Hi good to see you back!
Ready for our second highlighted artist of the week, can i get a drum roll please?
I say ma ma ma ma mooooooo 😉
Consisting of four members, Mamamoo (마마무) debuted in 2014 under Rainbow Bridge World and since then have been an unstoppable force, releasing fresh and euphonious music tracks back-to-back!
Debut Date: June 18th, 2014
Debut Mini-Album (EP): “Hello”
Debut Single: ‘Mr. Ambiguous’
Fandom Name: “MooMoos”
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Solar (Kim Yong Sun)
Birth Date: February 21, 1991
Position: Leader, Main Vocalist, Visual, Representative of the Group
TMI: Nicknamed the “Mommy” as she considers herself Mamamoo’s Mom.
Discovered by the agency after singing for a free gift.
Revealed her ideal type to be Simon Dominic from Jay Park’s label AOMG and wanted to work in the Hip-hop industry too if she got the chance.
Moonbyul (Moon Byul Yi)
Birth Date: December 22, 1992
Position: Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Visual, Vocalist
TMI: Originally auditioned to be a vocalist but changed to becoming a rapper instead.
A hard worker since their debut in 2014, Moonbyul had written her rap part for ‘Piano Man’ and helped write her rap verse for ‘Mr. Ambiguous’, along with Hanhae of Phantom.
She had also created the choreography for Mr. Ambiguous and still strives to improve her skills as an artist every day.
Wheein (Jung Whee In)
Birth Date: April 17th, 1995
Position: Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer
TMI: Nicknamed as “Snack Queen, Jindo Dog”.
Her hobbies include drawing and watching eating shows.
Has known Hwasa since middle school.
Hwasa (Ahn Hye Jin)
Birth Date: July 23rd, 1995
Position: Maknae, Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper, Main Dancer
TMI: Nicknamed as “The Cook”.
Has written and composed songs included in Mamamoo’s albums, such as My Heart/I Do Me and Freakin’ Shoes.
She also used to record guide vocals for 4Minute.
Hwasa’s ideal type is guys who have a father-like aura.
She has known Wheein since middle school.
Even before their debut Mamamoo had released 3 hit pre-debut tracks as collaborations with other artists one of which titled, ‘Peppermint Chocolate’ with K.Will and Wheesung hit number 11 on the Gaon Digital Chart.
The group made their first live appearance after debut on June 19th, 2014’s episode of M! Countdown.
On July 5th, 2014 the group held a guerrilla concert at Hongik University in Hongdae, Seoul.
In July, Mamamoo released their first original soundtrack contribution titled “Love Lane” for the Korean drama, ‘Marriage, Not Dating’.
The group released their second EP titled Piano Man and its title track of the same name peaked at 41 on Gaon’s Digital Chart.
By the end of 2014, Mamamoo ranked 10th highest among idol girl groups for digital sales, 19th in album sales, and 11th in overall sales according to Gaon’s year-end rankings.
They also participated in a competitive singing show, ‘Immortal Songs 2’ and were able to perform at the finale before losing to “Legend of Rock”, Kim Kyung-Ho.
On June 13, the group traveled to Mongolia, to perform at an event sponsored by the South Korean Embassy with Crayon Pop and K-Much which was held in honour of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between South Korea and Mongolia.
On June 19, Mamamoo released their third EP ‘Pink Funky’ and lead single “Um Oh Ah Yeh” which was a commercial success, peaking at number 3 on the Gaon Charts, becoming their First Top Three Singles.
Mamamoo held their first fan meeting, entitled “1st Moo Party“, for a total of 1,200 fans at the Olympic Park in Seoul on August 23rd, 2015 however the tickets for the fan meeting sold out within one minute and so the group added an additional meeting for 1,200 more fans the same night.
They also held another “Moo Party” in Los Angeles, which took place on October 4th, 2015 and marked their first trip to the United States.
On October 31, Mamamoo returned to the Immortal Song 2, singing a rendition of Korean trot singer Bae Ho’s song “Backwood’s Mountain” (두메산골) which earned them their first overall win on Immortal Song with 404 points.
On January 10, 2016, RBW announced Mamamoo’s first solo concert since debut in 2014 titled “2016 Mamamoo Concert-Moosical” to be held on August 13th–14th at the Olympic Hall in Seoul.
Their next album “Melting” was released on February 26, debuting at number 3 on the Gaon Charts with the title track “You’re the Best (넌 is 뭔들)” also debuting at number 3 but peaking at number 1 the following week, becoming their First Number 1 Single.
On March 6, 2016 they received their first music show win with the song “You’re the Best” on Inkigayo, followed by wins on Music Bank, M! Countdown, and other music shows.
Mamamoo also featured in the OST titled “Love” for hit TV show Goblin.
The title track “Yes I Am” from their fifth EP “Purple” released on June 22nd, 2017 quickly climbed to the number 1 spot on the Melon Real-Time Chart.
After one day, Mamamoo set the record for the highest number of unique listeners in 24-hours with “Yes I Am” on Melon for a girl group.
They also placed first in Billboard’s World Album Charts with EP “Purple”.
On July 11, 2018, Mamamoo announced their third solo concert, titled “2018 Mamamoo Concert 4Seasons S/S” will be held at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Seoul on August 18th-19th. The venue is twice as bigger than any previous venues they had performed at and had a total of 5,000 seats, tickets to which sold out within 2 minutes.
Mamamoo released their seventh EP, ‘Red Moon’ on July 16, 2018, with “Egotistic” as its lead single. On the first week of its release, the EP debuted at number 4 on Billboard World Albums selling 1,000 copies, making it their best U.S. sales week.
Mamamoo also made their first-ever appearance on Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart at number 25.
Their first Japanese single, “Décalcomanie” was released on October 3, 2018, under the Japanese label Victor Entertainment and their first Japan debut single peaked at no. 11 in Oricon Weekly Single Chart.
In 2018, Mamamoo also had their own show ‘A Lucky Day’, which aired on Olleh TV for eight episodes displaying the fun activities that the members indulged in during their vacations.
Mamamoo’s most recent comeback was on November 14, 2019, with its lead single “Hip”.
Another Mamamoo track we highly recommend is “Egoistic” which has a dynamic structure and opens with a brief flourish of Latin guitar with a harmonious blend of the girls’ voices for a chant-like hook that is hard to resist.
Fallen for the charms of these Queens yet?
Here’s another track “Gogobebe” to make you fall further into the beautiful black hole that is ‘MAMAMOO’ 😉
For a real taste of the powerful yet mellifluent vocals these girls are known to possess, let’s listen to ‘Yellow Flower’ album’s, “Starry Night” and witness the broad spectrum of Mamamoo’s music.
Recounting all that Mamamoo has achieved since their debut in 2014 now makes me realise how far these talented girls have come; of how much their hard work has paid off!
With the growing fanbase of MooMoos acknowledging and supporting these rising Queens of K-Pop it is no surprise that India has its own support system set up with new MooMoos entering the fandom everyday.
Let’s hope to see them in India soon 🙂