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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
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop
Years active2016 (2016)–present
LabelsBlockberry Creative
Websiteloonatheworld.com
Members
  • HeeJin
  • HyunJin
  • HaSeul
  • YeoJin
  • ViVi
  • Kim Lip
  • JinSoul
  • Choerry
  • Yves
  • Chuu
  • Go Won
  • Olivia Hye
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
이달의 少女
Literal meaningGirl 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 revealed in a periodic fashion, corresponding to their Korean name Idarui Sonyeo ( ), which translates to "Girl of the Month".

Loona commenced their pre-debut project in August 2016, with each member releasing a promotional single over the next eighteen months.[1] The group has formed three sub-units: Loona 1/3, Loona Odd Eye Circle and Loona yyxy. Their debut EP as a full ensemble, [+ +] (2018), was supported by the lead single "Hi High".

Name

Loona's English name is derived from the Hangul letters ㅇㄷㅇㅅㄴ, each an initial consonant in the syllabic blocks that make 이달의 소녀 (Idarui Sonyeo). When rearranged to ㄴㅇㅇㄷㅅ, it resembles LOONA in the Latin alphabet.[2]

History

2016–2018: Pre-debut project and Mix Nine

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 member released a single album typically consisting of a solo track and another track performed with other revealed members, under the group's Korean name Idarui Sonyeo (Korean이달의 소녀; lit. Girl of the Month)[4] In March 2017, the group's first sub-unit, Loona 1/3, was introduced, consisting of previously revealed members HeeJin, HyunJin, HaSeul and a new member, ViVi.[5] Loona 1/3 released the extended play Love & Live and accompanying single of the same name on March 13, 2017,[6] with a television promotion 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 single albums, continuing the same Girl of the Month 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 their song "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]

2018–present: Debut with [+ +] and [X X]

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] [+ +] was repackaged as [X X] (read as multiple multiple) on February 19, 2019, with six additional tracks, including a new single, "Butterfly".[20]

Members

Adapted from their Naver profile:[21]

  • ViVi (비비)
  • Yves (이브)
  • JinSoul (진솔)
  • HaSeul (하슬) – leader[22]
  • Kim Lip (김립)
  • Chuu (츄)
  • HeeJin (희진)
  • HyunJin (현진)
  • Go Won (고원)
  • Choerry (최리)
  • Olivia Hye (올리비아 혜)
  • YeoJin (여진)

Sub-units

  • Loona 1/3 (이달의 소녀 1/3) – HaSeul (leader of sub-unit[23]), ViVi, HeeJin, HyunJin[24]
  • Loona Odd Eye Circle (이달의 소녀 오드아이써클) – Kim Lip (leader of sub-unit[25]), JinSoul, Choerry[26]
  • Loona yyxy (이달의 소녀 yyxy, youth youth by young) – Yves (leader of sub-unit), Chuu, Go Won, Olivia Hye[27]

Discography

Extended plays

Tours

Headlining

  • Loonabirth – Debut Concert (++) in Seoul (August 19, 2018)[28]
  • Loonaverse – Comeback Concert (XX) in Seoul (February 16–17, 2019)

Awards and nominations

Korean

Year Award Recipient Result Ref.
Asia Artist Awards
2018 Most Popular Artists (Singer) – Top 50 Loona Nominated
2019 Girl Group Popularity Award Pending [29]
Golden Disc Awards
2019 Rookie Artist Award Loona Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Korea First Brand Awards
2019 Most Anticipated Female Rookie Idol Loona Won [30]
Genie Music Awards
2018 The Top Artist Loona Nominated [31]
The Female New Artist Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award Nominated
2019 The Top Artist Nominated [32]
The Female New Artist Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award Nominated
Global Popularity Award Nominated
Melon Music Awards
2018 Best New Artist (Female) Loona Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards
2018 Best New Female Artist Loona Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
Seoul Music Awards
2019 New Artist Award Loona Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
Soribada Best K-Music Awards
2019 Performance Award Loona Won
MTN Ad Festival Awards
2019 Commercial Star Rookie Loona Won [33]

International

Year Award Recipient Result Ref.
MTV Europe Music Awards
2018 Best Korean Act Loona Won
BreakTudo Awards
2019 K-pop Female Group Loona Nominated [34]

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