April (girl group)

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April
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2015 (2015)–present
Labels DSP Media
Associated acts
Website http://dspmedia.co.kr/april/
Members
Past members
  • Somin
  • Hyunjoo

April (Hangul에이프릴) is a South Korean girl group formed by DSP Media. The group debuted on August 24, 2015, with their mini album Dreaming and its title track "Dream Candy".[1][2][3] The group is composed of six members: Chaekyung, Chaewon, Naeun, Yena, Rachel and Jinsol.

History[edit]

2015: Debut with Dreaming, Somin's departure and single albums[edit]

April during their first official performance on August 25, 2015, on The Show.

April's formation was first announced by DSP Media on February 9, 2015, following their previous girl groups Fin.K.L, Kara and Rainbow.[4][5] The six-member group (Somin, Chaewon, Hyunjoo, Naeun, Yena, and Jinsol) debuted on August 24 with the EP Dreaming[2][6] and the title track "Dream Candy" (Hangul꿈사탕).[3][7]

On November 9, the group's leader, Somin, announced her departure from the group.[8][9] The remaining five members released the single album Boing Boing, including the title track "Muah!" and the B-side "Glass Castle" (Hangul유리성), on November 25.[10] It was followed by a single album titled Snowman, released on December 21.[11]

2016: Spring, first concert Dream Land and line-up changes[edit]

On February 12, 2016, DSP Media announced that the group's fan club name was "Fineapple" (Hangul파인에플).[12] On February 14, the group hold a mini-concert titled "Everland Romantic Concert" for Valentine's Day.[13] On February 18, April won the Girl Group Rookie of the Year award at the 22nd Korean Entertainment Arts Awards.[14]

On March 6, the group held their first Japanese fan-meeting titled "April JAPAN FANMEETING 2016~The First Fairy tale~" to 2,000 fans. The event was presented by Heo Young-ji.[15][16] A mini-fanmeeting of similar concept was also held in Seoul, on February 27, with 500 fans.

April performing a few days prior to the release of Spring

The group's second EP, Spring, was released on April 27. It contains six tracks including the lead single, "Tinkerbell" (Hangul팅커벨).[17][18] During promotions for Spring, Hyunjoo took a temporary hiatus from the group due to health issues, and April promoted as a four-member group.[19]

On July 2, April appeared as guest at Heo Young-ji's Japanese fan-meeting "[YOUNGJI FANMEETING 2016 ~Nice to see U~]".[20]

On August 21, the group held their first solo concert, titled Dream Land, at the Baek Am Art Hall in Seoul, to celebrate their first anniversary.[21] Another concert was held in Tokyo, Japan, on October 15. Yoon Chae-kyung also participated in both concerts as a guest member.

On October 29, Hyunjoo announced her official departure from April, following a seven-month hiatus, in order to pursue an acting career.[22] The four remaining members of the group (Chaewon, Naeun, Yena, and Jinsol) would continue with the addition of new group members confirmed in November: Chaekyung,[23] who had previously appeared as a guest member, and Rachel.[24][25]

2017: Prelude, Mayday and Eternity[edit]

APRIL during a fan-sign, on January 15, 2017.

April released their third EP Prelude as a six-member group on January 4, 2017,[26][27] with the title track "April Story" (Hangul봄의 나라 이야기). The group also held their comeback showcase performance for Prelude on the same day.[28] On February 14, they performed a cover of Apink's "Luv" for the 100th episode of The Show.[29] From February 16, they also performed on M Countdown with the track "Wow". On February 26, they released "So You" (Hangul이렇게 너) as a digital single. On March 20, April held their second Japanese fan-meeting titled "[#April JAPAN FANMEETING 2017~April Story~]" at Shinagawa Intercity Hall, Tokyo.[30]

On April 4, they released the tennis-court-themed music video for the single "Sting" (Hangul따끔), through the first episode of their reality program A-IF-Ril.[31] The program aired for five episodes.[32][33] On May 8, the group's second reality program of the year, April Secret, began airing on Naver TV.[34]

On May 19, April released their second single album, Mayday.[35] The music video for "Sting" (Hangul따끔) was re-released under the title "Lovesick",[36] together with the title track "Mayday" and its retro themed music video.[37] They performed "Lovesick" on M Countdown on June 22.[38]

On September 20, their fourth EP Eternity was released along with the title track "Take My Hand" (Hangul손을 잡아줘).[39]

On October 18, it was announced that the group will hold their second Japanese solo concert titled "APRIL 2nd LIVE CONCERT IN JAPAN 2017 「DREAM LAND」 (Take My Hand)" on December 10, 2017.[40]

2018: The Blue and Japanese debut[edit]

April promoting The Blue Bird.

On January 30, 2018, DSP Media announced the release of a secret single set for February 7.[41] On January 31, the agency revealed that the single was a special unit album.[42] On February 1, it was revealed that the subunit consisting of Jinsol and Naeun would release a song titled, "My Story".[43]

On February 26, 2018, DSP Media confirms that April's comeback was set for March 12, with the group's 5th mini album "The Blue".[44] The album was released along with the title track "The Blue Bird" (Hangul파랑새).

On March 22, DSP Media announced that April was set to make its Japanese debut the following month.[45] The group made its Japanese debut on April 25 with the Japanese version of their 2016 single "Tinkerbell".[46] The single also contains the Japanese version of "Yes, sir!" as well as the instrumental of both songs.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Somin (소민)
  • Hyunjoo (현주)

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title TV Network
2015 Here Goes April Naver V Channel
2016 Daily APRIL AfreecaTV
2017 A-IF-Ril Mnet
April Secret Naver V Channel

Concerts[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Korean Entertainment Art Awards[edit]

Bout Year Recipient Award Result Ref
22nd 2016 April Female Rookie of the Year Won [47]

Gaon Chart Music Awards[edit]

Bout Year Recipient Award Result Ref
5th 2016 April New Artist of the Year Nominated

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Bout Year Recipient Award Result Ref
25th 2016 APRIL Bonsang Award Nominated [48]
New Artist Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

GS Shop Music Awards[edit]

Bout Year Recipient Award Result Ref
2016 "Muah!" Top Home Shopping BGM Won [49]

Korean Culture & Entertainment Awards[edit]

Bout Year Recipient Award Result Ref
25th 2017 April K-Pop Artist Award Won [50]

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