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AOA (Ace Of Angels)
AOA (South Korean girl group) at Gimpo Airport, Seoul, in October 2013.jpg
AOA at Gimpo Airport, Seoul, in October 2013
(left to right: Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, Jimin)
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Associated acts
  • AOA Black
  • AOA Cream

AOA (Hangul에이오에이; an acronym for Ace of Angels) is a South Korean idol girl group signed under FNC Entertainment. The eight-member band consists of Choa, Jimin, Yuna, Youkyung, Chanmi, Hyejeong, Seolhyun, and Mina, while the seven-member idol group consists of all the members except Youkyung. The group debuted their single album Angels' Story on July 30, 2012. Their fans celebrate August 9, 2012 as their Debut Day in celebration for their 1st Debut stage while in Japan, October 1, 2014 is their official Japan debut and also declared #AOADay by Japan Anniversary Association.


2012: Debut (Elvis) and Wanna Be[edit]

The eight members were introduced individually through teaser photos from July 16 to 23 (in order: Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, Jimin, & Youkyoung).[1][2] AOA was revealed to be a dance group, with some members also playing instruments. Explaining the concept of their debut FNC revealed that seven members are "full angels": Seolhyunari[3] (Seolhyun), Choaya[4] (Choa), Hyejeong.Linus[5] (Hyejeong), Chanmi Titi[6] (Chanmi), Yunaria[7] (Yuna), Minaring[8] (Mina), and leader Jiminel[9] (Jimin).[10] Youkyoung (or "Y") is listed as a "half-angel/half-mortal", because she is only a member of the band half, playing the drums, resulting in AOA saying they are a "7+1" group.[11] "Angel's Story" leaked on July 28, two days before the official release.[12] The music video for the title track "Elvis" was released on July 30. AOA had their debut stage on August 9 on M! Countdown and then Music Bank on August 10.

FNC confirmed that the group would be making a comeback with a second single album "Wanna Be" on October 10. The album cover was released along with the announcement, depicting the eight members as different fictional characters.[13] Hyejeong, Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Chanmi, Mina, Seolhyun and Youkyung dressed as characters from Kill Bill, Léon, Legally Blonde, Tomb Raider, Harry Potter, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Romeo and Juliet, and The Fifth Element respectively. It was confirmed that five-member band unit, AOA Black, would perform a stage in the first week of promotions for "Get Out".[14] AOA Black made their first comeback appearance on the October 10 broadcast of KM's Music Triangle and performed the band version of "Get Out" for the first time.[14] The band made their second appearance on the October 12 broadcast of Music Bank.[14]

2013: AOA Black and Red Motion[edit]

On July 11, it was announced that the band sub-unit, AOA Black (which consists of Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Youkyung, and Mina) would be making a comeback with their third single album with the title song "MOYA". The third single album and "MOYA" music video were released on July 26 and AOA Black had their first comeback stage on KBS Music Bank on the same day.[15]

On October 9, the music video for "Confused" was released.[16] The full album, Red Motion, was released on the October 13, along with an "eye contact version" dance practice clip.[17]

2014: Miniskirt, Short Hair, Like A Cat and rise in popularity[edit]

On January 16, AOA came back with another sexy concept and released their fifth single album (along with a music video) entitled 'Miniskirt,' produced by Brave Brothers, ElephantKingdom, and Galactika.[18] On February 9, AOA celebrated their first music show win on Inkigayo with "Miniskirt".[19]

AOA released their title song, "Short Hair" in their first mini album on June 19. The Album ranked #1 on different charts and also topped the M!Countdown chart in July. "Short Hair"'s music video ranked eighth on Billboard's "Most Viewed K-pop Videos Around the World" for June.[20] AOA performed the Girls' Generation song "Mr.Mr." with groups BESTie and Girl's Day for the "Half-Year Special" Edition of Music Bank on June 27.[21]

On November 11, 2014, the group released their second mini-album, Like a Cat. On November 19, AOA had their second win on Show Champion with title song "Like A Cat".

2015: Second Japanese single, first reality shows, Heart Attack, and Japanese comeback[edit]

KCON 2015, Aug. 1, L.A.

AOA released a Japanese version of Like a Cat on February 25, 2015; the single also contains Japanese versions of "Elvis" and "Just the Two of Us".[22] On February 2, FNC released the short version music video of "Like a Cat",[23] and it ranked number 1 on Gayp! views daily and weekly ranking.[24] Like a Cat ranked #6 on Oricon Daily Chart and ranked #1 on Tower Records Shibuya on the first day of its release; it also ranked #3 as their peak on Oricon Daily Chart.[25]

AOA's first reality show "Open Up! AOA" premiered on February 26 on portal site Naver. The series consisted of 10 episodes, each 10 minutes long, and aired every Thursday. All eight members, including drummer Youkyung, were on the program.[26] AOA started filming their new variety show with MBC Music called AOA One Fine Day in Nanwan Monkey Island, Hainan, China on April 7, 2015. 'One Fine Day' will start broadcasting on June 13, 2015.[27]

On June 2, 2015 AOA confirmed their comeback for mid-June entitled "Heart Attack" and their comeback showcase was held on June 22, 2015 at AX-Hall Seoul.[28]

In August 2015, it was revealed that AOA would make a comeback in Japan with a full-length album, being the first full-length album for AOA to release, featuring 8 of their previous Japanese singles and 3 new songs, including the title track,"Oh Boy".[29] This album was later released on October 14, 2015.

