GGP’s list of amazing nugu releases from 2018

2018 was a year full of one hit wonders and funky songs! With big groups releasing some of their most memorable songs, here is GGP’s list of nugu releases that we still listen to in the year 2023!

Heart Ppyeong – Sugar Tint

Ahh my one hit wonder girls. They dropped my favorite 80’s themed hit and then disappeared.

Hi Five – Cherry On Top

2018 nugu girls really had SOMETHING in their music that hit different. This song definitely was on my most played in 2018.

Mmook Jji Bba – Saturday

This song is what made me a Sunday. SD give them a comeback please.

Crazy Gone Crazy – Berry Good Heart Heart

Berry Good dropped this unit on us, and we did not appreciate them the way we should have.

I Mean – UNI.T

Best disbandment song of 2018. They deserved so much more though.

The Boots – Gugudan

The entirety of Cait Sith was amazing and Jellyfish can rot for letting the girls sit in the basement.

Blue Moon – Gyeongree

Her solo debut was exactly what we needed in 2018.

Grapes – Busters (Beta)

This was my single most played song in 2018. The concept fits this era of Busters so well! You can references to things in 2018 that were viral (Jooe’s iconic Topicana commercial being the most prominent one)

Kemi – GGB

This song is such an ear worm! The concept is super cute too!

Some You’ll Be Mine – Nature

AHHH i love this song so much! Its such a classic Nature song and embodies the cute & funky concept of early Nature so much! Nature using the concept change that so many kpop artists today are using in their second release ever!!

On Air – We Girls

This is another song that was on my replay list for 2018. The music video is also super pretty!

Dream Note – DreamNote

Another group that embodies the cute & quirky sound of 2018 ggs! Dreamnote’s debut was amazing!!

Hey Leader – HOLICS

This choreo was so hard to learn for 2018 me. I love the outfits and the girls hair styles a lot in this MV

Wake Me Up – BlueFox

With this being the only song the group released, I hate that it never got the love it deserved! Another one hit wonder for the list

Pang Pang Pang – Hint

I hate that this didnt get a proper mv but this song is still in my heart anyway!

What The Heck – Sha Sha

As ShaSha’s disbandment song, this one was a banger. Its so cute and bubbly!

Im Your Girl? – Khan

I’m Your Girl not making Khan the hit duo of 2018 is a travesty. Both girls did amazing for this release and I miss them. A 3rd one hit wonder for this list

Log In – Aqua

This group has SO much potential! I love the concept behind their group!

Iriwa – PinkFantasy

The debut track of one of my favorite groups! Iriwa is so fun and is also such a good introduction to their sound.

Yellow Pink – Lipbubble

I feel like if I describe this song as “pink lemonade” that makes complete sense.

Maemmaeya – Purple (Hashtag)

This unit is so good!! I love the MV and the song a bunch! Excited to see the full group comeback later this year.

Woo Woo – DIA

With this being their last release with Jenny, who was my bias at the time, this song holds a special place in my heart.

Sugar Cake – CoCo

This song was stuck in my head for a full year after it came out! The dance version is also so cute!

Bibidi Babidi Boo – Honey Popcorn

The backlash this group did not stop them from making a certified banger of a debut album!

DDu Ru DDu PPa Ra PPa – ShaFla

And if I said this was my favorite ShaFla track, I wouldnt be wrong!

Prince – YJIG

One Hit Wonders hit different! The dance is super cute and all the members are adorable! I’m glad a few got to redebut!

Oh! My Mistake – April

The outfits, the mv, the concept, this comeback was amazing! I’m also a sucker for a retro sound!

Puzzle Moon – GWSN

This debut was one that I didnt know I needed but I’m glad I got to experience! This whole album is an amazing debut album that got to show a bit of what the girls were able to bring in later albums.

Touch – SoRi

Literally my top played soloist in 2018. She helped finish the year out with a masterpiece!

Link to the playlist in Spotify and Youtube format:

*Spotify is missing GBB’s Kemi & Lip Bubble’s Yellow Pink. Cherry On Top’s Hi Five is unavailable in some countries.

Soloist Of The Week: HEZZ

HEZZ – Mellow Entertainment profile photo

HEZZ (Hong Euijin) Profile

HEZZ [헤즈] Debut (Y-M-D): 22-03-03Label: Mellow EntertainmentMusic Videos: Korean MVs: The 8th Spring (여덟 번째 봄), I Knew I Love (사랑하게 될 줄 알았어), Churup!Albums: Korean: The 8th Spring [Single Album], I Knew I Love (사랑하게 될 줄 알았어) [Digital Single], Churup! [Single Album]Fan Name: HONG-CHA (홍차)Logo:…

HEZZ, also known as Hong Euijin, is a soloist under Mellow Entertainment. She debuted as a soloist in March of 2022, and is a former member of 2 other girl groups.

