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Soshified's Japan Relief Fund Project for the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami tragedy saw generous contributions from 480 members over 32 countries including USA, UK, Singapore, Australia, Europe, Brazil raising a net total of US$33,500 through a 3-week donation drive from 12th of March 2011 to 31st of March, 2011.
Soshified donated the amount collected to Peace Boat, a Japan-based international non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Peace Boat is currently acting in a coordination role between Ishinomaki’s local government and many other NGOs, institutions and individuals by providing dedicated disaster relief and long-term support for the recovery of several cities in Miyagi prefecture following the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11. On July 28th, 2011, a Peace Boat representative responded with a thank you letter to Soshified which you can read below.
Generous Soshified members have also donated rare autographed items by Girls’ Generation from their personal collection for to auctions that contributed US$6,419.99 to the Japan Relief Fund. These items hold special meaning to their respective donors, but they have selflessly contributed their prized possessions to help those who are critically in need of aid. An autographed Run Devil Run Album signed by Taeyeon was auctioned off at $999.99, making it the highest bid collected. The list of auctions are as follows:
1. Taeyeon-signed Run Devil Run CD donated by Soy closed at $999.99. http://bit.ly/q0vKrJ
2. Yoona-signed ITNW CD donated by Galbi closed at $750. http://bit.ly/qVq8WZ
3. Hyoyeon-signed Sync Stand donated by yocheckitout closed at $450. http://bit.ly/oCOLjv
4. Yuri-signed Keychain donated by Kourai closed at $550. http://bit.ly/pm0nwo
5. Yoona-signed Spao shirt donated by CityRabbit closed at $580. http://bit.ly/oXYJ0I
6. Tiffany-signed Girls' Generation CD donated by Holly closed at $760. http://bit.ly/nEg8lE
7. Jessica-signed DS Game (Man to Man) donated by iamtommy closed at $500. http://bit.ly/hbMerA
8. Super Rare INTW Concert Set also donated by iamtommy closed at $660. http://bit.ly/p7I90i
9. Yoona-signed Bunny shirt also donated by iamtommy closed at $450. http://bit.ly/mVp6wt
The project leader for the Japan Relief Fund project, Geoff, also known as "GPTX" on Soshified forums, urged fellow Soshified members to help make a difference by contributing to the project. "In light of the recent and ongoing tragedy that has occurred in Japan, we will be raising money in support of those affected. As a global community, SONEs not only support the girls, but we support each other," he said.
One member who goes by the username "Nightfly", touched the hearts of many others by donating his entire paycheck of $1196.
“While there is no way for money to make up for the loss of people’s lives, it can help those who survived; there are millions who are without food, water, shelter, who need help immediately or they will most certainly die," Nightfly said in his donation post. I will gladly give up…anything else I own to save the life of someone who did nothing to deserve the catastrophe that occurred in Japan." Another member who left encouraging words was "SweetTooth". "I couldn't donate much because my Mum is currently at the hospital now, but it's the least I could do and I hope this amount of money helps the needy even for just a bit....I urge that SONEs would do the same and donate as much as you can.... SONEs, let's all unite together and help the victims and show J-SONEs our love for them. Small efforts can make a BIG difference," She said in her donation post.
The top few donations were made by bbzidane ($2,500), Nightfly ($1196), Strydor ($1000) and Anonymous3600 ($1,000). Soshified would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this project.
This is not the first time Soshified is involved with charities. In conjunction with Girls' Generation's third anniversary last year, Soshified donated US$5,680 to Charity Water, a non-profit initiative which focuses on providing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
T-ara’s Hyomin said she was thankful to Girls' Generation and KARA.
Hyomin and her fellow members Eunjung and Jiyeon were featured on the July 29 episode of YTN's “News and Issues, Issues and People.”
On this episode, Hyomin was asked, “Your Japanese activities are going to start in full gear soon, but are Girls' Generation and KARA burdensome?”, to which she responded, “They’re not burdensome, I think they cleaned the path (paved the way) for us. They actually took a lot of the burden off our shoulders.”
She also added, “Because they entered Japan first, there’s generally a higher interest in K-pop and we are getting more interest as well. I’m thankful.”
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Global news agency Reuters published an article earlier this week touting Girls' Generation's exploding popularity throughout the world. They cited the success of the recent SMTOWN Live in Paris concert, the girls' solo tour throughout Japan, as well as last week's concert in Seoul. The full article has been reposted below.
(Reuters Life!) - South Korea's Girls Generation, already a hit group at home and throughout Asia, are set to broaden their appeal and go global, taking their brand of hit songs and tightly choreographed routines to Europe and beyond.
The nine-strong line-up of 20-something telegenic young women again wowed fans from Asia on Sunday at a concert in Seoul's Olympic Stadium, having played to 140,000 Japanese fans in a series of concerts between May and July this year.
Two recent concerts in the Tokyo Dome organized by Korean Broadcasting System saw 45,000 fans attend and have generated 7.2 billion won ($6.8 million) in revenues so far, according to the organizer Korean Broadcasting System (KBS).
"After seeing the sensational response from fans, we are planning to broaden our perspective of concert, such as in Europe and South America, within this year," KBS Kwon Oh-jun, the producer of the Japanese concerts, told Reuters.
