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Posted 8/5/09 , edited 8/6/09
SNSD Popular in Russia

The popularity of Girls’ Generation has skyrocketed among Russian young people. A growing number of young Russians has become interested in Korean pop culture these days. More than 100 fan cafes dedicated to Korean pop culture have opened on the Russian networking site “V Kontakte” as of July 31. Their membership rosters range from as little as hundreds to as many as thousands of members, as more and more Russians are becoming the fans of Lee Hyo-ri, Rain, Wonder Girls, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, 2PM, 2AM and SHINee.

Each cafe features the latest video materials about their favorite singers. Russian fans even vote on K-pop cafe charts every month to pick the best K-pop song.

Many Russians are also big fans of Korean TV shows and movies. They also vote for their favorite shows. Some cafes even offer access to illegal downloads. Cafes dedicated to actors Lee Jun-ki, Kong Yoo, Kang Dong-won, Kim Ah-joong and Song Hye-gyo have hundreds of members. The latest Korean TV shows, such as “Boys Over Flowers,” as well as shows that aired years ago enjoy enormous popularity in Russia.

Many Russian Internet users laud Korean TV shows for their original soundtracks, while others give credit to actors and actresses for their pretty looks. Fans of Korean movies have set up cafes dedicated to directors Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-deok.

It has been only two years since the Russian youth, who are big fans of Samsung mobile phones, began taking interest in Korean pop culture. Once, many Russians admired Japanese culture, with Japanese sushi being all the rage among affluent Russians. Young Russian women imitated Japanese hairstyles and watched famous Japanese anime films. But recently the popularity of Japanese culture has been on the decline, giving way to Korean pop culture.

College student Anastasya Petuhova, 20, said, “Korean songs are very exciting. The choreography is also unique and stylish. The music industry in Korea is highly advanced because many groups compete for popularity.”

One Korean professor who teaches Korean in Moscow said, “A growing number of students want to study Korean. The popularity of Korean culture in Russia will contribute to the development of both nations.”

source: KBS

SNSD Leaves The Greatest Impression

It has been found that the netizens think that out of all the girl groups, SNSD leaves the greatest impression.

Online research service company, Section Bay, recently hosted a poll asking ‘Your favourite female idol group in the country is?’ to which 265 out of 593 people (44%) voted for SNSD.

Furthermore, Wonder Girls, who are busy performing in America, came in second with 168 votes (28%) and 2NE1 and Kara followed.

Meanwhile, there was a poll running for Infinity Challenge’s ‘Olympic Road Duet Festival’, that aired last month on the 4th and 11th, asking which team was the most favourable, to which Future Liger (Yoo Jaesuk, Tiger JK and Yoon Mirae) took first place. They came out on top by securing 187 out of a total of 510 (36%) votes. MyungCaDrive (Park Myungsoo and SNSD’s Jessica) came in 2nd with 19% of votes, Charisma (Junjin and Lee Junghyun) came third with 14% of votes and Gil and YB’s (Yoon Dohyun Band) group Uncomfortable People took fourth place with 11% of votes. No Hongchul and No Brain’s group, Rock Brain, and Jung Joonha and Afterschool’s group, After Shaving, followed.

Source: Yahoo Korea News
Credit: gdyb @ soshified

Netizens Loved 3!4! By SNSD

SNSD performed ‘3! 4!’ at the summer dance special with Roo’Ra.

SNSD delivered the performance of ‘3! 4!’ on the first season of ‘Summer Dance Special’ to give the song an extra cute hit. They performed in place of Roo’Ra and Roo’Ra later joined them to give a powerful performance leading to huge response from fans.

The 90’s greatest hit song ‘3! 4!’ leaped over ten years to become a trendy dance hit song. SNSD together with Roo’Ra helped to gather a greater range of ages in the viewing audience, which were previously mostly teens. The teens of today said that the old song ‘3! 4!’ is ‘Great’ and ‘makes me excited.’

The special stage of ‘Summer Dance Special’ was a song by Cool performed by 4 Minute also 2PM’s Taekyeon and Wooyoung perfectly reenacted the performance of the HipHop Duo Deuce’s ‘In Summer’ receiving awesome response.

The ‘Summer Dance Special’ thus consisted of 2NE1, SNSD, Roo’Ra, 4 Minute, Kara, Tiara, ShiNee, Brown Eyed Girls and Drunken Tiger’s cool performance, enough to cool down the hot summer day.

Source: News.Joins
Translation: Just Love~! @ Soshified

What Girl Group Best Represents You?
‘Woman World.’ It is currently the peak generation of girl groups in the music industry. Amidst the steady stream of comebacks from established girl groups, new girl groups are joining in and a silent war is taking place. The personality that each group is pursuing is as clear as the intensity of the competition between them.


The various girl groups can be grouped into three general colors. First, SNSD and Brown Eyed Girls (forthwith referred to as B.E.G.) are displaying a mature image while emphasizing sexiness. On the other hand, Kara and T-ara are displaying a mature image through a cute and pure feeling. 2NE1 and 4minute are emitting unconventionality through their powerful stage manners.

We take a look at the 3 colors of charms the six girl groups have with regard to their music, choreography, and clothing.

SNSD, B.E.G.: ‘Provocative and Glamorous’
After graduating from being newbies and grabbing their place in the music industry, the girl groups are trying to show their potential through their music and style, among other means. The concept that emerges from such efforts is sexiness. This is because this concept shows off their femininity and maturity the most. SNSD and B.E.G. are the representative sexy girl groups.

