R.I.P Michael Jackson
A look back at the WG’s thoughts on Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson died in a LA residence on the 25th. Last year marked the 25th anniversary release of his signature album ‘Thriller (1982)’. The Korean version of the album included liner notes from 25 of the country’s most famous singers and became a hot topic of discussion at the time.
‘Thriller’ was the album that anointed Michael Jackson with the title of the “King of Pop”. It also heavily influenced many singers in Korea. Right now, the whole world is mourning the death of Michael Jackson. But here we will take another look at the 25 of the congratulatory messages that celebrated the his 25th anniversary.
“It’s probably natural that we wouldn’t know too much about many of the events that occurred 25 years before we were born. But what we do know for certain is how important Michael Jackson was and how much he influenced pop music 25 years ago and also from then until this very day. And that all that began with this very album.”
By Marian Liu
Seattle Times staff reporter
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.
[Source: Seattle Times]
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As you know, yours truly, Wonder Girls will be performing with the Jonas Brothers starting this Saturday in Portland!
We would like to gather a Wonder Girls promotional team consisting of the biggest Wonder Girls fans from each city that the Girls will be performing in.
These cities include:
Portland, OR (6/27)
Tacoma, WA (6/28)
Vancouver, BC (6/29 & 6/30)
Rosemont, IL (7/10 & 7/11)
Uniondale, NY (7/19, 7/20, & 7/21))
Los Angeles, CA (8/7, 8/8, & 8/9)
Atlanta, GA (8/22)
We are calling this the first exclusive promotional team, the
Wonder Girls’ FAN*TASTICS!
As a Wonder Girls FAN*TASTIC, you will have:
1. Meet Wonder Girls
2. Photo-Op with Wonder Girls
3. Signed Exclusive US debut single, NOBODY Promotional CD
4. Premium invite to select upcoming Wonder Girls concerts/appearances
Wonder Girls t-shirts to be worn while passing out fliers.
Pass out fliers and hype up the Wonder Girls, spreading the “wonder” to the fans as they come out of the concert.
Now…how do you become a part of Wonder Girls & the “FAN*TASTICS”???
Send us a short 30 second video clip of how much you love the Wonder Girls.
It could be a message, dance, anything you want the Girls to see!
Please provide use with your full name, contact #, and concert city that you are applying for.
Entitle the email subject line as “Wonder Girls & the FAN*TASTICS”
Send all requested information to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Any information submitted to email@example.com will not be honored).
Hana Emily Lee
JYP Entertainment USA
110 East 31st Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212.273.3480 ext. 205
Wonder Girls appeared on the cover of July issue of Korea’s fan magazine, WaWa Girl.
It talks about Wonder Girls & their game that they endorsed, Freestyle.
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