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Jewelry
쥬얼리
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, Dance
Occupations Singer
Years active 2001-present
Labels Star Empire Entertainment
Website http://www.starempire.co.kr
Members
Ha Joo Yeon
Kim Eun Jung
Former members
Jung Yoo Jin
Jun Eun Mi
Lee Ji Hyun
Cho Min Ah
Park Jung Ah
Seo In Young

Jewelry (Korean: 쥬얼리) is a South Korean girl group. After releasing their first album with low sales, the group eventually rose to prominence via their sophomore album and reached their commercial peak with their fourth album Superstar, which spawned a number-one hit for them. After branching out in Japan with only limited success, the group came back with two new members in 2008 with the hit song "One More Time".

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History

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Debut

Jewelry debuted in 2001 with their first album Discovery. After less-than-stellar sales of the first album, two of the singers were replaced. A year later, their second album Again was released, with better results. Full of strong ballads (as opposed to the sexy dance songs that were popular at the time), the album quickly yielded two high-charting singles — "Tonight" and "Again" — which started the group's rise to popularity. This was quickly followed by their third album Beloved, which saw a continuation of their cute image. Their first single "니가 참 좋아" ("I Really Like You") was very poppy and had Jewelry adopt a cutesy concept to match the song, with colorful outfits and perky dances.

Entry into Japan

After the success of their sophomore album, Jewelry left for Japan to start on their career there in 2004 with their first single Kokoro ga Tomaranai under the independent label Giza Studio. After releasing a few materials there with mediocre sales, the group eventually left to return to their native country to release their fourth album.

Breakout album: Superstar

By the time their fourth album Superstar came out in the beginning of 2005, Jewelry has since shed their "cute image" concept. Following the trend in Korean pop, they became sexier and more womanly, which helped bring about their current level of success. The first single "Superstar" (written by Shinhwa member Lee Min Woo) was a driven rock song and surprisingly became a huge hit. They followed this up with the sexy R&B number "Passion", which also charted strongly. Both of these singles prominently featured "sexy" member Seo In-Young dance scantily-clad in short solos, which brought the group much press attention (both positive and negative). In 2006, Jewelry took a break from the Korean music industry in order to focus on Japan. During that time, member Ji-Hyun left to pursue an acting career[1]. In early November, news also leaked out that another member, Cho Min-Ah, has also left, which forced their record company to look for a second replacement member. As Park Jung-Ah and Seo In-young had solo projects, a new album was not expected until mid-2007.[2]

Group reconfiguration, return

In early 2008, Jewelry returned to the music scene with their new members Ha Joo Yeon and Kim Eun Jung with the release of their fifth album, Kitchi Island. Released on February 20, 2008, the album featured the single "One More Time", a cover of In-Grid's song. "One More Time" has mirrored the success of Jewelry's 2005 hit single, "Superstar" in South Korea, reaching the No. 1 spot on MBC's Music Core and KBS's Music Bank, two weeks after the song's debut.[3][4][5] The single has also achieve success online, topping the charts of various music websites, including Melon, Dosirak, Bugs Music, M.Net.com, Muz and Juke On.[6] "One More Time" became the most successful single of Jewelry to date, staying on the no.1 spot for 7 weeks in a row on MBC's Music Core and KBS's Music Bank [7][8] In spring of 2008, a second single, "모두 다 쉿" ("Everybody Shh!"), was released and promoted.

The group was awarded with a Daesang (대상, a "Top Award"), for highest digital sales in 2008.[9]

2009: Jewelry S, further promotions

In early 2009, members Ha Joo Yeon and Kim Eun Jung returned to the Korean music market, under the name "Jewelry S", debuting as a sub-group. Their mini-album, Sweet Song was released in digital format on January 22, and the full single was made available on February 6. Joo Yeon and Eun Jung made their live comeback on M. Countdown on February 5, where they sang "들어봐" ("Listen") and the lead single from their mini-album, "데이트" ("Date"). The music video for "Date" features cameo appearances from Jewelry members Park Jung Ah and Seo In Young.

They released a new single in June 2009 titled "Super Star" with the song "Rally" which features rapper Nassun. The song is for MNet's talent competition, Superstar K, which is similar to American Idol and Britain's Got Talent. A music video was also released and features the group's performance of the song on Mnet's M! Countdown as well as scenes of Superstar K.

