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Promise now, cherish it preciously~ We will grow as into your idols. Hello, we are fromis_9!
(이제는 약속해~ 소중히 간직해~ 당신의 아이돌로 성장하겠습니다. 안녕하세요, 프로미스나인입니다!)

—fromis_9

fromis_9 (프로미스나인; initialism of from idol school; pronounced as " fromise nine") is an eight-member girl group under Pledis Entertainment. They were formed through the reality show Idol School. Originally as nine, they officially debuted on January 24, 2018 with the mini album To. Heart.

Their group name stands as a promise to their viewers to be the best girl group.

History[]

Pre-debut: Idol School, "Glass Shoes"[]

In March 2017, Mnet announced the launch of a new reality show, titled Idol School, to form a new girl group. Different from other survival shows programs, Idol School, as its name suggests, aimed to teach trainees not only singing and dancing, but also the history of K-pop as well as mental training within an 11 week period.[2] Also, only trainees who were not signed under an agency were allowed to join the program. Viewers would vote live every week and each students' grades were determined by it.[3]

Idol School premiered on July 13, 2017 and its live finale was broadcast on September 29, with the top nine contestants becoming a permanent girl group called fromis_: Jang Gyuri, Baek Jiheon, Lee Seoyeon, Park Jiwon, Lee Nagyung, Lee Chaeyoung, Lee Saerom, Song Hayoung, and first place winner Roh Jisun. As Roh Jisun placed first overall, she was named the group's center and given a feature in a special edition of the group's debut album.[4] Pledis Entertainment, led by Han Sung Soo, managed the group's training and debut.[5]

Fromis 9 group profile photo (1)

Profile photo

On October 19, fromis_ premiered its own reality program, Fromis_'s Room, which centered around the group's path to debut. Following the program's final episode on November 23, the group's name was changed to fromis_9, with the "9" representing the nine members who "graduated" from Idol School.[6]

At the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards, on November 29, fromis_9 performed their pre-debut song "Glass Shoes". The following day, the song was released as a digital single. The group later performed the song on December 15's episode of Music Bank, marking the group's first ever music show appearance.[7]

2018: Debut with To. Heart, first comeback with To.Day, Off The Record Entertainment, "From.9"[]

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Concept photo for To. Heart

On January 8, 2018, it was announced that fromis_9 would make their official debut with the mini album To. Heart.[8] The mini album, along with its title track of the same name, was released on January 24.

Fromis 9 To

Concept photo for To. Day

On May 4, it was revealed that member Jang Gyuri would be joining Produce 48 as a contestant.[9] Meanwhile, on May 21, the group announced plans for their first comeback with their second mini album To. Day, which they would promote as eight members.[10] The mini album, along with its title track "DKDK", was released on June 5. On August 26, Jang Gyuri was eliminated from Produce 48 in the show's eleventh episode after ranking 25th place.[11]

On September 10, it was reported the group was preparing to make a fall comeback with its full nine-member lineup.[12] On September 21, Off The Record Entertainment announced that fromis_9, along with Produce 48's final group IZ*ONE, would now be managed by the agency after switching from Pledis Entertainment and Stone Music Entertainment respectively.[13]

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Concept photo for From.9

On September 28, teaser images posted on the group's official Twitter account confirmed fromis_9's plans for a fall comeback.[14] On October 10, the group's first special single album "From.9", along with its title track "Love Bomb", was released. The single album marked the group's return as a nine-member group.

On October 15, fromis_9 collectively made their acting debut in a web series, titled Welcome to Heal Inn, on their official VLive page. However, only eight members appear as the series was filmed during Jang Gyuri's absence.[15]

2019: Fandom name, "Fun Factory"[]

On the group's first debut anniversary, January 24, 2019, their official fandom name was revealed to be Flover. The meaning of the name was described as "A promise between fromis_9 and their fans to spend happy moments together". The name is a combination of "fromis" and "clover".[1]

The group made a comeback on June 4 with their first single album "Fun Factory" and its title track "Fun!".

