When I think of a band, boys or girls, I think of 3, 4 or 5 people. Personally, I think 4 is just the right number – in the terms of a “four parts harmony.” Five is acceptable as well, but my eye starts to wonder and names become a bit blurry to me. Three is a bit small, but it can work in the case of T-Max or FIR from Taiwan (I love them both!). However, is there a limit to the number of people you can have in band? How about 13 as in the group Super Junior from Korea? (FYI: Super Junior holds the world record for the largest pop group)
Recently, as I am getting into my Korean Pop phase, it dawned on me that there is a trend of big boys/girls band these days in the Korean music industry. It is not that I have never heard of big groups. I still remember Twelve Girls Band from China a few years ago. The only way I could tell these girls apart was due to their instrument. Each girl played a different traditional Chinese instrument which makes each one of them stand out in the performances. However, when I saw Super Junior’s newest MV “Sorry Sorry,” which featured 13 boys all in suit and tennis shoes dancing to such a addicting beat, I had to find out what is going on for myself. I couldn’t tell anyone of them apart and that is after watching their music video a little more than 15 times.
Their song has a great beat even if I could only understand the word “sorry” and maybe the word “girl” somewhere in the middle of the song. Even after watching the song with English subtitle, I still didn’t know what it was about, but who cares when there’s so much to see. The music video features a delicate dance routine that never cease to please the eye. Since there are 13 of them, the screen is often spit into three columns to feature all the members, but talk about eye candy, who can resist 13 well-dressed boys paired with a jabbawockeez-like dance routine. It was a very well choreographed with an great tutting portion in the middle and beautiful formations that features all their faces.
As for the group itself, Super Junior, surprisingly enough, has a leader, Leeteuk ( I will not name the other 12 members) and is actually split into 4 sub groups called: Super Junior K.R.Y, Super Junior T, Super Junior M, and Super Junior Happy, all managed by SM entertainment. Each sub group caters to a different audience and the group has expanded into the China, Hong Kong, Malaysia markets. However, I still think it is a great feat to schedule all 13 of them together under one music video . According to allkpop, Super Junior just won its first Mutizen Award with “Sorry Sorry.” And zing.vn ranked their album as the 5th most popular in Viet Nam.
Here is a taste of the Super group that is called Super Junior. This is a live performance that features two of the songs in their latest album released in March 2009. I’m just loving the suit! Can’t get enough of this video!
Credit to pr13ansj @ youtube
If you want the official MV you can check out: