A Pink

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Apink at the NBA 3X Korea event, Yeoeuido park, Seoul, in August 2013.jpg
Apink at the NBA 3X Korea event, Yeoeuido park, Seoul, in August 2013
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, dance-pop
Years active2011–present
LabelsA Cube Entertainment, Cube Entertainment
WebsiteOfficial website
Past membersYookyung
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Apink at the NBA 3X Korea event, Yeoeuido park, Seoul, in August 2013.jpg
Apink at the NBA 3X Korea event, Yeoeuido park, Seoul, in August 2013
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, dance-pop
Years active2011–present
LabelsA Cube Entertainment, Cube Entertainment
WebsiteOfficial website
Past membersYookyung

A Pink (Korean: 에이핑크; stylized as Apink) is a South Korean girl group under A Cube Entertainment formed in 2011.[1] The group consists of Park Cho-rong, Yoon Bomi, Jung Eun-ji, Son Na-eun, Kim Nam-joo and Oh Ha-young. Hong Yoo-kyung left the group in April 2013.

The group has released three Korean EPs and one studio album. They debuted on April 21, 2011, with "Mollayo" (몰라요; "I Don't Know") from their debut EP Seven Springs of A Pink on Mnet's M! Countdown. The group has also won numerous rookies awards at shows such as the 26th Golden Disk Awards, 21st Seoul Music Awards, and 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their first music program win was on M! Countdown on January 5, 2012, for "My My" from their second EP Snow Pink.



The first trainee to be revealed as a member of Cube Entertainment's new girl group was Son Na-eun, who was featured in labelmate Beast's "Soom" (숨; "Breath"), "Beautiful" and "Niga Jeil Joha" (니가 제일 좋아; "I Like You the Best") music videos in late 2010. The second member revealed was the group's leader, Park Cho-rong, who was shown at the end of Beast's "Shock" Japanese music video. It was later revealed that the new girl group would be managed by a sub-division of Cube Entertainment known as A Cube Entertainment. On February 21, A Cube Entertainment set up an official Twitter account and revealed Oh Ha-young as the third member of APink. Jung Eun-ji was the fourth member revealed through A Cube's Twitter through a video of her singing a rendition of Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do". Hong Yoo-kyung was similarly revealed through an online video where she was playing the piano. Yoon Bo-mi and Kim Nam-joo were the last members to be revealed through Twitter.

Prior to the group's debut, the documentary APink News aired on the Korean cable channel TrendE. The show chronicled the debut process of the members of APink. The pilot episode of APink News was aired on March 11. Each episode featured a different celebrity guest as its anchorman. Among the celebrity guests of the show were G.NA, Mario, MBLAQ's Seung Ho and G.O, Beast, 4minute, 2AM's Jinwoon, Infinite's Sunggyu and Sungjong, and Secret's Sunhwa and Hyoseong.

2011: Debut - Seven Springs of APink and Snow Pink[edit]

On April 13, the music video teaser for APink's debut EP, Seven Springs of A Pink, was released. The theme of the teaser was the spring season and the idea of innocent beauty.[2] The group released the album and the music video for its lead single, "Mollayo" (몰라요; "I Don't Know"), on April 19.[3] The album featured five songs, including "It Girl" and "Wishlist". The music video for "Mollayo" featured Beast's Gi Kwang. APink made their debut stage performance with "Mollayo" on Mnet's M! Countdown on April 21 to promote their album. During the group's first official fanmeet, it was revealed that their official fan club name is 'Pink Panda', a play on the name of the group and the Korean word for 'fan' (, paen). Following their promotions for "I Don't Know", the group promoted "It Girl" on the weekly music shows. APink also recorded the song "Uri Geunyang Saranghage Haejuseyo" (우리 그냥 사랑하게 해주세요; "Please Let Us Love") for the popular SBS drama, Protect the Boss. The soundtrack was released in September 2011.

