2012-present: Debut, line-up changes & Hippity Hop
Late 2011, Shinsadong Tiger spoke about producing his very own girl group, under AB Entertainment, which he started May 2011. Originally, the group was to be called “WT”, standing for “Who’s That”, but changed their name merely months before debut.
Before the official debut, member LE, the group’s Main Rapper, was featuring alongside Huh Gak for his ballad single “Whenever You Play That Song”. The song brought attention towards LE, sparking more interest for the groups upcoming debut.
The group was to debut in January 2012, however, LE had an accident during rehearsals which ended with her sustaining a leg injury, delaying their debut by a few weeks. It was then on February 3, 2012 when the first teaser was released.
After several other teasers, the group officially released their first music video for the title track, “Whoz That Girl”, followed by the official release of their first single “HOLLA”, a day later.
They then went onto debut on music shows, the first being on “M! Countdown” on February 16, 2012, followed by Music Core and Inkigayo.
On April 30, it was revealed by their agency, AB Entertainment, that Yuzi, Dami and Haeryung left the group. Yuzi, former leader of the group, will temporarily stop working and return to Seoul Institute of Arts after taking a break to promote “Whoz That Girl”, Dami is studying to get into college and Haeryung is planning to become an actress. AB Entertainment also revealed the group would be turning into a five-member group to release new material in June.
It was revealed on the 17th of July, AB Entertainment has released a statement saying that instead of making a June comeback (which has not happened yet) EXID will have a comeback in mid-August. The reason is because to finalize the member line up and finishing off promotions. It has been reconfirmed that the group will add 2 more members – totaling up to 5 members, with LE (the groups main rapper) as the leader.
The two members, Solji and Hyerin were revealed on July 31, also revealing that Solji will be taking the position of main vocalist, while Hyerin will be a vocalist, boasting added dancing skills.Shortly after this, it was revealed that the group will comeback on August 15 with their mini album “Hippity Hop”
Shortly after I Feel Good promotions, the digital single “Every Night” was released. “Every Night” is an alternate version of LE‘s self-written song “Phone Call” from the group’s ‘HIPPITY HOP‘ mini-album. A few days after release, the song hit #1 on the real time charts, being the first time the group has achieved the position. The girls then started follow up promotions with the song.
EXID has participated in a new OST release for MBC’s popular sitcom, The Thousandth Man Released on October 11, the song “Hey Boy” is the female version of B1A4‘s main title version, “Hey Girl“. Producer Shinsadong Tiger rearranged it into a fun reggae style to create a different charm from B1A4′s original version.
On December 6, EXID won the rookie award at the “20th Annual Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards.” EXID made their debut with “Whoz That Girl” in February 2012. Following their debut, EXID released “I Feel Good” and “Every Night” and garnered much attention as the new rising girl group. EXID thanked fans, “We are so happy and honored to receive such a meaningful award. We will continue to try our best and grow.”
As reported earlier, BIG STAR , D-UNIT , and EXID will be working together on a special collaboration project in addition to a special year-end concert! The three groups will be working on 3 songs created by their producers (Brave Brothers, Shinsadong Tiger, and DM), and rather than having one group feature in another group’s song, the songs will be a mutual collaboration between all three groups. It was previously mentioned that a concert featuring all three groups was coming up, and since then, more details have been revealed along with the concert poster. The three groups will have a concert at the Hongdae V-Hall on December 22, titled ‘The Bugs Show Vol. 1‘ where they will perform their songs along with special appearances by Dok2, The Quiett, Electroboyz, and more.
Fanclub Name : L.E.G.O
|2012||20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Rookie Award||Won|
|2012 Arirang’s Simply K-Pop Awards||Super Rookie Idol of the Year||Won|
|2012 All-KPop Awards||Best New Girl Group||Pending|
Single “HOLLA” RELEASED DATE: February 16, 2012
- 01. I DO
- 02. Whoz That Girl [Title Track]
MINI ALBUMS “HIPPITY HOP”
RELEASED DATE: August 14, 2012
01. 하나 보단 둘
02. I Feel Good [Title Track]
04. Think About
05. Whoz That Girl Part. 2
06. I Feel Good (R.T Remix)
- SINGLE “매일밤 (Every Night)”
RELEASED DATE: October 2, 2012
Source : EXID-Wikipedia
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