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BABYMONSTER (베이비몬스터; also stylized as BABYMONS7ER) is a seven-member girl group under YG Entertainment. They made their debut with complete members on April 1, 2024[1] with the mini album BABYMONS7ER. Previously, they debuted as six-members on November 27, 2023 with “Batter Up”.

History[]

Pre-debut[]

On December 12, 2019, YG Entertainment officially trademarked the name BABYMONSTERS. On February 18, 2020, the company also trademarked the name BAEMON.[2] Previously, BLACKPINK's Jisoo mentioned in an interview that BABYMONSTERS was among the group's potential names pre-debut.[3]

In February 2020, YG Entertainment unveiled two Chinese female trainees, Jane Wang and Vicky Wei, through the Chinese survival show Idol Producer 3.[4] In the trainees' profile descriptions for the show, the name BABYMONSTER appears; also, they introduced themselves using the group name in the show's first episode.[5][6] On September 1, 2020 a YG Plus performance expectations report stated that the new girl group "BABYMONSTER" is ready to debut.[7] On November 13, 2020, a financial report from Hana Financial hinted that YG Entertainment's would be debuting a new girl group in early 2021.

On January 2, 2021, media outlet EDAILY reported more than 10 entertainment labels are planning to debut their new boy and girl groups this year, including YG Entertainment's new girl group in 2021.[8] On February 5, YGE expressed again through a financial report plans to debut a new girl group in 2021.[9]

On March 1, 2021, questioned during an interview about the background voices in the song "IYAH", Yoon from WINNER replied that the voices belonged to members of TREASURE and the future members of YG's new girl group.[10]

On May 18, 2021, OSEN exclusively reported that YG would be debuting a new girl group in the 2nd half of 2021.[11] Later that same day, YG Entertainment confirmed the news.[12][13] In August 2021 several articles stated that YG Entertainment intends to introduce its new girl group in the fourth quarter of 2021.[14][15][16] However, no debut in 2021 came to fruition and by November and December of 2021, several articles stated that the group's debut would take place sometime in 2022.[17][18] Later that year a leak released by DC Insider revealed that BABYMONSTER would be debuting in the second half of 2022, sometime after August.[19]

2023 (1): Introduction, Last Evaluation, "Dream"[]

On December 30, 2022, YG Entertainment unveiled the poster titled "YG Next Movement" containing silhouettes of 7 girls, the poster set midnight on January 1, 2023 as the reveal day for something related to the group.[20][21][22][23]

YGNGG ‘Next Movement’ debut teaser poster

'Next Movement' debut teaser poster

On January 1, 2023, YG Entertainment released a trailer for the group's debut through their YouTube channel, in which it was confirmed that the group would be called "BABYMONSTER".[24] Later on the same day it was reported that YG plans to introduce BABYMONSTER members' skills and information sequentially through continuous promotions, starting with the first introduction video.[25]

On January 12, Rami was introduced through a live performance as the first member of BABYMONSTER[26], followed by Ahyeon on January 16.[27] On January 19, Asa, Rora & Ruka were all unveiled as members in a dance performance video.[28] On January 23, Chiquita was introduced through a live performance[29], followed by Asa on January 26[30], Rora on January 30[31], Pharita on February 2[32], and Ruka on February 6.[33]

On March 6, YG Entertainment released a teaser for Last Evaluation in which Yang Hyun Suk revealed that the group will not be debuting with seven members. Last Evaluation is a series that airs weekly and shows the seven girls' final monthly evaluations. It started on March 10, on the group's YouTube channel.[34] At the end of eighth episode, Yang Hyun Suk revealed that the group will have five members and the final lineup will be announced on May 12.[35] On May 12, it was announced that all seven members would be part of the final lineup.[36]

On May 13, it was announced that the group would release a pre-debut song titled "Dream" on May 14.[37]

2023 (2): Debut with "Batter Up"[]

On July 11, YG Entertainment announced that BABYMONSTER will be release a single in September,[38][39] but it was ultimately postponed for quality improvement.