In 2014, she was introduced (while going by her real name, Euijin) as a member of the girl group Sonamoo, under the company TS Entertainment. She would debut with the group in December of that year, with the album and title track, Deja Vu.

In October of 2017, TS Entertianment announced that Euijin would be participating in the idol reboot show, The Unit, which was meant to give second chances to idols that had previously debuted but had failed to make a breakthrough. Euijin was the only TS female trainee to make it onto the show. The show aired from October until February of 2018. She would be sitting out from any Sonamoo activities while filming the show.

In 2018, after ranking #1 in the finals of the show, Euijin was allowed to debut in the winning female group, UNI.T, alongside the other 8 winning female contestants, in May of 2018. They debuted with the mini album Line and the title track No More (넘어). UNI.T would disband that October, after 5 months of promotions.

In January of 2021, it was announced that TS Entertainment would be shutting down, with no news of the groups status. Later that September, Euijin had announced that she would be signing to Mellow Entertainment (marking her leave from Sonamoo) and would be debuting as a soloist soon.

In 2022, she announced that she would be debuting as a soloist under her real name Hong Euijin. On March 3rd, her solo debut digital single, The 8th Spring, was released. In April she released her 2nd digital single, I Knew I Love (2022), which was a remake of a 2006 Shin Hyobum song. That July she had made the announcement that she would be changing her stage name to HEZZ and would be releasing her first single album, CHURUP!.

Soloist Of The Week: Serina

Serina as Ilse for Spring Awakening

Serina Profile

BLENN [블렌] | Lina [리나] | Serina [세리나] Social Media + :

Serina, also known as Lina/BLENN, is a Korean-American actress and singer-songwriter currently under no company. She debuted in as a soloist 2020 under the name BLENN but now goes by Lina or Selena.

Lina debuted as a musical actress before going into kpop. From 2016 – 2020, she performed in multiple notable musicals such as Hairspray, Les MiserablesNotre-Dame de ParisJekyll & Hide, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In March of 2020, she signed to ABOUT Entertainment. On the 19th of that month, she announced her solo debut as BLENN with her first single album DO I FEEL. In April, she was announced to be a member of ABOUT Entertainment’s new girl group RedSquare, as the letter “L”. Now going by the name Lina, she debuted with RedSquare in the group’s first and only release Prequel and its title track Colorfull. That December, the group had announced to have switched agencies and would now be under Iconic MnE.

In 2022, RedSquare announced that it would be switching companies yet again, this time to Mellow Entertainment, but would also be undergoing a rebranding as a group with new members. Bomin (now Yehyeon/Jein) and Lina would not be included in the rebranding for unknown reasons. RedSquare dissolved with the rebrand on June 10th. In November of that year, Lina announced to be preforming in a musical titled “Spring Awakening” as Ilse where she is credited by the name Serina.

Soloist Of The Week: Serri

Serri – 2022 profile

Serri Profile

Serri (세리) Social Media + : Personal SNS: Group SNS: More: Soloist of the Week

Dahye is a soloist currently under Knob Music. Shes is also a member and leader of the group Dal Shabet, who are currently on indefinite hiatus.

In 2011, Serri debuted as a member of Dal Shabet with the mini album and title track: Supa Dupa Diva, in January. She was made leader of the group when, now former member, Viki left.

In 2017, Serri and fellow Dal Shabet member, Woohee, participated in the survival show The Unit, which first began filming in October. In December of that year, Serri announced that she had decided not to renew her contract with Dreamcatcher Company, then named Happy Face Entertainment, but that she would not be leaving Dal Shabet and that the company would manage her activities on The Unit until the show ended. She placed 23rd in the semi-final of the show, making her unable to debut with UNI.T.

In 2019, it was announced that she had signed to S-Dream Company.

In 2020, Serri debuted as a soloist with the digital single and title track, Come Closer, in September. In December, she released the digital single, When You Call Me which was a part of her “Serriday 101 Project” and featured actress Minsun.

Sometime between September 2020 and June 2021, she left S-Dream Company.

In June 2021, she released the digital single, Mymy Love, under her new company Knob Music.

In October 2022, she released her 4th digital single Sleep which featured the title track Like. This release is the first part of her “Serri Days” triology.

