MAMAMOO

Mamamoo Member Profile & Biography

MAMAMOO is a South Korean girl group formed by RBW (Rainbow Bridge World) since 2014. The group consists of four members – Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein, and Hwasa.

They debuted on June 19, 2014 with the song “Mr. Ambiguous” in what was considered by critics as one of the best K-pop debuts of 2014.

The group is widely recognized in the industry for their retro, jazz, and R&B concepts, as well as their strong vocal prowess.

Pre-debut

Before their official debut as a group, the members of MAMAMOO collaborated with several other artists from various agencies.

Their first collaboration called “Don’t Be Happy” was with Bumkey of Brand New Music, and was released on January 8, 2014.

The song charted at number 20 on the Gaon Digital Chart and number 24 on Billboard’s Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart despite not having any promotions.

Their second collaboration was with K.Will of Starship Entertainment, titled “Peppermint Chocolate”, and was released the following month on February 11.

The song also featured Wheesung and was considered a commercial success after and peaking at ranks 10 and 7 on the aforementioned charts.

And lastly, the group released their third collaboration, “HeeHeeHaHeHo” on May 30, this time with their labelmate Geeks and peaked at 50 and 45 on the same charts.

2014: Official debut

MAMAMOO officially debuted as a group on June 19 with the song “Mr. Ambiguous”, the lead single of their first mini album Hello.

The music video for their song featured cameo appearances from several well-known figures in the K-pop industry such as Jonghyun of CNBLUE, Baek Ji Young, Wheesung, Jung Joon Young, Bumkey, K.Will, and  Rhymer of Brand New Music.

Hello includes the three previously released collaborations of the group plus four new songs. The album debuted at number 19 on the Gaon Album Chart for the third week of June 2014, while “Mr. Ambiguous” entered the Gaon Digital Chart at number 53 before peaking at number 19 two weeks later.

It also ranked at number 28 on Billboard’s Korea K-pop Hot 100 chart.

Their first live performance was on the June 19 episode of Mnet’s M! Countdown. On June 27, MAMAMOO performed their song “Peppermint Chocolate” with K. Will and VIXX’s Ravi on Music Bank’s “Half-Year Special”. And on July 5, they held a guerilla concert at Hongik University in Hongdae, Seoul.

A month after their official debut, the group released the song “Love Lane”, their first original soundtrack contribution for the television drama Marriage, Not Dating.

On November 21, they released their second mini album, Piano Man, which contains two songs – the title track of the same name and the song “Gentleman”.

“Piano Man” peaked at number 41 on the Gaon Digital Chart, while the album entered the Gaon Album Chart at number 8 in the first week of December.

By the end of 2014, MAMAMOO was ranked tenth among girl groups with the highest digital sales for the year. They were also 19th in album sales and 11th in overall sales according to Gaon’s year-end statistics.

2015: Rising popularity, Immortal Songs fame

On January 10, the girls of MAMAMOO appeared on KBS’ competitive singing show, Immortal Songs 2, where they performed a rendition of “Wait a Minute” by Joo Hyun Mi.

They made it to the final round of the episode, but lost to Kim Kyung Ho in the end.

On April 2, the group released “Ahh Oop!”, their first single from the mini album Pink Funky. The song marks their second collaboration with Esna, after they worked on “Gentleman”, which was part of MAMAMOO’s second album, Piano Man.

On June 13, they went to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia to perform at a commemorative concert sponsored by the South Korean Embassy alongside Crayon Pop and K-Much.

The event was held in honor of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

A week later, the group officially released their third mini album, Pink Funky, along with the lead single “Um Oh Ah Yeh”. The song was considered a commercial success after it peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Chart, the group’s first single to do so.

Following the promotions for Pink Funky, MAMAMOO held their first fan meeting on August 23, entitled “1st Moo Party”, with 1,200 fans in attendance.

Tickets for the meet sold out quickly, leading MAMAMOO’s management to add an additional meeting for another 1,200 fans on the same night.

