All this year people has been disrespectful to Floriana Lima. Questioning her casting process, her ethnicity, insulting her skin color and criticizing her private life (I’m not going to get into that discussion again).
Despite of all that, SHE NEVER, EVER!!! has been rude to fans, she has never made fun of them, she is always serving the fans nicely with that characteristic smile and she cares about the LGBTQ fans, unlike other cast members who have been treated much better than her (Jeremy and Melissa).
All this kindness and gentleness of her, after all that bullying she has experied, makes me appreciate her, admire her, protect her
and love her even more. Thanks for include Floriana Lima as SANVERS 50%. We are so lucky to have her.
Happy 22nd birthday to our sunshine, Lorenzo Choi Youngjae. There’s no doubt how incredibly talented and hardworking you are, to be able to debut so quickly. In just the past year, you overcame your fear of performing solo on stage, met and performed in front of your idol, and went to New York alone to record an English song. I’m extremely proud of your achievements and I hope you continue to reach greater heights together with GOT7. Thanks for lighting up our lives with your bright smile. Please always stay healthy and never ever stop shining! #SunshineYoungjaeDay
When Jungkook is not even fluent in english but he takes time and effort to make us covers so that International ARMYs feel included for once … And it is not Rapmon who featured in the song this time it is JIMIN. The same Jimin who stayed glued to Namjoon the whole time in the US because he was so scared. I am sure they kept trying a thousand times with the weight of all the insecurities they felt. I mean they released a song that the whole world gonna listen to, knowing that more english speakers joined the fandom after the BBMAs. How to not be proud? How to not get inspired by them? How to not feel more confident to go against your weaknesses for once when you follow BTS? I stan the right group.
Time moves on and trends change and people change with them. While I can understand this fact, I refuse to accept it (for now) and I just can’t move on and completely forget about all these amazing groups that have either disbanded or have been inactive for a long time.
With that out of the way, I would like to introduce you to this guide I created, to help new K-pop fans who may be interested to check out a few of the older groups that were around for the 2007-2015 era of K-pop.
(Note: Some groups underwent line-up changes along the way of their careers, so I will be using the line-up that was more recently active to present each group)
Girls’ Generation (2007-Present)
Taeyeon - Leader, Main Vocalist
Sunny - Lead Vocalist
Tiffany - Lead Vocalist
Hyoyeon - Vocalist, Main Dancer
Yuri - Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Sooyoung - Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Yoona - Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Face of the Group
Seohyun - Lead Vocalist, Maknae
Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007 with the single “Into the New World”. Their musical style relies heavily on electropop and bubblegum pop as well as dance music and their image focuses on carefree and cheerful themes but they have tackled other musical and visual styles as well. While they were relatively well-received since debut, their big hit “Gee” is what boosted their way to the top and has made them a household name in South Korea and most of East Asia, with K-pop fans referring to them as “The Nation’s Girl Group” and other similar titles. Their 2010 Japanese debut with a translated version of their 2009 hit “Genie” was largely succesful and they have met further popularity and success in their neighbouring country ever since.
Minzy - Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Main Dancer, Maknae
2NE1 debuted in 2009 with their hit single “Fire”. Known for their electronic-based sound and bold, in-your-face type of image, 2NE1 was loved for their fierce style and for daring to stand out, refusing to fit into any mold. Their best-selling hit “I Don’t Care” solidified their position as a top-tier group right after their debut and their follow-up hits allowed them to remain on top for the next six years after their debut.
SISTAR debuted in 2010 with the single “Push Push”. They worked closely with producer Brave Sound for the better part of their career and released extremely catchy dance singles which they accompanied with their sexy image and choreographies. Their rise to stardom started in 2011 with their best-selling hit “So Cool” and for the following six years they dominated the digital singles charts with their subsequent releases, a feat which earned them the nickname “Digital Monsters” for their astonishing digital sales and helped them solidify their position as a top group and form what Korean fans call “The Unbreakable Wall” along with Girls’ Generation and 2NE1.
Hara (2008-2016) - Vocalist, Rapper, Main Daner, Face of the Group
Youngji (2014-2016) - Vocalist, Main Rapper, Maknae
KARA debuted in 2007 with their first studio album “The First Blooming” and used “Break It” as the lead single to promote it. After failing to reach the expected ammount of sales and recognition they had hoped to achieve, the group underwent a complete image change one year after debut, switching from R&B/Hip-Hop influenced sound and style, to a cute and bubbly image that was well-received by the public. Their first number-one hit, “Honey” (2009) soon followed and the group continued to gain more and more popularity with follow-up singles “Mister” (2009) and “Lupin”(2010), among others . Debuting in Japan with a translated version of their Korean hit “Mister” in 2010, KARA received further love and fame in Japan, making them one of the most-succeful Korean acts promoting in the Japanese market, with some members still working in Japan after the group’s disbandment.
