K-pop

Are you the next hidden card?

Members of the KARD band
Members of the KARD band

How come you are the next hidden card? You’ll know after reading this.

If we are talking about poker, the K-pop group KARD is definitely a royal flush. There aren’t many co-ed K-pop groups that are famous. A co-ed group means a group where there will be idols of both genders. K.A.R.D is one of the most famous group with 2 girls and 2 boys formed by DSP Media. They came into the K-pop industry on 19 July 2017 with their popular song Hola Hola.

They have a unique concept behind their name. Their name stands for King, Ace, JokeR and HiDden, all together K.A.R.D. Once in an interview, member BM said, “Each letter of K.A.R.D represents a character. So, 'K' would be the King card, which is represented by me. There's the Ace card which is represented by J.seph. And for the joker, there are two Joker cards. The colored Joker represents Jiwoo and the black Joker is Somin. That leaves us with 'D' which is the most important card and the 'D' in our name is a hidden card which represents the fans. So, we are all one!”

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The members are:

Kim Tae-Hyung (J.seph): His position in the team is the main rapper, lead dancer, and vocalist. Also, he’s the oldest member. The Ace of KARD said, “The ace can be lowest that supports, it’s the highest at sharp.”

Matthew Kim (BM): His stage name BM stands for the initials of Big Matthew. He’s the main dancer, lead rapper and vocalist. One of his first appearances was in the music video for Rainbow's "Sunshine" released in 2013.

Jeon Somin (Somin): She is the main vocalist, dancer and visual. Before KARD she was also in a South Korean group April and Puretty. Somin (black joker) said, “Depending on the situation, the black joker can be the best card, so I will show the various appeals that I have” (during their debut party).

Jeon Jiwoo (Jiwoo): Her position is the main dancer, lead vocalist, and rapper. She also is the maknae (pronounced as mangnae, meaning ‘youngest’).

In their pre-debut songs, they used to release a special version for each song, called "Hidden" version. Like, In "Oh Nana" the hidden card was the singer and a former KARA member, Youngji, who made an appearance in their music video. In another music video "Don't Recall", the fans received a version of the song completely sung in English. Also “Don’t Recall” is their most famous song with 69 million views. And for "Rumor", a music performance video was released featuring Z.Sun (the group's choreographer).

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KARD held its first tour, 2017 The 1st Tour "Wild K.A.R.D", in the United States from 3 May to 2 July. After so many days not performing because of coronavirus they are going to perform again. This news has made their fans alive again. “2020 WILD KARD IN SEOUL” will be on 22 August 2020 on “The live house”.

“After securing your tickets, don't forget to wear your mask when we meet,” said Jiwoo. Their fans will be doubly happy because on 22 August is also Somin’s birthday.

Since the “2020 WILD KARD IN SEOUL” technically will be in Seoul, let’s hope they will upload the whole performance video for helpless fans, far away.

Rumaiysa M Rahman is a 9th grader at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Dhaka