After School is an 8-member female group from South Korea managed by Pledis Entertainment.
Debuting initially as a 5-member group (Kahi, Jung-Ah, Soyoung, Jooyeon, Bekah)
with their debut single "AH" in January 2009, they were labeled as the Korean Pussycat Dolls for the matured and sexy concept they had taken on. In April 2009, After School released a digital single titled "DIVA" and introduced a new member "U-ie" into the group, as part of After School’s admission and graduation concept. Later in October 2009, member "Yoo So Young" announced her withdrawal from the group citing health and studies reasons. At the end of the same month, After School admitted two new members "Raina" & "Nana" into the group November 25th, 2009 they made a comeback with 2nd Single Album "Because of You" March 25th, 2010 After School released 3rd Single Album "BANG!" together with the addition of new member "Lizzy" made After School an 8-member group throughout 2010. April 29th, 2011 After School comeback with their 1st Full-Length Album "VIRGIN" a new member who is the 4th generation of After School "E-Young" also debuts in this album, so After School is a 9-member group now.
Group Name : After School (애프터스쿨) Members : Park Kahi, Kim Jung-Ah, Lee Joo Yeon, U-ie, Beka, Raina, Nana, Lizzy and Yoo So Young (ex-member) Special Appearances :  SBS Gayo Daejun Festival ‘S’ 2008 ||  KBS Gayo Daejun Song Festival Debut Performance : 17th January 2009 on MBC Show! Music Core Management Company :Pledis Entertainment Official Website :www.a-school.co.kr || www.orangecaramel.co.kr Japan Official Website :After School Japan by AVEX Official Fanclub Name : Playgirlz Official Daum Cafe :PlaygirlzAS Official Youtube Channel :PLEDIS OFFICIAL CHANNEL Award : - Rookie of The Month Award at Cyworld Digital Music Awards 34th with 'Diva' (After School) - Best Style Icon Award at 2009 Korea Lifestyle Awards (After School) - Mutizen Awards at SBS Inkigayo Episode 558, 559 & 562 with 'Because of You' (After School) - K-pop New Artist of the Year 2009 at Billboard Japan Music Awards 2009 (After School) - Rookie Award at 19th High1 Seoul Music Awards (After School) - Photogenic Award at the 11th Korea Visual Arts Festival (Orange Caramel)
Name : Park Kahi (박가희) Real Name : Park Ji Young (박지영) Position in Group : Leader, Vocalist, Rapper, Lyrics Composer & Co-Choreographer Birth Date : 25th December 1980 Height : 168 cm Weight : 50 kg Blood Type : O Star Sign : Capricorn Award : Best Newcomer Award at SBS Entertainment Awards 2010 Twitter : @misskahi Cyworld Mini Hompage : http://www.cyworld.com/kahipark Me2Day : http://me2day.net/misskahi Daum Fan Cafe : Dancer Kahi Misc. Information : - Was a famous backup dancer for BoA, JinuSean, 1TYM, Lexy, DJ DOC, Chaeyeon, Eun Ji Won, etc. since 2000-2006. - Starring in m:rope MP3-Player CF - Previously in the Korean-American girl group, “S.Blush” whose digital single "It's My Life" peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard- Hot Dance Chart in 2007. [Audio || Performance] - Did a featuring on Son Dambi’s “Bad Boy” single as a rapper in 2008. [MV || Performance] - Featured in E.Bul’s “I Want to Buy It” MV and Performance in 2009. - Featured in One Two’s “Starry Night” MV in 2009. - Recently being popular among Korean TV programs because of her various talents especially professional dancing skill in MJ's Dangerous Beyonce's Sweet Dreams, Ego, Video Phone & Diva. [Dance Collection: 1 || 2 || 4 || 5] - Endorsing for Vivaldi Park Ocean World 2010 together with U-ie. - Endorsing for Fat Down product. - Wrote rap lyrics and featuring in Suki's first mini album-title track 'One Love' [MV] - Being member of SBS Good Sunday "Heroes" - Debut as a solo singer with her 1st Album "Comeback You Bad Person" in 2011. (She's still After School member.)
