K-pop (Korean Popular Music) is a collective term for Korean-language pop music and refers to a broad musical genre that became established in the 1990s in the Korean music world as an analog to Japanese J-pop. In South Korea, the style is also often called Gayo (가요). K-Pop gained worldwide fame recently through the Korean Wave (Hallyu, Hangeul: 한류), the prevalence and popularity of Korean entertainment products such as pop music or TV series in the predominantly Asian area.

 

Before the 1990s almost no one outside of South Korea new that there was any sort of pop culture alive. And it was nothing close to what most people mean by K-Pop these days. South Korea opened up to Western culture and influences rather late and slowly. By now it isn’t uncommon that European or US American producers write songs for Korean performers. Also Dance and Hip Hop music styles had heavy impact on the Korean pop music. An attractive aspect of K-Pop is, that it uses the Korean language with a few exceptions. Korean lyrics have their own unique sound and quality and stand out in the worldwide English monotony. A good article on why K-Pop is so popular can be found here at Lifehack

 

The entertainment industry in South Korea works somewhat differently than, for example, in America or Europe. Various aspects appear unusual to foreigners, partly inhumane. In contrast to the colorful and high-quality produced music videos and telenovelas, reports of those affected are about exploitation, fraud and abuse as well as unfair contract terms that restrict personal rights and rarely include adequate pay. Only a few stars have been able to compete in the past on their own, getting dumped by their label usually ends their careers regardless of talent and former public success. The supremacy of the labels and entertainment media is compounded by the tendency for extreme attitudes and comments by Korean fans. K-pop fans in South Korea tend to either idolize or despise their stars. This occasionally leads to social and public ostracism and even calls to kill oneself. More on this topic can be found here.

 

Idol Girl Groups

A list of Idol Groups formed since the late 90s. Some of them might have disbanded without official announcement. Whenever it is rather safe to say that a group has stopped promoting, releasing and performing for a longer time (2 years or more), they can be assumed to count as disbanded, unless the entertainment company or a member says otherwise. ⚤ denotes groups not entirely made up from female members. Some entries show additional former group names or group names that are commonly used instead (in brackets).
Name (EN)Name (한글)DebutDisband2nd Debut2nd DisbandWebsiteStoryGroup_Image
AOA에이오에이30.07.2012fncent.com/aoaAOA (Hangul: 에이오에이 „eioei„; an acronym for Ace of Angels, Hangul: 천사의 에이스 „cheonsaui eiseu„) is a South Korean girl group formed by FNC Entertainment. Originally, AOA debuted as an eight-member girlband that consisted of Choa, Jimin, Yuna, Youkyung, Chanmi, Hyejeong, Seolhyun, and Mina. AOA are currently promoting as a six-member girl group. Member Choa officially left in June 2017, while Youkyung left from the group in October 2016 following termination of her contract and would be a guest member in any future AOA Black activities. The group officially debuted by having their debut music stage on August 9, 2012, on M Countdown.

On October 15, 2016, it was announced that Youkyung had left the agency and group following the end of her contract, but would be a guest member in any future AOA Black activities.

On June 22, Choa announced her departure from the group. FNC Entertainment later denied the statement. On June 30, they confirmed that Choa had left the group.

On April 18, 2018 FNC Entertainment confirmed that AOA would be returning as a group of six in May 2018. It was later confirmed in early May that the group would be returning with their fifth mini album titled Bingle Bangle on May 28, 2018.
BBde Girl비비드 걸20122013
MOMOLAND모모랜드2010
Red Velvet레드벨벳2014
TWICE트와이스2015
HAM20092012
WEGIRLS위걸스2018
DreamNote드림노트2018
CoCoSoRi코코소리2016
ELRIS엘리스2017
IZ*ONE아이즈원2018
Girl2School걸2스쿨2010
Wonder Girls원더걸스01.02.200727.01.2017

Wonder Girls (Hangul: 원더걸스) was a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group’s final line-up consisted of Yubin, Yeeun, Sunmi and Hyerim. Members Sunye and Sohee officially left the group in 2015, while Hyuna left in late 2007. They were co-managed in the United States by Creative Artists Agency.