In November 2011, APink began recording a new reality television show called Birth of a Family with boy band Infinite. The show followed the journey of the two idol groups in taking care of abandoned and mistreated animals over the course of eight weeks. The first episode aired on November 12.[4]

The group released their second EP, Snow Pink, on November 22, featuring the lead single "My My".[5] The album featured five tracks, including "Yeah" and "Prince". The music video teaser for "My My" was released on November 21.[6] Promotions for "My My" began on November 25, on KBS' Music Bank. The song was particularly noted for having a sound reminiscent of girl groups of the early 2000s, such as S.E.S and Fin.K.L. During their promotions for "My My", the group opened up a one-day idol tea cafe, serving visiting fans to raise profits for charity and preparing food and drinks themselves. The members also auctioned off some of their personal items for charity.[7]

On November 29, APink were awarded the Best New Female Artist award at the 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards.

A Pink released a song with Beast called "Skinny Baby" for the school uniform brand Skool Looks on December 26. The track was written by Kim Taewan and Yoon Sangjo.[8]

2012: Une Annee[edit]

APink in February 2012

On January 5, 2012, the group won their very first music show award on Mnet's M! Countdown for "My My".[9]

Eunji and Beast's Yoseob released the music video for their duet song "Love Day" on March 13, which was from a project titled 'A Cube for Season # Green',[10] with the full single being released the next day.[11] Eunji and Yoseob performed the song on the April 7 episode of MBC's Show! Music Core.[12]

The group performed at the Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada, to about 1,000-1,600 fans on March 21, 2012.[13] On April 19, they released "4 Wol 19 Il" (4월 19일; "April 19th") as a gift for their fans to celebrate their one year anniversary. The song was composed by Kim Jin-hwan, and the lyrics were personally written by the group's leader, Park Cho-rong.[14] "April 19th" was included on their first studio album, Une Annee, which was released on May 9. The group promoted the album by making weekly appearances on several music programs and performing their title song "Hush". APink released their third single from the album, "Bubibu", on July 6. The single was chosen by fans through an internet polling on Mnet's official website.[15][16] The group began follow-up promotions for "Bubibu" on July 7.

Fans have great respect for APink who performed in front of a massive crowd despite the pouring rain in the MNET One Asia Tour 2012 Smile Thailand concert at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Thailand on October 4.[17][18]

2013: Second Cube Project + Second Collaboration, Line-up Changes, Secret Garden and Rise In Popularity[edit]

Eunji and Namjoo featuring Hyunseung of Beast released the single from the project "A Cube For Season #White" on January 3[19] to commemorate APink's win the year before and Eunji, Hyunseung and B2STs successes that year. Later in January, APink recorded a second collaboration single with Beast, titled "5! My Baby (Oh! My Baby)" which was for the school uniform brand Skoolooks. On January 5, APink appeared at the AIA K-POP 2013 concert in Hong Kong and performed several of their hit songs along with other Cube Entertainment groups 4Minute and B2ST.[20]

On the 23rd of April, it was announced that member Yookyung would leave the group to focus on her studies.[21] A Cube announced that she is to be replaced by a new member, who is expected to start promoting with the group for their comeback, expected to be in July, with the date confirmed in a recent interview at a university event.

On May 31, Eunji and labelmate Huh Gak released a song from the "A Cube For Season #Blue" project titled 'Short Hair', which received an all-kill immediately upon its release to online music charts.[22] On June 23 A Cube Entertainment revealed Teaser for "Secret Garden". On July 3, it was revealed on A Cube Entertainment's official YouTube channel that the group's upcoming title track would be named "NoNoNo" off their third mini album "Secret Garden", to be released on July 5. The group would be promoting as a six member group after the leave of previous member Hong Yookyung. The music video for "NoNoNo" and the mini-album was released simultaneously, one day after the group performed their title track on Mnet's M! Countdown on July 4.[23]

On July 11, APink were appointed honorary ambassadors of the Seoul Character & Licensing Fair 2013.[24] On July 17, APink won their first trophy on Show Champion for their title song "NoNoNo", followed by their first network win on KBS Music Bank. Promotions for "NoNoNo" concluded on August 16, 2013. There are plans of A Pink releasing another album before the end of 2013. A Pink also released the music videos for the tracks "Secret Garden" and "U You" of their 3rd mini album which concluded their promotions of Secret Garden. On August 31, A Pink held their first official fan-meeting in Korea. APink successfully held their first fan-meeting in Taiwan and Singapore on 20th October 2013 and 25th October 2013 respectively. On November 22 2013, A Pink attended the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards where they received the Next Generation Global Star award.[25]

