In the music industry, a single is a type of release a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song, released separately from an album, although it also appears on an album; these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released. Despite being referred to as a single, singles can include up to as many as three tracks; the biggest digital music distributor, iTunes Store, accepts as many as three tracks less than ten minutes each as a single, as does popular music player Spotify. Any more than three tracks on a musical release or thirty minutes in total running time is either an extended play or, if over six tracks long, an album; when mainstream music was purchased via vinyl records, singles would be released double-sided.
That is to say, they were released with an A-side and B-side, on which two singles would be released, one on each side. Moreover, only the most popular songs from a released album would be released as a single. In more contemporary forms of music consumption, artists release most, if not all, of the tracks on an album as singles; the basic specifications of the music single were set in the late 19th century, when the gramophone record began to supersede phonograph cylinders in commercially produced musical recordings. Gramophone discs were manufactured in several sizes. By about 1910, the 10-inch, 78 rpm shellac disc had become the most used format; the inherent technical limitations of the gramophone disc defined the standard format for commercial recordings in the early 20th century. The crude disc-cutting techniques of the time and the thickness of the needles used on record players limited the number of grooves per inch that could be inscribed on the disc surface, a high rotation speed was necessary to achieve acceptable recording and playback fidelity.
78 rpm was chosen as the standard because of the introduction of the electrically powered, synchronous turntable motor in 1925, which ran at 3600 rpm with a 46:1 gear ratio, resulting in a rotation speed of 78.26 rpm. With these factors applied to the 10-inch format and performers tailored their output to fit the new medium; the 3-minute single remained the standard into the 1960s, when the availability of microgroove recording and improved mastering techniques enabled recording artists to increase the duration of their recorded songs. The breakthrough came with Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Although CBS tried to make the record more "radio friendly" by cutting the performance into halves, separating them between the two sides of the vinyl disc, both Dylan and his fans demanded that the full six-minute take be placed on one side, that radio stations play the song in its entirety; as digital downloading and audio streaming have become more prevalent, it has become possible for every track on an album to be available separately.
The concept of a single for an album has been retained as an identification of a more promoted or more popular song within an album collection. The demand for music downloads skyrocketed after the launch of Apple's iTunes Store in January 2001 and the creation of portable music and digital audio players such as the iPod. In September 1997, with the release of Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella" for paid downloads, Capitol Records became the first major label to sell a digital single from a well-known artist. Geffen Records released Aerosmith's "Head First" digitally for free. In 2004, Recording Industry Association of America introduced digital single certification due to significant sales of digital formats, with Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" becoming RIAA's first platinum digital single. In 2013, RIAA incorporated on-demand streams into the digital single certification. Single sales in the United Kingdom reached an all-time low in January 2005, as the popularity of the compact disc was overtaken by the then-unofficial medium of the music download.
Recognizing this, On 17 April 2005, Official UK Singles Chart added the download format to the existing format of physical CD singles. Gnarls Barkley was the first act to reach No.1 on this chart through downloads alone in April 2006, for their debut single "Crazy", released physically the following week. On 1 January 2007 digital downloads became eligible from the point of release, without the need for an accompanying physical. Sales improved in the following years, reaching a record high in 2008 that still proceeded to be overtaken in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Singles have been issued in various formats, including 7-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch vinyl discs. Other, less common, formats include singles on Digital Compact Cassette, DVD, LD, as well as many non-standard sizes of vinyl disc; the most common form of the vinyl single is the 45 or 7-inch. The names are derived from its play speed, 45 rpm, the standard diameter, 7 inches; the 7-inch 45 rpm record was released 31 March 1949 by RCA Victor as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs.
The first 45
A girl group is a music act featuring several female singers who harmonize together. The term "girl group" is used in a narrower sense in the United States to denote the wave of American female pop music singing groups, many of whom were influenced by doo-wop and which flourished in the late 1950s and early 1960s between the decline of early rock and roll and start of the British Invasion. All-female bands, in which members play instruments, are considered a separate phenomenon; these groups are sometimes called "girl bands" to differentiate, although this terminology is not universally followed. With the advent of the music industry and radio broadcasting, a number of girl groups emerged, such as the Andrews Sisters; the late 1950s saw the emergence of all-female singing groups as a major force, with 750 distinct girl groups releasing songs that reached US and UK music charts from 1960 to 1966. The Supremes alone held 12 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 during the height of the wave and throughout most of the British Invasion rivaled the Beatles in popularity.
