Brown Eyed Girls

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Brown Eyed Girls

Left to Right: Jea, Narsha, Ga-In, Miryo
Background information
OriginSouth Korea
GenresPop, R&B, Electronica
Years active2006–present
LabelsNega Network (South Korea)
Sony Music Japan International (Japan)[1]
Associated actsSunny Hill, Seeya
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Brown Eyed Girls

Left to Right: Jea, Narsha, Ga-In, Miryo
Background information
OriginSouth Korea
GenresPop, R&B, Electronica
Years active2006–present
LabelsNega Network (South Korea)
Sony Music Japan International (Japan)[1]
Associated actsSunny Hill, Seeya

The Brown Eyed Girls (Korean: 브라운아이드걸스), often abbreviated as B.E.G., is a South Korean pop girl group managed by Nega Network. The group consists of four members: JeA, Miryo, Narsha, and Gain. They've debuted as an R&B/ballad vocal group in 2006 and challenged themselves with different music genres. They rose to popularity in 2008, with LOVE and cemented their position in the K-Pop world in 2009 with Abracadabra paving their way to debut in Japan in 2010. Other than promoting as a group, the members have released their solo albums also.



Debut: Vol. 1 Your Story and Vol. 2 Leave Ms. Kim

The group's leader Jea is the one responsible of the group's creation and who was actively involved in the selection of the other members. The first member Jea picked out was Miryo, who was known as a great female rapper from the hip-hop community. Miryo previously worked with other fellow rappers, such as Gil Seong-joon from Leessang, and the main female rapper in well-known hip-hop group Honey Family. Narsha was chosen when Jea remembered her as "talented singer" from her high school days. Ga-in was selected by the three members after she was eliminated from "Battle Shin Hwa". According to Ga-in, she was crying in the bathroom after failing the audition, was found by composer Ahn Jung Hoon, and then was chosen through the audition in Brown Eyed Girls' company. The four members held several small size concerts, and was actually known as "Crescendo" before officially debuting as "Brown Eyed Girls".[2]

After more than 3 years of training in singing and holding several small size concerts, the Brown Eyed Girls released their debut album Your Story in South Korea in March 2, 2006, with the ballad track, "Come Closer" as their single. Debuting as a ‘faceless group’ they did not appear on any visual media and choosing to not even show up in their own music video. The album was well-received critically but did not do as well as expected commercially. The album was later re-released to include "Hold The Line" (which samples "Push The Button" by British girl band Sugababes and "Technologic" by Daft Punk). This song became a hit, further boosting the band's popularity. "Hold the Line" was disclosed across the world because it was included in the list of songs from the game Pump it Up.

After a short break, the group went back into the studio to work on their second album Leave Ms. Kim (떠나라 미스김), which included their R&B title track "You Got Me Fooled" (너에게 속았다). Subsequent singles were "Oasis" (오아시스) featuring Lee Jae Hoon and "It's Mine" (내꺼야), a collaboration with fellow group SeeYa.

During the break between their debut and second albums, the Brown Eyed Girls released their first digital single entitled "I Am a Summer" (내가 여름이다), which was later included in their second LP.

The first two albums contained typical R&B ballads which had been very popular in the K-pop scene. However, the commercial success was relatively higher in two singles between the first and second albums. Moreover, the second album containing "You Got Me Fooled" (너에게 속았다) was released at nearly the same time as Wonder Girls' "Tell Me" which received a nationwide success in Korea. Therefore, their second album was once again a commercial disappointment. At the same time, the general K-pop scene was changing from R&B ballads to dance music.

2008: With Love and My Style mini albums

In January 2008, Brown Eyed Girls came back with their first mini-album "With L.O.V.E". Their single "L.O.V.E", was a departure from the B.E.G. sound that people had come to know[3][4] but it became an instant success and Brown Eyed Girls scored their 1st No. 1 song and also one of the top hit songs in the first half of 2008. "Love Action" was the second single taken from the mini album. With Love also marked the group's second digital album (after "I Am a Summer"), though it was released in conventional CD format as well. After the release of their first mini-album, they could achieve the commercial success. "Love" was composed by Saint-Binary and Min-Soo Lee.

Looking to strengthen their success, Brown Eyed Girls returned again in September and released their second mini-album "My Style". Title song "How Come" is a retro-style dance song that has become a popular trend. Despite facing strong competition from other top groups, "How Come" still managed to hit No. 1 on a lot of music charts, proving that Brown Eyed Girls have established themselves as one of the top female groups in Korea.[5]

2009–2010: Vol. 3 Sound G, Japan Debut and Solo Activities

On July 20, 2009, Brown Eyed Girls released their third full-length album, the double-disc Sound G. Even though "Candy Man" was the first song unveiled from the album, the first heavily promoted single was "Abracadabra", which was composed by Ji-nu and Min-Soo Lee. He composed the first part of "Abracadabra", and tried to compose the refrain part. However, he could not think of a good idea to make the refrain part. Therefore, Min-Soo Lee, who worked with BEG previously, helped and composed the refrain part of "Abracadabra".