Girl Group of the Week: Bling Bling

BlingBling for Contrast

Bling Bling Profile

Bling Bling [블링블링] Members: Social Media + :

Bling Bling was a 6-member group under MAJOR9 Entertainment that debuted in 2020. Member Yubin was known for being on Produce 48 where she ranked 88th.

In August and September of 2020, the group began releasing the members names and profiles. They released covers and performance videos until October 25, 2020, when the company announced that the group would be debuting with the digital single G.G.B.

In May of 2021 the group announces their first comeback. On the 20th of that month the group released their first and only mini album Contrast and the title track Oh Mama.

On July 26th, 2022, MAJOR9 announced that the group’s contract had been terminated, just a few months short of the groups 2-year anniversary.

Choi Jieun and Yubin decided to stay under MAJOR9 after the group’s disbandment as actresses and solo acts, though neither have debuted as either an actress or soloist. All the members opened Instagram accounts and are active on their social media.

Girl Group of the Week: BeautyBox

Beauty Box for B-STEP

Beauty Box Profile

Beauty Box [뷰티박스] Members: Social Media + : Girl Group of the Week Post

Beauty Box is a 6-member girl group under BY-U Entertainment. They debuted in September 2021 with Beyond of BB. The group is made up of members with multiple nationalities. Sori and Gahyun are Korean, Rina and Sara are Japanese, Jerin is Thai and Anh is Vietnamese.

The members were first revealed in June of 2021 on YouTube. All but 1 member, Sori, were shown publicly, as Sori was a secret member until August where she was finally revealed. In September of that year, they officially debuted on the 23rd, with their first single Beyond of BB and its title track Rat-A-Tat. That November, the group announced Wibbon to be their fandom name.

In March 2022, they announced their first online concert mini concert, which was held in April. In June they announced a comeback with the mini album B-STEP and its title track, Boggle Boggle. In November of that year, the group, excluding Anh who was absent for unknown reasons, released a special single Higher Up! as support for the Korean team in the 2022 FIFA Cup. It was later announced that Anh would be on medical hiatus for the time being and that the group would promote as 5 while she was away.

Soloist Of The Week: Dahye

Dahye – Bad Blood

Dahye is a soloist currently under no company. Shes a former member of the group BESTie.

In 2013, Dahye debuted in the group BESTie alongside 3 other members with the digital single Pitapat. She then participated in 6 more releases with the group until 2017.

In 2017, Dahye and fellow member U.Ji announced that they had terminated their contracts with YNB Entertainment. Following this, and the departure of Hyeyeon, the group disbanded in 2018.

In March of 2020, she announced that she had signed to a new company World Star Entertainment. That October she debuted with her digital single, Poison. Later in November, she released her second digital single, Bad Blood.

Sometime between Bad Blood’s release and the end of 2021, she seems to have left World Star, as she has recently posted new profile photos to her Instagram, and she is no longer on the company’s website.

Girl Group of the Week: DreamCatcher

L-R: Yoohyeon, Siyeon, Sua, Dami, Gahyeon, Handong, Jiu

Dreamcatcher Profile

Dreamcatcher [드림캐쳐 – ドリームキャッチャ] Members: Social Media + : Members: EXTRAS:

Dreamcatcher is a 7-member group under Dreamcatcher Company, formerly HappyFace Entertainment. Before debuting 5 of the members (JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Yoohyeon, and Dami) had previously debuted in a different HappyFace group called MINX where they released 2 singles before HappyFace then added 2 members to the lineup (Handong and Gahyeon) and redebuted the group under their current name with a rock-horror concept which was completely different from their previous work.

On January 13, 2017, the group debuted with their single album Nightmare and the title track Chase Me, which kicked off the groups Nightmare era. Later that April, the group release their second single album, Nightmare: Fall Asleep in the Mirror and the title track Good Night. They released thier first mini album that year in July called Prequel and its title track Fly High. The group then go on tour from September to February of the following year.

In January of 2018, the group release a digital single to celebrate their 1 year anniversary called Full Moon. In May of that year, they release their next mini album, Nightmare: Escape the Era and its title track You & I. This release marked the end of the Nightmare era. The group then went on their next tour from July til August. In September, they release their 3rd mini album Alone in the City and its title track What. On November 21st of that year, the group makes their Japanese debut with What – Japanese Ver.-. This marks the groups signing with Pony Canyon which lasts until 2021.

