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[UPDATED] Girls’ Generation is back with 4th Japanese single ‘Paparazzi’

July 5, 2012

Girls’ Generation is back with another single to dominate the Japanese music industry again this summer. Exactly 1 year and 2 months after the release of their 3rd Japanese single ‘Mr.Taxi’ (released on April 27th, 2011), Girls’ Generation’s 4th Japanese single ‘Paparazzi’ is set to be unveiled on June 27th, 2012. Just hours after the announcement of the single’s release, the PV teaser was revealed through SMTOWN’s official YouTube channel.

Earlier this month during an interview with JoongAng Daily, Tiffany described the new single ‘Paparazzi’ as a fast-beat dance song that has the most difficult choreography in history. The production team of the single includes Grammy Award winner Miles Walker (mixing) and world-renowned Sterling Sound’s Tom Coyne (mastering).

In the teaser PV revealed, Girls’ Generation members appeared as top stars who are getting all the attention with bodyguards accompanying them as they made their way to a theater. Also, through the teaser, one could clearly hear the repeated verse of ‘ooh la la la~’. Another aspect that strikes the attention of the viewers is the members’ fashionable appearance in beige-colored trench coats in front of a broadway theater.

There will be a total of 5 versions of music videos and soon, you will get to see these awesome music videos on Facebook!

The single comes in 3 editions:

1. First Press Special Limited Edition (CD+DVD) Jacket Type A
Price: 1920 Yen (Tax included)
Contents: CD – ‘Paparazzi’ (Main + Instrumental), DVD – ‘Paparazzi’ (Music Video + Close-up version)
Items included: 2 (Type A and B) newspaper-size photo booklets + Poster (Type A – First Press only) + Photos of MV shooting & Members’ Q&A .

2. Regular Edition (CD + DVD) Type A, Jacket Type B
Price: 1590 Yen (Tax included)
Contents: CD – ‘Paparazzi’ (Main + Instrumental), DVD – ‘Paparazzi’ (MV)
Items included: Poster (Type B)

3. Regular Edition (CD) Type B, Jacket Type B
Price: 1100 Yen (Tax included)
Contents: ‘Paparazzi’ (Main + Instrumental)


UPDATE 1: Music Videos of Paparazzi released, recorded about 2 million views in less than 2 days

At midnight of June 15th, two versions (Full Version and Dance Edit) of ‘Paparazzi’ music video were released through SM Town official YouTube channel. In just less than two days, the full version of the ‘Paparazzi’ MV recorded more than 1.6 million views while the dance version has about 850,000 views on YouTube.

The girls are scheduled to appear on TV Asahi’s ‘Music Station’ on June 22nd along with Linkin Park, KAT-TUN, etc.

22日のMステは…KAT-TUN★桑田佳祐★少女時代★前田敦子★LINKIN PARK
music station

Credit: SMTOWN@YouTube/Mst_com@Twitter (Music Station Twitter account)

UPDATE 2: ‘Paparazzi’ topped iTunes Japan Chart

Just hours after its official release, Girls’ Generation have shown their domination once again by taking the no.1 spot on iTunes Japan’s ‘Top Charts’.

Rola’s debut album ‘Memories’ came in 2nd while Japanese girl group Momoiro Clover Z took the no.3 spot. American singer, Chris Brown’s ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ was also among the top 10 songs in the chart.

Credit: iTunes Japan

UPDATE 3: ‘Paparazzi’ ranked 2nd on Oricon Daily Singles Chart

On June 27th, based on the data released by Oricon, Girls’ Generation’s ‘Paparazzi’ has recorded sales of 42,525 copies, placing the girls’ 4th Japanese Single in the no.2 spot behind KAT-TUN’s ‘To The Limit’ which sold more than 60,000 copies on day 1. Both singles were officially released on June 27th.

In comparison to the girls’ 3rd Japanese Single ‘Mr.Taxi/Run Devil Run’ which was released in April 2011, ‘Paparazzi’ ended its first day of sales by about 2,000 copies more. However, both singles finished 2nd on day 1.

Credit: Oricon/Bestiz

UPDATE 4: ‘Paparazzi’ ranked 2nd on Oricon Weekly Singles Chart

According to Oricon on July 5th, ‘Paparazzi’ recorded sales of 92,526 copies for the week June 25th to July 1st, which places the 4th single in the 2nd spot on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart behind KAT-TUN’s ‘To The Limit’ which sold 156,351 copies in the same week.


Girls’ Generation wins ‘Best Album of the Year’ award in MTV VMAJ 2012!

June 23, 2012

In the recently unveiled list of winners for the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012 (MTV VMAJ 2012), Girls’ Generation, also known as Shoujo Jidai in Japan, won the ‘Best Album of the Year’ award for their first Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ among big name nominees Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Juju and fellow K-pop girl group KARA.

In addition to this award, Girls’ Generation were also nominated for the ‘Best Video of the Year’ award, which eventually went to EXILE for their song ‘Rising Sun’.

The group’s first full-length Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ was released in June last year and is still recording high sales with the album certified ‘Million’ by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) earlier this month, which makes them the second Korean artist to have achieved the ‘Million’ certification after their senior BoA’s ‘Best of Soul’ compilation album more than seven years ago.

Girls’ Generation were no strangers to the MTV VMAJ awards as they won two out of three nominations last year, namely the ‘Best Group Video’ and ‘Best Karaokee! Song’ awards for the Japanese remake of their hit single ‘Genie’, where they beat Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Ikimono-gakari and w-inds for the awards.

The awards represent the success of the group in Japan, who had made their debut in the country only less than two years ago in August 2010, and their upcoming release ‘Paparazzi’ has already gotten huge support and response from Japanese and international fans alike. The group has also kicked off their promotional activities for ‘Paparazzi’ on TV Asahi’s ‘Music Station’ on Friday.


Here comes the BIG NEWS

June 2, 2011

Ever since announcement was made on Friday, May 13th about the BIG NEWS, everyone has been making their guesses of what it would be. Well, make no further guesses! The news was finally revealed!

Shoujo Jidai will be releasing their first Japanese album on June 1st. The new album contains 12 tracks and it comes in 3 editions – Deluxe, Limited and Regular Editions.

Here are the tracks included in the album:

3. you-aholic
4. Run Devil Run
6. Beautiful Stranger
7. I’m In Love With The HERO
8. Let It Rain
9. Gee
11. HOOT

The Deluxe Edition contains a small bag (20cm x 15cm x 6.5cm), DVD containing ‘Gee (JPN original ver.)’, ‘GENIE (JPN original ver.)’, ‘MR.TAXI (original Ver.)’ and MR.TAXI (dance Ver.), a poster and a 40-page photobook. The CD and DVD shall be packaged in a special box. Looks really awesome and it cost around 6990 Yen including tax.

The Limited Edition comes with a DVD containing ‘Gee (JPN original ver.)’, ‘GENIE (JPN original ver.)’ and ‘MR.TAXI (original Ver.)’, a poster (different from Deluxe Edition) and a 32-page photobook. Price – 3990 Yen including tax.

Regular Edition contains only the CD and priced at 3000 Yen.

All these 3 editions have their own cover images, which gives you the dilemma whether you should buy all 3 of them!

Here are our girls promoting their new album on a Japanese TV program:

The next question – where to buy them? You can place your pre-order by clicking the links BELOW:

Deluxe Edition
Limited Edition
Regular Edition


UPDATE 1: Girls’ Generation topped Oricon and iTunes on Day 1!

SNSD’s 1st Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ was officially released on June 1st and it has already made some impacts on Japanese music charts. Based on the Oricon Daily Album Chart, it recorded a massive sales of 73,583 copies on the first day. This is the first time the girls have ever sold this much on the first day of release. Ever since their debut single ‘Genie’, the sales volume of the releases for day 1 is going on an upward trend.

Besides Oricon, SNSD also dominated the Japan iTunes Chart for Album where it took no.1. Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ came in 2nd while Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Suck It and See’ finished 3rd.


UPDATE 2: More than 120,000 copies sold within just 2 days!

Day 2 saw SNSD once again took the top spot on Oricon Daily Album Chart with 48,428 copies, taking the total cumulative sales to 122,011 copies. The amazing feat was achieved within just 2 days of the album’s release! Can the album sell more than 200,000 copies within the first week? From the sales volume achieved so far, 200k looks very promising! What do you think?

Credit: Yoongislove@Twitter/

Shoujo Jidai to appear on Japanese drama ‘Sazae-san 3′

December 16, 2010

SNSD will be making a surprise appearance on a Japanese drama.

According to Sankei Sports on December 16th, SNSD will be making an appearance on Fuji TV’s special drama ‘Sazae-san 3′ which is scheduled to be aired on January 2nd at 6.30pm.

According to the Japanese daily, SNSD had completed the recording for ‘Sazae-san’ in October, before Tiffany’s injury and thus, viewers would be able to see all the nine girls on the show.

