[B1A4] Beautiful Target @ The 1st Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards
B1A4 (Korean: 비원에이포) is a South Korean quintet boy band. Formed by WM Entertainment in 2011, they made their debut with their release Let’s Fly. The band consists of Jinyoung, Baro, Sandeul, CNU and Gongchan. The group was first introduced through an online comic series, or “webtoon“. The group has released 2 mini albums (EPs) and various singles. The group also made the foray in Japan in December and is also planning for a formal debut this January.
Their group name, B1A4, has been explained as being due to one member (Baro) having B blood type, and the other four (Jinyoung, Gongchan, CNU, Sandeul) having A blood type. It also stands for “Be The One, All For One”. B1A4 have been dubbed “countryside-dols” by Korean media, because all the members originate from the Korean countryside. Jinyoung is from Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do; CNU is from Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do; Sandeul is from Busan, Baro is from Kwangju, Jeollanam-do; Gongchan is from Suncheon, Jeollanam-do.
The members of B1A4 were first introduced via webtoons before their actual pictures were released. Their first EP Let’s Fly was released on April 21, 2011 and includes a song written and composed by the member Jinyoung called ‘Bling Girl‘. On the same day, the music video for their lead single “O.K” was released. Two days later, they made their live debut on MBC’s Show! Music Core. Over the week of May 1, 2011, they were a guest on Starry Night radio.
On June 22, 2011, the first episode of MTV’s Match Up! was aired, featuring Block B and B1A4. The first episode revealed B1A4’s music video for their follow-up promotions “Only Learned the Bad Things.” The show allows both groups to show off their musical talents and unseen charms through weekly missions and behind-the-scenes footage of their daily lives as newcomers to the Korean pop scene. The program has 8 episodes in total.
On September 16, 2011, B1A4 returned with their second EP, It B1A4 and started promoting the lead single “Beautiful Target”. An MV teaser for “Beautiful Target” was leaked on their official youtube channel on September 8th, and the full MV released on September 15th. An alternate version of the MV “Beautiful Target (ZOOM ZOOM ver.)” was released on October 6th.
On November 18, 2011, B1A4 had their follow-up promotions for their second EP, It B1A4 with their second song “My Love” and started their promotions in various music programs starting from the said date. Their 2nd mini album, It B1A4, received explosive attention— gaining 20,000 hits on their official website within a few hours.
Though currently not active in album promotions, their first and second mini album sales figures increased steadily. By the end of 2011, B1A4 placed 22nd place on the Hanteo Chart (the representative music chart of South Korea)— making them the only rookies, who debuted in the past year, to place in the top 50.
It is also reported that for the month of January 2012, B1A4 placed 15th on the Daum Cafe Ranking with 62,295 registered fans.
By the end of the year and the start of 2012, they are set to debut in Japan. They held a showcase in the said country on December 09, 2011 under Pony Canyon. It has been reported that they gained a lot of interests since the tickets for their showcase were sold out in one minute after its release. They are set to release Let’s Fly/It B1A4 Combo Album in Japan on January 25, 2012.
At 4th January 2012, Their first OST song, ‘SKY’ for the drama Take Care of Us, Captain (부탁해요 캡틴) has been released on various online music stores, and Shinwoo’s 1st ever sitcom KBS ‘I Need a Fairy/Sent from Heaven’ will be aired its 1st episode on 27th February 2012.
The boys also starred in Mnet’s Sesame player season 3 which gave them a big mission to get 2 Million twitter followers. The first broadcast was aired at 3th February 2012.
On some interviews and video, Jinyoung and Shinwoo said that they’re currently working on their new album which will be released soon. And another spoiler is coming from their album’s producer who also confirmed it as a full-length album. [wikipedia]
 B1A4 – OK – The 1st Gaon Chart K-POP Awards
B1A4 – My Love @ Music Bank
B1A4-Only Learned Bad Things MV [Eng + Rom + Hangul]
B1A4 – Fooool