Brave Girls (Hangul: 브레이브걸스)
Number of Members: 4 active
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Debut Date: 8 April 2011 (they are also considered to have a 2nd
debut date of 16 February 2016 when the new members joined)
Label: Brave Entertainment
Fandom Name: Fearless
Company: Brave Entertainment
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- First Era – Original Lineup (April 2011 – February 2016)
- Second Era – OT7 (February 2016 – January 2017)
- Third Era – Back to five, but not the same (March 2017 – August 2018)
- Fourth Era – And then there were four (August 2018 – February 2021)
- Fifth Era – Rollin’s Reverse Climb (February 2021 – Now)
- Awards & Music Show Wins
Brave Girls (Korean: 브레이브걸스) is a South Korean girl group formed by producer, Brave Brothers of Brave Entertainment. The group debuted in 2011 with five members, Eunyoung, SeoA, Yejin, Yoojin and Hyeran. However, now the group currently consists of four members, with no original members active. The current members are Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, and Yuna. Eunyoung, SeoA, Yejin, Yoojin, Hyeran and Hayun are all now considered ‘former members’.
First Era – Original Lineup (April 2011 – February 2016)
Brave Girls debuted on April 8th, 2011, with the single album, The Difference. The song “Do You Know” was the main promoted single and music video, but they also performed the song “So Sexy” during music shows and eventually released a music video for the song.
On July 29th, 2011, they made their comeback with the reggae song “Easily featuring Skull”, from their mini album Back to Da Future. Later on, the group began promoting a remix version of “Easily” on August 13th and released the audio on August 26th, 2011.
In their debut year they made various appearances, such as appearing on KBS’ Gag Concert, attending the 3rd Idol Star Athletics Championship and they made a cameo in the film Mr. Idol. They were awarded Rookie of the Year for the 19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards, and were nominated for Best New Female Artists for the 13th MNet Asian Music Awards.
Brave Girls didn’t come back again until February 22nd, 2012 with the mini-album, “Re-Issue”, and the promoted track of “Nowadays You”. After that, activity dropped off and nothing new was released until Yoojin and Hyeran’s song, “For You”, on August 31st, 2013.
Though Eunyoung, Seoa and Yejin had been rumored to have left the group in 2013, no official announcement was made until February 3rd, 2016 via a post on Brave Girls fan cafe.
Second Era – OT7 (February 2016 – January 2017)
At the beginning of 2016, after a two and a half year hiatus, the group announced they would be making a comeback in February with five new members, as well as original members Hyeran and Yoojin.
On February 16th, 2016 they returned with the digital single, “Deepened”, with the seven member line up of Minyoung, Yujeong, Yoojin, Eunji, Yuna, Hyeran and Hayun. The song had a peak chart position of 131. Beyond just music show performances, the group took the stage on KBS’ Immortal Songs, performing a rendition of the song, Mapo Terminal.
June 27th, 2016, Brave Girls released their 3rd EP, High Heels, and promoted a song of the same name. The album peaked at 22 on the Gaon Weekly Chart and came in at 87 on the Gaon Monthly Chart. The song, High Heels, peaked at 135.
On September 1st, 2016, Brave Girls released a gift song for their fans, Fearless, titled “Yoo-Hoo”. It was an un-promoted single and was the last song and music video to feature all seven members that had made their comeback in February 2016 with Deepened.
September 27th, 2016, a MakeStar crowdfunding event was set up to fund their eventual next release, with different rewards for donations. On the MakeStar website, the members released incentive videos and photos to encourage donations. At the end of the crowdfunding period, the group had raised $18,721.73 (US dollars).
The group changed once again on January 13th, 2017, with an announcement on MakeStar and the fan cafe that Yoojin was leaving the group to study and Hyeran was going on hiatus. It was later confirmed by Hyeran on her Instagram that she left the group as well.
