Girls' Generation-TTS on Why New 'Holler' EP Represents Their 'Mind, Body and Soul'
The trio get deep on their new video, how they differ from their band mates and why the 'Rihanna, Ciara-type' record is them at their most raw.
In early 2012, Girls' Generation-TTS made Billboard chart history when their Twinkle EP became the highest-charting K-pop album ever. The splinter trio of K-pop phenoms Girls' Generation held that record for nearly two years and today returns with their new EP Holler.
Holding their first interview about the project with Billboard, the girls say the stakes for this album are higher not only from their successful chart run, but because, this time, it's personal. In a hotel cafe in New York's meatpacking district the day after hitting the Polo Ralph Lauren show for Fashion Week, Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun speak excitedly, and candidly, about their new effort focusing on how they made a "vocally entertaining" record that showcases "a much more raw side of our music."
One listen to the EP's title track certainly encompasses the former aspect, a brassy, sassy track centered around a chorus of high notes that most mortals can't hit. "It's a more mature version of [2012 single] "Twinkle," says Los Angeles-native Tiffany, who also translated for her bandmates. But as the EP moves on, it's clear the entire record is the result of a group maturation, most notably in the sensual, synthy R&B; jam "Whisper," Taeyeon's favorite track (but more on that later).
Get deep with the TTS gals below in Billboard's exclusive Q&A.;
BILLBOARD: How does Holler differ from your past albums?
TIFFANY: This album was really fun to put together because the songs were handpicked by all the members. So, we have the A&R; sit down, give us a bunch songs and we go, 'No...no...we want this one! We want this!' From the video to the styling to the tracks, this album was really personal for us and it was fun for us to put out a much more raw side of our music. Rather than saying something, everything sounds cooler in a song, so it's finally time to say, "Hey, we've done that. We've been there." We hope that we can kind of express that.
All the other Girls' Generation songs were more, I think, cutesy and more energetic....Whereas the music we put together has so much more layers, so much more depth to it in terms of sound, choruses or harmonizing together.
Can you tell us more about some of the tracks? Which are your favorites?
SEOHYUN: ["Only U"] is a ballad piece with a lot of piano [that I wrote]. The lyrics are about the sincerity of love, about a true love. That you fall in love many times, but there's always going to be that special someone you won't forget. And that I want to find that special someone, out of all those people you have to meet through, and keep them in my life forever.
TIFFANY: Personally, I found "Only U" to be very romantic, very hopeful and very inspirational song. The cool part about the lyrics is about that she went on a trip to the Swiss Alps and was writing on the Alps. She told me, "It was so inspiring and the scenery was so beautiful and I was so relaxed." It's weird that she gets to go on trips alone.
SEOHYUN: I was listening to the music as I was going up on the lift and I thought, "I know what I'm going to write."
AEYEON: My favorite song is 'Whisper' because it's a type of song we've never done before. It's really laid-back, but it still has that strong beat. It's a lot more sensual than our original music. That is the new side of Girls' Generation/TTS. It can actually be a trademark track to the TTS album. It's a lot more mature, it's very sexy. The first time we heard it, we were like, "Ooh, this one's going on!"
TIFFANY: I get a lot of Rihanna, Ciara-type of vibes from the song. We were careful [in song selection]. Literally, we said, "If it sounds too cutesy, we don't want it."
What can you tell us about your music videos? Is more than one planned?
TIFFANY: One for now, hopefully we'll get the chance to put new song material together too. We've been prepping this song together, especially "Holler," since late March/early April. We had so many different inspirations and seasonal looks to this song -- we have the spring version, the summer version -- and then it finally got decided for the fall season. So, we went for the S/W colors. There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the project, but we got it perfectly done. We're very satisfied.
The video has 10 different outfits -- we wanted to beat "Twinkle," that was two-and-a-half years ago, so we wanted it to be a lot more sophisticated. It was very J.Lo-inspired.
And I finally have my name on an album: I was visual director. I'm proud to say that it wasn't about me, or any specific member, being happy with the looks. It was like, 'So, do you like it?' and they'd go, "Eh..." or "Yeah!" So it was really exciting. And the girls got to choose what kind of patterns and what kind of cutouts they wanted to use in their outfits. I threw out the theme, but it was pretty much all them too.