BABYMONSTER Batter Up group concept photo 2

Concept photo for "Batter Up".

On October 10, YG Entertainment announced they will release a debut single in November. The group started filming the music video in late October.[40] On November 9, a teaser was released, announcing they will release their debut digital single, "Batter Up", on November 27.[41]

On November 15, it was announced that Ahyeon recently left the team due to health reasons. However, it was later confirmed by YG that she would remain a member of the group but will not participate in group activities due to health issues.[42]

2024: "Stuck In The Middle", Ahyeon's return, debut with BABYMONS7ER, "Forever"[]

On January 1, 2024, YG Entertainment announced that BABYMONSTER will release their first english digital single "Stuck In The Middle" on February 1, and release a mini album on April 1.[43]

On January 25, YG Entertainment announced that Ahyeon would be rejoining BABYMONSTER due to improvements in her health and would be participating in the group's upcoming mini album in April. It was also announced that the group plans to release their first full-length album this fall.[44]

On February 27, the group released an announcement video for their debut mini album BABYMONS7ER, set for release on April 1.[45]

On May 20, YG Entertainment announced that the group will release a pre-release single in July before making their comeback with their first full-length album in October.[46]

On June 17, they released a teaser for their upcoming digital single, set for release on July 1.[47] The title was later revealed to be "Forever" on June 19.[48]

Members[]

Name Nationality Position(s) Year(s) active
Ruka (루카) Japanese Main Dancer, Lead Rapper 2023–present
Pharita (파리타) Thai Lead Vocalist, Dancer 2023–present
Asa (아사) Japanese Main Rapper, Dancer, Sub Vocalist 2023–present
Ahyeon (아현) Korean Lead Vocalist, Sub Rapper, Dancer 2023–present
Rami (라미) Korean Main Vocalist, Dancer 2023–present
Rora (로라) Korean Lead Vocalist, Visual, Dancer 2023–present
Chiquita (치키타) Thai Lead Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Maknae 2023–present
Pre-debut
Jane Wang (제인왕) Chinese N/A 2020
Vicky Wei (비키웨이) Chinese N/A

Discography[]

Korean[]

Studio albums[]

  • TBA (2024)

Mini albums[]

Digital singles[]

Other releases[]

  • "Sheesh" (2024)

English[]

Digital singles[]

Other releases[]

  • "Dream" (2023) (pre-debut)

Concerts[]

Concert participation[]

Fanmeetings[]

Filmography[]

Reality shows[]

  • Last Evaluation (YouTube, 2023)

Endorsements[]

Trivia[]

Gallery[]

Main article: BABYMONSTER/Gallery

References[]

