Hyosung just made her Korean comeback with a Spice Girls remix last week, but TS Entertainment has already announced that the nation’s wrongfully accused ilbe goddess is set to debut in Japan next month.

That got me thinking about Song Jieun‘s little-known Japanese debut from last December, which nobody really talked about apart from a few SECRET stans.

“Pretty Age 25” was one of my favourite songs from last year, so I was excited to see it get a J-pop makeover despite SECRET’s unremarkable history in the Japanese market.

Kiss Entertainment didn’t open up their budget much so Jieun had to pull a T-ara and just dub the Japanese audio of “25” over the original music video, but it still turned out great. “25” sounded just as good, if not better in Japanese.

She also dropped a whole mini-album featuring Japanese versions of her Korean songs, including B-side “La Boum” and her brooding ballad single, “Don’t Look At Me Like That.” She even re-recorded the amazing “Vintage” from the 100% flaw-free Tortured Hope single.

K-pop artists can’t really get on TV in Japan any more unless they’re on TVXQ or KARA’s level, so Jieun went the Tiffany route and supported her album with a classy mall tour. (Hyosung is scheduled for 10 days of promotions, so she’ll probably do something similar.)

Unfortunately, no matter how hard I’ve searched online I’ve NEVER been able to find a download link for Twenty Five <JPN>. That means the only Japanese Jieun tunes I’ve heard are the single and the mall tour tracks–which is basically everything except my fave, “Vintage.” Ugh.

As expected, Twenty Five didn’t do that well commercially. Despite topping Tower Records daily pre-order chart, it only sold a little over 4000 copies and ended up peaking at No. 29 on Oricon’s weekly chart.

I’m not sure how Hyosung will do, but I am looking forward to hearing her songs sung in Japanese. Labelmates B.A.P were actually starting to do really well in Japan before their whole TS lawsuit went down, so maybe there’s still some hope for SECRET in JPN.

Jieun and Hyosung are sure as hell better than other foreign J-divas like Che’nelle, so it’d be nice to see them have some shred of success over there. I could totally see Jieun being the Korean Kana Nishino!

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  • MIKEE

    I had no idea she debuted in Japan! Pretty Age 25 was one of my faves last year as well and it sounds even better in Japanese omg. Whether it’s solos or group activities, these girls do not have a single dud in their entire discography.

    I can’t wait for Hyosung’s Japanese debut because let’s face it, it’s gonna slay. On a side note, I was initially disappointed with her live performances for Into You. But this week she has turned it around 100%! You can hear her vocals as clear as day just like it’s the Goodnight Kiss era all over again.

    • Nana’s Disco Stick

      amen to the flaw-free discography.

      to this day i still bop to the laid-back laziness of Talk That and i am still slain by Mazik Mazik Mazik!

      • I love all the second BEG’s songs, but their Christmas wedding anthem I Do I Do is legit my fave even though it’s their biggest flop. Poison is also up there, and Starlight Moonlight. Shy Boy used to be my fave but when I’ve relistened to it lately I realize it hasn’t aged that well and sounds a bit cheap, even though the actual Shy Boy era was fucking iconic when the madonnas of K-pop made a shocking 180 degree transformation and won their first music program and were crying hysterically

        • Nana’s Disco Stick

          Jacques you’ve been having slips frequently this past few weeks. it Secret were talking bout here not BEG

          • The secobd BEG matching the kweens in talent and charisma!

          • Marhaebwa

            Someone’s drunk…

  • MolkangMolkang

    I feel like they should head for China instead, they never really made it in Japan.

  • Nana’s Disco Stick

    why was i not informed of this gift? its just sad that they can’t hit daebak in JPN or ROK anymore pssh.

  • JammySmoochie

    Ugh Pretty Age 25 is seriously underrated. It was my favorite Duble Sidekick produced single of 2014. Hoping that Hyosung’s Japanese debut fares better. And hoping for a summery comeback from Secret!

  • Marhaebwa

    HOW HAVE I JUST HEARD ABOUT THE JAPANESE VERSION!??

    It slays, if not more than the original.

  • Kid-Simple

    They filmed both versions at the same time, she’s singing in Japanese in the PV.
    Here is the making video: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2bhcvh_song-ji-eun-%EC%86%A1%EC%A7%80%EC%9D%80-twenty-five-jpn-ver-mv-making_lifestyle

    • AOI

      I’m sorry, I was going to comment something on topic, but I just realized your avatar is the cover of Akino Arai’s “Eden” album. What kind of flawlessness?!?! >_<

  • WOW. I haven’t thought about Che’Nelle since “I fell in love with the DJ”. Who knew she was making dem ¥.
    Poor Jieun, I feel like TS didn’t really try with her.