About a week prior to the album release, the song "Strong Girl" was released as a digital single. Their 6th album Sophisticated was released on the 27th of August and features the single "Vari2ty", the music video for the song was also released on the same day.

It was announced in December 2009 that members Seo In Young and Park Jung Ah would be leaving the group after completing promotional activities for Sophisticated and fully commit to their solo careers. Park stated that as an original member of Jewelry and being with the group for 10 years, it was time for her to depart. Korean media reports Superstar K top 10 contender Park Sae Mi as highly likely to replace them. [10] [11][12]

A repackaged edition of their 6th album entitled "End And.." was released in December 17th, 2009 with the single "Love Story". It was composed by the same producer of Davichi's hit song "Hate Though I Love You" and describes the feelings of Seo In Young and Park Jung Ah's departures.

Members

Current

  • Kim Eun Jung (김은정、金恩貞) - Vocalist
  • Ha Joo Yeon (하주연、夏珠妍) - Rapper

Former

  • Park Jung Ah (박정아、朴貞雅) - Main Vocalist & Leader (Left in January 2010)
  • Seo In Young (서인영、徐仁英) - Lead Vocalist (Left in January 2010)
  • Cho Min Ah (조민아、曹敏雅) - Vocalist (Left in December 2006)
  • Lee Ji Hyun (이지현、李智賢) - vocalist (Left in March 2006)
  • Jung Yoo Jin (정유진) - Vocalist (Left in January 2002)
  • Jun Eun Mi (전은미) - Vocalist (Left in January 2002)

Timeline

Term Year # Album Member
3 2008-2009 6th Park Jung Ah Seo In Young Kim Eun Jung Ha Joo Yeon    
5th  
2 2002 - 2006 4th   Cho Min Ah Lee Ji Hyun
3rd
2nd
1 2001 1st     Jung Yoo Jin Jun Eun Mi

Discography

Korean albums

# Information Tracks
1st
  • Title: Discovery
  • Released: 2001
  • Language: Korean
  1. "하늘같은 사랑"
  2. "사랑해"
  3. "이젠"
  4. "달콤한 상상"
  5. "작은 바램"
  6. "Say"
  7. "Heart"
  8. "Say Yes"
  9. "Forever"
  10. "소나기"
  11. "날 믿어요"
  12. "Happy End"
2nd
  • Title: Again
  • Released: 2002
  • Language: Korean
  1. "Cool Girl"
  2. "Again"
  3. "One Summer Night"
  4. "To You"
  5. "Tonight"
  6. "선배"
  7. "How Are You?"
  8. "말하지 못한 절반의 사랑"
  9. "Sad"
  10. "1492살"
  11. "Maybe"
  12. "이별은 모르게..."
3rd
  • Title: Beloved
  • Released: 2003
  • Language: Korean
  1. "Be My Love"
  2. "니가 참 좋아"
  3. "바보야"
  4. "사랑이란 이유로"
  5. "Fantasy"
  6. "Amore"
  7. "고백"
  8. "So Long"
  9. "유혹"
  10. "끝"
  11. "Dear My Heart"
  12. "My Life"
4th
  • Title: Superstar
  • Released: 2005
  • Language: Korean
  1. "Twenty"
  2. "Super Star"
  3. "진실 게임"
  4. "Passion"
  5. "단장"
  6. "너를 보내며"
  7. "KIN"
  8. "Liar"
  9. "시간에게"
  10. "Sunny Day"
  11. "Twenty" (Inst.)
  12. "Super star" (Inst.)
4th
  • Title: Passion (Repackage)
  • Released: 2005
  • Language: Korean
  1. "Passion - Summer Ver."
5th
  • Title: Kitchi Island
  • Released: 2008
  • Language: Korean
  1. "나는 나 너는 너"
  2. "...holic"
  3. "One More Time"
  4. "모를까봐서"
  5. "The Cradle Song"
  6. "Black Diamond"
  7. "모두 다 쉿!"
  8. "Stay With Me"
  9. "Don't Know Why"
  10. "모를까봐서" (Inst.)
  11. "One More Time" (Inst.)
5th
  • Title: Kitchi Island 2 (Repackage)
  • Released: 2008
  • Language: Korean
  1. "모두 다 쉿!"
  2. "One More Time (Remix)"
6th
  • Title: Sophisticated
  • Released: 2009
  • Language: Korean
  1. "Bounce"
  2. "Butterfly"
  3. "Vari2ty"
  4. "Strong Girl"
  5. "Oops"
  6. "Fantastic 4"
  7. "Sweet Boy"
  8. "Be Rocker"
  9. "Rally (feat. 낯선)"
  10. "Vari2ty" (Inst.)
  11. "Rally" (Inst.)
6th
  • Title: End And... (Repackage)
  • Released: 2009
  • Language: Korean
  1. "Bounce"
  2. "Love Story"
  3. "Vari2ty"
  4. "Butterfly"
  5. "Strong Girl"
  6. "Oops"
  7. "Fantastic 4"
  8. "Sweet Boy"
  9. "Be Rocker"
  10. "Rally (feat. 낯선)"
  11. "Vari2ty" (Inst.)
  12. "Rally" (Inst.)

