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After what felt like a very, very long time since ‘I Got A Boy’ in 2013, Girls’ Generation has announced their upcoming comeback!
On February 11th, fans were treated to a very huge and pleasant surprise with the sudden release of Girls’ Generation’s teaser of new title song ‘Mr.Mr.’ from their new mini album!
The song ‘Mr.Mr.’ will be released online on major music sites in a little more than a week to go on February 19th while the physical albums will go on sale on February 24th.
According to SM Entertainment, Girls’ Generation’s comeback will showcase the girls’ transformation that only they can show and it will be a classy, mysterious girl concept. Right after the teaser was released, Girls’ Generation shot to the top of most real-time search engines including Naver, Nate and Daum.
While waiting for more details on the upcoming mini album, check out the ‘Mr.Mr.’ image teaser below!
Shortly, after the release of the teaser, Seohyun also tweeted a photo of herself in presumably the new ‘Mr.Mr’ outfit, adding to the anticipation of fans.
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Update 1: Taeyeon, Seohyun and Yoona teaser images released!
As the countdown continues for Girls’ Generation’s comeback, more details are revealed everyday and fans were presented with teaser images of three members today, including Taeyeon, Seohyun and Yoona!
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that Girls’ Generation will be making their comeback stages, starting from M! Countdown on February 20th, after the release of their title track ‘Mr.Mr.’ online on February 19th. They will go on to make their comeback stages on the other music programs over the same weekend.
‘Mr.Mr’ is said to be a dance track with an R&B sound and it is produced by renowned producer team The Underdogs, who has worked with big names like Beyonce, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and more.
Stay tune for more updates on the mini album!
Update 2: All members’ image teasers for ‘Mr.Mr.’ released!
As promised, the image teasers of the other six members were released consecutively in two days following the first. Check out the image teasers of Sunny, Hyoyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, Yuri and Sooyoung!
Credit: Girls’ Generation Official Facebook page
Update 3: ‘Mr.Mr.’ mini album released on iTunes!
Surprise, surprise! Girls’ Generation’s ‘Mr.Mr.’ mini album dropped on iTunes today!
Fans were treated to a pleasant surprise with the sudden release of the mini album on iTunes today without any prior announcements!
The mini album consists of the title track ‘Mr.Mr.’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘유로파 Europa’, ‘Wait a Minute’, ‘백허그 Back Hug’ and ‘Soul’, which is the Korean version of their Chinese song ‘Find Your Soul’ released for their endorsement of a Chinese online game.
Get the album on iTunes now!
Update: Due to some unexpected circumstances, the album was taken off iTunes. More details to be updated soon.
Update 4: ‘Mr.Mr’ to be released online on February 24th, physical album to hit stores on 27th!
Girls’ Generation’s comeback mini album ‘Mr.Mr’ will be available online via major music websites at 5pm KST today! A cover image for the album was also released but no official release date or time for the music video has been given yet.
Meanwhile, the physical albums will go on sale in stores, starting February 27th!
The girls will also have their first comeback stage on M!Countdown on March 6th.
Are you excited to see Girls’ Generation’s comeback?
SONEs received a very special belated Valentine’s Day present today, in the form of Sooyoung’s Instagram account!
Sooyoung’s Instagram was first announced on Hyoyeon’s Instagram update when she welcomed her fellow member to the world of Instagram with a selca of the both of them.
Sooyoung has since posted one photo to the account and I am sure that we can look forward to more in the future!
With Sooyoung’s new Instagram account, this marks the seventh Girls’ Generation member who has a publicly-known social networking account on either Instagram, Weibo and Twitter.
Yoona and Tiffany-ah, when’s your turns? We’ll be waiting patiently until that day comes
Meanwhile, the girls are performing for the Macau leg of their world tour today at the Cotai Arena.
While some of us are busy with Lunar New Year and the upcoming Valentine’s Day, another special day has crept up to us and it is a day to be celebrated with much joy and happiness. February 10th, a special someone’s birthday and that special someone is no other than our dear and beloved Sooyoung.
Sooyoung, what are the first thoughts that come to mind when you think of her?
Her bright and cheerful personality? The light-up-your-day smile? Or that towering height and supermodel proportions?
To me, it is her heart of gold. Despite having packed schedules as a member of Korea’s top girl group Girls’ Generation, Sooyoung always found time to give back to society. Be it the ongoing Korea Retinitis Pigmentosa Society or the UNICEF Korea’s Santa Campaign last year, Sooyoung always had it in her heart to help others.
Besides the charities, she is always very thoughtful and caring too. She never forgot to thank fans for their support and also for every award they win. One way or another, she will thank the fans and her loved ones.
Her thoughtfulness extended further than just awards and charities. She always made sure to send her best wishes during major occasions like Chuseok or even taking the time to wish students good luck for their major examinations.
