Play M Entertainment.
April 19, 2011
Although some may know them as A Cube Entertainment or Plan A Entertainment, the company now known as Play M Entertainment has been making waves in the South Korean music industry. Perhaps no wave has been as big as the one they caught with hit group Apink. The group debuted with seven members in April of 2011. The original members were Park Cho-rong, Jung Eun-ji, Kim Nam-joo, Oh Ha-young, Yoon Bo-mi, Son Na-eun, and Hong Yoo-kyung who left the group in the year 2013 to focus on her education. The group’s image has always been seen as an unusual one as they have opted for a more innocent and girlish image. As the group evolved, there were moments where a more mature side of the girls was shown, although they always retained their roots of innocence.
Over the course of their run, Apink’s releases include though are not limited to a total of 6 studio albums, 3 compilation albums, 29 singles, 8 extended plays, and 33 music videos. The girl group has headlined and toured all throughout Japan, Korea, and Asia and even headlined a North American tour in the year 2016. Apink has been nominated for 75 awards throughout their careers and have won 34 of them. These nominations were at sbeeral different Asian award shows over the years including the Korean Entertainment Arts Awards, Melon Music Awards, Gaon Chart Music Awards, Seoul Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Asia Artist Awards, and very many more.
Apink’s first full length studio album was entitled “Une Anneé” and was released on May 9th, 2012. This was the final release that Yoo-kyung was a member of the group. Led by the songs “April 19th”, “Hush”, and “Bubibu” the album peaked at #4 on the Gaon album charts, which is essentially the South Korean version of the Billboard charts. The earliest single was “April 19th” which was released two weeks before the album. “Hush” also received a big promotional boost as they released it the same day as the album and began promoting it the next day on the South Korean music television program called M! Countdown. Many supporters consider one of those two songs to be the highlight of the album. “Bubibu” was elected as the third single off the debut album after a fan poll was held to determine the next single and that song won. The single version of the song is a remixed version of the album standout.
Three years after the successful debut studio album, Apink released their second full length studio album entitled “Pink Memory” on July 16th, 2015. The singles “Promise U”, “Remember”, and “Petal” led the way for yet another successful Apink release. The album peaked at #2 on the Gaon music charts and sold over 90,000 copies compared to the 45,000 copies that the previous album had sold. Many fans will tell you the main standout on the album was the single “Remember” which got easily the heaviest promotion out of all the songs on the album. It was promoted on South Korean program Music Bank as well as various other popular entities in the region.
The group took a one year and two month break before which was their longest hiatus before finally releasing their third studio album entitled “Pink Revolution”. The wait proved to be well worth it for both Apink and their fans as Apink topped seven Korean music charts shortly after the release of the album and fans got to enjoy a wonderful 9-song offering from the group, led by singles “The Wave” and “Only One”. The 33 minute album was successful due to the anticipation after the long layoff and also the fact that it was the five year anniversary of the group.
The group’s most expansive release was their second Japanese language album entitled “Pink Doll” which was released in four separate editions and also included a DVD of music videos for various songs. The four different editions were the Regular Edition, Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, and Limited Edition C. The 12 song album was released December of 2016 by Universal Music Japan and was followed up by the album “Pink Stories” which to date, remains the group’s last album release.
Discovery: Songs & Albums by Apink
All songs and albums released by Apink.
It Girl – Single
Release date: April 19, 2011
It Girl (Original Ver.) (lyrics)
It Girl Collection
Release date: April 19, 2011
It Girl (Original Ver.) (lyrics)
It Girl (Remix Ver.) (lyrics)
It Girl (Remix Ver.) (Inst.) (lyrics)
Let Us Just Love (lyrics)
Let Us Just Love (Inst.) (lyrics)
Like A Dream (lyrics)
Seven Springs of Apink – EP
Snow Pink – EP
Release date: May 9, 2012
Une Année (Intro) (lyrics)
고양이 (Cat) (lyrics)
4월 19일 (April 19th) (lyrics)
I Got You (lyrics)
하늘 높이 (Sky High) (lyrics)
Secret Garden – EP
Pink Blossom – EP
Pink LUV – EP
Release date: July 15, 2015
끌려 (Attracted to U) (lyrics)
꽃잎점 (Petal) (lyrics)
What a Boy Wants (lyrics)
I Do (lyrics)
신기하죠 (A Wonderful Love) (lyrics)
새끼손가락 (Promise U) (lyrics)
Release date: September 26, 2016
내가 설렐 수 있게 (Only One) (lyrics)
Oh Yes (lyrics)
Boom Pow Love (lyrics)
Drummer Boy (lyrics)
To. Us (lyrics)
Ding Dong (lyrics)
Catch Me (lyrics)
네가 손짓해주면 (The Wave) (lyrics)
Release date: December 15, 2016
Cause You’re My Star (별의 별) (lyrics)
Miss U (lyrics)
NoNoNo (Ballad Ver.) (lyrics)
내가 설렐 수 있게 Only One (R&B Ver.) (lyrics)
LUV (Ballad Ver.) (lyrics)
흔한 일 (Cliche) (lyrics)
잃어버린 조각 (Heaven) (lyrics)
그 봄날, 이 가을 (It’s You) (lyrics)
Pink UP – EP
ONE & SIX – EP
PERCENT – EP
Eveybody Ready? – Single
Release date: April 19, 2019
Everybody Ready? (lyrics)
LOOK – EP
Park Cho Rong
Leader, Dancer, Rapper, Sub Vocalist
March 3, 1991
162.7 cm (5’4″)
47 kg (104 lbs)
Chorong, born in South Korea as Park Cho Rong, is an actress and singer-songwriter best known for her role as the lead singer of Apink, the South Korean girl group.