Twinkle held the Billboard 200 record for nearly two years. Do you feel pressure to follow up with something bigger?
SEOHYUN: I just got goose bumps...of course there's a kind of worry. All those high expectations are kind of what motivated me and grounded me to making better music. Instead of being perfectly dolled up, I was happy I could choose the music wisely. I'll be thankful for people wanting to listen instead of just watching.
What's the ultimate takeaway you'd like fans and listeners to leave with?
TIFFANY: I think Girls' Generation was so much more visually entertaining. It had a lot of theatrical themes to it, we had a lot of conceptual outfits and the songs were very seasonal. This will be for all the seasons, for all the looks. Our main goal was to not be visually entertaining, but be vocally entertaining. You can listen to it and still be so entertained, so energized and so inspired. With Girls' Generation, you need to see the costumes, the shoes, everything put together. Whereas you can just listen to the [Holler] material and go 'Wow, this is so fun.' So, a vocally-entertaining, vocally-empowering album.
Compared to Girls' Generation, is there a different mindset between the three of you?
TIFFANY: We're the perfectionists towards music and practicing, I'd have to say....we want to get it down perfectly. With putting the album together, planning out the promotions like what magazines, what interviews, what performances we want to stage together, I'd have to say the focus level is way higher. Girls' Generation together, there's the whole teamwork and energy going on.
TAEYEON: Throughout the seven to eight years, we've been doing Girls' Generation and that type of performance visual and sound. It's finally time for us to the let the fans to trust us with what we've decided to put out in terms of music or looks. It doesn't have to be super-staged, I'm happy that it can be very raw. We can finally say, "Hey, this is what we want to show you. We know you'll like it, so trust us, have a listen and look at what we've brought for you."
And are you having fun filming your reality show, The TaeTiSeo?
SEOHYUN: Throughout the years, everybody's only seen the perfectly staged Girls' Generation performances. This time we get to show you step-by-step how we put a recording, choreography, album art or music video together. We get to show our professorial side, but we get to show our silly, normal side; the normal Taeyeon, what she would do at a candy store. When she gets tired, she can say that. The fact that we can be so free in terms of expressing ourselves is what I'm looking forward to our fans seeing most.
TIFFANY: We're actually putting together a behind-the-scenes video for this comeback. We were luckily partnered up with [Korean beauty and lifestyle] channel OnStyle [for the show] and I wanted it to kind of make this into an MTV Diary throwback and that's exactly what this is going to be: the MTV Diary throwback, plus the Korean fashion and beauty introduction and everyday life.
Any last words about this album or to your fans?
TAEYEON: Even though fans are around the world and we don't necessarily see or hear them because they come from different languages or cultures, I want to be able to reach you with music. I want you to share the feeling we get from making the music and share that experience.
SEOHYUN: It's been over two and a half years since the last album, we've experienced not only a lot of growth musically, but personally. We want to convey that maturation and experience to fans and give them that story.
TIFFANY: This album is just the mind, body and soul of all three of us. Not that I haven't been proud of past albums, but this album is something we are so proud of and so satisfied with. It's so right now. The fashion is very now, the music is very now. But it also captured [our ages] 25 and 23. I'm excited to be able to leave this down as kind of like a memoir or yearbook. I just hope the fans will be just as excited and open towards us growing up.
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Kimye was seen leaving a botox clinic and spotted out for dinner at the Little Door Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California on September 16, 2014.
Kim Kardashian in her husband defense posted a short clip on Instagram of Kanye’s Australian show:
“What an amazing Australian tour! It’s frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheelchair to stand up and the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up and dance unless they were in a wheelchair,” she wrote.
Barbra Streisand sings a medley of duets from her new album "Partners" with Jimmy standing in for Elvis, Blake Shelton, and Michael Bublé.
September 16th: Hilary Duff Leaving The Trump Soho Hotel in New York
Happy birthday Mikey! Have a great boys day❤️
A few more minutes and I get to squeeze up this little love of mine
All the important things first in new nyc apartment.. Lighting McQueen helmet from GiGi awesome lamp and dish washer detergent.... Gotta luv fed ex and Amazon @lowenban we doin this..
