They gained attention at the beginning of their career with songs such as “Into The New World”, “Kissing You” and “Baby Baby.” However, it was not until 2009, they gained immense popularity with their hit single “Gee”, which, until 2012, held the record for being the longest running number one song on KBS Music Bank, having held the number one chart ranking for nine consecutive weeks. “Gee” was named ‘song of the decade’ by the Korean music site, Melon. The group solidified their place in the Korean music industry with their follow-up singles “Tell Me Your Wish (Genie),” “Run Devil Run,” and “Oh!.”
The group began a foray into the Japanese music scene in late 2010 under Nayutawave Records, a label part of Universal Music Group, with the Japanese remakes of their 2009 Korean hits “Genie” and “Gee.” The group’s debut Japanese album, Girls’ Generation, released in June of 2011, is currently the highest selling album in Japan by a Korean group in Oricon history. It was certified Million by the RIAJ and made the group the second Korean artist to earn this achievement in Japan since Korean labelmate BoA’s “Best of Soul” in 2005.
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. In early 2012, the group performed “The Boys” on the late night talk show Late Show with David Letterman and on the daytime talk show Live! with Kelly, becoming the first Korean musical act to perform on each show, and the first Korean act to perform on syndicated television in the United States. In the same year, the group formed their first sub-unit, entitled Girls’ Generation-TTS, or simply “TaeTiSeo”, composed of members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The subgroup’s debut EP, “Twinkle”, peaked at #136 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest charting K-Pop album on the chart thus far.
In 2012, they made their Japanese comeback with their fourth Japanese single, “Paparazzi”, taken from their upcoming second Japanese album. The song ranked high in various Japanese charts, including the Japan Hot 100 in which it peaked at the number one spot and currently they are prepared for new single Flower Power take Sexy concept . Single Flower Power will be release at 14 November 2012. And their second Japanese album Girls Generation II ~Girls & Peace~ will be released on 28 November 2012 and will include previous singles.
The group consists of Kim Taeyeon, Jessica Jung, Sunny, Tiffany Hwang, Kim Hyoyeon, Kwon Yuri, Choi Sooyoung, Im Yoona and Seohyun. They are currently the top Korean pop group.
Stage name Birth name Date of birth
Romanized Hangul/Hanja Romanized Hangul/Hanja
Taeyeon 태연/太妍 Kim Tae-yeon 김태연/金太妍 March 9, 1989 (age 23)
Jessica 제시카/潔西卡 Jessica Jung 제시카 정 April 18, 1989 (age 23) Sunny 써니/珊妮 Lee Soon-kyu 이순규/李順圭 May 15, 1989 (age 23)
Tiffany 티파니/蒂芙尼 Stephanie Hwang 스테파니 황 August 1, 1989 (age 22)
Hyoyeon 효연/孝淵 Kim Hyo-yeon 김효연/金孝 September 22, 1989 (age 22)
Yuri 유리/侑莉 Kwon Yu-ri 권유리/權俞利 December 5, 1989 (age 22)
Sooyoung 수영/秀英 Choi Soo-young 최수영/崔秀英 February 10, 1990 (age 22)
Yoona 윤아/潤娥 Im Yoon-ah 임윤아/林潤娥 May 30, 1990 (age 22)
Seohyun 서현/徐賢 Seo Joo-hyun 서주현/徐珠玄 June 28, 1991 (age 21)
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