January of 2019 brings the groups second anniversary and another special single to celebrate, this one titled Over the Sky. They then release their 4th mini album, The End Of Nightmare, in February, along with its title track PIRI. This is when the company changed its name to Dreamcatcher Company. The group releases their 2nd Japanese single, Piri~Fue wo fuke~ (~笛を吹け~) -Japanese ver.-, in March of that year. The group then goes on their 3rd tour from March til December of 2019. While on tour, the group releases You and I -Japanese Ver.-, in August and their first full Japanese album The Beginning of the End in September. In September, the group releases their first special mini album, Raid of Dream, and its title track Deja Vu, which was a collaboration with the King’s Raid mobile game. The title track was used as the games theme song.

In February of 2022, Handong is placed on inactive status due to her participation in Youth With You 2, an idol survival show based in China. That month they release their first full Korean album, Dystopia: The Tree of Language and its title track SCREAM, which kicked off their Dystopia storyline era. In March they release the Japanese single Endless Night. The group then collabs with soloist AleXa and boy group IN2IT to release a COVID-19 education and safety song. They then get their second video game OST in July titled R.o.S.e Blue, for the game Girl Cafe Gun. In August the group releases the mini album Dystopia: Lose Myself and its title track BOCA. In October, Handong officially returns to the group after a year. They then release the Japanese single No More in November.

In January 2021, the group releases their 6th mini album Dystopia: Road to Utopia and the title track Odd Eye. This marked the first korean comeback since Handong’s return. In March they released the Japanese single Eclipse. The groups second special mini album, Summer Holiday and its title track BEcause, were released in July.

The second leg of the groups Dystopia storyline kicked off in April of 2022 with the release of their second full-length album, Apocalypse: Save Us and its title track Maison. This release was the group’s first music show win after 6 years of being active. In October of that year they release their 7th mini album, Apocalypse: Follow Us and its title track, Vision. The group while on the European leg of their 2022 world tour, announced that all 7 members had renewed their contracts with Dreamcatcher Company, a full 2 months before they expired.

Girl Group of the Week: PRITTI-G

PRITTI-G for Love Taker

Pritti-G Profile

Pritti-G [프리티지] *This group is a redebut of the kid group PRITTI* Members: Former Member: Social Media + :

Pritti-G was originally a kid’s group, known as PRITTI, prior to their 2021 re-debut. The original group had a few line up changes before they reformed in 2021. The last members of PRITTI were Lee Jinseul, Lee Wonjeong, Sojeong, Sarang, and Yoonji. The last three stayed to form Pritti-G along with 2 other members, Yeryang & Jiyoung under Enterrobang Music.

PRITTI-G officially re-debuted on August 31st 2021 with the digital single HOLA. The next month they released a special single called Buckle Up.

In March 2022, the company announced that Yoonji had terminated her contract and had left the group. The group would continue on as 4 members. That same month, they released their second digital single Let Me Out.

August 2022, they release their 3rd digital single Love Taker.

Girl Group of the Week: Choa & Way (Strawberry Milk)

Choa & Way for My Universe

Choa & Way (Strawberry Milk) Profile

Choa & Way [초아 & 웨이] *With Crayon Pop unofficially disbanded this unit is now its own separate group* Formerly as: Strawberry Milk (딸기우유), Minjin X Minsun (민진 x 민선)Debut (Y-M-D): 14-10-05Former Main Group: Crayon PopLabel: High Fly Music/Chrome EntertainmentMusic Videos: Korean: OK! (오케이), My UniverseAlbums: Korean as Strawberry Milk: Jackpot [Mini Album], Vul Vol.1 -…

Choa & Way was originally a 2-member subunit for the girl group Crayon Pop. With the main groups unofficial disbandment the subunit has turned into its own group.

Made up of twins Heo Minjin (Choa) and Heo Minsun (Way), the subunit debuted as Strawberry Milk in 2014 with the mini album The 1st. Mini Album/Jackpot and the title track OK!.

The members then promoted as Crayon Pop until their next release in 2016, Vul Vol.1, which was a digital single. That same year they also released Always for the Mirror of the Witch OST Part.4. When the main group made their comeback with Evolution Pop Vol.1, the subunit released a b-side for that album called Hello. This would be the main groups latest release and also the last release the unit had as Strawberry Milk.

In 2017, the unit then release a Christmas digital single as Minjin x Minsun (the members real names) titled Christmas for You.

Sometime between 2018 and 2019 the main group would go on hiatus and all the members would be active for solo activities or active on their individual social medias. During this hiatus the unit transitions into being its own group.

The group would not release anything until 2019, when they release a digital single and MV titled My Universe, as Choa & Way.

In 2020, Choa debuted as a soloist with the song 요리송.

In 2021, she released a digital single for the YouTube channel School Food Girls called Dreaming

The members are both active on their social medias and YouTube channels.