A Pink

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A Pink
A Pink 2014 KBS Song Festival 2.jpg
A Pink at the 2014 KBS Song Festival, on December 26, 2014.
From left to right: Oh Ha-young, Jung Eun-ji, Yoon Bo-mi, Son Na-eun, Park Cho-rong and Kim Nam-joo.
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels
Website a-cube.co.kr/apink (Korean)
Members
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.

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" (; "Breath"), "Beautiful" and "Niga Jeil Joha" (니가 제일 좋아; "I Like You the Best") music videos in late 2010.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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[edit]

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

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. [4]A Pink made their debut stage performance with "Mollayo" on Mnet's M! Countdown on April 21 to promote their album.[5] 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' (, 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.[6]

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", a song composed by Shinsadong Tiger. Promotions for "My My" began on November 25, on KBS' Music Bank.[7] 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.[8]

On November 29, A Pink got their first award for the "Female Rookie Award" at the 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards held in Singapore.In addition to that, Apink awarded another 3 "Rookie Award" that year from the Korean Culture & Entertainment Award, Golden Disk Awards held in Osaka on January 11 and 21st High 1 Seoul Music Awards held on January 19 in Seoul.[9]

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.[10]

2012: Une Année[edit]

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

On January 5, 2012, the group won their first music show award on Mnet's M! Countdown for "My My".[11]

Jeong Eun-ji and Beast's Yoseob released their duet song "Love Day" on March 14, which was from a project titled "A Cube for Season # Green". [12] They both performed the song on the April 7 episode of MBC's Show! Music Core.[13] Partenerd up with Mnet, they created a special event for their fans to upload their best cover of the song. The winner will have a chance to have special dinner with them. [14] The group performed at the Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada on March 21, 2012.[15]

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.[16] The song was later included on their first studio album, Une Année, which was released on May 9. The group begin the album promotion by making weekly appearances on several music programs and performing their title song "Hush" until 29 June.[17] They continue the album promotion in July with the released their third single from the album, "Bubibu". The single was chosen by fans through an internet poll on Mnet's official website from 21-25 June with 87.88% vote.[18]

2013: Line-up changes and Secret Garden[edit]

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.[19] 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 songs along with other Cube Entertainment groups 4Minute and Beast.[20]

A Pink at the NBA 3X Korea event, Yeoeuido park, Seoul, in August 2013

On April 23, it was announced that member Hong Yoo-kyung would leave the group to focus on her studies.[21]

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.[22]

The group's third EP, Secret Garden and MV for its title track "NoNoNo" were released on July 5.[23] Apink won two music show trophies from Show Champion and KBS' Music Bank.[24] Their win on KBS Music Bank marked Apink's first ever music show win on public broadcast TV.[25] 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.[26][27]

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

In 20 October, A Pink held their first official fan-meeting in Taiwan with 1,500 fans. On 25 October, they attended Visit Korea in Singapore.[28] On November 22, A Pink attended the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards where they received the Next Generation Global Star award.[29]

On July 11, A Pink were appointed honorary ambassadors of the Seoul Character & Licensing Fair 2013.[30]

On December 2, A Pink collaborate with fellow Cube Entertainment acts Beast, 4Minute, BTOB, G.NA, Roh Ji-hoon, Shin Ji-hoon and Kim Kiri to release a "Christmas Song".[31] In the same month, they recorded a collaboration single with B.A.P, titled "Mini" for the school uniform brand Skoolooks.[32]

2014: Pink Blossom, sub-unit Apink BnN, Japanese debut and Pink Luv[edit]

On January 13 Apink released the single "Good Morning Baby" to celebrate 1000th day since their debut.[33] Their fourth EP Pink Blossom and the music video for its title track "Mr Chu" were released on March 31.[34]

Kim Nam-joo and Yoon Bo-mi (Apink BnN) at Sudden Attack Mini Concert, June 29, 2014

In June 2014, Bomi and Namjoo formed a sub-unit called Apink BnN and released a single "My Darling" for Brave Brothers 10th Anniversary Project.[35] "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.[36][37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

A Pink at a fansigning in Mokdong on 7 December 2014

On November 13, A Pink received the Best Female Dance award at the 6th MelOn Music Awards, for their song "Mr. Chu".[40]

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".[41] They performed their first comeback stage on November 21 on Music Bank prior to album release.[42] Hours after its release, "Luv" achieved number 1 on all the major online music charts including Melon, Naver, Daum, Mnet and Olleh.[43] 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.[44]

