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Gugudan on 04 Sep, 2016 01.jpg
Gugudan in September 2016
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2016 (2016)–present
Labels Jellyfish Entertainment
Associated acts I.O.I
Website Official Website
  • Mimi
  • Hana
  • Haebin
  • Nayoung
  • Sejeong
  • Sally
  • Soyee
  • Mina
  • Hyeyeon

Gugudan (Hangul구구단), also stylized as gugudan, gu9udan[1] or gx9, is a South Korean girl group formed in 2016 by Jellyfish Entertainment. They debuted on June 28, 2016 with the mini-album Act. 1 The Little Mermaid and its title track "Wonderland".[2][3] The group consists of nine members: Mimi, Hana, Haebin, Nayoung, Sejeong, Sally, Soyee, Mina and Hyeyeon.



In January 2016, Nayoung, Sejeong and Mina were introduced as Jellyfish Entertainment's first female trainees on the Mnet survival show Produce 101, where 101 female trainees from various companies competed to debut in an 11-member girl group that would promote for a year under YMC Entertainment.[4] After placing 2nd and 9th respectively in the final episode, Sejeong and Mina eventually debuted as members of I.O.I in May 2016.

2016: Debut with Act. 1 The Little Mermaid

 Gugudan on the way to Music Bank, on July 15, 2016.
Gugudan on the way to Music Bank, on July 15, 2016.

Despite denying earlier reports about Sejeong and Mina debuting in a 3-member girl group in June, Jellyfish Entertainment confirmed on June 7 that the two I.O.I members would debut within the month in what would be the company's first girl group.[5][6] Because of YMC Entertainment's special terms in which I.O.I's members are allowed to do activities under their respective companies while I.O.I was on break or while the group promoted in sub-units, there were no complications with the plan.[7]

Nayoung was also confirmed as a member on June 10[8] and on June 13, Jellyfish Entertainment revealed that Gugudan would be a 9-member group.[9] On June 17, Jellyfish Entertainment announced the group name.[10]

On June 22, the group confirmed that they were going for a "mermaid" concept.[11] Following the announcement, a highlight medley of the group's debut mini-album was released on June 24 and[12] they eventually debuted, on June 28, 2016, with the mini-album, Act. 1 The Little Mermaid, with "Wonderland" as the title song.[2][3] The song's music video was released online via a live countdown on the Naver V App.

Gugudan participated in Jellyfish Entertainment's yearly winter project, Jelly Christmas 2016, with their label mates Seo In-guk, VIXX, Park Yoon-ha, Park Jung-ah, Kim Gyu-sun, Kim Ye-won and Jiyul. The title track, "Falling" (니가 내려와) was released digitally on December 13, 2016.[13][14][15][16][17]

On December 17, 2016, Gugudan announced their official fan-club name, "Dear Friend" (단짝), through their V app channel. The fan-club name means that the fans and Gugudan are going to be best friends.[18]

2017–present: Act. 2 Narcissus and Gugudan 5959

On January 20, 2017, it was reported that Gugudan was set for a February comeback.[19] On February 3, 2017, Jellyfish Entertainment announced that Gugudan would make their first comeback since debut with their second mini-album, on February 28.[20] On February 24, 2017, Jellyfish Entertainment announced that the release of the album was changed to February 27.[21] Gugudan released their second mini-album Act. 2 Narcissus and its title track "A Girl Like Me" (나 같은 애), on February 27, 2017.[22]

On July 19, 2017, Jellyfish Entertainment announced that the two youngest members of the group, Kang Mina and Cho Hyeyeon, were set to debut as a sub unit in August.[23] On July 26, the agency revealed that the unit named "Gugudan 5959" (구구단 오구오구) will debut on August 10 with the single "Ice Chu".[24]


  • Mimi (Hangul미미) was born on (1993-01-01) January 1, 1993 (age 24).[25]
  • Hana (하나) was born on (1993-04-30) April 30, 1993 (age 24).[25] She is the leader of the group.[26]
  • Haebin (해빈) was born on (1995-08-16) August 16, 1995 (age 22).[25]
  • Nayoung (나영) was born on (1995-11-23) November 23, 1995 (age 21).[25]
  • Sejeong (세정) was born Kim Se-jeong (김세정) on (1996-08-28) August 28, 1996 (age 21).[25][27]
  • Sally (샐리) was born on (1996-10-23) October 23, 1996 (age 20).[25] Sally is from Guangdong, China; she is the only non-Korean member of the group and the agency's first foreign artist.[28]
  • Soyee (소이) was born on (1996-11-21) November 21, 1996 (age 20).[25]
  • Mina (미나) was born Kang Mi-na (강미나) on (1999-12-04) December 4, 1999 (age 17).[25][27]
  • Hyeyeon (혜연) was born on (2000-08-05) August 5, 2000 (age 17).[25]


