2009, Year of Us

2009, Year of Us is the third extended play (EP) by South Korean boy group Shinee. It consists of six tracks and it incorporates alternative rock and hip-hop music genres. The digital version of the album was released on October 19, 2009, with a physical release on October 22. The title track, "Ring Ding Dong", was released on October 14, 2009, through various music sites.

2009, Year of Us
EP by
ReleasedOctober 22, 2009 (2009-10-22)
RecordedAugust–October 2009 at S.M. Studios, Seoul, South Korea
LabelS.M. Entertainment
ProducerLee Soo Man (executive)
Shinee chronology
2009, Year of Us
Singles from 2009, Year of Us
  1. "Ring Ding Dong"
    Released: October 14, 2009


The EP contains six songs, including the title track "Ring Ding Dong", which is described as an afro-electro song and is completed through the beat of African congo drums with the sound of an electro synthesizer, and is the work of Yoo Young-jin.[1] The lyrics of the song describe a situation of unconsciously falling in love with someone, the phrase "ring ding dong", which is repeated numerous time in the song, is a cartoon-like expression for a bell ringing in someone's head at the very moment of falling in love.[2] In an interview with Big Communications representative Jung Young-jin, it was revealed that because of its catchy hooks and repetitive nature, "Ring Ding Dong" was named the number one banned song before college entrance exams in South Korea.[3] In addition, the album contains various genres such as "JoJo", a eurodance song composed by Kenzie, and the swingbeat song "Shinee Girl".[2] The EP also features Onew's first solo song, "The Name I Loved", a ballad song based on alternative rock featuring veteran singer Kim Yeon-woo.[4] Luna of f(x) also makes an appearance on the hip-hop song, "Get Down" with Key and Minho.[5][6]

Background and releaseEdit

2009, Year of Us is Shinee's first release after a five month long absence from the K-pop scene. It is their third EP with their last being, Romeo in May 2009 and is supposed to show a new style for the group as well as the vocal talent of the members.[7] The digital version of the EP was released on October 19, 2009,[8][9] with a physical release on October 22.[10] Before its release the album recorded 60,000 pre-orders.[11]

The lead single, "Ring Ding Dong", was released digitally on October 14[12] and charted atop of several Korean music charts and gained popularity all over Asia.[13][14] It was written by Yoo Young-jin. The group had their debut performance of the song on October 16, on KBS's Music Bank.[2] Misha Gabriel, who previously worked on the group's song "Amigo" in 2008,[15] also choreographed "Ring Ding Dong".[16] The music video was shot in early October on a set in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, and was directed by Cho Soo-hyun.[17] "JoJo" was promoted alongside "Ring Ding Dong" as the second promotional track from the album.[18][19]

The EP was released in Japan on January 20, 2010, with an alternative cover and a bonus DVD.[20][21] The release peaked at number 40 on the weekly Oricon chart, charting for three weeks.[22]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from the official homepage.[23]

1."Y.O.U. (Year of Us)"Young-hu KimAlex Cantrall/Don "Traxx Trigga" Sellers Jr.3:49
2."Ring Ding Dong"Yoo Young-jinYoo Young-jin3:52
4."Get Down" (Key and Minho (feat. Luna from f(x)))Minho, Key, JQ, Big Tone, Ryan Jhun, Anita Paul, Script Shepherd, Antwann FrostSolomon Cortes, Script Shepherd, Charley Paige3:03
5."Shinee Girl"Park Joon-haPark Joon-ha3:16
6."The Name I Loved" (Onew feat. Kim Yeon-woo
내가 사랑했던 이름; Naega saranghaetdeon ireum)
Lee Sung-sooLee Sung-soo4:36
Total length:22:18


Album chartEdit

Country Chart Peak
Japan Oricon Albums Chart[22] 40


Music program awardsEdit

Song Program Date
"Ring Ding Dong" Music Bank (KBS) October 30, 2009[24]
November 6, 2009
Show! Music Core (MBC) October 31, 2009
November 7, 2009
Inkigayo (SBS) November 1, 2009[25]
November 8, 2009
November 15, 2009
M Countdown (Mnet) November 5, 2009

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
South Korea[8][10] October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19) Digital download SM Entertainment
October 22, 2009 (2009-10-22) CD
Taiwan[26] November 13, 2009 (2009-11-13) CD Avex Taiwan
Japan[22] January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20) Rhythm Zone


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