2020: Japanese debut plans, My Little Society[]

Fromis 9 My Little Society group promo photo (1)

Concept photo for My Little Society

On January 21, 2020, the group officially opened their Japanese website, inciting a Japanese debut in the near future.[16] On February 21, the pre-release of a Japanese version of "Love Bomb" prior to the group's official debut in Japan was announced.[17] Originally slated for a March 13 release, the single and all of fromis_9's promotions in the country were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[18]

On August 24, it was confirmed that fromis_9 were preparing to make their first comeback in over a year.[19] The group's third mini album My Little Society, along with its title track "Feel Good (Secret Code)", was released on September 16.

2021: "9 Way Ticket", management changes and "Talk & Talk"[]

On May 3, 2021, an official photo teaser posted to the group's various social media accounts announced that their second single album "9 Way Ticket" will be released on May 17.[20]

Fromis 9 first music show win (September 7, 2021)

First music show win with "Talk & Talk" on The Show

On August 16, 2021, Pledis Entertainment announced that fromis_9 would be leaving Off The Record and would now be managed by Pledis.[21] On August 17, Pledis confirmed the group was preparing for their first comeback under the label, with a target release of September.[22]

It was later announced that they would return with their second special single album "Talk & Talk" on September 1.[23] With "Talk & Talk", the group won their first ever music show win on September 7, 2021 on the music program The Show.[24]

2022: Midnight Guest, Jiheon's hiatus, From Our Memento Box, Gyuri's departure, first concert and Saerom & Seoyeon's hiatus[]

On December 15, 2021, fromis_9 confirmed that they would return with a mini album in mid-January.[25] On December 30, 2021, the group posted a concept trailer for their fourth mini album Midnight Guest, to be released on January 17, 2022.[26]

Fromis 9 1st Fan Meeting poster

Poster for 2022 1st Fan Meeting <fromis day>

On February 24, Pledis announced that Baek Jiheon would be going on a hiatus due to health reasons.[27] On April 18, Pledis announced that Jiheon will resume her activities, starting with the group's 1st fan meeting, scheduled on April 22.[28]

On May 23, Pledis released a statement announcing that fromis_9 would be making a full group comeback with the release of their fifth mini album by the end of June. The agency also confirmed that group member Jiheon would also be returning from her hiatus.[29] On June 6, a teaser photo posted revealed the group's fifth mini album, titled From Our Memento Box, would be released on June 27.[30]

On July 28, Pledis announced that Jang Gyuri would conclude her activities with fromis_9 on July 31 and they would continue as an eight-member group.[31]

Fromis 9 Love From Seoul concert poster

Poster for 2022 fromis_9 Concert <Love From.>

On August 26, the group announced plans to hold their first ever concert, titled 2022 fromis_9 Concert <Love From.>, in Seoul and Tokyo.[32][33]

On October 28, Pledis announced that members Saerom and Seoyeon would be going on a hiatus due to health reasons.[34]

On November 10, 2022, during the 2022 HYBE Briefing With the Community, CEO Park Ji Won announced that fromis_9 will be coming back in the first half of 2023.[35]

2023: Official light stick, Unlock My World[]

On January 13, fromis_9 revealed the design of their official light stick four years after their debut.[36]

On February 14, it was reported about fromis_9 comeback preparations and planned to release on mid-March with their first full-length album, though it never materialized at the time.[37] Three months later, on May 15, a teaser photo posted revealed the group's first full-length album, titled Unlock My World, would be released on June 5.[38]

2024: "Supersonic"[]

On May 31, it was announced that the group will make a comeback in August.[39] On July 18, fromis_9 announced that they will be releasing their third single album "Supersonic" on August 12.[40]

Members[]