On December 2, APink collaborated with fellow Cube Entertainment acts Beast, 4Minute, BTOB, G.NA, Roh Ji-hoon, Shin Ji-hoon and Kim Kiri to release "Christmas Song".[26] In the same month, APink recorded a collaboration single with B.A.P , titled "Mini" for the school uniform brand Skoolooks.[27]

2014: Digital Single "Good Morning Baby"[edit]

On January 9, APink posted photos of themselves on APink's official fancafe. It was later revealed that they would be releasing a digital single to commemorate their 1000th day since their debut as well as to thank their fans for their support. The single, titled "Good Morning Baby", was released on January 13 at 12:00 PM KST.



A Pink's Current Members[28]
Stage name[29]Birth name[30]Date of Birth[31]
Chorong초롱Park Cho-rong박초롱朴初瓏(1991-03-03) March 3, 1991 (age 22)
Bomi보미Yoon Bo-mi윤보미尹普美(1993-08-13) August 13, 1993 (age 20)
Eunji은지Jung Eun-ji정은지鄭慧林(1993-08-18) August 18, 1993 (age 20)
Naeun나은Son Na-eun손나은孫娜恩(1994-02-10) February 10, 1994 (age 19)
Namjoo남주Kim Nam-joo김남주金南珠(1995-04-15) April 15, 1995 (age 18)
Hayoung하영Oh Ha-young오하영吳夏榮(1996-07-19) July 19, 1996 (age 17)


A Pink's Former Members[35]
Stage name[36]Birth name[37]Date of Birth[38]
Yookyung유경Hong Yoo-kyung홍유경洪瑜暻(1994-09-22) September 22, 1994 (age 19)

Member Timeline[edit]


Studio albums


Variety Show[edit]

2011TrendEA Pink NewsAPinkRegular GuestDifferent artists serve as anchors and reporters for each episode
MBCIdol Star Athletics ChampionshipsAPinkGuestAPink won silver for the 4x50m relay
2011-2012TrendEA Pink News Season 2APinkRegular Guest, Anchorwoman, Reporter
KBSBirth Of A Family Season 1APinkRegular GuestRegular guest with Infinite
2012MBCExploration of GendersEunjiRegular Guest
TrendEA Pink News Season 3APinkRegular Guest, Anchorwoman, Reporter
KBS2Sponge ZeroNaeun, Bomi, NamjooGuest
MBCIdol Star Athletics-Swimming ChampionshipsAPinkGuestBomi won gold for 50m hurdles
KBS2KBS ATHLETICS COMPETITIONBomiRunnerFeatures B1A4 Baro, After School Nana, Teen Top Niel, NS Yoon-G
2013MBCIdol Star Athletics-Archery ChampionshipsAPinkGuestAPink won gold for 4x100m relay
MBC Every1KOICA DreamChorongRegular Guest
Y★StarGourmet RoadEunji, Chorong, BomiGuest
MBCQuiz to Change the WorldBomi, Eunji, NaeunGuest; Eunji as MC
SBSRunning ManNaeun, EunjiGuest
KBS1Night 2DayAPinkGuest
MBCReal ManAPinkGuest
YouTubeAPink DiaryAPinkRegular Guest
SBSRunning ManChorong, Bomi, EunjiGuest
2013-2014MBC Every1Weekly IdolBomiMCCo-host along with BTOB's Ilhoon
MBCWe Got MarriedNaeunRegular Guestwith SHINee's Taemin (TaEun couple)
2014MBCIdol Star Athletics ChampionshipsAPinkGuestBomi won gold for 60m run


Television Dramas[edit]

Music video appearances[edit]

