Kara (카라, often stylised as KARA) is one of South Korea’s top female pop groups, with hit songs like Honey, Mister and Lupin etc.
The five members of KARA are Park Gyuri, Han Seung-yeon, Nicole Jung, Koo Hara and Kang Ji-young.
KARA made their debut as a four member group with album First Blooming in March 2007. The group was reshuffled when Sunghee left in February 2008, with two new members Hara and Ji-young being brought in to form the current five member group. The new team released a mini-album Rock U in July.
KARA made their first major breakthrough in November with mini-album Pretty Girl, which include their first #1 hit song Honey, which shaped them up as one of the top female pop groups in South Korea.
KARA released their second full length album Revolution in July 2009. Its first track Mister (and the choreo) was a huge hit and was one of the songs of the year. The girls were also active with their very own variety shows Mnet Kara Metafriends and Kara Bakery etc. in 2009.
KARA released their third mini album Lupin in February 2010, which was also a huge hit. The girls opened their own online fashion mall Karaya in May; and they also became popular commercial models, featuring for Mistine cosmetic, Lesmore shoes, Hangame, and Ottogi food etc. (no longer contracted to some though).
KARA recorded We’re With You, a World Cup theme song in June. And they released their first Japanese single with a Japanese version of Mister in August which made it to the #5 spot on the authoritative Oricon weekly chart.