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Girls’ Generation’s members take on the ALS ice bucket challenge!

August 21, 2014


Guess who was the first Girls’ Generation member to take up the ALS ice bucket challenge? It was Sooyoung!

Sooyoung was nominated by actor Yang Dong Geun and during her weekly Midnight TV Entertainment recording a couple of days ago, she sportingly agreed to do it.

True to her words, Sooyoung did the challenge today and uploaded the videos to her Instagram. She uploaded not one but seven videos for her challenge because she took the time to explain the cause and how to donate to the cause before carrying out the challenge!

The ice bucket challenge went viral on social media recently and many big names and celebrities have attempted it to raise awareness to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a motor neuron disease where patients’ muscles become progressive weak due to muscle atrophy and patients may ultimately lose the ability to control all voluntary movements.

According to the ALS Association, the ice bucket challenge has resulted in $31.5 million in donations as compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20).

Some of the big names who have attempted the challenge are former US President George Bush, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift, David Beckham, Oprah Winfrey while the viral awareness activity are rapidly spreading throughout the Korean showbiz too with names like Running Man members Yoo Jaesuk, Kim Jongkook, HaHa, Gary and Lee Kwangsoo, BoA, Jo Insung, Super Junior members like Heechul, Donghae, Eunhyuk and more, Choo Sunghoon, Brian Joo, f(x)’s Amber and the list goes on!

Other Girls’ Generation members like Yuri, Sunny and Hyoyeon have also been nominated for the ice bucket challenge. Perhaps they will be next in line after Sooyoung kicked off the challenge for the group.

Credit: ALS Association, Sooyoung’s Instagram, krisbrow8@youtube.com

Update 1: Hyoyeon steps up for the challenge!

Next to take on the ice bucket challenge is none other than Hyoyeon!


In videos uploaded to her Instagram, Hyoyeon was seen drenched by friends including f(x)’s Amber, Miss A’s Min and many more!

She also nominated three people for the ice bucket challenge, namely SHINee’s Jonghyun, actor Chun Jungmyung and guess who? Lee Sooman, the founding chairman of SM Entertainment!

Credit: Hyoyeon’s Instagram, krisbrow8@youtube.com

she.com’s Exclusive Interview with Jessica and Her Brand BLANC

August 12, 2014


she.com’s Exclusive Interview with Girls’ Generation’s Jessica and her BLANC.
Jessica, a member of the popular Asian group Girls’ Generation, is making her way into the world of fashion by launching her own brand BLANC. Hong Kong-based fashion and lifestyle website she.com had the opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with Jessica to get her thoughts on fashion, BLANC and her views on love.

About Fashion and BLANC

S: What is the trendiest fashion in Korea now? Do these trends influence your style and BLANC?
J: Fashion is progressing at a very fast pace and it waits for no one. I pay more attention to the global trends and not just those in Korea. I often travel to various places around the world and these experiences deeply affect how I see fashion and style. There are many trendsetters around the world and I hope to be one of them.

S: Where did you get the inspirations to design BLANC’s ready-to-wear series?
J: The BLANC brand is my life’s dream and goal. I love and enjoy being a celebrity and I would still continue to be engaged in the world of entertainment. But at the same time, there are also a lot about fashion that I still need to learn about. I am really looking forward to the near future, before I release the 2015 fall-winter (F/W) collection, where I would work closely with my designer colleagues and to learn a lot from them.


S: What is your impression of Hong Kong? Who do you think is more fashionable, Korean or Hong Kong women?
J: I don’t think there has to be a clear winner. On contrary, I believe every women would have a style that belongs to them to express themselves and that would bring a unique beauty, regardless whether they are from Hong Kong or Korea or from any part of the world.

S: What is your suggestion for Hong Kong women who would like to create a Korean fashion style?
J: My suggestion is simple, just be yourself and wear whatever that makes you feel comfortable and special.

About herself

S: The seasonal change is coming soon so which fashion items are on your must-buy shopping list?
J: A perfect leather biker jacket, a loose-fitting V-neck wool sweater to match a perfect big scarf.

S: If you could be invisible for an hour, what would you do?
J: If I could be invisible for an hour, or two, or three, I would probably go to Hong Kong’s Disneyland.


