sm entertainment had K-pop fans buzz in January when the company unveiled the range for SM’s first all-female “supergroup”, dubbed “girls on top(or “GOT” for short). Revealed at the entertainment company’s annual SMTOWN LIVE event, the new group launched with seven artists, representing some of the biggest acts on SM’s roster – including solo act BoA, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Hyoyeon, Red Velvet’s Seulgi and Wendy, and Aespa’s Karina and Winter.
Girls on Top debuted with the seven performers organized into a unit called “GOT the Beat”; SM says GOT will feature other artists and units that will “rotate” in and out of the group in subsequent incarnations.
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For now though, fans are embracing GOT the Beat, with the video for the band’s debut single, “Step Back”, having amassed over 65 million views since its New Year’s Day release. Later clips of the girls practicing dance and launching their ‘Step Back Challenge’ also went viral, proving that this ‘supergroup’ knows no bounds when it comes to giving fans what it’s all about. they want – and to have an impact.
rolling stone caught up with the girls to learn more about their upbringing, their adjustments to working with the new band members, and why the bond they’ve formed (and their new band chat!) is helping bring out some new “colors” that fans have never seen Deja.
Where were you each when you found out you were part of this group and how did you find out?
Boa: I knew that the company was planning the project “Girls On Top” featuring only female artists. When I heard that I would be participating as a member of his first unit, ‘GOT the Beat’, I thought it would be an exciting and fun experience.
Hyoyeon: We had many conversations regarding this project and what kind of concept and song would go well with it. I was home when I heard about GOT the Beat and got excited as soon as I thought about performing with the girls.
Wendy: We all knew about this project a long time ago. I don’t remember exactly where I was when I first heard about it, but I thought making a “debut” again as a new unit with other artists would be a very exciting and fun experience. .
Seulgi: After SuperM was formed, I thought, ‘It would be fun to have a girl supergroup too.’ Since there are so many talented artists within the company, I thought a combination of female artists would also be unique. When the planning started to take shape, I was really surprised to learn that I was going to be one of the members. I never imagined that BoA, Taeyeon, Hyoyeon, Seulgi, Wendy, Karina, and Winter would play as one team. I think it was possible because it’s SM. I was very proud to be a member of an incredible but also nervous group at the same time.
Why is this project so exciting and meaningful to you?
Boa: This is truly a unique combination of members unlike any unit you have ever seen. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase each member’s unique charm and talent as well as the synergy we create when we’re together. The response we got from our fans was amazing, and I was grateful for all the love and support.
Seulgi: The most exciting part was the combination of the limbs. Everyone is incredibly talented! I wondered what kind of music and performance we would do together and thought maybe we could create something legendary that people would remember for a long time. I thought of all this before I started preparing. Each member has an outstanding career as an artist, and seeing these artists come together was exciting for both the fans and me. It’s a new type of chemistry that we share that people have never had a chance to see.
Karine: First of all, it’s an honor to be able to play with such incredible artists. They have so much experience, and I still can’t believe I played with them and released a song together as one team! We each have our own color as artists and come from different groups – so being able to come together like this as one team was very exciting. I am happy to be part of GOT the Beat.
Did you all know each other before? Outside of SMTOWN events, were any of you friends in real life?
taeyeon: When I was young, BoA was a role model and inspired me to become an artist. I am also close to Red Velvet and cherish them as good friends. Thanks to this project, I also got a lot closer to Aespa!
Seulgi: Everyone is busy with their schedule, so it’s hard to get together unless we’re playing a SMTOWN concert. This project allowed us to know more about each other and made us very close. We even created a group chat!
How would you say GOT the Beat is different from your other bands?
Boa: As I’ve always played as a solo artist, it was my first time working in a band and it was such a new and fun experience! It was all new for me to be in a studio and the waiting room filled with so many people and energy. All in all, it was a new experience for me to play with other members. I had a good time!
Hyoyeon: For Girls’ Generation, the biggest age difference between the members is two years, so it was like close friends playing together. For GOT the Beat, I’m with BoA, my childhood role model, as well as young artists who grew up and chased their dream watching Girls’ Generation’s performance. So naturally, I was motivated to do my best. I was nervous and excited at the same time.
Winter: With Aespa, it feels like we’re growing together, whereas with GOT the Beat, it’s like a great learning experience playing with artists I’ve always admired.
What is the role of each in the group?
Wendy: It is difficult to define exactly the role of each because each of us has a different color in terms of voice and character. I would say that when we work as a team, we try to do our best in performing our individual parts and bringing them together to create good harmony.
BoA, you have been in the industry for many years. What advice have you given to other girls?
Boa: Although I am the most experienced member, I tried to lighten the atmosphere to create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere rather than trying to give advice. We shared many conversations while spending time together and talked about how we felt after watching the performance. The members are all very talented, so I had a lot of fun preparing for this project.
Taeyeon and Hyoyeon, how has being in Girls on Top given you new enthusiasm or motivation for your career?
Hyoyeon: Girls On Top made me feel the rush and the adrenaline that I felt at the beginning of my career. Looking at the other members with so much energy, I felt the passion ignite within me.
taeyeon: I think I’ve always had this “singer image” both as a member of Girls’ Generation and as a solo artist – but thanks to GOT the Beat, I was able to show off my singing skills. interpreter [too]which was exciting for me.
Karina and Winter, what did you learn from the other girls in the group?
Karine: They shared with me tips on how to make the right facial expressions and gestures that help express the music on stage. I also learned a lot by training with them, like the detail of each movement. Practicing with them reminded me of my trainee days when I was motivated by watching other peers perform. It helped me improve my skills – the same way the members of GOT the Beat encouraged me to push myself to become a better artist. It was a great opportunity for me.
Winter: First, they all have a lot more experience than me, so everything from their performance and voice skills to the dance techniques was impressive and admirable. I was really happy to be able to play on the same stage with artists that I have admired since I was young!
What can we expect from Girls on Top next?taeyeon: GOT is a project with various combinations of members. You can expect new units with different members and a new style of music and performances!
Wendy: Just as many people were surprised by the debut of GOT the Beat and showed us lots of love, you can expect new music and performances that will continue to showcase our strong chemistry.
Karine: With so much love and support we’ve received so far, we hope to bring more amazing music and performances in the future.
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