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Posted by MeAnotherself 29 days ago

Girl Group S#aFLA Make their Debut

VINE Entertainment's new 4 member girl group S#aFLA (pronounced Shapla/Shafla) made their debut on the 18th of October.

The group consists of the members Jin (Jung Yoojin), Kee (Seulgi), Soo (Soohyeon) and Sun (Hwang Jisun). The latter recently gained some attention.


Leader and lead vocal Jisun was part of the original line-up for Girl's Day as their main dancer. The company announced in September 2010 that she had been removed from the group at her own will and that she would go back to training dancing and singing so she could re-debut later. An official from Global Arts (one of New F.O's companies) stated she had decided to leave Girl's Day as she felt the music she wanted to make and the music New F.O was supposed to make matched better. This was later confirmed by Jisun herself in an interview from 2012.

In 2011, she debuted as JN in New F.O as the leader and a vocalist. The group did create some buzz after the main vocalist performed a song on Time Square in New York and with revelation of Danah being the sister of Tagoon from BoM (Mino from Winner), but unfortunately the group did not manage to make enough of an impact for the companies to want to continue with the group. They disbanded in 2012.

Jisun also tried out for The Unit, but was eliminated during the auditions.

What many people most likely don't know is that prior to her debuts, Jisun had won several dancing competitions and had participated in national ones as well. She won, for example, the Grand Prize for Creative Choreography at the 19th Annuel Arts Festival in 2006.


Jisun isn't the only one with previous idol experience. Main rapper and sub-vocal Yoojin, a former YG Entertainment trainee who trained to be in their new girl group but left in February 2012, used to be part of D-UNIT under the name UJin. D-UNIT was a three member hiphop girl group who made their debut with I'm Missin' You under D-Bussiness Entertainment in 2012. She left the group in 2013 after her contract ended and she for personal reasons did not want a renewal. However, the company did not reveal that her contract had ended, but instead stated she had been rude towards the company and her fellow members and had said she didn't want to promote with them anymore. This caused many fights within their fandom.

In 2016, she returned to the music scene as soloist HIA by uploading a cover of Justin Bieber's Sorry to her own Youtube channel. She also announced a solo debut, but never followed up on it.

In 2017, she appeared on YG Entertainment trainee survival show MIXNINE, but did not make it past the audition.


Main vocal Soohyeon used to be a member of Maroo Entertainment's vocal girl group 1PS as Yena, the leader, vocalist and dancer. As the leader and the longest trainee at the Maroo at the time, she helped pick out the members for the group. All 4 members showed capability of being a main vocal and she once stated that the group would switch main vocal for every song, so everyone got to shine and 1PS could show different images of themselves. The group, however, disbanded after one promotional single and one OST.

In February 2015, it was revelaed by Maroo that Soohyeon had been casted for the musical '해를 품은 달'.
She graduated from Seoul National University of Fine Arts and Music majored on the gayageum, a traditonal Korean instrument.


And finally, maknae and sub-vocal Seulgi appeared on Superstar K in 2009, where she was confirmed to join the top 10, but left the show. She joined Brand New Stardom (later to be named Stardom Entertainment and currently Hunus) and announced her solo debut with the song After Place in 2010. She released some albums under the company, but left or was let go in 2011. She then did not release any music until she joined AARON Entertainment in 2016. Her career under this company did not last that long either as she only released the promotional single U&I under the company. The company stopped promoting her in 2017.


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toolz 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

wow.
OK, I know the stupid group's name and song title is keeping you from watching the MV, but do yourself a favor and watch it because the music is really good! Nice to see a Girl Group debuting with a more mature concept and not another cheap cute concept.

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GramStan 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

The song's not bad, but the group name and song title are kind of a bad combination.

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jimmynoh AKP STAFF 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

The song is pretty polished for a rookie group

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notthatmarko 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Holy crap, thank you AKP for your new reddit features now nugu groups actually stand a chance.

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partyfan2013 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Wow, this is truly one of the best rookie girl groups ever this year without a doubt. Everyone should just take some time to give these ladies a chance to grow on themselves and see if they really like this group or not.

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MeAnotherself 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

I updated the article with Yoojin's career as well!

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Hopkinz 28 days ago 4
28 days ago

Yoojin used to be in D-Unit!!!

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Haru_ki 28 days ago 2
28 days ago

really? i loved that group, so nostalgic

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Hopkinz 28 days ago 1
28 days ago

Same. They were my favorite group. I use them as thr out to for the videos on my youtube channel.

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Haru_ki 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

Wow, well they had really good songs and their voices were nice! I thought mostly no one remembered them haha... They and Evol were my favourite groups at that time, they were something different, at least to me lol. I always wish there were more groups like them.

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MeAnotherself 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

So that's why she looked so familiar!

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aldebaran 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

really like they are trying something different form the usual, the song is not my cup of tea tho. Let's see how they will continue

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hexrealm 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

I can't stand the song title. I mean we know rookie group should have some buzz but to come up with this is just plain stupidity. The song is not bad tho.

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Hopkinz 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Go Sun! She's so determined, I wish her the best of luck.

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Forgotten_sons 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

nice song

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MeAnotherself 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

Turns out Soohyeon and Seulgi also previously debuted, so all the members have previous experience

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laraqean 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

SUCH VISUALS. SUCH TALENT. THIS CONCEPT. IM IN LOVE.

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Haru_ki 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

I came expecting a generic pop-ish song with cutesy things but it was a lot better, the name of the song is not the best but both the mv and the song are really good, they bring something different. And it seems more natural than most of the concepts that idols put today, i hope they keep releasing more stuff.

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eager_beaver 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Damn, I'm slow! When they first announced this group, I was so worked up about the fact that they had turned their otherwise nice name Sharp and Flat into the monstrosity of an abbreviation S#aFLA, that I didn't realize that the hashtag in their name is not only a reference to sharp, but also a stylized letter H. Now that we know their name is in fact pronounced "shafla" (as many suspected), the convoluted abbreviation makes more sense. I still don't think it's the best choice, but neither is it just a jumble of letters and symbols that one has to squint at to figure out it stands for Sharp and Flat.

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xhecthor 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

Now we have duplicated articles about the same topic, allkpop should find the way to prevent this from happening. This one has more information than the other, thanks for that.

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MeAnotherself 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Yeah, I noticed when I published it, but I don't know how to delete it

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EFKP 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Really dumb name. Why not $#@F[@ ?

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Lovely_Cornchips 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Jisun's nasal voice is very aggravating to listen to, the song title and group name will bury this song as well. I wish them luck but this is honestly kind of forgettable.

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