The Wonder Girls (Korean: 원더걸스) is a South Korean girl group. Their producer and manager is singer-songwriter Park Jin-Young and the Wonder Girls are signed to his talent agency, JYP Entertainment. Each of the five original members were selected through auditions. Debuting in early 2007, they became popular in the fall of that year with the song "Tell Me." They have scored three consecutive #1 hit singles: "Tell Me", "So Hot", "Nobody" and "2 Different Tears". In 2008, they won two Daesangs ("Artist of the Year" Awards). The group began their entry into the American market in 2009, with the English version of their hit single "Nobody". They are co-managed in the United States by JYP Entertainment and Jonas Group.  Contents [hide] 1 History 1.1 2007–2008: Debut, The Wonder Begins, and The Wonder Years 1.2 2009: American debut 1.3 2010: Line-up changes, International tour, and Television Series 1.4 Controversy 1.5 2011: Official American debut album & upcoming Korean comeback 2 Members 2.1 Former members 3 Trivia 4 Discography 4.1 Albums 4.2 Singles 5 Television shows 6 Tours 6.1 Opening act 6.2 Concert participation 7 Awards 8 Music programs 8.1 Music Bank 8.2 Inkigayo 8.3 M! Countdown 9 References 10 External links History
2007–2008: Debut, The Wonder Begins, and The Wonder Years As a group, the Wonder Girls were introduced through the program called MTV Wonder Girls which was filmed and directed by MTV. The first four episodes outlined the characteristics and profiles of each member and showcased their schedules for the day. Shortly after selecting Yeeun as the fifth member, the Wonder Girls had their first showcase in the MTV Studio. For the showcase, they performed a cover of "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls as well as their own songs, including "Irony" and "미안한 마음" ("It's Not Love"). Sunye performed a solo act by singing her cover of Destiny's Child's "Stand Up for Love", while Hyuna performed solo through a showcase of her dancing skills. The other three members — Yeeun, Sunmi and Sohee — performed a cover of Janet Jackson's "Together Again". The Wonder Girls officially debuted in early 2007 on MBC's 쇼! 음악 중심 ("Show! Music Core"), singing "Irony", the hip-hop single from their debut mini-album, The Wonder Begins. The mini-album sold 11,454 physical copies in 2007. The Wonder Girls official fanclub was established, with the name of "Wonderful". Additionally, the group held several showcases in China after receiving Chinese lessons. Throughout the rest of 2007, however, members of the Wonder Girls were beset by various injuries and health problems. On June 25, Sohee was sidelined for a month after tearing a knee ligament in a fall from a running motorcycle during the filming of her movie, 뜨거운 것이 좋아 ("I Like It Hot"). The remaining four members continued performing until late July, when Hyuna was withdrawn from the group by her parents due to their concern over her problems with chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells. In the autumn of 2007, Good Entertainment, the talent agency sent their trainee Yubin to JYP Entertainment as a replacement for Hyuna. She made her debut three days later in the group's live performance of "Tell Me" on Music Bank. Their first full-length album, The Wonder Years, was released the following week with "Tell Me". Due to the last-minute addition of Yubin, the album version does not contain her part. However, the performance version of the song was reworked to include a bridge with rapping by Yubin. The single was a hit and reached number one on various Korean television and internet music charts, including KBS's Music Bank. The choreography for the song was simple and widely imitated: by October, many fan performances of the dance circulated on video sharing sites such as YouTube and Daum, including one by a group of policemen who were eventually profiled on SBS's Star King. The dance's popularity was immense and the explosive attention it received became widely known as the "Tell Me Virus", earning the group the title of 'Korea's Little Sisters'. Videos of the dance came from fans the Philippines and as far away as France, and the song also earned the Number One spot in Thailand. The Wonder Girls had an extensive promotional schedule for their album and in late 2007 they began performing their second single, "이 바보" ("This Fool"). They made numerous appearances on variety and game shows, sang live on radio shows, at music festivals, on music programs, and in special joint performances with other groups such as Big Bang and Girls' Generation. MTV has also aired four seasons of The Wonder Life, a reality TV series starring the girls. The Wonder Girls returned to Korea in spring of 2008. In May, a picture of each member was released over a period of five days, starting with Yeeun and ending with Sohee. A preview track from the upcoming single was then released. There were rumours that past member Hyuna would be returning to the group; JYP Entertainment however confirmed the story was untrue. Their new single, "So Hot", was released on May 22, 2008; the song topped online charts soon after. They then performed in mid-2008 on MBC's Show! Music Core, performing "So Hot" and "This Time". The full single was released soon after containing the title track, the rap version of "Tell Me", "This Time", and "You're Out". Due to a vocal cord injury, Yubin temporarily lip-synched her parts under doctor's orders.
