June 15th marked the 5th anniversary since the debut of Cube Entertainment‘s 4minute. Our new segment “KMusic Time Machine” brings a great opportunity to travel through time and go all the way back to June 15th, 2009 – the day 4minute was revealed to the world!
HyunA, the ex-Wonder Girls member, was the very first to be introduced with her single “Change” which she released together with Beast’s Junhyung. This resulted in the soon-to-debut 4minute being unofficially called the “HyunA group.”
4minute’s first single “Hot Issue” was released on June 15th, 2009. The very next month, the group’s first mini-album “For Muzik” was released together with the second single “Muzik” which won the Inkigayo Mutizen award. Following the successful debut, 4minute soon released “What a Girl Wants.”
One year later 4minute came back with their second mini-album “Hit Your Heart” together with the title track “HuH.” The song did very well on various music charts and ranked #3 on the Gaon Singles Chart. “I My Me Mine” was released as a follow-up song two months later.
The group has also released the song titled “Superstar” which was recorded for the Korean TV show “Superstar K2.”
In 2011, 4minute were recognized as one of the best K-Pop groups as they were awarded the Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards, and the K-Pop New Artist Award at the Billboard Japan Music Awards.
After releasing the digital-only mini-album “Heart to Heart,” the girls came back with their Korean album “4minutes Left” that included the song titled “Mirror Mirror.” Their spread leg choreography was deemed too provoctative so in order to be able to perform on music shows 4minute had to change the dance.
In November of 2011, HyunA and her labelmate, Beast‘s Hyunseung debuted as a sub-unit Trouble Maker with their self-titled lead single. Their sexual concept and performances were widely criticized by Korean media, so in reponse to that, they slightly changed the choreography to be able to go on with the promotion activities. This did not stop them from getting the triple crown on “M!Countdown.”
On July 5th, 2011, HyunA released her solo mini-album “Bubble Pop!” as well as a music video for its title song. Korea Communications Commission deemed the song inappropriate, which resulted in conclusion of the performances faster than it was initially planned. Despite this, the music video quickly reached 10 million views on YouTube.
Fans had to wait one year for the group to make a comeback with their mini-album “Volume Up” which ranked #1 on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart, while its title song under the sime title reached #1 on M Countdown and #2 on the Gaon Singles Chart. Later that year 4minute performed at KCON 2012 in California.
In October 2012 HyunA returned as a solo artist with her second mini-album “Melting” and the title track “Ice Cream” that was produced by Brave Brothers. The music video for “Ice Cream,” with a cameo from PSY, broke the record gaining 10 million views in just 4 days (faster that the most-viewed YouTube video ever – PSY’s “Gangnam Style”).
In the beginning of 2013, 4minute presented their first sub-unit 2YOON composed of Gayoon and Jiyoon. Their song “24/7,” with music video that featured the members of BTOB, and was praised by many domestic and foreign music magazines for being the very first K-Pop song that was country-inspired.
The same year 4minute collaborated with Brave Brothers and made a successful comeback with their fourth mini-album “Name is 4minute” and the title song “What’s Your Name?” The song was well received by listeners and made it to the top of various music charts including the Gaon Single Chart and Billboard K-Pop Hot 100.
Soon after, the group released “Is It Poppin’?” for which they once again worked with Brave Brothers. The song topped five music charts in Korea including Mwave.
In October of 2013, Trouble Maker came back with even more provocative concept and song titled “Now” that was featured on “Chemistry” EP. They managed to achieve an all-kill with this song which ranked first on all major music charts in Korea.
On March 17th, 2014, 4minute came back with a song asking “Whatcha Doing’ Today?” which was featured on their fifth mini-album “4minute World.”
It is always nice to see a K-Pop group that is doing extremely well on music charts and have tons of fans around the world and 4minute definitelly belongs to that group of artists. We wish them a lot of success in the future!
Edited by: Angelspatience
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