Seolhyun was chosen to host the 2015 KBS Entertainment Awards alongside comedian Shin Dong-yup and singer Sung Si-kyung.[30]

2016: AOA Cream[edit]

FNC Entertainment's rep told OSEN on January 27, "Chanmi, Hyejeong and Yuna will promote as a unit group. They are planned to release a new song in February. We ask for a lot of anticipation."[31] On the 31st of January they announced that the new sub-unit was called AOA Cream and that they would make their debut on 12 February. On the next day they released the teasers on their official page. The title track "I'm Jelly Baby" was composed by Black Eyed Pilseung.


  • Choa (초아, born Park Choa (박초아))
  • Jimin (지민, born Shin Jimin (신지민))
  • Yuna (유나, born Seo Yuna (서유나))
  • Youkyung (유경, born Seo Youkyung (서유경))
  • Hyejeong (혀정, born Shin Hyejeong (신혜정))
  • Mina (민아, born Kwon Mina (권민아))
  • Seolhyun (설현, born Kim Seolhyun (김설현))
  • Chanmi (찬미, born Kim Chanmi (김찬미))
Unit breakdown
  • AOA (Main promotion unit): Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Hyejeong, Mina, Seolhyun, Chanmi
  • AOA Black (Sub-unit): Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Mina, Youkyung
  • AOA Cream (Sub-unit): Yuna, Hyejeong, Chanmi


Main article: AOA discography


Television series[edit]

Year Distributor Name Member Participated Character Role Notes
2012 SBS A Gentleman's Dignity Hyejeong Na Jongseok's daughter Guest Cameo Episode 3
Cheongdamdong Alice Han Sejin Supporting role Episode 1-16
KBS2 Seoyoung, My Daughter Seolhyun Seo Eun-soo Episode 15-38
2013 SBS Ugly Alert Gong Nari Main role
KBS2 Sword and Flower Hyejeong Dalki Supporting role Episode 14-20
Adolescence Medley Mina
2014 Wonderful Days Cha Haewon(Young) Main role
tvN Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit Han Seolhee Guest cameo Episode 3
SBS Modern Farmer Lee Sooyeon Lead role Episode 3-20
2015 KBS2 Orange Marmalade Seolhyun Baek Mari Main role
SK Telecom Let's be Strange
Naver Prince of Prince Yuna Park Yuna
KBS2 All About My Mom Mina Go Aeng-doo Supporting role Episode 33-44


Year Title Member Participated Role Notes
2015 Gangnam Blues Seolhyun Kang Seon-hye Lead Role
2016 A Murderer's Guide to Memorization Eun-hee

Variety show[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

AOA has received 7 music and entertainment awards and 5 music program awards. On February 9, 2014, they received their first number-one win on South Korean music program Inkigayo with the song "Miniskirt".


  • Gaming "Tigyuk Tagyuk" (2014)
  • Gaming "Fantasy Hero" (2014)
  • Restaurant "Gangjung Is Amazing" (2014)
  • Gaming "Sudden Attack" (2014~)
  • Shoes "Sbenu" (2014-2015)
  • Cosmetic "Nail of Queen" (2014-2015)
  • Cosmetic "A'PIEU" (2015~)
  • Clothing "SPAO" (2015~)
  • Gaming "Com2uS Pro Baseball for Manager Season 3" (2015)
  • Football Game "EAFF East Asian Cup" (2015)
  • Finance "BC Card" (2015~)
  • Gaming "Legion Of Heros" (2015~)
  • Restaurant "Chicken Mania" (2015~)
  • Clothing "Ellesse" (2016~)

Individual endorsement[edit]


  • Clothing "NBA" (2015~)
  • Part-Time Job Website "Alba Heaven" (2015)
  • Clothing "SPAO" (China only, 2015~)


  • Coffee "K'hawah Coffee" (2015)


  • Cosmetic "Clean & Clear" (2013)
  • Clothing "Mizuno" (2014)
  • Clothing "Buckaroo" (2014~)
  • Shopping Mall "ENTER-6" (2015~)
  • Smart Watch "Smart Band" (2015)
  • Clothing "SPAO" (China only, 2015~)
  • Telecommunications Provider "SK Telecom" (2015~)
  • Tourism "Visit Korea Year" (2016-2018)
  • Accessories "Hazzys" (2016~)
  • Clothing "Mind Bridge" (2016~)
  • Shopping online "G Market" (2016~)


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  25. ^ "デイリー CDシングルランキング!". Universal Music Japan. February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
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  28. ^ (Korean)AOAvs씨스타, 오는 22일 동시 쇼케이스 '누가 웃을까'
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External links[edit]

Official website