f(x) (band)

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F(x)
151025 f(x) 01.jpg
f(x) at Jeju K-pop Festival, in October 2015
From left to right: Victoria, Krystal, Amber, Luna
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts SM Town
Website fx.smtown.com
Members
Past members

f(x) (/ˌɛf ˈɛks/; Hangul: 에프엑스) is a South Korea-based girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2009. Since their debut, f(x) has released four full-length albums, two extended plays, and one repackaged album. The group is currently composed of four members: Victoria, Luna, Amber, and Krystal. It was originally a five-piece group (with Sulli, who later departed from the group in August 2015).

f(x) has been recognised for their experimental style and eclectic, electropop-based sound.[1] They are one of the few recognized K-pop groups internationally,[2] becoming the first K-pop act to perform at SXSW.[3] Their acclaimed second album, Pink Tape, was the only K-pop album on US music channel Fuse's '41 Best Albums of 2013'.[4]

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Krystal was scouted by S.M. Entertainment in 2000 while on a family visit to Korea, along with her sister Jessica (a former member of Girls' Generation). She subsequently appeared in a small role in Shinhwa's music video for the song "Wedding March" ("너의 곁에서 2").[5][6] Sulli was a child actress, making her first television appearance in 2005 as the young Princess Seonhwa of Silla in SBS's Ballad of Seodong.[7] Luna was recruited by S.M. Entertainment following her 2006 appearance on the reality television program Truth Game.[8] Victoria was scouted through a Beijing dance competition in September 2007 after winning first place.[9] In 2008, Amber was cast through S.M. Global Auditions in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]

2009–2010: Debut and Nu ABO[edit]

f(x) with Girls' Generation at a showcase for the LG Chocolate cellphone

f(x) was first introduced as a five-member dance-focused pop group in a teaser clip released on August 24, 2009. Their debut single "LA chA TA" was released on September 1, with a showcase held the following day at Samseong Fashion Center in Gangnam. The group's broadcast debut was on September 5, on MBC's Music Core. Shortly after their debut, f(x) featured in promotions of the LG Chocolate cell phone alongside Girls' Generation. Both groups released versions of the song "Chocolate Love"; f(x)'s being an electropop version released on October 8. They also released their first physical single, "Chu~♡", on November 9. A month later, the group appeared as special guests at Girls' Generation's Into The New World concert at the Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Seoul.

At the start of 2010, f(x) collaborated with the Chinese boy band M.I.C. to promote the LG Cyon cell phone, releasing a Chinese cover of "Lollipop". In April they appeared in their documentary reality programme, Hello f(x). On May 4, the group released their first extended play, Nu ABO. The lead single "Nu ABO" was a commercial success in Korea and become a number-one single on the Gaon Chart. In June, Amber went on hiatus due to an ankle injury, while the remaining members continued group activities without her for the remainder of the year. They promoted the single "Mr Boogie" as a follow-up single from their EP and participated in the SMTown Live '10 World Tour, as well as filming their second documentary reality show, f(x)'s Koala. Towards the end of 2010 it was announced that f(x)'s albums would be distributed under Japanese label Avex Entertainment in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. Amber returned to the group in early 2011.

2011–2012: Pinocchio, Hot Summer, and Electric Shock[edit]

f(x) (with the absence of Sulli, who was filming at the time) performing at the Yeosu Expo K-Pop concert in 2012

f(x) released their first full-length studio album Pinocchio in April 2011, with the lead single "Pinocchio (Danger)". The single peaked at number one on the Gaon digital single chart, and the group went on to take eight music show wins. On June 14, Pinocchio was re-released under the title Hot Summer. The repackaged album contained the title track "Hot Summer" (a remake of a Monrose song produced by Thomas Troelsen and Remee), as well as three previously released digital singles: "LA chA TA", "Chu~♡", and "Is It Ok?".[10] "Hot Summer" peaked at #2 on the Gaon digital single chart and was downloaded over 375,000 times in the week of release. The song went on to become one of the most successful singles of 2011 in South Korea, selling 2,909,384 copies by the end of the year. In August, the group released a song called "Garagabana" for the game Bust-a-Move and in December they released a song in English, titled "1, 2, 3", as part of the 2011 Winter SMTown – The Warmest Gift album.

