4minute (포미닛) is a South Korean girl group created by Cube Entertainment who have released various singles and EPs since their founding in 2009.
4minute was announced in May 2007, along with two of the group’s members, Kim Hyun A and Nam Ji Hyun. Although Ji Hyun is known as the leader, many singing parts and centered dancing roles belong to HyunA (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” onMnet’s “M!Countdown“, “KBS’s Music Bank”, “MBC’s Music Core” and SBS’s Popular Song. 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.
2009–present: “For Muzik” and “Huh (Hit Your Heart)”
Cube Entertainment had released a teaser for their first single “Hot Issue” on June 10 and debuted on June 18. The girls promoted the song from it’s release, continuing promotions until 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”, and was released not long after the release of their EP.
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.
4minute went on to be featured in fellow label-mate Mario’s Christmas digital single “Jingle Jingle”, which was released on December 2, 2009; the music video premiered online on December 3rd, 2009.
They have recorded a remix with American artist Amerie for her song ‘Heard ‘Em All’ to be released on the Asian version of her fourth album.
Due to the popularity of the group, it was later announced by Cube Entertainment that Universal Music Group would be assisting 4Minute with an international launch of their album.
They embarked on their Asia Tour that started in January and followed into other countries such as Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan. They had their first solo concert in Japan on May 8, 2010. Cube Entertainment announced that the tickets to the concert had been sold out in a very short period of time. For their first solo concert in Japan they performed in front of 4000 people.
On April 23, 2010 a new repackaged album of 4minute will be sold in Taiwan adding in the solo debut song of Hyuna, that features Yong Jun Hyung of Beast, “Change” and their duet song with Amerie and as well as a bonus DVD of their concert in Taiwan.
4minute released a new mini-album entitled HuH (Hit Your Heart) for their comeback on May 19, 2010. Along with this, they also released the first single from it, titled “HuH” (pronounced as “ha” as they will laugh at people who laugh at them). In the first track “Who’s Next,” 4Minute’s fellow lablemates, the members of BEAST, were featured and also appear in the music video for “HuH”.
They then released a new music video called “I My Me Mine” from the mini album “Hit Your Heart.” They will release “I My Me Mine” as their next Japanese single. Three different editions of the single will be released.
On July 15, 2010, a teaser for a song titled “Superstar” premiered. It is unknown what this song is for, seeming “I My Me Mine” is currently being promoted.
Member HyunA released her first solo single titled “Change” featuring BEAST’s Yong Jun Hyung as a rapper in 2009, while it was reported that another member, JiYoon, was to release an album late 2010, but due to 4Minute’s promotional activities all over Asia, the album’s release was delayed. When JiYoon was asked if she would be releasing her album in an interview, she claimed that she hadn’t heard that she was releasing anything solo.
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 playing 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.
Nam Ji Hyun –> 남지현
Kim Hyun A –> 김현아
Ji Yun –> 지윤
Heo Ga Yun –> 허가윤
Kwon So Hyeon –> 권소현