The drama ‘Sazae-san’ was adapted from a Japanese comic strip created by Machiko Hasegawa which was first published on Fukunichi Shimbun on April 22nd, 1946. 23 years later, in October 1969, Fuji TV aired an animated comedy series of ‘Sazae-san’ and it is still in production
after 40 years.

In the drama, the girls will dress in cute golf costumes, revealing their slim figures. Also, this is the first time foreign guests are featured in the drama and SNSD was given that honor.

PD of the program, Asano Sumi said, “While I was looking for suitable guests for the show, I came across SNSD’s promotional video and i immediately wanted them on the show”.

SNSD commented, “We are really happy as we received lots of love from the Japanese people for our appearance on the show”.

Here’s the preview of ‘Sazae-san 3′ featuring SNSD:


Shoujo Jidai’s ‘Genie’ is the ‘Breakthrough Album’ on iTunes Japan

December 13, 2010

SNSD’s First Japanese Single ‘Genie’ was selected as ‘Breakthrough Album of The Year’ by iTunes Japan.

iTunes Japan recently announced the winners for ’2010: Music, 2010′s Best’. According to the charts, SNSD’s ‘Genie’ released in September 2010 was picked as the winner for ‘Breakthrough Album of The Year’ in the Pop Category.

Meanwhile, the ‘Best Album’ in the Pop Category went to ‘The Fall’ by Norah Jones and Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’ was announced as the ‘Best Song’.

In the ‘Top Selling Songs on iTunes Chart’, Kara’s ‘Mister’ took the 14th spot while SNSD’s ‘Genie’ and ‘Gee’ were in the 29th and 30th spot respectively.


SNSD gave shout-outs to Fany on Music Station

November 27, 2010

The girls are in Japan again and they appeared on Asahi TV’s “Music Station” aired on November 26th. Performing “Genie” without Tiffany, the girls felt the ‘void’ on the stage and gave shout-outs to Fany who is currently recuperating in Korea due to her knee injury:

Sunny: We miss Tiffany today but we will try our best.
Taeyeon: We really miss Tiffany but eight of us will try our best on stage.
Sooyoung: We miss Tiffany today but I think we performed well.
The girls repeated three times “We miss Tiffany!” during Music Station.


Jessica did well in singing Fany’s lines. Instead of the usual “DJ, put it back on”, she awesomely changed it to “Music Station, put it back on” to suit the program.

Another point to ponder is Sunny’s hair. Following her recent appearances with short and wavy hair, netizens have been wondering if it was shortened for Japanese activities. Well, she appeared with long golden hair. Hmm…I’ve a bit of thinking to do. Let me know what you think! You can either post your opinions as comments or tweet me.

Without further ado, here’s Shoujo Jidai’s “Genie” on Asahi Tv’s “Music Station”:

Credits: hiros2008@Twitter/procrastinatoress@snsdkorean/2KpopVN@YouTube

A look at SNSD’s pre-debut publicity in Japan

September 4, 2010

SNSD’s Japanese debut single “Genie” is set to make its debut in Japan on Tuesday, September 8th and the widespread publicities in Japan have garnered interest from the Korean and Japanese media.

A large billboard promoting the girls’ debut can be seen next to billboards of “Resident Evil 4″ and Japan’s famous group, SMAP at Shibuya, Tokyo which is one of Japan’s largest shopping area. Along the streets in Shibuya, the girls’ “Genie” promotional and music video was displayed on large screens. Ever since Tohoshinki’s 2007-2008 promotional activities, publicity of this scale has never been witnessed.

In view of SNSD’s popularity in Japan, an undisclosed Japanese source said, “SNSD’s appearance on various TV programs in the past two weeks have increased their popularity in Japan.”

In Japan’s largest record store, Shibuya Tower Records, SNSD’s CDs and DVDs are being displayed among other Japanese and foreign artists, indicating that the hot demand and expectations from fans and music lovers.

The girls have also graced the covers of a few magazines such as AERA’s “K-POP GIRLS” and Nikkei Entertainment which have attracted a lot of attentions from netizens.

An 18 year-old high school student living in Tokyo named Shiozaki gave SNSD a thumbs up in terms of their appearances and said that the girls are prettier than other entertainers in Japan. Shiozaki added that she heard stories of Kara and SNSD in school. When asked, “what is your opinion of their songs?”, Shiozaki left without answering the question.

Despite these promotions and publicities, there were also responses such as “I don’t know” from the general public. Hopefully after their debut single is released, the word “don’t” would be struck off…lol.