9th August, 2016 marks the fourth anniversary of 7+1 member group AOA! Congratulations to the members ChoA, Jimin, Hyejeong, Yuna, Mina, Seolhyun, Chanmi, and Youkyoung, and their fanclub ELVIS!
AOA, short for Ace of Angels, debuted in 2012 under FNC Entertainment, home of veteran artists such as FTISLAND and CNBLUE, as their first ever girl group, and are currently their only female act following the departure of the soloist Juniel earlier this year.
The eight members were introduced individually through teaser photos from July 16 to 23, 2012 (in order: Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, Jimin, & Youkyoung). AOA was revealed to be a dance group, with some members also playing instruments.
Explaining the concept of their debut, FNC revealed that seven members are “full angels”: Seolhyunari (Seolhyun), Choaya (Choa), Hyejeong.Linus (Hyejeong), Chanmi Titi (Chanmi), Yunaria (Yuna), Minaring (Mina), and leader Jiminel (Jimin), while Youkyoung (or “Y”) is listed as a “half-angel/half-mortal”as she is only a member when the group promotes as a band. This is why AOA call themselves a “7+1” group.
Their debut album “Angel’s Story” was leaked on July 28, two days before the official release. The music video for the title track “Elvis” was released on July 30. AOA had their debut stage on August 9 on M! Countdown and then Music Bank on August 10.
Alongside releasing music in Korea, AOA have also stepped in the international market including Japan
In Japan, AOA released a chart-topping Japanese solo album consisting of Japanese versions of their hit songs, original Japanese songs, and their first original Japanese single, “Give Me the Love”, in April 2016, which features vocals of Takanori Nishikawa of the group T.M.Revolution.
In China, they released a Chinese version of their hit 2015 single “Heart Attack”.
Some of the group’s biggest hits include:
“Like a Cat”
Their promotional subunits AOA Black (ChoA, Jimin, Yuna, Mina, Youkyoung) and AOA Cream (Yuna, Hyejeong, Chanmi) have also produced hits such as:
“I’m Jelly Baby”
Main vocal ChoA released a digital single, “Flame”
in December 2015:
Leader Jimin made her solo debut with the release of the track “Call You Bae” earlier this year featuring vocals by Xiumin of EXO.
Meanwhile, their fanclub ELVIS are planning to trend the group’s anniversary on various social media networks as a present.
We wish AOA the best of luck for their future, and hope to celebrate their 20th anniversary too!