KARA

29.03.2007

Debut

Story

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“. The group originally started off as a quartet and made their debut with „Break It“ (2007) while displaying a strong female image and a mature R&B sound. Expectations for the group were big because they were considered as successors to their senior labelmate, Fin.K.L. They released their first studio album titled The First Blooming in March 2007. However, their debut was not well received by the public and was a commercial failure. The following year, Kim Sung-hee departed the group due to parental pressure, and members Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung were brought in. After their addition, the group also changed their musical style and their image to the „pretty but natural“ appeal, releasing their first mini-album, Rock U in July 2008. They achieved their first number one song with „Honey“ (2009). In July 2009, the group released their second studio album, Revolution and spawned the hit single „Mister“, whose choreography featured the „butt-dance“, that helped increase the group’s popularity within East Asia. Their follow-up singles including „Lupin“ (2010), „Jumping“ (2010), „Step“ (2011), and „Pandora“ (2012) were also successful and helped further establish the group within the Korean music industry. The group were ranked at No. 6 and No. 5 in Gallup Korea in 2009 and 2010 respectively, thus making them the second best girl group in Korea for 2010. They were also ranked at No. 4 and 13 in February 2012 and 2013’s Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list. After finding national success, the group began to expand their music to Japan by signing to Universal Music Japan’s subsidiary label, Universal Sigma in 2010. The group’s debut was a success as they were dubbed as „Japan’s No. 1 Rookie Artist of 2010“ by Oricon and also receiving the „New Artist of the Year Award (International)“ from the Japan Gold Disc Awards. In April 2011, the group achieved their first number one single in Japan with „Jet Coaster Love“, making them the first foreign female group since the creation of the Oricon to rank number one in the first week of release and also the first foreign female group in thirty years to do so. Overall, the group managed to sell over one million physical singles within two years, making them one of the fastest-selling South Korean acts in Japan. 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.
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, R&B, dance-pop
Years active2007–2016
LabelsDSP Entertainment
Associated actsnone
Website 
Members 
Past MembersPark 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

Members

Gyuri (규리)

Park Gyuri (박규리)
L / MR / Guitar
21.05.1988 (30 years)
Seoul

Seungyeon (승연)
Han Seungyeon (한승연)
MV / Keyboard
24.06.1988 (30 years)
Seoul

Youngji (영지)
Heo Youngji (허영지)
LV / LD / (V)
30.08.1994 (24 years)
Goyang, Gyeonggi

Hara (하라)
Goo Hara (구하라)
R / V / Bass
13.01.1991 (27 years)
Gwangju

Sunghee (성희)
Kim Sunghee (김성희)
LD / V / (FotG)
17.05.1989 (29 years)
Seoul

Nicole (니콜)
„Nicole“ Jeong Yongju (정용주)
MD / LR / V / (M)
07.10.1991 (27 years)
Los Angeles

Left June 22nd, 2017

Album Overview

2012-07-30 Korea’s first single ANGEL’S STORY / Korean debut, band + dance concert
2012-10-10 Domestic second single WANNA BE / band + dance concert
2013-07-26 Domestic third single MOYA / band unit
2013-10-10 Domestic Fourth Single RED MOTION / Dance Unit
2014-01-16 Korea’s fifth single short skirt / dance, China KUWO Hanil chart # 1, debut first SBS ‚popular song‘ # 1
2014-06-19 Korea’s first mini-hair / dance unit
2014-08-29 Taiwan first digital single short skirt + single hair / Taiwan O music 2 weeks consecutive 1st place
2014-10-01 Japan’s first single MINISKIRT (Minisukato)
2014-11-11 Domestic second mini-saver company / dance unit
2015-02-25 Japan Second Single Like a Cat
2015-06-22 Domestic 3rd Mini Album Heart Attack / Dance Unit / Japan 3rd Single Heart Attack
2015-10-14 Japan First full-length album Ace of Angels / Oricon album chart first place
2016-04-20 Please give me the fourth single love in Japan (Ai wo Chuudai) / Oricon single chart # 1
2016-05-16 Domestic 4th Mini Album Good Luck
2016-08-03 Japan’s fifth single Good Luck
2016-11-30 Japan’s second regular RUNWAY
2017-01-02 The first regular album in Korea ANGEL’S KNOCK
2018-05-28 Domestic fifth mini album BINGLE BANGLE