The release of this album also saw a shift in the image of the group, as the members redefined themselves as independent and mature city girls.[6] Their music video for their title track sparked controversies. As the group is sporting a substantially more provocative visual style, criticism has arisen for the suggestive and erotic themes that the video presents.[7] They later released a "stage version" of the video, which focuses only on the choreography. Nevertheless, even with all the controversies they took the Kpop world by storm, snagging awards at music shows and year end music awards. The sexy hip dance became a national dance with a lot of fellow celebrities doing a parody of it.[8]

Later on, the group revealed a repackaged version of the album titled Sign that included a new single, "Sign", along with "Drunk On Sleep" and a remix of their previous hit "Abracadabra". The repackaged album was released along with the music video for "Sign". The music video caused controversy because of its content, it featured scenes of violence and death, including Ga-In drowning in a tank of water. "Sign" has reached certain success, but it has not matched the success of the band's previous single "Abracadabra".

The quartet has been readying for their Japan debut since signing with major record label Sony Music Japan International. In August 2010, the group re-released Sound G in Japanese to promote them in the country, which indeed marks the beginning of their Japanese promotions.[9]

After the success of the album, the members concentrated more on their individual activities juggling it with their overseas schedules. In June, Narsha released her single 'I'm In Love' and own album 'NARSHA',[10] In August, JeA collaborated with Rattpoom, a Thai singer, in his song 'Face to Face'.[11] Later in October, Gain also started her solo activities through her album Step 2/4 with tango music, 'Irreversible' as the title track.[12] On October 31, she clutched her win (Mutizen song) in Inkigayo. In December, JeA worked on her ballad single 'Because You Sting' featuring G.O. of MBLAQ.[13]

Aside from that they also became part of popular variety shows and sitcom. Ga-in has appeared on We Got Married with 2AM's Jo Kwon since September 2009. The couple is very popular in Korea and is one of the most recognized virtual couples in the country. Regrettably, their virtual marriage came to an end after 15 months in January 2011. She made her acting debut in MBC daily sitcom 'All My Love'. She was the female lead 'Gaumji'. However, owing to schedule conflict, her filming in sitcom ended in May 2011. Narsha has appeared on Invincible Youth (also known as G7) since October 2009. She is known on the show as "Sung In Dol" (Adult idol) due to her age difference with other members and her funny, but naughty reactions on the show. She was also one of the fixed cast member in SBS's variety show 'Heroes'. In April 2010, She DJed on "Pump up the Volume" on KBS Cool FM. Due to Brown Eyed Girls' overseas promotions Narsha decided to leave the show, with her last broadcast on December 28, 2010.[14]

The group successfully ended the year with a concert entitled "Hot Winter Party" held in the Ax-Korea Hall in Seoul.

2011: Japanese promotions and Return to Korea with 'Sixth Sense'

On January 17, the Japanese music video for "Sign" was released.[15] Its content is completely different from the original Korean version of the song, since the new version focuses on choreography while the original version did not feature any. The group started their promotions in Japan in early 2011.[16]

The girls originally planned to hold a concert in Japan in April but due to the Tōhoku Earthquake in March, the concert has been postponed to September instead. On September 12, they finally had their first Japanese concert at C.C Lemon Hall in Shibuya. There, they revealed one of their songs in their fourth album An Inconvenient Truth, which was composed by JeA and KZ.[17]

On September 6, NegaNetwork released an official comeback date, remarking the end of their two-year hiatus. It is confirmed that the group will release a single on the 16th titled, "Hot Shot", followed by their fourth full length album and music video "Sixth Sense" on the 23rd. Brown Eyed Girls' agency also stated with that their music this time is a music which no other girl groups can imitate.[18]

The concept for this album is “Resistance for freedom of expression through music via sixth sense.” Representatives of their agency, NegaNetwork explained, “This album focuses not only on their singing and performance. The members hope to convey their thoughts to the public through music. Their title track is an expression of the limitations of experiencing music with only five senses, and it asks people to feel it instead with their sixth sense. The song itself is very free in style.”[19] Inspired by Shostakovich‘s Leningrad symphony, the song features strong cello performances, a classical arrangement, and soulful vocals, all coming to a climax at the end.

