|Some or all of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. (December 2014)|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Past members||Hong Yoo-kyung|
A Pink (Korean: 에이핑크, Japanese: エイーピンク; stylized as Apink) is a South Korean girl group under A Cube Entertainment formed in 2011. The group consists of Park Cho-rong, Yoon Bo-mi, Jung Eun-ji, Son Na-eun, Kim Nam-joo and Oh Ha-young. Hong Yoo-kyung left the group in April 2013 to focus on her studies.
The group has released five Korean extended plays and one studio album. They debuted on April 21, 2011, with "Mollayo" (몰라요; "I Don't Know") from their debut extended play (EP) Seven Springs of A Pink on Mnet's M! Countdown. A Pink released their Japanese debut single album, NoNoNo on October 22, 2014. Their fifth Korean EP, Pink Luv, was released on November 24, 2014.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Ambassador
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The first trainee to be revealed as a member of Cube Entertainment's new girl group was Son Na-eun, who was featured in labelmate Beast's "Soom" (숨; "Breath"), "Beautiful" and "Niga Jeil Joha" (니가 제일 좋아; "I Like You the Best") music videos in late 2010. The second member revealed was the group's leader, Park Cho-rong, who was shown at the end of Beast's "Shock" Japanese music video. It was later revealed that the new girl group would be managed by a sub-division of Cube Entertainment known as A Cube Entertainment. On February 21, A Cube set up an official Twitter account and revealed Oh Ha-young as the third member of A Pink. Jung Eun-ji was the fourth member revealed through A Cube's Twitter through a video of her singing a rendition of Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do". Hong Yoo-kyung was similarly revealed through an online video where she was playing the piano. Yoon Bo-mi and Kim Nam-joo were the last members to be revealed through Twitter.
Prior to the group's debut, the documentary A Pink News aired on the Korean cable channel Trend E. The show chronicled the debut process of the members of A Pink. Each episode featured a different celebrity guest as its anchorman. Among the celebrity guests of the show were G.NA, Mario, MBLAQ's Seung Ho and G.O, Beast, 4minute, 2AM's Jinwoon, Infinite's Sunggyu and Sungjong, and Secret's Sunhwa and Hyoseong.
2011: Debut, Seven Springs of A Pink and Snow Pink
The group released their debut EP, Seven Springs of A Pink and the music video for its lead single, "Mollayo" (몰라요; "I Don't Know"), on April 19. The album had five songs, including "It Girl" and "Wishlist". The music video for "Mollayo" featured Beast's Lee Gi-kwang. A Pink made their debut stage performance with "Mollayo" on Mnet's M! Countdown on April 21 to promote their album. During the group's first official fanmeet, it was revealed that the name of their official fan club is Pink Panda, a play on the name of the group and the Korean word for 'fan' (팬, paen). Following their promotions for "I Don't Know", the group promoted "It Girl" on the weekly music shows. A Pink also recorded the song "Uri Geunyang Saranghage Haejuseyo" (우리 그냥 사랑하게 해주세요; "Please Let Us Love") for the popular SBS drama, Protect the Boss. The soundtrack was released in September 2011.
In November 2011, A Pink began recording a reality television show called Birth of a Family with boy band Infinite. The show followed the journey of the two idol groups in taking care of abandoned and mistreated animals over the course of eight weeks.
The group released their second EP, Snow Pink, on November 22, featuring the lead single "My My". The album featured five tracks, including "Yeah" and "Prince". Promotions for "My My" began on November 25, on KBS' Music Bank. During their promotions for "My My", the group opened up a one-day idol tea cafe, serving visiting fans to raise profits for charity and preparing food and drinks themselves. The members also auctioned off some of their personal items for charity.
A Pink released a song with Beast called "Skinny Baby" for the school uniform brand Skool Looks on December 26. The track was written by Kim Taewan and Yoon Sangjo.
2012: Une Année
On January 5, 2012, the group won their first music show award on Mnet's M! Countdown for "My My".
Jeong Eun-ji and Beast's Yoseob released the music video for their duet song "Love Day" on March 13, which was from a project titled "A Cube for Season # Green", with the full single being released the next day. Jeong Eun-ji and Yoseob performed the song on the April 7 episode of MBC's Show! Music Core.