2015: First concert and Mr. Chu[edit]

On January 10, they became the first group to win five consecutive awards on the Music Core show.[45] In the same month, the group took home several awards, including "Digital Bonsang" and "Best Female Performance Group" at the 29th Golden Disk Awards in Beijing, "Bonsang" and "Popularity" awards at the Seoul Music Awards, "Best Female Group" at Korean Culture and Entertainment Award and "Best Single of December" at Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards.[46][47][48][49] A Pink's first solo concert, Pink Paradise, was held at Olympic Hall, Olympic Park on January 30 and 31.[50] All 7,200 concert tickets were sold out within two minutes after going on sale.[51] A Pink will release a Japanese version of "Mr. Chu" on February 18, 2015, which will also contain the Japanese version of "Hush".[52]

Members[edit]

Park Cho-rong[edit]

Park Chorong at a fansigning at Lotte Cinema, 4 December 2014 02

Park Cho-rong (박초롱), was born in Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea on March 3, 1991.[53][54] She has two sisters, one older and one younger. She attended Chungbuk High School. Her father owns a Hapkido center, and she learned Hapkido for eight years, earning a third degree black belt.[55] Cho-rong auditioned for JYP Entertainment in 2009 and made it to the finals. She was first introduced to the public through the Japanese version of Beast's "Shock" music video.[56]

Cho-rong debuted as a lyricist with a song titled "April 19th". The song was dedicated to A Pink fans as a gift to celebrate the group's first anniversary. It was released as digital single on A Pink's anniversary on April 19, 2012.[57] The song was later included on their first full album Une Année. She also wrote the lyrics for the songs "Love Story", "So Long" and "Wanna Be".[58]

Cho-rong made her acting debut in 2011 on MBC's All My Love, a South Korean sitcom.[59] Cho-rong then had a cameo in Korean drama Reply 1997 as the 18-year-old form of Seong Si-won's mother, the role played by fellow A Pink member, Jeong Eun-ji.[60] In 2014, she got her first lead role as she played Han Soo-ah, a popular, but mysterious high school student in tvN's drama, Plus Nine Boys, who became the love interest of Kang Ming-gu (played by Yook Sung-jae).[61][62]

Yoon Bo-mi[edit]

Yoon Bomi at a fansigning at Lotte Cinema, 4 December 2014

Yoon Bo-mi (윤보미), was born in Suwon, South Korea on August 13, 1993.[53][54] She has one older sister, Yoon Sun-mi, and a younger brother, Yoon Jong-jin.[63] She attended Youngshin Girls High School and later Korea Arts High School, from which she graduated on February 9, 2012.[64] She then decided to put off college and concentrate on music.[64]

In 2012, Bomi, together with Chorong, made a cameo on the tvN drama Reply 1997, where bandmate Eunji acted as main role. She portrayed the young version of Moon Jeong-mi, Yoon Yoon-jae's mother, back when she was in high school.[65][66]

Bomi has been an MC on the variety show Weekly Idol since 2013.[67] In late 2013, she appeared in K-Hunter's "Marry Me" music video and featured in hip-hop group M.I.B's song "Let's Talk About You".[68][69]

In 2014, Bomi and bandmate Namjoo released a single, titled My Darling, which was produced by Brave Brothers as part 6 of his 10th anniversary project, as subunit ApinkBnN.[35] She also cast as member for KBS variety show "The Human Condition" later that year.[70] Bomi casted for MBC's Real Men female special in 2015. The show aired its first episode on January 18, 2015.[71][72]

Jung Eun-ji[edit]

Main article: Jung Eun-ji
Jung Eunji at a fansigning at Lotte Cinema, 4 December 2014

Jung Eun-ji (정은지), was born in Haeundae, Busan on August 18, 1993[53][73] as Jung Hye-rim.[74] She attended Hyehwa Girls' High School.[75] In 2004, Eunji won the first place prize in the program Excited Day Enjoyable Day (신나는 날 즐거운 날) hosted by the KBS network.[76]

Eunji has released many successful collaboration songs with many other singers such as Yang Yo-seob, Seo In-guk and Huh Gak.[77][78] In 2014, Jung sang "It's You" for the soundtrack of Three Days. The song rose to number 1 on various music charts such as Bugs, Soribada, and Daum Music shortly after its release on March 5.[79]

Eunji made her acting debut in the acclaimed Reply 1997 in 2012, playing the female protagonist.[80] She was then cast in a supporting role in the 2013 melodrama That Winter, The Wind Blows.[81] In 2014, she cast to play leading role for KBS Drama Trot Lovers.[82]

