As if I wasn’t already excited enough by the impending comebacks from KARA, SECRET, TaeTiSeo, and the upcoming Brown Eyed Girls’ greatest hits album, now T-ara has announced that they’ll also be returning with new music in September.
Before I continue, I just need a few moments to compose myself and take all of this life-changing information in.
According to CCM, China’s No. 1 girl group is currently preparing for their September comeback,
but it’s still undecided whether or not it’ll be a digital single, mini-album, or full-length album. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say it better be Absolute Second Album — especially since Slay-ara just had their fifth anniversary, making it the perfect time for an official follow-up to the best K-pop album ever released.
Update: It’s a mini-album, with an “exciting dance track” for the lead single. (Via Tiara Diadem).
Although T-ara’s now just a mid-tier group in Korea (lower mid-tier, to be honest), their popularity across Asia is still strong enough to sustain them without needing to rely on the local market. They’re already one of the biggest hallyu stars in China: “No. 9” is currently the most-viewed music video on YinYueTai (a.k.a. ‘The Chinese YouTube,’ since YouTube is banned in the country) with over 100 million views, beating out the likes of PSY, f(x), EXO, Girls’ Generation, and countless C-Pop stars.
Jiyeon and Hyomin’s solos also proved to be hugely popular on YinYueTai; both topped the most-viewed video chart for several weeks, while “1min1sec” set a record for the most ‘liked’ video on the site.
I could offer up more proof of their popularity across Asia, like their landslide victory in Mwave’s K-pop Star World Championship or their concert for 20,000 fans in Mongolia or the videos of the girls being mobbed by thousands of crazed fans in China, Malayasia and Vietnam, but I really don’t need to justify Slay-ara’s unrivalled fame and success to anyone.