Purple Kiss

Purple Kiss (Korean: 퍼플키스; Japanese: パープルキス; stylized as in all caps or PURPLE K!SS) is a South Korean girl group formed by RBW in 2020. The group consists of seven members: Park Ji-eun, Na Go-eun, Dosie, Ireh, Yuki, Chaein, and Swan.[1] They are considered to be a self-producing group, with members involved in songwriting, choreography, and other aspects of their music and showmanship.[2][3]

Purple Kiss
Purple Kiss logo
Purple Kiss logo
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2020–present
Labels
WebsiteOfficial (Korea)
Members
  • Jieun
  • Goeun
  • Dosie
  • Ireh
  • Yuki
  • Chaein
  • Swan

The group released two pre-debut digital singles—"My Heart Skip a Beat" in November 2020, and "Can We Talk Again" in February 2021—before their official debut on March 15, 2021, with the EP Into Violet.[4][5][6]

NameEdit

The group's name is a compound word: "purple" with the idea that the color is made through more than one color; and the word "kiss" symbolizing love. It imprints on the aspect of the diverse personalities of each member's musical color mixed in harmony, hence, the meaning of Purple Kiss is to "convey love through various colors of music."[7]

HistoryEdit

2018–2021: 365 Practice and pre-debut activitiesEdit

365 PracticeEdit

Purple Kiss, then known as 365 Practice, began activities through an eponymous YouTube channel in March 2018, used by RBW to highlight their female trainees' daily lives, school activities, and practices. The channel introduced all seven future members of Purple Kiss, alongside other trainees who were not added to the final lineup.

During and prior to this period, multiple members appeared on various Korean reality shows and participated in other domestic activities. In 2011 and 2014, Chaein, appeared on K-pop Star for seasons 1 and 3.[8] In late 2017, Dosie competed on Mix Nine, ranking 74th.[9] In June 2018, Park Ji-eun and Na Go-eun competed on Produce 48, placing 80th and 29th respectively.[10]

On May 25, 2019, 365 Practice held their "All-Ways" mini-concert at RBW Art Hall to commemorate 100,000 YouTube subscribers.[11][12] In July 2019, Swan recorded the guide vocals for "Snapping" by Chungha.[13][14] On November 2, 2019, they accompanied Mamamoo's Moonbyul to perform for charity at the Seongdong Fashion Sewing Village Festival.[15][16]

In their later trainee days, members participated music projects such as LunCHbox, with Dosie, Swan, and Go-eun joining the line-up of featured artists.[17][18][19] Yuki and Lee Ye-sol, a former trainee, were featured in Hwang Sung-jin's album Hwang Sung Jin Project Secondary words Vol.2 on the track "Be With You."[20] Go-eun recorded the single "Fly" for the soundtrack of the 2019 television series Possessed.[21] On May 26, 2020, the entire group appeared as dancers in Onewe's "End of Spring" music video, alongside Oneus.[22][23]

Formation of Purple Kiss and pre-debut singlesEdit

On June 19, 2020, a debut trailer was released on the 365 Practice channel, officially announcing the group's name as Purple Kiss.[24] The final line-up—consisting of Park Ji-eun, Na Go-eun, Dosie, Ireh, Yuki, Chaein, and Swan—was revealed from July 20 to August 1 with individual music video trailers introducing each of the members, culminating in a group trailer on August 3, 2020.[25][26]

Purple Kiss released their first pre-debut digital single, "My Heart Skip a Beat" on November 26, 2020.[27] Swan did not participate in the single or its music video due to a temporary health-related hiatus.[28] The song received positive attention from Korean media, and featured choreography created by the members as well as an original rap section written by Yuki.[29] The group's second pre-debut single, "Can We Talk Again," was released on February 3, 2021, and featured all seven members. The single, a subdued R&B track, contrasted significantly with the rock-inspired "My Heart Skip a Beat," meant to showcase the group's musical versatility.[30][31]

2021–present: Debut with Into Violet and Hide & SeekEdit

On February 28, 2021, Purple Kiss announced their debut, which would be the EP Into Violet.[32][33] It was released on March 15, 2021,[34] with the second track "Ponzona" serving as the EP's lead single with an accompanying music video. Into Violet peaked at number 11 on the Gaon Album Chart whilst "Ponzona" at number 99 on the Download Chart.

On September 8, Purple Kiss released their second EP Hide & Seek, with the lead single "Zombie".[35]

MembersEdit

  • Park Ji-eun (박지은)
  • Na Go-eun (나고은)
  • Dosie (도시)
  • Ireh (이레)
  • Yuki (유키)
  • Chaein (채인)
  • Swan (수안)

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[36]
Into Violet
Track listing
  1. "Intro: Crown"
  2. "Ponzona"
  3. "Can We Talk Again"
  4. "Skip Skip"
  5. "Hello"
  6. "My Heart Skip a Beat"
  7. "Period" (마침표)
11
Hide & Seek
  • Released: September 8, 2021
  • Label: RBW
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. "Zombie"
  2. "2am" (새벽 2시)
  3. "Cast Pearls Before Swine" (돼지 목에 진주 목걸이)
  4. "So Why"
  5. "Twinkle" (눈물과 보석, 별 그리고 너)
  6. "ZzZz"
5 TBA

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[38]
"My Heart Skip a Beat" 2020 Into Violet
"Can We Talk Again" 2021
"Ponzona" [a]
"Zombie" [b] Hide & Seek
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

CollaborationsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[38]
"Find You"
(with LULUPOP)
2021 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

VideographyEdit

Music videosEdit

Year Title Director Length Notes Ref.
2020 "My Heart Skip a Beat" Hong Won Ki, Park Sang Won (Zanybros) 3:37 Pre-debut music video
2021 "Can We Talk Again" Hong Won Ki, Hyemi Seo (Zanybros) 3:34
"Ponzona" Zanybros 3:41 Debut music video

FilmographyEdit

Reality showsEdit

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2021 Literally PURPLE KISS YouTube [44]
2021 퍼키 홀리데이(PERKY HOLIDAY) YouTube [45]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award ceremony Year Category Nominee/Work Result Ref.
Asian Pop Music Awards[c] 2020 Best New Artist (Overseas) Purple Kiss Nominated [47]
Brand of the Year Awards 2021 Female Rookie Idol Award Nominated [48]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Ponzona" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 99 on the Gaon Download Chart.[39]
  2. ^ "Zombie" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 89 on the Gaon Download Chart.[40]
  3. ^ 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.[46]

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