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An all girl pop band featuring the vocal and dance talents of nine difference signature members, Girls' Generation released their new English language single "The Boys" globally and performed to a sold out audience at Madison Square Garden this past October. They've released three Korean albums, three mini-albums and one Japanese full-length, in addition to various singles.
The members of the group sing in both Korean and English. Their 2009 track "Gee" is the longest running Number One song on the Korean Broadcasting System's charts; it held the top spot for nine consecutive weeks. The track was also named song of the decade by several Korean music sites. Girls' Generation are massive stars in Japan, where they're self-titled album has gone double platinum, a first for any Korean girl group. They've also been nominated for multiple Japanese VMA awards and performed at the 2011 awards alongside Lady Gaga. Recently Girls' Generation took home two awards at Mnet Asian Music Awards in Singapore for "Artist of the Year" and "Best Female Group." They have over 250 million cumulative views on YouTube and 2.2 million Facebook fans.
Girls' Generation debuted with their single "Into The New World" in 2007 and became a national phenomenon. In 2009 and 2010, the band received the Grand Prize at the GoldenDisk Awards, the most prestigious awards ceremony in the Korean music scene often referred to as the "Korean Grammy Awards". The group also gained the highest recognition by taking the "Singer of the Year" award for 2 consecutive years.
Girls' Generation has demonstrated their growing international presence and global appeal by appearing in numerous commercials and advertisements in various Asian countries.
In 2010 the band expanded into Japan, and found instantaneous and overwhelming success. 2011 saw the girls expand to the U.S. market with their Madison Square Garden show and release of "The Boys" stateside which earned a Top 5 slot on the Billboard K-Pop Hot100 chart.
This CD and the Booklet "The Boys" is in Korean and English language.
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In the wake of Wonder Girls' single "Nobody" which managed to make it to the billboard Hot 100, another girl group Girls Generation (who's I'll called GG for the rest of this review) has their 1st CD release in North America. I don't know if they can bring the Americans out with this release.
"The Boys" is basically a dance-pop CD with a couple of ballads. That & the fact that the title track's the only song present that's entirely in English will turn away the lot of the American mainstream, which is sad, but I'm not surprised. In a way I'm surprised that I like all 12 of the original songs on here with the title track, "Trick", "How Great is Your Love", "Oscar", "Lazy Girl" & "Sunflower" being personal favorites.
I have 2 issues with this release. 1st, why all the different versions of the title track? While they're not bad (I lol at the remix with Snoop Dogg, being a former fan of his), why do we need to have that many versions of that song here? Also the liner notes have the songs lyrics, but they're in Korean. Translation please! SM Entertainment must have forgiven that they're aiming for a non-Korean speaking base who at least want to know what GG's singing about.
That said, for those who's into K-pop, fans of GG, or enjoy dance music in general this is a solid buy. To the American mainstream, there's more music out there than just rock & country from the English speaking world...
1: The Boys (English Ver.)
3: Say Yes
5: How Great Is Your Love
6: My J
8: Top Secret
9: Lazy Girl
12: Mr. Taxi (Korean Ver.)
13: The Boys (Korean Ver.)
14: The Boys (Clinton Sparks & Disco Fries Remix Featuring Snoop Dogg)
15: The Boys *Bring Dem Boys* (Teddy Riley Remix Featuring Suzi)
16: The Boys *Bring The Boys Out* (David Anthony Remix)
17: The Boys *Bring The Boys* (Teddy Riley Remix)
I did not hesitate to purchase this album, but not because I thought it would be a great album. Only because I wanted to support Girls' Generation. I am happy to say that this album has surprised me ever since I popped it in my CD tray.
It's a very fun cd to listen to. I don't find myself skipping songs I don't like, but just enjoying it. and in a world full of pop music I can't help but feel that this is something different. Something that not just Koreans can enjoy, but everyone. It is so inspiring that this group of girls may be the first Korean group to really establish themselves and make it in a tough market like the American music industry.
The only dislike I have about the CD is there is way too many remixes of "The Boys". I don't need to hear Snoop Dog in my Korean pop music cd, thanks. by the way, why does Snoop Dogg need an umbrella? Fo Drizzle
SUUUNNNNNYYYYYY sarang hae yo!