Sunny Hill

Sunny Hill (Hangul: 써니힐) is a South Korean girl group (formerly a co-ed group) formed in 2007 by For Everyone Media. The group consists of Bitna, Kota, Eunju and Geonhee. Janghyun left the group in 2014 and Jubi and Misung left the group in 2019.[1]

Sunny Hill
Sunny Hill at The Voice Of Korea press conference in February 2012 (L–R: Seungah, Jubi, Kota, Misung)
Sunny Hill at The Voice Of Korea press conference in February 2012
(L–R: Seungah, Jubi, Kota, Misung)
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2007 (2007)–present
Labels
Associated actsLOEN Tree
Members
  • Bitna
  • Kota
  • Eunju
  • Geonhee
Past members
  • Jubi
  • Misung
  • Janghyun

HistoryEdit

2007–09: Debut with Love Letter and 2008 My SummerEdit

Sunny Hill debuted in September 2007 as a co-ed group consisting of members Janghyun, Jubi, and Seung Ah. Their first release was the single album Love Letter, which later won the Excellent Newcomer Album award. Following this success, the group released their second single album, 2008 My Summer. The group then had a musical hiatus, and only released various songs for film and drama soundtracks.

2010–11: Label & line-up changes and Midnight CircusEdit

Following their musical hiatus, Sunny Hill unexpectedly changed labels to Nega Network, home of girl group Brown Eyed Girls. Nega Network later introduced a new member Kota for the group.

Sunny Hill was quickly thrown into their first project under Nega Network by featuring on Narsha's digital single "Mamma Mia". Janghyun did not vocally participate in the track, but was featured in the music video. The group quickly became known as "Narsha's Group", due to lack of popularity amongst fans of K-pop. Following promotions of "Mamma Mia", Nega Network introduced a new member for the group, Misung. The quintet released single "Pit-A-Pat" for the Korean drama The Greatest Love. The song attracted much attention and charted high.

Sunny Hill made another unexpected label change to LOEN Entertainment. On June 3, 2011, Sunny Hill's first extended play, Midnight Circus with the same title track as the album name. On August 4, 2011, Sunny Hill released their follow-up ballad, Pray. The song continued the group's growing popularity and charted on the Top 10 of the Gaon Chart, despite there being no live promotions.

2012–13: Antique Romance and Young FolkEdit

On January 13, 2012, Sunny Hill made their comeback with their first maxi-styled single The Grasshoppers. On January 20, it was announced that Janghyun would be entering his mandatory military service on January 31.[2] The single peaked at the Top 3 of the Gaon Chart.[3]

On April 14, it was announced that Sunny Hill would be making comeback as four-member girl group with digital single, Is The White Horse Coming?.[4] Sunny Hill released their digital single Is The White Horse Coming? on April 19.[5][unreliable source] The next day, it was reported that the song had topped in the several music site such as Soribada, Melon, Mnet, and Bugs.[6][unreliable source]

On December 6, Sunny Hill's second extended play, Antique Romance with the title track Goodbye to Romance. The title track was describe about the members' first love story. The album was successful and both songs of the album reached the Top 10 songs in Gaon Chart.[citation needed]

On April 5, Sunny Hill released collaboration single Love Actually with South Korean modern rock group called Daybreak, as a part of project album Re:code - Episode III. Misung also participated as co-produced and co-wrote for the song. On April 6, the music video was released featured cameo appearances from comedian Kim Sungwon, Defconn, and ZE:A member Kwanghee. The collaboration single was peaked at #7.

On June 10, it was announced that Sunny Hill would be making comeback with their third extended play, Young Folk. The title track would be folk music with featured folk musician Hareem. The same day, the group held a showcase announcing their comeback. Sunny Hill official released their third extended play, Young Folk on June 19 and charted high on real-time charts.

On August 13, Kota was featured in a duet with SS501's Kim Hyung-jun entitled "Always Love You", a special digital single,[7] with a release of a video teaser on August 8.[8] The song is an acoustic medium R&B produced by Kim Hyung Jun himself, while the music video has an innocent love story theme, filmed on Hanseo University's airfield.[9]

On October 30, 2013, Leader Janghyun was discharged from his military service.

2014–17: Janghyun's departure, reformation as girl group, Sunny Blues, Way, and contract expirationEdit

On January 17, LOEN announced that Sunny Hill would be returned as co-ed group with their third digital single Don't Say Anything. It was announced that Janghyun's the last participated with the group before departure to pursue his career as a producer. Sunny Hill official released their third digital single Don't Say Anything for the last time as co-ed group on January 24.[10][unreliable source]

Sunny Hill released their first studio album, Sunny Blues, separated into Part A and Part B, seven years after their debut. They released Sunny Blues Part A, consisting of eight tracks with the title track Monday Blues on August 21, 2014.[11]Sunny Blues Part B released on January 29, 2015, consists of nine tracks with the title track Child In Time.[12]

Sunny Hill released their fourth single album Way with the title track On the Way Home on August 29, 2016. The title track is an upbeat mix of old pop and electronic that depicts the story about one's desires to return home, and get away from the tough side of reality.[13]

On August 18, 2017, LOEN Entertainment released a statement announcing that Sunny Hill had left the label and will continue as a group elsewhere.[14]

2019–present: Second line-up changes and comeback with Nom Nom NomEdit

On April 25, 2019, Sunny Hill joined BOD Entertainment. The group remained with Bitna (formerly SeungAh), Kota and two new member Eunju (formerly a soloist under the name "Ray.B") and Geonhee (former member of Purfles) after Jubi and Misung had chosen to leave the group.[15]

On October 14, 2019, the group announced they would be having a comeback on October 22, although this was later delayed to the 25th.[16]

Band membersEdit

Current members
  • Bitna (빛나)
  • Kota (코타)
  • Eunju (은주)
  • Geonhee (건희)
Former members
  • Jubi (주비)
  • Misung (미성)
  • Janghyun (장현)

TimelineEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[17]
Sunny Blues
Part A
14
Part B
  • Released: January 29, 2015
  • Label: LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[17]
Midnight Circus
  • Released: June 3, 2011
  • Label: LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Girl With a Accordion (Intro)
  2. Marionette (꼭두각시)
  3. Midnight Circus
  4. Let's Talk About (Feat. Zia)
  5. Pray (기도) (Preview)
  6. Midnight Circus (Inst.)
20
Antique Romance
  • Released: December 13, 2012
  • Label: LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Cold Day ((추워지니 With Yoon Hyun-sang)
  2. Goodbye To Romance
  3. Marry Me? ((결혼할래요?)
  4. 3-Out
  5. Goodbye To Romance (Inst.)
  6. Marry Me? (Inst.)
10
Young Folk
  • Released: June 19, 2013
  • Label: LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Romantic Comics ((순정만화)
  2. Darling of All Hearts ((만인의 연인 (Feat. Hareem))
  3. Sitcom ((시트콤)
  4. Anything You Want
  5. I Don't Know About Too Many Things ((모르는 게 많아서)
  6. Darling of All Hearts (Inst.)
12
Way
  • Released: August 31, 2016
  • Label: LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Big Girls Don't Cry
  2. On the Way Home ((집으로 가는 길))
  3. Role Model
  4. On the Way Home (Inst.)
Nom Nom Nom
(놈놈놈)
  • Released: October 25, 2019
  • Label: B.O.D Entertainment, Music&NEW
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Nom Nom Nom ((놈놈놈)
  2. From Oz
  3. Tear Drop ((눈물닭발)
  4. Nom Nom Nom (Inst.)
  5. From Oz (Inst.)
  6. Tear Drop (Inst.)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Single albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[17]
Love Letter
  • Released: September 20, 2007
  • Label: For Everyone Media, Soribada Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Because It's You (너니까)
  2. Good-Bye New York
  3. Ring Back Tone (통화 연결음)
  4. Leave (가버려)
  5. Because It's You (Inst.)
  6. Good-Bye New York (Inst.)
  7. Ring Back Tone (Inst.)
  8. Leave (Inst.)
2008 My Summer
(2008 내가 여름이다)
Track listing
  1. I Know Love Only (사랑밖엔 난 몰라)
  2. Elastic (고무줄 (Sub. Cool comeback))
  3. My Girl
  4. I Know Love Only (Inst.)
  5. Elastic (Sub. Cool comeback) (Inst.)
  6. My Girl (Inst.)
The Grasshoppers
  • Released: January 13, 2012
  • Label: LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
Adiós Amor
(아디오스 아모르)
  • Released: March 12, 2020
  • Label: B.O.D Entertainment, Music&NEW
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Adiós Amor (아디오스 아모르)
  2. Finally (드디어, 우리)
  3. Adiós Amor (Inst.)
  4. Finally (Inst.)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note - The Gaon Chart was established in February 2010. Releases before this date have no chart data.

