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A group of six ladies wearing red cheongsam performing onstage
T-ara performing in 2013 in Hong Kong
L—R: Soyeon, Hyomin, Jiyeon, Eunjung, Boram and Qri
Background information
Also known as Tiara
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Associated acts
Website mbk-ent.com/main_tara (Korean)
Past members

T-ara (/tiˈɑːrə/; Korean: 티아라; Japanese: ティアラ; stylized as T-ARA,T♔ARA, or TΛRΛ) is a South Korean girl group that debuted in 2009 under Core Contents Media, now known as MBK Entertainment. Before their debut, there was a high level of interest in the group as they were called the "Super Rookies" and had been training for three years prior.[1]

Originally a five-member group composed of Jiae, Jiwon, Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon, they released their first song "Good Person" (좋은 사람, Joheun Saram) for the soundtrack of the Korean drama Cinderella Man in April 2009. After Jiae and Jiwon withdrew from the group two months later, T-ara debuted as a six-member group with the addition of Boram, Soyeon, and Qri in July 2009,[2] releasing their first single "Lies" (거짓말, Geojitmal).

Their debut studio album Absolute First Album was released in December 2009 and spawned several hit singles including "TTL (Time to Love)", "Bo Peep Bo Peep", and "You Drive Me Crazy" (너 때문에 미쳐, Neo Ttaemune Michyeo). The album was followed by the group's first extended play, Temptastic, in 2010. Their second extended play John Travolta Wannabe (2011) produced "Roly-Poly", which was nominated for several awards and went on to become the Gaon chart's number one single of the year. In less than six months, the group released their third extended play Black Eyes (2011), which spawned three number one singles: "Cry Cry", "We Were in Love" (우리 사랑했잖아, Uri Saranghaetjanha) and "Lovey-Dovey".

In 2011, T-ara signed a $4.3 million contract with management company J-Rock for their Japanese debut, the highest out of all the Korean girl groups debuting in Japan.[3] The group's first single was a remake of their 2009 hit "Bo Peep Bo Peep". It ranked at number one on the Oricon weekly charts.


Early beginnings and pre-debut projects[edit]

The original five T-ara members (Jiae, Jiwon, Eunjung, Hyomin and Jiyeon) were trained together for three years under Mnet Media.[4] The meaning behind the group's name, which is based on the word "tiara", comes from the idea that they will become the "queens of the music industry".[5][6] In April 2009, they released their first song "Joheun Saram (Ver. 1)" (좋은 사람, "Good Person") for the Cinderella Man soundtrack.[4] Jiyeon teamed up with labelmates SeeYa and Davichi for a collaboration single titled "Yeoseong Shidae" (여성시대, "Women's Generation"), which was released in May 2009.[7]

In June 2009, Mnet Media announced that Jiae and Jiwon would be leaving T-ara due to differences in music style. The first new member to be added to the group was Boram, the daughter of singer Jeon Young-rok and actress Lee Mi-young. Soyeon, a former trainee of S.M. Entertainment who was supposed to be the leader of Girls' Generation,[8] and Qri were added to T-ara three weeks prior to debut. In early July 2009, the group was moved from Mnet Media to its subsidiary company Core Contents Media.[9]

2009–10: Debut, Absolute First Album and Temptastic[edit]

T-ara made their debut on MBC's Radio Star talk show on July 29, 2009.[10] Their first performance was on Mnet's M! Countdown music show on July 30, where they performed "Geojitmal" (거짓말, "Lies") and "Norabollae?" (놀아볼래?, "Wanna Play?") from their debut single. Their debut was looked upon negatively by webpostings, where people stated that it was lipsynched and commented that it seemed like an "elementary school" performance.[11] The group announced afterwards that future performances would be live.[12] In September 2009, Eunjung, Soyeon, Hyomin and Jiyeon collaborated with labelmates Kwangsu, Jihyuk, and Geonil of Supernova for the single "TTL (Time to Love)". It was released on September 15, 2009, and became both groups' first number one song as it topped many of the online charts.[13] T-ara and Supernova collaborated again for "TTL Listen 2", a sequel to "TTL (Time to Love)", which was released on October 9, 2009, and included all the members from both groups.[14]

