2007 – present (11 years)
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
- HYO (2007 – present)
- Tiffany Young (2007 – present)
- 서현 (2007 – present)
- 수영 (2007 – present)
- 써니 (2007 – present)
少女時代 (Shōjo Jidai), known as Girls' Generation in South Korea, is an eight-member South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment in 2007. The group consists of: 윤아 (Yoona), 티파니 (Tiffany), 유리 (Yuri), 효연 (Hyoyeon), 수영 (Sooyoung). 서현 (Seohyun), 태연 (Taeyeon), and 써니 (Sunny). Former member 제시카 (Jessica) left the group in 2014. They made their debut in Japan on June 11, 2011.
The group began a foray into the Japanese music scene in late 2010 with Japanese remakes of their 2009 Korean hits "Genie" and "Gee." The group's debut Japanese album GIRLS' GENERATION was released on June 11, 2011. It 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. Taking advantage of the positive press, Girls' Generation released a repackage of their first album titled GIRLS' GENERATION ～The Boys～ on December 28, 2011. The repackage included "The Boys (Japanese Ver.)" and a special ballad called "Time Machine" as well as several remixes of previously released songs.
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. They later released their second single "Flower Power" on November 14, 2012. Their second Japanese album GIRLS' GENERATION II ～Girls & Peace～ was released on November 28, 2012.
On October 25, 2013, it was revealed that Girls' Generation will be releasing their third Japanese album LOVE&PEACE on December 11. The album was promoted with three previously-released singles: "LOVE&GIRLS", "My Oh My", and "Galaxy Supernova". The album was certified Gold by the RIAJ less than a month after it's release. Love & Girls and Galaxy Supernova charted at number four and three on the Oricon Singles Chart, respectively.
On July 23, 2014, the group released their first Japanese greatest hits album, The Best, which is composed of the group's previous singles and four new tracks: "Indestructible", "Divine", "Show Girls", and "Chain Reaction". It topped the Oricon Albums Chart for two consecutive weeks and has sold over 175,000 copies in Japan. With The Best claiming the top spot of the Oricon Albums Chart, Girls' Generation became the first non-Japanese female group in Asia to have three number-one albums on the chart. This was also the last album to feature member Jessica; "Divine" is the last song she recorded with Girls' Generation.
A few weeks after the release of Girl's Generation's single "Catch Me If You Can", a music video featuring former member Jessica was leaked online. This version was recorded in Japanese making "Catch Me If You Can" an unofficial release by 少女時代.
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