On August 29, the group returned to Immortal Songs 2 with a rendition of Jo Young Nam’s “Delilah”.

Their performance on the show once again drew attention to the group for their singing abilities despite not being able to win in the episode.

On October 4, they held another “Moo Party”, this time in Los Angeles, California, marking the group’s first trip to the United States.

And on October 31, they made a third appearance on Immortal Songs 2 where they sang their version of “Backwood’s Mountain” by Korean trot singer Bae Ho. MAMAMOO’s performance earned them 404 points, giving them their first overall win on Immortal Songs.

The win led to their album’s re-entry on the Gaon Album Chart, peaking at number 16.

2016: First full-length album

On January 26, the group released the R&B ballad “I Miss You” from their upcoming album. It was followed by another track, “1cm/Taller than You”, which was accompanied by a music video on February 12.

The group’s first full-length album, Melting, was officially released on February 26, debuting at number 3 on the Gaon Albums Chart. The title track, “You’re the Best”, also debuted at number three before peaking at number 1 on its second week, making it MAMAMOO’s first number 1 single.

On March 6, they won their first music show trophy with “You’re the Best” on Inkigayo, then on Music Bank, M! Countdown, and other music shows for a total of 8 wins.

On March 16, the group performed at South By Southwest’s K-Pop Night Out in Austin, Texas and on June 25, returned to the United States as part of the lineup of KCON NY in Newark, New Jersey alongside GFriend.

MAMAMOO released a couple more singles on August 31 – “Angel” and “Dab Dab” – in their newly-formed sub-units.

Vocalists Solar and Wheein paired up in the song “Angel”, while rappers Moonbyul and Hwasa collaborated on “Dab Dab”.

The songs are pre-release tracks for their upcoming album and both entered domestic charts with “Dab Dab” on number 69 and “Angel” on number 26.

On September 21, they released their follow-up digital single “New York”, along with the song’s official music video.

The song is another pre-release single and peaked at number 9 on the Gaon Digital Chart. After concluding promotions for the single, RBW announced that the group will be making a comeback on November 7.

Come November 2016, the group released their fourth mini album, Memory, and began promotions with the lead single “Décalcomanie” which peaked at number 2 on the Gaon Chart.

After concluding their promotions for “Memory”, MAMAMOO took part in several year-end awards shows. They also released the song “Love” as part of the original soundtrack of hit television series Goblin

2017: Purple and Yellow Flower

On June 17, MAMAMOO once again appeared on Immortal Songs 2 where they wowed the audience with their rendition of Noh Sa Yeon’s “Love”, earning them 430 points.

Shortly after, the group released their fifth mini album, Purple, on June 22. The album’s title track “Yes I Am” quickly rose to the number 1 spot on Melon’s real-time charts after its release. A day after the release of Purple, MAMAMOO set the record for the highest number of unique listeners within the first 24 hours among girl group with their song “Yes I Am”.

On June 27, they won their first music show win for the song on The Show, followed by wins on Show Champion, M! Countdown, and Show! Music Core.

On March 7, 2018, MAMAMOO released their sixth mini album, Yellow Flower, along with the lead single “Starry Night”. The album contains a total of seven tracks, most of which were written by members Solar, Moonbyul, and Hwasa. During the promotions for “Starry Night”, the group won 8 times on various music shows. 

2018: Japanese Debut

In March 2018, the group released their sixth EP, “Yellow Flower,” which included the hit single “Starry Night.” The song topped several music charts in South Korea and earned the group their first music show win on Mnet’s “M Countdown.”

In May 2018, MAMAMOO embarked on their first solo concert tour, “2018 MAMAMOO Concert: 4Season S/S.” The tour included stops in Seoul, Busan, and Daegu, and was a huge success, with all tickets selling out within minutes.

In July 2018, MAMAMOO made their Japanese debut with the release of their first Japanese single, “Décalcomanie.” The single was a Japanese version of their hit song of the same name and was well-received by fans in Japan.