T-ara performing at the Xbox 360 Invitational in 2009

T-ara released their debut studio album, Absolute First Album, on November 27, 2009.[15] In order to determine the album's title track, Core Contents Media held a survey in which the public had to choose between "Bo Peep Bo Peep" or "Cheoeum Cheoreom" (처음처럼, "Like the First Time"). 9,000 people took the survey on various music portals with 53% (4,770 people) choosing "Cheoeum Cheoreom" over "Bo Peep Bo Peep".[16] However, the latter was promoted on music shows instead for unknown reasons. "Bo Peep Bo Peep" peaked at number four on the Gaon chart, while "Cheoeum Cheoreom" peaked at number ten.[17] They held their comeback performance on Music Bank on December 4, 2009. At the 24th Golden Disk Awards, T-ara was awarded Rookie of the Year along with girl group 4minute.[18]

T-ara performing at the Mnet 20's Choice Awards in 2010

The group won their first-ever music show award with "Bo Peep Bo Peep" on the New Year's Day episode of Music Bank.[19] The song went on to win five awards in total: two on Music Bank and three on Inkigayo, earning them a "Triple Crown". Later in January 2010, the group announced promotions for their follow up single, "Cheoeum Cheoreom", which ended quickly as Soyeon was diagnosed with H1N1.[20] The same month, T-ara made a cameo appearance on the seventh and eight episodes of God of Study, in which Jiyeon played a lead role.[21]

In February 2010, the group announced a re-release of their debut album under the title Breaking Heart. The two lead singles, "Neo Ttaemune Michyeo" (너 때문에 미쳐; "I Go Crazy Because of You") and "Naega Neomu Apa" (내가 너무 아파, "I'm Really Hurt"), were digitally released on February 23, 2010, and peaked at number one and number thirty-one on the Gaon chart,[22] respectively. T-ara held their comeback performance on the same day on M! Countdown, and won several music awards for "Neo Ttaemune Michyeo" over the course of their promotions: two consecutive Mutizen wins on Inkigayo[23] and one first place award on M! Countdown.[24] Breaking Heart was released physically on March 3, 2010, peaking at number two on the weekly Gaon chart and number thirty-five on the yearly chart; selling 40,695 copies.[25] After promotions for "Neo Ttaemune Michyeo" ended, T-ara performed "Naega Neomu Apa" on music shows until early April 2010. In June 2010, the group donated all the proceeds of the World Cup merchandise sold on their online clothing shop T-ara Dot Com to a charity for African children.[26]

In November 2010, The group starred in the third season of the reality show Hello Baby, in which they took care of Moon Mason and his two brothers.[27] T-ara released the digital download for "Wae Ireoni" (왜 이러니, "Why Are You Being Like This"), the lead single for their first extended play, Temptastic, on November 23, 2010.[28] Temptastic was released in digital format on December 1, 2010, along with their second single, "Yayaya". The album's physical release was delayed until December 3 due to the bombardment of Yeonpyeong earlier in November 2010.[29] T-ara held their first comeback performance through Music Bank on December 3 and began promotions with their new seventh member, Hwayoung, and new leader, Boram, and received two consecutive wins for "Wae Ireoni" and "Yayaya" on M! Countdown.

2011–12: Breakthrough success and line-up changes[edit]

T-ara performing "Roly-Poly" at the Cyworld Music Festival in 2011

T-ara's second EP John Travolta Wannabe was released on June 23, 2011.[30] It charted at number three on the Gaon Album Chart and has sold 30,116 copies as of 2011.[31][32] The EP's only single, "Roly-Poly", peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart and number one on the Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart.[33][34] The single became a breakthrough success, becoming the top-grossing and highest-selling single of 2011 in South Korea with over four digital million units sold.[35] "Roly-Poly" was awarded Best Music Video at the 3rd Melon Music Awards[36] and Singer of the Year (July) at the 1st Gaon Chart Awards, and was nominated Best Dance Performance by a Female Group and Song of the Year at the 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards.

The group released a limited edition re-issue of John Travolta Wannabe, titled Roly-Poly in Copacabana, on August 2, 2011.[37] The title track, "Roly-Poly in Copacabana", is a eurodance remix of "Roly-Poly", named after the song "Copacabana" which was popularized in the 80's in Jongno disco clubs.[37] The album peaked at number three, while the single peaked at number forty and forty-five on the Gaon and Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 charts. The group began follow up promotions for the remixed single on Music Bank.

