The group was on a hiatus for the most part of 2016.However, to commemorate the group's ninth debut anniversary, in August 2016, a single titled "Sailing (0805)" was released. Entertainment announced that members Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun decided not to renew their contracts with the company to focus on their acting career.In May 2012, Girls' Generation was certified million by the RIAJ, denoting shipments of one million copies in the country—it became the first album by a South Korean girl group and the second by a South Korean act to earn such achievement.
In July 2014, the group released their first Japanese greatest hits album, The Best, which is composed of the group's previous singles and four new tracks: "Indestructible", "Divine", "Show Girls", and "Chain Reaction".
It topped the Oricon Albums Chart for two consecutive weeks and has sold over 175,000 copies in Japan.
Girls' Generation debuted in 2007 with their Korean eponymous debut album.
Though the album gained some attention, it was not until 2009 that the group rose to fame with the single "Gee", which claimed the top spot on KBS's Music Bank for a record-breaking nine consecutive weeks and was named the most popular song of the 2000s in South Korea by Melon.
Its title track occupied the number-one position on KBS's Music Bank after a week of release and remained on the top spot for a record-breaking nine consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running number-one song on Music Bank until 2012, when Psy's "Gangnam Style" claimed the top spot for ten consecutive weeks.
The album was preceded by the lead single of the same name, which claimed to top spot of the Gaon Digital Chart and became the second best-selling digital single of 2010 in South Korea, selling over 3.3 million copies.
They further embarked on their fourth concert tour, Girls' Generation's Phantasia, which started on November 21, 2015 in Seoul.
With this achievement, Girls' Generation became the first South Korean girl group to hold a fourth concert tour.
), also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl group formed by S. Originally a nine-piece group, Jessica later departed from the group in September 2014.
The group is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun.
They have sold over 4.4 million albums and 30 million digital singles as of 2012.