Eunji made her musical theatre debut as the lead role of Elle Woodsin the Korean production of Legally Blonde, an adaptation from the Hollywood movie with the same title.[83] The show start from November 16, 2012 at the Coex Artium Hyundai Art Hall in Samsung-dong.[84] In 2014, she cast for the stage adaptation of 2004 series Full House as the lead character Han Ji-eun.[85]

Son Na-eun[edit]

Son Naeun at a fansigning at Lotte Cinema, 4 December 2014 01

Son Na-eun (손나은), was born in Seoul, South Korea on February 10, 1994.[53][54] She has a younger sister, Son Se-eun, who is a professional golfer.[86] Na-eun attended Chungdam High School and later transferred to Seoul Performing Arts High School, from which she graduated on February 7, 2013. She was accepted into Dongguk University in 2013.[87] In 2014, she was chosen as a Dongguk University ambassador along with other famous alumni and students.[88] Son Na-eun is a model for cosmetic brand Peripera since 2013 and sportswear brand M-Limited since 2014.[89][90]

Na-Eun was the first trainee to be revealed as a member of APink. Before debut she was featured in label mate Beast's "Breath", "Beautiful" and "I Like You The Best" music videos in late 2010.[1] She then appeared in label mate Huh Gak's "The Person Who Once Loved Me" and "It Hurts" music videos in 2012 as well as in SPEED's "Sad Promise" and "It's Over" music videos in 2013.[91][92][93][94][95]

Na-eun debuted as a TV actress in the historical drama The Great Seer after a small role in Salamander Guru and The Shadows, both in 2012.[96] She acted with Beast member Yoon Doo-joon for her first movie role for "Marrying the Mafia 5: Return of The Family" (2012) and then got her first major role in JTBC's drama Childless Comfort, which aired from October 2012, and was nominated for Best Actress award at the 6th Korea Drama Awards and Popular TV Actress award at the 49th Baeksang Arts Awards.[97][98] In 2013, she played the leading role in SBS' short film The Miracle.[99]

In 2013–2014, Son Na-eun starred in MBC's We Got Married with Shinee's Taemin as a virtual married couple.[100] They were nominated for the Best Couple award on the MBC Entertainment Awards in 2013. She also received a nomination for the New Female Variety Star award and the Star of the Year award, winning the latter one.[101][102]

Kim Nam-joo[edit]

Kim Namjoo at a fansigning, 11 December 2014

Kim Nam-joo (김남주) was born in Seoul, South Korea on April 15, 1995.[53][73] At the age of 13 years old, she started as model for a TV commercial healthy food brand in 2007.[103] She was one of the last members of A Pink to be introduced before the group's debut. She was able to join through the 2010 Cube Party auditions. Nam-joo attended Seoul Performing Arts High School.[104] She graduated high school on February 13, 2014.[105]

Namjoo released the single "A Year Ago" with bandmate Jeong Eun-ji and Jang Hyun-seung of Beast from the project A Cube For Season #White on January 3, 2013 to commemorate the success of their respective groups.[106]

On June 26, 2014, A Cube Entertainments unveiled Nam-joo, and bandmate Yoon Bo-mi would be the members of Apink BnN, the new sub-unit of A Pink. The following day Apink BnN released their debut single, titled My Darling which was produced by Brave Brothers as part 6 of his 10th anniversary project.[35] In 2014, she performed "Seoul Lonely" with the hip-hop trio Phantom on several music programs.[107]

Oh Ha-young[edit]

Oh Hayoung at a fansigning, 11 December 2014.jpg

Oh Ha-young (오하영) was born on July 19, 1996 in Seoul, South Korea.[53][73] She auditioned for Cube Entertainment when she was in 7th Grade and then become the youngest member of the group.[73] She is currently attending Seoul Performing Arts High School.[104]

In 2013, Hayoung played the female lead in music videos for labelmate Huh Gak's "1440".[108] She also acted as the female lead with B1A4's CNU for Shin Bora's debut single "Frozen".[109]

On July 30, 2014, Hayoung was featured in the song "The Best Thing I Did", the title track for Jiggy Dog's third mini-album.[110] She appeared in few episodes of variety show Weekly Idol as MC together with fellow bandmate Bomi to cover for regular MC BTOB Ilhoon.[111]

Discography[edit]

Main article: A Pink discography

Filmography[edit]

Main article: A Pink filmography

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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