Back when Kristin Cavallari ruled the hallways during her junior year of high school, the “Laguna Beach” gal was part of the popular crowd and endured her fair share of drama with her older beau Stephen Colletti and his longtime friend (and her main rival) Lauren Conrad.
Ten years later, the erstwhile MTV star is a far cry from her teenage and “Hills” self: She’s a fashion designer and E! host — and a happily married mother of two living in the Windy City.
And just like Lauren recently took a moment to reflect, she's offering sage advice — to Kristin of past.
What is your preferred Instagram filter?
To selfie or not to selfie?
Selfie but don't overdo it
What was your biggest mistake?
I don't really have any regrets or huge mistakes. I of course did some dumb stuff but nothing that I look back on and think it didn't help me become who I am today.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
To just enjoy being 16. I always wanted to be older and I wish I had enjoyed every stage a little more.
The Fabulist co-host is based in Chicago but she commutes to New York City once a week to tape the E! show. The couple’s conflicting schedules make spending time together difficult.
“With a new baby it’s really hard because the last thing I want to do at night is get ready to go to dinner — I would rather just go to bed,” Cavallari admitted.
In a lightning round of questions, the fashionista dished that she prefers to have sex “on top” as opposed to missionary, adding that she still sees her athlete hubby “all the time.”
How does she manage to maintain her fit physique while juggling a professional and personal life?
“I don’t eat any toxic chemicals, so I never count calories, but I’m always reading labels,” The Hills alum explained.
“I try to eat organic as often as possible. We do a ton of grass-fed beef and real butter. If I’m going to eat something I want it to be real food — no fake, processed chemical crap. And I try to make sure I get in at least a few vegetables everyday.”
source: USmagazine, ELLE
Jack White is often credited with keeping the rock & roll spirit alive in the new millennium, but if you ask him, he'd rather be making music in any other decade besides this one. That's what the Lazaretto rocker tells veteran newsman Dan Rather in The Big Interview, a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from White's move to Nashville to how he envies the musicians of the Sixties.
White's complete Big Interview with Dan Rather will premiere Tuesday, September 16th on AXS TV at 8 p.m. ET.
In the Big Interview, White recounts a conversation that he had with Bob Dylan where the two discussed the difference in the state of the music industry between the Sixties and today. "I was talking to Bob Dylan and I said, 'In a way, you guys had it so lucky in the Sixties.' All these recording techniques that had never been tried before, the Civil Rights movement was coming to a head, the Vietnam War," White tells Rather of his Dylan conversation. "The whole world was changing… There was so much to sing about. It was like shooting fish in a barrel."
In contrast to the radical and rebellious Sixties, White struggles to find inspiration in today's youth. "I don't see beauty in teenagers sitting next to each other texting and not talking face to face. I don't see that beauty in the way that pop music is all recorded on computers and Auto-Tune and presented in that really plastic way," White tells Rather. "And I guess I just do my best in whatever I do to try to defeat those ideas and present it in something I think is at least an attempt at getting at truth and getting at beauty.
"It is a lot harder now, and I am a little bit jealous of the artists from the other decades because it seemed like you could just do your job and not worry about this periphery of stuff," White added. "The idea that I just have to be a hustler now just to be a musician, you sort of have to sell yourself all the time now. I think you could have just been a songwriter and everyone else would do that around you. I doubt Frank Sinatra cared what was on his album cover."
As Rolling Stone previously reported, the discussion will also cover White's decision to leave his native Detroit and settle in Nashville. "It was very hard for me to move. Detroit, I always imagined I was going to be there my whole life. It always felt like my home – even as hard as it is to live there, it always felt that way to me," White said, adding that the city's "cynical environment" after the White Stripes found success made it difficult for him to "live and create" in the Motor City.
Hope he's wearing a beret during this interview.
WHILE actress Jennifer Lawrence is rumoured to be dating Coldplay singer Chris Martin, there are also new whispers of a dinner date with womaniser John Mayer.
The Hunger Games actress was spotted out and about with Martin late last week, enjoying dinner with friends at famed Los Angeles eatery Chateau Marmont.
The New York Post cites sources as saying the starlet, 24, and musician, 37, were “all smiles” and had “grins from ear to ear”.
While Martin is still consciously uncoupling from wife Gwyneth Paltrow, sources say she approves of his new relationship with Lawrence.
