Sonamoo (Korean소나무; stylized as SONAMOO, lit. Pine Tree[2]) is a South Korean girl group formed by TS Entertainment. Their fans are called Solbangul (Hangul: 솔방울) which means pine cone. On December 29, 2014, Sonamoo made their official debut with the extended play, Deja Vu.[2] The group consists of Minjae, D.ana, Euijin, High.D and NewSun.[3]

Sonamoo
Sonamoo at Korea Sale Festa.jpg
Sonamoo in September 2016.
From left to right: Su Min, High.D, Min Jae, D.ana, Eui Jin, New Sun and Na Hyun.
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, hip hop, dance-pop
Years active2014 (2014)–present
LabelsTS Entertainment
Websitetsenter.co.kr/sonamoo
Members
  • Minjae
  • D.ana
  • Euijin
  • High.D
  • NewSun
Past members

CareerEdit

2014–2015: Debut and further mini-album releasesEdit

On December 29, 2014, Sonamoo officially debuted with the release of their debut EP, Deja Vu and held their debut showcase performance.[4] The album debuted at the number one spot on Gaon's weekly Album Chart.[5] On February 25, 2015, they promoted "Just Go" as the second single off of their debut album.[6]

On July 20, 2015, Sonamoo released their second extended play Cushion. The lead single was co-produced by EastWest and ₩uNo, who is known for being the former member of Speed, Taewoon.[7] Members D.ana and NewSun also took part in writing the rap portion for two songs: "Deep" and "Let's Make A Movie". On September 1, 2015, they followed up their Cushion promotions by promoting "Round N Round" as the second single of the album.[8]

2016–present: Nahyun & Sumin's lawsuits and continue as a five-piece groupEdit

On June 29, 2016, the group released their third extended play I Like U Too Much. The album presented a new side of the group with a brighter "girls next door" image compared to their debut concepts which the members themselves called "dark". The group cited they looked up to Girls' Generation for inspiration with this album.[9]

On January 9, 2017, the group released their 1st single album I Think I Love U. The lead single is a brighter dance track produced by hitmaker Shin Hyuk who has previously worked with SHINee and EXO.[10]

On July 27, TS Entertainment revealed a teaser image for Sonamoo's Happy Box Project revealing that the group will be releasing three singles over the course of several months. The first single "Friday Night" was released on August 14. The rap portion of the single is written by NewSun.[11][12][13]

Member Euijin was confirmed to be a contestant on KBS Idol Rebooting Project The Unit, which first aired on October 28, 2017.[14] On November 6, Sonamoo continued their Happy Box Project releasing their single "I (Knew It)". The single is a medium tempo dance track composed by hitmaker e.one, who has previously worked with Wonder Girls.[15]

On September 23, 2019, it was announced both Nahyun and Sumin were filing lawsuits to terminate their contracts with TS Entertainment.[1][16][17]

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Minjae (민재) – main vocal[3]
  • D.ana (디애나) – low rap[3]
  • Euijin (의진) – performance, lead vocal[3]
  • High.D (하이디) – main vocal[3]
  • NewSun (뉴썬) – high rap[3]

FormerEdit

  • Sumin (수민) – leader, sub-vocal[1][3]
  • Nahyun (나현) – sub-vocal,[3] lead dancer[1][18]

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[19]
Deja Vu 1
Cushion
  • Released: July 20, 2015
  • Label: TS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
7
I Like U Too Much
  • Released: June 29, 2016
  • Label: TS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
7

Single albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[19]
I Think I Love U
  • Released: January 9, 2017
  • Label: TS Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
13

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
[24]
"Deja Vu" 2014 Deja Vu
"Cushion" 2015 Cushion
"I Like U Too Much" (넘나 좋은 것) 2016 157 I Like U Too Much
"I Think I Love U?" (나 너 좋아해?) 2017 N/A I Think I Love U?
"Friday Night" (금요일밤) Non-album singles
"I (Knew It)"
"Promise You" 2019 Promise You
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
[24]
"First Kiss" 2016 N/A The Miracle OST
"Keep On" (자꾸자꾸) 2017 Sing For You OST
"WE ARE LEGENDARY" (위아 레전더리) 2019 Legendary: Game of Heroes OST

