Monday, March 18, 2013

Kim Taeyeon: Fans Wish Happy Birthday To Girls' Generation Lead Singer

Kim Taeyeon accepts an award on behalf of Girls' Generation. (Image: Reuters)

Kim Taeyeon, the lead singer of South Korean K-Pop group Girls' Generation, is turning 25 this week! Girls' Generation has accumulated millions of fans to become a sensation in Korea, but around the entire world.

Fans of Girls' Generation, who are known for being absolutely wild about the supergroup, went crazy for Taeyeon on Twitter today to mark her birthday.

Birthday beauty Taeyeon was born on March 9, 1989. In South Korea, you are considered one at birth. In addition, everyone gets a year older with every new year.

Formed in 2007, Kim Taeyeon's group Girls' Generation garnered attention from media and the public when they came out with songs such as "Into the New World" and "Kissing You". However, the group really broke out into the public eye with the release of their 2009 single "Gee". In 2010, they followed up their rampant success with "Gee" by selling 11,730,000 albums and singles just that year alone.

In what was the best birthday present ever, Kim Taeyeon was tapped by SM Entertainment, along with the other eight girls in the group. The nine girls that make up supergroup Girls' Generation were put through a demanding training program in order to get them ready for superstardom. Taeyeon joined the group in 2004 and trained for three years before the group's debut.

Girls' Generation and Kim Taeyeon are referred to as "The Nation's Singers" and "The Nation's Girl Group", referring to their home country of South Korea. The Sisa Journal named the group as the most influential entertainers between 2011 and 2012, a hefty title to earn.

25th birthday beauty Kim Taeyeon and the other Girls' Generation members (Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun) have earned immense praise for their contribution to music and entertainment. Forbes revealed the group were the most powerful entertainers in 2011 in South Korea. Asia Today placed the group at #44 on the "50 Korean Power Leaders" list for the same year.

In order to expand on their South Korean roots, Kim Taeyeon and Girls' Generation moved into Japanese music in late 2010 under Nayutawave Records. Japanese remakes of their 2009 Korean hits "Genie" and "Gee" quickly followed, as well as a full-length Japanese album that was released in June 2011. That album is currently the highest-selling album in Japan by a Korean group in Oricon history.

Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun formed a sub-unit from Girls' Generation, but the original group is still together. More sub-unites of individual girl groups are expected to follow. Taeyeon's group that branched off released an EP Twinkle, and peaked at #126 on the Billboard 200 - this made the album the highest-charting K-Pop record on the Billboard 200 chart.

In addition to Kim Taeyeon and Girls' Generation, SM Entertainment also put together a 12-member boy band Super Junior. The group is essentially Girls' Generation, but all-male, and they are equally as (wildly) successful.

Source: International Design Times
Photo by Reuters

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