T♔ARA / T-ARA / 티아라 / ティアラ is a South Korean girl group that debuted in 2009 under the “Core Contents Media”. The meaning behind the group’s name, which is based on the word “Tiara”, meaning that they will be the “Queen of the World Music Industry”.
T-ARA originally composed of five members “Jiae, Jiwon, Eunjung, Hyomin and Jiyeon “. They released their first song entitled “Good Person” for the soundtrack of korean drama “Cinderella Man” on April 2009. Then, T-ARA member’s Jiyeon teamed up with labelmates SeeYa and Davichi for a collaboration single titled “Women’s Generation”, which was released on May 2009. On June 2009, Core Contents Media announced that Jiae and Jiwon would be leaving T-ARA due to differences in music style.
On July 2009, Core Contents Media adds three new members “Boram, Qri and Soyeon” and they released the first debut single called “Lies”. On September 2009, a few T-ARA members as “Soyeon, Eunjung, Hyomin and Jiyeon” collaborated with labelmates Supernova members as “Geonil, Kwangsu and Jihyuk” and released a single titled “Time To Love”.
On December 2009, T-ARA officially released their first “Studio Album” titled “Absolute First Album”. Among the promotional song for this album is “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and “Like The Beginning”. Bo Peep Bo Peep also peaked at number two on the “Gaon Chart”, while “Like The Beginning” peaked at number ten. At the 24th Golden Disk Awards, T-ARA was awarded “Rookie of the Year”.
After the success of T-ARA with Studio Album, T-ARA released “Repackaged Studio Album” entitled “Breaking Heart” on February 2010 to thank for the success of their first studio album. Album repackaged adds the two more songs which is “I Go Crazy Because of You” and “I’m Really Hurt”. As expected, they once again succed to peaking at number two on the weekly “Gaon Chart” for I Go Crazy Because of You.
Then, Core Contents Media adds up new member “Hwayoung” and followed by the first “Extended Play” titled “Temptastic” that promote the song “Yayaya” and received two consecutive wins on “Music Countdown”. Next, T-ARA hand out the second “Extended Play” titled “John Travolta Wannabe” that promote the song “Roly Poly” and got first place for “Single Of The Year” in “Gaon Charts”.
On September 2011, T-ARA produce their first “Japanese Single” entitled “Bo Peep Bo Peep, Japanese Version” which peaked at number one on the “Oricon weekly singles chart”. On November 2011, T-ARA released their third “Extended Play” entitled “Black Eyes”. Black Eyes promote the single titled “Cry Cry” which peaked at number one on the “Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100”. On January 2012, T-ARA released their first “Repackaged Extended Play” titled “Funky Town”. They promote the song “Lovey Dovey” which peaked at number one on both the “Gaon Charts” and “Billboard Korea K-pop Hot 100 charts”.
On February 2011, T-ARA released their third Japanese single “Roly Poly, Japanese Version” after they succeed with their first and second Japanese single. On June 6, 2012, T-ARA officially produce their first “Japanese Studio Album”, entitled “Jewelry Box”. The album came in second place in the “Oricon Weekly Album Chart”.
On April 2012, Core Contents Media announced two more members will to be added to T-ARA’s line-up in July. On May 2012, 14 years old’s Dani was announced as one of the group’s new members but she will not officially debut with T-ARA until she feels ready to join. On June, Core Contents Media introduces another new member named “Areum”. T-ARA was later released their fourth “Extended Play” titled “Day by Day” in July. Promotional single Day by Day featuring Areum for the first time.
Core Contents Media officially announced Hwayoung’s immediate departure on 30th July 2012 because of the complaints by T-ARA’s staff. T-ARA released “Repackaged Extended Play” titled “Mirage” which is supposed to be released on August but released on September 2012 due to controversial T-ARA bullying Hwayoung that distorted by netizens. Mirage promote the song called “Sexy Love”. In October, T-ARA departed to Japan to promote for their fifth “Japanese Single” called “Sexy Love, Japanese Version”.
On March 2013, T-ARA released their sixth Japanese single “Bunny Style!”. To promote the single, the group held special showcases in fifteen Japanese cities starting on 20th February 2013, at Sapporo and ending on 9th March 2013 at Nagasaki. On April 2013, T-ARA released another “Extended Play” called “Countryside Life”. Unfortunately, the song didn’t won any awards.
On July, it was confirmed by Core Contents Media that Areum would be leaving the group to pursue a solo career. Core Contents Media is also currently deciding to replace Areum with Dani next year. For now, T-ARA had return to its original 6 member. On August, T-ARA released their second “Japanese Studio Album” called “Treasure Box”. They promote the song “Target” and in just a month, the music video has reached around 200,000 viewers in YouTube. Core Contents Media also planning to start an U.S. activities and domestic activities for 2014.
In addition, T-ARA uses a rotating leader system in which a different member of the group is elected as leader each year, in order to give both the group and the individual members the opportunity to grow in a new direction. Their current leader under this system is Qri.
Another special of T-ARA is that they often use a different concept and genre for each song. Example is “Pure and Innocent” concept for Lies, “Electropop” genre for Time To Love, “Cute as Cat” concept for Bo Peep Bo Peep, “Chicky” concept for Like The Beginning, “Sexy” concept for I Go Crazy Because Of You, “Maskuline” concept for I Really Hurt, “Red Indian” concept for YaYaYa, “Retro” concept for Roly Poly, “Black” concept for Cry Cry, “Funky” concept for Lovey Dovey with shuffle dance, “Emotional” genre for Day by Day, “Robot” concept for Sexy Love, “Cute as Bunny” for Bunny Style!, “Hip Hop” genre for Countryside Life and “Electro and Poptune” genre for Target.