This Month’s Beat: GFRIEND

As one of the most beloved idol groups today, GFRIEND has come a long way since Glass Bead (유리 구슬) happened, with a total of nine albums under their belt—including a Japanese version of “Me Gustas Tu (今日から私たちわ),” which landed on the 10th spot at Oricon charts. Likewise, their latest bop, “Sunny Summer,” propelled them to number 2 in Gaon Weekly Chart on the first week of release in July. These lovely young ladies, without a doubt, has cemented their place in the K-pop industry and taken the hearts of every Buddy (pun unapologetically intended)!

Early this year, “Time for the Moon Night” swept all the trophies across various music shows and grabbed the top spot at Gaon Weekly Chart upon release, making it one of their most successful releases. Likewise, “Love Whisper” dominated Naver, Genie, Bugs, Soribada, Olleh, and Melon, and ranked second on Hanteo real-time chart. Showcasing the most difficult choreography, its music video garnered 6 million views after 14 hours. “Summer Rain” did not disappoint too and owned real-time charts last year although Yerin had to go on temporary hiatus for appendicitis.

It does not come as a surprise as these girls have a history of slaying it since their debut in January 15, 2015 when their debut track from first mini album, “Season of Glass,” placed 12th in Gaon Weekly Chart, ranked Top 9 Most Viewed K-Pop Video Around the World in YouTube at the time, and made GFRIEND among the Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch Out For that year.

GFRIEND’s next two EPs and first full album brought the group even more fame. “Me Gustas Tu (오늘부터 우리는)” charted on Melon Top 100 for 63 weeks while “Rough (시간을 달려서)” earned the girls their first music show win and a total of 15 awards across various Korean music programs. “Navillera ( 그리고 )” recorded 60,000 pre-ordered copies worldwide and garnered 14 music show wins and “Fingertip” placed second in Gaon chart. With a total of 44 music show wins, GFRIEND is holds the third most wins in music shows behind SNSD and TWICE.

As the Season of GFRIEND arrives on our shores this month, we can expect nothing but the best from these lovelies! Check out the members’ profiles below:

Sowon

소원

Birth Name: 김소정 Kim So Jung

Date of Birth: December 7, 1995

Height/Weight: 172.8 cm/50 kg

Blood Type: A

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Role: Leader, Rapper, Vocalist

Fun Facts:

  • Sowon earned the respect of many fans for her professionalism despite sustaining ankle injury in the middle of their “Navillera” performance on Golden Disk Awards last January 2017.
  • She expressed desire to work with Block B’s Zico.
  • According to Dispatch, she is one of the owners of the most beautiful legs in all of K-pop.

Yerin

예린

Birth Name: 정예린 Jung Ye Rin

Date of Birth: August 19, 1996

Height: 167 cm

Blood Type: O

Hometown: Incheon, South Korea

Role: Dancer, Vocalist

Fun Facts:

  • Contrary to her group mates who went on a shopping spree, Yerin went to the convenience store with her first paycheck.
  • If she had the power to turn back time, she said she would go back to her elementary school days. A little depressed during those times, she said she wants to become a confident and determined friend.
  • HOT’s Tony Ahn mistook her as the girlfriend of Super Junior’s Heechul (whom she has a close brotherly friendship with) because of a GFRIEND KakaoTalk sticker.

Eunha

은하

Birth Name: 정은비 Jung Eun Bi

Date of Birth: May 30, 1997

Height/Weight: 163 cm/46 kg

Blood Type: O

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Role: Vocalist

Fun Facts:

  • Eunha has a close friendship with TWICE’s Sana. They have been spotted cheering for each other on several occasions.
  • She considers 15&’s Park Jimin and Baek Yerin as her role models.
  • She admits being the group’s “black hole” when it comes to dancing.

Yuju

유주

Birth Name: 최유나 Choi Yu Na

Date of Birth: October 4, 1997

Height/Weight: 169 cm/49 kg

Blood Type: B

Hometown: Ilsan, South Korea

Role: Vocalist, Dancer

Fun Facts:

  • Yuju prides herself as a human copy machine; she can imitate everyone around her.
  • She thought she was to sing a duet with Taylor Swift after dreaming about it.
  • She is a big fan of figure skater Kim Yuna since her childhood. Not unlike many of us, she made a scrapbook of her fave and even put a sticker of the figure skater’s face on her lunchbox.

SinB

신비

Birth Name: 황은비 Hwang Eun Bi

Date of Birth: June 3, 1998

Height/Weight: 165 cm/46 kg

Blood Type: AB

Role: Dancer, Vocalist, Face of the Group

Fun Facts:

  • If given the power to turn back time, SinB said she’ll go back to her trainee days and practice harder to become a better idol.
  • She lent her voice to the OST of the drama “Cinderella and the Four Knights” with the song “Confession.”
  • She is known for her resemblance with Jessica Jung.

Umji

엄지

Birth Name: 김예원 Kim Ye Won

Date of Birth: August 19, 1998

Height/Weight: 163 cm/45 kg

Blood Type: O

Hometown: Incheon, South Korea

Role: Vocalist, Maknae

Fun Facts:

  • Umji was finally able to rejoin the group last November 2016 after a month-long hiatus due to a leg injury.
  • She dreams of eating chicken and drinking beer by the Han River when she becomes an adult.
  • She gets confused with broadcasting station buildings and mix them up.

Here’s a look at “Sunny Summer” music video!

Any Buddies and potential Buddies out there? Tell us who your GFRIEND bias is in the comments!

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