Real Name : Kim Jung Ah (김정아) Position in Group : Main Vocalist Birth Date : 2nd August 1983 Height : 167 cm Weight : 49 kg Blood Type : O Star Sign : Leo Cyworld Mini Homepage : http://www.cyworld.com/jaloveja Me2Day : http://me2day.net/83rlawjddk Misc. Information : - Had an album "SZ 1st Album" in 2000. - Used to be a member of "Kiss Five" in 2005. ["Show Time" MV] - Participated in Son Dambi's "Bad Boy" performances as a dancer as part of her training in 2008. - Participated in Snow Village project with K.Will, Tei, Brown Eyed Girl’s Miryo, Kan Mi Yeon & Suki. - Participated in "You're Cute" track from MBC Drama "Pasta" OST album.
Name : Yoo So Young (유소영)* Real Name : Joo So Young (주소영) Position in Group : Sub Vocalist Birth Date : 29th March 1986 Height : 165 cm Weight : 44 kg Blood Type : AB Star Sign : Aries Cyworld Mini Homepage : http://www.cyworld.com/1004329 Daum Fan Cafe : HaPpyNess *She withdrew from After School on October 29th, 2009
Real Name : Lee Joo Yeon (이주연) Position in Group : Sub Vocalist Birth Date : 19th March 1987 Height : 168 cm Weight : 45 kg Blood Type : AB Star Sign : Pisces Twitter : @ASJuPal Cyworld Mini Homepage : http://www.cyworld.com/juyeon319 Me2Day : http://me2day.net/wndus319 Daum Fan Cafe : zzangjueyoen Misc. Information : - Was a famous Internet Ulzzang. - Starring in Skool Looks CF - Featuring in Tony An’s "Yutzpracachia" MV in 2006 - Had a small role in Movie "My Tutor Friend2" in 2007. - Appeared on MBC "Introduce Star’s Friend" as Son Dambi’s best friend in 2008. - Featuring in E.Bul’s "I Want to Buy It" MV in 2009. - Featuring in Taegoon’s "Betrayed" MV in 2009. - Being member of KBS Invincible Youth (G7) season 2 -Is currently starring in a KBS Drama “Smile, Donghae”. -Went to Dongduk Women’s University and has a major in Broadcasting.
Name : U-ie (유이) Real Name : Kim Yoo Jin (김유진) Position in Group : Sub Vocalist Birth Date : 9th April 1988 Height : 173 cm Weight : 50 kg Blood Type : AB Star Sign : Aries Award : Best Newcomer Award at MBC Entertainment Awards 2009 Twitter : @uuuei Cyworld Mini Homepage : http://www.cyworld.com/dldkdbwls Me2Day : http://me2day.net/dldkdbwls Misc. Information : - Used to be a trainee in Good Entertainment. - Was set to debut in a group with "Yoobin" of the Wonder Girls before moving to Pledis Entertainment. - Starred in a documentary called "Diary of Five Girls" - Appeared on MBC "Introduce Star’s Friend" as Wonder Girls' Yoobin's best friend in 2008. - Got lots of popularity when danced to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" on SBS Star King Show with Nickhun (2PM) and MC Boom - Had a small role in MBC's Drama "Queen Seon Duk" playing a young Mishil Saeju, a character in the drama. - Featuring in Mighty Mouth's "Love Class" MV and performances along with 4minute Hyun Ah. - Starring in MBC's variety show We Got Married on MBC's Sunday Night along with Park Jae Jung. - Endorsing for Anycall Magic Hole cell phone together with Lee Min Ho & Kim Hyun Joong [CF : Ver.1 (with Min Ho) || Ver.2 (with Hyun Joong) || Ver.3 (Agent M)] - Endorsing for Korean alcohol Chueum Churum Soju "Cool". [CF : 30s Ver. || Dance Ver. || Making Ver.] - Featuring in Jo Sung Mo’s "Please Take Care Of Her" MV together with Yoo Seung Ho. - Did a duet with JunJin titled "His and Her Situation", also featuring Suk Hee. - Starring in SBS Drama "You're Beautiful" as Yoo Hae Yi - Endorsing for Anycall - 4Tomorrow group project together with Ga-In (Brown Eyed Girls) , Han Seung Yeon (KARA) & Hyun Ah (4Minute). [Tomorrow MV] - Staring in upcoming Drama "Birdie Buddy" as Sung Mi Soo. - Endorsing for Vivaldi Park Ocean World 2010 together with Kahi. [CF Full Package]