Yeeun (2007-2017) - Leader, Main Vocalist, Keyboardist
Sunmi (2007-2010, 2015-2017) - Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer, Face of the Group, Bassist
Yubin (2007-2017) - Vocalist, Main Rapper, Drummer
Hyerim (2010-2017) - Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Guitarist, Maknae
Wonder Girls debuted in 2007 with the maxi single “The Wonder Begins” and “Irony” as their debut single. The Wonder Girls are known as the “Retro Queens” of Korea thanks to their musical style that draws inspiration from the 60s, 70s and 80s and a fashion sense and visual style to match. In the later years of their career, the dance group learned how to play musical instruments, and made it a core part of their revamped image. Their rise to fame followed soon after their debut with their singles “Tell Me” which took their home country by storm and “Nobody” which followed the next year. Following the huge domestic success of “Nobody”, the group released an English version of the song the next year, specifically-made to target the American music market. The song was a hit and the group was the first Korean act to enter the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. They went on to appear on TV and radio shows and even tour with the Jonas Brothers as their opening act and star in their own Nickelodeon-produced movie while working even harder to polish their musical style and skills during their stay in the United States.
Eunjung (2009-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Hyomin (2009-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
Jiyeon (2009-Present) - Vocalist, Main Dancer, Face of the Group, Maknae
Dani (Predebut) [2012-2014]
T-ara debuted in 2009 with the single “Lie”. Known as “K-pop’s Chameleons”, T-ara constantly redefine their musical and visual image while at the same time mainting their trademark hook-heavy dance style. Their first hit was “Bo Peep Bo Peep”, released in 2009. They continued to release hit songs for the three following years, and went on to debut in Japan in 2011 with a Japanese version of “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and then China, with their collaboration single “Little Apple” (2014) with Chinese duo Chopstick Brothers, making them one of the most succesful groups in South Korea, Japan and China. Their public image in South Korea suffered a big hit in 2012 after fabricated rumours arouse, claiming that the original members of the group were bullying a member who was removed from the group and company at that time. The group continued to release music in their home country, but were mostly supported by their international fans. Said rumours were finally proven false five years later, restoring the group’s image and ceasing all of the unjust accusations made against them.
HyunA - Vocalist, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Face of the Group
Sohyun - Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer, Maknae
4Minute debuted in 2009 with their best-selling hit single “Hot Issue” which helped them gain fame and recognition at the start of their careers. The group focused on dance, electronic and EDM music and sported a sexy but bold and independent image. They maintained their sound and style as well as the popularity they acquired with their debut and never failed to release music each year during the entirety of their career, making them one of the most consistent groups when it comes to hiatus periods between each of their comebacks.
Krystal - Lead Vocalist, Face of the Group, Maknae
f(x) made their debut with single “LA chA TA” in 2009. Their style is a perfect mix of cute and soft vocals with an alternative visual and artistic style, often experimenting with new sounds and styles. Their big breakthrough came in 2011 with their single “Pinocchio” and the follow-up and best-selling single “Hot Summer”, receiving much love and adoration from K-pop fans worldwide.
Jia (2010-2016) - Vocalist, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
Min (2010-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Rapper, Main Dancer
Suzy (2010-Present) - Main Vocalist, Rapper, Face of the Group, Maknae
miss A debuted in 2010 with hit single “Bad Girl Good Girl” from their debut EP “Bad but Good”. Adapting a sexy but also strong and independent public image right from the start of their career, miss A are famous for their dance-heavy title tracks and R&B-influenced b-sides and songs that promote female sexuality (”Touch”, “Hush”) but also independence and feminism (”Good Bye Baby”, “I Don’t Need a Man”). miss A’s songs never fail to impress and capture audiences.
Gain - Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer, Face of the Group, Maknae
Brown Eyed Girls debuted as an R&B/Ballad vocal group with “Come Closer” in 2006. Brown Eyed Girls are what one would call the ultimate feminist icons in the K-pop industry. Mature, bold, brave, sexy, strong, independent, unapologetic are all words that perfectly describe the core concepts that the group’s music and image revolve around. They started gaining popularity in 2008 with their song “L.O.V.E” and then captivated their home country with “Abracadabra” the following year. The Brown Eyed Girls are also notable for the relatively big age gap they have compared to their contemporary colleagues, and for staying together for eleven (and counting!) years, without any member changes too.