The group began their entry into the American market in 2009 as an opening act for the Jonas Brothers‘ World Tour, performing the English version of their hit single „Nobody“. In late 2009, „Nobody“ charted at number seventy-six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making the Wonder Girls the first South Korean group to enter the chart. In 2010, Wonder Girls entered the Chinese market with the compilation album Wonder Girls that included Chinese language versions of their hit singles „Tell Me“, „So Hot“ and „Nobody“. In 2012, Wonder Girls signed with DefStar Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Japan, for their Japanese debut. Since 2007, group had released three studio albums: The Wonder Years (2007), Wonder World (2011) and Reboot (2015). To date, Billboard reports that the Wonder Girls have sold 19,000 albums in America.


Wonder Girls are known as „South Korea’s Retro Queens“, as their music has been noted to contain elements from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.


The group officially disbanded on January 26, 2017, after unsuccessful contract renewal negotiation with some of its members. On February 10, 2017, they released their final single „Draw Me“, which also serves as a celebration of their 10th anniversary.

Kara카라20072016
Girl’s Generation소녀시대2007
8Eight
에이트20072014
Sunny Hill써니힐2007
Davichi다비치2008
T-ara티아라2009
2NE1투애니원20092016
4Minute포미닛20092016
After School애프터스쿨2009pledis.co.kr/html/artist/afterschoolAfter School (Hangul: 애프터스쿨), stylized as AFTERSCHOOL in Japan, is a South Korean girl group formed by Pledis Entertainment with an admissions and graduation concept. The group’s current lineup consists of Raina, Nana, E-Young and Kaeun. As of September 2018, After School has had eleven members who have joined and „graduated“ since their debut as a quintet in 2009.

After School officially debuted in January 2009 with „AH!“ from the single album New Schoolgirl. In 2010, the three newest members at that time formed the group’s first subunit, Orange Caramel, and in 2011 a second subunit was formed when the group was split into two teams, A.S. Red and A.S. Blue, for the release of their fourth single album.

After School received attention for their unique live performances, often incorporating different performance styles into their songs, including drums, tap dancing and pole dancing, which garnered praise from Billboard who referred to the group as the „top performers in K-pop“.

