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For the group that debuted in 2016, see Black Swan (2016 group).

Be unique! Hello, we are BLACKSWAN!

—BLACKSWAN

BLACKSWAN (블랙스완; also spelled as Blackswan or Black Swan) is a four-member[2] South Korean-based multinational girl group under DR Music. They made their debut on October 16, 2020 with their first full-length album Goodbye RANIA.[3][4]

History[]

2020: Renaming as BLACKSWAN, new members, debut with Goodbye RANIA[]

On June 26, 2020, RaNia's Hyeme announced through her group's SNS that she was the only member left, so it would be strange to release an album under the name RaNia, arguing that due to this the group would start fresh under the name B.S. (BLACKSWAN) and that they would soon be releasing a new album, with new members.[5]

On July 1, Youngheun posted a letter to her Instagram thanking fans for their continued support and good news. She revealed she was going to be a part of B.S. alongside Hyeme and several new members.[6] On July 3, Lisa (Larissa) posted a letter also stating that she will be part of the group under the stage name Leia.[7]

On July 7, the group was appointed as ambassadors of Pyeongchang-gun, alongside K-TIGERS ZERO, to promote the county.[8] The news also revealed two new members.[9][10]

In an interview with Korean news program Channel A News on September 16, the group revealed that they were expected to debut in early 2020, but it had been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties that came with it.[11] On September 25, an article on Bunja Dongne Times revealed that the group would be debuting in October 2020, with the music video already filmed.[3]

On October 9, it was announced via the group's social medias that they would be debuting on October 16 with their first full-length album Goodbye RANIA.[4]

On November 9, media outlet Dispatch reported that member Hyeme was accused of fraud after allegedly scamming an unidentifed male office worker out of 50 million KRW ($45,000 USD) that was lent to pay for her rent, living expenses and credit card bills. The following day, DR Music announced they would be filing a counter lawsuit against the individual. The agency also revealed that Hyeme's exclusive contract had ended on November 7 but will still legally represent her until the issue is resolved. At the same time, it was announced that BLACKSWAN would go on a temporary hiatus.[12][13]

2021: "Close to Me" and bullying allegations[]

On September 30, 2021, it was announced that they would release their first single album "Close to Me" on October 14, which would be their long-awaited comeback after their hiatus.[14]

On November 12, a tweet from a fanbase of Leia's that claims Leia is being bullied by fellow member, Fatou. The information was allegedly from a relative.[15] Two days later, on November 14, Fatou refuted the claims in a now deleted tweet and claimed that Leia was not the victim but rather playing the victim.[16] On November 19, DR Music released a statement that "the team's internal issues were distorted". They apologized and said the constructive dispute has since been settled.[17]

2022: Lineup changes, Leia's hiatus[]

On May 26, 2022, DR Music officially revealed Gabi and Sriya as the newest members of BLACKSWAN.[18]

On July 31, 2022, DR Music officially announced that members Youngheun and Judy had graduated from the group.[19]

On November 9, 2022, DR Music announced that Leia is currently under hiatus due to health problems, and is still currently staying in Brazil.[20]

On December 24, 2022, BLACKSWAN uploaded the behind the scene video of their Christmas pictorial in which Alena Smith has appeared in, confirming her addition to the group.[21] It was also revealed that she would be promoting using the stage name NVee.

2023: "That Karma", Leia's departure, "That Karma - Pop Edition", 1st US Tour[]

On May 8, 2023, it was announced that BLACKSWAN would be making their comeback with the single album "That Karma" on May 19.[22]

On July 31, 2023, group member Fatou revealed on the Veeper app that the current lineup of BLACKSWAN would remain with the four members and no more new members would be added, thus revealing Leia's departure from the group.[2]

On August 30, 2023, it was announced that BLACKSWAN would continue promotions of "That Karma" with 'Cat & Mouse', and release the single "That Karma - Pop Edition" on September 6.[23]

On October 5, 2023, the group revealed they would be going on their first United States tour Blackswan's 1st U.S. Tour Showcase Hello LUMINA. The group would start off the tour with the first date in Los Angeles on November 10, 2023.[24]

2024: Seoul Fashion Week, Roll Up[]

On February 5, 2024, it was revealed that BLACKSWAN would be walking at Seoul Fashion Week, modeling for the brand 'Greedilous' and would have a surprise performance at the event.[25]

On May 9, 2024, during the group's 'Talk Tok' Live Stream, it was revealed that they would be making their comeback in June.[26]

On June 12, SPOTV News reported that BLACKSWAN will be making a comeback with a new album in July 2024 and will begin full-fledged activities.[27]

On July 19, it was announced that BLACKSWAN would be making their comeback with their first EP Roll Up on July 31.[28]

Members[]

Name Nationality Position(s) Animal Year(s) active
Fatou (파투) Senegalese Leader (2022–present), Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist 🐯 2020–present
NVee (앤비) American Main Vocalist 🐻 2022-present
Gabi (가비) Brazilian-German Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Visual 🐹 2022–present
Sriya (스리야) Indian Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Maknae (2022–present) 🐼 2022–present
Former
Youngheun (영흔) Korean Leader (2020–2022), Main Vocalist 🐶 2020–2022
Judy (주디) Korean Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist 🐰 2020–2022
Hyeme (혜미) Korean Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer 🐻 2020
Leia (레아) Brazilian-Japanese Vocalist, Sub Rapper, Maknae (2020–2022) 🐸 2020–2022[n 1][2]

