Girls’ Generation, aka SNSD, is undeniably one of the highly recognized and best-selling K-Pop girl groups in South Korea. Their 2009 hit bubblegum song Gee, gained them attraction in their homeland and beyond. They continued to sweep up the charts, win awards and release hit songs like Genie, Mr.Mr., Hoot, The Boys, Run Devil Run, and many more, with the help of their loyal fans, who go by Sones.
Meet the Arab Sones and admins behind the official Twitter Arab fan account @ArabSone9.
They share with me why they like the superstar girl group, what they worked on for SMTown concert, the gifts they sent to them and many more.
Hello! Tell me more about yourself and the admins as well as the @ArabSone9 Twitter account? Why did you decide to create an Arab Girls’ Generation fan account?
Hi^^ we’re 10 admins from different countries
Admin Nourah: Hello?
I’m Nourah from Kuwait and I’m 18 years old. I became a sone in 2008 and that was the best thing I ever did in my life?.
Admin Fajer: Hello ?
I’m Fajer from Kuwait and I’m 25 years old. I became a sone in 2011 and I’m still a sone till the end of my life. I really love this group so much and I really enjoy their music
Admin Rahaf Als: Hello ♥️!
I’m Rahaf/راهف from Saudi Arabia ?? i’m 21 years old. I became a sone in 2009 and I’ll always be a sone. SNSD is the source of my happiness and I’m so blessed that i knew them and i loved them because they are THE BEST.
Admin Rahaf Alj: Hello!
I’m Rahaf and I’m from Kuwait. I’m 18 years old. I became a sone in 2012. My bias is Sooyoung and I really love Girls Generation.
@Arabsone9 was created in July 8th 2014.
The reason why we created this account is that we wanted to communicate with all of Arab sones easily and translate SNSD’s news for them.
Since there’s a lot of Arab sones and a lot of people who love Girls’ Generation, we decided to create this account to let many people know more about them, to post every single new & update about the members and to support them of course!
@Arabsone9 is not just an account for us , can we say it’s our daily routine? we spend all the day long in the account. Even from this account the admins became so close to each other.
We even communicate with each other daily ! Like calling and chatting. Last but not least we hope to keep running this account for along time.
We want to make many people know this great girl group which is Girls’ Generation and enjoy their music just like we do!
Who are mostly your followers? (Nationality, gender, age groups etc…)
Admin Fajer: There are many followers from so many different countries
But the most are from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and about the gender mostly are females without a specific ages because they are divided from teenagers to adults
What made you become interested in Girls’ Generation and when would you say you first became a Sone?
Admin Nourah: I saw SNSD for the first time in 2008 on korea tv channel , the channel was airing their songs so I liked them a lot and their singing abilities amazed me , so I started searching about them on YouTube I watched their first reality show called ( girls go to school ) and because of it I liked their personalities then officially I became a sone , SNSD is the first kpop group that I liked until now.
Admin Rahaf Alj: I knew SNSD in 2009, but I wasn’t interested in Korean pop. After three years my friend told me about the korean pop and she showed me a video of korean band. Then I searched about korean pop in general. Then SNSD attracted me , so that’s how I became a Sone, and I really can’t wait to see them.
Admin Fajer: I’m a sone since 2011 , I was enjoying my time on YouTube watching random videos then suddenly I noticed their song gee I was curious about it but after I watched the music video I found myself searching more and more about them until I decided officially to become a sone !
Admin Rahaf Als: I became a sone after listening and watching to their song gee. When I watched it for the first time my love for them growing a lot since that moment and I’ll be a sone forever.
Although some members have left SM Entertainment to pursue other activities, you still share all the members’ news and updates with your followers. Why is that?
Admin Nourah: We became sone when SNSD used to have 9 members, we stayed with them days and years! We loved each member in special way.
We can’t hate any member for any reason!
Wether if one of them left the group to focus in her own life or to make her own solo we will still support her and we will update the all members news
And about the members who left SM recently they’re still in Girls’ Generation
What do you like most about Girls’ Generation?
We like everything about them , their performances , songs , fashions and personalities.
