About KARA

Date of Debut: March 29th, 2007 on Mnet M!Countdown, performing “Break It”

Company: DSP Entertainment

Official Fanclub name: 카밀리아 KAMILIA (KARA+ Family)

Official Fanclub color: PEARL PEACH

Official KARA Light Stick:

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Official Websites: Korea, Japan
Official fancafes: Daum, Naver

Members:

  • [LEADER] Park Gyuri 박규리  (May 21, 1988)
  • Han Seungyeon 한승연 (July 24, 1988)
  • [FORMER] Kim Sunghee 김성희 (May 17, 1989)
  • Goo Hara 구하라 (Jan 13, 1991)
  • Jung Nicole 정니콜 (Oct 7, 1991)
  • Kang Jiyoung 강지영(Jan 18, 1994)

ALBUMS:

The First Bloooooming
Language: Korean
Label: DSP Entertainment
Release Date: March 29, 2007
Version: CD

This is the debut album of KARA as a 4-member group. It features Gyuri, Sunghee, Seungyeon and Nicole.

1st Mini Album- Rock U
Language: Korean
Label: DSP Entertainment
Release Date: July 25, 2008

The first mini-album is the debut album of KARA with 5 members, having two new members: Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung.

Good Day, Season 2(Digital Single)
Language: Korean
Label: DSP Entertainment
Release Date: October 13, 2008

2nd Mini-Album, Pretty Girl
Language: Korean
Label: DSP Entertainment
Release Date: December 04, 2008

2nd Mini-Album, Special Edition
Language: Korean
Label: DSP Entertainment
Release Date: February 12 , 2009

Second Album – Revolution

Release Date: July 30, 2009
Language: Korean
Record Label: DSP Entertainment

3rd Mini Album – Lupin
Release Date: February 17, 2010
Language: Korean
Record Label: DSP Entertainment

Title: 4th Mini Album-Jumping

Format: CD Release
Date: November 15, 2010
Language: Korean
Record Label: Daesung Entertainment

Title: We’re With You
Format: Single
Release Date: May 3, 2010
Language: Korean
Record Label: Daesung Entertainment

Title: 2ME (We Online Part.2)

Format: Digital Single
Released: 2010.08.31
Language: Korean
Record Label: DSP Media

Third  Album – STEP
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Language: Korean
Record Label: DSP Entertainment

JAPANESE RELEASES (Singles)

Title: MISTER (1st Single)
Format: Single

Release Date: August 11, 2010
Language: Japanese
Record Label: Universal Music Sigma

Title: Jumping (2nd Single)
Release Date: 2010.11.10
Language: Japanese
Label: Universal Music Japan

Title: Jet Coaster Love (3rd Single)
Release date: 2011.04.06
Language: Japanese
Recored Label: Universal Music Sigma

Title: Go Go Summer (4th Single)
Release date: 2011.06.29
Language: Japanese
Recored Label: Universal Music Sigma

Title: Winter Magic (5th Single)
Release date: 2011.10.19
Language: Japanese
Recored Label: Universal Music Sigma

JAPANESE RELEASE (Album)

Title: KARA BEST 2007-2010
Format: Full Album
Release date: 2010.09.29
Language: Korean
Recored Label: Universal Music Sigma

Title: Girl’s Talk
Format: Full Album
Release date: 2010.11.24
Language: Japanese
Recored Label: Universal Music Sigma

Title: Super Girl
Format: Full Album
Release date: 2011.11.23
Language: Japanese
Recored Label: Universal Music Sigma

OST PARTICIPATION

Title: “Three-leaf clover” OST (SBS TV Drama)
Release Date: 2005
— Then Its Done – Kim Sunghee

Title: “Chasing Kangnam Mother” OST (SBS TV Drama)
Type: OST Album
Language: Korean
Release Date: July 25, 2007

Title: Butterfly
Language: Korean
Release Date: September 29, 2008

Title: “Boys Over Flower” 2nd Soundtrack (KBS TV Drama)
Type: OST Album
Language: Korean
Release Date: March 25, 2009

Title:”Miracle” in “Why Did You Come To Our Home” OST
Type: OST Album
Language:Korean
Release Date: April 2, 2009

Title: “Pick the Stars” in “”별을 따다줘” (Stars Falling From the Sky)” OST
Type: OST Album
Language: Korean
Release Date: January 2010

FEATURING

Artist: Sunha
Title: Fahrenheit
Type: Single
Language: Korean
Release Date: January 25, 2008
— 끈 [String] (feat. Nicole KARA)

