The release of Girls’ Generation’s second mini album has been delayed to June 29 due to controversy over the album’s jacket, SM Entertainment, the girl band’s agent, said Tuesday.
SM said it had decided to change the jacket after some Internet users alleged that the picture of a fighter jet used in the album jacket was similar to that of a Japanese fighter during World War II.
“Part of the picture used in the jacket has been interpreted differently from what we had intended. So we will replace the fighter picture with that of our locally developed T-50 supersonic training jet,” an SM official was quoted as saying.
The release of the album had been scheduled for Thursday.
Girls’ Generation, one of South Korea’s top pop groups, is due to resume its full-blown activities Friday by appearing at KBS-TV’s Music Bank program with new songs, including Genie or Tell Me Your Wish.
Girls’ Generation struck a spectacular success earlier this year with “Gee.” The song ranked first for the ninth consecutive week at Music Bank, while sweeping album sales, downloads and mobiles in the first half.
SM said its forthcoming mini album will display refined and accomplished songs peculiar to the nine-member girl band.
Girls’ Generation has been shining in the local music market since its debut in 2007 with a string of hit songs: “Into the World,” “Girls’ Generation,” “Kissing You,” “Baby Baby,” and “Gee.”
Its members include Yoona, Tiffany, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Taeyeon, Jessica and Sunny. (Korea Times)