Miss A


Miss A
Miss A

Miss A in Mnet 20's Choice Awards, August 2010
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-Pop, Pop, Dance-pop, electropop, Teen Pop, Mandopop
Years active 2010–present
Labels AQ Entertainment (South Korea 2010)
J. Tune Entertainment/JYP Entertainment (2011-present)
Associated acts JYP Nation, Wonder Girls
Website Official website
Members
Fei
Jia
Min
Suzy

Miss A (Korean: 미쓰에이), commonly stylized as miss A, is a four member South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment through their sub-label AQ Entertainment in 2010. The group consists of members from both China and South Korea. They are Fei, Jia, Min and Suzy.

Fei and Jia are considered two of the four best recognized female celebrities of Chinese origin active in the South Korean entertainment scene, along with f(x)'s Victoria Song and fashion model Wei Sun.[1]

Contents

History

Pre-debut, JYP Sisters: Early activities in China

Members Fei and Jia were selected in 2007 (Fei was scouted on her way to dance school, while Jia's school held auditions). Min auditioned when she was in the 6th grade, and traveled to the U.S., where she trained for 6 years, but came back in 2008 to continue activities in Korea. During her time in New York, she studied at the Repertory Company High School in Manhattan.[2] She is known to be a trainee who has been training for a long time along with Wonder Girls' Sunye and 2AM's Jo Kwon. Before their debut, members Fei and Jia appeared in 2PM's "My Color" music video. Suzy Bae was also a model for an online shopping center.

Originally, Miss A were a 5-member group in training in 2009. While still in training, the group flew to China where they appeared in numerous variety shows performing dance routines and songs to showcase their talent to the Chinese audience. As the group had no official name they were widely known to fans unofficially as JYP Sisters or simply as "Sisters (시스터즈)". However the group had gone through several changes during this period, most notably the exit of Hyerim who joined the Wonder Girls, while two other girls decided to withdraw from the group. JYPE then decided to group the two remaining girls, Fei and Jia with JYPE South Korean trainee 15-year old, Suzy Bae.

The girls began their first official promotional activities in China as a group by signing up with Samsung China and released a commercial song called "Love Again" for the Samsung Beat Festival. The song has a strong Korean team/influence behind it, as it was written by Korean composer, Super Changddai while the music video was directed by Hong Won Ki. The music video for the song made numerous hints to a possible addition of a fourth member, Min who later on joined the group before debuting in South Korea.

2010: Debut in South Korea with "Bad Girl Good Girl" and "Step Up"

Miss A made their official debut in South Korea as a four-member group on June 30 with their single "Bad Girl Good Girl" which was taken from their debut mini-album called "Bad but Good". The group and their debut single was well-received by the public and critics alike. Their single topped various music charts and eventually earned the group their very first Mutizen award on M.net M! Countdown and the following day Miss A became number #1 on KBS Music Bank. On August 1 they had their number #1 on SBS Inkigayo. The song went to #1 on M.net M! Countdown, KBS Music Bank and SBS Inkigayo for one week.[3]

The group later on made their comeback with their first mini-album called "Step Up" on September 26. The group promoted "Breathe" as the lead single for the album and showed an "exotic and a doll-like transformation" that was completely different from their debut single's concept. They made their first comeback on M.net M! Countdown and the following day on KBS Music Bank, MBC Show! Music Core and SBS Inkigayo. The song went to #1 on M.net M! Countdown staying for one week. The group concluded promotional activities on October 7.[4]

2011: Solo activities, Comeback and Chinese debut

Suzy starred in "Dream High" as the main character Go Hye Mi with 2PM's Taecyeon, 2PM's Wooyoung, IU, T-ara's Eunjung and actor Kim Soo-hyun. Miss A member, Min, was a fixed student on KBS's variety show Oh! My School, also known as 100 Out of 100. The show has since been cancelled. Jia appeared in M&D's music video for "Close Your Mouth" with FT Island's Hongki & B2ST's Jun Hyung which is released on June 22, 2011.

After postponing their comeback which was meant for May 2011 after the release of the single "Love Alone" in July 2011, Miss A announced their comeback with their first full album called A Class which was released on July 18, 2011. A week before their comeback, the audio teaser for their title track, "Good Bye Baby", was released on July 10, 2011. Afterwards, they released new music video teasers for each of the members starting off with Min on July 11, Fei on July 12, Jia on July 13, and Suzy on July 14. On July 15, the album cover and tracklist were revealed for their album. A Class, their first full length album, consists of a mix of previously released hits and four new tracks, including the single, "Good Bye Baby". The album has a total of 13 songs. They released their album digitally at 12:00am on July 18, 2011. The songs from the album have already started charting on the Korean charts. They started promoting the title song "Good Bye Baby" on July 21, 2011 on Mnet's M! Countdown followed by KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Show! Music Core, and SBS's Inkigayo. On the following week of promotions they won all awards from the shows (except "Music Core" which doesn't include charts on the show). They used the song "Good Bye Baby (Silver Mix)" for the comeback performance on the shows "M! Countdown" and "Inkigayo" and the song "Love Alone" on "Music Bank". The group finished promotions for the song on August 28, 2011 on SBS's Inkigayo.[5][6]

