GWSN (Korean: 공원소녀; RR: Gongwon Sonyeo), also known as Girls in the Park, is a South Korean multinational girl group formed in 2018 with consists of seven members: Miya, Seokyoung, Seoryoung, Anne, Minju, Soso and Lena. The group debuted on September 5, 2018 with the title track Puzzle Moon from their extended play The Park in the Night Part One.
GWSN in September 2018
From left to right: Miya, Seoryoung, Minju, Lena, Anne, Seokyoung, and Soso
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Literal meaning||Park Girl|
GWSN is an abbreviation of Gongwon Sonyeo, "Gongwon": (lit. Park) which the group describes like a place "where anyone, who is male or female or old or young, can go and enjoy themselves, heal their wounds and dream". The abbreviation also has a separate meaning in English, with G standing for 'Ground' and WSN standing for the directional markers 'West', 'South' and 'North', the significance being that the group wants to reach out to people from every direction. 'Gong-won' can also be translated into Gong, meaning Zero in Korean, and Won which represents the English word one; meaning that when the seven members get together, they will forever be one.
2018–2019: Debut with The Park in the Night seriesEdit
On June 14, 2018, Kiwi Pop, a subsidiary of Kiwi Media Group released a teaser image for their first girl group named GWSN and the opening of their social media accounts with their reveal date set to June 18, 2018. Shortly after, members were each revealed along with a short video and an image starting with Minju, followed by Lena, Anne, Soso, Seoryoung, Miya, and finally Seokyoung - who was a former contestant on Mnet's Produce 101 TV series, where she came in 30th place.
In order to increase their pre-debut popularity, the group held multiple busking events all over South Korea in public spaces, performed in middle schools and high schools, as well as held live video events on their Facebook page and uploaded dance covers of popular songs onto their YouTube.
On September 5, 2018, GWSN made their debut with the extended play (EP) The Park in the Night Part One with the lead single, "Puzzle Moon". They then went onto holding their debut showcase at Yes24 Live Hall, Seoul, South Korea. They officially made their debut in the Korean music program M Countdown on September 6.
On March 13, 2019, GWSN released their second EP The Park in the Night Part Two, with the lead single "Pinky Star (Run)".
GWSN released their third EP The Park in the Night Part Three along with the lead single "Red-Sun (021)" on July 23. This was funded through fan contribution on Makestar, where a total of US$27,491.03 was raised.
2020: the KeysEdit
On January 17, 2020, it was announced that member Soso would be taking a hiatus due to a ruptured ankle ligament and that the group will continue to promote as six members. On April 3, 2020, it was reported that GWSN was moved to a new sub-label from Kiwi Media Group known as MILES. The group made their comeback on April 28 with their 4th mini album the Keys and its title track "Bazooka!", without member Soso.
- Miya (미야)
- Seokyoung (서경)
- Seoryoung (서령)
- Anne (앤)
- Minju (민주)
- Soso (소소)
- Lena (레나)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|The Park in the Night Part One||12||
|The Park in the Night Part Two||
|The Park in the Night Part Three||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales
|"Puzzle Moon" (퍼즐문)||2018||—||N/A||The Park in the Night Part One|
|"Pinky Star (Run)"||2019||—||The Park in the Night Part Two|
|"Red-Sun (021)"||—||The Park in the Night Part Three|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|"Oh Lady Go Lady"||2018||All||Clean with Passion for Now OST Part 2|
|"Be Your Star"||2019||Seoryoung, Lena (GWSN)||Touch Your Heart OST Part 4|
|"I'm in Love"||All||Mother of Mine OST Part 4|
|2018||"Puzzle Moon" (퍼즐문)||Jiyong Kim
|"Color Me" (물들여줘) (feat. Son Dongwoon)|
|2019||"We Need a Change" (feat. Jack Walton)|
|"Pinky Star" (Run)||Jiyong Kim
|"Growing" (for Groo)|
|"Pinky Star" (Run) (dance ver.)|
|"Red-Sun" (021) (dance ver.)|
|"Total Eclipse" (Black Out)|
|2018||Got Ya! GWSN||Mnet|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2019||The Top Artist||GWSN||Nominated|
|The Female New Artist||Nominated|
|Genie Music Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Global Popularity Award||Nominated|
|2018||Best New Female Artist||GWSN||Nominated|
|Artist of the Year||Nominated|
Seoul Success AwardsEdit
|2018||New Artist Award||GWSN||Won|
Korea Culture Entertainment AwardsEdit
|2019||K-Pop Singer Award||GWSN||Won|
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- "국내 최초 데뷔 관찰 게임 <GOT YA! 공원소녀> 데뷔를 앞두고 있는 걸그룹 #공원소녀 Mnet 단독 프로그램 출연 확정!". Twitter. July 8, 2018.
- "신예 걸그룹 공원소녀, 정식 데뷔 앞서 Mnet 'GOT YA! 공원소녀'로 눈도장". Wow TV (in Korean). August 3, 2018.
- "데뷔 공원소녀(GWSN), 첫 앨범 '밤의 공원 part one'..차별화된 걸그룹". Break News (in Korean). September 5, 2018.
- "공원소녀(GWSN), 6일 '엠카운트다운'서 첫 데뷔 무대". Wow TV (in Korean). September 6, 2018.
- "공원소녀(GWSN), 13일 2nd 미니앨범 '밤의 공원 part two' 발매". Wow TV (in Korean). March 13, 2019.
- "'컴백' 공원소녀, 타이틀곡 '레드썬'…베일벗은 트랙리스트". Isplus Joins (in Korean). July 14, 2019.
- "GWSN Comeback Celebration Project". www.makestar.co. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
- "GWSN's Soso to take hiatus due to health issues". www.allkpop.com. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
- "공원소녀(GWSN), 새 음악 레이블 마일즈(MILES)서 이달 말 컴백". Media Republic (in Korean). Retrieved April 13, 2020.
- "공원소녀, 활동중단 소소 빼고 6인 체제로 컴백". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved April 13, 2020.
- "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 13, 2018.
- Cumulative sales for The Park in the Night Part One:
- "2018년 10월 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
- Cumulative sales for The Park in the Night Part Two:
- "2019년 3월 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
- Cumulative sales for The Park in the Night Part Three:
- "2019년 8월 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
- Cumulative sales for the Keys:
- "2020년 4월 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
- "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 8, 2018.
- @gdwdop (March 19, 2019). "#GWSN #PinkyStar #MusicVideo". Instagram.
- "[뮤직토픽] '2019 MGMA', 여자 신인상 후보에 아이즈원이 없는 것에 대한 의구심". Topstarnews (in Korean). June 21, 2019.
- "공원소녀, 데뷔 첫 신인상… 2018 괴물루키 입증". Sports Worldi (in Korean). November 27, 2018.
- GWSN on Twitter
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