I Got a Boy is the fourth Korean studio album by Girls' Generation, released on January 1, 2013.
The album was preceded by pre-release single, "Dancing Queen," released on December 21, 2012. The title track, "I Got a Boy," was released digitally on January 1, 2013.
The album contains recordings dating back to 2008. Seohyun explained the album strays away from the group's usual releases with the album being described as a "time machine" which explores the group's past and future. Billboard descried the album has a mix of multiple genre such as 1980s new wave, electronic dance music, and modern R&B, being for the taste of all, and not only K-pop fan.
SNSD had planned originally to make a Korean comeback during October and November. However, those plans were cancelled and instead the group focused on their Japanese promotions for the rest of 2012.
"Baby Maybe", a ballad, was written by members Sooyoung, Yuri, and Seohyun. "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. "Express 999" is retro pop combining various genres and is a reference to the Anime Galaxy Express 999. "Dancing Queen" is a remake of Duffy's Mercy and was supposed to be Girls' Generation title track back in 2009, instead of Gee. Jessica and Tiffany, english members, helped in the translation of the song. "Talk Talk"has a japanese version named "Boomerang" in their second japanese album Girls&Peace (2012).
Sales and charts
A week after the release of "Dancing Queen," the song was number one on the Gaon Single chart, then the same happened with I Got A Boy on January 1, 2013. I Got A Boy became the 11th best-selling single of 2013, having 1,354,672 of downloads, and Dancing Queen had 1,013,365 of download. As of July 2014, I Got A Boy surpassed 1,372,401 DLs.
In Korea, on Gaon Album Chart, the album was #1 on Weekly and Monthly chart, and #2 on yearly chart, selling over 293,302 in just 2013. As of July 2014, the album has surpassed 299,786+ in Korea only.
In the USA, I Got a Boy debuted at #2 on Billboard's World Album Chart, #2 on the Heatseekers Albums Chart and #23 on the Independent Albums Chart.
The album also charted at #3 on Taiwan Album Chart, selling over 18,000+ copies there, and #13 on China album chart.
Finally in Japan, the album ranked #7 on Oricon Weekly Chart and #22 on Oricon Monthly Chart, sellig a total of 53.563 copies in Japan.
The album has sold a total of 368,795+ copies in Asia only.