Since 2015, After School has halted group promotions and the members have embarked on individual music, acting and modelling careers.
f(x)에프엑스2010
JQT제이큐티20102012
Rainbow20092016
Secret시크릿20092018
Coed School남녀공학20102013
Girl’s Day걸스데이2010
GP Basic지피 베이직20102015
Miss A미쓰에이20102017
Nine Muses나인뮤지스2010
Orange Caramel오렌지 캬라멜2010
Sistar씨스타20102017
F-ve Dolls파이브돌스20112015
April Kiss에이프릴키스20112012
NewF.O뉴에프오20112012
Six Bomb식스밤201120122015
Apink에이핑크2011
Blady블레이디20112017
Bella벨라20112011
C-REAL씨리얼20112013
Chi Chi치치20112013
Chocolat쇼콜라20112017
Coin Jackson코인잭슨20112011
Dal Shabet달샤벳2011
EI-YO에이요20112011
Elizabeth엘리자베스20112012
Ocean Girls오션 걸스20112011
Piggy Dolls피기돌스20112013
Rania (BP Rania)라니아2011
Sistar19씨스타1920112017
Spinel스피넬20112012
Pocket Girls포켓걸스2015
Scarlet스칼렛20142014
Stellar스텔라20112018
Two Two ⚤투투19941996
Cool ⚤1994
Roo’ra ⚤룰라199420012009
S.E.S.에스이에스1997200220162017
Uptown ⚤업타운1996200020062010
Baby V.O.X베이비복스19972006
Diva디바19972005
Fin.K.L핑클199820022005
Koyote ⚤코요태1998
Sharp ⚤ (S#arp)19982002
As One애즈원19992017
Chakra샤크라20002006
Cleo클레오19992005
T.T.Ma티티마19992002
Papaya파파야20002001
Jewelry쥬얼리20012015
Kiss200120022016
M.I.L.K.밀크20012003
Sugar슈가20012006
Shinvi신비20012002
LUV러브20022003
Isak N Jiyeon이삭 N 지연20022004
7Princess2004
Big Mama빅마마20032012
LPG엘피지2005
The Grace더 그레이스20052011
Gavy NJ가비엔제이2005
SeeYa씨야20062011
Brown Eyed Girls브라운 아이드 걸스2006
2NB투앤비200620122016
Baby Vox Re.V20072009
Miss S미스에스2008
December ⚤디셈버2009
Clover ⚤클로버2011
Dal Shabet달샤벳2011
15&피프틴앤드20122016
Crayon Pop크레용팝20122017
D-Unit디유닛20122013
EvoL이블20122015
EXID이엑스아이디2012
Fiestar피에스타20122018
Gangkiz갱키즈20122014
Girls‘ Generation-TTS소녀시대-태티서2012
Glam글램20122015
Hello Venus헬로비너스2012
NU’EST ⚤뉴이스트2012
She’z쉬즈20122014
Skarf스카프20122014
Spica스피카20122017
Sunny Days써니데이즈20122016
Tahiti타히티20122018
The SeeYa더 씨야20122015
Tiny-G타이니지20122015
Two X투엑스20122017
2Yoon투윤20132016
AOA Black20132014
Bestie베스티20132016
GI지아이20132016
Ladies‘ Code레이디스 코드2013
QBS20132017
T-ara N42013
Wassup와썹2013
4L (Four Ladies)포엘20142016
4TEN포텐2014
Akdong Musician악동뮤지션2014
Almeng ⚤알맹2013
Badkiz배드키즈2014
Berry Good베리굿2014
Bob Girls단발머리20142015
D.Holic디홀릭20142017
Laboum라붐2014
Lovelyz러블리즈2014
Mamamoo마마무2014
Melody Day멜로디데이2014
Dreamcatcher (Minx)드림캐쳐2014
Play The Siren플레이 더 사이렌20142015
Red Velvet레드벨벳2014
Sonamoo소나무2014
The Barberettes바버렛츠2014
Wings윙스2014
April에이프릴2015
CLC씨엘씨2015
DIA다이아2015
GFriend여자친구2015
Oh My Girl오마이걸2015
Playback플레이백2015
Rubber Soul러버소울2015
Unicorn유니콘20152017
AOA Cream20162017
Black Pink블랙핑크2016
Bolbbalgan4 (BOL4)볼빨간 사춘기2016
Cosmic Girls (WJSN)우주소녀2016
Gugudan (gx9)구구단2016
I.B.I아이비아이20162017
I.O.I아이오아이20162017
Momoland모모랜드2016
Nine Muses A나인뮤지스A2016
Unnies언니쓰2016
Busters버스터즈2017
Elris엘리스2017
Favorite페이버릿2017
Good Day굿데이2017
Hash Tag해시태그2017
Fromis 9프로미스나인 or 프로미스 92018
(G)I-dle여자)아이들2018
GWSN공원소녀2018
Honey Popcorn허니팝콘2018
Iz One아이즈원2018
Loona이달의 소녀2018
Nature네이처2018
Neon Punch네온펀치2018
Oh!GG소녀시대-Oh!GG2018
Pristin V프리스틴 V2018
Pristin프리스틴2016
Weki Meki위키미키2017
Uni.T유니티20182018
WJMK우주미키2018
AZM에이지엠2018
GIRLKIND걸카인드2018
KHAN2018
Bbeum2018
Sha Sha샤샤2018
10×10텐텐20152018
2EYES투아이즈20132016
A-Daily에이데일리2014
A.De에이디이2016
After School Blue애프터스쿨 푸른20112015
After School Red애프터스쿨 빨간20112015
AGirls에이걸스20132017
A.H.H.A.아하20152016
A.Kor에이코어20142017
A.Kor Black에이코어 블랙20142017
ANDS아는동생20142016
Apple.B애플비2017
ASHA아샤20152016
ATT에이티티20152016
Awe5ome Baby / AweSome Baby어썸 베이비20152016
Baba바바2015
Bambino밤비노20142017
Bebop비밥20132016
Name (EN)Name (한글)DebutDisband2nd Debut2nd Disband
Berry Chu베리츄2017
Billion빌리언2014
DIA다이아2015
Blady블레이디20112017
Blity블리티2016
Bloomy블루미2016
Bonus Baby보너스베이비2017
Dimepiece다임피스20162017
BP POP비피팝20132015
Brave Girls브레이브걸스2011
Bulldok불독2016
Good Day굿데이2017
Tropical트로피칼2018
VNT브이엔티20112011
Carcaro Girl20112011
Black Eye블랙아이20112012
84LY에잇폴리20122014
Goddess가디스20122015
Jevice주비스20122014
Nep엔이피20122012
Puretty퓨리티20122014
8eight에이트20072014
Doubl.A (AA)더블에이20112015
Alive White엘리스 화이트20142015
AXIZ엑시즈20122012
B2Y비투와이20092010
BGH to20112011
BPPOP비피팝20122013
BTSwing비티스윙20122013
BeBe Mignon베베미뇽20102011
Black Pearl블랙펄20072012
Black Swan블랙스완20152015
Brand New Day브랜뉴데이20092009
Chocolate초콜릿20102010
Delight딜라잇20132015
Duo Flo20132013
E2RE이투알이20122012
EI-Yo에이요20112011
Eye to Eye아이 투 아이20112011
F1RST퍼스트20102013
Harasora하라소라20112011
Heart Rabbit Girls하트래빗걸스20132013
i-13아이 써틴20052009
INY아이니20112011
ilips아이립스20122012
Kiss&Cry크라이20142014
LAY.T레이티20122012
LPG (Lovely Pretty Girls)엘피지20052013
LXIA릭시아20122012
Lady Collection레이디 컬렉션20092009
Lady레이디20052007
LoveUs러브어스20152016
Luluz루루즈20142014
Lush, The더러쉬20132013
MOA (Member of Asia)모아20142015
N*White앤화이트20152016
New.F.O (New Five Order)뉴에프오20112012
Odd Eye오드아이20132013
P.O.PCon20122012
Pandora판도라20122012
Peach Girl피치걸20132013
Rainbow Pixie (Sub-unit of Rainbow)레인보우 픽시20122012
Purplay퍼플레이20132013
Ruby루비20122012
Shyne샤인20042006
Smile.G스마일지20142014
Soul Harmony소울하모니20102012

