Baby Vox

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Baby V.O.X
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B
Years active 1997 (1997)–2006 (2006)
Labels DR Music, EMI
Past members
Korean name
Hangul 베이비복스
Revised Romanization Beibi Bokseu
McCune–Reischauer Peipi Poksŭ

Baby V.O.X (Korean: 베이비복스) was a South Korean female K-pop group that formed in 1997.[1] They are considered one of the most prominent "first generation" K-pop girl groups of the late 1990s and early 2000s along with S.E.S and Fin.K.L[2][3] and they are recognized as being one of the groups at the forefront of the Korean Wave, having broken into the Chinese market.[4] The group released seven studio albums and disbanded in 2006.[1]

History

Early years (1997–1999)

The group originally consisted of Cha Yu-Mi, Jung Shi Woon, Jang Hyun Jung, Lee Hee Jin and Kim E-Z.[5] The name is shortened from "Baby Voices of Xpression". Their debut single was entitled Hair Cut and taken from the album Equalizeher, released in July 10, 1997.[6] The group displayed a style inspired by Spice Girls, but they're not being successful to their 1st album due to their sexy concept ( because Koreans that days were too conservative ). Cha Yumi was injured during their performance, so she was then replaced by Kan Miyoun. Jung and Jang left the group due to internal conflict, so they were replaced by Shim Eun Jin, and Lee Gai. The group adopted a more modest and cutesy style, used by popular groups such as S.E.S. and Fin.K.L . From the album Baby V.O.X II, the single, "Ya Ya Ya" became a success, reaching number seven on the Korean pop charts. It was followed by a second single, "Change". Following the release, Lee Gai was been forced out by DR Music, because she's lying about her age.[7]

Popularity height (1999–2003)

In June 1999, Yoon Eun Hye replaced Lee Gai and this lineup became permanent and last. Their single "Get Up" was released. For the first time, they reached the number one spot on the Korean music pop charts.[citation needed] Another single "Killer" also hit the first place on the music charts and earned the 'Top Excellency Award' in Seoul Music Award in 1999. The third single 'Missing You' was also included on the album Come Come Come Baby (1999).

In the years that followed, Baby VOX made a number of appearances in variety shows. After their success of the third album, they started promoting themselves internationally, including China, Japan and other Southeast Asian countries. The fourth album, Why, featured the two singles; "Why" and "배신 (Betrayal)", while they also featured as a show host in SBS variety program, Beautiful Sunday-Cruise to the Korea Strait. Their fifth album, Boyish Story was released in 2001 and included the singles "Game Over", "인형 (Doll)", "I Wish You are My Love".

As well as their success in Asian markets, Baby VOX released a special hits album were from their first five albums, with two single hits 우연 (Coincidence) and Go. With Coincidence, the group hit number one in the Korean music charts for the first time in three years. Coincidence was also released in a World Cup version, and performed all around Korea during the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup season, and remained popular throughout the summer. In addition to that, they managed to have a Live Concert in Seoul, which was hugely popular. Baby VOX Music Award was also created in China.

The group held a concert in Mongolia in 2004, being the first Korean idol band to do so.[8]

Image transition and end (2003–2006)

In spring of 2003, Baby VOX released their sixth album, a feat achieved by very few Korean pop groups. Baby VOX topped the Chinese music chart with the Chinese single I'm Still Loving You, 3rd place with 나 어떡해 (What Should I Do) and 4th place with the same single in Thailand as well. In addition, pre-orders in the album in several countries ar as follows: 200,000+ in China, 50,000+ in Taiwan, 30,000+ in Hong Kong and 120,000+ in Thailand, with a total of 400,000 pre-orders plus the album sales in South Korea alone (210,000+) with now a total of 610,000+ of album sales. However, this was also when the group's fortunes started to change. While 'What Should I Do' hit the number one spot in the Korean music chart, their second single, 바램 (The Wish) wasn't as popular.

The group's seventh and final album Ride West, released in April 2004, featured songs in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, as well as appearances by well-known American hip hop artists, such as Tupac Shakur, Jennifer Lopez, & independent rapper Floss P, although Tupac's "appearance" was a freestyle rap that he recorded while in prison. The rights for the sample of Tupac's verse were not cleared, and this resulted in a court case pursued by the rapper's mother, Afeni Shakur.[9] A music video for the album's feature song, "Xcstasy", was done in English and emulated of the hip-hop videos popular in the United States at the time. A member of Korean hip hop group DJ DOC, offended by their alleged misuse of Tupac Shakur's lyrics, denounced them in the media, but later apologised.[10] The group were forced to abandon the release of the single. A second single, "Play Remix" featuring Jennifer Lopez, was promoted for a short while, but sales were lower than from its previous albums.

