Nine Muses (band)

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Nine Muses
Nine Muses Showcase.jpg
Background information
Also known as9Muses, Namyu
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, dance-pop
Years active2010-present
LabelsStar Empire Entertainment,
IMX Inc./Happinet Music
WebsiteOfficial Korean website
Official Japanese website
MembersHyuna
Erin
Sungah
Kyungri
Hyemi
Minha
Past membersJaekyung
Bini
Rana
Lee Sem
Eunji
Sera
 
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Nine Muses
Nine Muses Showcase.jpg
Background information
Also known as9Muses, Namyu
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, dance-pop
Years active2010-present
LabelsStar Empire Entertainment,
IMX Inc./Happinet Music
WebsiteOfficial Korean website
Official Japanese website
MembersHyuna
Erin
Sungah
Kyungri
Hyemi
Minha
Past membersJaekyung
Bini
Rana
Lee Sem
Eunji
Sera
Nine Muses
Hangul
Revised RomanizationNa-in Myujiseu
McCune–ReischauerNa-in Myuchisŭ

Nine Muses (Korean: 나인뮤지스, sometimes stylized as 9MUSES) is a South Korean girl group under Star Empire Entertainment. The group debuted in 2010 with the single "No Playboy" from the single album, Let's Have a Party. The current lineup includes Hyuna, Euaerin, Sungah, Kyungri, Hyemi and Minha.

History[edit]

2010: Debut, Jaekyung departure, new member Hyuna[edit]

The formation of Nine Muses was announced on March 26, 2010. Their first release was on August 12, 2010, the single album Let's Have a Party. The lead track of the album "No Playboy" is a song produced by composers Rainstone and Park Jin Young.

Jaekyung dropped out of the group to focus on her modeling career and was replaced by Hyuna.[1] To advance into the Japanese market, on December 26, 2010, Nine Muses performed six songs on Seoul Train, an event in which K-pop artists and groups perform for their Japanese fans, alongside V.O.S. and ZE:A.[2]

2011: Line-up change, "Figaro"[edit]

In January 2011 it was announced that the members Bini, Rana, and Euaerin would leave the group to pursue other areas, and that they will not receive replacements. Euaerin left the group to pursue her dream in Japan. However, three months later it was announced that Euaerin would return to the group because she was not satisfied with the things she had planned. In August, the group made their comeback with the single "Figaro" as a group of 7 members, with which Hyuna made her debut single. Once the promotional period for "Figaro" started management thought to change the group name to Sweet Candy as it would confuse people if Nine Muses was a group with only 7 members. Months later the group's agency confirmed that the group name is not changing since that in the future it would add two members to become 9 girls.[3][4] The group released "Figaro" and its accompanying music video on August 18, 2011.[5]

2012: Sweet Rendezvous, Sungah and Kyungri Debut[edit]

Nine Muses introduced a new member, Kyungri, at the group's performance in Abu Dhabi, UAE.[6] Nine Muses released the music video for "News" on January 10, 2012, with the single released a day later on January 11, 2012. The song was produced by Sweetune, who was also behind their "Figaro" single.

On March 6, 2012, a teaser video for “Ticket” from their Sweet Rendezvous mini album was released. The music video for “Ticket” was released on March 8, 2012. On May 25, 2012, they released two music videos for their new military campaign song "My Youth’s Allegiance"[7]

In March 12, 2012, Star Empire announced that a new member Sungah would be joining the group.[8] and She performed News[9] and Ticket[10] and also Figaro[11] in May 31, 2012.

2013: "Dolls", "Wild", Prima Donna, and "Glue"[edit]

Nine Muses at a showcase event for their single "Wild" in 2013.

A single, "Dolls", was released in January 2013.[12] It debuted at number 35 on Gaon Top 100 Chart & 11th on M!Countdown and peaked at 7th.

On May 9, 2013, the music video for the single “Wild” was released. The single “Wild” reached number 1 on various real-time charts and debuted on the Gaon chart at number 32, whereas the physical mini-album “Wild” debuted on May 16, 2013 at number 4.

On September 25, 2013, Nine Muses' twitter announced that they were having a comeback with their first full album Prima Donna on October 14, 2013.[13] On October 1, 2013, Nine Muses released their teaser pictures for Prima Donna.[14] A teaser for their title track, "Gun", was released on October 7, 2013.[15] On October 9, 2013, a Prima Donna album preview was released onto their official YouTube account.[16] On October 13, 2013, Nine Muses released their Prima Donna album and the music video for "Gun".[17]

On December 4, 2013, Nine Muses released their new digital single called "Glue" accompanied by its music video.[18]

2014−present: Eunji, Lee Sem & Sera departure[edit]

Their agency Star Empire announced on the January 29, "Ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, Lee Sem and Eunji have decided to leave from the group Nine Muses, which they've been a part of for the past four years... Out of respect for their wishes to focus on their individual activities in various aspects, we decided to let go of Nine Muses members Lee Sem and Eunji... The two of them will continue under the same agency even after their withdrawing".[19]

On June 23, 2014, it was announced that Sera had also left the group after her contract's expiration, and that Nine Muses would be coming back in August with a new member. In a press release, the company said, "Nine Muses' Sera's contract has reached its expiration date so she has decided to graduate from Nine Muses. Her future activities have not been discussed in detail, and we will cheer on and respect Sera's new start. Nine Muses plan to recruit a new member and with a reorganized team, they plan to make a comeback early August. We also ask that you show your support and love for the future activities of Sera as well as Nine Muses."


Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Stage nameBirth nameDate of Birth
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul
Hyuna현아Moon Hyun-Ah문현아January 19, 1987 (27)
Erin/Euaerin애린/이유애린Lee Hye-Min이혜민May 3, 1988 (26)
Sungah성아Son Seong-Ah손성아July 8, 1989 (25)
Kyungri경리Park Kyeong-Ree박경리June 5, 1990 (24)
Hyemi혜미Pyo Hye-Mi표혜미April 3, 1991 (23)
Minha민하Park Min-Ha박민하June 27, 1991 (23)

Former[edit]

Stage NameBirth NameDate of Birth
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul
Rana라나Kim Ra-Na김라나June 26, 1983 (31)
Bini비니Lee Hye-Bin이혜빈November 13, 1985 (29)
Jaekyung재경Jeong Seo-Yeong정서영September 9, 1987 (27)
Lee Sem이샘Lee Hyeon-Ju이현주May 5, 1987 (27)
Sera세라Ryu Se-Ra류세라October 3, 1987 (27)
Eunji은지Park Eun-Ji박은지September 27, 1988 (26)

Member timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

YearsAwards
2010
  • Korean Beauty Design Expo - Beauty Popularity Star Award[20]
  • 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards: New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award[21]
2013
  • 8th Asian Model Festival Awards[22]
  • The 4th Annual KPOP+ Music Awards: Best Female Group[23]
  • The 4th Annual KPOP+ Music Awards: Most Improved Artist[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Korean) 나인뮤지스, 새 멤버 현아 영입해 후속곡 '레이디스' 활동 (Nine Muses to receive a new member and start follow up activities with "Ladies".)
  2. ^ (Korean) 나인뮤지스, 매끈 롱다리로 소녀시대 넘는다 (Nine Muses performs at Seoul Train in Japan.)
  3. ^ (Korean) 나인뮤지스, 8월 첫 유닛 활동..7인조 그룹 출격 (Nine Muses to come back as a seven-member unit group in August)
  4. ^ "Nine Muses: Rana and Bini Quit to Pursue Solo Activities". Soompi.com. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Nine Muses reveal new teaser for "Figaro"". Allkpop.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Nine Muses to make a comeback next month with a new member". Allkpop.com. 2011-12-27. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  7. ^ "Nine Muses cheer on soldiers with a new campaign song". allkpop.com. May 25, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nine Muses to return this month as a full nine-member group". allkpop.com. January 10, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "[직캠]120527 나인뮤지스(Nine Muses) - 뉴스(News) / 아라뱃길(인천)". YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "[직캠]120527 나인뮤지스(Nine Muses) - 티켓(Ticket) / 아라뱃길(인천)". YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "[Fancam] 120527 Nine Muses Sera - 휘가로 (Figaro)". YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nine Muses to return this month as a full nine-member group". allkpop.com. January 10, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ alim17 (September 25, 2013). "Nine Muses to release first studio album on October 14!". allkpop.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ alim17 (October 1, 2013). "Nine Muses reveal group teaser image for upcoming 'PRIMA DONNA' album". allkpop.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ serendipity (October 7, 2013). "Nine Muses tease with video clip for 'Gun'". allkpop.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ serendipity (October 9, 2013). "Sample Nine Muses' upcoming album 'PRIMA DONNA' with an album preview clip". allkpop.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ jennywill (October 13, 2013). "Nine Muses releases 'PRIMA DONNA' and the MV for 'Gun'!". allkpop.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ elliefilet (December 3, 2013). "Nine Muses return sexy as ever with 'Glue' MV". allkpop.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ "나인뮤지스 이샘 은지 탈퇴, 개인활동 의사존중 웃으며 졸업 : 네이트 뉴스" (in (Korean)). News.nate.com. January 29, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ (Korean) 나인뮤지스, 뷰티 인기 스타상 수상 (Nine Muses wins the Beauty Popularity Star Award.)
  21. ^ http://ethlenn.blogspot.com/2010/12/18th-korean-culture-entertainment.html
  22. ^ "What's on This Week | TV". Arirang. April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  23. ^ https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AroSygcIJpv_dHBDd0xHVjdNbXZReVhheUdNcjFFdmc&output=html
  24. ^ https://showyou.com/v/y-iqSL-HfNJMQ/the-4th-annual-kpop-music-awards-2013

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