Pristin, K-pop's new rookie girl group has introduced itself to the world. But if that name sounds unfamiliar to you, that's probably because Pristin started off as Pledis Girls, according to Soompi.
[INFO] Pledis Girlz umumkan siap debut dengan nama "PRISTIN(프리스틴)". #KWI pic.twitter.com/cckzZlPEraPristin, a 10-member girl group, was created by Pledis Entertainment, which explains their previous name. As Soompi notes, their new name is a combination of "prismatic" and "elastin."
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So the name is meant to symbolize the combination of two qualities into one group: the prismatic part stands for them being "bright and vivid," while the elastin part stands for "flawless strength."
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The names of the Pristin members are Nayoung and Pinky, formerly of I.O.I, and Minkyung, Kyungwon, Yebin, Eunwoo, Siyeon, Sungyeon, Yewon, and Kyla.
Pristin held a concert on January 6 to introduce themselves to K-pop fans.As Soompi reports, the ladies of Pristin have also previously released some debut projects including a cover of "Adore U" by Seventeen and a cover of Girls' Generation's "Catch Me If You Can."
►Pledis Girlz anuncia 'PRISTIN' como su nombre oficial◄https://t.co/Z0T04A2roc pic.twitter.com/XJW09Ju8KsPristin isn't the only girl group that's set to debut in 2017. Some of the other girl groups to look out for in 2017 include:
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Bonus Baby(ボーナスベビー) 「私たちだけで」 https://t.co/ed3ntz0fRj pic.twitter.com/tavcusq92gAs All Kpop notes, Bonus Baby was created by Maroo Entertainment, the label that also represents Kim Jong Kook, and Hak Suk Jin, among others.
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They are a very young group. According to Soompi, the average age of the members of Bonus Baby is about 16.
The youngest girl group to debut before Bonus Baby was April, whose average age was 17.
"Bonus Baby consists of six members who have just passed their mid-teens," Maroo Entertainment has said of their group. "We hope to give off bright and cheerful energy with these innocent girls."
Dream Catcher Profile: https://t.co/eJLFkZ7UCV #dreamcatcher #드림캐쳐 #kpop #minx pic.twitter.com/Y3BghlskteAs Inquisitr previously reported, Happy Face Entertainment's Minx is set to be re-branded as a brand new group in 2017 called Dream Catcher
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Two new members were added, and according to the statement released by Happy Face Entertainment, the style of music will also be different.
"We will hit success with a concept and music style that could not have been imagined for MINX," the statement read. "It's like we're debuting a whole new girl group considering how long we prepared for this and how we're greeting everybody in a new way."
Minx debuted in 2014 and released music that got them some popularity, including songs like "Why Did You Come To My Home," and "Love Shake."
Based on the Dream Catcher teasers that their agency has released so far, it looks like the new group's direction is going to be a bit darker than Minx's. Even the name of their debut album, Nightmare, is super dark, which gives you an indication of the style Dream Catcher will have.
[#Preview]#DreamCatcher libera preview para 'Nightmare'!-liakimhttps://t.co/UY3QBGSm1B pic.twitter.com/Yo7awA86RRHere's the tracklist for Nightmare:
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[#Info]#DreamCatcher liberou tracklist para 'Nightmare'!-liakim pic.twitter.com/nIjtzJPyHjWhich K-pop girl group debut are you looking forward to seeing in 2017? Let us know in the comments below.
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