Wonder Girls to release English album "very soon!" + interview with Billboard
After releasing their most recent English single "Like Money" featuring Akon, Wonder Girls has been gradually gearing up for a U.S. debut. In a recent interview with Billboard.com, the group expressed their thoughts on "Like Money" and their upcoming U.S. album.
Member Yenny stated, "The song 'Like Money' is an electronic dance song about how to treat a woman right. Originally, we had our own Wonder Girls version, but then we met Akon. He really loved the song, and now we have both the female and male perspective of the song."
She continued to describe the different sounds that are to be featured on the upcoming album, saying, "We worked very hard on each song, and we all have different styles, all different genres like electro, very dance-like song. We also have emotional ballad songs, and we have a little bit of retro."
The upcoming album's title and release date have not been announced yet, but the group promised that "It's going to come out very soon!" They added, "Thanks for waiting, and sorry for making you wait so long."
Their English album looks to be a big project, with producers like J.R. Rotem, known for producing for Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Songwriters include Chrystal Nicole ("Like Money," "The DJ Is Mine"), Wynter Gordon, Claude Kelly, and Nick Jonas. The album will also include a self-composed song by Yenny, along with their previously released tracks "Nobody" (English version) and "The DJ Is Mine."
The group also expressed their wishes to collaborate with more artists in the future, such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Usher.
Yenny and Yubin shared their thoughts on the group's overall sound and concept. "We don't try to be unique. It's not like we have to be different from others, but I think that since we performed in Korea, Asia, and America, we experienced both cultures and musical styles, and I think that can be our strong point," Yenny commented. Yubin added, "Our songs are very catchy, and our dance moves are easy to follow, and that connects [to the audience]."
When asked about K-Pop's advancement to the Western world with PSY, Girls' Generation, and 2NE1, the girls shared their excitement for the expansion of K-Pop. Yenny said, "It's really fun, and we're very proud to be a part of it. We're all really close, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, and ourselves. We all know each other because we're going through the same things, and it's a good thing because we can relate to each other."
The girls concluded the interview by thanking fans for their support. Member Sunye said, "The reaction from our fans, like letters on the computer and on Facebook, they write to us about how they've been influenced by us. We're really enjoying that, and I think that's the main point of being the Wonder Girls." Lim added, "We'll never let you guys down because we're very proud. Thanks for always believing in us and thanks for always loving and supporting us."
Meanwhile, Wonder Girls recently made an appearance on the U.S. radio show "iHeartRadio" and performed nine of their previously released tracks such as "So Hot," "Nobody," and "Like Money." The group also performed three unreleased tracks "Ouch," "Stay Together," and "Wake Up."
Are you looking forward to their first full-length U.S. album?
Source: Billboard and Star News