As a group they are perfect in many ways like their voices , their perfect vocals and the things that makes SNSD always special is their different concepts and their unique songs!
What we like the most is their strong relationship between them, especially when they gathered together to celebrate Sooyoung’s birthday together at Tiffany’s apartment even though the three members left the company.
What songs would you recommend for those who are new to the K-pop girl group?
Admin Nourah: Into the new world and All night
Admin Fajer: Lion Heart and Genie
Admin Rahaf Alj: Love is bitter and The boys
Hyoyeon received our gifts for SNSD and she thanked us alot !!! pic.twitter.com/JgHjq4bWRv
— ARAB SONES (@ArabSone9) April 5, 2018
Any projects (posters, fan chants etc…) you worked on for the SM Town concert in Dubai that you can share with us?
What did you think of the SMTown concert and seeing the members live? How were you all feeling at the moment?
Have you worked on any other projects for Girls’ Generation? Do you collaborate with other Girl’s Generation accounts around the world and send gifts, display posters etc…?
Yes! Back on time when Taeyeon came to the UAE, we gave her a necklace made out of gold, but we couldn’t give her while she was in UAE, so we sent it to Korea, so we are not sure if she received it or not!
The second gift was for Taeyeon too. We made a food support for her comeback “Why” for her and her team.
We actually planned for a lot of projects for the whole members and the soloist members but we couldn’t do them for some reasons. Wait for us in future for a lot and bigger projects.
Is there anything that you’d like to add or share with readers?
The screaming of young girls and multicolored glowing light sticks and banners filled the air as soon as a small video introduction of each member of K-pop boy band SNUPER was played on a screen in an auditorium at Sheikh Zayed Center for Conferences & Exhibitions in Ajman University.
It was not only when Su Hyun, Sang Ho, Woo Sung, Sang Il, Se Bin and Tae Woong equally entered the hall from opposite sides and walked towards the stage while singing their title song You = Heaven, from their first single album Compass, that passionate fans released even louder screams at the sight of their favorite idols.
The six members took little a break to introduce themselves after singing their hit retro song Platonic Love and impressed their fans, officially known as Swings, with their choreography and signature music style.
Amid shrill hysteria, the members dressed in green and white attire continued to showcase their impeccably choreographed dance routines without losing vocal range, and even stepped off stage during one of their performance to get closer to enthusiastic fans.
During their free mini concert, Se Bin, the group’s purple-haired rapper, briefly demonstrated his Taekwondo skills to the crowd.
In attempt to get closer with their fans, each member handpicked one of multiple colorful sticky notes, filled with questions written by Swing, on a whiteboard, and invited the lucky questioners on stage to personally present them with a gift.
The photogenic group ended their concert by singing upbeat tracks Shall We Dance and The Star of Stars from their debut mini album and 4th repackaged mini album, respectively.
SNUPER delivered a fun, super performance with a total of seven songs and announced that they are set to release their new mini album April 24th.
Dubbed as “Asia’s Stars” and “Kings of K-pop”, TVXQ!, short for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, are a K-pop duo that consists of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. Originally debuted as a five-member in 2003, TVXQ! have been actively promoting as a duo since 2011 and continue to top the charts in Korea and Japan. They have a hugely loyal fanbase, Cassiopeias, around the world and in the MENA region.
Norah, Sahar, Jumanah and Norah are the four Saudi Arabian girls, ranging from 24 to 26 year-olds, handling a dedicated TVXQ! Arab fan account @TVXQArabFans on Twitter. The majority of their followers are Saudi Arabian females in their late tens to early thirties.
“The reason behind us deciding to create this account and build a support platform 4 years ago is to contribute in helping TVXQ’s art reach as many Arabs as possible and to introduce the duo to their Arabic fanbase,” they add. “Thus, we have allocated a certain amount of time to translate the duo’s song lyrics, interviews, and other activities on a daily basis.”
What about TVXQ first caught your attention?
Uniqueness. We have all grown up with all types of arts and entertainment surrounding us but the kind TVXQ are providing is different. They put their own magic into simple songs turning them into master pieces. Adding to that the attractiveness of their polite and funny personalities.
