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4Minute in 2011
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||Dance-pop, hip hop, K-pop, R&B|
4Minute (Korean: 포미닛) was a five-member South Korean girl group formed in 2009 by Cube Entertainment with music singles and albums released primarily in South Korea and Japan. The members of the group were Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-a, and Kwon So-hyun. The group debuted in June 2009 with its first single, "Hot Issue", and in December 2010, it released its first Japanese album, Diamond. In 2011, the group released its first Korean full-length album, 4Minutes Left.
The group received the Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards, and the Kpop New Artist Award at the 2010 Billboard Japan Music Awards.
In 2016, Cube Entertainment announced the disbandment of 4Minute after unsuccessful contract renewal negotiation with the majority of the members.
- 1 History
- 2 Subgroups
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Concerts
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
2009–10: For Muzik, Hit Your Heart and Diamond
On May 14, Cube Entertainment announced the formation of a five-member girl group, called 4Minute, and revealed that its first member would be former Wonder Girls member Kim Hyun-a. Prior to the official announcement, the group was unofficially called the "Hyuna group". The next member, Nam Ji-hyun, was revealed on May 22. The remaining members were announced the following day.
4Minute released its first single, "Hot Issue", on June 15, and had their first television performance on MNet Countdown on June 18. On June 21, the group's van was raided by fans, who stole clothing and other items. Cube Entertainment said, "It was very unfortunate that such an ordeal occurred."
On August 27, South Korean radio and television network KBS banned the playing of "Won't Give You (안줄래)" for what they considered to be overly sexual lyrical content. The lyrics in question, in the style of a first-person narrative, express an unwillingness on the part of the subject to "give" herself or her heart to her partner. Cube Entertainment responded to the ban by stating that the song was intended to be "about the pure feelings of a girl to a guy" and that they were very disappointed by the decision. On October 15, the single "What a Girl Wants" was released.
On December 2, 4Minute, with Korean singers Mario and Amen, released the Christmas song "Jingle Jingle". The group recorded a remix with American artist Amerie for her song "Heard 'em All" which was part of the Asian version of her fourth album. The song featured Korean rapper Jun Hyung of label mate Beast.
On January 5, 2010, it was announced that the Universal Music Group would be assisting 4Minute with an international launch of its album. The group toured Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong On May 5, the group debuted "Muzik" as a Japanese single, and on May 8, held its first concert in Japan. The single reached number 21 on the Oricon weekly singles chart.
On May 19, 4Minute released a mini-album entitled Hit Your Heart, and its title track "HuH". The single featured fellow label mates Beast, who rapped during song "Who's Next?." "HuH" peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Singles Chart. On May 24, South Korean FM station "Voice of Freedom" included the "Huh" song in its propaganda broadcasts to North Korea
On July 5, the group released the music video for "I My Me Mine", which was the second single from Hit Your Heart. On July 19, the song "Superstar" was digitally released for the Korean TV show Superstar K2. The group performed for Celebration at Marina, one of the line-up activities for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010 On July 30, the Japanese version of "I My Me Mine" was released,
On October 12, the third Japanese single and first double single, titled "First/Dreams Come True" was released on YouTube. On October 27, the song was released. In December, 4Minute held Japanese concerts 4Minute Energy Live Volume 2: Diamond in Tokyo and Osaka. Its Japanese album Diamond was released on December 15 and debuted at the number 18 on the Oricon chart.
2011–12: 4Minutes Left, Volume Up and "Love Tension"
On January 13, the group performed at the DiGi Live K-Pop Party 2011 in Malaysia at Stadium Negara with Beast and G.NA. On January 20, the group received a Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards. In February 2011, the group received the Kpop New Artist Award for 2010 at the Billboard Japan Music Awards. On February 23, the group modeled for bridal designer Yumi Katsura at her 2011 Paris Grand Collection Tokyo Fashion Show held in Tokyo’s Ryōgoku Kokugikan, where the group performed songs "Muzik" and "Why". On March 12, the group performed at the 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert in Thailand.
