Second-generation woman group KARA lately made a comeback, celebrating their fifteenth anniversary. This got here as a shock to many followers, in a great way that the legendary second-generation woman group made this particular return.
KARA formally disbanded again in 2015, and all members have been specializing in solo actions since then, so it was actually beautiful to see the group return. Kamilia and netizens are positively glad, and at present — we wish to pay tribute to this group by taking a visit down reminiscence lane and reviewing their success! The trail wasn’t all too simple; the group positively had its hurdles, however what is actually essential is that they’re remembered as legends at present.
So sit again, and let’s have a look at what KARA paved the way in which as! Please word that this put up solely mentions Korean promotions.
2007 – Extremely Anticipated Debut & First Album
KARA debuted as a four-member group in 2007, debuting from DSP Media. The debut was an effort to be the second Fin.Okay.L — the company’s most profitable group. Although the group was extremely anticipated, the outcomes of the primary album had been lackluster, and other people merely did not have a lot curiosity within the group. We won’t say the album utterly flopped, however the outcomes had been positively mediocre at greatest.
The group even promoted b-side tracks in an effort to boost curiosity, however that, sadly, didn’t work. Their first album promotions ended fairly quietly amongst scorching debuts, corresponding to Marvel Women & Women Era.
2008 – New Members & Fairly Woman
Greater than a yr after their first album, KARA returned not with 4 members however with 5 members. Truly – unique member and lead vocal Kim Seong Hee left the group for private causes, which was fairly frankly a harmful signal for KARA. In an effort to fill the position, DSP Media held open auditions for 2 new members, and people two members are our beloved Goo Hara & Kang Jiyoung. Each new members obtained plentiful consideration as Goo Hara had the face of an angel, and Kang Jiyoung was solely fourteen years previous on the time of debut! They lastly made their return with “Rock U,” which was positively higher outcomes than their first album, however one thing was nonetheless lacking…
After ending up their “Rock U” promotions, KARA instantly ready a winter comeback and returned with “Fairly Woman,” which turned an enormous hit in South Korea. The lovable woman idea lastly labored, and KARA started receiving main consideration from the Korean public! They had been capable of wrap up 2008 efficiently with the “Fairly Woman” syndrome!
2009 – First #1 Win & Mister
KARA didn’t cease in 2009. After “Fairly Woman,” the group returned with their follow-up single “Honey,” which earned them their first #1 win!
After a six-month break, KARA returned with their second full-length album, which additionally turned recognized to be revolutionary. They returned with “Wanna,” however ended up altering their route and selling “Mister” two weeks into promotion as a substitute as a result of “Mister” was simply receiving explosive responses. The butt dance for this tune was THE dance of Korea at the moment, and many individuals nonetheless keep in mind KARA to today for “Mister!”
2010 – Lupin & Leaping
KARA was solely rising from right here as they made their return within the Spring of 2010 with “Lupin.” This return was a extra fierce idea from the earlier ideas they’ve executed, and although it was an enormous shift in idea, the outcome was profitable. Everybody was doing the “Lupin” dance.
2010 was a significant yr for KARA as they promoted not solely in Korea but additionally noticed excessive success in Japan as effectively. They had been charting higher than Women Era and just about some other woman group on the time. They had been the true queens of the Hallyu Wave on the time. The ladies did not go away their Korean followers hanging as they returned with “JUMPING” in November 2010 and noticed enormous success throughout these promotions as effectively.
2011 – Disbandment??? NOT & STEP
2011 was a shaky yr for KARA as rumors of doable disbandment had been surfacing as a consequence of pressure with DSP. Nonetheless, the women pulled it by and finally didn’t disband. They returned as soon as once more with one other massive HIT, “STEP.” Followers thought this album was particularly extra significant because it was a tune with hope and positivity after a time of uncertainty and misery
2012 – PANDORA
The ladies started the sample of releasing an album yearly as members started to focus extra on solo promotions. They returned with “PANDORA” within the fall of 2012 and whilst veterans within the k-pop scene, the tune carried out extraordinarily effectively, exhibiting their mature facet.
2013 – Broken Girl & Departure of Nicole + Jiyoung
2013 was a significant yr for KARA and Kamelia because the contracts for Nicole & Kang Jiyoung expired in 2013. It was solely two years in the past when this group had rumors of doable disbandment, and the dialog was introduced up once more when these ladies determined that they’d NOT be renewing their contract. They moved ahead to launch the final album as a five-member group, and Kamilia was positively unhappy that it could be the final time to see Nicole and Jiyoung as a part of KARA. The tune and album itself slayed, and it’s nonetheless a bop to today!
2014 – Youngji + Mamma Mia
Within the midst of uncertainty, DSP as soon as once more determined that they’d maintain open auditions for KARA’s latest member. As a substitute of looking for two, they determined to decide on just one, and Heo Youngji ended up becoming a member of the group! Followers had been very anxious that the group would disband, however DSP’s technique so as to add a member gave followers hope. The women returned with “Mamma Mia” within the fall of 2014, and the tune portrayed one more mature facet of KARA.
2015 – CUPID
Lower than a yr later, KARA started selling what could be often called the final official album earlier than disbandment. They returned within the spring with “CUPID.” The tune did not see as a lot success as their earlier albums, but it surely was nonetheless an awesome observe to hearken to! Gyuri, Seungyeon, and Hara ended up not renewing their contract in 2016, resulting in a pure disbandment in 2016.
Former members Nicole & Jiyoung, together with Gyuri, Seungyeon & Youngji, reunited as a five-member group — however cannot neglect about Hara, who will likely be selling in spirit. Kamilia and followers are extraordinarily enthusiastic about their return, and we’re so glad to see KARA’s legacy reside on onto today.
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