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4Minute
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4Minute in Singapore, July 2012. From left to right: So-hyun, Ji-yoon, Hyun-a, Ga-yoon, Ji-hyun.
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2009 – present
Labels Cube Entertainment (South Korea)
Far Eastern Tribe Records (Japan) (2010–2013)
Universal Music Group (International)
Associated acts 2YOON, Trouble Maker, Beast, G.NA
Website 4min.co.kr (South Korea)
4minute-japan.com (Japan)
Members Jihyun
Gayoon
Jiyoon
HyunA
Sohyun

4Minute (Korean: 포미닛) is a five-member South Korean girl group formed in 2009 by Cube Entertainment with music singles and albums released primarily in South Korea and Japan. The members of the group are Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-a, and Kwon So-hyun.[1] The group debuted in June 2009 with its first single, "Hot Issue", and in December 2010, it released its first Japanese album, Diamond. In 2011, the group released its first Korean full length album, 4Minutes Left.

The group received the Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards, and the Kpop New Artist Award at the 2010 Billboard Japan Music Awards.

History[edit]

2009: Debut, For Muzik[edit]

The band performs at Dongguk University in 2009. From left to right: Gayoon, Ji-yoon, Hyun-a, So-hyun, Ji-hyun.

On May 14, Cube Entertainment announced the formation of a five-member girl group, called 4Minute, and revealed that its first member would be former Wonder Girls member Kim Hyun-a.[2] Prior to the official announcement, the group was unofficially called the "Hyuna group".[3] The next member, Nam Ji-hyun, was revealed on May 22.[4] The group's official website was launched on June 11 with a silhouette teaser video.[5] and the remaining members were announced the following day.[6]

4Minute released its first single, "Hot Issue", on June 15,[7] and debuted on June 18.[8] On June 21, the group's van was raided by fans, who stole clothing and other items. Cube Entertainment said, "It was very unfortunate that such an ordeal occurred."[9]

On August 20, the group released its first mini-album called For Muzik along with its second single, "Muzik".[10] The song won an Inkigayo Mutizen award.[11]

On August 27, South Korean radio and television network KBS banned the playing of "Won't Give You (안줄래)" for what they considered to be overly sexual lyrical content.[12] The lyrics in question, in the style of a first-person narrative, express an unwillingness on the part of the subject to "give" herself or her heart to her partner. Cube Entertainment responded to the ban by stating that the song was intended to be "about the pure feelings of a girl to a guy" and that they were very disappointed by the decision.[13] On October 15, the single "What a Girl Wants" was released.[14]

On December 2, 4Minute, with Korean singers Mario and Amen, released the Christmas song "Jingle Jingle".[15][16] The group recorded a remix with American artist Amerie for her song "Heard 'em All" which was part of the Asian version of her fourth album.[17] The song featured Korean rapper Jun Hyung of label mate Beast.[18]

2010: Hit Your Heart, Diamond[edit]

4minute performing at the 2010 Asia Song Festival

On January 5, 2010, it was announced that the Universal Music Group would be assisting 4Minute with an international launch of its album.[19] The group toured Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong[20] On May 5, the group debuted "Muzik" as a Japanese single,[21] and on May 8, held its first concert in Japan.[12][21] The single reached number 21 on the Oricon weekly singles chart.[22]

On May 19, 4Minute released a mini-album entitled Hit Your Heart, and its title track "HuH".[23] The single featured fellow label mates Beast, who rapped during song "Who's Next?."[24] "HuH" peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Singles Chart.[25] On May 24, South Korean FM station "Voice of Freedom" included the "Huh" song in its propaganda broadcasts to North Korea[26]

On July 5, the group released the music video for "I My Me Mine", which was the second single from Hit Your Heart.[27] On July 19, the song "Superstar" was digitally released for the Korean TV show Superstar K2.[28] The group performed for Celebration at Marina, one of the line-up activities for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010[29] On July 30, the Japanese version of "I My Me Mine" was released,[30]

On October 12, the third Japanese single[31] and first double single,[32] titled "First/Dreams Come True" was released on YouTube. On October 27, the song was released.[32] In December, 4Minute held Japanese concerts 4Minute Energy Live Volume 2: Diamond in Tokyo and Osaka. Its Japanese album Diamond was released on December 15 and debuted at the number 18 on the Oricon chart.[33]

2011: 4Minutes Left[edit]