Its fourth Japanese single, "Why" was released as the theme song to the TV Asahi drama, Akutō: Jūhanzai Sōsahan. The music video was released in February, followed by a single release in March 9. "Heart to Heart" was released as a music video on March 29, and starred CN Blue's Jungshin.
On March 29, the digital-only mini-album Heart to Heart was released. On April 5, 4Minute released the Korean album, 4Minutes Left. The music video for "Mirror Mirror" was released on the same day. The album includes "Mirror Mirror", and songs from Heart to Heart and Diamond.[note 1] Because of the song's provocative spread leg choreography; music producers demanded that "Mirror Mirror" be changed or the group could not perform the song on their shows. As a response, 4Minute changed the song's choreography, starting with the performance on M! Countdown on April 14. The song reached number two on the Gaon Chart.
4Minute collaborated with Japanese singer Thelma Aoyama for her single, "Without U", which has both Japanese and English versions. Hyuna was featured in SS501's Heo Young-saeng's title track from his first solo mini album, Let It Go. On July 5, Hyun-a released a solo mini album, Bubble Pop! and the music video for the title track, Bubble Pop. Although the performances for Bubble Pop the song was concluded prematurely due to Korea Communications Commission review committee, the music video was a viral hit, gaining 10 million views on YouTube as of August 2011. On August 3, the music video Freestyle was released as an endorsement track for the video game company JCE.
On August 15, 4Minute posted the music video for the Japanese version "Heart to Heart". On September 7, the group released "Heart to Heart" as its fifth Japanese single, which ranked 15 on Oricon Daily Singles chart. The group also released its first DVD, Emerald of 4 Minute, which ranked second on the Oricon Daily DVD Chart. In October, the TV Tokyo drama "Welcome to the El-Palacio" featured 4Minute's newest song, "Ready Go", as its opener. On December 6, "Ready Go" was later released as the sixth Japanese single.
On August 22, 4Minute released its seventh Japanese single "Love Tension", which featured a Japanese version of "Volume Up". Hyun-a became famous for her role in the "Gangnam Style" music video. On October 13, 4Minute performed at KCON 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. On December 4, 4Minute released the song "Welcome to The School" for the KBS TV series School 2013.
2013–14: Name Is 4Minute, "Is It Poppin'?" and 4Minute World
From January 26 to February 21, 4Minute participated in the 2013 United Cube Concert tour at venues in China, Korea and Japan.
On April 26, 4Minute released the fourth mini-album Name is 4Minute and the single "What's Your Name?", which was produced by Brave Brothers. Promotion for the single and album involved a set of teaser images where the members were decorated in fantasy-inspired sets and neon tones. In the fourth week of May, the song reached number one on the Gaon Single Chart, making it the group's first chart topper for Gaon. On the edition of June 1, the single reached number one on the Billboard K-pop Hot 100.
On June 28, 4Minute released the summer single "Is It Poppin'?", also written and produced by Brave Brothers. In an interview with Newsen, a Cube Entertainment spokesperson said that the song was "neither a sexy or charismatic concept, but a cute concept – a hip hop dance song that goes well with the summer feel." Its Korean title "물 좋아?" (romanized: Mul Joha?, lit. "How's the Water?"), is a slang phrase that men use to ask if the girls in a club are hot. KBS announced that the lyrics for "Is It Poppin?" were unqualified for broadcast because they contained the English word "ass". 4Minute planned to remove the word from the video for re-evaluation. Billboard K-Town columnist Jeff Benjamin tweeted whether the Brave Brothers' new thing was to sample old-school-sounding R&B.  Benjamin also noted that similarly to "What's Your Name," "Brave Brothers uses a similar formula for 4minute's new track, but it all feels smoother." He explains the track "uses subdued snares, a twinkling Ellie Goulding "Lights"-esque sample and a soft, recurring vocal sample. Despite sounding busy on paper, the song flows nicely together as a sweet little blend of R&B and electro-pop." The song peaked at number 9 on the Gaon Digital Chart and number 6 on the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100, selling 606,713 digital downloads.
