Jewelry is a Korean pop girl group created by Star Empire Entertainment and are the longest running Korean girl group ever, surpassing super-group Baby V.O.X.
. Jewelry are best known for their hit songs "Super Star" and "ONE more time". The group also released two albums and five singles in Japan under the GIZA studio label.
Jewelry debuted in 2001 with their first album Discovery. After less-than-stellar sales of the first album, two of the singers were replaced. A year later, their second album, Again, was released, with much better results.A year later, their second album, Again, was released, with much better results. Full of strong R&B ballads (as opposed to the sexy dance songs that were popular at that time), the album quickly yielded two high-charting singles â€” "Again" and "Tonight" â€” which started the group's rise to popularity. This was quickly followed by their third album Beloved, which had a very cutesy theme. Their first single "ë‹ˆê°€ ì°¸ ì¢‹ì•„" ("I Really Like You") was very poppy and had Jewelry adopt a cutesy concept to match the song, with colorful outfits and perky dances. The title track, Be My Love, was also promoted. Even though album sales for Again and Beloved were great, the group was unhappy with their current image, and did not want to be known for only their cute and innocent songs.
By the time their fourth album Superstar came out in the beginning of 2005, Jewelry has since shed their "cute image" concept. Following the trend in Korean pop, they became sexier and more womanly, which helped bring about their current level of success. The first single "Superstar" (written by Shinhwa member Lee Min Woo) was a driven rock song and surprisingly became a huge hit. They followed this up with the sexy R&B number "Passion", which also charted strongly. Both of these singles prominently featured "sexy" member Seo In-Young dance scantily-clad in short solos, which brought the group much press attention (both positive and negative). In 2006, Jewelry took a break from the Korean music industry in order to focus on Japan. During that time, member Ji-Hyun left to pursue an acting career. In early November, news also leaked out that another member, Cho Min-Ah, has also left, which forced their record company to look for a second replacement member. As Park Jung-Ah and Seo In-young had solo projects, a new album was not expected until mid-2007.
In early 2008, Jewelry returned to the music scene with their new members Baby J and Eunjung with the release of their fifth album, Kitchi Island. Released on February 20, 2008, the album featured the single "One More Time", a cover of In-Grid's song, composed by Sannie Carlson (Whigfield). "One More Time" has mirrored the success of Jewelry's 2005 hit single, "Superstar" in South Korea, reaching the No. 1 spot on MBC's Music Core and KBS's Music Bank, two weeks after the song's debut. The single has also achieve success online, topping the charts of various music websites, including Melon, Dosirak, Bugs Music, M.Net.com, Muz and Juke On. "One More Time" became the most successful single of Jewelry to date, staying on the no.1 spot for 7 weeks in a row on MBC's Music Core and KBS's Music Bank. In spring of 2008, a second single, "ëª¨ë‘ ë‹¤ ì‰¿" ("Everybody Shh!"), was released and promoted.
The group was awarded with a Daesang (ëŒ€ìƒ, a "Top Award"), for highest digital sales in 2008.
In early 2009, members Baby J and Eunjung returned to the Korean music market, under the name "Jewelry S", debuting as a sub-group. Their mini-album, Sweet Song was released in digital format on January 22, and the full single was made available on February 6. Baby J and Eunjung made their live comeback on M. Countdown on February 5, where they sang "ë“¤ì–´ë´" ("Listen") and the lead single from their mini-album, "ë°ì´íŠ¸" ("Date"). The music video for "Date" features cameo appearances from Jewelry members Park Jung Ah and Seo In Young.
They released a new single in June 2009 titled "Super Star" with the song "Rally" which features rapper Nassun. The song is for MNet's talent competition, Superstar K, which is similar to American Idol and Britain's Got Talent. A music video was also released and features the group's performance of the song on Mnet's M! Countdown as well as scenes of Superstar K.
About a week prior to the album release, the song "Strong Girl" was released as a digital single. Their 6th album Sophisticated was released on the 27th of August and features the single "Vari2ty", the music video for the song was also released on the same day.
It was announced in December 2009 that members Seo In Young and Park Jung Ah would be leaving the group after completing promotional activities for Sophisticated and fully commit to their solo careers. Park stated that as an original member of Jewelry and being with the group for 10 years, it was time for her to depart. Korean media reports Superstar K top 10 contender Semi as highly likely to replace them.
A repackaged edition of their 6th album entitled "End And.." was released in December 17th, 2009 with the single "Love Story". It was composed by the same producer of Davichi's hit song "Hate Though I Love You" and describes the feelings of Seo In Young and Park Jung Ah's departures.
On June 14, 2010, it has been announced that Semi, one of the Top 10 finalists in Superstar K Season 1, will be joining Jewelry. On November 17, Star Empire Entertainment announced that they were planning on changing the group's name but later announced on December 15 Jewelry would retain their group name and would not change it, they also announced the group's comeback was delayed until January 2011.
On January 17, 2011, Jewelry released their comeback teaser with their new members. The teaser featured the group practicing their choreography and also had clips of the girls casually hanging out together. The group underwent a 180 degree change, shedding their cutesy image and changing into a more powerful 'locking' hip hop dance style and b-girls concept. It was revealed that the group would have their comeback release a digital single on January 27, 2011, entitled "Back It Up", produced by Outsidaz. Two days later on January 19, 2011, it was revealed that Jewelry's fourth member, Yewon, had joined Jewelry. Yewon was revealed by fans through a 'Jewelry Puzzle Game', which also revealed a 20 second teaser of "Back It Up". It was known that Yewon was a trainee under Star Empire Entertainment for 4 years and was born in 1989.
Park Jung Ah (ë°•ì •ì•„) - Main Vocalist & Leader (Left in January 2010)
Seo In Young (ì„œì¸ì˜) - Lead Vocalist (Left in January 2010)
Cho Min Ah (ì¡°ë¯¼ì•„) - Vocalist (Left in December 2006)
Lee Ji Hyun (ì´ì§€í˜„) - Vocalist (Left in March 2006)
Jung Yoo Jin (ì •ìœ ì§„) - Vocalist (Left in January 2002)
Jun Eun Mi (ì „ì€ë¯¸) - Vocalist (Left in January 2002)