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"I Got a Boy"
I GOT A BOY
Single by Girls' Generation
from I Got a Boy
Released: January 1, 2013
Format: Digital
Recorded: 2012; S.M. Boomingsystem
Genre: Bubblegum Pop, Electropop, Pop-Rap, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, R&B
Language: Korean
Length: 04:31
Label: S.M. Entertainment, KT Music
Producer: Will Simms, Yoo Young-jin
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I Got a Boy is the second single (thirteenth overall) from the fourth studio album with the same title recorded by South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation.

Currently, the single is not included in Superstar SMTOWN.

Composition

I Got a Boy was written by European composers Will Simms, Sarah Lundbäck Bell, Anne Judith Wik with additional writing by Korean composer Yoo Young-jin. The song was produced by Will Simms and Yoo Young-jin.

I Got a Boy is a K-Pop song that is described as an eclectic mix of various genres. U.S. magazine Billboard wrote that the track features elements of electropop and minimal drum and bass. On reviewing I Got a Boy album for the same publication, Jeff Benjamin noted dubstep elements on the song. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone‍ '​s Nick Catucci opined that I Got a Boy features a range of genres from minimal R&B to "high-BPM" dance. Writing for Time, Douglas Wolk described the track as a "monomaniacally charming" hybrid of bubblegum pop, dubstep and hard rock. Meanwhile, AllMusic's David Jefferies characterized I Got a Boy as a mix of dubstep, EDM and pop-rap. According to Catucci, the song sees the group rapping and "belting like divas.

Music Video

IGABMV

In the music video, Girls' Generation perform the choreography in the street wearing multi-colored outfits.

  • Background

Choreography for the song was handled by renowned choreographers Nappytabs who also worked with label mates TVXQ! and BoA. The music video, directed by Hong Won-ki for ZANYBROS, was released on January 1, 2013 on SMTOWN's YouTube channel and on Mnet.

  • Synopsis

The clothes worn by the girls in the Music Video featured streetwear fashion such as Kenzo x Opening Ceremony, Adidas Collection by Jeremy Scott and printed leggings; Stussy's 'Good Vibe' T-shirt, Obey's 'OG Basic' crewneck, and Joyrich varsity jacket. In the sleepover scene the girls can be seen wearing clothes by UK independent label Lazy Oaf, such as Batman shirt, fruity T-shirt and pizza crewneck. The style is described by Liza Darwin of MTV Style as "a kaleidoscopic streetwear explosion" and that the MV is a "fashion whirlwind ... jam-packed with rad clothes".

The video, running for five minutes and five seconds, begins in the same room as seen in the Dancing Queen music video, with the girls chatting in a pink-colored room; Tiffany and Yuri are sitting at a table drinking tea, Sooyoung is doing her homework, Sunny and Yoona are joking by the bed, Jessica is spraying Girl de Provence, Taeyeon and Seohyun are discussing clothing choices and Hyoyeon is blow-drying her hair. A man (Kim Ian) is then seen walking to the girls' apartment, who then rings the doorbell, the girls stop everything they're doing and rush to the door to look through the peephole, the man is then seen walking away with the words "That's weird" and "Is anybody home?" seen in speech bubbles. The camera then zooms in through the peephole to the girls and then back out again to a multi-colored room with the entire group dressed in military-inspired clothing, the sequence begins with a rap intro performed by Sooyoung and Yuri and then cuts to a street with the members dressed in hip-hop-inspired outfits with the members beginning to perform the choreography as Tiffany performs a spoken intro.

The video then cuts to several close-ups of each member, as well as scenes featuring the man flirting with each member. It then abruptly stops with the members throwing their hats toward the camera which then cuts to a second room with a strip of yellow and red triangles extending from behind the group and over them, following this, the video cuts between scenes of the members with the man as well as them in the three sets performing the song's choreography. Tiffany is then seen dressed in a pink trench coat and an orange-blonde wig singing into a retro-microphone in runway set with pink fluorescent diamonds in the back, as seen in the teaser, followed by Taeyeon wearing the same wig and a red trench coat, then, after a short close-up of Yuri in the same wig, the video then cuts back to close-ups of the group, scenes with the man and the three dance sets. The video ends with the group posing in the street with their Korean and English names seen above the I Got a Boy logo from the single and album covers.

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