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Fiestar (South Korean girl group).jpg
Fiestar in 2016
From left: Cao Lu, Hyemi, Linzy, Jei, Cheska and Yezi
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2012 (2012)–2018
LabelsKakao M (Fave Entertainment)
WebsiteFiestar Official Profile
Past members

Fiestar (Korean: 피에스타) was a South Korean girl group formed by Kakao M (formerly LOEN Entertainment) in 2012. The group originally composed of six members: Jei, Cao Lu, Linzy, Hyemi, Yezi and Cheska. Member Cheska officially departed from the group in March 2014. The group released their debut single, Vista on August 31, 2012.

In May 2018, it was announced that Fiestar officially disbanded following their contract expiration.[1][2]



Prior to their debut, the members of Fiestar had been training as a group for two years and individually for an average of four years.[3]

Cao Lu had previously debuted as a soloist in China after winning a 2004 CCTV singing contest. Her album Cat was released in 2005 under the stage name LuLu.

The group's leader, Jei, had previously been a model for online clothing stores[4] and appeared in music videos including Infinite's "Paradise",[5] and Bongshil Sister's "My Love".[6] She also featured on Taw's "Happy Hours", under the stage name Joo.[7]

Linzy had been a trainee under YG Entertainment and was intended to be a 2NE1 member and then a member of another YG girl group, before the band was scrapped before debut. In 2010, she recorded a song for the Korean drama Obstetrics and Gynecology.[8]

2012–2013: Debut and further releases[edit]

Before their official debut, Fiestar released a duet with label mate IU for LOEN Entertainment's collective label album. The track was titled "Sea of Moonlight" and was a domestic chart success.[9] They also collaborated with Tiger JK for the pre-release song "Wicked".

The group released their first official single, "Vista", on August 31, 2012. The tracks from the corresponding EP all charted on the K-pop Billboard Hot 100.[10]

Fiestar's second single "We Don't Stop" was released on November 9, with the B-side track "Sweet Love" featuring ballad singer Kim Yeon-woo. Live promotions for the album began on Music Bank the following day.[11] Alongside group promotions, Jei appeared in TVN's reality program Romantic and Idol, and alongside IU for the comedy show Gag Concert along with Jei, Cao Lu and Linzy. Vocalists Linzy and Hyemi appeared on KBS's 1000 Song Challenge, and the group as a whole made appearances on Weekly Idol and Dream Team 2. They also endorsed HIM Magazine.[12]

In 2013, Linzy played Sharpay Evans in the CJE&M Korean musical adaptation of High School Musical, sharing the role with The Grace's Dana. The show's run began on July 2 at the Blue Square Samsung Card Hall.[13] During the year Fiestar also participated in a video series entitled "Fiestar's A-HA! For the Global K-Pop Fan"[14] as well as endorsements for the Samsung Galaxy S4.

On August 27, a pre-release single, "Whoo!" featuring Eric Benét, was released online. Despite there being no live promotions for the single, it was a chart success.[15]

In September, LOEN Entertainment created the sub-label Collabodadi, under which Fiestar would continue to release their music.[16] On November 1, Fiestar released the single "I Don't Know" from the EP Curious, making their stage comeback on Music Core the following day.[17] Following promotions, the reality television show Channel FIESTAR! aired on SBS MTV.[18]

2014–2015: Cheska's departure and Black Label[edit]

On March 20, 2014, LOEN Entertainment announced that Cheska would be leaving the group and would not be replaced by any new members, and Fiestar's comeback was scheduled for mid-July after being postponed due to the Sewol ferry tragedy.[19][20]

On June 16, a single in collaboration between The Friends and Fiestar for the 2014 Brazil World Cup titled "I Love Korea" was released.[21] On July 1, the music video for the single "One More" was released.[22][23]

On March 4, 2015 Fiestar's first mini album Black Label was released with title track "You're Pitiful". Six months after the album's release, on September 22, Collabodadi was dissolved, with LOEN Tree becoming the sole in-house label of LOEN Entertainment. Thus, Fiestar returned to LOEN Tree after a two-year run under Collabodadi.

On December 17, Cao Lu appeared on Radio Star as a guest along with rapper Jessi, Got7's Jackson, and Lena Park as part of the Outsiders special. She gained national attention for her appearance on the program and became the number one trending topic on Naver, with Fiestar also trending.[24][25]

2016–2018: A Delicate Sense and disbandment[edit]

In March 2016, Fiestar released their second mini album A Delicate Sense.[26] The album consists of six tracks, including lead single "Mirror". Notably, all the members also participated in the production.[27]

On May 31, 2016 Fiestar returned with the digital single "Apple Pie".[28]

On May 15, 2018 it was announced that Fiestar had disbanded following the expiration of majority members contracts on April 30 and only Cao Lu's contract would be expiring on May 31.[29][30]

On May 29, 2018, former member Cheska announced via her Instagram that she was quitting music. She thanked her fans for supporting her, but that as "music was slowly killing [her]", she had decided to walk away.[31]


