Loona (band)

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Loona
180820 Loona at their debut showcase (1).png
Loona in August 2018
From left to right: Hyunjin, Jinsoul, Yeojin, Chuu, Yves, Heejin, Kim Lip, Olivia Hye, Go Won, Choerry, Vivi, and Haseul
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2016 (2016)–present
Labels Blockberry Creative
Website http://loonatheworld.com/
Members
  • HeeJin
  • HyunJin
  • HaSeul
  • YeoJin
  • ViVi
  • Kim Lip
  • JinSoul
  • Choerry
  • Yves
  • Chuu
  • Go Won
  • Olivia Hye
Korean name
Hangul 이달 소녀
Hanja 이달의 少女
Literal meaning Girl of the Month
Japanese name
Kanji 今月の少女
Chinese name
Chinese 本月少女

Loona (stylized as LOOΠΔ) is a South Korean girl group formed by Blockberry Creative. Its twelve members were individually revealed in a periodic fashion, corresponding to their Korean name Idarui Sonyeo (이달의 소녀), which translates to "Girl of the Month".

Loona commenced their pre-debut project on August 31, 2016 with each member releasing a promotional solo single over the following eighteen months.[1] The group has formed three sub-units: Loona 1/3, Loona Odd Eye Circle and Loona yyxy, introduced through their respective extended plays.

Loona's debut extended play as a full group, ++, was released on August 20, 2018.

Name[edit]

Loona's English name is formed from the consonants ㅇ, ㄷ, ㅇ, ㅅ, and ㄴ in 이달의 소녀 (Idarui Sonyeo), which resemble O, N, A and L in the Latin alphabet.[2]

History[edit]

2016–2018: Pre-debut project, Mix Nine and debut[edit]

On October 2, 2016, Blockberry Creative announced through Naver that they would be debuting their first girl-group through an 18-month long pre-debut project.[3]

Between October 2016 and January 2017, four members: HeeJin, HyunJin, HaSeul, and YeoJin, were revealed each month, releasing a single album each.[4] The group's first sub-unit, Loona 1/3 was introduced, consisting of previously revealed members HeeJin, HyunJin, HaSeul and new member, ViVi.[5] The four members released the extended play Love & Live and accompanying single of the same name on March 13.[6] The sub-unit officially began promoting from March 12, with promotions beginning on SBS's Inkigayo.[7] They released a repackaged edition of the extended play, titled Love & Evil, on April 27.[8]

Between April 2017 and July 2017, members ViVi, Kim Lip, JinSoul, and Choerry released their solo single albums, continuing the same monthly pattern.[9]

In September 2017, three members, HeeJin, HyunJin and HaSeul, auditioned for JTBC's reality show Mix Nine; HeeJin and HyunJin passed the audition stage making it onto the show,[10] where HyunJin placed Top 18 and HeeJin placed fourth in the finale.[11]

The group's second sub-unit, Loona Odd Eye Circle, consisting of JinSoul, Kim Lip and Choerry, released the extended play Mix & Match on September 21, 2017, and began promotions on Mnet's M Countdown.[12] The English version of "Loonatic" was released on October 23.[13] On October 31, they released a repackaged edition of the extended play, titled Max & Match, which included three new songs.[14]

Loona yyxy at the 2018 Incheon Airport Sky Festival

Between the months of November 2017 and January 2018, they released the solo single albums for new members Yves, Chuu, and Go Won, continuing the monthly pattern.[15] In March 2018, they released the solo single album for final member, Olivia Hye.[16] On May 30, 2018, the group's third sub-unit, Loona yyxy, made their debut with the extended play Beauty & the Beat. The single "love4eva" featuring Canadian musician Grimes was released the same day with an accompanying music video.[17]

On August 7, 2018, Loona released "Favorite" as the lead single from ++ (read as plus plus), their debut extended play as a full group.[18] The extended play was released on August 20, 2018 alongside the second single "Hi High".[19]

Members[edit]

Adapted from their Naver profile:[20]

  • ViVi (비비)
  • Yves (이브)
  • JinSoul (진솔)
  • HaSeul (하슬) – leader[21]
  • Kim Lip (김립)
  • Chuu (츄)
  • HeeJin (희진)
  • HyunJin (현진)
  • Go Won (고원)
  • Choerry (최리)
  • Olivia Hye (올리비아 혜)
  • YeoJin (여진)

Sub-units[edit]

  • LOOΠΔ 1/3 (이달의 소녀 1/3) – HaSeul (leader of sub-unit[22]), ViVi, HeeJin, HyunJin[23]
  • LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle (이달의 소녀 오드아이써클) – Kim Lip (leader of sub-unit[24]), JinSoul, Choerry[25]
  • LOOΠΔ yyxy (이달의 소녀 yyxy, youth youth by young) – Yves (leader of sub-unit), Chuu, Go Won, Olivia Hye[26]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[27]
FRA Dig.
[28]
US
Heat.

