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Gugudan in 2018
From left to right: Soyee, Sally, Mimi, Sejeong, Hana, Mina, Nayoung, Haebin
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2016 (2016)–present
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial Website
Past members
  • Hyeyeon
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGugudan

Gugudan (Hangul구구단), also stylized as gu9udan[1] or gx9, is a South Korean girl group formed in 2016 by Jellyfish Entertainment. The group debuted on June 28, 2016, with their EP Act. 1 The Little Mermaid. The group is composed of eight members: Mimi, Hana, Haebin, Nayoung, Sejeong, Sally, Soyee and Mina. A ninth original member, Hyeyeon, departed from the group on October 25, 2018.



In January 2016, Nayoung, Sejeong and Mina were introduced as Jellyfish Entertainment's first female trainees on the Mnet survival show, Produce 101, where 101 female trainees from various companies competed to debut in an eleven-member girl group that would promote for a year under YMC Entertainment.[2] After placing 2nd and 9th respectively in the final episode, Sejeong and Mina debuted as members of I.O.I in May 2016.

2016: Debut with Act. 1 The Little Mermaid[edit]

Gugudan in September 2016

Despite denying earlier reports of Sejeong and Mina debuting in a 3-member girl group in June, Jellyfish Entertainment confirmed on June 7 that the two I.O.I members would debut within the month in what would be the company's first girl group.[3][4] Because of YMC Entertainment's special terms in which I.O.I's members are allowed to do activities under their respective companies while I.O.I was on break or while the group promoted in sub-units, there were no complications with the plan.[5]

Nayoung was also confirmed as a member on June 10[6] and on June 13, Jellyfish Entertainment revealed that Gugudan would be a nine-member group.[7] On June 17, Jellyfish Entertainment announced the group name.[8]

On June 22, the group confirmed that they were going for a "mermaid" concept.[9] Following the announcement, a highlight medley of the group's debut mini-album was released on June 24.[10] They debuted on June 28, 2016 with the mini-album, Act. 1 The Little Mermaid, with "Wonderland" as the title song.[11][12] Their debut showcase was held at the Yes24 Live Hall on the same day as the album's release.[13]

Gugudan participated in Jellyfish Entertainment's annual winter project, Jelly Christmas 2016, with their label mates Seo In-guk, VIXX, Park Yoon-ha, Park Jung-ah, Kim Gyu-sun, Kim Ye-won and Jiyul. The title track, "Falling (니가 내려와)" was released digitally on December 13, 2016.[14][15][16][17][18]

2017: Act. 2 Narcissus and Act. 3 Chococo Factory[edit]

Their second mini-album, Act. 2 Narcissus, and its title track, "A Girl Like Me", was released on February 27.[19]

On November 8, the group released a single album, Act. 3 Chococo Factory, featuring the title track, "Chococo".[20] Prior to the release, it was announced that Soyee will go on hiatus in order to fully recover from a shoulder injury that she had since prior to her debut.[21]

2018: Act. 4 Cait Sith, Act. 5 New Action, Japanese debut and Hyeyeon's departure[edit]

The group in March 2018

On February 1, Gugudan released their second single album Act. 4 Cait Sith, with the lead single "The Boots".[22]

On May 17, it was announced that youngest member Hyeyeon will go on a temporary hiatus from all the group activities due to health issues.[23]

Gugudan officially debuted in Japan with releasing their first Japanese single Stand By on September 19. On September 21, Gugudan held their debut showcase and fanmeeting titled Gugudan 1st Showcase & Fanmeeting "Dear Friend" in Japan at Tokyo Akasaka Blitz.[24][25] The group also scheduled to held their first Japan tour in Osaka and Tokyo starting on December 7, 2018.[26]

Hyeyeon left the group for personal reasons in October 2018.[27]

On November 6, Gugudan released their third EP, Act. 5 New Action, containing six tracks with the lead single "Not That Type".[28][29]


Current members[edit]

  • Mimi (Hangul미미) — Sub-vocal
  • Hana (하나) — Leader, lead dancer, sub-vocal[30]
  • Haebin (해빈) — Main vocal
  • Nayoung (나영) — Lead vocal
  • Sejeong (세정) — Main vocal
  • Sally (샐리) — Main dancer, lead rapper, sub-vocal
  • Soyee (소이) — Sub-vocal
  • Mina (미나) — Main rapper, main dancer, sub-vocal

Former members[edit]

  • Hyeyeon (혜연) — Lead dancer, vocalist, rapper


Gugudan 5959[edit]

In July 2017, Jellyfish Entertainment formed the subunit group named Gugudan 5959 (Hangul구구단 오구오구; spelled as "Ogu-ogu"), composed of the youngest members Mina and Hyeyeon.[31][32] The "5959" name is made up of their represented numbers in Gugudan: Hyeyeon representing the number 5 and Mina representing the number 9. 5959 released their debut single, "Ice Chu", on August 10, 2017.[33][34]

After Hyeyeon's departure in October 2018, the subunit consequently became inactive.

Gugudan SeMiNa[edit]

In June 2018, Jellyfish Entertainment formed the second subunit of Gugudan, composed of members Sejeong, Mina and Nayoung, named Gugudan SeMiNa (Hangul구구단 세미나).[35][36] The "SeMiNa" name is made up of the first syllables of the members' names. Gugudan SeMiNa debuted with the release of their self-titled single album consisting of two tracks on July 10, 2018.[37][38]





  • Gugudan Project: Extreme School Trip (MBC Music; 2016)

Concert and tours[edit]

  • Gugudan 1st Showcase & Fanmeeting "Dear Friend" in Japan (2018)[25]
  • Gugudan 1st Japan Tour "PLAY" (2018)[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Asia Artist Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Gugudan Popularity Award (Singer)[39] Nominated
2017 Rising Star Award Won
Popularity Award (Singer) [40] Nominated
2018 Nominated
New Wave Award (Music) Won

Gaon Chart Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Gugudan New Artist of the Year Nominated

Golden Disc Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Gugudan New Artist of the Year [41] Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Asian Choice Popularity Award Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Gugudan Best New Artist (Female Group) Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Gugudan Bonsang Award Nominated
New Artist Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
2018 Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

Soribada Best K-Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Gugudan Performance Award[42][43] Won
Popularity Award Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 Rookie Asia M-style Show Cultural Technology – Awesome Style Award Gugudan Won
2017 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards K-Pop Award Gugudan Won


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