Name : Raina (레이나) Real Name : Oh Hye Rin (오혜린) Position in Group : Main Vocalist Birth Date :7th May 1989 Height : 166 cm Weight : 46 kg Blood Type : B Star Sign : Taurus Twitter : @raina57 Cyworld Mini Homepage : http://www.cyworld.com/AS_Raina Me2Day : http://me2day.net/hyerin0507 Misc. Information : - Previously auditioned for Mnet’s SuperstarK. - Intro Clip from Pledis : Raina - Stand Up For Love - Being member of After School's sub-unit group "Orange Caramel" together with Nana & Lizzy - Was a barista at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
Name : Bekah (베카) Real Name : Rebekah Kim (레베카 김) Position in Group : Sub Vocalist, Rapper Birth Date : 11th August 1989 Height : 168 cm Weight : 52 kg Blood Type : AB Star Sign : Leo Twitter : @__BEKAH Cyworld Mini Homepage : http://www.cyworld.com/bekahhh Me2Day : http://me2day.net/AS-bek Misc. Information : - Born and raised in Hawaii. - Graduated from Moanalua High School. - Featuring in Tei's "Mr. Lonely" track from his mini-album 'The Shine 2009'. - Featuring in Lee Hyori's "Bring It Back" track 05 from her 4th album 'H-Logic' along with 4Minute Jiyoon. - Featuring in Seo In Guk's "At First Sight" track 06 from his first mini album 'Just Beginning'. -Talented in drawing
Name : Nana (나나) Real Name : Im Jin Ah (임진아) Position in Group : Sub Vocalist Birth Year : 14th September 1991 Height : 171 cm Weight : 48 kg Blood Type : A Star Sign : Virgo School : Jeongju Ochang High School Me2Day : http://me2day.net/sanmiy7 Misc. Information : - Participated in the 2009 Asia Pacific Super Model Contest - Starring in Honey Dew’s debut track Like A Fool MV - Starring in Eru’s White Tears MV - Being member of After School's sub-unit group "Orange Caramel" together with Raina & Lizzy
Name : Lizzy (리지) Real Name : Park Soo Young (박수영) Position in Group : Sub Vocalist Birth Date : 31st July 1992 Height : 168 cm Weight : 46 kg Blood Type : A Star Sign : Leo Hobbies : Enjoying Music, playing NDS games, Art & Crafts, Eating snacks Specialty : Swimming, Piano Favorite music : Dance Style, Ballad Favorite singer : Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Park Jung-hyun Favorite artist : Josh Hartnett, Kang Boo-ja Twitter : @Lizzy_sy Cyworld Mini Hompage: http://www.cyworld.com/As_Lizzy Me2Day : http://me2day.net/zaromi Misc. Information: - Intro Clip from Pledis : Lizzy - Take A Bow - Made a first featuring performance with rapper DefCon in "How to Leave the Rapper" on SBS Inkigayo. - Starring in Teen Top's debut track 'Clap' MV - Being member of After School's sub-unit group "Orange Caramel" together with Raina & Nana - Being fixed host-member in SBS Good Sunday 'Running Man' - Starring in MBC Daily Sitcom 'All My Love' as a Busan girl "Soon Duk"
Name: E-Young (이영) Real Name: Noh Yiyoung (노이영) Date of Birth: 16th August 1992 Hometown: Chuncheon Star Sign: Leo Height: 167cm Weight: 45kg Blood Type: A Star Sign: Leo Misc. Information: • Goes to Chuncheon Agricultural High School & attended K-Note Music Academy • Plays the guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, piano, flute & cello • Composes music • Has won countless awards for singing, dancing, piano and cello playing • Has won gold at the 2007 Gangwon Province Teen Song Festival as well as the grand prize at the 2008 Dong Song Festival
