– Glossary –
1. debut : [noun] the first public appearance of an entertainer, sports player etc or of something new and important.
2. release : [noun] a new CD, video, film etc that is available to buy or see.
3. impudent : [adjective] rude or disrespectful, or do something they have no right to do.
4. popularity : [adjective] when something or someone is liked or supported by a lot of people.
5. various : [adjective] many different types of something.
6. virtual : [adjective] made, done, seen etc on the Internet or on a computer, rather than in the real world.
7. choreography: [noun] the process of designing dances for a performance
8. futuristic: [adjective] very modern and strange and seeming to come from some imagined time in the future
9. evoke: [verb] to make someone remember something or feel an emotion
10. vivid: [adjective] 1. IMAGE, Vivid descriptions or memories produce strong, clear images in your mind. 2. COLOUR, A vivid colour is very bright.
11. conjunction : [noun] the act of conjoining; combination.
12. consecutive : [adjective] following one another in uninterrupted succession or order; successive
13. length : [noun] the longest extent of anything as measured from end to end: the length of a river.
14. ambassador : [noun] a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative (ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary).
15. cheat on: [phrasal verb] to have a secret sexual relationship with someone who is not your usual sexual partner
16. attraction: [noun] 1. GOOD THING, something that makes people come to a place or want to do a particular thing a tourist attraction 2. FEELING, when you like someone, especially sexually, because of the way they look or behave
17. infectious: [adjective] 1.able to pass a disease from one person, animal or plant to another 2. describes something that has an effect on everyone who is present and makes them want to join in
18. consecutive: [adjective] describes events, numbers, etc. that follow one after another without an interruption
There are more than ten girl groups in Korea. We call it the “girl group generation”. Why do you think there is this girl group boom? Around 1990, the first girl group generation came out. It included S.E.S., Fin.K.L. and Babybox. After taht Shakra and Papaya came alone. These days we can listen to all girl groups’ songs with ease. We chose four girl groups from among all girl groups: Brown eyed girls, Girl’s generation, 2NE1 and finally Wonder Girls.
The brown eyed girls
The Brown Eyed Girls debuted with their first album “Your Story” in March 2006. There are four members in the Brown Eyed Girls, the leader Zea, Nareusya, Mi-ryo and Ga-In. The Brown Eyed Girls Have been known to the public as good singers whose voices are unique. In 2008, the Brown Eyed Girls released their first mini album “LOVE”. At that time, the Brown Eyed Girls became popular and for the first time Brown Eyed Girls was No. 1 on the music show. Then they released their third album “Abracadabra” in July 2009. The Brown Eyed Girls showed off flashy dance moves, called the “si-geon-bang(impudent) dance”. This dance touched off a dance craze. The popularity of the Brown Eyed Girls peaked through Abracadabra. Abracadabra was selected as a masterpiece of the year 2009 by the composers because of their popularity and musicality. And Abracadabra was awarded two gold medals at The Seventh Pop Music Awards of Korea in March 2010. The Brown Eyed Girls had another hit through “Sign”.
Their success was different from that of other girl groups. Brown Eyed Girls stand out because of their sexy and chic features. And Brown Eyed Girls have coined the term “adult idols(Seongindol)”. Now each of the Brown Eyed Girls’ are active in various areas.
