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For those who have been waiting for the “Hoot” Album Japan vers., they have finally been released today. 4 versions –‘Normal Edition’, ‘Limited Edition’ (ALBUM + DVD), ‘Limited Pressing’ (ALBUM + DVD), and ‘Deluxe First Press Limited Edition’ (ALBUM + DVD) — ranging from about $22.25-47.99, are ready to be bought in stores or shipped out.
The album consists of 11 Korean tracks (the 5 tracks from the original ‘Hoot’ mini album plus 6 bonus tracks from former SNSD’s albums –‘Hoot’, ‘Mistake’, ‘My Best Friend’, ‘Wake Up’, ‘Snowy Wish’, ‘Gee’, ‘Genie’, ‘Oh!’, ‘Run Devil Run’, “Show! Show! Show!’, ‘Be Happy’) and although you might be thinking we have already heard them and the Japan vers. might be
redunkulously overpriced, the album exclusively includes a DVD with the girls’ ‘Hoot’ music clip/mv & ‘Premium Show Case Live in Ariake Colosseum 2010.08.25’. The fact that there is an exclusive DVD has many Sones hyped up, especially Japanese Sones.
Fortunately, fans have taken pictures of the promotional displays at Shinjuku Tower record in Shibuya, Tokyo and the album itself for us to see.
If you’re looking for a place to order them, they are available on YesAsia:
1. HOOT (Normal Edition)(Japan Version) – US$22.25 [~£14.36]
2. HOOT (ALBUM+DVD)(Limited Pressing)(Japan Version) – US$31.75 [~£20.49]
3. HOOT (ALBUM+DVD)(Limited Edition)(Japan Version) – US$38.99 [~£25.16]
4. HOOT (ALBUM+DVD)(Deluxe First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) – US$47.99 [~£30.96]
Notably, hiro2008@Twitter tweeted,
“* watching the Ariake showcase live DVD *”
“”Tokyo, Put it back on!!!!” 有明のライブ、思い出すなあ。”
“この通訳さんの声は、、、「中年時代」さん？ (Ariake showcase DVD)”
“I think the camera work and scene editing of the Ariake showcase DVD are great, featuring both #SNSD ‘s excellent formation dancing and each member’s really cute close-up shots, totally different from TV shows’ ones. Due to this, their performance looks refreshing.”
Source: DC_TAEYEON + cantthinkofaname@soompi + sosiz + hiros2008@Twitter
Written by: ferrerorocher9@SNSDKorean.com
J Wong said:
Ah i really do want the japenese version. Or rather, I’m dying for the DVD DX But I’m short of cash at the moment, TT . TT
omg…. the DVD contains the Ariake Collosseum showcase?!… maybe i’ll get it after all… xD but dang…. $50 😦
Go buy for your bro! He no money le, looking for weekend job while serving NS
They should sell the DVD by itself. I’d buy that, but not another Hoot album
*close my eyes* just buy it already … for the sake of soshi n the dvd …
I waited for info on the Japanese version before deciding which version to buy, but when I saw the price I got sticker shock, I ended up getting the Korean version after all. The Ariake showcase DVD is the only thing that makes the first press limited edition worth its $50.
The prices are a bit steep here 😉 , but I suppose in Japan, such pricing is acceptable to them and, to be fair, it is targeted at the Japanese market :D. Perhaps they may release the showcase DVD separately if SM Ent thinks there is a demand for it outside of Japan :).
Where can I listen the Japanese ver?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like the Japanese version does not contain the mini photobook that comes with the Korean version. Does the Japan version not have that mini photobook? If that’s the case, then Korean version > Japanese version. Also, what is the difference between all the three versions that have a CD + DVD combo ( ‘Limited Edition’ (ALBUM + DVD), ‘Limited Pressing’ (ALBUM + DVD), and ‘Deluxe First Press Limited Edition’ (ALBUM + DVD))? Anyone know?
finally!! more dosage of the 9!!
i can’t wait for the sales turn out for the week. i heard one of the editions had already sold out long before the announced of its release :)…btw: its odd to see a tower records stores nowadays (well, at least outside the U.S.), they’re still going strong in japan.
btw: some good news: SNSD’s japanese “Gee” has been included in the Oricon yearly for most physical album sales; they are at no. 49.
Great accomplishment to make it on the list, they’re the only Korean group to be on the top 50, wow. However, it saddens me to see how far they are from even close to challenging the top group AKB48, I mean, their #1 and #2 singles sold more than 1.6M combined, will SNSD ever be able to attain that kind of mass appeal? The reality is harsh some times, even the Japanese media portrayed the arrival of SNSD as a huge impact to the JPOP market, but the hard results are showing otherwise. They have their work cut out for them if they want to become like the female version of TVXQ.
we don’t know if SNSD will accomplish million record sells any time soon, but from what i hear through the oricon critics, SNSD’s 100k+ albums sales guarantees them as one of the tough competitors next year. AKB48 is popular in japan, but that’s where their popularity will only be visible…japan. they don’t have enough universal appeal, talent, nor charisma as SNSD to be able to have a widespread popularity. i understand how big they are in japan, but there’s not one person outside of korea who has not heard of SNSD because they are simply that popular. despite kpop being a small industry, SNSD has taken the brand globally. their entry into the japanese market shows their courage in order to gain enough experience outside their comfort zone. this is why japan views SNSD as Asia’s no. 1 girl group despite japan having the top girl group who sells million records.
