The nine-member girl-band Girls Generation soared to stardom early this year with its song “Gee.” In an interview that was held June 22, the Girls’ Generation members spoke about how their popularity has changed their lives. All nine of them have been invited to appear on popular variety shows that further boosted their popularity.
But there was a downside as well: fatigue from tight schedules. Hyo-yeon says she was surprised to learn that even elderly people recognized her on the street. Parodies of “Gee” were shown on innumerable shows while magazines introduced Girls’ Generation’s fashion and makeup styles.
Youn-a says she saw several photos of Girls’ Generation in a single magazine and that her photo was published in the “Horoscope Stars of the Year” section. In the military, there is even a joke that soldiers who join the army with several autographs of Girls’ Generation members are guaranteed good treatment for two years. The band members say their stylists receive one day off whenever they get their autographs and that they gave their autographs innumerable times to soldiers. They added jokingly that singer Kang Ta, who is currently serving in the military, was happy to get their autograph and is now treated with “all due respect” in the military.
Girls’ Generation, whose song “Gee” topped music charts for nine straight weeks, is now back with their second mini-album entitled “Tell Me Your Wish.” The title song of the album topped Mnet.com and finished second on Cyworld Music just one day after its release on June 22. It is poised to become the group’s sixth hit after “Into The New World,” “Girls’ generation,” “Baby Baby,” “Kissing You” and “Gee.” “Tell Me Your Wish,” which begins with the members chatting about their trip, sends a message of hope to people who are exhausted by mundane life. Unlike “Gee,” which was written as a “hook song” with a repetitive chorus, this song has diverse rhythm patterns and sophisticated sounds.
The album contains songs from diverse genres, such as the ballad duet song “One Year Later” performed by Jessica and Onew of SHINee, the refreshing euro-dance song “Etude,” the retro-style remix of the song “Girlfriend” and the cute song “Boyfriend,” about a girl who has a crush on a boy.
The Girls’ Generation members say they feel pressured to maintain their popularity despite the deluge of girl bands on the K-pop scene, such as 2NE1, After School, Brown-eyed Girls, 4minute and Tiara. Soo-young and Sunny said, “I saw 2NE1 and 4minute performing on stage. Their songs are very exciting and their costumes were gorgeous. I’m worried that our new military-style costumes might look less attractive. We’re pressured to top music charts again after the success of ‘Gee’ and we do want to break our own record.” Soo-young added, “I hope that the lyrics of ‘Tell Me Your Wish’ will become a popular catchphrase among people who need a boost of energy. We’ll stage vigorous performances on stage.”
Before the interview was over, we asked Girls’ Generation about their wishes. Youn-a says her wish is to be healthy and be able to smile happily with her loved ones. Hyo-yeon and Soo-young say they want to meet their significant others and get married, while Yoo-ri says her wish is to see Girls’ Generation remain popular for a long time. The youngest member, Seo-hyun, says she wants to become more mature because she is too dependent now as the only child in her family. (KBS)