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4minute

4minute is a South Korean girl group founded by Cube Entertainment in 2009. The band consists of Jihyun, Gayoon, Jiyoon, Hyuna and SoHyun.

History

4minute was announced in May 2009, along with two of the group’s members, Kim HyunA and Nam JiHyun. Jihyun is known as the leader and Hyunah is a former member of Wonder Girls) On June 11, 2009, the silhouette teaser video was released online, along with their official website The remaining three members’ identities were kept a secret until June 12.

Cube Entertainment had released a teaser for their first single "Hot Issue" on June 10 and debuted on June 18. The girls promoted the song from its release, continuing promotions until August. At the end of August, 4Minute released a mini-album called "For Muzik" which was alongside their second single, "Muzik". 4minute won a mutizen award and a mnet award for their second single "Muzik". Their third single was "What A Girl Wants" and was revealed not long after the release of their EP.

On June 21, 2009, after the first week of "Hot Issue" promotions, fans stole various items from the group’s van, including clothing and other items. Cube Entertainment said, "It was very unfortunate that such an ordeal occurred."

On August 27, 2009, Korean broadcaster KBS banned playing of the 4minute song "Won’t Give (안줄래)" for what they considered to be overly sexual lyrical content. The lyrics in question, in the style of a first-person narrative, express an unwillingness on the part of the subject to "give" herself or her heart to her partner. Cube Entertainment responded to the ban by stating that the song was intended to be "about the pure feelings of a girl to a guy" and that they were very disappointed by the decision.

4minute was featured in fellow label-mate Mario’s Christmas digital single "Jingle Jingle", which was released on December 2, 2009; the music video premiered online on December 3, 2009.

They also recorded a remix with American artist Amerie for her song ‘Heard ‘Em All’ that was released on the Asian version of her fourth album.

Members

Jihyun

  • Nam Jihyun (남지현)
  • January 9, 1990
  • Leader, Sub Vocalist

Gayoon

  • Heo GaYoon (허가윤)
  • May 18, 1990
  • Main Vocalist

Jiyoon

  • Jeon JiYoon (전지윤)
  • October 15, 1990
  • Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper

Hyuna

  • Kim Hyuna (김현아)
  • June 6, 1992
  • Main Rapper, Vocalist, Main Dancer

Sohyun

  • Kwon SoHyun (권소현)
  • August 30, 1994
  • Vocalist, Rapper

See Also

  • 4minute Discography
  • 4minute Television works
  • 4minute Awards
  • 4minute Gallery One

Other Information

  • Origin : Seoul, South Korea
  • Genres : K-pop, dance-pop, electropop, J-pop
  • Years active : 2009 – present
  • Labels :
    • Cube Entertainment (South Korea)
    • Far Eastern Tribe Records (Japan)
    • Universal Music Japan (Japan)
    • Universal Music Group (International)
  • Website

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