SONAMOO is a popular South Korean girl group. The members of the group were brought together by South Korean record label and artiste managed company, TS Entertainment. SONAMOO had its debut EP titled Deja Vu released on the 29th of December 2014. The group members are Minjae, D.ana, Euijin, High.D, and NewSun. Since the group’s formation, its members have garnered a strong fan base and picked up some notable awards on the South Korean music scene. Below are a few things you probably did not know about the K-pop group.
7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About SONAMOO
1. The Group Name – SONAMOO – Stands For Pine Tree
The word SONAMOO means ‘a pine tree’ in English. They chose the name because the pine tree represents the kind of fullness the group wants for its career in terms of the quantity and quality music it aims to achieve. It is a reminder to consistently strive towards good music that delights their numerous fans.
2. SONAMOO’s Fan Base Goes By The Name Solbangul
Like many other popular artists and bands, SONAMOO has a name for her fan base and it is Solbangul, which means pine cone. This cleverly compliments the group’s name since the pine cone primarily protects pine seeds (the group’s music) from adverse environmental conditions or other outside interference.
3. SONAMOO Was Once A Seven Girl Group
SONAMOO originally began with seven members, including Minjae, D.ana, Euijin, High.D, NewSun, Nahyun, and Sumin. Two of the members, Nahyun and Sumin filed a lawsuit against their agency, in a bid to terminate their contracts in May 2019. In the wake of this, TS entertainment released a statement saying that the two girls had not discussed any ill feelings they had with the group or the management before going to court. They also never acted like there was a problem.
When the lawsuit became public, both girls cut off all relations with the group and had not contacted them since. TS entertainment claimed that the actions of the two were insensitive and damaging, therefore they filed their own lawsuit against them. The outcome of both suits is still pending. The remaining five members are; Minjae, D.ana, Euijin, High D, and NewSun.
4. All Members Of The Group Were Born Between 1994 And 1997
Sung Min Jae who goes by the stage name, Minjae was born on the 18th of December 1994. Minjae, whose nickname is Olaf, has one younger brother. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and her favorite colors are mint and indigo.
Jo Eunae, who is also known as D.ana on stage, was born on 10 September 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall. She loves watching movies, listening to music and taking long trips. She has starred in few movies as well and is the rapper, lead dancer and sub vocalist in the group.
Hong EuiJin whose Stage name is EuiJin was born on the 8th of October, 1996. She comes from a family of five – two parents and two older siblings. EuiJin wanted to go into stage management at first but later changed her mind. She enjoys watching Japanese movies and anime; she also loves photography. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and her favorite artist is Rihanna. She is the main dancer and lead vocalist for SONAMOO.
Kim Do Hee, also known as High.D on stage, was born on December 21, 1996. She has an older sister. She also enjoys playing the piano, watching movies and listening to music. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall. She is the main vocalist of the group.
Choi Yoon Sun, who has the stage name NewSun, was born on the 19th of June, 1997. She is both a singer and an actress. She is 5 feet 9 inches tall. This has given her the nickname giant baby because although she’s the youngest, she’s the tallest. She is a rapper and sub vocalist of the group.
5. Some Members Of The Group Have Starred In Movies
Members of SONAMOO have proven to be versatile. Choi Yoon Sun, for instance, has starred in notable movies and TV series like Miracle, Criminal Minds and My Woody Poofy Love. Sung Min Jae starred in Let’s Only Walk The Flower Road, V-1, and K-rush. Jo Eunae starred in Idol Drama Operation Team. Finally, Kim Doo Hee starred in movies like Love Affair: A Secret Affair, Russian Mom, Red: A Dangerous Seduction, What a Good Secretary Wants and Sleepless Sex 2. Only Hong EuiJin has not starred in any movies. However, she has appeared in music videos by other artists.
6. They Won The New Korean Wave Music Award At The Soribada K-Music Awards In 2017
Deja Vu, their first EP, did so well that it topped all the Korean album charts when it was released. It was so good that they were nominated in the Best New Female Artist category at the 2015 Melon Music Awards. They have dropped other chart-topping albums and have won a couple more awards. Some of the other EPs they have released are Cushion and I Like You Too Much. Both EPs reached number 7 on the charts. The band has also made a couple of soundtracks for movies like The Miracle, Sing For You and Legendary: Game of Heroes. In 2017, SONAMOO won the New Korean Wave Music Awards at the Soribada K-Music awards.
7. Some Members Are Bilingual
Sung Min Jae speaks both English and Korean fluently. Kim Doo Hee, another SONAMOO member, speaks fluent English and Korean; She also speaks Chinese.