SNSD and B.E.G. have tossed aside the established bright hook song trend. Instead, they have peeled off their previous lively images with medium tempo pop dance and dark electronic music. Both groups have also included ethereal sounds in order to form a sexy mood. SNSD’s management company explained the reasoning behind changing the group’s music color by stating, “We purposely avoided hook songs in order to convey a mature feeling.”

These two groups are gathering interests by using choreography that accentuates a specific body part. In order to display their legs, SNSD kick their outstretched legs in their ‘Hacky Sack Dance.’ B.E.G. link their arms and shake their hips in their ‘Arrogant Dance’ to show off their sensual charm. By emphasizing their hips and buttocks, they have captured the attention of many men.

Sexiness shows through style most effectively. SNSD combined hot pants and uniforms. They have created a new marine look by utilizing military clothing and cosplay. B.E.G. has chosen leather tank tops and hot pants as their basic apparel. Both groups are leaving strong impressions by maximizing [body/skin] exposure and using uniforms or leather outfits in their intense concepts.

A manager at B.E.G.’s management company stated, “Starting with the music, our entire concept this time is sexiness and maturity. We emphasized an urban image to try to express the concept. Instead of using existing formal wear, we used leather and other special materials to refine our sexy feeling.

Kara, T-ara: ‘Purity Through Cuteness and Innocence’
When thinking of girl groups, the first image that pops up is purity. They use cuteness and calmness to emphasize their girlishness. This concept is used often because it is the universal image and the expectation of the general public concerning girl groups. This includes Kara and T-ara, who have activities for the second half of the year ahead of them.

Kara’s lively and lighthearted song ‘Wanna’ shows the group’s inborn bubbly charm. The speed of the song is lively and electronic sounds embellish the vocals, while the repeated phrase is cute and strong. T-ara is entering the music industry with ‘Lie,’ which is a medium tempo song that emphasizes powerful vocals and emits femininity through its calm rhythm.

The choreographies are characteristically calm and cute. Kara’s teaser showed dancing with lots of finger movements. The action of gathering their arms in front of them and moving their hands is lively. T-ara portrays a girlish and clear image using choreography where there is not much movement except moving their hands and legs in both directions.

Both groups’ pure charm is best expressed by the styles of their outfits. Kara shows their characteristic lively, cute, and bright image by wearing candy-colored T-shirts along with dresses and jeans. T-ara members collectively wear either all white or black and white clothing to portray a tidy and soft image. The clothes exude a lively, pure, and innocent feeling.

An employee of Kara’s management company stated, “The existing image of Kara is cute. We tried to show a more mature feeling this time around with the music and the visuals. However, we did not toss the characteristic cute feeling of girl groups. This was used as a foundation so that fans can still see the characteristic color of Kara.”

4minute, 2NE1: ‘Unconventionally powerful and intense’These two new girl groups are setting up a concept that is a little different from those of previous female singers. They shattered the mold of cute and sexy singers and are currently presenting a powerful feeling using punk or boyish concepts. Instead of trying to be pretty, they are keeping their individuality with their bubbly charms. 2NE1 and 4minute have an unconventional color.

The title songs of both groups are trendy. They use electronic sounds and hooks to create music that is closest to the current rage in music. 2NE1’s ‘Fire’ and 4minute’s ‘Hot Issue’ are true to the hook song trend. African-style percussion instruments and reggae-influenced rhythms, along with 80’s funky rhythms make these songs unique.

The key features of the choreographies are their intensity and power. The overflowing power portrays a boyish feel. 2NE1’s Gong Minji and 4minute’s Hyuna set themselves apart from others by singing and either doing the splits or raising their legs high in the air at the same time (lol). The interlude and melodies are loaded with power by including break dancing and other skillful moves.

The clothing shows the most unconventional color. 2NE1 wears vests with studded ornaments, leather leggings, Lego accessories, and high top shoes to create a mix-and-match feel. 4minute has attempted to create a candy, funky look. Cyborg sunglasses, leggings with holes in them, and all kinds of shirts are being used to create a unique trend.

Jung Boyoon, 4minute’s chief stylist, explained, “The fur and leggings with holes that Hyuna wears, the members’ neon clothes, and high top shoes complete their funky style that stands out (lmao no sh*t, sherlock). We considered the fact that it is easy for the younger audience to imitate these outfits and that they could create a trend.”

Source: Sports Seoul
Author: Nah Jiyeon Reporter
Picture Credits: Lee Seunghoon & Lee Hojoon Reporter, SM, DSP, Core Contents Media
Translation: [email protected]/forums
Posted 3/17/10 , edited 3/17/10
SNSD’s Run Devil Run track released!

he SNSD girls have been teasing us since January with their “Black Soshi” concept, and the official track has been released – it’s officially called Run Devil Run, and we already know it’s got hit single status!

With tracks like T-ara’s I Go Crazy Because of You and Kara’s Lupin, the femme fatale concept is definitely taking over kpop, but with its infectious chorus and SNSD’s especially dramatic image change, Run Devil Run will undoubtedly S♥NE’s off their feet and probably lure in some new fans in process. There’s also a lack of autotune, something you don’t see very often amongst kpop dance tracks these days.

It’s said that this track was composed by Busbee (Boom Boom Bang), Alex James of Blur, Kalle Engstrom (contributed on Lindsay Lohan’s Speak album) and more.

Furthermore, popular American artist Ke$ha (you know, the one that brushes her teeth with jack) recorded a guide track (thereby unofficial) version, which was leaked onto Youtube in 2008. However, SNSD’s track is the official version of this production.

So the music video won’t be out for a bit of time, but I’m sure this will more than satiate y’all for now; feast your ears on Run Devil Run…

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