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In this ongoing series, NY1's Lewis Dodley looks at Korean entertainers who are working to make it big in the United States.

Korean Sound Wave: Girls' Generation Applies Pop Formula To U.S. Market

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Girls' Generation, a group that's gone where no other Asian artist has gone before, is looking to build on its U.S. exposure following several recent high profile appearances. NY1's Lewis Dodley filed the following report.

It was a dream come true for the nine members of Girls' Generation and their company SM Entertainment. In another first for the group from South Korea, they were in the national spotlight performing on the Late Show with David Letterman.

They also appeared on "Live with Kelly", part of a whirlwind 24 hours to promote their first English single.

"We are just thankful we are having so much experience," said Girls' Generation Performer Tiffany.

The appearances come on the heels of a sold-out performance at MSG for Girls' Generation and six other SM acts, which makes you wonder if America has wrapped it's arms around the idea of a Korean superstar.

"When was the last time you saw a KPop group on David Letterman? I mean talking with David Letterman, taking pictures with Bill Murray. It's a total cultural phenomenon that I love and I think that they have worker their way into sort of the American psyche," said Radio Personality Minya Oh, aka Miss Info.

Girls' Generation's carefree and innocent image is a huge hit all over Asia with many of their songs also performed in Chinese and Japanese. That makes English a fourth language for many of the members: An obvious sign of their intelligence and determination.

"They're kind of like the Korean version of the Pussycat Dolls but more refined, and less sexy but still very cute," said Entertainment Writer David Yi.

Whether Girls' Generation will be a hit in America is yet to be seen, but if the crowds that packed Madison Square Garden and the buzz they’re generating are any indication you'll be seeing a lot of them in the years to come.

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