Amid reports the K-pop group linked up with hip hop all-stars for a U.S. debut, it's not happening--yet. Billboard got the full story from their label.
The K-pop world was taken aback when it appeared new girl group T-ara N4 (a splinter group of seven-member, two-time K-Pop Hot 100 chart toppers T-ara) would debut in America in a major way.
Different media outlets—both in South Korea and international—reported the group’s debut single "Countryside Life" caught the eye of Chris Brown who would help bring them to the States.
Stories flooded K-pop media that Chris Brown would bring T-ara N4 to America after they met and posed for pictures together in Los Angeles. Billboard spoke with T-ara's entertainment agency, Core Contents Media (CCM), directly for the full story.
A major rumor/report that flooded K-pop media was T-ara N4 would bring five different versions of "Countryside Life" to America featuring Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Ray-J and the “Fine China” singer. The truth is that nothing has been recorded yet, but the girls may discuss the possibility with some of these stars soon.
How soon? As soon as this weekend. CCM confirms the foursome will open for both Chris Brown's May 26 concert in Las Vegas as well as a Wiz Khalifa concert two days earlier, also in Vegas. The ladies will perform their latest single in Korean.
Additionally, the company confirmed the exciting, surprising news that T-ara N4 will attend the 2013 BET Awards on June 30 in L.A.
(Another [inadvertently] hilarious rumor was the report T-ara signed a U.S. deal with "Empire Records." A quick Google search will not bring about any professional music business, but instead the beloved, kitschy, 1995 teen flick of the same name.)
The K-pop community was understandably confused after an (extremely awkward) interview T-ara N4 held with Pacific Rim Video, a media company covering "Asian and Latino celebrities in Hollywood." Dani (an American, 14-year-old future K-pop singer who will join T-ara after being trained by CCM) was put on the spot as a translator for the non-English speaking foursome.
When asked about a song with Brown, Dani translated the group saying, “they kind of think they’ll do a music video and song here in America with Chris Brown” when it very well may have just referred to the concerts and/or these undecided agreements. Yet, many outlets ran with the story. It should be noted that Dani is not fluent in Korean, barely trained in media and did not have anything to write down T-ara N4's answers.
The pieces all made sense as since arriving in L.A., T-ara N4 received a Twitter shout out from Ray-J and took a photo with T.I. in a recording studio. Reps for the rumored hip hop collaborators have not responded to Billboard's requests for comments.
Still, the extra media attention seems to have given some extra life to their single. "Countryside Life" rises to No. 18 on the K-Pop Hot 100 this week (from No. 20) in its third week on the chart.
Stay tuned to Billboard for more on T-ara N4's possible American advancement.