KARD (Hangul: 카드, also stylized as K.A.R.D or K♠RD) is a South Korean mixed gender group formed by DSP Media. They are composed of four members J.seph, BM, Somin and Jiwoo. They officially debuted on July 19, 2017 with the EP Hola Hola.
Somin was previously a member of DSP Media’s Japan-based girl group Puretty, which disbanded two years after its debut in 2012. She later joined Kara Project, where she competed to become a new member of KARA and finished in second place. On August 24, 2015, she debuted as leader of DSP Media’s girl group April, but she decided to depart from the group on November 9.
J.seph trained for five years, and BM trained for four and a half years under DSP Media. DSP Media planned to debut them in a hip-hop duo, but later the plans changed.
Prior to debut, BM was featured in Goo Ha-ra’s song “La La La” from her 2015 debut EP Alohara (Can You Feel It?), and was also her dance partner for the music video and live performances of its lead single “Choco Chip Cookies”.
The last member of the group was Jiwoo, who had trained under FNC Entertainment for two years and moved to DSP Media in 2016, where she only trained for two months before debuting with KARD.
On December 13, 2016, they released their first project single titled “Oh NaNa” featuring Heo Young-ji as a “hidden card”. They planned to release three project singles before their official debut. Their follow-up project single “Don’t Recall” was released on February 16, 2017, followed by its English version on March 1. Their third and final project single, titled “Rumor”, was released on April 24. After its release, the single charted at #1 in 13 countries on iTunes’ K-Pop charts and ranked high on main iTunes charts in the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Europe.
The group held their first tour, 2017 The 1st Tour “Wild K.A.R.D” , in the United States between May–June 2017.
On July 19, they released their debut EP Hola Hola. The six-track EP contained their previous project singles, as well as the title track “Hola Hola”. They made their official televised performance on M Countdown on July 19.
Their Wild Kard Tour was held in September 2017, with five European dates in London, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, and Rotterdam, and five North American dates in Minneapolis; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Miami; and San Francisco.
The group released their second EP, You & Me, on November 21 with the song “You In Me” serving as the title track.
The female members of the group, Somin and Jiwoo, featured in a special version of the song “Lo Siento”, the lead single of Super Junior’s album Replay( repackage album of their eight Korean studio album Play ). This version is included inside the digital version of the album. The album was released on April 12, 2018. Somin and Jiwoo joined Super Junior to perform on Korean music programs.
The group released their third EP, Ride on the Wind, on July 25, 2018.