Crayon Pop is a 5-member girl group who debuted in 2012 under Chrome Entertainment. However, before their debut, they were known as Hurricane Pop and went through a few lineup changes before their debut. The original line up consisted of Mari, Geum Mi, Ellin, Cho A and So Yul. Mari was a former member of Coin Jackson, but she left Crayon Pop to pursue acting. This was why Cho A’s twin sister Way joined the group, and they were renamed Crayon Pop. It seems like many of the members had previous experience in the entertainment industry. Whilst they didn’t make waves in the K-Pop world with their debut song, they soon had a hit with ‘Bar Bar Bar’.
Crayon Pop is one of the few groups that doesn’t actually have a leader. However, Geum Mi is the oldest and also one of the vocalists of the group. So Yul is the main vocalist and main rapper, proving that she is multi talented. She was previously part of a duo called ‘Chic’6 Muscats’ but the group was very short lived. Cho A is also the main vocalist, and her and So Yul’s voice always seem to blend really nicely in their songs. They compliment each other nicely. Way is the lead vocalist and rapper of the group, as well as Cho A’s twin sister. She was previously a member of indie band ‘N.Dolphin’, but she left in order to join her sister in Crayon Pop. Ellin is also a vocalist, but I think her dancing makes her stand out from the other members. Her moves always look cool on stage. Crayon Pop also have a 6th member for their upcoming Japanese promotions, called Arisa, however not much is known about her at the moment.
The group began their official promotions in Japan and therefore filmed their debut MV, ‘Bing Bing’, out there. They unofficially debuted in early 2012 with both Korean and Japanese versions of the song. However, their debut song is considered to be ‘Saturday Night’, because this is the song they performed on their debut stages at music shows. Almost a year after debut, they released ‘Bar Bar Bar’, which turned out to be their breakthrough hit, and not just in Korea, but globally. The song went viral on YouTube due to their unique ‘jumping’ choreography. Many call this song ‘the second Gangnam Style’!
The only way I can describe Crayon Pop and their style of music, is quirky. They are not afraid to do something different and interesting. I feel this is an important factor in their rapid success, especially with so many new groups in K-Pop currently. It is so important to stand out and be recognized. Even though at debut, their chances of making it in K-Pop seemed unlikely, considering they came from an agency that was completely unknown at the time. However, they have proved themselves to be a hardworking and interesting group with great potential to go far.
Sophie – April 2014