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The band performs at Dongguk University in 2009. From left to right: Ga-yoon, Ji-yoon, Hyun-ah, So-hyun, Ji-hyun.
Background information
Origin South KoreaSeoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, dance-pop, electropop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Cube Entertainment (South Korea), Far Eastern Tribe Records (Japan), and Universal Music Group (International)
Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-ah, and Kwon So-hyun

4Minute (Korean: 포미닛) is a popular five-member South Korean girl group created by Cube Entertainment in 2009. The group’s leader is Nam Ji-hyun, and the other members are Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-ah, and Kwon So-hyun.[1] The girls released their first single on June 15, 2009 and made their debut stage last June 18, 2009 on Mnet M! Countdown. Their official fan club name is “4Nia” — a combination of 4Minute and mania.



[edit] History

[edit] 2009: Debut and For Muzik

Cube Entertainment announced the creation of 4Minute in May 2009, along with the identity of two of the group’s members, Nam JiHyun, the group’s leader and Kim Hyunah, a former member of Wonder Girls.[2] On 11 June 2009, the silhouette teaser video was released online, along with their official website.[3] The remaining three members’ identities were not announced until June 12.[4]

Cube Entertainment had released a teaser for their first single “Hot Issue” on 10 June while the single debuted on June 18. The group promoted the song from its release until August. At the end of August, 4Minute released a mini-album called “For Muzik” which was alongside their second single, “Muzik“. 4Minute won a mutizen award and a mnet award for their second single “Muzik”. Their third single was “What A Girl Wants” was released shortly after the release of their EP.

On 21 June 2009, after the first week of “Hot Issue” promotions, fans stole various items from the group’s van, including clothing and other items. Cube Entertainment said, “It was very unfortunate that such an ordeal occurred.”[5] Two months later, on 27 August, KBS banned the playing of “Won’t Give You (안줄래)” for what they considered to be overly sexual lyrical content.[6] The lyrics in question, in the style of a first-person narrative, express an unwillingness on the part of the subject to “give” herself or her heart to her partner. Cube Entertainment responded to the ban by stating that the song was intended to be “about the pure feelings of a girl to a guy” and that they were very disappointed by the decision.[7][8]

4Minute was featured in fellow label-mate Mario’s Christmas digital single “Jingle Jingle”, which was released on 2 December 2009; the music video premiered online on December 3, 2009. They also recorded a remix with American artist Amerie for her song ‘Heard ‘Em All’ that was released on the Asian version of her fourth album.[9]

[edit] 2010

[edit] Hit Your Heart and debut in Japan

4minute in Mnet 20’s Choice Awards, August 2010

Cube Entertainment announced that Universal Music Group would be assisting 4Minute with an international launch of their album.[10]

They embarked on their Asia Tour that started in January and followed into other countries such as Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan.[11] They had their first solo concert in Japan on May 8, 2010.[6] Cube Entertainment announced that the tickets to the concert had been sold out in a very short period of time. For their first solo concert in Japan, they performed in front of an audience of 4,000. On April 23, 2010 a new repackaged album of 4minute was sold in Taiwan adding in the Hyuna’s solo debut “Change” featuring Junhyung of Beast and their duet song with Amerie “Heard ‘Em All“, as well as a bonus DVD of their concert in Taiwan.

4minute released a new mini-album entitled HuH (Hit Your Heart) for their comeback on May 19, 2010. Along with this, they also released the first single from it, titled “HuH“. In the first track “Who’s Next?” 4Minute’s fellow label mates, the members of Beast, were featured and also appeared in the music video for “HuH” and “Who’s Next”. They released a new music video for “I My Me Mine” their second single from “Hit Your Heart” on July 5, 2010.[12] Cube Entertainment also announced “I My Me Mine” as their next Japanese single. Three different editions of the single were released.[13]

On July 19, 2010, the song “Superstar” was digitally released for the Korean TV show Superstar K season 2.[14] 4Minute also performed the song live, to further promote the show. They performed for Celebration at Marina,[15] the warm-up concert for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010, on August 13, 2010 together with BEAST, becoming the first Korean artists to perform for the Youth Olympic Games.

