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In the recently announced list of winners for ‘The 27th Japan Gold Disc Award 2013′, Girls’ Generation (also known as Shoujo Jidai in Japan) won two awards – ‘Song of the Year By Download Award (Asia)’ with ‘Paparazzi’ and ‘Best Music Video Award (Asia)’ with their ‘Japan First Tour Girls’ Generation’.
Other winners in the ‘Song of the Year By Download Award’ are Namie Amuro and Che’Nelle while ‘Best Music Video Award’ winners include Arashi, EXILE and Lady Gaga.
The Japan Gold Disc Award is one of the major annual music awards in Japan, held by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) yearly since 1987, in recognition of the music sales and outstanding artists in the country.
Girls’ Generation are no strangers to the awards as they have received recognition from the Gold Disc Awards since two years ago. In 2011, the year following their debut in Japan, the girls were awarded the ‘New Artists of The Year Award‘ and the ‘Best 5 New Artists Award‘ in the 25th Gold Disc Award. Meanwhile, in 2012, Girls’ Generation were awarded the ‘Album of the Year Award (Asia)’ as well as ‘Best 3 Albums Award (Asia)’ for their first Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’.
Credit: Japan Gold Disc Award
On December 28th, Girls’ Generation came in second in a survey for “The Most Outstanding Singer of the Year” conducted by Gallup Korea on 4,157 participants from the ages 13 to 59.
The surveys were conducted using the interview method during different periods of the year, namely from May 2nd to 16th, September 12th to 26th and November 15th to 30th.
It was no surprise that PSY came in first place (24.4%) this year with his hugely successful ‘Gangnam Style’. In 2012, Girls’ Generation (with a total votes of 19.8%), however, had little promotions as a group in Korea after ‘The Boys’ in the previous year but instead, they had subunit activities (TaeTiSeo with ‘Twinkle’) and individual activities in dramas, musicals and variety shows. Big Bang came in third with 9.5% followed by IU (6.9%) and Jang YoonJung (6.6%).
This is also not the first time we saw Girls’ Generation on Gallup Korea’s list of “The Most Outstanding Singer of the Year”. Girls’ Generation came in fourth in 2007 and 2008 before topping the list from 2009 to 2011. From the results of the survey, we can also see that Girls’ Generation topped the survey for participants in their 20s while Big Bang topped the teenage category and PSY topped the 30-50s age groups.
TaeTiSeo’s ‘Twinkle’ was also chosen 4th as “The Best Song of the Year” with PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ taking first, followed by Sistar’s ‘Alone’ and Busker Busker’s ‘Cherry Blossom Ending’. Girls’ Generation’s ‘Gee’, ‘Hoot’, ‘Oh!’ and ‘The Boys’ appeared on the list in previous years.
Meanwhile, Busker Busker and Ailee were voted to be the “Best Newcomers of the Year”.
Girls’ Generation will be making their long-awaited comeback with ‘I Got A Boy’ on January 1st.
Credit: Gallup Korea
Girls’ Generation topped Oricon’s Weekly Singles Chart (October 8th edition) through their 5th Japanese single ‘Oh!’ which was released on September 26th with sales of about 66,000 copies throughout the first week of its release.
Besides the single’s successful release, the ‘Girls’ Generation Complete Video Collection’ DVD and Blu-ray which were released on the same day as the 5th single also topped the weekly charts of their respective divisions with sales of 40,000 copies (DVD) and 19,000 copies (Blu-ray) respectively.
With such impressive sales volume, Girls’ Generation had successfully secured the no.1 spot on 3 different divisions, making them the second artist to have achieved such a feat after Japan’s popular group, Mr. Children. Among female artists as well as foreign artists, Girls’ Generation are the first to have topped 3 divisions at the same time.
Girls’ Generation will be releasing the Japanese version of their cute, cheerleader-concept hit ‘Oh!’ which will be the title track of their 5th Japanese single. The new single which consists of 2 songs will be officially released on Wednesday, September 26th. The ringtone will be available for download starting September 14th through mobile music download site, Recochoku.
Besides ‘Oh!’, the other song included in this single is entitled ‘All My Love Is For You’, which has been unveiled through the release of its MV on September 4th. The much anticipated MV for the Japanese version of ‘Oh!’ will be revealed on September 14th through Girls’ Generation’s official Japanese website (http://girls-generation.jp/) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/girlsgeneration.jp).
Here’s the track list and details of the 5th Japanese Single:
First Press Edition including DVD – Price – 1890 Yen (including tax)
2. All My Love Is For You
1. All My Love Is For You (Music Video)
*Digipak tall case
*Cover design – Version A
Regular Edition – Price – 1260 Yen (including tax)
2. All My Love Is For You
*Cover design – Version B
UPDATE 1: Oh! The PV is out!!!
