Artist Profile: F(x)

L-R: Luna, Amber, Sulli, Krystal, Victoria

F(x) is the latest group released by SM Entertainment, home of such groups as Super Junior and SNSD. F(x) is the direct sister group to SHINee. They debuted September 5, 2009 and already have high popularity in Korea and overseas.

F(x) is also considered to be SM Entertainment’s most international band, and they are indeed marketed as an International Girl Group. Members come from China, the United States, and Korea. F(x) was invited to perform at the Cannes Film Festival, they performed english versions of their hit songs Chocolate Love and Chu~<3.

The name F(x) has two meanings. It’s direct meaning promoted by the members is that of the mathematical function, where X has different values based off of the equation it is put in. This is supposed to mean that the X is each member, and the result of their work will all be different. The other meaning, initially promoted by SM Entertainment, is a bit more abstract. F stands for “Flower” and “X” represents the female chromosome, so there F(x) means  Flower Girls (the Korean term for beautiful girls).

F(x) appears with brother group SHINee on many programs, and the two groups are known to be close as they have trained together for much of their careers.

Albums

NuABO [First Mini Album]
F(x) is currently promoting this album
1) NuABO
~~F(x) is currently promoting this song, and it has gained immense popularity. It has the meaning of being a new kind of person, or new blood. The “Nu” is an alternate spelling of the english word “New” and ABO represents the three main blood types.
2) Mr. Boogie
3) Ice Cream
4) ME+U
5) Surprise Party
6) Sorry (Dear Daddy)
~~This song is sung by members Luna and Krystal. It is thought by fans to be a sister song to SNSD’s “Dear Mom”, though that song was released a couple of years ago.

Singles

La Cha Ta
1) La Cha Ta
~~This was F(x) debut song which also gained them immense popularity.

Chu~<3
1) Chu~<3
~~The song title is meant to reflect the sound of kissing. It is a far cuter image from F(x)’s La Cha Ta, which has a stronger beat.

Thrill Love
1) Thrill Love
~~F(x) did not actually promote this song as far as I am aware, and there is no MV for it.

NuABO
1) Nu ABO
~~This song was released as a single the same day the full mini-album was released

PROMOTIONAL SONGS

Chocolate Love (Electro-pop Version)
~~This song was a promotion for the LG Cyon “Chocolate” phone. It is a direct sister song to SNSD’s song of the same name. While SNSD recorded a cuter version, F(x) adapted a more sexy style.

Hard But Easy
~~This is sung by Luna and Krystal and was for the show “Invincible Lee Pyung Kang”

Spread It’s Wings
~~This is performed by Luna and Krystal with Amber. It was for the drama “God of Study”

Lollipop
~~This was a collaboration of F(x) and Chinese group M.I.C. for the LG Cyon phone. It is performed in Chinese.

I Love You, I Love You
~~This is the OST for a drama

Sing/Calling Out
~~Luna gained great popularity for this OST for Cinderella’s Sister

MEMBERS

Song Qian/ Victoria

Song Qian/Victoria
“Mom”
Victoria is the oldest member of F(x) at the age of 23. She also serves as the groups leader. She was scouted from the Beijing Dance Academy, where she caught the eye of a talent scout for SM Entertainment. She was brought to South Korea as a model for SM Entertainment and later trained as a dancer. She has appeared in two SM Entertainment music videos before her debut, being the featured girl in SHINee’s “Noona Is So Pretty (Replay)” and Super Junior M’s debut MV “U”. She has also been in commercials with Lee Jun Ki and Bi(Rain). In F(x) she has the image of being the overly cute leader who is always bright and smiling. She is also known for her amazing flexibility. Members revealed she can fall asleep doing splits and on one show she even bent over with straight legs to touch her toes. The impressive thing about this is that she did not bend over forwards, but backwards to do this. Her nickname within the group is “Mom” due to the large age gap between her and Amber, the next oldest. She is currently a member of the show “We Got Married”, having been partnered with 2PM member Nichkhun.

