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KARA (2007 - 2013)

Discussion in 'K-pop' started by 3Xs, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. 3Xs

    3Xs

    Well since every other hole-in-the-wall sideshow group now has a thread, I think it's time to bring some real relevance to this newly formed K-Pop section~

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    KARA (카라) is a popular South Korean girl group formed by DSP Entertainment. They are active in both South Korea and Japan.


    Essential tunes

    Mister - JAPANESE VER. (with music video), ORIGINAL KOREAN VER. (no music video)
    Jumping
    Wanna
    Lupin
    Jet Coaster Love
    GO GO Summer!


    Bio

    Debuting in 2007 with the single “Break It” and the album The First Blooming, KARA was originally a 4 member group until former lead singer Kim Sunghee decided to leave in February of 2008. Soon after, she was replaced by new members Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung, making KARA the 5 member group we see today. Though success evaded them initially, they slowly built up their popularity with a string of increasingly successful hits in Korea, including "Honey", "Wanna", "Mister" and "Lupin".

    In 2010 they officially debuted in Japan, and have arguably became more popular there than in their home country. Their first single in Japan was a Japanese version of their Korean hit “Mister”, which debuted at #5 on the Oricon daily and weekly charts. This made KARA the first Korean girl group to ever achieve this feat, as well as the first non-Japanese girl group in 29 years to chart in the Oricon top 10 with a debut single. Their success in Japan would continue with the releases of the singles "Jumping", "Jet Coaster Love" (their first Oricon weekly #1), and "GO GO Summer!", as well as their first studio album Girl's Talk and the DVD set KARA BEST CLIPS.

    Members

    Gyuri (Leader)
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    KARA's flawless Goddess was born May 21, 1988 (age 23)

    Seungyeon
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    Lily Allen's long lost Korean sister was born July 24, 1988 (age 23)

    Nicole
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    The Asian Betty Crocker was born October 7, 1991 (age 19) in the good ol' US of A.

    Hara
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    Supermodel and alien Goo Hara was hatched out of an egg on January 13, 1991 (age 20)

    Ji Young
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    KARA's youngest member was born on January 18, 1994 (age 17)

    Sunghee
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    Former leader Kim Sunghee was born on May 17, 1989, and left the group in February of 2008 to get married and become a Jehovah's Witness. How quaint.


    Discography

    ~Korean~

    Albums
    [2007.03.29] The First Bloooooming
    [2009.07.30] Revolution
    [2010.09.03] STEP

    Mini Albums
    [2008.07.24] 1st Mini Album
    [2008.12.04] Pretty Girl
    [2009.02.19] Pretty Girl (Special Edition)
    [2010.02.17] Lupin
    [2010.11.10] Jumping

    Digital Singles
    [2008.10.13] GOODDAY Season 2 (굿데이 (GOODDAY) 시즌 2 )
    [2009.06.04] iMusician
    [2010.01.12] Stars Falling From the Sky OST Part 1 (별을 따다줘)
    [2010.05.03] We're with you
    [2010.08.31] We Online Part.2


    ~Japanese~

    Studio Albums
    [2010.11.24] Girl's Talk

    Best Albums
    [2010.09.29] KARA BEST 2007-2010

    Singles
    [2010.08.11] Mister (ミスター)
    [2010.11.10] Jumping
    [2011.04.06] Jet Coaster Love (ジェットコースターラブ)
    [2011.06.29] GO GO Summer! (GO GO サマー!)

    DVDs
    [2010.05.19] MBC DVD Collection: KARA Sweet Muse Gallery
    [2010.09.01] KARA VACATION
    [2010.01.26] KARADISE 2011 ~SEASON'S GREETING FROM THAI~
    [2011.02.23] KARA BEST CLIPS

