Look up the term "legends" in the K-pop dictionary and you are sure to find Girls' Generation—also known as SNSD—right beside the word. When it comes to making history, many would agree that SM Entertainment's eight- (originally nine-) piece girl group helped paved the way for a new wave of performers in South Korea's music industry. From the moment the girls debuted in 2007 with their hit single "Into The New World," the group has continuously broken records and set new ones, earning them the title of "The Nation's Girl Group" in South Korea.
The group's last release was their 2018 single "Lil' Touch" via the subgroup Girls' Generation-Oh!GG (comprised of members Hyoyeon, Yuri, Taeyeon, Yoona, and Sunny), but the girls have been busy killing their own individual schedules since then. Still, all of them remain v. close to each other, as proven by how they had a mini-reunion to celebrate Tiffany's birthday this year!
Here's what these queens have been up to lately.
Taeyeon (Kim Taeyeon)
Girls' Generation's leader has been pretty active in the music industry ever since she debuted in 2014 as a soloist. She has been setting up records after records for her singles and collaborations with other artists like her debut extended play song "I" in 2015 which sold 160,000 copies in South Korea as of 2019. Taeyeon has definitely been busy ever since, releasing singles like "Blue" and "Four Seasons"—the latter of which charted at number six on the Billboard World Digital Songs—and doing concert tours (she visited the Philippines in 2018)! She released her second studio album Purpose in October of this year, which peaked at number two in her home country. Most recently, she also released the Korean version of the Frozen 2 song "Into The Unknown" after Disney tapped her to do a rendition of the Brendon Urie original.
Sunny (Lee Soongyu)
The group's sub-rapper and lead singer has dipped her toes in a variety of projects ranging from TV and radio hosting and musicals. After grabbing a number of theater roles in big musical productions like Catch Me If You Can and Singing In The Rain, she's moved on to doing reality TV shows like Cheonhajangsa and Star Advent in 2016, To You, From Me in 2017, Supermodel 2018 Survival in 2018, and Video Star and Shall We Chicken? in 2019. She also worked on songs like "Odd Imagination" with former Super Junior-M member Henry and "Time" with fellow GG member Hyoyeon and NCT's Taeyong in 2018.
Tiffany (Stephanie Young Hwang)
Girls' Generation's resident sunshine and master of the eye-smile Tiffany has also been enjoying a successful solo career since her debut in 2016. Though she left SM Entertainment the same year, the American-born singer remains to be a member of the group. In 2018, she signed with Paradigm Talent Agency and Transparent Arts as her new label where she released her first US solo single "Over My Skin." The same year, Tiffany also released her own rendition of the song "Remember Me" from the Pixar film Coco and became the face of clothing brand H&M's Autumn campaign. In 2019, she released singles like "Born Again" and "Lips On Lips" which debuted at number nine on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. She won the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards for Best Solo Breakout in March and released her new single "Magnetic Moon" a few months after. She has started her concert tour in October 2019 and will even be dropping by to the Philippines in January 2020 for her Open Hearts Eve Part Two show!
Yoona (Im Yoona)
As the group's center and visual queen, it isn't surprising that Yoona found success as an actress in the big and small screen. She first started her foray into acting in 2016 with the action thriller The K2 where she acted alongside actor Ji Chang Wook. Tired of being typecast into sweet, damsel-in-distress roles, however, she decided to pursue other genres and took on roles in action films like Confidential Assignment (2017) where she won several acting awards. In 2018, she also joined the reality show Hyori's Homestay. This year, she starred opposite Jo Jung Suk in the disaster film Exit which became one of the highest-grossing films in South Korea. She has also consistently released singles like "When the Wind Blows" (2017) and "A Walk to Remember" (2019).
Hyoyeon (Kim Hyoyeon)
Staying true to her badass role in the group, main dancer and rapper Hyoyeon has paved her own solo success over the last few years as a DJ. SM Entertainment first announced in 2018 that she will be promoting as "DJ Hyo," a moniker under which she released her single "Sober" under her company's electronic music label Scream Records. Since then, she has actively promoted as a DJ in domestic club tours and EDM festivals. In November of the same year, she released her next official track "Punk Right Now" where she collaborated with American DJ 3LAU. She released her latest song "Badster" in July of this year.
Seohyun (Seo Juhyun)
The maknae and one-third of GG's subgroup TTS has been focused on doing a variety of projects ever since she left SM Entertainment in 2017. Before leaving the company, she has released her first EP Don't Say No which garnered critical reviews for her new mature style as a singer. She also actively built her career as an actress, taking on TV roles in shows like Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), Bad Thief, Good Thief (2017), and Time (2018). She also tried hosting in What's It Like Living Alone (2017). In 2020, she will be appearing on the TV show Dracula.
Yuri (Kwon Yuri)
Like most of the other members, the group's lead dancer, rapper, and resident prankster also extended her work to other parts of the entertainment business like acting and theater. In 2018, she took on the lead role in the sitcom The Sound Of Your Heart (which is available in Netflix, BTW) and the drama Dae Jang Geum Is Watching. She also released songs and collabs like "Always Find You" with DJ Raiden and her debut EP The First Scene which charted at number 10 on Billboard's World Albums chart and debuted at number two on the Gaon Album Chart. She has also appeared on variety shows Makgeolli on the Rooftop and Kim Je-dong's Talk To You Season 2 in 2018. In January this year, Yuri got her first role in theater for the Korean version of the French original stage play Grandpa Henry and Me.
Sooyoung (Choi Sooyoung)
GG's vocalist, lead dancer, and lead rapper has been pretty active in growing her career even after she left SM Entertainment in 2017 (she remains to be a part of SNSD, though!). Proving that every member of this legendary girl group is, well, legendary, Sooyoung has also enjoyed success as an actress in 2019 with projects like the Korean-Japanese film Memories Of A Dead End and the action-comedy film Girl Cops where she acted with Lee Sung Kyung and Ra Mi Ran. She also released her single "Winter Breath" in the same year. In 2019, she moved to her new agency Saram Entertainment. Sooyoung will be appearing in the small screen again next year with shows like Tell Me What You Saw and So I Married An Anti-Fan. She is also still going strong with actor Jung Kyung Ho who she has been dating since 2013.
Former Member: Jessica (Jessica Jung)
Jessica may have left Girl's Generation in 2014 after she was reportedly "forced out" of the group, but many fans still consider her an important part of SNSD. Her dismissal was driven by scheduling conflicts after she built her luxury fashion brand Blanc & Eclare which now has 60 branches worldwide. Since leaving Girls' Generation, Jessica has done films like Two Bellmen Three and My Other Home (both 2017) and has consistently released songs and EPs like Because It's Spring (2017), My Decade (2017), and Call Me Before You Sleep (2019). She was also named by Forbes as one of their 30 Under 30 Asia awardees in 2017 for her influential work in her field. She will be publishing her first novel Shine in 2020 which is already being developed as a film.
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