Chorong has two other sisters and is the middle child out of the three. Her father is a Hapkido master with his own studio and trained Chorong in Hapkido for eight years from the time she was in her first year of elementary school up until her junior year in high school. She holds a 3rd degree black belt from her years of Hapkido training.
Throughout her school career, Chorong attended Byungsul Kindergarten, Bukang Elementary, Bukang Middle School, and finally Choongbook High School.
In 2009, she auditioned during the fifth official audition date of JYP Entertainment and managed to make it to the final round, but she was eliminated and went on to become a trainee at Cube Entertainment.
In 2010, Chorong began her acting career on a sitcom called All My Love with the role as the character Chorong. After that, she had a cameo role on Reply 1997 as a teen Lee Il-Hwa, the mother of the show’s protagonist Sung Shi-won. Also on the show was future fellow Apink member Yoon Bo-mi. A short time later, Chorong picked up the leading role of the mysterious yet popular Han Soo-ah in the romantic comedy Plus Nine Boys. The year 2017 saw her starring in Special Law of Romance with Kim Min-kyu, a Naver TV Cast webdrama.
Chorong became the second member and lead singer of Apink in February of 2011. Before the announcement was made, however, she made an appearance at the end of Beast’s Japanese version of the music video for “Shock.” Then before her official debut with Apink, she and the rest of the members filmed their pre-debut reality show, Apink News. Their first single, “Mollayo,” was released on April 19th, 2011, then Chorong made her debut with the group a couple of days later on Mnet’s M! Countdown where they performed their songs “Wishlist,” and “Mollayo” from their debut album titled Seven Springs of Apink.
Yoon Bo Mi
Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Rapper
August 13, 1993
163 cm (5’4″)
47 kg (104 lbs)
Bomi, born as Yoon Bo Mi in South Korea, is a singer-songwriter and actress, but she is best known for her role as a lead vocalist in the girl group Apink.
Bomi has two other siblings, an older sister and a younger brother, so she is the middle of the three children in her family. She began martial arts training in Taekwondo at the age of five and holds a 3rd degree black belt.
During her school career, she attended Youngshin Girls High School and then later went on to graduate from the Korean Arts High School in February of 2012. During her studies, she made the decision to put off going to college so she could concentrate on her music career.
Bomi and all of the rest of her band mates were introduced via their reality TV show in 2011 called Apink News. She went on to debut with the band on Mnet’s M! Countdown where they performed “Molloy,” and “Wishlist” from their debut album, Seven Springs of Apink.
Bomi and fellow Apink member Chorong made a cameo appearance as a teenage Moon Jeong-mi in the drama series Reply 1997. From there, Bomi became an MC on the Weekly Idol variety show from July 17th, 2013 until July 8th, 2015. During her stint with Weekly Idol, she also became a cast member of The Human Condition variety show in 2014, and has also made appearances in early 2015 in MBC’s female special Real Men. September of 2015 saw her join the cast of KBS’ web drama Love Profiler K as the protagonist Yuna. Then in January of 2016, she and fellow band mate Kim Namjoo became Shiksin Road’s new MCs; then she came into the fourth season of We Got Married and her virtual husband in the show was played by Choi Tae-joon. Her latest acting role was in 2017 as a supporting actress in Because This is My First Life, a romantic comedy drama.
Oh Ha Young
Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae
July 19, 1996
169 cm (5’7″)
49 kg (108 lbs)
Hayoung, who was born Oh Ha Young in South Korea, is a singer-songwriter and actress best known for her role in the South Korean girl band Apink.
Hayoung went to school at Seoul Yangcheon District’s Shinwol Middle School and graduated in 2012, then went on to the Seoul School of Performing Arts from which she graduated in 2015. She auditioned for Cube Entertainment in 7th grade and later became a trainee and decided not to go to college after high school so she could put her efforts into Apink.
2014 saw Hayoung become an MC on Weekly Idol along with her Apink band made Bomi for a few of the episodes. Then in July of 2014, she appeared in Jiggy Dogg’s music video for the single “The Best Thing I Did.” She became an MC for Weekly Idol again along with VIXX’s N and AOA’s Mina beginning September 2nd of 2014. Hayoung was cast in the female version of the reality series Law of the Jungle filmed in Paupa New Guinea in 2016. In November of the same year, she was cast in the web drama Brother Jeongnam, which later became Please Find Her. Then in 2018, she gained a role in the sci-fi web drama romance Love, Stay in Memory and later on its sequel Love, Stay in Time.
