Ace of Angels (AOA – 에이오에이)
August 9th, 2012
Ace of Angels (AOA – 에이오에이) is a South Korean girl group that originated in 2012. South Korean entertainment company FNC Entertainment (an acronym for fish and cake) was established in 2006 by record producer and singer Han Seong-ho. FNC knew they wanted to form a girl group and shortly after coming to this decision, decided to hold auditions as well as scout young women to fill the spots in the group.
After an extensive search, FNC was finally ready to launch the Ace of Angels. Starting July 16th, 2012, FNC spent the next week introducing the first photos of the eight members of the group. Things seemed to be going smoothly until the debut single album “Angels’ Story” leaked just a few days later on July 28th. Ace of Angels however did not miss a beat, dropping their first music video for the song “Elvis” on July 30th.
Their debut performance was on August 9th at South Korean music program M Countdown, followed by a 2nd performance the following day at another popular South Korean program entitled Music Bank. They immediately enjoyed much success as well as adoration from the fans and announced they would be coming with their next music on October 10th. The idea was not necessarily a hit from the very beginning. In 2013, it was decided a “sexier” image would be the move from there on out and sure enough, with the release of their single “Confused”, a new Ace of Angels was born.
Ace of Angels continued to promote themselves through performances at different popular South Korean programs and concerts. Due to the success of their original eight woman group, they even created other iterations of AOA called AOA Black, AOA White and AOA Cream. The original AOA members when the group started were Yuna, Chanmi, Seolhyun, Mina, Hyejeong, Choa, Jimin, Youkyung. AOA Black was the first new version of the group which consisted of Jimin, Yuna, Choa, Youkyung, and Mina. AOA White featured Hyejeong, Seolhyun, and Chanmi. The final sub unit of the group AOA Cream had members Yuna, Hyejeong, and Chanmi.
The group’s debut self titled album was released on October 14th, 2015 under Universal Music Japan. Due to the success of their many singles, it was decided the next best logical step would be to release a full body of work for the fans to enjoy. Led by their breakthrough single “Miniskirt”, with other standouts such as “Like A Cat” and “Heart Attack”, the group went on their first tour of Japan to promote the album. Eight of the album’s songs were already released however the project boasted three new original songs entitled “Oh Boy”, “Lemon Slush”, and “Stay With Me”. The album debuted at #1 on the Japanese Billboard chart designated for top album.
After the success of the first album. 2016 was the year for Ace of Angels to truly shine as an established K Pop girl group. It was this year that AOA Cream was born and AOA released their second studio album entitled “Runway”. AOA Cream debuted on February 12th, 2016 with the song “I’m Jelly Baby” produced by Black Eyed Pilseung. The following month, AOA member Jimin made her solo debut with the single “Call You Bae”. Then on April 12th, AOA’s very own live reality show “OnStyle Live” aired. Member Youkyung left the group in October of 2016, leaving the door open for guest appearances with AOA Black in the future. On November 30th, 2016 the group’s second album “Runway” was released. It debuted at #4 on Japan’s top album Billboard charts led by the songs “Give Me The Love” and “Good Luck”.
AOA’s third album and first Korean language album “Angel’s Knock” on January 2nd, 2017. They simultaneously promoted the two lead singles “Excuse Me” and “Bing Bing” which had had concepts very unique to each other. Despite the album performing well for the group, it was their last studio album to date. They have released singles and extended plays however supporters are anxiously awaiting another full body of work. Choa and Mina ended up leaving the group, rendering Ace of Angels to a five woman lineup. Nowadays, the members stay active with work as a collective and also solo endeavors.
Discovery: Songs & Albums by AOA
All songs and albums released by AOA.
Release date: June 19, 2014
단발머리 (Short Hair) (lyrics)
Joa Yo! (lyrics)
내 반쪽 (You’re The One For Me) (lyrics)
말이 안 통해 (You Know That) (lyrics)
단발머리 (Short Hair) (Inst.) (lyrics)
Joa Yo! (Inst.) (lyrics)
Best Songs for Asia
Release date: September 26, 2014
짧은 치마 (Miniskirt) (lyrics)
흔들려 (Confused) (lyrics)
GET OUT (lyrics)
가로등 불 아래서 (Under the Street Light) (lyrics)
니꺼 내꺼 (We Belong Together) (lyrics)
HAPPY ENDING (lyrics)
MY SONG (lyrics)
Love Is Only You (lyrics)
ELVIS (Band Ver.) (lyrics)
MOYA (모야) (lyrics)
Without You by AOA Black (lyrics)
Miniskirt (Japanese Ver.)