In eras, the girl group template would be applied to disco, contemporary R&B, country-based formats, as well as pop. A more globalized music industry saw the extreme popularity of dance-oriented pop music led by major record labels; this emergence, led by the US, UK, South Korea, Japan, produced popular acts, with eight groups debuting after 1990 having sold more than 15 million physical copies of their albums. Since the late 2000s, South Korea has had a significant impact, with 8 of the top 10 girl groups by digital sales in the world originating there. One of the first major all-female groups was the Hamilton Sisters and Fordyce, an American trio who toured England and parts of Europe in 1927, recorded and appeared on BBC radio – they toured the US variety and big-time theaters extensively, changed their stage name to the Three X Sisters; the ladies were together from 1923 until the early 1940s, known for their close harmonies, as well as barbershop style or novelty tunes, utilized their 1930s radio success.
The Three X Sisters were especially a notable addition to the music scene, predicted girl group success by maintaining their popularity throughout the Great Depression. The Boswell Sisters, who became one of the most popular singing groups from 1930 to 1936, had over twenty hits; the Andrews Sisters started in 1937 as a Boswell tribute band and continued recording and performing through the 1940s into the late-1960s, achieving more record sales, more Billboard hits, more million-sellers, more movie appearances than any other girl group to date. The Andrews Sisters had musical hits across multiple genres, which contributed to the prevalence and popularity of the girl group form; the rise of girl groups appeared out of and was influenced by other musical movements of the time period. Vaudeville created an environment of entertainment in which the appearance of the girl group was not unfriendly, musical forms like a cappella and barbershop quartet singing provided inspiration for the structure of the songs and types of harmonies sung by initial girl groups.
The first successful girl groups of this era were white, but capitalized on using music such as ragtime that had originated in the African American community. This era was advantageous to the beginnings of girl group music because of the newfound prevalence of the radio as well, which allowed this style of music to spread; as the rock era began, close harmony acts like the Chordettes, the Fontane Sisters, the McGuire Sisters and the DeCastro Sisters remained popular, with the first three acts topping the pop charts and the last reaching number two, at the end of 1954 to the beginning of 1955. The Lennon Sisters were a mainstay on the Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 on. In early 1956, doo-wop one-hit wonder acts like the Bonnie Sisters with "Cry Baby" and the Teen Queens with "Eddie My Love" showed early promise for a departure from traditional pop harmonies. With "Mr. Lee", the Bobbettes lasted for 5 1/2 months on the charts in 1957, building momentum and gaining further acceptance of all-female, all-black vocal groups.
However, it was the Chantels' 1958 song "Maybe" that became "arguably, the first true glimmering of the girl group sound." The "mixture of black doo-wop and roll, white pop" was appealing to a teenage audience and grew from scandals involving payola and the perceived social effects of rock music. However, early groups such as the Chantels started developing their groups' musical capacities traditionally, through mediums like Latin and choir music; the success of the Chantels and others was followed by an enormous rise in girl groups with varying skills and experience, with the music industry's typical racially segregated genre labels of R&B and pop breaking apart. This rise allowed a semblance of class mobility to groups of people who could not otherwise gain such success, "forming vocal groups together and cutting records gave them access to other opportunities toward professional advancement and personal growth, expanding the idea of girlhood as an identity across race and class lines." The group considered to have achieved the first sustained success in girl group genre is the Shirelles, who first reached the Top 40 with "Tonight's the Night", in 1961 became the first girl group to reach number one on the Hot 100 with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", written by songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King at 1650 Broadway.
