Girl Group T-ara welcomed their 4th anniversary recently. Once having enjoyed top popularity, this gemstone-like girl group has suffered hurt. The arrival and departure of some members (Hwayoung and Areum) and unconfirmed conjecture was discussed fervently. Their popularity that was not easily accumulated over the years seemed to have been destroyed in an instant. They seem to match the “5 year crisis” that idol groups commonly face in the Korean music industry where idols’ contracts [last around 5 years].
To say that they are not burdened must be a lie. After the controversy that broke out in July last year, T-ara did not respond to any Korean media interviews. Because they believed that if they silently continued their own way, one day, their fans will understand them and any momentary misunderstandings will be resolved. In this case, we are not here to pick at their scars. To talk about T-ara’s past, present, and future – something that they will have to face sooner or later – we carefully conducted our interview.
T-ara’s Eunjung who found courage to meet with Billboard Korea said “We cried a lot.” But they still continue to smile brightly.
Q: If you were to think back to the past 4 years?
A: We don’t feel like it’s already been 4 years. It still feels like we are rookies who’ve just reached 2 years. Compared to the actual number of years, we’ve been busy with a lot of activities. Other than music broadcasts, member’s individual acting activities, sub-unit activities, and musicals, we’ve lived such busy lives that we couldn’t even sleep a lot, time just passed by in the blink of an eye. Thinking about being able to achieve today’s position and to receive our fan’s love… Our fans’ congratulations have made our shoulders feel heavier, and our sense of responsibility has grown as well. In the future, we will be more careful about every word we say and everything we do.
Q: The most memorable activity is?
A: Bo Peep Bo Peep. It was a song that showed off the charisma that only belonged to us. The first time we put on the tails on our costume and wore the cat paws, we really didn’t like it. We wanted to be a cool and pretty girl group, and we wondered, do we really have to do this? But it was through this song that we achieved our first number 1 and even made it to Japan’s Oricon chart. If we used this song as a starting point, all of T-ara’s other concept and music were never too over the top. It was the song that allowed other countries to know our name.
Q: From debut to now, things that have changed and things that have not changed are:
A: The way we think has changed, and we’ve become more mature. When we first debuted we did not have our own goals, we were just like kids who did whatever our company told us to do. Now, we will positively think about everything we do, and we also understand the preciousness of fate that allows us to meet even the strangers who pass by us for a second. The things that have not changed is, even though we are no longer that young, the members still love to joke and play. Everyday is a continuation of a sitcom. This is what motivates us to stand on stage happily.
Q: Thoughts about the “5 year crisis” that idol groups face
A: Our crisis seems to have come a bit early. Haha. This seems to turn out for the better, it’s as if such a crisis does exist as people say. Although the sayings about members’ conflict and bullying will follow us around like labels, we think that as long as it is not true then it is fine. We won’t worry too much about it. If such sayings were true, then it would be very distressful, but the stories are all different from reality. It is not something that we can resolve even if we worried about it.
The motivation for the T-ara who has become mature.
T-ara is truly the “Korean Digital Sales Queens.” Lovey Dovey was number 1 on Gaon Chart in the first half of 2012, defeating Big Bang. In 2011, they also achieved number 1 on Gaon's Annual Aggregate Digital Chart through Roly Poly. That year, their Japanese debut track “Bo Peep Bo Peep” also made it onto the Oricon weekly chart.
Even when involved in endless controversies, T-ara’s music and stage performance were also recognized. “Sexy Love,” which was hesitantly released when T-ara was surrounded by a lot of rumours, and the summer track “Bikini” also charted and achieved a “long run.” Their recently released second Japanese album “Treasure Box” also charted number 1 on Oricon on the day it was released.
Q: What is the secret to popularity?
A: There is no special secret. First, we have to thank the composers who give us good songs. And also the fans and company staff who support us by telling us “everything will be better,” they’ve given us a lot of motivation. As a result, we gained confidence. We work hard on stage to compensate for our inadequacy, these all seem to have a combined effect. When speaking about T-ara’s energy, we have also borrowed from the popularity of the retro dance and the shuffle dance. Unknowingly, our performances are able to show off “T-ara’s image” and “T-ara’s concept.” To have a defined colour and flavour, we are really happy.
Q: Don’t you feel tired to have such active overseas schedules?
A: Although getting used to the time difference is always difficult, it is the most difficult when the food doesn’t suit our tastes. In the end sleep become our best medicine. Actually, every member seemed to have lost weight without intentionally dieting. Like a normal girl group, we eat well and don’t pick and choose when it comes to food.
Q: What do you do when you rest?
A: Watch movies, eat good food. When we are in Japan, we often go to Harajuku but we have not been there recently because we’ve been busy.
Q: Isn’t this just the right age for dating?