2013 was also a meaningful year for Actress Sooyoung. For the first time, she played the female lead of a drama for ‘Dating Agency: Cyrano’. It was a captivating and fun drama; Sooyoung’s acting was so natural for her character and it was really endearing to watch her having fun in her role.
Other than her drama, Sooyoung was also active as an emcee. She was one of the co-hosts for the long-running SBS Midnight TV Entertainment. of which she also received recognition for at the SBS Entertainment Awards where she received the ‘MC Newcomer Award’. Besides that, Sooyoung also took up the MC roles for various big events such as the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and the 2013 Women’s Film Festival.
With her model-like proportions and height, it was no wonder that Sooyoung frequently chosen for magazine photo shoots as well as fashion events including that of big brands like Burberry. Her impeccable fashion sense was also acknowledge at the 2013 Style Icon Awards where she received the ‘Best K-Style Award’.
2013 was a good year for Sooyoung and hopefully 2014 will be a better one especially since it kicked off with her good news in the beginning of the year. As always, we as fans, would like to wish Sooyoung a happy birthday!
Have a happy and healthy year ahead. Stay true to who you are, food lover, prankster and all, and we will wish for your happiness always.
Happy Birthday, Sooyoung!
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After years and years of writing nine birthday tributes annually to nine of the most special people around, you would think that ideas will eventually run dry because you can’t keep writing the same stuff year and year around. And that is, of course true, as I sometimes find myself blanking out in front of the computer like now, watching the little black line blinking on the white sheet in my word processing software.
Truth is, everyone who is reading this (thank you for reading btw) already knows and loves the girls and their quirky personalities as well as their dedication and passion for their jobs. Their appreciation for fans never goes unnoticed and the extra efforts they put into interacting and thanking fans make our love grow exponentially.
December is a month of mixed feelings; firstly, it is the last month of the year and it is the time when people either berate themselves for not doing enough in the year or congratulate themselves for doing a good job (it is usually the former though). December is also a merry and festive month thanks to Christmas and the upcoming New Year. Christmas songs are playing everywhere you go and Christmas decorations remind you of the season to give and to celebrate with friends and family.
But that is not all. December is also the last stop of our Soshi Express for the year; it is Yuri’s birthday month and it is another reason for celebrations 20 days before Christmas day. Our beloved Yuri turns 24 this year (or 25 by Korean age)!
2013 was significantly important for Yuri; she made her movie acting debut in the young and energetic swimming-themed ‘No Breathing’ alongside Lee Jongsuk and Seo Inguk. The movie did considerably well in Korea and will be making its premiere in many other countries in the coming month. I have not watched it but I have heard a lot of positive reviews about it as well as Yuri’s acting in it and that sounded like a good reason to catch it.
Besides that, Yuri sang two original soundtracks for the movie and you get to see her singing and playing the guitar in the movie! As if you needed another reason to watch it in the first place right? It is simply lovely to listen to her underrated voice in the songs and you should check them out if you haven’t.
Let’s see, Yuri is now a singer, dancer, movie and drama actress, part-time songwriter, ex-emcee, occasionally models for fashion magazines and of course, she’s still a student on top of all that. Oh right, she also became a coach on the dancing reality show ‘Dancing 9’ earlier this year with Hyoyeon! What else can’t our dear Yuri do?
Also, she is possibly one of the most athletic of the group and she has probably tried her hand in most sports. Honestly, I was expecting to see her swimming skill, which was boasted about by Sooyoung, in the swimming-themed ‘No Breathing’ but it never happened much to my despair (and everyone else’s).
If you have never attended any of Girls’ Generation’s solo concerts, you really should. Just save up and go for one. You will step out of it overflowing with love for them. If you think that Yuri is funny and dorky when you see her in variety shows and on stages, you will have to see her in concerts. That is when she goes hyper and becomes the most lovable dork you have ever seen.
Jumping around forming hearts over her head, running and teasing her group members and so much more. It never ends and you will love it. Sometimes I wish that I have nine pairs of eyes to look at all nine of them but it is just impossible and at the end of the all-too-short concert, you will feel like reliving it again.
Now, regardless whether it is winter or summer in your place at the moment, it is the day to celebrate – to celebrate the existence of our passionate, lovely, amazing, hardworking and dorky Yuri.
Yuri, Happy Birthday! We love you! Have a great time celebrating with your family and members!
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The 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards was held in Hong Kong on the evening of November 22nd and the event was graced by many Kpop stars as well as international celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Paris Hilton, Ylvis and many more.
For the event, Girls’ Generation members Seohyun and Hyoyeon attended as representative of the group and they walked away with one of big awards of the night, which is the ‘Best Female Group’ award where they beat other girl groups such as 2NE1, Sistar, f(x) and 4Minute for it.