In September, 4Minute finished its contract with Universal Music Japan, and shut down the group's Japanese official website as well as its fanclub site, 4Nia Japan.
On January 20, 2014, Brave Brothers released the single "Only Gained Weight" which featured 4Minute members Hyuna, Gayoon and Sohyun; the song reached number five on the Melon chart and Gaon.
The group's fifth mini-album, 4Minute World, along with its featured track “Whatcha Doin' Today?”, was released on March 17. The group promoted the song on various Korean music shows along with the track "Wait A Minute". The shows included KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Show! Music Core, SBS's Inkigayo and Mnet's M! Countdown from March 20–23. The single became the group's first single to debut at number 1 in Korea. On March 30, 4Minute won against 2NE1 and Girls' Generation on Inkigayo. And on April 3, they also won on M! Countdown which took place at Japan. On June 7, 4Minute performed "Whatcha Doin' Today" on Dream Concert along with other Kpop idols including their labelmates Beast, A Pink and BTOB. On October 17, during a performance at a local festival in Seongnam, south of Seoul in South Korea, at least 16 people were killed and 11 injured in an accident where a ventilation grate that people were standing on collapsed. On October 28, 4Minute was chosen as one of the 10 winners of "Style Icon Awards" for their trendy, stylish, and influential fashion, and also performed at the awards show.
2015–2016: Crazy, Act. 7 and disbandment
On January 26, 2015, Cube Entertainment revealed that 4Minute would pre-release a track from their next mini-album titled "Cold Rain", marking the first time the group has released a ballad as a single. On February 9, 4Minute released their sixth EP Crazy, along with the title track's music video. Their EP debuted at number 1 on Billboard's World Albums Chart. On April 4, 4Minute held a solo concert 4Minute Fan Bash in Myanmar, with around 7,000 fans in attendance.
On January 20, 2016, it was announced that the group would release their seventh mini album Act. 7 on February 1. 4Minute collaborated with American producer Skrillex on the lead single, "Hate".[clarification needed]
On June 13, 2016 it was announced that the group would disband following their contract expiration, with only HyunA renewing her contract with the management agency. A Cube Entertainment representative stated, “As the contract end date approaches, the members have been in discussions for renewal, but while the agency tried to persuade them to continue the group, it ended up accepting the decision by the five members that they will not continue as a group. Due to the different opinion of the members, for all intents and purposes, the group will disband.”
Plans for the sub-unit 2YOON (composing of Gayoon and Jiyoon) were announced in late 2012.  On January 17, 2013, 2YOON released the album, Harvest Moon, along with the music video for its lead single, "24/7". 2YOON held their debut stage on January 17 at M! Countdown.
Shows and documentaries
A list of variety shows and documentaries that stars 4Minute.
