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AOA at Gimpo Airport, Seoul, in October 2013
(left to right: Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, Jimin)
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
AOA (Korean: 에이오에이; an acronym for Ace of Angels) is a South Korean idol girl group and band, produced by 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 Angel's 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Endorsements
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 Concerts
- 8 Fanclub
- 9 References
- 10 External links
2012: Debut (Elvis), acting and Wanna Be
The eight members were introduced individually through teaser photos from July 16 to 23 (in order: Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, JiMin & Youkyung (Y)). 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 (Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, and leader Jimin) looked on the human world through their crystal ball, and fell in love with the music of humanity. Youkyung, 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. The first music video teaser for "Angel's Story" was released on July 24 and the second teaser on July 26. "Angel's Story" leaked on July 28, with 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.
Seolhyun and Hyejeong started their drama activities not long after the promotions for "Get Out" ended. Seolhyun made her acting debut in "My Daughter Seo-young" as CNBLUE's Lee Jung-shin's love interest "Seo Eunsoo". Hyejeong, who previously made a cameo in A Gentleman's Dignity, was cast in Cheongdam-dong Alice as Moon Geun Young's younger sister "Han Sejin."
2013: Musical, AOA Black and Red Motion
On February 5, Seolhyun was chosen as the new face of Clean & Clear alongside actress Lee Se-young, and was cast in the 2013 SBS daily drama "Ugly Alert" as "Gong Na Ri". Yuna was cast in the musical adaptation of Japanese drama "Summer Snow" in the role of "Seolhee", the female protagonist. Choa was cast in High School Musical, playing the role of "Gabriella".
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. The reception to "MOYA" was very positive, hitting number one on online Korean music charts such as Bugs, Monkey3, and Soribada on the day of its release.
On September 29, FNC uploaded a teaser onto their YouTube account, hinting at an artist's comeback, which was confirmed to be AOA's the next day. On October 1, FNC released teaser pictures for AOA's comeback (album title: "Red Motion"). AceOfAngels8, AOA's YouTube account, uploaded a "Red Motion" concept teaser on October 3. On October 8, the teaser for their title song, "Confused" (Korean title: "Shaking"], was uploaded. On October 9, the music video for "Confused" was released. The full album was released on the October 13, along with an "eye contact version" dance practice clip. On December 28, FNC announced that Mina had been cast in an upcoming weekend KBS 2TV drama, 'Good Days Indeed' as the younger version of Kim Hee-sun's character. The drama started airing in February 2014.
2014: Miniskirt, First win, Short Hair, Japanese debut and Like A Cat
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. 'Miniskirt' hit #1 on online Korean music charts, such as Bugs, Soribada, and Monkey3 on the day it was released. On August 30, 2014, "Miniskirt" Music Video has reached 10 Million views on AOA's Official YouTube Channel.
On May 26, FNC Entertainment's CEO Han Sung Ho announced that AOA would have a comeback in June. On June 15, FNC Entertainment released teasers "Short Hair Silhouette Teaser" and "Short Hair Comic Teaser." AOA released their title song, "Short Hair" in their first mini album on June 19. The Album ranked #1 on different charts and also tops M!Countdown July Charts. "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 July 24, 2014, FNC Entertainment released AOA's 1st Photobook called "Hot Summer". The "hot" in AOA's photobook "Hot Summer" stands for Honey, Oasis, and Twinkle; the photobook consists of a 108-page photobook, a 15-minute making film DVD, and AOA's poster. 30 of AOA's polaroids are included, along with the members' autographs.
FNC Entertainment revealed that AOA will release 2 digital singles of 'Miniskirt' and 'Short Hair' on August 29 on Taiwan and also, they will be releasing a Best of Album on September 26. The best of album will include their hit tracks like "Elvis," "MOYA," "Miniskirt," "Confused," and "Get Out," for a total of 13 songs. The agency stated, "We created an innovative best album by rearranging AOA's hit tracks into band versions. We plan on releasing it with a MV DVD that has Chinese subtitles." AOA Digital Single Miniskirt and Shorthair has ranked #1 & #2 for 2 weeks on Taiwan OMusic Daily and Weekly single chart.
In addition, the girls released their 1st single 'Miniskirt' in Japan on October 1. The girls were able to reach 1st and 2nd place on Japan’s Tower Records’ World Chart and now have made it to the Oricon Weekly Chart standing at #13 on the chart for September 29 through October 5 and on #3 as their peak position on Oricon Daily Chart! While the PV for 'Miniskirt' ranked #1 on iTunes video chart last October 14.
Oct 1, the day when AOA made a debut with Single 'Miniskirt' in Japan, is designated as #AOADAY by Japan anniversary association.
On November 2, 2014, the group announced their comeback with their second mini-album,"Like A Cat", to be released on the 11th. On November 3, 2014, the group release their concept image teaser, and announced that "Spotlight Teaser" will release on Nov, 5th; Highlight Medley on Nov, 6th; M/V Trailer on Nov, 7th and M/V full ver. on Nov, 11th. On November, 19th, AOA had their second win in Show Champion with title song "Like A Cat"
|Stage Name||Angel Name||Birth Name||Date of Birth||Position|
|Choa||초아||Choaya||초아야||Park Cho Ah||박초아||朴草娥||March 6, 1990||Vocal, Guitar|
|Jimin||지민||Jiminel||지미넬||Shin Ji Min||신지민||申智珉||January 8, 1991||Leader, Guitar, Rap|
|Yuna||유나||Yunaria||유나리아||Seo Yu Na||서유나||徐酉奈||December 30, 1992||Vocal, Keyboard|
|Youkyung||유경||Y (Half Angel)||와이||Seo You Kyung||서유경||徐有慶||March 15, 1993||Drum|
|Hyejeong||혜정||Hyejeong.Linus||혜정 리너스||Shin Hye Jeong||신혜정||申惠晶||August 10, 1993||Vocal|
|Mina||민아||Minaring||민아링||Kwon Min Ah||권민아||權珉娥||September 21, 1993||Rap, Bass|
|Seolhyun||설현||Seolhyunari||설현아리||Kim Seol Hyun||김설현||金雪炫||January 3, 1995||Vocal|
|Chanmi||찬미||Chanmi T.T.||찬미 티티||Kim Chan Mi||김찬미||金澯美||June 19, 1996||Rap|
|2013||Clean & Clear||Seolhyun|||
|2014||RPG Tigyuk Tagyuk||All|||
|Gangjung Is Amazing|||
|Mizuno 'Snow Gear'|||
|RPG Fantasy Hero||All|||
|Nail of Queen|||
Awards and nominations
|2012||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Artist of the Year||AOA||Nominated|
|Best New Female Artist||Nominated|
|2012 Seoul Music Awards||Rookie Award||Nominated|
|2012 SBS MTV Best of the Best||Best New Artist ||Nominated|
|2014||SBS MTV The Show||Best Of Rising Star Award||Won|
|Gaon Weibo Chart Awards||Gaon Weibo Social Star Award||Won|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance (Female)||Miniskirt||Nominated|
|Union Pay Song of the Year||Nominated|
|MelOn Music Awards||Top 10 Artists||AOA||Nominated|
|Best Dance Piece||Nominated|
|Best Music Video||Nominated|
|29th Golden Disk Awards||Digital Daesang||Pending|
|SBS PopAsia Awards 2014||Best Female Group||AOA||Nominated|
|2014||November 19||"Like A Cat"|
|November 16, 2013||Sundown Festival 2013||Singapore|||
|March 15, 2014||FNC Kingdom in Japan (1st Family Concert)||Japan|||
|August 17, 2014||Japan's A-Nation (Nation Day) 2014 - Asia Progress, Departure||Japan|||
|September 7, 2014||Tokyo Runway 2014||Japan|||
|December 20, 2014||FNC Kingdom in Japan (2nd Family Concert)||Japan|||
- Official Fanclub Name: ELVIS
- Announced on: November 21, 2012
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