5 THINGS ABOUT GIRLS' GENERATION
1 The group got its name from the title of a 1989 song by Korean rocker Lee Seung Chul.
2 Record company SM Entertainment started recruiting the girls in 2000, with Jessica Jung the first to join.
After having great success with boy group Super Junior, SM wanted a female version.
3 Jung was talent-spotted at a mall in Korea. Seohyun, the youngest, was approached by talent scouts in a subway.
The rest were chosen after auditions or by winning singing and dancing competitions.
4 In 2011, Girls Generation's 2009 single, Gee, was named Song of the Decade by melon.com, one of Korea's most popular online music sites.
5 Entertainment magazine The Sisa Journal named the group Korea's most influential entertainers for 2011 and 2012, and Forbes Korea called them the Most Powerful Entertainers in South Korea thrice.