Amber

Amber
At the age of 18, Amber is the second oldest in F(x). She is also extremely unique in her performance image- having maintained a tom-boy style since debut. Indeed, Amber acts and dresses so boyish that initially many fans though she *was* a boy. Even as a trainee Amber did not favor short skirts or tight shirts, and so SM Entertainment had her keep her tom-boy style through performances. She is the only girl in the Korean entertainment industry to have a complete tom-boy image and style (they do not try to make the clothes tight and revealing, or as I call it “Fake Tomboy). Amber has the image of being playful and shy. Her love of junk food is also well known. Before every performance F(x) shouts “Let’s go!” in Korean. The word for this (Kaja) sounds very similar to the Korean word for “cookie” and F(x) members claim this confused Amber on numerous occasions, as she would often then look for the rumored cookies. She is a member of the “SM Dinosaur Trio”- a group of three artists in SM Entertainment who are close friends and resemble one another (and cartoon dinosaurs) so closely many thought they were related. The other members of the Trio are SHINee’s Jonghyun and Super Junior’s Donghae. Super Junior member Heechul referred to her jokingly on his twitter as “The girl who makes you want to punch her because she looks just like Donghae”. Amber was scouted at an SM Entertainment audition in the United States. She speaks English as well as Chinese, and acts as interpreter for leader Victoria when needed. Amber is also close friends with Super Junior- M member Henry.

Sun Young/ Luna

Sun Young/ Luna
Luna is one of the lead singers and dancers in F(x). She is also one of the groups two Korean members. Luna is from a family who all specialize in music in some way, and so she has always wanted to be a singer. She is the speaker for F(x), always having perfect and proper answers to questions, while being friendly all the while. She is good friends with Super Junior’s Eunhyuk. When his birthday was to go un-celebrated due to Super Junior practicing for their new album, Luna brought him a birthday cake and card. When member Ryeowook’s birthday came around, she also celebrated with Super Junior and the other members of F(x) at a rest stop along the high way. She has the image of taking care of the other members and being one of the funny ones.

Jin Ri/ Sulli

Jin Ri/ Sulli
Sulli is the second Korean member of F(x). She began training at 12 in SM Entertainment, and immediately became close friends with Super Junior’s Heechul. He was avoided by many SM Trainees who thought he would be unfriendly, but he claims Sulli ran up to him immediately and wanted to be friends. The two remain close, with Heechul even appearing at a recording F(x) was doing to support them and tease Sulli on air (he was filming another program with Super Junior in another studio of the building). She also revealed that he made her promise to tell him when someone hit on her, so he could “protect her from them”. This is not a romantic arrangement by any means, Sulli says they are brother and sister and Heechul says the arrangement is his way of apologizing for bullying her when she was younger. Sulli has the image of being the cute and sweet young member. She is known for her “eye smile”, and it has gained her great popularity among male idol stars and actors.

Soo Jung/ Krystal

Soo Jung/ Krystal
Krystal is the second member of F(x) from the United States. She is the maknae of F(x) and is credited with influencing much of the groups early popularity. Her presence in the group built up much pre-debut hype, as she is real-life little sister to the popular SNSD member Jessica. When Jessica was unable to attend F(x)’s debut stage due to schedules she expressed great regret. Her fanclub sent many flowers to Krystal and the other members after debut. Krystal has the image of being playful and mature. Initially fans thought Sulli, not Krystal, was the maknae (youngest) of the group because of her mothering nature. She is close with her sister, and has said she would like to record a song with Jessica in the future.

AWARDS
2009- Rookie of the Month (September) [La Cha Ta] (Cyworld Digital Music Awards)
2009- Newcomer Award (Republic of Korea Cultural Entertainment Awards)
2009- Best Newcomer Award (Korean Entertainment Awards)

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