In the year 2008, theÂ Wonder GirlsÂ knocked on the door of theU.S. market and embarked on a long journey of self-discovery and growth. Though they were top stars inKorea, the girls were forced to start from the very bottom again with street performances.
Fast forward three years later, and we see the Wonder Girls return to Koreawith some solid achievements under their belts. Theyâ€™ve placed 76th on the Billboard Chart and became the first Korean artists to rank on the world-famous music barometer. They also completed a successful U.S. Tour, and filmed a movie with TV network,Â Teen Nick.
Prior to the official release of their 2nd album, the Wonder Girls sat down for an interview withÂ MBN NewsÂ to talk about theirU.S. venture and their latest work.
The girls were first asked to elaborate on their thoughts about their U.S.venture. LeaderÂ SunyeÂ stated,â€ To be honest, going to the U.S. was a rushed decisionâ€¦ There are many people who say that weâ€™ve failed. However, we think of the past two years and a half as a period of preparation for our [actual] U.S. venture.â€
Ye EunÂ added, â€œThere was never a day where something wasnâ€™t new [to us]â€¦ We were able to continuously grow and learn through exchanges with world-famous musicians. The experience in the U.S. has led to a dramatic transformation of Wonder Girls.â€
The members revealed that the title track of the new album,Â â€œBe My Babyâ€, is one that everyone can enjoy. The melody is easy on the ears (like withÂ â€œTell Meâ€, â€œSo Hotâ€,Â andÂ â€œNobodyâ€), while the tempo is upbeat and the lyrics are easy to sing along to.
When the album is listened to as a whole, itâ€™s apparent that their experiences in the U.S.seeped into their new sound. The song that Ye Eun composed for their album,Â â€œG.N.O.â€, is a song thatâ€™s reminiscent of music heard in clubs.Â â€œSuper Bâ€, a track sung byÂ YubinÂ andÂ Sohee, also allows us to get a feel for the new type of sound that the girls have brought.
Ye Eun commented,Â â€œWhen I went to a club, I heard songs fromÂ RihannaÂ andÂ LMFAOâ€¦ We thought it would be nice if we could make club music, done right, in Korean.â€
When asked to talk about their growth, Sohee commented,Â â€œIn the U.S., all the members lived together in one buildingâ€¦ Due to the situation, we had more chances to converse with one another, and we became even closer.â€
For the first time, the girls will be up againstÂ SNSDÂ for their comeback. Although both groups debuted in 2007, their promotion periods somehow never overlapped.
Sunye revealed,Â â€œWe donâ€™t really think of ourselves as rivals with SNSD. There are things they can do, and we have things we can doâ€¦ I hope each can become a group that can be a source of strength and consolation for many people.â€
The Wonder Girls will be promoting more actively in the U.S.next year. Their first U.S.album will be released in sync with their feature movie,Â â€˜Wonder Girls at the Apolloâ€™,Â which will be aired throughÂ Teen Nick.