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aespa
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Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop
Years active2020 (2020)–present
LabelsSM
Associated acts
Members
  • Karina
  • Giselle
  • Winter
  • Ningning
Korean name
Hangul

Aespa (Korean에스파; RReseupa; MResŭp'a, commonly stylized in all lowercase or æspa) is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment, consisting of members Karina, Giselle, Winter and Ningning. The group debuted on November 17, 2020, with the release of their debut single, "Black Mamba".[1][2]

Name

The group's name, aespa, is a combination of "ae" composed of the English initials of Avatar and Experience (Avatar X Experience), plus the English word "aspect" meaning "two sides", which symbolizes "meeting another self and experiencing the new world".[2]

History

2016–2019: Pre-debut activities

Ningning was introduced as a member of SM Rookies on September 19, 2016. As part of the pre-debut team, she appeared on the Rookies Princess: Who's the Best? segment of the program My SMT in 2016 as well as having recorded several cover songs for the Korean animated TV program Shining Star in 2017.[3]

Karina appeared in labelmate Taemin's music video for the song "Want" in February 2019 and performed with him on several music programs in the weeks following.[4][5]

2020: Introduction and debut with "Black Mamba"

On October 26, SM announced that it would be debuting a new girl group, the first since Red Velvet in 2014[6] and the first overall idol group since NCT in 2016. The members were revealed individually from October 27 to 30 (in order: Winter, Karina, Ningning, and Giselle) as well as the name aespa, which was created by combining 'ae' which expresses 'Avatar X Experience' and 'aspect' meaning both sides.[7] SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man further explained about aespa's concept in the 2020 World Cultural Industry Forum that was held online on October 28.[8] A video trailer with all four members was revealed on November 2.[9] On the same day, the agency announced that aespa will release their debut single "Black Mamba" on November 17.[10] The group made their broadcast debut on KBS2's Music Bank on November 20 where they performed their debut single.[11]

Members

  • Karina (카리나) – vocalist, rapper, dancer[12]
  • Giselle (지젤) – rapper[13]
  • Winter (윈터) – vocalist, dancer[14]
  • Ningning (닝닝) – vocalist[15]

Discography

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[16]
KOR
Hot

[17]
NZ Hot
[18]
SGP
[19]
US World
[20]
WW
[21]
"Black Mamba" 2020 65 37 13 5 138 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Videography

Music video Year Director(s) Ref.
"Black Mamba" 2020 Un­known

References

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  2. ^ a b SM新女团aespa将于17日出道 | 韩联社 [SM's new girl group aespa will debut on the 17th]. Yonhap News Agency (in Chinese). November 2, 2020. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  3. ^ Lee, Yoonmin (September 20, 2016). SM루키즈, 중국 출신 새 멤버 2인 공개 '기대' [SM Rookies unveils two new Chinese members 'Expectation']. MTV Daily (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
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  5. ^ Kim, Soo-young (November 11, 2020). 'SM 신인' 에스파, 카리나 아바타 티저 공개…점까지 유지민 판박이 ['SM Rookie' Aespa, Karina Avatar Teaser Revealed... Yoo Ji-min to the point]. Hankyung (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020 – via Naver.
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  11. ^ aespa, 20일 ‘뮤직뱅크’로 데뷔곡 ‘Black Mamba’ 무대 첫 방송! [aespa, debut song 'Black Mamba' first broadcast with 'Music Bank' on the 20th!]. SM Entertainment (in Korean). November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "'SM 신인' 에스파 두 번째 멤버 카리나…"연습생 유지민?" 시끌". Hankyung (in Korean). October 28, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  13. ^ Chu, Seung-Hyun (October 30, 2020). SM 신인 걸그룹 에스파 지젤 공개, 20세 일본인 래퍼 [SM new girl group Aespa Giselle unveiled, 20-year-old Japanese rapper]. Seoul Economic Daily. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  14. ^ Chu, Seung-Hyun (October 27, 2020). 'SM 신인' 에스파 첫 번째 멤버 윈터 공개…보컬·댄스 실력 겸비한 19세 ['SM Rookie' Aespa's first member Winter released... 19 years old with vocal and dance skills]. Seoul Economic Daily. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  15. ^ Chu, Seung-Hyun (November 9, 2020). SM 신예 에스파 닝닝 아바타 공개…매력적인 보컬 눈길 [SM's newest Espaning Ning avatar released... Attractive vocal gaze]. Seoul Economic Daily. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
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  18. ^ "NZ Hot 40 Singles". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  19. ^ RIAS Weekly Chart:
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