Asia’s biggest girl group (and essentially the world as the U.S. doesn’t have any girl groups, despite the Pussycat Dolls making a comeback) Girls’ Generation shook up the model by releasing their new single “The Boys” in two versions in English and Korean. The girls showed how serious they were about the release teaming up with powerhouse American record label, Interscope Records, for the release. While it turns out the song was not actually promoted and is not a proper English release, it could start a new trend with K-Pop groups when they release.

The song was produced by Teddy Riley, who has worked with Michael Jackson and Lady GaGa, and had the potential to really stray from typical K-Pop music as seen by his attempt with the K-Pop group Rania (who I’ve posted about before) who he quickly left when it became clear how much he did not understand Korean culture causing drama online and badmouthing other groups–a big no no. If there’s drama in K-Pop, its all behind the scenes; now if that’s a good or bad thing is another discussion, but Riley was totally out of line.

Moving on, “The Boys” is a slice of exciting electropop with a cheerleader, “Hollaback Girl” sound. The girls sound great in both English and Korean, but it should be noted the girls were probably processed heavily for their English pronunciation although there are two members who are American-born!

Maybe we’ll see a day when Girls’ Generation has a proper English release, but for now, we’ll have to make due with “The Boys” and the Korean performances. But the deal with Interscope and the fact that music journalists are getting press releases about them gives indication of something bigger–one day. For now, we’ll just see them continue to conquer Asia. Check out the music video and performances (I LOVE that choreography at the beginning when the music kicks in!) below:


This entry was posted in International Music Project and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Awesome things here. I am very glad to peer your article.
    Thank you so much and I am looking forward to contact
    you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  2. Veronique says:

    Can I simply just say what a comfort to uncover someone who really knows what they
    are discussing on the net. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to
    light and make it important. A lot more people really need to read this and understand this side of
    the story. I was surprised that you are not
    more popular since you certainly possess the gift.

  3. Asking questions are truly fastidious thing if you are not understanding anything entirely, but this post offers fastidious understanding yet.

  4. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared
    your site in my social networks!

  5. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in reality used to be a entertainment account it.

    Look advanced to more delivered agreeable from you! However, how can we
    keep in touch?

  6. Hi! I understand this is somewhat off-topic
    but I needed to ask. Does running a well-established blog
    like yours take a massive amount work? I am brand new to writing a blog
    but I do write in my journal on a daily basis.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my personal experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s