Release date: October 1, 2014
ミニスカート (Miniskirt) (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
ショートヘア (Short Hair) (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
GET OUT (lyrics)
ミニスカート (Miniskirt) (Karaoke Ver.) (lyrics)
ショートヘア (Short Hair) (Karaoke Ver.) (lyrics)
GET OUT (Inst.) (lyrics)
사뿐사뿐 (Like a Cat)
Ace Of Angels
Release date: October 14, 2015
Oh BOY (lyrics)
胸キュン (Munekyun) (lyrics)
ELVIS (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
チョアヨ! (Choayo!) (lyrics)
Luv Me (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
ショートヘア (Short Hair) (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
Lemon Slush (lyrics)
Like a Cat (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
You Know That (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
Stay With Me (lyrics)
ミニスカート (Miniskirt) (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
Release date: November 30, 2016
Wow War Tonight (lyrics)
Cherry Pop (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
愛をちょうだい (Give Me the Love) (Ft. Takanori Nishikawa) (lyrics)
Good Luck (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
Love Gave Me You (lyrics)
10 Seconds (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
Still Falls the Rain (Japanese Ver.) (lyrics)
Perfect Strangers (lyrics)
Release date: January 2, 2017
Excuse Me (lyrics)
빙빙 (Bing Bing) (lyrics)
Three Out (lyrics)
느낌이 오니 (Feeling) (lyrics)
불면증 (Can’t Sleep) (lyrics)
Melting Love (lyrics)
너 때문에 (Help Me) (Korean Ver.) (lyrics)
Oh Boy (Korean Ver.) (lyrics)
With ELVIS (lyrics)
New Moon – EP
Shin Hye Jeong
Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual. Center
August 10th, 1993
170 cm (5’7″)
48 kg (105 lbs)
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hyejeong is an only child. She has been described as shy her whole entire life, from very early childhood to present day even after she has blossomed into a popular k pop star. At a young age, she competed in a supermodel pageant where she made it all the way to the third round.
An FNC casting director walked away from the pageant so impressed that they made Hyejeong an official FNC trainee in August of 2010. The pageant and her high school cheerleading career helped her gain more and more confidence as time went by. She eventually got her biggest break July 30th, 2012 where she made her debut as a member of Ace of Angels on South Korean music program M! Countdown. It was there the group debuted their very first single “Elvis” off their debut album “Angels’ Story”.
Besides music, she has stated she enjoys cooking kimchi and doing yoga. Hyejeong describes her fashion style as simple, saying she prefers shorts and/or a hoodie rather than dressy clothing. According to the other Ace of Angels members, she is the sexiest member of the group and has the best body out of all of the members. In the past she has been quoted saying her ideal male partner would have a great sense of humor and be very kind to her and also fun to be around.
Outside of her work with AOA, she has taken on several different solo ventures.
August 8th, 2012 was her first major solo work as she was featured on television series “A Gentleman’s Dignity” for the first time. She soon after appeared in a music video for Korean Boy Band FT Island entitled “I Wish” from the album “Five Trasure Box”.
She has since appeared in many actings gigs, including although not limited to, Saturday Night Live Korea, “The Blade and Petal”, and also a new Lifetime Series with other AOA members coming in 2019. Fans of both her and AOA are very excited to see what are in her future plans as she looks to stay as relevant a public figure as ever before.
Park Cho Ah
Main Vocalist, Rhythm Guitarist
March 6th, 1990
160 cm (5’3″)
42 kg (92 lbs)
Born in Incheon, South Korea, Choa has two sisters. One of her sisters is younger while the other sister is older, respectively. For as long as she and her family and friends can remember, Choa was motivated to become a singer. In high school, Choa would practice singing on her own in her free time.
Upon arriving to her college years, she wanted to find a music related major however after being pressured by her father to chase after a more conventional occupation, she attended Inha Technical College and majored in Aviation Business Administration. She found a job as a salesperson for IPTV where she repeatedly auditioned at SM Entertainment, failing the auditions a shocking 15 times.
However, she never allowed herself to be discouraged and continue to motivate herself to chase after her goals that she had had since she was a child. Eventually, after spending so much time trying to search for and manifest her own opportunities, an opportunity found her. Choa met South Korean singer and songwriter Juniel. Juniel informed her about upcoming audition with FNC Entertainment for the girl group Ave of Angels and sure enough, Choa earned herself a spot.
On July 30th, 2012, Choa made her debut as a member of Ace of Angels as they performed their debut single “Elvis” off their debut album “Angels’ Story” on popular and successful Korean music show M! Countdown.
She spent many successful years with the group although she sadly had to step away in 2017 due to personal reasons. Her contract with FNC Entertainment then expired in 2019 and FNC chose not to renew it. During her Ace of Angels tenure, she always stayed busy with other projects. Her fans and supporters hope to one day see her return to the spotlight even it cannot be in the group.
