South Korea’s top girl group T-ara said they could hardly believe their eyes when they were besieged by fans seeking their autographs during a performance tour in Paris early this month.
“It was such an amazing experience because all we wished in the past was to rise to the top of a local pop music chart just for once in our lives,” Eunjeong, a member of the group, said during the group’s interview with Yonhap News Agency on Monday.
The group, which swept local music charts with their new songs “Roly-Poly,” “Cry Cry” and “Lovey-Dovey” last year, took part in KBS 2TV’s “Music Bank” concert held in Paris on Wednesday last week jointly with other K-pop idol groups such as Girls’ Generation, SHINee and 2PM.
“Many people from various European nations such as Britain, Spain and Italy as well as France recognized us when we were in front of the Eiffel Tower for filming. They even knew our songs. I was proud of myself as a K-pop singer as I signed autographs for them and posed in pictures with them,” said Soyeon, another T-ara member.
“Some even told me that they like the ‘We’re Married’ show, which surprised me,” Eunjeong said, referring to MBC’s popular entertainment show in which she regularly appears.
The girls’ popularity is especially strong in Japan.
Last September, T-ara became the first foreign female artist or group in Japan to top the Oricon singles chart in the first week of the release of its debut single “Bo Peep Bo Peep.” Its second single in the country, “YAYAYA,” ranked fourth the same chart.
The past 10 months since the group’s domestic release of the retro-heavy hit single Roly-Poly in June has been a whirl of business, with their songs causing a sensational stir both in South Korea and Japan.
The group had to carry out busy work schedules, appearing on TV music and entertainment programs, and performing in concerts. Some members even appeared on TV soap dramas and performed at a musical with the same title as Roly-Poly.
“Sometimes, I worked 22 hours a day,” the 25-year-old Soyeon said. “It was a really hard time, but we’re happy because a lot of people now recognize us,” she added, smiling brightly.
T-ara is scheduled to leave for Japan on Thursday, making their appearance on an SBS TV music program Sunday as their last domestic activities for the time being.
While staying in Japan until March 3, the group plans to promote Roly-Poly, their third single to be released in the country.
T-ara also faces their first performance in the United States in April. The group will put on a show together with singers and groups that belong to the same entertainment agency as T-ara in San Francisco and L.A., according to the agency.
“We’re so thrilled at the prospect of performing in the U.S. We hope to be well known among Americans, too, with this chance as an occasion,” Soyeon said.
The interview with T-ara will also be available on Yonhap’s all-news cable channel, “news Y,” on Thursday. (Yonhap News)
Credit: The Korea Herald