“Things are very amicable, and Gwyneth is happy for Chris,” the Post quoted a source as saying.
Meanwhile, there are also rumblings that Lawrence has been spending time with another singer.
Gossip website Hollywood Life has a source who claims Mayer has “had a thing for Jennifer for quite some time” and began pursuing her some months ago.
They reportedly enjoyed an intimate dinner together a few weeks back, despite her reported involvement with Martin.
Whoever she’s dating, it must be a welcome distraction for Lawrence following the release of nude photographs of the actress that were stolen by a hacker.
A series of explicit photos appearing to show more than 100 female stars hit the internet earlier this month, showing Lawrence, among others, in a number of graphic poses.
Holland Roden and Max Carver at 'Transparent' LA premiere
Holland being really amused about something
Dylan O'Brien goes to lunch in SoHo with his sister
If you ever stopped to ask yourself "what is James Franco doing right now, other than shaving his head and imitating the scrunched-up laughing face emoji on Instagram?", here's your answer.
The Modern-Day Renaissance Man is launching his own TV show for AOL, Making A Scene with James Franco. Obviously, James Franco being James Franco, he features heavily in the series.
Two spinning wheels decide each episode’s outcome: the first spin chooses an iconic character, and the second picks a scene. That way, in true Franco fashion, we end up with the opportunity to watch Napoleon Dynamite navigate through the shootout scene in Pulp Fiction. Still, that isn’t enough, and sometimes characters and scenes are just mixed together — or, as Franco says, “we just flip ‘em.”
Making A Scene with James Franco debuts Sept. 17. There will be 10 episodes.
s1 / s2
After landing three consecutive top five hits with “Problem,” “Break Free,” and “Bang Bang,” Ariana Grande is getting ready to do it all over again with her next single, “Love Me Harder.”
The song, which features alt-R&B star The Weeknd, has been touted as a future hit for months now, with Republic Records Executive Vice President Charlie Walk calling it a “global smash” back in June.
“Love Me Harder” will hit Top 40/Rhythmic-Crossover radio on September 30.
Does this look like the bawdy of a pregnant woman to you?
Amidst rumors that Baddie Bey is baking a second bun in her oven, she went ahead and shared some photos from her tropical birthday celebration on the island of Corsica, off the coast of France.
Dressed in a teenie, tiny, little bikini and rocking those flash tats we saw her wearing all last week, Bey had fun in the sun with Jay Z, Blue Ivy and Mama Tina all in tow. The photos, posted to her personal site, also show Beyoncé rocking various beach looks, drinking wine in a personalized party hat, playing on the beach with Blue, looking very much in love with her husband and generally not giving a fcvk!
She also posted a photo that shows her and Jay sharing a champagne toast after the final stop of their OTR tour in Paris.
We get it Bey! If you are pregnant, you’ll let us know when you want us to know.
Catch the pics below:
A devout Catholic divorcee with some pretty serious dad issues is the new manic pixie dream girl.
After tonight's season three premiere of The Mindy Project, we are boldly stating that Danny Castellano is the best male character on TV, thanks in large part to Chris Messina's go-for-broke comedy style. Who knew three years ago when the Fox sitcom first premiered that that guy who you had seen in countless indie movies, but couldn't quite remember his name would be down to perform a strip tease on network TV?! (Just add it to the list of reasons why Mindy Kaling is our spirit showrunner/should be the next president.)
And while Messina has been stealing scene after scene season after season, the season premiere, "We're A Couple Now, Haters," easily could've been called "The Chris Messina Showcase," as it was his best performance on the show to-date, showing off his comedic chops, jawdropping dance skills (Where has he been hiding those all our lives?!) and Danny's sensitive-for-Staten-Island side.
Behold, the 11 times Chris Messina/Danny Castellano was just the best:
1. Let's start at the end. With that strip tease, which will are requesting be played on an endless loop at our funerals if we don't happen to discover the Fountain of Eternal Youth and/or become a vampire.
2. Danny can play the piano. And he learned "Let It Go" from Frozen. Let the storm of Danny's awesomeness rage on...as well as our lady boner.
3. His little booty dance to Boston's "More Than a Feeling." This would've been higher if not for the strip tease surprise awaiting us at the end of the episode.
