Cool (band)

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Cool
OriginSouth Korea
GenresK-pop, dance, ballad
Years active1994–present
MembersLee Jae-hoon
Yuri
Kim Sung-soo
Past membersYoo Chae-yeong
Choi Joon-yeong

Cool (Hangul) is a South Korean mixed gender K-pop group that debuted in 1994.[1]

History[edit]

They debuted in 1994 as "Why You Wanted to Be". In the 1st album, Kim Sung-soo, Lee Jae-hoon, Yu Chae-young and Choi Jun-myung were four, but from the second album, Yoo Chae-young and Choi Jun-Myeong withdrew and while female member Yuri joined them, Kim Sung-soo and Lee Jae-hoon together acted as a three-member group.

Vocal Lee Jae-hoon's steady singing skills, fun songs and images continued to be popular. Cool's song was not difficult and uncomplicated, so it was easy for the general public to love it, and it was also found that Cool's song was recorded the most in karaoke.

They mainly performed in dance and ballad music. In 2002, they received the Golden Disk Award, recording their seventh album as the year's best-selling album.

On August 2, 2005, they announced the disband, but on July 25, 2008 they started activities again after releasing the 10.5 "I Want to Love" album. In summer 2009, they released the 11th regular album.

In 2014, they celebrated 20th anniversary with the release of "Goodbye" and began touring with broadcasting activities such as "Hidden Singer" and "Infinite Challenge."

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

#
[a]
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[2]
1 The Reason I Wanted You (너이길 원했던 이유)
  • Released: October 1, 1994
  • Label: Genie Music
No data No data
2 Love Is...Waiting
  • Released: October 1, 1995
  • Label: Genie Music
3 Destined The Best
  • Released: November 1, 1996
  • Label: Genie Music
3.5 Summer Story
  • Released: July 1, 1997
  • Label: Genie Music
4 Sorrow
  • Released: April 1, 1998
  • Label: Samsung
  • Format: CD, cassette
  • KOR: 789,016+[3]
4.5 Misery
  • Released: January 23, 1999
  • Label: Ono Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette
1
  • KOR: 339,570+[4]
5 Cool 5
  • Released: April 21, 2000
  • Label: Ono Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette
1
  • KOR: 680,294+[5]
6 6ix 6
  • KOR: 582,584+[6]
6.5 First Whisper
  • Released: December 6, 2001
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette
2
  • KOR: 368,164+[7]
7 7even (Truth)
  • Released: July 4, 2002
  • Label: Ono Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette
1
  • KOR: 647,052+[8]
7.5 Second Whisper
  • Released: December 3, 2002
  • Label: Ono Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette
4
  • KOR: 317,815+[9]
8 8ight
  • Released: July 4, 2003
  • Label: Genie Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
N/A
8.5 Third Whisper
  • Released: December 18, 2003
  • Label: Genie Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
N/A
9 Let's See What's Happening Now
  • Released: July 14, 2004
  • Label: Sky Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette
2
10 Forever
  • Released: July 14, 2005
  • Label: Sky Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette
1
10.5 Cool Returns
  • Released: July 25, 2008
  • Label: Cool Music
  • Format: CD
6
11 Cool 11
  • Released: July 20, 2009
  • Label: Cool Music
  • Format: CD
8 No data
"—" denotes release did not chart.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2002 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Mixed Group[13] "Truth" Nominated
Golden Disc Awards Album of the Year[14] 7even (Truth) Won
2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Mixed Group[15] "Reporting Reporting" (보고보고) Nominated

Notes[edit]

  • ^ Many of the albums are referred to by number and not by name on the Music Industry Association of Korea album chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "쿨(COOL) 소개" [Cool Profile]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  2. ^ "K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  3. ^ "March to August 1998 Total Record Sales". Music Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on 2001-09-23. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ "April 1999 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  5. ^ "2000 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  6. ^ "September 2001 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2005-02-14. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  7. ^ "March 2002 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2005-04-26. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  8. ^ "2002 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2004-09-02. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  9. ^ "April 2003 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  10. ^ "August 2004 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  11. ^ "August 2005 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  12. ^ "August 2008 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  13. ^ "2002 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  14. ^ Hong, Je-seong (2002-12-14). "제17회 골든디스크상 대상에 그룹 쿨". SBS News (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  15. ^ "2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-18.

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