Korea's leading female pop group11 January, 2010 by Chad
There’s little doubt that 2009 was a good year in the progress of K-Pop. With the eventual rise in popularity of girl groups and boy bands, I bet the year brought fans a whole bunch of addictive, if not sickeningly sweet tunes.
For the most part, the single most dominant girl group of the year was So Nyeo Shi Dae (SNSD) which is translated to Girls’ Generation in English. While Nobody heard from the Wonder Girls again after their single hit this year, this 9 member group just wouldn’t stay out of the limelight.
SNSD consists of the members Yoona, Tiffany, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Taeyeon, Jessica, and Sunny. Out of which the only one I can reliably recognize is the fantastic Sooyoung.
While it is impossible for me to identify each of them, I could leave you with a tidbit more information about Sooyoung. She is fluent in Japanese and in fact initially began her career in Japan as part of the J-Pop duet “Route 0″. Looking at Sooyoung, her looks definitely fit well into the Japanese perception of beauty and this has made her a fave among Japanese fans of SNSD. Yet it irritates me that she gets minimal screen time in videos.
While the history of SNSD stretches as far back as 2007 and I was first introduced to them sometime in the middle 2008, I never really took notice of them till later in 2009 when they released the catchy songs Gee and Genie. With Korea’s take on AKB48 levels of addictiveness, both of these songs quickly rose to the top of charts when released. Gee even broke the Wonder Girls record of longest running #1 of 6 weeks by managing to stay on the charts for 8 consecutive weeks.
Though both Gee and Genie have stuck on my playlist and in my head for a few good months, Genie defintely wins my favor. While Gee is standard pop fare, Genie’s bass heavy R&B tune was definitely a refreshing step forward. That combined with their generous display of legs in their videos, makes for enticing (and easily successfuly) entertainment.
But despite the emphasis on presentation, SNSD truly does deliver some good music. For starters, they have got me actually enjoying K-pop, something the Wonder Girls failed to do and while it’s only a handful of tunes. I certainly do hope, more good things are to come from the Girls Generation.Click here to search CDJapan for SNSD and other related items.