Jewelry (band)

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Jewelry
Jewelry from acrofan.jpg
Jewelry in August 2011
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2001–present
Labels Star Empire Entertainment,
Giza Studio (Japan, 2004-2005)
Associated acts ZE:A, Nine Muses
Members Baby J
Ye-won
Semi
Past members Kim Eunjung
Jung Yoo Jin
Jun Eun Mi
Lee Ji Hyun
Cho Min Ah
Park Jeong-ah
Seo In-young

Jewelry (Korean: 쥬얼리) is a South Korean girl group which was formed in 2001. Its most successful album was Kitchi Island (2008). As of 2013, they are the longest running Korean girl group (with more than 2 members) ever, surpassing super-group Baby V.O.X.

History[edit]

2001 - 2003: Debut, line-up changes, Again & Beloved[edit]

Jewelry debuted in 2001 with their first album Discovery. After less-than-stellar sales of the first album (only 50,000 copies sold), two of the singers were replaced.

A year later, their second album, Again (selling 200,000 copies), was released, with much better results. Full of strong R&B ballads (as opposed to the sexy dance songs that were popular at that time), the album quickly yielded two high-charting singles — "Again" and "Tonight" — which started the group's rise to popularity. This was quickly followed by their third album Beloved (selling 250,000 copies), which had a very cutesy theme. Their first single "니가 참 좋아" ("I Really Like You") was very poppy and had Jewelry adopt a cutesy concept to match the song, with colorful outfits and perky dances. The title track, Be My Love, was also promoted. Even though album sales for Again and Beloved were great, the group was unhappy with their current image, and did not want to be known for only their cute and innocent songs.

2004 - 2007: Entry into Japan, breakout album: Superstar & line-up changes[edit]

After the success of their second album, Jewelry left for Japan to start on their career there in 2004 with their first single Kokoro ga Tomaranai under the independent label Giza Studio. After releasing a few materials there with mediocre sales, the group eventually left to return to their native country to release their fourth album.

By the time their fourth album Superstar (selling 90,000 copies) came out in the beginning of 2005, Jewelry has since shed their "cute image" concept. Following the trend in Korean pop, they became sexier and more womanly, which helped bring about their current level of success. The first single "Superstar" (written by Shinhwa member Lee Min Woo) was a driven rock song and surprisingly became a huge hit. They followed this up with the sexy R&B number "Passion", which also charted strongly. Both of these singles prominently featured "sexy" member Seo In-Young dance scantily-clad in short solos, which brought the group much press attention (both positive and negative).

In 2006, Jewelry took a break from the Korean music industry in order to focus on Japan. During that time, member Ji-Hyun left to pursue an acting career.[1] In early November, news also leaked out that another member, Cho Min-Ah, has also left, which forced their record company to look for a second replacement member. As Park Jung-Ah and Seo In-young had solo projects, a new album was not expected until mid-2007.[2]

2008: Line-up changes, rise in fame with Kitchi Island & Everybody Shh![edit]

In early 2008, Jewelry returned to the music scene with their new members Baby J and Eunjung with the release of their fifth album, Kitchi Island. Released on February 20, 2008, the album featured the single "One More Time", a cover of In-Grid's song, composed by Sannie Carlson (Whigfield). "One More Time" has mirrored the success of Jewelry's 2005 hit single, "Superstar" in South Korea, reaching the No. 1 spot on MBC's Music Core and KBS's Music Bank, two weeks after the song's debut.[3][4][5] The single has also achieve success online, topping the charts of various music websites, including Melon, Dosirak, Bugs Music, M.Net.com, Muz and Juke On.[6] "One More Time" became the most successful single of Jewelry to date, staying on the no.1 spot for 7 weeks in a row on MBC's Music Core and KBS's Music Bank.[7][8] In spring of 2008, a second single, "모두 다 쉿" ("Everybody Shh!"), was released and promoted. The album sold 70,000 copies.

The group was awarded with a Daesang (대상, a "Top Award"), for highest digital sales in 2008.[9]

2009: Jewelry S, Rally, Sophisticated & line-up changes[edit]

In early 2009, members Baby J and Eunjung returned to the Korean music market, under the name "Jewelry S", debuting as a sub-group.[10] Their mini-album, Sweet Song was released in digital format on January 22, and the full single was made available on February 6. Baby J and Eunjung made their live comeback on M. Countdown on February 5, where they sang "들어봐" ("Listen") and the lead single from their mini-album, "데이트" ("Date"). The music video for "Date" features cameo appearances from Jewelry members Park Jung Ah and Seo In Young.

