Taeyeon, the veteran K-pop group's leader, revealed today that the group's plans for the future after its record are still uncertain.
All eight members of the group have come together to release new music together for the first time in five years with the release of the "Forever 1" album, which went on sale digitally today (August 5) at 6 pm KST. Additionally, it marks the conclusion of Girls' Generation's protracted break, which started when its original members Tiffany, Seohyun, and Sooyoung left SM Entertainment in 2017.
In the chorus of the album's title track, they scream, "Give in your passionate heart for this excitement/Just like a love bomb, we are one." The full album, which features nine brand-new songs in addition to its lead single, is currently available digitally. A physical release is scheduled for August 8.
Taeyeon made it clear at a press conference earlier today (August 5) in support of the veteran group's comeback that decisions have not yet been made about Girls' Generation's future activities as a group following the release of "Forever 1."
She told the press, per Yonhap News Agency. "We didn’t have enough time to think about our past and future because we had just gotten together after five years of individual activities and the present is the most important,” she told the press, per Yonhap News Agency. “So please watch us through our activities for this album. We will decide on the future path based on what we felt and learned through them. "
Elsewhere in the press conference, bandmate Sooyoung also revealed that the group’s long-awaited comeback had been in the works since their 14th anniversary last year, but the release was pushed back after the members decided it would be best to “properly” roll the album out on their 15th anniversary.
Later this month, Girls’ Generation are slated to appear as a full group and perform live at SM Entertainment’s SMTOWN LIVE 2022: SMCU Express @ Human City Suwon concert on August 20. Taeyeon and bandmate Hoyeon were also announced as separate solo acts on the performance line-up and will come together for a performance as project supergroup GOT The Beat.