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Wonder Girls: A Korean Phenomenon
Wonder Girls' "Nobody"
Another 'wonder' to behold
Children, teenagers and even adults who can sing “Nobody” often mimic the chorus of this hit dance tune from the South Korean teen group called Wonder Girls. The Wonder Girls mania dominated the Philippine music scene and the rest of Asia and even the United States. They were even given the opportunity to perform with Jonas Brothers for 45 concert dates!
Rise to Popularity
Year 2007 when the group was introduced into the MTV Wonder Girls filmed and directed by MTV. Wonder Girls debuted at MBC’s Show! Music Core with their mini-album The Wonder Begins. The official five-girl members are the following: Sunye, Ye-eun, Sunmi, Soohe and Yubin. Original member who was replaced due to health problems was Hyuna. Yubin being the replacement for Hyuna was officially introduced during the group’s live performance singing “Tell Me” on Music Bank. Three weeks later, their full-length album was released in the autumn titled, “The Wonder Years.”
The single “Tell Me” became an instant hit in all Korean television and internet music chart, including KBC’s Music Bank. The choreography of the song is simple yet widely imitated. In October 2007, the video was circulated widely through the video sharing sites like You Tube and Daum (Korea). Videos of the dance came from fans in Europe, particularly in France and also in Asia, like Philippines and Thailand. MTV also aired the three seasons of the group’s reality TV called The Wonder Life.
Wonder Girls’ Craze
It seems that their time has come in 2008 when in May; the group released another hit single called “So Hot” plus their unique choreography and dance steps imitated by their growing fans worldwide. Thanks to the famous video sharing sites, like You Tube.
The release of the music video of the single “Nobody” in autumn created a very big stir in the music world. Even children know the chorus of the song and their dance steps. The Wonder Girls totally awakened the senses of their fans around the world. They found their signature song, which means that as the years go by, it will be their hit single to be recalled by the fans for a long, long time. Even I can’t believe that I am hearing myself singing and dancing to the chorus of this dance tune. It’s becoming an earworm to everybody.
Because of their efforts, they won many awards at the 18th Seoul Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and the 2008 Golden Disk Award for high digital sales, among others. Many accolades and awards have been given to them here in Asia, Europe and now in the US, the true barometer if you’re really popular worldwide.
2009: American Debut
With the rising popularity of Wonder Girls, we should also give credit to their producer, Park Jin-Young, who’s responsible for bringing this group singing sensation to the American soil. Would you believe that at the end of 2008, the girls earned $9 million dollars (W 12 billion won) and was selected by Virgin Music as the top girl group as of September 2008, aside from Pussycat Dolls, Girls Aloud and Danity Kane?
They didn’t only improve their performances and translate their songs in English. They have good command in English language and also studying Chinese language in order to reach out and appease the craving of their Chinese fans.
What now, Wonder Girls?
As the girl group, Wonder Girls continues reaping awards and accolades around the world, the Nobody fever is apparent in the upcoming national elections, here in the Philippines. You can hear local political ads using the music of the hit dance tune as their jingle. Ironically, they are riding to the popularity of the song.
As for the girls, they already started their MySpace account. You can check their website http://www.wondergirlsworld.com/ in order to know the group better. They’re really aa wholesome group and serves as a cool breeze amidst the blazing songs of prevailing rock groups showcasing the angst of the youth.