Wonder Girls performing "Nobody" at the 2008 BICHE opening ceremony in October. After a very brief hiatus, the Wonder Girls made a comeback in early fall of 2008. The full music video for "Nobody" was revealed, and the single was digitally released simultaneously. They performed the following weekend on Show! Music Core, Music Bank, and Inkigayo. The song went to #1 on KBS' Music Bank, staying there for four consecutive weeks, and also won Cyworld's "Song of the Month" award in September and October 2008. Like "Tell Me", "Nobody" also sparked a dance craze. At the 2008 MNet KM Music Festival Awards, the Wonder Girls took home three awards, including the highly-desired "Song of the Year" award, as well as "Best Music Video" for "Nobody", and "Best Female Group". The group also won an award at the 2008 Golden Disk Awards a month later for high digital sales. At the 18th Seoul Music Awards, the Wonder Girls won the Daesang ("Artist of the Year" award), the highest award offered, for "Nobody", along with two other awards. In February 2008, the Wonder Girls joined their producer Park Jin-young for his month-long concert tour through Korea and the United States (including New York City and Los Angeles) as special guests, and took the opportunity to film the music video for "Wishing on a Star" while in New York City. Park had stated that the concerts were also meant to be a showcase for his other protégés, such as Min, G-Soul, and Lim Jeong Hee. They were also selected as a top girl group by Virgin Media, which put them amidst the popular girl groups Pussycat Dolls, Girls Aloud, and Danity Kane. By the end of 2008, the Wonder Girls had earned ₩12 billion (equivalent to $9 million US) as a group. 2009: American debut The Wonder Girls tour started on February 28, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Wonder Girls, along with mentor JYP, then held concerts in the United States, visiting Los Angeles on March 5, La Mirada on March 6, and New York City on March 8. They also performed for a small crowd at MTV Iggy on March 10. The group then returned to South Korea, holding concerts in late March in Seoul and Busan. This tour was documented in the M.net reality show Welcome to Wonderland. After the end of the tour, the Wonder Girls debuted a music video for "Now", a cover of Fin.K.L's single from their third album. They also created a commercial for LG, with a version featuring only the dance was released online on April 9, 2009. The Wonder Girls also started their official MySpace Music account. The page confirmed that the group would launch in the United States with the official release of an English version of "Nobody" in the summer of 2009. In June 2009, JYP Entertainment announced that the Wonder Girls would be joining the Jonas Brothers on the North American leg of the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009. The company also announced that "Nobody" would be the first English single, followed by "Tell Me", and that an English album would be forthcoming. It was later revealed that in order to concentrate on their American debut, both So-hee and Sun-mi dropped out of high school. The Wonder Girls released an English version of their single "Nobody" on June 26, 2009, just one day before the start of their tour with the Jonas Brothers. The Wonder Girls were initially signed on for 13 concert dates across the US, but they were eventually given the opportunity to join the Jonas Brothers for a total of 45 concert dates. "Nobody" eventually made a debut on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2009, making the group the first Korean group to ever enter the chart.The song also went on to top the Taiwan and Hong Kong music chart. 2010: Line-up changes, International tour, and Television Series On January 22, 2010, it was announced that Sunmi would be postponing her musical career to pursue an academic career and that Hyerim (Lim), a JYP trainee, would take her place. Sunmi continued as a member of the Wonder Girls through the month of February in order to complete scheduled events. The Wonder Girls had been preparing their debut English album, with half (six tracks) to consist of English versions of Korean singles and the other half of brand new material, initially scheduled for release in February 2010. They were also planning to have a headlining tour in January 2010; however, due to the departure of Sunmi, plans for both the tour and the album were delayed. Due to the popularity of the group in Asia and worldwide, the electronics brand Sony Ericsson chose the girls to be the ambassadors of Sony Ericsson in the Asia Pacific Region which will see promotional activities in South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan as well as Australia and New Zealand. After the announcement, the girls flew to Singapore where they held a press meeting performing their songs "So Hot", "Tell Me" and "Nobody".
