Girls' Generation

Written By News Korean Entertainment on Monday, December 31, 2012 | 11:33 PM

Girls' Generation is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007. They are also referred to as SoShi or SNSD, both abbreviated forms of the group's Korean name, and are known in Japan as Shoujo Jidai. The nine member group consists of Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun.


Stage name
Birth name
Date of birth

Kim Tae-yeon

March 9, 1989 (age 23)
Jessica Jung, Jung Soo-yeon
제시카 정, 정수연

April 18, 1989 (age 23)
Lee Soon-kyu

May 15, 1989 (age 23)
Stephanie Hwang, Hwang Mi-young
스테파니 황, 황미영

August 1, 1989 (age 23)
Kim Hyo-yeon

September 22, 1989 (age 23)
Kwon Yu-ri

December 5, 1989 (age 23)
Choi Soo-young

February 10, 1990 (age 22)
Im Yoon-ah

May 30, 1990 (age 22)
Seo Joo-hyun

June 28, 1991 (age 21)

They gained attention at the beginning of their career with songs such as "Into the New World" and "Kissing You" but it was not until 2009 when they gained significant popularity with their hit single "Gee", which would be named as South Korea's 'Song of the Decade'. The group solidified their place in the Korean music industry with follow-up singles "Tell Me Your Wish", "Run Devil Run", and "Oh!". In 2011, they returned to the Korean music scene with "The Boys", which was released in three languages: Korean, Japanese, and for the first time, English. They sold over 100,000 copies for each of their six Korean releases, making them the first female group in the South Korean music industry to do so in over six years. Within five years after debut, the group has sold a total of over 4.4 million albums and 30 million digital singles. In 2010 alone, the group sold 11,730,000 albums and singles collectively. The group's immense popularity in their native South Korea has earned them titles "The Nation's Singers" and "The Nation's Girl Group" The Sisa Journal named the group as the most influential entertainers for the years 2011 and 2012, making them the first female idol group in history to make the list. Asia Today placed the group at forty-four on the 50 Korean Power Leaders list in 2011. Forbes also revealed the group were most powerful entertainers in South Korea for the year of 2011. The group began a foray into the Japanese music scene in late 2010 under Nayutawave Records, with Japanese remakes of their 2009 Korean hits "Genie" and "Gee." The group's debut Japanese album, Girls' Generation, released in June 2011, is currently the highest selling album in Japan by a Korean group in Oricon history after being certified 'Million' by the RIAJ and made the group the second Korean artist to earn this achievement in Japan since label mate BoA's "Best of Soul" in 2005. They returned to the Japanese music scene in June 2012, with "Paparazzi", the lead single from their second Japanese album, Girls' Generation II ~Girls & Peace~.
In April 2012, the group formed Girls' Generation-TTS (known simply as "TaeTiSeo"), their first sub-unit composed of members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The subgroup's debut EP, Twinkle, peaked at #126 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest charting K-Pop album on the chart thus far.
On January 12, 2012, the group attended the Golden Disk Awards, held in Osaka, bringing home two awards; the "Digital Bonsang" and the highly coveted "Digital Daesang". A week later, on January 19, 2012, they attended the Seoul Music Awards, and brought back two awards, the "Bonsang" and "Popularity" awards. The group also won two awards from the Gaon Chart Awards, winning the Album Of The Year for the fourth Quarter and Oricon "Hallyu Singer" award. On February 24, 2012, the teaser for their Japanese digital single, "Time Machine", was released.
Their appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Live! with Kelly on January 31, 2012, and February 1, 2012, where they performed remixes of the English version of "The Boys", marked the first time that a Korean musical act has performed on each of the shows.. They also performed on the French show, Le Grand Journal, on February 9, 2012, after it was announced that they were to release "The Boys" on February 13, 2012, through Universal Music Group’s Polydor Records in France. In the same month, Forbes Korea reported the year's list of the "Top 40 Power Celebrities". Girls' Generation ranked number one on the list, thus making them the most powerful South Korean girl group and female celebrity. A month later, on 23 March 2012, they made their debut performance in Malaysia at the Petronas Towers, as part of Twin Towers @Live 2012. Figures for the groups total earnings for 2011 were released in March, 2012. The group placed first among their label, earning over 100 billion won, or, approximately, $88.56 million USD.
April 2012 saw the formation of Girls' Generation-TTS, or simply "TaeTiSeo", a subunit composed of members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The subgroup released their first mini-album, Twinkle, on May 2. The group continued promotion throughout the month, performing on variety shows and at the Hallyu Dream Wave Concert. "Twinkle" debuted at number 126 on the Billboard 200, selling over 3,000 copies and making it the highest charting K-Pop album on the chart at the time. By July, 2012, the album had sold 140,000 copies in its native country, and a further 24,000 copies abroad. That same month, the group, with the exception of Yuri and Yoona, attended the showcase for S.M. Entertainment's biographical movie, I AM., which was held at the CJ CGV cinema in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, on April 30. A week prior, "Dear My Family", the theme song for the film, which featured group leader, Taeyeon, was released, featuring both concert and backstage footage.
On May 20, 2012, the group performed with their label-mates at the Honda Center in Anaheim, as part of the first date of SMTown Live World Tour III. Members Yoona and Yuri were not present due to their filming commitments with their television dramas Love Rain and Fashion King, respectively. Following the conclusion of their dramas, Yuri and Yoona returned to the group as the tour moved on to Taiwan, where they performed to a crowd of 30,000 people. The tour will then continued into Tokyo, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. A teaser video for the group's Japanese single, "Paparazzi", was released on May 29, 2012. This teaser was followed by the release of the full music video, in addition to a dance version, on June 14, 2012. The song, released on June 27, 2012, will serve as the lead single from their upcoming second Japanese-language album. Paparazzi proved to be another successful release for the group, debuting atop the Japanese Hot 100, selling over 92,000 copies in its first week, becoming their second best first week opening, following the 102,000 debut of Mr. Taxi, a year prior. "Paparazzi"'s release, boosted the groups total single sales in the country to over 647,000, according to SoundScan Japan. That same month, the group won "Best Album of the Year" for their debut Japanese album at the 2012 VMAJs.

