10 Things To Know About April, The K-Pop Group Dragged Into Multiple Controversies

April K-Pop Band
April K-Pop Band: April, the K-pop girl group is in the news for controversies. Here are 10 things to know about the South Korean girl band.

After the malicious rumours which were spread about one of the members, the all-girl pop group got dragged into the on-going controversy of K-pop celebrities getting called out for bullying. To elaborate, the brother of the group’s former member and now actor Lee Hyun-joo alleged that she was bullied and ostracised by the members and consequently had to leave the group in 2016.

He said, “It’s not true my sister quit the band because she wanted to go into acting. I’ve always wanted to tell people the truth … I feel now is the time to work up the courage to speak out about it. She was ostracised and bullied in the group, and she ended up getting anxiety and had breathing issues because she suffered so much. She even tried to commit suicide.”

Here are 10 things to know about the all-girl Korean pop group April:
  1.  April consists of six members – Naeun, Yena, Rachel, Chaekyung, Chaewon and Jinsol. The group was formed by the South Korean entertainment company DSP Media and made its debut in 2015 with EP Dreaming and the title track Dream Candy.
  2. The group’s name doesn’t come from the month, as one would assume when they hear the name. It is made up of ‘A’ and ‘pril’. ‘A’ means ‘the best girl group’ and ‘pril’ means lovely girls. So, ‘April’ actually means ‘the best, lovely girls’.
  3. Their fans call them ‘Chung-jeong-dol’, which translates to ‘pure idol’. Furthermore, the group’s fan club is called Fineapple.
  4. Shortly after their debut, the group’s leader, Somin, announced her departure due to creative differences with other members of the group.
  5. In 2016, Hyun-joo took a seven-month hiatus from the group before quitting in October 2016 to pursue a career in acting, as earlier stated by her. However, the news reports suggest that it was due to the alleged bullying.
  6. April made its debut in Japan on April 25, 2018 with the Japanese version of their 2016 single Tinkerbell. The song also contains the Japanese version of the b-side track Yes, sir! and also the instrumental version of both the songs. After its success, they came back in 2019 and released the single, Japanese version of Oh-E-Oh.
  7. The group has released a number of successful albums and songs such as Boing Boing, Snowman, Spring, Prelude, Mayday and many more.
  8. They have hosted many concerts as well: A Valentine’s special Everland Romantic Concert, Dream Land and so on. In 2020, they released their latest work amid COVID-19 pandemic with the special single album Hello Summer on July 29, with the title track Now or Never.
  9. The girl group has won a number of awards and accolades, which includes 2016 Female Rookie of the Year at Korean Entertainment Art Awards, Rising Star Award – Female Group at Brand of the Year Awards in 2020, 2016 Star of Tomorrow, Rising Star Award at Korea Brand Awards and many more.
  10. In 2021, Naeun, one of the group members, was targeted by an identified person who spread rumours about her using fake photos. DSP Media made a statement that they begun a lawsuit against the person and the matter is getting further probe. Read more about it here.

Feature Image Credits: K-Pop Database