Gangkiz

갱키즈

Gangkiz( Hangul :갱키즈) is a seven-member South Korean girl group formed by GM Contents Media in 2012. Consisting of members Jihyun, Sooeun, Esther, Haein, Hyeji, Somin, and Eunbyul, the group debuted in May with their first extended play,We Became Gang.

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  • by askkpop  -  November 26, 2012 10:35 PM

    [ASKKPOP] Ranking of '2012 Female Rookie vocalists' gains attention

    A netizen ranking of the Female Rookie vocalists has gained much attention.36 of the female rookies that debuted this year were listed in terms of their vocal ability, from 0 to 100.The top ranking of 1-4 were taken byAilee,15&'sPark Ji Min,Gavy NJ'sGunji, andSon Seung Yeon.The next group from 5…

  • by ifrit  -  November 26, 2012 02:46 PM

    Ranking of ’2012 Female Rookie vocalists’ gains attention

    A netizen ranking of the Female Rookie vocalists has gained much attention.36 of the female rookies that debuted this year were listed in terms of their vocal ability, from 0 to 100.The top ranking of 1-4 were taken byAilee,15&‘sPark Ji Min,Gavy NJ‘sGunji, andSon Seung Yeon.The next …

  • by gdulri  -  November 6, 2012 12:21 PM

    [ASKKPOP] Gang Kiz' Sooeun cast opposite Super Junior's Siwon in 'The Lord of th…

    Gang KizmemberSooeunhas been cast oppositeSuper Junior'sSiwonin theSBSseries 'The Lord of the Drama'.According toCore Contents Media,"Choi Sooeuun has been cast in the role of Super Junior Siwon's character Kang Hyun Min's girlfriend, who also happens to be a popular girl group member.&quo…

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 Gangkiz's History

Pre-debut

News about the group initially surfaced in early 2011, when it was announced that Hyun Bin 's "ex-girlfriend" Hwang Jihyun would be the leader of a new girl group with four members.Choi Sooeun was also announced as a member.

Two the members of Gang Kiz, Haein and Hyeji, can be seen in T-ara 's ' Lovey-Dovey in Tokyo' music video.

Gangkiz was officially introduced as an unnamed seven member girl group. It was announced that they would be traveling to Italy , Switzerland , and Austria to shoot their debut music video with T-ara's Hyomin . The rest of the T-ara members joined Hyomin as well; They recorded videos and named the European trip as "FREEDOM". 10 million won was spent on their debut,and a contest was held to come up with a name for the group. Over 35,000 names were submitted, and the name Gangkiz was chosen because it represented the image of 'cute bad girls'.

Before the group was formed, three of the members, Jihyun, Sooeun, and Haein, were actresses under Core Contents Media. Sooeun appeared in a TV special calledSinger and Traineewith T-ara and Core Contents Media trainee Song Ah-reum. Hyeji also drew attention for her successful modeling career. Somin was originally considered in the line-up of T-ara before debut.

The group was then officially moved to Core Contents Media's sub-label GM Contents Media, ready for debut.

2012:Honey HoneyandMAMA

Gangkiz officially debuted on May 15, 2012 with the release of their debut albumWe Became Gang.They held their debut live performance on May 18 through "KBSMusic Bank. It was announced that they will be releasing a seven-part music video for their debut song "Honey Honey", which is described as a an "upgraded version of T-ara 's " Roly-Poly " and " Lovey-Dovey " with a mature concept".

The group released a repackaged mini-album titled "MAMA" on June 26, 2012. The Music Video for "MAMA" was released on June 22, 2012.

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 Gangkiz's Members

NameDate of birthOther information
Stage NameHangulRomanized
Jihyun황지현Hwang Ji Hyun(1983-03-01)March 1, 1983(age 29)Leader. Acted in several dramas including Miss Ripley, 9 Ends 2 Outs, Witch Amusement and Nonstop 3.
Sooeun최수은Choi Soo Eun(1983-08-04)August 4, 1983(age 28)Acted in the dramas Soul and You're Beautiful.
Haein이해인Lee Hae In(1986-04-19)April 19, 1986(age 26)Acted in several dramas such as Hit and Golden Fish.
Somin소민So Min(1987-09-19)September 19, 1987(age 24)Originally considered to be part of T-ara before they debuted.
Eunbyul조은별Cho Eun Byul(1988-11-03)November 3, 1988(age 23)Appeared on Mnet Scandal with FT Island 's Jong Hun
Esther에스더Esther(1988-12-27)December 27, 1988(age 23)Last member to be added to the group, was originally a trot solo singer.
Hyeji김혜지Kim Hye Ji(1989-05-29)May 29, 1989(age 23)Model, Won 2nd place in the 2010 "19th Supermodel Contest"

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 Gangkiz's Discography

Extended plays

YearAlbum InformationTracklistingPeak
Positions
2012 We Became Gang15

Repackage EPs

YearAlbum InformationTracklistingPeak
Positions
2012 MAMA22

Promotional singles

YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
KOR
Gaon

KOR
Billboard

2012
"HONEY HONEY"167We Became Gang
"MAMA"106MAMA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


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 Gangkiz's References

  1. "Hyun Bin’s ex-girlfriend, Hwang Ji Hyun, to debut in a new girl group". allkpop (6Theory Media, LLC). 9 February 2012. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/02/hyun-bins-ex-girlfriend-hwang-ji-hyun-to-debut-in-a-new-girl-group. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  2. "Hyeji & Haein Lovey Dovey in Tokyo". http://gangkizkorea.com/hyeji-haein-lovey-dovey-in-tokyo/. 
  3. "티아라 소속사, 새 걸그룹 제작에 10억 투입 '블록버스터급'". 20 March 2012. http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=117&aid=0002216862. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. "티아라가 공모한 '황지현 그룹' 팀명, 갱키즈로 최종결정". Sports Chosun. 20 April 2012. http://news.nate.com/view/20120420n11788?mid=e0101. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  5. "Gang Kiz releases their debut album, ‘We Became Gang’". http://www.allkpop.com/2012/05/gang-kiz-releases-their-debut-album-we-became-gang. 
  6. "Gangkiz Releases Music Video for Repackaged Album’s Title Track “MAMA”". soompi.com. June 21, 2012. http://www.soompi.com/2012/06/21/gangkiz-releases-music-video-for-repackaged-albums-title-track-mama. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  7. "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. http://www.gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/search/list.gaon?Search_str=%EC%94%A8%EC%8A%A4%ED%83%80&x=36&y=9. 
  8. "Billboard Launches K-Pop Hot 100 Chart, Sistar Debuts at Number 1". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/news/billboard-k-pop-hot-100-launches-sistar-1005327842.story#/news/billboard-k-pop-hot-100-launches-sistar-1005327842.story. 

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