Japanese albums

# Information Tracks
1st
  • Title: Jewelry First
  • Released: March 2005
  • Language: Japanese
  1. ココロが止まらない
  2. 胸いっぱいのこの愛を 誰より君に
  3. 忘れないで
  4. LUCKYLOVE!
  5. 眠る君の横顔に微笑を
  6. Delight Sweet Life
  7. デイジー
  8. I believe
  9. かじりかけのオレンジ
  10. PASSIONATE WAVE
  11. 君と約束した優しいあの場所まで
  12. 白のファンタジー
  13. 違う世界で出逢えたら
  14. ひらり 夢一夜

Japanese singles

# Information
1st
  • Title: Mune Ippai no Kono Ai wo Dareyori Kimi ni
  • Released: June 2004
  • Language: Japanese
2nd
  • Title: Delight Sweet Life
  • Released: August 2004
  • Language: Japanese
3rd
  • Title: Shiro no Fantasy
  • Released: January 2005
  • Language: Japanese
4th
  • Title: Superstar
  • Released: July 2005
  • Language: Japanese
5th
  • Title: Superstar (Japan Ver.niak)
  • Released: July 2005
  • Language: Japanese

References

  1. ^ Jewelry to choose new member through international audition. KBS News, April 7th, 2006.
  2. ^ Jewelry to Come Back with New Members. KBS News Global, November 16, 2006. Retrieved November 16, 2006.
  3. ^ 2년 만에 컴백한 ‘쥬얼리’ 2주 만에 ‘감격의 눈물’ 1위, Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  4. ^ 쥬얼리, 컴백 2주 만에 공중파 1위…온오프라인 평정!, Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  5. ^ ‘여자 세븐’ 메이다니 데뷔, ‘쇼 음악중심’ 강타.. 쥬얼리는 ‘눈물’, Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  6. ^ 쥬얼리 앨범 발매 2주 만에 온라인 평정, 8 March 2008, Retrieved March 9, 2008.
  7. ^ [1] 쥬얼리, '뮤뱅' 최초 7주 연속 1위 기염]
  8. ^ [2] 쥬얼리, `쇼! 음악중심`서 7주 연속 1위
  9. ^ Jin, Hyang-hui.추락하는 `골든 디스크 상`…10만장으로 `티격태격`? (Falling "Golden Disk Awards"...Bickering over 100,000?). Maeil Gyungjae. December 10, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  10. ^ (Korean) [http://www.gooddaysports.co.kr/news/?cset=star&bset=view&tot_code=47&code=11621 '박정아-서인영, 쥬얼리 탈퇴 선언...새 멤버 후보로 박세미 거론'
  11. ^ (Korean) '쥬얼리' 박정아·서인영 팀 탈퇴…솔로 활동 날개짓 (Jewelry's Park Jung Ah & Seo In Young Leave Group...Attempting Solo Careers). The Chosun Ilbo. December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  12. ^ (Korean) 박정아-서인영, 쥬얼리 떠난다 (Park Jung Ah—Seo In Young, Leaving Jewelry. Hankook Ilbo. December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.

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