Wonder Girls performing "Tell Me" at The Fillmore in San Francisco in June 2010. From left to right: Yeeun, Sohee, Hyerim, Yubin and Sunye. On April 5, 2010, the Wonder Girls announced a 20-show tour of the US and Canada, the Wonder World Tour, which will include fellow label mates 2PM who will be joining them for 9 confirmed dates in Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Francisco in conjunction with Live Nation, with other dates yet to be confirmed. The tour is a combination of the English and Korean versions of their hits, covers of popular English-language song, and their new songs from their upcoming album, as stated by Yeeun during their Ustream webchat with fans on April 17, 2010. The first leg of the tour began in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2010. On May 1, the Wonder Girls performed at the Korean Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.  The Wonder Girls followed up their tour announcement with the unveiling of the newest single/EP, titled 2 Different Tears. The title track was recorded in three different languages: Chinese, Korean and English. The music video for 2 Different Tears premiered on YouTube on May 15, 2010; it was shot in the Gyeonggi-do province of South Korea. The music video features Park Jin-Young and Korean-American comedian Bobby Lee. There are three versions of the music video : Korean, English and Chinese. Their album was released on the same day. Between May 15, 2010 and May 31, 2010, the Wonder Girls returned to South Korea to promote the Korean version of 2 Different Tears. They had their comeback TV performance starting from M.Net's M! Countdown on May 22, 2010. On May 27, 2010, the Wonder Girls won their first #1 award for "2 Different Tears" on M! Countdown. The group wrapped up their last week of promotional activities in South Korea by performing on MBC's Music Core on May 29, 2010. During this two-week period, the Wonder Girls also appeared on several Korean variety and talk shows, including KBS's Win Win and Happy Together, as well as SBS's Family Outing 2 and MBC's Come to Play. In May 2010, eight more US cities and two Canadian cities were added to the second leg of the Wonder World Tour. In addition, it was announced that label mates, 2AM, would open for the Wonder Girls in San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Englewood, CO, Atlanta, and Chicago. During this time, the Wonder Girls' American promotional activities continued to earn them recognition: popular concert venue House of Blues named them "Artist of the Month" for June 2010 while online concert authority Pollstar featured them in a special article titled "The Wonders of K-pop". On July 29, MTV Korea premiered a new Season of Wonder Girls, MTV Wonder Girls (Season 4), that introduces the Wonder Girls' everyday life in the United States, such as at their New York home and studio, and preparations for the upcoming MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2010. The MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2010 was held at the Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach on July 31. The show has been broadcast on August 21 on MTV Asia. On July 30, M.net premiered a new show Made in Wonder Girls that take the viewers behind the scenes of the Wonder Girls their first American tour, Wonder World Tour, as well as their promotions in Singapore and Indonesia. On August 3, the Wonder Girls performed in Singapore's SINGfest 2010 at Fort Canning Park. On September 3 The Wonder Girls Performed On Seattle For Aion. Despite having only two weeks of promotion in Korea of "2 Different Tears" after their two year hiatus, the group ranked highly in the end of the year charts. In Gaon Chart, in all four charts : 2010 Top 100 Album Sales, 2010 Digital Comprehensive Top 100, 2010 Top 100 Download, 2010 Stream Top 100. In 2010 Top 100 Album Sales, managed to rank 50th with 28,594 albums. In addition to be in the top 50, in Digital Comprehensive Top 100, ranked sixth with 612,819,160 downloads, in Top 100 Downloads, ranked ninth with 2,790,298 in sales, and finally, ranked ninth with 28,504,554 sales in Stream Top 100.  Controversy The private English tutor of the Wonder Girls, Daniel Gauss, revealed that although JYPE and the Jonas Brothers are multi-million dollar businesses, the Wonder Girls were without health insurance in the USA. The girls were also being housed in an illegal building in Manhattan.  It was further revealed that the Wonder Girls were brought into the USA under F-1 and not O-1 visas. The head of JYPE admitted that it was known that this was "illegal" before a O-1 visa was sought. However, he stated “there was never a time when they weren’t given medical attention if they needed it. If you’re a top class star like the Wonder Girls, your health is our first priority.” 2011: Official American debut album & upcoming Korean comeback In January, more info was released about the American album. JYP Entertainment's CEO Park Jin Young (JYP) hinted on his Twitter account he wrote a new song for the girls while recording in his drama "Dream High".  He later tweeted that he isn't the only producer for this album.  