Beating AKB48 sounds like a pretty unrealistic dream, IMO. Don’t get me wrong; I love SNSD and I throughly dislike AKB48. However, my opinion on the matter is as follows.
The Japanese music market is particularly hard for Korean girl groups because most of the Japanese who like Korean pop culture are Japanese women (the Ariake attendance was like 80% female). Most of the anti-Korea sentiment that still exists in Japan lies mainly in Japanese men, who are the main consumers of AKB48 products in Japan. On top of that, among those men, the ones that spend the kind of money that is spent in AKB48 are likely otaku who like the moé aesthetic (excessively cute and simple-minded girls prancing around in provocative fashions). Korean girl groups such as SNSD are based on strong, smart, powerful, sexy women with charming personalities. Otaku, who are known as super-consumers in Japan, generally don’t particularly see the appeal of strong, self-sufficient women. Thus, unless SM pulls a marketing miracle, SNSD will always trail way behind groups such as AKB48.
The reason DBSK achieved such wild success is because they’re men, therefore not only are women their main consumers but also their image and music is not subject to the same scrutiny as with girl groups, who usually have to go the moé route if they want the kind of money native girl groups pull in.
For confirmation of my theory on the success of AKB48, just search YouTube for an AKB48 PV… you’ll see what I mean.
I know about the Otakus and their tendencies. I was going to make a comment about Japanese men’s eccentric tastes but I held off thinking I might come across sounding prejudice in some way. Your points are all valid and I can see why things are the way they are with AKB48 and SNSD in Japan, but it still disappointing that not even the best Asian girl group of our generation can break down these eccentric barriers – at least not yet anyway. And it’s very true that SNSD’s appeal is across the entire Asian continent while AKB48’s will be limited to Japan. I have seen some of their PVs and I can’t help but wonder what’s going on in the minds of those Otakus, it kinda creeps me out just to think about it! For stuff like that to sell like hot cakes, it says a lot about the state of mind of Japanese men. If you feel like AKB48 relies overly on cute and childish concepts, their boy bands utilize this strategy to their advantage too, it took TVXQ a long time to break in and gain enough fanbase to challenge the likes of Arashi. Still, I just want to repeat a comment I made when the girls’ Japanese Gee was defeated on the Oricon Weekly chart by a rather unimpressive song by NYC, that I cannot fathom why foreign groups that possess superior talent, skills, looks and charisma have such difficult time over taking “inferior” competitors in a market like Japan.
But, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility, SNSD has rewritten history more than we can count and they’re a group that we just cannot underestimate. If TVXQ can win the hearts of Japanese people, I believe SNSD can too, since they already have a strong female fanbase (though the female TVXQ fans are probably demographically different from SNSD’s female fans), any male fans they manage to convert will pile on. It only takes a few to spread the Soshi virus.
very interesting: i know about japanese society having taken asian sociology back in college and learned about otakus. however, i wouldn’t be pessimistic about SNSD’s future in the japanese music scene…its a long shot, but i’m sure its not impossible. but you could be right: japan still has a lot of close minded people (especially those who have anti-korean sentiments), and even the japanese media criticize the way japanese men in the society has become. during the fns music festival, that’s the first time i saw all 48 members in one stage. and to be honest, i felt like i watch a factory assembly line…its that disturbing. to top it all off, their mvs and the fan service they do is just down right creepy. if japan wants SNSD to become like that, then i rather have the girls back in korea and making more impact with the rest of the world.
Very cool! Looks like they’re attacking the Japanese market pretty aggressively.
Love the pics of the store…look at all those posters! So awesome…i want some!! =)
actually, SM/UMJ don’t really promote them that heavily…they’re rarely do appearances in japanese shows, except for the main music programs of course. but with strong fanbase, word of mouth, and the backing of japanese media they always have great album turn outs. so far the girls have done an amazing job closing 2010 with both korea and japan under their favour. 2011, is very much anticipated; they are to make an appearance in a popular japanese family drama, japanese ver. of “Oh”, and their first japanese album to be release in the spring.
i preordered it last week… now only waiting to touch it hahaha
Do they sing Hoot in Japanese? I can’t find it on youtube :c
Boss Lady said:
its not japanese. its just the korean album released specifically to the japanese fans 🙂
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so sad that in lithuania i can’t get any SNSD album… ;(