4. The reminder that Danny wears magnetic red glasses when he reads. (Why we find this attractive? We do not know, but chalk it up to the power of the Messina.)
5. The revelation that Danny was a stripper who went by the name "Diamond Dan" in order to pay for medical school. And Mindy found the pink, rhinestone-embellished thong to prove it.
The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
The full list at EOnline.
On Sunday we made a one-act play for my friend Humberto’s company, Opening Ceremony. The idea was to do a play instead of a regular fashion show during Fashion Week, and, miraculously, we were able to do it at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. (Thank you, Peter Gelb and everyone at the Met!) Also, this week my dear friend Karen is putting out her first solo album of precious, personal love and heartache gems titled Crush Songs. They are songs made so intimately and spontaneously alone in her bedroom a few years ago that they feel more like unguarded whispers from her heart than a traditionally produced album. So on Sunday, during a ten-minute break as we were rehearsing and lighting at the Met, we made a very impromptu "music video” for Karen in the spirit of her album. It just seemed like if you have the Opera House, that song, and Elle Fanning together, you shouldn't let the opportunity go by. So we made this as a surprise gift for Karen to congratulate her on her album. She is going to see this for the first time as you do. I hope you enjoy. —Spike Jonze
A fan-favorite Marvel character has joined "Marvel's Agent Carter"!
James D'Arcy ("Broadchurch," "Let's Be Cops") will play Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark's butler and an unexpected ally to Peggy Carter, joining the previously announced Chad Michael Murray as SSR Agent Jack Thompson and Enver Gjokaj as Agent Daniel Sousa as they help Peggy (Hayley Atwell) navigate her way through what may be her most dangerous mission yet!
"Marvel's Agent Carter," starring "Captain America's" Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life--Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," along with the short "Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter."
Starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chad Michael Murray as SSR Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as SSR Agent Daniel Sousa, and James D'Arcy as Jarvis, "Marvel's Agent Carter" was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Executive producers are Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb.
"Marvel's Agent Carter" is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
Joan Rivers‘ personal ear, nose, and throat doctor allegedly took a selfie with the comedienne while she was under general anesthesia for her throat procedure.
According to CNN, a Yorkville Endoscopy staff member told investigators the photograph was taken while she was in the procedure room.
The 81-year-old entertainer was there to undergo a scheduled endoscopy by gastroenterologist and the Manhattan clinic's medical director Dr. Lawrence Cohen, according to reports. After that procedure, CNN reports Rivers also underwent an unauthorized vocal cord biopsy performed by the personal physician, who hasn't been identified.
On Friday Yorkville Endoscopy announced Dr. Cohen was no longer its medical director. Reports are conflicting as to whether Cohen voluntarily stepped down or was fired.
“Dr. Cohen is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy, nor is he currently serving as medical director,” said a spokesperson from the clinic in a statement obtained by TheWrap.
On Sept. 5 the New York Medical Examiner's Office told TheWrap that the autopsy of Rivers’ body did not yield a firm cause or manner of death, and that further studies would be conducted to determine how she died. Reports were that she stopped breathing while undergoing the throat surgery on Aug. 28.
Rivers was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, but the comedienne did not recover. She was put in a medically-induced coma and on life support, but she passed away on Sept. 4.
Can you believe today (Sept. 16) is the 17th anniversary of Mariah Carey‘s ‘Butterfly’? The internet celebrated the occasion by trending the phrase “#Butterfly17thAnniversary.”
It seems the time has flown by, but now is a perfect time to look back on the impact the album made. The project’s lead single, ‘Honey,’ was certified platinum in the United States and was nominated for two Grammys in 1998: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
Additionally, ‘Butterfly’ entered the Billboard 200 at number one and remained in the top 20 for 21 weeks. Oh, and it was certified five-times platinum. Yep, that means more than five million copies of the album were sold!
It’s no surprise that the anniversary of ‘Butterfly’ has fans buzzing. While it clearly has racked up numerous accolades for Mariah, it is a classic album that remains a fan favorite. Like Mimi’s vocals, its power has stood the test of time — and that’s certainly worthy of some praise.
Frankie and Victoria were nominated
By a vote of 2-0 Ariana Grande's half brother was finally evicted (unfortunately to no boos because it was taped and the audience was planted)
Source: My TV