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GFriend (Hangul여자친구; RRYeoja Chingu) is a six-member South Korean girl group formed by Source Music in 2015.[2] The group consists of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB and Umji. They made their debut with the EP Season of Glass on January 16, 2015. GFriend won several 2015 female rookie awards and has garnered momentum since their debut, despite coming from a small company.[3] In 2016, they continued their success with their third EP Snowflake and won first place on many music shows with the title song "Rough". They released their first full-length album LOL in July 2016. In 2017, GFriend made a comeback with a new concept with their fourth EP The Awakening and the pre-orders for the album exceeded 100,000 units.[4] GFriend released their fifth EP Parallel in August 2017 and the extended play was re-released a month later under the title Rainbow. In 2018, GFriend held the first concert since debut called Season of GFriend[5] and later their first Asia Tour with the same name.[6] GFriend made an official Japanese debut with a compilation album, GFriend 1st Best on May 2018.[7]

GFriend
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GFriend in August 2017
From left to right: Sowon, Eunha, Yerin, SinB, Umji, and Yuju
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2015 (2015)–present
Labels
Website facebook.com/gfrdofficial
Members
Korean name
Hangul 여자친구
Hanja 女子親舊
Literal meaning Girlfriend
Revised Romanization Yeoja Chingu
McCune–Reischauer Yŏja Chingu

Contents

HistoryEdit

2015: Season of Glass, Flower Bud, and rise in popularityEdit

 
GFriend in 2015

On January 15, 2015, GFriend released their five-track debut EP Season of Glass.[8] The promotional track "Glass Bead", composed by Seo Yong-bae and Iggy, debuted at number twelve on Gaon's weekly chart.[9][10] The group started promotions for their album on January 16 on KBS's music program Music Bank.[11] According to YouTube, the M/V of "Glass Bead" ranked number nine in top ten "Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2015".[12] On January 28, 2015, Billboard named GFriend as one of "Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015".[13]

GFriend released their second EP Flower Bud and the music video for title track "Me Gustas Tu" on July 23, 2015.[14] GFriend started their group promotions on the same date as the album release, July 23, 2015 on Mnet's M Countdown.[15]

The group garnered international attention after a fan-taken video of GFriend members continuing and completing a performance of "Me Gustas Tu" despite continuously falling on a slippery stage went viral in September 2015. The group was praised for their professionalism, especially Yuju, who fell a total of eight times and suffered a twisted finger during the performance.[16][17]

On September 17, 2015, GFriend made headlines again as the only girl group to be nominated in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards "Best Korean Act" category alongside boy groups B1A4, BTS, Got7, and VIXX.[18]

"Me Gustas Tu" was named the longest charting song by an idol group on Melon Top 100 with 63 weeks.[citation needed] "Me Gustas Tu" and "Glass Bead" were also ranked 18th and 44th respectively in the 2015 Bugs Year-End Top 100.[19]

2016: Snowflake, first music show wins and LOLEdit

On January 25, 2016, GFriend released their third EP titled Snowflake with the title track "Rough". "Rough" is the last song to complete GFriend's high school concept trilogy along with "Glass Bead" and "Me Gustas Tu". During their fan-meeting after the EP's showcase release, GFriend announced their fandom name to be "Buddy". GFriend started the promotions for Snowflake on January 26 on SBS MTV's music program The Show. The album debuted at number ten on Billboard's World Albums Chart,[20] and the music video of "Rough" on YouTube ranked number three in top ten "Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2016".[21]

 
GFriend on stage during KCON16 LA, on July 30, 2016.

On February 2, GFriend received their first music show win for their song "Rough" on The Show. They subsequently won another fourteen awards on the music shows including winning their first triple crowns on M Countdown, Music Bank, Show Champion, and Inkigayo. With a total of 15 wins, it placed second with the number of wins for girls groups, behind Apink who recorded a total of 17 wins with "Luv".[22][23] Their song "Rough" was also ranked first in Gaon Chart's First Half of 2016 chart rankings.[24]

On June 15 it was announced that GFriend will star alongside Mamamoo on a new season of Showtime. On June 29, Source Music started teasing for GFriend first studio album LOL, signifying at the same time "Laughing Out Loud" and "Lots of Love". LOL was released on July 11 with the title track "Navillera", and reportedly had more than 60,000 pre-ordered copies worldwide.[25] On July 19, GFriend earned their first music show win for the album's single "Navillera" on The Show.[26]

Towards the end of the year, YouTube revealed the top 10 K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans in 2016. "Rough" and "Navillera" were ranked 2nd and 10th respectively in that list.[27][28] "Rough" and "Navillera" were also ranked 2nd and 11th respectively in the 2016 Bugs Year-End Top 100.[29] "Rough" was also ranked 13th in Billboard's 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2016: Critic's Picks.[30] At the end of the year show 2016 KBS Song Festival, the peak viewer ratings for the whole show were recorded during GFriend's "Rough" performance at 10.3%.[31] "Rough" also became the most downloaded song in 2016 according to Gaon Chart's 2016 Year End Download Chart.[32]