After School 1st Single Album - New Schoolgirl Produced by : Brave Entertainment Distributed by : LOEN Entertainment, Inc. Release Date : 2009.01.15 Tracklists : 01 - Playgirlz 02 - Ah 03 - Bad Guy (나쁜놈) 04 - Ah (Inst.) Reviews : 01 - Playgirlz This is definitely one of the most upbeat songs that served as a great introduction track for the After School ladies. I really liked how they rapped about themselves as "five people who know how to play" and "remember us, we’re a new logo". The choreography was something unique, especially a certain routine between two members which aroused curiosity when it was first showcased in last year’s SBS Gayo. A pity that the song is not the usual 3 minutes long. 02 – Ah The only full song that is found in this single. This dance track seems to be different from the usual melody that the Brave Brothers would usually produce. Together with their powerful choreography, this creates the unique ‘AS style’ that one has never seen before. After all, we have never seen any group that is able to pull off the sexy vibe just by wearing their ‘in school’ training outfits. This song definitely brings out the charismatic charms of After School, which makes you wanna go “Ah” in admiration like how they would do it in their MV. 03 - Bad Guy This is a bad-a** track about girls turning nasty towards the guy they had once loved. In fact, it seems like they’re in this resentful mode right from the beginning of the song till the end. Personally, I feel that it’s quite an appropriate song to listen to, especially when you’re mad at someone. After all, we shouldn’t resort to physical means. Instead, we should shift our bitterness and start singing "I’m gonna break your neck so run." Definitely, I would have hoped that this song wasn’t banned as I was looking forward to see if they would incorporate their anger into their dance routine.
After School 1st Digital Single - Diva Release Date : 2009.04.09 Tracklists : 01 - Diva 02 - Diva (MR) Review : The Brave Brothers are at it again, this time creating another catchy dance song entitled Diva. Now, the ladies are back, singing a song about professing their love, and claiming that they’re the only "Divas" in the eyes of their man. The melody of the song is sure to be stuck in your minds in the first play, especially the chorus (where it goes "ohneul bam nehil bam…"). Of course, the rhythm changes during Kahi and Beka’s raps, and not forgetting Jungah’s (ballad-styled) bridge. All in all, this song is definitely one of those that you’ll never get tired of, and you might even find yourself screaming, "Diva diva d-d-d-diva" along with them as how Beka would do during their performances.
Digital single – Dream Girl Artist : After School Album : 대 동경소녀 OST Genre : Dance Pop Release Date : 2009.05.22 Tracklists : 01 - Dream Girl 02 - Dream Girl (Inst.) Review : Dream Girl is a remake of Morning Musume "Love Machine" song. Besides the Korean lyrics, which talks about realizing your dreams and becoming the star that you’ve always wished to be, there is the "AS touch" to it. This was done so by adding the rap which Beka did towards the end of the song. The MV on the other hand, showcased them in their casual outfits and the things that they did during the recording. In general, it was interesting to see them doing j-pop styled song for a change and this song really helps to brighten one’s day.
Song Title : AMOLED (아몰레드) Artists : Son Dambi & After School Genre : Dance Pop Release Date : 2009.07.23 Track list : 01 아몰레드 (AMOLED) 02 아몰레드 (AMOLED) (MR) Reviews : This was like one of the most anticipated collaborations by fans of both (or either of the) the Pledis artistes. Both the song and the dance had a futuristic feel to it, yet exuding sexy at the same time. Not forgetting the cool move that Kahi did during her part, which definitely "wow-ed" many of us. Apart from the song (which talks about the features of the phone), one would subconsciously start mumbling "Amoled amoled a-a-a-amoled" along with them. Like Diva, this song also had this addictive and repetitive sentence. Heck, even my non kpop friends could remember that sentence after listening to it once. Now that proved the effectiveness of this CF song! In fact, I always forget that it’s just a CF song!
