Coming in at number 1 is SNSD. The group not only dominates the music world, but also the CF scene. Including group and individual members’ CFs, they have recently filmed more than 13 commercials. Their fans mainly range from 10 years old to those who are in their 50s, and as a result, the group is one of the first choices when a company looks for spokespeople. The group’s influence on customers can be seen especially through their vitamin drink CF, as their image successfully grabbed the attention of the market, resulting in the rapid increase in vitamin drink sales.
Lee Minjung is ranked as number 2, as her CFs include cosmetics, automobile, real estate, and the banking industry, accumulating over 10 CFs in recent years. Due to her unique image, she is popular amongst all types of industries. A source that works in the CF industry stated, “It’s very rare to see someone like Lee Minjung, who is suitable for different types of CFs. Currently, she is the most popular CF model amongst all the companies.”
Grabbing the number 3 spot is Kim Yuna. The figure skater also filmed 10 CFs in the past year. While she has been busy breaking into the variety show scene, her intelligent image has made an impression on viewers. Her current CFs include tablets, air conditioners, milk, yogurt, and athletic wear.
With 7 CFs under her belt, Shin Mina is ranked at number 4. Sources have said that Shin Mina is a fashion role model, as she is very charismatic. The jeans CF she filmed has been a hot topic amongst the CF industry. Due to the fact that she has a naturally perfect body, she is well known for not having the need for any editing or Photoshopping for her CFs.
Having filmed commercials for smartphones, fried chicken, and games, IU has been successful in building her CF resume, thus earning her the number 5 spot. Not only is she building a successful career in singing, but she is also branching out to acting and performing. Her increasing popularity and an honest image have helped her in gaining support from the CF companies.
At the number 6 spot is Hwang Jungeum. After filming MBC’s “High Kick through the Roof” in 2009, she has appeared in 7 CFs, promoting merchandise such as credit cards, athletic shoes, medicine, drinks, cosmetics, and ramyun. She is regarded as an artist who is capable of appearing in all types of CFs, due to her easy and outgoing personality.
With the help of the drama “The Fugitive: Plan B,” Lee Nayoung has filmed 6 CFs in the past year, earning her the number 7 spot. Her popularity originated from coffee CFs that she filmed beginning in 2002. Sources have indicated that her clean background and outgoing personality, alongside consistent filming of the coffee CFs, has left a great impression in viewers’ minds.
Source: Korea JoongAng Daily
All the way to Singapore, in fact .
Yes, the June 14th 2011 issue of Singapore’s The Straits Times actually featured an article on the Paris event, such was its impact on the world’s entertainment industry. Industry sources have already clearly indicated in many publications and news events that the Korean Hallyu wave is something to take note of and this event in Europe is certainly proof of it.
Mention was made of the speed at which the tickets were sold out and how the French SONEs staged a friendly protestoutside the Louvre Museum to demand an extra show; something which they got, thanks to the sensible folks at SM Entertainment.
What was most interesting in the article was the fact that only about 2% of the audience members were Korean, attesting to the popularity of the Korean artistes and their music .
My favourite part of the article: it is the fact that the ST editors chose to use a photo of the angelic 9 to illustrate the article and the caption below it – Girls’ Generation have a wide following worldwide.
How true !
[CONCERT] May 31 & June 1 - GG JPN Arena Tour, Osaka, JPN
[ALBUM] June 1 - GirlsGeneration 1st Full Jap Album Release
[CONCERT] June 4&5 - GG JPN Arena Tour Saitama
[PERFORMANCE] June 6 - Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ
[CONCERT] June 10&11 - SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR in PARIS
[PERFORMANCE] June 13 - Music Bank Live in TOKYO!
[CONCERT] June 17,18,28&29 - GG JPN Arena Tour Tokyo, JPN
[CONCERT] July 2 & 3 - GG Japan Arena Tour Hiroshima,JPN
[CONCERT] July 6 & 7 - GG Japan Arena Tour Nagoya,JPN
[CONCERT] July 17 & 18 - GG Japan Arena Tour Fokouka,JPN
[CONCERT] July 23 & 24 - GG Japan Arena Tour Seoul Olympic Stadium
[CONCERT] Sep 3 &4 - SM Town Live in Tokyo, Tokyo Dome
*sched could change or can be added more*
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