Friday, January 4, 2013

Girls' Generation Rules Music Charts With New Album

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin 
MANILA, Philippines - K-pop group Girls' Generation welcomed the new year with a bang by releasing their fourth album "I Got A Boy."

Girls' Generation performing on 'M! Countdown' (Photos courtesy of

The girls held their comeback performance on Jan. 3 on music show "M! Countdown" to start their promotions.
The new album, released last Jan. 1, contains 10 tracks including "I Got A Boy," "Dancing Queen," "Baby Maybe," "Talk Talk" and "Lost in Love."
Upon its release, the album topped iTunes charts in 10 countries and achieved an "all-kill" status on various music charts in Korea.
According to Korean media, "I Got A Boy" became No. 1 on the iTunes album charts in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
"I Got A Boy" also charted at No. 10 in Australia and No. 9 in Sweden on iTunes Top 10 Albums chart, .
On iTunes' Top 10 Pop Albums chart, "I Got A Boy" entered at No. 5 in the US, No. 2 in Australia, No. 5 in Canada, No. 1 in Japan and No. 5 in New Zealand and Sweden.
The music videos for "I Got A Boy" and "Dancing Queen" were also released on YouTube.
To date, "I Got A Boy" has accumulated close to 11.21 million views since its release last Dec. 31.
On the latest Billboard charts ending Jan. 12, "Dancing Queen" climbed to the No. 2 position from No. 4 last week on the K-pop Hot 100.
"I Got A Boy" debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's YouTube chart and No. 36 on the K-pop Hot 100.
The music video is the No. 1  most viewed video this week, according to YouTube's own chart.
MTV Style took note of the different clothes that Girls' Generation wore for the "I Got A Boy" music video.
"The band transformed the 5-minute clip into a kaleidoscopic streetwear explosion, working head-to-toe looks and statement pieces alike from Jeremy Scott for Adidas, Lazy Oaf, Stussy, and more. The entire thing is a fashion whirlwind SO jam-packed with rad clothes (many of which are available to score yourselves), it's pretty much impossible to watch it just once," MTV Style wrote.
According to SM Entertainment, the girls will hold a virtual concert called "Girls' Generation V Concert" on Jan. 5 at the M-stage at the Gangnam subway station in Seoul.
The concert will be held to celebrate the release of "I Got A Boy" and will be streamed live on Korean search portal Naver. The virtual concert will present "hologram performances which give you a sense of realism."
Girls' Generation came back to the K-pop music scene after a 14-month absence. After releasing their last album, "The Boys," in October 2011, the group focused on promoting in the US and Japan.
In January and February last year, the group performed on the "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Live! With Kelly."
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