T-ara Again 1977
After more than a year of feeling like K-pop’s most delightfully controversial group, T-ara, was over and done with, the bad girls are finally back on top again. Well, not on top like they were during the “Lovey-Dovey” era, but about as on top as a girl group who suffered one of the worst scandals in K-pop history can be.

Despite what the haters say, “No. 9” has been doing incredibly well since its release almost two weeks ago. It’s been at No. 4 on the Instiz iChart for days now, No. 9 (hehe!) on the Melon real-time chart, and even placed second on the last episode of Inkigayo, just behind IU’s “The Red Shoes.” Although “No. 9” debuted at the so-so position of No. 20 on the Gaon chart, it’s set to jump into the top ten (or possibly top five) when the chart is refreshed in the next two days.

The success hasn’t come without hard work, though. T-ara’s literally plugged the song anywhere and everywhere that will have them, performing through injury on every single music program (including Show Champion and MTV’s The Show) and K-pop festival around. They’ve also been attending random movie premieres just to be seen, held a fan signing, accepted every variety show offer that’s come their way, and even sat in the audience of Superstar K5 just to get on TV.

Slay-ara’s worked damn hard to get this comeback off the ground, and it’s paid off.

To keep the comeback of the century going, T-ara’s already confirmed that they’ll return in December with a retro-themed repackage single called “What Do I Do.” The Shinsadong Tiger-produced track samples a classic 1977 Korean hit of the same name, and just like they did with “Roly Poly,” it’s supposed to be trendy enough for the youngsters to love but nostalgic enough for the older generation to bop to. You can check out the Again 1977 album artwork, which is a superior version of f(x)’s Pink Tape cover, above.

I’m loving Smart-ara marketing to the mature generation that doesn’t read malicious online gossip. The “Like The First Time” legends are slowly snatching their crown back, and there’s nothing the netizens can do about it.

Stay mad, coz Qri doesn’t care.

Qri Gif 2

[Via Tiara Diadem]

  • Nicole Naeun

    Yass, I’ll wait for Again 1977 patiently while enjoying No.9 as much as possible, before I’m bald again once Again 1977 released.

  • ME LEE

    SLAY-ARA IS BACK….I HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS

  • byoing~byoing.

    Why does KKS have such a boner over the 70’s? There was ‘Since 1971’ from F-lop Dolls and now ‘Again 1977’? Maybe he slayed some bitches or some shit in the 70’s so he needs to vicariously relive his glory days through the flawless kweens he manages.

    Qrisus has totally slayed the fuck out of being T-ara’s leader. She truly is serving nonchalant beauty. I think Eunjung has been the most thirsty this promo round though. Her dance moves have been giving me life and the way she stares into the camera into my soul and makes me question everything about my sexuality. It almost slays me as much as Boram’s dead eye stare as she’s too preoccupied about planning her next her next plastic surgery procedure. When will anyone’s faves be this flawless? If KKS can provide an album with no shitty fillers like Again was littered with, I’ll be truly slayed and fork out irl dollars.

    • Josh Chinnery

      This. No. 9 was great and I Know the Feeling was alright, but the rest of the tracks were quite possible some of the worst b-sides I’ve heard on a T-ARA mini-album before. And that club mix of No. 9 makes me wanna break something, because it ruins the breakdown in the worst way possible >_>

      • lol i somewhat agree with you josh… i like “no.9″‘s club version because i can listen to the song’s flawlessness without having to return to the start. and although i don’t hate “again” nor “don’t get married” [basically because i’m unable to hate any t-ara song] i think that CCM has done better in putting together a t-ara EP as a whole [“temptastic” and “black eyes” being the top best].

        it’s fucking bout time they release the absolute second album!

        • Josh Chinnery

          I suppose I’m not that big a T-ARA fan then, because I can’t stand listening to either Again or Don’t Get Married; they just clash with the awesomeness that is No. 9 and the passable I Know the Feeling. Idk, yo XD I’d die a happy man to see the rise of the Absolute Second Album (I was not around for the Absolute First Album and the succeeding repackage). BRING IT ON, CCM!!!

          • well i’m a bonafide QUEEN so i don’t count. but i admit that “hurt” and “don’t ger married” aren’t their best fillers. they’re silly stuff next to the epic awesomeness of let’s say “falling you” (absolute first album), “ma boo” (temptastic), “o my god” (black eyes) and even “holiday” (day by day) <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 – just to mention one of each album…

  • UncleFan

    I die a little inside every time I see Jiyeon squat on that busted knee. I hope they aren’t turning her into a pill-popping junkie!

  • a_chan

    I just hope SNSD doesn’t come back at the same time. Poor girls got overshadowed this time around despite No. 9 being up to their usual standard of flawless singles.

    • speaking of which, how’s shinee’s everybody fairing?

      in spite of the flawless choreography i personally think this is the worst shinee song of the year and the mini-album is ridiculous next to the flawlessness of the “misconceptions”. and since the men get away with everything on k-pop, i’m seriously not stanning the song :P lol

      if i should order this month’s main comebacks it’d be:

      #1 t-ara’s no.9
      #2 IU’s the red shoes
      #3 kahi’s it’s me
      #4 AOA’s alone confused
      #5 9muses’s gun

  • Andi

    T-ara have single-handedly killed me and resurrected me with this era. We are not worthy! I’m thinking of starting an international cult that worships Slay-ara and sacrifices delusional netizens in their name, who’s with me?

  • Apparently this isn’t coming out till December… wtf I can’t wait that long

  • Dub

    Praise Qrishna!!! Another T-ARA comeback in 2013!!! This is most excellent news.

    • Andi

      Dead @ Qrishna! I shall no longer refer to her as anything else!

  • MissG

    GIMME MOAR QRI PLS CCM, PLEASE!

  • gotgotgone

    Dan I cant wait I will keep bumping No9 until then

  • OH MY GAWD!! Y_Y i’m crying with anticipation!

  • KingBeaArthur

    Just hearing the fan chants for that live performance was enough for me! :’)

    If their new song is anything close to “No.9” I’ll be happy!

  • goojunniepyo

    I need this.I have been jamming to Number 9 since it came out