  • Gugudan 5959 (Hangul구구단 오구오구; RRGugudan Ogu-ogu) (Mina and Hyeyeon)[29]


Extended plays



  • Gugudan Project - Extreme School Trip (MBC Music; 2016)


Year Title Network Member(s) Role Note
2014 High School King of Savvy tvN Hana High School Girl Cameo
One Sunny Day LINE TV Mimi Couple Girl
2015 Producers KBS2 Ha-neul, member of Pinky4
2016 The Sound of Your Heart Sejeong neighbor in Apt. 205
2017 School 2017 Ra Eun-ho Main role
20th Century Boy and Girl MBC Mina Sa Jin-jin (young) Supporting role


Year Title Member(s) Role Notes
2016–2017 Monte Cristo Haebin Valentine Supporting role, credited as Haebin[30]

Awards and nominations

Golden Disc Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2017 Rookie Artist of the Year Gugudan[31] Nominated

Seoul Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2017 Rookie Award Gugudan Nominated
Popularity Award "Wonderland" Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Best New Artist (Female Group) Gugudan Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated

Gaon Chart Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2017 Rookie Award Gugudan Nominated


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 Rookie Asia M-style Show Cultural Technology - Awesome Style Award Gugudan Won
Asia Artist Awards the Most Popular Artists (Singer)[32] Nominated


  1. ^ Lee, Eun-jeong (June 17, 2016). "젤리피쉬 1호 걸그룹은 '구구단'…"올여름 샛별"". Naver (in Korean). Yonhap News. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Gugudan Welcomes You To Their ‘Wonderland’ In New Music Video Teaser!". 2016-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Watch: gugudan Welcomes You To Their "Wonderland" In Debut MV". 2016-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Produce 101". Produce 101. Episode 1 (in Korean). January 22, 2016. Mnet. 
  5. ^ Hwang, Mi-hyun (May 5, 2016). "젤리피쉬 측 "6월 13일 NO…현재 I.O.I 활동에 집중"[공식]". Nate (in Korean). Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (June 7, 2016). "I.O.I's Kim Sejeong and Kang Mina Confirmed for Jellyfish's First Girl Group". Mwave. enewsWorld. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ Park, Hyun-min (April 12, 2016). "이오아이 측 "개별 활동? 팀에는 피해 없도록"". Osen (in Korean). Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ Lee, Ji-young (June 10, 2016). "'Produce 101' Kim Nayoung Confirmed for Jellyfish's New Girl Group". Mwave. enewsWorld. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ Kim, Ji-young (June 16, 2016). "9 members of Jellyfish's new girl group unveiled". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ Jeon, Su Mi. "Jellyfish Finally Announces New Girl Group Name". Mwave. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Gugudan invite you to their theater in another debut film for 'The Little Mermaid'!". allkpop. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Gugudan drop highlight medley for debut album 'Act.1 The Little Mermaid'". allkpop. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ "서인국부터 구구단까지..'젤리 크리스마스' 막강 라인업". Naver. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  14. ^ "서인국·빅스·구구단..젤리 캐롤 '니가 내려와' 발매". Naver. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  15. ^ "Update:Jellyfish Entertainment Announces Lineup For Upcoming "Jelly Christmas" Single". Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  16. ^ "Update:Jellyfish Entertainment releases teaser image and lineup for its Christmas album!". Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  17. ^ "서인국X빅스, '니가 내려와'로 뭉친 여심 스틸러". Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  18. ^ "Gugudan announce their official fan club name!". Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  19. ^ Kang, E. (20 January 2017). "gugudan To Make Comeback In February". Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Gugudan confirm February comeback date!". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  21. ^ "Gugudan announce the changed release date of their 2nd mini album". Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  22. ^ Choi, R (27 February 2017). "Watch: gugudan Is Bold And Fabulous In New Music Video For "A Girl Like Me"". Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "구구단, 8월 첫 유닛 출격…미나X혜연 막내라인 뭉쳤다" (in Korean). Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Update: gugudan5959 Shares Release Schedule For Unit Activities". Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i "구구단 프로필" (in Korean). Naver. 
  26. ^ gugudan DEBUT FILM #1 - Welcome to gugudan theatre. June 19, 2016. 
  27. ^ a b "아이오아이 공식 홈페이지 프로필" (in Korean). YMC Ent. 
  28. ^ Choi, Na-young. "[단독] 구구단 샐리, 젤리피쉬 최초 외국인 멤버 영입". Naver (in Korean). OSEN. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  29. ^ "[공식] 구구단 미나x혜연, 8월 첫 유닛 출격..상큼 막내라인" (in Korean). Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  30. ^ "VIXX's Leo and Gugudan's Haebin cast in a new musical! -". 
  31. ^ "31st Golden Disc Nominees - Golden Disc". 
  32. ^ "2016 Asia Artist Awards - the Most Popular Artists (Singer)". Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

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