Walk Down Memory Lane and Enjoy These Legendary Songs
DBSK is part of the second generation of idol groups, and was created by Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment. DBSK was formed in 2003, and gained an instant and massive popularity that reached its peak at the end of the 2000s. DBSK was well-known as a Korean Wave icon that became a household name in Asian countries.
Ironically, at the peak of the group’s popularity, three of its members decided to terminate their contracts and leave the group. The remaining two members continued to promote their activities as duo group DBSK. Throughout their long career in K-Pop, DBSK released various legendary singles.
In this article, Byeol Korea selects and talks about 10 legendary DBSK songs that became hugely popular in 2000s. So stay tuned!
Mirotic was released on September 26, 2008, and became the fourth Korean studio album that was produced by DBSK. It was also the last album that features all five members of the group. Mirotic became one of the most successful DBSK albums. It became the best selling album in 2008, and sold 110,000 albums within the first week of its release. Mirotic won the Album of the Year Award at the 23rd Golden Disk Awards and Mnet KM Music Festival. Mirotic is currently holding the record for the best-selling music album for the second generation of Korean idols. After releasing the album in September, Mirotic reached its peak in the number one position in both September and October 2008.
The title of DBSK’s fourth studio album came from combination of the words labyrinth and tic. The album was an ambitious intention from DBSK to capture the perfect music for their fans. Fans couldn’t escape the music labyrinth after listening DBSK’s album, Mirotic.
The hit title from the album, Order Mirotic, is a reverse beat dance number with a good melody and addictive chorus. The lyrics mainly told of each member’s intention to dominate a woman’s love. The dance choreography was invented by Kenny Wormald, who made choreography for Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, and Christina Aguilera.
Hug is the debut single from DBSK, that was released on January 14th, 2004. The single was originally performed by SM Entertainment label-mate, BoA and Britney Spears, on December 26, 2003. Hug started slowly on the music charts, but gained momentum after two months. DBSK won their first music show award in March 2004, on Inkigayo. Hug reached the number four position in April and May 2004, and stayed on the music charts until early 2005. Later, DBSK released Japanese and Mandarin versions of Hug in 2004 and 2007.
DBSK’s debut single, Hug, was sung a capella and featured every DBSK member’s powerful voice. Senior idol BoA made a featuring appearance on the album that stood out from DBSK members.
Wrong Number was the title song for DBSK’s fourth studio album, Mirotic Special. The album was released on November 12, 2008. Wrong Number was released following the success of Order Mirotic. There are three versions of Wrong Number on the album, the music video version, performance version, and an acoustic version. Wrong Number failed to peak at the top of the music charts after the release as DBSK’s title single for their fourth album.
Wrong Number tells the story of a failed relationship between two lovers. One of the lovers contacts and keeps checking her lover. She became obsessed with him and gave little trust to him. The other lover grew tired of her constant nagging, suspicion, and checking his position. It was time to call time on their relationship, and he blocked her phone number so that she would get a wrong number.
DBSK gave fans their best Christmas present when they released the special album Christmas Gift From DBSK on December 7, 2004. The album also included popular Christmas songs like First Noel and Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town. The title song for the special Christmas album is Magic Castle.
The music video for Magic Castle was released on November 23, 2009. On the video, all the DBSK members were dressed in white suits. They serenaded the hit single in front of a castle, under the falling snow. The first verse featured members singing an a capella version, and was followed by lovely and sweet Christmas melodies. The single was a true Christmas gift from DBSK.
Tonight is the second single from DBSK’s second album, Rising Sun. Before the release of the album, they held a concert in front of much anticipated 50,000 fans. The second album was pre-ordered for 130,000 copies before the actual release date.
Rising Sun was released on September 12, 2005, and was a mix of dance and ballads. DBSK showed music fans that they weren’t an ordinary idol group. Their singing talent shined as they showed that the entire membership of the group could sing in R&B, and impressed fans with their high vocal range. Though the single failed to reach the top position in music charts, Tonight’s music video was watched more than 1 million times on the YouTube channel. The music video showed DBSK members performing in front of loving fans, while the fans waved candles and lamps on a romantic evening
Evergreen was composed by Micky Yoochun and was written by Choi Kang Changmin. The single was included in the SMTown Winter 2007 CD Only Love collection. The album was composed of 12 singles, and included several popular Christmas songs such as First Snow, Winter Wonderland, Oh Holy Night, We Wish You A Merry Christmas & Feliz Navidad, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. All of the songs were recorded by SM Entertainment artist lineups. DBSK participated, and recorded their original Christmas theme song called Evergreen.
I Believe was released on October 11, 2004, as the title song on their EP album Tri-Angle. The hit single was recorded with simple rhythm, modern string harmony and a sweet piano melody to show a more mature version of DBSK. The music video was taken at a beachside resort. On a warm early morning, Micky Yoochun started singing the first verse, while the rest of the member followed on the chorus verse.
Holding Back The Tears
Holding Back The Tears was released on July 28, 2006, as part of the original soundtrack for the movie Korean Vacation. In the movie, Choi Kang Changmin, Yunho, and Junsu participated as male reading roles in separate episodes. The single was recorded in a ballad concept that includes an acoustic guitar opening verse. The following verses include sad and heartbreaking string harmony.
I Never Let Go
I Never Let Go was a romantic R&B ballad song by DBSK, and is the second hit single from the album Tri-Angle. Though it failed to reach the top position on the Korean and Japanese music charts, the single was one of fans’ favorite singles from Tri-Angle. DBSK performed a live version on I Never Let Go at the 2006 Live Concert Rising Sun.
Keep Your Head Down
Keep Your Head Down was released on January 26, 2011, as Why? (Keep Your Head Down) EP. At the time of the release, DBSK was active both in Japan and Korea to promote their albums. Keep Your Head down sat at number five on Korean music charts, and sold more than 1.3 million copies. Keep Your Head Down was recorded in the J-Pop genre, and included a Japanese version of the single Maximum. Keep Your Head Down was recorded in a thumping beat and had powerful rap lyrics.
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