It was announced on July 3, 2012, that the group was to release official stamps the following month, commemorating their 5th Anniversary. A total of 14 stamps were produced, which included autographed album covers. This marked the first time a celebrity had made a contract with Korea Post to produce stamps. Within an hour of the stamps' issuing, over half of the available stamp sheets had already sold out.
On August 10, 2012, it was revealed that the group was to release a Blu-ray/DVD videography entitled "Girls' Generation Complete Video Collection". Two weeks later on August 29, the group's official Japanese fansite announced the group was to tour Japan for the second time, in 2013. "Oh! / All My Love Is For You", the group's second double A-side single, and the second single from their second Japanese studio album was released on September 26, 2012, and featuring a Japanese remake of their 2010 single, "Oh!". The “All My Love Is For You” music video was released on September 4, 2012 and the music video for "Oh!" was released on September 14, 2012. Oh!, earned first place on Oricon’s Weekly Single chart, selling 66,000 copies in its first week. In addition, the group's Complete Video Collection reached number one on Oricon's Weekly DVD and Blu-ray charts, selling a collective 59,000 discs. They are the second artist to reach number one on all three charts in the same week. The only other group to accomplish this same feat was Japanese pop rock band, Mr. Children. The group's second Japanese album, Girls' Generation II: Girls & Peace, was on November 28, 2012. The album will be preceded by the single "Flower Power", which is set to be released on November 21, 2012. Despite limited release, "Flower Power" sold 29,000 copies in its first week, peaking at number five on the Oricon Chart, the single also reached number six on the Japan Hot 100. Girls' Generation II: Girls & Peace sold 116,963 copies in its first week of release, ranking third on Oricon's Weekly Albums Chart. "Girls & Peace" has since been certified Platinum by the RIAJ, denoting 250,000 copies sent to Japanese retailers.
The group will participate in the soundtrack for label mate, BoA's debut film, COBU 3D. The song, sung in English, entitled "Cheap Creeper" will be released prior to the film's release. Jessica also participated in another song for the soundtrack with her sister Krystal Jung and EXO member, Kris, on the song, "Say Yes." On October 16, 2012, it was announced Hyoyeon and Jessica would be participating in a musical promotional campaign for car company Hyundai, and its "Premium Younique Lifestyle" customers. Jessica's song, "My Lifestyle" featuring Korean rapper Dok2, was released on October 18, 2012. Hyoyeon's track, entitled "Maxstep", a dubstep orientated electropop song featuring Super Junior's Eunhyuk, SHINee‘s Taemin, Super Junior-M‘s Henry, EXO-K‘s Kai, and EXO-M‘s Luhan was released on October 31, 2012.
Girls’ Generation had originally targeted for a Korean comeback at the end of October or in the beginning of November. However, they decided not to return to Korea with plans ultimately being scrapped so the group could focus on Japanese promotions for the remainder of 2012. The group released the 2011 Girls' Generation Tour DVD on November 30, 2012 which features footage from the 2011 concert tour of the same name. Due to their Japanese releases in 2012, the group ranked seventh among Japanese artists and as the top Korean artist in Japan in terms of monetary profit after generating over 4.3 billion Yen (US$51 million) in 2012.
On November 16, 2012, it was announced that the group intended to make a Korean comeback in 2013. The following month, on December 11, 2012, a representative for SM Entertainment stated that the group were in the final stages of preparation of their fourth album, however, the release date is still undecided. The group will also receive a special dedicated to their comeback on Korean network MBC entitled "Girls’ Generation’s Romantic Fantasy", broadcasted on January 1, 2013. On December 20, 2012, SM Entertainment posted a teaser image containing the words "2012. 12. 21 10 A.M." under the group's name surrounded by Korea's national flower on their official Twitter. The group released the pre-release track "Dancing Queen", a remake version of Duffy's Mercy, on December 21, 2012. On the same day, it was revealed that the group's fourth Korean album "I Got A Boy" would be released on January 2, after their comeback stage on January 1, 2012.

Korean discography

Studio albums

Japanese discography

Studio albums

English discography

Studio Albums
  • 2013: TBA


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