In September, Far Eastern Tribe Records announced a third Japanese single and their first double single, entitled “First/Dreams Come True“. After a teaser was released, the full music video for “FIRST” was officially released on 21 October 2010. The single was released on October 27, 2010. 4Minute had their second solo concert entitled 4Minute Energy Live Volume 2: Diamond. It was held for two nights in Tokyo on December 4 and December 5, 2010 in Osaka. It also marked the start of their promotions Diamond which was released on December 15, 2010 and debuted at the number 18 spot on the Oricon charts.

[edit] Role in North/South relations

In May 2010, the South Korea began broadcasting to the North on the FM station “Voice of Freedom.”[16] Among the songs broadcast was 4Minute’s “Huh.”[16] The lyrics include the lines, When I say I want to appear on TV, when I say I want to become prettier, everybody says I can’t do it. Baby, you’re kidding me? I do as I please.[16] This was supposed to make North Korean listeners aware of the greater opportunities available in the South.[16]

[edit] 2011-present: Heart To Heart and 4minutes Left plus Japan Activities and Promotions

On January 13, 2011 4Minute participated at DiGi Live K-Pop Party 2011 in Malaysia at Stadium Negara together with B2ST and G.NA.[17] The group received the Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards on January 20, 2011. On February 6, the group attended the 2010 Billboard Japan Music Awards, and received the “KPop New Artist Award”.

On January 19, 2011 it was announced that 4Minute would be releasing their fourth Japanese single, “WHY” on March 9 and that is the theme song to TV Asahi drama, “Akutou~Juuhanzai Sousahan”. The MV teaser for “WHY” was released on January 21, 2011 and the music video was released on February 7, 2011.

On February 23, 2011, the group modeled for the well-known bridal designer Yumi Katsura at her “2011 Paris Grand Collection Tokyo fashion Show” held in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan. At the end of the show they performed their songs Muzik (Japanese version) and WHY. They performed at 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert in Thailand on March 12, 2011.

On January 12, 2011 Cube Entertainment announced that 4Minute would be returning with a full official album in March. After several teasers were released with the name “Steal 20”. 4Minute released their third mini album, titled Heart to Heart featuring five new songs, with a title track titled “Heart to Heart“. The MV teaser for “Heart to Heart” was released on March 28, 2011 and the music video was released on March 29, 2011. The MV also stars CN Blue‘s Jungshin. With the release of the third mini album, it confused many fans, but Cube Entertainment explained that it was a new form of marketing, and that a full Korean Album was coming in April. This was confirmed after an alternate version of the Heart to Heart intro track “4minutes Left”, featuring a much heavier dance beat was revealed.

On April 5, 4Minute released their first full length Korean album titled 4MINUTES LEFT.[18] Along with the highly anticipated video for their Shadow Title Track “Mirror Mirror“. The album consists of all the tracks the Heart to Heart digital EP had, along with “Hide and Seek” and “Already Gone” which were from their debut album in Japan, DIAMOND, as well as the new shadow title track “”Mirror Mirror”” ,another new song titled “Badly” and a Korean remake of their Third Japanese Single “First”. The Album and two lead promotional singles are maintaining their positions in the top 10 of many Korean REAL TIME Charts.

4Minute made a comeback after a year hiatus through’s M! Countdown on April 7, 2011, to further promote the album. Despite the song’s success, controversy followed because of the song’s provocative spread leg choreography for “”Mirror, Mirror”” with various Korean music program’s demanding it be changed or 4minute would not allowed to be perform the song on their shows.[19] Their new choreography debuted on M! Countdown April 14, 2011.

4Minute’s Mirror Mirror Music Video dethroned Britney SpearsTill the World Ends in the number 1 spot of Europe‘s[disambiguation needed ] HIT INT’L VIDEOS TOP 20. During the airing of the May 1, 2011 episode of the show 4Minute’s mirror mirror leaped from #5 to #1. And they were also ranked #2 on Gaon Charts losing the #1 spot to Korean boy band, Big Bang.