The table Idol Girl Groups was last modified at 2018-11-12 17:11:03 by corumeach.

Active Idol Girl Groups

Disbanded Idol Girl Groups

*Some groups listed here have never disbanded officially. Yet, they haven’t performed or released anything in years or several members have started solo careers or joined other bands since their last debut or comeback. It’s always possible that a group listet here is only on long hiatus and will eventually make a comeback, but it’s very unlikely.

Best selling artist

Female groups (album sales Korea only)

last update (2017/03/01)

RankYear DebutedArtistTotal Sales
11997SES3.563 million
22007Girls‘ Generation2.282 million
31998Fin.K.L2.380 million
41997Baby V.O.X1.760 milion
52015TWICE0.96 million
62007KARA0.78 million
72009f(x)0.64 million
820092NE10.55 million
92009T-ara0.50 million
102011Apink0.49 million
 

Best selling singles

(since 2010)

„You and I“ by IU
„Good Day“ by IU
„Roly-Poly“ by T-ara
„Nagging“ by IU and Lim Seulong
„So Cool“ by Sistar
„Don’t Say Goodbye“ by Davichi
„Be My Baby“ by Wonder Girls
„Lovey-Dovey“ by T-ara
„Cry Cry“ by T-ara
„The Boys“ by Girls‘ Generation
„Good Bye Baby“ by Miss A
„I Am the Best“ by 2NE1
„Loving U“ by Sistar
„Alone“ by Sistar
„Bad Girl Good Girl“ by Miss A
„Oh!“ by Girls‘ Generation
„Heaven“ by Ailee
„Every End of the Day“ by IU
„Ugly“ by 2NE1
„Friday“ by IU
„Hot Summer“ by f(x)
„I Go Crazy Because of You“ by T-ara
„Lonely“ by 2NE1
„Back in Time“ by Lyn
„Starlight Moonlight“ by Secret
„Rough“ by GFriend