In addition to this, Rainstone (Rhee Woo Seok) of JYP Entertainment, the songwriter behind the Wonder Girls' international hit, "Nobody", stated that the album was expected to have six to seven tracks. The girls are flying back and forth from South Korea and New York to record the songs. Well known producer Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Claude Kelly were revealed to be heavily participating in the album. Also, the album will be released by one of the three major labels of America. With the information released of the new album, the girls tweeted photos of recording with Claude Kelly in the studio.  In February, Chinese distributor ‘Starsing Records’ unveiled the best-selling albums for 2010, which included American artists like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, but also for the Wonder Girls “Special Edition" album. During the 2011 Chloe Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, the girls held several interviews. Leader Sunye said it is unclear if they will add their Mandarin songs to the new album and it's possible for Mandarin album for their Chinese fans. Yeeun said she's interested in composing songs for this album. Yubin stated that they will be going for a bolder approach, in addition to that, they said that shall indeed raise the stakes in their dance music, but still have elements of retro. On April 6th, on SBS Power FM’s ‘Kim Hee Chul’s Young Street‘, Sunye hinted at a Wonder Girls comeback in Korea. When asked about the Wonder Girls’ activities by a listener, she stated, “Although we are not promoting in Korea right now, I’m very proud that K-Pop is being spread [around the world]. So I have a greater desire to promote our group in Korea as well as to see our fans who’ve waited for a long time. I think there will be some good news later this year.” She added, “For our fans who have waited for us, we’ll be sure to see you all soon with good music before the year ends. Please cheer us on.” Members
Kim Yubin (Hangul: 김유빈 Hanja: 金瑜斌) was born on October 4, 1988. She is commonly known as "Yubin" or "Yoobin". She is the main rapper and vocalist of the group. She is also the eldest of the members. Her blood type is O. Her height is 163cm.  She was a later addition to the Wonder Girls who added due to the leave of Hyuna, who is now a member of 4minute. She officially debuted on September 7, 2007. She was also featured MVs, in labelmate boy group 2PM's debut music video, "10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom" (10점 만점에 10점, lit. 10 Points Out of 10 Points), also former member G.NA was featured as well and in Shinhwa's Once In A Life Time. In addition to that, she has feature various singles as a rapper from different artists, like Shinhwa's Andy Lee, Lee Min Woo, Kim Bum Soo, and Chun G. She has appeared in MBC's sitcom, 'That Person Is Coming'. Prior to debut, Yubin was originally set to debut as a member of girl group Five Girls (오소녀) under Good Entertainment, along with G.NA, After School’s UEE, Secret’s Hyosung and former T-ara member and actress Yang Jiwon. However, the group disbanded shortly before their scheduled debut in 2007 due to Good Entertainment's financial troubles and the members all left for separate Korean entertainment companies. Park Yeeun (Hangul: 박예은 Hanja: 朴譽恩) was born on May 26, 1989. She is commonly known as "Yeeun", but also as "Yenny" as her American name. She is the lead vocalist of the group. Her blood type is AB. Her height is 165 cm. She joined the Wonder Girls as the 5th member through an audition not long before their debut. She also has collaborations with various artists like 8eight, H-Eugene, and labelmate San E. She performed an OST track "正" ("Jeong") with former labelmate Jay Park for the drama Conspiracy in the Court (Han Sung Byul Gok). She also has composed and wrote the lyrics for "Saying I Love You" and "For Wonderful". Min Sunye (Hangul: 민선예 Hanja: 閔先藝) was born on August 12, 1989. She is commonly known as "Sunye", but also as "Sun" for her American name. She is the group's leader and the main vocalist. Her blood type is A. Her height is 162 cm. She entered into the JYP academy after being discovered in 2001 during Park Jin Young's 99% Challenge project. She has trained in JYPE for 5.5 years before debuting as the leader of the Wonder Girls. She also had collaborations with various artists including 8eight, Park Jin-young (JYP), and Mighty Mouth. She was also featured in the music video for Lee Byul's Forever. She had done OST tracks for two dramas: "일월지가" ("Sun and Moon") for Conspiracy in the Court (Han Sung Byul Gok) and "Maybe" for the drama Dream High. She also composed the "Man Won" song for her time on reality show Manwonae Haengbok in mid-2007. Ahn Sohee (Hangul: 안소희 Hanja: 安昭熙) was born on June 27, 1992. She is commonly known as "Sohee". She is the lead dancer and vocalist. Her blood type is AB. Her height is 166 cm. Sohee is often called “mandu [만두]” (dumpling) because the shape of her face resembles a dumpling. She trained in JYPE for about 3 years before the Wonder Girls' debut. She made her acting debut as a supporting character in the movie I Like It Hot ("뜨거운 것이 좋아"). She was featured as the lead actress in 8Eight's music video "Without a Heart". Also, made a cameo in MBC's sitcom That Person Is Coming. Woo Hyelim (Hangul: 우혜림 Hanja: 禹惠林) was born on September 1, 1992. She is commonly known as "Hyerim" or "Hyelim", but also as "Lim" for her American stage name mainly for promotions. Christina Woo is her American name. She is the vocalist and sub-rapper. Her height is 166 cm. She was the newest addition to the group as of 2010 after the hiatus/leave of Sunmi. She was born in Hong Kong and of South Korean descent. She has been training at the JYP Academy for three years and she is fluent in four languages: English, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. She was originally a member of labelmate group miss A, formerly called "Sisters (시스터즈)", the Chinese version of the Wonder Girls. Former members Hyuna (현아) (b. June 6, 1992 (age 19) as Kim Hyun Ah (김현아) left Wonder Girls in late July 2007  due to health issues involving chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells. She was later signed to Cube Entertainment and is currently a member of girl group 4minute. Sun Mi (선미) (b. May 2, 1992 (age 19) as Lee Seon Mi (이선미), also known as "Mimi", postponed her career to continue her academic career. Because JYP has not announced an official departure, Sun Mi is considered by many to still be a member of the group. JYP also stated Sun Mi is welcome to continue her musical career with the group at anytime. Trivia
Official Fanclub: Wonderfuls Official Balloon Color: Pearl Burgundy Discography
Main article: Wonder Girls discography Albums 2007: The Wonder Years Singles 2007: "The Wonder Begins" 2008: "So Hot" 2008: "The Wonder Years: Trilogy" 2010: "2 Different Tears" Television shows
Year Title 2006–2007 MTV Wonder Girls (Season 1) 2007 MTV Wonder Girls (Season 2) 2008 MTV Wonder Girls (Season 3) Wonder Bakery 2009 Welcome To Wonderland 2010 MTV Wonder Girls (Season 4) Made in Wonder Girls Tours
1st Wonder Tour(2009) Wonder Girls World Tour(2010) Opening act Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 (2009) Justin Bieber’s Valentine’s Day concert (2010) Concert participation Shin Hye Sung encore concert (2007) 2008 Shin Hye Sung Live Tour Side 1 – Live and Let Live” (2008) 2010 JYP Nation Team Play Concert (2010) Awards
Year Awards 2007 Cyworld Digital Music Awards: Rookie of the Month (February)("Irony") Cyworld Digital Music Awards: Song of the Month (October)("Tell Me") Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best New Female Group ("Irony") National Assembly of South Korea Pop Culture & Media Awards: Pop Music Award Korean Music Arts Festival: Female Photogenic Award 22nd Golden Disk Awards: Bonsang (Main Award) 22nd Golden Disk Awards: Popularity Award 2008 17th Seoul Music Awards: Newcomer Award Nick Korea Kids Choice Awards: Best Female Singer 20th Korean Producers & Directors Awards: Best Singer Award 5th Korean Music Awards: Best Dance & Electronic Song Award ("Tell Me") Cyworld Digital Music Awards: Song of the Month (June)("So Hot") Cyworld Digital Music Awards: Song of the Month (September)("Nobody") Cyworld Digital Music Awards: Song of the Month (October)("Nobody") Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Hot Club Music ("So Hot") Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best Female Group Award Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best Music Video Award ("Nobody") Mnet Asian Music Awards: Song of the Year ("Nobody") 25th Korea Best Dresser Awards: Best Dresser Award for Singer Category 23rd Golden Disk Awards: Bonsang (Main Award) Korea Fashion & Design Awards: Style Icon of the Year 2009 18th Seoul Music Awards: Daesang Award 18th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award 18th Seoul Music Awards: Best Digital Album Award (The Wonder Years: Trilogy) 6th Korean Music Awards: Group Musician of the Year Netizen Vote MTV Style Gala: Most stylish Asian artist of the year Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism: Artist of the Year 2010 Metro Radio Mandarin Hit Music Awards: Asia’s Most Hit Group Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards: Asia's Most Appealing Korean Female Artist 2011 RTHK International Pop Poll Award Presentation: Top Ten International Gold Songs RTHK International Pop Poll Award Presentation: Top Group/Band Gold Prize 5th China Wireless Music Awards: Top Ranking Digital Downloads of The Year Music programs
These are a collection of Wonder Girls's wins on Korea's televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel M.net and Music Bank on KBS. Music Bank Year Date Song 2007 November 2 Tell Me November 9 November 16 November 23 November 30 December 7 December 28 2008 January 4 June 6 So Hot June 13 June 20 June 27 July 4 July 11 October 3 Nobody October 10 October 17 October 24 Inkigayo Year Date Song 2007 October 28 Tell Me November 4 November 11 November 18 2008 June 8 So Hot June 15 June 22 June 29 M! Countdown Year Date Song 2007 November 8 Tell Me 2008 July 10 So Hot July 17 July 24 October 16 Nobody 2010 May 27 2 Different Tears References
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