A Pink

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Apink
에이핑크
Apink at the NBA 3X Korea event, Yeoeuido park, Seoul, in August 2013.jpg
Apink at the NBA 3X Korea event, Yeoeuido park, Seoul, in August 2013.
From left to right: Oh Ha-young, Kim Nam-joo, Yoon Bo-mi, Son Na-eun, Jung Eun-ji, Park Cho-rong
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance-pop
Years active 2011 – present
Labels
Website Official website
Members
Past members

A Pink (Korean: 에이핑크; stylized as Apink) is a South Korean girl group under A Cube Entertainment formed in 2011.[1] 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 four Korean EPs and one studio album. They debuted on April 21, 2011, with "Mollayo" (몰라요; "I Don't Know") from their debut EP Seven Springs of A Pink on Mnet's M! Countdown. The group has also won numerous rookies 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.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

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 Apink. 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 Apink News aired on the Korean cable channel TrendE. The show chronicled the debut process of the members of Apink. The pilot episode of Apink News was aired on March 11. 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[edit]

A Pink performed 'Mollayo' at the GSL Season 5 Code S Final Performance, September 10, 2011

On April 13, the music video teaser for Apink's debut EP, Seven Springs of A Pink, was released. The theme of the teaser was the spring season and the idea of innocent beauty.[2] The group released the album and the music video for its lead single, "Mollayo" (몰라요; "I Don't Know"), on April 19.[3] The album featured five songs, including "It Girl" and "Wishlist". The music video for "Mollayo" featured Beast's Lee Gi-kwang. Apink 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 their official fan club name is 'Pink Panda', a play on the name of the group and the Korean word for 'fan' (, paen). Following their promotions for "I Don't Know", the group promoted "It Girl" on the weekly music shows. Apink 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, Apink began recording a new 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 first episode aired on November 12.[4]

A Pink performed 'My My' in 2012 Asia Model Festival Awards

The group released their second EP, Snow Pink, on November 22, featuring the lead single "My My".[5] The album featured five tracks, including "Yeah" and "Prince". The music video teaser for "My My" was released on November 21.[6] Promotions for "My My" began on November 25, on KBS' Music Bank. The song was particularly noted for having a sound reminiscent of girl groups of the early 2000s, such as S.E.S and Fin.K.L. 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.[7]

On November 29, Apink were awarded the Best New Female Artist award at the 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Apink 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.[8]

2012: Une Année[edit]

On January 5, 2012, the group won their very first music show award on Mnet's M! Countdown for "My My".[9]

Jung 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',[10] with the full single being released the next day.[11] Jung Eun-ji and Yoseob performed the song on the April 7 episode of MBC's Show! Music Core.[12]

A Pink performed 'Bubibu' at Mnet 'M Countdown' Smile Thailand Southeast Asia on September 28, 2012.

The group performed at the Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada, to about 1,000-1,600 fans on March 21, 2012.[13] 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.[14] "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". Apink released their third single from the album, "Bubibu", on July 6. The single was chosen by fans through an internet polling on Mnet's official website.[15][16] The group began follow-up promotions for "Bubibu" on July 7.

Fans have great respect for Apink who performed in front of a massive crowd despite the pouring rain in the MNET One Asia Tour 2012 Smile Thailand concert at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Thailand on October 4.[17][18]

2013: Line-up Changes, Secret Garden[edit]

Jung Eun-ji and Kim Nam-joo featuring Jang Hyunseung of Beast released the single from the project "A Cube For Season #White" on January 3[19] to commemorate Apink's win the year before and Jung Eun Ji, Jang Hyunseung and B2STs successes that year. Later in January, Apink 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, Apink 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.[20]

On April 23, it was announced that member Hong Yoo-kyung would leave the group to focus on her studies.[21] A Cube announced that she is to be replaced by a new member, who is expected to start promoting with the group for their comeback, expected to be in July, with the date confirmed in a recent interview at a university event.

