which featured the album title tattooed on her neck with a male face and the group member names. Leading up to the album, the group was promoted online via Korean entertainment, Naver. Previews of their individual comeback messages were released on Naver. The full length comeback messages were only released on the Naver Line app.
The album was then formally announced to be released on January 2, 2013, after the release of Dancing Queen, with a total of ten covers set to be used; nine of which will be individual jackets that show a single member of Girls’ Generation and one which will be a group photo. For most retailers, covers will be randomly chosen when the albums are purchased. Each version of the album will include a 40-page photobook. The group’s official Korean website was also updated with the neck teaser of Hyoyeon and a re-designed logo with the words “Coming Soon” below it.Seohyun was the next member to have teaser pictures revealed on December 22, 2012, with a comeback message from leader Taeyeon as well. On the same day, the group’s teaser images were leaked causing SM Entertainment to release all the teaser images via their official Facebook account and Korean site Naver. Comeback messages from the group continued withYuri on December 23, 2012.
On December 24, Sunny’s comeback message was released along with teaser pictures of herself, Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, and Yoona. On the same day, it was announced the group’s MBC special entitled “MBC New Year Special – Girls’ Generation’s Romantic Fantasy” would be broadcast on January 1, 2013. Following the announcement of the group’s Korean comeback, SM Entertainment’s stocks rose 7.2%. Tiffany’s comeback message was released on December 25, 2012, she wished fans a Merry Christmas and told fans to “look forward to our wild rap” on “I Got a Boy. Seohyun greeted fans from the “I Got A Boy” music video set for her comeback message on December 26, 2012.
The official teaser for the drama version of the music video was released on December 26, 2012 at 5 p.m. KST. Yoona’s message was released on December 27, 2012. SM Entertainment revealed on the same day that the group would not be wearing high heels during promotional performances for “I Got a Boy” as members plan to focus on the choreography and performance. On December 28, Hyoyeon’s video message was released along with a new teaser picture of the group. Jessica’s message was released on December 29, 2012, assuring fans the group had been practicing for both the upcoming album and their Second Japan Arena Tour. Sooyoung and Seohyun’s messages were released on December 30 and 31, respectively. A highlight medley of the album was released on December 31, 2012, as well.
1. I Got a Boy
2. Dancing Queen
3. Baby Maybe
6. Express 999
8. Look at Me
*Track 7, 유리아이 Taeyeon and Tiffany’s duet.
Dsign Music, the group of famous composers that composed the hit song, “Genie”, as well as the top composers of Europe including Will Simms and Sarah Lundback, and the composer from Korea, Young-Jin Yoo participated in the making of the album. “I Got a Boy” is an electronic dance song that mixes pop, retro, and urban genres. “Talk Talk” is the Korean version of Boomerang which was in the 2nd full-length album released in Japan, and the Korean lyric tells a guy who does not understand a girl’s heart should try to talk to his girl that it gives the feeling different from Japanese version while it has the same melody and arrangement.
“Baby Maybe”, composed by the popular English singer-songwriter, Pixie Lott, mixes lyrics written by Girls’ Generation members Sooyoung, Yuri, and Seohyun that expresses the fluttering heart of a girl in love. “XYZ” with a powerful synthesizer pattern is also written by Yuri and Seohyun. The album also contains “Lost in Love (유리아이)”, a duet by Taeyeon and Tiffany expresses the changes of heart that accepts the breakup with a lover as time passes. The track “Promise” is a medium tempo ballad while “Express 999” is retro pop combining various genres. “Look at Me” combines organic beats, a playful melody, and easy-to-sing-along chorus. “Romantic St.” is a swing jazz style song.
Recommended Retail Price (RRP): ￦20,000
All the shops listed below ship the covers randomly, unless otherwise stated.
DVDHeaven: USD$14.34 (without poster) // USD$15.44 (with folded poster) // USD$17.54 (with tubed poster)
GMarket* (Synnara): ￦13,900 // ￦16,300
Interpark Book: ￦16,300
CDJapan: ¥1,677 (Tax incl.)
Tower Records: ¥1,683
GMarket* (This seller offers a 10-album package, 9 individual covers + 1 group cover): ￦138,000