T-ara at the MTV Daum Music Fest in 2011

T-ara released their debut Japanese single "Bo Peep Bo Peep" on September 28,[38] which peaked at number one on the Oricon weekly singles chart with over 49.7 thousand copies sold,[38] making them the first non-Japanese girl group to rank at number one for a debut single in Oricon history. The single peaked at number one on the Billboard Japan Hot 100,[39] and was certified Gold by the RIAJ for both full-length cellphone downloads and PC downloads.[40][41]

In November 2011, T-ara released their third extended play Black Eyes which charted at number two on the Gaon charts.[42] The album was preceded by the release of "Cry Cry", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 and won two consecutive first-place awards on M! Countdown. The music video for "Cry Cry" was noted for having a billion Korean won production budget and a thirty-minute drama story line.[43] The group released their second Japanese single, a remake of "Yayaya" from their Temptastic EP, on November 30.[44] The single peaked at number seven on the Oricon charts and number six on the Billboard Japan Hot 100.

In December 2011, Core Contents Media announced that T-ara's third leader Hyomin would be passing on her leadership to Soyeon.[45] The group performed a three-day mini-concert tour titled X-mas Premium Live, that was held at the Shinagawa Stella Hall in Tokyo, the Zepp in Nagoya, and the Zepp in Osaka. T-ara rose to become the second biggest girl group in Korea in 2011 by ranking at number eight on the Gallup Korea poll.[46] T-ara and Davichi released their Christmastide ballad, "Uri Saranghaetjanha" (우리 사랑했잖아, "We Were in Love") on December 23, 2011;[47] which was later included on T-ara's Funky Town re-release album. The single reached number one on the Gaon Chart and peaked at number two on the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100.[48] Both groups performed the song weekly on SBS's Inkigayo in the midst of T-ara's heavy preparations for their year-end ceremonies.

T-ara re-released Black Eyes under the title Funky Town on January 3, 2012. The album peaked at number one on the Gaon weekly album chart and number two on the monthly album chart, selling 43,049 copies. "Lovey-Dovey" was released as the second single from the album, which peaked at number one on both the Gaon and Billboard Korea K-pop Hot 100 charts. The single has sold more than 3 million digital copies in South Korea alone.

T-ara as SNS ambassadors for AINSE at the 2012 Create a Beautiful Internet World ceremony

In February, Forbes Korea, in celebration of their ninth year of establishment, reported the year's list of the "Top 40 Power Celebrities". T-ara ranked on the list at number seventeen, thus making them as the third most powerful girl group and the seventh most powerful female celebrity in Korea.[49]

In April, Core Contents Media announced that two new members were to be added to T-ara's line-up in July, thus transforming T-ara into a nine-member group.[50] On May 30, 2012, 14-year-old Dani was announced as one of the group's new members. She later starred in the drama version of T-ara's "Day by Day" music video.[51][52] However, as of January 2015, Dani is still a trainee and has not debuted as a member of T-ara. On June 14, 2012, Core Contents Media introduced 18-year-old Areum as the new mangnae (막내, youngest member) and last of the group's two new additions.[53]

The group released their first Japanese album Jewelry Box on June 6, 2012. The album debuted at number two on the Oricon weekly albums chart with sales of over 57,000 copies.[54] They embarked on their first Japanese concert tour T-ara Japan Tour 2012: Jewelry Box in Nagoya on June 19; the tour's attendance was expected to exceed 40,000 people.[55] Four singles had been released prior to the album: "Bo Peep Bo Peep", "Yayaya", "Roly-Poly" and Lovey-Dovey".

T-ara performing in Hanoi, Vietnam in November 2012

On July 3, T-ara released their fourth extended play, Day by Day, which charted at number five on the Gaon chart. The title track, "Day by Day", was released as a single on the same day, peaking at number two. The first comeback performance for "Day by Day" was held on July 7, 2012, on Music Core, which was backed by a 70-person orchestra and featured the stage debut of the group's eighth member, Areum.

On July 25 and 26, T-ara held a concert in Japan, with Hwayoung only performing one song due to a leg injury. After the concert, a member of T-ara wrote on Twitter, something that was initially perceived as a general message about determination with 4 of the other members agreeing with her. Subsequently, Hwayoung and her sister, Hyoyoung, tweeted about a bad person which eventually gave the Korean netizens the impression that there was a conflict within the group.[56] Netizens retweeted the messages and began to spread rumors that Hwayoung was being bullied.[57][58] When the bullying controversy got out of hand, Core Contents Media abruptly announced Hwayoung's immediate departure on July 30, after being with the group for one year and eight months.[59] CCM's CEO, Kim Kwang-soo, claimed that Hwayoung's contract was terminated because staff members felt her behavior was hurting teamwork,[57] and the bullying controversy was not the reason for her departure.[60] The controversy caused the group to temporarily suspend activities, while the members continued with their individual activities.[61][62] Both Hwayoung and the other members of T-ara have said that facts about their bullying issue were made by netizens, but on the other hand confirmed there was in fact a conflict between Hwayoung and the other members.[63][64]

It was later announced that there would be no changes to T-ara's upcoming comeback; however, their agency took the statement back and announced that their comeback would be postponed indefinitely. Their Day by Day extended play re-issue, Mirage, was eventually released on September 3, 2012. Two singles, "Sexy Love" and "Najgwa Bam (Love All)" (낮과 밤, "Day and Night"), were released from the album on the same day, with "Sexy Love" peaking at number four on the Gaon charts and number three on the Billboard Korea K-pop Hot 100 charts. "Najgwa Bam (Love All)" was a collaboration single featuring T-ara's Areum with Gun-ji of Gavy NJ and Shannon.

On September 10, 2012, it was announced that the group would release a best of album in Japan consisting of all of their Korean singles to date (excluding "Day by Day" and "Sexy Love") in celebration of one year since their Japanese debut.[65] The album was eventually released on October 10.[66] On September 25, T-ara released the Japanese version of "Day by Day", which is mainly composed of scenes from their Korean music videos for that song.[67]

In October, T-ara released the Japanese version of "Sexy Love" and shortly after, the group departed to Japan to promote for their upcoming single.[68][69]

2013–14: Subunits, solo endeavors, Again, and And & End[edit]

T-ara released their sixth Japanese single "Bunny Style!" (バニスタ! Banisuta!?) on March 20, 2013.[70] The A-side "Bunny Style!" is their first single composed specifically for the Japanese market.[71] The single was released in ten different editions each with a different B-side: seven regular editions that contain a solo song by one of the members, and three limited editions which contain a song performed by a sub-unit. To promote the single, the group held special showcases in fifteen Japanese cities, starting on February 20, 2013, at the Sapporo Factory Atrium and ending on March 9, 2013, at the Seagull Square in Nagasaki.[72]

In early April 2013, it was announced that T-ara would be forming a sub-unit with members Eunjung, Hyomin, Jiyeon, and Areum called T-ara N4. This is a shortened form of 'T-ara Brand New 4', signifying the transformation of the four members.[73] The sub-unit debuted on April 29, 2013, with the song "Jeon Won Diary" (전원일기), produced by Duble Sidekick. T-ara performed at the Nippon Budokan on July 12–13, 2013, to celebrate the release of their second Japanese album Treasure Box due August 7, 2013.[74] The title for Treasure Box was revealed on June 15, 2013, along with the album's track list of thirteen songs. The group's concept for the album will be "treasure hunting" (宝探し?, "takarasagashi"). T-ara released the music video "Painkiller" as a digital single song. The song was a collaboration with T-ara, Davichi, See Ya, 5dolls and Speed. Jiyeon appeared as the main character in the music video.

