UNI.T Talks About “Produce 48,” “MIXNINE,” And The Possibility Of Extending Their Contracts

UNI.T, the project group formed by the female winners of KBS’s idol rebooting project “The Unit,” recently sat down for an interview with news outlet OSEN ahead of their upcoming debut. All nine members of UNI.T have previously debuted either as a solo artist or in a group, and the idols shared that their respective […]

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May Girl Group Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

The Korean Business Research Institute has published May’s results for brand reputation rankings among girl groups! The ranking is based on the analysis of consumers’ participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 107,418,362 pieces of big data on about 50 girl groups from April 10 to May 11. TWICE topped this month’s brand reputation rankings with a […]

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April Girl Group Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

The Korean Business Research Institute has announced this month’s brand reputation rankings for girl groups! The rankings were determined through an analysis of the consumer participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes of various girl groups using data from March 5 to April 6. Red Velvet maintained its position at No. 1 on the list […]

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TVXQ’s Yunho Reunites With Former “Melo Holic” Co-Star LABOUM’s Solbin

LABOUM’s Solbin showed off her cute friendship with TVXQ’s Yunho! It appears the two stars became friends while filming the drama “Melo Holic” last year. Solbin, who’s currently an MC on “Music Bank,” got the chance to reunite with Yunho backstage when he performed on the music show for TVXQ’s comeback. She shared a cute photo on her […]

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March Girl Group Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

The Korean Business Research Institute has published March’s results for brand reputation rankings among girl groups! The ranking is based on the analysis of consumers’ participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 77,029,078 pieces of big data on about 50 girl groups from February 8 to March 9. Red Velvet topped this month’s brand reputation rankings with a […]

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LABOUM Looks Back On 2017, Including Shared Experiences On “The Unit”

It’s been an eventful year for LABOUM!

The girl group put out two albums, one of which garnered them their first win (and ensuing controversy), while many of the members began individual promotions. Yulhee left the group in November before announcing her upcoming marriage to FTISLAND’s Choi Min Hwan in January 2018.

Soyeon said, “I think we can say that we went through growing pains. As much as we’ve endured, we’ve also adapted. Our members have become closer together.”

ZN said, “I’ve promoted a lot as LABOUM and by myself. I was really busy, but I felt how precious my members were even more. I’ve never felt lonely until now, but I started having those thoughts. I want to promote more as part of LABOUM.”

“2017 went by too fast,” Yujeong said. “We promoted twice starting in January and with our appearances on ‘The Unit,’ it went by in a rush. We worked hard, haha. We learned a lot.”

Solbin said, “2017 was a year of learning. A lot of things happened, and I was able to experience new things like filming a commercial on my own and working with new seniors. I’ve gained a lot of experience.”

Haein said, “I’ve also gained a lot of new experiences. I met a lot of people through ‘The Unit’ and learned a lot this year.”

ZN, Yujeong, and Haein appeared on “The Unit,” with ZN ending up in the final debut group Unit G. Yujeong said, “When the three of us decided to go on the show, we resolved that we would each show a side of ourselves that we weren’t able to do in LABOUM. Solbin and Soyeon had musicals and other schedules that didn’t allow them to participate.”

ZN said, “When I started on ‘The Unit,’ I didn’t think I would survive until the end. Yujeong’s rank was higher than mine so I thought she’d be the one to go to the finals. My feelings right now? I feel like I have to do well for the members who didn’t make it as well as for me. My rank doesn’t matter. I want to leave a ‘legendary’ performance that I can be proud of.”

Haein said, “I learned a lot from practicing and recording with people who were not LABOUM members. I think I was able to mature, and I was glad I could try performance styles I hadn’t done before. I also met new friends so it was a precious time for me. I was eliminated but I’m not upset.”

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February Girl Group Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

On February 10, the Korean Business Research Institute announced the newest ranking for brand reputation among girl groups.

The ranking is based on the analysis of consumers’ participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 111,197,984 pieces of big data on about 50 girl groups from January 8 to February 9. This is a 25.58 percent increase from the 88,551,030 pieces of big data analyzed for the January ranking.

Along with the recent release of their repackaged album, Red Velvet rose to first place with a participation score of 1,710,472, media coverage score of 3,069,336, interaction score of 2,666,531, and community score of 6,291,335 for a total brand reputation score of 13,737,674. This is a 71.33 percent increase from their January score.

TWICE took second with a participation score of 1,045,636, media coverage score of 2,331,528, interaction score of 2,098,000, and community score of 6,241,234 for a total brand reputation score of 11,716,398.

MOMOLAND rose four spots to take third with a participation score of 1,195,780, media coverage score of 2,291,400, interaction score of 455,045, and community score of 2,693,836 for a total brand reputation score of 6,636,061. Their total score increased by 79.06 percent from their January score.

Check out the top 30 below:

  1. Red Velvet
  2. TWICE
  3. MOMOLAND
  4. Oh My Girl
  5. Girls’ Generation
  6. BLACKPINK
  7. Apink
  8. GFRIEND
  9. Lovelyz
  10. fromis_9
  11. MAMAMOO
  12. gugudan
  13. Cosmic Girls
  14. T-ara
  15. WANNA.B
  16. AOA
  17. Girl’s Day
  18. Rainbow
  19. EXID
  20. PRISTIN
  21. Weki Meki
  22. LABOUM
  23. APRIL
  24. STELLAR
  25. Berry Good
  26. f(x)
  27. LOONA
  28. DreamCatcher
  29. DIA
  30. 9MUSES

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