After School has been formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2009. They are known for their special concept of unique admission and graduation where the members are added or withdrawn in a natural manner. They first started as a 5 member’s band and then members were added one at a time while others were leaving the band. They are now an 8 member’s girl band and have a lot of success in Korea but also in Japan. After School is also known for their special choreographies and concept for every release. They are talented but still simple. They are very natural when appearing in broadcast and they are not forcing to act cute or tough, they are just as they are and it gives a real plus to the group. They are not afraid to be themselves and speak out when they have to. Despite their talents and original choreographies, they don’t seem to go promote outside Korea or Japan which is sad. They definitely deserve much more success and we hope that they will get more attention also in Europe in the near future. Due to their success, they were able to make subunits which are as popular as the band itself. The first subunit was Orange Caramel and then followed the subunits A.S. Red and A.S. Blue.
The first member is the leader Jungah who is also the main vocalist. She is older than a lot of female idols in the Korean music industry nowadays, but she is showing a real mature image and she has a lot of charisma without saying that she is also very pretty. Next you have the vocalist Jooyeon who is very popular for her pretty face and her cuteness. But she has also a strong personality and can impose herself very easily. The other vocalist but also rapper of the group is UEE, she is considered as the face of the group. She seems very kind and simple. The second main vocalist Raina has a great voice and she is also very cute. She has often short hair which suits her best. Nana is also a vocalist and rapper, she is also considered as the face of the group as she was a model before entering as member of After School. She is quiet most of the time but you cannot miss her glance, she doesn’t have to say a lot, you just need to look at her eyes and you know what she thinks. Then, we have Lizzy, who is probably the most popular as she is an extrovert. She can be very rude when she talks but still cute at the same time. She is enthusiastic and brings a lot of energy to the band. She is the lead rapper but can also sing very well. E-Young was added as a 7th member in 2011 for the release of “Shampoo”. She is another vocalist with a cute face. Kaeun is the last member to have been added to After School in 2012. She is a vocalist but she still seems a bit shy and quiet as she is not for long with After School.
They made their first release in February 2009 with the single “New School Girl” where you can find their very first single “Ah”. They came back with another single in April 2009 “Diva” and also in May 2009 with “Dream girl”. But it’s mostly with “Because of you”, released in November 2009, that the success came as they won triple crown SBS’s Inkigayo. In March 2010, they made another big come back with the successful track “Bang!”. They released their first full length album “Virgin” in May 2011 with the very popular track “Shampoo”. That’s the year where they also debuted in Japan, and they also released a full length Japanese album “Playgirlz” in February 2012. They came back in Korea in June 2012 with the release of a mini album “Flashback”. With all those releases during their 3 years of activities, they were able to release a best of Afterschool in March 2013 where you can find their most famous hit. They recently made their comeback in June 2013 with the mini album “First love” which attracted the attention directly, especially with their special pole dance choreography.
Now we are waiting to see if they will do worldwide activities soon. At Japako Music, we think they really have the potential to have a worldwide success as they are able to make a good show with their wonderful choreographies. So don’t hesitate to check out the music video that we have commented under this presentation!
In January 2016, after seven years with the group, member Jungah officially graduated from After School. She signed with a new label as a solo artist while After School will be going on as a 6-members group.
Text by Virginia Clinberghe