Hayoung was the third member of Apink to be introduced before their debut in April 2011 on Mnet’s M! Countdown. The band performed two songs off of their first album Seven Springs of Apink, “Wishlist,” and “Molloy.” She wrote the lyrics for the group’s “What a Boy Wants” in 2015 and co-wrote a duet with Eunji titled “It’s You” in 2016. Apart from Apink, Hayoung made her solo debut with her first album titled Oh! on August 21st, 2019.
Kim Nam Joo
Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper
April 15, 1995
165 cm (5’5″)
45 kg (99 lbs)
Namjoo, born in South Korea as Kim Nam Joo, is an actress and a singer best known as being a member of the Korean girl group Apink.
Namjoo went to the Seoul Performing Arts High School with her band mates Son Na-eun and Oh Ha-young, then graduated in February of 2014. She went on to be accepted into the Sungkyunkwan University’s Performance Arts Department.
Before she joined Apink, Namjoo got her big break in a TV commercial in 2007 when she was thirteen years old. Skipping ahead to March of 2015, she joined the cast of MBC’s Tutoring Across Generations. Then in September of the same year, she was cast in Investigator Alice, a web drama in which she played the role of detective Chun Yeon-joo. She then appeared with her band mate Bomi on Sugar Man playing the role of PINK BnN, then in 2016 the two became the new MCs of Shikshin Road 2. Namjoo came out from behind the “Good Daughter Shim Cheong” mask in King of Mask Singer on December 27th, 2016. 2017 and 2018 saw her take on the role of detective Oh Jin-Kyung in the Naver TV series Bad Boy Detectives, another creation from the minds of the Investigator Alice team. October of 2017 gave Namjoo the opportunity to play Juliet Capulet in a production of Romeo and Juliet performed by Sungkyunkwan University.
Namjoo joined Cube Entertainment via the Cube Party auditions in 2010 and was one of the final additions to Apink’s roster before their debut. She made her debut with the rest of the band performing their songs “Mollayo,” and “Wishlist” on Mnet’s M! Countdown in April of 2011. Both songs were from their first album titled Seven Springs of Apink. She and fellow band mate Bomi are also members of the sub-unit to Apink, PINK BnN.
Son Na Eun
Lead Dancer, Sub-Vocalist, Center, Visual
February 10, 1994
168 cm (5’6″)
45 kg (99 lbs)
Born as Son Na Eun in South Korea, Naeun is a singer-songwriter and actress best known as being a member of the South Korean girl group Apink.
Naeun is the older sister of professional golf player Son Sae-eun.
She attended high school at Chungdam High School but transferred later on to the Seoul School of Performing Arts and graduated from there on February 7th, 2013. She was then accepted into the Theater and Film Department at Dongguk University and majored in acting. She was chosen along with Girls’ Generation members Yoona and Park Ha-sun as an ambassador for the university.
Naeun made her acting debut in 2012 in the historical drama The Great Seer as a teenage Hae-in, then went on to act in her first film, the fifth installment of the Marrying the Mafia comedy series which was titled “Return of the Noble Family.” She then played supporting roles in the romantic comedy Twenty Again and the family drama Childless Comfort. In 2013 and 2014, she had a starring role in MBC’s We Got Married as Shinee’s Taemin virtual wife in which she won the award “Star of the Year” at the MBC Entertainment Awards before co-starring in the romantic comedy Cinderella with Four Knights in 2016. Naeun then starred in The Wrath, a horror film from 2017, as well as The Most Beautiful Goodbye four-part miniseries by Noh Hee-kyung.
Naeun was the first member of Apink to be announced in 2011 before their debut on the April 21st showing of Mnet’s M! Countdown where the band performed “Wishlist,” and “Molloy” from their first album Seven Springs of Apink.
Jung Hye Rim
Main Vocalist, Group Representative
August 18, 1993
162.3 cm (5’3″)
47 kg (104 lbs)
Eunji, born as Jung Hye Rim in South Korea, is a singer-songwriter, actress, and voice actress. She is well known for her role in the South Korean girl band Apink.
Eunji has one younger brother and attended Hapdo Kindergarten, Shinjae Elementary School, then went on to Jaeson Girls’ Middle School and then Hyewha Girls’ High School.
Eunji started out by winning first place in the Exciting Day, Enjoyable Day which was hosted by KBS in 2004. November of 2010 was when she passed the audition to join Apink as the lead singer. She had no prior training to joining Apink and had only trained for two months with the group before their debut. Eunji made her small screen debut on Reply 1997, a drama series, in 2012. Since that role, she has also played in That Winter, The Wind Blows in 2013, Trot Lovers in 2014, Cheer Up! in 2015, and Untouchable in 2017. Apart from her screen acting, she has also played several parts as a voice actress.
After the success of her audition in November of 2010, Eunji was announced as the 4th member of the group in an online video in March of 2011. In the video, she covered the Jennifer Hudson tune “Love You I Do.” She and the rest of the group filmed their reality show, Apink News, before their official debut. Then the group made their first live appearance on Mnet’s M! Countdown on April 21st, 2011, performing their songs “Wishlist” and “Mollayo” from their debut EP Seven Springs of Apink.
In 2016, Eunji released her debut solo album, Dream.