Artist: Nassun
Title: Happy Face
Type: Single
Language: Korean
Release Date: February 26, 2009
— Come to Play (feat. Han Seungyeon KARA)

Artist: Jumper
Title: Dazzling Eyes
Type: Single
Language: Korean
Release Date: April 2, 2009
— Dazzling Eyes (feat. Kang Jiyoung KARA)

Artist: Kang Kyun Sung
Title: Happy… And
Type: Digital Single
Language: Korean
Release Date: May 5, 2009
— Happy… And (feat. Nicole KARA)

Artist: Hong Kyung Min
Title: Day After
Type:CD
Language: Korean
Release Date: February 12, 2010
— Day After (feat. Gyuri KARA)

Artist: Park Myungsoo (Feat. Nicole)
Title: Whale
Type: Single
Language: Korean
Release Date: 2010

Artist: Jiyoung & Sungje
Title: Merry Love
Type: Digital Single
Language: Korean
Release Date: 2010.12.14
01. Merry Love
02. Merry Love (Inst)

AWARDS RECEIVED:

2007

  • Cyworld Rookie of the Month (July)

2009

  • No 1 on Mnet Mcountdown(3 times: March 05, March 08 and March 26) – for single  “Honey”
  • No 1 on SBS Inkigayo(Mutizen Award, March 08)- for single “Honey”
  • No 1 on SBS Inkigayo (Mutizen Award, August 30) – for single “Wanna”
  • Best Dance Award at Mnet Asian Music Awards(Nov.21, 2009) -for “Honey”
  • Bonsang Award at the first Melon Music Awards

2010

  • Bonsang Award at the Seoul Music Awards
  • Female Artist Award (January 3)- 16th Korean Entertainment Arts Award
  • No 1 on Mnet M!Countdown(March 4) – for single “Lupin”
  • No 1 on Mnet M!Countdown(March 11) – for single “Lupin”
  • No 1 on KBS Music Bank(March 12) – for single “Lupin”
  • No 1 on SBS Inkigayo(March 14) – for single “Lupin”
  • No 1 on KBS Music Bank(March 19) – for single “Lupin”
  • No 1 on KBS Music Bank(March 26) – for single “Lupin”
  • 52nd Japan Record Awards: Best Project Award
  • December 10, 2010 #1 “Jumping” on KBS Music Bank
  • December 12, 2010 #1 “Jumping” on SBS Inkigayo
  • December 25, 2010 KBS’s “2010 Entertainment Awards – Show/Variety’ category (Goo Hara)
  • 25th Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 3 New Artists (International)
  • 25th Japan Gold Disc Awards: New Artist of the Year(International)
  • January 13, 2011, Ministry of Culture: Hallyu Honorary Award (Music Category)

► What does KARA stand for? How did they come up with the name?
— KARA means “sweet melody” in Greek. When the group got together, they were discussing names. The leader, Park Gyuri, suggested Kara. The members took a strong liking to it, and decided to keep it thereafter.

► What is Park Gyuri’s background ethnicity?
— Gyuri’s facial features certainly stand out. There has been no confirmation whether she is full-blooded korean or not.

► Was Jung Nicole born in the states?
— It is said that Jung Nicole was born in Korea, but moved to the America while she was still a baby. She did not live in California all her life. She was currently residing in California before she went back to Korea to train.

► Did Han Seungyeon live in the US?
— Yes. In some of her teen years she attended a school in Tenafly, New Jersey.

► I thought Park Gyuri was the one that lived in the US!
— There has not been any confirmed accounts whether she has or hasn’t been in the U.S. It is unlikely that she lived in the America, regardless.

► How long were they trained?
— Sunghee was trained in 3 years, then other 3 members joined the company & they were trained together in 1 year, and finally debuted under the name “KARA” in March 2007. No official information is revealed but Hara and Jiyoung are believed to have the trainee time of less than half a year.

► Did Sunghee have any activity as a soloist before becoming a KARA member?
— She has never officially debuted as a soloist. However, Sunghee participated in the OST of the drama “Three leaf clover” (2004) and sang the title song “Then it’s done”.

► Do they live together?
— Yes, they share a dorm. Gyuri & Seungyeon are room mates while Nicole, Hara & Jiyoung share another room. Watch their YTN Interview, Selfcam or Zoo Zoo Club series to have a look at their place <3
— KARA just recently (2010) moved to a new dorm with 4 bedrooms, so 3 members would have a solo room while the other 2 (Hara and Jiyoung) would be sharing.

sources: Wiki,Karaholic, Soompi c/o SoompiNice

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