So far, 2015 has proven to generally be an awesome year for So Nyeo Shi Dae (SNSD), better known as Girls’ Generation. Coming off the controversial exit of their “first member” Jessica Jung, the K-pop mega group has bounced back hard with the release of their latest album, the first with only eight members, Lion Heart. The album was heralded by the song “PARTY,” which released during the summer followed by releases of both tracks the album is named after and “You Think.” Not to mention, they now have “younger sisters” to take care of in the form of Red Velvet. Unfortunately, three of their members may have paid the price when it comes to the love department in their comeback.
With Girls’ Generation’s popularity soaring higher than before, it is only natural for SM Entertainment to think the K-pop group’s members can find musical success as solo artists as well. The first member to be featured as a solo artist will be its leader, Taeyeon, at an upcoming concert. Apparently, SM Entertainment is taking this endeavor seriously as they are implementing whatever it takes to prevent scalping.
According to Koreaboo, Taeyeon will be holding her very first solo concert as part of their ongoing concert series known as The AGIT. She is technically the second artist in the series, as she will be right after Jonghyun of K-pop group SHINee. Taeyeon’s concert will take place twice at the SM TOWN’s COEX Artium from Thursday, October 23, 2015, to Saturday, October 25, 2015, and Friday, October 30, 2015 to Sunday, November 1, 2015.
Given the fact this is a concert, it is highly expected there will be scalpers selling tickets (either legit or fake) right outside the venue. According to a statement released by SM Entertainment, they will do all they can to prevent scalping by imposing harsh measures to combat it, as reported by Korean outlet Star News. Attendees may be asked for evidence of legit transactions of their tickets. If the booking is reported for scalping and evidence is not provided, SM Entertainment has the right to cancel it. As for the scalpers themselves, nothing was technically said but it was made known they are taking even harsher measures to reduce harm to consumers.
Taeyeon’s solo concert is in preparation and promotion of the release of her debut solo album. No specific date was given for its release, but it is expected to hit stores by the end of this year.
[Image via Taeyeon’s Facebook Page]