and Shoo are the three female members of SES. You may have noticed
that the initials of each of their names is the basis of their
group name. The group came into existance through auditions held
by the Korean company SM Entertainment, who was looking to form
a new girl group to complement their already popular male Korean
pop group, H.O.T. When the three were chosen to form this new
female group, Shoo said that they were really close friends during
the auditions, and that they were always together. So when they
heard that they were all chosen, they were very excited and happy.
It sounds like it was meant to be.
a year, they debuted with an album titled 'S.E.S1' in late 1997.
The title song from the album, "(Cause) I'm Your Girl,"
became an instant hit. Until then, no female group in Korea was
ever able to achieve such popularity. SES' success fueled the
creation of many other girl groups, such as FinKL (Fine Killing
Liberty), Baby V.O.X. and more. Near the end of 1998, SES had
made their mark in Japan as well, with the release of their debut
japanese single "Meguriau Sekai.". Having been born
in Japan, Shoo is fluent in Japanese and so was the main voice
of the group as they made their rounds in Japan. The other two,
Eugene and Sea, began to learn Japanese in the middle of 1998.
I remember watching them on Hey! Hey! Hey!, seeing Shoo doing
most of the talking with Eugene and Sea doing a lot of nodding
and saying the Japanese phrases they knew at the appropriate times.
Also, it must've been quite a change for them performing in Japan,
as unlike in Korea where everything's lip-synced, they actually
had to sing for reals when they performed live. So for the first
time, I actually heard them miss some notes.
in 1999, SES went to Taiwan to hold a concert. Although they've
only visited Taiwan three times, they're purportedly quite popular
over there now too. As no one in the group can speak Chinese,
they opted to release their Korean and Japanese works there instead.
all, S.E.S has released 3 Korean albums, 7 Japanese singles and
3 Japanese albums so far. Their 4th Korean album is in the works
and we're looking forward to its release!