What has been your favorite memory of TVXQ throughout their career?
Stumbling upon TVXQ for the first time has always been a favourite and precious memory. However, a new favorite memory shall be created once we actually meet them for the first time in SMTown Concert in Dubai.
“They are so passionate and determined about singing, performing, touching people’s heart with music, and spreading hope and happiness.”
What do you like most about the K-pop duo?
Their passion; they are so passionate and determined about singing, performing, touching people’s heart with music, and spreading hope and happiness. They have never given up on their musical dreams no matter how many times they were turned down and pushed back to the starting point.
What songs would you recommend for those who are new to TVXQ?
With the kind of art TVXQ create, it’s really hard to choose a few songs, but if we have to do so then we would recommend:
– Catch Me
– I Swear
– Before you Go
– Rising Sun
– Why ~ Keep Your Head Down
Please keep in mind that this list might change once TVXQ make their most annticipated comeback in the 28th of March with their 9th full-length album.
Is there anything in particular that you would like people to know about them?
We would like people to get to know their personalities. They have two opposite personalities that complement each other so well. Therefore, we recommend watching their interviews on different variety shows.
“They have never given up on their musical dreams no matter how many times they were turned down and pushed back to the starting point.”
Any projects (posters, banners, fan chants etc…) you’ll be working on for the SM Town concert in Dubai that you can share with us?
Yes, our project consists of all the examples you have mentioned; banners, fanchants, balloons, and lightsticks. We are also planning to send the duo a special welcoming gift from thier Arab fans.
What are you looking forward to mostly from their performance?
Their way of dominating the stage with their singing, dancing, and interaction with the fans. We are also looking forward to TVXQ talk-segment to see if they have learned any Arabic words/phrases to communicate with us more intimately.
Do you collaborate with other TVXQ accounts around the world on projects such as send gifts, create banners, display posters outdoors etc…?
Yes, we have done several projects for TVXQ before with the help and collaboration of different fans from all around the globe. For example, we are part of a world-wide project for TVXQ upcomimg record-breaking performance on Nissan Stadium.
If you had a chance to sit down with them, what would you like to ask them or tell them?
We would tell them about how much they are loved and looked up to by the Middle Eastern fans and they are the reason behind the happiness many of us are feeling.
Lastly, is there anything you’d like to share that I haven’t asked?
Not really. Thank you for your time. We really appreciate you reaching out to us and providing us this opportunity to voice out our opinion about and emotions toward TVXQ.
It was a big day for Arab EXO-Ls and all K-pop fans in Dubai. Not only was it EXO‘s first visit to the Emirates but also they’re the first K-pop group to have their upbeat Korean-hit song Power to be played for the first time at the world’s largest choreographed fountain, The Dubai Fountain.
Hundreds of fans of all ages and cultures gathered at venue, eagerly waited till 5:30pm and armed with the group’s official lightsticks and banners along with mobile phones to capture the historic moment and to celebrate EXO’s achievement.
The video consists of interviews with EXO-L’s and some footage from EXO’s private press conference.
Read the related article on Gulf News’s tabloid! here.
BTS has done it again! The global K-pop sensation has surpassed 10 million plays on Anghami.
The seven-piece boy band is the first and only K-pop group to achieve this on MENA’s largest music streaming service.
Fans never fail to show support of their favorite artists. Their loyal fans, ARMY, which stands for Adorable Representative M.C for Youth, in particular Arab ARMYS took to Twitter, hashtagging #ArabArmyWithBTS and #BTS_10_Million_Arab_listeners in celebration of BTS’s achievement.
Arab ARMYs across the MENA region have also created Twitter accounts dedicated to everything BTS with their followers, from sharing the band’s latest news to organizing fan projects.
The Emirates is no stranger to the record-breaking group. BTS’s songs, especially DNA and Mic Drop have been played on Dubai-based radio stations such as Virgin Radio Dubai and Radio 1 UAE.
BTS may have made their breakthrough presence in the American music market but it’s seems they have attracted fans locally and around the MENA region.
2018 may be a big year for K-pop in the Middle East.
Image source: BTS’s official Facebook account.