Some or all of this article's listed sourcesmay not be reliable. Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources, or by checking whether the references meet the criteria for reliable sources. Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted.(December 2014)
AOA (Ace Of Angels)
AOA at Gimpo Airport, Seoul, in October 2013
(left to right: Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, Jimin)
AOA (Korean: 에이오에이; an acronym for Ace of Angels) is a South Korean idol girl group signed under FNC Entertainment. The five-member band consists of Choa, Jimin, Yuna, Youkyung and Mina, and the seven-member idol group consists of all the members except Youkyung. The group debuted their single album Angels' Story on July 30, 2012. All ELVIS celebrate August 9, 2012 as their Debut Day in celebration for their 1st Debut stage while in Japan, October 1, 2014 is their official Japan debut and also declared #AOADay by Japan Anniversary Association.
The eight members were introduced individually through teaser photos from July 16 to 23 (in order: Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, Jimin & Youkyoung). AOA was revealed to be a dance group, with some members also playing instruments. Youkyoung (or "Y") is listed as a "half-angel/half-mortal", because she is only a member of the band half, playing the drums, resulting in AOA saying they are a "7+1" group. Explaining the concept of their debut FNC revealed that the seven "full angel" members Seolhyunari(Seolhyun), Choaya(Choa), Hyejeong.Linus(Hyejeong), Chanmi T.T(Chanmi), Yunaria(Yuna), Minaring(Mina), and leader Jiminel(Jimin) looked on the human world through their crystal ball, and fell in love with the music of humanity. Y, the "half-angel, half-mortal",also referred to as the "key keeper", became curious about the human world and used the key to visit it with the other angels. "Angel's Story" leaked on July 28, two days before the official release. The music video for the title track "Elvis" was released on July 30. AOA had their debut stage on August 9 on M! Countdown and then Music Bank on August 10.
FNC confirmed that the group would be making a comeback with a second single album "Wanna Be" on October 10. The album cover was released along with the announcement, depicting the eight members as different fictional characters. Hyejeong, Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Chanmi, Mina, Seolhyun and Youkyung dressed as characters from Kill Bill, Léon, Legally Blonde, Tomb Raider, Harry Potter, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Romeo and Juliet, and The Fifth Element respectively. It was confirmed that five-member band unit, AOA Black, would perform a stage in the first week of promotions for "Get Out". AOA Black made their first comeback appearance on the October 10 broadcast of KM's Music Triangle and performed the band version of "Get Out" for the first time. The band made their second appearance on the October 12 broadcast of Music Bank.
On July 11, it was announced that the band sub-unit, AOA Black (which consists of Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Youkyung, and Mina) would be making a comeback with their third single album with the title song "MOYA". The third single album and "MOYA" music video were released on July 26 and AOA Black had their first comeback stage on KBS Music Bank on the same day.
On October 9, the music video for "Confused" was released. The full album, Red Motion, was released on the October 13, along with an "eye contact version" dance practice clip.
On January 16, AOA came back with another sexy concept and released their fifth single album (along with a music video) entitled 'Miniskirt,' produced by Brave Brothers, ElephantKingdom, and Galactika. On February 9, AOA celebrated their first music show win on Inkigayo with "Miniskirt".
AOA released their title song, "Short Hair" in their first mini album on June 19. The Album ranked #1 on different charts and also topped the M!Countdown chart in July. "Short Hair"'s music video ranked eighth on Billboard's "Most Viewed K-pop Videos Around the World" for June. AOA performed the Girls' Generation song "Mr.Mr." with groups BESTie and Girl's Day for the "Half-Year Special" Edition of Music Bank on June 27.
On November 11, 2014, the group released their second mini-album, Like a Cat. On November 19, AOA had their second win on Show Champion with title song "Like A Cat".
2015: Second Japanese single, first reality shows
AOA released a Japanese version of Like a Cat on February 25, 2015; the single also contains Japanese versions of "Elvis" and "Just the Two of Us". On February 2, FNC released the short version music video of "Like a Cat", and it ranked number 1 on Gyao! views daily and weekly ranking.Like a Cat ranked #6 on Oricon Daily Chart and ranked #1 on Tower Records Shibuya on the first day of its release; it also ranked #3 as their peak on Oricon Daily Chart.
AOA's first reality show "Open Up! AOA" premiered on February 26 on portal site Naver. The series consisted of 10 episodes, each 10 minutes long, and aired every Thursday. All eight members, including drummer Youkyung, were on the program. AOA started filming their new variety show with KBS called AOA's Wonderful Day in Nanwan Monkey Island, Hainan, China on April 7, 2015.