Girls’ Generation & 2NE1’s Battle – Reminiscent of S.E.S & Fin.K.L
Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 are both well-loved in the music world, and are called the best girl groups in the K-Pop industry. They both exude very different charms and appeal to the public in their own ways. They went head to head with their similar comeback dates, and went up on the same music program stage. Girls’ Generation had their comeback first, but due to their music video data corruption incident, their 4th album offline sales release and 2NE1’s 2nd album online music release both landed on the same date, February 27th.
On the 9th they both starred on the same music program, and the attention was focused on who would take the honorary ending performance. The ending went to the senior singer group TVXQ.
The two girl groups have often been considered rivals. And so their simultaneous activities were a hot topic for music lovers all around. More than just rivals, the two girl groups were able to contribute to the revival of the music industry, and it was a win-win situation for both.
Girls’ Generation and 2NE1’s rivalry is reminiscent of S.E.S and Fin.K.L‘s fierce competition back in the day.
SM Entertainment first debuted S.E.S in 1997. Until then, no girl group had really been very successful. That’s because at the time girl idols weren’t as popular as they are today. No one knew what would happen.
That’s why S.E.S’s debut was surprising and impactful. They came out with a pure and innocent image, just as their age would indicate, and started with their debut song “I’m Your Girl”. The male fandoms quickly increased in number, and these girls had a huge impact on the music industry.
DSP Media then debuted the girl group Fin.K.L 1 year later in 1998 with the song “Blue Rain”. Fin.K.L had a hard time at first, but things got easier with their other song “To My Boyfriend”, with which they ranked number 1. They appealed to the public with a different charm than S.E.S. Thereafter Fin.K.L released many hits back to back, and stood out as female idols that could overtake S.E.S.
And now 16 years later, the members are still battling against each other. But at the present they are competing as actresses, not singers.
Being called “rivals” can be taxing on both sides. However, S.E.S was able to stay in the spotlight longer because Fin.K.L emerged as rivals to compete against them. And it’s the same with Girls’ Generation and 2NE1. Their rivalry is a point of interest, and the two girl groups will receive much more attention thanks to their competition against each other to be labeled the best.