In August 2018, MAMAMOO released their seventh EP, “Red Moon,” which included the hit single “Egotistic.” The song topped several music charts in South Korea and earned the group several music show wins.

In October 2018, MAMAMOO released their eighth EP, “Blue;s,” which included the hit single “Wind Flower.” The song topped several music charts in South Korea and earned the group several music show wins.

Throughout the year, MAMAMOO also made several appearances on variety shows and reality programs, including “I Can See Your Voice” and “Weekly Idol.” The group was praised for their down-to-earth personalities and sense of humor.

Overall, 2018 was a successful year for MAMAMOO, with several hit songs, successful concerts, and a successful Japanese debut. The group continued to grow in popularity and cemented their status as one of the most beloved and influential KPOP groups of the time.

2019

In February 2019, MAMAMOO released their ninth EP, “White Wind,” which included the hit single “Gogobebe.” The song topped several music charts in South Korea and earned the group several music show wins.

In May 2019, MAMAMOO embarked on their “2019 MAMAMOO Concert 4Season F/W” tour, which included stops in Seoul, Busan, and Bangkok. The tour was a huge success, with all tickets selling out within minutes.

In June 2019, MAMAMOO performed at the 2019 Seoul Jazz Festival, where they wowed the audience with their unique blend of jazz and KPOP.

In July 2019, MAMAMOO collaborated with rapper Punch for the song “Heart” as part of the soundtrack for the popular K-drama “Hotel Del Luna.” The song was a huge success and topped several music charts in South Korea.

In August 2019, MAMAMOO released their tenth EP, “reality in BLACK,” which included the hit single “HIP.” The song topped several music charts in South Korea and earned the group several music show wins.

In September 2019, MAMAMOO performed at the 2019 Incheon K-Pop Concert, where they wowed the audience with their powerful vocals and dynamic performances.

Throughout the year, MAMAMOO also made several appearances on variety shows and reality programs, including “Queendom” and “Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend.” The group was praised for their talent and creativity, and won several awards and accolades.

Overall, 2019 was another successful year for MAMAMOO, with several hit songs, successful concerts, and collaborations with other artists. The group continued to grow in popularity and cemented their status as one of the most beloved and influential KPOP groups of the time.

Mamamoo in 2020

In 2020, MAMAMOO faced several challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but still managed to achieve success and make headlines with several major news and events.

In March 2020, MAMAMOO released their eleventh EP, “Travel,” which included the hit single “HIP.” The song topped several music charts in South Korea and earned the group several music show wins.

In June 2020, MAMAMOO made their comeback with the single “Dingga,” which was a commercial success and topped several music charts in South Korea.

In August 2020, MAMAMOO released their twelfth EP, “WAW,” which included the hit single “AYA.” The song topped several music charts in South Korea and earned the group several music show wins.

In December 2020, MAMAMOO released their special album, “TRAVEL – Japan Edition,” which included Japanese versions of some of their hit songs.

Throughout the year, MAMAMOO also made several appearances on variety shows and reality programs, including “Queendom 2” and “MAMAMOO x GFRIEND Showtime.” The group was praised for their talent and creativity, and won several awards and accolades.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, MAMAMOO continued to connect with fans through virtual concerts and online events. They also used their platform to raise awareness for social and environmental issues, and were recognized for their philanthropic work.

Overall, 2020 was another successful year for MAMAMOO, with several hit songs, successful albums, and virtual concerts. The group continued to grow in popularity and cemented their status as one of the most beloved and influential KPOP groups of the time.

Mamamoo Member Profiles

Hwasa

Ahn Hye-jin, better known by her stage name Hwasa, is a South Korean singer, rapper, and songwriter. She was born on July 23, 1995, in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea. Hwasa is best known as a member of the KPOP girl group Mamamoo, which debuted in 2014 under the management of RBW Entertainment. Mamamoo gained popularity with their unique sound, which blends elements of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop, and Hwasa’s powerful vocals and charismatic stage presence have been a big part of the group’s success.