Music videosEdit

Year Title Director
2014 "Deja Vu" Hong Won-ki[28]
2015 "Just Go" Unknown
"Cushion" Hong Won-ki[29]
2016 "I Like U Too Much"
"First Kiss" Kwon Jin-mo[30]
2017 "I Think I Love You" Hong Won-ki[31]
"Friday Night" Kwon Jin-mo[32]
"I (Knew It)" Vikings League
2019 "We are LEGENDARY" Jihyoung Shim [33]

FilmographyEdit

Reality showsEdit

Year Title Network
2015 SONAMOO's Pet House SBS MTV
2015 SONAMOO Naver TVcast
Battle SONAMOO V Live

Web dramasEdit

Year Title Network
2016 The Miracle Viki Rakuten Global TV

Awards and nominationsEdit

Melon Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 "Sonamoo" Best New Female Artist Nominated

Soribada K-Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 SonAmoo New Korean Wave Music Star Award Won

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "'Bad girl' group Sonamoo raises the ante". The Korea Times. December 31, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sonamoo Profile". Archived from the original on February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (December 29, 2014). "SONAMOO Chooses Big Bang as Its Role Model". enewsWorld. Mwave. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "SONAMOO debut album peaks No. 1 on Gaon Chart". starnews. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  6. ^ Lim Jeong-yeo (February 25, 2015). "SONAMOO sings 'Just Go'". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "SONAMOO to make their comeback with title track 'Cushion'! | allkpop.com". Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  8. ^ WithSONΛMOO, REAL 1st (26 August 2015). "[INFO] #SONAMOO will promote their sub-title track '빙그르르' at SBS MTV The Show stage on 1 Sep.pic.twitter.com/DztQnwwdxC".
  9. ^ "SONAMOO Says Watching Girls' Generation Videos Helped With Comeback Prep | Soompi". www.soompi.com. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  10. ^ "Watch: SONAMOO Comes To Life In Adorable "I Think I Love U" MV | Soompi". www.soompi.com. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  11. ^ 26, D. Kim July; 2017 (2017-07-26). "SONAMOO To Kick Off 3-Month Comeback Project In August". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  12. ^ "'컴백' 소나무, 몽환적 단체 티저..이미지 변신" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  13. ^ 14, DY_Kim August; 2017 (2017-08-14). "Watch: SONAMOO Is Ready For "Friday Night" In MV For First Single Of 3-Month Project". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  14. ^ "[단독] 소나무 의진, '더 유닛' 출연 확정…메인 댄서 저력" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  15. ^ "[공식입장] 소나무, 11월 6일 컴백 확정..타이틀곡은 '아이'" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-31.
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  17. ^ https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=057&aid=0001383889
  18. ^ "Wayback Machine". web.archive.org. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  19. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  20. ^ Cumulative sales of Deja Vu:
  21. ^ "2015년 09월 Album Chart".
  22. ^ "2016년 08월 Album Chart".
  23. ^ "2017년 02월 Album Chart".
  24. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved November 30, 2017.
    • "I Like U Too Much". July 2, 2016. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  25. ^ 2015년 02주차 Download Chart [Week 2 of 2015 Download Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). p. 2. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  26. ^ 2015년 07월 Download Chart [July 2015 Download Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). p. 4. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  27. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Like U Too Much"
  28. ^ Deja Vu (photobook). Sonamoo. South Korea: LOEN Entertainment. 2014. Credits.CS1 maint: others (link)
  29. ^
    • Cushion (photobook). Sonamoo. South Korea: LOEN Entertainment. 2015. Credits.CS1 maint: others (link)
    • I Like U Too Much (photobook). Sonamoo. South Korea: LOEN Entertainment. 2015. Credits.CS1 maint: others (link)
  30. ^ Kim, Na-hyun (12 December 2016). "Episode 1". The Miracle. Episode 1. Viki.
  31. ^ I Think I Love You (photobook). Sonamoo. South Korea: LOEN Entertainment. 2017. Credits.CS1 maint: others (link)
  32. ^ "SONAMOO - FRIDAY NIGHT". BPM Entertainment.
  33. ^ "Legendary - We Are LEGENDARY (Ft. SONAMOO)". Youtube.

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