GFriend (Hangul: 여자친구; RR: Yeoja Chingu) is a six-member South Korean girl group formed by Source Music in 2015. The group consists of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB and Umji. They made their debut with the EP Season of Glass on January 15, 2015. GFriend won several 2015 female rookie awards and has garnered momentum since their debut despite being from a small company. In 2016, they continued their success with their third EP Snowflake and won first place on many music shows with the title song “Rough”. They released their first full-length album LOL in July 2016. In 2017, GFriend made a comeback with a new concept with their fourth EP The Awakening and the pre-orders for the album exceeded 100,000 units. GFriend released their fifth EP Parallel in August 2017 and the extended play was re-released a month later under the title Rainbow. In 2018, GFriend held the first concert since debut called Season of GFriend and later their first Asia Tour with the same name. GFriend released their sixth EP Time for the Moon Night in April 2018 and the special EP Sunny Summer in July 2018. GFriend made an official Japanese debut with a compilation album, GFriend 1st Best in May 2018. In January 2019, GFriend released their second full-length album Time For Us.
On January 15, 2015, GFriend released their five-track debut EP Season of Glass. The promotional track “Glass Bead”, composed by Seo Yong-bae and Iggy, debuted at number twelve on Gaon’s weekly chart. The group started promotions for their album on January 16 on KBS’s music program Music Bank. According to YouTube, the M/V of “Glass Bead” ranked number nine in top ten “Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2015”. On January 28, 2015, Billboard named GFriend as one of “Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015”.
GFriend released their second EP Flower Bud and the music video for title track “Me Gustas Tu” on July 23, 2015. GFriend started their group promotions on the same date as the album release, July 23, 2015, on Mnet’s M Countdown.
The group garnered international attention after a fan-taken video of GFriend members continuing and completing a performance of “Me Gustas Tu” despite continuously falling on a slippery stage went viral in September 2015. The group was praised for their professionalism, especially Yuju, who fell a total of eight times and suffered a twisted finger during the performance.
On September 17, 2015, GFriend made headlines again as the only girl group to be nominated in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards “Best Korean Act” category alongside boy groups B1A4, BTS, Got7, and VIXX.
“Me Gustas Tu” was named the longest charting song by an idol group on Melon Top 100 with 63 weeks. “Me Gustas Tu” and “Glass Bead” were also ranked 18th and 44th respectively in the 2015 Bugs Year-End Top 100.
On January 25, 2016, GFriend released their third EP titled Snowflake with the title track “Rough”. “Rough” is the last song to complete GFriend’s high school concept trilogy along with “Glass Bead” and “Me Gustas Tu”. During their fan-meeting after the EP’s showcase release, GFriend announced that their fandom name is “Buddy”. GFriend started the promotions for Snowflake on January 26 on SBS MTV’s music program The Show. The album debuted at number ten on Billboard’s World Albums Chart, and the music video of “Rough” on YouTube ranked number three in top ten “Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2016”.
On February 2, GFriend received their first music show win for their song “Rough” on The Show. They subsequently won another fourteen awards on the music shows, this included wining their first triple crowns on M Countdown, Music Bank, Show Champion, and Inkigayo. With a total of 15 wins, it placed second with the number of wins for girls groups, behind Apink who recorded a total of 17 wins with “Luv”. Their song “Rough” was also ranked first in Gaon Chart’s First Half of 2016 chart rankings.
On June 15 it was announced that GFriend will star alongside Mamamoo on a new season of Showtime. On June 29, Source Music started promotions for GFriend first studio album LOL, which stands for both “Laughing Out Loud” and “Lots of Love”. LOL was released on July 11 with the title track “Navillera”, and had more than 60,000 pre-ordered copies worldwide. On July 19, GFriend earned their first music show win for the album’s single “Navillera” on The Show.
Towards the end of the year, YouTube revealed the top 10 K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans in 2016. “Rough” and “Navillera” were ranked 2nd and 10th respectively in that list. “Rough” and “Navillera” were also ranked 2nd and 11th respectively in the 2016 Bugs Year-End Top 100. “Rough” was also ranked 13th in Billboard’s 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2016: Critic’s Picks. At the end of the year show 2016 KBS Song Festival, the peak viewer ratings for the whole show were recorded during GFriend’s “Rough” performance at 10.3%. “Rough” also became the most downloaded song in 2016 according to Gaon Chart’s 2016 Year End Download Chart.
On February 23, Source Music announced that GFriend is set to make a comeback on March 6. On February 27, it was revealed that their fourth EP will be titled The Awakening with the title track “Fingertip”. The Awakening global pre-orders exceeded 100,000 copies, which is higher than their past album LOL at 60,000. Additionally, the album also debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s World Album chart.
In March 2017, Source Music announced that Gfriend will be having their 1st Fan Meeting, “Dear Buddy”, on April 2, 2017. It sold out just a minute after the tickets were released.
On August 1, GFriend released their fifth mini album, Parallel, with the title track “Love Whisper”. In September, they released the repackage album Rainbow with the title track “Summer Rain”.
GFriend started the year with their first solo concert since debut, titled “Season of GFriend”, on January 6 and 7, 2018. GFriend signed with King Records.
Their sixth mini-album, Time for the Moon Night, set a new record for the group, taking the top spot in 10 countries around the world on iTunes. It also debuted at number #1 on top Download, Album & Social chart on Korea’s top chart Gaon, and sold more than 84,000 copies in South Korea. The following week, it was reported that the group tied with Girls’ Generation and Twice as the girlgroups with the most entries in the Top 10 of the Billboard World Albums Chart, with 5 entries each. In the second week of album promotion, GFriend won six awards in South Korean music programs, making “Time for the Moon Night” the first song of 2018 to win all the prizes in musical programs.
In late May, the group went to Japan to promote their compilation-album GFriend 1st Best which was released on May 23. GFriend Japan’s debut album peak at no. 10 in Oricon weekly album chart.
On July 19, GFriend released a summer mini album, Sunny Summer. GFriend made a debut in Billboard’s Social 50 chart at no. 30, a week after the release of the album.
On October 10, GFriend released their first Japanese single album, “Memoria /夜 (Time for the moon night)”. The single album debut at no. 6 in Oricon weekly singles chart and no. 5 in Billboard Japan weekly top singles sales.
On January 14, GFriend released their second studio album, Time for Us, with the title track “Sunrise”. Time for Us became the group’s highest selling Korean album with more than 86,000 copies sold based on Gaon Chart. On February 13, GFriend released their second Japanese single album, “Sunrise (JP ver.)/La Pam Pam”.
They won their first award, “Best New Female Artist”, on November 7, 2015 at Melon Music Awards. Their first music show win was on The Show with “Rough” on February 2, 2016, after which the group went on to receive a total of 15 music show wins during the song’s promotion. During their “Navillera” promotions they got a total of 14 music show wins, making them the girl group with most wins gained within a year with a total of 29 wins.