S: Who would be your ideal man? What traits would attract you?
J: I hope that he’s smart, infinitely gentle, humorous and caring. At the same time, he should also be ambitious, hardworking and has leadership skills and these would make the perfect combination.

S: If you are a guy, who would you pursue to be your girlfriend?
J: This is an interesting question! If I am a guy, I would hope that my girlfriend will fit the description and personality of the ideal man I described earlier.

S: Can you give us some tips on maintaining good skin? How do you maintain your skin when you have to frequently put on makeup and have late nights?
J: The key is to stay hydrated so you must drink a lot of water and use hydrating moisturisers frequently.

About Jessica


Jung Sooyeon, English name: Jessica, Korean-American singer, a member of the famous Girls’ Generation. Born in California, United States and scouted during a vacation in Korea. In 2007, Jessica made her debut in the world of entertainment with Girls’ Generation and the group soon became famous throughout Asia. Jessica placed fifth on the list of World’s Most Beautiful People in 2012.

About BLANC


On August 6th 2014, Jessica announced the launch of BLANC. Jessica will personally design every series for the brand, which is described as “modern classic”, using simple but classic lines and interesting fashion designs to create a refreshing brand. BLANC is firstly launching a series of eyewear with Jessica’s favourite cities as inspirations where six designs will be released throughout Asia. At the same time, a fragrance and ready-to-wear series will also be launched for the 2015 F/W collection later this year.

Translated from she.com

Sunny attends Crème Ancienne Soft Cream launching event!

August 4, 2014


On August 4th, Sunny attended the launching of Crème Ancienne Soft Cream by ‘Fresh’, a luxurious beauty products brand at Hoehyeon-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul.

Sunny was all smiles as she posed for the press when she attended the event and she wore an elegant, one-piece white dress accentuated by a blue handbag.


Other than Sunny, event was also attended by Rainbow’s Jaekyung, former Miss Korea Lee Hyewon, actress Shin Eunjung, Nam Bora, Lee Kiwoo, model Kang Soyoung, Yoo Ji-an and more.


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Girls’ Generation sets new record with 3rd Oricon Weekly Album Chart win!

July 29, 2014


Having dominated the Oricon Daily Album Chart with their greatest hits album ‘The Best’ since its release on July 23rd, Girls’ Generation has made their way to the top of the Oricon Weekly Album Chart with more than 75,000 albums sold!

This marks the third time Girls’ Generation has achieved such results, the first two being their first full-length Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ in 2011 and 3rd Japanese album ‘Love & Peace’ in December last year.

This also meant that Girls’ Generation has set a new record to become the first Asian girl group outside of Japan to have received three #1s on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart! The previous record was held by Chinese musical group Twelve Girls Band, who performs traditional Chinese and Western music using traditional Chinese musical instruments.

The greatest hits album ‘The Best’ consists of many of Girls’ Generation’s Japanese hit title songs such as ‘Genie’ (2010), ‘Gee’ (2010), ‘Oh!’ (2012) and more. It also includes new songs such as the Japanese version of ‘Mr.Mr.’ and a brand new song ‘Indestructible’.

Credit: Oricon

[UPDATED] Girls’ Generation’s ‘The Best’ Greatest Hits Album Tops Oricon Daily Album Chart!

July 23, 2014


Girls’ Generation released their first Japanese greatest hits album titled ‘The Best’ today on July 23rd.

On its first day of release, ‘The Best’ managed to top the Oricon Daily Album Chart with a total of 37,104 albums sold!


‘The Best’ contains previous hit singles and songs from their Japanese albums since 2010 to 2014 and includes bonus tracks, which are the Japanese versions of ‘Mr.Mr.’ and a new song ‘Indestructible’.

The album comes in three versions, which is the Complete Limited Edition, First Press Limited Edition and Regular Edition. In certain versions, DVD or Bluray versions of music videos, interviews and making films are included.

Do support the girls by buying the album on iTunes, Amazon Japan, HMV and other music stores, online and offline.

Credit: Oricon

Update 1: Girls’ Generation continues to dominate Oricon’s Daily Album Chart!


Girls’ Generation’s Japanese greatest hits album ‘The Best’ continued to top Oricon’s Daily Album Chart on the second and third day of release!


