2015 – 2021 (6 years)
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
- SinB (2015 – 2021)
- YUJU (2015 – 2021)
- 소원 (2015 – 2021)
- 엄지 (2015 – 2021)
- 예린 (2015 – 2021)
- 은하 (2015 – 2021)
GFRIEND (Korean: 여자친구; RR: Yeoja Chingu) was a six-member South Korean girl group formed by Source Music in 2015. The group consisted of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, Sinb and Umji. They were recognized for their sometimes melancholic, sometimes lighthearted nostalgic concepts, knife-like and synchronized choreography combined with good vocal performances.
The name bears the group’s wish to approach their listeners with music that is as great as any friend would be. With sentimental lyrics and melody accompanied by their signature powerful performance, the group has forged their very own genre of “Powerful Innocence”, “Passionate Melancholy” and "Vibrant Witch".
They made their debut with "Glass Bead" from the extended play Season of Glass on January 15, 2015. GFRIEND is the winner of several 2015 female rookie awards and has garnered a lot of momentum since their debut, despite coming from a small company.
On July 23, 2015, they released their second extended play Flower Bud. The title track for the album was "Me Gustas Tu". They started album promotions on the same day of the album release on M! Countdown. During the promotional period for "Me Gustas Tu", GFRIEND garnered a lot of attention. A fan-taken video went viral showing the GFRIEND members continuing a performance despite slipping and falling down numerous times. They were praised for their professionalism regarding these incidents despite being a rookie group.
GFRIEND has become the first K-pop girl group to achieve the 100 million streams milestone with “Me Gustas Tu” according to Gaon chart.
In early 2016, they made a comeback with their third extended play Snowflake and title track "ROUGH". The album debuted at ten on Billboard's World Albums Chart. They won a total of fifteen music show awards for "Rough", achieved 66 hourly PAK (Perfect All Kill) on Korean charts and it was the best selling girl group song from 2016 according to Gaon chart.
On June 29, Source Music started teasing for GFRIEND's first studio album LOL. LOL was released on July 11 with the title track "NAVILLERA", and reportedly had more than 60,000 pre-ordered copies worldwide.
On February 23, 2017, Source Music announced that GFRIEND is set to make a comeback on March 6. On March 6, they released their fourth extended play The Awakening along with the title track "FINGERTIP". The Awakening global pre-orders exceeded 100,000 copies. Additionally, the album also debuted at #5 on Billboard's World Album chart.
In 2017 they become the first girl group to win Best Korea Act at MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA).
On April 30, 2018, the group released Time for the Moon Night with "Time for the Moon Night" being written by the in-house No Joo-hwan and Lee Won-jong songwriters, being GFRIEND's first single not written by the producer duo Iggy and Youngbae.
They finished the year with the Japanese full-length album Fallin' Light released in November with the title track "Fallin' Light (天使の梯子)" along with the previous Japanese singles "Memoria" and "FLOWER".
In 2020, they started a new series after their agency was acquired by Big Hit Entertainment. 回:LABYRINTH was released on February, with "Crossroads" as title track, promoting alongside the B-side "Labyrinth".
On July 13, 回:Song of the Sirens was released with "Apple", being their most significant songwriting participation to date with Umji, Yuju and Eunha taking part in lyrics and composition in several songs, including the title track.
They finished the "回 (hui)" series with 回:Walpurgis Night on November, 9 with "MAGO". The album counts with subunit songs and songwriting credits from all members. The album channels "witches" as way to deliver their own ode to female empowerment.
On May 18, 2021, it was announced that all members would be departing from Source Music on May 22 upon the termination of their first contract and the group was officially disbanded. However, the members promised to reunite again as six to release new music in the future. In the meantime, Yerin joined Sublime, Sowon joined IOK, Yuju joined KONNECT and the members Eunha, Sinb and Umji formed the girl group VIVIZ.
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