Brave Girls

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Brave Girls
Brave Girls at the Superstar K3 red carpet premiere.
Brave Girls in 2016.
From left to right: Eunji, Yujeong, Minyoung, Hyeran (hiatus), Yoojin (former), Hayun and Yuna.
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Brave Entertainment
Associated acts Brave Brother
Members
  • Minyoung
  • Yujeong
  • Eunji
  • Yuna
  • Hyeran (hiatus)
  • Hayun
Past members
  • Eunyoung
  • Seo-a
  • Yejin
  • Yoojin

Brave Girls (Hangul브레이브걸스; RRBeureibeu Geolseu) is a South Korean girl group formed by producer Brave Brothers of Brave Entertainment in 2011.

They debuted as a five-member group with the single album The Difference on April 7, 2011, promoting the songs "Do You Know (아나요)" and "So Sexy". On July 29, they made their comeback with "Easily", from their mini album Back to da Future. The group promoted a remix version of Easily on August 13 and released it on August 26. They made also an appearance in the movie Mr. Idol.[1][2][3]

Following a 2.5 year hiatus, beginning in early 2014, they returned in 2016 and with seven members – while Hyeran and Yoojin remained part of the group, Eunyoung, Seo-a and Yejin had been replaced with Eunji, Hayun, Minyoung, Yujeong and Yuna.

On January 13, 2017, Brave Entertainment released a statement announcing the departure of Yoojin and Hyeran. According to the company, Yoojin is planning to concentrate on her education and will study abroad, while Hyeran is on a medical indefinite hiatus.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

On March 14, 2011, Eunyoung was revealed as the leader of Brave Girls. She is the niece of Shin Ha-kyun, an actor known for his role in Welcome to Dongmakgol and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.[4] Hyeran was then revealed on March 17, and gained attention because of her resemblance to singer Son Dambi and because of old dance rehearsal videos that led to her name being featured on video sites like M. Goon.[5] Yejin also gained attention due to the fact that she was ‘Miss Seattle’ at the Miss Korea competition, and because she bears a resemblance to actress Kim Sa-rang.[6]

2011: Debut, Back to da Future and Mr Idol[edit]

Their cameo appearance in Protect the Boss.

On March 31, Brave Brothers released two teaser images of the group, revealing the two concepts that the group would perform with.[7] On April 7, they released their debut single album The Difference, along with a music video for title track “Do You Know”.[8][9] They then made their debut on KBS’s Music Bank with promotional tracks "So Sexy" and "Do You Know".[10]

On April 24, Brave Girls appeared on KBS's Gag Concert and performed a trot version of "Do You Know".[11][12] Additionally, Eunyoung appeared on KBS's 100 Points out of 100 and won 2 medals (gold and bronze).[13][14]

A music video for "So Sexy" was released on June 8.[15]

Brave Girls also made a cameo appearance with Superkidd on the SBS drama, Protect the Boss.[16][17]

On July 22, Brave Entertainment announced that the group would make a comeback during the same month, and shared concept photos of their mini album Back to da Future. Their title track, "Easily", featuring Korean reggae artist Skull, was released along with the music video on July 28.[18][19] Brave Brothers stated that the song was homage to Kim Gun-mo’s “Excuse”.[2][20][21] The full EP was released on July 29 and peaked at number 14 on the Gaon Album Chart, selling 1,606 copies.[22][23]

The group participated at the 3rd Idol Star Athletics Championship on September[24][25] and, on November 3, made a cameo appearance in Mr. Idol with Chocolat and various other idol groups.[26][27] At the 19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards on December 15, the group received the "Rookie of the Year" award.[28][29] Following this, on December 25, they appeared on KBS's Let’s Go Dream Team! as special guests, and performed for contestants on the show.[30][31]

2012–15: Re-Issue, For You and hiatus[edit]

On February 22, 2012, Brave Girls' second mini album Re-Issue was released, with the group holding a showcase that included a guest performance from Teen Top. The EP peaked at #14 on the Gaon Album Chart.[32] The title song "Nowadays" charted highly on charts and became one of the most searched topics on Korean websites. During promotions for the EP, the group sported a masculine concept – the members mentioned spoke on this subject, saying, “We think that we really need to show a different side of us. We understand that fans who waited for our sexy or cute concept might be disappointed, but hope that they would like this concept too.”

On August 29, 2013, it was announced that Brave Girls would have a comeback in the fall, with a new song titled "For You" to be released on August 31.[33]

In February 2014, Brave Brothers reported that he was going to be working on a full-length album for the group, but the album was put on hold indefinitely due to his working with AOA. Brave Girls remained inactive for the following two years.

2016: Lineup changes and High Heels[edit]

The group outside of Music Bank, on July 22, 2016.

