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T-Ara Profile

T-ara
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T-ara in 2017
From left to right: Qri, Hyomin, Jiyeon and Eunjung.
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
  • K-pop
  • dance-pop
  • nu-disco
  • electropop
Years active 2009–present
Labels
  • MBK Entertainment
  • EMI Music Japan
Associated acts
  • T-ara N4
  • QBS
Members
  • Qri
  • Eunjung
  • Hyomin
  • Jiyeon
Past members
  • Jiae
  • Jiwon
  • Hwayoung
  • Areum
  • Boram
  • Soyeon

 

T-ara (/tiˈɑːrə/; Korean: 티아라) is a South Korean girl group formed in 2009 by MBK Entertainment. Their most well-known lineup featured Boram, Qri, Soyeon, Eunjung, Hyomin and Jiyeon. T-ara’s career is marked by hook-heavy dance-pop music, a result of their close partnership with composer Shinsadong Tiger. A broad array of visual concepts have earned the group a “chameleon-like” reputation.

The group officially debuted in July 2009 with the single “Lie”, following line-up changes due to creative differences. Their debut studio album Absolute First Album was released in December 2009 and spawned several hit songs including “TTL (Time to Love)”, “Bo Peep Bo Peep”, and “You Drive Me Crazy”.

T-ara gained nationwide recognition after releasing “Roly-Poly” in 2011, which went on to become the Gaon chart’s best-selling single of the year. At the height of K-pop’s popularity in Japan, T-ara signed onto management agency J-Rock for $4.7 million—reportedly the highest figure of any Korean girl group expanding into the territory at the time.

Both their debut Japanese single and studio album reached number one on the Oricon weekly charts and were subsequently certified Gold. T-ara’s late-2011 Korean release Black Eyes spawned three consecutive number ones: “Cry Cry”, “We Were in Love” and “Lovey-Dovey”.

In 2012, T-ara experienced a dip in popularity as the group faced accusations of internal discord, resulting in Hwayoung’s immediate departure with Areum following a year after. T-ara’s later material was released to varying degrees of success before the group began focusing on promotional activities in China, where they attracted attention for their cover of Chopstick Brothers’ “Little Apple” in 2014. T-ara is regarded as one of the most popular K-pop girl groups in China.

T-ara’s final release as six members was tentatively scheduled for May 2017, ahead of Soyeon and Boram’s expiring contracts; however, conflicts with their management delayed What’s My Name? until June 2017, effectively without their involvement. Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin and Jiyeon had previously extended their terms with MBK Entertainment until December 2017.

 

 

T-Ara Members Profile

Qri

Qri

Birth Name: Lee Ji Hyun
Stage Name: Qri
Birthday: December 12, 1986
Position: Leader, Vocalist
Height: 163 cm (5’4″)
Blood Type: B
Instagram: @qtfreet
Twitter: @QriPretty

 

Eunjung

eunjung

Stage Name: Eunjung
Birth Name: Ham Eun Jung
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Birthday: December 12, 1988
Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
Blood Type: O
Twitter: @taraeunjung1212

 

Hyomin

Hyomin

Stage Name: Hyomin
Birth Name: Park Sun Young
Position: Main Rapper, Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Birthday: May 30, 1989
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
Blood Type: O
Instagram: @hyominnn
Twitter: @b89530

 

Jiyeon

Jiyeon

Stage Name: Jiyeon
Birth Name: Park Ji Yeon
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Visual, Face of The Group, Maknae
Birthday: June 7, 1993
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
Blood Type: AB
Twitter: @pjy1234
Instagram: @jiyeon2__

 

Jiae

Jiae

Birth Name: Lee Ji Ae
Former Stage Name: Jiae
Stage Name: Hana
Birthday: August 6, 1987
Height: 163 cm (5’4″)
Weight: 43 kg (94 lbs)
Blood Type: B
Twitter: @1stkis

 

Jiwon

Jiwon

Birth Name: Yang Ji Won
Stage Name: Jiwon
Birthday: April 5, 1988
Position: Vocalist
Height: 166 cm (5’5″)
Weight: 44 kg (97 lbs)
Hobbies: Watching movies, daydreaming, cooking, reading, jumping rope
Specialty: Japanese, Belly dancing
Twitter: @ppjwy

 

Hwayoung

Hwayoung

Stage Name: Hwayoung
Birth Name: Ryu Hwa Young
Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist
Birthday: April 22, 1993
Height: 168 cm (5’6″)
Blood Type: O
Twitter: @RHY422

 

Areum

Areum

Stage Name: Areum
Birth Name: Lee Ah Reum
Position: Main Vocalist, Rapper
Birthday: April 19, 1994
Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
Instagram: @areum0ju

 

Boram

Boram

Stage Name: Boram
Birth Name: Jeon Bo Ram
Position: Vocalist, Sub-Rapper
Birthday: March 22, 1986
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Height: 155 cm (5’1″)
Blood Type: B
Twitter: @BoRam_0322
Instagram: @bo_ram_0322

 

Soyeon

Soyeon

Stage Name: Soyeon
Birth Name: Park In Jung
Position: Main Vocalist
Birthday: October 5, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Height: 163 cm (5’4″)
Blood type: B
Twitter: @sohotmelody
Instagram: @melodysoyani

 

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