Nine Muses or 9Muses is a South Korean girl group formed in 2010 by Star Empire Entertainment. The concept of the group is admissions and graduation, meaning the members of the group will eventually change. This group originally was meant to have 14 members and be the biggest girl group. When the name Nine Muses came up, the company decided to debut a 9-member girl group. Nine Muses currently has 5 members, with 4 active members and 1 member on hiatus. In 2016, Nine Muses debuted their first subgroup called Nine Muses A. It consists of four members: Kyungri, Hyemi, Sojin and Keumjo. Before we move into Nine Muses A, let’s find out more about the history of the group!
Nine Muses to Nine Muses A: The History
Nine Muses debuted on August 12th, 2010, with the final line up of HyunA, Rana, Bini, Lee Sem, Eunji, Sera, Euaerin, Hyemi, and Minha. All the members have a modelling background, and most of the Nine Muses members were active models by the time they debuted. Nine Muses debuted with the album Let’s Have a Party and promoted the title track No Playboy.
2011: Figaro Comeback
In 2011, there were several member changes in the group when Bini, Rana and Euaerin left the group. But soon after, Euaerin rejoined the group as her plan didn’t work.
Nine Muses made their first comeback a year later with 7 members promoting the single Figaro. At that time, the company thought about changing the group’s name to Sweet Candy because the group no longer had 9 members. But, the plan was cancelled and the group is still going with the original name, Nine Muses.
2012-2015: Major Member Changes
Considering their graduation concept, it’s natural for the group to go through member changes. Kyungri and Sungah joined the group in 2012 when several members graduated. From 2012 to 2015, there were major changes in the members. Lee Sem, Eunji, Sera, Euaerin, Minha, and Hyuna left the group because of various reasons.
In that span of time, Nine Muses released many popular songs and rose to be one of the most popular girl groups in South Korea. Their fourth mini-album Lost is the last project of Nine Muses.
2016: Introduction of Nine Muses A
Nine Muses was left with 5 members: Sungah, Gyeongree, Hyemi, Sojin, and Keumjo. At that time, their management announced that Sungah will be on hiatus but Nine Muses will still proceed with a new sub-group called Nine Muses Amuse or Nine Muses A with the remaining members.
Nine Muses A debuted with the album Muses Diary in August 2016. The group consists of Kyungri (Center), Hyemi (Leader), Sojin (Rapper) and Keumjo (Main Vocal).
Nine Muses A’s Profile and Facts
- Group’s name : Nine Muses Amuse; Nine Muses A; 9Muses A; 9Muses Amuse
- Years active : 2016 – now
- Labels : Star Empire Entertainment
- Members : Kyungri, Hyemi, Sojin, and Keumjo
- Average height : 172 cm
- Fandom Name: MINE
- Fan Color: Purple & Silver
- Nine Muses Official Accounts:
Nine Muses A Members’ Profiles
Real Name: Park Kyung-ri
Stage Name: Kyungri
Birthday: July 5, 1990
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Height: 170 cm (5’7″)
Weight: 50 kg (110 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Education: Song Woon Primary School; Ban Song Girls’ Middle School; Dae Myung Girls’ High School
Hometown: Busan, South Korea
Hobby: Watching movies
Favorite food: ddeokbeokki, bubble tea, and patbingsu
Favorite color: Red
Favorite number: 8
Favorite movie: A Moment to Remember
Favorite song: “Whatever Happens” by Michael Jackson
- Kyungri was born in Busan, South Korea.
- She has an older sister.
- Kyungri often looks at photographs of models and watches movies in her spare time.
- Kyungri has no ideal type of man.
- In an interview, Kyungri said that she’s obsessed with singer Yoon Jong-shin. She said that the song “Tears Are Falling Heavily” is so good, and when Park Jung-shin sang it, she was amazed.
- Her motto in life is “Whatever you do, smile and enjoy”.
- She often thinks that she is lively, timid and easy-going.
- Her role model is BoA.
- She is good friends with Stella’s Hyoeun, VNT’s Yumi, Dal Shabet’s Woohee, Hello Venus’ Lime, Rainbow’s Hyunyoung, Boom, and MC Sniper, Fiestar’s Hyemi, and 2AM’s Seulong.
- Before debut, she was a backup dancer for Chae Yeon, Park Mikyung, Lee Jung, and Kim Gunmoo.
- She had left Nine Muses for Star Empire Entertainment, then for Jellyfish Entertainment, and then for Medialine Entertainment, but went back to Nine Muses because her image and height fit well in Nine Muses.
- Kyungri is ambidextrous (can use both of her hands to do things).
- Her favorite fashion is long tops with shorts.
- She has the best looks in the group.
- She finds herself blinking and pouting a lot, often looking at mirrors, and daydreaming unconsciously.
- She likes to buy bubble tea with the other members.
- In an interview, she said that many entertainers show interest in her.
- When still a student, she was a skipping rope athlete.
- She is a big fan of Zico of Block B.
- She likes men who are older than her.
Real Name: Pyo Hye-mi
Stage Name: Hyemi
Birthday: April 3, 1991
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Height: 171 cm (5’7″)
Weight: 46 kg (101 lbs)
Blood Type: B
Education: Majae Primary School, Gwangju Middle School, Daegwang Girls’ High School, Hanyang Girls’ University
Hometown: Gwangju, South Korea
Hobbies: Going to cafes, visiting new restaurants, and web surfing
Favorite food: Meat
Favorite colors: Red, yellow, and mint
Favorite number: 2
Favorite movies: Eternal Sunshine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Favorite song: Soulchild
- Hyemi is really good at waking up in the morning.
