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GFriend (Hangul: 여자친구; RR: Yeoja Chingu) is a six-member South Korean girl group formed by Source Music in 2015. The group consists of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. They made their debut with their first mini-album, Season of Glass on January 16, 2015. They won several 2015 female rookie awards and has garnered momentum since their debut, despite coming from a small company. In 2016, they continued their success with their third mini-album Snowflake and won first place on many music shows with the title song "Rough". They released their first full-length album LOL in July 2016.

History

2015: Season of Glass, Flower Bud, and rise in popularity

On January 15, 2015, GFRIEND released their five-track debut mini-album Season of Glass. The promotional track "Glass Bead", composed by Seo Yong-bae and Iggy, debuted at number twelve on Gaon's weekly chart. The group started promotions for their album on January 16 on KBS's music program Music Bank. According to YouTube, the M/V of "Glass Bead" ranked number nine in top ten "Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2015". On January 28, 2015, Billboard named GFRIEND as one of "Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015".

They released their second mini-album, Flower Bud and the music video for title track "Me Gustas Tu" on July 23, 2015. GFRIEND started their group promotions on the same date as the album release, July 23, 2015 on Mnet's M Countdown.

The group garnered international attention after a fan-taken video of the members continuing and completing a performance of "Me Gustas Tu" despite continuously falling on a slippery stage went viral in September 2015. The group was praised for their professionalism, especially Yuju, who fell a total of eight times and suffered a twisted finger during the performance.

On September 17, 2015, GFRIEND made headlines again as the only girl group to be nominated in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards "Best Korean Act" category alongside boy groups BTS, B1A4, Got7, and VIXX.

"Me Gustas Tu" was named the longest charting song by an idol group on Melon Top 100 with 63 weeks. "Me Gustas Tu" and "Glass Bead" were also ranked 18th and 44th respectively in the 2015 Bugs Year-End Top 100.

2016: Snowflake, first music show wins and LOL

On January 25, 2016, GFRIEND released their third mini-album titled "Snowflake" with the title track "Rough". "Rough" is the last song to complete GFRIEND's high school concept trilogy along with "Glass Bead" and "Me Gustas Tu". During their fan-meeting after the album's showcase release, they announced their fandom name to be "Buddy". GFRIEND started the promotions for Snowflake on January 26 on SBS MTV's music program The Show. The album debuted at number ten on Billboard's World Albums Chart, and the music video of "Rough" on YouTube ranked number three in top ten "Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2016".

On February 2, GFRIEND received their first music show win for their song "Rough" on The Show. They subsequently won another fourteen awards on the music shows including winning their first triple crowns on M Countdown, Music Bank, Show Champion, and Inkigayo. With a total of 15 wins, it placed second with the number of wins for girls groups, behind Apink who recorded a total of 17 wins with "Luv". Their song "Rough" was also ranked first in Gaon Chart's First Half of 2016 chart rankings.

On June 15 it was announced that GFRIEND will star alongside MAMAMOO on a new season of Showtime. On June 29, Source Music started teasing for GFRIEND first studio album "LOL", signifying at the same time "Laughing Out Loud" and "Lots of Love". LOL was released on July 11 with the title track "Navillera", and reportedly had more than 60,000 pre-ordered copies worldwide. On July 19, they earned their first music show win for the album's single "Navillera" on The Show.

Towards the end of the year, YouTube revealed the top 10 K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans in 2016. "Rough" and "Navillera" were ranked 2nd and 10th respectively in that list. "Rough" and "Navillera" were also ranked 2nd and 11th respectively in the 2016 Bugs Year-End Top 100. "Rough" was also ranked 13th in Billboard's 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2016: Critic's Picks. At the end of the year show 2016 KBS Song Festival, the peak viewer ratings for the whole show were recorded during GFRIEND's "Rough" performance at 10.3%. "Rough" also became the most downloaded song in 2016 according to Gaon Chart's 2016 Year End Download Chart.

2017–present: The Awakening, Parallel and first repackage

On February 23, 2017, Source Music announced that GFRIEND is set to make a comeback on March 6. On February 27, 2017, it was revealed that their fourth mini-album will be titled "The Awakening" with the title track "Fingertip". The Awakening global pre-orders exceeded 100,000 copies, which is higher than their past album LOL at 60,000. Additionally, the album also debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's World Album chart.

On 1 August 2017, GFRIEND released their fifth mini album, "Parallel", with the title track "Love Whisper".

In September, they released the repackage album "Rainbow" with the title track "Summer Rain".

Discography

Korean Discography

Mini-albums

Studio Albums

Singles

Filmography

Reality shows

2015

  • GFriend! Look After Our Dog — (Skytv)
  • One Fine Day — (MBC Music)

2016

  • GFriend - Where R U Going?! — (iMBC), (V app), (MBCkpop)
  • MAMAMOO x GFriend Showtime — (MBC Every 1)
  • GFriend Loves Europe — (skyTravel)

2017

  • The Friends in the Adriatic Sea — (KStar)

Concerts tours

Mini concerts

  • GFriend the First Mini Concert (2017)

Awards and Nominations

Korean

Gaon Chart Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 New Artist of the Year (Female) GFriend Won
2016 Song of the Year (January) Rough Won
Song of the Year (July) Navillera Nominated

Golden Disc Awards (GDA)

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 New Artist of the Year GFriend Won
2017 Disk Bonsang LOL Nominated
Digital Bonsang Rough Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 Best New Female Artist GFriend Nominated
UnionPay Artist of the Year Nominated
2016 Best Female Group GFriend Nominated
Best Dance Performance – Female Group Rough Won
HotelsCombined Song of the Year Nominated
HotelsCombined Artist of the Year GFriend Nominated
iQiyi Worldwide Favourite Artist Nominated
2017 Best Female Group Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Dance Performance – Female Group Love Whisper Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated

Melon Music Awards (MMA)

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 Best New Artist (Female) GFriend Won
2016 Artist of the Year GFriend Nominated
Album of the Year Snowflake Nominated
Song of the Year Rough Nominated
Best Dance (Female) Won
Top 10 Artists GFriend Won
Netizen Popularity Award Nominated
Kakao Hot Star Nominated
2017 Top 10 Artists Nominated
Kakao Hot Star Nominated
1theK Performance Award Won

Seoul Music Awards (SMA)

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Best New Artist GFriend Won
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
Bonsang Award "Glass Bead" Nominated
2017 Popularity Award GFriend Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
Bonsang Award Rough Won

Soribada Best K-Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2017 Bonsang Award GFriend Won

Official Links

Gallery

Gfriend Rainbow Logo
To view the GFriend gallery, click here.


GFriend
SowonYerinEunhaYujuSinBUmji
Studio Albums LOL
Mini-Albums Season of GlassFlower BudSnowflakeThe AwakeningParallel
Singles "Glass Bead" • "Me Gustas Tu" • "Rough" • "Navillera" • "Fingertip" • "Love Whisper" • "Summer Rain"

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