The Shirelles solidified their success with five more top 10 hits, most 1962's number one hit "Soldier Boy", over the next two and a half years. "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes became a major indication of the racial integration
Flashback (After School song)
"Flashback" is the fifth Korean single album released by South Korean girl group, After School. The maxi-single marks the first appearance of Kaeun; this marks the first comeback since Kahi's official graduation from the group to pursue a solo career. On April 9, 2012, Pledis revealed; the following day, the member was revealed to be Kaeun and details regarding a Korean comeback in June were revealed. On June 11, 2012, the first teaser image, featuring all eight members, for the comeback was released to the public via Pledis Entertainment's website; that day the title of the maxi-single was revealed, "Flashback", along with the track list. The following day, a second teaser picture was released featuring third generation member Lizzy; the photo showed that the group are returning to their sexy concept as Lizzy was seen wearing black mesh clothing and was in a seductive, sultry pose, similar to the concept the group had when they debuted. A day after Lizzy's teaser photo, Uie's photo was revealed, followed by Nana & Raina, Jungah and lastly E-Young & Kaeun.
Although it was speculated that Nana would become the leader, Pledis announced the empty leader position with the graduation of Kahi will be taken on by Jungah. Flashback received positive feedback worldwide. Embrace You magazine described the maxi single as "creative, exciting, well organized, demonstrates brilliant production efforts. There are musically incorrect additions; the American-based webzine gave Flashback a rating of 5 out of 5 for perfection. Flashback was the fourth most played song on Korean broadcast and radio charts according to Air Monitor, a website that monitors and calculates song airplays from 23 different radio stations in Korea; the song managed to beat tough competition from 2NE1 and Sistar. Flashback placed at No. 6 on Billboard's Top 20 K-Pop Songs of 2012. The title track, "Flashback", was downloaded 202,940 times in South Korea after 2 days of its release. In July 2012, the song was downloaded 414,825 times, after being downloaded 363,875 times in June 2012, rose to #26 on the Gaon Monthly Download Chart.
The song has since been downloaded over 1 million times. "Flashback" peaked at # 14 the following week. The maxi-single debuted at #3 on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart selling 14,197 copies; as of the end of 2012, the maxi-single has sold 16,885 copies in South Korea. Jungah – main vocals Jooyeon – vocals, background vocal Uee – vocals, background vocal Raina – main vocals, background vocal Nana – lead vocals, background vocal Lizzy – lead vocals, background vocal E-young – vocals, background vocal Kaeun – vocals, background vocal
Oh Hye-rin, better known by her stage name Raina, is a South Korean singer-songwriter. She is the main vocalist of South Korean girl group After School and the leader of After School sub-unit Orange Caramel. Raina debuted with the group in November 2009 following the release of the group's second single, "Because of You", she debuted as a solo singer in September 2014 with the single "You End, And Me". Raina tried to audition with JYP Entertainment to become a rapper before joining Pledis Entertainment. Before debut, Raina was a barista at the Coffee Tea Leaf, she previously auditioned for Mnet's Superstar K and was a student at the SM Academy. Raina is considered to be one of the best vocalists among idol girl groups in South Korea. Raina debuted with After School for the release of their second single, "Because of You", which attained No. 1 on the Gaon Digital Chart and won the "triple crown" on SBS Inkigayo. She debuted with After School sub-unit Orange Caramel on June 18, 2010, on KBS Music Bank with the song "Magic Girl".
She released her first solo single for the My Shining Girl OST in February 2012. Raina has written lyrics for Orange Caramel's "Still..." and "Standing in This Place". Raina wrote the lyrics for After School's "Love Love Love" and "Timeless". On June 12, 2014, Raina and rapper San E released; the collaboration topped all major music charts in South Korea soon after it was released, it was No. 4 on the year-end Gaon Digital Chart. In October 2014, Raina became the first After School member to make a solo debut with the release her solo single titled Reset, released on October 8; the single consists of title track You End, Me and b-side track Repertoire. Raina released her second digital single titled I Don't Know on November 24, 2015. On June 16, 2016, Raina and rapper San E released their second duet, called Me. On June 5, 2017, Raina released her third OST titled When Rain Falls for MBC's drama "Lookout". Raina released her first single album, Loop on July 31; the single album contains three tracks, with title track Loop featuring NU’EST's Aron.