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 received an all-kill immediately upon its release to online music charts.[22]

On June 23, A Cube Entertainment revealed teaser for "Secret Garden". On July 3, it was revealed on A Cube Entertainment's official YouTube channel that the group's upcoming title track would be named "NoNoNo" off their third mini album Secret Garden, to be released on July 5. The group would be promoting as a six member group after the leave of previous member Hong Yoo-kyung. The music video for "NoNoNo" and the mini-album was released simultaneously, one day after the group performed their title track on Mnet's M! Countdown on July 4.[23]

On July 11, Apink were appointed honorary ambassadors of the Seoul Character & Licensing Fair 2013.[24]

A Pink at Vizit Korea concert in Singapore, October 25, 2013

On July 17, Apink won their first trophy on Show Champion for their title song "NoNoNo", followed by their first network win on KBS Music Bank. Promotions for "NoNoNo" concluded on August 16, 2013. A Pink also released the music videos for the tracks "Secret Garden" and "U You" of their 3rd mini album which concluded their promotions of Secret Garden. On August 31, Apink held their first official fan-meeting in Korea. Apink successfully held their first fan-meeting in Taiwan and Singapore on 20 October 2013 and 25 October 2013 respectively. On November 22, 2013, Apink attended the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards where they received the Next Generation Global Star award.[25]

On December 2, Apink collaborated with fellow Cube Entertainment acts Beast, 4Minute, BTOB, G.NA, Roh Ji-hoon, Shin Ji-hoon and Kim Kiri to release "Christmas Song".[26] In the same month, Apink recorded a collaboration single with B.A.P, titled "Mini" for the school uniform brand Skoolooks.[27]

2014: Good Morning Baby, Pink Blossom, Sub-unit Pink BnN[edit]

On January 9, Apink posted photos of themselves on Apink's official fancafe. It was later revealed that they would be releasing a digital single to commemorate their 1000th day since their debut as well as to thank their fans for their support. The single, titled "Good Morning Baby", was released on January 13 at 12:00 PM KST.

On March 14, Apink was appointed as the "Public Relation Ambassadors" of the Military Manpower Administration. They were the first female idol group to become an ambassador.

A Cube released Apink's fourth mini album teaser on March 17. It was revealed that Apink will make their comeback with their fourth mini album "Pink Blossom" on March 31. On March 26, a teaser was released showing Apink attending a tennis match for their MV, "Mr. Chu" as a continuation of Pink Blossom. On March 31, A Cube Entertainment uploaded "Mr Chu" music video via YouTube. The song received many positive response and achieved #1 in 9 music charts as soon as it was released. On April 4, Apink performed their first comeback stage of Mr. Chu on KBS's Music Bank. Apink won 6 music awards with "Mr. Chu", made the song become the most successful Apink's song until then.

Apink planned on launching a second fan meeting in celebration of their third anniversary on April 19. They would perform in front of 2,000 fans in Kwangwoon University. A Cube stated, "The event with the title 'Apink Picnic' sold out 1,300 tickets in five minutes on the first round of tickets sales on March 20 and the tickets were sold out again for the second round. Apink will be holding a mini concert along with a talk show for the upcoming fan meeting, performing No No No, Mr. Chu, Good Morning Baby, April 19 and more". But on April 16, A Cube Entertainment said, the fan meeting would be postponed due to the sinking of the MV Sewol and would be held later, no sooner than May. Finally, the fan meeting was held successfully in June 14.[28]

Because of the Sewol incident, promotion for "Mr Chu" and Pink Blossom album was halted abruptly on April 16, and Apink resumed the promotion on music shows on May 8 with the song "Fairytale Love (사랑동화)". The promotion successfully concluded on May 25, at music program SBS's Inkigayo. On June 16, the second MV, "Crystal" was released on YouTube.[29]

Apink participated in many music events: MBC show "New Life for Children", to help children with leukemia and childhood cancers, on May 5 (Children's Day of Korea); 'World Cup Cheering Show - Let's go to Brazil' on May 28 and the 20th anniversary 'Dream Concert' on June 7, with other idol groups.[30][31]

On June 14, it was revealed that Apink is set to debut in Japan. Their official Japan blog was opened for registration on June 15. They will be holding a showcase in Japan on August 4.[32]

On June 26, A Cube announced on official A Pink's Facebook page, Yoon Bo-mi and Kim Nam-joo would be the members of A Pink's sub-unit, PINK BnN.[33] On June 27, PINK BnN released their debut single titled "My Darling" which was produced by Brave Brothers as part of his 10th anniversary project.[34]

On July 3, A Cube released a video teaser for "Break Up To Make Up" for the project "A Cube for Season #Sky Blue". The duet consists of Jung Eun-ji and labelmate Huh Gak. [35] The single was released on July 8 and tops several charts upon its release to online music charts.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

