Wednesday, 30 May 2012

After School's Profile

After School's Profile

After School (Korean: 애프터스쿨; Japanese: アフタースクール and stylized as AFTERSCHOOL in Japan) is a South Korean girl group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2009.[1] They are the first group to debut with a unique admissions and graduation concept in Korea, where members are added or withdrawn in a “natural” manner.[2] The band consists of nine members: Park Kahi, Kim JungAh, Lee Jooyeon, Uee, Raina, Nana, Lizzy, E-Young and Kaeun. Former member Soyoung withdrew from the group in fall 2009 and Bekah officially graduated from the group in July 2011.[3][4]
After School had their first performance alongside label mate Son Dam Bi in 2008 and their official debut occurred on January 2009 with the song "AH!". The group became popular with the release of their hit single, "Because of You", which attained No. 1 and a triple crown on SBS's Inkigayo. After School went on to win various awards at the Billboard Japan Music Awards and the Seoul Music Awards.
Other hits by After School include "Diva", "Bang!" and "Shampoo". Three members of After School have also formed a sub-group with a different concept known as Orange Caramel.
The group began a foray into the Japanese music scene in 2011 under Avex Trax with a remake of their Korean hits "Bang!", "Diva" and "Because of You". The group also released an original Japanese song titled "Rambling Girls" in January 2012. Their debut in Japan[5][6] was quite a success, as the group managed to enter the Oricon Weekly Chart at number seven.[7] The group's debut Japanese album, Playgirlz, debuted at number eight on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart.
In April 2012, Pledis confirmed the addition of Kaeun. It was also confirmed that After School will have a comeback in Korea in June.[8]

~ Member Profile ~

Birth Name: Park Ji Young
Stage Name: Kahi
Date of birth: December 25, 1980
Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper, Main Dancer
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 50 kg
Blood Type: O

Birth Name: Kim Jung Ah
Stage Name: Jungah
Date of birth: August 2, 1983
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Height: 167 cm
Weight: 49 kg
Blood Type: O

Birth Name: Lee Joo Yeon
Stage Name: Jooyeon
Date of birth: March 19, 1987
Position: Vocalist
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 45 kg
Blood Type: AB

Birth Name: Kim Yoo Jin
 Stage Name: UEE
Date of birth: April 9, 1988
Position: Vocalist, Rapper, Face of The Group
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 50 kg
Blood Type: AB

Birth Name: Oh Hye Rin
Stage Name: Raina
Date of Birth: May 7, 1989
Position: Main Vocalist
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 46 kg
Blood Type: B

Birth Name: Im Jin Ah
Stage Name: Nana
Date of Birth: September 14, 1991
Position: Vocalist, Rapper
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 48 kg
Blood Type: A

 Birth Name: Park Soo Young
Stage Name: Lizzy
Birthday: July 31, 1992
Position: Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 46 kg
Blood Type: A

Birth Name: Noh Lee Young
Stage Name: E-Young
Birthday: August 16, 1992
Position: Vocalist

Birth Name: Shin Ga Eun
Stage Name: Gaeun
Nickname: Bagel Girl
Birthday: August 20, 1994
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 48 kg
Blood Type: AB
Position: Vocalist, Maknae
Specialty: Japanese, Vocals


Name: Yoo So Young
Position: Vocalist
Date of Birth: March 29, 1986
Date of Withdrawal: October 29, 2009

Birth name: Rebecca Kim
Stage Name: Bekah
Date of Birth: August 11, 1989
Position: Main Rapper, Supporting Vocalist
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 52 kg
Blood Type: AB
Date of Withdrawl: July 1, 2011


Korean discography

Studio albums

Japanese discography

Studio albums


Reality shows

  • 2009: MTV Diary of After School
  • 2010: Playgirlz School
  • 2012: Playgirlz School: Season 2


  • 2009: You're Beautiful
  • 2011: Okagyo Brothers


  • 2011: White: Cursed Melody


Awards and nominations

Year Event Award Nominated work Result
2009 Cyworld Digital Music Awards Rookie of the Month – April[73] "Diva" Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Female Artist After School Nominated
SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Award "Because of You" Won
Korea Lifestyle Awards Best Style Icon After School Won
SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Award "Because of You" Won
2010 Won
Billboard Japan Music Awards K-Pop New Artist of the Year 2009[74] After School Won
Seoul Music Awards Best Newcomer Award[75] Won
2011 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Award "Shampoo" Nominated
Golden Disk Awards Best Album[76] "Virgin" Nominated
Most Popular Artist After School Nominated
Cultural Minister of Finance Award Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award Won
Korea Entertainment News Award Won
2012 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Collaboration Video "Make it Happen" (with Namie Amuro) Pending

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