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Happy Birthday, Yuri!

December 4th, 2013


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!

Photo Credit: 0nlyul, topstarnews, 891205.com, MBC



Girls’ Generation wins ‘Best Female Group’ award at MAMA 2013!

November 22nd, 2013


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!

Credit: oniontaker@twitter (translations) + Minnie Soshi@youtube.com



Girls’ Generation releases ‘My Oh My’ single ahead of third Japanese album!

November 5th, 2013


Girls’ Generation is due to release their third Japanese album on December 11th. Prior to the release of the yet-to-be-titled album, a single ‘My Oh My’ from the album was released earlier at midnight of November 5th in Japan through online music sites such as iTunes Japan.

Check out the short preview of the song here!

It was also announced that the music video for ‘My Oh My’ will be released on YouTube today and fans are already waiting anxiously for it as anticipation for the third album continues to build on.

The new album will contain 12 songs including ‘LOVE&GIRLS’ and ‘GALAXY SUPERNOVA’. It will come in four editions with three different covers, where the Bluray limited edition and DVD limited edition will share a common cover. Check out the full details and differences of the four editions here.

Credit: Shining_Rainbow@youtube.com + sonejapan.net

Update 1: ‘My Oh My’ Music Video released!

As previously announced, the ‘My Oh My’ music video was released earlier today! Check out the fun video here!

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Girls’ Generation thanks fans for the win in YouTube Music Awards!

November 4th, 2013


After Tiffany accepted the ‘Video of the Year’ award on behalf of Girls’ Generation at the YouTube Music Awards today, Girls’ Generation members took to their social networking accounts as well as the Girls’ Generation official account to express their gratitude to fans, who voted continuously for almost two weeks.

Taeyeon posted on her Instagram account:

[TRANSLATION] Girls’ Generation was able to receive the ‘Video of the Year’ award at the YouTube Music Awards!! kkya! Thank you so much to the many people who shared the video for days, and, as expected, SONEs are worldwide. SONEs who always make us move! And all the people who worked hard for the music video, thank you very very much. #ytma #IAmGirlsGeneration

Meanwhile, Sunny posted on Twitter:

Thank you!!!! SONE jjang (the best)♥ Thank you #sone♥ you guys are BEST!!!!! “@YouTube: VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “I Got a Boy” by Girls’ Generation #YTMA”



Yuri also wrote her message in English in Instagram:

today is a celebration for all our 소원s around the world! it feels like a dream come true..this will forever be a UNFORGETTABLE DAY!! thanku♥



Besides that, Sooyoung left her message on Girls’ Generation’s official website:

[TRANSLATION] Thank you for presenting us with a heart-felt day^^♥
Thanks to you, Soshi never feels lonely..hehe
Thanks to SONE, we’ve added on another proud title!!
I couldn’t be happier…^^

Once again
thank u so much for all your support and love^-^♥

Right now is Girls’ Generation!!

And finally, maknae Seohyun also left her messages, twice on Twitter and on the official website.



In her second tweet in English, she said:

Thank you again to our amazing fans all over the world who voted for GG to win a YTMA for “I Got a Boy”! love u guys❤

Congratulations again, girls! You deserved the award! And to SONEs, everyone did a great job!

Translations credit: ch0sshi@twitter.com



Welcome to Twitter, Seohyun!

November 4th, 2013


SONEs worldwide have a lot of reasons to celebrate today on November 4th! Not only did Girls’ Generation walk away with ‘Video of the Year’ award at the YouTube Music Awards, Girls’ Generation’s maknae also started her Twitter account (@sjhsjh0628)!

In her first tweet, Seohyun thanked fans worldwide for their support for the win at the YouTube Music Awards and she promised to repay fans with better music and performances in the future.

Seohyun’s Twitter account was later verified when fellow member Sunny followed her, as well as the official SMTown twitter account (@SMTOWNGLOBAL) and Super Junior members Donghae and Yesung.

With Seohyun’s Twitter account, she became the sixth Girls’ Generation member to have a public social networking account and the second on active Twitter accounts, after Sunny.

Welcome to Twitter, Seohyun!

Credit: sjhsjh0628@twitter.com



Girls’ Generation wins ‘Video of the Year’ award at first ever YouTube Music Awards’!

November 4th, 2013



Girls’ Generation won the ‘Video of the Year’ award in the first ever YouTube Music Awards with their hit song ‘I Got A Boy’!

Tiffany attended the awards ceremony in New York on behalf of her group and it proved that her long journey there was well worth it as Girls’ Generation walked away with one of the biggest award of the night!

‘I Got A Boy’ was announced as one of the nominees for the award two weeks ago along 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 winners for the YouTube Music Awards were the videos from each categories that received the most votes and shares across networking platforms such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

It is also worth mentioning that Girls’ Generation was the only Kpop group nominated in the awards.

Congratulations, girls! We’re very proud of you!

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Girls’ Generation nominated in the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards!

October 23rd, 2013



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’.

The voting process starts at midnight of October 24th and you can do your part by casting your vote here. Details on the judging criteria can be found here.

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.

Credit: http://mama.interest.me



Yuri sings ‘Bling Star’ for her movie debut ‘No Breathing’!

October 22nd, 2013


Prior to the release of the movie ‘No Breathing’, the music video for Yuri’s song ‘Bling Star’ for the soundtrack of her first ever movie has been released at 12pm KST on October 22nd!

In the music video released, viewers were given a glimpse of the scenes in the swimming-themed movie accompanied by Yuri’s clear and mesmerizing vocals.

The movie is due for release at the end of October and the new soundtrack from the movie has surely increased the hype of the much-anticipated movie, which stars Lee Jongsuk, Seo Inguk and of course, Kwon Yuri.

Besides ‘Bling Star’, another song ‘Banjjak Banjjak’ by Yuri for the movie was also released today and both songs are available for purchase on major online music sites such as MelOn.

Are you excited for the movie?

Credit: CJENMMUSIC@youtube.com



Girls’ Generation’s ‘I Got A Boy’ nominated for ‘Video of the Year’ in YouTube Music Awards!

October 22nd, 2013


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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