Hey Girl (group)

Hey Girl
Chinese name 黑Girl (Traditional)
Chinese name 黑Girl (Simplified)
Pinyin HēiGirl (Mandarin)
Origin Taiwan
Other name(s) Hei Se Hui Mei Mei
Occupation singers, actors, commercial models
Genre(s) Mandarin pop
Label(s) Linfair Records 2006-2007.6
Warner Music Taiwan 2008.5-
Years active 2005–2010
Current Members Xiao Xun, Ya Tou, and Ting Ting
Past Members Tong Tong, Gui Gui, Da Ya, Mei Mei, Apple, Xiao Jie, Xiao Man, Yong Tu, and Tang Guo
Official Website www.woo.com.tw

Hey Girl is a group of Taiwanese singers. Channel [V] held an audition for the show Wo Ai Hei Se Hui (我愛黑澀會), a variety show that aims to create new female entertainers in Taiwan. At the end of 2005, Channel [V] picked nine members to represent the other girls. These nine members were Gui Gui, Xiao Jie, Mei Mei, Apple, Xiao Xun, Ya Tou, Xiao Man, Tong Tong, and Da Ya. Together, they are affectionately known as the Jiu Niu Niu (Chinese: 九妞妞; pinyin: Jiǔ Niū Niū) for short.

The nine members were separated into two groups for their third EP release: Da Ya, Xiao Man, Ya Tou, Gui Gui, and Apple comprised Fen Hong Gao Ya Dian (traditional Chinese: 粉紅高壓電; pinyin: Fěn Hóng Gāo Yā Diàn; literally: "high-voltage pink"), and Mei Mei, Xiao Xun, Xiao Jie, and Tong Tong (since departed) comprised Sweet Heart Bomber (traditional Chinese: 甜心轟炸機; pinyin: Tián Xīn Hōng Zhà Jī; literally: "sweet-hearted flying bombers").

Contents

Issues and Scandals

Departure of Tong Tong

On October 5, 2007 Tong Tong left Hei Se Hui Mei Mei (including the Wo Ai Hei Se Hui show). It is rumoured that she left because of a rift with band leader Da Ya [1] over an alleged affair with Tong Tong's boyfriend at the time, Hakka-Pac; other sources suggest that Tong Tong was forced to depart due to violations of her contract.[2][3] Tong Tong reports that she began cutting herself during this stressful period.[2][3]

Moving forward, Tong Tong has stated that she plans to concentrate on her singing and dancing.[4] She is currently working for Momo Kids, a Taiwanese television company featuring children's programming.[5]

Departure of Gui Gui

Gui Gui has currently left the management of Channel V, where all the band members originate from. Andy Ge has admitted to the press that she is unlikely to renew her contract, with an ambiguous post on her own blog, Gui Gui had admitted to the news.

While Andy Ge also clarifies, Hey Girl is not under Channel V management so Gui Gui is still with Hey Girl and will be attending promotions per usual.

However, the Hey Girl promotion following his statement did not include Gui Gui who was said to be busy with MIT promotion before and during their promotion. On the 6th Of May 2009, Andy Ge announced to the press that Gui Gui will not be renewing her contract with Channel V, he also states that her involvement with Hey Girl will have to be clarified with Warner Music, as Hey Girl do not belong to Channel V.

Departure of Xiao Man

Xiao Man has currently left the management of Channel V. She has signed to Eelin Model Agency. She has decided to leave Hey Girl to become a model.

Departure of other members

Da Ya, Xiao Jie, Mei Mei & Apple had also decided to leave Hey Girl as they are now signed to Andy Ge's new agency company, named A Legend Star Ltd. Ya tou and Xiao Xun are still in Hey Girl, but with 2 new members, Tang Guo and Yong Tu. Although it has been rumoured that Ya Tou and Xiao Xun will also leave after they have fulfilled their contracts to join A Legend Star.