Zea means ‘the most beautiful voice’. Zea sings very well as her stage name. She sang many different kinds of background music of dramas such as ‘Chu-no’, ‘Boys over Flowers’, ‘East of Eden’ and ‘Lovers in Paris’ etc. Recently, Nareusya confessed her real age on the TV show ‘Gangsimsang’. She was not born in 1983 but in 1981 . This honest confession of hers got positive responses from the public. Nareusya became popular in ‘Invincible Youth’ as she showed her funny personality. Miryo is a female rapper. Recently on the awards show called “Daejongsang,”, Miryo fell off on the stage during performance. As a result, netizens gave her the nickname “Kkwadang Mi-ryo”. This mistake gave a big smile to the public because she fell off during a powerful & charismatic performance. Ga-in is the youngest member of the Brown Eyed Girls. Now Ga-In appears on a TV variety show called ‘We got married’. Her virtual husband is Jo-Gwon. Jo-Gwon is a singer and the leader of boy band 2AM. The couple of Ga-In and Jo-Gwon are called “tiny couple(Adam couple)”. The public is interested in watching the tiny couple on the show. Recently when Ga-In wrote “cold” on her website, Jo-Gwon wrote back, “Come here. I’ll hug you,” to her. This act of love became the talk of the town. 
2NE1 means new evolution of 21century. 2NE1’s members are CL, Park Bom, Park Sandara and Gong Min-gi. 2NE1 debuted on a Lollipop cellular phone commercial starring with BIG BANG which gained popularity. By this, they were called ‘a girl version of BIG BANG’. At this time, Sandara’s peculiar hair was the talk of the town.
Their debut song is ‘Fire’, which is a hip hop song with reggae rhythm. 2NE1 pursues hip hop genre. It is differentiated from other girl groups. Fire’s choreography is dynamic and powerful and their choreography feature is description of lyrics. Fire has two versions of music videos. one is a street version and another is a space version. They danced on shabby and dark alley in the street version of music video. By contrast, the space version shows colorful, gorgeous and various scenery. Space version is more intense, active and futuristic than the street version is. In the space version, CL rides a bike with wearing unique glasses in four-dimensional space, Park bom sits on a big space A card, Sandara park dressed in an Indian traditional costume and she mimics Indian classical dances. 2NE1’s fashion style evoked considerable comments because their fashion shows a very unique, strong personality and the colors are vivid like I’ve never seen before. They hit number 1 on a music chart right after their debut.
After Fire was a big hit, 2NE1 released their first mini album. This includes ‘I don’t care’. whose content is that even if my boyfriend is cheating on me, I don’t care. This ‘I don’t care’ was a huge success. ‘I don’t care’ was repeated in their music lyrics. In unison, they shake their index fingers. This choreography is very easy, so everybody can follow. They represent tough, strong and cool girls. They also have many female fans despite the fact that they are a girl group.
Member of 2NE1 also released each solo songs. Sandara park’s solo song was ‘Kiss’. This song was used in on beer advertisements. In the beer commercial, she acts with a korean famous actor, Lee Min-ho. Their kiss scene was a hot issue among korean fans. Park bom’s solo song is ‘You And I’. This song is hip hop with R&B. Her unique vocal sounds better in this song. CL and Min-Gi released their duet ‘Please don’t go’. ‘Please don’t go’ is a hip hop and dance song with a jaunty rhythm. We can feel 2NE1’s unusual attraction from these songs.
Girls’ Generation is one of South Korea’s top female pop groups. The nine-members girls group are often referred to as SNSD, the acronym for their Korean name So Nyeo Shi Dae. The nine members of SNSD are Yuri, Yoona, Tiffany, Taeyeon (leader), Sunny, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Jessica, and Hyoyeon. [Check their individual profiles].
SNSD made their official debut in August 2007 with single Into the New World. A reality show Girls Go To School were filmed in conjunction with their debut. Most of the members have been involved in some projects prior to the group debut though, e.g. in magazines, TV commercials and music videos etc.
SNSD released Girls’ Generation, their first full album, in November 2007. The title track received mixed reviews, but its second track Kissing You became a hit on various music charts in early 2008. The album is re-released as Baby Baby in March 2008 and collectively sold over 100,000 copies by April, an impressive number in Korean music market.
SNSD were back in early 2009 with mini-album Gee; the title song was a huge hit, topping various musical charts and breaking various consecutive #1 records. They released their 2nd mini-album, Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) in June with a much talk-about marine girls theme; the album becomes a huge success as well.