In late April, it was announced that 4Minute will collaborate with Japanese singer Thelma Aoyama for her single, “Without U“. It was released on May 25, 2011. The English Version was released on May 7, 2011.

4minute’s member HyunA released a solo mini album Bubble Pop! on July 5, 2011. Within 5 days of the music video’s release, it received 1 million views per day.

4minute planned they would release their 5th Japanese single “Heart to Heart” and their first DVD “Emerald of 4minute” on September 7, 2011. On August 3, 2011, 4Minute released their music video for “Freestyle” and “Freestyle” is the song for a street basketball game called “Freestyle”. The girls revealed the album jacket photos for the Japanese version of “Heart to Heart” on August 7 and on August 8, they revealed the audio teaser of the song and they revealed the music video teaser last August 12, 2011. On August 15, Universal Music Japan released the music video for “Heart to Heart”. The single and DVD both ranked in the position 15 on the first day of sales in Oricon‘s Singles and DVD daily chart.

It’s rumored that the group will make a comeback in November with a new mini-album.

On October 1st, the group’s Japanese agency, Far Eastern Tribe Records, announced the group’s 6th Japanese single titled “Ready Go“, which is planned to release in December 7. The song will be a soundtrack for the TV Tokyo‘s drama “Welcome to the El-Palacio“, which will start air on October 6. A 45 seconds teaser of the song was revealed on the same day.[20]

On their Facebook page, 4Minute released “Ready, Go!” on November 11, 2011.

[edit] Members

Member Birth Date Position Specialty
Nam Ji-hyun January 9, 1990 (1990-01-09) (age 21) Leader, Lead Dancer, Vocalist Ballet, Singing, Acting
Heo Ga-yoon May 18, 1990 (1990-05-18) (age 21) Main Vocalist Singing and Writing Lyrics
Jeon Ji-yoon October 15, 1990 (1990-10-15) (age 21) Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper Cooking, Writing Lyrics
Kim Hyun-ah June 6, 1992 (1992-06-06) (age 19) Vocalist, Main Rapper, Main Dancer,Visual Rapping, Street Dancing, Acting
Kwon So-hyun August 30, 1994 (1994-08-30) (age 17) Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae Dancing, Studying, Playing Pool, Acting

Source: [1]

[edit] Discography

Main article: 4minute discography

[edit] Korean Discography

Studio Albums
Digital Singles
  • 2009: Hot Issue
  • 2009: Jingle Jingle
  • 2010: Superstar
  • 2011: FreeStyle

[edit] Japanese Discography

Studio Albums
  • 2010: Diamond
  • 2011/2012: 2nd Japanese Studio Album: TBA
Single Albums
Collaborations/Featuring Songs
  • 2011: Without U – Thelma Aoyama feat.4Minute
  • 2011: Emerald Of 4minute

[edit] Filmography

[edit] Television Works

Year Show
2009 Featured in Super Junior Miracle
2009 MTV 4minute
2010 MTV 4minute’s Friend Day
2010 4minute’s All In
2010 Bouquet
2011 4Minute’s Mr. Teacher

[edit] Concerts

  • 2010: 4Minute Energy LIVE Volume 1: 1st Concert [Tokyo]
  • 2010: 4Minute Energy LIVE Volume 2: DIAMOND [Tokyo & Osaka]

[edit] Concert participation

  • 2011: United Cube Concert
  • 2011: KBS New York Korea Festival Concert [New Overpeck Park, New Jersey]
  • 2011: Billboard Korea’s K-Pop Masters Concerts [MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada]

[edit] Awards

Year Awards
  • 20th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award (“HUH”)[28]
  • 2nd Billboard JAPAN Music Awards 2010: Korea Billboard Special Award[29]
  • 2nd Billboard JAPAN Music Awards 2010: Japan New K-pop Artist of The Year Award[29]