T-ara performing at It's T-ara's Time Live in Hong Kong 2013

On July 10, 2013, it was confirmed with a video released by Core Contents Media that Areum would be leaving the group to pursue a solo career "towards the beginning of next year".[75] In August, T-ara released the music video "Bikini" featuring Davichi and Skull. At their Budokan Concert, it was announced that Qri would be the new leader of T-ara.[citation needed]

On September 15, Core Contents Media announced that T-ara would hold their long awaited Korean comeback on October 10. On October 6, T-ara performed "Number 9" for the first time at "Hallyu Dream Concert"[76] along with "Sexy Love". "Number Nine" has been introduced with T-ara's mini album named Again which features a listing of about six songs. T-ara achieved first place on three different music charts just hours after release of the album Again. Within just a few hours after the release of their eighth mini-album Again on October 10, T-ara's "Number 9" topped Bugs, Soribada, and Cyworld Music while "I Know the Feeling" also ranked in 2nd or 3rd place on various charts.

T-ara also released a Japanese album to promote a Japanese movie, Jinx, featuring Hyomin named Kioku ~Kimi ga Kureta Michishirube~, in November. The album was released according to the date on which the movie will premiere.[citation needed]

T-ara had a Korean comeback on December 2 with the song "Do You Know Me". Their concept for this comeback and music video according to theater concept with retro style. They also release a repackage album named Again 1977 which contains the best songs from their album, Again. The group also released a ballad version of "Do You Know Me". On December 13, T-ara released a Christmas song, "Hide & Seek".

T-ara was ranked #7 as the group with most #1 hit songs on digital music charts in the past decade (despite debuting 4.5 years ago), with 13 songs.[77] On January 19, T-ara had their second concert in Chengdu, China, one out of five concerts they planned to stage China in 2014.[78] On February 14, T-ara held a joint concert with label-mates Speed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.[79] On the 19th of February CCM released a music video for a promotional track from Cho Young Soo's All Star Project with the single titled as "First Love" sang by Hyomin, Jiyeon and Soyeon featuring rapper EB. T-ara had a Japanese comeback with the double A-side single "Lead The Way" and "LA'booN" on March 5, and their third Japanese album Gossip Girls was released on May 14.[80] Jiyeon's first solo release, the EP Never Ever, was released on May 20, with the title track "1 Minute 1 Second". On June 30, Hyomin was release first EP, Make Up[81] and full music video for "Nice Body" . On July 20, the second single of Hyomin "Fake It" was release and performed one various shows with "Nice Body". "Nice Body" charted at number 13 on the Gaon Weekly Single Chart for digital releases

T-ara on stage during the launch ceremony for Team Korea on September 11, 2014 at Olympic Park, Songpa-gu, Seoul

On September 11, T-ara's sixth mini album And & End was released along with two music videos for the title track, "Sugar Free".[82] The song was inspired by EDM and is part of the big room subgenre of electro house music. On September 24, a remix album was released called EDM CLUB Sugar Free Edition. This album included an English version of "Sugar Free", which was the first song T-ara had recorded in English.[83] which charted at No. 4 at Billboard's World Digital Single and No. 12 at Billboard's World Album.

On October 13, T-ara signed a management contract with influential Chinese entertainment company, Longzhen Culture Development. The contract worth 5 billion KRW (~4.8 million USD).[84] On November 24, T-ara released a Korean/Chinese cover of "Little Apple" by Chopstick Brothers, as well as a music video.[85] This video featured Jiyeon, Eunjung, Qri, and Hyomin, as well as Seunghee from F-ve Dolls and Dani. The video hit ́8 millions views within two days on website Tudou.[86]

On December 25, T-ara held their first domestic concert named "Dear My Family" at COEX Auditorium in Samseongdong, Seoul. In order to be close with fans and spend a meaningful time with them, the concert was small with 1100 seats. On December 27, T-ara held their concert in Shanghai as the beginning stop of their 2014–2015 China tour.

2015: So Good and Great China Tour[edit]

After their first concert in Korea, T-ara headed to Vietnam for a Mini Concert. On January 9, the group arrived at the airport, where problems occurred which resulted in scheduling changes. Nevertheless, the group's Mini Concert, which took place on October 10, drew more than 3000 Vietnamese and International Fans.

On February 7, 2015, MBK Entertainment debuted a project group known as "TS" with the artists Eunjung, So yeon,Cho Seunghee,Minkyung (The SeeYa),Ki-o,Jongkook and Sejoon (SPEED). The group had the winter single "Don't Forget Me."[87]

On May 7, 2015, Eunjung released her first solo album "I'm Good" and title track "I'm Good" featuring K.Will, with the new stage name ELSIE.[88] The "China Version" of the music video peaked at #2 on the Chinese YinYueTai's music video charts.[89]

On June 20, 2015, T-ara began their concert tour in China, with the two first concerts in Nanjing, Beijing and Heifei . At Beijing concert, T-ara has a big Birthday party with Chinese Fans celebrated for 6 years debut of T-ara.