A Pink's Current Members[36]
Stage name[36] Birth name[36] Date of Birth[36]
Romanized[37] Hangul Romanized[36] Hangul[36] Hanja
Chorong 초롱 Park Cho-rong 박초롱 朴初瓏 (1991-03-03) March 3, 1991 (age 23)
Bomi 보미 Yoon Bo-mi 윤보미 尹普美 (1993-08-13) August 13, 1993 (age 20)
Eunji 은지 Jung Hye-rim[38] 정혜림 鄭慧林 (1993-08-18) August 18, 1993 (age 20)
Naeun 나은 Son Na-eun 손나은 孫娜恩 (1994-02-10) February 10, 1994 (age 20)
Namjoo 남주 Kim Nam-joo 김남주 金南珠 (1995-04-15) April 15, 1995 (age 19)
Hayoung 하영 Oh Ha-young 오하영 吳夏榮 (1996-07-19) July 19, 1996 (age 18)

Former[edit]

A Pink's Former Members[36]
Stage name[36] Birth name[36] Date of Birth[36]
Romanized[37] Hangul Romanized[36] Hangul[36] Hanja
Yookyung 유경 Hong Yoo-kyung 홍유경 洪瑜暻 (1994-09-22) September 22, 1994 (age 19)

Discography[edit]

Main article: A Pink discography

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Main article: A Pink filmography

Endorsements[edit]

