Spica (band)

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Spica
Spica (band) on Sep 27, 2013.jpg
Spica on September 27, 2013
(L-R) Jiwon, Bohyung, Boa, Sihyun, Narae
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2012 (2012)–2017
Labels
Website b2m-spica.com
Past members
  • Kim Boa
  • Park Sihyun
  • Park Narae
  • Yang Jiwon
  • Kim Bohyung

Spica (Hangul스피카, stylized as SPICA) was a South Korean girl group formed in 2012 under B2M Entertainment. The group consists of Kim Boa, Park Sihyun, Park Narae, Yang Jiwon and Kim Bohyung. Their pre-debut single Doggedly was released on January 10, 2012, followed by their debut mini-album, Russian Roulette, on February 8, 2012. They officially went on hiatus on February 6, 2017.

History[edit]

2012: Debut, Doggedly, Russian Roulette and Lonely[edit]

In the beginning of 2012, B2M Entertainment announced that they would debut a girl group.[1] Their name is a reference to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo. On January 10, 2012, the group released their first digital single, "Doggedly" (독하게; also translated "Potently"). The music video sparked high interest, as their fellow label-mate Lee Hyori made an appearance.[2][3]

On January 31, B2M Entertainment announced that the group would have their formal debut with a mini-album, titled Russian Roulette. The full-length music video was released on February 7.[3] Promotions for "Russian Roulette" began two days later on M! Countdown.[4] The lyrics of the song were later modified in order to meet MBC's broadcasting standards.[5] The group released a repackaged extended play entitled Painkiller on March 29, promoting the title track of the same name.[6]

Spica returned with their second EP titled Lonely on November 21, promoting the title track of the same name.[7] They worked again with Sweetune, who also produced "Russian Roulette". The group first promoted the song on Music Bank on November 23, and held the "goodbye performance" on January 6 on Inkigayo. Other songs on the album are "With You", written by Kim Boa, "That Night" (그날 밤), written by Kim Bohyung, and "Since You're Out of My Life".[8] The album peaked at number 8 on Gaon's weekly album chart,[9] selling 2,113 physical copies.[10]

2013–2014: You Don't Love Me, US debut and Ghost[edit]

Spica in the Seoul Square on February 13, 2014

In the summer of 2013, Spica was the subject of OnStyle's TV show Lee Hyori X Unnie in which they sought and received guidance from the former Fin.K.L member, Lee Hyori.[11] The show was shot following Lee Hyori's promotion period for Monochrome and culminated in the band's comeback in August. On August 27, B2M Entertainment released a digital single, "Tonight", along with a music video which[12] Lee Hyori and her husband, Lee Sangsun, collaborated and produced.[13] Tonight's lyrics are written by Boa and Lee Hyori, and the original song was written by Dsign Music. On August 30 Spica had their comeback performance at Music Bank and made Lee Hyori cry for them.[14] With this single, the group was able to reach the top 10 in the Gaon Music Chart for the week of August 25–31, ranking tenth overall and eighth on the Downloads Chart with 102,297 downloads.[15]

On January 26, 2014, Spica released "You Don't Love Me",[16] a single musically and visually influenced by soul music of the 1960s. The song is a continuation of their relationship with the Lee Hyori and her production team, with the lyrics co-written by Kim Boa and Lee Hyori. Spica also released a song for the original soundtrack of the Korean drama Witch's Romance called "Witch's Diary."[17]

In August, Spica partnered with Billboard to release their first English-language single.[18] The single, "I Did It", was produced by Oliver Goldstein, Cory Enemy and Daniel Merlot.[19] The song and its music video were released August 6, and the group made their U.S. debut performance at KCON.[20] Ryan Book of The Music Times said the song "takes a very Beyoncé attitude, expressing themes of female empowerment with pop music".[19]

In November 5, the entire group released the digital single "Ghost",[21] produced by Sweetune.[22] The music video was directed by Lee Sa-gang and featured scenes of the group during the 2014 Spring/Summer Seoul Fashion Week at Dongdaemun Design Plaza.[23]

2015–2017: Label change, Secret Time , First Japanese Showcase and Hiatus[edit]

In March 2015, Spica provide the song "Because of You" for the Super Daddy Yeol OST.[24]

In December 2015, Spica signed exclusive contract with CJ E&M.[25] On March 25, Spica attended KCON Abu Dhabi along with other artists. In February 2016, it was reported that Spica would release a new mini-album in April 2016,[26] but the album was delayed.

Member Bo-hyung became one of the contestants on JTBC singing competition show Girl Spirit, that aims to highlight the main vocalists of lesser-known girl groups.[27] The first episode premiered on July 19, 2016. She eventually won the competition.

On August 25, 2016 Spica made their first comeback after a two-years hiatus with the release of a digital single titled Secret Time.[28][29]

Following that, they hold their first Japanese Showcase on 4th of December at the same year at The Tokyo Astro Hall. The Showcase was a success and they also did a cover of Utada Hikaru's "The Flavor of Life" specially for the showcase. They also performed all the five member's version of their Spica.S "Give Your Love"

On February 6, 2017, CJ E&M announced that the group had disbanded, and the members would be going their separate ways.[30] On February 7, 2017, Na-rae says Spica did not disband and is just leaving the company. Each member is going individually find a new label.[31]

Members[edit]

  • Park Si-hyun (Hangul: 박시현)
  • Kim Bo-a (김보아)
  • Park Na-rae (박나래)
  • Yang Ji-won (양지원)
  • Kim Bo-hyung (김보형)

Subgroup[edit]

In September 2014, B2M Entertainment formed a subgroup of Spica named Spica.S (Spica Special). The subgroup is composed of four members: Park Sihyun, Park Narae, Yang Jiwon, and Kim Bohyung.[32] On September 11, 2014, the subgroup release their debut single, "Give Your Love" produced by Brave Brothers.[33]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[34]
Russian Roulette 46
  • Re-released: March 29, 2012 (Painkiller)
  • Label: B2M Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
12
Lonely
  • Released: November 21, 2012
  • Label: B2M Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
8

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
(Digital download)
Album
KOR
[38]
Billboard
K-Pop

[39]
Korean
"Doggedly" 2012 50 57 Russian Roulette
"Russian Roulette" 36 39
"Painkiller" 60 65 Painkiller
"I'll Be There" 42 45 Non-album single
"Lonely" 38 50 Lonely
"Tonight" 2013 10 9 Non-album singles
"You Don’t Love Me" 2014 16 19
"Give Your Love" (Subgroup: Spica.S) 92
"Ghost" 59
"Secret Time" 2016 117
English
"I Did It" 2014 Non-album single

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
(Digital download)
Album
KOR
[38]
"Your Dance" (feat. Space Cowboy) 2013 Dancing 9 OST
"A Witch's Diary" 2014 50 A Witch's Love OST
"Because of You" 2015 57 Super Daddy Yeol OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
Korean
"Doggedly" 2012 Kim Chol[52]
"Russian Roulette" Chul K[53]
"Painkiller" Eun You Kim[54][55][56]
"I'll Be There"
"Lonely"
"Tonight" 2013 Lumpens[57][58]
"You Don’t Love Me" 2014 Lee Won-joo (Lumpens)[59]
"Give Your Love" (Subgroup: Spica.S) Kim Seoun-guk (Lumpens) [60]
"Ghost" Lee Sa-gang[61]
"Secret Time" 2016 Go Yoo-jeong (Lumpens)[62]
English
"I Did It" 2014 Michael Laburt[63]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Spica Best New Female Artist[64] Nominated

References[edit]

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  51. ^ Cumulative sales of "Because of You":
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