In her acceptance speech, Seohyun said, “Thank you for this meaningful and valuable award. It’s a pity that all nine of us couldn’t be here today but we support each other from the closest places to us, and become each others’ strength. I want to say thanks and love to the members and unnies who have come all this way together [with me].”
She also went on to thank their company, management and directors before Hyoyeon took over to give her thanks, “We’d also like to thank BeatBurger’s Jaewon, who has been like a real brother to us and our managers. And SONEs who love us from all over the world, thank you.”
Seohyun concluded the speech with, “Thank you to all the fans again who give us endless love and enable us to stand on such glittering stages.”
Congratulations, girls! You deserve it and we are very proud of you!
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As we approach the end of yet another year, the round of annual music awards are starting to kick off too.
One of the regular annual music awards, the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) will be held at 7pm (8pm KST) on November 22nd at Hong Kong’s Asia World Expo Arena.
Nominations for the 2013 MAMA was announced on October 23rd and Girls’ Generation was nominated for ‘Best Female Group’, ‘Best Dance Performance (Girl Group)’, ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’.
Girls’ Generation has walked away with several prestigious awards from MAMA in the past years including the ‘Best Female Group Award’ and ‘Artist of the Year Award’ in 2011 whereas the TaeTiSeo subunit got nominated for ‘Best Female Group’, ‘Best Global Group (Female)’, ‘Artist of the Year’ and Taeyeon was nominated for ‘Best OST’ in the 2012 MAMA.
The first ever YouTube Music Awards will be held in New York City on Sunday, November 3rd. Girls’ Generation is the only Kpop group to receive a nomination in the global awards event alongside fellow South Korean PSY, whose songs ‘Gangnam Style’ and ‘Gentleman’ went viral worldwide.
Girls’ Generation’s ‘I Got A Boy’ music video is nominated in the ‘Video of the Year’ award with big names such as Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Beauty And A Beat’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause’, Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’, One Direction’s ‘Best Song Ever’, PSY’s ‘Gentleman’ and more. The ‘Video of the Year’ award is created to honour the world’s most loved music videos and the nominated videos are some of the videos with the highest fan engagement in YouTube in the last 12 months including views, likes, shares, comments and subscriptions.
Besides, the ‘Video of the Year’ award, the YouTube Music Awards will also give out awards for ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Response of the Year’, ‘YouTube Phenomenon’, ‘YouTube Breakthrough’ and ‘Innovation’. These awards are open for voting to fans around the world starting today October 22nd by visiting youtube.com/musicawards or searching “YTMA” on YouTube as well as sharing the official YouTube Music Awards nomination videos across social networks (SNS) such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
Prior to the live event of the YouTube Music Awards at Pier 36 in New York City, five music events from Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, London and Rio will be streamed on YouTube (youtube.com/YouTube) and the stream will kick off at 5am ET on November 3rd. It was also announced that Lady Gaga, Eminem and more will perform at the live event of the YouTube Music Awards in New York City.
Girls’ Generation’s ‘I Got A Boy’ music video was released on December 31st last year and it has since clocked over 72 million views. Don’t forget to cast your votes for the video! To vote, just go to this ‘Video of the Year’ YouTube link and click share to your SNS accounts to vote!
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On October 17th, Yuri’s pictorial for fashion magazine Cosmopolitan was revealed in conjunction with the upcoming release of her new movie ‘No Breathing’.
In the pictorial, Yuri showed off her sexy charms and beautiful S-line in a variety of black and white-themed outfits, which ranged from a body-hugging one-piece short dress to an elegant knee-length dress which showed off her shoulders.
The magazine also conducted an interview with Yuri, particularly about her participation in her first movie ‘No Breathing’, slated for release at the end of October. She talked about her character Jungeun and said that she wasn’t your typical first love as she was a laidback person who “hits Seo Inguk’s character at the back of the head often and eats chicken feet casually in front of the guy who likes her”.
She also revealed that her co-stars Lee Jongsuk and Seo Inguk were different from the images they projected as celebrities. Seo Inguk, whom she thought would be a considerate guy, was surprisingly appealing and had a bad boy feel while Lee Jongsuk was unpredictably playful unlike his chic image.
Yuri also revealed her wish to continue to act as more diverse characters in the future through the interview.
This beautiful pictorial and interview will be released in the November issue of Cosmopolitan.
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The Jung sisters, Jessica and Krystal, showed off their superior genes once again in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which is available starting September 25th.
In the pictorial for the fashion magazine, the sisters took on a more intense and fierce look with French brand Pierre Balmain’s collection, which includes Jessica’s chic red leather jacket, denim outfits and more to suit the upcoming fall and winter along with smoky eyes and dark makeup.
Jessica and Krystal are no strangers to magazine photo shoots and it is no surprise that they did well to bring out the chic concept of this eye-catching photo shoot with their professional poses and facial expressions.