Nine Muses (band)

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Nine Muses
(싹튜브) 서울종합예술실용학교 SAC 날자 연예인 스타 축하메세지 1탄 - 나인뮤지스.jpg
Background information
Also known as
  • 9Muses
  • Namyu
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Star Empire Entertainment
Associated acts
  • Sungah (hiatus)
  • Kyungri
  • Hyemi
  • Sojin
  • Keumjo
Past members
  • Jaekyung
  • Bini
  • Rana
  • Lee Sem
  • Eunji
  • Sera
  • Euaerin
  • Minha
  • Hyuna

Nine Muses (Korean: 나인뮤지스, often stylized as 9MUSES or NINE MUSES) is a South Korean girl group formed by Star Empire Entertainment in 2010 with an admissions and graduation concept. The group currently consists of five members: Sungah (on hiatus), Kyungri, Hyemi, Sojin, and Keumjo.


2010–11: Debut and line-up changes[edit]

The formation of Nine Muses was announced on March 26, 2010. Their first single album Let's Have a Party on August 12, 2010. The lead single No Playboy was produced by composers Rainstone and Park Jin Young. In October, Jaekyung withdrew from the group to focus on her modeling career and was replaced by Hyuna.[1] To advance into the Japanese market, on December 26, 2010, Nine Muses performed six songs on Seoul Train, an event in which K-pop artists and groups perform for their Japanese fans, alongside V.O.S. and ZE:A.[2]

In January 2011 it was announced that members Bini, Rana and Euaerin would leave the group to pursue other areas, and that they will not receive replacements. However, three months later Euaerin re-joined the group. Nine Muses returned as a 7 member group with the release of their digital single Figaro and its music video on August 18, 2011.[3] During the Figaro promotional period, Star Empire announced that the group name would be changed to 'Sweet Candy', as it would confuse people if Nine Muses was a group with only 7 members. A month later, Star Empire confirmed that the group name was not changing, because in the future Star Empire would add two new members to the group, once again making Nine Muses a 9-member group.[4][5]

2012–13: New members, Sweet Rendezvous, Dolls, Wild and Prima Donna[edit]

Nine Muses at a showcase event for their single "Wild" in 2013.

Nine Muses introduced a new member, Kyungri, during the group's performance in Abu Dhabi, UAE.[6] Nine Muses released music video for their digital single News on January 10 and the single was officially released on January 11, 2012. The song was produced by Sweetune, who was also behind their "Figaro" single.

On March 8, Nine Muses released their first extended play Sweet Rendezvous with lead single Ticket. On May 25, they released two music videos for their new military campaign song "My Youth's Allegiance"[7] On December 12, Star Empire introduced new member Sungah.[8]

Nine Muses released their digital single Dolls in January 2013.[9] It debuted at number 35 on the Gaon Top 100 Chart. On May 9, 2013, Nine Muses' second mini album "Wild" with a title track of the same name, was released. The single debuted on the Gaon chart at number 32,[10] whereas the physical mini-album debuted on May 16, 2013 at number 4.[11]

On October 13, 2013, Nine Muses released their first studio album Prima Donna with lead single Gun.[12] Nine Muses released digital single Glue and its music video on December 4.[13]

2014–15: Line-up changes, Drama, S/S Edition and Lost[edit]

On January 29, 2014, Star Empire announced that Lee Sem and Eunji had graduated from the group, but Star Empire still managed their careers.[14] On June 23, 2014, Star Empire announced that Sera's exclusive contract had expired and that she had decided to graduate from the group. It was confirmed a new member would be added with Nine Muses' August comeback.[15]

On September 3, Kyungri, along with ZE:A's Kevin and Star Empire trainee Sojin, formed Star Empire's project unit named 'Nasty Nasty'.[16]