 

Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation will be celebrating their 7th anniversary since their debut in less than two weeks. Well done, girls! SONEs will always be here for you. Speaking of SONEs, do vote for SONEs in Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off polls here! SONEs have managed to edge out Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters and Demi Lovato’s The Lovatics in the first two rounds! So, keep voting!

Credit: Oricon and Billboard

Girls’ Generation tops Korean girl groups’ Japanese concert tours attendance records!

July 14, 2014


Girls’ Generation has successfully became the Korean girl group to have achieved an attendance of more than 550,000 people in their Japan tours so far!

Girls’ Generation concluded their third Japanese concert tour, titled ‘GIRLS’ GENERATION ~LOVE&PEACE~ Japan 3rd Tour’, with the final stop in Tokyo at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium from July 11th to July 13th, 2014.

This time around, the concert tour kicked off on April 26th and the girls travelled to seven cities including Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kobe, Nagoya, Osaka, Saitama and Tokyo for 17 concerts, which brought in a total of more than 200,000 audience. This means that they have achieved an accumulated total of more than 550,000 audience in their three arena tours since 2011, creating a record for Korean girl groups.


Girls’ Generation had a finale of the tour in Tokyo, which spanned across three concerts at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, and they were a great success where they showed off their variety of music and performances along with colourful stage production to receive great response from the enthusiastic audience.

In their tour, Girls’ Generation performed a lot of their hit songs including ‘Gee’, ‘Genie’, ‘I Got A Boy’, ‘Mr.Mr.’, ‘Karma Butterfly’, ‘Lips’, ‘Paparazzi’, ‘Flower Power’, ‘Galaxy Supernova’ and many more.

On top of that, during the last few concerts, the girls also surprised fans with ‘Indestructible’, a new song included in their soon-to-be released Japanese greatest hits album ‘The Best’.

Credit: OSEN

Jung sisters show off their charms in 1st Look magazine!

June 17, 2014


The Jung sisters, Jessica of Girls’ Generation and her younger sister Krystal of f(x) recently graced the fashion magazine 1st Look with their pictorial shot in New York.

Several photos from the photo shoot were revealed on June 17th and the sisters showed off their captivating charms and fashionable sides in the streets of the American metropolitan.


The full pictorial will be available in the new issue of 1st Look magazine Vol. 70 to be released on June 19th.

Meanwhile, the Jung sisters are appearing in OnStyle’s weekly show ‘Jessica & Krystal’ every Tuesday night at 11pm KST.


Credit: Newsen

Girls’ Generation performs at 2014 Dream Concert!

June 7, 2014


The 2014 Dream Concert was held today, June 7th, at the Seoul World Cup Stadium and the concert was attended by 32 groups of artists.


Girls’ Generation were chosen to be the last and concluding group for the concert and they performed their hit songs ‘Hoot’ and ‘Mr.Mr.’.

The girls inserted a sense of feminine with their light pink suits and light blue shirts while staying true to the sharp and cool ‘Mr.Mr.’ concept.


Alongside Girls’ Generation, other artists who took part in the concert includes EXO, Beast, 4Minute, A Pink, B1A4, Girl’s Day and more, with special guests YB (a.k.a Yoon Do Hyun Band).


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‘Mr.Mr.’ made TIME’s list of 25 best songs of 2014 (so far)!

June 3, 2014


As we stepped into the month of June, we are already halfway through the year of 2014. In a newly-published article, TIME contributors selected 25 of the best and strongest songs of the year so far.

Amazingly, Girls’ Generation’s ‘Mr.Mr.’, released in February 2014, made the list of the 25 best songs of the year so far!

In the article, the song was summarized as such, “Fans of K-pop juggernaut Girls’ Generation (a.k.a. SNSD) won’t be disappointed by their latest dance-friendly single, and the addition of a scratchy electronic bass line and a hint of darkness should even attract listeners who don’t dig their usual bubblegum sound.”

Girls’ Generation made the list alongside big names such as Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Ariana Grande and more!

Meanwhile, ‘Mr.Mr.’ has raked up more than 23 million views in YouTube. Check it out again below!

Credit: TIME, smtown@youtube.com