2nd Generation 29.03.2007 15.01.2016
Kara (Hangul: 카라, Japanese: カラ, often stylized as KARA) was a South Korean pop girl group formed by DSP Media in 2007. The group’s final lineup was composed of Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara and Heo Youngji. Members Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young officially departed from the group in 2014, while Kim Sung-hee left in 2008. The group’s name comes from the Greek word „chara“ (χαρά, lit. „joy“), which they interpreted to mean „sweet melody“.
In 2014, Nicole Jung and Kang Jiyoung decided not to renew their contracts with DSP Media thus leaving the group to pursue their own endeavors; Nicole debuted as solo artist and Jiyoung became an actress in Japan. Following their departures, a reality show titled Kara Project was aired on TV to select members to join the group. Seven trainees from DSP Media took part in the program. The winner of the competition was Heo Youngji who became the latest member to join the group.
On January 15, 2016, DSP Media announced that the contracts with Park Gyu-ri, Han Seung-yeon and Goo Ha-ra expired and they decided not to renew their contracts.
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||K-pop, R&B, dance-pop|
|Associated acts||DSP Friends|
|Past Members||Park Gyuri (박규리) 2007-2016|
Han Seungyeon (한승연) 2007-2016
Heo Youngji (허영지) 2014-2016
Goo Hara (구하라) 2007-2016
Kim Sunghee (김성희) 2007-2008
Nicole Yongju Jung (정용주) 2007-2014
Kang Jiyoung (강지영) 2007-2014