Making even a shipping container yard look sexy is a tough job, but 9Muses pulled it off this month with the MV for their comeback track Hurt Locker.

The eight leggy ladies – yes, eight – are Hyuna, Euaerin, Sungah, Kyungri, Hyemi, Minha, Sojin and Keumjo.

Most of the current lineup weren’t part of the original debut lineup back in August 2010, and the group has seen six other previous members come and go through the last few years. However the concept of the group – a gaggle of model-turned-idols run by Starship Entertainment, has not changed. The group’s name 9Muses was inspired by Greek mythology, the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne who were goddesses of music and dance. Perhaps Kim Shi Dae, the Starship CEO considers himself Zeus, and indeed he has successfully blessed the K-pop world with a nine member boyband, Z:EA as well as the ladies.

The girls debut track was No Playboy, and it didn’t quite live up to the expectations hoped; within six months of its release three members had dropped out. Their troubled pre-debut days have been captured in a documentary, Nine Muses of Starship Entertainment, which makes for a fascinating peek behind the scenes of girl groups. Look out for a review coming shortly on UKP.

MINE, 9Muses’ fanclub, aren’t fazed by this kind of chop and changing lineup behaviour, as new additions to the lineup have happened around almost every single comeback. Last year Kyungri and Sojin also teamed up with Z:EA’s Kevin to form a subunit called NASTY NASTY.

9Muses have been pulling out all the stops recently for their Hurt Locker promotions, promising that they’ll perform in beachwear if they manage to snag the number 1 slot. Just don’t get too attached to this formation of ladies, you never know when another member might disappear (or indeed appear)!

Recommended MVs
Hurt Locker




No Playboy – the debut track

Glue – Dance practice

Knock – NASTY NASTY with Kevin from Z:EA


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