The group performed at the Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada on March 21, 2012. On April 19, they released "4 Wol 19 Il" (4월 19일; "April 19") as a gift for their fans to celebrate their one-year anniversary. The song was composed by Kim Jin-hwan, and the lyrics were personally written by the group's leader, Park Cho-rong. "April 19" was included on their first studio album, Une Année, which was released on May 9. The group promoted the album by making weekly appearances on several music programs and performing their title song "Hush". A Pink released their third single from the album, "Bubibu", on July 6. The single was chosen by fans through an internet poll on Mnet's official website. The group began follow-up promotions for "Bubibu" on July 7.
2013: Line-up changes and Secret Garden
Jung Eun-ji and Kim Nam-joo released the single "A Year Ago", featuring Jang Hyun-seung of Beast, from the project A Cube For Season #White on January 3. Later in January, A Pink recorded a second collaboration single with Beast, titled "5! My Baby (Oh! My Baby)" which was for the school uniform brand Skoolooks. On January 5, A Pink appeared at the AIA K-POP 2013 concert in Hong Kong and performed several of their hit songs along with other Cube Entertainment groups 4Minute and Beast.
On April 23, it was announced that member Hong Yoo-kyung would leave the group to focus on her studies.
On May 31, Jung Eun-ji and labelmate Huh Gak released a song from the A Cube For Season #Blue project titled "Short Hair", which made an all-kill immediately upon its release to online music charts.
The group's third EP, Secret Garden and MV for its title track "NoNoNo" were released on July 5. Apink won two music show throphies from Show Champion and KBS' Music Bank. Their win on KBS Music Bank marked Apink's first ever music show win on public broadcast TV. A Pink also released the music videos for the tracks "Secret Garden" and "U You" from the mini album, which concluded their promotions for the EP.
In October, A Pink held their first official fan-meeting in Taiwan and Singapore. On November 22, A Pink attended the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards where they received the Next Generation Global Star award.
On July 11, A Pink were appointed honorary ambassadors of the Seoul Character & Licensing Fair 2013.
On December 2, A Pink collaborated with fellow Cube Entertainment acts Beast, 4Minute, BTOB, G.NA, Roh Ji-hoon, Shin Ji-hoon and Kim Kiri to release "Christmas Song". In the same month, A Pink recorded a collaboration single with B.A.P, titled "Mini" for the school uniform brand Skoolooks.
2014: Pink Blossom, sub-unit Apink BnN, Japanese debut and Pink Luv
Yoon Bomi and Kim Namjoo formed a sub-unit called Apink BnN, and released a single, "My Darling", in June 2014, produced by Brave Brothers. "My Darling" was later included on Pink Luv, the fifth extended play of A Pink.
The single "Break Up To Make Up" for the project A Cube for Season #Sky Blue, featuring Jung Eun-ji and labelmate Huh Gak, was released on July 8, topping various charts upon its release and ranked first on Gaon weekly chart for the week.
Besides activities in South Korea, the group also debuted in Japan by having a showcase on August 4. They released their first Japanese single album, NoNoNo (consists of Japanese version of two songs, "NoNoNo" and "My My") on October 22.
In September, A Pink had a fundraising campaign to build a hospital specifically for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) patients, and it met its goal just within a day. The campaign ended on November 7, and all the money collected was donated to the Seungil Hope Foundation.
On November 24, after a one week delay, A Pink released their fifth EP, Pink Luv, as well as the music video for their title song, "Luv". They performed their first comeback stage on November 21 on Music Bank. Hours after its release, "Luv" achieved number 1 on all the major online music charts including Melon, Naver, Daum, Mnet and Olleh. A Pink also won first place on all three major music shows two weeks in a row, the only girl group to do so in 2014.
2015: First concert and Mr. Chu
A Pink's first solo concert, Pink Paradise, will be held at Olympic Hall, Olympic Park on January 30–31, 2015. All 7,200 concert tickets were sold out within two minutes after the sales opening. A Pink will release a Japanese version of "Mr. Chu" on February 18, 2015. The single will also contain the Japanese version of "Hush".
On January 15, the group won a Disk Bonsang and Best Female Performance at the Golden Disk Awards.
On January 21 2015, Apink released short Mr.chu Japanese version.
|2014||Military Manpower Service Administration||A Pink|
|Dongguk University||Son Na-eun|
Awards and nominations
The group has won a number of awards at shows such as the 26th Golden Disk Awards, 21st Seoul Music Awards, and 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their first music program win was on M! Countdown on January 5, 2012, for "My My" from their second EP Snow Pink. Until now, A Pink has won 23 awards and 26 music program awards.
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