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Hello Venus
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Hello Venus in 2016
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels
Associated acts
  • Happy Pledis
Members
Past members

Hello Venus (Hangul헬로비너스; often stylized as HELLOVENUS) is a South Korean girl group formed by Tricell Media, a joint venture between Pledis Entertainment and Fantagio, in 2012. The group originally consisted of six members: Alice, Nara, Lime, Yooara, Yoonjo, and Yooyoung. They debuted with lead single "Venus" from their debut extended play, Venus, on May 9, 2012.

In July 2014, Fantagio and Pledis ended their Tricell Media joint ventures. Yooara and Yoonjo remained under Pledis, with the other four members continuing their group activities under Fantagio.[1][2] In October 2014, Fantagio introduced two new members: Seoyoung and Yeoreum.

History[edit]

Pledis Entertainment collaborated with Fantagio Entertainment, an acting agency, for Hello Venus' showcase in April.[3] Yoo Ara and Yoonjo were trainees of After School, both having performed on their first album Virgin.[citation needed] Both girls were expected to join After School at some point. Yoo Ara, along with fellow Pledis trainee Kyungmin, were the final two candidates to become After School's ninth member, however, current After School member E-Young was chosen instead. Lime was in the pre-debut line-up of a girl group called Viva Girls under Medialine Entertainment; consisting of several members including Nine Muses member Kyungri.[4][unreliable source?] However, the group disbanded and each girl left the company.

Lime was a backup dancer for Chae Yeon.[4][unreliable source?] She was also a rapper in Lee Jung's '들어봐'(Look At Me)[5] and Honey Family's 역전의 드라마 (Reversal of Drama)[6] under the name Haley.

The group was originally a seven-member line-up; consisting of the six girls and a Pledis Trainee Nicole. Nicole departed Pledis shortly before Hello Venus's debut.[7]

2012–2013: Debut with Venus, What Are You Doing Today? and Would You Stay For Tea?[edit]

Hello Venus first became known under the name Venus. On 17 April, Hello Venus was officially announced with a teaser image, along with the opening of an official website. The final group had six members, containing two members from Pledis: Yoo Ara and Yoonjo, and four members from Fantagio: Alice, Nara, Lime and Yooyoung. Hello Venus release their debut mini album, Venus on May 9, 2012, with a total of four tracks including the lead single "Venus".[8]

Hello Venus continue to release new digital single, Like a Wave on July 4, 2012. The single was a part of re-release their debut mini album, Venus [9]

Hello Venus' second extended play What Are You Doing Today? was released on December 12. The album contains five tracks, with the lead single titled "What Are You Doing Today?".[10]

Promotions for "What Are You Doing Today?" concluded on 27 January, however on 30 January, Tricell Media announced that the group would begin promoting their follow-up song, "Romantic Love" immediately, with the first performance on MBC Music's Show Champion the same day.[11]

Hello Venus in 2013

Hello Venus released their third extended play Would You Stay For Tea?on May 2, 2013, with a total of four tracks including the lead single "Would You Stay For Tea?".[12] The following day, Tricell Media announced that the group will hold their first solo concert at Sogang University’s Mary Hall on 22 June.[13]

2014: Yoo Ara and Yoonjo's departure, new members and Sticky Sticky[edit]

It was announced on 31 July via Hello Venus' official Daum café that Pledis and Fantagio had decided to terminate the Hello Venus project. Alice, Nara, Lime, and Yooyoung will continue to promote as Hello Venus, while Yoo Ara and Yoonjo will return to Pledis, pursuing careers in acting and continue their careers in music. The remaining members will work on releasing a new album, and will also be venturing into acting. Hello Venus will now be managed solely by Fantagio.[1]

On 16 September, the group's agency announced that they are scheduled to have a comeback sometime in the fall. The comeback is reported to be in collaboration with the Brave Brothers, as well as introducing a new member to the group.[14] On 22 October, Fantagio introduced two new members: Seoyoung and Yeoreum, and announced that the group would be making their comeback with a single in the following month.[15] A music video teaser for their upcoming single "Sticky Sticky" was released on 31 October, featuring all the members in a sexy concept. The song and music video was released on 6 November 2014.[16]

2015: Wiggle Wiggle and I'm Ill[edit]

On December 20, 2014 Fantagio Entertainment announced to group have a comeback with fifth digital single "Wiggle Wiggle" the song is produced on Brave Brothers. On December 23, 2014 the group post first teaser video. On January 2, 2015 Fantagio post first teaser pics on Hello Venus members. The official music video was released on January 8, 2015. The group released their fifth mini album, I'm Ill on 22 July 2015, promoting the song of the same name.[17][18]

