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[News] Asian superstars Wonder Girls open for Jonas Brothers 090626

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By Marian Liu
Seattle Times staff reporter

JYP ENTERTAINMENT

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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[Photos] Wonder Girls and US fans at Jonas Brothers Concert, Dallas

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[Photo] Wonder Girls with their fan

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[News] Can the Wonder Girls Impact the United States?

There hasn’t been a strong presence of Asians or Asian-Americans in the music of the United States. Several artists like BoA and Utada have carved very small niches for their fans online. One of the latest groups to attempt breaking into the US market is Korea’s Wonder Girls. Managed by JYP Entertainment, The Wonder Girls have become minor internet sensations with their music videos for “Tell Me” and “Nobody.” One could find thousands of vocal covers, dance-covers, homemade English versions, and music video parodies of many of the Wonder Girls’ discography.

The Wonder Girls have even made concert tours in the United States under JYP Entertainment hitting New York City and Los Angeles. The girls have spent the last few months training in English as well as reproducing their music from Korean. Soon they will be releasing their hits “Nobody” and “Tell Me” into the English market. Can the girls hit the Billboard charts with steam or will they be like Utada and bubble in the upper 100s of the Top 100. Here are a few advantages the Wonder Girls have over Boa and Utada.

They have a tour lined up – The Wonder Girls have announced that they will serve as the opening act to the Jonas Brothers. Some fans are a little confused about the idea (read: they are not fans of the Jonas Brothers), but when one realizes that all the girls are younger than 25 it makes some sense. With the Jonas Brothers being huge in the teen sector, the Wonder Girls can capture a huge market.

They have very catchy music
– I don’t speak Korean and I love their music. Why? Because it has this universal pop sound. I don’t need to know what they are saying because it’s fun to listen to. For all I know they could be talking about feminine hygiene and I would still love their music. The real question is if their songs will lose something in translation.

They have aggressive management – I truly think that Park Jin Young, founder of JYP Entertainment, knows what he is doing. He’s striking while the iron is hot getting the girls to learn not only English, but Japanese, and Chinese as well.

Fashion Sense – I’m often jealous of petite Asian women because they often can wear a combination of different clothes and mysteriously pull it off. The girls have a very colorful fashion sense and all of them could be trend setters. The “Nobody” video is a take on the film Dreamgirls but they often perform the song in different outfits. If one looks online they have different costumes spreading out the gamut of 60s fashion when they perform “Nobody” in different venues. Their fashion will not stagnate at 50s/60s girl group clothes, but rather be influenced by both European and Asian fashion trends.

They are young – There is the slight chance that the girls will fail in the US, but they still have time to attempt another hit. They have the youth and stamina to tour their songs. They know the usefulness of websites like Facebook and MySpace. They all have Twitter accounts. The girls can make a grassroots push using the internet fan base to gain fame.

As an Asian-American, I hope that the Wonder Girls succeed. Young Asians don’t have many Asian role models, and very few (a few American Idol contestants) are singers.

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[Info+Photos] JYP Twitter Update, photo with Wonder Girls 090620

“ Comin back from da Dallas rehearsal. Me & da Girls finally realized how big this opportunity really is. We’ll do our best to maximize this opportunity for us & for u guys. This is truly an amazing stage. Hey Portland! I need your luv this Saturday! ”

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[Stream] Promo Video for Wonder Girls at Jonas Brothers Concert

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[Info+Photos] Wonder Girls Rehearsal With Jonas Brothers

– Check out the Pink Cases we made for the Wonder Girls Tour..You Go Girls !

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I JUST MET THE WONDER GIRLS!

Chillen with the Wonder Girls, no big.

Just got moved to 3rd row, and still hanging with the Wonder Girls. I love my life, seriously.

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