Girls' Generation-TTS

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Girls' Generation-TTS
TaeTiSeo in I AM. Showcase.jpg
Background information
Also known as TaeTiSeo, TTS
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 소녀시대-태티서
Revised Romanization Sonyeo Sidae-Taetiseo
McCune–Reischauer Sonyŏ Sidae-T'aet'isŏ

Girls' Generation-TTS (Hangul: 소녀시대-태티서, also known as TTS, TaeTiSeo or Girls' Generation-TaeTiSeo) is the first official subgroup of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, formed by SM Entertainment in 2012. It is composed of three Girls' Generation members, Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun.[1] The group released their debut album, Twinkle, in 2012 and released a second one, Holler, in 2014. They became the first subgroup to achieve 17 wins on South Korea's music shows.[2][unreliable source]


On April 19, 2012, S.M. Entertainment officially announced the formation of the subgroup, stating in their official press release that the intention was to "grab the attention of fans with all aspects of music, performance, and fashion styles." It also hinted at the possibility of future subgroups containing other members, elaborating, "the members of the unit [are rotated] according to the [unique] music and concept of each new subgroup album."[1]

Compared to the 9-member Girls' Generation, TTS's main focus is on each member's vocal ability while the original group places more emphasis on the overall songs and uniform group performances.[3]

The agency also revealed the thought process behind the naming of the subgroup. The name "TaeTiSeo" is made up of the first syllables of Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. This name has the letters "T" and "S", which have distinct sounds, giving a strong vibe of the team and also lets the fans recognize the members instantly.[4][unreliable source]

Music career[edit]

2012: Debut with Twinkle[edit]

The single "Twinkle" was released on iTunes worldwide on April 29, together with its music video on April 30, attaining over 10 million hits on YouTube within its first week. As of August 2014, the music video has more than 50 million views.[5] The mini-album, having the same name, Twinkle, was released digitally on April 30[6][unreliable source] and physically on May 2. TTS began their album promotions on various music shows starting on May 3. They became the first subgroup to achieve a "triple crown" on a music show, winning a total of twelve trophies over a span of three weeks during their promotion period.[2] At the time, Twinkle was the highest charting album ever by a Korean artist on U.S. iTunes[7] and Billboard charts, reaching 126 on Billboard 200[8] (the record has since been broken).[9] The title song has sold 2,520,485 digital downloads in South Korea as of July 2014,[10] and the album has sold over 144,000 copies in South Korea, as well as a further 28,000 copies abroad.[11] During the same year, the group also participated in the SMTown Live World Tour III, where they performed "Twinkle", as well as a special performance of Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" with EXO members.[12][unreliable source]

2014: Holler[edit]

After performing at the 2014 Blue One Dream Festival in July,[13][unreliable source] the group released their second mini-album, Holler. It was released digitally on September 16 and physically on September 18.[14][15] During an interview with Billboard, the three singers shared, "This album was really personal for us and it was put out a much more raw side of our music...the music we put together has so much more layers, so much more depth to it in terms of sound, choruses or harmonizing together....Our main goal was to not be visually entertaining, but be vocally entertaining." They also revealed that Seohyun wrote the lyrics to one of the songs, "Only U",[16] while Tiffany served as the visual director to the concept of "Holler" music video.[17][18]

Variety show appearances[edit]

2014: The TaeTiSeo[edit]

The TaeTiSeo takes the viewers behind the scenes to unveil the human side of Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun,[19] revealing how they live their normal everyday lives and what they do in their free time.[20] It is the second reality show in OnStyle’s Real Star series, following Jessica & Krystal.[21] An OnStyle representative stated, "We'll relieve viewers' curiosity about what TaeTiSeo do during their free time, what they talk about when the three get together...We plan on revealing honest and sweet moments of Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun...We believe this will be an opportunity to see TaeTiSeo not on a brilliant stage, but in their everyday lives."[20][22] The three singers attended a press conference for the premier of the show on August 22, 2014.[19][23] The broadcast of the show coincided with the release of the group's second mini album, Holler;[14] thus, some footage of the album preparation was shown.


Girls' Generation-TTS
Stage name Birth name Date of Birth
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Taeyeon 태연 Kim Tae-yeon 김태연 (1989-03-09) March 9, 1989 (age 25)[24]
Tiffany 티파니 Stephanie Young Hwang 스테파니 영 황 (1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 (age 25)[25]
Hwang Mi-young 황미영
Seohyun 서현 Seo Joo-hyun 서주현 (1991-06-28) June 28, 1991 (age 23)[26]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales


Twinkle 1 6 126 1 2
  • KOR: 155,521+
  • JPN: 27,768+
  • Released: September 18, 2014
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 23 1 11
  • KOR: 81,504+
  • JPN: 12,758+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Twinkle" 2012 1 3 2 Twinkle
"Whisper" 2014 4 Holler
"Holler" 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Album

2012 "Baby Steps" 15 22 Twinkle
"OMG" 26 44
"Library" 33 75
"Goodbye, Hello" 32 59
"Love Sick" 28 58
"Checkmate" 44 89
2014 "Adrenaline" 42 Holler
"Only U" 51
"Stay" 69
"Eyes" 75
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Note
2014 The TaeTiSeo OnStyle premiered on August 26

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
2012 "Twinkle"
"OMG (Oh My God)"
2014 "Holler"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Trendy Music Twinkle Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Group N/A Nominated
Best Global Group N/A Nominated
Artist of the Year N/A Nominated
Melon Music Awards Top 10 Artist N/A Nominated
SBS MTV Best of the Best Best Global N/A Nominated
Artist of the Year N/A Nominated
Golden Disk Awards[35] Disk Album Award Twinkle Nominated
Digital Music Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Soompi Gayo Awards[36] Top 10 Artists – #9 N/A Won
2013 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award Twinkle Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards[37][unreliable source] Album of the Year Award Won
Song of the Year Award (Digital Award) Won
2014 7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Youku-Tudou Best Music Video Holler Nominated
K-Pop Fan's Choice- Female N/A Won

Music show awards[edit]

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 May 8 "Twinkle"
May 15
May 22

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 May 10 "Twinkle"
May 17
May 24
2014 September 25 "Holler"
October 2

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 May 11 "Twinkle"
May 18
May 25
2014 October 3 "Holler"

Show! Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 October 11 "Holler"


Year Date Song
2012 May 13 "Twinkle"
May 20
May 27
2014 September 28 "Holler"


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