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GFriend
(TV10) 여자친구·트와이스·블랙핑크, 레드카펫 각양각색 패션 열전 (2017 골든디스크 레드카펫) 1m6s.jpg
GFriend in January 2017
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2015 (2015)–present
Labels Source Music
Website facebook.com/gfrdofficial
Members
Korean name
Hangul 여자친구
Hanja 女子親舊
Literal meaning Girlfriend
Revised Romanization Yeoja Chingu
McCune–Reischauer Yŏcha Chingu

GFriend (Hangul여자친구; RRYeoja Chingu; stylized as GFRIEND) is a six-member South Korean girl group formed by Source Music in 2015.[1] The group consists of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. They made their debut with the EP Season of Glass on January 16, 2015. GFriend won several 2015 female rookie awards and has garnered momentum since their debut, despite coming from a small company.[2] In 2016, they continued their success with their third EP Snowflake and won first place on many music shows with the title song "Rough". They released their first full-length album LOL in July 2016.

History

2015: Season of Glass, Flower Bud, and rise in popularity

 GFriend in 2015
GFriend in 2015

On January 15, 2015, GFriend released their five-track debut EP Season of Glass.[3] The promotional track "Glass Bead" (Hangul: 유리구슬; RR: Yuri Guseul), composed by Seo Yong-bae and Iggy, debuted at number twelve on Gaon's weekly chart.[4][5] The group started promotions for their album on January 16 on KBS's music program Music Bank.[6] According to YouTube, the M/V of "Glass Bead" ranked number nine in top ten "Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2015".[7] On January 28, 2015, Billboard named GFriend as one of "Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015".[8]

GFriend released their second EP Flower Bud and the music video for title track "Me Gustas Tu" (Hangul: 오늘부터 우리는; RR: Oneulbuteo Urineun; lit. "Starting Today, Us") on July 23, 2015.[9] GFriend started their group promotions on the same date as the album release, July 23, 2015 on Mnet's M Countdown.[10]

The group garnered international attention after a fan-taken video of Gfriend members continuing and completing a performance of "Me Gustas Tu" despite continuously falling on a slippery stage went viral in September 2015. The group was praised for their professionalism, especially Yuju, who fell a total of eight times and suffered a twisted finger during the performance.[11][12]

On September 17, 2015, GFriend made headlines again as the only girl group to be nominated in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards "Best Korean Act" category alongside boy groups B1A4, BTS, Got7, and VIXX.[13]

"Me Gustas Tu" was named the longest charting song on Melon Top 100 with 63 weeks.[citation needed] "Me Gustas Tu" and "Glass Bead" were also ranked 18th and 44th respectively in the 2015 Bugs Year-End Top 100.[14]

2016: Snowflake, first music show wins and LOL

On January 25, 2016, GFriend released their third EP titled Snowflake with the title track "Rough" (Hangul시간을 달려서; RRSiganeul Dallyeoseo; lit. "Running Through Time"). "Rough" is the last song to complete GFriend's high school concept trilogy along with "Glass Bead" and "Me Gustas Tu". During their fan-meeting after the EP's showcase release, GFriend announced their fandom name to be "Buddy" (Hangul버디). GFriend started the promotions for Snowflake on January 26 on SBS MTV's music program The Show. The album debuted at number ten on Billboard's World Albums Chart,[15] and the music video of "Rough" on YouTube ranked number three in top ten "Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2016".[16]

 GFriend on stage during KCON16 LA, on July 30, 2016.
GFriend on stage during KCON16 LA, on July 30, 2016.

On February 2, GFriend received their first music show win for their song "Rough" on The Show. They subsequently won another fourteen awards on the music shows including winning their first triple crowns on M Countdown, Music Bank, Show Champion, and Inkigayo. With a total of 15 wins, it placed second with the number of wins for girls groups, behind Apink who recorded a total of 17 wins with "Luv".[17][18] Their song "Rough" was also ranked first in Gaon Chart's First Half of 2016 chart rankings.[19]

On June 15 it was announced that GFriend will star alongside Mamamoo on a new season of Showtime. On June 29, Source Music started teasing for GFriend first studio album LOL, signifying at the same time "Laughing Out Loud" and "Lots of Love". LOL was released on July 11 with the title track "Navillera" (Hangul너 그리고 나; RRNeo Geurigo Na; lit. "You and I"), and reportedly had more than 60,000 pre-ordered copies worldwide.[20] On July 19, GFriend earned their first music show win for the album's single "Navillera" on The Show.[21]

Towards the end of the year, YouTube revealed the top 10 K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans in 2016. "Rough" and "Navillera" were ranked 2nd and 10th respectively in that list.[22][23] "Rough" and "Navillera" were also ranked 2nd and 11th respectively in the 2016 Bugs Year-End Top 100.[24] "Rough" was also ranked 13th in Billboard's 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2016: Critic's Picks.[25] At the end of the year show 2016 KBS Song Festival, the peak viewer ratings for the whole show were recorded during GFriend's "Rough" performance at 10.3%.[26] "Rough" also became the most downloaded song in 2016 according to Gaon Chart's 2016 Year End Download Chart.[27]