Prior to their first stage, they achieved an all-kill with "Sixth Sense" in all major charts in Korea.[20] They kicked off their promotional cycle officially with a double stage performance of "Hot Shot" and "Sixth Sense" on September 24 on Music Core.[21] and grabbed the top spot on M! Countdown and Inkigayo.[22] They have impressed audiences with their concept, choreography, and sound from their “Sixth Sense” comeback. In particular, their three-part high note near the end of the song estimated to be over five and a half levels has been earning explosive attention, leaving many fans impressed. They also broke the jinx of going down a slump after a “big hit” as they won over their famed song Abracadabra, receiving higher digital sales for Sixth Sense.[23] They concluded their "Sixth Sense" promotions after a month but it was immediately followed by the release of a repackage of their fourth studio album.[24]

On November 4, their repackage album was released. They followed up promotions with their ballad song 'Cleansing Cream'. In contrast of the Sixth Sense's dark and fierce concept, Brown Eyed Girls were back giving off their innocent and feminine side. They officially concluded their promotional activities on November 18 with a final performance on KBS‘s ‘Music Bank'.[25]

2012: Solo activities, digital single and Tonight 37.2 °C

The members branched out to solo activities once again. Starting with Miryo, releasing her self- produced solo album, MIRYO a.k.a. JOHONEY on February 1. She had a rocky start with two of the songs from her album banned in broadcasting stations. Namely, “Revenger”, which according to SBS officials has lyrics depicting violence[26] and the title track “Dirty” for the lyrics of the song, containing the word, “cross-eyed” which could be perceived as a derogatory term for the disabled thus forcing Miryo to change the lyrics to be able to perform on music shows.[27]

On TV, Narsha made her acting debut with MBC's drama 'Light and Shadow' playing the role of an aspring singer Lee Jung Ja[28] and followed by Ooh La La Couple as a goddess. The other members participated on reality programs. Gain became a CEO of a public relations company called ‘Mental Breakdown' particularly for the show, "OnStyle's Launch My Life – Ga In's Fashion King". While Miryo was included in Mnet's hiphop program Show me the Money, collaborating with a rookie rapper to compete against other contestants for the top spot.[29] Jea also became a fixed member of Immortal Song 2 but she later left the show due to her solo album promotions and was replaced by Narsha.

On July 17, BEG released their digital single "The Original" of the hybrid soul genre – the genre the girls have originally debuted with. It has two tracks Come with me and the title track “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” meant to be a gift to the fans who are still supporting the group despite it not being active at the moment. It was produced and composed by JeA. No promotional activities were done.[30]

Gain dropped her second mini-album on October 5 "Talk About S" with the title track Bloom. Upon its release, the title track has soared to the No. 1 position on real-time music charts achieving an all-kill[31] and winning the top spot in M! Countdown. JeA also pre-released the track "Let's Hug" on December 28 from her upcoming solo album reaching the no.1 spot on real-time charts.[32]

Before the year ended, fans of Brown Eyed Girls were finally able to see all four members up on stage together once again for their 19+ Rated ‘Tonight 37.2 °C‘ concert. Each member took on a specific theme including seduction, desire, betrayal, and revenge to tell a story about a promise they made with a man ‘until death do them part’.[33]

Other musical efforts

The girls have also been featured on several South Korean Drama soundtracks. Including The Vineyard Man (Loving You), Queen of Games (독한 사랑), Dae Jo Yeong (대조영), The Kingdom of The Winds (다애), My Fair Lady (I Love You), and Chuno (Me-Ah).

JeA also participated in OST songs even before Brown Eyed Girls' debut.

Also, Miryo and JeA collaborated for the single "Love Is..." which was released in May 2010.

Collaborated with 4minute in 2010 for a World Cup song.[34]

Ga-in also participated "4Tomorrow Project" with Kara's Seung Yeon, After School's Uee, and 4minute's Hyuna.

She also released digital single "We Fell in Love" (우리 사랑하게 됐어요), composed by Jea, with then We Got Married partner 2AM Jo Kwon. The song was voted No. 1 in several music programs in January 2010

In 2011 Miryo and Sunny (Girls' Generation – 소녀시대) collaborated for the single "사랑해 사랑해 (I love you, I love you)" the song was released the same year.

Ga-in collaborated with Park Jin-young for the song "Someone Else" shortly before his comeback. The MV and the full-length song was pre-released on April 2012.


Stage nameBirth name
JeA제아Kim Hyo Jin김효진
Miryo미료Jo Mi Hye조미혜
Narsha나르샤Park Hyo Jin박효진
Ga In가인Son Ga In손가인

Left Before Debut


Studio albums

YearAlbum informationTracklisting
2006Your Story
  • Released: March 9, 2006
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CJ Music
  1. 세컨드(second)
  2. 다가와서
  3. Far away (feat. MC 몽)
  4. Every Body (feat. Big Tone)
  5. 잊어가잖아
  6. 오늘은 그대와 하늘 위로 (feat. Bobby Kim)
  7. 넌 누굴 사랑하니?
  9. 혼잣말
  10. 네가 오는 날
  11. Watch Out
  12. 묻지 못한 이야기
  13. 이제야 비로소 사랑을 말할 수 있다
  14. Timing
Your Story Special Repackage
  • Released: August 30, 2006
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CJ Music