YearSong titleArtistMember(s)
2010BeautifulBeastA Pink
(Breath)BeastNaeun (Lead role)
2011Shock (Japanese Version)BeastChorong
니가 제일 좋아 (I Like You the Best)BeastNaeun (Lead role)
나를 사랑했던 사람아 (A Person I Used to Love)Huh GakNaeun (Lead role)
아프다 (It Hurts)Huh GakNaeun (Lead role)
MaydayMarioA Pink
2013슬픈약속 (That's My Fault)SpeedNaeun
It's OverSpeedNaeun
"1440"Huh GakHayoung with Do JiHan
"KkongKkong / Frozen"Shin BoraHayoung with B1A4 CNU
"Marry Me"K-HunterBomi


2011CottinyAllJewelry Brand [42]
Ceylon TeaAllBeverage Brand [43]
Converse KoreaAllSportswear Brand [44]
LG U+ZoneAllMobile Network [45]
SkoolooksAllSchool Uniform and Apparel Brand (with Beast)
2012ElswordAllRole Playing Game (RPG) [46]
Sudden AttackAllRole Playing Game (RPG), Until 2013 [47]
SkoolooksAllSchool Uniform and Apparel Brand (with Beast)
2013PeriperaNaeunCosmetic [48]
SOLChorong, Bomi, Eunji, Namjoo, HayoungCosmetic [49]
FantaEunjiBeverage [Other A Pink member Cameo]
SkoolooksAllSchool Uniform and Apparel Brand (with B.A.P)

I Lucky Choulett II Chorong, Naeun II Model (2014

Awards and nominations[edit]

201113th Mnet Asian Music Awards[50]Best New Female ArtistWon
19th Republic of Korean Culture and Entertainment AwardsIdol Music Rookie AwardWon
MTV Best Of the BestHot Debut StarNominated
Bugs Music Awards[51][52]Best RookieNominated
26th Golden Disk Awards[53]Best Newcomer ArtistWon
21st Seoul Music Awards[54]New Artist AwardWon
20127th Asia Model Festival Awards[55][56]New Star AwardWon
1st Gaon Chart Awards[57]New Artist of The YearWon
20th Republic of Korean Cultural and Entertainment AwardsOutstanding Woman SingerWon
MTV Best Of the BestBest Video FemaleWon
201322nd Seoul Music AwardsBonsang AwardNominated
Popularity AwardNominated
2nd Gaon Chart AwardsHot Trend AwardWon
15th Mnet Asian Music AwardsNext Generation Global StarWon
21st Republic of Korean Culture and Entertainment AwardsKPOP10 Singer AwardWon
201423rd Seoul Music AwardBonsang AwardPending
Popularity AwardPending
28th Golden Disk AwardDigital Bonsang AwardWon
Popularity AwardNominated
Song AwardNominated
1st Military Chart AwardBest Girl GroupWon

Others Members Awards[edit]

20125th Korea Drama AwardsBest Couple (with Seo In-guk)Reply 1997WonEunji[58]
5th Style Icon AwardsTop 10 Style Icons (with Seo In-guk)Reply 1997WonEunji[59]
14th Mnet Asian Music AwardsBest OST (with Seo In-guk)"All For You" Reply 1997WonEunji[60]
1st K-Drama Star AwardsBest OST (with Seo In-guk)"All For You" Reply 1997WonEunji[61]
Best Couple (with Seo In-guk)Reply 1997WonEunji[61]
Rising Star AwardReply 1997WonEunji[61]
4th Melon Music AwardsBest OST (with Seo In-guk)"All For You" Reply 1997WonEunji[62]
20132nd Gaon Chart AwardsSongs of the Year (Digital Awards [September]) (with Seo In-guk )"All for You" Reply 1997WonEunji[63]
49th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New TV ActressReply 1997WonEunji[64]
2013 APAN Star AwardsBest PerformanceThat Winter, The Wind BlowsWonEunji[65]
MBC Entertainment AwardsStar Of The YearWe Got MarriedWonNaeun[66]
SBS Drama AwardsBest New ActressThat Winter, The Wind BlowsWonEunji[67]

Music Programs[edit]

2012Jan. 5MnetM! CountdownMy My1st
2013Jul. 17MBC MusicShow ChampionNoNoNo1st (Champion Song)
Jul. 19KBSMusic BankNoNoNo1st


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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miss A
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best New Female Group
Succeeded by