3:44 pm - 11/01/2010
Girls' Generation to Unify Asian Music Market?
SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's popular girl group Girls' Generation is currently focused on promoting the group in South Korea and Japan with an eye to unifying the Asian music market, the group said Monday.
"With Girls' Generation, we'll be able to create the biggest market in the world, which is the Asian market," Kim Young-min, CEO of the group's agent SM Entertainment, said during a press conference with foreign journalists in Seoul.
Rather than making a foray into the American or the European music market, the nine-member group presently aims to "unify the Asian market" and build it into the biggest market in the world, the CEO said.
The beloved all-girl group is basking in their growing popularity throughout Asia. Their new album "hoot", released on Oct. 27 in South Korea, has become an instant sensation. The girls ' recent debut in Japan also met with unforeseen enthusiasm, with their Japanese single topping Japan's Oricon Chart.
The group wants to reach further out to their foreign fans all over Asia, and becoming fluent in foreign languages is essential to that goal, the girls said.
"We've been really focusing on the language these days, especially since we want to be able to connect with our foreign fans," said Tiffany, one of the members.
"It takes time, patience and a lot of practice but we really wanna be able to express ourselves to our foreign fans," she said, attributing their rapidly growing presence in Asia to music as " universal language".
The group, which first debuted in South Korea in 2007, consists of Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun.