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Hwasa

Hwasa

Ahn Hye-jin (Korean: 안혜진, born July 23, 1995),[1] known professionally by her stage name Hwasa (Korean: 화사, most often stylized as Hwa Sa), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, fashion model and rapper currently signed to RBW.[2]

Early life

Ahn Hye-jin was born on July 23, 1995, in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea,[4] where she lived with her parents and two elder sisters. She graduated from Wonkwang Information Arts High School.[5] Hwasa often cites Beyoncé as her music inspiration, when she opened up in an interview and said that after hearing someone say that she is unique and good at singing but is fat and not pretty, she went home and watched videos of Beyoncé performing all night.[6]

Even before her K-pop debut, a number of South Korean artists – including Solbi and the band Standing Egg – recognized her talent and featured her on their tracks when she was 18.[7]

Career

2014–present: Debut with Mamamoo and solo projects

Hwasa debuted as a member of the girl group Mamamoo on June 19, 2014, being one of the leading voices with the release of the lead single "Mr. Ambiguous" from their first extended play (EP) Hello. She wrote and composed her first solo song, "My Heart/I Do Me," from Hello.[8]

In March 2018, Hwasa released her second solo song, "Be Calm," as part of Mamamoo's sixth EP, Yellow Flower.[9] The music video for the song was uploaded on March 25 and has gained 6.3 million views as of January 2021.[10] "Be Calm" charted at number 35 on the Gaon Download Chart.

2018–2019: Solo debut with "Twit" and further solo projects

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In April 2018, Hwasa joined the cast of KBS reality television show Hyena on the Keyboard; the appearance spawned a collaboration with rapper Loco titled "Don't". Hwasa took part in writing and composing the song and it topped the South Korean's Gaon Digital Chart.[11] "Don't" was later certified Platinum for 100 million streams in January 2019 and again for 2.5 million downloads in August 2019.[12][13]

In February 2019, Hwasa made her debut as a solo artist with the digital single, "Twit," which she participated in writing and composing.[14] The song was a commercial success, peaking atop the Gaon Digital Chart and scored a "Triple Crown," topping the Gaon Digital, Gaon Download and Gaon Streaming charts.[15] "Twit" also peaked at number three on Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart for the week of March 2, 2019.[16]

Hwasa released the single "In The Fall," a collaboration with South Korean hip-hop producer Woogie, in October 2019.[17]

In December 2019, "Twit" was featured in Billboard's "The 25 Best K-pop Songs of 2019: Critics' Pick" list at number 8.[18] "Twit" was also ranked at number 13 of 29 songs on Refinery29's "The Best K-Pop Songs Of 2019,"[19] and Rolling Stone India featured the music video in their "10 Best K-pop Music Videos of 2019."[20]

Hwasa in 2019

2020–present: María and continued solo success

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In March 2020, Hwasa collaborated with the English singer Dua Lipa for a remix of Lipa's "Physical," which features Korean lyrics.[21][22]

In April, it was reported that Hwasa had joined the original soundtrack lineup of the Korean drama The King: Eternal Monarch and would be releasing her first solo soundtrack song, titled "Orbit."[23][24] The song debuted at number 16 on Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart on May 2, 2020.[25]

On June 29, Hwasa released her debut EP, titled Maria, and the lead single of the same name.[26] The EP debuted at number seven on the Billboard World Albums chart and peaked at number eighty-one on the Billboard Top Current Albums Sales charts on July 11, 2020.[27][28] After release, the EP ranked first in 20 countries on the iTunes Album Chart around the world, including United States. Consequently, Hwasa became the first Korean female solo artist to rank on top of the United States iTunes Albums Chart.[29] Lead single "Maria" was composed by Hwasa and producer Park Woo-sang with the goal of showing her growth as a singer-songwriter. Hwasa also wrote the lyrics for "LMM" and composed "Why."[30] For the week of September 26, 2020, "Maria" peaked at number two on Billboard K-pop Hot 100 and on the week of October 3, 2020, it peaked at number 79 on Billboard Japan Hot 100.[31][32] "Maria" also debuted at number six on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart.[33]

On season six of JTBC's entertainment show Hidden Singer, Hwasa was one of the contestants for the episode airing on September 11, 2020. In the final round, Hwasa won by an overwhelming 79 votes, which ended the four consecutive losing streaks from previous contestants and earned the singer her second win as an original singer of the season.[34]

Hwasa joined the cast of MBC reality-variety show How Do You Play? On October 10, she debuted with Refund Sisters, the project supergroup created through Hangout with Yoo. The group released their debut single, "Don't Touch Me."[35] "Don't Touch Me" peaked atop the Gaon Digital Chart for two consecutive weeks.[36][37]

At the end of 2020, "Maria" was featured in Billboard's article "A Look Back at Billboard's K-Pop 100 Chart in 2020 and All Its Big Players." "Maria" charted with a record 19 consecutive weeks in the top-ten, making it the song with the second most weeks in the chart's top-ten.[38] Streaming service Spotify also announced their "2020 Most Played Female Korean K-pop Artists," and Hwasa was ranked 4th.[39] One of Hwasa's side tracks, "LMM" was featured in MTV News' "The Best K-POP B-sides of 2020" at number eight.[40] "Maria" also landed at second place in Rolling Stone India's "20 Best K-pop Music Videos of 2020."[41] "Maria" was then featured in Paper Magazine at number 27 of their "40 Best K-pop Songs of 2020". The article mentioned that "Hwasa is known to many as a fearless person but her single 'Maria' deconstructs that image, casting an image of a young woman who is at once vulnerable and confident, playful and seductive — idol and human."[42] Time magazine released an article titled, "The Songs and Albums That Defined K-Pop's Monumental Year in 2020," and stated that "of the solo releases this year, Hwasa's "Maria" leaves the most searing impression. The track is sleek and sultry, oozing with her distinct charisma as she sings in her low-toned, rounded voice over syncopated drum beats."[43] With her continuous success, Hwasa managed to rank ninth on the "Top 100 Kpop Idols YouTube Worldwide Search Rankings for 2020."[44]

On July 23, 2021, Hwasa launched her YouTube channel, "Hwasa Official" and posted her first video.[45]

On November 24, 2021, Hwasa released her single album Guilty Pleasure, and its lead single "I'm a B".[46]

Impact and influence

Hwasa has appeared on Korea Power Celebrity 40 list placing 26th in 2019,[47] and was featured by Forbes in their 30 Under 30 Asia list of 2021.[48] She was ranked as the 16th most popular K-pop idol in 2018 and 9th in 2019 in annual surveys conducted by Gallup Korea.[49] Also, she was ranked 9th in annual survey for Gallup Korea's Singer of the Year in 2020 under the category selected by respondents in age group 13 to 39.[50][51] She also has been placed first occasionally on the Korean Business Research Institute's monthly "Individual Girl Group Members Brand Power Ranking".[52][53][54][55]

Hwasa's appearances on reality shows, I Live Alone and Let's Eat Dinner Together, has been credited for influencing restaurant habits, food recipes and increased sales of foods and accessories in South Korea.[56]

Endorsements

In September 2018, Hwasa was selected as an ambassador for outdoor brand The North Face.[57] In October 2018, she became the first female model for Lotte Crunky Gold since its release in 1984.[58] In March 2019, Hwasa became an endorser for Davich's 'Trevues' lenses.[59] In March 2019, Coca-Cola's ice tea brand Gold Peak Tea selected Hwasa as their new model.[60] She then became the newest muse for make up brand Rarekind in April 2019.[61] In June 2019, Hwasa became the new model for Everland Caribbean Bay.[62] Hwasa later on was featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan Korea's August 2019 issue.[63] In November, she teamed up with Vogue magazine and Urban Decay cosmetics for their "Pretty Different" and "Queen" inspired concepts.[64][65] Ottogi revealed in November 2019 that their newest model for their Jjamppong instant noodles was Hwasa.[66]

In January 2020, The Sims 4 announced that Hwasa will be part of their advertising campaign. EA Korea released "Play With Life," a Sims 4 commercial film video featuring Hwasa.[67] She then teamed up with MCM for the February issue of Elle Korea, a fashion magazine.[68] In February of that year, Hwasa was chosen as an ambassador for sports brand Adidas.[69][70] Hwasa later on became Kiss New York's new muse in April,[71] and the following month, she was chosen as a model for a hangover drink by Lotte Chilsung Beverage.[72] Hwasa was featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan Korea's August 2020 issue.[73] Tommy Jeans released a campaign pictorial with Hwasa on September 16 for the 2020 Fall Season.[74] In September, Vogue and Gucci had a collaboration campaign from the idea of having time with themselves.[75] In 2021, Hwasa was featured in Vogue's February 2021 issue.[76]

Discography

See also: Mamamoo discography

Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales

KOR

[77] US World

[78]

María

Released: June 29, 2020

Label: RBW

Formats: CD, digital download, streaming

5 7

KOR: 66,121[79]

Single albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales

KOR

[77]

Guilty Pleasure

Released: November 24, 2021

Label: RBW

Formats: CD, digital download, streaming

6

KOR: 37,308[80]

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications[A] Album

KOR

[81] KOR

Hot

[82] JPN

[83] MLY

[84] NZ

Hot

[85] SGP

[86] US World

[87]

"Twit" (멍청이) 2019 1 1 — — 22 — 3 N/A María

"María" (마리아) 2020 2 2 79 8 — 5 6

KMCA: Platinum[B]

"I'm a B" (I'm a 빛) 2021 94 61 — — — — 7 N/A Guilty Pleasure

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Collaborations

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications[C] Album

KOR

[81] KOR

Hot

[82] US World

[87]

"Dab Dab"

(with Moonbyul) 2016 69 — —

KOR: 31,040[89]

N/A Memory

"Love Comes"

(with Esna) 2017 — — — N/A Non-album single

"Don't"

(with Loco) 2018 1 1 —

KOR: 2,500,000[13]

KMCA: Platinum[D]

Hyena on the Keyboard, Pt. 4

"Two Girl Love a Man"

(with Wheein and Kim Hyunchul) 2019 — — — N/A N/A Fe's 10th : Preview

"In the Fall" (가을속에서)

(with Woogie) 91 — — Hwa:telier

"I Can't Make You Love Me"

(with Kinda Blue) 2021 —[a] — — Non-album single

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

KOR

[81][90] KOR

Hot

[82] US World

[87]

"Biting My Nails"

(Phantom featuring Hwasa)[b] 2013 — — — N/A Phantom Theory

"Break Up for You, Not Yet for Me"

(Standing Egg featuring Park Shin-hye and Hwasa)[c] — — — Non-album singles

"Boy Jump" (소년점프)

(Baechigi featuring Hwasa) 2014 80 — —

KOR: 50,181[91]

"Drinks Up"

(Ja Mezz feat. Hwasa) 2015 — — — N/A Hangover and 1/4

"Mileage"

(Primary featuring Paloalto and Hwasa) 45 — —

KOR: 114,263[92]

2-3 and 2

"Call Me" (연락해)

(Basick and Lil Boi featuring Hwasa) 26 — —

KOR: 105,060[93]

Basick X Lil Boi

"Love Talk"

(Kisum featuring Hwasa) 43 — —

KOR: 81,336[94]

Non-album singles

"Ddang" (땡땡땡)

(Suran featuring Hwasa) 2016 — — — N/A

"Nice"

(Basick featuring G2 and Hwasa) 100 — —

KOR: 18,274[95]

Nice

"Hook가 HookGA"

(High4:20 featuring Hwasa) — — — N/A Hook가 HookGA

"I Am Me"

(San E featuring Hwasa) 2017 61 — —

KOR: 28,700[96]

Season of Suffering

"Cotton Candy"

(Woodie Gochild featuring Hwasa) 2018 — — — N/A #Gochild

"Treat Me Bad"

(K.Will featuring Hwasa) — — — The 4th Album, Pt. 2 'Mood Indigo'

"Physical" (Remix)

(Dua Lipa featuring Hwasa) 2020 124 — — Future Nostalgia

"Q" (모르겠다고)

(Onewe featuring Hwasa) — — 12 3/4 and One

"Hop In" (호피무늬)

(Uhm Jung Hwa featuring Hwasa and DPR Live) —[d] — — Non-album single

"Hula Hoops"

(DPR Live featuring Beenzino and Hwasa) 2021 185 — 21 Iite Cool

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Promotional singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

KOR

[81] US World

[87]

"Play with Life"[e] 2021 117 — Non-album promotional single

Soundtrack appearances

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

KOR

[81] US World

[87]

"Orbit" 2020 —[f] 16 The King: Eternal Monarch OST Part.2

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other songs

Year Title Format Album Notes Ref.