CD 1

  1. Second
  2. 다가와서
  3. Far away (Featuring:Mc Mong)
  4. Every body
  5. 잊어가잖아
  6. 오늘은 그대와 하늘 위로 (Featuring:바비킴)
  7. 넌 누굴 사랑하니?
  9. 혼잣말
  10. 니가 오는 날
  11. Watch Out
  12. 묻지 못한 이야기
  13. 이제야 비로소 사랑을 말할 수 있다
  14. Timing

CD 2

  1. Hold The Line – Feat. 조PD
  2. Second(Rock Remix Version)
  3. Second(Hip-Hop version)
  4. Hold The Line (Inst.)
  5. Second (Inst.)
2007Leave Ms. Kim ("떠나라 미스김")
  • Released: September 6, 2007
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Seoul Records
  1. 남자는 없다 (Feat.영지)
  2. 내가 웃고 있어요(가인)
  3. 떠나라 미스김
  4. 술래
  5. 너에게 속았다
  6. 하필이면
  7. 오아시스 (Feat.이재훈)
  8. 눈부시게 좋은 날
  9. Triangle
  10. 최면
  11. 내꺼야
  12. How Could I Love You
  13. 술래 (Background Music)
  14. 떠나라 미스김 (Background Music)
2009Sound G.
  • Released: July 20, 2009
  • Format: CD, Digital download
  • Label: Mnet

CD 1

  1. Glam Girl
  2. Abracadabra
  3. 중독
  4. Candy Man
  5. Moody Night
  6. 이상한 일
  7. 못 가
  8. 여자가 있어도
  9. 잘할게요
  10. Abracadabra [Instrumental]
  11. Candy Man [Instrumental]
  12. 잘할게요 [Instrumental]

CD 2

  1. DJ Cloud Translates L.O.V.E – (Cloud Remix)
  2. Haihm Translates SECOND – (Haihm Rebuild)
  3. East4a Translates YOU – (East4a Soulsome Mix)
  4. Hitchhiker Translates 어쩌다 – (Hitchhiker(Jinu) Dynamic Mix)
  5. Saintbinary Translates HOLD THE LINE – (Saintbinary Sweet Purple Remix)
  6. Junjaman Translates MY STYLE – (Junjaman Wet Dream Remix)
  7. Fraktal Translates OASIS – (Fraktal Desert Is Land Mix)
2011Sixth Sense
  • Released: September 23, 2011
  • Format: CD, Digital download
  • Label: NegaNetwork
  1. Swing It Shorty (Intro)
  2. Sixth Sense
  3. Hot Shot
  4. La Boheme
  5. The Ugly Truth (불편한 진실)
  6. Lovemotion
  7. Countdown (Interlude)
  8. Vendetta
  9. Sixth Sense (Inst.)

Extended plays

YearAlbum informationTracklisting
2008With Love
  • Released: January 17, 2008
  • Format: CD, digital
  • Label: Seoul Records
  1. Love Action (feat. 조PD)
  2. L.O.V.E
  3. 이별편지
  4. Love Action (Rap by 미료)
  5. Love Action (Instrumental)
  6. L.O.V.E (Instrumental)
  7. 이별편지 (Instrumental)
My Style
  • Released: September 18, 2008
  • Format: CD, digital
  • Label: Mnet
  1. You
  2. 어쩌다
  3. 겨우
  4. 다시는 사랑 안할래
  5. 어쩌다 (Instrumental)
  6. 다시는 사랑 안할래 (Instrumental)
2009Sound G. Sign (Repackage)
  • Released: November 2, 2009
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mnet
  1. Sign
  2. 잠에 취해
  4. Sign (Junjaman Remix)
  5. 잠에 취해 (Instrumental)


2006"Come Closer" (다가와서)Your Story
"Hold The Line"
(featuring Cho PD)
2007"I Got Fooled By You" (너에게 속았다)Leave Ms. Kim
2008"L.O.V.E"With Love
"How come" (어쩌다)My Style
"My Style"
2009"Abracadabra"Sound G
2011"Hot Shot"Sixth Sense
"Sixth Sense"
"Cleansing Cream"
2012"A Midsummer Night's Dream"The Original
"Come With Me"



Music Programs

These are a collection of Brown Eyed Girls wins on Korea's televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korea cable channel Mnet and Music Bank on KBS.

Music Bank

2008February 22L.O.V.E
2009August 21Abracadabra


2008March 2L.O.V.E
March 9
2009August 16Abracadabra[39]
August 23
2011October 16Sixth Sense[22]
October 23

M! Countdown

2009August 20Abracadabra
September 3
2011October 6Sixth Sense
October 20[40]


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