Stellar (South Korean band)

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Stellar
스텔라(Stellar) 2015 피닉스 섬머 페스티벌 일산 킨텍스 02.jpg
Stellar at the Phoenix Summer Festival in October 2015.
From left to right: Hyoeun, Jeonyul (former), Gayoung (former) and Minhee.
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2011 (2011)–2018
Labels The Entertainment Pascal
Website The Entertainment Pascal
Past members
  • Minhee
  • Hyoeun
  • Soyoung
  • Youngheun
  • Leeseul
  • JoA
  • Gayoung
  • Jeonyul

Stellar (Hangul: 스텔라) was a South Korean girl group whose final lineup was composed of Minhee, Hyoeun, Soyoung & Youngheun that disbanded in 2018. Formed in 2011 by The Entertainment Pascal,[fn 1] the group attracted attention as they were initially produced by Eric Mun of the boy band Shinhwa.[1]

Following an unsuccessful debut with the single "Rocket Girl" in August 2011, Stellar underwent a line-up change and released "UFO" in February 2012, which fared similarly.[2][better source needed]

The group began working with production team MonoTree in July 2013 and released "Study", which experienced modest success and became their first single to chart in the top 100 of the Gaon Digital Chart.[3][fn 2][4] Stellar gained notoriety in February 2014, when they adopted a more "provocative" image for the release of their first extended play Marionette. The album's title track peaked at number thirty-five on the Gaon Digital Chart, making it their most commercially successful single.[5] This stylistic change in direction would be maintained in Stellar's subsequent releases "Vibrato" in 2015 and their second extended play Sting in 2016.[6][7]

Career[edit]

2011–2014: Early beginnings, debut, and Marionette[edit]

The formation of Stellar began as early as 2010, originally supposed to be a six-membered group with a former trainee from Japan, but when Top Class Entertainment reported that member Kim Gayoung had signed an exclusive contract with the company and would be joining a five-member girl group.[8][9] Gayoung had gained attention for her appearance on the Viewers' Tour episode of 1 Night 2 Days and had been cast in the drama series Poseidon alongside Top Class Entertainment operator and Shinhwa member Eric Mun. The series was set to air on the SBS network until production halted following the November 2010 Yeonpyeong bombardment incident.[10] The roles were subsequently recast when production was greenlit by KBS a year later.[11] Gayoung was later cast in the 2011 drama Spy Myung-wol along with Mun.

Stellar in February 2013.

The final debut line-up of Stellar was Gayoung, true rookie Jeon-yul, and ex-Honeydew members Lee-seul and JoA.[12] The group officially debuted on August 28, 2011, with the release of the digital single "Rocket Girl". On January 26, 2012, it was announced that Lee-seul and JoA were leaving the group and would be replaced by Min-hee and Hyo-eun for their first comeback track "UFO".[13]

On July 11, 2013, Stellar released their third digital single "Study" which, similarly to their previous two tracks, did not chart in the top 100.[14]

On February 12, 2014, Stellar released their first extended play Marionette.[15] The group received criticism for their "stripping game" promotional material, which involved fans having to "like" posts on Stellar's official Facebook page to reveal photos of the members' body parts.[16] The group received further criticism for their 19+ music video and performances of "Marionette".[17] Despite the controversy, "Marionette" became their best selling single, peaking at number 35 and 34 on Gaon and Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 charts, respectively.[18][19]

On August 21, 2014, Stellar released the digital single "Mask".

2015-2016: Singles, Sting, first solo concert and "Cry"[edit]

On March 9, 2015, Stellar released the digital single "Fool" and its music video. The MV shows the members reacting to the negative comments of their past comebacks.

On July 20, 2015, Stellar released the single "Vibrato" and another controversial music video, gaining more recognition.[20] The group responded to criticism of their revealing performance outfits with the explanation that "Vibrato"'s sexy music video was merely meant to be an expression of the group's unique identity.[21] While promoting "Vibrato", Stellar released a virtual reality clip of a July 27 performance. The video – created by virtual reality company Moovr – allows viewers to use their computer mouse or move their smartphone to scroll around a 360-degree rotating view of the stage as the four members perform.[22]

On January 8, 2016, it was announced that the group would return on January 18 with their second mini-album titled Sting.[23] The album's creation was supported in part through a Makestar-hosted crowd-funding campaign. The campaign's original goal of $8,418 was reached in only three days, ultimately reaching 422% of its goal with $35,510.[24] On January 18, 2016, the album and a music video for the title track "Sting" were released. The band explained that their intentions for "Sting" were different from "Marionette" and "Vibrato", stating "This time, we wanted to look more like a girlfriend rather than to [...] look provocative. We put on lighter makeup so that more fans will feel closer to us."[25] The previously released single "Vibrato" was included as the final track on the album.[26]

Stellar announced on April 1 that they would be holding their first solo concert, since their debut, on April 22, 2016, at Seoul's Yes24 MUVHALL.[27] They brought to their fans a range of unique performances, including hit songs like "Marionette" and "Sting". The concert was live-streamed on various websites such as Allreh TV, Allreh TV mobile and Goliveconcert.com. [28][better source needed]

On July 10, 2016, it was officially announced that the group would be releasing their seventh single album called "Cry" on July 18, posting the date of release and the first teaser images for the single through their official Twitter account.[29] This project was also supported, in part, by a Makestar crowd-funding project which raised $53,593 (532% of its original goal).[30] However, the stylistic change was not well received, and Stellar saw little success on the charts.

