July 23, 2014

Let's Look Ahead: Predictions for Future Groups

I was looking back on a list of all of SM's current and past artists...I'm starting to wonder if they'll be doing a repeat of 2001/2002 where they just released a bunch of groups/soloists.

2001 - Kangta (soloist), MILK, (and technically Jang Nara, I think)
2002 - Chu Gayeol**, Isak N Jiyeon, Shinvi, and Blackbeat

2001 - soloist, 4-member girl group
2002 - indie soloist, duo girl group, 3-member girl group, 5-member boy group

** I don't really count Chu Gayeol as he was never intended to fit into SM's pop vibe.  But then and again, SM just acquired an indie label and just released Play The Siren, an "indie" co-ed group...

So far, 2014 looks like a repeat of 2001.  A soloist and a four member girl group.  While J-Min actually debuted 7 years ago, she's debuting for the first time in Korea.  It was a similar case with Kangta - H.O.T. had broken up and it was his debut as a soloist.

So maybe we can look forward to a few more groups next year?  Probably from the boys, because with Hansol, Taeyong, Johnny, Ten, Yuta, and Jaehyun's ages, they're at the right age to debut.  And, perhaps, if they go the Isak 'N' Jiyeon route, maybe a duo with some of the other ROOKIE girls seen in the background of the SMTOWN WEEK videos and the ABC Boot Camp clips?

July 20, 2014

SMROOKIE: 아이린 [Irene]

SMROOKIES
아이린 [Irene]

Credit: SMROOKIES Facebook

Full Name:  배주현 [Bae Juhyun]
Birthday:  March 29, 1991
Age:  23
Blood Type: A
Casting:  SM Audition
Specialties: rap, acting, dancing
Hometown: Daegu, South Korea
Official Appearances:
Henry's "1-4-3" MV
SM The Celebrity magazine
MAPS magazine
BoA fan
Information Credit:  SM The Celebrity magazine; SMROOKIES.com


SMROOKIES.com Greeting:

안녕하세요. 아이린입니다~~!!
이전에 몇 개의 영상들과 사진으로 먼저 인사드렸는데요
아직 보여드리지 못한 것들이 많아용 ㅎㅎ
계속해서 다양한 모습 보여드릴테니깐 기대해주세요~^^

Hello.  I'm Irene~~!!
Before this I had greeted you all many times through images and pictures.
There are many things I can't show you all yet~!  hee hee
I have a diverse image to show you all down the road, so please look forward to it~^^
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


SMROOKIES Facebook:

짠!!안녕하세요~아이린입니다!
이렇게 여러분을 찾아뵙게되서 너무나 반갑고 기쁩니다!^^
앞으로 자주 여러분과 함께하는 아이린이 되겠습니다
여러분 새해 복 많이 받으세요~~~Happy New Year

Jjan!! Hello~ I'm Irene!
Since I'm coming to you all like this, I'm really super happy and pleased!^^
In the future I will become someone who shares with you all often.
Have a happy New Year, everyone~~~Happy New Year <3
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


Holiday Greeting:


Photo Credit:  SMROOKIES International

[T/N:  I leave you with SMROOKIES International's translation for the time being.  The only picture of her message is low resolution (and she writes really tiny!) so I'm having difficulty deciphering the text.  If someone can read it or has a higher quality photo, please let me know!]

안녕하세요
SM루키걸 아이린입니다 ^^'
먼저, 저희 공개되서 ___지 않지만
많은 관심과 사랑을 보내주시서 정말 감사합니다^^
더 다양한 모습 보여드리서 __
모두 __ 열심히 하고 있으니까
계속 ___ __관심__ 드릴게요~<3
요즘 날씨가 너무 추워요 ㅠ
몸____입고 ____목도리  ___
감기 조심조심 해요!!!!!!!
그런 ________ 2013년_
아무리 잘하고 한살 더 먹어 슬프지만 새롭게 _____ 2014년__
우리 모두 화이팅!  감사합니다 ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ
Merry Christmas     Happy New Year
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


Official Photo Gallery:
Photo Credits:  SMROOKIES.com, SMROOKIES Facebook


Official Video Gallery:





Video Credit:  SMTOWN YouTube

July 19, 2014

SMROOKIE: 라미 [Lami]

SMROOKIES
라미 [Lami]