Girls Generation is part of a cultural phenomenon called the "Korean Wave" or "Hallyu" comprising girl and boy bands as well as South Korean soaps.
Reflecting Girls Generation widening global appeal, half of the songs played in Seoul on Sunday were in either English or Japanese.
Industry experts say the Korean Wave has generated billions of dollars in revenues and some even say it will one day help re-unify North and South Korea.
Two recent concerts in Paris by a group of South Korean bands, including Girls Generation, sold out their nightly 14,000 allocation of tickets almost as soon and they went on sale.
"I remember one European fan from concert in Paris, who wrote down Yoon A (one of the band) so that covered up his arm. We were all impressed by the love of European fans." Tae-yeon, the lead singer of Girls' Generation told a press conference ahead of Sunday's Seoul concert.
K-Pop's growing global fan base has seen the shares of S.M. Entertainment Co, the company that represents Girls Generation and other bands such as Super Junior, surge since their debut on the Seoul bourse.
Fans in Germany have bombarded the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin and Korean Broadcasting System with requests that their favorite stars play in Berlin.
"We are dying for K-pop stars to come, so we sent those letters because we couldn't just wait and do nothing. Hope our action would bring about change in K-pop stars arrival in Germany." 30-year-old Esther Klung, president of the German K-pop community, told Reuters.
($1 = 1051.900 Korean Won)
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A survey showed that most Christians wish to do church service together with 3 celebrities: SNSD from the entertainment industry, Park GeunHye from the political arena, and from the field of sports, Kim YunA.
In their first issue published recently, new magazine ‘Ranking’ conducted a survey on 512 Christians from churches in Seoul Jongno, Gyeonggi-do Yongin, Gangwon-do Donghae, Gwang-ju, Cheonan, Jinju and Yeongdeok-gun, from May to June.
Results of the survey showed that from the entertainment industry, SNSD were ranked 1st with 22% of the votes, Big Bang came in 2nd with 17.4%, while Lee Munse ranked 3rd with 16.0% votes. Also, actor Jo Sung-woo (9.4%) and Wonder Girls (6.6%) were ranked 4th and 5th respectively.
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T-ara’s Hyomin, JiYeon and EunJung were featured on TV YTN ‘News and Issue – Issue and People’ aired on July 29th.
EunJung said, “Since we’ll be debuting in Japan, I think we need to have rookie’s attitude. From the beginning, we have to go forward step by step.”
The anchor then asked, “Do you feel pressured by SNSD who debuted first?”
To this, Hyomin replied, “We actually feel more thankful than pressured. I think they relieved some pressure off us.”
She added, “Because of that, we are also getting more interest and expectation from people so I think we will be able to do well.”
EunJung added, “Rather, we are thankful to the public for their interest in Kpop.”
Meanwhile, during the broadcast of the program, they also said, “Today, July 29th is the 2nd anniversary of our debut and we hope to be no.1 on a music show as our present.”
UPDATE 1: Ticketing details announced!
More details about the ’2011 Girls’ Generation Tour’ in Taipei was announced yesterday.
The two concerts are scheduled to be held at the Taipei Arena at 7pm on September 10th and 3pm on September 11th local time.
The tickets for both concerts, priced at NT$4,500, NT$3,800, NT$2,800, NT$1,800 and NT$800, will go on sale at 12pm on August 13th at 7-ELEVEN ibon kiosks in Taiwan.
Super Dome members verified through emails and calls/smses before August 5th are qualified to preorder the tickets. Please check their website for more updates and details on this.
However, each member is limited to four tickets.
SMent have just released SNSD's Latest iPad Application, called the 'Girls' Generation Photobook' app, sment have released a video showing how the app works and there is a video demonstrating it, for iPhone users, fret not, SMent said that this app will be suitable for iPhone users by the end of July.
App Description by SMentVisit website below to download "Girls' Generation Photobook" App.
"Girls' Generation's first photobook is now here on ipad!"
It's fully packed with gorgeous photos of the nine girls in Toyko. "Girls' Generation Photobook" is the Korean idol group's first smart device application based on photobook in paper. It is co-produced by S.M.ENTERTAINMENT and InCube Technologies.
The app welcome all of you with the beautiful slide show of the Girls' Generation with their hot music , the marvelous drawing feature, the most useful calendar and puzzles you can fully enjoy.
Gallery feature lets you slide and enlarge the photos with your fingers and choose only your favorite girl. You could discover Girls' Generation through the foggy windows. It lets you draw anything, anywhere and anytime on the girls. Looking for your daily diary on the Girls' Generation calendar?
We highly recommend you to create your own schedule in the app. It would be your favorite feature for everyday use. Take a challenge to complete a photo of Girl's Generation with puzzle! You could choose Jigsaw or Tap puzzle and level it up from easy to extreme.
"Girls' Generation Photobook", which you surely don't want to miss, is now available in United States, China, Taiwan and Korea. You would better search for '소녀시대' or 'Girls' Generation' in your iTunes. Are you an iPhone user? Don't be upset! The iPhone version is expected to meet you at the end of July.