One similarity between Wonder Girls “Tell Me” and Jewelry “One More Time”?
Both songs have incidentally dominated music charts in Korea with their signature hits and has almost had a strangehold on the industry stemming from the latter half of last year and earlier part of 2008 respectively.
Besides that coincidence, other similarities have contributed to their success. After experiencing member changes, both have went on to become nationally recognised groups. Despite having to endure member changes and the challenge of adapation, both Wonder Girls and Jewelry have came through with flying colors and becoming one strong entity in the music industry.
Wonder Girl debuted in February 2007 with their “Irony” single but Kim HyunA had to depart the group in July citing health problems. Wonder Girls was in crisis barely six months after their debut. Another source cited that JYP was disappointed with their “Irony” single falling short of expectations in the market.
But Wonder Girls was able to pick themselves up and launched their comeback in September with the addition of new member, Kim Yoo Bin. Yoo Bin became the group’s main rapper and her sexy tanned image soon won over the fans who were sceptical at first and still reeling from HyunA’s departure. But in a matter of months, “Tell Me” became an overnight sensation and was one of the standout hits in 2007, cementing the Wonder Girls as a top group.
Jewelry ushered in their second coming since 2005 with their comeback this year. Because of Jo Min Ah and Lee Ji Hyun departure due to their wish to become actresses, Jewelry was plunged into an identity crisis as fans feared that the group would disband and if not, losing their original “strong” image.
But the addition of two new members, Ha Joo Hyun and Kim Eun Jung was a boost to Jewelry’s image rather than bringing it down. They adapted faster than expected and “One More Time” became a familar sight in the music charts, notching the No.1 spot again and again. They were No.1 on Music Bank for seven consecutive weeks which will take some beating.
SG Wannabe and Kara have also been forced to undergo member changes due to various reasons. Will they be able to achieve what Wonder Girls and Jewelry have accomplished? We will know very soon.