2014 "I Do Me" Digital download, streaming Hello (by Mamamoo) solo song by Hwasa [97]

2017 "There Is No One (Follow Me, Aerobics Girl)" Mask Singer 112th (Live) solo song by Hwasa [98]

2019 "When You Come to My Heart" [Vol.8] Yu Hee-yul's 10th Anniversary Project of Sketchbook: The Fourth Voice "Sketchbook X Hwasa" original song by Cho Deok-bae [99]

"You Are Crying" [Vol.9] Yu Hee-yul's 10th Anniversary Project of Sketchbook: The Fourth Voice "Sketchbook X Hwasa" original song by Jeon Yeong-rok [100]

"Fairy of Shampoo" [Vol.10] Yu Hee-yul's 10th Anniversary Project of Sketchbook: The Fourth Voice "Sketchbook X Hwasa" original song by Lee Seung-chul [101]

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

KOR

"Be Calm" (덤덤해지네) 2018 —[g] Yellow Flower

"Intro: Nobody Else" 2020 —[h] María

"Kidding" —[i]

"Why" —[j]

"I'm Bad Too" (feat. DPR Live) —[k]

"LMM" —[l]

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Composition credits

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database unless stated otherwise.[102]

Year Artist Song Album Lyrics Music

2014 Mamamoo & Geeks "Heeheehaheho" (히히하헤호) Hello Yes No

Mamamoo "I Do Me" (내맘이야) [m] Yes

2015 "Freakin Shoes" Pink Funky

"Um Oh Ah Yeh" (음오아예) No

"Um Oh Ah Yeh" (Acapella version)

2016 "Taller Than You" (1cm의 자존심) Melting

"My Hometown" (고향이)

"Recipe" (나만의) Yes

High4:20 (feat. Hwasa) "HookGA" (나만의) HookGA No

Mamamoo "Décalcomanie" (데칼코마니) Memory

"I Love Too" (놓지 않을게)

2017 "Yes I Am" (나로 말할 것 같으면) Purple

"Aze Gag" (아재개그) Yes

2018 SSS "Dangerous Girl" Non-album single No

Mamamoo "Be Calm" (덤덤해지네) [n] Yellow Flower Yes

Hwasa & Loco "Don't" (주지마) Non-album single

Mamamoo "Sleep in the Car" (잠이라도 자지) Red Moon No

Woodie Gochild (feat. Hwasa) "Cotton Candy" (솜사탕) #Gochild Yes

2019 Hwasa "Twit" (멍청이) María

Hwasa & Woogie "In The Fall" (가을속에서) Non-album single

Mamamoo "Hip" Reality in Black

2020 Hwasa "María" (마리아) María

"Why" No

Hwasa (prod. by Zico) "Kidding" No Yes

Hwasa "LMM" Yes

Mamamoo "Dingga" (딩가딩가) Travel No

2021 Park Hyeon-jin (feat. Meenoi) "Paradise" Non-album single

DPR Live (feat. Hwasa and Beenzino) "Hula Hoops" Iite Cool Yes No

Mamamoo "Decalcomanie 2021" I Say Mamamoo: The Best

"Yes I am (Funk boost ver.)" (나로 말할 것 같으면)

"Um Oh Ah Yeh 2021" (음오아예 2021)

"HIP (Remix ver.)" Yes

"HeeHeeHaHeHo Part.2" (히히하헤호 Part.2) No

Hwasa "Bless U" Guilty Pleasure Yes

"I'm a 빛" No

Filmography

Television shows

Year Network Title Note Ref.

2017 MBC King of Mask Singer Episodes 111–112 as "Follow Me Aerobics Girl"

2018–present MBC I Live Alone Regular cast [103]

2020 MBC Hangout With Yoo Regular cast Episodes 56–68 as a part of Refund Sisters (Sil Bi) [104]

JTBC Hidden Singer Contestant (Won) [105]

Web shows

Year English Title Platform Role Notes Ref.

2022 Saturday Night Live Korea Coupang Play Host Season 2 – Episode 8 [106]

Television series

Year Network Title Role Note Ref.

2016 tvN Entourage Herself Cameo (Ep. 1) [107]

Host

Year Network Title Notes

2019 MBC MBC Entertainment Awards with P.O and Jun Hyun-moo

Radio Show

Year Network Title Notes

2015 KBS KPOP Planet[o] oficial DJ with Im Hyun Sik (BTOB) and Jae Jin (F.T.ISLAND)

Awards and nominations

Timeline

July 23, 1995
Hwasa was born in Jeonju.

Patents

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