Since their debut under the care of J.Y. Park and JYP Entertainment in 2007, The Wonder Girls have known nothing but instant fame and popularity. By 2009 they were Asia’s teen sensation and at the height of their career when they suddenly packed their bags and moved to the Big Apple, determined to take on the American market. Since then, the Girls have toured with the Jonas Brothers, dropped a track with Akon, and placed on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Packaged neatly in a tween-friendly image as the good girls next door, combined with their infectious melodies and fun choreography, they are South Korea’s representative girl group, releasing hit after hit with “Tell Me,” “So Hot,” and “Nobody.” Members SunYe (Sun), Yubin, YeEun (Yenny), Sohee, and Hyelim(Lim) are the crowned the queens of bokko, which translates to ‘revival’ or ‘retro,’ proved yet again in 2011 with the Motown-inspired “Be My Baby.”
The Wonder Girls have undergone a few line-up changes since their debut: rapper HyunA (now with 4Minute) and vocalist Sunmi (now solo) were replaced by Yubin and Hyelim, respectively. Leader Sunye got married in early 2013 and gave birth to a baby girl, but has not left the group according to JYP Entertainment. Sohee, on the other hand, decided not to renew her contract with JYP when it expired in early 2014 and changed agencies to pursue acting.
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