Wonder Girls

(Korean: 원더걸스, Chinese: 奇迹女孩, Japanese: ワンダーガールズ) is a South Korean girl group, whose current line-up is Yubin, Yeeun, Sunmi and Hyelim. They are managed by their producer, the singer-songwriter Park Jin-Young under his talent agency, JYP Entertainment. They are co-managed in the United States by Creative Artists Agency.

The group began their entry into the American market in 2009 as an opening act for The Jonas Brothers’ World Tour, performing the English version of their hit single “Nobody”. In late 2009, their song charted at number seventy-six on theBillboard Hot 100 chart, making the Wonder Girls the first South Korean group to enter the chart. In 2010, Wonder Girls entered the Chinese market with the compilation album Wonder Girls that included Chinese language versions of “Tell Me”, “Nobody” and “So Hot”. In 2012, Wonder Girls signed with DefStar Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Japan, for their Japanese debut.

The only two songs I know from this group are, “Be My Baby” and “Like This”, in which I have both music videos on my computer. After a while they became inactive due to some members getting married, leaving, etc. Their last album was in 2013. But now it has been confirmed that they will be a girl band, playing instruments, and one of their members will be returning, which will make them a 4-member group instead of 5. I’m looking forward to their comeback.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxFxoLxmcdg?list=PLZcbIbGnZcAw8d0m__V2jXNFnDT552peb]

Kara

(Hangul: 카라, Japanese: カラ, often stylized as KARA) is a South Korean pop girl group formed by DSP Media in 2007. The group is composed of Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara, and Heo Youngji. The group’s name comes from the Greek word “chara” (χαρά, lit. “joy”), which they interpreted to mean “sweet melody”.

The group originally started off as a quartet and made their debut with “Break It” (2007) while displaying a strong female image and a mature R&B sound. Expectations for the group were big because they were considered as successors to their senior labelmate, Fin.K.L. They released their first studio album titled The First Blooming in March 2007. However, their debut was not well received by the public and was a commercial failure. The following year, Kim Sunghee departed the group due to parental pressure, and members Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung were brought in. After their addition, the group also changed their musical style and their image to the “pretty but natural” appeal, releasing their first mini-album, Rock U in July 2008. They achieved their first number one song with “Honey” (2009). In July 2009, the group released their second studio album, Revolution and spawned the hit single “Mister”, whose choreography featured the “butt-dance”, that helped increase the group’s popularity within East Asia. Their follow-up singles including “Lupin” (2010), “Jumping” (2010), “Step” (2011), and “Pandora” (2012) were also successful and helped further establish the group within the Korean music industry. The group were ranked at No. 6 and No. 5 in Gallup Korea in 2009 and 2010 respectively, thus making them the second best girl group in Korea for 2010. They were also ranked at No. 4 and 13 in February 2012 and 2013’s Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 40 list.

The first song I remember listening to of theirs is “Mister” in Japanese and then their Korean song of,  “Jumping” and “Step”. I remember “Step” mostly because U-Kiss members would dance to this song, especially Kevin, so I looked it up and liked it. Soon after I found out about them though, they were having issues and some members left and they had a program where girls competed to get the member spot in the group, just like YG’s Winner TV show competition. But I like the new member Young Ji, since I’ve seen her on Roommate, but I’ve never actually watched or listened to their new song with her, just yet.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUMFYvZ_i1k?list=PLZcbIbGnZcAwzW1gHS3gTx1Ou7pxS3rJm]

F.T. Island

(Korean: 에프티 아일랜드, Japanese: エフティー・アイランド; stylized as FTISLAND), short for Five Treasure Island, is a five-member South Korean pop-rock band formed by FNC Entertainment. The members are Choi Jong-hoon (guitar and keyboard), Lee Hongki (lead vocals), Lee Jae jin (bass and vocals), Song Seung-hyun (guitar, vocals and rap) replacing Oh Won-bin in 2009), and Choi Min-hwan (drums).

I heard of this group only because of the leader Lee Hong Ki. He starred in Korean dramas “You’re Beautiful” and “Modern Farmer” recently. I know he starred in more dramas though. However, I think I only listened to their most recent song, “Pray”, and not all the way through. But I did find out that they are one of the first Korean Bands that debuted and they are big in Korea.

 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1ZUFyS3-e8?list=PLtcMC7YNzRls8n-4YcOhVeQzy1yHJ5pVs]

Girls’ Generation

(Hangul: 소녀시대; So Nyeo Shi Dae), also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl groupformed by S.M. Entertainment. The group is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon,Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun. Girls’ Generation officially debuted on August 5, 2007 with its debut single “Into the New World” and subsequently gained some attention with their self-titled debut album. However, it was not until 2009 that they rose to prominence with the single “Gee”, which claimed the top spot on KBS’s Music Bank for a record-breaking nine consecutive weeks and was named the most popular song of the 2000s decade by Melon.[1] The group solidified their place in the South Korean music industry with follow-up singles “Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)”, “Oh!”, and “Run Devil Run” from late 2009 to early 2010.