Credit: SMROOKIES Facebook

Full Name:  김성경 [Kim Seungkyung]
Birthday:  March 3, 2003
Age:  11
Blood Type: O
Specialty:  acting
Hometown: Busan, South Korea
Other Information:
Child actor.
Appeared in the drama "Five Fingers."
Has two younger sisters.
Information Credit:  SMROOKIES International; SMROOKIES.com


SMROOKIES.com Greeting:

안녕하세요!! 라미입니다!
저는 올해에 12살이 되었어요!
저는 여동생이 2명이 있어요.
친구들이랑은 여러가지 옷을 입고 모델이 되어서 패션쇼놀이를 하며 놀아요~~
저는 귀여운 캐릭터를 좋아하구요.
과학실험하는것도 재미있어요!!
아직 많이 부족하지만 노력하는 라미가 되겠습니다!
기대해주세요

Hello!!  I'm Lami!
I turned 12 years old this year!
[T/N:  12 Korean years, 11 International year]
I have two younger sisters.
With my friends we wear many different clothes and become models because we play fashion show
When I play with my friends, we dress dress up in different clothes and become models so we can hold a pretend fashion show~~
I really enjoy doing cute characters.
I also have fun doing experiments!!
I still am lacking a lot of skills but I will do my best!
[T/N: literally, I will become a Lami who does her best!]
Please look forward to my future activities.
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


Holiday Greeting:

Photo Credit:  yoonese Instagram

안녕하세요~ 
Sm rookies "Lami"예요~
[T/N:  There's another line but it's illegible due to the very faint (yellow?) color used.]
저는 2013년에 연습실에서 언니들이랑 재미있게 열심히 연습도하고 학교에서는 열심히공부도 했어요~~
정말 재미있었는데 이제는 2014년을 새 급격 시작돼야 겠어요!

Hello~
I'm SM ROOKIE(')S "Lami"~
In 2013 I put in a lot of effort practicing and studying at school so I could have fun at training with my unnis. ~~
This year was fun but now I will dive straight into 2014!
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


Official Photo Gallery:

Photo Credit:  SMROOKIES.com, SMROOKIES Facebook


Official Video Gallery:

Video Credit:  SMTOWN YouTube

SMROOKIE: 재현 [Jae Hyun]

SMROOKIES
재현 [Jae Hyun]


Credit: SMROOKIES Facebook

Birthday:  February 14, 1997
Age:  17
Blood Type:  A
Specialty: rap, piano
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Information Credit:  SMROOKIES.com


SMROOKIES.com Greeting:

안녕하세요~ 저는 17살 재현입니다.
제 별명은 '캐스퍼'인데요~ 제 하얀 얼굴과 함께 형들에게 장난치고 숨는 것을 좋아하는 모습이 만화캐릭터인 '꼬마유령 캐스퍼'와 많이 닮았다고 해요!!
앞으로 여러분께도 저의 이런 밝고 귀여운 모습 많이 보여드릴게요!
지켜봐 주세요~ ☆

Hello~  I'm 17 year old Jaehyun.
[T/N:  He was 17 Korean years old, or 16 International years old at the time of writing.]
My nickname is Casper...~  My pale face and the fact I like to hide and pull pranks with and on my hyungs is why they said I really resembled the comic book character from "Casper the Friendly Ghost!!
In the future I will clearly show you all a keen and cute image like that!
Please keep an eye out for me~ *
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


SMROOKIES Facebook:

안녕하세요!! SM루키즈 재현입니다^^
여러분의 따뜻한 응원 너무 감사드립니다~ 더욱 더 열심히 하는 루키즈 많이 기대해주세요!!
요즘 날씨가 많이 추워졌는데 다들 감기조심하세요~
Hello everyone~~~
I am Jaehyun from SMROOKIES.
Thank you soooo much of your love and support. I hope you guys have a good year!!


