Archive for December 31, 2010
Asia Today have identified Korea Republic’s ‘50 Power Leaders in 2011‘ who are capable of improving the nation’s global competitiveness.
Out of the 50 leaders selected, 19 are from the industrial sector, 14 are politicians, 12 from the social and cultural sector and 5 people were selected from the financial sector.
There were only two artistes listed in the top 50. One of them is Kolleen Park and the other is none other than the 9 angels who achieved great success in Korea and Japan, SNSD. They are also the only girl group who managed to get onto the list as well.
SNSD who traveled back and forth between Korea and Japan on December 30th ended the day with another huge success when ‘Oh!‘ won the ‘Most Popular Song Award‘ at ‘2010 KBS Song Festival‘. On the very same day, the girls were also crowned the ‘Rookie Award‘ at the ‘52nd Japan Record Awards‘.
At the ’2010 KBS Song Festival’ which took place in KBS Hall, Yeouido, SNSD performed ‘Run Devil Run’ and ‘Oh!’ during the second half of the event. SNSD defeated contenders IU, 2AM, CNBLUE, Kara, miss A and T-Ara to clinch the ‘Most Popular Song Award’ which was calculated based on mobile votes, digital sales, album sales and broadcasts.
Upon receiving the award, SNSD said, “We are very happy as it has been a long time since all 9 of us stood on stage together and we are really thankful for this great gift. We would like to thank the staff of SM Entertainment and also, to the fans who have been with us throughout the year, we are really thankful. We will be working even harder”.
Here are the girls’ amazing performances at the ’2010 KBS Song Festival’:
‘Run Devil Run’ and ‘Oh!’
Most Popular Song Award: Oh!
‘The 52nd Japan Record Awards‘ is in progress at the time this article was published. Among the 4 newcomers, SNSD were the last to perform. Dressed in white, the girls pulled off an awesome performance of ‘Gee‘.
After SNSD’s performance, the 10 nominees for the Record Award (the grand award) were introduced and each of them will be performing their hits before the ‘Best Rookie Award‘ is announced. So meanwhile, enjoy these recorded clips.
Sooyoung’s speech during the preliminary program before the start of the award ceremony
Did anyone notice that Sunny is no longer a blondie?
…and the Best Rookie Award goes to………S/Mileage
On December 30th, SNSD will be traveling back and forth between Korea and Japan as they will be attending the year-end events in the 2 countries. This is indeed the proof that SNSD are currently enjoying huge popularity in both countries.
The girls departed for Japan last night (sportsseoul.com mentioned ‘this morning’, which is wrong) and they will be attending the ‘Japan Record Awards’ which will be televised LIVE on TBS. ‘The 52nd Japan Record Awards‘ is an annual award ceremony organized by Composers Association of Japan and SNSD have been nominated for the Best Rookie Award.
After the award ceremony (probably after Best Rookie Award is announced), the girls will be taking an express plane ride to Korea where they will be performing at the ‘2010 KBS Song Festival‘. According to the list of performances released by KBS, SNSD will only be performing in the second half of the show. For this year’s festival, SNSD are set to grace the stage with ‘Run Devil Run‘ and then followed by ‘Oh!‘. For the ‘Most Popular Song Award’, SNSD who have released 3 powerful hits, ‘Oh!’, ‘Run Devil Run’ and ‘Hoot’ are seen strong contenders.
A representative of SM Entertainment said, “Due to SNSD’s outstanding achievements successful promotional activities in both Korea and Japan this year, there have been great interest and demands for SNSD to attend the year-end special music programs in the two countries. In order to meet and spend more memorable time with fans, we have decided to charter a private plane in view of the members’ safety, convenience and urgency”.
The chartered plane is rumored to be a luxurious Gulfstream G550 private business jet owned by Japanese airline company, EXCEL Airways. The 13-seater plane will be flying the 9 girls along with their manager and 3 staff directly from Haneda to Seoul.
The overlapping schedules are indeed adding more burden to their already-hectic schedules and the girls ought to be praised for their willingness and determination to attend both events. We hope that the girls would have plenty of rest once the year-end events are over.
Among all girl groups, SNSD were blessed with the most awards this year.
Music portal site, ‘Bugs!‘ conducted a poll from December 14th to December 27th entitled ‘Which girl group were blessed with the most awards in 2010?‘. From 2,829 participants who took part in the poll, 65% (1822 people) voted in favor of SNSD, putting the girls on top of the list.