- She has one younger brother.
- Her fans gave her the nickname Pyo Boss because she acts like a boss even though she is the youngest.
- She likes men that look like the ‘nice guy’ type.
- Her pet peeves are shaking her feet a lot, sticking out her tongue frequently, and somehow sleeping parallel to the wall with her nose sticking up against it.
- Her role model is Ok Ju-hyun.
- Her favorite fashion statement is bright and flashy colored clothes.
- Hyemi thinks that her fashion taste is unique because she likes flashy but still cute and casual looks.
- She thinks that she is realistic, has a ton of aegyo, and is sociable.
- She is good friends with Jewelry’s Semi, Rainbow’s Hyunyoung, Noeul, and Jisook, Dal Shabet’s Jiyul and Ahyoung, B1A4’s Shinwoo (CNU), U-Kiss’ Eli and Hoon, and Spica’s Narae.
- Her motto in life is “World domination”.
- She won the CMB Chin Chin Youth Music Festival Silver Award and the Special Prize.
- Introduced in 2009 to join Nine Muses.
- Often buys bubble tea with Kyungri.
- She was a Taekwondo athlete and almost reached the black belt.
- The members voted her as the bottom in the looks ranking because of her forehead.
- She appeared in Music & Lyrics 2.
Real Name: Jo So-jin
Stage Name: Sojin
Birthday: October 11, 1991
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Height: 170 cm (5’7″)
Weight: 47 kg (103 lbs)
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Gwangju, South Korea
Hobbies: Doing squats and slow dancing
Favorite food: Tomatoes, peaches, and cherries
Favorite color: Pastel colors
Favorite music genre: Soul, R&B, Hip-hop
- Sojin’s specialty is creating and copying choreography.
- Her nickname is Black Hole.
- She originally debuted as a member of NASTY NASTY.
- She is one of the last members to join Nine Muses with Keumjo.
- Sojin was Bighit Entertainment’s trainee with Gfriend’s SinB.
- She went to the same dance academy as Jewelry’s Semi and Nine Muses’ Hyemi.
- Sojin is shy, but when she’s on stage, she is charismatic.
- Her waist is really thin; it’s only 20.5 inches.
- Sojin likes to knit, play the piano, and browse YouTube videos in her spare time.
- Her ideal type is someone is someone who looks nice, has strong eyes, is faithful and is attentive.
- She was cast in the Chinese web-drama Canvas the Emperor. It was her first acting debut.
- Her thoughts about debuting: “Debut… I can’t believe it… Memories of my trainee days that I’ve done for five years only thinking about the debut day are passing through my head. It’s giving me a sudden rush of sadness. There are so many people I must thank. I will work hard as Nine Muses’ Sojin and show you the best of me!”
- Sojin was a trainee for 5 years.
- Sojin appeared in Kim Sori’s MV “Bikini”.
- The other members said that Sojin is easily frightened.
- She’s a part of a project called Red Queen with TAHITI’s Ari, After School’s Kaeun and I.B.I’s Hyeri.
- The genre of dance Sojin dances the most is girl’s hip-hop. She wants to do a hip-hop performance with Erine and Sungah.
- In reality, Sojin is passive. But, this quickly changes when she’s excited.
- She has trypophobia.
- Keumjo said that Sojin sometimes wakes up in the middle of her sleep and makes strange noises. Sojin once suddenly woke up and asked, “Keumjo, did you eat a banana?”.
- Her favorite Nine Muses’ song is “September 17th”.
- Her favorite nickname from fans is Baby Dinosaur Sojin.
- She wants to appear on Running Man, 1 Night 2 Days, and Roommate.
Real Name: Lee Keum-jo
Stage Name: Keumjo
Position: Main Vocalist, Maknae
Birthday: December 17, 1992
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
Weight: 48 kg (105 lbs)
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Daegu, South Korea
Hobbies: Reading webtoons and watching movies
Favorite food: Strawberries, green grapes, and blueberry flavored foods
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite music genre: Soul, R&B, Hip-hop
- One of the last members to join Nine Muses.
- Sexy guys are her ideal type.
- Keumjo is a model.
- She’s the only member who has a height below 170 cm.
- Keumjo appeared in V.O.S’s MV “The End”.
- Keumjo doesn’t like fruit. She only likes strawberries and green grapes.
- Her thoughts about debuting: “I still can’t believe it… To have my dream [of debuting] finally come true… I will work hard as I’ve desperately and eagerly wanted it. Now that I have acquired the title as Nine Muses’ Keumjo, I will also work hard to not disappoint the fans. Please support me~ Fighting!”
- Keumjo is friends with Yuna (AOA) and Eunice (DIA).
- She said that she’s very stern. She even feels awkward about telling her family happy birthday.
- She deleted all of her SNS accounts during her trainee period.
- Sojin said that Keumjo likes to scare her. There was an incident where Sojin bought shampoo on the way home, but Keumjo scared her out of nowhere so she threw the shampoo and it exploded everywhere.
- Her favorite Nine Muses’ songs are “Last Scene”, “Who R U”, and “Living Person”.
- Her favorite nicknames are Baby Keumjo and “HamburKeumjo” because she really likes hamburgers.
- She wants to appear on Radio Star.
Nine Muses A Members Popularity Ranking
The individual popularity ranking of the members is different from one another. From various resources, this is the popularity ranking for Nine Muses:
The ranking is based on their TV appearances, voting on various sites, and from South Korean monthly individual ranks.