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Unless you were living under a rock for the past couple of years, you must have come across girl group LOONA at least once. The birth of the 12-member group, signed under Blockberry Creative, has been meticulously revealed to the general public over the span of 18 months starting on October 2, 2016. Needless to say, their strategy was completely successful as they intriguingly captivated the audience and left them anticipating their long-awaited debut as a full group on August 7, 2018.

If you’re curious about how LOONA came to be, here are 12 things you need to know about this incredibly skyrocketing group!

1. The meaning behind the group name

Behind every group name lies a fascinating concept. When it comes to LOONA, celestial embodiment is the main lore. In fact, the group’s Korean name 이달의 소녀 literally translates to “Girl of the Month,” hinting at the lunar calendar formula. Furthermore, the Korean characters ㅇ, ㄷ, ㅇ, ㅅ, and ㄴ from their Korean name are used to form their English name LOONA, stylized as LOOΠΔ to highlight the similarities between the Latin and Korean alphabets. It goes without saying that a lot of thought has been put into the creation of LOONA, and the result is truly mindblowing!

2. Introducing the members

Staying true to their name, a new member was introduced each month via a solo release! During their appearance on “After School Club,” the group stated that they don’t have fixed positions. Therefore, the positions stated below are not official and are solely based on each member’s forte on their different releases.

(From left to right and in order of their individual appearances).

Heejin: she is in charge of vocals, dance, and rap. She was the first member to be introduced with her solo “ViViD” on October 4, 2016.

Hyunjin: she is in charge of vocals and dance. Her song “Around You” was released on November 16, 2016.

Haseul: she’s the leader of the group, and is in charge of vocals and rap. On December 14, 2016, she revealed her solo “Let Me In.”

Yeojin: she’s the group’s maknae, and is in charge of rap, dance, and vocals. Her song “Kiss Later” was released on January 15, 2017.

ViVi: she’s one of the vocalists and the oldest member of the group. On April 16, 2017, she revealed her song “Everyday I Love You.”

Kim Lip: she’s in charge of the vocals and dance. Her song “Eclipse” was released on May 22, 2017.

JinSoul: she’s in charge of rap and vocals. On June 25, 2017, she revealed her solo “Singing In The Rain.”

Choerry: she’s in charge of rap and vocals. Her song “Love Cherry Motion” was released on July 27, 2017.

Yves: she’s in charge of vocals, dance, and rap. On November 27, 2017, she revealed her solo “New.”

Chuu: she’s one of the vocalists of the group. Her song “Heart Attack” was released on December 27, 2017.

Go Won: she’s in charge of rap, dance, and vocals. On January 29, 2018, she revealed her solo “One & Only.”

Olivia Hye: she’s in charge of vocals, dance, and rap. She was the last member to be introduced with her song “Egoist” on March 29, 2018.

To learn more about each member’s background story, make sure to read the description of every MV!

3. LOOΠΔ 1/3

LOONA’s first sub-unit was created on March 12, 2017 with the release of their first mini-album “Love & Live.” LOONA 1/3 originally consisted of members HeeJin, HyunJin, HaSeul, and ViVi. Later, it was revealed that YeoJin is the latest addition to the sub-unit despite not having taken part in any of the releases so far.