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Miss A is a four-member female group that was formed by famed producer Jin Young Park (JYP Entertainment. Predebut, the group was originally known in China as “Sisters,” and had five members. Eventually, the fifth member joined Wonder Girls (member: Lim), and further auditions solidified the current group. As Miss A, members Fei (Wang Fei Fei), Jia (Meng Jia), Suzy (Bae Su Ji), and Min (Lee Min Young) are managed by AQ Entertainment, a subsidiary company at JYP Entertainment.

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ZE:A (Children of Empire) is a nine member male group. Currently signed with the Star Empire Entertainment, group members include Kevin (Kim Ji Yeop), Kwanghee, (Hwang Kwang Hee), Siwan (Im Si Wan), Jun Young (Moon Jun Young), Tae Heon (Kim Tae Heon), Heechul (Jung Hee Chul), Minwoo (Ha Min Woo), Hyungsik (Park Hyung Sik), and Dongjun (Kim Dong Jun). The group debuted on January 15, 2010 with their single, “Mazeltov.” When ZE:A first debuted, the group was named “Child of Empire;” however, there was some concern that the Korean pronunciation sounded too much like a stage name of a Brown Eyed Girls group member JeA (Kim Hyo Jin), so the name was changed to “Children Of Empire” to avoid confusion and infringement.

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JYJ (originally known as Junsu/Jaejoong/Yoochun in Japan) includes members Junsu (Kim Junsu; Xiah), Yoochun (Park Yoochun; Micky), and Jaejoong (Kim Jaejoong; Hero). After performing for several years as members of extremely popular male group TVXQ!, in 2009, the trio brought forward a lawsuit against their management company SM Entertainment, alleging significant problems with the contract’s length and associated distribution payments.

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1TYM is a four member Korean hip hop group made up of members Teddy (Park Hong Jun), Danny (Im Tae Bin), Jin Hwan (Oh Jin Hwan), and Baek Kyoung (Song Baek Kyoung). The group was signed with YG Entertainment and debuted on November 28, 1998 with a song and CD both titled “One Time For Your Mind.”

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Jay Park (Park Jaebeom) is a Korean-American solo Kpop artist. Originally a member (and leader) of popular male Kpop group 2PM, Park left the group in 2009 after some controversy about his alleged confession of unhappiness about  working with the group and references to a “personal mistake” he committed while working under the JYP Entertainment label. After leaving 2PM, Park returned to his hometown of Seattle, Washington (United States) to regroup.

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4Minute is a female group with members Ji Hyun (Nam Ji Hyun), Ga Yoon (Heo Ga Yoon), Ji Yoon (Jeon Ji Yoon), Hyuna (Kim Hyuna) and So Hyun (Kwon So Hyun). Since their debut in 2009, the group has been signed with Cube Entertainment.

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Dal Shabet (stylized as Dal★Shabet) is a six-member group signed with Happy Face Entertainment. Dal Shabet means Sweet Sherbet (“Dal” is short for Dalda [달다] which means sweet in Korean; Shabet is the Korean pronunciation of the English word “sherbet”).

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Crown J (Kei Hoon Kim), KPOPOANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1047

Crown J (Jewel), born Kim Kei Hoon (Kevin) is a Korean rapper who is consistently grounded in the tradition and aesthetic of American rap and hip-hop. After releasing his first album in South Korea, Crown gained recognition when he appeared on the popular Korean television reality show We Got Married with Seo In Young. They were so popular that their pairing was nicknamed the “Ant Couple.”

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LEDApple is a group known for their live instrumentation (members play drums, bass, and guitar in addition to vocals). The group has gone through several changes but managed to retain a consistent strong rock/pop sound. On the Startory Entertainment label, LEDApple debuted in 2010 with five members: Youngjun (Seo Young Jun), Kwangyeon (Kim Kwang Yeon), Sunghyun, Minyoung, and I-OH, the group has undergone two more member line-up changes.

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BoA (Kwon Bo A) is a female solo artist who is known as the Queen of Korean popular music. Her stage name is a backronym of her birth and middle names (BoA), standing for Beat of Angel or Best of Asia. In 1998, BoA was discovered by SM Entertainment when she attended a talent search with an older sibling. She has been signed with the company since her training and debut at age thirteen in 2000, and her career is one marked by astounding international commercial success and longevity.

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Big Mama, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1066

 Showcasing their soulful voices,Big Mama is recognized as one of the most talented, if underrated groups in Korean popular music. Made up of members Shin Yeon Ah, Lee Ji young, Park Min Hye, and Lee Young Hyun, Big Mama signed with M Boat Entertainment (a YG Entertainment company) and released their first album in early 2003. As a stipulation in their YG/ M Boat contract, Big Mama members agreed not to undergo plastic surgery – a commonplace activity in South Korea, especially in the music business.

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KARA is a five member group signed with DSP Entertainment. In 2007, the group originally debuted with an R&B concept with four members Gyuri (Park Gyuri), Sunghee (Kim Sunghee), Seungyeon (Han Seungyeon) and Nicole (Nicole Jung), but after their first album promotion, Sunghee left the group due to parental pressures. After Sunghee’s departure, DSP Entertainment changed the group’s concept to a cute and playful one and added two new members: Hara (Goo Hara) and Jiyoung (Kang Jiyoung).

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