Members’ profiles

► Nam Jihyun 남지현
Group Position : Leader, Vocal
DOB January 9, 1990
Nicknames : Innocent – Lovely Jihyun, 4-D Jihyun, Namjiji (trashy?), Namji / NamG / NamGee, Namdakyu / Namdocu
Height / Weight / Blood Type : 167cm / 49kg / A
Specialty : Dancing, Ballet
Debut : : in 4minute with the single “Hot Issue”, 2009
Previous Works : –
Hobbies : Just dance
Education ; Sangmyeong University, Dance Department (Major in Ballet, leave of absence)
Major Fancafe IRENE

► Heo Gayoon 허가윤
Group Position : Lead Vocal
DOB : May 18th, 1990
Nicknames : Dodosick (Arrogant-“Sick”) Gayoon, Neunggeuli (Sneaky) Gayoon (because of her facial expressions in some pictures), Gayoonit, Cube uljjang, Heophrodite
Height / Weight / Blood Type : 165 cm / 47 kg / –
Specialty : Singing
Debut: in 4minute with the single “Hot Issue”, 2009
Previous Works : – appeared in Mario’s MV “I’m Yours”, 2008
– sang chours for MC Mong’s “Ninth Cloud”, 2008
Hobbies : Watching movies, writing lyrics
Education : Dong Deok Female High School (graduated)
Major Fancafe Celina

► Jeon Jiyoon 전지윤
Group Position : Vocals
DOB : October 15, 1990
Nicknames : Charisma Jiyoon, Teol teol (Easy-going) Jiyoon, Junglass, Jiyoonit
Height / Weight / Blood Type : 165 cm / 47 kg / –
Specialty : Singing, Dancing
Debut: in 4minute with the single “Hot Issue”, 2009
Previous Works : –
Hobbies : Cooking, writing lyrics
Education : Byeongjeom High School (graduated)
Major Fancafe Junglass

► Kim HyunAh 김현아
Group Position : Rapper
DOB : June 6, 1992
Nicknames : Kim Force HyunAh, “Best Aegyo” HyunAh (acting cute), 키며나 / 김효나 (Kimyeona/ Kim Hyona – misheard versions of her name)
Height / Weight / Blood Type : 164 cm / 40 kg / O
Specialty : Rapping, Poppin’, Street dancing, Singing
Debut : in Wonder Girls with the single “Irony’”, 2007
Previous Works : -featured in MTV Wonder Girls Season 1 (~late 2006 / 2007)
– featured in Wonder Girls debut mini-album “The Wonder Begins, 2007
– featured in MTV Wonder Girls Season 2, 2007
– featured in a Crown CF, 2007
– co-Mced MBC Music Core, 2007
– appeared in MBC show “7 Octave”, 2007
– featured in Cyon Bboy Championship CF, 2008
– featured in TBJ’s campaign Love Actually, 2009
– featured in AJ’s track “2009”, 2009
– featured in AJ’s MV “Dancing Shoes”, 2009
Hobbies : Cooking, customing clothes, watching movies, doing Selcas (self cameras)
Education : Korea High School of Music and Arts (currently attending)
Major Fancafe Minute Hyuna

► Kwon Sohyun 권소현
Group Position : Maknae, Vocals
DOB : August 30, 1994
Nicknames : Cute Sohyun, 꿘쏘 (Kkweon Sso), 왕언니 (Wangeonni) Sohyun
Height / Weight / Blood Type : 162 cm / 45 kg / –
Specialty: Dancing, Studying
Debut : in Orange with the single “Our Star”, 2005
Previous Works : – appeared in MBC Drama”대장금 » (Jewel in the Palace / Great Jang Geum)
– appeared in SBS Drama “장길산 » (Jang Gil San), 2003
– appeared in KBS show « 울라불라 블루짱 » ( Woolla Boolla Blue Jjang), 2004
– appeared in SBS Drama “파리의 연인 » (Lovers in Paris / Des amoureux à Paris / My Sweetheart in Paris / Romance in Paris), 2004
– appeared in the movie “연애술사 » (Love Predicative), 2005
– featured in Orange debut single “Our Star” single, 2005
Hobbies : Pool
Education : Geumho Junior High School (currently attending)
Major Fancafe Mandelina

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