2016-present: Devine Channel collaboration and Mystery of Venus[edit]

In May 5, 2016 Fantagio Entertainment announced that the group will have a comeback with a digital single called "Glow". The song is a collaboration with producing and writing team Devine Channel. On May 6, 2016 Fantagio posted the first teaser images of members, Nara, Yeo-reum and Seo-young. On March 7, 2016 Fantagio posted the second teaser images of members, Alice, Yoo-young and Lime. On May 10, "Glow" was released as a digital single.[19]

On July 10, Fantagio Music announced that the group will be releasing a second collaboration song with Devine Channel, called "Paradise".[20] The song was officially released on July 18 as a digital download and a music video for the song was released on the same day.[21]

On November 1, "Runway" was released as the final collaboration single with Devine Channel.[22]

On December 29, 2016 it was reported that the group will be making a comeback with a mini-album on January 11. Mystery of Venus was released on January 11, 2017, in conjunction with the music video for the title track "Mysterious".[23][24]

Endorsements[edit]

In October 2012, five months after their debut, Hello Venus became endorsement models for Bugs 3.0, a smartphone music application from Neowiz Internet.[25]

Members[edit]

Former[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[33]
Venus
  • Released: May 9, 2012
  • Re-released: July 4, 2012 (Like a Wave)
  • Label: Tricell Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A
What Are You Doing Today?
  • Released: December 12, 2012
  • Label: Tricell Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
92
  • KOR: 984+ (2013)[34]
Would You Stay For Tea?
  • Released: May 2, 2013
  • Label: Tricell Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6
I'm Ill
  • Released: July 22, 2015
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7
Mystery of Venus
  • Released: January 11, 2017
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[33]
Hello Venus Live Album 2013
  • Released: August 13, 2013
  • Label: Tricell Media
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Sales Album
KOR
[38]
KOR Hot 100
[39]
US
World

[40]
"Venus" 2012 35 34 Venus
"What Are You Doing Today?" 37 38 What Are You Doing Today?
"Would You Stay For Tea?" 2013 33 26 Would You Stay For Tea?
"Sticky Sticky" 2014 87 Non-album single
"Wiggle Wiggle" 2015 66 8 Non-album single
"I'm Ill" 104 I'm Ill
"Glow" 2016 210 Mystery of Venus
"Paradise" 226
"Runway"
"Mysterious" 2017
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Album
KOR
[38]
KOR Hot 100
[39]
"Like a Wave" 2012 60 60 Like a Wave
"Romantic Love" 2013 97 What Are You Doing Today?
"Soldier Dance" 2015
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Where Are You Now?" 2013 After School Bokbulbok OST Part 2[49]
"It's Just Love" 2014 Cunning Single Lady OST[50]

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s) Other version(s)
"Venus" 2012 Kim Hye-jung[51]
"What Are You Doing Today?" Digipedi[52]
"Would You Stay for Tea?" 2013 Hong Won-ki[53]
"Where Are You Now?" Unknown
"Sticky Sticky" 2014 Hong Won-ki[54]
"Wiggle Wiggle" 2015 Unknown
"Soldier Dance"
  • Dance Ver.
"I'm Ill" Hong Won-ki[55]
  • Performance Ver.
"Glow" 2016 Kyle[56]
"Paradise"
"Mysterious" 2017 Joo Hee-sun[57]

Filmography[edit]

Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 Birth of Venus
2013 SBS MTV Diary with NU'EST

Dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Member(s)
2012 Take Care of Us, Captain stewardesses (Cameo, Ep. 20) Nara and Yooyoung
2013 Wonderful Mama Jang Go-eun Yooyoung
After School: Lucky or Not (Cameo, Ep. 1) HelloVenus
2014 Cunning Single Lady Pi Song-hee
booking ladies (Cameo, Ep. 10)
Yooyoung, Alice and Nara
2015 To Be Continued (TV series) TBA Lime and Yeoreum
2016 Entertainer Song-hee (Cameo, Ep. 1) Nara
2017 Suspicious Partner Cha Yoo-jung Nara
Circle Secretary Shin Yooyoung

Awards and nominations[edit]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Best New Female Artist[58] "Venus" Nominated
Artist of the Year[59] Nominated

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best Rookie[citation needed] "Venus" Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2013 Gaon Chart K-Pop Award Newcomer Award (Female Group)[60] Won
2015 Asian Model Festival Popularity Award [61] Won

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