    Box Set
    [2010.04.28] KARA SPECIAL PREMIUM BOX FOR JAPAN
    [2010.08.04] KARAFULL DVD Box


    Awards

    [2007.05.05] Korean Culture Content Agency (KOCCA) - Best Rookie Album Awards
    [2007.08.09] Cyworld Digital Music Awards - Rookie of The Month of August
    [2009.03.05] MNet M! Countdown - Honey
    [2009.03.08] SBS Inkigayo #1 - Honey
    [2009.03.12] MNet M! Countdown - Honey
    [2009.03.19] MNet M! Countdown - Honey
    [2009.03.26] MNet 20's Choices - Honey
    [2009.08.30] SBS Inkigayo #1 - Wanna
    [2009.11.21] MNet Asia Music Awards: Best Dance - Honey
    [2009.12.16] MelOn Music Awards - 2009 Top 10
    [2010.01.03] 16th Korea Entertainment Arts Awards - Best Female Singer
    [2010.02.03] Seoul Music Awards - Bonsang Award
    [2010.03.04] MNet M! Countdown #1 – Lupin
    [2010.03.11] MNet M! Countdown #1 – Lupin
    [2010.03.12] KBS Music Bank #1 – Lupin
    [2010.03.14] SBS Inkigayo #1 – Lupin
    [2010.03.19] KBS Music Bank #1 - Lupin
    [2010.03.26] KBS Music Bank #1 – Lupin
    [2010.12.10] KBS Music Bank #1 – Jumping
    [2010.12.12] SBS Inkigayo #1 – Jumping
    [2010] 52nd Japan Record Awards: Premium Box Award
    [2011] 25th Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 3 New Artists (International)
    [2011] 25th Japan Gold Disc Awards: New Artist of the Year(International)


    Records and other accolades

    -First Korean girl group in history to be certified platinum by the The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for digital sales of "Mister".

    -KARA is the first ever Korean group since the 90's to release an all-Korean album that sold more than 100,000 copies in Japan (with KARA BEST 2007-2010).

    -Girl’s Talk sold 107,000 copies in its first week and ranked number 2 on the Oricon weekly charts, making it the first album by a non-Japanese girl group in 6 years to sell more than 100,000 copies in its first week.

    -Girl’s Talk received a platinum certification from RIAJ, making KARA the first Korean Girl group to sell 250,000 albums (current sales stand at just under 400,000).

    -Oricon declared KARA as 2010’s best rookie artist, generating revenue of some 1.3 billion yen (or $15.4 million USD); and with a total of 493,000 copies of their releases sold that year.

    - “Jet Coaster Love” made KARA the first foreign female group in history to rank at #1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts.

    - "GO GO Summer!" is the first foreign (non-Japanese) song in history to top the RIAJ Digital Tracks Chart. It stayed at #1 for 3 consecutive weeks, tying them for second among all artists for most weeks at #1 on that chart.
     
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    HARA HARA
     
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    Lily Allen's long lost sister.. hahahah.
     
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    Those who don't worship the goddess deserve are not worthy.

    In new KARA news, Hara has a solo song for City Hunter OST, the drama she's in. Yes, Hara. The one that can't really sing. It's cute enough and she tried her best.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czDYbEiRIq4

    I love her in the drama though.

    Gyuri's solo song for the City Hunter OST is fabulous.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ixYXFBZkUs
    *worships*
     
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    Jumping remains my favorite KARA song. Nicole is my favorite member.
     
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    Jumping is my favourite song of theirs, followed by Wanna.

    I don't like their recent Japanese releases, they're a bit too cutesy for me.
     
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    That Hara post was hilarious, but she looks so hideous there.
     
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    Much like Fire, HUH, IGCBoY Abracadabra, Bang! Genie and Gee, Jumping and Lupin are just in the epic K-pop Tier which just can't be touched. I hope they can somehow reach simillar levels with their Korean comeback.
     
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    Goddess needs to be blonde again for their comeback. I really want their song to have some strong vocals. DSP never push Gyuri, Suengyeon and Nicole's voices.
     
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    I never used to be able to stand the Korean "Jumping" but because of Gyuri/Nicole's "Yeah" line, it's surpassed my love for the Japanese version.
     
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    Korean album in September and Japanese album in October. Exciting~!
     
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    Wow so dual promotions?! Go get it girls! In Japan, KARA will be snatching SNSD's wigs because that album will sell like gangbusters.
     
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    3X's avatar is giving me life. It sounds like the next two months are going to be ridiculously busy for them. They'll deliver though.
     
  14. 3Xs

    3Xs

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    I'm speechless! True beauties~

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    I need to remember to keep this thread more active! Nearly forgot about it, haha.
     
  15. Pen Expers

    Pen Expers Moderator

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    They look nice. Why did all these photoshoots come out today? Wonder Girls, SNSD, Kara, Hyori.

    edit: Add Miss A and f(x) as well.
     
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    They did well airbrushing out Seungyeon's wonky eyes.
     
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    Seungyeon isn't in those pictures... it's only Jiyoung and Hara.
     
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    D'oh! Well they look pretty. The former leader was FUG.
     
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    Apparently, their new Japanese single is called "Winter Magic."
     
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