Discography[]

Studio albums[]

EPs[]

Single albums[]

Concerts[]

Concert participation[]

  • PyeongChang Peace Festival (2020)[29]
  • KPOP World Festival in Belgium (2021)[30]
  • 2022 K-Pop World Festival Belgium (2022)[31]
  • FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Celebrations (2023)[32]
  • Waterbomb Seoul (2023)[33]
  • K-Town Festival Mumbai (2024)[34]
  • Waterbomb Dubai (2024)[35]

Fanmeeting[]

  • Debut In China BLACKSWAN Online Fan Meeting (2023)
  • Blackswan's 1st U.S. Tour Showcase Hello LUMINA (2023)

Endorsements[]

In June 2023, it was revealed that BLACKSWAN was selected as the brand's new ambassador for Sso.Lux Eyewear.[36] On May 14, 2024, it was revealed that BLACKSWAN had become the Exclusive Models for Mixsoon.[37] On June 25, 2024, BLACKSWAN have been appointed as Goodwill Ambassadors by the Korean War Memorial society.[38]

  • Sso.Lux Eyewear (2023)
  • Mixsoon (2024)

Trivia[]

  • Former members Youngheun, Hyeme and Leia were previously members of RaNia.
  • Following the departures of Youngheun and Judy, BLACKSWAN no longer has a Korean member.

Gallery[]

Main article: BLACKSWAN (2020 group)/Gallery

Notes[]

  1. Hiatus since November 2022 until she officially left in July 2023.

References[]

  1. @blackswan_drent on Twitter (December 17, 2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 @nugupromoter on Twitter (July 31, 2022)
  3. 3.0 3.1 (KR) Bunja Dongne Times: '힌트/하이큐티/블랙스완', 온텍트 쇼케이스 28일 송출 결정
  4. 4.0 4.1 @blackswan_drent on Twitter (October 9, 2020)
  5. RaNia on Facebook (June 26, 2020)
  6. @youngheuneeda on Instagram (July 1, 2020)
  7. @DRMUSIC_RANIA on Twitter (July 3, 2020)
  8. (KR) News 1: 케이타이거즈 제로·블랙스완, 평창 홍보대사로 위촉
  9. Allkpop: B.S (Black Swan) [formerly RaNia] full line up revealed. Includes African and Brazilian members
  10. @blackswan___official on Instagram (July 8, 2020)
  11. Soompi: K-Pop Idols, Trainees, And Agencies Talk About The Effect Of COVID-19 Pandemic On The Industry And Careers
  12. Allkpop: Black Swan's Hyeme is accused of scamming over 50M won from unidentified man; sets Instagram account to private
  13. Allkpop: Black Swan's agency to file counter-lawsuit against individual 'A' accusing member Hyemi of scamming + girl group to halt promotions temporarily
  14. @blackswan_drent on Twitter (September 30, 2021)
  15. Allkpop: Black Swan's Fatou is being accused of bullying fellow member Leia
  16. Allkpop: Black Swan's Fatou denies bullying accusations and accuses fellow member Leia of disrespecting her family
  17. @blackswan_drent on Twitter (November 19, 2021)
  18. @drenter_official on Instagram (May 26, 2022)
  19. @blackswan___official on Instagram (July 31, 2022)
  20. @blackswan___official on Instagram (November 9, 2022)
  21. BLACKSWAN on YouTube: The behind the scene video_Christmas pictorial
  22. @blackswan_drent on Twitter (May 8, 2023)
  23. Twitter: @blackswan_drent (August 30, 2023)
  24. @blackswan_drent Twitter tweet (October 28, 2023)
  25. (KR) SPOTV News: 블랙스완, 2024 F/W 서울 패션위크 모델로 깜짝 퍼포먼스
  26. @LUMINASherlock on Twitter (May 9, 2024)
  27. (KR) SPOTV News: 블랙스완, 중동 최초 '두바이 워터밤'서 화끈한 무대로 주목
  28. @blackswan_drent on Twitter (July 19, 2024)
  29. 평창평화페스티벌 8월 7~8일 평창대관령기념관에서 열린다 (200715)
  30. <Korean Culture Days> Festival @ Place de Brouckère / Sept. 24-25, 2021 (210831)
  31. @koreanculturebrussels on Instagram (August 3, 2022)
  32. @TheHockeyIndia on Twitter (Dec 27, 2022)
  33. @waterbomb_seoul on Twitter (June 7, 2023)
  34. @ktownfestival (January 1 2024)
  35. @waterbomb_dubai_official on Instagram (May 17 2024)
  36. "BLACKSWAN models for Sso.lux eyewear ahead of the Waterbomb festival in Korea". allkpop.com (June 16, 2023). Archived from the original on October 31, 2023. Retrieved on October 31, 2023.
  37. (KOR) Asia A: mixsoon, 아이돌 '블랙스완' 전속 모델 발탁 (May 14, 2024)
  38. (KOR) News1: 6·25참전국 출신 아이돌 '블랙스완' 전쟁기념사업회 굿윌앰배서더 위촉 (June 26, 2024)

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