After 2004, Baby VOX went into hiatus and Shim Eun Jin and Yoon Eun Hye departed the group in 2005. In February 2006, Baby VOX was officially disbanded.

Members

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[11]
Equalizeher No data No data
Baby V.O.X. II
  • Released: September 15, 1998
  • Label: DR Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
9
Come Come Come Baby
  • Released: July 21, 1999
  • Label: DR Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
5
Why
  • Released: May 15, 2000
  • Label: DR Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
5
Boyish Story
  • Released: June 4, 2001
  • Label: DR Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
8
Devotion
  • Released: April 3, 2003
  • Label: DR Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
3
Ride West
  • Released: March 18, 2004
  • Label: DR Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
3

Compilation albums

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
Special Album
  • Released: April 23, 2002
  • Label: DR Music
  • Format: CD, cassette
6

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
JPN
Go (Japanese release)
  • Released: March 12, 2003
  • Label: Six Beat Records
  • Format: CD
  • JPN:

Awards

Year Awards
2004 15th Seoul Music Award: Hallyu Award
Channel V Thailand: Asian Sensation Award
Asiana Airlines Award: Best Asian Singer
2003 KMA Korean Music Awards: Best Singer of the Year
14th Seoul Music Awards: Choice Award
SBS Music Award: Choice Award
SBS Gayo Daejeon: Choice Award
KBS Music Award: Choice Award
Golden Disk Awards: Choice Award
2003연기SPORTS 가요대상:본상
Channel V Thailand: Singer of the Month (May 2003)
KMTV Music Awards: Singer of the Year
iTV Music Awards: Choice Award
Channel V Awards: Worldwide Singer of the Year
2002 SBS Music Award: Most Popular Song Award
SBS Music Award: Hallyu Achievement Award
SBS Gayo Daejeon: Choice Award
Golden Disk Awards: Choice Award
KBS Music Award: Choice Award
KMTV Music Awards: Hallyu Special Award
KMTV Music Awards: Lifetime Special Award
13th Seoul Music Awards: Choice Award
Association of Chinese Radio: Best Korean Singer
Channel V Awards: International Singer of the Year
Channel V Thailand: Singer of the Year Award
iTV Music Awards: Song of the Year 'By Chance'
iTV Music Awards: Choice Award
2001 MBC Music Awards: Choice Award
KBS Music Awards: Choice Award
Golden Disk Awards: Most Popular Award
Award Model Line: Best Dressed Singer
2001연기SPORTS가요대상: 선행상
iTV Music Awards: Choice Award
2000 제1회 애견문화인의 상
11th Seoul Music Awards: Most Popular Award
SBS Music Awards: Choice Award
SBS Gayo Daejeon: Producer Award
KBS Music Awards: Choice Award
iTV Music Awards: Choice Award
7th Republic of Korean Entertainment Awards: Popularity Award
1999 10th Seoul Music Awards: Best Singer Award
SBS Music Awards: Choice Award
SBS Gayo Daejeon: Top 10 Singer
KBS Music Awards: Choice Award
MBC Music Awards: Choice Award
KMTV Music Awards: Choice Award
M-net Music Awards: Choice Award
1998 SBS Music Awards: Popularity Award
SBS Music Awards: Best Female Newcomer
Seoul Music Awards: Rookie of the Year
Migliore Popularity Awards: Popularity Award
1997 Cleo Magazine: Album of the Month: Equalizeher

Endorsements

Future generations

On December 26, 2006, DR Music unveiled the members of the 2nd generation Baby V.O.X, a spinoff group called "Baby V.O.X. Re.V" (pronounced "reeve"). Like the original group, there is one lead vocalist, three "sub-vocalists", and a singer/rapper.

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  3. ^ Doo, Rumy (2016-05-26). "New generation of K-pop girl groups". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  4. ^ Fuhr, Michael (2015). Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea: Sounding Out K-Pop. Routledge. p. 132. ISBN 9781317556916. 
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