List of Female Idol Groups

  • 10×10
  • 1PS
  • 2EYES
  • 2NE1
  • 2Yoon
  • 4L
  • 4Minute
  • 4Some
  • 4TEN
  • 9Muses
  • ACE
  • A-Daily
  • a.de
  • After School
  • After School Blue
  • After School Red
  • Agirls
  • A.H.H.A.
  • A.Kor
  • A.Kor Black
  • A.N.D.S.
  • AOA
  • AOA Black
  • AOA Cream
  • Apink
  • Apple.B
  • April
  • ASHA
  • As One
  • ATT
  • Awe Some
  • Baba
  • Badkiz
  • Bambino
  • BBde Girl
  • Bebop
  • Berry Chu
  • Berry Good
  • BESTie
  • Billion
  • BinChaenHyunSeu
  • Blackpink
  • Blady
  • Blity
  • Bloomy
  • Bob Girls
  • Bonus Baby
  • BP POP
  • BP Rania
  • Brave Girls
  • Brown Eyed Girls
  • Bull-dok
  • Chi-Chi
  • Chocolat
  • CLC
  • Cosmic Girls
  • Crayon Pop
  • C-Real
  • Dasoni
  • Dal*Shabet
  • Delight
  • DIA
  • Dia Girls
  • Dice
  • Dorothy
  • Dream Catcher
  • D-Unit
  • EvoL
  • EXID
  • Fantastie
  • F(x)
  • Fiestar
  • Flashe
  • F-Ve Dolls
  • Gavy NJ
  • Gangkiz
  • Gfriend
  • Girl’s Day
  • Girls Generation
  • Girls Generation TTS
  • Girls Girls
  • GLAM
  • Global Icon
  • GP Basic
  • Gugudan
  • H2L
  • HADY
  • Hello Venus
  • Heart
  • HeyMiss
  • Highteen
  • Holics
  • Hotties
  • H.U.B
  • Hyomin
  • IBI
  • I.C.E.
  • ICIA
  • I.O.I.
  • Jewelry
  • JewelryS
  • Jolly-V
  • KARA
  • K-Girls
  • Kiss&Cry
  • Laboum
  • Ladies Code
  • Laysha
  • LipBubble
  • Live High
  • Loona
  • Lovelyz
  • Love Us
  • Lush
  • M&N
  • Mamamoo
  • Matilda
  • Melody Day
  • Miss A
  • MIXX
  • MOA
  • Momoland
  • MyB
  • N*White
  • New-A
  • Nine Muses
  • Nine Muses A
  • O21
  • OhBliss
  • Oh My Girl
  • Orange Caramel
  • Pink BnB
  • Playback
  • Pledis Girlz
  • PPL
  • Pocket Girls
  • P.O.P.
  • Pristin
  • Purfles
  • Queen B’Z
  • Rainbow
  • Rainbow Pixie
  • Rainbow Blaxx
  • Red Velvet
  • Rubber Soul
  • Scarlet
  • Secret
  • Seeart
  • Sistar
  • Sistar19
  • Six Bomb
  • Sixth Sense
  • Skarf
  • SOL-T
  • Sonamoo
  • Spica
  • Spica.S
  • Spinel X
  • Stellar
  • Strawberry Milk
  • Sunny Days
  • Sunny Days Real Vocal
  • Sunny Hill
  • Switch
  • Switch Berry
  • Tahiti
  • T-ara
  • T-ara N4
  • T-ara QBS
  • The Ark
  • The SeeYa
  • TINT
  • Tiny-G
  • Tiny-G M
  • Tren-D
  • Twice
  • Two X
  • Unicorn
  • Various
  • VIVIDIVA
  • Wanna.B
  • Wassup
  • Wonder Girls
  • Ye-A
  • Year 7 Class 1