Archive for November 30, 2011
Girls’ Genearation will be participating in this year’s edition of Japan’s most prestigious New Year’s Eve special music program, NHK’s ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen’ (commonly known as Kohaku) or ‘Red and White Song Battle’.
At 4pm JST on November 30th, NHK made an official announcement of the list of participants for the 2011 Kouhaku event through a press conference. Girls’ Generation and Kara were grouped in the red team alongside AKB48 while TVXQ will be in the white team together with Japan’s SMAP.
NHK Kouhaku is a special show that divides 50 most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The ‘red’ team is composed of all female artists (or groups with female vocals), while the ‘white’ team is all male (or groups with male vocals). The honor of performing on Kōhaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-Pop artists can perform.
This is the first time Girls’ Generation and Kara were invited to the event. However for TVXQ, this will be their 3rd participation. Sooyoung, Jessica, Tiffany, Taeyeon, Yuri and Seohyun attended today’s press conference. At the press conference, Sooyoung said, “Being able to participate in Kouhaku Uta Gassen, just like our seniors, Boa and TVXQ in the past, is really a great honor to us. We hope to deliver great performances like our seniors”.
The inclusion of 3 Kpop groups in Kohaku this year is indeed an indication of the rise of the new Korean wave.
After winning the ‘Artist of the Year Award’ at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), Girls’ Generation had a press conference at Cassia Junior Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
During the interview, Taeyeon said, “Currently, our Asian tour is in progress. There will be a lot of concerts and performances next year too. We have been really busy preparing for our unique concept during the end of this year to show you our new appearances”.
Taeyeon added, “If there is an opportunity coming our way, we would like to have a world tour after completing the Asian tour. We would like to meet more people”.
About the 2011 MAMA, Sooyoung commented, “As it was already an honor to attend the award ceremony itself, we are really happy to win one of the 3 biggest awards, the ‘Artist of the Year Award’”.
On November 29th, the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Girls’ Generation, who are spearheading the Hallyu wave with their domestic and overseas activities won 2 awards, namely the ‘Best Female Group Award‘ and the ‘Artist of the Year Award‘ at the prestigious event.
After being announced the winner, the girls were overjoyed as they went up to the stage and expressed their appreciation towards the staff and agency, family, fans and the members as well. Yuri said, “We would like to thank all the seniors and juniors in SM Entertainment”.
The 2011 MAMA which took place from 5pm to 11pm KST on November 29th in Singapore was aired live to 20 countries in Asia, America and Europe.
For those who missed Girls’ Generation’s performance of ‘The Boys’ (remix version) at MAMA, here you go! Enjoy!
SONEs, a Christmas Special show featuring Girls’ Generation is coming your way!
On November 29th, a staff of MBC told OSEN, “Girls’ Generation are in the midst of preparing for a special show, entitled ‘Christmas Fairy Tale’. Girls’ Generation will be adapting the fairy tales they like as the concept for their solo concert”.
The staff added, “The show is scheduled to be aired at 12.20am KST on December 25th. The highlight of the special show would be the performances by Girls’ Generation and the other guests. Currently, we are still in the midst of discussion about the cast and other details of the show”.
Continuing their roles as the endorsers of Goobne Chicken, Girls’ Generation is once again featured in a new CF for the brand!
In the 30-sec CF, the five girls showed off their goofy and hilarious sides again as Sooyoung, Yuri and Taeyeon ‘fight’ for the last piece of chicken, while Yoona comes flying to join the competition before the ever-sensible maknae, Seohyun, comes to the rescue with more chicken!
Check out the hilarious CF and the making of the video here!
After concluding the round of promotions for ‘The Boys’, Girls’ Generation will be making a comeback soon with the Korean version of ‘Mr. Taxi’.
Girls’ Generation made their comeback with third album ‘The Boys’ in the middle of October and they reigned supreme on the weekly music shows and charts with 11 wins, including five consecutive weekly wins on KBS’s Music Bank, triple crowns respectively on SBS’s Inkigayo and Mnet’s M!Countdown.
