Nine Muses (band)

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Nine Muses
Nine Muses in Jan 2015.jpg
Nine Muses in January 2015. Left to right: Sojin, Hyemi, Kyungri, Minha, Keumjo, Hyuna, Sungah and Euaerin.
Background information
Also known as 9Muses, Namyu
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Star Empire Entertainment,
IMX Inc./Happinet Music, KT Music
  • Hyuna
  • Euaerin
  • Sungah
  • Kyungri
  • Hyemi
  • Minha
  • Sojin
  • Keumjo
Past members
  • Jaekyung
  • Bini
  • Rana
  • Lee Sem
  • Eunji
  • Sera

Nine Muses (Korean: 나인뮤지스, often stylized as 9MUSES or NINE MUSES) is a South Korean girl group under Star Empire Entertainment. The group debuted in 2010 with the single "No Playboy" from the single album, Let's Have a Party. The group derives its name from the nine Muses of the Greek Mythology. The current lineup includes Hyuna, Euaerin, Sungah, Kyungri, Hyemi, Minha, Sojin, and Keumjo.


2010-2011: Debut, line-up changes and Figaro[edit]

The formation of Nine Muses was announced on March 26, 2010. Their first release was on August 12, 2010 with the single album Let's Have a Party. The lead track "No Playboy" is a song produced by composers Rainstone and Park Jin Young. In October, Jaekyung dropped out of 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 returned to the group. In August, Nine Muses made their comeback with the single "Figaro" as a group of 7 members, with which Hyuna made her debut. Once the promotional period for "Figaro" started, management thought to change the group name to Sweet Candy as it would confuse people if Nine Muses was a group with only 7 members. Months later the group's agency confirmed that the group name was not changing since that in the future it would add two members to become 9 girls.[3][4] The group released "Figaro" and its accompanying music video on August 18, 2011.[5]

2012-2013: Sweet Rendezvous, Sungah and Kyungri debut[edit]

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

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

On March 8, 2012, a music video for "Ticket" from their Sweet Rendezvous mini album was released. On May 25, 2012, they released two music videos for their new military campaign song "My Youth's Allegiance"[7] In March 12, 2012, Star Empire announced that a new member Sungah would be joining the group.[8]

A single, "Dolls", was released in January 2013.[9] It debuted at number 35 on Gaon Top 100 Chart. On May 9, 2013, the music video for the single "Wild" was released. The single debuted on the Gaon chart at number 32,[10] whereas the physical mini-album of the same name debuted on May 16, 2013 at number 4.[11]

On October 13, 2013, Nine Muses released their first studio album, Prima Donna, along with its title track, "Gun".[12] A digital single, "Glue", was released on December 4 accompanied by its music video.[13]

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

Their agency Star Empire announced on January 29, 2014, that Lee Sem and Eunji were to leave the group.[14] On June 23, 2014, it was announced that Sera had also left the group after her contract's expiration.[15]

On September 3, Kyungri, ZE:A's Kevin and Star Empire trainee Sojin teamed up to form a project unit named "Nasty Nasty" and released a song produced by composer Rado.[16]

On January 8, 2015, Star Empire officially announced the group's comeback with their third mini-album, Drama, to be released on January 23.[17] Two new members were revealed: Jo Sojin, a member of Nasty Nasty, and Lee Keumjo, a trainee. Nine Muses hosted their Drama showcase on January 21, 2015 where they debuted their 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, along with the title track "Hurt Locker".[19]

On November 12, 2015, Star Empire officially announced the group's comeback with their fifth mini-album, " Lost" to be released on November 24.


Member timeline[edit]


Music video appearance[edit]

Year Member Song title Artist
2009 Hyuna J Style Lee Jun Ki
2009 Hyuna "Hurt" Loveholics feat. Jang Eun A
2010 Minha "All Day Long" ZE:A[20]
2014 Keumjo "The End"[21] V.O.S
2014 Kyungri "It Girl" Homme
2015 Hyuna "Let's Make Love" Sweet Sorrow


Years Awards
  • Korean Beauty Design Expo - Beauty Popularity Star Award[22]
  • 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards: New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award[23]
  • 8th Asian Model Festival Awards[24]
  • The 4th Annual KPOP+Music Awards: Most Improved Artist
  • The 4th Annual KPOP+Music Awards: Best Female Group


  1. ^ (Korean) 나인뮤지스, 새 멤버 현아 영입해 후속곡 '레이디스' 활동 (Nine Muses to receive a new member and start follow up activities with "Ladies".)
  2. ^ (Korean) 나인뮤지스, 매끈 롱다리로 소녀시대 넘는다 (Nine Muses performs at Seoul Train in Japan.)
  3. ^ (Korean) 나인뮤지스, 8월 첫 유닛 활동..7인조 그룹 출격 (Nine Muses to come back as a seven-member unit group in August)
  4. ^ "Nine Muses: Rana and Bini Quit to Pursue Solo Activities". August 11, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nine Muses reveal new teaser for "Figaro"". August 15, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nine Muses to make a comeback next month with a new member". December 27, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nine Muses cheer on soldiers with a new campaign song". May 25, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nine Muses to return this month as a full nine-member group". January 10, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nine Muses to return this month as a full nine-member group". January 10, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "K-pop Chart Roundup: Lee Hyori Back On Top, 2PM, B1A4, And Nine Muses Return". 16 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gaon Chart releases chart rankings for May 5 – May 11". 16 May 2013. 
  12. ^ jennywill (October 13, 2013). "Nine Muses releases 'PRIMA DONNA' and the MV for 'Gun'!". Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ elliefilet (December 3, 2013). "Nine Muses return sexy as ever with 'Glue' MV". Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ 나인뮤지스 이샘 은지 탈퇴, 개인활동 의사존중 웃으며 졸업 : 네이트 뉴스 (in Korean). January 29, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
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  22. ^ (Korean) 나인뮤지스, 뷰티 인기 스타상 수상 (Nine Muses wins the Beauty Popularity Star Award.)
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  24. ^ "What's on This Week | TV". Arirang. April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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