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[WS] Footage of SNSD on David Letterman

As mentioned before, SNSD/Girl’s Generation made an entry into American media Tuesday night with a performance of “The Boys” on one of America’s big late night shows, David Letterman. My earlier post announced their initial U.S. television appearances, in addition to sharing my thoughts on how I thought the group would fare and what it takes for an overseas Asian group or artist to make it in America.

To comment on their performance: It was a great opportunity for them, but personally, something about it just seemed so out of place. Maybe it islack of precedence of Asian pop in America, maybe it’s also the awkward gait of the song… I felt like it went on so long! But anyway, all nine girls performed very professionally (though kind of surprised Tiffany, as one of the Asian Americans, didn’t get more camera time), and I thought it was cute how some members bowed at the end (a Korean mannerism of courtesy). What do you think?

[WS] SNSD to be on Letterman; and, Thoughts on What It Takes to Succeed in the U.S. Market

SNSD to Appear on Two American TV Talk Shows Next Week

It’s been announced that SNSD will appear on two popular American TV talk shows next week. According to SM Entertainment, the girls will be on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS next Tuesday, January 31. The following day, SNSD will perform “The Boys” during their guest appearance on “Live! With Kelly!” on ABC.

A representative of SM Entertainment stated, “SNSD is the first Korean singers to guest star on a talk show on any major American broadcasting channels. We received several love calls from popular TV shows following the release of ‘The Boys’ special album on January 17.” Even without active promotions in the States, SNSD is gaining enormous popularity in America.

Credit: Soompi’s SNSD to Appear on Two American TV Talk Shows Next Week.

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Stuck in a Girly Haze: SNSD’s “The Boys”

This fall is supposed to be the return of many girl groups in K-pop. One of the frontrunners, nine-member SNSD (for 소녀시대 or Girls’ Generation), has recently released their song all over Youtube in both Korean and English versions.

I’m not really feeling either one, to be honest. I feel like I’m stuck in the rose-imprisoning glass cage from Beauty and the Beast while the beats shift between Britney-electronica and Gwen-Stefani-esque songspeak. As usual, the production value is up there for both video and audio, but other than that, it’s just another polished SM number. Not much maturation, freshness, growth or edge in the style or sound.

It’s also kind of a strange match, though the production does its best to make it work, so I’m not sure where the song will find a place. Despite its electric leanings, the slow tempo makes it difficult to take up as a club/dance track, and overall it lacks the catchiness of earlier hits like “Gee.” I can see it as cafe filler (Seoul is saturated with cafes) and used in some cover performances, but not much else. Maybe the major intent is simply to use it as a performance song, declaring SNSD’s presence, as SM continues to gear toward markets outside of Asia.

Any thoughts? Sound off!

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