  1. YG Family: Although the group first released "Batter Up" on November 27, 2023 with six members, it is noted on their official website that BABYMONSTER will debut on April 1, 2024 to account for the return of member Ahyeon
  2. Allkpop: YG trademarks 'BaeMon' alongside 'Baby Monsters'
  3. Kpopmap: BLACKPINK Actually Might Not Have Been Called BLACKPINK But These Other Names
  4. Allkpop: K-Pop idols & trainees new teaser photos from China's 'Idol Producer'
  5. Allkpop: YG adds 'Baby Monster' to their trainees' 'Idol Producer' profile descriptions
  6. Idol Producer 3: Episode 1
  7. [株라큘라 추천종목 YG PLUS, 블랙핑크가 이끄는 실적 기대]
  8. Big 4 labels announce their plans to debut new idol groups in 2021
  9. YG (하나금융투자/210225)
  10. Interview Excerpt
  11. (KR) OSEN: (단독) YG, 2021 하반기 새 걸그룹 출격
  12. (KR) Newsen: YG 측 "여자 신인그룹 데뷔 준비 중"(공식입장)
  13. (KR) YG LIFE: 블랙핑크 동생 나온다…YG “신인 걸그룹 론칭 예정”
  14. (KR) EDAILY: "와이지엔터, 2Q 호실적에 위버스 입점효과도…목표가↑-NH"
  15. (KR) NEWSIS: "하이브·플레디스·YG, 걸그룹 진용 왜 꾸리나"
  16. (KR) Sports Seoul: "대형 기획사→오디션發 걸그룹 윤곽..차세대 K팝 이끌까[SS뮤직"]
  17. (KR) sportschosun: SC초점 SM·JYP·YG·하이브·스타쉽·큐브·피네이션, 2022년 7대 명가 新아이돌 대전
  18. (KR) ilyo: 하이브·SM·YG·JYP ‘5세대’ 아이돌그룹이 몰려온다
  19. Allkpop: BLOCKBERRY CREATIVE’s new girl group set to debut this year
  20. (KR) JTBC News: '넥스트 블랙핑크…' YG 마침내 신인 걸그룹 공개
  21. YG LIFE: YG NEXT MOVEMENT
  22. Soompi: YG Entertainment Teases Debut Of New Girl Group With Surprise Poster
  23. (KR) YG LIFE: 선택과 집중의 YG, 7년만 7인조 걸그룹에 쏠리는 관심
  24. YG NEXT MOVEMENT
  25. (KR) Star.MoneyToday: YG 새 걸그룹=베이비 몬스터..양현석 "YG 유전자 가졌다"
  26. BABYMONSTER (#1) - HARAM (Live Performance)
  27. BABYMONSTER (#2) - AHYEON (Live Performance)
  28. Soompi: YG’s New Girl Group BABYMONSTER Shows Off Their Dance Moves In New Performance Video
  29. BABYMONSTER (#3) - CHIQUITA (Live Performance)
  30. BABYMONSTER (#4) - ASA (Live Performance)
  31. BABYMONSTER (#5) - RORA (Live Performance)
  32. BABYMONSTER (#6) - PHARITA (Live Performance)
  33. BABYMONSTER (#7) - RUKA (Live Performance)
  34. Soompi: Update: YG’s New Girl Group BABYMONSTER Confirms Premiere Date For “Last Evaluation”
  35. BABYMONSTER - 'Last Evaluation' EP.8
  36. BABYMONSTER - DEBUT MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO
  37. Soompi: YG’s New Girl Group BABYMONSTER Announces Release Date For Pre-Debut Song “DREAM”
  38. Soompi: YG’s New Girl Group BABYMONSTER Confirms September Debut
  39. YG LIFE: BABYMONSTER Set to Debut in September… YG: “Under YANG HYUN SUK’s Leadership, a Strong Hip-Hop Song is Promised”
  40. Soompi: YG Explains BABYMONSTER’s Postponed Debut + Confirms New Plans
  41. Soompi: YG Announces BABYMONSTER’s Debut Date With Official Teaser
  42. (KOR) SportsDonga: ‘베이비 몬스터’ 데뷔 초읽기
  43. Soompi: Watch: Yang Hyun Suk Shares Plans For BABYMONSTER’s Next Single, 1st Album, And More
  44. Soompi: Watch: BABYMONSTER Announces Ahyeon’s Return + Drops 1st Comeback Teasers For “Stuck In The Middle”
  45. Soompi: BABYMONSTER Announces 1st Mini Album “BABYMONS7ER”
  46. Soompi: Watch: BABYMONSTER To Drop New Single In July, Followed By Full Album; TREASURE To Drop New Album In Fall
  47. Soompi: BABYMONSTER Announces July Comeback Date With 1st Teaser For New Single
  48. Soompi: Update: BABYMONSTER Unveils Sophisticated Teaser For New Single "FOREVER"
  49. (KR) News1: 베이비몬스터, 日 축제 '서머소닉' 출격…글로벌 시장 겨냥
  50. (KR) Osen: 베이비몬스터, 데뷔 동시에 패션 브랜드 모델 발탁 ‘광고계 러브콜’

Official links[]

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