Jung-A (2009-2016) - Leader, Main Vocalist, Main Dancer
Juyeon (2009-2015) - Vocalist, Dancer
U-ie (2009-2017) - Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer, Face of the Group
Raina (2009-Present) - Main Vocalist, Dancer
Nana (2009-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer
Lizzy (2010-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper, Dancer
E-Young (2011-Present) - Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Kaeun (2012-Present) - Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Dancer, Maknae
After School debuted in 2009 with maxi single “New Schoolgirl” and used “Ah” to promote it. After School are notable for their admission-graduation system, but most importantly, for their complex choreographies; from drum-marching, to tap dancing, to pole dancing, they’ve trained for months to perfect said choreographies and have succeeded with much grace and efficiency. Their best-selling hit “Because of You” is their best-known hit and its success enabled them to continue releasing great music for the next six years after it’s release.
100 perfect songs for travelling from around the world
1) Hotel California – Eagles 2) Wouldn’t it be ice – The beach boys 3) Born to be wild – Steppenwolf 4) Hit the road Jack – Ray Charles 5) Livin’on a prayer – Bon Jovi 6) Budapest – George Ezra 7) Barcelona – Ed Sheeran 8) Castle on the hill – Ed Sheeran 9) Champion – Fall Out Boy 10) Alone together – Fall Out Boy 11) Young volcanoes – Fall Out Boy 12) Adventure of a lifetime – Coldplay 13) Hymn for the weekend – Coldplay 14) Paradise – Coldplay 15) Bastille – Pompeii 16) I take it all – Pegasus 17) Free – Pegasus 18) Mountain sound – Of Monsters and men 19) Life is a highway – Rascall Flatts 20) Dream on – Aerosmith 21) I lived – One Republic 22) Runaways – All time low 23) The edge of tonight – All time low 24) Good times – All Time Low 25) The flood – Take that 26) Piano man – Billie Joel 27) Desert rose – Sting 28) Africa - Toto 29) Good riddance – Green day 30) No surrender – Bruce Springsteen 31) Born to run – Bruce Springsteen 32) Whatever it takes – Imagine Dragons 33) Thunder – Imagine Dragons 34) On the top of the world – Imagine
Dragons 35) New York state of mind – Alicia Keys 36) Victorius – Panic! At the disco 37) LA devotee – Panic! At the disco 38) Vegas Lights – Panic! At the disco 39) Ready to go – Panic! At the disco 40) Run boy run – Woodkid 41) Sweet home alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd 42) We come running – Youngblood Hawke 43) Castaway – 5 seconds of summer 44) Higher – The score 45) Pacific Coast Highway – Two friends
feat Max 46) Renegades – X Ambassadors 47) One day we’ll be old – Asaf Avidan 48) Summercat - Billie the vision &
The Dancers 49) Trip the light – Alicia Kembe 50) Home – Edward Sharpe & The
magnetic zeros 51) Eddie Vedder – Rise 52) Society – Eddie Vedder 53) Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder 54) Blowing in the wind – Bob Dylan 55) Wind of change – Scorpions 56) Midnight City – M83
57) Caravane – Raphaël 58) Schengen – Raphaël 59) Sur la route – Gérard de Palmas 60) J’t’emmène au vent – Louise Attaque 61) Un jour j’irai à Nerw York avec toi – Téléphone 62) C’est la vie – Khaled 63) Nation – Tibz 64) Voyage en Italie – Lillicub 65) Les lumières dans la plaine – Mickey 3D 66) Liberta – Pep’s 67) Paris – Willy William 68) On dirait le sud – Nino Ferrer 69) Le présent d’abord – Forent Pagny 70) Emmenez-moi – Charles Aznavour 71) Dès que le vent soufflera – Renaud 72) Voyage voyage – Desireless 73) La maison bleue – Maxime le forestier 74) Tout le bonheur du monde - Sinsémilla 75) Santiago - Hugues Aufrey
mismo sol – Alvaro Soler 77) La bicicleta – Shakira 78) La Gozadera – Gente de zona 79) La la la – Shakira 80) We are one – Pitbull 81) Clandestino – Manu Chao 82) Vivir mi vida – Marc Anthony 83) El viaje - Antonio Orozco
84) Selvagens a Procura de lei - Despedida 85) Planta e Raiz – Aquele lugar 86) Vamos fugir - Skank 87) A vida do viajante - Luiz Gonzaga
88) O sol -
89) Além do horizonte - Jota Quest 90) Passageiro - Capital inicial
91) Roma-Bangkok - Baby K
92) Tutti vogliono viaggiare in prima -
93) Certe notti -
94) 883 - Nord, Sud, Ovest, Est 95) Viaggio - Piero Pelù
Il peso della valigia - Ligabue 97) Il mio
giorno più bello nel mondo - Francesco Renga
98) Modena City Ramblers - La strata
99) Mantissa – Marina Satti 100) To tragoudi ton
gyfton – Eleni Vitali