Departure of Yong Tu

On September 16, 2010, members of Hey Girl performed at an event in Nanchang which did not include Yong Tu. Instead, it was a new member who was emerged from the event's promotional poster and the Hey Girl members' blogs. Ya Tou later confirmed in her Sina blog that Yong Tu is no long a member of Hey Girl, but will continue to appear on the "Black Lollipop" show. The newest member, Ting Ting (庭庭), has not yet appeared on any of the Channel V related shows and many fans seemed baffled and upset about the departure of Yong Tu. Further speculations have suggested that the switch maybe due to Yong Tu's high profile relationship with one of the Didi "EDD", which the management frowns upon.[6]

Departure of Tang Guo

As of April 2011, Tang Guo's personal "weibo" has listed herself as "without a management agent/agency". Subsequently, she did not appear in any of Hey Girl's promotional activities in China. She did, however, appeared in number of variety shows such as 麻辣天后宫 and 鑽石夜總會 as one of the special guests. On May 5th, 2011, the Hong Kong promotion company has unveiled the "new" Hey Girl member which included only Ya Tou, Xiao Xun, and Ting Ting.

Name Change

Originally, the group's name, Hei Se Hui Mei Mei, is a pun on the words "Mei Mei" (traditional Chinese: 美眉,1:beautiful girls) and "Hei Se Hui" (traditional Chinese: 黑社會; literally: "black society; triad"). Later, after the group's move to Warner Music Taiwan, its name was changed to 黑Girl, and the English name officially became Hey Girl. The change in name resulted from the record company's concerns that scandalous rumors of other members of the show Wo Ai Hei Se Hui would be associated with Hei Se Hui Mei Mei (Hey Girl).[7]

Member Profiles

Current members

[8]

Ya Tou

  • Birth Name: Chan Ya-Wen (Chinese:詹雅文) She has since changed her name to 詹子晴 after consulting a fengshui master. This name will apparently bring her luck for her career.
  • Birthdate: April 11, 1988 (1988-04-11) (age 23)
  • Nickname: Ya Tou (Chinese:丫頭)
  • English Name: Yako
  • Languages: Mandarin
  • Profession: Actress and Singer
  • Education: Hsing Wu College (English Program) Taipei, Taiwan

Xiao Xun

  • Birth Name: Huang Ching-Yi (Chinese:黃瀞怡)
  • Birthdate: February 27, 1989 (1989-02-27) (age 22)
  • Nickname: Xiao Xun (Hsiao Hsun)(Chinese:小薰)
  • English Name: Albee Adoabella Huang
  • Languages: Mandarin
  • Profession: Actress and singer
  • Education: Hsin Sheng College of Medical Care and Management

Ting Ting

  • Birth Name: Zhang Zi-ting (Chinese:張子庭)
  • Birthdate: September 23, 1985 (1985-09-23) (age 26)
  • Nickname: Ting Ting (Chinese:庭庭)
  • English Name: Ting Ting , Alicia Chang
  • Languages: Mandarin
  • Profession: Dancer and Model
  • Education: Chinese Culture University

Former members

Tong Tong

  • Birth Name: Tsai Di-Tong (Chinese:蔡玓彤)
  • Birthdate: December 10, 1986 (1986-12-10) (age 24)
  • Nickname: Tong Tong (Chinese:彤彤) and Xiao Niu (Chinese:小妞)
  • English Name: Julie Tsai
  • Languages: Mandarin
  • Profession: Actress, singer, and Host
  • Eduction: National Chung Hsing Senior High School

Gui Gui

  • Birth Name: Wu Ying-Chieh (Chinese:吳映潔)
  • Birthdate: August 11, 1989 (1989-08-11) (age 22)
  • Nickname: Gui Gui (Chinese:鬼鬼) (ghost)
  • English Name: Even Joliene Wu
  • Languages: Mandarin
  • Profession: Actress, host and singer
  • Education: Jhuang Jing Vocational School

Da Ya (Leader)

  • Birth Name: Chou Yi-Chun (Chinese: 周宜珺)
  • Birthdate: October 21, 1984 (1984-10-21) (age 27)
  • Nickname: Da Ya (Chinese:大牙) (Big Tooth)
  • English Name: Regina Tina Chou
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Profession: Actress, singer, and host
  • Education: Hwa Kang Arts School (Taipei, Taiwan)