On July 17, 2015, MBK Entertainment confirmed that the group will join the summer comeback lineup in the first week of August.[90]

On August 3, 2015, T-ara had their comeback with title track "So Crazy" from their album "So Good." It was choreographed by Brave Brothers who also choreographed Nice Body for Hyomin[91] and surpassed 1 million views in 2 days.[92]

Earlier this month, T-ara held a free hug event for Queen's that lasted until sundown. On Aug. 6, members Hyomin, Qri, Boram, and Jiyeon met fans at a park in Seoul to dole out hugs to celebrate their new single "So Crazy." While Eunjung and So-yeon weren't able to make it, supporters looked more than delighted from the four T-ara gals in attendance.

T-ara performing at their Showcase for new MV "So Crazy"

On August 19, 2015, Queen's (T-ara's official fandom) won the 2015 Annual Billboard Fan-Army Face Off with 1.153.002 votes supreme over 64 Major Fanbases worldwide.[93] The group's youngest member, Jiyeon, would reign victorious in the battle of the Maknaes just two months later[citation needed].

On October 7, 2015, MBK Entertainment unveiled a new official Japanese website and fan cafe, "Queen’s Japan!" The opening of T-ara’s official fan cafe has garnered attention and anticipation for their upcoming activities in Japan[citation needed].

On October 14, 2015, Eunjung released "Good Bye",[94] the title song from her Mini Album "Good Bye." The song is a part of the OST for T-ara's 2015 Web Drama "Sweet Temptation." "Only For You," released on November 4, is the episode in which the song was featured and is one of six total episodes. During this time, T-ara also won 1st place in the "Idols Singing Contest" and received the "Korean Center Awards"[citation needed].

On October 24, 2015, T-ara held a concert for their 2015 Great China Tour in Heifei; this was the first concert held by T-ara after signing with Banana Plan. The group performed 22 songs and sold out more than 5,000 tickets. The next concert on their Great China Tour was held in Guangzhou on December 19, and sold more than 5,000 tickets - making it the second consecutive sold-out concert on the tour[citation needed].

2016: Hyomin Solo Comeback[edit]

T-ARA member Hyomin is returning solo on march with her 2nd album, a year and seven months since making her debut with the EP Make Up in June 2014. MBK Entertainment revealed, “Hyomin is preparing to make a solo comeback in March. She is producing her album with Ryan S. Jhun who has previously EXO’s Love Me Right, Red Velvet’s Dumb Dumb and Shinee’s View.”


  • Boram (보람, born Jeon Boram (전보람))
  • Qri (큐리, born Lee Ji-hyun (이지현))
  • Soyeon (소연, born Park So-yeon (벅소연))
  • Eunjung (은정, born Hahm Eun-jung (함은정))
  • Hyomin (효민, born Park Sun-young (박선영))
  • Jiyeon (지연, born Park Ji-yeon (박지연))

Former Members[edit]

  • Hwayoung (화영, born as Ryu Hwa-young (류화영))
  • Areum (아름)


Leader timeline[edit]


T-ara N4[edit]

On April 12, 2013, Core Contents Media announced the launch of the group's first sub-unit, T-ara N4 (티아라 엔포), which stands for "T-ara Brand New 4", consisting of four members: Jiyeon, Eunjung, Hyomin, and Areum.[95] T-ara had previously tried sub-units with the promotions of their sixth Japanese single "Bunny Style!", in which the B-sides were sung by units of two and three members; however this was their first time doing formal unit activities.[96] The group's debut song, "Jeon Won Diary" (전원일기; Jeon-won Ilgi), was inspired by the 1980s drama of the same name.[97] Produced by Duble Sidekick, it is a "funky and intense" dance song with elements of hip-hop.[98] with the main motif of "Jeon Won Diary" being about breaking away from the same everyday routine.[97] T-ara N4's extended play, Jeon Won Diary, and the music video for the title track were released on April 29, 2013.


