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I! Hello, we are Idle!

—(G)I-DLE

(G)I-DLE ((여자)아이들) is a five-member girl group under Cube Entertainment. Originally as six, they debuted on May 2, 2018 with their first mini album I Am.

History

2018: I Am, "Hann" and "Pop/Stars"

On March 22, Cube Entertainment published a logo for its third girl group which would debut shortly after PENTAGON's comeback with Positive. The group already comprised Jeon Soyeon, a former contestant of the reality shows Produce 101 and Unpretty Rapstar 3.[1] From April 8 to April 12, the five other members of the group were revealed via social media, starting with Yuqi, followed by Miyeon, Shuhua, Soojin, Soyeon and Minnie respectively.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The group officially debuted on May 2, with the release of the mini album I Am and its title track "Latata", which was written by member Soyeon. On May 22, "Latata" gave the group their first win at The Show, exactly 20 days after their debut.[8] They won a total of three times during their promotion.

On June 16, the group took part of Cube Entertainment's concert 2018 United Cube - One - with BTOB, HyunA, CLC, PENTAGON and Yoo Seon Ho. It took place at Kintex in Ilsan.[9]

The group released their first digital single, "Hann (Alone)", on August 16.

Soyeon and Miyeon were the voices of two members of the virtual group K/DA. The group, inspired by K-pop and developed by Riot Games, is composed of four characters from the game League of Legends. Their debut single, "Pop/Stars", was released on November 2. The song hit number 1 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales.[10]

2019: I Made, "Uh-Oh", Japanese debut and Queendom

On February 26, the mini album I Made was released. Once again, Soyeon participated to writing and composing almost all the tracks. The album also featured, for the first time, a song co-written and co-produced by Minnie.[11]

The single "Uh-Oh" was released on June 26.[12]

The group made their Japanese debut on July 31, releasing the mini album Latata.

The group participated in the competition show Queendom, which premiered on August 29 and ended on October 31.[13] Through the show, they got to showcase their powerful performances as well as the individual talents of each member.[14] For their final performance, they released the majestic song "Lion". A music video for the song was released on November 4. The group finished Queendom in third place[15] and were grateful of the opportunity to let people know about them. The show helped them draw more attention and interest than they'd expected.[16]

2020: Planned world tour, I Trust, "Dumdi Dumdi"

At midnight KST on January 20, (G)I-DLE posted a teaser photo for "I-Land" throughout their social media. It was revealed on the 23rd through another teaser that the group would be holding their first world tour.[17] On February 28, Cube confirmed that the tour, along with their upcoming album, would be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.[18]

The group released their third mini album, I Trust, on April 6 with "Oh My God" as the title track. In the album, the title track's English version - the group's first song entirely in English - and "Lion", the song the group released through Queendom, were included. I Trust, in which self-confidence is an important theme, shows the contrast "between [the members'] reality and what society expects from [them]".[19]

On June 5, Cube announced the cancellation of their world tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, an online concert, 2020 (G)I-DLE Online Concert 'I-Land : Who Am I', was held on July 5.[20]

On June 29, the group announced that their second Japanese mini album, Oh My God, would be released on August 26.[21]

The single album "Dumdi Dumdi" was released on August 3. The track, with booming percussions and a catchy whistle hook, was described as a feel-good summer song.[22]

On December 8, Cube Entertainment confirmed the group's plans to comeback with a new album sometime in January 2021.[23] On December 28, (G)I-DLE confirmed on their social media that they would release their fourth mini album, I Burn, on January 11, 2021.[24]

2021: I Burn, "Hwaa", Soojin’s Hiatus, "Last Dance" and Soojin's departure

The group released their fourth mini album, I Burn, as well as its title track "Hwaa", on January 11.[24] The album, which tells a story revolving around love, heartbreak and farewell,[25] is thematically and musically connected to their 2018 single "Hann (Alone)".[26] "Hwaa" earned the group ten music show wins.[27]

On January 27, (G)I-DLE released the digital single "Hwaa" which contained the English and Chinese versions of their fourth mini album's title track "Hwaa".[28]

A remix single titled "Hwaa (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Remix)" was released on February 5. Remixed by Belgian DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, it is their first foreign collaboration since debut.[29]

Both Cube Entertainment and Soojin announced on March 4 that she would be temporarily going on hiatus due to bullying allegations. The label declared that, though Soojin had been involved in an extended argument, they couldn't find evidence of bullying nor of violence after contacting teachers and alumni students at the school. The netizen that wrote the allegations also declined to meet with the company. The group started promoting as a five-member group until Soojin's supposed return.[30]

The single "Last Dance (Prod. GroovyRoom)", made in collaboration with the platform UNIVERSE, was released on April 29. Due to Soojin's continued hiatus, it was a release with only five members.

On August 14, 2021, Cube Entertainment released a statement announcing Soojin left (G)I-DLE.[30]

2022: I Never Die, first world tour

On February 17, News1 reported that the group would be making a 5-member comeback in March, and Cube Entertainment confirmed the reports in response.[31] On February 24, they announced their first full-length album I Never Die, which was released on March 14.[32]

On May 12, (G)I-DLE announced the scheduled dates and cities for their long awaited first world tour, 2022 (G)I-DLE World Tour 'Just Me ()I-DLE'.[33]

A remix single titled "Tomboy (R3HAB Remix)" will be released on May 20.