In the early morning of September 14th, the music video of Oh! (Japanese version) was released through SMTOWN’s official YouTube channel.
Through its morning broadcast, Japan’s FNN ‘Mezamashi TV’ introduced the PV and stated, “Girls’ Generation released a music video that features their transformation into cheerleaders. ‘Oh!’ was first released in Korea and since the song is a big hit, the music video for the Japanese version was produced especially for the Japanese fans”.
In the music video, the girls put on cheerleaders’ costumes and simple but cute outfits such as baseball jumpers with matching shorts. Girls’ Generation members’ loveliness that matchess well with the cheerful atmostphere of the song are highlighted in the music video.
Although most of the lyrics are in Japanese, the phrase ‘Oppareul Saranghae’ was maintained as it is (in Korean), making the song sounds much more interesting and fun. The 5th single ‘Oh!’ is set to be released on September 26th and the girls are expected to carry out various promotional activities after that.
After analyzing participants’ dance cover from 4/26 to 7/10, Visit Korea Year has announced the top 5 role models for cover dance groups on July 10th. Participants from more than 50 countries in 6 continents worldwide have registered for this event. Out of the 1350 groups registered, 155 teams covered Girls’ Generation’s choreography, putting the girls in the no.1 spot. SHINee was ranked second with 98 teams, Miss A came in third with 79 teams, Sistar in 4th with 75 teams, while 2NE1 took the 5th spot with 70 teams.
Girls’ Generation and SHINee are favorites among the participants from Asia, Europe, North and South America. TVXQ took first in Oceania and while Block B seems to be Africa’s favorite group. In addition, Sistar’s rising popularity despite not having any promotional activities outside Korea is garnering a lot of attention.
On the other hand, teams that have passed the preliminary round will be competing at the ‘Visit Korea Year 2012 K-Pop Cover Dance Festival’ (http://www.coverdance.org)
Girls’ Generation is back with another single to dominate the Japanese music industry again this summer. Exactly 1 year and 2 months after the release of their 3rd Japanese single ‘Mr.Taxi’ (released on April 27th, 2011), Girls’ Generation’s 4th Japanese single ‘Paparazzi’ is set to be unveiled on June 27th, 2012. Just hours after the announcement of the single’s release, the PV teaser was revealed through SMTOWN’s official YouTube channel.
Earlier this month during an interview with JoongAng Daily, Tiffany described the new single ‘Paparazzi’ as a fast-beat dance song that has the most difficult choreography in history. The production team of the single includes Grammy Award winner Miles Walker (mixing) and world-renowned Sterling Sound’s Tom Coyne (mastering).
In the teaser PV revealed, Girls’ Generation members appeared as top stars who are getting all the attention with bodyguards accompanying them as they made their way to a theater. Also, through the teaser, one could clearly hear the repeated verse of ‘ooh la la la~’. Another aspect that strikes the attention of the viewers is the members’ fashionable appearance in beige-colored trench coats in front of a broadway theater.
There will be a total of 5 versions of music videos and soon, you will get to see these awesome music videos on Facebook!
The single comes in 3 editions:
1. First Press Special Limited Edition (CD+DVD) Jacket Type A
Price: 1920 Yen (Tax included)
Contents: CD – ‘Paparazzi’ (Main + Instrumental), DVD – ‘Paparazzi’ (Music Video + Close-up version)
Items included: 2 (Type A and B) newspaper-size photo booklets + Poster (Type A – First Press only) + Photos of MV shooting & Members’ Q&A .
*Note: Type A – GIRLS’ GENERATION’ PAPARAZZI “SPECIAL ISSUE”, Type B – GIRLS’ GENERATION’ PAPARAZZI “BEHIND THE SCENES”
2. Regular Edition (CD + DVD) Type A, Jacket Type B
Price: 1590 Yen (Tax included)
Contents: CD – ‘Paparazzi’ (Main + Instrumental), DVD – ‘Paparazzi’ (MV)
Items included: Poster (Type B)
3. Regular Edition (CD) Type B, Jacket Type B
Price: 1100 Yen (Tax included)
Contents: ‘Paparazzi’ (Main + Instrumental)
UPDATE 1: Music Videos of Paparazzi released, recorded about 2 million views in less than 2 days
At midnight of June 15th, two versions (Full Version and Dance Edit) of ‘Paparazzi’ music video were released through SM Town official YouTube channel. In just less than two days, the full version of the ‘Paparazzi’ MV recorded more than 1.6 million views while the dance version has about 850,000 views on YouTube.
The girls are scheduled to appear on TV Asahi’s ‘Music Station’ on June 22nd along with Linkin Park, KAT-TUN, etc.