Fiestar's single "One More" was banned from broadcast by MBC for its supposedly risqué lyrics. While the song had originally passed scrutiny from the three major broadcasting stations (KBS, MBC and SBS), backlash from public commentators forced the networks to review the song's content. While their representatives claimed that the song was innocuous, the group re-recorded the song and changed the lyrics.[32] The controversy spawned from the lyrics prompted MBC to crack down further on songs with ambiguous or easily misconstrued lyrical content.[33]


  • Cao Lu (Hangul: 차오루)
  • Jei (재이)
  • Linzy (린지)
  • Hyemi (혜미)
  • Cheska (체스카)
  • Yezi (예지)


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
Black Label 11
A Delicate Sense 9
  • KOR: 3,060+


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
Hot 100

"Sea of Moonlight" (with IU) 2012 10 N/A 12 LOEN Tree Summer Story
"Vista" 27 9 28
  • KOR (CD): 1,920+
  • KOR (DL): 350,922+[39]
Vista (single)
"We Don't Stop" 66 21 58
  • KOR (CD): 1,408+
  • KOR (DL): 107,083+[40]
We Don't Stop (single)
"Whoo!" (with Eric Benét) 2013 58 N/A 80
  • KOR (DL): 30,599+
Digital single
"I Don't Know" 17 63 63
  • KOR (CD): 1,629+
  • KOR (DL): 72,042+[41]
Curious (single)
"One More" 2014 51 N/A 57
  • KOR (DL): 73,668+
Digital single
"You're Pitiful" 2015 60 11 N/A
  • KOR (DL): 65,454+[42]
Black Label
"Mirror" 2016 80 9
  • KOR (DL): 47,100+
A Delicate Sense
"Apple Pie" 84 N/A
  • KOR (DL): 33,733+[43]
Digital single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: Korean Billboard Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and was discontinued in July 2014.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album Sales

Hot 100

"Wicked" (Feat. Tiger JK) 2012 57 71 Vista (single)
  • KOR (DL): 85,571+
"Sweet Love" (Feat. Kim Yeon-woo) 70 99 We Don't Stop (single)
  • KOR (DL): 69,762+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: Korean Billboard Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and was discontinued in July 2014.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Member Album Notes
"Miao Miao" 2005 Cao Lu Cat (album) Chinese debut album by Cao Lu under the stage name LuLu as a soloist
"You Light Up My Life"
"I'm Sorry" (Feat. P.K. Heman) 2010 Linzy Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors OST Under her real name, Im Minji, as a YG trainee
"Stop Saying It's Alright" (by MBLAQ) 2014 Hyemi Winter MBLAQ featuring Hyemi
"Such A Woman" (by Zia) Yezi, Cheska Such A Woman (repackage album) Zia featuring Yezi, Cheska
"What My Heart Wants To Say" (by Lel) Linzy Hi! School – Love On OST Part 2 Lel featuring Linzy
"So Tight" All My Lovely Girl OST Part 7
"Miraculous Ladybug" 2015 Miraculous Ladybug OST Also filmed a music video
"Save Me Tarzan" Golden Tower OST Part 1
"Z-Noid" 2016 Yezi Counter-Strike Online OST Promotion for the patch update with the same name, Also filmed a music video
"Waiting For You" Cao Lu My Amazing Boyfriend OST
"#Like" All Centerpole OST Promotion for the Centerpole brand, Also filmed a music video starring Park Hae-jin and Gong Seung-yeon
"Back in the Day" 2017 Hyemi Saimdang, Light's Diary OST
"Spring Again" Cao Lu Non-album single Cao Lu X Kisum X Yerin


Music videos[edit]

Year Song title Album Released Length Director/Production House Note
2012 "Sea of Moonlight" (with IU) LOEN Tree Summer Story July 26 3:43 Hwang Soo-ah
(LOEN Entertainment In-house / Film Production Korea)
Special collaboration
"Vista" Vista (single) August 31 5:11 Debut music video.
"Vista (Performance Ver.)" September 4 3:34
"We Don't Stop" We Don't Stop (single) November 8 3:40 Jo Soo-hyun
2013 "I Don't Know" Curious (single) October 31 3:46 Kim Young-jo, Yoo Jun-seok
(Naive Creative Production)
2014 "I Love Korea" - June 16 6:27 World Cup cheering song
"One More" One More (single) July 1 3:18 Seong Won-mo, Park Sang-woo
(Digital Pedicure)
First official release without Cheska
2015 "You're Pitiful" Black Label March 4 3:57 Lee Gi-baek
(Tiger Cave Studio)
2016 "Mirror" A Delicate Sense March 9 3:59 Hong Won-ki
"Apple Pie" Apple Pie (single) May 30 4:05


Year Awards Category Result
2012 4th Annual Seoul Success Awards Best Rookie of the Year Won
2012 Arirang's Simply K-Pop Awards Super Rookie Idol of the Year
All the Kpop - World-Class Rookie Awards Rookie of the Year
Knock-Out Award
22nd Seoul Music Awards Rookie Award[47] Nominated
Popularity Award[47]
2015 25th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award
Popularity Award


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