Associate Professor of English, Longwood University
1sagain (Park Jin Woo), pronounced “once again,” is a Korean rapper who keeps a very low profile, generating very little media outside announcements about upcoming releases. He debuted in 2002 with Neuron Music.
1sagain and Heenain: Sick Of It All MV | 2. 1sagain and Illy: Love is Over MV | 3. 1sagain and Donnie J: Depressed MV | 4. 1sagain and Ju Bora: If You Leave Me MV |5. 1sagain and Park Sumin: Go Home MV
1sagain and Heenain: Sick Of It All MV. neuron music. “원써겐 (1sagain) – 이젠 지쳤어.. (feat.히나인) – Official M/V, ENG Sub.” YouTube. 14 Sept 2011. https://youtu.be/6gskjWWOOTo. (29 Nov 2016).
1sagain and Illy: Love is Over MV. CJENMMUSIC. “원써겐 (1SaGain) – Love Is Over (Feat. 일리) MV.” YouTube. 17 Jan 2013. https://youtu.be/in3Ss9CRkf8. (29 Nov 2016).
1sagain and Donnie J: Depressed MV. neuron music. “원써겐&도니제이 (1sagain&Donnie J) – 우울해 (Depressed) – Official M/V, ENG Sub.” YouTube. 10 Jul 2011. https://youtu.be/1HUJR7CUr_w, (29 Nov 2016).
1sagain and Ju Bora: If You Leave Me MV. neuron music. “원써겐&주보라 – 날 떠난다는 가정 아래 (New) – Official M/V.” YouTube. 16 Jul 2014. https://youtu.be/7KeeRwpFCj0, (29 Nov 2016).
1sagain and Park Sumin: Go Home MV. neuron music. “원써겐 (1sagain) – Go Home (feat.박수민) – Official M/V, ENG Sub.” YouTube. 12 Mar 2014. https://youtu.be/C_p-6zykSpY, (29 Nov 2016).
Battle debuted in December 2006 after being formed on the popular television show Let’s Coke Play! Battle Shinhwa!. The group consisted of five members: Ryu (Won Seung Jae), Ki-hyun (Shin Ki Hyun), Lio (Park Ji Woon), Tae-hwa (Jin Tae Hwa), Hwi-chan (Kim Tae Kwan), and Chris (Jung Hyung Rok). The group members were personally chosen by Shinhwa members, who were hosting the television show at the time. During the group’s short tenure (they are currently inactive), Battle toured Thailand and China. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
Byul (Kim Go Eun) is a solo artist known for her prolific work in singing ballads for Korean television and film. Her name, (별,) means “star” in Korean. While she was discovered by Jin Young Park (JYP) and was signed for a short while with JYP Entertainment, Byul is currently signed with Spring Entertainment. In 2012, Byul married Korean comedian and entertainer HaHa (Ha Dong Hoon). . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
B.A.P (Best Absolute Perfect) was formed in 2012 under the TS Entertainment label. The six-member hip hop group includes Yongguk (Bang Yong Guk), Himchan (Kim Him Chan), Daehyun (Jung Dae Hyun), Youngjae (Yoo Young Jae), Jongup (Moon Jong Up), and Zelo (Choi Jun Hong). The group had a very strong debut, showcasing their strong personalities through rap, dance, and an intriguing (and ongoing) Alien Bunny mascot/concept. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
2AM debuted in 2008 under JYP Entertainment. A subunit of One Day (made up of 2AM and 2PM), 2AM has four members: Lee Chang Min (Changmin), Im Seul Ong (Seulong), Jo Kwon (Jo Kwon), and Jeong Jin Woon (Jinwoon). The group is known for their emotional singing and moving ballads, which fits the group name given to them by Jin Young Park, who mentioned that the name 2AM “reflects the band’s sensitivity by capturing the feeling of the early morning, a time when you can sit back and reflect upon your day.” . . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA.
Seven member group Block B (short for Block Buster) debuted in 2011 under the Brand New Stardom label. Group members Zico (Woo Ji Ho), Taeil (Lee Taeil), B-Bomb (Lee Min Hyuk), Jaehyo (Ahn Jae Hyo), U-Kwon (Kim Yu Kwon), Kyung (Park Kyung), and P.O. (Pyo Ji Hoon) have made a mark in Kpop due to their rapping and performing skills. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA.
2NE1 burst onto the music scene in 2009 with their debut song Fire. The group’s name means “New Evolution of the 21st Century,” showing that they want to add their unique style to the existing pop music industry. After making a name for themselves in Korea with their popular songs, the group also debuted in Japan with their hit single I am the Best. The four girls aim to show the world their music for everyone. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.
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 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 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.