AOA Lineups

  • AOA (main promotion unit): Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Hyejeong, Mina, Seolhyun, Chanmi [2012-present]
  • AOA Black (sub-unit): Jimin (guitar), Choa (guitar), Yuna (keyboard), Mina (bass), Youkyung (drums) [2012-2014]
  • AOA White (non-promotional sub-unit): Hyejeong, Seolhyun, Chanmi [no official debut so far]
  • AOA Cream (sub-unit): Yuna, Hyejeong, Chanmi [2016-present]

Angels‘ Story
1st Single Album 2012.07.30

  1. ELVIS 3:20
    8
  2. Love is only you 3:45
  3. Temptation 3:44
  4. ELVIS (Band Ver.) 3:20

Wanna Be
2nd Single Album 2012.10.10

  1. Get Out 3:34
    5
  2. Happy Ending 4:07
  3. My Song 3:30

Moya (AOA Black)
3rd Single Album 2013.07.26

  1. Moya
    9
  2. Without You
  3. Moya (Inst.)
  4. Without You (inst.)

Red Motion
4th Single Album 2013.10.15

  1. 흔들려 (Confused)
    12
  2. 니꺼 내꺼 (Yours, Mine)

짧은치마 (Miniskirt)
5th Single Album 2014.01.16

  1. 01. Gonna get your heart
  2. 짧은 치마 (Miniskirt)
    8
    13
  3. 가로등 불 아래서 (Under the street lights)
  4. 짧은 치마 (Inst.)

단발머리 (Short hair)
1st Mini Album 2014.06.23

  • 4
  1. Fantasy
  2. 단발머리 (Short Hair)
    4
  3. Joa Yo!
  4. 내 반쪽 (My Soulmate)
  5. 말이 안 통해 (You Know That)
  6. 단발머리 (Short Hair) (Inst.)
  7. Joa Yo! (Inst.)

사뿐사뿐 (Like A Cat)
2nd Mini Album 2014.11.13

  • 3
  1. AOA (Intro)
  2. 사뿐사뿐 (Like a Cat)
    5
    4
    7
  3. 여자사용법 (Girl’s Heart)
  4. 단둘이 (Just The Two of Us)
  5. Time
  6. 휠릴리 (Tears Falling)

Heart Attack
3rd Mini Album 2015.06.22

  • 2
  • 5
  1. 심쿵해 (Heart Attack)
    2
    6
    7
  2. Luv me
    99
  3. 들어와 (Come To Me)
  4. 한 개 (One Thing)
  5. 진짜 (Really Really)
  6. Chocolate

I’m Jelly Baby (AOA Cream)
Single 2016.02.12

  1. „I’m Jelly Baby“
    26
    3

Good Luck
4th Mini Album, 2016.05.16

  • 2
  • 48
  • 7
  1. Good Luck 3:08
    2
    3
    5
  2. 10 Seconds
  3. Cherry Pop
  4. Crazy Boy
  5. Still Falls The Rain

Angels Knock
1st Album, 2017.01.02

  • 3
  • 39
  • 5
  1. Excuse Me
    22
    5
  2. 빙빙 (Bing Bing)
    47
    16
  3. Three Out
  4. 느낌이 오니 (Feeling)
  5. 불면증 (Can’t Sleep)
  6. Lily (Feat. 로운 Of SF9)
  7. Melting Love
  8. 너 때문에 (Help Me)
  9. Oh Boy
  10. With ELVIS

Bingle Bangle
5th Mini Album 2018.05.28

  • 3
  • 65
  • 10
  1. 빙글뱅글 (Bingle Bangle)
    4
    10
  2. Super Duper
  3. HEAT
  4. Ladi Dadi
  5. 파르페 (Parfait)
  6. 뚜뚜뚜 (Ddudduddu)
2
Gaon Charts
10
Japan Oricon Charts
5
Billboard World Charts