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Not content with just being a dark horse in Korea’s music industry in this latter part of the year, popular girl group Wonder Girls “Tell Me” song has also manage to turn eyeballs in far-away Thailand.

“Tell Me” by Wonder Girls stormed to the top of MTV Thailand’s International Chart (Nov 24 – 30) and in doing so, trumphing established international acts like Britney Spears and Alicia Keys. Results are tallied weekly through how many times it has been shown/dedicated on the channel plus the number of views.


(Credit: WaWa*@Soompi)

Wonder Girls first album had only started to be available for sale in Thailand at the beginning of November and their popularity has been on a upward surge since then. Their top spot comes hot on the heels of their second place ranking in the third week of November. The time from which their album started selling until now, it has not even been a month and this is indeed some achievement in Thailand.

Wonder Girls management company, JYPE was delighted with this and said, “We have had a good response when we released the “Irony” single in February. We were kind of surprised and pleased when before even the album was released, the album had already stormed into the top 10 in the charts. We expect “Tell Me” to continue the Korean wave and create a similar whirlwind all over Asia.” Even the Thais can’t resist the “Tell Me” charm.

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There are no signs that the infectious ‘Tell Me’ dance by Wonder Girls are abating after first coming to prominence more than a month ago. 

The easy rythmn of the song plus cute dance together with the adorable appearances of Wonder Girl members has seen the popularity of the song transcend all age boundaries. The popularity of the group and song are rocketing by the minute. And it’s not only just the netizens who are learning ‘Tell Me’ dance but even fellow stars are finding it hard to resist it themselves.

Ever since the video of Park Jin Young showing off the ‘Tell Me’ dance moves on the internet became a hot topic, others like Sung Yu Bin have done a rock version of ‘Tell Me’ on MBC Show Survival and even the six hosts on Infinity Challenge have also performed ‘Tell Me’ dance. Those videos have been searched for many times and rank among the top searches on the internet.

Sung Yu Bin – Tell Me (Rock Version) @ MBC Show Survival

Following Shin Hye Sung who held his encore concert on Nov 11 and performed ‘Tell Me’ dance with Wonder Girls who were his guests, singer Yangpa will also be performing ‘Tell Me’ dance on Nov 24 at her own concert. It’s predicted that the interest for ‘Tell Me’ dance would remain strong and become a cult favourite for fellow stars.

Wonder Girls & Shin Hye Sung performing Tell Me dance

The Nov 12 broadcast of KBS 2TV program, “Chattering of Beauties”, saw Uzbekistan beauty Jamilya dancing to ‘Tell Me’ music to tremendous reception and it was only her first appearance on the show. It later emerged as a hot search term on various internet portals after netizens started searching for Jamilya’s ‘Tell Me’ dance clip.

Jamilyah dancing to Tell Me music

Singer Younha has also performed ‘Tell Me’ dance in a live radio broadcast at Boom’s MBC radioshow, ‘Fun Fun Radio’. The video was later uploaded to many UCC websites and garnered lots of views.

Younha’s Tell Me dance @ Boom’s MBC Fun Fun Radio show

There are likely to be more stars performing ‘Tell Me’ dance in the coming weeks. Park Jin Young is one of them who is scheduled for a special stage with Wonder Girls themselves. Can’t wait for that!

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The girls looked tired in their short skirts. “We sing seven or eight times after finishing school every day,” says one of the Wonder Girls, somehow managing a bright smile. The five Wonder Girls — Sun-mi, Sun-ye, Ye-eun, Yoo-bin and So-hee — were wearing heavy makeup and their individually unique, funky outfits. “We really feel our popularity when 30-year-old guys ask us for autographs. It’s amazing. It seems like people have been waiting for easy songs like ours.”

“People who were students in the 1980s say our retro-style song ‘Tell Me’ feels familiar. And teenagers like it because it sounds fresh. People think of us as a group rather than as individuals. I just really appreciate it when they recognize us,” says Sun-ye, the 18-year-old leader of the group.

“When we sang the song ‘Irony,’ some students were jealous of me,” says Sun-mi, 15. “But recently everybody likes the ‘Tell Me’ dance. There’s even another Wonder Girls group at school. Five students made up a group and dance to ‘Tell Me.’ They even asked me to teach them the dance.”

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The Wonder Girls enjoy watching UCC (user created content) in their free time. “I was impressed by a video from a group of soldiers who danced to ‘Tell Me’ in their uniforms,” says Ye-eun, 18. “They rolled up their pants like hot pants. They were pretty good dancers, but the video was hilarious.”

Each of the members has been through a long period of training. “My dream was to become a singer. Of course there were tough times, but I had confidence in myself that I could do well,” says Sun-ye, who spent seven years preparing for her debut. “I got frustrated sometimes during my two-year training period,” says 19-year-old Yu-bin with a smile. “But two years seems like nothing compared to Sun-ye’s seven years.”

The Wonder Girls say they were stunned by the outfits and choreography for “Tell Me” when they first saw them. “We didn’t like wearing the outfits. But once we shot the music video in them, it was fun,” says So-hee, 15. The music at the time was still new to them and it wasn’t easy to get the choreography right. “The choreography looks simple but it’s actually quite complex. Small repetitive motions with the hips, chin and shoulders — it makes a strong image,” said the Wonder Girls. (taken from englishnews@chosun.com)

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I didn’t quite like the song when I first saw them on Music Bank performing it, their outfits were kind of weird too. But after their special stage with Big Bang on Music Bank and repeated listens, I have grown to like this song. Granted I still can’t fix their names to their faces, but I do like Sun-ye among them all.

Mentor/boss Park Jin Young cheoreographed their dance for them.

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Great performance by two of the hottest groups in Korea now as they perform together,  Tell Me and then Lie yesterday on KBS Music Bank. Really infectious plus all of them were so adorable with their actions and reactions and the crowd was really into them. One of the best special stages I have seen.

Can’t get enough of just watching on YT, download it here

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