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Following the completion of Girls’ Generation’s second Japanese tour, it was announced today that the girls will be heading on a world tour soon!
The ’2013 Girls’ Generation World Tour – Girls & Peace’ will kickoff in Seoul on June 8th and 9th before heading off to other countries in Asia and around the world. The Seoul stop of the world tour will take place at the Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul Olympic Park at Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul.
Anticipations for the world tour are high after the hugely successful second Japan Arena tour, which was completed recently and was attended by over 200,000 fans. As with their first and second tours, Girls’ Generation are expected to captivate the audience by putting up spectacular performances with their amazing stage presences and charms.
The tickets for the Seoul concert will be available for pre-order online on Gmarket starting 8pm on May 9th and ticketing wars are expected to be fierce. After all, it has been two years since their second tour in Seoul back in July 2011. Besides that, the S.M. Global Package will be available at 1pm on the same day for oversea fans at the SM C&C website.
Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation had successfully toured 7 cities in Japan with a whooping number of 20 concerts from February to April this year and it looks like they will be bringing the success to other parts of Asia and the world soon.
Girls’ Generation’s live album from their second solo concert tour, the ’2011 Girls’ Generation Tour’, will be released on April 11th.
The album, recorded at the Seoul stops of the concert tour at Seoul Olympic Park Stadium on July 23rd and 24th, 2011, is expected to get a good response from fans.
The 2-CD live album will have 34 tracks including their hit title songs ‘Tell Me Your Wish’, ‘Run Devil Run’, ‘Hoot’, ‘Gee’ and ‘Oh!’ as well as their Japanese tracks such as ‘Bad Girl’, ‘The Great Escape’ and more for fans to experience the passionate performances from the girls again.
On top of that, studio versions of tracks such as ‘Let It Rain’ and Irish folk song ‘Danny Boy’ will be rerecorded and included in this live album.
Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation are enjoying a great success with their second Arena Tour in Japan.
Girls’ Generation is featured in the ‘Korea Promotion Guide Book’ by Professor Seo KyungDuk of Sungshin Women’s University.
On July 19th, Professor Seo KyungDuk said, “A guide book to promote the culture of Korea Republic featuring Korea’s representative group Girls’ Generation will be published. For the convenience of foreigners, the guide book is written in English and it introduces the main cultural contents of Korea Republic – Hangul (Korean alphabets), Hansik (Korean food), Hanbok (Korean traditional dress), Hanji (Korean traditional handmade paper) and Hanok (Korean traditional house)”.
Professor Seo KyungDuk added, “Today, with the widespread of the Kpop worldwide, I feel that there is a need for promotional materials that introduce Korea’s culture to go along with it. So, I came up with the idea of providing a guidebook that will be easily available anywhere in the world”.
He further explained, “With the guide book that features the current representative of Korean culture contents, Girls’ Generation, it is not just another guidebook that one will only look at it once but it will be made of high quality, environmental-friendly papers so that young people from all around the world would want to keep collecting them like bromide posters”.
Representative from SM Entertainment said, “Through participation in the guide book, Girls’ Generation vows to work harder in order to spread the awareness on the Korean culture even more extensively”.
Starting from next week, 50,000 copies will be distributed to foreigners visiting the Yeosu EXPO and 30,000 copies will be made available in London, the host of the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. Besides that, 20,000 copies are also expected to be distributed among famous universities throughout the world.
Who could stop the girls? There is no competition at all! As soon as SNSD’s 3rd album ‘The Boys’ was released, the songs in the album conquered top positions in the real-time charts on major music sites.
At 12am KST on October 19th, ‘The Boys’ was released simultaneously worldwide through iTunes and also via various music sites in Korea. As of 8am KST, the title song, ‘The Boys’ have secured the no.1 spot on real-time charts on melOn, Bugs!, Soribada, Olleh Music, Monkey3, etc as well as no.3 spot on Mnet. It is on the brink of making an ‘all-kill’ within just 8 hours after release.
Particularly on Bugs!, all the 12 songs in the 3rd album have managed to secure the top 12 spots in the real-time chart. ‘The Boys’ took the 1st spot, followed by ‘Telepathy’, ‘Mr.Taxi (Korean version), ‘How Great Is Your Love’, ‘Vitamin’, ‘Trick’, ‘Say Yes’, ‘Top Secret’, ‘Sunflower’, ‘My J’, ‘Oscar’ and ‘Lazy Girl’.
