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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.
On September 23rd, Seohyun and the cast of SBS’s upcoming new Saturday-Sunday drama ‘Passionate Love’ attended a press conference held at 63 Building, Yeuido in Seoul.
In ‘Passionate Love’, Seohyun plays the role of Han Yoo-rim, the first love of the main lead Kang Moo-yeol, portrayed by actor Sung Hoon (and Lee Won-geun as his younger self who falls for Yoo-rim) and the drama revolves around the sad love and success from a couple of tragically crossed family.
Seohyun, who is making her acting debut, will only be appearing in the first four episodes of the drama but it is said that her character Han Yoo-rim will play an important role for the rest of the story.
‘Passionate Love’ will start airing on SBS at 8.45 pm on September 28th, which is this coming Saturday.
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In the second to last stop aboard the Soshi Express in 2013, we celebrate Miss Kim Hyoyeon’s birthday! The dorky, fun-loving, mischievous Hyoyeon is one of the laugh-inducing sources in the group and her one-of-a-kind personality and passionate attitude towards performing and dancing made her irreplaceable. Here’s 10 facts about Hyoyeon that you should know.
1. Kim Hyoyeon = Dancing Queen
You can’t call yourself a fan if you do not know that Hyoyeon is synonymous to a dance machine. She is THE dancing queen! If her series of dance performances on ‘Dancing with the Stars 2′ aren’t enough to convince you, I’m sure the hundreds or even thousands of videos in Youtube of her dancing will do the trick.
2. She rocks boy groups’ dances too!
Not only does she do well in various dances (pop, hip hop, dancesport, etc), she can very well beat boy groups at their own dances too! Check out this candid clip of her dancing to EXO’s ‘Growl’ during a broadcast radio show recently.
3. She’s athletic!
Look at her running and winning the race, leaving her group members in the dust without breaking a sweat! It is no wonder that Girls’ Generation members picked her as one of the most athletic in the group. Go Hyoyeon!
4. She has abs!
Anyone who has tried working out will know how hard it is to develop abs. Hyoyeon’s enviable abs only goes to show the hard work she has been putting in for practices and work outs over the years!
5. She’s a prankster and a troll!
Always the mood-maker in the group, she brings lots of laughter and energy with her trolling and pranks, often joined by her fellow chodings.
6. She’s funny!
She goes all out to be funny to the amazement and sometimes, horror of her group members! But no one can resist Hyoyeon’s humour (and crazy antics)! You’re the best!
7. She’s good with animals!
Well, in this case, she’s getting friendly with a donkey without a fear and what does donkey remind you of? Princess Fiona, of course! (Watch Intimate Note if you have no idea. Intimate Note is one of the most hilarious variety shows Girls’ Generation has ever taken part in!)
8. She’s violent!
Oh my god, what are you doing to your manager, Hyoyeon?
9. She’s not afraid to voice her thoughts!
Check out the video at 0:07 when Hyoyeon pointed out Yuri’s horrible singing!
10. She’s a gorgeous blonde!
Not everyone can pull off the blonde look but Hyoyeon managed to and she looks jaw-droppingly, knock-your-socks-off gorgeous!
11. She’s sexy too!
Okay, so she can be sexy in more ways than one without revealing much skin.
12. She has the most precious, heart-melting million-dollar smile
But of course, this hardly covers the tip of the iceberg to the wonderful person that is Kim Hyoyeon. And words will never be enough to describe this special and wonderful Dancing Queen and sunshine, who brightens up our lives.
With this, we wish Hyoyeon a very happy birthday!
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In the afternoon of August 27th, Tiffany attended the ‘Kio Yamato x Woori Collaboration Limited Edition Eyewear’ launching event at Shinsadong, Seoul.
Tiffany graced the event with a floral print light-coloured blouse, beige skirt and golden-orange heels to complete the look for the event. She posed for the media at the photowall with the newly-launched limited edition eyewear.
The event was also attended by other celebrities such as KARA’s Goo Hara, Lee Hyunwoo, Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-in, A Pink’s Son Naeun and Jung Eunji, etc.