Music / Kara

Hara, Seungyeon, Gyuri, Youngji

Kara (often stylized as KARA - Korean: 카라, Japanese: カラ) is a popular girl group in Korea & Japan formed in 2007 and disbanded in 2016.

The original lineup of the group was Sunghee, Nicole, Seungyeon and Gyuri. They went through a member change in early 2008, when Sunghee had to quit and two new members Jiyoung and Hara joined. In 2014 both Nicole and Jiyoung had quite a messy departure; Nicole was the first to go in January, and Jiyoung left in April despite DSP's efforts to convince her to return to the group (a stark contrast to their aloof treatment of Nicole's departure and going as far as deleting her from group pictures early on). Soon afterward, DSP launched the "KARA Project" competition for new potential members to be judged by the three remaining members - this is how Youngji came to join the group.

In early 2016 Hara, Seungyeon and Gyuri's contracts all expired, and they have since left the group. It is unknown what the future holds, with many speculating KARA will disband and Youngji will become a duo with fellow Baby KARA contestant Somin. On January 14, 2016, the guesses were proven correct and KARA was announced to have officially disbanded.

They had a very solid career, with their 5-member lineup in particular being the most successful; with this lineup they first gained nationwide acclaim through their single Pretty Girl, and their popularity grew drastically from there, with hit songs like Lupin and Mister. They were especially popular in Japan, becoming one of if not the most successful kpop girl group there.

The group has also gained a bit of fame amongst Rhythm Game players when their songs were licensed out for DJMAX Technika 3 and DJMAX Technika Tune, as well as DJMAX's sibling game Tapsonic.

Not to be confused with the tech demo by Quantic Dream.

  • The First Blooming (2007)
  • Rock U EP (2008)
  • Pretty Girl EP (2008)
    • Honey EP (2009)
  • Revolution (2009)
    • Wanna EP (2009)
    • Mister EP (2009)
  • Lupin EP (2010)
  • Girl's Talk EP (2010) *
  • Step (2011)
  • Super Girl (2011) *
  • Pandora (2012)
  • Girls Forever (2012)
  • Bye Bye Happy Days! (2013) *
  • Thank You Summer Love (2013) *
  • Fantastic Girls! (2013) *
  • Full Bloom (2013)
  • Day and Night EP (2014)
  • In Love EP (2015)

Note - albums with an asterisk denotes a Japanese release.

Tropes in their work:

  • Aerith and Bob: With the old line-up - Gyuri, Seungyeon, Hara, Jiyoung... and Nicole. Justified as Nicole was born and raised in California.