If you were to create a girl group hierarchy chart, who would be your top pick?
According to a hierarchy chart that’s been quickly spreading online, Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 are the undisputed top two picks. This chart, dated February, 2012, covers 16 of the top girl groups and ranks them in order by five different categories, such as “Wall You Can’t Go Over (unbeatable, basically),” “Nationwide level,” “Socialite level,” “Mania level,” “the Maginot line.”
The top “Wall You Can’t Go Over” category is rounded out by Girls’ Generation at #1 and 2NE1 at #2. Closely following them in the “Nationwide level” are T-ara at third, the Wonder Girls and Kara at fourth, and f(x) at fifth. This shows the girl groups popular in Japan ranking higher than the Wonder Girls, who’s mostly spent their time in the U.S. lately.
The next category, “Socialite level,” is comprised of Secret and SISTAR at the same level, followed by 4minute. After School is ranked slightly above the “Mania level,” with A Pink, Girls’ Day, Rainbow, and Dal Shabet trailing them to complete the “The Maginot line.”
Hallyu’s top three girl groups, the Wonder Girls, Girls’ Generation, and 2NE1 will be releasing albums in the US back to back in an attempt to make a breakthrough in the birthplace of pop.
The Wonder Girls will be releasing their single “The DJ is Mine” on January 11th, Girls’ Generation will be releasing ‘The Boys‘ special album on the 17th, and 2NE1′s new album produced by the world-famous will.i.am will also be dropping in the near future.
The Wonder Girls’ single will be released through their Teen Nick TV Movie, ‘THE WONDER GIRLS‘ which hits the small screen on February 2nd, and the girl group will also be dropping their full-length album along with the release of their movie.
2NE1 is working on a new project with will.i.am. The producer recently tweeted, “This @2ne1 is coming out crazy…#willpower“, further evoking anticipation amongst Blackjacks everywhere. And Girls’ Generation who was featured on NPR last December have already begun selling reserved copies of their ‘The Boys’ special album online.
It would not be an overstatement to say that 2011 was all about the girl groups. Girls’ Generation, T-ara, Brown Eyed Girls, KARA, Wonder Girls, as well as other female idols topped the charts and had a strong grip on the K-pop music scene.
But now, 2012 is shaping up to be all about the boys. CHAOS, F.I.X, TEEN TOP, as well as other rookie boy groups have began their new promotions to kick off 2012, and their powerful stage performances as well as their confident vocals are raising fans’ expectations for their 2012 activities.
Five-member boy group CHAOS released their first single “She is Coming” on January 6th. “She is Coming” is a cross between funky rhythm and Rock & Roll, and the MV for the song was met with an explosive response upon release.
CHAOS, which made its debut through SBS Inkigayo on January 8th put on an impressive dance performance dressed in pink and grey stage ensembles and showcased their vocals live for the very first time. Norazo‘s Lee Hyuk was also revealed to be their vocal coach, further raising fans’ expectations for the group as a whole.
Big Bang‘s Taeyang and Wonder Girls‘ Sohee each took first place in a ranking that measured which celebrities would most likely be single during the Christmas season.
According to ’K-STAR News‘, Taeyang and Sohee were chosen as the celebrities most likely to be spending Christmas alone.
Taeyang placed 1st in the male category because despite his lovable eye-smile which melts the hearts of his female fans, he is reported to have no experience in dating.
The December 21st episode of ‘K-STAR news’ will also air their rankings of stars who are least likely to be single during Christmas.
Source: MyDaily via Nate
by kdramacrazy @ allkpop
SNSD was recently named as the girl group that grabs the most attention when seen on TV.
A Monkey3 survey was held from November 24th to the 30th, asking the question, “Which group catches your eye when appearing on TV?” According to the votes, SNSD ranked first with 182 (or 55%) of the 328 votes cast.
Participants stated, “My eyes focus on their dance and song“, and “All 9 members each possess different looks and special individual traits, which makes them stand out.”
The Wonder Girls came in second with 51 votes (16%), followed up by T-ara in third with 13%, and Brown Eyed Girls in fourth with 9%. Both SECRET and KARA tied in fifth with 4%.