[29]
US
Ind.
US
World

[30]
Pre-debut
Love & Live
(LOOΠΔ 1/3)
10
  • Re-released: April 27, 2017 (Love & Evil)
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
26 12
Mix & Match
(LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle)
  • Released: September 21, 2017
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16 10
  • Re-released: October 31, 2017 (Max & Match)
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
22 11
Beauty & the Beat
(LOOΠΔ yyxy)
  • Released: May 30, 2018
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 6
Post-debut
++
  • Released: August 20, 2018
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 120 4 20 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Single albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[36]
HeeJin
  • Released: October 5, 2016
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
31
HyunJin
  • Released: November 17, 2016
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
28
HaSeul
  • Released: December 15, 2016
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
29
YeoJin
  • Released: January 16, 2017
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
21
ViVi
  • Released: April 17, 2017
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
14
Kim Lip
  • Released: May 23, 2017
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
14
JinSoul
  • Released: June 26, 2017
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
18
Choerry
  • Released: July 28, 2017
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13
Yves
  • Released: November 28, 2017
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
18
Chuu
  • Released: December 28, 2017
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11
Go Won
  • Released: January 30, 2018
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13
Olivia Hye
  • Released: March 30, 2018
  • Label: Blockberry Creative, Vlending Co., Ltd., Windmill ENT
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[48]
US
World

[49]
"Favorite" 2018 4 ++
"Hi High" 11
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Recorded by Peak chart positions Album
US
World

[49]
Pre-debut
"ViViD" 2016 HeeJin HeeJin
"Around You" (다녀가요) HyunJin HyunJin
"Let Me In" (소년, 소녀) HaSeul HaSeul
"Kiss Later" (키스는 다음에) 2017 YeoJin YeoJin
"Love&Live" (지금, 좋아해) LOOΠΔ 1/3 (HeeJin, HyunJin, HaSeul, ViVi) Love & Live
"Everyday I Love You" ViVi (featuring HaSeul) ViVi
"Sonatine" (알 수 없는 비밀) LOOΠΔ 1/3 (HeeJin, HyunJin, HaSeul, ViVi) Love & Evil
"Eclipse" Kim Lip Kim Lip
"Singing in the Rain" JinSoul JinSoul
"Love Cherry Motion" Choerry Choerry
"Girl Front" LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle (Kim Lip, JinSoul, Choerry) Mix & Match
"Loonatic" (English ver.)[a] Max & Match
"Sweet Crazy Love" 15
"new" Yves Yves
"The Carol 2.0"[b] ViVi, Choerry, Yves Non-album single
"Heart Attack" Chuu Chuu
"One&Only" 2018 Go Won Go Won
"Egoist" Olivia Hye (featuring JinSoul) 9 Olivia Hye
"love4eva" LOOΠΔ yyxy (Yves, Chuu, Go Won, Olivia Hye) (featuring Grimes) Beauty & the Beat
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Videography[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2016 "ViViD"[52] VM Project Architecture
"ViViD (Acoustic Mix)"[53] VAM JINS (VAM)
"Around You"[54] Digipedi
"I'll Be There"[55]
"Let Me in"[56]
"The Carol"[57]
2017 "Kiss Later"[57]
"My Sunday"[58] VAM JINS (VAM)
"My Melody"[59]
"Love&Live"[60] Digipedi
"Everyday I Love You"[61]
"Sonatine"[62]
"Everyday I Need You"[63] VAM JINS (VAM)
"Eclipse"[64] Digipedi
"Singing in the Rain"[65]
"Rain 51db" Unknown
"Love Cherry Motion"[66] Digipedi
"Girl Front"
"Loonatic" (Lyric ver.) Unknown
"Sweet Crazy Love"[67] Digipedi
"new"[68]
"The Carol 2.0" (Lyric ver.) Unknown
"Heart Attack" Digipedi
2018 "One&Only"
"Egoist"[69]
"love4eva" (feat. Grimes)[70]
"Favorite"[71]
"Hi High"[72]

Tours[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • LOOΠΔbirth – Debut Concert in Seoul (August 19th, 2018)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Loonatic" was originally recorded in Korean for the extended play Mix & Match. The English version was released separately as a digital single and is included in the physical edition of the reissue Max & Match.[50]
  2. ^ "The Carol 2.0" recorded by ViVi, Choerry and Yves was released exclusively as a digital promotional single. The previous version of "The Carol" recorded by HeeJin, HyunJin and HaSeul is included in the HaSeul single album.[51]

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  38. ^ Cumulative sales of HyunJin:
  39. ^ Cumulative sales of HaSeul:
  40. ^ Cumulative sales of YeoJin:
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  42. ^ Cumulative sales of Kim Lip:
  43. ^ Cumulative sales of JinSoul:
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