By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines --- K-pop quintet the Wonder Girls will be making their comeback in Korea with the release of a new mini-album on June 3.
Titled "Wonder Party," the new mini-album contains six songs including five new tracks. These are the title track "Like This," "R.E.A.L," "Hey Boy," "Girlfriend," "Sorry," and "The DJ is Mine."
|Wonder Girls (Photos by JYP Entertainment)|
Teaser photos for the album were revealed in the past few days, as well as a teaser video for "Like This," which was launched on the Wonder Girls' YouTube page.
In making the music video, a total of 1,000 people applied to be a part of "Like This" and 300 were selected. About 500 crew were used to shoot it.
In addition to the release of the new album, the Wonder Girls will be holding a concert in Seoul on July 7.
JYP Entertainment, the Wonder Girls' agency, earlier said that fans should anticipate the girls' new album.
"We have a line-up of captivating performances, to meet the expectation of our domestic fans. We are delighted to inform you to highly anticipate the new looks from the Wonder Girls for this upcoming album," it said.
Aside from making their Korean comeback, the Wonder Girls will also be busy in the US and Japan.
JYP Entertainment said after the broadcast of the Wonder Girls' first TV movie "The Wonder Girls" on Nick Teen channel in the US last February, "We have been receiving proposals from the major broadcasting companies in the United States."
The agency added, "Therefore, we are in the middle of arbitration for the proposals we have received."
The Wonder Girls will also be debuting in Japan in July with the release of the Japanese version of their hit song "Nobody."
The song will be released on July 25, according to the Oricon chart website.
JYP Entertainment said, "First, we would like to emphasize that the entrance to the Japanese music market is just another stage for the Wonder Girls, who already procured United States, China, and other regions worldwide as their performance stage."
It said it decided to make "Nobody" as their debut single in Japan after the Japanese record label took interest in the song.
"We requested the Japanese record label to listen to the Wonder Girls’ released albums including the latest singles, before we came to a conclusion. In order to accommodate their strong mutual interest in ‘Nobody,’ we decided to move forward with ‘Nobody’ as the title song for their first Japanese album," the agency explained.
Recently, Rolling Stone website chose the Wonder Girls as one of the 10 K-pop groups that are likely to break in the US.
"The five-member Wonder Girls stands as one of the few Korean acts to have a single chart on the Billboard Hot 100 with English-language single 'Nobody.' The group is serious about their American advancement, living in New York and absorbing American culture while taking a break from Asian promotions," the Rolling Stone article said.
Link to my original article: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/360807/wonder-girls-comeback-set