The girl group was formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2009.
They are the first group to debut with a unique admissions and graduation concept in Korea, where members are added or withdrawn in a “natural” manner.
The band consists of eight members: Kim JungAh, Lee Jooyeon, Uee, Raina, Nana, Lizzy, E-Young and Kaeun. Former member Soyoung withdrew from the group in fall 2009 and Bekah officially graduated from the group in July 2011.
After School had their first performance alongside label mate Son Dam Bi in 2008 and their official debut occurred on January 2009 with the song "AH!." The group became popular with the release of their hit single, "Because of You," which attained No. 1 and a triple crown on SBS's Inkigayo. After School went on to win various awards at the Billboard Japan Music Awards and the Seoul Music Awards.
Other hits by After School include "Diva," "Bang!" and "Shampoo." Three members of After School have also formed a sub-group with a different concept known as Orange Caramel.
The group began a foray into the Japanese music scene in 2011 under Avex Trax with a remake of their Korean hits "Bang!," "Diva" and "Because of You." The group also released an original Japanese song titled "Rambling Girls" in January 2012. Their debut in Japan was quite a success, as the group managed to enter the Oricon Weekly Chart at number seven. The group's debut Japanese album, Playgirlz, debuted at number eight on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart.
In April 2012, Pledis confirmed the addition of Kaeun. It was also confirmed that After School will have a comeback in Korea in June.
On June 5, 2012, it was reported that Kahi will graduate from the group. She will stay with the group for Japanese promotions until September before her official graduation, however was confirmed to not appear with the group in Korea for their June comeback.
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