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, Yoojin, Hayun and Yuna
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2011 (2011)–present
LabelsBrave
Members
  • Minyoung
  • Yujeong
  • Eunji
  • Yuna
Past members
  • Eunyoung
  • Seo-a
  • Yejin
  • Yoojin
  • Hyeran
  • Hayun

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 7 April 2011, promoting the songs "Do You Know (아나요)" and "So Sexy". On 29 July, they made their comeback with "Easily", from their mini album Back to da Future. The group promoted a remix version of Easily on 13 August and released it on 26 August. 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 13 January 2017, Brave Entertainment released a statement announcing the departure of Yoojin. According to the company, Yoojin is planning to concentrate on her education and will study abroad, while Hyeran is on an indefinite medical hiatus.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

On 14 March 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 17 March, 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[edit]

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

On 24 April, Brave Girls appeared on KBS's Gag Concert and performed a trot version of "Do You Know".[10][11] Additionally, Eunyoung appeared on KBS's 100 Points out of 100 and won 2 medals (gold and bronze).[12][13]

A music video for "So Sexy" was released on 8 June.[14]

Brave Girls also made a cameo appearance with Superkidd on the SBS drama, Protect the Boss.[15][16]

On 22 July, 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 28 July.[17][18] Brave Brothers stated that the song was homage to Kim Gun-mo's "Excuse".[2][19][20] The full EP was released on 29 July and peaked at number 14 on the Gaon Album Chart, selling 1,606 copies.[21][22]

The group participated at the 3rd Idol Star Athletics Championship on September[23][24] and, on 3 November, made a cameo appearance in Mr. Idol with Chocolat and various other idol groups.[25][26] At the 19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards on 15 December, the group received the "Rookie of the Year" award.[27][28] Following this, on 25 December, they appeared on KBS's Let's Go Dream Team! as special guests, and performed for contestants on the show.[29][30]

2012–2015: Re-Issue, For You and hiatus[edit]

On 22 February 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.[31] 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 29 August 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 31 August.[32]

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]

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.[33]

The group released "Deepened" on 16 February as a digital single, with new members, Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, Yuna and Hayun and original members Yoojin and Hyeran.[34]

In 19 June, it was reported that the group would be releasing their third mini album in June 2016.[35] High Heels was released on 27 June, alongside the music video for title track "High Heels".

On 1 September, the group released "Yoo-hoo" as a digital single.[36]

2017–present: Lineup changes, Rollin', The Unit[edit]

On 13 January 2017, it was announced that Yoojin had departed from the group due to focus on her education and Hyeran would be taking a temporary leave from the group due to health issues.[37][38]The remaining five members continued as a group, releasing their fourth mini album Rollin' on 7 March 2017.[39]

On 17 August 2017, it was announced that Brave Girls members Yujeong, Eunji and Yuna will be participating in the idol rebooting show The Unit which premier on 28 October 2017.[40] Yujeong and Eunji passed the audition. Eunji was eliminated in 45th place during the first elimination round[41] while Yujeong was eliminated in 37th place during the second elimination round.[42]

On August 11th, 2018, Brave Girls released “Rollin’ (New Version)”, which marked their first comeback as four members. Shortly before the songs release Brave Entertainment announced that member Hayun would not participate in promotions and is on hiatus due to health issues. [43]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Minyoung (Hangul: 민영)
  • Yujeong (유정)
  • Eunji (은지)
  • Yuna (유나)

Past members[edit]

  • Eunyoung (은영)
  • Seo-a (서아)
  • Yejin (예진)
  • Yoojin (유진)
  • Hyeran (혜란)
  • Hayun (하윤)

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
Back To Da Future
Track list
  1. Back to da Future
  2. Easily (툭하면) [feat. Skull]
  3. If It Rains (비가 내리면)
  4. It Hurts So Much (너무 아파) [feat. Maboos of Electroboyz] (Eunyoung solo)
  5. Do You Know (아나요) [Acoustic Version]
  6. Easily (툭하면) [Instrumental]
14[44]
Re-Issue
  • Released: 22 February 2012
  • Label: Brave Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track list
  1. B'Girls Are Back
  2. Nowadays, You (요즘 너)
  3. Without a Word (말 없이)
  4. Nowadays, You (요즘 너) [Remix]
  5. Nowadays, You (요즘 너) [Instrumental]
14[46]
High Heels
  • Released: 27 June 2016
  • Label: Brave Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track list
  1. High Heels (하이힐)
  2. Help Me
  3. Whatever
  4. Let's Meet (만나지 말걸)
  5. Deepened (변했어)
22
Rollin'
  • Released: 7 March 2017
  • Label: Brave Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track list
  1. Rollin'
  2. Past Thoughts (옛생각)
  3. Don't Rush (서두르지 마)
  4. High Heels (하이힐) [Remix]
  5. Outro (Rollin')
30
  • KOR: 1,091+

Single albums[edit]

Title Album Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
The Difference
Track list
  1. Ain't Nobody Like Brave Girls
  2. So Sexy
  3. Do You Know (아나요)
  4. So Sexy (Instrumental)
2[49]

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(Downloads)
[51]
Album
KOR
[52]
"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)) Non-album single
"Rollin'" (롤린) 2017 Rollin'
"Rollin" (New Version) (롤린) (New Version) 2018 Non-album single
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Featured singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(Downloads)
[51]
Album
KOR
[52]
"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 [53]
"So Sexy" [54]
"Easily" Kim Kwang-eun [55] [56]
"Nowadays, You" 2012 Joe Brown [57] [58]
"Deepened" 2016 Joo Hee-sun [59] [60]
"High Heels" Jo Soo-hyun [61] [62]
"Yoo Hoo" Joe Brown [63] [64]
"Rollin'" 2017 Lim Jae-kyung [65] [66]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2011 19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards Rookie of the Year "Won" [27][28]
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Female Artists Nominated [67]

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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