2017: The Awakening and ParallelEdit

On February 23, 2017, Source Music announced that GFriend is set to make a comeback on March 6.[33] On February 27, 2017, it was revealed that their fourth EP will be titled The Awakening with the title track "Fingertip".[34][35] The Awakening global pre-orders exceeded 100,000 copies, which is higher than their past album LOL at 60,000.[4] Additionally, the album also debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's World Album chart.[36]

On August 1, 2017, GFriend released their fifth mini album, Parallel, with the title track "Love Whisper".[37] In September, they released the repackage album Rainbow with the title track "Summer Rain".[38]

2018–present: First solo concert, Time for the Moon Night, Japanese debut, Sunny Summer, and MemoriaEdit

GFriend started the year with their first solo concert since debut, titled Season of GFriend, on January 6 and 7, 2018.[39] GFriend signed with King Records.[40][41]

Their sixth mini-album, Time for the Moon Night, set a new record for the group, taking the top spot in 10 countries around the world on iTunes, debuting at number #1 on top Download, Album & Social chart on Korea's top chart Gaon,[42][43][44] and selling more than 76,000 copies in Korea.[45] The following week, it was reported that the group tied with Girls' Generation and TWICE as the girlgroups with the most entries in the Top 10 of the Billboard World Albums Chart, with 5 entries each.[46] In the second week of album promotion, GFriend won six awards in South Korean music programs, making "Time for the Moon Night" the first song of 2018 to win all the prizes in musical programs.[47][48]

In late May, the group boarded for Japan to promote the compilation-album "GFriend 1st Best" which was released on May 23.[49][50] GFriend Japan's debut album peak at no. 10 in Oricon weekly album chart.[51] On July 19, GFriend released a summer mini album, Sunny Summer.[52] GFriend made a debut in Billboard's Social 50 chart at no. 30, a week after the release of the album.[53]

GFriend caps off the Season of GFriend Asia Tour after the visits at Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines with encore concerts at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium on September 9 and 8, 2018.[54] The concert tour approximately attended by 25,000 to 30,000 people.

On October 10, GFriend released their first Japanese single album, "Memoria /夜 (Time for the moon night)".[55] The single album debut at no. 6 in Oricon weekly singles chart and no. 5 in Billboard Japan weekly top singles sales.[56][57]

MembersEdit

  • Sowon (소원)
  • Yerin (예린)
  • Eunha (은하)
  • Yuju (유주)
  • SinB (신비)
  • Umji (엄지)

DiscographyEdit

FilmographyEdit

DVDsEdit

  • 2016 Season's Greetings "Girl Next Door"
  • GFriend, Where Are You Going?!
  • 2017 Season's Greetings
  • 2018 Season's Greetings "Season of GFriend"
  • GFriend 2018 First Concert "Season of GFriend"

Reality showsEdit

Year Title TV Network Note
2015 GFriend! Look After Our Dog Skytv 12 episodes[58]
One Fine Day MBC Music Filmed on Cebu, Philippines, 4 episodes[59]
2016 GFriend - Where R U Going?! iMBC, V Live, MBCkpop Filmed on Jeju Island, 7 episodes[60]
MAMAMOO x GFriend Showtime MBC Every 1 8 episodes[61]
GFriend Loves Europe skyTravel Filmed in Austria, Hungary, and Slovenia, 8 episodes[62]
2017 The Friends in Adriatic Sea KStar, Cube TV, E! Asia Filmed in Italy and Slovenia, 5 episodes[63]

ConcertsEdit

Headlining toursEdit

GFriend 1st Asia Tour: Season of GFriendEdit

Date City Country Venue Attendance
January 6, 2018 Seoul South Korea Olympic Hall 6,000[64]
January 7, 2018
February 28, 2018 New Taipei City Taiwan Xinzhuang Gymnasium 5,000[65]
August 26, 2018 Quezon City Philippines Kia Theatre 3,000
September 1, 2018 Hong Kong Hong Kong Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre 4,000
September 8, 2018 Seoul South Korea SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium 10,000[66]
September 9, 2018

Awards and nominationsEdit

They won their first award, "Best New Female Artist", on November 7, 2015 at Melon Music Awards.[67] Their first music show win was on The Show with "Rough" on February 2, 2016, after which the group went on to receive a total of 15 music show wins during the song's promotion. During their "Navillera" promotions they got a total of 14 music show wins, making them the girl group with most wins gained within a year with a total of 29 wins.[68]

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