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Post by Eun Ha on Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:23 pm

Girls' Generation (Hangul: 소녀시대; Hanja: 少女時代) is a South Korean nine-member girl group formed by SM Entertainment in 2007. The members include (in order of official announcement) Yoona, Tiffany, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Taeyeon (the leader), Jessica, and Sunny. International Girls' Generation fans usually refer to the group as SNSD, the acronym of the group's Korean name So Nyeo Shi Dae as well as their Chinese name, Shaonü Shidai. Many of the members had already pursued an entertainment career before Girls' Generation's debut through acting, DJ-ing, and modeling. Their official fanclub is known as S♡NE (소원) also one of the titles of a song from their first album. Girls' Generation became the first girl group to sell more than 100,000 copies of their album in South Korea since 2002.


History

Pre-debut

The members were professionally trained primarily in singing and dancing, but some members were also selected to be trained in acting and modeling. Many of the members already had made names for themselves in the Korean entertainment industry through their participation in magazine ads, television commercials, and small television appearances. For nearly two years, Korean websites speculated about which of the female SM Entertainment trainees would be placed into the group. Before the official release of the group name, Girls' Generation, it was rumored that the group would be named "Super Girls" after their so-called counterpart, Super Junior.

Debut and first album

On July 19, 2007, Girls' Generation had their first performance on M.NET'S M!Countdown. Although this performance was never broadcast on television, many videos were shot by fans and uploaded onto the internet. The song the girls performed was called "다시 만난 세계 (Into the New World)", which ended up being their first single.

On August 2, 2007, the single "다시 만난 세계 (Into the New World)" was released. This single included two other songs, "Beginning" and "Perfect For You (소원)", later renamed as Honey for their self-titled debut album "Girls' Generation". An instrumental of "Into the New World" is also included.

The group began promoting the single soon after its release. On August 5, 2007, Girls' Generation made their debut performance on SBS's Popular Songs, performing their first single. Although it was their first televised performance, it was lip-synched, making netizens doubt their live performance capabilities[citation needed]. A few days later, on August 11, Girls' Generation did their first live performance on MBC's Show! Music Core, which was met with mixed reviews[citation needed]. The day after, the group performed live for the second time on KBS's Music Bank. This performance also had mixed reviews by netizens. Despite this, on October 11, 2007, Girls' Generation won first place with their popular song, "Into the New World" in M!Countdown, beating Lee Seung Gi by a couple of votes.

During their debut, there were various behind-the-scenes documentaries showcasing the girls. Girls' Generation Goes to School (소녀...학교에 가다) began airing on July 27, 2007 on MNET. There were a total of nine episodes, with seven focused on their performances, one "behind-the-scenes" look at the girls' world, and the last being a bonus episode of the girls performing at Sunny's high-school. Another show, broadcast on MTV Korea, shows each of the girls at home.

After a short break, their first full album was released on November 1, with the lead single "소녀시대 (Girls' Generation)", a cover of Lee Seung Chul's hit. Promotion for the single started in early November. Marked by cutesy dance routines and vocals, "Girls' Generation" was a hit for the group, and the album has sold 121,143 copies to date, placing 12th in the year-end charts. In January 2008, Girls' Generation began promoting their second single, "Kissing You". The music video featured Donghae from Super Junior. This song achieved the #1 spot in the three main TV music rankings—SBS Inkigayo, M.Countdown! and KBS Music Bank.

On March 13, 2008, the album was re-released, now titled Baby Baby. A third single, "Baby Baby", was used to promote the album throughout March. As of April 2008, the girls have ceased promotion of their album; however, a digital EP featuring Jessica, Tiffany, and Seohyun was released on April 7, 2008, titled Roommate. The single from the mini-album is "오빠나빠" (literally "Bad Brother", although contextually it refers to an older male (boy)friend).

The group marked their first North American appearance by performing at the annual Korean Festival Dream Concert held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The concert featured a slew of other Korean pop and folk singers, including management mates TVXQ and Super Junior-T. The concert took place on May 17, 2008.

Girls' Generation, along with fellow SM artists such as TVXQ, BoA, Super Junior, SHINee, CSJH the Grace and other SM artists participated in SMTown Live '08. The concert took place on August 15, 2008. The tour will expand its route to South Korea, Thailand, and China.

2008–2009: Other activities and comeback

It was announced in September 2008 that Girls' Generation would be starring in a reality show on M.Net. Titled Factory Girl, the show chronicles the girls working as interns at Elle Korea. The program began airing on October 8, 2008.

It was then announced that the group's first mini-album, Gee, would be released on January 7, 2009. A teaser video was released on January 2, 2009, with the first single "Gee" released to digital outlets on January 5. Interest in the song rose greatly after the digital release, topping Cyworld's hourly music chart on that day. The song also went #1 on all major digital music charts within two days.

The response they got was huge. In just 2 days after the initial release of the "Gee" Mp3, the song topped all kinds of online music charts. Not to mention 'crab leg dance' taking the top rank in search keyword rankings. Also people showed immense interest in the girls various outfits, such as the colored jeans shown in the M/V and performance stages. This kind of response is perhaps a well deserved compensation for their flawless preparation. SNSD said, "We prepared for a long time. As fans showed very high expectation, we were worried, but we are glad that our efforts have paid off well".

The group began its comeback on January 10, 2009, on Show! Music Core.

Controversy

During the Dream Concert held on June 7, 2008 in South Korea, a silent protest took place against them. This protest was conducted by three large fanclubs: E.L.F (Super Junior), Cassiopeia (TVXQ), and Triple S (SS501).



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