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BABYMONSTER (베이비몬스터; also known as BAEMON) is the name given to YG Entertainment's pre-debut girl group. They are set to make their debut in 2022.[1][2]

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.[3] Previously, BLACKPINK's Jisoo mentioned in an interview that BABYMONSTERS was among the group's potential names pre-debut.[4]

In February 2020, YG Entertainment unveiled two Chinese female trainees, Jane Wang and Vicky Wei, through the Chinese survival show Idol Producer 3.[5] 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.[6][7] On September 1, 2020 a YG Plus performance expectations report stated that the new girl group "BABYMONSTER" is ready to debut.[8] On November 13, 2020, a financial report from Hana Financial hinted that YG Entertainment's will be debuting a new girl group in early 2021.[2]

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.[9] On February 5, YGE expressed again through a financial report plans to debut a new girl group in 2021.[10]

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.[11]

On May 18, 2021, OSEN exclusively reported that YG will be debuting a new girl group in the 2nd half of 2021.[12] Later that same day, YG Entertainment confirmed the news.[13][14] In August 2021 several articles stated that YG Entertainment intends to introduce its new girl group in the fourth quarter of 2021.[15][16][17] 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.[18][19] A recent leak released by DC Insider revealed that BABYMONSTER would be debuting in the second half of 2022, sometime after August.[20]

Confirmed Trainees

Name Position(s) Year(s) active
Jane (제인) N/A N/A
Vicky (비키) N/A N/A

Trivia

References

  1. Soompi: YG Entertainment Confirms New Girl Group Is In The Works
  2. 2.0 2.1 Big Bang to make a comeback and YG to debut a new girl group early next year?
  3. Allkpop: YG trademarks 'BaeMon' alongside 'Baby Monsters'
  4. Kpopmap: BLACKPINK Actually Might Not Have Been Called BLACKPINK But These Other Names
  5. Allkpop: K-Pop idols & trainees new teaser photos from China's 'Idol Producer'
  6. Allkpop: YG adds 'Baby Monster' to their trainees' 'Idol Producer' profile descriptions
  7. Idol Producer 3: Episode 1
  8. [株라큘라 추천종목 YG PLUS, 블랙핑크가 이끄는 실적 기대]
  9. Big 4 labels announce their plans to debut new idol groups in 2021
  10. YG (하나금융투자/210225)
  11. Interview Excerpt
  12. (KR) OSEN: (단독) YG, 2021 하반기 새 걸그룹 출격
  13. (KR) Newsen: YG 측 "여자 신인그룹 데뷔 준비 중"(공식입장)
  14. (KR) YG LIFE: 블랙핑크 동생 나온다…YG “신인 걸그룹 론칭 예정”
  15. (KR) EDAILY: "와이지엔터, 2Q 호실적에 위버스 입점효과도…목표가↑-NH"
  16. (KR) NEWSIS: "하이브·플레디스·YG, 걸그룹 진용 왜 꾸리나"
  17. (KR) Sports Seoul: "대형 기획사→오디션發 걸그룹 윤곽..차세대 K팝 이끌까[SS뮤직"]
  18. (KR) sportschosun: SC초점 SM·JYP·YG·하이브·스타쉽·큐브·피네이션, 2022년 7대 명가 新아이돌 대전
  19. (KR) ilyo: 하이브·SM·YG·JYP ‘5세대’ 아이돌그룹이 몰려온다
  20. Allkpop: BLOCKBERRY CREATIVE’s new girl group set to debut this year
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