2nd generation January 15, 2009 since 2015 2019
After 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 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”. The group also ranked number five in Billboard’s list of the “Top 10 K-Pop Girl Groups of the Past Decade”. They have also won numerous awards throughout their career, including the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award and the Idol Music Best of the Best Award in the 19th South Korea Culture & Entertainment Awards, and have sold over 12 million copies of their singles domestically.
Since 2015, After School has halted group promotions and the members have embarked on individual music, acting and modelling careers.
In 2019, Lizzy revealed that all members had gradually gone their separate ways, however the group has not officially disbanded. It is very unlikely that After School will ever produce new music or perform as a group.
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||K-pop, dance-pop, electropop|
|Years active||2009–present (hiatus)|
|Associated acts||Orange Caramel, A.S. Red & Blue, Happy Pledis|