Year Endorsement Members Notes
2011 Cottiny A Pink Jewelry Brand[39]
Ceylon Tea A Pink Beverage Brand[39]
Converse Korea A Pink Sportswear Brand[40]
LG U+Zone A Pink Mobile Network[41]
Skoolooks A Pink School Uniform & Apparel Brand (with Beast)
2012 Elsword A Pink Role Playing Game (RPG)[42]
Sudden Attack A Pink Role Playing Game (RPG)[42]
Skoolooks A Pink School Uniform & Apparel Brand (with Beast)
2013 Peripera Son Na-eun Cosmetic Brand[43]
Touch in SOL A Pink
(except Son Na-eun)
Cosmetic Brand[44]
Fanta Jung Eun-ji Beverage Brand (with Lee Kwang-soo & Teen Top's Niel)
(Other members cameo)
Skoolooks A Pink School Uniform & Apparel Brand (with B.A.P)[27]
Hazzys Park Cho-rong,
Jung Eun-ji,
Son Na-eun
Fashion & Accessory Brand[45]
2014 Peripera Son Na-eun Cosmetic Brand[43]
Touch in SOL A Pink
(except Son Na-eun)
Cosmetic Brand[44]
Sudden Attack A Pink Role Playing Game (RPG)
Skoolooks A Pink School Uniform & Apparel Brand (with B.A.P)
M-Limited Sports Jung Eun-ji Sportswear Apparel Brand (with Yim Si-wan)[46]
G9 Mobile Shopping A Pink Mobile Shop[47]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "소녀들의 ′대반격′, 가요계 걸그룹 러시 어떻게 볼 것인가" [Group of girls 'counter-strike', the music industry will rush to see how] (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 2011-04-13. 
  2. ^ "APink releases 'Seven Springs of APink' MV teaser". allkpop.com. 2011-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Apink releases debut EP, "Seven Springs of Apink"". allkpop.com. 2011-04-18. 
  4. ^ "INFINITE & APink to star on new animal variety show 'Birth of a Family'". allkpop.com. 2011-10-31. 
  5. ^ "APink to make a comeback on November 22nd". allkpop.com. 2011-11-17. 
  6. ^ "APink releases "My My" MV teaser". allkpop.com. 2011-11-20. 
  7. ^ "APink opens up a one-day cafe to raise money for charity". allkpop.com. 2011-12-14. 
  8. ^ "A Pink and Beast Reveals 'Skinny Baby' MV for Skool Looks". kpopseven. 2011-12-27. 
  9. ^ "APink wins #1 on January 5th’s ‘M! Countdown’". allkpop.com. 2012-01-05. 
  10. ^ "B2ST’s Yoseob and A Pink’s Eun-ji release MV for 'Love Day'". allkpop.com. 2012-03-13. 
  11. ^ "[Album] 'A CUBE' for Season # Green". Mwave. Mnet Media. 
  12. ^ "B2ST's Yoseob & A Pink's Eun-ji sing "Love Day" on 'Music Core'!". allkpop.com. 2012-04-07. 
  13. ^ "CMF in Review: 2K12 Korea Night: K-Pop Wave at Kool Haus (03/21/12)". AW Music. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "A Pink's Park Cho Rong dedicates her first written song to her fans". Korea.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "'청순돌 돌아온다!' 에이핑크, 9일 정규1집 발표". Nate (in Korean). SK Communications. 2012-05-02. 
  16. ^ "APink Decides on Next Song to be Promoted, "Bubibu"". Soompi. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  17. ^ Chaiyong, Suwitcha (2012-11-05). "Singing in the rain: K-pop stars stage a spectacular". Student Weekly (Bangkok). 
  18. ^ Oh, Esther (2012-09-28). "A Pink Added to ′M Countdown Smile Thailand′ Concert Lineup". Mwave. Mnet Media. 
  19. ^ "A Cube For season # White". Mwave. Mnet Media. 
  20. ^ "AIA to Bring 'AIA K-POP 2013' to Hong Kong" (Press release). AIA Hong Kong. 2012-11-22. 
  21. ^ "A Pink’s Yoo-kyung announces departure from group". allkpop.com. 2013-04-23. 
  22. ^ "'비스트-허각 정은지 음악차트 양분 '놀라운 큐브 파워'". Newsen. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "SISTAR win #1 + Performances from July 4th 'M! Countdown'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "A Pink to be appointed as Honorary Ambassador of Seoul Character & Licensing Fair 2013". BNTNews. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  25. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/11/winners-from-the-2013-mama#axzz2lAKBJ6s1
  26. ^ "United Cube artists drop carol 'Christmas Song' and MV to spread holiday cheer". allkpop.com. 2 December 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "A Pink and B.A.P look fresh and youthful in 'Mini' MV for Skoolooks endorsement". allkpop.com. 2 December 2013. 
  28. ^ "A Pink Will Hold Their Postponed Fan Meeting on June 14". soompi.com. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  29. ^ "A Pink is cuter than ever for their 'Crystal' MV". allkpop.com. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "2014 World Cup Cheering Show – Performances by EXO-K, A Pink, Girl’s Day, Block B, Ailee and More". soompi.com. 28 May 2014. 
  31. ^ "Some of your favorite idol groups walk the red carpet at the '2014 Dream Concert'". allkpop.com. 7 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "A Pink to debut in Japan this coming fall". allkpop.com. 15 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "A Pink unveil the members of their new sub-unit 'PINK BnN' set for launch tomorrow". allkpop.com. 
  34. ^ "A Pink Subunit Pink BnN Releases "My Darling"". 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  35. ^ "A Pink's Eunji and Huh Gak hint at their duet 'Break Up To Make Up' with teaser". allkpop.com. July 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  36. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Official website. See External links.
  37. ^ a b "A pink 成員姓名正名!". kpopn.com (in Chinese). 30 May 2011. 
  38. ^ She has changed her name to Jung Eun Ji, when she was in high school. (Source: Apink News Season 1, Ep. 4)
  39. ^ a b "'A Pink' lands two top tier CF deals with "Cottiny" and "Ceylon Tea"". allkpop.com. 11 April 2011. 
  40. ^ "A Pink lands an endorsement deal with 'Converse'". en.korea.com. 24 August 2011. 
  41. ^ "A Pink models for LG U+'s "U+zone"". allkpop.com. 25 June 2011. 
  42. ^ a b "'서든어택' 에이핑크 캐릭터 출시". sports.khan.co.kr (in Korean). 
  43. ^ a b "A Pink Son Naeun Chosen to be Model for Cosmetic Brand Commercial". kpopstarz.com. 
  44. ^ a b "걸그룹 에이핑크, 화장품 광고계 접수 시동!". beautyhankook.com (in Korean). 
  45. ^ "A Pink's Son Na Eun, Jung Eun Ji and Park Cho Rong for HAZZYS Accessory S/S 2013". kpopstarz.com. 25 February 2013. 
  46. ^ "Eun-ji and Siwan make a cute couple as the new models for M-Limited". 13 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  47. ^ "A Pink and Kim Bo Sung release a comical CF for 'G9'". allkpop.com. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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