Nine Muses (group)

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Nine Muses
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Nine Muses in 2017
Background information
Also known as
  • 9Muses
  • Namyu
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2010 (2010)–2019
LabelsStar Empire
Associated acts
Website9muses.co.kr
Past members
  • Jaekyung
  • Bini
  • Rana
  • Lee Sem
  • Eunji
  • Sera
  • Euaerin
  • Minha
  • Hyuna
  • Sungah
  • Gyeongree
  • Hyemi
  • Sojin
  • Keumjo

Nine Muses (Korean: 나인뮤지스, often stylized as 9Muses) was a South Korean girl group formed by Star Empire Entertainment in 2010 with an admissions and graduation concept. The group's final lineup consisted of four members: Gyeongree, Hyemi, Sojin, and Keumjo.

History[edit]

2010–2011: Let's Have a Party and "Figaro"[edit]

Nine Muses in 2010

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 Nine Muses to focus on her modeling career and was replaced by Hyuna.[1] To advance into the Japanese market, on December 26, 2010, the group 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 Nine Muses to pursue other areas, and that they will not receive replacements. However, three months later Euaerin re-joined the group. The group 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 single's promotional period, Star Empire Entertainment 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, the company confirmed that the group name was not changing, because they would add two new members to the group in the future, once again making the group a nine member group.[4][5]

2012–2013: "Dolls", Sweet Rendezvous, Wild, and Prima Donna[edit]

Nine Muses in 2013

Nine Muses introduced a new member, Gyeongree, during the group's performance in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[6] The group released music video for their digital single "News" on January 10, 2012 and the single was officially released on January 11, 2012. The single was produced by Sweetune, who was also behind their "Figaro" single. On March 8, 2012, Nine Muses released their first extended play Sweet Rendezvous with lead single "Ticket". On May 25, 2012, the group released two music videos for their new military campaign single, "My Youth's Allegiance".[7] On December 12, 2012, Star Empire Entertainment introduced a new member, Sungah.[8]

Nine Muses released their digital single, "Dolls", in January 2013.[9] The single debuted at number 35 on the Gaon Digital Chart. On May 9, 2013, the group second extended play, Wild, with a title track of the same name, was released. The single debuted on the Gaon Digital Chart at number 32,[10] whereas the physical extended play debuted at number 4 on May 16, 2013.[11] On October 13, 2013, Nine Muses released their first studio album Prima Donna with lead single "Gun".[12] The group released digital single "Glue" and its music video on December 4, 2013.[13]

2014–2015: Line-up changes, Drama, 9Muses S/S Edition, and Lost[edit]

Nine Muses in 2015

On January 29, 2014, Star Empire Entertainment announced that Lee Sem and Eunji had graduated from the group, but will still manage their careers.[14] On June 23, 2014, the company announced that Sera's exclusive contract had expired and that she had decided to graduate from the group.[15][16] On September 3, Gyeongree, along with ZE:A's Kevin and trainee Sojin, formed the project unit Nasty Nasty.[17]

On January 8, 2015, Star Empire Entertainment announced the group's third mini-album Drama would be released on January 23.[18] The agency later added two new members; Sojin, who previously debuted as a member of Nasty Nasty, and Lee Keum-jo. 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.[19] In July 2015, the group released their fourth mini-album 9Muses S/S Edition with the title track "Hurt Locker".[20] Nine Muses' fifth mini album Lost was released on November 24, 2015.[21]

2016–2017: Line-up changes and Muses Diary series[edit]

The group held their first concert Muse in the City on February 19, 2016 at Wapop Hall in Seoul Children's Grand Park and also held two fan meets in China.[22] On June 7, 2016, Star Empire Entertainment announced that Minha and Euaerin had graduate from the group following expiration of their contract.[23] Nine Muses later formed a four member subgroup, Nine Muses A (an abbreviation for Nine Muses Amuse), which is composed of Gyeongree, Hyemi, Sojin, and Keumjo for a summer comeback.[24] On October 4, 2016, the agency announced that Hyuna had graduate from the group after six years of activity due to the expiration of her contract.[25] Nine Muses remained as a four-member group due to Sungah taking hiatus to pursue her work as a disk jockey.[26]

The group released their sixth extended play Muses Diary Part. 2: Identity on June 19, 2017. It was the second release of the Muses Diary series from their debut album under Nine Muses A. It charted on Gaon Album Charts at number 5 and at number 15 on Billboard. The extended play contained six tracks, with the lead single being "Remember". Their comeback showcase was held at the YES24 Muv Hall on the same day as the album's release.[27][28][29] Nine Muses held second concert Re:Mine on July 29, 2017 at the Bluesquare Samsung Card Hall located in Yongsan.[30][31][32] On August 3, 2017, a repackaged version of Muses Diary Part. 2: Identity, titled Muses Diary Part. 3: Love City, was released. The reissue contained of four tracks from Muses Diary Part. 2: Identity and two new songs including the title track "Love City".[33][34]

2018–2019: Hiatus and disbandment[edit]

On February 10, 2019, Star Empire released official statement on Nine Muses fan cafe that the group would be disbanded. The group concluded activities with the release of their final digital single titled "Remember" on February 14 and held fan meeting with the same title on February 24.[35]

Members[edit]

Lineups[edit]

  • First Lineup (2010): Jaekyung, Rana, Bini, Lee Sem, Eunji, Sera, Euaerin, Minha, Hyemi
  • Second Lineup (2010–2011): Rana, Bini, Lee Sem, Eunji, Sera, Euaerin, Minha, Hyuna, Hyemi
  • Third Lineup (2011–2012): Lee Sem, Eunji, Sera, Euaerin, Minha, Hyuna, Hyemi
  • Fourth Lineup (2012): Lee Sem, Eunji, Sera, Euaerin, Minha, Hyuna, Hyemi, Gyeongree
  • Fifth Lineup (2013–2014): Lee Sem, Eunji, Sera, Euaerin, Minha, Hyuna, Hyemi, Gyeongree, Seungah
  • Sixth Lineup (2015–2016): Euaerin, Minha, Hyuna, Hyemi, Gyeongree, Seungah, Keumjo, Sojin
  • Seventh Lineup (2016): Hyemi, Gyeongree, Seungah, Keumjo, Sojin
  • Final Lineup (2017–2019): Hyemi, Gyeongree, Seungah (hiatus), Keumjo, Sojin

Subgroups[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Legend

  • Black – hiatus
  • Pink – nine member lineups

Releases

  1. Let's Have a Party
  2. "Figaro"
  3. "News"
  4. Sweet Rendezvous
  5. "Dolls"
  6. "Wild"
  7. Prima Donna
  8. "Glue"
  9. Drama
  10. 9Muses S/S Edition
  11. Lost
  12. Muses Diary (Nine Muses A)
  13. Muses Diary Part. 2: Identity
  14. Muses Diary Part. 3: Love City

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • Muse in the City (2016)
  • Re:Mine (2017)

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
2010
  • Korean Beauty Design Expo – Beauty Popularity Star Award[36]
  • 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards: New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award[37]
2013
  • 8th Asian Model Festival Awards[38]
2016
  • Korean Entertainment Awards: Best Female Group

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