4minute at the DiGi Live K-Pop Party on January 13, 2011

On January 13, the group performed at the DiGi Live K-Pop Party 2011 in Malaysia at Stadium Negara with Beast and G.NA.[34] On January 20, the group received a Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards.[35] In February 2011, the group received the Kpop New Artist Award for 2010 at the Billboard Japan Music Awards.[36] On February 23, the group modeled for bridal designer Yumi Katsura at her 2011 Paris Grand Collection Tokyo Fashion Show held in Tokyo’s Ryōgoku Kokugikan, where the group performed songs "Muzik" and "Why".[37] On March 12, the group performed at the 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert in Thailand.[38]

Its fourth Japanese single, "Why" was released as the theme song to the TV Asahi drama, Akutō: Jūhanzai Sōsahan.[39] The music video was released in February, followed by a single release in March 9.[40] "Heart to Heart" was released as a music video on March 29, and starred CN Blue's Jungshin.[41]

On March 29, the digital-only mini-album Heart to Heart was released.[42] On April 5, 4Minute released the Korean album, 4Minutes Left.[43][44] The music video for "Mirror Mirror" was released on the same day.[45] The album includes "Mirror Mirror", and songs from Heart to Heart and Diamond.[44][note 1] Because of the song's provocative spread leg choreography; music producers demanded that "Mirror Mirror" be changed or the group could not perform the song on their shows.[46] As a response, 4Minute changed the song's choreography, starting with the performance on M! Countdown on April 14.[47] The song reached number two on the Gaon Chart.[48]

4Minute collaborated with Japanese singer Thelma Aoyama for her single, "Without U", which has both Japanese and English versions.[49] Hyuna was featured in SS501's Heo Young-saeng's title track from his first solo mini album, Let It Go.[50][51] On July 5, Hyun-a released a solo mini album, Bubble Pop! and the music video for the title track, Bubble Pop.[52] Although the performances for Bubble Pop the song was concluded prematurely due to Korea Communications Commission review committee, the music video was a viral hit, gaining 10 million views on YouTube as of August 2011.[53] On August 3, the music video Freestyle was released as an endorsement track for the video game company JCE[54]

On August 15, 4Minute posted the music video for the Japanese version "Heart to Heart".[55] On September 7, the group released "Heart to Heart" as its fifth Japanese single, which ranked 15 on Oricon Daily Singles chart.[56] The group also released its first DVD, Emerald of 4 Minute, which ranked second on the Oricon Daily DVD Chart.[56] In October, the TV Tokyo drama "Welcome to the El-Palacio" featured 4Minute's newest song, "Ready Go", as its opener.[57][58] On December 6, "Ready Go" was later released as the sixth Japanese single.[59]

2012: Volume Up[edit]

4minute appearing on a stage on March 2012

On April 9, 4Minute released the mini-album Volume Up,[60] along with its title track Volume Up[61] and music video.[62] Volume Up (album) reached number one on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart,.[63] The title single Volume Up reached two on the Gaon Singles and number one on M! Countdown.[64] On August 22, 4Minute released its seventh Japanese single "Love Tension", which featured a Japanese version of "Volume Up".[65][66] Hyun-a became famous for her role in the "Gangnam Style" music video.[67] On October 13, 4Minute performed at KCON 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.[68][69] On December 4, 4Minute released the song "Welcome to The School" for the KBS TV series School 2013.[70]

2013: Name Is 4minute[edit]

From January 26 to February 21, 4Minute participated in the 2013 United Cube Concert tour at venues in China, Korea and Japan.[71]

On April 26, 4Minute released the fourth mini-album Name is 4Minute and the single "What's Your Name?", which was produced by Brave Brothers.[72] Promotion for the single and album involved a set of teaser images where the members were decorated in fantasy-inspired sets and neon tones.[73][74] In the fourth week of May, the song reached number one on the Gaon Single Chart, making it the group's first chart topper for Gaon.[75] On the June 1 edition, the single reached number one on the Billboard K-pop Hot 100.[76]

On June 28, 4Minute released the summer single "Is It Poppin'?", also written and produced by Brave Brothers. In an interview with Newsen, a Cube Entertainment spokesperson said that the song was "neither a sexy or charismatic concept, but a cute concept – a hip hop dance song that goes well with the summer feel."[77][78] Its Korean title "물 좋아?" (romanized: Mul Joha?, lit. "How's the Water?"), is a slang phrase that men use to ask if the girls in a club are hot.[79] Allkpop describes the song as a hip hop dance track about a girl who's upset with her boyfriend who loves to party.[80] The song topped five local charts including MWave.[81][82]

In September, 4Minute finished its contract with Universal Music Japan, and shut down the group's Japanese official website as well as its fanclub site, 4Nia Japan.[83]

2014–present: 4Minute World[edit]

On January 20, 2014, Brave Brothers released the single "Only Gained Weight" which featured 4Minute members Hyuna, Gayoon and Sohyun; the song reached number five on the Melon chart[84] and Gaon.[85][86]

On March 7, Cube announced that the group's fifth mini-album 4Minute World would be released on March 17.[87] Cube Entertainment released a group teaser picture. The teaser image shows the girls posing for a group hug in front of what seems to be a carousel at a theme park.

