Hot Place (Hangul: 핫플레이스; stylized as HOT PLACE), formerly Badkiz (Hangul: 배드키즈) is a South Korean girl group that debuted in 2014 with the song “Ear Attack.” The group currently consists of members Jeje (formerly Somin/Kira), Hanbit, Sihyeon and Taeri.
On February 15th, 2019, Badkiz announced they had changed their name to Hot Place.
Before K.Me and Duna joined Badkiz, they were a member of the disbanded group ZZBEst under Faith Entertainment which debuted in January 2015 with their song “Temptation”. K.Me was called ‘Miri’ that time and Duna as ‘DanA’. After Duna left ZZBEst, she joined HOTTIES under the name ‘Hyena’ which debuted in 2015 too.
Badkiz originally debuted on March 24, 2014 as a 5-member group including Monika, BomBom, Yeunji, EunJoo and Jina with their 1st digital single “Ear Attack”, with two versions of the music video and many appearances on music shows. Following the release of the debut single, Monika and Jina released a digital single called “Father”. Sometime after the debut single, EunJoo and Yeunji later left Badkiz and was replaced by Yoomin and Hana. EunJoo would later debut in a new group called Luluz, under the stage name Eunsom, in late 2014, under the agency Zenith. Following Luluz’ disbandment in 2015, Eunsom became a member of Wanna.B under the same agency.
On November 13, 2014, Badkiz released their 2nd single “Babomba” which raised over one million views. The video is known for including a lot of popular Korean comedians.
In March 2015, Yoomin announced that she had left Badkiz, and for a brief period of time, Badkiz continued as a four-member group. In April, following an appearance on Dream Team, Jina, BomBom and Hana also departed the group. While it is unknown why BomBom and Hana left Badkiz, Jina left to become a soloist and redebuted on June 26, 2015 under the stage name Jina-U with her debut single “Oppanyong”. BomBom has been announced that she will be a member of a newly debuted group ‘Pit-A-Pat’ under Pitapat Entertainment as Jain.
After the departure of the 4 members, Zoo Entertainment announced the new members of Badkiz consisting of LuA, Haneul and K.Me. On August 7, 2015, Badkiz released their 3rd digital single “Come Closer”.
Member Haneul left the group shortly after the release of “Come Closer,” and was replaced by two new members, Somin and U-Si. The new additions brought the group back up to its original count of a five-member line-up.
Badkiz released their fourth single “Hothae” on August 15, 2016. On November 21, 2016, Badkiz released their fifth single, a remake of their debut single “Ear Attack” called “Ear Attack 2”. It was later revealed that member LuA had left the group to pursue new things, and she would be replaced by a new member named Duna.
On July 3, 2017, Badkiz released their sixth single, “Give It To Me”. On Cafe Daum Badkiz confirmed that U-Si and Duna left the group due to health and personal problems.
Near the end of 2017, Lohee was announced as a new member.
At the start of 2018, Sol.B began performing with Badkiz. In early 2018, Monika, the last original member, announced her departure to focus on her solo career.
On April 6th, 2018, Badkiz released their 7th single “Just One Day”. A few months after promotions, Sol.B left the group and a new member, Hanbit, was added. Soon after, Lohee announced her departure in a letter to the fans with new member Hayoung joining a few days later. K.Me later announced her departure due to her contract expiring and another new member, Sihyeon, was added to the group. In an effort to start over fresh, old Badkiz content was deleted from social media accounts and Somin announced her stage name would change to Kira.
On February 15th, 2019, Zoo Entertainment announced via Twitter that Badkiz would be changing their name to Hot Place and announced a new member, Taeri, silently confirming Hayoung’s departure from the group. Kira has changed her stage name to Jeje.