Replay (Shinee song)
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"Replay" () is the debut single by South Korean boy band
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, recorded for the extended play of the same name. It was released on May 22, 2008, through
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. A Japanese version of the song was later released on June 22, 2011, through
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Background and release

On May 19, 2008,
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announced the formation of their new boy band,
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. Described as a "contemporary band", the group was composed of five teenagers and was intended to set trends in music, fashion and dance. A teaser for the music video of their debut single, "Replay", was released the same day. The song and its accompanying music video were released on May 22, alongside the EP of the same name. The music video features
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of f(x) as the female lead. The choreography was created by
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. "Replay" is a
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song written and produced by The Heavyweights in collaboration with Young-hu Kim and
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. The lyrics are from the perspective of a young man in love with an older woman. The line, "Noona (older sister), you're so pretty", directly targets the adult female demographic. The group took an entire day to record the song, finding it unexpectedly challenging and vocal-driven. Prior to their debut, three of the group's five members were training to be rappers; only Jonghyun and
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were vocalists. The youngest member,
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, did not feature on the song at all.


Promotion

Shinee performed "Replay" for the first time on the music program ''
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'' on May 25, 2008. The performance attracted over 800 fans, and the group held an event afterwards at a nearby park where they handed out lollipops. They also performed at the 2008 Dream Concert on June 7.


Critical reception

"Replay" received generally positive reviews from critics. It was named one of the top 100
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songs of all time by a panel of 35 music critics and industry experts in association with
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and the ''
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''. According to music critic Kim Yun-ha, "Replay" laid the foundation for Shinee's "unique identity", and carries the "mint-coloured freshness" that the public associates with the group. Park Chang-young of ''Maeil Business Newspaper'' stated that "Replay" "opened a new chapter in idol music". Writing for ''Marie Claire'', Quinci LeGardye called the song "one of the best idol debuts ever". Jo I-seul of ''IZM'' described it as a "trendy" and "high-quality" song, but did not find it strikingly original.


Japanese version

A Japanese version of "Replay", titled "Replay (Kimi wa Boku no Everything)", was released on June 22, 2011, featuring the Japanese version of "Hello (Shinee song), Hello" as a B-side. Im Yoon-ah, Yoona of Girls' Generation appeared in the music video. Shinee celebrated its release with a live showcase at Abbey Road Studios in London, becoming the first Asian artists to perform there. The single sold over 91,000 copies in the first week, setting a new sales record for the Japanese debut single of a Korean group. It was certified Gold by Recording Industry Association of Japan, RIAJ for selling over 100,000 copies. The song was later included on Shinee's first Japanese album, ''The First (album), The First''.


Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Melon. * Shinee – vocals * Young-hu Kim – lyrics * The Heavyweights – composition, arrangement * Yoo Young-jin – arrangement


Charts


Korean version


Japanese version


Sales and certifications


Release history


References

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