The girls will be back with ‘Mr. Taxi’, starting from Music Bank this Friday (December 2nd) and they are expected to be promoting actively until the end of December.
‘Mr. Taxi’ was initially released as a Japanese single in April this year, where it managed to top the Oricon daily charts. ‘Mr. Taxi’ was also included in Girls’ Generation’s first Japanese album, released in June, which has since sold over 700,000 copies.
The Korean version of ‘Mr. Taxi’ was first heard by the public in the girls’ solo concert in Seoul earlier this year in July.
The ‘Mr. Taxi’ version of Girls’ Generation’s third album will be released on December 7th and it will feature new images of the girls in the ‘Mr. Taxi’ concept.
Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation are currently in Singapore for the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), which will be held today, November 29th.
Yuri and Sooyoung made a surprise appearance on ‘Gag Concert’ recently.
On KBS 2TV’s ‘Gag Concert – Sensitivity’ aired on November 27th, the audience were amazed with Yuri’s surprise appearance as a Chinese princess.
On the show, Yuri who was on the stage along with Sooyoung said, “I came to look for my dear husband who left me after making a promise to marry me 7 years ago”. She then went up to Kim YoungMin and slap him, much to the amusement of the audience.
In addition to that, Yuri and Sooyoung also entertained the audience by showcasing their impressive dance moves of ‘Run Devil Run’,'Hoot’ and ‘Gee’ as part of their on-stage live comedy.
On November 27th, it was revealed that Girls’ Generation’s 3rd full album ‘The Boys’, released on the 19th last month, is ranked first on one of Taiwan’s three largest music chart, the G-Music Chart.
It is especially noticeable that their album has taken over popular top singers such as Jay Chou and Zhou Bi Chang, topping the chart with a deep implication. Taiwanese singer-songwriter Jay Chou’s new album ‘驚嘆號’ was ranked second, while Zhou Bi Chang’s album ‘黑擇明’ was ranked third and Westlife’s ‘Greatest Hits’ came in fourth.
Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation was once again proven to be the top K-pop girl group in Japan.
According to the ‘2011 Popular CD/DVD Rental Chart’ published by Tsutaya, Girls’ Generation’s ‘Mr Taxi/Run Devil Run’ and ‘Gee’ were ranked 4th and 9th respectively. Tsutaya is the biggest CD and DVD sales and rental market in Japan. The Tsutaya chart is considerably prestigious since rental of CDs and DVDs is more prevalent among fans in Japan compared to digital music.
Girls’ Generation is the only K-Pop in the Top 10, along with bestselling Japanese girlgroup AKB48 and the girls also topped the K-Pop artiste chart, ahead of KARA, FT Island, CNBLUE and Super Junior so this once again, proved their popularity in Japan.
Credit: Star News + Sports Chosun
In conjunction with the upcoming Christmas celebrations, Girls’ Generation will be attending a special event organised by J.Estina, a brand they are currently endorsing.
A fansigning event will be held on December 4th at the J.Estina store in Lotte’s main departmental store, where 400 lucky customers will be chosen randomly from November 25th to 30th and the winners will be announced on December 2nd.
Within that time period, customers can register and create an account online, where they can choose a Girls’ Generation member and those chosen will be given waiting numbers when they get to the fansign venue on the day itself.
In the new promotional Christmas photos for the brand, the girls showed off their cute and lovely images with colourful skirts and J.Estina bags.
A representative from J.Estina stated, “During our previous promotions and commercials with Girls’ Generation, so many people participated and some even had to pre-order their bags. Therefore, we are anticipating the effects of the new Girls’ Generation Christmas advertisement.”
The bags endorsed and chosen by the members of Girls’ Generation will be available in all J.Estina stores in Korea starting December.
Credit: donga.com + ajnews.co.kr
Translated by: Taengfan@fanwonder.com