|Stage Name||Birth Name||Position||Birthday||Age||Height||Star Sign||C Y||BT|
|Jimin 지민||Shin Jimin||Leader, Rapper||27||160 cm or 5'3"||Capricorn||Ram||AB|
|Yuna 유나||Seo Yuna||Vocal||25||163 cm or 5'4"||Capricorn||Monkey||O|
|Hyejeong 혜정||Shin Hyejeong||Vocal, Visual||24||170 cm or 5'7"||Leo||Rooster||A|
|Mina 민아||Kwon Mina||Sub-vocal||24||160 cm or 5'3"||Virgo||Rooster||AB|
|Seolhyun 설현||Kim Seolhyun||Dancer||23||167 cm or 5'5½"||Capricorn||Dog||A|
|Chanmi 찬미||Kim Chanmi||Dancer, Maknae||22||166 cm or 5'5½"||Gemini||Rat||AB|
AOA 에이오에이 is an idol girl group signed under FNC Entertainment. Initially, AOA debuted as an eight-member band that consisted of Choa, Jimin, Yuna, Youkyung, Chanmi, Hyejeong, Seolhyun, and Mina. Currently, AOA is promoting as a six-member idol girl group without Youkyung, who was only a part of AOA Black, and without Choa, who left in mid-2017. The group officially debuted by having their debut music stage on August 9, 2012, on "M Countdown."
On October 15, 2016, FNC Entertainment released an official statement announcing the departure of Youkyung from the group, following the termination of her contract.
AOA is an acronym for "ace of angels."
The eight original members were introduced individually through teaser photos from July 16 to 23 (in order: Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, Jimin, & Youkyoung). AOA was revealed to be a dance group, with some members also playing instruments. Explaining the concept of their debut, FNC revealed that seven members are "full angels": Seolhyunari (Seolhyun), Choaya (Choa), Hyejeong.Linus (Hyejeong), Chanmi Titi (Chanmi), Yunaria (Yuna), Minaring (Mina), and leader Jiminel (Jimin), while Youkyoung (or "Y") is listed as a "half-angel/half-mortal"as she is only a member when the group promotes as a band. This is why AOA calls themselves a "7+1" group.
Angel's Story was leaked on July 28, two days before the official release. The music video for the lead track "Elvis" was released on July 30. AOA had their debut stage on August 9 on "M Countdown" and then "Music Bank" on August 10.
FNC confirmed that the group would make a comeback with Wanna Be on October 10. The album cover was released along with the announcement; the album cover depicted the eight members as different fictional characters. Hyejeong, Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Chanmi, Mina, Seolhyun, and Youkyung dressed as characters from Kill Bill, Léon, Legally Blonde, Tomb Raider, Harry Potter, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Romeo and Juliet, and The Fifth Element respectively. It was confirmed that five-member band unit AOA Black would perform a stage in the first week of promotions for "Get Out." AOA Black made their first comeback appearance on the October 10 broadcast of KM's "Music Triangle" and performed the band version of "Get Out" for the first time. The band made their second appearance on the October 12 broadcast of "Music Bank."
On July 11, it was announced that the band sub-unit AOA Black (consisting of Jimin, Choa, Yuna, Youkyung, and Mina) would be making a comeback with their third single album with the title song "MOYA." The third single album and "MOYA" music video were released on July 26, and AOA Black had their first comeback stage on KBS' "Music Bank" on the same day.
On October 9, the music video for "Confused" was released. The full album, Red Motion, was released on October 13, along with an "eye contact version" dance practice clip.
On January 16, AOA came back with another sexy concept and released Miniskirt. It was produced by Brave Brothers, ElephantKingdom and Galactika. On February 9, AOA celebrated their first music show win on "Inkigayo" with "Miniskirt."
AOA released Short Hair on June 19. The album ranked No. 1 on different charts and also topped the "M Countdown" chart in July. AOA performed the SNSD song "Mr.Mr." with groups BESTie and Girl's Day for the half-year special edition of "Music Bank" on June 27.
On November 11, 2014, the group released their second mini-album, Like a Cat. On November 19, AOA had their second win on "Show Champion" with title song "Like A Cat."
AOA released a Japanese version of Like a Cat on February 25, 2015; the single came with the Japanese versions of "Elvis" and "Just the Two of Us." On February 2, FNC released the short version music video of "Like a Cat." The song ranked #6 on the Oricon Daily Chart and #1 on Tower Records Shibuya on the first day of its release; it later peaked at 3 on the Oricon Daily Chart.
AOA's first reality show, "Open Up! AOA," premiered on February 26 on portal site Naver. The series consisted of 10 episodes, each 10 minutes long, and aired every Thursday. All eight members, including drummer Youkyung, were on the show. AOA started filming their new variety show with MBC Music called "AOA One Fine Day" in Nanwan Monkey Island, Hainan, China on April 7, 2015. "One Fine Day" started broadcasting on June 13, 2015.
On June 2, AOA confirmed their comeback for mid-June entitled "Heart Attack." Their comeback showcase was held on June 22 at AX-Hall Seoul.
In August 2015, the group made their first appearances in the United States, performing at KCON 2015 in Los Angeles on August 2 and New York on August 8. In the same month, it was revealed that AOA would make a comeback in Japan with the first full-length album, featuring 8 of their previous Japanese singles and 3 new songs, including "Oh Boy." The album was released on October 14.
Seolhyun was chosen to host the 2015 KBS Entertainment Awards alongside comedian Shin Dongyup and singer Sung Sikyung.
On January 1, it was announced that AOA would be having a comeback in the first half of the year, and that AOA Black would also be releasing new music.
On January 27, FNC said in interview that "Chanmi, Hyejeong and Yuna will promote as a unit group. They are planned to release a new song in February. We ask for a lot of anticipation." On January 31, they announced that the new sub-unit was called AOA Cream and that they would make their debut on February 12. On the next day they released the teasers on their official page. The lead track "I'm Jelly Baby" was composed by Black Eyed Pilseung.
On March 3, Jimin made her solo debut with "Call You Bae," featuring EXO's Xiumin.
In April 12, AOA hosted their own reality show, “OnStyle Live - Channel AOA.” “OnStyle Live” is a series that features stars hosting their own live shows; the shows are broadcast live and then repeated the next day.
FNC Entertainment announced on May 1 that AOA would release their 4th mini-album Good Luck on May 16.
On August 8-9, AOA members, including Youkyung, posted a 9 tile combination picture of their message to Elvis, their fan club, on a piece of paper on their respective Instagram accounts to celebrate their 4th anniversary. They also surprised their fans by releasing a making film of "Cherry Pop."
On October 15, 2016, it was announced that Youkyung had left the agency and group following the end of her contract, but would be a guest member in any future AOA Black activities. Soon afterwards Jimin posted a photo of all eight members on Instagram with the caption simply reading "AOA."
On November 29, 2016, FNC Entertainment officially announced that AOA was preparing for their first studio album comeback during the winter. Jimin later told Elvis to look forward to it since it would include a song for them.
AOA released their first Korean studio album, Angel's Knock, on January 2, 2017, through digital and physical platforms. Various teasers were revealed from December 21, 2016, to January 1, 2017, through a special web page designed for the group and various social media networks.
• AOA Black: Jimin (guitar), Choa (guitar), Yuna (keyboard), Mina (bass), Youkyung (drums)
• AOA White (non-promotional): Hyejeong, Seolhyun, Chanmi
• AOA Cream: Yuna, Hyejeong, Chanmi
• Seo Youkyung 서유경
• Park Choa 박초아