4Minute

포미닛

4Minute( Korean :포미닛) is a five-member South Korean girl group formed in 2009 by Cube Entertainment with music singles and albums released primarily in South Korea and Japan. The members of the group are Nam Ji-hyun , Heo Ga-yoon , Jeon Ji-yoon , Kim Hyun-a , and Kwon So-hyun .The group debuted in June 2009 with its first single, " Hot Issue ", and in December 2010, it released its first Japanese album,Diamond. In 2011, the group released its first Korean full length album,4Minutes Left.The group received the Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards , and the Kpop New Artist Award at the 2010 Billboard Japan Music Awards.

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 4Minute's History

2009: Debut,For Muzik[edit]

The band performs at Dongguk University in 2009. From left to right: Gayoon , Ji-yoon , Hyun-a , So-hyun , Ji-hyun .

The group's official website was launched on June 11 with a silhouette teaser video.and the remaining members were announced the following day.

On June 21, the group's van was raided by fans, who stole clothing and other items. Cube Entertainment said, "It was very unfortunate that such an ordeal occurred."

along with its second single, " Muzik ".The song won an Inkigayo Mutizen award.

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.On October 15, the single "What a Girl Wants" was released.

The song featured Korean rapper Jun Hyung of label mate Beast .

2010:Hit Your Heart,Diamond[edit]

4minute performing at the 2010 Asia Song Festival

The single reached number 21 on the Oricon weekly singles chart.

"HuH" peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Singles Chart.On May 24, South Korean FM station "Voice of Freedom" included the "Huh" song in its propaganda broadcasts to North Korea

The group performed for Celebration at Marina, one of the line-up activties for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010On July 30, the Japanese version of "I My Me Mine" was released,

In December, 4Minute held Japanese concerts4Minute Energy Live Volume 2: Diamondin Tokyo and Osaka. Its Japanese albumDiamondwas released on December 15 and debuted at the number 18 on the Oricon chart.

2011:4Minutes Left[edit]

4minute at the DiGi Live K-Pop Party on January 13, 2011

On February 23, the group modeled for bridal designer Yumi Katsura at her 2011 Paris Grand Collection Tokyo Fashion Show held in Tokyo’s Ryōgoku Kokugikan , where the group performed songs "Muzik" and "Why".On March 12, the group performed at the 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert in Thailand .

The music video was released in February, followed by a single release in March 9." Heart to Heart " was released as a music video on March 29, and starred CN Blue 's Jungshin .

.Because of the song's provocative spread leg choreography; music producers demanded that "Mirror Mirror" be changed or the group could not perform the song on their shows.As a response, 4Minute changed the song's choreography, starting with the performance onM! Countdownon April 14.The song reached number two on the Gaon Chart.

On July 5, Hyun-a released a solo mini album,Bubble Pop!and the music video for the title track,Bubble Pop.Although the performances forBubble Popthe song was concluded prematurely due to Korea Communications Commission review committee, the music video was a viral hit, gaining 10 million views on YouTube as of August 2011.On August 3, the music videoFreestylewas released as an endorsement track for the video game companyJCE

On December 6, "Ready Go" was later released as the sixth Japanese single.

2012:Volume Up[edit]

4minute appearing on a stage on March 2012

Hyun-a became famous for her role in the " Gangnam Style " music video.On October 13, 4Minute performed at KCON 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California .On December 4, 4Minute released the song "Welcome to The School" for the KBS TV seriesSchool 2013.

2013:Name Is 4minute[edit]

In the fourth week of May, the song reached number one on the Gaon Single Chart , making it the group's first chart topper for Gaon.On the June 1 edition, the single reached number one on theBillboardK-pop Hot 100.

The song topped five local charts including MWave.

2014-present:4Minute World[edit]

Its lead single was promoted with timestamped daily photos of the girls in various activities,and its music video was released on March 16 under the title "오늘 뭐해 (Whatcha Doin' Today)".

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 4Minute's Members

Birth namePositionBirth date
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul
Ji Hyun지현Nam Ji Hyun남지현(age 24)
Ga Yoon가윤Heo Ga Yoon허가윤(age 23)
Ji Yoon지윤Jeon Ji Yoon전지윤(age 23)
Hyun A현아Kim Hyun Ah김현아(age 21)
So Hyun소현Kwon So Hyun권소현(age 19)

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 4Minute's Subgroups

along with the music video for its lead single, " 24/7 ".2YOON held their debut stage on January 17 at M! Countdown.

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 4Minute's Discography

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 4Minute's Filmography

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 4Minute's Endorsements

YearEndorsementNoteRef
2009 Dasarang Chicken (다사랑치킨) TV and print ads
Sony Walkman 4Minute designed pouches given out for free with purchase
Vegemil (베지밀)
2010 Ariul Cosmetic (아리얼) 4Minute was chosen to advertise 'youthful vivacity'
Shoe Marker (슈마커) Combined the brand's 'trendiness' with 4Minute's uniqueness
Scotch Puree(Thailand)
2011 Freestyle Correspond with the singleFreestyle; 4Minute members downloadable as characters
2012 Samsung Galaxy S III "Win the Day" support single for the 2012 Olympics featuring various K-pop stars.
Samsung Galaxy La’Fleur Collection SEA ambassador endorsement
2013 Talent Cosmetics (탈렌트 화장품)
NexonSudden Attack In-game characters voiced by 4minute members
Shak King Created an endorsement dance for the songWhat's Your Name

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 4Minute's Awards

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 4Minute's Notes

  1. ^Because theHeart to Hearttracks were put on the release of the full album4minutes Lefta week later,Heart to Heartis not counted as a mini-album, Cube Entertainment instead labeledVolume Upto be the group's third mini-album, andName is 4Minuteto be the fourth mini-album.← Sources: http://www.allkpop.com/2012/04/4minute-releases-eclectic-3rd-mini-album-volume-up ; http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/1558328/4minute-announces-4th-mini-album-with-electric-concept-photos-- >

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 4Minute's References

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  3. Rhu (류), Myung-June (명준) (May 14, 2009). "'원더걸스' 전 멤버 현아, 그룹 '포미닛'으로 활동 재개" ['Wondergirls' previous member Hyun-a, restart activities in the group '4Minute']. Segye Ilbo (in Korean) (News World Communications). Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
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  6. Kim (김), Si-Eun (시은) (June 12, 2009). "'포미닛' 얼굴 첫 공개, 드디어 베일 벗다" ['4Minute' first reveal of faces, finally take of veils]. Hankyung.com (in Korean). Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
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  42. Park (박), Kwon-Ook (권욱) (April 1, 2011). "포미닛, 첫 정규 앨범 깜짝 발매..'亞시장까지 노린다'" [4Minute, first album suprise sale... 'aiming up to Asia'] (in Korean). 아시아경제. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
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