|2009||MTV 4minute||MTV||Documentary series|
|2010||4minute's Friend Day||MTV||The group makes friends with ordinary people.|
|4minute's All In||SBS|||
|2011||4Minute's Mr. Teacher||E-Channel||Celebrity guests teach the group how to become international pop stars.|
|4Minute @ Shikshin Road|||
|Exciting Cube TV||Mnet||With Beast, G.NA and other members of Cube Entertainment|
|2012||4Minute's Travel Maker||QTV Korea||Travel documentary series.|
|2015||4Minute's Video||K-Star||Started to air on July 6|
|Cube TV||IHQ||With other members of Cube Entertainment|
Variety show series
|2009||Super Junior's Miracle Show||KBS||All||Guest|
|2012||Issue and People||YTN||All||Guest|
|Miss and Mister Idol Korea||MBC||All||Chuseok special|
|2012–2015||Weekly Idol||MBC Every 1||All||Guest|
|Saturday Night Live Korea||NBC||All||Guest|
|2014||Stargazing||MBC||All||Guest with SISTAR|
|2015–2016||ISAC||MBC||Jihyun, Jiyoon and Sohyun|
- 4Minute Energy LIVE Volume 1: 1st Concert (Tokyo) (2010)
- 4Minute Live in Manila (2010)
- 4Minute Energy LIVE Volume 2: DIAMOND (Tokyo & Osaka) (2010)
- 4Minute Volume Up Party (2013)
- 4Minute Like Water Concert (Seoul) (2013)
- 4Minute LIVE PARTY ROCK Concert (Sydney) (2013)
- 4Minute solo Concert Fan Bash (Myanmar) (2015)
- 4Minute Solo Concert Fan Bash Tour In Latin America (Argentina) (2015)
Awards and nominations
|2009||24th Golden Disk Awards||Newcomers Award||4Minute||Won|
|2009||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best New Female Artist||"Hot Issue"||Nominated|||
|2010||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance (Female Group)||4Minute||Nominated|||
|2010||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Female Group||4Minute||Nominated|||
|2010||Mnet Asian Music Awards||The Shilla Duty Free Asian Wave Awardδ||4Minute||Nominated|||
|2011||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance (Female Group)||4Minute||Nominated|||
|2011||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Female Group||4Minute||Nominated|||
|2011||20th Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang (Main Prize)β||4Minute||Won|||
|2012||21st Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang (Main Prize)β||4Minute||Won|||
|2012||26th Golden Disk Awards||Digital Bonsangα||"HuH"||Won|
|2012||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance (Female Group)||4Minute||Nominated|||
|2012||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Song of the Year||"Volume Up"||Initial nomineeγ|||
|2013||27th Golden Disk Awards||Disk Bonsangα||"Volume Up"||Won|||
|2014||28th Golden Disk Awards||Digital Bonsangα||"What's Your Name"||Won|||
|2014||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance (Female Group)||"Whatcha Doin' Today"||Nominated|||
|2014||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Song of the Year||"Whatcha Doin' Today"||Initial nomineeγ|||
|2014||23rd Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang (Main Prize)β||4Minute||Won|||
|2015||29th Golden Disk Awards||Best Dance Performance||"Whatcha Doin' Today"||Nominated|
|2015||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance (Female Group)||"Crazy"||Nominated|||
|2016||30th Golden Disk Awards||Disk Bonsangα||"Crazy"||Nominated|
|2016||30th Golden Disk Awards||Popularity Award (Korea)||4Minute||Nominated|
|2016||30th Golden Disk Awards||Global Popularity Award||4Minute||Nominated|
|2016||5th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards||Popular Singer of the Year||4Minute||Nominated|||
- ^α For Golden Disk Awards, Bonsang awards (Main Prize) are given to up to ten music groups. One of the groups is chosen for a Grand Prize (Daesang). A Disk Bonsang/Daesang is an Album of the Year, while a Digital Bonsang/Daesang is a Song of the Year.
- ^β For Seoul Music Awards Best Artists, Bonsang awards are given to up to 12 music groups. One of the groups is chosen for a Daesang.
- ^γ For Mnet Asian Music Awards Song of the Year, Initial nominees are a pool of about 15-20 artists, of which 5 are finalists and 1 is a winner.
- ^δ Mnet Asian Music Awards occasionally hand out special awards that are uniquely named or have a limited run.
Music program awards
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|2013||May 19||"What's Your Name?"|
|2014||March 30||"Whatcha Doin' Today"|
|2012||April 17||"Volume Up"|
|2013||May 8||"What's Your Name?"|
|2011||April 21||"Mirror Mirror"|
|2012||May 3||"Volume Up"|
|2013||May 9||"What's Your Name?"|
|2014||April 3||"Whatcha Doin' Today"|
Show! Music Core
- Because the Heart to Heart tracks were put on the release of the full album 4minutes Left a week later, Heart to Heart is not counted as a mini-album, Cube Entertainment instead labeled Volume Up to be the group's third mini-album, and Name is 4Minute to be the fourth mini-album. Sources:
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