On Olleh Music, SNSD’s songs occupied 9 spots out of the top 10 spots with only Secret’s ‘Love Is Move’ in the 5th spot.
At 8.50am KST, the English version of ‘The Boys’ had also secured the 79th spot on overall iTunes Singles Chart and 33rd on the iTunes Pop Chart.
Update 1: Latest updates on the US iTunes Charts
At 10.20am KST, the English version of ‘The Boys’ continued climbing up the charts and took the 74th spot on the overall iTunes Singles Chart and 32rd on the iTunes Pop Chart.
Update 2: ‘The Boys’ topped Hanteo Weekly Chart
SNSD’s 3rd album ‘The Boys’ which was released on October 19th is no.1 on Hanteo Weekly Chart released on October 24th. Within 5 days, ‘The Boys’ recorded sales of 51,616 copies, averaging about 10,000 copies daily.
According to some media reports, SNSD will release their 3rd Korean album come this September and their promotional activities in Korea will follow suit.
A sensation in both Korea and Japan, SNSD have been secretly recording their 3rd album and it was reported by some of the Korean media that their domestic activities will kick off in September.
According to a broadcasting representative, “While there were talks about SNSD’s domestic activities in Fall, I believe it has been determined to be some time in September. Since they are in the midst of recording now, the date of release might be delayed 1 or 2 weeks, subject to the progress of the album recording”.
Along with Soshi’s comeback news, fans are expected to be more excited with this release, which is neither a mini album nor a digital single but a full studio album. 1 year and 8 months after the release of 2nd Album ‘Oh!’ in January last year, there is high anticipation for a more matured appearance from the girls.
Although little by little, the indications of when the album will be released is starting to unveil, the main concept of the album is believed to be classified even within SM Entertainment as well.
A SM Entertainment representative said, “SNSD are now having recording sessions and the possibility of comeback for the new album is big.”
Despite some media reporting SNSD’s Korean comeback to be in September, the SM Entertainment representative clarified that SNSD’s comeback and album release date, as well as their concepts, etc have not been confirmed.
Once SNSD’s comeback date is determined, there will be an ‘avoid confrontation with SNSD’ climate surrounding the music industry. In fact, because of the girls’ comeback, a music agency had actually postponed one of its singers’ comeback from September to October in order to avoid direct confrontation with SNSD.
A music industry representative said, “Since it is obvious that all the attention and interest would go to SNSD, it’s meaningless to confront them. Furthermore, since SNSD are going to release a full studio album, SNSD will most probably top various music charts”.
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At a press conference for his visit which took place at 2.30pm KST on August 10th in the Grand Hilton Hotel at Hongeun-dong, Seodaemun-gu in Seoul, Japan’s top idol, KinKi Kids’ Koichi Domoto mentioned about SNSD and Kara, the girl groups who are currently enjoying huge popularity in Japan.
Koichi Domoto said, “I had been on a program with Kara before but as for SNSD, I only managed to meet them briefly. At the same time, looking at their activeness in pursuing various areas, I think they are pretty amazing. I try to calm myself as I still feel nervous before going up on stage but it looks like they do not tremble and manage to deliver great and enjoyable performances”.
He then praised the girls by saying, “They are really awesome”.
Koichi Domoto’s first ever concert in Korea ‘Koichi Domoto 2011 BPM in Seoul’ will be held on September 10th at Seoul Olympic Hall. Tickets go on sale at 9pm KST on August 11th.
SNSD revealed the reasons for shedding tears at the first ’2011 Girls’ Generation Tour’ yesterday.
On July 23rd, SNSD kicked off the ’2011 Girls’ Generation Tour’ at Olympic Park Stadium in Songpa-gu, Seoul and in the midst of their performances, tears were seen rolling down their cheeks.
At the press conference for the tour on July 24th at the same venue, YoonA revealed, “During the concert, the fans prepared a surprise event for us where they showed us banners with the message ‘보고 싶었어 (We missed you)’. Upon seeing the event prepared for us by the fans, we were touched and moved to tears”.
She added, “Since it has been a long time, we have to show our best appearance to everyone and we felt very thankful for the event that the fans have prepared for us. We will be working harder and it feels good to be able to enjoy the moments together with the fans”.
Sunny said, “Many overseas fans came to yesterday’s concert. It was awesome and with their presence, we seemed to be able to enjoy our own performances. We hope we could see more of this in the future”.