She has many notable credits including but not limited to playing the lead role of Gabriella in High School Musical, being featured as a cast member on variety show “My Little Television” and being chosen as a permanent MC on the series “We Got Married”.
At the age of 29, although she does not appear to be actively working on anything, she has plenty of time to return to the stardom she once enjoyed.
Kim Seol Hyun
Lead Dancer, Center, Vocalist, Dave of the Group
January 3rd, 1995
168 cm (5’6″)
47 kg (103 lbs)
Born in Bucheon, South Korea, Seolhyun has 1 older sister named Joo-hyun who is currently a fashion editor for Cosmopolitan magazine. Since some of her earliest memories at school, Seolhyun always knew what she wanted to be. She joined a band at Kachiul Elementary School where she also learned how to dance and her love for music began.
She then went on to attend Sungkok Middle School before getting accepted into Gyeonggi Arts High School. Whether it was playing piano in her very early childhood or her short stint as a promotional model in junior high school, all of her experiences growing up in the entertainment realm have seemed to perfectly prepare her for this very moment.
Her first big opportunities seemed to arise after meeting the FNC Entertainment manager at an event by the name of the Smart Uniform Model Contest. Shortly after that she made her debut as a member of Korean girl group Ace of Angels on the Korean music show M! Countdown where they performed their debut single “Elvis” off their debut album “Angels’ Story”.
It was not too long from that moment she then made her acting debut on the Korean television drama “My Daughter Seo-young” playing the role of the girlfriend of Lee Jung-Shin.
Outside of music, Seolhyun finds lots of enjoyment in swimming and she also has stated she loves to eat. She has tried to keep very busy even when not working on Ace of Angels material. In the year 2016 alone, she was featured in a very impressive total of over 15 commercials. She was also featured in a music video for Korean boy band FT Island entitled “Severely”.
In 2013, she gained one of her most notable credits when she was cast in the drama called “Ugly Alert” where she played an aspiring actress. She has also been featured on other successful shows including but not limited to, “Brave Family”, “Orange Marmalade” and the film “Gangam Blues”.
Supporters of AOA and Seolhyun alike cannot wait to see where her great career path continues to take her as she looks to stay active in and outside of music.
Kwon Min A
Rapper, Vocalist, Bassist
September 21st, 1993
160 cm (5’3″)
43 kg (94 lbs)
Born in Busan, South Korea Mina has one older sister. Her whole entire immediate family relocated to Seoul, South Korea after Mina auditioned for FNC Entertainment in 2009 and won a spot in the new girl group Ace of Angels. She had a very supportive family who knew exactly what it would take to help her reach her dreams and that played a big part in her realizing her dreams of becoming a singer.
Shortly after her and her family traveled to Seoul to permanently live there, Mina debuted as a Ace of Angels member on the Korean music show M! Countdown on July 30th, 2012. It was there the girls performed their debut single “Elvis” off their debut album “Angels’ Story” for the very first time. In 2013, a subunit of the group entitled AOA Black was formed and Mina was asked to be a part of that group as well.
With seemingly nowhere for herself and the group to except up, things came to a screeching halt as Mina’s father tragically passed away due to cancer on November 29th, 2014, causing Mina to take time away from the group. This tragedy happened just as she was supposed to be with the group promoting their 2nd extended play “Like a Cat”. Shortly after she returned to the group and continued on all the way until May of 2019, when she left Ace of Angels and FNC Entertainment after choosing not to renew her contract with the company.
Mina has previously stated that her other interests include math and acting. Mina has also been very open about her love for food, naming chicken and pizza as her favorites. She enlisted in many solo endeavors during her time with Ace of Angels and looks to continue that now that she is no longer a member of the group.
Her acting credits include although are not limited to, the dramas “Modern Farmer” in 2014, “Click Your Heart” in 2016, and “Hospital Ship” in 2017. On July 2nd, 2019, Mina took a massive step in continuing her career as she signed with O& Entertainment where she looks to continue looking for solo gigs to further her career. Her supporters can hardly wait to see what is next.
Kim Chan Mi
Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
June 19th, 1996
166 cm (5’5″)
47 kg (103 lbs)
Born in Gumi, South Korea and raised in Daegu, Chanmi has two sisters. One sister is older and one is younger. At a very young age, her mother sent her to dancing school due to her abundance of energy as a child. She was scouted while dancing during a basketball game in middle school and that was the first time people in the industry started to take notice of the talent she had. FNC Entertainment recruited her shortly after to become a trainee with FNC and it was at that moment all the way back in middle school that her career officially began.
