Wonder Girls Are Making A Comeback With A New Line-Up And New Sound: See The Cover Of ‘Reboot’
Before PSY conquered the charts with “Gangnam Style” and CL became an international rap sensation, Wonder Girls flew the flag for K-Pop. The girl group stood at the very forefront of the genre’s explosion — becoming the first South Korean band to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009. (Seminal bop “Nobody” peaked at number 76). That lead to an ill-fated bid to conquer America, which all but killed their momentum in Asia.
Happily, after a three year hiatus, the leading ladies of K-Pop are returning with a new line-up and a new album called Reboot. Sunye and Sohee have left the group, while former member Sunmi has rejoined. But that’s not all that’s changed! Wonder Girls have abandoned their dance-pop origins in favor of a more credible, organic sound. To underline that fact, each member will now play an instrument — a development which is reflected by the LP’s Robert Palmer-tastic cover.
I couldn’t be more excited about this. “Tell Me” was the first K-Pop song I fell in love with and Wonder Girls really paved the way for the international success of other Korean acts. If Reboot is a success, perhaps they can finally get around to releasing that English-language album. I don’t care if it’s awful (“Like Money” was pure trash), I just want to hear it. Reboot is due in early August.
Revisit the still-great “Nobody”:
Be slayed/scalped/saved by “Tell Me”: