K-TREND | March.27.2024

Harmonizing Youth and Culture: The Mini Album Chronicles of STAYC

Introduction: Debut and Vision

STAYC, a six-member girl group formed under High Up Entertainment, made their debut on November 12, 2020. Since their debut, the group has used different logos for each album until April 28, 2022, when they announced their official logo with the release of YOUNG-LUV.COM. The name STAYC stands for "Star To A Young Culture" embodying their ambition to lead young culture. Initially, the group considered several names, including “Girls of the Orient”, "Favorites" and “Molar” before deciding on STAYC.



Debut Dates

- Korea : November 12, 2020 

- Japan: November 23, 2022 

Debut Albums

- South Korea: First Single Album "Star To A Young Culture"

- Japan: First Single Album "POPPY"

Leaders: Si-eun, Se-eun

Genre: Teen Fresh, Dance, R&B/Soul

Company: High Up Entertainment

Fandom Name: SWITH



1st Mini Album: STEREOTYPE

Released on September 6, 2021, STEREOTYPE marked STAYC's first mini-album, featuring a total of four songs. This album, significant for earning STAYC their first win on a music broadcast, revolves around the central theme of challenging stereotypes and prejudices. The title track, “STEREOTYPE" showcases STAYC's unique "TEENFRESH" genre, blending youthful energy with elegance. Through “STEREOTYPE” STAYC encourages listeners to look beyond surface appearances and acknowledge the diversity and essence inherent in everyone.



2nd Mini Album: YOUNG-LUV.COM

On February 21, 2022, STAYC released their second mini-album, YOUNG-LUV.COM, returning with a bold and love-struck image. The album's lead single, “RUN2U” expresses the fearless pursuit of love, regardless of others' opinions. This album continues to highlight STAYC's distinctive charm, combining addictive melodies with dynamic performances.



3rd Mini Album: TEENFRESH

The third mini-album, TEENFRESH, was released on August 16, 2023, further solidifying STAYC's genre of the same name. The album bursts with positive energy, much like the effervescence of an orange-flavored soda, especially through the title track “Bubble”. "TEENFRESH" encapsulates STAYC's unique blend of refreshing energy and distinctive, bright, kitschy charm.



STAYC's journey through their mini-albums showcases their evolving identity and contribution to the K-pop scene. By embracing their unique "TEENFRESH" genre and challenging societal norms, STAYC has carved a niche for themselves as trendsetters in young culture. Their music not only entertains but also inspires listeners to see beyond stereotypes, making STAYC a true “Star To A Young Culture”. With their continuous growth and innovation, STAYC is undoubtedly a group to watch in the ever-evolving world of K-pop.


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