2017–present: The Awakening and Parallel

On February 23, 2017, Source Music announced that GFriend is set to make a comeback on March 6.[28] On February 27, 2017, it was revealed that their fourth EP will be titled The Awakening with the title track "Fingertip" (Hangul핑거팁).[29][30] The Awakening global pre-orders exceeded 100,000 copies, which is higher than their past album LOL at 60,000.[31] Additionally, the album also debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's World Album chart.[32] On July 20, 2017, Source Music announced on GFriend's official Twitter that GFriend is set to make a comeback on August 1 with their fifth mini album, Parallel.

Members

Sowon

Sowon (Hangul소원) was born Kim So-jung on (1995-12-07) December 7, 1995 (age 21) in Seoul, South Korea.[33]

Sowon was a trainee at DSP Media.[34] In 2011 and 2013, she appeared in Rainbow's "To Me" and "Tell me Tell me" music videos.[34] In 2013, she moved from DSP Media to Source Music.[35] Sowon graduated from Hanlim Multi Art School in 2014 and is currently attending Sungshin Women's University.[36]

 Yerin in April 2017
Yerin in April 2017

Yerin

Yerin (예린) was born Jung Ye-rin (정예린) on (1996-08-19) August 19, 1996 (age 20) in Incheon, South Korea.[33]

Yerin, together with Zhou Mi, was hosting SBS MTV's The Show between January and September 2016.[37] In 2015, she graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul.[38]

Eunha

 Eunha in July 2017
Eunha in July 2017

Eunha (은하) was born Jung Eun-bi (정은비) on (1997-05-30) May 30, 1997 (age 20) in Seoul, South Korea.[33]

Eunha was a child actress, and had a role in the 2007 television drama The Clinic for Married Couples: Love and War.[39] When she was seven years old, she was diagnosed with langerhans cell histiocytosis. She took on treatment for the disease and had regular blood tests until she was in the sixth grade of primary school, when it was successfully cured.[40]

Eunha was featured on Pro C's single "Han River at Night", released on October 21, 2015.[41] Her first solo release was the song "Don't Come to Farewell", recorded for the soundtrack of the television drama Six Flying Dragons. It was released on March 7, 2016.[42] She was casted in MBC MBig TV's web drama Oh My God! Tip with Block B's Park Kyung.[43]

 Yuju in July 2017
Yuju in July 2017

Yuju

Yuju (유주) was born Choi Yu-na (최유나) on (1997-10-04) October 4, 1997 (age 19) in Goyang, South Korea.[33]

Yuju competed in the first season of K-pop Star 1 in 2011, where she was eliminated in the first round.[44] Together with Loco, Yuju recorded "Spring Is Gone by Chance" for the South Korean television drama The Girl Who Sees Smells. The song won the "Best OST" at the 2015 Melon Music Awards.[45] In March 2016, Yuju collaborated with Sunyoul of UP10TION for a song called "Cherish".[46]

 SinB in June 2017
SinB in June 2017
 Umji in May 2017
Umji in May 2017

SinB

SinB (신비) was born Hwang Eun-bi (황은비) on (1998-06-03) June 3, 1998 (age 19) in Cheongju, South Korea.[33]

SinB was a trainee at Big Hit Entertainment, together with Eunha. Between 2015 and 2016, she casted in an educational drama for children, The Fairies In My Arms.[47] In 2017, she graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul, together with Umji.[48]

Umji

Umji (엄지) was born Kim Ye-won (김예원) on (1998-08-19) August 19, 1998 (age 18) in Incheon, South Korea.[33]

In 2016, Umji recorded the soundtrack "The Way" for the television drama Shopaholic Louis.[49] In 2017, she graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul, together with SinB.[48]

Discography

Videography

  • "Glass Bead" (2015)
  • "Me Gustas Tu" (2015)
  • "Rough" (2016)
  • "Wave" (2016)
  • "Navillera" (2016)
  • "Fingertip" (2017)
  • "Love Whisper" (2017)

Concerts

Showcase

  • GFriend the LOL Asia Showcase (2016)

Fan Meeting

  • GFriend the First Fan Meeting "Dear Buddy" (2017)

Mini Concert

  • GFriend the First Mini Concert (2017)

Participated concerts

Awards and nominations

They won their first award, "Best New Female Artist", on November 7, 2015 at Melon Music Awards.[50] Their first music show win was on The Show with "Rough" on February 2, 2016, after which the group would go on to receive a total of 15 music show wins during the song's promotion. During their "Navillera" promotions they got a total of 14 music show wins, making them the girl group with most wins gained within a year with a total of 29 wins.[51]

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