The group released their second EP Electric Shock on June 10, 2012.[11] It was met with critical acclaim and they achieved nine music show wins with the title track "Electric Shock". In November, the group won the 'Best Dance Performance - Female Group' award for "Electric Shock" at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong. In January 2013, two songs from the EP, "Electric Shock" and "Jet", were nominated for 'Best Dance and Electronic Song' at the 10th Annual Korean Music Awards, with "Electric Shock" going on to win the award.[12][13]

2013–2014: Pink Tape, critical acclaim, and Red Light[edit]

In 2013, f(x) was awarded the Digital Bonsang award at the Golden Disk Awards and Seoul Music Awards, as well as the 'MBC Music Star Award' at the Melon Music Awards. In March they became the first K-pop artists to perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas.[3] During their visit to the US, the group collaborated with actress Anna Kendrick for a comedy skit for Funny Or Die. On July 29, the group released their second full-length album Pink Tape with the lead single "Rum Pum Pum Pum", and held a showcase titled "f(x) Music Spoiler - Play! Pink Tape" through Naver Music. The album was a success both in Korea and the US, peaking at number one on Billboard's K-pop Hot 100 and World Albums Charts[14] and the Gaon Albums Chart.[15][16] It was the only Korean album to appear on Fuse's '41 Best Albums of 2013'.[4] A track from the album, Airplane, was also ranked third on Billboard's '20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2013'.[17]

In 2014, the group won the 'Group Artist' award at the 20th Korean Entertainment Arts Awards, the 'Disk Bonsang' at the 28th Golden Disk Awards, and the 'Best Overseas Artist Performance' award at the Yin Yue Feng Yun Bang Awards in China. On July 7, they released their third studio album, Red Light, with the electronic house title track of the same name. The music video gained 2 million hits on YouTube within a day[18] and was again well-received overseas.[19][20] Shortly after the album was released, it was announced that Sulli was unable to perform with the group for health reasons, and that she would be taking a temporary hiatus.

2015–present: Sulli's departure, 4 Walls, and first concert tour[edit]

On July 22, 2015, f(x) released a Japanese physical single album, Summer Special Pinocchio / Hot Summer, which debuted at #23 on Oricon's weekly chart.[23]

F(x) performing as a 4-piece group in Trafalgar Square, in August 2015.

In August, it was announced that Sulli had officially left the group to focus on acting.[24] The remaining four members continued as a group, releasing their fourth studio album, 4 Walls, in October. The album sold 66,000 copies upon its first week of release and was well received by critics.[2] To promote the album's release, the group starred in a web reality program titled f(x)=1cm.[25]

In December, they released the single "12:25 (Wish List)" as part of S.M Entertainment's Christmas project, Winter Garden. At the year-end 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, f(x) performed with Pet Shop Boys, and won the 'Global Fans Choice' award.[26]

In January 2016, the group won the Disk Bonsang award at the 2016 Golden Disk Awards and commenced their first concert tour, Dimension 4 – Docking Station, in Seoul which continued with six concerts in Japan in February. On January 31,they announced their official fan club name, MeU.[27]

On July 22, 2016, f(x) released a new single, "All Mine", through the SM Station project.[28] The song was accompanied by a music video, directed and edited by Amber.[29]

On November 2, 2016, f(x) released their second Japanese physical single album, 4 Walls / Cowboy, including a Japanese version of "4 Walls", along with a new song titled "Cowboy", which was performed live on the same day at the group's encore concert in Yokohama.[30] On October 16, the music video for "Electric Shock" surpassed 100 million views on YouTube, making f(x) the third Korean girl group, and sixth Korean group overall, to reach this milestone.[31]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Notes Role
2012 I AM. Documentary of SM Town Live '10 World Tour at Madison Square Garden Themselves
SM Town Live in Tokyo Special Edition in 3D Documentary of SM Town Live World Tour III at Tokyo
2015 SMTOWN The Stage Documentary of SM Town Live World Tour 4 at Tokyo
2016 f(x) the 1st concert Dimension 4 - Docking Station in Japan Documentary of Dimension 4 – Docking Station in Japan

Television[edit]