Source + Image: HG Times
by Kingpolo @ allkpop
Representing the three major agencies, Big Bang‘s T.O.P (YG Entertainment), Wonder Girls‘ Sunye (JYP Entertainment), and SNSD‘s Yoona (SM Entertainment) have volunteered to show their support for the SBS ‘Survival Audition K-POP Star‘ contestants. Viewers are already curious as to what kind of wisdom these three will share with the hopefuls. Reportedly, they showed their professionalism and sincerity by offering good pointers, and encouraging words.
Rather than informing the contestants of what to expect from judge BoA, SNSD’s Yoona drew attention for sharing her thoughts on what label mate and senior, BoA, is like behind-the-scenes. “Senior BoA has a side that’s soft and sensitive. When the SNSD girls spend time with her, she easily jokes around and makes us feel comfortable,” she said. Yoona also reminded the contestants that it is most important to be confident during any given performance.
Big Bang’s T.O.P whose face was captured in the pilot teaser stated, “Don’t try to make up extra things up as you go. CEO Yang Hyun Suk hates when you try to please someone so bad that you make others feel uncomfortable. It’s most important to show him your potential. If you do that, then you’ll have well delivered your true talent.”
J.Y. Park previously remarked that he was determined to meticulously turn each page in his book, so that he would not accidentally skip over someone, ruining their dreams forever. Sunye was deeply touched by his determination, and the singer who auditioned before J.Y. Park ten years ago offered her encouragement to the contestants with, “All of the judges including J.Y. Park are such perfectionists that they will be able to easily catch each of your talents.”
Taeyang, SNSD, Wonder Girls, B2ST, After School and more to perform at the “Korean Culture Art Awards” on the 21st
Event: Korean Culture Art Awards
Venue: Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
Date and Time: November 21st, 2011 – 6PM
Sponsored by: The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & KBS
Performers: Taeyang (BIGBANG), SNSD, Wonder Girls, B2ST, After School and more
Last year, Taeyang also attended the event and accepted an award for BIGBANG’s contribution to Korean pop culture.
This year, Lee Soo-man (SM Ent), Shin Young-kyun, singer Ha Chun-hwa, musician Shin Jung-hyun, TV writer Yu Ho and voice-over actor Oh Seung-ryong will be awarded with Korean Culture Art Award medals. Park Jin Young (JYP), Yang Hyun Suk (YG), Lee Byung Hun, SNSD, B2ST, CNBlue and other idol groups will also be receiving special citations.
The Wonder Girls‘ long anticipated comeback has got fans reeling with their infectious track “Be My Baby“, and JYPE labelmates 2PM and 2AM have publicly supported the ladies by trying out the addictive dance themselves!
The Wonder Girlshave announced that they’re hosting a dance cover contest for their latest song, “Be My Baby“, open to K-Pop fans from all over the world!
On November 14th, JYP Entertainment revealed that they’ve prepared five fabulous prizes for five winning videos, three of which will be from international applicants. The three international winners will receive a free trip to Korea, a free tour of Seoul, a tour of the JYP Entertainment building, and the chance to meet the Wonder Girls in person!
Interested fans just have to upload their video onto YouTube, e-mail the video URL to JYP Entertainment, and leave a message of support for the girls. Since the contest is a collaboration between JYP Entertainment and Visit Korea, applicants must also leave a comment on which tourist attraction they’d like to see in Seoul.
For full details, check out the Wonder Girls’ Facebook page.
More information regarding the Wonder Girls‘ 2nd Korean studio album has been released. They group initially released two sets of teaser photos (1), unveiling their transformation to fans, shedding their retro look from the “Nobody” and “2 Different Tears” days for black leather outfits.
WONDER GIRLS will come back early next month after a 1-year and 6-month hiatus.
JYP Entertainment said that WONDER GIRLS were back home in Korea early October, finished shooting music video of their new album and are preparing for a comeback.
WONDER GIRLS’s comeback is in a year and six months after Two Different Tears.
Sophisticated and mature WONDER GIRLS and music will be in the new album not like retro style music such as Tell Me, So Hot, Nobody.