Netizens commented, “‘Oh!’, ‘Run Devil Run’ and ‘Hoot’ have secured the no.1 spot on various music awards respectively and thus, SNSD are the ones who are blessed with the most awards this year” and “SNSD won the most awards due to their skills and popularity”.
SNSD who have won Daesangs for 2 consecutive years (Digital Daesang in 2009 and Disk Daesang in 2010), won 3 awards at the ’2010 Golden Disk Awards’. They also won 14 K-Chart Awards, inclusive of the Annual K-Chart Awards on KBS 2TV’s ‘Music Bank’, 8 Mutizen Awards on SBS ‘Inkigayo’, 3 awards at the ’2010 Bugs! Music Awards’ and bagged 4 awards at ’2010 Melon Music Awards’. Other than domestic recognition, SNSD also chosen as the Best Rookie by Japan BIGLOBE and they are in contention for the Best Rookie Award at the ’2010 Japan Record Award’ which will be taking place on December 30th.
From the result of the poll, 2NE1 took the no.2 spot with 20% (548 people), followed by miss A in 3rd with 8%.
Daum Communications have announced the winners for the ‘2010 Daum Life On Awards‘ where the award ceremony will be taking place on January 3rd, 2011 at the El Tower Grand Hall in Yangje-Dong. Kim Jedong will be the host for the ceremony.
From December 2nd to December 22nd, Daum conducted the online voting process to determine the winners of the ’2010 Daum Life On Award’ through its website. There are 22 categories of awards with 28 award recipients in total.
In the ‘Contents Category’ netizens have selected SNSD‘s ‘Oh!‘ as the winner for ‘Music of the Year‘ award, adding another trophy to their collection in 2010 after being crowned with various prestigious year-end awards.
Winner in each category will receive prize money of 1,000,000 Won and a trophy. The winner for ‘view Grand Award’ will be receiving 5,000,000 Won and the nominees who made it to the final round will also be presented with special gifts.
This award was organized in conjunction with a donation campaign and netizens were charged 100 Won for every vote they cast. From the 21-day voting period, a total of 27,000,000 Won was collected from 89,764 people who participated in the online voting. The sum of money collected will be channeled to Korea Association of Social Welfare Centers to help the less fortunate families all over the country.
The maknaes of popular idol groups gathered in one place to deliver splendid performances.
On 2010 SBS Gayo Daejun which took place on December 29th starting from 9.55pm KST at Ilsan Kintex, SNSD‘s maknae Seohyun along with MBLAQ’s Mir, After School’s Lizzy, 2PM’s Chansung, SHINee’s Taemin, Kara’s Kang Jiyoung and f(x)’s Sulli performed Britney Spear’s ‘Circus’.
Seohyun awed the crowd and netizens with her glamorous appearance when she ‘descended’ onto the stage like a Goddess dressed in gold with purple silk cloth tied around her waist, which acted as wings when she raised her arms.
-”It looks as if a Goddess had descended”
-”She left a huge impact although it was only for a few seconds”
-”Seohyun, the Goddess of all Goddesses”
Jessica’s fan cafe made donations to a welfare association for the elderly people, ‘Sarang-bang‘.
On December 29th, a representative of ‘Sarang-bang’ said, “On December 23rd, before Christmas, Jessica’s fan cafe, ‘Pure Jessica‘ have donated 1 million Won and some gifts”. To acknowledge the contribution, ‘Sarang-bang’ have publicly revealed a donation certificate bearing the fan cafe’s name.
‘Pure Jessica’ which was founded in 2007 have more than 59,000 members to date.
SNSD‘s ‘Oh!‘ is the most popular background music for TV home shopping programs.
GS Shop conducted an analysis from January 1st to December 28th through the broadcasts of its own home shopping programs. From over 10,000 background music tracks used, SNSD’s ‘Oh!’ was played 450 times.
Also in the top 10 list of the popular songs on home shopping programs are Kara’s ‘Lupin’, T-Ara’s ‘Bo Peep Bo Peep’, Sistar’s ‘Push Push’, Secret’s ‘Magic’, Rainbow’s ‘Not Your Girl’, miss A’s ‘Bad Girl Good Girl’, After School’s ‘ Because Of You’, etc.
A representative of GS Shop said, “In the past, home shopping music were those of the old pop songs with no lyrics so that viewers would concentrate on the shopping hosts and the products being introduced. However, recently, the use of new popular songs seems to be the trend. The bright and cheerful girl group songs seemed to encourage purchases and ‘hook songs’ which have repeated short verses are mostly played because these songs draw viewers’ concentration to the programs”.