After School 2nd Single Album - 너 때문에 (Because of You) Genre : Pop/Dance Release Date : 2009.11.25 Tracklists : 01. 너 때문에 (Because of You) 02. When I Fall 03. Diva 04. 너 때문에 (Inst.) Album Lyrics : Page 268 Review : With the admission of the two new secretive members Raina and Nana, After School is set to change the standards of girl groups. The group revealed their concept of the nation’s first admissions and graduation style that freely rotates and changes their members, attracting great interest through the admission of Uee last April.
Raina (21) and Nana (20) were revealed through their teaser site as individuals that had trained long and hard with "a strong base" that also hold the mysterious image of charm and humor. With the unveiling of the new 7 membered image, many have been showing explosive interest and attraction.
The title song of the new album is "Because of You" It’s said to be a shibuya-kei style song with an electropop feel. After School will be revealing their intensive performance that is said to never been seen before amongst the nation’s girl groups. It begins with the sad melody of a piano and violin that folds into an addictive chrous. A rap that utilizes the members’ individuality finishes the song off in style.
"When I Fall" is a song that member Kahi actually participated in producing. It has a clear melody that fits perfectly into the title of slow R&B. The song is about a girl that begins love by herself and perfectly showcases the charm of After School’s newest member, Raina.
Song Title : Because of You (너 때문에) (Remix Version) Artist : After School Genre : Pop/Dance Release Date : 2010.01.22
After School 3nd Single Album - 뱅! (Bang!) Genre : Pop/Dance Release Date : 2010.03.25 Tracklists : 01. Let’s Do It 02. 뱅! (Bang!) 03. With U 04. 뱅! (Bang!) (Inst.) Review : Track listing translated by AfterSchoolCraze
Track 01 - Let’s Do It Kahi and Jung Ah were directly involved in the drum session which starts with a fast beat and strong drum that will quickly capture your ears with an intense feeling.
Track 02 - 뱅! (Bang!) Written by the best producers (Lyrics by Kim Tae-hyun, composed by Kim Hee-sun), the title song "Bang!" was supposed to be included in the 2nd single album. To make the song more complete, more time was needed to make it into a more elaborate track. Doing away with formalities, this is an experimental song which has the latest trends. After School’s unique colors can be felt through this song.
In this song, the drum sound will form the song’s frame. Also, After School’s powerful vocals and the dynamic beat and rhythm will create endless enthusiasm while listening to the song.
With the best upgrade, After School’s performances and Bang!’s music and stage are expected to create a new sensation and impact.
Track 03 - With U After School’s Kahi, who had written "When I Fall", will participate for the second time as the lyricist to the Sweden song "With U", which will soothe the heart with its calm medium rhythm and beautiful piano melody, on top of After School’s fantastic harmonized vocals.
Song Title : Dream Again! Artist : After School Album : Red Devil's 4th Album: The Shouts of Red, United Korea (for World Cup 2010) Genre : Pop/Dance Release Date : 2010.05.18
Artist : Orange Caramel (After School Raina, Nana & Lizzy) Album : Orange Caramel - 1st Mini Album Genre : Pop Dance/Ballad Release Date : 2010.06.17 Tracklist : 01. Magic Girl (마법소녀/魔法少女) 02. Can You Not Push Love (사랑을 미룰 순 없나요) 03. Magic Girl (Inst.) 04. Can You Not Push Love (Inst.) *Special Track for Taiwanese Album 05. The Day You Went Away (Chinese Version)
Artist : Orange Caramel (After School Raina, Nana & Lizzy) Album : Orange Caramel - 2nd Mini Album Genre : Pop Dance/Ballad Release Date : 2010.11.18 Tracklist : 01. A~ing♡ (아잉♡) 02. One Love 03. Still... (아직…) *lyrics by Raina 04. Standing in This Place (이곳에 서서) *lyrics by Raina || **The Day You Went Away (Korean Version) 05. A~ing♡ (Inst.)