A Japanese sub-unit called QBS was announced in May 2013, featuring members Qri, Boram and Soyeon.[99] The group focused on the Japanese market. The sub-unit released their debut single "Kaze no You ni" (風のように, Like the Wind) on June 26, 2013.[100] Written and composed by Takanori Fukuta,[101] the song is described as a refreshing pop tune with an evergreen melody that leaves a "lasting impression".[102] To promote the single, QBS held a live show at the Sunshine City Fountain Square in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on June 10, 2013. The group performed "Kaze no Yō ni", along with Boram and Qri's "Shabontama no Yukue" (シャボン玉のゆくえ?) and Soyeon's "Love Poem" from their "Bunny Style!" single, in front of 2000 fans.[103]


Before their debut, T-ara had been receiving endorsement proposals from refreshments, apparel, cosmetics and communications sellers. In October 2009, The group signed a contract for their first commercial-film with Nonghyup Apples. They recorded the song "Apple Song" especially for the CF, which was later included and retitled as "Apple is A" on the group's debut studio album Absolute First Album.[104] In 2010, the group modeled for such companies as Mentholatum Korea,[105] Tedin Water Parks,[106] and Olympus cameras.[107] T-ara was chosen to model for Tedin Waterpark again in 2011.[108] In February, T-ara and their labelmate Supernova signed an endorsement contract with Japanese family restaurant chain Gusto.

In 2011, T-ara modeled in commercial films for sports brand Spris, electronics brand iRiver, software company Windysoft, optical store Look Optical, instant noodles brand Shin Ramyun, Crown Mountain and many others.[109] T-ara launched their own café franchise called Cafe Page One that will expand into a chain of 500 nationwide stores. The name of their café was influenced from the cafe that member Eunjung ran in her drama Coffee House. Cafe Page One was opened on July 1, 2011, where the members were present to greet the customers.[110] The same year, T-ara was chosen as the new advertisement models for cosmetics brand Tony Moly. The group is expected to model for the brand in not only South Korea, but China, Japan, and other Asian countries as well.[111] T-ara is also the first idol group to sign a contract with online shopping mall Hi-Mart.[112] In February 2012, T-ara became models for the chicken chain Brilliant Chicken.[113]

In September 2013, T-ara signed their first endorsement contract since their scandal the previous year, becoming models for Japanese fashion label DPG.[114]

In early 2015, T-ara reportedly signed a US $1 million contract with Celucasn, a Chinese popular clothing brand with images and a short promotional video also have already been released.[115]


T-ara held a charity event on Dec, 14 in Eunjung's mothers cafe Cafenne, T-ara's old clothing, stage costumes and donations from Davichi, Ha Seokjin, Hwang Jungeum and Son Hojun were to be auctioned off. T-ara raised a total of 12.5 million won (~US$11,500) from the sales and donated about 2.5 million won (~$2,400) directly on the day. On 27th, T-ara donated the remaining 10 million won (~$10,000) to the Sharing Campaign "Hope Windmill" organized by the Red Cross by directly visiting the event. T-ara said, "We are able to end the year with a warm heart thanks to the many people who took part in the charity event and we give thanks to those who helped T-ara take the steps necessary for it."[116]


Main article: T-ara discography




  • 2012: T-ara 1st Lovey Dovey Roly Poly Live in Bangkok[117]
  • 2012: T-ara 1st Showcase in Hong Kong organized by Star Studio Limited[118]
  • 2012: T-ara Showcase in Kuala Lumpur[119]
  • 2013: It's T-ara Time 2013 in Hong Kong organized by Star Studio Limited[120]
  • 2013: T-ara Showcase in Beijing[121]
  • 2013: T-ara's On Air in Guangzhou[122]
  • 2014: T-ara's On Air in Chengdu[123]
  • 2014: T-ara Concert in Phnom Penh[124]
  • 2014: T-ara's summer school in Osaka & Tokyo[citation needed]
  • 2014: Dear My Family in Seoul[citation needed]
  • 2014: T-ara 2014-2015 Tour in Shanghai
  • 2015: T-ara 1st Fan Meeting in Viet Nam


Published works[edit]


See also[edit]


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