Third Era – Back to five, but not the same (March 2017 – August 2018)
They made a comeback on March 7th, 2017 with “Rollin’” as a five member group including Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, Yuna and Hayun. The album was funded and was the result of the earlier Makestar campaign. The album peaked at #30 on the Gaon Weekly Chart for the week after its release, and was #62 on the Gaon Monthly Chart for the month of March with 1,091 physical copies sold. In August of 2017, it was announced that Yujeong, Eunji and Yuna would be participating in the KBS elimination show, The Unit. While Yuna unfortunately did not make it past the original audition, both Yujeong and Eunji passed. They were then eliminated in the first and second elimination rounds.
Brave Girls’ next sign of life also brought some sadness. When the “Rollin’ New Version” remix was released on August 11th, 2018, Hayun was nowhere to be found. She also disappeared on social media, and did not attend military performances with her fellow members. Hayun later returned to social media and became active on TikTok and Twitch.
Like with most past Brave Girls group departures, Hayun’s leaving was never officially confirmed by Brave Entertainment (except to say it was a medical hiatus). However in articles and interviews, Brave Brothers has referred to the group having “4 members”.
Fourth Era – And then there were four (August 2018 – February 2021)
Beyond small appearances and military performances, 2019 was a quiet year for Brave Girls. Though they did not have a comeback, some of the members participated in outside projects. In March 2019, Eunji was the stage fill-in for Dara in Park Bom’s song “Spring”, and later in the year in October she was Bom’s dance segment surrogate for the competition show, Queendom. In November, Minyoung featured on a song titled “Tears (2019)”, by fellow Brave Sound artist and producer, Chakun.
In 2020, the group consisted of four members, none of which were in the original 2011 debut lineup: Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji and Yuna. On July 22nd, 2020 during a military performance, Minyoung announced that the group was preparing for a comeback in August.
That promise actually became reality, when Brave Girls returned with ‘We Ride’ on August 14th, 2020 after a three year hiatus from promotions (as the new version of Rollin’ was not promoted on music shows). ‘We Ride’ was a retro-inspired song in the style of city pop, about coming to the realization that interest in a relationship had faded. Though it didn’t give them the success they were hoping for, it gave their fandom a small sigh of relief in seeing them perform again.
Fifth Era – Rollin’s Reverse Climb (February 2021 – Now)
It wasn’t until 2021, when Brave Girls and Fearless received their next glimpse of hope. On February 23rd, 2021, the YouTube channel, Viditor, released a compilation video for the song “Rollin'” that managed to grab the attention of Korean viewers, with a little help from the YouTube algorithm and former Korean military members that had seen the girls perform at military concerts. The compilation video received nearly one million views in two days, which kicked off a trend of the song moving up the Korean music charts. On February 27th, 2021, Brave Girls received their first #1 song ranking with “Rollin'”, on the Bugs real-time hourly music chart. The song also began to trend on other charts as well.
As “Rollin'” climbed higher on Korean charts, eventually reaching no. 1 on almost all major real-time and daily music service charts, Brave Girls began receiving love calls from music shows, radio shows, reporters and variety shows. Brave Girls officially began Rollin’ promotions again on March 11th, 2021 with a return stage on Mnet MCountdown.
On March 12th, 2021, Brave Girls received their first ever “Perfect All-Kill” for “Rollin'”, where a song is #1 on all Korean realtime/hourly and daily charts counted by the charting system iChart, as well as #1 on iChart’s realtime and weekly charts. They were the first idol group to accomplish this for the year 2021.
They continued to break records, when on March 20th, 2021 they became the girl group with the most “Perfect All-Kills” for a single song, surpassing the previous record of 130 hours atop all Korean music charts, as certified by Instiz iChart.
Awards & Music Show Wins
|2011||19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards||Rookie of the Year|
|March 14th, 2021 (21.03.14)||SBS Inkigayo||Rollin’|
|March 16th, 2021 (21.03.16)||SBS MTV The Show||Rollin’|
|March 17th, 2021 (21.03.17)||MBC Music Show Champion||Rollin’|
|March 18th, 2021 (21.03.18)||Mnet MCountdown||Rollin’|
|March 19th, 2021 (21.03.19)||KBS Music Bank||Rollin’|
|March 21st, 2021 (21.03.21)||SBS Inkigayo||Rollin’|