On January 8, 2015, Star Empire announced the group's third mini-album Drama would be released on January 23.[17] Star Empire later added two new members: Jo Sojin, who debuted with Nasty Nasty, and Lee Keumjo. Nine Muses held their Drama showcase on January 21, 2015 with a new eight member line-up and performed their title-track "Drama" for the first time. The showcase was broadcast live on YouTube.[18]

In July 2015, Nine Muses released their fourth mini-album S/S Edition with the title track "Hurt Locker".[19] Followed by their fifth mini album "Lost", released on November 24.[20]

2016: First solo concert, line-up change and Nine Muses A[edit]

In December 2015, Star Empire announced that the girl group would be holding their very own solo concert for the first time in February. The concert took place at Wapop Hall in Seoul Children's Grand Park on February 19. They held two fan meets in China and are planning to have a comeback in May.[21]

On June 7, 2016 Star Empire announced that Minha and Euaerin’s exclusive contracts have expired and they decided to graduate from the group. It was also revealed that Nine Muses are currently preparing for a summer comeback with a four-member sub-unit called Nine Muses A, an abbreviation for 9muses Amuse, with members Kyungri, Hyemi, Sojin and Keumjo.[22]

On October 4, Star Empire announced that Hyuna's exclusive contract had ended and she decided to graduate from the group. They also revealed that the group will continue on with the remaining five members.[23]

2017: Nine Muses Comeback and 'RE:MINE'[edit]

On May 31, A teaser through Nine Muses' channel on naver and youtube has been released and was stated that their comeback would be on June 19, 2017. Star Empire Entertainment revealed via a Twitter post that member Sungah will not be participating in the comeback as she pursues work as a DJ for the time being.[24]

On June 13, Nine Muses announced that their concert, entitled 'RE:MINE', will take place on 29 July.


Current members[edit]

  • Sungah (성아) was born Son Sung-ah (손성아) – Lead rapper, lead dancer and vocalist.[25]
  • Kyungri (경리) was born Park Kyung-ri (박경리) – Lead vocalist, lead dancer and visual.[26][27]
  • Hyemi (혜미) was born Pyo Hye-mi (표혜미) – Leader, Main vocalist.[28][29]
  • Sojin (소진) was born Jo So-jin (조소진) – Main dancer, main rapper and vocalist.[30]
  • Keumjo (금조) was born Lee Keum-jo (이금조) – Main vocalist.[31]

Graduate members[edit]

  • Jaekyung (재경) was born Jung Seo-young (정서영)
  • Rana (라나) was born Kim Ra-na (김라나)
  • Bini (비니) was born Lee Hye-bin (이혜빈)
  • LeeSem (이샘) was born Lee Hyun-joo (이현주)
  • Sera (세라) was born Ryu Se-ra (류세라)
  • Eunji (은지) was born Park Eun-ji (박은지)
  • Euaerin (이유애린) was born Lee Hye-min (이혜민)
  • Minha (민하) was born Park Min-ha (박민하)
  • Hyuna (현아) was born Moon Hyun-a (문현아)


Black - hiatus




Music video appearance[edit]

Year Member Song title Artist
2009 Hyuna J Style Lee Jun Ki
"Maze" Pearl
"Hurt" Loveholics feat. Jang Eun A
2010 Minha "All Day Long"[32] ZE:A
2013 Sojin "BIKINI" Kim Sori
2014 Keumjo "The End"[33] V.O.S
Kyungri "It Girl"[34] Homme
2015 Hyuna "Let's Make Love"[35] Sweet Sorrow
2016 Kyungri "Crush on you"[36] The Legend
"Shut Up"[37] Unnies
2017 Sojin Night Young Cream


  • Muse In The City (2016)
  • Star Empire Family Concert (2016)
  • Re:Mine (2017)


Years Awards
  • Korean Beauty Design Expo – Beauty Popularity Star Award[38]
  • 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards: New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award[39]
  • 8th Asian Model Festival Awards[40]
  • Korean Entertainment Awards: Best Female Group


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