As usual the girls were also busy with other projects, e.g. reality shows Horror Factory and Girls’ Generation’s Hello Baby. HF was cancelled prematurely though due to poor ratings, while GGHB achieved moderate success. The girls ended 2009 on high note with their first solo concert in Seoul; and they were arguably the biggest winners at most of the year end music awards.
SNSD kicked off 2010 with their second full length album Oh! in January. It did well and became the girls’ 4th consecutive albums to achieve 100,000 in sales. A repackaged album RunDevilRun was released in March.
SNSD are also popular product ambassadors, appearing in various commercials such as for Viliv PMP, Goobne Chicken, Samyang Noodle, and LG Cyon etc. 
Five young girls signed and groomed by well-known producer, Park Jin Young for his talent agency, JYP Entertainment. They took Korea by storm with their retro hit, “Tell Me” in the latter part of 2007. Who are the Wonder Girls exactly?
There were five members in Wonder Girls, Sun Ye (leader), Ye Eun, HyunA, Sun Mi & So Hee. All were signed through auditions and Ye Eun was the last to be signed after being rejected initially. They then underwent training in JYP Entertainment under the tutelage of acclaimed singer/producer/CEO, Park Jin Young for five years. They finally made their official debut on Feb 11th 2007.
Then Hyun-A was withdrawn from the group by her parents, citing health concern. Wonder Girls was however back to a 5-member group with the addition of Yoo Bin in early September. As you all know, Hyun-A is in another girl group called ‘4 minutes’ now.
The Wonder Girls made their comeback on KBS Music Bank on September 7th 2007, with “Tell Me“, a 80s track from their debut album, “The Wonder Years“.
On October 5th 2007 when they appeared on KBS Music Bank again as they did a special stage with Big Bang performing first, “Tell Me” and then “Lies”.
And the popularity of “Tell Me” just kept snowballing and it’s effect is still being felt to this day. “Tell Me” had a telling effect as the infectious tune and easy dance steps were picked up by fans and non-fans. Numerous UCC videos of normal folks doing “Tell Me” dance started appearing on video sites which further pushed up the popularity level.
“Tell Me” has clearly defined Wonder Girls career and the turning point of their career. It has helped them to stand out from a slew of rival groups and something from which they can build from in future.
Their new single, “So Hot”, was released on May 22, 2008; the song topped online charts soon after.
The single “Nobody” was released in the early autumn of 2008. The song went to #1 on KBS’ Music Bank, staying there for four consecutive weeks. “Tell Me”, “Nobody” also sparked a dance craze. At the 2008 MNet KM Music Festival Awards, the Wonder Girls won three awards, including “Song of the Year” and “Best Music Video” for “Nobody”, and “Best Female Group”.
The Wonder Girls tour started on February 28, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Wonder Girls, along with mentor JYP, then held concerts in the United States, visiting Los Angeles, La Mirada and New York City on March 8. They also performed for a small crowd at MTV Iggy. They released their english version of “Nobody” in the United States. JYP Entertainment announced that the Wonder Girls would be joining the Jonas Brothers on the North American leg of the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009. It was a huge opportunity to debut in the Unite State.
On January 22, 2010, it was announced that Sunmi would be postponing her musical career to pursue an academic career; Hye-rim (Lim), a JYP trainee, took her place. The music video for 2 Different Tears premiered on YouTube on April 6, 2010. The music video features Park Jin-Young and Korean-American comedian Bobby Lee. Former member Sun Mi can also be seen in the background in some scenes.
Now, Wonder Girls are in Korea temporarily and they are ready to make a big progress to make a huge success abroad such as the United States, Thailand and China.
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– Discussion Questions –
1. Why do you think people are crazy about girl groups
now days nowadays?
2. Which one is your favorite girl group? and why?
3. What do you think about the Wonder Girls’ debut in the United States?
Class # 171
Group 1. 김예지, 모성웅, 이솔희, 한정아