On flashmob projects carried out by overseas fans, Sooyoung commented, “After hearing about Hallyu boom in foreign countries and witnessed flashmobs, the phrase i could think of is ‘Indeed, music is universal’. We are thankful and really want to perform in front of them soon. Honestly, it seems like that’s the only way to reward the overseas fans. Hopefully, together with the juniors and seniors of SM Town, we would be able to perform overseas again soon.
The girls also explained the reasons behind the abundance of love they received from overseas fans. Among the reasons mentioned was the combination of each member’s unique characters and the performances that enables SNSD to deliver good performances to the fans.
Taeyeon then talked about the most memorable fan she encountered. She revealed, “While performing in France for SM Town concert, I saw a man with ‘YoonA’ written in Hangul on his arm. The image of that man stays in my memory till now. It’s amazing that overseas fans show interest not only in our music but also the Korean language”.
Yuri, Sooyoung and Tiffany also expressed their gratitude to the fans from Taiwan and Singapore who came to Korea to watch the girls.
Yuri said, “I heard about Taiwanese fans coming to Korea through articles on a newspaper. The title says, “It Was Like A Dream Coming to SNSD’s Country’. We are thankful that they even came over for our concert and so, we would like to present a lively performance in front of them and let them feel the energy”.
Sooyoung added, “During the concert yesterday, I saw many fans carrying cards with the message ‘I’m from Taiwan’. From the stage, I was moved to see fans from overseas. I was thankful and the memory of the touching moments we experienced during the concert in Taiwan last year are still fresh in my mind. Since it was a really a memorable concert, I want to go there again through this Asia tour”.
Tiffany then said, “We would like to thank the Singaporean fans who came to watch us live. If there’s a chance, we would like to have a concert in Singapore”.
The performance itinery for ’2011 Girls’ Generation Tour’ is almost similar to the 14-concerts ’1st Japan Arena Tour’ which was held in 6 major cities in Japan from May 31st to July 18th.
For the 2nd solo tour, SNSD performed more than 30 songs, including hit songs such as ‘Gee’, Run Devil Run’, ‘Tell Me Your Wish’, ‘Hoot’ and songs from 1st Japanese Album namely ‘The Great Escape’, ‘Bad Girl’, etc. SNSD also performed the Korean version of ‘Mr. Taxi’ and ‘Let It Rain’ during the concert in Seoul on July 23rd.
Former professional basketball coach, Park SeungIl who is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease also went to SNSD’s concert to give his support to his dear friend, Sooyoung.
SNSD will have another concert at the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium on July 24th before moving on to other venues for this edition of their Asian tour.
SNSD’s 1st Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ which was certified ‘Double Platinum’ by RIAJ is now on sale domestically in Korea.
The album was released on July 13th through major music sites such as melOn, dosirak, Bugs!, etc and had since garnered much interest from fans in Korea.
The album, which was launched on June 1st in Japan, emerged as the best selling album in the first week of release by foreign artistes. The album also put SNSD as the first Korean girl group to have topped the Oricon Weekly Album Chart. Within only a month, the album recorded a massive sales of 500,000 copies and was certified ‘Double Platinum’ by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).
The 12-track album consists of hit singles ‘Gee’, ‘Genie’, ‘Run Devil Run’, ‘Mr.Taxi’, Japanese version of ‘Hoot’ and also their new Japanese tracks such as ‘The Great Escape’, ‘Bad Girl’, etc.
After successfully completed their performances in Paris, SNSD who are active promoting in Japan will be opening their 2nd solo concert on July 23rd and 24th at the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium.
Just as SM entertainment artistes Super junior’s KyuHyun and F(x)’s Luna confirmed their appearances on KBS 2TV’s ‘Immortal Song 2’, the question that becomes the center of attention now is whether SNSD will be participating in the filming of the show too.
In the variety show ‘Immortal Song 2’, active idol groups like Super Junior, 2PM, 2AM, Beast, Sistar, Secret, SHINee, MBlaq, F.T Island and IU had all appeared previously. Moreover, SM Entertainment has been continuously sending its artistes to the show, except for the week when the SM Town Live in Paris concert took place. As a result, the possible participation of SNSD, who has yet to appear in the show, attracted even more attentions.
In response to this, a producer from ‘Immortal Song 2’ said, “As SNSD make their proper come back in Korea this September, we are looking forward to whether members with good singing skills can participate in a corner of the show”, revealing the possibility of SNSD appearing on the show. SNSD who are spearheading the Kpop fever, consist of members with good singing skills as well. In view of this, if SNSD were to participate in the the show, it will definitely garners a lot of attention from viewers and fans within and outside Korea.
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