Along with the rising of Korean culture especially in terms of music, more and more new idol groups are popping up. Before Korean music culture expanded to several other countries, there were already some groups that debut first and quite popular in Korea. The groups are also known as the first generation idol group, here are 3 first generation girl groups in Korea:
- Baby V.O.X
Baby V.O.X is a five-member group that was active in 1997 to 2006 with the concept of R & B and sexy music. Baby V.O.X stands for Baby Voices of Xpression. The group is under the agency DR Music and EMI Music Publishing Korea. The initial members of this group are Cha Yu Mi, Jung Shi Woon, Jang Hyun Jung, Lee Hee Jin and Kim E-Z. But after the first album, Jung Shi Woon and Jang Hyun Jung left the group and were replaced by Shim Eun Jin, Kan Mi Youn, and Lee Ga I. Then in 1999, Yoon Eun Hye joined to replace Lee Ga I. Baby VOX successfully got various achievements before going on hiatus followed with the departure of Shim Eun Jin and Yoon Eun Hye in 2005. Then the group officially disbanded in 2006.
Fin.K.L made their debut in 1998 under the agency DSP Entertainment. Their group name is short for Fine Killing Liberty which originally meant that the group opposed “the suppression of all freedoms”. The name of the group was first picked through a poll among young people in the music company before the group was formed, this is the reason why the English meaning of Fin.K.L is less clear because it was chosen from Korean. The group consists of four members, Lee Hyo Ri, Ock Joo Hyun, Lee Jin, and Sung Yu Ri. The group has not yet officially disbanded, but the four members have already run their respective careers. Lee Hyo Ri and Ock Joo Hyun started their career with the release of solo albums while Lee Jin and Sung Yu Ri played a role in dramas and other shows. All members of this group left the agency in 2006 and all signed a contract with a different company.
S.E.S is a group from SM Entertainment who debuted in 1997. S.E.S itself stands for the name of each member Sea, Eugene, and Shoo. Their first album is titled ‘I’m Your Girl’ which is a very cute love song coupled with the innocence image of its members at the time. S.E.S is considered one of the most successful girl groups in Korea. S.E.S released several albums in Japan but it was not widely accepted in Korea. The group officially disbanded in 2002, after Sea and Eugene’s contract expired, then Shoo also decided to leave the agency in 2006. However, in 2016 they made a comeback to the music world after nearly 20 years since their debut album was released.