Tuesday, 30 June 2015
With a name derived from the first initials of members Sea, Eugene and Shoo, S.E.S. made a monster impact in K-pop throughout the late '90s to early '00s, and is now widely credited for paving the way for all-female acts to take the reigns years later. The trio debuted in 1997 with their sugary single "I'm Your Girl" under record label SM Entertainment, the future home to trailblazing troupes like Girls' Generation and f(x), and took the then-male-dominated industry by storm.
The catchy beat, easy-to-follow lyrics and S.E.S.'s schoolgirl image zoomed by other hit makers on the charts -- including boy band sensations H.O.T. and Sechs Kies plus top vocalist Lim Chang Jung. The girls went on to release an extensive list of hits and sell a remarkable amount of records. Although the group disbanded in 2002, the trio's legacy continues today, with S.E.S. still labeled as Korea's best bubblegum novelty.