Hello!! I'm SMROOKIE(')S Jaehyun^^
Thank you so much for everyone's warm support~  Please look forward to SMROOKIES as we work harder and harder!!
Since the weather has been very cold lately, stay healthy everyone~<3
Hello everyone~~~<3
I am Jaehyun from SMROOKIES.
Thank you soooo much for your love and support.  I hope you guys have a good year!!
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]

[T/N:  I feel Jaehyun is pretty good at (written) English or he had someone fluent help him...Maybe Johnny, because "you guys" is a very Midwestern term...haha]



Holiday Greeting:

Photo Credit:  yoonese Instagram

여러분 안녕하세요~!!
SM Rookies 재현입니다~ O_O
처음 뵙게되어서 너무 설레이고 행복합니다.
저희 SM Rookies는 아직 많이 부족하지는 모습을 봐주시고 많이 사랑해주세요~<3
[T/N:  부족하지O is extremely hard to read because of his handwriting and the resolution of the picture...I'm only assuming the last character is "는" based on context, though some text is cut off.  ^^]
"언제" "어디 서니" 열심히하는 SM Rookies
많이 기대해주세요~~  감사합니다~~
Thank you,
재현

Hello everyone~!!
I'm SM Rookie(')s Jaehyun~ O_O
Since this the first time meeting you all, it makes me very nervous and happy.
Please excuse us SM Rookies since we are still very inexperienced and show us lots of love~<3
[T/N:  literally, still very lacking images]
Please look forward to our future activities~~  Thank you~~
Thank you,
Jaehyun
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


Official Photo Gallery:

Photo Credit:  SMROOKIES Facebook, SMROOKIES.com

July 18, 2014

SMROOKIE: 슬기 [Seul Gi]

SMROOKIES
슬기 [Seul Gi]

Credit: SMROOKIES Facebook

Full Name:  강슬기 [Kang Seulgi]
Birthday:  February 10, 1994
Age:  20
Blood Type: O
Casting:  2007 SM Open Audition
Specialty: guitar; Japanese
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Other Information:
1 Older Brother
Specialties are dancing and singing.
Attended Byungmal Middle School.
Attended Seoul Performing Arts High School.
Appeared in ABC News' "K-Pop Boot Camp"
Official Appearances:
SM The Celebrity magazine
Henry's "Fantastic" MV
Guest vocalist on "Butterfly" on Henry's "Fantastic" Mini-Album
MAPS magazine
Information Credit:  SMROOKIES International; SM The Celebrity magazine; SMROOKIES.com


SMROOKIES.com Greeting:

안녕하세요 여러부운! 쓸기입니다.
글로 처음 여러분께 다가가는데... 애교있게가야지!! 꺄~~
제가 애교가 많은 편인 줄 알았는데 그렇게 많지 않다네요.. 처음 알았어요.. 하하...
암튼! SMROOKIES 슬기 인사드립니다~ 공개되길 오랜시간 기다렸는데 많은 관심과 사랑을 보내주셔서 얼마나 큰 힘이 되는지 몰라요. 나중에 정말 짠! 하고 여러분앞에 섰을 때 그때도 이런 관심과 사랑해주실꺼죠!!?
그 땐 제가 2배 3배로 사랑해줄게요!! 히히 

Hello, everyone!  This is Sseulgi.
[T/N:  Her name is spelled 슬기, but she added an extra ㅅ to be more cute, which is also why I translated 입니다 differently. :)]
This message is the first time I've approached you all but...I feel I must use aegyo!! kkya~
I thought aegyo would be convenient but they said I really don't have any..I never realized..haha...
Anyway!  This is SMROOKIE(')S Seulgi's greeting~  
Then I'll show you all two, three times the love!! Heehee 
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


Holiday Greeting:

Photo Credit:  smtownnesia.wordpress.com

안녕하세요 :)
SM루키걸 슬기입니다---
먼저..많은 관심과 사랑 감사합니다
정말 깜짝 놀랐어요  생각지도 못했던 관심이라
몸둘바를 모르겠어라구요  정말 감사합니다
그 기대에 어긋나지 않도록 저희 SM루키즈
새로운 매력을 보여드리기위해 더 열심히하고
있슴니다.  앞으로도 많은 사랑해주실께죠? <3
[T/N:  There is another line, but the photo cuts it off.]

Hello :)
I am SM Rookie Girl Seulgi---
First off..Thank you for the all the interest and love.
I was really surprised.
I'm really overcome because of all this unexpected interest!
Thank you very much.
So as to show you all a new charm so that we can meet expectations, we SM Rookies are working harder.
From now on, you'll show us lots of love, right? <3
Translation Credit: 김다혜 [The SMART Style]


Official Photo Gallery:

Photo Credit:  SMROOKIES Facebook


Official Audio Gallery:

Video Credit:  lovekpopsubs YouTube


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Video Credits:  SMTown YouTube