Be MY æ! Hello, we are aespa!


aespa (에스파; also stylized as æspa) is a four-member girl group under SM Entertainment. They debuted on November 17, 2020 with the digital single "Black Mamba".

Their name is a combination of "æ", which means 'Avatar X Experience', and "aspect", which means double-sided. Together it means that you would being able to experience a new world through another avatar of yourself.[1]


Pre-debut activities

On September 19, 2016, Ningning was revealed as a new member of the trainee team SMROOKIES. She appeared on the "Rookies Princess: Who's the Best?" segment of the program "My SMT" in 2016 and was also part of the soundtrack for the Korean animated TV program "Shining Star" in 2017.[2]

In 2019, Karina appeared in Taemin's "Want" music video. She also performed with him on music shows in the following weeks.

2020: Debut with "Black Mamba", fandom name

The group performing at SBS MTV's The Show on November 24, 2020

On October 26, 2020, an intro video was released on aespa's social media announcing their name and logo.[3] Later that day, it was announced that SM would be debuting a new girl group in November.[1][4] The next day, the group's first member, Winter, was officially revealed.[5][6] On October 28, the second member, Karina, was revealed.[7][8] The same day, a video shown during a press conference featuring Lee Soo-Man revealed the group will have four members, including Giselle and Ningning.[9] On October 29, Ningning was officially revealed as the group's third member.[10][11] On October 30, Giselle was revealed as the group's fourth and final member.[12][13]

On November 2, it was announced the group would debut on November 17 with the digital single "Black Mamba",[4][14][15] The music video for the song counted 21,4225,062 views in its first day, breaking the record for most viewed music videos in the first 24 hours by a K-pop group in its debut, which was previously held by ITZY with the song "Dalla Dalla".[16]

The group at MBC's Gayo Daejejeon backstage on December 31, 2020

On November 17, on their debut day, the group's fanclub name was announced to be "MY (마이)" which is the word used to mean "the most precious friend" in KWANGYA where aespa's avatar æ lives.[17]

2021: First music show win, second digital single "Forever"

On January 8, 2021, the music video for "Black Mamba" hit 100 million views, which took only 51 days and 12 hours to achieve, setting the new record in K-pop history as the debut MV to garner 100 million views in the shortest time period.[18][19]

On January 14, a Forbes article mentioned that the group is expected to put out new music early into 2021 with all signs pointing to additional international activities.[20]

On January 17, the group won their first music show win with "Black Mamba" on SBS's Inkigayo.[21][22]

The group for GIVENCHY on February 2021

On January 29, the hashtag #늘_네_옆에_난_서있을게 (#I_will_always_stand_by_your_side) was promoted by the group's official Twitter account, and it was later revealed that the group would release a surprise single "Forever" on February 5. The single is a remake of the song of the same name by Yoo Young Jin from the SMTOWN album Winter Vacation In SMTOWN.Com.[23][24] On February 4, SM Entertainment announced that the group would release a series of performances for the single in the following days with various concepts.[25][26]

On February 10, it was announced that the group became an ambassador of the French luxury house Givenchy, presenting the collections and major lines of Givenchy creative director Matthew M. Williams.[27]

On March 15, an economic analysis by SM Entertainment revealed that a virtual show in conjunction with the group's "æ-avatars" is expected for the year. Lee Kihoon, a researcher at the Hana Financial Group, also adds that the debut process of the group was largely responsible for making SM the most innovative company in the current era of the "metauniverses".[28]

On March 19, aespa was one of the two k-pop groups chosen by People magazine in the list "Emerging Artists Making Their Mark on the Musical Landscape in 2021". According to the article, the group was currently preparing to be able to release their first mini album during the South Korean summer.[29] On April 6, it was reaffirmed again in an article from "Just Jared" that the group are set to release new music in the summer.[30]


