This year has been quite hectic for Tiffany, K-pop idol of Girls’ Generation. Omitting her duties and responsibilities as a member of the most popular K-pop girl group in Hallyu history, she was really busy pushing her solo career. Eventually, SM Entertainment released her debut, an extended play (EP) or mini-album titled I Just Wanna Dance back in May. The album and featured title track song of the same name did not do as well as Taeyeon’s debut and comeback, but it was successful nevertheless. The album reached No. 3 on the Korean Gaon chart and Billboard U.S. World Albums chart.
Unfortunately for Tiffany, a simple mistake would prove to be her downfall for this year. Back in August, she gave thanks to her Japanese fans as Girls’ Generation were performing at the Tokyo Dome alongside other SM Entertainment musical acts for the “SM TOWN Live World Tour V.” She even used an emoji of the Japanese flag and the Japanese Confederate flag, the Rising Sun or Imperial flag, for said posts. Such were harmless in nature, but it was not good for Tiffany to use them a day before Korea’s National Liberation Day. Tiffany’s actions were met with dire consequences including her removal from Unnies’ Slam Dunk. It would also cause her to reflect for the last five months in which very little was seen or heard from her both professionally and personally.
Now it seems Koreans are able to move forward from the moment as Tiffany is slowly and surely making her comeback back into the K-pop idol limelight. Ergo, one of the first things she did upon said return was join the Far East Movement as a featured artist on their recently released fifth studio album Identity for the song “Don’t Stop.” Now there are reports coming in that Tiffany will be a part of the music video for the song too.
A broadcast source announced the news of Tiffany’s involvement in the music video for Far East Movement’s “Don’t Speak” on November 28, as reported by Korean news outlet Naver via translation by Soompi. In another article by AllKpop, the broadcast source provided more insight on Tiffany’s upcoming involvement in said music video, revealing that filming for it was recently concluded.
Music fans’ response for the song “Don’t Speak” as well as her involvement was favorable. As mentioned earlier, many Korean netizens constantly heckled and bashed Tiffany because of her situation with the Japanese flag. They got on her case when she uploaded a post on her official Instagram wishing fellow Girls’ Generation Hyoyeon a happy birthday. They also got on Tiffany’s case for writing a second apology, one that was far longer and more intricate than her first apology. To be fair, though, negative chatter towards Tiffany probably started to dwindle around the same time the episode of Better Late Than Never featuring Girls’ Generation aired.
As for Far East Movement, they are getting a lot of attention for the latest studio album Identity which features numerous Korean acts. Yoon Mi Rae was featured in “Fighter.” Chanyeol of K-pop boy band EXO was featured in “Freal Luv.” Jay Park was featured in “SXWME.” Hyolyn of K-pop girl group Sistar was featured in “Umbrella.” Finally, Loco was featured in “Double Dip.” Also, Far East Movement made a recent appearance on Tribe of Hip-Hop on JTBC. Their performance is attached below, but readers will need to follow the link to YouTube to fully watch the video.
Far East Movement’s latest studio album Identity is available at stores and online. As for Tiffany’s debut EP I Just Wanna Dance, K-pop fans — especially those who identify themselves as Fanytastics (official fan club of Tiffany) or Sones (official fan club of Girls’ Generation) — can own their own copy by purchasing it at YesAsia.
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