In August 2018, Raina released the single It's Okay as part of a project single with producer Bumzu. Subsequently, on 5 September 2018, Raina's soundtrack single entitled Home was released as the fifth OST for SBS' drama "Your Honor". Official website
Orange Caramel is the first subgroup of South Korean girl group After School. The subgroup is formed with the third generation members: Nana and Lizzy. Orange Caramel's concept is Candy Culture. Orange Caramel debuted on June 16, 2010, with the single "Magic Girl", their debut mini-album, The First Mini Album was released on June 21, 2010. The album was a commercial success, peaking at No. 2 on the Gaon Chart with the lead single "Magic Girl" peaking at No. 18. "Magic Girl" was a domestic hit and became famous for its choreography and outfits featuring large bows, with the song's concept proving popular as it was parodied on variety shows throughout 2010. The mini-album was released in Taiwan, where a Mandarin version of "The Day You Went Away", a cover from Cyndi Wang by M2M, was included. Both versions of the album included Raina's R&B solo, "Love Does Not Wait". On November 18, 2010, The Second Mini Album was released with the title track "A-ing"; the music video for "A-ing" had a fairy tale witches concept.
The album peaked at No. 10 on the Gaon Chart and the lead single, "A-ing", peaked at No. 5. The second single released from the album, a solo by Raina titled "Not Yet...", peaked at No. 42. The album includes the song "One Love" and a Korean version of "The Day You Went Away". On March 30, "Bangkok City" was released as part of the group's "One Asia" project; the single peaked at No. 3 on the Gaon Chart, thus making it the group's most successful single to date. Orange Caramel continued the "One Asia" project with the release of "Shanghai Romance" on October 13, which peaked at No. 8. The song's lyrics were written by Kim Hee-chul of Super Junior; the single had two B-sides: "Close Your Eyes", a solo by Nana, the Mandarin version of "The Day You Went Away". A Japanese version of "Shanghai Romance" was released as a bonus track on After School's debut Japanese album, Playgirlz. Orange Caramel debuted in Japan on September 5, 2012 with a cover of 1970s pop group Candies song "My Sweet Devil", they returned to Korea and released their first studio album, Lipstick on September 12.
On October 23, 2012, Orange Caramel released the single "Lipstick DJ Remix". It consisted of two remixes of "Lipstick" by Hanmin. Vodge Diper's remix was subsequently used in their live TV performances; the group's first Japanese studio album, Orange Caramel, was released on March 13, 2013. It included their previous Japanese singles and Japanese versions of their Korean singles, as well as some new songs. On May 9, 2013, Orange Caramel released a collaboration with indie band 10cm; the single is part of LOEN Entertainment's "Re. In July 2013, Orange Caramel released the book Youth Travel, which contains short essays and photos of the group visiting Seoul and Jeonju. Orange Caramel's third single, "Catallena" was released on March 12. In the music video, the group appear as mermaids before turning into different types of sushi; the song has samples a Punjabi wedding folk song. The single peaked at No. 5 on Gaon's album chart and No. 6 on the digital chart, as well as No. 4 on Billboard's K-Pop Hot 100.
The group's performances of the song went viral on social media sites due to the "screaming" during the introduction of the song. Orange Caramel released a promotional single, "Abing Abing", on May 20; the song was used to promote Baskin Robbins' new line of ice cream bingsoo, or patbingsu, a Korean shaved ice dessert. At the end of 2014, it was number 12 on Billboard's list of the 20 best K-pop songs of the year. On August 18, Orange Caramel's fourth single, "My Copycat" was released; the theme of the music video is based on Where's Waldo? and prompts viewers to find the Orange Caramel members in different scenes as well as spot the differences between similar side-by-side shots. It was directed by video production team duo Digipedi who had worked with the group on "Catallena" and "Lipstick"; the single peaked at No. 8 on No. 19 on the digital chart. A music video for the B-side track "The Gangnam Avenue" was released on September 3; that month, the group released their first soundtrack single, "Tonight" for the television series It's Okay, That's Love.