I can only say that I have ever liked only one of their songs…in English and that is “The Boys”. I actually don’t like this group at ALL. I did like Yoona’s acting in Love Rain, but not in anything since then. I also like Sunnie ever since I watched, “Roommates”. 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQzu7NYlZNQ?list=PLZcbIbGnZcAwGUem6mpgT6wl3pajEDLjr]

8eight

(에이트) was a South Korean music trio consisting of Baek Chan, Lee Hyun, and Joo Hee. As of December 21st 2014, they have temporarily disbanded, as Baek Chan and Joo Hee’s contracts with Big Hit Entertainment have ended. 8Eight won the first season of the television series, MBC’s Show Survival (쇼 서바이벌). They debuted on MBC’s Show! Music Core on August 25, 2007. On 8 October 2012 member Lee Hyun enlisted for mandatory military service of five weeks of basic training followed by duty as an active soldier for 21 months. On 19 September 2014, the group released their comeback single 미치지말자.

I have never heard of this group, but I am happy that it is a combo group. Usually kpop groups are all male or all female. So I’m glad that they had a group like this one. It also seems that they were active up to 2014. I couldn’t find any official music videos…probably because their contracts ended with the company…but I don’t see why that would stop them from displaying their videos….

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jsqu-a9ZCU]

Sunny Hill

(Hangul: 써니힐) is a South Korean girl group. The members consist of Misung, Jubee, Seung Ah and Kota. From 2007–2011, fans of Sunny Hill were known as “Sunshines”. Following their rise in popularity, fans voted and had the name officially changed to “Hiller” (stylized as HːLLЁR).

I heard of this group through Eat Your Kimchi, when they were still doing Music Video of the Week. The song they reviewed was called, “The Grasshopper Song”, which I really loved. But sadly, I haven’t listened to anything of theirs since then.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjjTFys8Mw] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h1SixKJSKs] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHB5jlv-Atg]

Supernova

Before it became Supernova, it was a 5 member group named GM5. The group was composed of Park Geonil, Kim Sung Je, Kim Gwangsu, Song Jihyuk, Han Ji Hoo. In December 2006, there was changes in the members. Ji Hoo was removed from the group and replaced by Jung Yoonhak and Kim Jinchul (Jinon of F.Cuz). They performed in BIG4 Concert as GM6. In December 2006, before their debut, Kim Jinchul was removed from the group and replaced by an older trainee, Yoon Sungmo.

On September 21, 2007, they debut as Supernova with 6 members composed of Kim Sungje, Kim Kwangsoo, Song Jihyuk, Park Geonil, Jung Yoonhak and Yoon Sungmo. They performed HIT in KBS Music Bank. Like their name suggests, these six boys are gearing up to explode onto different entertainment venues, showing off their talents as singers, dancers, and actors. Their confidence stems from a two and a half years of extensive vocal, dancing, and acting training. In order to distinguish themselves from other boy bands, Supernova sports a formal look over casual attire – accentuating their masculine appeal. They are known for starring in music videos such as Seeya’s & FT Island’s. They have also performed at the Big4 Concert back in December 2006. They were featured on Mnet’s M!Pick Season 6. The group was nominated for the Best Male Newface Group & Artist of the Year at MKMF 2007.

I think I have heard of this group. I’m not really sure though. But it seems like they haven’t released anything is Korea for almost 3 years. But they have new releases in Japan.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICI0h7m-0sY] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHxQL00G8fg]

Tritops

(Korean: 트리탑스, Japanese: トゥリトップス, “Tree Tops”), is a South Korean boy band managed by Van Leader Entertainment. Tritops originally debuted in 2007 as a three-member group (Hyungmoon, Yoojoon and Ilgoon) under Joo Paramount Media with their album “Boorish Love”. After a company change to DoReMi Media, Ilgoon soon made his departure to pursue a solo career in 2009. The group promoted shortly as a duo, but were joined by new member Woogoon in 2012 and moved to Simtong Entertainment. In 2013, Ilgoon returned to the group. Following his return in 2014, the group moved to new entertainment call Van Leader Entertainment.

I have no idea who they are, but they are still active and they are a Korean band. I’m always happy when a band is still going because it means they are not relying solely on looks and dance moves to promote their music and group. I listened to their recent song, “Sorry, that I’m Ugly” and it was sweet to listen to. I loved the music and the vocals. I just may try to look into this group a little more.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWAAcD7afbk]

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July 28, 2015