Artist : After School (Kahi, Jung-Ah, Jooyeon, UEE, Raina, Nana & Lizzy) Album : Happy Pledis The First Single Genre : Pop Dance/Ballad Release Date : 2010.12.07 Tracklist : 01. Love Love Love *Lyrics by Raina 02. Someone Is You *Lyrics by Kahi 03. Love Love Love (Inst.) 04. Someone Is You (Inst.) Album Lyrics : Page 641 Review : Pledis Entertainment releases their project album with Son Dam Bi and After School. The album is a thank you gift to the fans that have supported them. After School members have participated in writing the lyrics. The title song "Love Love Love" is a dance pop song about love that will warm up the cold winter for the listeners. "Someone Is You" is a mid-tempo ballad penned by After School's member Kahi, whom wrote about precious and beautiful memories into the song. You will be able to hear the rich harmony of the After School members in this emotional ballad. A portion of the proceeds from the album sales will be donated to the 'Save the Children' organization which helps children in need. (Credit : soompi)
Artist : After School Kahi Album : KAHI The First Mini Album 돌아와 나쁜 너 Genre : Pop Dance/Ballad Release Date : 2011.02.14 Tracklist : 01. 돌아와 나쁜 너 (Come Back You Bad Person) 02. One Love 03. 선물 (Gift) 04. 롤러코스터 (Roller Coaster) Review : After School leader Kahi makes her solo debut in style with her first mini-album. Known for her fierceness, the dance goddess presents a softer, elegant image this time. Kahi, who has participated in songwriting for After School releases in the past, wrote the lyrics for the title track "Come Back You Bad Person". The song begins as a lyrical melody, and becomes increasingly strong and dramatic with the addition of electro dance beats. The mini-album also features the Kahi-penned "Roller Coaster" and "One Love", which highlights her sweet vocals. (credit : YESASIA)
Artist : Orange Caramel (After School Raina, Nana & Lizzy) Album : 'One of Asia' Project "Bangkok City" (Digital Single) Genre : Electronic Dance Release Date : 2011.03.31 Tracklist : 01. Bangkok City (방콕시티) 02. Bangkok City (방콕시티) inst. Review : Orange Caramel’s latest single follows the global 'One of Asia' project's theme of Asian cities. In 'Bangkok City', the girls leave their former sugary cute image for a more sexy and funky look. In addition, the song takes a turn from their usual bubblegum pop sound to a funky club and electronic beat. (credit : allkpop.com)
Artist : After School (as 9-member group) Album : After School The 1st Album 'VIRGIN' Genre : Pop/Dance Release Date : 2011.04.29 Tracklist : 01. Let's Step Up 02. Shampoo 03. Virgin 04. 뱅(Bang)! (2011 New Recordings) 05. Play Ur Love 06. Dream 07. 너 때문에 (Because of You) (2011 New Recordings) 08. 시간에 기대어 (Leaning Against Time) (*Raina's Solo) 09. 잘 지내고 있죠 (Are You Doing Okay?) 10. Funky Man 11. My Bell (*Jung Ah's Solo) 12. When I Fall (2011 New Recordings) 13. Shampoo (Radio Edit) Review : After School has been busy over the past year with unit and solo releases and overseas activities, and now the entire group is back in action with the album 'VIRGIN'. The fierce girl group sports chic and feminine spring looks for their first full-length album, which is also the first Korean release with fourth generation member E-Young. After School's exciting new title song 'Shampoo' is composed by Japanese DJ/producer Daishi Dance, with lyrics by poet Won Tae Yeon. The album also features the Jung Ah and Raina solos 'My Bell' and 'Leaning Against Time', the R&B song 'Play ur Love' (from Kahi, Jung Ah, Raina, and Nana), and 2011 newly recorded versions of their hits Bang!, "Because of You", and When I Fall. A "Pre-school Girl", believed to be a new upcoming member, features in the song 'Funky Man'. (credit : yesasia.com)
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Recently based on the observation from some fans, Nana has removed the words 'After School' and 'Orange Caramel' from the bio of her official instagram account, and changed it to 'MY NAME IS NANA . 임진아'. Read more