Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Wonder Girls - Korean Superstars

Seems that The Wonder Girls (Korean: ????) are getting much more popular these days. I even got SMS promoting them! In case you did'nt know,Wonder Girls are a South Korean girl group.They are produced by singer-songwriter Park Jin-Young and are signed to his talent agency, JYP Entertainment. Each of the five original members were selected through auditions. Debuting in early 2007, they became popular in the fall of that year with the song "Tell Me."

From left to right: Ye-eun, Sunye, Sohee, Sunmi, Yoobin at the MBC Campus Song Festival in October 2008.

The Wonder Girls debuted on February 10, 2007 on Show! Music Core, singing "Irony", the hip-hop single from their debut mini-album, The Wonder Begins. The mini-album went on to become a minor hit, selling 11,454 copies in 2007.[3]

Throughout the rest of 2007, however, the Wonder Girls were beset by various injuries and health problems. On June 25, Sohee was sidelined for a month after tearing a knee ligament falling off a motorcycle during the filming of ??? ?? ?? (I Like It Hot).The remaining four members continued performing until late July, when Hyuna was removed from the group due to their concern over her health—in particular, chronic gastroenteritis which had her hospitalized briefly in March and April.

Return to Korea

In May 2008, over the course of 5 days a picture of each member, sporting their new "sexy" image, was released starting with Ye-eun and ending with Sohee. Following this a preview track from the upcoming single was released. During this time, there were rumours that past member Hyuna would be returning to the group; JYP Entertainment confirmed that this was not the case.

Their new single, "So Hot", was released on May 22, 2008; the song topped online charts in the next few days. They began their comeback performances on May 31, 2008 on MBC's Music Core, performing "So Hot" and "This Time". The full single was released on June 3, 2008, containing the title track, the rap version of "Tell Me", "This Time", and "You're Out". Due to vocal cord problems, Yubin lipsynched her parts under doctor's orders until late July. She has since then made a full recovery and continues to perform live. 'So Hot' received #1 on the first comeback performance.

It was announced that promotional activities for "So Hot" would end at the end of July 2008, and that the group would instead prepare for their third mini-album, to be released the end of September. Recently, they were featured on Virgin Media's website and one of the top 10 'Girlbands to watch' aswell as having a stunt of publicity from Perez Hilton who blogged about 'Nobody' and 'So Hot' on his blog.

During September 2008, various hints and teasers were put up on their official website, including a teaser trailer that was also put up on JYP Entertainment's official YouTube account. The full music video was then released on September 22, 2008, with the single, "Nobody", being digitally released on the same day. They made their comeback the following weekend on Music Core, Music Bank, and Inkigayo. Soon they had a new single "Nobody".

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