4Minute, a five, all-girl group from Cube Entertainment, being the so-called "sisters" of BEAST, was also first introduced by the company on May 2009 knowing that one of its members was the former maknae of Wonder Girls, Kim Hyunah. Until June 12 each of the rest of the members were revealed through a silhouette teaser. The girls promoted "Hot Issue" for the rest of June until early August wherein they released their very first extended play, "For Muzik." Under the mini album, they promoted "Muzik" and won the MNet Award. Continuously building their fierce but chic concepts, they promoted single, "What A Girl Wants" under the same single album. However, the group is also one of the many with which a song was banned. In the same month, they were forced to stop promotions of "Won't Give (안줄래)" since its lyrics was though of sexually explicit.
They continued to soar as they toured in Asia and had their first sold-out solo concert in Japan. Alongside this success, Hyuna recorded a successful solo debut with BEAST Junhyung and was included in their repackaged album released in Taiwan in 2010. Furthermore, Amerie, an American singer, was also captivated by the group that they released a song, "Heard 'Em All." In 2010, they made their come back with "HuH" under second mini album "HuH (Hit Ur Heart)." Following that, they released "I My Me Mine" which became their second Japanese single next to "Muzik." Their first Japanese album, "Diamond," peaked during debut at number 18 on the Oricon Daily Album charts.
4Minute continued promotions in Japan with their, "WHY" MV on February 2011 and the single itself was released one month after on March 9, 2011. They did not stop with just single promotions but they also modeled during Yumi Katsura's "2011 Paris Grand Collection Tokyo fashion Show" in Tokyo.
Before having made official their comeback, each members starred in each of their teasers with the title "Steal 20." Then in March 29, 2011, their single "Heart to Heart" was revealed while the MV had Jungshin of CN Blue in it.
The first album, "4MINUTES LEFT," was released in April 5, 2011 being "Mirror, Mirror" as their first promotional song for it. Although it was successful, the song's choreography did not manage to escape critics' conservative judgement that it should be changed for them to continue to performing the song.
Their rise to fame internationally, as it may seem, is that they were able to takeover Britney Spears' "Till The World End" in Europe. Thelma Aoyama also collaborated with 4Minute with "WITHOUT U" which reached number 1 for a minimum number of time.
They were also able to garner numerous awards. Some of which are: 16th Korea Entertainment Arts Awards: Newcomer Award, 4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Favorite Style Girl Group for Dance, Style, and Body and 2nd Billboard JAPAN Music Awards 2010: Korea Billboard Special Award.
Kwon So Hyeon (권소현)
DOB: August 30, 1994
Height: 162 cm
Weight: 45 kg
Debut: Orange 2005 Album 'We Are Orange'
Education: Kumho Junior High School (attending)
Jeon Ji Yun (지윤)
DOB: October 15, 1990
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 47 kg
Education: Byeongjeom High School
Kim Hyun Ah (김현아)
DOB: June 6, 1992
Height: 164 cm
Weight: 44 kg
Education: Korea High School of Music and Arts (attending)
Career: 2009 TBJ Model
Heo Ga Yun (허가윤)
Birthdate: May 18th 1990
Height 165 cm
Weight 47 kg
School: Dong Duk Female High School
Nam Ji Hyun (남지현)
Date of Birth: January 9, 1990
Height: 167 cm
Weight: 49 kg
Education: Sangmyeon University: Dance Department (on leave)
Hot Issue Teaser (June 2009)
Hot Issue MV
What A Girl Wants MV
4Minute in Manila (Won't Give You)
Change - Hyuna ft BEAST Junhyung
Heard 'Em All - Amerie ft. 4Minute
Who's Next + HuH - 4Minute ft. BEAST
I My Me Mine MV
Heart to Heart MV
Mirror Mirror MV
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