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SunYe: “Studying English is difficult, but we’re working hard”

Posted by diopatra on July 15, 2009

On the 10th and 11th, the Wonder Girls—who are currently the opening act for the Jonas Brothers’ North American tour—performed for Chicago with success two nights in a row. Chicago marked the group’s ninth performance for the tour. However, there was a striking difference between this concert and those that came before it. Not only was it the first major city they have visited so far, but the response from Asian fans was the hottest yet. In addition, they were most productive as they carried out their activities schedule with local media. We met with the Wonder Girls right after they finished performing.

The response from the US? SO HOT!

The Wonder Girls are feeling the response from the audience as they step onstage for consecutive concerts.

The youngest of the members, SoHee, stated, “[The American audience] is in wonder at seeing Asian girls wearing dark makeup with retro hairstyles and wardrobe. It’s a relief that the dance is easy and they have fun doing it.” Sun Mi added, “Our song is based on the Motown style from the 50s and 60s, so it seems like a lot of American parents like it too.”

YuBin, who commented that leaving Korea to perform for an audience that is primarily American was a weight in itself, stated, “I’m not normally the type to get nervous, but I’ve been especially nervous during the recent US concerts. I think it’s because we’re in a different place and the weight that comes with the thought of representing Korean singers and the burden of having to do well.”

“The stages are unfamiliar and there are situations that occur that we’re not used to. But, you know, music is something anyone can come to enjoy—man, woman, young, or old. The 3 minutes spent onstage are the same whether we are in Korea or in America,” stated SunYe.

English is the greatest barrier

They are now in their third month of life in the US. SunYe expressed that English is their greatest task to date. She added, “It’s still difficult carrying out the performance in English. We always double-check our commentary before we step onstage, but it’s not easy. The members are working hard to use English regularly in everyday matters too.”

In order to join the concert tour, some members even decided to interrupt their studies. Sun Mi, who was enrolled in high school, explained “We troubled over it a lot, but my parents advised, ‘If you let go of this opportunity now it might be hard to ever get it back.’ ” Because she has completely given up her studies, she is intent on focusing and devoting herself to the choice she has made. Her thoughtful perspective on the matter was revealed as she commented, “In the future, I can study as I please and learn new things wherever I may be.”

A new beginning in America

The goal of Park JinYoung—head of Wonder Girls’ management company—is to spend the next 3 months trying to get the Wonder Girls to penetrate Billboard’s Single Chart. He considers the 5000 download sales count of ‘Nobody’ in the US a step towards success.

In addition to what remains of the concert tour, the Wonder Girls are also preparing for the release of the group’s official US album. Regarding future plans, YeEun hinted, “It’ll contain ‘So Hot’ and ‘Tell Me’ among other hit songs and new songs as well. It hasn’t been decided yet whether the Jonas Brothers will participate.”

YuBin and YeEun went on to express their individual hopes for the future. “It gives me strength to come so far to the US and see Korean people. I’m trying to work hard. I ask that everyone please continue to send us a lot of encouragement,” stated YuBin. “I’m happy that we were able to connect with Korean people through the news in Chicago. We’re working hard, so we ask for your support and I hope we can see you again in Chicago,” stated YeEun.

As they move forth in America–where both the stage and the food are unfamiliar to them–the Wonder Girls requested a lot of support from Korean fans who they see as a great source of strength.

Source: JoongAng Daily (Chicago) and WGSpectacle

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Asian superstars Wonder Girls open for Jonas Brothers

Posted by diopatra on June 28, 2009

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South Korean pop group the Wonder Girls opens for the Jonas Brothers June 28, 2009, at the Tacoma Dome.

The Jonas Brothers may be the main draw for all the screaming girls Sunday night at the Tacoma Dome, but opener the Wonder Girls are an Asian sensation.

Hailing from South Korea, the Wonder Girls kick off their American tour in the Northwest, opening for the Jonas Brothers in Portland and Seattle; the tour includes other dates along the West and East coasts, too.

The pop quintet — Sun, Yenny, Mimi, Sohee and Yubin — have launched three No. 1 hits in Asia.

“Performing on this tour is such an honor,” said Sun, calling with the entire Wonder Girls group on a conference call from Dallas, where they were rehearsing on the first stop on the Jonas Brothers’ tour. The Jonas Brothers “are very talented. They have been so kind. … It’s a great opportunity for us.”

The Wonder Girls plan on showcasing English versions of two of their popular Korean songs — “Nobody” and “Tell Me.”

“We just want them to enjoy our songs, and be happy from it, and then we’ll be so happy,” said Yenny, the most talkative of the bandmates.

The Wonder Girls are like a throwback to the 1960s, when groups like the Supremes reigned with their sugary pop sound and some Motown flavor. They even rap on some songs.

“Our music is retro-funky-pop music, a mix of the old and the new,” said Yubin, who like all the Wonder Girls, uses her first name only. “Our songs are very easy to follow, no matter how old you are.”

And unlike racy American girl groups such as the Pussycat Dolls, the Wonder Girls are much tamer, with ’60s-style matching clothes and hairstyles.

“Asians like more cute and pretty girls. They’re more like conservative,” Yenny said. “Americans like more sexy and funky, like Lady GaGa.”

Each of the girls — who range in age from 16 to 20 — had to try out for the group. Due to their busy touring and recording schedules, the Wonder Girls lineup already has seen some changes, even though the band formed only two years ago. And two of the youngest girls — Mimi and Sohee, both 16 — recently dropped out of high school to make the tour.

“I think school and studying can be delayed,” Mimi said. “This chance will not come again, so I choose this chance. But, later I want to study more than now. This is really the priority right now.”

Before this tour, the Wonder Girls already made an online impression in the States. Entertainment tabloid blogger Perez Hilton featured the girls’ video on his blog, and plenty of American fans have uploaded to YouTube their imitations of the girls dancing. The Wonder Girls’ simple choreography from their hit “Tell Me” was widely imitated online and spread across the world — the so-called ” ‘Tell Me’ virus.”

“It was neat for us,” Yenny said of the dancing clips. “They really don’t know us, but they cover us.”

The Girls are at work on their American debut album, which will have songs off their past material, as well as new ones.

“It’s very difficult because English is our second language,” Mimi said. “There are so many things we have to learn, but we are trying hard and we hope to be more comfortable in English.”

And like regular teenagers, in their free time from the tour, they go shopping.

“It’ll be great if we can go to Disneyland,” Yenny said.

Seattle Times

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[update] Battle of the POP: Boys vs Girls (2nd Round)

Posted by diopatra on May 12, 2009

as expected i’ve expected the boys are doing well especially my faves dbsk and super junior. some of the girls are putting a good fight like, agnes monica, rihanna, boa, she.

the competition getting intense, so let’s vote for our favorites till the poll end.

vote here

if you haven’t registered yet, you can register here

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[CHANNEL V] Battle of the POP: Girls vs Boys

Posted by diopatra on May 2, 2009

another Battle of the POP by Channel V. this time its boys vs the girls.

even though the poll just started, im going to predict that the finals will be boy vs boy. lolz.

anyweiz, those who want to join the poll, if you havent registered yet,

register here

and vote for your favorite artist here

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