[NEWS] Girls’ Generation lead K-pop invasion of Japan

Girls’ Generation are leading the K-pop charge into Japan, playing in front of 20,000 fans in Tokyo last summer. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/APThe language is unmistakably Japanese, the lyrics delivered in familiar high-pitched tones over a backdrop of electronica. But the wave of pop music sweeping South Korea that is taking the world’s second-biggest music market by storm.


Korean pop culture’s first foray into Japan was led almost a decade ago by Bae Yong-joon, an actor whose mainly middle-aged, female devotees nicknamed him Yon-sama, or the Honourable Yon.


South Korea’s prodigious output of trendy dramas featuring actors with impossibly perfect – possibly surgically enhanced – features and improbable plots has been followed by music whose popularity defies the often testy diplomatic relations between Tokyo and Seoul.


The genre has produced a steady stream of award-winning hits and fuelled an assault on the Japanese pop charts that few western artists have matched.


Its roots lie in the Tokyo debut a few years ago of Toho Shinki, a boyband who recently released their fifth album for the Japanese market. They were followed by a string of girlbands, led by Girls’ Generation, a nine-member group who performed in front of more than 20,000 fans in Tokyo last summer and completed a sellout tour of Japan earlier this year.


Kara, an all-female quintet, made their Japanese debut last year and won best new artist at the Japan Gold Disc Awards. K-pop idolatry is played out daily on the streets of Shin-Okubo, a Tokyo neighbourhood packed with Korean restaurants and shops selling K-pop paraphernalia.


For Kaori Kitakata, a devotee since she was introduced to the genre by Korean friends, K-pop is a change from the overtly cute mien cultivated by popular Japanese girlbands such as Morning Musume.


“The Korean girlbands look more professional,” she says. “Japanese singers are more like the girl next door in the way they sing and dance, but Korean singers are better trained and more sophisticated.”


Korean artists, the 28-year-old adds, appear less diffident than J-pop groups about their Asian identity. “J-pop female bands are cute, but in a very Japanese kawaii [cute] way,” she says. “K-pop singers have a more Asian feel to them. That appeals to me. And their fans here appreciate their attempts to learn Japanese.”


The linguistic nod makes commercial sense. Japan is the second biggest music market in the world after the US, with a 22% global share, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. CD sales in South Korea, where broadband penetration encourages filesharing, are one 30th of those in Japan.


K-pop artists have taken localisation to its natural conclusion: in their native South Korea, Toho Shinki are known as Dong Bang Shin Ki, while the rest of the world knows them as TVXQ. Girls’ Generation perform in Japan as Shojo Jidai, and in South Korea as So Nyuh Shi Dae.


Stephen McClure, the Tokyo-based editor of McClure’s Asia Music News,attributes some of K-pop’s popularity to stylistic differences with its “less sophisticated” J-pop counterpart.


Even a novice, he says, should immediately notice the musical divide separating, say, 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku by Japan’s girlband of the moment AKB48, and Mr Taxi by Girls’ Generation.


“The former is mindless and full-on, with no sense of dynamics,” says McClure. “They just never stop singing. The latter, though, is a beautifully constructed pop song.”


South Korean management companies invest considerable time and money in tailoring their acts to the Japanese market, McClure adds. “The bands have made an incredible effort to learn the rules of the game, they do all the right commercial endorsements and appear on the popular music shows. They have come up with a very marketable product that fits the Japanese template for idol pop.”


The K-pop wave has spread to Thailand and Malaysia, and there are stirrings of interest in the US, Latin America and Europe. “If anyone from Asia is going to make it internationally, it will be a Korean artist,” says McClure.

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[NEWS]Girls’ Generation VS Wonder Girls

 SNSD vs Wonder Girls, Who Will Come Out on Top?

Wonder Girls and Girl’s Generation, the top two girl groups will meet face to face in November.

Wonder Girls who have been concentrating on their United States activities for a while will be making a long awaited come back in Korea in November. Having American activities lined up, the Wonder Girls will release a single and only have a month to spend in Korea. After releasing “Two Different Tears” last year in May, it has been a year and a half since they’ve performed on native soil.

The Wonder Girls have been working on movie, “Wonder Girls at the Apollo” all as actresses within the film. After completing filming, it is said that they came back to Korea on October 9 to start recording their next album.

SNSD is planning to release their new album October 19 and making their comeback at the end of October. They will start full fledged activities in November. This album was supposed to be released October 5, however it got delayed by two weeks.

Recently SNSD has released teaser trailers for their new “The Boys” album through SM Entertainment’s YouTube channel. The number of views by netizens sky rocketed to the millions within a few days, previewing the scale of popularity the girls are capable of. They raised the already high expectations through their fresh new concept.

Because of the Wonder Girls focus on foreign activities over a longer period of time, SNSD seems to have the upper hand in popularity and recognition in Korea as of now. However, for the amount of time that they have been away, the more anticipation there seems to be for the Wonder Girls’ comeback by their fans. The foreseeable competition between the two girl groups is gaining more and more attention.

In the past, when the Wonder Girls were active SNSD would be resting and vice versa. However, this November, album sales, chart rankings, and music show rankings between the two groups will go head to head, and inevitably there will be a group that will come out on top of the other. This anticipated competition between Wonder Girls and SNSD have gotten the fans riled up already. There are rumors that fans on both sides are getting ready to not lose to the other.

Who will take the number one trophy in November?  Dont forget Support Girls’ Generation

Credits : Soompi


Girls’ Generation 3rd Album “The Boys”

                                                      These are the pictures of Girls’ Generation’s new album that will be released on October 19th.
Don’t they look so cool?
Another gift for fans who have been waiting for Girls’ Generation’s comeback~!
Here is the track list of the 3rd album.

[Track List of Girls’ Generation 3rd Album “The Boys”]

01. The Boys

02. 텔레파시(Telepathy)

03. Say yes


05. 봄날(How great is your love)

06. My J


08. Top Secret

09. Lazy Girl(Dolce Far Niente)

10. 제자리걸음(Sunflower)

11. 비타민(VITAMIN)

12. MR. TAXI(Korean ver.)

The Official Worldwide Date For The Release Of SNSD’s “The Boys”

October 19 Is The Official Worldwide Date For The Release Of SNSD’s “The Boys”

The official date for the release of SNSD’s third album has been set for October 19. SNSD will also be promoting in America.

SNSD will release their new single “The Boys” through Interscope Records, which is a major record group, home to top artists such as Lady Gaga, Eminem and Black-Eyed Peas.

“The Boys” will not only be released in America but in Europe, South America and other countries around the world. An explosive response from fans all over the world is expected.

SNSD has changed and delayed their comeback date a lot in order to reinforce their worldwide marketing plans. “The Boys” will also hit iTunes on October 19.

Also on October 19, the music video for “The Boys” will be released on the official SM YouTube channel and Facebook page. October 19 is expected to become “SNSD Day” in Korea due to this highly anticipated comeback.

“The Boys” is a top-level production with participation from top producer Teddy Riley who also worked with the late Michael Jackson.

SNSD will be expected to start their busy activities on October 19 and will have their comeback stage on Music Bank on October 21.