Apple

  • Birth Name: Huang Wei-Ting (Chinese:黃暐婷)
  • Birthdate: March 28, 1984 (1984-03-28) (age 27)
  • Nickname: Apple
  • English Name : Serra Viki Huang
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Profession: Actress, Singer, and Host
  • Education: Hwa Kang Arts School (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Siblings: Yuri Huang Yu Zhu a.k.a Yao Yao

Mei Mei

  • Birth Name: Guo Jie Qi(Chinese:郭婕祈)
  • Birthdate: August 16, 1985 (age 25)
  • Nickname: Mei Mei, Aira shin
  • English Name : Trinity Janay Kuo
  • Languages: Mandarin,English
  • Profession: Actress, singer, and dancer
  • Education: George Vocational High School of Taipei

Xiao Jie

  • Birth Name: Chang Hsiao-Chieh (Chinese:張筱婕)
  • Birthdate: June 25, 1991 (1991-18-25) (age 19)
  • Nickname: Xiao Jie (Chinese:筱婕)
  • English Name: Mini Melanie Chang
  • Languages: Mandarin
  • Profession: Actress, Singer, Dancer, and Host
  • Education: Jhuang Jing Vocational School

Xiao Man

  • Birth Name: Wong Shu-Hsuan (Chinese:王淑萱)
  • Name: Wong Ching Chiao
  • Birthdate: November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07) (age 22)
  • Nickname: Xiao Man (Chinese:小蠻)
  • English Name: Chanel , Shuan
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Profession: Actress, singer, and model
  • Education: National Chung Hsing Senior High School

Yong Tu

  • Name: Chen Ting Yu (Chinese:陳筳諭)
  • Birth Name: Chen Rong-Ying (Chinese:陳融瑩)
  • Birthdate: August 5, 1990 (1990-08-05) (age 21)
  • Nickname: Yong Tu (Chinese:勇兔)
  • English Name: Ruby Chen , Kiely Chen
  • Languages: Mandarin, Min Nan (Taiwanese)
  • Profession: Dancer, singer, and host
  • Education: Jhuang Jing Vocational School

Tang Guo

  • Birth Name: Zheng Yu-ting (Chinese:鄭羽婷)
  • Birthdate: October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07) (age 16)
  • Nickname: Tang Guo(Chinese:糖果)
  • English Name: Nina, Emily or Candy
  • Languages: Mandarin English Filipino
  • Profession: Dancer and singer
  • Education: Jhuang Jing Vocational School/Nan Chiang Industrial and Commercial Senior High School (Graduated)

Filmography

2006

2007

2008

2009

Discography

Albums

  • 2008 - Hey Girl (首張同名專輯)

Ep

  • 2006 - Wo Ai Hei Se Hui mei mei(我愛黑澀會)
  • 2006 - Mei Mei Si Mi De Yi Tian - Fen Hong Gao Ya Dian / Tian Xin Hong Jia Ji (美眉私密的一天 - 粉紅高壓電 / 甜心轟炸機)
  • 2007 - Mei Mei Si Mi Party (美眉私密Party)
  • 2011 - Hey Girl(黑Girl )

Soundtrack

  • 2007 - Brown Sugar Macchiato OST (黑糖瑪奇朵原聲帶)

References

  1. ^ www.ttv.com.tw Tong Tong's alleged rift with Da Ya
  2. ^ a b www.dahe.cn Tong Tong article #1
  3. ^ a b www.sooostar.com Tong Tong article #2
  4. ^ www.libertytimes.com.tw Tong Tong career update
  5. ^ www.momokids.com.tw Tong Tong at Momo Kids
  6. ^ http://t.sina.com.cn/1746089664/wr0nRpEvGg#a_comment Ya Tou's Blog: "We do everything in accordance with the management. Yong Tu will continue to appear on Black Lollipop! She's a very dedicated and hard working member of the show! Hope everyone will continue to support her! The newest member is named Ting Ting! She is every down to earth and a very nice girl! Hope everyone will encourage her and support her! Thank you all"(September 17, 2010 19:56) (English Translation)
  7. ^ "NOWnews". http://www.nownews.com/2008/07/29/340-2311862.htm. 黑澀會美眉改名「黑Girl」 8月即將全新亮相
  8. ^ All profiles retrieved from the official website. Retrieved April 09, 2008.

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