Name Avatar Symbol[31] Animal[31] Position(s)[32] Year(s) active
Karina (카리나) æ-Karina ❤️ Whale Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Center, Face of the Group 2020–present
Giselle (지젤) æ-Giselle 🌙 Unicorn Main Rapper, Vocalist 2020–present
Winter (윈터) æ-Winter Siberian Husky Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual 2020–present
Ningning (닝닝) æ-Ningning 🦋 Tiger Main Vocalist, Maknae 2020–present


Digital singles


  • GIVENCHY (2021)

Awards and nominations

Main article: Awards and nominations received by aespa


  • Each member has a digital version of themselves, referred to as avatars.[33]


Main article: aespa/Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 SM TOWN: SM new girl group "aespa" debut in November!
  2. Soompi: SMROOKIES Introduces 2 New Female Trainees
  3. YouTube: aespa 에스파: INTRO
  4. 4.0 4.1 (KR) Daum: SM 新 걸그룹 에스파 11월 데뷔, NCT 후 4년만 신인(공식)
  5. @aespa_official on Twitter (October 26, 2020)
  6. SMTOWN: WINTER, The First Member of SM's New Girl Group "aespa" Has Been Revealed!
  7. @aespa_Offical on Twitter (October 27, 2020)
  8. SMTOWN: KARINA, the second member of SMs new girl group "aespa" has been revealed!
  9. Koreaboo: aespa X Vocaloid - SM Entertainment's New Girl Group Will Combine Real And Avatar Members
  10. @aespa_official on Twitter (October 28, 2020)
  11. SMTOWN: NINGNING, the third member of SM's new girl group "aespa" has been revealed
  12. @aespa_official on Twitter (October 30, 2020)
  13. SMTOWN: GISELLE, the fourth member of SM's new girl group "aespa" has been revealed!
  14. (KR) Xports News: SM 신인 걸그룹 에스파, 11월 17일 데뷔 확정…타이틀곡은 '블랙맘바' [공식입장]
  15. SMTOWN: SM Entertainment's new girl group "aespa" to debut on November 17th with their first digital single "Black Mamba"!
  16. aespa Breaks All-Time Record For K-Pop Debut Music Video Views With “Black Mamba”
  17. <nowiki>[공지 aespa OFFICIAL FANCLUB “MY(마이)” 오픈 안내]
  18. New girl group Aespa's Black Mamba becomes fastest K-pop debut music video to get 100m views on YouTube
  19. aespa’s “Black Mamba” Becomes Fastest K-Pop Group Debut MV To Hit 100 Million Views
  20. Aespa Break Out Among New K-Pop Acts With 100 Million Views On Debut Music Video
  21. SM rookie aespa, number one for the first time.Yubin → Kim Soo-chan's comeback
  22. "INKIGAYO." aespa, number one with Black Mamba.
  23. 에스파, 2월 5일 싱글 'Forever' 깜짝 발매..유영진 곡 리메이크
  24. aespa on Twitter:"에스파, 2월 5일 싱글 ‘Forever’ 깜짝 공개! 히트메이커 유영진 원곡 리메이크! 따뜻한 겨울 감성 선사! "
  25. aespa, new song 'Forever' +MV released at 6 PM on the 5th!
  26. aespa remake song ‘Forever’ performance video will be released on 6th, on YouTube!
  27. aespa to be the ambassador of ‘GIVENCHY’ for the first time as K-POP artists!
  28. "실적부터 챙겨라"…SM 향한 증권가의 '혹평'
  29. People Magazine: Meet the Talented Emerging Artists Making Their Mark on the Musical Landscape in 2021
  30. JUST JARED: Get to Know 'Black Mamba' K-Pop Girl Group aespa With These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)
  31. 31.0 31.1 * Can be seen in each of the members' SYNK video
  32. Melon Magazine: 우리 좀 더 친해질까요? aespa TMI 대방출!
  33. Soompi: SM Entertainment Has Shared a Video Called "MY, KARINA" Where aespa Member Karina Introduces The Avatar Member æ-Karina

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