Jewelry released a new single in June 2009 titled "Super Star" with the song "Rally" featuring rapper Nassun. The song is for MNet's talent competition, Superstar K. A music video was also released and features the group's performance of the song on Mnet's M! Countdown as well as scenes of Superstar K.[11]

About a week prior to the album release, the song "Strong Girl" was released as a digital single.[12] Their 6th album, Sophisticated, was released on August 27 [13] with the music video for the title track, "Vari2ty", being released on the same day.[14]

In December 2009 Seo In Young and Park Jung Ah announced their departure. Korean media reported that Superstar K top 10 contender Semi was likely to replace them.[15][16][17] A repackaged edition of their 6th album, End And.. was released on December 17, 2009 with the single "Love Story".[18] The album (including the repackage) collectively sold 100,000 copies.

2010 - 2011: Line-up changes, Back It Up, Pass & Forget It[edit]

On June 14, 2010, it was announced Semi would be joining Jewelry with a comeback happening later during the year.[19] A few months later it was announced the groups comeback would occur in 2011. On January 18, 2011, Yewon joined Jewelry.[20] A digital single, "Back It Up" was released on January 27 [21] along with its accompanying music video. They made their comeback performance during the same day on M! Countdown. The single reached a certain amount of success however it was not as successful as their previous works. On May 9, Jewelry's label, Star Empire Entertainment, shared some old videos of Jewelry rehearsing various songs. Two days later they announced with teaser photos the group would release a new single which was later revealed to be "Pass". The single was released on May 16 along with a teaser MV featuring label mate Hwang Kwang Hee of ZE:A.[22] No music video was released for "Pass".

On September, Semi and Yewon joined the sub-unit Jewelry S and announced they would release a single entitled "Ames Room Vol.2", the title track being the song "Forget It".[23] The single was released on September 20, and the music video was released the same day.

2012 - 2013: Look At Me & Hot & Cold[edit]

In 2012, Jewelry was originally scheduled to make a comeback in July. However, this was delayed until October. On September 21, Jewelry announced their comeback with their first mini album "Look At Me",[24] with the title track as the same name. The mini album was released on October 11. "Look At Me" debuted at #42 on the Gaon Digital Charts and later peaked at #23. The mini album also debuted at #7 on the Gaon National Physical Album Charts.[citation needed] The music video was also released during the same day and the group had their comeback performance on Music Bank the next day.

During mid November, Jewelry was announced to release a digital single around early December. But towards the end of November, Star Empire Entertainment, announced the digital single was postponed and the group would spend more time preparing for their next release.[25]

In 2013, Star Empire announced that Jewelry will release a digital single in July called "Hot & Cold".[26]

2014: Eunjung's departure[edit]

On March 3, 2014, it was revealed that Eunjung's contract had expired and she would be leaving the group.[27]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Stage name Birth name
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Baby J Baby J Ha Jooyeon 하주연
Yewon 김예원 Kim Yewon 김예원
Semi 박세미 Park Semi 박세미

Former members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Korean singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
KOR
Gaon

[29]
KOR
Billboard

[30]
2009 "Love Story" 8 End And...
2011 "Back It Up" 17 N/A
"Pass" 31 N/A
2012 "Look At Me" 23 25 Look At Me
2013 "Hot & Cold" 18 15 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Japanese releases[edit]

Studio albums
  • 2005 : Jewelry First
  • 2005 : Super Star

Japanese singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
JPN
Oricon

[31]
2004 "Kokoro ga Tomaranai" 40 Jewelry First
"Mune Ippai no Kono Ai wo Dareyori Kimi ni" 35
"Delight Sweet Life" 49
2005 "Shiro no Fantasy" 69
"Super Star" 113 Super Star

Music program[edit]

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2005 May 01 "Super Star"
May 08 "Super Star"
2008 March 16 "One More Time"
March 23 "One More Time"
March 30 "One More Time"

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2008 March 7 "One More Time"
March 14 "One More Time"
March 21 "One More Time"
March 28 "One More Time"
April 04 "One More Time"
April 11 "One More Time"
April 18 "One More Time"

