Crayon Pop (Hangul: 크레용팝) is a five-member South Korean girl group formed in 2012 under Chrome Entertainment. The members' stage names are Gum-mi, Ellin, Way, Cho-a and Soyul.
1.2 2012: Debut,
1.3 2013: Success in Japan and Comeback,
1.4 2013: UK Radio Debut & Full Interview on K-Pop Korner via Cubed3,
3.1 Extended plays,
4 List of awards and nominations
4.1 MTV IGGY's,
4.2 Melon Music Awards,
4.3 Allkpop Awards,
4.4 Mnet Asian Music Awards,
4.5 Style Icon Awards,
5 Music programs
5.1 Music Bank,
7 External links,
The group was initially named Hurricane Pop consisting of members Serang (Mari), Gum-mi, Ellin, Cho-a, and So-yul. Serang, a former leader of the disbanded girl group Coin Jackson, left the group to pursue an acting career. Cho-a's younger twin sister, Way, was then added to preserve the group as a quintet. The group was later renamed to Crayon Pop prior to their debut.
So Yul was part of a short-lived K-Pop duo called Chic'6 Muscats before joining Crayon Pop. Way also had prior involvement in the music industry as a member of indie band N.Dolphin, she left the group when given the chance to join her sister in Crayon Pop.
Crayon Pop began their promotions in Japan, using their time there to film music videos for their debut track. The group officially debuted on June 24, 2012 with the release of both the Korean and Japanese music videos for their first single "Bing Bing".
After multiple teasers, the music video for their second single "Saturday Night" was released on July 17, 2012. The Japanese version, as well as an alternate version of the original with new footage were released on July 24, 2012.
Their first EP, "The 1st Mini Album", was released on July 18, 2012 which included both "Bing Bing" and "Saturday Night". The girls made their official stage debut the following day on 19 July 2012, performing "Saturday Night" on Mnet's M! Countdown.
The group released their second EP "Dancing Queen" on October 23, 2012, which consisted of a new single "Dancing Queen" along with an alternative version of "Bing Bing".
2013: Success in Japan and Comeback:
Returning to Japanese promotions, Crayon Pop held a mini-concert on January 6, 2013 in Shibuya, Tokyo. Tickets went on sale on December 11, 2012, and sold out in under an hour. As a result of considerable demand from fans unable to purchase tickets, Chrome Entertainment announced that another Japanese concert would be held at a later date.
On January 25, 2013 Crayon Pop made their official comeback, performing a remixed version of "Bing Bing" with new choreography on KBS Music Bank before making an appearance on MBC Show! Music Core the next day.
Having assured Japanese fans of another concert following their successful mini-concert in Tokyo, Chrome Entertainment staged a second mini-concert, this time in Osaka, on February 22, 2013.
On June 8, 2013, Crayon Pop performed a preview version of their new song "Bar Bar Bar" (Hangul: 빠빠빠) live for the first time. A story version music video was uploaded to YouTube on June 13 before the song's digital release on June 20, 2013.
Following the release of a dance version music video for "Bar Bar Bar" on June 23, 2013 Crayon Pop began to draw interest due to their unique stage outfits and choreography. As the song went viral, "Bar Bar Bar" gradually began to climb the Korean digital music charts, eventually reaching the upper positions of most major real time chart listings. "Bar Bar Bar" ranked #1 on the weekly Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 chart for the first time after a full 6 weeks on release.
On August 25, 2013 Crayon Pop performed for the first time in the United States. The group performed the songs "Bar Bar Bar" and "Dancing Queen" at the annual convention KCON which was hosted at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena from August 24-25, 2013. A fan meetup was scheduled for their appearance at KCON '13 but was later cancelled.
On August 30, 2013 Crayon Pop recorded their first ever win at Music Bank with "Bar Bar Bar".
2013: UK Radio Debut & Full Interview on K-Pop Korner via Cubed3:
On Tuesday 1 October and Saturday 5 October, Crayon Pop spoke in English on the UK's only radio show dedicated to Korean music, K-Pop Korner. Despite not speaking English, the group explained to host Adam Riley who they were and expressed their desire to work with One Direction.
An expanded written interview was subsequently published on 2 November 2013 on UK media website, Cubed3, where the members discussed how they would love to see Psy mimic the dance from the Bar Bar Bar video, what video game they would like to be in, and various other subjects.
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Leader, Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist
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Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist
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Main Rapper, Sub Vocalist
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Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper