Girl's Day is a South Korean girl group formed by Dream T Entertainment in 2010. The group's most recent lineup consisted of members Sojin, Minah, Yura, and Hyeri. Members Jisun and Jiin officially left the group in 2010, while Jihae left in late 2012.
In 2019, the four members decided not to renew their contracts with Dream T Entertainment, but have stated that they haven't disbanded. Their last release was the EP Everyday #5 in 2017.
2010–2011: Debut and Everyday
In July 2010, Girl's Day debuted with five members: Jihae, Jisun, Jiin, Sojin, and Minah. The first song by Girl's Day, "Tilt My Head" ("갸우뚱"), was released on July 7. Their debut EP Girl's Day Party #1 was released two days after. The group followed up promotions for "Tilt My Head" with the song "How About Me" ("나어때"), for which they released a music video on July 21.
Two months after the group debuted, members Jisun and Jiin left the group to pursue individual interests. Current members Yura and Hyeri were then added to the group to replace them.
The new lineup's digital release Girl's Day Party #2 became available on October 29. The song "Nothing Lasts Forever" ("잘해줘봐야") was used as the lead track of the digital single.
In March 2011, Girl's Day digitally released Girl's Day Party #3, with the single "Twinkle Twinkle" ("반짝반짝"). The song was a commercial success, ranking 4th on Melon's digital monthly chart in April. One of the reasons for this success was because Minah received a lot of attention for looking exactly like G-Dragon.
In July, Girl's Day released a second EP titled Everyday, with "Hug Me Once" ("한번만 안아줘") as the title track.
The group released Girls' Day Party #4 in September, with the track "Don't Flirt" ("너, 한눈 팔지마!").
Both releases performed well digitally, ranking in the top 50 of Melon's digital monthly chart following their release.
2012–2013: Everyday 2, Expectation and rising popularity
Girl's Day's third EP, Everyday 2, was released on April 17, 2012. It contained the song "Telepathy"-written and produced by Sojin-in addition to the title track "Oh! My God".
On October 17, Dream Tea Entertainment revealed that Jihae had left the group for personal reasons. The remaining four members returned with the song "Don't Forget Me" ("나를 잊지마요") from Girl's Day Party #5.
In February 2013, Girl's Day released the single "White Day", followed by their first full-length album Expectation on March 14.
The album's title track, "Expectation" ("기대해"), became a commercial success and was awarded the 'Long-Run Song of the Year' award at the third Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards and ranked 36th overall on Melon's digital annual chart.
They also promoted the track "Female President" ("여자대통령"), which was named one of the "20 Best K-pop Songs of 2013" by Billboard and became a "Girl Power" anthem.
"Female President" won first place on Inkigayo. This was their first win, 3 years after their debut. Sadly enough, they couldn't receive the award during live broadcast because they won number 1 on a cancelled broadcast due to the ongoing covering of the Asiana Airline crash in San Francisco. Because of the special occasion they received their award the following broadcast and they were able to thank the fans.
Following Expectation, the group released Girl's Day Party #6 with "Please Tell Me" as the title track. They released "Let's Go" ("렛츠 고"), a motivational song written and composed by Sojin.
2014–2016: Everyday #3, Everyday #4, I Miss You, Minah solo debut and Love
On January 3, 2014, Girl's Day released their fourth EP, Everyday 3, which was largely produced by Duble Sidekick. The music video for the title track "Something" ("썸씽") reached over a million views within a day.
It became their highest-charting single, peaking at #2 on both Billboard's Korea K-Pop Hot 100 and the Gaon Digital Chart. The song also ranked first on the monthly Gaon Digital Chart, and remained in the top 10 of the Korea K-Pop Hot 100 for eight weeks. Girl's Day live promotions for "Something" won five music show awards, and later won 'Best Dance Performance by a Female Group' at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards. The song ranked 9th on Melon's digital annual chart.
Parts of the choreography got banned by multiple broadcast stations for the “sensual” crawling-on-the-floor dance move and opening their split skirts. Girl's Day changed their choreography for those broadcasts to be able to perform.
The song was so extremely popular that even members of boy groups covered the song, receiving millions of views as well.
In July, the group released their fifth EP, Everyday 4, with the lead single "Darling", which ranked 27th on Melon's digital annual chart. On October 15, the group released the EP and ballad single "I Miss You" ("보고싶어").
On March 3, 2015, Dream T announced that Minah would be making her solo debut in mid-March. Minah released her album I Am a Woman Too on March 15, 2015.
Girl's Day released their second full-length album Love, along with its title track "Ring My Bell", in July 2015.
During promotions for the album, the group faced controversy over their July 7 appearance on a Korean internet-streamed program, ChoiKoon TV. The Girl's Day members were criticized by audiences for what was seen as disrespectful behavior, and appeared on the stream the following day to offer an apology. Nevertheless, "Ring My Bell" remained in the top 10 of Melon's monthly digital chart in July despite controversy.
2017–2019: Everyday #5 and departure from Dream T
On March 2, 2017, Dream T Entertainment announced that Girl's Day was set to comeback after 21-month long hiatus during which the members focused on solo activities. On March 17, Dream T Entertainment released the group's comeback schedule and revealed that the new album would be the fifth part of the "Everyday" series.
On the day of their comeback, the official music video for "I'll Be Yours", the title track, was released simultaneously on the official Girl's Day YouTube channel and 1theK's channel; the music video on 1theK's channel surpassed 2 million views in less than 24 hours. Their new EP, Everyday #5, debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's World Albums chart this week. Domestically, the title track ranked 2nd on the Genie chart and 11th on the Melon chart.
On January 11, 2019, it was reported that all of the members would not re-sign with Dream T Entertainment and that they would go their separate ways.
Girl's Day Sojin confirmed this news stating they would go on indefinite hiatus on her SNS but they would not disband the group. The members have all re-signed to different agencies and are focussing on solo activities whilst still using their well-known Girl's Day title.
Overall Girl's Day was able to showcase a lot of different concepts like cute, strong, sexy, melancholic and sweet. Despite ongoing accussations of being extremely rude and having attitude problems all throughout their carreer, they were loved by the general public for their performances, especially Minah received a lot of love for her strong and powerful live vocals and high notes.
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They have great title tracks! It's too bad some of their earlier ones are really underrated, "Don't Forget Me" for example. I can still dance along to all of their songs (fantastic choreographies!) and I still listen to Girl's Day a lot even now because their songs are so amazing and easy to listen to. What is your favorite song? What kind of concept do you think suit them best? Sexy, strong or cute? Who is your favorite member? Do you believe the attitude problem accusations? Do you think they will ever return as a group?