Fin.K.L

Fin.K.L
Fin.K.L

Fin.K.L. (Fine Killing Liberty) is a four-member female group managed by DSP Media. The original members were Annie Lee, Lee Jin, Ock Joo Hyun, and Sung Yu Ri. Before Fin.K.L debuted, Annie Lee left the group, and Lee Hyori was discovered and completed the group. Fin.K.L debuted in May of 1998. Their debut contemporaries include legendary male Kpop group Shinhwa and influential hip-hop group 1TYM. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.

f(x): The Perfect Formula

f(x)
f(x)

f(x) debuted in 2009 under the SM Entertainment label. That same year, After School, 2NE1, and BEAST (B2ST) also were introduced to Kpop fans. f(x) has five members: Song Qian (Victoria), Amber Josephine Liu (Amber), Park Sun Young (Luna), Choi Jin Ri (Sulli) and Jung Soo Jung (Krystal). The group is known for its international membership — Victoria is from China, while Amber and Krystal hail from the United States. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.

CN Blue: Code Name Blue

 

CN Blue

CN BLUE is an acronym for Code Name: Burning, Lovely, Untouchable, Emotional. Each adjective refers to each individual member of the four-man rock band. They made their debut with the album Now or Never in Japan in 2009 under AI Entertainment, followed by their Korean debut in 2010 with FNC Music. . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.

2PM: They’re Your Men

2PM
2PM

2PM debuted in 2008 under JYP Entertainment. Other groups debuting that year included sister group 2AM, and Davichi, SHINee, and U-KISS. A sub-group of One Day (made up of 2AM and 2PM), 2PM debuted with seven members: Park Jae Beom (Jaebeom), Kim Jun Su (Junsu), Nichkhun Horvejkul (Nichkhun), Ok Taec Yeon (Taecyeon), Jang Woo Young (Wooyoung), Lee Jun Ho (Junho), and Hwang Chan Sung (Chansung). The group is known for their athletic choreography and for breaking away from the modern boy-band “flower boy” (kkotminam) image. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.

BEAST/B2ST: B2UTY and the BEAST

BEAST
BEAST

Beast debuted in 2009 under Cube Entertainment. Other groups that debuted that same year were 4Minute, 2NE1, After School, T-Ara, MBLAQ, Secret, and f(x). Beast debuted with six members- Yoon Dujun (Dujun), Son Dong-woon (Dongwoon), Lee Gi-kwang (Gikwang), Yang Yo-seob (Yoseob), Jang Hyun-seung (Hyunseung), and Yong Jun-hyung (Junhyung). Originally formed as B2ST, they soon changed their name to BEAST prior to debuting. However, they continue to use “B2ST” in all their promotions. At first, Beast was referred to as the “Recycled Group” because of the members’ associations with past groups, such as Hyunseung’s prior training with BigBang. Nevertheless, they were able to surpass such nicknames by showing their own style. The group is known for their fierce and signature choreography, as well as a free yet handsome, youthful appearance.. . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.

Boyfriend: Can They Be Yours?

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Boyfriend

Boyfriend debuted in 2011 under Starship Entertainment (labelmates: Sistar and K.Will). Their debut contemporaries include boy group B1A4 and girl group A Pink. Boyfriend has six members: Kim Dong Hyun (Donghyun), Shim Hyun Seong (Hyunseong), Lee Jeong Min (Jeongmin), Jo Young Min (Youngmin), Jo Kwang Min (Kwangmin), and No Min Woo (Minwoo). A unique feature of this group’s members is twin brothers Youngmin and Kwangmin. . . .Click here to continue reading the enhanced profile on KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database for K-pop.

SS501: Five Men United As One

SS501
SS501

SS501 debuted in 2005 under DSP Media, the same year as SM Entertainment’s mega-group, Super Junior. The male group, made up Park Jung Min, Kim Hyung Joon, Kim Hyun Joong, Heo Young Saeng and Kim Kyu Jong, displays a range of pop music styles marked with complex Kpop dance moves. The members chose SS501 as their name as an expression of their unity: Super Star Five United As One. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.

1TYM: Hip Hop For All Time

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1TYM

One of the earliest hip-hop groups in K-pop, 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 emerged in the wake of earlier hip-hop artists, such as Jinusean, Deux and Tiger JK, but before idol hip-hop groups like BigBang. 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.”  For Basic Info, Videography and Discography, see 1TYM’s profile on KPOPIANA.

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Other YG Entertainment Artists

Jinusean • Epik High • BigBang

Similar Artists

Tiger JK/Drunken Tiger • Deux

Profile Credits

Original Profile: Michelle Brew Baxter, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick • Revised Profile: Crystal S. Anderson

Jay Park: New Breed of Kpop Idol?

Jay Park, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/833

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: Plenty of Time to Woo You

4Minute, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/962
4Minute, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/962

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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