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(left to right: SunHwa (Maknae), Ji Eun (Main Vocal), Zinger (Rapper), HyoSung (Leader))
The documentary Secret Story (aired on Mnet) first introduced Secret to the public. The show chronicled the debut process of the members of Secret and aired their invitation-only debut showcase, which took place on September 29, 2009.
On October 13, 2009, Secret officially debuted with the release of the music video of "I Want You Back", their debut single. Two days later on October 15, 2009, they had their first live stage on Mnet M! Countdown.
Secret gained popularity due to polished vocals and strong stage presence. The group quickly became the #1 searched phrase on various online portal sites.
Secret participated in the God of Study OST with the song "Friends", released on January 23, 2010.
On March 31, 2010, Secret released the music video for "Magic", the title track of their debut mini album "Secret Time". Due to printing errors, the physical copies were delayed for five days, but the digital release went as scheduled. Secret had its comeback performance for "Magic" on Mnet M! Countdown on April 8, 2010. The song peaked at #5 on the KBS Music Bank K-Chart.
The music video quickly reached one million views on video sharing sites such as YouTube and Cyworld, and the "Suspender Dance" which appeared in the video, gained popularity amongst netizens.
Secret released their second mini album titled "Madonna" on August 12, 2010. The title track was also named "Madonna," and the music video for "Madonna" was released on August 11, 2010. They made their comeback on Mnet M! Countdown on August 12, 2010.
Just as that of "Magic", the music video for "Madonna" reached one million views on video sharing sites such as YouTube and Cyworld. "Madonna" was better received than "Magic", topping every major online music chart within two weeks and peaking at #4 on the KBS Music Bank K-Chart. On December 9, 2010, Secret attended the 25th Golden Disk Awards, and won the Newcomer Award.
Secret released their first single called "Shy Boy" on January 6, 2011. The song has a "swing dance" concept with outfits, hairstyles, and a set that draws inspiration from 1950s American culture. Additionally, comedian Son Heon Su makes a surprise appearance in the music video as a player. The teaser for "Shy Boy" was released on January 2, 2011, followed by the full music video on January 5, 2011. The title track "Shy Boy" was co-produced by Kang Ji Won and Kim Ki Bum, and the music video was directed by Johnny Bro’s Hong Won Ki.
At first, members of Secret were depressed over the concept of Shy Boy as it was not as strong as those of previous songs. Zinger was especially shocked and confused, unable to embrace the "cute" concept, as she was known to fit the hip-hop genre. However, the song exceeded expectations and maintained its position at the top of three major music charts five days into its release.
Secret made its comeback stage on Mnet M! Countdown on January 6, 2011. The next week, on January 13, 2011, Secret won its first first-place award on M! Countdown, and burst out with tears of joy. Roughly a month later, on February 11, the girls won their first ever first-place award on Music Bank. However, the girls were unable to receive their award on stage because of the cancellation of Music Bank on Lunar New Year. The following two weeks, "Shy Boy" continued to dominate the Music Bank K-Chart, and in the end, Secret managed to achieve a three-week consecutive #1 win. During that timespan, Secret also won their first ever "Mutizen" award on Inkigayo on February 20, 2011. Internationally, "Shy Boy" was #1 for three weeks on the Soompi Music Chart. After two months, Secret closed promotions for "Shy Boy" with its last performance on Inkigayo on February 27, 2011, even though the song was still going strong on music charts.
On March 19, 2011, Secret had a surprise performance of "Shy Boy" at the GOMTV Global Starcraft II League Finals.
On February 26, 2011, TS Entertainment revealed that Jieun would be releasing her solo debut single, "Going Crazy" on March 3, 2011. The teaser for "Going Crazy" was released on February 28, 2011 and the full music video was released on March 2, 2011. The song features rapper Bang Yong Guk. The song was co-produced by Kang Ji Won and Kim Ki Bum, and is of the hip-hop/R&B genre. It combines Jieun’s sorrow vocals and Bang Yong Guk’s strong voice, with a distinct piano rhythm that permeates the song with an imposing sound. The music video also stars actress Min Hyo Rin.
TS Entertainment initially expected average popularity for the song. However, "Going Crazy" dominated online music charts as soon as it was released and topped Gaon Chart’s top 100 digital chart for the third week of March. Jieun had her comeback stage on Mnet M! Countdown on March 3, 2011. On April she ended her promotions and had her Good Bye stages for Mnet M! Countdown, Inkigayo, Mucsic Core, and Music Bank.
On June 1, 2011, Secret released their second single album, "Starlight, Moonlight". Promotions began on June 2, 2011 with their appearance on Mnet M! Countdown. On June 19, 2011, Secret won their second "Mutizen" on Inkigayo with their song "Starlight Moonlight".
2011: Expansion to Japan
Despite strong success for their single "Starlight Moonlight" in South Korea, TS entertainment announced that around mid-2011, the group will debut on Japan with "Madonna" as the official debut single. On June 6, 2011 the group performed on Japan for their debut showcase before officially debuting on August 3, 2011. Initial reactions for the group were positive in Japan. A representative from TS entertainment have commented, “The Japanese have taken a high interest in the girls. News of SECRET’s debut is being reported on by various TV networks and the press." Secret performed at the “Mezamashi Live 2011” in Odaiba on August 4, 2011 and in a popular music program, ‘Coming Soon!!‘. as part of their debut in Japan. On August 3, 2011 the group officially released their first single in Japan entitled "Madonna". Proving for their strong start in Japan,the album debuted at number 9 in the Oricon charts. Additionally, Secret was one of the first three Korean girl group to debut in the Japanese album chart at top 10, the others were Kara and SNSD being 1st and 2nd respectively.It was announced that their second Japanese single will be "Shy Boy". Secret have already completed filming their music video for "Shy Boy" on August 28th and will finalize preparations for their release by September. TS Entertainment has also revealed that Secret will release a full-length studio album in Korea in mid-October. The album is titled "Moving In Secret".
[2011.10.18] Moving In Secret
[2010.04.01] Secret Time
[2011.01.06] Shy Boy
[2009.10.13] I WANT YOU BACK
[2010.01.23] Gongbueui Shin OST Part 2 (#3 Friends)
[2011.10.18] WELCOME to SECRET TIME
[2011.10.18] Shy Boy
[2012.02.29] Kore Kurai no Sayonara (これくらいのサヨナラ; So Much for Goodbye)
[2012.06.13] Twinkle Twinkle
[2012.05.xx] Twinkle Twinkle (Rock Lee ver.)
[2009.09.21 - 2009.10.12] Secret Story
Spoiler 9ers Chicken
 Grand Mer
Spoiler[2010.12.09] 25th Golden Disk Awards : Yepp Newcomer Award
[2010.12.15] 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards: New Generation Populr Music Teen Singer Award
[2011.01.13] M.net M! Countdown #1 - Shy Boy
[2011.01.20] 20th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award (Madonna)
[2011.01.21] 6th Asia Model Festival Award: Popular Singer Award
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