In February 2016, after a two-and-a-half year hiatus, it was announced that Brave Girls would be making a comeback as a seven-member group, with five new members and two original members.[34]

The group released "Deepened" on February 16 as a digital single, with new members, Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, Yuna and Hayun and original members Yoojin and Hyeran.[35]

In June 19, it was reported that the group would be releasing their third mini album in June 2016.[36] High Heels was released on June 27, alongside the music video for title track "High Heels".

On September 1, the group released "Yoo-hoo" as a digital single.[37]

2017–present: Yoojin's departure, Hyeran's hiatus and Rollin'[edit]

On January 13, 2017, it was announced that Yoojin had decided to leave the group in order to study abroad and focus on her education, and that Hyeran had embarked on an indefinite hiatus due to health issues.

On February 8, Brave Entertainment announced that Brave Girls would be making comeback in March.[38] On February 26, it was revealed that the group would be releasing their fourth mini album Rollin' on March 7, the first release as a five-member group.[39][40]

On March 17, it was announced that member Yujeong will halt activities due to health issues and the group will promote as a four-member group for the time being.[41]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Minyoung was born Kim Min-young (Hangul: 김민영) on (1990-09-12) September 12, 1990 (age 26).
  • Yujeong, currently on indefinite hiatus due to health concerns, was born Nam Yu-jeong (Hangul: 남유정) on (1991-05-02) May 2, 1991 (age 25).
  • Eunji was born Hong Eun-ji (Hangul: 홍은지) on (1992-07-19) July 19, 1992 (age 24).
  • Yuna was born Lee Yu-na (Hangul: 이유나) on (1993-04-06) April 6, 1993 (age 23).
  • Hyeran, also on hiatus, was born Noh Hye-ran (Hangul: 노혜란) on (1993-04-09) April 9, 1993 (age 23).
  • Hayun was born Lee Ha-yun (Hangul: 이하윤) on (1994-08-29) August 29, 1994 (age 22).

Past members[edit]

  • Eunyoung was born Park Eun-young (Hangul: 박은영) on (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 29).
  • Seo-a was born Park Seo-a (Hangul: 박서아) on (1988-02-09) February 9, 1988 (age 29).
  • Yejin was born Han Ye-jin (Hangul: 한예진) on (1990-11-24) November 24, 1990 (age 26).
  • Yoojin was born Jung Yoo-jin (Hangul: 정유진) on (1992-09-14) September 14, 1992 (age 24).

Timeline[edit]

Black = inactive.

Discography[edit]

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Album Details Peak chart

Positions

Sales
KOR
Back To Da Future 14[42]
Re-Issue
  • Released: February 22, 2012
  • Label: Brave Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
14[44]
High Heels
  • Released: June 27, 2016
  • Label: Brave Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
22
Rollin'
  • Released: March 7, 2017
  • Label: Brave Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
30
  • KOR:

Single Albums[edit]

Title Album Details Peak chart

Positions

Sales
KOR
The Difference 2[47]

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(Downloads)
[49]
Album
KOR
[50]
"Do You Know" (아나요) 2011 19
  • KOR: 372,562+
The Difference
"Easily" (툭하면) 38
  • KOR: 520,586+
Back To Da Future
"Nowadays, You" (요즘 너) 2012 21
  • KOR: 571,244+
Re-Issue
"For You"[A] (포유) 2013 50
  • KOR: 42,057+
Non-album single
"Deepened" (변했어) 2016 131
  • KOR: 10,942+
High Heels
"High Heels" (하이힐) 135
  • KOR: 12,034+
"Yoo-hoo" (유후 (우린 아직 여름))
  • KOR:
Non-album single
"Rollin'" (롤린) 2017
  • KOR:
Rollin'
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Featured singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(Downloads)
[51]
Album
KOR
[50]
"Passing Of The Year" (Electroboyz, Brave Girls, BIGSTAR & Park Soo Jin) 2013
  • KOR: 18,239
Passing Of The Year - Bye 2013 BRAVESOUND - Bravefamily Winter Single
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Filmography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Do You Know" 2011 Unknown [52]
"So Sexy" [53]
"Easily" Kim Kwang-eun [54] [55]
"Nowadays, You" 2012 Joe Brown [56] [57]
"Deepened" 2016 Joo Hee-sun [58] [59]
"High Heels" Jo Soo-hyun [60] [61]
"Yoo Hoo" Joe Brown [62] [63]
"Rollin' 2017 Unknown [64]

Television[edit]

Year Title Network Member(s) Role Notes
2011 Protect the Boss SBS Eun-young and Ye-jin Cameo Appeared in Episode 1
Gag Concert KBS Eun-young, Ye-jin, Yoo-jin, Hye-ran and Seo-a Performance Performed trot version of "Do You Know"
100 Points out of 100 KBS Eun-young Guest

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Mr. Idol Cameo

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2011 19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards Rookie of the Year "Won" [28][29]
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Female Artists Nominated [65]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "For You" is sung by Yujin and Hyeran, following Eunyoung, Seoa and Yejin's departures from the group

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