12:35 pm - 06/25/2012

Wonder Girls' Japanese debut receiving doubts, criticism



Another girl group is passing themselves off as "the last big-shot" from K-Pop to debut in Japan. This time it's 5-member group, Wonder Girls with their album "Nobody for Everybody" (7/25) whose debut has been made public.

"Wonder Girls debuted in 2007 in Korea. Their single 'Tell Me' was a major hit, and they quickly rose to stardom. They debuted at the same time as Shojojidai, who are at the top of the domestic market in Korea, and KARA, who are popular in Japan, but since then their popularity has fallen. In 2009 they made full-blown advances into the American market, and they became the first Korean singer to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Nobody' (#76). They continued promotions there until last year when they came back after a two year absence to the Korean market and reached #1 with a new song there," said one Korean entertainment reporter.

Wonder Girls have been promoted in the Japanese media as, "The last important K-Pop artist [to come to Japan]" and "K-Pop's ultimate weapon," heralding their coming with great fanfare, and these claims must be true, right? "Truthfully, I don't think so," said one K-Pop entertainment writer.

"In short, they advanced into the American market, but they weren't able to sell. And when they came back to Korea, in the time that they were away from their homeland, their status had fallen and it was Shojojidai's big break. They definitely got a #1 single after a 2-year absence, but compared with Shojojidai, they didn't have much power on the charts. In the end, it seems they've already passed their peak in Korea, and are looking at Japanese promotions as a means of survival. However, doesn't it seem like it's too late for that?"

They were rejected by America, then rejected by their homeland, and so they've had to try their hand in Japan, even with the K-Pop boom losing steam. We wonder what will happen when these "former big-shots" come to Japan with K-Pop already in its final days in Japan.

Source - Cyzo
Translation - qummydino

im really interested to see how they sell in Japan, Wonder Party was so good n I was missin them a lot!

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molly_hime 25th-Jun-2012 07:38 am (UTC)
This article is just trying to start unnecessary wank, and being Omona, I'm sure it'll happen. Are they going to top the Oricon? Probably not. Are Japanese Wonderfuls going to be extremely happy and have one of the greatest kpop songs of all time in their own language to enjoy, yes.
Are the girls going to get to see their Japanese fans, yes. Are they happy? Yes.
Mmk, sounds good to me. Also I've not seen one article bragging about them going to Japan, nor have the girls bragged. To quote Yoobin "We don't care about topping the charts, we just want them to hear our songs." If money is JYP's main objective (which it probably isn't) it's certainly not the girls main objective.
molly_hime 25th-Jun-2012 07:39 am (UTC)
Also, the girls look stunning in the album shots.
tugtugbeds 25th-Jun-2012 07:41 am (UTC)
"They were rejected by America, then rejected by their homeland"

Y'ouch..
oncloud999 25th-Jun-2012 07:44 am (UTC)
ouch that last paragraph is harsh. certainly they've missed some golden opportunities where the korean market's concerned. they fared ok in the us, so i wouldn't say they're "rejected". as for their japanese debut, it's hard to say. i can't say their style is very suitable for the japanese market, like kara. and yeah, with kpop losing it's steam, i don't know whether it's a good idea. i don't know why jype isn't pushing them towards the chinese market, since they seem quite popular there already. is it because china is suppose to be miss a's market?
gathyou 25th-Jun-2012 07:54 am (UTC)
Well it seems to me that this article was written only to bash them so... Don't even want to reply. I'm just glad the girls are having fun and meeting their fans, also in Japan. Be My Baby (and the whole album) is still my jam, I hope they'll make great song in Japan (even if I don't really see them happening there) and go on having fun like they seem to do.
And they were not that "rejected" in America, right ?
molly_hime 25th-Jun-2012 07:57 am (UTC)
Considering they had their own television movie, and are in the talks to get their own show, I'd hardly say rejected. Kpop fans expect success overnight, which rarely happens in the US. They've come a long way, and they have a long way to go, but they have the determination to keep going. And they've certainly gone farther than any other kpop group.
odd_fish_stick 25th-Jun-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
who is this "writer"? WG are not as popular as SNSD but they are not on their last breath either, wtf. They are just releasing a Japanese EP, and I think It'll do okay. Japanese people will be able to sing Nobody in Karaoke now :P
deazaskia 25th-Jun-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
i don't think they're debuting in Japan as in doing real activities and to promote the song properly. they said they wanted for Japanese people to listen to their music. well, something along those lines... ^__^;;
tomtom28 25th-Jun-2012 08:10 am (UTC)
Lol rejected in their homeland? I'm sure some girl groups would love to be in WG's position in Korea right now tbh
supplanter 25th-Jun-2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
I actually think WG are probably pretty lucky. Maybe girlgroups don't get the same stalker fans as boygroups, but I kind of imagine going off the radar could have caused them to lose some of the crazies. If the majority of Wonderfuls are kind of slacker fans, great, no need to be embarrassed or worse by delusional stans. ~.~
xxmannequin 25th-Jun-2012 08:40 am (UTC)
They were rejected by America, then rejected by their homeland, and so they've had to try their hand in Japan, even with the K-Pop boom losing steam. We wonder what will happen when these "former big-shots" come to Japan with K-Pop already in its final days in Japan.

whoa.. isn't this a little bit exaggerated?? haha.
Anway, I love Wonder Party. I had low expectations as I found the last mini utterly boring, this one is great.
pinky_fairy10 25th-Jun-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Have they heard the album? It was great. It actually exceeded my expectations since Be My Baby was not that strong.
asnindie 25th-Jun-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
WG's last album was one of the best girl group records in ages, people can bitch but they're still doing well on Instiz and have good sales. Ofcourse their popularity has dropped but people are going overboard with their demise.
miyozari 25th-Jun-2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
I feel like bitch slapping this article's author.
mjspice 25th-Jun-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
There's only way that you can get more popular girls:

STOP RELEASING YOUR SONGS IN A GAZILLION DIFFERENT LANGUAGES!
sweet16een 25th-Jun-2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
as long as the wonder girls are happy
who cares about being popular and as long as they fans willing to buy their albums. I think they'll be ok and I don't think that they failed in America they did way more them them then any other k pop stars that came to America.
shortysc22 25th-Jun-2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
I think the biggest problem with their American debut was that their songs never really got airtime on the radio. If they had more airtime, even once a day, it'd make a big difference. Say what you will about people listening to the radio, but it still happens here.

That and they haven't been as active as most American artists trying to break through. It's all about touring and getting your name out there CONSTANTLY.

The best thing they did was the tour with the Jonas Brothers because that was their target audience.
sadistic_dance 25th-Jun-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
lol @ making it seem like Wonder Girls ain't shit but aside from that no one is here for another version of Nobody.

Stop it.
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