M!Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2005 April 28 "Super Star"
2008 March 13 "One More Time"

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
2002
  • iTV Awards: New Generation Award (Best Rookie Award)
  • KmTV Music Awards: Best Rookie Award
2003
  • M.net KM Music Festival: Best Female Group
  • 14th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award
  • 18th Golden Disk Awards: Best Music Video Director Award
  • KmTV Awards: Bonsang Award
  • SBS Music Awards: Bonsang Award
  • KBS Music Awards: Bonsang Award
  • 20th Model Awards: Best Dressed (Singer Category)
  • 10th Korean Entertainment Arts Awards: Best Female Singer
2005
2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jewelry to choose new member through international audition. KBS News, April 7th, 2006.
  2. ^ Jewelry to Come Back with New Members. KBS News Global, November 16, 2006. Retrieved November 16, 2006.
  3. ^ 2년 만에 컴백한 ‘쥬얼리’ 2주 만에 ‘감격의 눈물’ 1위, Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  4. ^ 쥬얼리, 컴백 2주 만에 공중파 1위…온오프라인 평정!, Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  5. ^ ‘여자 세븐’ 메이다니 데뷔, ‘쇼 음악중심’ 강타.. 쥬얼리는 ‘눈물’, Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  6. ^ 쥬얼리 앨범 발매 2주 만에 온라인 평정, 8 March 2008, Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  7. ^ [1] 쥬얼리, '뮤뱅' 최초 7주 연속 1위 기염]
  8. ^ [2] 쥬얼리, `쇼! 음악중심`서 7주 연속 1위
  9. ^ Jin, Hyang-hui.추락하는 `골든 디스크 상`…10만장으로 `티격태격`? (Falling "Golden Disk Awards"...Bickering over 100,000?). Maeil Gyungjae. December 10, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  10. ^ "Jewelry S". KBS World. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  11. ^ http://popseoul.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/jewelry-rally-for-superstar-k/
  12. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2009/08/jewelry_reveals_strong_girl
  13. ^ http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/jewelry-comeback-6th-album-sophisticated-released/
  14. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2009/08/jewelry_release_vari2ty_mv_and_making_of
  15. ^ (Korean) [http://www.gooddaysports.co.kr/news/?cset=star&bset=view&tot_code=47&code=11621 '박정아-서인영, 쥬얼리 탈퇴 선언...새 멤버 후보로 박세미 거론'
  16. ^ (Korean) '쥬얼리' 박정아·서인영 팀 탈퇴…솔로 활동 날개짓 (Jewelry's Park Jung Ah & Seo In Young Leave Group...Attempting Solo Careers). The Chosun Ilbo. December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  17. ^ (Korean) 박정아-서인영, 쥬얼리 떠난다 (Park Jung Ah—Seo In Young, Leaving Jewelry. Hankook Ilbo. December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  18. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2009/12/its_been_a_love_story_for_seo_in_young_and_park_jung_ah_of_jewelry
  19. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2010/06/park-se-mi-of-superstar-k-joins-jewelry
  20. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/01/jewelry-reveals-their-fourth-member-through-a-unique-puzzle-game
  21. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/01/jewelry-releases-back-it-up
  22. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/05/jewelry-releases-pass-mv-teaser-starring-zeas-kwanghee
  23. ^ "Jewelry’s subunit duo ‘Jewelry-S’ to release digital single, "Forget It"". Allkpop. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  24. ^ http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/comeback/jewelry-to-release-new-mini-album-look-at-r18063
  25. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/11/jewelry-postpones-release-of-new-single
  26. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/06/jewelry-to-join-the-girl-group-comeback-rush-in-july-with-hot-cold
  27. ^ 쥬얼리 김은정, 전속 계약 만료 '팀 떠난다'. Heraldcorp (March 3, 2014). Retrieved on March 3, 2014.
  28. ^ http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=shm&sid1=106&oid=112&aid=0002534403
  29. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  30. ^ "Billboard K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard Korea. 
  31. ^ "JEWELRYのCD・DVDリリース情報、JEWELRYのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 

External links[edit]

  • Jewelry - Official Fan Café (Korean)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ivy with 이럴거면
23rd Golden Disk Awards Digital Releasing Daesang (Song of the Year)
2008 , with "One More Time"
Succeeded by
Girls' Generation with "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)"