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[24]
KOR
Hot 100

[25]
"Ring Back Tone" (통화 연결음) 2007 N/A Love Letter
"Because It's You (Winter Ver.)" (너니까) Non-album single
"Love Is All I Know" (사랑밖엔 난 몰라) 2008 2008 My Summer
"You Don't Know" (너는 모르지) 2009 Non-album single
"Pit-A-Pat" (두근두근) 2011 7 The Greatest Love Pt. 3
"Midnight Circus" 11 Midnight Circus
"Pray" (기도) 9 21 Non-album single
"The Grasshopper Song" (베짱이 찬가) 2012 4 9 The Grasshoppers
"Is The White Horse Coming?" also known as "Princess and Prince Charming" (백마는 오고 있는가) 10 14 Non-album single
"Goodbye To Romance" 5 7 Antique Romance
"Darling of All Hearts" (feat. Hareem) (만인의 연인) 2013 9 5 Young Folk
"Don't Say Anything" (아무말도 하지마요) 2014 24 21 Sunny Blues
"Once in Summer" (그 해 여름) 27
"Monday Blues" 83
"Here I Am" (지우다) 68 Non-album single
"Child in Time" (교복을 벗고) 2015 33 Sunny Blues
"On The Way Home" (집으로 가는 길) 2016 Way
"Crossroads" (두 갈래 길) 2017 N/A Non-album single
"NomNomNom" (놈놈놈) 2019 NomNomNom
"Adiós amor" (아디오스 아모르) 2020 Adiós amor
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note - The Gaon Chart was established in February 2010. Releases before this date have no chart data.
Note - The Korea Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 Chart was established in August 2011. Releases before this date have no chart data.

CollaborationsEdit

Year Song Other performer(s) Album
2010 "Mamma Mia" Narsha Narsha (EP)
2012 "Brave Girls" Zia LOEN TREE Summer Story
2013 "들었다 놨다 (Love Actually)" DAYBREAK re;code Episode III

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Year Song Album
2008 "잘나가던 여자" The Last Scandal of My Life OST
"아파한다" Little Mom Scandal OST
2011 "두근두근 (Pit-A-Pat)" The Greatest Love OST Pat3
2012 "사랑한다 (I Love You)" Salamander Guru and The Shadows OST Part 2
"Do It" I Love Lee Taly OST Part 1
2013 "Counting Stars at Night" You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin OST Part 3
2014 "Cunning Thoughts" Cunning Single Lady OST Part 3
"낭랑 18세 (Sweet 18)" Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend (Park Si-chun)
2015 "Say I Love You" Flower of Queen OST Part 1
"I Like You" All About My Mom OST Part 1
2017 "Hello Tomorrow / Goma Move" Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan OST

Music videosEdit

Title Year Director
"Love Is All I Know" 2008
"Mamma Mia" (With Narsha) 2011
"Midnight Circus" Hwang Soo-ah
"Midnight Circus (Stage Ver.)"
"Pray" Hwang Soo-ah
"The Grasshopper Song" 2012 Hwang Soo-ah
"Princess and Prince Charming" Hwang Soo-ah
"Do It"
"Goodbye To Romance" Hwang Soo-ah
"Cold Day" (With Yoon Hyun-sang)
"Love Actually" (With DAYBREAK) 2013
"Darling Of All Hearts" (Feat. Hareem) Hwang Soo-ah
"Don't say anything" 2014
"Once in Summer"
"Monday Blues" Hong Won-ki
"Here I Am"
"Child in Time" 2015 Hong Won-ki
"Child in Time (Lip Ver.)"
"on the way home" 2016
"Crossroads" 2017
"NomNomNom" 2019

AwardsEdit

Year Awards
2007
2011

ReferencesEdit

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