On March 8, the lead single was confirmed to be “What Are You Doing Today?”. Cube Entertainment's Soundcloud page uploaded clips of each of the members asking someone if they are free today and if they'd be willing to go out for a cup of coffee, hang out, go on a date, or go see a movie.

On March 10, Cube announced that they'll release a week-long diary series featuring images of the group partaking in daily activities, with the first diary entry being released on the day. These images show the girls eating in a pub. The second diary entry showed the girls enjoying themselves at Han River. The third had the girls dressed in various printed pajamas, while the fourth showed them gathered together for a photo sticker booth. The fifth day they spent at an amusement park. The lead single video was released on March 16 under the title "오늘 뭐해 (Whatcha Doin' Today)" and the full mini album was released on March 17.

The group has been promoting the song on various Korean music shows along with the track "Wait A Minute". The shows included KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Show! Music Core, SBS's Inkigayo and Mnet's M! Countdown from March 20–23. The single became the group's first single to debut at number 1 in Korea. On March 30, 4Minute won against 2NE1 and Girls' Generation on Inkigayo. And on April 3, they also won on M! Countdown which took place at Japan.

On June 7, 4Minute performed Whatcha Doin' Today on Dream Concert alongside with other Kpop idols including their labelmates Beast, A Pink and BTOB.

Members[edit]

4Minute[88][1][89]
Stage name Birth name Date of Birth Position
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Ji Hyun 지현 Nam Ji Hyun 남지현 (1990-01-09) January 9, 1990 (age 24) Leader, Vocalist
Ga Yoon 가윤 Heo Ga Yoon 허가윤 (1990-05-18) May 18, 1990 (age 24) Main vocalist
Ji Yoon 지윤 Jeon Ji Yoon 전지윤 (1990-10-15) October 15, 1990 (age 23) Vocalist
Hyun A 현아 Kim Hyun Ah 김현아 (1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 22) Rapper
So Hyun 소현 Kwon So Hyun 권소현 (1994-08-30) August 30, 1994 (age 20) Vocalist

Subgroups[edit]

Main article: 2YOON

Plans for the sub-unit 2YOON (composing of Gayoon and Jiyoon) were announced in late 2012. [90] On January 17, 2013, 2YOON released the album, Harvest Moon,[91] along with the music video for its lead single, "24/7".[92] 2YOON held their debut stage on January 17 at M! Countdown.[93]

Discography[edit]

Main article: 4Minute discography
Further information: 2YOON § Discography and Hyuna discography

Filmography[edit]

Main article: 4Minute filmography

Endorsements[edit]

Year Endorsement Note Ref
2009 Dasarang Chicken (다사랑치킨) TV and print ads [94]
Sony Walkman 4Minute designed pouches given out for free with purchase [95]
Vegemil (베지밀) [96]
2010 Ariul Cosmetic (아리얼) 4Minute was chosen to advertise 'youthful vivacity' [97]
Shoe Marker (슈마커) Combined the brand's 'trendiness' with 4Minute's uniqueness [98]
Scotch Puree (Thailand) [99]
2011 Freestyle Correspond with the single Freestyle; 4Minute members downloadable as characters [100]
2012 Samsung Galaxy S III "Win the Day" support single for the 2012 Olympics featuring various K-pop stars. [101]
Samsung Galaxy La’Fleur Collection SEA ambassador endorsement [102][103]
2013 Talent Cosmetics (탈렌트 화장품) [104]
Nexon Sudden Attack In-game characters voiced by 4minute members [105]
Shak King Created an endorsement dance for the song What's Your Name [106]
2014 Korando Turismo [107]

Awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Because the Heart to Heart tracks were put on the release of the full album 4minutes Left a week later, Heart to Heart is not counted as a mini-album, Cube Entertainment instead labeled Volume Up to be the group's third mini-album, and Name is 4Minute to be the fourth mini-album. Sources:

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