Members

Name Position(s) Years active
Miyeon (미연) Main Vocalist, Visual 2018–present
Minnie (민니) Main Vocalist 2018–present
Soyeon (소연) Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist, Center 2018–present
Yuqi (우기) Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Rapper, Face of the Group 2018–present
Shuhua (슈화) Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual, Maknae 2018–present
Former
Soojin (수진) Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper 2018–2021

Discography

Korean

Studio albums

Mini albums

Single albums

Digital singles

Collaborations

Features

OSTs

  • "Her Private Life OST Part. 1" ("Help Me") (2019)

Participation releases

Japanese

Mini albums

English

Digital singles

Remix singles

Chinese

Digital singles


Concerts

Solo concerts

World tours

Concert participations

  • 2018 United Cube - One - (2018)
  • Kpop.Flex 2022 (2022)

Filmography

Reality shows

  • I-Talk (2018–present)
  • Queendom (Mnet, 2019)
  • To Neverland (M2, 2019)
  • Secret Folder (1theK Originals, 2020)
  • #Hashtalk (Youtube, 2020–present)

Endorsements

  • 1st Look (2018)
  • 10+star (2018)
  • NYLON (2018)
  • The Star (2018)
  • Zeropay (2019)
  • ELLE Korea (2019)

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by (G)I-DLE

Trivia

  • The meaning of the group's name:
    • "(G)" (여자) is for "girl" and "Idle" (아이들) for "children".[34]
    • The "I" in "I-DLE" is for individuality and "DLE" is plural, so the girls each have the individual personalities but they are related.[35]
    • The name was given after Soyeon's single, "Idle Song".[36]
  • Soyeon was a contestant on Produce 101 and Unpretty Rapstar 3.[37]

Gallery

Main article: (G)I-DLE/Gallery

References

  1. Soompi: Cube Reveals Logo For Upcoming Girl Group With Jeon Soyeon
  2. Twitter: Reveal Tweet for Yuqi
  3. Twitter: Reveal Tweet for Miyeon
  4. Twitter: Reveal Tweet for Shuhua
  5. Twitter: Reveal Tweet for Soojin
  6. Twitter: Reveal Tweet for Soyeon
  7. Twitter: Reveal Tweet for Minnie
  8. Soompi: (G)I-DLE Take Their 1st Ever Win Since Debut with 'LATATA' on 'The Show'!
  9. Soompi: Cube Entertainment To Hold 'United Cube' Concert For the First Time in 5 Years!
  10. Billboard: 'League of Legends' Girl Group Earns Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE & Jaira Burns No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales Chart
  11. Billboard: (G)I-DLE Explain Making 'Senorita' & How a Latin Sound Created a 'Perfect Match' for the K-Pop Group
  12. Billboard: Don't Mess With (G)I-dle, K-Pop Girl Group Says in 'Uh Oh' Music Video: Watch
  13. Soompi: Update: MAMAMOO, AOA, Lovelyz, And More Confirmed To Join Girl Group Competition Show “Queendom”
  14. Soompi: (G)I-DLE Reflects On “Queendom,” The Future, And The True Meaning Of Freedom
  15. Soompi: Watch: “Queendom” Crowns Winner + Contestants Stage Final Performances
  16. Soompi: (G)I-DLE Talks About Self-Producing Their New Album, “Queendom” Success, Releasing Title Track In English, And More
  17. @G_I_DLE on Twitter (January 23, 2020)
  18. @G_I_DLE on Twitter (February 28, 2020)
  19. Forbes: (G)I-DLE Detail How Their Group ‘Contrast’ Is Shown With New ‘I Trust’ EP
  20. Soompi: (G)I-DLE Announces Online Concert After Canceling 1st World Tour
  21. (G)I-DLE JAPAN OFFICIAL on Twitter: JAPAN 2nd Mini Album『Oh my god』8月26日(水)リリース決定! (June 29, 2020)
  22. Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbenjamin/2020/08/03/g-i-dle-dumdi-dumdi-single-mv-kpop-song-of-the-summer/?sh=562feafb5f77
  23. Naver News: (여자)아이들, 1월 컴백 확정…글로벌 대세 행보 이을까
  24. 24.0 24.1 official_g_i_dle on Instagram: (G)I-DLE 4th Mini Album I burn 🥀
  25. Hypebae: (G)I-DLE Tells a Story of Love and Heartbreak on New Mini Album, 'I burn'
  26. Teen Vogue: (G)I-DLE Release Fiery EP "I Burn," New MV "HWAA"
  27. Soompi: Watch: (G)I-DLE Scores 10th Win And Triple Crown For “HWAA” On “M Countdown”; Performances By Yunho, HyunA, Bobby, And More
  28. Billboard: (G)I-DLE Unveil English & Chinese Versions of 'HWAA'
  29. (KR) Star News: (여자)아이들, 'HWAA (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Remix)' 음원 발매..비트+사운드+음색 '환상 시너지'
  30. 30.0 30.1 Soompi: Soojin Announced To Be Leaving (G)I-DLE
  31. (G)I-DLE Confirmed To Be Preparing For Comeback As 5 Members
  32. @G_I_DLE on Twitter (February 24, 2022)
  33. Soompi: (G)I-DLE Announces Dates And Cities For 1st World Tour “JUST ME ( )I-DLE”
  34. Koreaboo: (G)I-DLE’s Group Name Contains Mysteries That Even The Members Don’t Know The Answer To
  35. YouTube: Let's Dance(렛츠댄스): (G)I-DLE((여자)아이들) _ LATATA
  36. Xport News: (여자)아이들 "우리만의 색과 스타일 생겼으면 좋겠다" [화보
  37. Soompi: Cube's New Girl Group (G)I-DLE Drops Highlight Medley For Debut Mini Album

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