Her newer fans may not know this, but Tiffany Young is a K-Pop OG. Tiffany was always a K-Pop fan herself, but as a preteen, she lost her mother and used music as an outlet.
Fast forward a few years and her love of music lead her to audition for SM Entertainment, one of the big three Korean music labels. Just weeks after auditioning she left her home state of California, at the age of 15, and jet-setted off to Korea. She didn’t speak the language fluently. After training for roughly two years, which in the K-Pop world is on the short end, she debuted as a member of one of the most iconic K-Pop girl groups ever – Girl’s Generation aka SNSD. How iconic are we talking? For starters, Girl’s Generation has performed at Madison Square Garden. In 2013, they won a YouTube Music Award, beating Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. And they appear on the list of “Top 10 Highest Grossing Girl Group Concert Tours of All Time” three times with the likes of TLC, Destiny’s Child, and Spice Girls.
It’s been over 10 years since Girl’s Generation debuted and Tiffany has come back to her American roots to pursue a solo career (again). This is her second go at the solo rodeo. Her first time at a solo career was heavily controlled by her former label, SM Entertainment. If you know anything about K-Pop, that is not surprising at all to hear. However, this time around she’s completely in control and baring all. And it turns out, people really like it when K-Pop artists are real with their audience. Just three months after releasing her one-off single, “Teach Me”, she was invited to the American Music Awards in 2018. Now, after the release of her EP, Lips on Lips, which is sung entirely in English, she is touring the country to do a mini showcase.
Don’t know where to start? Lucky for you Tiffany has a modest discography (in terms of her solo work).
The song that had Tiffany trending Worldwide on Twitter within the first 10 minutes
The track was written from a place of pain and vulnerability; her familial troubles have been broadcasted publicly and have caused her to be estranged from her father for almost a decade. “Born Again” is about accepting yourself. This includes everything that happened in the past, good and bad and recreating yourself as new.
This is actually a one-off single that isn’t part of the Lips on Lips mini album, but it’s a really great “you burned me so now I burn you — literally” track. This tune is about teaching someone who did you wrong not to mess with you unless they want to bear the repercussions. The video also holds a K-Pop music video style aesthetic that meshes oddly well with the violent and definitely illegal actions that take place. There’s also a cameo from Tiffany’s Girl’s Generation bandmates, Sooyoung and Hyoyeon.
If you’ve recently asked yourself “What’s Babyface up to these days?”
He’s writing music for K-Pop artists. American R&B writers and producers are finding lots of work in the K-Pop world. Tiffany and Babyface sing about the relationship of two lovers who want to run away to get away from the naysayers. If you’re into 00s R&B, this song is for you.
The song my brother says is giving serious Ariana Grande vibes
My bro isn’t wrong. This title track does give off Ariana Grande circa 2014 vibes, but in the best way possible. “Lips on Lips” is an electro-pop gift Tiffany gave to her fans appropriately on the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day.
If you’re a fan of 00s pop, Ariana Grande, Jessie Reyez and K-Pop (duh), Tiffany is definitely an artist you should keep tabs on.
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