Happy Face Entertainment
January 3, 2011
About Dal Shabet
Dal Shabet is a South Korean girl group with a prolific catalog of music. They debuted in 2011 and have released ten EPs, five soundtracks, and eleven singles. There were also 15 music videos and five collaborations. The group has had some members come and go over the years, but currently, the group has four members, Serri, Ah Young, Woohee, and Subin.
Early in their career, the group received some backlash as they were deemed “too sexual.” There were complaints about their controversial outfits, lyrics, choreography, and music videos. However, as time went on and more girl groups joined the ranks, there was not as much criticism.
On January 3, 2011, the group debuted with their EP Supa Dupa Diva, and the music video to go along with it. It peaked at nine on the Korean music charts. The group started with six members including the three of the current members, Serri, Ah Young, Subin, plus three additional members Jiyul, Kaeun, and Viki. One year later Viki was replaced with current member Woohee, and Jiyul left in 2016.
The single “Supa Dupa Diva,” was called one of the most addicting songs of 2011. Their choreography received good reviews also. In April 2011, the EP Pink Rocket and the companion video were released. It peaked at number seven on the Korean music charts. It was supposed to show a more elegant and feminine side to the group. It was promoted on M! Countdown.
In early August 2011, concept photos of each member were being released as a teaser for their upcoming EP Bling Bling. The group was quickly told their outfits were “too sexual” for live television and the whole concept of the album would need to be overhauled. It was later released to good reviews and rated high on the music charts.
Dal Shabet was announced in 2012 as the new model of the Korean luxury brand SONOVI. The brand sells handbags, shoes, and accessories.
The group announced in early 2012 that they would be undergoing a “dramatic and powerful transformation” for their fourth EP Hit U. It became their first number one album. It was followed by their first studio album Band Bang, and yet another EP in 2012 titled Have, Don’t Have. They made the top 20 on the music charts. Dal Shabet released the soundtrack “It’s You,” for the television series “All About My Romance.”
In 2013, the EP Be Ambitious was released. It was announced soon afterward that the lyrics were “unfit for public broadcast due to sexual content.” The song would have to be changed if they wanted to promote it on television. The group complied and changed the lyrics in question. They were then allowed to broadcast it.
Also in 2013, a men’s rights group, “Man of Korea,” filed an injunction against the further distribution of the single “Be Ambitious.” They claimed it depreciated men and women and it was also harmful to the youth. Happy Face Entertainment and the men’s group held a joint conference to discuss the lawsuit. After the meeting, the men’s group agreed to drop it and they cleared up the misunderstanding of the song. The EP was released and it charted well, perhaps due to all of the fuss it caused.
In 2015, the group’s eighth EP Joker is Alive, was released. The title track “Joker,” was considered a swing jazz dance song. Once again the group courted controversy with the release of the title track “Joker.” In the music video, the girls appeared to be seducing the Joker, who was played by Lee Seung-ho. The video was banned from KBS because of explicit choreography. The lyrics were also censored because the English word for “joker” sounds similar to a Korean expletive.
The group’s last two EPs were released in 2016, Naturalness, and Fri. Sat. Sun, both charted well. There has not been any new music since then, but Happy Face Entertainment announced the group has not disbanded.
Leader, Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer
September 16, 1990
165 cm (5’5″)
48 kg (106 lbs)
Park Mi-yeon is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer who goes by the stage name Serri. She was born in South Korea and comes from a family of four. She attended Dongduk Women’s University and majored in broadcasting entertainment.
Park debuted in 2011 with the girl group Dal Shabet. Their first EP Supa Dupa Diva, was promoted on Mnet’s M! Countdown. She became the leader of the group when member Viki left to pursue her solo career. Park remained with the group until her contract expired in 2017.
Also in 2011, Park and bandmate Park Su-bin collaborated on the song “Turn Your Head,” for the OST of the television series “God’s Quiz 2.” There was another collaboration with Kim Won-joo for the song “Fall in Love.” Park made a cameo in the television series “My Love from the Star” in 2013.
Park wrote the lyrics for the track “Let It Go,” from Dal Shabet’s sixth EP Be Ambitious. In 2017, she joined the KBS idol program, “The Unit.” along with bandmate Woohee.
Park’s hobbies include dancing and listening to music. She won a gold medal in the National Aerobics Competition. Park also revealed her ideal type is someone who works hard.
Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Visual
May 26, 1991
166 cm (5’5″)
47 kg (104 lbs)
Cho Ja-young is a South Korean singer, dancer, and actress who goes by the stage name Ah Young. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and comes from a family of four. She attended Dongduk Women’s University and majored in entertainment.
Cho made her debut with the girl group Dal Shabet and their EP Supa Dupa Diva, in 2011. The group went on the release music, tour, and appear in several music videos. She remained with the group until her contract expired in 2017.
In 2013, she made her television debut on the drama “Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek.” She was also cast in “Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love,” as Princess Myeongan in a recurring role.
Cho began acting more as the years went on. She had main roles in “Love Frequency 37.2,” and “Wave Wave,” and recurring roles in “Diary of a Watchman,” “12 Years Promise,” “Our Gap-soon,” and “Best Chicken.”
Some of Cho’s hobbies include dancing, learning Greek and Roman mythology, and watching movies. She also likes sports and spends a lot of time playing basketball. The other members say Cho is the most talkative of the group.
Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
November 21, 1991
164 cm (5’5″)
Bae Woohee is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actress who goes by the stage name Woohee. She was born in Busan, South Korea and comes from a family of four. She attended Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts majoring in broadcasting entertainment. She is best known as a member of Dal Shabet.
In 2009, Bae entered three contests and was named the Grand Prize Winner in all of them. The shows included, “2009 Dance Festival,” “Seoul Youth Culture Respect Contest,” and “Nationwide Aerobic Contest.”
Bae was originally supposed to debut with a five-member girl group called Viva Girls under the label Media Line Entertainment; however, the CEO of the company was involved in a scandal and sent to prison for violating child welfare laws.
She was then contracted with Happy Face Entertainment and debuted with Dal Shabet in 2011. Their debut EP Supa Dupa Diva charted in the top ten and the group went on to tour, release music, and videos through 2006. Bae remained with the group until her contract expired in 2018.
Bae began her acting career in 2013 with roles in “Reply 1994,” and “Infinite Power.” She was also in the horror film “Tunnel 3D” with a cameo in 2014. She continued acting in five more television series, “The Lover,” “Persevere Goo Hae-ra,” “The Time We Were Not in Love,” “Everyday, New Face,” and “Home for Summer.”
In 2017, Bae entered “The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project,” along with bandmate Serri. It’s a survival reality show where singers are formed in units of nine members, some were idols and some were not. The show was meant to give new singers a fair chance to get in front of an audience. She placed seventh and won a spot with the girl group Uni. T.
Bae’s hobbies include jumping rope and writing letters. She is also a big fan of the boy group B.A.P. In fact, she admitted to a crush on Bang Yong Guk from the group.
Main Vocalist, Face of the Group, Maknae
February 12, 1994
175 cm (5’9″)
50 kg (110 lbs)
Park Su-bin is a South Korean singer, songwriter, model, and actress who goes by the stage name Subin. She was born in Gwangju, South Korea and comes from a family of five. She attended Hanlim Arts High School and Konkuk University majoring in theater.
Park is best known as a member of the girl group Dal Shabet. The group debuted in 2011 with their EP Supa Dupa Diva, on the show Mnet’s M! Countdown. While with the group she made a cameo on the television series “Dream High.” The group went on to record ten EPs, eleven promotional singles, and five soundtracks. Park remained with the group until her contract expired in December 2017.
While performing with Dal Shabet, she made a soundtrack for the television show “Quiz of God,” along with her bandmate Serri. There were three more soundtracks that Park collaborated on including “Love & Secret,” “I Am a Movie Director Too,” and “Idol Drama Operation Team.”
Park hosted four different television shows including “Poker Face Season 2,” “Studio C,” “Music Storage,” and “Music Talk Talk Ma Bling.” And she was cast in three different television series including “Koreana Jones,” “Find the Fake,” and “9 to 6 Season 2.” Park also had a cameo in the film “Wonderful Radio” as Corby Girl.
In 2016, Park debuted as a soloist with the album Flower. She wrote and produced two of the tracks herself. Her next EP was the release Our Love. It was a digital release with two tracks, “Swing” and “Moon.” That was followed by Circle’s Dream which included the singles “Circle’s Dream” and “Strawberry.”
Park’s hobbies include photography and singing. While only 15 years old, Park was hired as a model for GV2 and lived alone in Seoul.
In February 2018, Park signed with Key East Entertainment. She released the digital single “Katchup” under her new stage name, Dalsooobin.