On 30th September, Miss A has finally kicked off their Chinese debut by releasing the special edition of their 1st full album. The special edition album was released in both stores and online in Taiwan. While Hong Kong got to purchase digital copies on the same day, in-store sales will be available sometime in October. As for the rest of China, copies will be made ready for purchase in November. This special edition album contains a DVD with music videos, as well as Chinese versions of their hit singles, “Bad Girl Good Girl”, “Breathe”, “Goodbye Baby” and “Love Alone”. Miss A will hold a press conference with CGV to celebrate their new release, and will be making appearances at variety programs and other events during the latter part of this year. From the get-go, Chinese music fans were interested in Miss A because of their two Chinese members Fei and Jia. Additionally, the girls were appointed as endorsement models for the Chinese branch of Samsung.[7]

After the Chinese album release, its ranked first on several charts, proving its explosive popularity. “Good Bye Baby” ranked first on Taiwan’s biggest music portal, ‘Ezpeer‘, alongside ‘A Class‘ topping their weekly Korea/Japan chart. On ‘G-MUSIC‘, the girls have ranked in third.[8]

Members

  • Wang Feifei (Hangul: 왕페이페이 Hanja: 王霏霏) also known as Fei was born April 27, 1987 (1987-04-27) (age 24) in Haikou, Hainan, China is the Main Vocalist of the group.
  • Meng Jia (Hangul: 멍지아 Hanja: 孟佳) also known as Jia was born February 3, 1989 (1989-02-03) (age 22) in Hunan, China she is a Vocalist, Rapper and Lead Dancer.
  • Lee Min Young (Hangul: 이민영 Hanja: 李敏英) also known as Min was born June 21, 1991 (1991-06-21) (age 20) in Seoul, Korea is a Vocalist and the Main Dancer. She was a JYP USA trainee for 8 years, and collaborated with American producer Jonathan Smith also known as (Lil Jon). She also formed a group called "Little winners" together with SNSD's Hyoyeon. She joined the group shortly before their official debut in South Korea in 2010. She was slated to be in a band with Secret's Ji Eun and SISTAR's Hyorin, before joining Miss A.
  • Bae Suzy (Hangul: 배수지 Hanja: 裴秀智) also known as Soo-Ji was born October 10, 1994 (1994-10-10) (age 17) in Gwangju, Korea is the Lead Vocalist and Maknae of the group. Suzy came in 13th place for best MR removed singer and came in 10th place for best idol in singing. She released an OST for Dream High (in which she was the lead actress) titled "Winter Child." She joined Miss A shortly before embarking on their first official pre-debut activities in China as Samsung Anycall commercial models in 2010. She is a part of the cast of Invincible Youth season 2.

Their heights/weight:

Fei: 165cm,47kg

Jia: 166cm,45kg

Min: 158cm,49kg

Suzy: 168cm,46kg

Trivia

  • Official Fanclub: Say A

Discography

Korean Discography

Studio Albums
  • 2011: A Class
Mini Albums
  • 2010: Bad but Good
  • 2010: Step Up

Chinese Discography

Studio Albums
  • 2011: A Class Special Edition

Tours

Concert participation

  • 2010 JYP Nation Team Play Concert (2010)
  • 2011 JYP Nation in Japan (2011)
  • Jakarta FantastiKpop Festival (2011)
  • K-Pop Music Fest in Sydney (2011)

Awards

Year Awards
2010
2011
  • 20th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award ("Bad Girl Good Girl)[14]
  • Gaon Chart Awards: Best Digital Sales ("Bad Girl Good Girl")
  • 8th Korean Music Awards : Best Dance & Electronic Song ("Bad Girl Good Girl")[15]
  • 8th Asia Song Festival: Best New Asian Artist
  • China CETV Asia Teen Star Ceremony: Best Rookie Award

Music programs

These are a collection of Miss A wins on Korea's televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel M.net and Music Bank on KBS.

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2010 July 23 Bad Girl Good Girl
2011 July 29 Good Bye Baby

Inkigayo

Year Date Song
2010 August 1 Bad Girl Good Girl
2011 July 31 Good Bye Baby

M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2010 July 22 Bad Girl Good Girl
October 21 Breathe
2011 July 28 Good Bye Baby

References

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
2NE1
12th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best New Female Group
2010
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

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