Since 2015, both After School and Orange Caramel promotions have come to a halt whilst members focus on individual activities. Raina has embarked on a solo music career, whilst Lizzy and Nana focused more on acting. On May 1, 2018, Pledis Entertainment announced that Lizzy had left After School, due to the expiration of her contract. However, they clarified that she had not left Orange Caramel, that if the opportunity were to arise in the future, the sub-unit would still release songs as three members. Official website
Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south; the kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", it is called the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands; the four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area and are referred to as home islands. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions, with Hokkaido being the northernmost prefecture and Okinawa being the southernmost one; the population of 127 million is the world's tenth largest. 90.7 % of people live in cities. About 13.8 million people live in the capital of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with over 38 million people. Archaeological research indicates; the first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history texts from the 1st century AD.
Influence from other regions China, followed by periods of isolation from Western Europe, has characterized Japan's history. From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military shōguns who ruled in the name of the Emperor. Japan entered into a long period of isolation in the early 17th century, ended in 1853 when a United States fleet pressured Japan to open to the West. After nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection, the Imperial Court regained its political power in 1868 through the help of several clans from Chōshū and Satsuma – and the Empire of Japan was established. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victories in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and World War I allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism; the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 expanded into part of World War II in 1941, which came to an end in 1945 following the Japanese surrender. Since adopting its revised constitution on May 3, 1947, during the occupation led by SCAP, the sovereign state of Japan has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with an Emperor and an elected legislature called the National Diet.
Japan is a member of the ASEAN Plus mechanism, UN, the OECD, the G7, the G8, the G20, is considered a great power. Its economy is the world's third-largest by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity, it is the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Japan benefits from a skilled and educated workforce. Although it has renounced its right to declare war, Japan maintains a modern military with the world's eighth-largest military budget, used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. Japan is a developed country with a high standard of living and Human Development Index, its population enjoys the highest life expectancy and third lowest infant mortality rate in the world, but is experiencing issues due to an aging population and low birthrate. Japan is renowned for its historical and extensive cinema, influential music industry, video gaming, rich cuisine and its major contributions to science and modern technology; the Japanese word for Japan is 日本, pronounced Nihon or Nippon and means "the origin of the sun".
The character nichi means "sun" or "day". The compound therefore means "origin of the sun" and is the source of the popular Western epithet "Land of the Rising Sun"; the earliest record of the name Nihon appears in the Chinese historical records of the Tang dynasty, the Old Book of Tang. At the end of the seventh century, a delegation from Japan requested that Nihon be used as the name of their country; this name may have its origin in a letter sent in 607 and recorded in the official history of the Sui dynasty. Prince Shōtoku, the Regent of Japan, sent a mission to China with a letter in which he called himself "the Emperor of the Land where the Sun rises"; the message said: "Here, I, the emperor of the country where the sun rises, send a letter to the emperor of the country where the sun sets. How are you". Prior to the adoption of Nihon, other terms such as Yamato and Wakoku were used; the term Wa is a homophone of Wo 倭, used by the Chinese as a designation for the Japanese as early as the third century Three Kingdoms period.
Another form of Wa, Wei in Chinese) was used for an early state in Japan called Nakoku during the Han dynasty. However, the Japanese disliked some connotation of Wa 倭, it was therefore replaced with the substitute character Wa, meaning "togetherness, harmony"; the English word Japan derives from the historical Chinese pronunciation of 日本. The Old Mandarin or early Wu Chinese pronunciation of Japan was recorded by Marco Polo as Cipangu. In modern Shanghainese, a Wu dialect, the pronunciation of characters 日本; the old Malay word for Japan, Japun or Japang, was borrowed from a southern coastal Chinese dialect Fukienese or Ningpo – and this Malay word was encountered by Portuguese traders in Southeast Asia in the 16th century. These Early Portuguese traders brought the word
After School (group)
After School, stylized as AFTERSCHOOL in Japan, is a South Korean girl group formed by Pledis Entertainment with an admissions and graduation concept. The group's current lineup consists of Nana, E-Young and Kaeun; as of September 2018, After School has had eleven members who have joined and "graduated" since their debut as a quintet in 2009. After School debuted in January 2009 with "AH!" from the single album New Schoolgirl. Following the addition of Uee in April of that year, they released "Diva", which won the "Rookie of the Month" award at the Cyworld Digital Music Awards. Pledis Entertainment announced the graduation of Soyoung, before adding Raina and Nana for the release of "Because of You" in November 2009, an instant hit and became a commercial and critical success for the group, with the song winning a "triple crown" on SBS Inkigayo and was the best selling song of December 2009 becoming one of the best selling K-Pop singles of all time. Follow-up singles "Bang!", "Shampoo", "Flashback" and "First Love" further consolidated their domestic and international popularity and saw the additions of Lizzy, E-Young and Kaeun, as well as the graduations of original members Bekah and Kahi.
