AOA is an acronym for Ace Of Angels and it’s a unique female idol band. Usually, AOA is defined as a 7+1 group:  full-angel members (Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, and leader Jimin) and one half angel/half mortal member (Youkyung). This unusual concept was created by FNC Entertainment and explained in the following way: “there are seven angels that watched the world though a crystal ball. They fell in love with humanity and their music. The half angel/half mortal member is the key keeper, also curious about the human world. She used the key to wisit the world together with the angels.” 

The AOA girls are very flexible: they’re able to transform into a 5 members instrument playing band (AOA Black) but also in a sensual 7 members dancing group .

AOA debuted on the 30th of August 2012 with “Elvis”. Their first comeback was a few months later and the single members were presented dressed as fictional characters from Kill Bill, Léon,Legally Blonde, Tomb Raider, Harry Potter, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Romeo and Juliet and The Fifth Element.

2013 was another busy year for them with the release of the two mini-albums “Moya” and “Red Motion”. Moreover, the single members had different single activities to keep them pretty busy.

So far, AOA worked hard in 2014 too: “Miniskirt” was released, the song which made them win their first music show and on June 19, they launched their first mini-album “Short Hair”.

Jimin is the leader of the group and her angel name is Jiminel. She plays the guitar, harmonica and the piano. She loves to rap and it’s told she raps even in her sleep. She’s a big fan of Lee Hyori and Jay Park.

Seolhyun is the lead dancer and sub-vocal of the group. Her angel name is Seolhyunari.  Prior to her AOA‘s debut, you can see her in FT Island‘s “Severely” MV. She was a promotional model for one of her teachers in junior high and while being part of a school club band, she learned how to dance.

Choa, angel name Choaya, is the powerful main vocalist and guitarist of the group. Even if her parents opposed her idea of becoming a singer and she was refused in various auditions before being cast by FNC, she never gave up believing in her dream. She’s the oldest of the group being born in 1990.

Hyejeong is the face of the group and her angel name is Hyejeong.Linus. She was a cheerleader and promotional model in high school and actually had an acting debut (cameo in A Gentleman’s Dignity Episode 3) before joining AOA. Since then, she made an appearance in the drama “Cheongdam-dong Alice” (Moon Geun-young’s younger sister ), in FT Island‘s “I Wish” MV and was part of the first season of “The Romantic & Idol”, pairing up with MBLAQ’s Mir and 2PM’s Jun.K. She also appeared in Phantom’s “Seoul Lonely” MV.

Yuna is the lead vocalist and keyboarder of the group. Her angel name is Yunaria and she sytarted playing the piano at the young age of 7. As she’s from Busan, she moved in with her uncle’s in Seoul at the age of 18 to pursue her dream to become a singer.

Mina is the lead rapper and bassist of the group. Her angel name is Minaring and prior to her AOA debut, she was a famous internet ulzzang.

Youkyoung  is the half angel/half human member of the group. She “”only” plays the drums and was once member of a band called “Sponge Band”.

Chamni, angel name Chanmi T.T, is the maknae, main dancer and rapper of the group. She started dancing in elementary school and her skills are quite remarkable.

Thanks to “Miniskirt” and it’s controversial MV, AOA are quite successful lately and they surely worked hard to get where they are right now. Being a girls group with a band element in it is something unique and I hope they’re going to take a chance to make it big through it.

-UPDATE-

2016 was a full year for AOA. In February, Chanmi, Hyejeong and Yuna debuted as AOA Cream with the song “I’m Jelly Baby”. This is the second sub-unit for the group after AOA Black. Next month, in March, Jimin made her solo debut with the track “Call You Bae” ft. EXO’s member Xiumin.

In May, AOA reunite ad released the summer track “Good Luck” along with the same-titled mini-album.

-UPDATE #2-

After the release, at the beginning of 2017, of AOA’s first full album “Angel’s Knock“, member Choa went on hiatus. In June 2017, she herself revealed through an Instagram post that she was going to leave the group due to depression and insomnia. FNC confirmed her departure from the group on June 30th.

Originally written by moed88 – August 2014

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