Miss A (Korean: 미쓰에이), commonly stylized as miss A, is a four member South Korean and Chinese girl group based in South Korea. They were formed by JYP Entertainment and is managed by AQ Entertainment. The group consists of Fei, Jia, Min and Suzy.
Fei and Jia are considered two of the four best recognized female celebrities of Chinese origin active in the South Korean entertainment scene, along with f(x)’s Victoria Song and fashion model Wei Sun.
Pre-debut, JYP Sisters: Early activities in China
Members Fei and Jia were selected in 2007 (Fei was scouted on her way to dance school, while Jia’s school held auditions). Min auditioned when she was in the 6th grade, and traveled to the U.S., where she trained for 6 years, but came back in 2008 to continue activities in Korea. During her time in New York, she studied at the Repertory Company High School in Manhattan. Before their debut, members Fei and Jia appeared in 2PM’s “My Color” music video. Suzy Bae was also a model for an online shopping center.
Originally, Miss A were a 5-member group in training in 2009. While still in training, the group flew to China where they appeared in numerous variety shows performing dance routines and songs to showcase themselves to the Chinese audience. Hyerim left to join the Wonder Girls, while two other girls withdrew from the group. JYPE then decided to group the two remaining girls, Fei and Jia with JYPE South Korean trainee 15-year old, Suzy Bae.
The girls began their first official promotional activities in China as a group by signing up with Samsung China and released a commercial song called “Love Again” for the Samsung Beat Festival. The song has a strong Korean team/influence behind it, as it was written by Korean composer, Super Changddai while the music video was directed by Hong Won Ki.
Min later joined the group before debuting in South Korea.
2010: Debut in South Korea with “Bad Girl Good Girl” and “Step Up”
Miss A made their official debut in South Korea as a four-member group on June 30 with their single “Bad Girl Good Girl” which was taken from their debut mini-album called “Bad but Good”. Their single topped various music charts and eventually earned the group their first Mutizen award on M.net M! Countdown and the following day Miss A became number #1 on KBS Music Bank. On August 1 they had their number #1 on SBS Inkigayo. The song went to #1 on M.net M! Countdown, KBS Music Bank and SBS Inkigayo for one week.
The group later on made their comeback with their first mini-album called “Step Up” on September 26. The group promoted “Breathe” as the lead single for the album and showed an “exotic and a doll-like transformation” that was completely different from their debut single’s concept. They made their first comeback on M.net M! Countdown and the following day on KBS Music Bank, MBC Show! Music Core and SBS Inkigayo. The song went to #1 on M.net M! Countdown staying for one week.
2011: Solo activities, Comeback and Chinese debut
Suzy starred in Dream High as the main character Go Hye Mi with 2PM’s Taecyeon, 2PM’s Wooyoung, IU, T-ara’s Eunjung and actor Kim Soo-hyun. Miss A member, Min, was a fixed student on KBS’s variety show Oh! My School, also known as 100 Out of 100. Jia appeared in M&D’s music video for “Close Your Mouth” with FT Island’s Hongki & B2ST’s Jun Hyung which was released on June 22, 2011.
In July 2011, Miss A announced their comeback with their first full album called A Class which was released on July 18, 2011. A Class consists of a mix of previously released hits and four new tracks, including the single, “Good Bye Baby”. The album has a total of 13 songs. They released their album digitally on July 18, 2011. They started promoting the title song “Good Bye Baby” on July 21, 2011 on Mnet’s M! Countdown followed by KBS’s Music Bank, MBC’s Show! Music Core, and SBS’s Inkigayo. On the following week of promotions they won all awards from the shows (except Music Corewhich doesn’t include charts on the show).
On September 30, Miss A debuted in Chinese with the release of a special edition of their first full album, containing a DVD with music videos, as well as Chinese versions of “Bad Girl Good Girl”, “Breathe”, “Goodbye Baby” and “Love Again”.
After the Chinese album release, its ranked first on several charts. “Good Bye Baby” ranked first on Taiwan’s biggest music portal, ‘Ezpeer‘, alongside ‘A Class‘ topping their weekly Korea/Japan chart. On ‘G-MUSIC‘, the girls have ranked in third.
2012: Comeback with “Touch”
Miss A announced their comeback in Korea with a new album called “Touch”, that is confirmed to be released on February 20, 2012. The first MV teaser featuring their youngest member Suzy, for their song “Touch”, was uploaded on their official YouTube channel, on February 13. The second MV teaser featuring their rapper Jia was released on February 14. The third MV teaser featuring their elder member Fei was released on February 15.
|Stage name||Birth name||Date of birth||Position|
|Fei||페이||Wang Fei Fei||왕페이페이/王霏霏||April 27, 1987 (age 24)||Main Vocalist|
|Jia||지아||Meng Jia||맹가/孟佳||February 3, 1989 (age 23)||Vocalist, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer|
|Min||민||Lee Min Young||이민영/李玟暎||June 21, 1991 (age 20)||Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer|
|Suzy||수지||Bae Soo Ji||배수지/裴秀智||October 10, 1994 (age 17)||Maknae, Vocalist, Visual|