Girls' Generation is a South Korean pop band that was formed in 2007. It has been Korea's top girl group since 2009, when they released their breakthrough hit "Gee." It is the most popular girl group in Asia, and it consists of nine members. The leader is Kim Tae-yeon. The band is known for coordinated, precision dancing. They sing primarily in Korean, although their songs generally include an English-language phrase or two. Besides Korea, they have topped the charts in Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan, the world’s second largest music market. An effort to enter the U.S. market in 2011 met with little response.
The members received three years of training at an "idol school," paid for by SM Entertainment. The management company then assembled successful students into a band. The group received the YouTube Music Video Award in November 2013.
All of the members of the band are at least nominally Christian. Tae-yeon is Catholic and the others are Protestant. Four of them, Choi Soo-young, Im Yoon-a, Kim Hyo-yeon, and Tiffany (Stephanie Hwang), participate in a fellowship group. Soo-young and Tiffany have confessed their faith in numerous interviews. Tiffany is a Korean-American and was born in San Francisco.
- Studio albums
- 2007: Girls' Generation
- 2010: Oh!
- 2011: The Boys
- 2013: I Got a Boy
- SNSD/Girls Generation (소녀시대) ~ Gee (baby baby)" (2009)
- Yang, Jeff, "Can Girls’ Generation Break Through in America?," Wall Street Journal, Feb 6, 2012.
- Kwaak, Jeyup S., "US? Meh, Girls Generation Still Big in Japan," Wall Street Journal, Dec. 18, 2013.
- Why Girls’ Generation and K-Pop Won Big at the YouTube Music Awards," Wall Street Journal, Nov 4, 2013.
- South Korea's population is 18 percent Protestant and 11 percent Catholic.
- "Korean Idol Christians Band Up!," Soshified, Jan. 8, 2010.
- "‘Californian Girl’: Tiffany Featured in ’1st Look’ Magazine for a Photoshoot in Los Angeles," Soshified, May 16, 2013.
- "SNSD/Girls' Generation - HaHaHa (하하하) (Airport Version) (English Sub)" (2009). The band is adored in Korea, as you can see from the response to this performance at Incheon International Airport.
- "Girls' Generation Oh! MV" (2010). This video has an American football theme.