Hello Venus (Hangul: 헬로비너스; often stylized as HELLOVENUS) is a South Korean girl group formed by Tricell Media (formerly a joint venture between Pledis Entertainment and Fantagio). The group originally consisted of: Alice, Nara, Lime, Yooara, Yoonjo, and Yooyoung. They debuted with the lead single “Venus” from their debut extended play of the same name on May 9, 2012. In July 2014, Fantagio and Pledis ended their Tricell Media joint ventures. Yooara and Yoonjo remained under Pledis, with the other four members continuing their group activities under Fantagio. In October 2014, Fantagio introduced two new members: Seoyoung and Yeoreum. The group is most notable for songs such as: “Sticky Sticky”, “Wiggle Wiggle” and “I’m Ill”.
Pledis Entertainment collaborated with Fantagio Entertainment, an acting agency, for Hello Venus’ showcase in April. However, the group disbanded and each girl left the company.
Lime was a backup dancer for Chae Yeon. under the name Haley.
Alice was previously a solo singer under the stage name of “Ora”, and released the single “Naughty Face” in 2010. On May 1, 2018, it was announced that she had sued her former company for not giving her proper training and allegedly trying to force her to wear revealing outfits and perform in adult entertainment venues. The company argued that Alice had violated her contract and not carried out her schedule, but a judge ruled in Alice’s favour, saying that the company could not provide any evidence to back up their claims.
The group was originally a seven-member line-up; consisting of the six girls and Nicole, however Nicole departed Pledis shortly before Hello Venus’s debut.
Hello Venus first became known under the name Venus. On 17 April, Hello Venus was officially announced with a teaser image, along with the opening of an official website. The final group had six members, containing two members from Pledis: Yoo Ara and Yoonjo, and four members from Fantagio: Alice, Nara, Lime and Yooyoung. Hello Venus release their debut mini album, Venus on 9 May 2012, with a total of four tracks including the lead single “Venus”.
Hello Venus continue to release new digital single, Like a Wave on 4 July 2012. The single was a part of re-release their debut mini album, Venus
Hello Venus’ second extended play What Are You Doing Today? was released on 12 December. The album contains five tracks, with the lead single titled “What Are You Doing Today?”.
Promotions for “What Are You Doing Today?” concluded on 27 January, however on 30 January, Tricell Media announced that the group would begin promoting their follow-up song, “Romantic Love” immediately, with the first performance on MBC Music’s Show Champion the same day.
Hello Venus released their third extended play Would You Stay For Tea? on 2 May 2013, with a total of four tracks including the lead single “Would You Stay For Tea?”. The following day, Tricell Media announced that the group will hold their first solo concert at Sogang University’s Mary Hall on 22 June.
It was announced on 31 July via Hello Venus’ official Daum café that Pledis and Fantagio had decided to terminate the Hello Venus project. Alice, Nara, Lime, and Yooyoung will continue to promote as Hello Venus, while Yoo Ara and Yoonjo will return to Pledis, pursuing careers in acting and continue their careers in music. The remaining members will work on releasing a new album, and will also be venturing into acting. Hello Venus will now be managed solely by Fantagio.
On 16 September, the group’s agency announced that they are scheduled to have a comeback sometime in the fall. The comeback is reported to be in collaboration with the Brave Brothers, as well as introducing a new member to the group. On 22 October, Fantagio introduced two new members: Seoyoung and Yeoreum, and announced that the group would be making their comeback with a single in the following month. A music video teaser for their upcoming single “Sticky Sticky” was released on 31 October, featuring all the members in a sexy concept. The song and music video was released on 6 November 2014.
On 20 December 2014 Fantagio Entertainment announced to group have a comeback with fifth digital single “Wiggle Wiggle” the song is produced on Brave Brothers. On 23 December 2014 the group post first teaser video. On 2 January 2015 Fantagio post first teaser pics on Hello Venus members. The official music video was released on 8 January 2015. The group released their fifth mini album, I’m Ill on 22 July 2015, promoting the song of the same name.
In 5 May 2016 Fantagio Entertainment announced that the group will have a comeback with a digital single called “Glow”. The song is a collaboration with producing and writing team Devine Channel. On 6 May 2016 Fantagio posted the first teaser images of members, Nara, Yeo-reum and Seo-young. On 7 March 2016 Fantagio posted the second teaser images of members, Alice, Yoo-young and Lime. On 10 May, “Glow” was released as a digital single.
On 10 July, Fantagio Music announced that the group will be releasing a second collaboration song with Devine Channel, called “Paradise”. The song was officially released on 18 July as a digital download and a music video for the song was released on the same day.
On 1 November, “Runway” was released as the final collaboration single with Devine Channel.
On 29 December 2016 it was reported that the group will be making a comeback with a mini-album on 11 January. Mystery of Venus was released on 11 January 2017, in conjunction with the music video for the title track “Mysterious”.
In October 2012, five months after their debut, Hello Venus became endorsement models for Bugs 3.0, a smartphone music application from Neowiz Internet.