kara jumping million
I was happy to learn today that KARA’s old hit, the buoyant “Jumping,” just received a RIAJ certification for 1 million downloads in Japan.

“Jumping,” first released in 2010 in both Korean and Japanese, is actually one of the less successful singles from KARA’s peak years, and is generally considered by fans as an inferior and forgettable hit compared to the group’s signature song “Mister” or the still mind-blowing “Lupin.”

While that is most definitely true (the $2 music video alone is reason enough to hate the song), I still have a soft spot for “Jumping” despite the fact that I wouldn’t rank it in my top ten favourite KARA singles. It’s probably because it was the main single from Girl’s Talk, the album that turned me into a full-blown Kamilia after I initially wrote the group off when I first seriously got into K-pop.

With that said, I still think “Jumping” is unfairly maligned and shouldn’t be forgotten as part of KARA’s incredible discography, if only for the fact that it’s the best example of the group merging their signature synth-pop sound from Korea with the energetic idol-pop of Japan (something they soon abandoned in favour of more J-pop-friendly euro-dance).

Now if only “Runaway” and “Damaged” lady could sell a million copies too, then I’d be really fucking happy.


[Via Arama Japan]

  • Suzy Sooyoung

    fucking legendary song! I miss these days!

  • talinekae

    I would love a Kara with the original members + Youngji. I love Youngji too much now to let her go but I miss Nicole and Jiyoung so so much T_T

  • zql

    jumping is my second and fifth most played kara song

  • Db

    I love Jumping. Unfortunately, it will always be forgotten as it’s sandwiched between Lupin and Step.

  • yosafbridge

    I remember the Jumping MV for the fact that Gyuri looked AMAZING in it, literally like some Greek Goddess come to life.

  • oneclearnight

    i think bc kara have released so many gr8 songs ppl overlook jumping :/ it’s such a jam.

    ppl don’t even realise how successful kara were at their peak (in japan and korea). they are one of the most successful korean girl groups of all time. true queens :’))))).

  • CY

    Jumping’s one of my favourite KARA singles, so happy it reached 1Mil! The demented bird chirps in the bridge slay and the production is just…

  • Guest

    Too bad their recent singles and albums are flopping right now. These girls need to get back to their R&B roots and release something R&B/hip-hop like Mister & Jumping. Their ‘new’ sound is a step backwards and their recent black/white concepts have done nothing but only please their male fans. Their appeal to the general public is weak due to an uneven gender ratio of fans favoring mostly men. Now that they’ve got YoungJi, they should aim to gather a new generation of fans otherwise this group will go on an indefinite hiatus like their fellow senior group Wonder Girls.