Currently the only 2nd Generation Groups left are:
SNSD, Brown Eyed Girls, Miss A, f(x), After School, Nine Muses, Girl's Day, Davichi. (However some of these groups I suspect will disband, but their companies have not said anything yet)
Some 2nd generation K-pop groups’ achievements, just in case anyone didn’t know or forgot~
Note: These are just some achievements! There are way many more achievements made by these groups and this list doesn’t even mention the rest of the 2nd generation groups! Let’s not disregard all their hard work and impact on K-pop!
friendly reminder that 2ne1 won MTV Iggy’s Best New Band in the World award based off of fan votes in 2011 and headlined a concert in New York because of it. Before the majority of people outside Asia knew very little about kpop. Before Gangnam Style was even released. Before social media was as big and powerful as it is now. They would also go on to have a global tour in 2012 and play two nearly sold out shows in New York and LA, with a total attendance close to 14,000. They became the first Korean girl group to rank on the Billboard Current Box Core. And in 2014 2ne1 became the highest charting kpop group on the Billboard 200 with CRUSH until BTS broke the record last year. They appeared on The Bachelor AND America’s Next Top Model, and even had a song on a MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO COMMERCIAL.
friendly reminder that in 2012 Girls’ Generation performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Kelly and Michael, performing The Boys. In 2013 Girls’ Generation won the Video of the Year award at the Youtube Music Video Awards, beating nominees like Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Psy, One Direction and more. They received a lot of backlash and racist comments for the win at the time. Starkly different from the overwhelming praise BTS got for their win at the BBMAs.
friendly reminder that in 2009 Wonder Girls opened for the Jonas Brothers on their 2009 World Tour for 45 dates, and they released English singles “Nobody” and “Tell Me”, with the latter being the first song to ever enter the Billboard Hot 100 by a Korean group, and would continue on to tour the US and Canada with multiple show dates on their own World Tour.
Never forget these legendary girl groups’ international achievements as they were pioneers and laid the groundwork for future groups’ successes. They will always be the queens no matter how many come after them.
Girl groups deserve to be recognized for more than just doing the cute concept. People automatically link female artists in the Kpop industry with the same concept, but there are so many more unique and interesting concepts out there that need more appreciation. These are only a handful of the creative concepts that girl groups show us.
Do you see how disposable girl groups are? Do you see now why it’s so important to stan girl groups. A boy group comes out with one good song and they gain a whole fandom, a girl group has 3 popular songs within a year and people listen to them religiously but don’t actually support them and it’s bs. Stan girl groups. Support their cute concepts. Get hype over their sexy concepts. Don’t assume everything they do is for attention. Don’t declare war on them for looking at a male idol. GIRLS NEED TO SUPPORT GIRLS EVERYWHERE