2nd generation 5dolls!
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2nd generation 5dolls!
Billboard Korea Top50 songs of the first half of 2012:
#2. Lovey-Dovey - T-ara
#12. We Were In Love - T ara & Davichi
#20. I’ll Think of You - Davichi
#43. Love Is All The Same - Yangpa, Davichi & HANNA
#47. Cry Cry - T-ara
Gangkiz’s is supposed to be Lee Haein of course since she’s pushed in the front in every performance and photoshoot as well as got a drama role this summer and another one in September.
5dolls was supposed to be Hyoyoung since she was in those two dramas and promoted a lot alongside Hwayoung at first.. I think they were originally gonna have it be Hyewon being pushed too but after her “scandals” that kinda didn’t happen.
Lee Haein has the acting and looks, but not the vocal talent or personality. Sooeun and Esther should be the “aces” IMO. Sooeun has the looks, rapping talent, acting talent and a great personality. Esther has the looks and talent and a good personality too.
Hyoyoung is fine being the ace, but she’s lacking a personality. She’s really reserved and doesn’t stand out on variety or whatever. Soomi was a better choice but wasn’t pushed enough. I think 5dolls’ two new members will be perfect aces since Hanna is beautiful and seems really charismatic. ^^
“Midas Touch contradictory name report”
T-ara’s new song “Day by Day” is dominating music charts one day after release. Once again, this proves the strong power of T-ara’s agency, Core Contents Media’s CEO Kim Kwangsoo.
When it was announced that T-ara’s new song swept the #1 spot on music charts, CEO Kim Kwangsoo said he could relax and smile again. Despite Kim Kwangsoo’s production of T-ara and their ambitious and growing success, T-ara is not his only girl group. Gangkiz and 5dolls are showing far less results compared to T-ara.
5dolls and Gangkiz are not under T-ara’s current agency Core Contents Media, but part of GM Contents Media. GM Contents Media’s CEO is Kwon Sibong who worked for Kim Kwangsoo for a long time. Kwon Sibong was placed as the CEO of the newly created company, but Kim Kwangsoo still exerts a powerful influence as the content producer for the company.
◇ T-ara, music site/sales jackpot
T-ara’s new song “Day by Day” was released on music sites on the 3rd and swept the #1 spot on the charts. Today (the 4th), T-ara are still on top everywhere including Mnet, Bugs, Olleh and Soribada.
With the big success on the music charts, Kim Kwangsoo has established to be a strong competitor in the music industry. T-ara’s “Roly-Poly” was the #1 song of 2011 on Digital chart sales, beating out all other Korean singers, something which Kim Kwangsoo is proud of.
“Roly-Poly” isn’t T-ara’s only song ranking high in the digital charts, because currently “Lovey-Dovey” is the #1 song so far this year. T-ara’s previous songs “Like The First Time” and “I Go Crazy Because of You” also had a longevity on online music charts and topped them as well.
With the trend of electronic dance music, “ppongi,” amongst girl groups, T-ara’s distinctive and addictive melodies with retro beats are always solid in their songs and lead to their popularity.
◇ 5dolls and Gangkiz poor results.. Why?
After T-ara’s success from their debut in 2009, CEO Kim Kwangsoo decided to unveil a new group, 5dolls, in February 2011. Prior to 5dolls, Kim Kwangsoo made an ambitious decision to debut a mixed group with male and female members in 2010 named Coed School. After poor reactions, he put aside the female members of the group to debut in 5dolls instead. Last year, they revealed “It’s You” and “Like This or That” one after another, but since then they have disappeared.
Gangkiz debuted in May of this year with “Honey Honey”. Actresses Hwang Jihyun and Lee Haein as well as CF model Choi Sooeun were some of the members who boasted good visuals for the group. Their debut seemed like it would be a big success when the members went to Italy and Switzerland with T-ara to shoot their music videos, but their song’s popularity was less than expected. T-ara’s same style of music, “ppongi” was used on “Honey Honey” but with a trot twist and fun dance. Because of the lack of success of “Honey Honey” they decided to follow-up with a more powerful image with “Mama” but they also did not get much reactions.
T-ara’s CEO Kim Kwangsoo who is also known as the “Midas Touch” in the music industry debuted two girl groups after T-ara who received poor results: 5dolls and Gangkiz. In response to why this happened, he responded.
“The groups both had a reminiscent style of songs similar to T-ara, and what was missing was an ‘ace’ to officially represent them. T-ara is unique in having a lot of members who can be the ‘ace.’ Jiyeon, Hyomin and Eunjung have unique individual looks and personalities which lets them shine in various fields of the industry. 5dolls and Gangkiz both had one member to represent them as the ‘ace,’ but they were unable to stand out.”
Another problem is that T-ara already has their own individual group color (retro dance), while 5dolls and Gangkiz don’t. In response to this, Kim Kwangsoo said, “5dolls and Gangkiz’s song have the same ‘retro’ feeling as T-ara. A lot of girl groups stand out from the other competition, but it’s hard to differentiate both the groups (5dolls and Gangkiz). Rather than the two groups standing out, the problem is their songs are too similar to T-ara’s hits.”
Translated by: Nathaniel @ Core Clique
T-ara’s Dani with 5dolls’ Hanna
Gangkiz’s Hyeji with 5dolls’ Eunkyo
The first and last picture of 2nd generation 5dolls together?
Shannon updated her Twitter “About Me” today saying that she is “Possibly 5 Dolls Member.” She was originally considered when Soomi left in January along with one other girl besides Nayeon.
Since 5dolls is five members, I don’t really want to say who I think left because I’m not sure. They could promote as six though! Nine Muses is eight members!