They went on to hold a second concert, entitled 'Stellar 2nd Concert: After Story' on December 3, 2016, while also debuting in Japan with a showcase in Tokyo on August 27[31] and a concert on December 24.

2017: Stellar Into The World, line-up changes and disbandment[edit]

Stellar ended 2016 by launching a third Makestar fundraising event in support of their third mini-album on December 26. By the time the project finished they had reached 1,132% of their original goal, making them the first group on Makestar to achieve over 1,000%.[32] On March 25, 2017, Stellar held a special fansign in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil.[33] On March 26, 2017, Stellar was the first Korean girl group to hold a solo concert in Brazil, playing for a sold out crowd of almost 1,000 people.[34]

On May 17, it was reported that their new mini-album was to be released in late June. It was also revealed that a new member could possibly join the line-up with their new release.[35][36] On May 18, The Entertainment Pascal confirmed the addition of a new member, So-young, via Stellar's Makestar Project.[37] On June 20, The Entertainment Pascal announced that the group's third mini-album was set to be released on June 27 and was titled Stellar Into the World, with the title track "Archangels of the Sephiroth".[38][39] The teasers for the release showed an Angel vs. Witch theme, represented by mirroring photos where one had a light theme and the other had a dark theme. This theme was confirmed by both the tags used for the teaser images on social media and in a radio interview starring Stellar.

On August 22, it was announced that the group would be holding a special anniversary concert titled "Interstellar: Time Travel Through 6 Years" on August 28.[40] On August 23, it was confirmed that Gayoung and Jeonyul would leave Stellar at the end of the month after they decided not to renew their contracts with The Entertainment Pascal.[41]

On August 25, Stellar announced the addition of a new member, Youngheun.[42]

On September 30, members Youngheun and Soyoung were seen in YG Entertainment's teaser for Mix Nine, a show that would create a temporary boy or girl group, but neither member made it past the auditions.[43]

On February 22, 2018, the members posted to social media about how they had arranged a "final" fan meeting for the group, to be held on February 25, 2018.[44][45][46] Also on February 22, Gayoung tweeted "People who play with other people's emotions are the worst!", to which Hyoeun replied "True". Many fans took this to mean that the members were expressing their dissatisfaction with the company.[47]

On February 26, it was revealed that Minhee and Hyoeun had chosen not to renew their contracts with the company, and, as a result, the group would be disbanding.[48] Shortly after the disbandment, Minhee gave an interview where she apologized to the group's fans and assured them there was no discord among the members. She stated that Jeonyul and Gayoung were looking to move into acting, but she and Hyoeun had not decided what they were going to do yet.[49]

Members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[50]
US World
[51]
Marionette 19
Sting
  • Released: January 18, 2016
  • Label: The Entertainment Pascal, Universal Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
13
Stellar Into the World
  • Released: June 27, 2017 (digital)
    July 14, 2017 (physical)
  • Label: The Entertainment Pascal, Genie Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
17 13
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Sales
(digital download)
Album
KOR
[56]
"Rocket Girl" 2011 143 Non-album singles
"UFO" 2012 188
"Study" 2013 90 Marionette
"Marionette" 2014 35
"Mask" 147 Non-album singles
"Fool" 2015 132
"Vibrato" 97 Sting
"Sting" 2016 90
"Crying" 116 Cry
"Archangels of the Sephiroth" 2017
  • KOR: —
Stellar Into The World
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtracks/Other Features[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position Album Notes
KOR
[56]
2011 "Loving U" 194 Spy Myung-wol OST Part.5
2015 "My Love You" All is Well OST
2017 "Separation" No Way Out EP MoonBand ft. Hyoeun
"Summer, Summer" Black Star ft. Hyoeun

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Year Title Director Alternate
version(s)
"Rocket Girl" 2011 Hong Won-ki[66]
"UFO" 2012 Hong Won-ki[66]
"Study" 2013 Joo Hee-sun[67]
"Marionette" 2014 Park Seung-hun[68]
  • "No Cut" Version[69]
"Mask"
"Fool" 2015 Lee Sa-gang[70]
"Vibrato" Digipedi[71]
"Sting" 2016 Digipedi[73]
"Love Spell"
"Crying" Digipedi[75]
"Archangels of the Sephiroth" 2017

Concerts[edit]

  • Stellar 1st Concert (April 22, 2016)
  • Stellar 2nd Concert: After Story (December 3, 2016)
  • Stellar Japan Concert (December 24, 2016)
  • FEELZ - Special Stellar in Brazil (March 26, 2017)
  • Interstellar: Time Travel Through 6 Years (August 28, 2017)

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Channel Note(s)
2015 Human Documentary People is Good MBC Documentary[77]

Dramas[edit]

Year Title Channel Role(s) Note(s)
2017 Trace of the Hand Unknown All - Phonetopia Girls, Hyoeun - Soobin, Jeonyul - Lab Assistant Web drama
2017 Girl's War Unknown Web drama - Trace of the Hand season 2

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Year Awards Recipient Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2017 Seoul Webfest Awards Gayoung Blue Up, White Down Best Supporting Actress Nominated [78]
Best Ensemble Nominated
Best Dramedy Won

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Following Eric Mun's contract expiration with Top Class Entertainment in late 2013, the company renamed itself as The Entertainment Pascal.
  2. ^ MonoTree was formed in 2014 by Hwang Hyun, G-High and Lee Joo-hyoung, former composers and writers of the production team Sweetune. "Study" is credited to the latter.

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