Credit: SMTOWN@YouTube/Mst_com@Twitter (Music Station Twitter account)
UPDATE 2: ‘Paparazzi’ topped iTunes Japan Chart
Just hours after its official release, Girls’ Generation have shown their domination once again by taking the no.1 spot on iTunes Japan’s ‘Top Charts’.
Rola’s debut album ‘Memories’ came in 2nd while Japanese girl group Momoiro Clover Z took the no.3 spot. American singer, Chris Brown’s ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ was also among the top 10 songs in the chart.
Credit: iTunes Japan
UPDATE 3: ‘Paparazzi’ ranked 2nd on Oricon Daily Singles Chart
On June 27th, based on the data released by Oricon, Girls’ Generation’s ‘Paparazzi’ has recorded sales of 42,525 copies, placing the girls’ 4th Japanese Single in the no.2 spot behind KAT-TUN’s ‘To The Limit’ which sold more than 60,000 copies on day 1. Both singles were officially released on June 27th.
In comparison to the girls’ 3rd Japanese Single ‘Mr.Taxi/Run Devil Run’ which was released in April 2011, ‘Paparazzi’ ended its first day of sales by about 2,000 copies more. However, both singles finished 2nd on day 1.
UPDATE 4: ‘Paparazzi’ ranked 2nd on Oricon Weekly Singles Chart
According to Oricon on July 5th, ‘Paparazzi’ recorded sales of 92,526 copies for the week June 25th to July 1st, which places the 4th single in the 2nd spot on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart behind KAT-TUN’s ‘To The Limit’ which sold 156,351 copies in the same week.
At recently concluded 2012 Mnet 20′s Choice Awards held on June 28th, the successful Girls’ Generation subunit TaeTiSeo won the ’20′s Trendy Music’ award, which nominees include Big Bang, SISTAR, FT Island and miss A.
Besides that, Girls’ Generation were also nominated for ’20′s Global Star’ award, ’20′s Style’ Award (Sooyoung) and ’20′s Drama Star (Female)’ award (Yoona).
Prior to the award presentation ceremony, which was held annually in South Korea, TaeTiSeo walked the blue carpet and turned many heads with their glamorous fashion. The trio also performed their hit single ‘Twinkle’, which has swept multiple wins for many consecutive weeks from the weekly music programs.
After receiving the award, Tiffany was interviewed by reporters and she said, “We are very happy to be able to receive so much love while something that we love. It feels really great and we are honored to receive such an award (20′s Trendy Music). We shall repay with more great music in the future.”
Taeyeon said, “In Girls’ Generation, it’s the first time we tried to promote as a unit and we are thankful for the hot response towards the very different and unique challenge that we took on.”
Seohyun added, “We are very thankful to all Girls’ Generation’s fans who continue to shower us with lots of supports even though we’re promoting as a unit and not Girls’ Generation as a whole. There are still performances to come. Since we’re going to show you our best side, we shall work hard in order to achieve that. In the future, we shall repay the award we received with more great songs.”
Check out the girls on the blue carpet, their award acceptance speech as well as their lovely performance on tonight’s 20′s Choice Awards.
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In the recently unveiled list of winners for the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012 (MTV VMAJ 2012), Girls’ Generation, also known as Shoujo Jidai in Japan, won the ‘Best Album of the Year’ award for their first Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ among big name nominees Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Juju and fellow K-pop girl group KARA.
In addition to this award, Girls’ Generation were also nominated for the ‘Best Video of the Year’ award, which eventually went to EXILE for their song ‘Rising Sun’.
The group’s first full-length Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ was released in June last year and is still recording high sales with the album certified ‘Million’ by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) earlier this month, which makes them the second Korean artist to have achieved the ‘Million’ certification after their senior BoA’s ‘Best of Soul’ compilation album more than seven years ago.
Girls’ Generation were no strangers to the MTV VMAJ awards as they won two out of three nominations last year, namely the ‘Best Group Video’ and ‘Best Karaokee! Song’ awards for the Japanese remake of their hit single ‘Genie’, where they beat Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Ikimono-gakari and w-inds for the awards.
The awards represent the success of the group in Japan, who had made their debut in the country only less than two years ago in August 2010, and their upcoming release ‘Paparazzi’ has already gotten huge support and response from Japanese and international fans alike. The group has also kicked off their promotional activities for ‘Paparazzi’ on TV Asahi’s ‘Music Station’ on Friday.
Girls’ Generation was selected as the group with the best dance performance by mobile users in Japan.
On June 18th, the ‘Ranking of Girl groups with great dance performance’ was released by Japan’s mobile music service site Recochoku. From the users’ voting result, Girls’ Generation took the no.1 spot in the survey.
E-Girls came in 2nd while Japan’s 3-member techno-pop girl group Perfume took the no.3 spot. Kara and Speed were ranked 4th and 5th respectively.