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*4Minute was announced in May 2009, along with two of the group’s members, Kim HyunAh and Nam JiHyun. Although JiHyun is known as the leader, many singing parts and centered dancing roles belong to HyunAh (who is a former member of Wonder Girls). On June 11, 2009, the silhouette teaser video was released online, along with their official website.The remaining three members’ identities were kept secret until June 12.On June 15, 2009, their debut single “Hot Issue” was released along with another teaser video and the profiles for each group member.Within hours of the song release, it quickly climbed onto top five within various digital music charts such as Cyworld, Bugs, Soribada, and Mnet.4minute had their debut performances on June 18-21 with “Hot Issue” on Mnet M!Countdown, KBS Music Bank, MBC Music Core and SBS Popular Music show. They won the digital music award “Rookie Of The Month” for June and August. 4minute won their first ever number one award on Inkigayo, on September 27 and on M!Countdown, on October 1.
*On June 21, 2009, after the first week of “Hot Issue” promotions, fans stole various items from the group’s van, including clothing and other items. Cube Entertainment said it was very unfortunate that such an ordeal occurred. On August 27, 2009, Korean broadcaster KBS banned play of the 4minute song “Won’t Give (안줄래)” for what they considered to be overly sexual lyrical content. The lyrics in question, in the style of a first-person narrative, express an unwillingness on the part of the subject to “give” herself or her heart to her partner. Cube Entertainment responded to the ban by stating that the song was intended to be “about the pure feelings of a girl to a guy” and that they were “very disappointed” by the decision.
*Cube Entertainment had released a teaser for their first single “Hot Issue” on June 10 and debuted on June 18 continuing promotions till August. In the end of August, 4Minute released a mini-album called For Muzik which was alongside their second single, “Muzik”. Their third single is “What A Girl Wants.” Each song they have released has focused on one member of the group. “Hot Issue” focused on Hyuna, “Muzik” focused on Jiyoon and “What A Girl Wants” focused on Gayoon.
*Birth name: Nam Ji Hyun (Hangul: 남지현; Hanja: 南智賢)
*Position: Leader, Vocalist
*Date of birth: January 9, 1990 (age 20)
*Former JYP Entertainment trainee.
*Birth name: Heo Ga Yoon (Hangul: 허가윤; Hanja: 許嘉允)
*Position: Main Vocalist
*Date of birth: May 18, 1990 (age 19)
*Featured in Mario’s music video “I’m Yours”.
*Featured in MC Mong’s “Ninth Cloud” 2nd place at the 9th SM best singer contest
*Birth name: Jeon Ji Yoon (Hangul: 전지윤; Hanja: 全智允)
*Position: Main Vocalist, Rapper
*Date of birth: October 15, 1990 (age 19)
*Featured in Woo Yi Kyung (우이경) “Look only at me” (나만 봐)
*Birth name: Kim Hyun Ah (Hangul: 김현아; Hanja: 金泫雅)
*Date of birth: June 6, 1992 (age 17)
*Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist
Additional Notes :
*Former member of Wonder Girls, left due to health reasons.
*Former JYP Entertainment trainee, transferred to Cube entertainment to re-debut.
*Featured in AJ’s song “2009” and music video for “Dancing Shoes”.
*Featured in Mighty Mouth’s music video “Love Class”.
*Featured in Navi’s song, “Wasteful Tears”.
*Featured in the song “Bittersweet” in Brave Brothers’ first album.
*Took part in the project group “4Tomorrow” (along with After School’s UEE, Kara’s Seungyeon and Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-in).
*HyunAh became a cast member in KBS2TV reality show Invincible Youth. Hosted by Kim Shin Young, Kim Tae Woo, Noh Joo Hyun and Nam Hee Seok, the cast also consists of Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha, Kara’s Goo Hara, T-ara’s Hyomin, Girls’ Generation’s Yuri and Sunny, and Secret’s Han Sunhwa, together forming a special group called G7 (Girl 7).
On January 4, 2010, Hyuna became the first 4minute member to go solo, releasing a digital single named “Change”, featuring Yong Joon Hyung from labelmate group BEAST.
*Birth name: Kwon So Hyun (Hangul: 권소현; Hanja: 權素賢)
*Date of birth: August 30, 1994 (age 15)
*Former member of the group ‘Orange’.
*Former JYP Entertainment trainee