Aespa

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Aespa (Korean에스파; RReseupa; MResŭp'a, commonly stylized in all lowercase or æspa) is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group consists of Karina, Giselle, Winter and Ningning. The group debuted on November 17, 2020 with the release of their debut single, "Black Mamba".[1][2]

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aespa at SBS Radio on December 9, 2020 From left to right, top row: Giselle, Karina From left to right, bottom row: Ningning, Winter
aespa at SBS Radio on December 9, 2020
From left to right, top row: Giselle, Karina
From left to right, bottom row: Ningning, Winter
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop
Years active2020 (2020)–present
LabelsSM
Associated acts
Members
  • Karina
  • Giselle
  • Winter
  • Ningning
Korean name
Hangul

NameEdit

The group's name, aespa, is a combination of "ae" composed of the English initials of Avatar and Experience (Avatar X Experience), plus the English word "aspect" meaning "two sides", which symbolizes "meeting another self and experiencing the new world".[2]

HistoryEdit

2016–2019: Pre-debut activitiesEdit

Ningning was introduced as a member of SM Rookies on September 19, 2016. As part of it, she appeared on the Rookies Princess: Who's the Best? segment of the program My SMT in 2016 as well as having recorded several covers for the Korean animated TV program Shining Star in 2017.[3]

Karina appeared in labelmate Taemin's music video for the song "Want" in February 2019 and performed with him on several music programs in the weeks following.[4][5]

2020–present: Introduction and debut with "Black Mamba"Edit

On October 26, SM Entertainment announced that it would be debuting a new girl group, the first since Red Velvet in 2014[6] and the first overall idol group since NCT in 2016. The members were revealed individually from October 27 to 30 (in order: Winter, Karina, Ningning, and Giselle) as well as the name aespa.[7] SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man further explained about aespa's concept in the 2020 World Cultural Industry Forum that was held online on October 28.[8] A video trailer with all four members was revealed on November 2.[9] On the same day, the agency announced that aespa will release their debut single "Black Mamba" on November 17.[10] The group made their broadcast debut on KBS2's Music Bank on November 20 where they performed their debut single.[11] The group also reached number one on the K-pop music video charts of China's biggest music-streaming service, QQ Music for three consecutive weeks.[12] On January 17, 2021, Aespa received their first ever music show win for their debut single on Inkigayo.[13]

MembersEdit

  • Karina (카리나) – leader, vocalist, rapper, dancer[14][15][16]
  • Giselle (지젤) – rapper[17][15]
  • Winter (윈터) – vocalist, dancer[18][15]
  • Ningning (닝닝) – vocalist[19][15]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[20]
KOR
Hot

[21]
MLY
[22]
NZ Hot
[23]
SGP
[24]
US World
[25]
WW
[26]
"Black Mamba" 2020 49 21 14 37 13 5 138 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

VideographyEdit

Music video Year Director(s) Ref.
"Black Mamba" 2020 Un­known

ConcertEdit

Concert participationEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / work Result Ref.
Asian Pop Music Awards [a] 2020 Best New Artist (Overseas) Aespa Won [30]
Gaon Chart Music Awards 2021 MuBeat Global Choice Award (Female) Nominated [31]
New Artist of the Year – Digital "Black Mamba" Won [32]
Seoul Music Awards 2021 Rookie of the Year Aespa Pending [33]
K-wave Popularity Award Pending
Popularity Award Pending

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Hosted by the Hong Kong Asia Pacific International Group and Sunway Records, the Asian Pop Music Awards bases its winners on "Asian Pop Music Chart" which opened on September 2019.[29]

ReferencesEdit

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