Hot Place (Hangul: 핫플레이스; stylized as HOT PLACE), formerly Badkiz (Hangul: 배드키즈; stylized as BADKIZ) 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 members of the group ZZBEst under Faith Entertainment, using the former stage names Miri and DanA, respectively. The group was disbanded before they could debut in 2015. After Duna left ZZBEst, she joined the group HOTTIES using the stage name “Hyena”. HOTTIES disbanded in 2017.
Badkiz originally debuted on March 24, 2014 as a 5-member group consisting of the members Monika, BomBom, Yeunji, EunJoo and Jina with the 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, “Father”, on March 30. Sometime after the debut single, EunJoo and Yeunji later left Badkiz and was replaced by Yoomin and Hana. EunJoo would later debut in group Luluz, under the stage name Eunsom, in late 2014, until disbandment in 2015. Eunsom then become a member of Wanna.B under the same agency in 2015.
On November 13, 2014, Badkiz released their second 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 re-debuted on June 26, 2015 under the stage name Jina-U with her debut single, “Oppanyong”. BomBom announced that she will be a member of a newly debuted group, Pit-A-Pat, under Pitapat Entertainment under the stage name “Jain”. They disbanded after only release one single.
After the departure of the four members, Zoo Entertainment announced the new members of Badkiz consisting of LuA, Haneul and K.Me. On August 7, 2015, Badkiz released their third 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 lineup.
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, and she would be replaced by a new member: 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 of the group, announced her departure to focus on her solo career.
On April 6th, 2018, Badkiz released their seventh 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 a 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 15, 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 changed her stage name to Jeje.
Hot Place re-debuted with the single album, HOT PLACE, and the title track, “TMI,” on March 29, 2019. The single also includes two additional tracks, “BAD BOX” and “Kill you”.