Hwasa has also gained attention for her solo work, having released several solo songs and collaborations. In 2018, she released “Be Calm,” which was included on Mamamoo’s sixth EP, Yellow Flower. In 2019, she made her official solo debut with the single “Twit,” which topped the charts in South Korea and earned her critical acclaim.

Aside from her music career, Hwasa has also appeared on several variety shows, including “I Live Alone” and “Let’s Eat Dinner Together,” and has been praised for her down-to-earth personality and sense of humor. With her talent, unique style, and magnetic personality, Hwasa has become one of the most popular and influential figures in KPOP today.

Wheein

Jung Whee-in, better known by her stage name Wheein, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. She was born on April 17, 1995, in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea. Wheein is best known as a member of the KPOP girl group Mamamoo, which debuted in 2014 under the management of RBW Entertainment. She is the lead vocalist of the group and has been praised for her soulful voice and emotional performances.

In addition to her work with Mamamoo, Wheein has also pursued a solo career. She made her solo debut in 2018 with the digital single “Easy,” which showcased her versatility as a singer and songwriter. She has also collaborated with other artists, including rapper Sik-K and singer-songwriter George.

Wheein has been praised for her unique style and fashion sense, and has become known for her bold and colorful outfits. She has also been recognized for her philanthropic work, having donated to various charities and causes over the years.

Despite her success, Wheein has been open about her struggles with anxiety and mental health, and has become an advocate for mental health awareness. With her talent, creativity, and compassion, Wheein has become a beloved figure in KPOP and a role model for fans around the world.

Solar

Kim Yong-sun, better known by her stage name Solar, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. She was born on February 21, 1991, in Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Solar is best known as the leader and main vocalist of the KPOP girl group Mamamoo, which debuted in 2014 under the management of RBW Entertainment. She is known for her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence.

In addition to her work with Mamamoo, Solar has also pursued a solo career. She released her first solo album, “Spit it Out,” in 2020, which showcased her versatility as a singer and songwriter. She has also collaborated with other artists, including KPOP legends K.Will and Eric Nam.

Solar is known for her bubbly and outgoing personality, and has become a popular figure on variety shows and reality programs. She has also been recognized for her philanthropic work, having donated to various charities and causes over the years.

In 2021, Solar was appointed as an ambassador for the Korean National Police Agency, and has used her platform to promote public safety and awareness. With her talent, charisma, and dedication, Solar has become one of the most beloved and influential figures in KPOP today.

Moonbyul

Moon Byul-yi, better known by her stage name Moonbyul, is a South Korean rapper, singer, and songwriter. She was born on December 22, 1992, in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Moonbyul is best known as a member of the KPOP girl group Mamamoo, which debuted in 2014 under the management of RBW Entertainment. She is the main rapper and performer of the group.

Moonbyul has also pursued a solo career, having released several solo songs and collaborations. In 2018, she released her first solo album, “Selfish,” which featured the hit single of the same name with Mamamoo member Solar. She has also collaborated with other artists, including Red Velvet’s Seulgi and Block B’s Zico.

Moonbyul is known for her unique style and fashion sense, often wearing more masculine clothing and embracing her “handsome” image. She has also been recognized for her philanthropic work, having donated to various charities and causes over the years.

Aside from her music career, Moonbyul has also pursued acting and has appeared in several dramas and variety shows. She has been praised for her acting skills and has become a popular figure on television.

With her talent, creativity, and individuality, Moonbyul has become a beloved and influential figure in KPOP and a role model for fans around the world.

Mamamoo Frequently Asked Questions

What does MAMAMOO mean?

According to Wikipedia’s Mamamoo page, it, “…is symbolic of the first time a baby babbles. In addition, it has the meaning of approaching instinctively and primitively like a baby.”

We interpret this to also signify being carefree and spontaneous, which is very much in line with how Mamamoo goes about their lives.

Are Mamamoo members allowed to date?

Yes, they are allowed to date. Their agency does not have any restrictions on dating.

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