A: Although the work we have now is good, we still want to date. Just like a normal university student, a romantic stroll around campus while holding hands, a date in the library. It seems like the more we are not able to do it, the more we want to do it. My ideal type is someone who has a manly side, but who also has the soft side of someone young, someone who is kind and well-mannered. Appearance is not important. It’ll be great if it is someone who is able to let other people feel his charisma and charm that is unique to him.
Q: What kind of artists do you want to be remembered as?
A: The strengths of artists who have been active for 1 year and those who have been active for 10 years are different. I hope when people think about T-ara, they will smile and say “Ah they really had a difficult time then” or “They were really great then”, I hope that we can be a familiar and warm group in their memories. A group that is able to show off different styles like a chameleon. Or even to the point of getting critiqued by people “Do you have a split personality?” A group that doesn’t stop changing and is able to show and convey a message through their music.
Q: To T-ara, CCM’s present Kim Kwang Soo is:
A: The only person who can make us happy and feel tired at the same time. He has weakened a lot. He used to always lecture and scold us, but recently he asks us for our opinion and shares with us his difficulties. He has the feel of the powerless arms of a father who is growing old. His emotions are also becoming very rich and abundant, it seems like it is time for us to take care of him instead.
Q: A word to your fans?
A: Thankful. For always believing and watching over us no matter what. To be able to lay aside right or wrong and to believe and wait for someone is really something that is not easy. We don’t look at our fan club as one group, but now we see each fan individually, one person by one person. They are all precious. Even for those who cannot support us as fans until the end, we won’t feel sad or resentful. We won’t forget those people who have given us love up to this day.
T-ara has become stronger, their hearts steadier. They are no longer a girl group that has an extravagant exterior, but have become a pearl that shines quietly and faintly. The beginning of a glistening pearl is also created from a wound. Famous Korean poet Jeong Ho Seung said “A beautiful gemstone can only be created with time, brimming sincerity, and the embracing of trauma.” It is time for the future of T-ara, who will soon enter the US market, to catch the eyes of the public once again.
Original article: http://www.billboard.co.kr/?c=v&m=v1&idx=37066
Translated by via Chinese Subs by TCN: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2556657897
[13.01.17] T-ara wins the Digital Bonsang award, "Please continue to love us"
Girl group T-ara won at the "27th Golden Disk Awards" in the Digital Bonsang section.
T-ara was awarded the Digital Bonsang on the second day of the 27th Golden Disk Awards in Kuala Lumpur.
After getting the award, T-ara said, "We're so honored to be able to get the Digital Bonsang. Thank you so much for the award. We will work harder to become a better T-ara. This is our second time in Malaysia after we had our showcase. Next time, we want to meet fans with an even better image."
T-ara sang their hit songs in Malaysia on the 16th at the event including "Sexy Love", "Roly-Poly" and "Lovey-Dovey".
PSY, f(x), G-Dragon, K.Will, SECRET, Big Bang, Miss A, SISTAR, 2NE1 and Huh Gak were also awarded Digital Bonsangs on this day.
Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem
They were also named as one of the Top 10 artists of 2012 and Lovey Dovey got #8 in the Top 50 Songs of 2012 category.
I always did prefer Soompi compared to a AllKpop..
No matter how I look, I only saw netizens bullying T-ara. Without evidence, netizens scold them, hate them and curse them. I really want to ask the haters if hating them, scolding them, cursing them simply because of rumours justifiable? Whatever on Earth are they thinking about? No matter how i see it, it's cyber bullying taken to an extreme (overboard) level. If they really bully Hwayoung, those haters are definitely behaving much worst than them. Shouldn't they be scolding themselves and having some serious self-reflection? When haters always said "we don't know them in real life, so how can we fans sure they are nice?" Well, ironically, haters don't seem to know them too... (Anyways, there isn't bullying in the first place -.-" wherever that even arise from. Must be some silly conclusions fabricated by haters)
I believe everything was blown out of proportion due to small misunderstandings, communication breakdowns that has taken place. Nobody, especially the girls, would have imagined all these to have happened. And it happened too fast, too furious, wiping everyone off their feet. This incident rocked the entire K-entertainment industry. It simply shows the industry how vicious and malicious Internet can be. And poor T-ara are the ones taking the wrath of everything that has happened. We all know they don't deserve all these treatments they are having right now. But changing the world, changing people's mindset is not easy. It's humans that complicates things in life, all the time, unfortunately.
LOL VQueen's are hardcore...look at that boy crying his lungs out, and the two hugging looks like a scene where long lost brothers finally reunite haha...
Bet they had the time of their life that night...
OMG LOL 2000 fans =) There were 200 fans at max =)
Anw I WAS THERE GUYS sobs they're goddesses I swear T______T
And I successfully handed Jiyeon bb my letter, I directly put it into her hands *______*
My fangirl life is complete *_______*
tsk. that's why i don't give a damn that much to these "Award Giving" events. I'm not sure where they actually base their results.
but i still vote just for the sake of voting for T-ara (If I could, I would vote only for T-ara),