Year Network Title Member(s) Notes
2010 Y-star Hello f(x) All 4 episodes. The show start with where f(x) travel to Africa, then to Thailand and Japan.
2010–2011 MBC Every1 f(x) Koala Victoria, Luna, Sulli, Krystal 15 episodes. f(x) sightsee in Los Angeles, Tokyo and other world-famous cities.
2013 Mnet America Go! f(x) All
MBC Music Amazing f(x) 8 episodes. f(x) take a trip to New Zealand.
2014 Jiangsu TV The Ultimate Group Victoria, Amber, Luna, Krystal
2015 NaverTV
Youku
f(x)=1 cm All 8 episodes

Concerts[edit]

Headlining[edit]

Concert participation[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (March 13, 2013). "SXSW Music: Korean Pop With Its Own Special f(x)". ArtsBeat. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Pearce, Sheldon (November 18, 2015). "f(x): 4 Walls Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Oak, Jessica (March 26, 2013). "f(x) Talks About Performing as First K-Pop Act at SXSW". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "f(x)′s Album Listed as Fuse TV's 'The 41 Best Albums of 2013'". Mwave. December 20, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ Studarus, Laura (July 9, 2014). "sister act". NYLON. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ "제시카-크리스탈 9년전 SM 동반 길거리캐스팅 비화 공개". Newsen (in Korean). September 12, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Ryu Seung-yoon (March 30, 2010). "Korean-Chinese girl group to debut next week". The Korea Herald. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Myong Won Cho, May (August 12, 2012). "[Happy Birthday] f(x)'s Luna Turns 19". enewsWorld. Retrieved February 26, 2015 – via Mwave. 
  9. ^ "SM力推中国新人 与RAIN 李准基等大牌合作(图)". ifeng (in Chinese). May 12, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ "f(x), 신곡 'Hot Summer'로 '피노키오' 열기 이어간다". Herald Corp (in Korean). June 8, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011 – via Naver. 
  11. ^ "에프엑스, '핫 썸머' 이후 다시 돌아온 '일렉트릭 쇼크' 컴백". Nate (in Korean). June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ Nominees for the 10th Korean Music Awards Announced Koreanindie.com (January 29, 2013). Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  13. ^ 한국대중음악상 (In Korean) Koreanmusicawards.com (2013). Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  14. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (September 11, 2013). "Q&A: f(x) Reacts to Topping K-Pop Hot 100 & World Albums Chart (Exclusive)". Billboard. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2013년 32주차 Album Chart". gaon music chart. August 3, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ Kim, Joy (July 31, 2013). "f(x) sweeps the music charts with Rum Pum Pum Pum". Yahoo Lifestyle. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2013: K-Town Picks". Billboard. December 23, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ Jackson, Julie (July 4, 2014). "f(x)'s 'Red Light' video surpasses 2m hits on first day". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ Dorof, Jakob (August 7, 2014). "20 Essential K-Pop Songs". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  20. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (July 3, 2014). "f(x) are K-Pop's Top Hipster With New Single "Red Light"". Fuse. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  21. ^ Dorof, Jakob (November 4, 2015). "Review: F(x) – 4 Walls (album)". Spin. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  22. ^ Chin, Chester (January 6, 2016). "Review: F(x) – 4 Walls (album)". The Star. Malaysia. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Oricon's Single Chart: July 20–26, 2015". Oricon. July 26, 2015. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Sulli leaves f(x) to 'focus on acting'". KpopHerald. August 7, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  25. ^ "f(x)'s web variety program, 'f(x)=1cm' becoming a hot issue". Yahoo Entertainment Singapore. November 13, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  26. ^ Lee, Nancy (December 2, 2015). "[2015 MAMA] f(x) and EXO Win Global Fans Choice Awards". eNewsWorld. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  27. ^ Won Ho-jung (February 1, 2016). "f(x) goes all out at first exclusive concert". The Kpop Herald. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 
  28. ^ Kim, E. (July 19, 2016). "f(x) Is Up Next On SM STATION". Soompi. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  29. ^ K, J. (July 21, 2016). "Watch: f(x) Drops "All Mine" MV For SM STATION". Soompi. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  30. ^ "f(x)、初の日本単独ツアーのアンコール公演を盛況裏に終了…新曲のステージを初披露 - K-POP - 韓流・韓国芸能ニュースはKstyle". Kstyle (in Japanese). November 4, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  31. ^ "f(x)'s 'Electric Shock' surpasses 100 million views!". allkpop. October 15, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Girls' Generation
Korean Music Awards: Group Musician of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Infinite
Preceded by
Miss A
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best Female Dance Performance
2012
Succeeded by
Sistar