On July 30th, 2012, Chanmi finally received the big break she had earned when she appeared on Korean music program M! Countdown as a member of Ace of Angels. It was her first public appearance with the Korean girl group. There, they performed their debut single “Elvis” off their debut album “Angels’ Story”. She also was appointed as a member of AOA subunit AOA Cream. Ace of Angels members Yuna and Hyejeong are also members of AOA Cream.
Due to her incredible dancing and fitness skills, Chanmi has embarked on multiple solo endeavors. She made it to the final round of a dance competition on Korean specialty channel MBC Music. She also performed solo and joint dances at a music festival held by MBC.
Chanmi was also seen on Korean Broadcasting System’s “Muscle Queen Project” in the year 2016. Her acting debut came on web drama series “What’s Up With These Kids” as the character by the name of Geum Hye Ra. The show also featured N and Hongbin from the Korean boy band Vixx.
In March of 2017, Chanmi capitalized on a wonderful opportunity as she won survival variety show “I Am An Actor”. By placing first, she was awarded a movie role in the film “Lookism”. Chanmi is also excited to appear on a reality show later in 2019 where she will travel to Danang, Vietnam where she will go on an adventure with other Ace of Angels members. She is excited to continue building on her very successful solo career and AOA career in the near future.
Shin Ji Min
Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist, Lead Guitarist
January 8, 1991
160 cm (5’3″)
43 kg (94 lbs)
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jimin has one older sister. Since she was very young, music has always been her number one focus and priority. Growing up, she dealt with some adversity. She had to have a surgery after being diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel syndrome. However, she has overcome that and has since become a kpop superstar.
When she was very young, she learned to play the harmonica, piano, and guitar. During her second year of middle school she traveled abroad to begin studying at a Chinese language school. She would remain there until her first year of high school.
While in China at the language school, she also attended a music school. In high school, she was a huge Jay Park fan and that helped inspire her own career. She has two guitars that she likes to play with. One is yellow and she named it Banana. Another guitar that was a gift from her mother is named Mimi.
On July 30th, 2012, Jimin finally made her debut as a member of Ace of Angels. Their song “Elvis” off of their debut album debuted on the South Korean music show M! Countdown. Due to the success they immediately enjoyed, they launched AOA Black in 2013 where Jimin writes and performs some of the songs.
In 2015, Jimin appeared on the inaugural season of the show Unpretty Rapstar where she finished in fourth place. It is a game show and reality show of sorts where female rap artists compete in an elimination style competition. During her time on the show, she released many songs as a solo artist speerate from AOA and with other collaborators on the tracks.
In March of 2015, she also began appearing on the variety show Off to School where she was featured on a total of four episodes. Although still a well known public figure, she has not released any music with AOA since 2017 and has not released any solo work since 2018. Her supporters are heavily anticipating some new work from her however as of right now, she seems perfectly happy and content with where she is in her life.
Time will tell if she decides to make a triumphant return to the music industry in the future.
Seo Yu Na
Main Vocalist, Keyboardist
December 30th, 1992
163 cm (5’4″)
45 kg (99 lbs)
Born in Busan, South Korea, Yuna has one younger sister Yuri. Yuri debuted as a member of Berry Good, a girl group where she performed under the stage name Seoyul. Yuna has been a piano player since the very young age of 7.
Upon turning 18 and with an intense love for music, she received permission from her parents to travel from her birthplace of Busan to Seoul, South Korea where she transferred to a new school and moved into her uncle’s house.
It was there in Seoul where she began taking the necessary steps to jumpstart her music career. Yuna would work on her vocals and attend various auditions near where she lived at the time. She got her big break in 2012 at the age of 19 years old as she appeared on South Korean music show M! Countdown as a member of group Ace of Angels, where they debuted their very first single entitled Elvis. She later also became a member of AOA’s subunits by the names of AOA Black and AOA Cream.
Other notable credits for Yuna include when she earned the lead role in Japanese musical The Summer Show and also when her and the rest of AOA traveled to Hainan to participate on the variety show entitled One Fine Day. AOA was only the 7th group to have ever appeared on the show at that time. She also appeared in a few web dramas as an actress, including though not limited to, Hot and Sweet in 2016 and Single Wife in 2017.
Her most recent solo work came in 2018 where she was featured on the soundtrack to Korean fantasy television series A Korean Odyssey. Her most recent music with Ace of Angels came in the form of an extended play called Bingle Bangle. As far as television goes, it was announced that Yuna will appear on Lifetime’s reality show called AOA DaSaDanang Heart Attack where she will travel with Kim Chsnmi and Shin Hye-jeong to Danang, Vietnam where they will go on what has only been described as an adventure.
Fans are delighted that Yuna has remained so active throughout her career and they can hardly wait to see what is next for her.