In 2010, the three newest members at that time formed the group's first subunit, Orange Caramel, in 2011 a second subunit was formed when the group was split into two teams, A. S. Red and A. S. Blue, for the release of their fourth single album. In the beginning of 2011, the group signed with Avex Trax to begin their promotions in Japan; the group made their first official appearance in Japan by collaborating with singer Namie Amuro for a song from her collaboration album Checkmate!, titled "Make it Happen". The song went onto win Best Collaboration at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Japan; the group's debut single, a remake of their Korean hit "Bang!", was released in August that year and charted at number seven on Oricon's Weekly Singles Chart. Follow-up singles "Diva" and "Rambling Girls" / "Because of You" had similar success and helped to establish a fanbase in Japan before the release of the group's debut Japanese album, Playgirlz, their second Japanese album, Dress to Kill, fronted by the Shinichi Osawa produced singles "Heaven" and "Shh", was released in 2014.
After School received attention for their unique live performances incorporating different performance styles into their songs, including drums, tap dancing and pole dancing, which garnered praise from Billboard who referred to the group as the "top performers in K-pop". The group ranked number five in Billboard's list of the "Top 10 K-Pop Girl Groups of the Past Decade", they have won numerous awards throughout their career, including the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award and the Idol Music Best of the Best Award in the 19th South Korea Culture & Entertainment Awards, have sold over 12 million copies of their singles domestically. Since 2015, After School has halted group promotions and the members have embarked on individual music and modelling careers. After School was first formed following Kahi's departure from Korean-American girl group S-Blush, as Kahi began planning to produce a new group together with the current CEO of Pledis Entertainment; the first member other than Kahi was Bekah, a trainee while Kahi was in S-Blush.
With Kahi's recommendation, Bekah was brought from Hawaii to South Korea. They were introduced to Jungah, followed by Soyoung and Jooyeon, forming a five-member group. After School as a group first made an unofficial appearance on 29 December 2008 at the SBS Song Festival. Kahi and Jungah performed "Play Girlz" alongside Son Dam Bi whilst the remaining members, Soyoung and Bekah served as backup dancers for Son Dam Bi's performance at the event. In the beginning of 2009, a few days before After School's debut, Pledis Entertainment announced that the group's music concept was influenced by the Pussycat Dolls. On 15 January 2009, the group released New Schoolgirl; the album had three songs: the lead single "Ah!", "Play Girlz" and "Bad Guy". On 17 January, After School made their live debut on MBC's, Music Core. Following promotional activities for "AH!", After School planned to continue to promote New Schoolgirl with "Bad Guy". However, the track was deemed unsuitable and was banned from broadcast because of a single word of profanity was in the lyrics.
During the month of April, the group announced that a new member, was joining the group. The group released their second single, "Diva" on 9 April 2009, they first performed the song on 9 April 2009 on M! Countdown. After School went on to win the "Rookie of the Month" award for the month of April 2009 at the Cyworld Digital Music Awards with the single. On 21 May, the group released a cover of Morning Musume's "Love Machine", entitled "Dream Girl". In July, it was announced that the group would collaborate with popular artist, Son Dam Bi for digital single, "Amoled", it was released on 16 July, as part of a promotion deal with Samsung. After School became the opening act for The Pussycat Dolls's Doll Domination Tour along with label-mate Son Dam-bi for the Asian dates of the tour. On 29 October 2009, Soyoung graduated from the group to pursue an acting career. Two new members were added to the group and Nana, After School made a comeback on 25 November 2009 with the single "Because of You"; the song marked a change for the group to a more mature and sophisticated concept, became popular, winning three Mutizen awards for the group on SBS' Inkigayo.
At the start of 2010, the group won the Best Rookie Award at both the Billboard Japan Music Awards and Seoul Music Awards. On 25 March, After School released their third single album Bang! with new member L