Rank Name Position(s)[41] Years active
English Korean Japanese
3 Lee Saerom 이새롬 イ・セロム Captain, Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Visual 2017–present
2 Song Hayoung 송하영 ソン・ハヨン Co-Captain, Main Dancer, Main Vocalist 2017–present
6 Park Jiwon 박지원 パク・ジウォン Main Vocalist 2017–present
1 Roh Jisun 노지선 ノ・ジソン Sub Vocalist, Center 2017–present
7 Lee Seoyeon 이서연 イ・ソヨン Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer 2017–present
4 Lee Chaeyoung 이채영 イ・チェヨン Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist 2017–present
5 Lee Nagyung 이나경 イ・ナギョン Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Visual 2017–present
8 Baek Jiheon 백지헌 ペク・ジホン Sub Vocalist, Maknae 2017–present
Former
9 Jang Gyuri 장규리 ジャン・ギュリ Lead Vocalist, Face of the Group 2017–2022[31]

Discography[]

Korean[]

Studio albums[]

Mini albums[]

Single albums[]

Special single albums[]

Digital singles[]

OSTs[]

Other releases[]

Japanese[]

Digital singles[]

Concerts[]

Solo concerts[]

Concert participations[]

Fanmeetings[]

Japanese fanmeetings[]

  • fromis_9 Japan 1st Fanmeeting <Flover Fun&Bomb> (2020) (canceled)

Filmography[]

Web dramas[]

  • Welcome to Heal Inn (V Live, 2018)
  • We See Winter (V Live, 2019)

Variety shows[]

  • fromis_'s Room (Mnet, 2017)
  • The 100 fromis_9 (V Live, 2018)
  • Channel_9 (YouTube, 2018–2022)
  • fromis_9's Here We Go (YouTube, 2022)
  • Music Universe K-909 (JTBC, 2023) - guest (ep. 16)

Radio shows[]

  • Summer Night's fromis_9 (Naver Now, 2022)
  • Autumn Night's fromis_9 (Naver Now, 2022)

Endorsements[]

On December 15, 2017, IVYclub revealed that they selected fromis_9 as their new models.[46] On May 10, 2022, Neogen, a cosmetic brand, revealed that they selected fromis_9 as their new models.[47]

  • IVYclub (2017-2018)
  • Neogen (2022)

Awards and nominations[]

Year Recipient Award Won
Brand of the Year Awards
2021 fromis_9 Hot Trend Female Idol Won[48]
K Global Heart Dream Awards
2022 fromis_9 K Global Best Performance Award Won[49]
2023 fromis_9 K Global Best Music Video Award Won[50]

Trivia[]

Gallery[]

Main article: fromis 9/Gallery

Notes[]

  1. Sung by Song Hayoung, Park Jiwon, and Lee Seoyeon only.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Soompi: fromis_9 Unveils Their Fan Club Name On 1st Anniversary
  2. Naver: Mnet 걸그룹 육성 예능 '아이돌학교' 론칭…"졸업 즉시 데뷔"
  3. Naver: 첫방 D·10 ‘아이돌학교’, 매주 생방송 투표→데뷔조 결정
  4. Soompi: "Idol School" Announces Top 9 To Debut In New Girl Group + Group Name In Live Finale
  5. Soompi: Pledis Entertainment CEO Ha Sung Soo To Become Producer For "Idol School" Debut Group
  6. Naver: ‘아이돌학교’ 출신 걸그룹 ‘fromis_9’ 최종 확정 '데뷔 초읽기'
  7. Naver: "학교 졸업"…프로미스9, 상큼발랄 담은 퍼포먼스
  8. Soompi: "Idol School" Girl Group fromis_9 To Make Official Debut
  9. Sports Chosun: 스9 장규리, '프로듀스48' 출연…생애 2번째 오디션
  10. Soompi: Update: fromis_9 Goes On Adventures In "DKDK" MV Teaser
  11. Produce 48: Episode 1-11
  12. Soompi: fromis_9 To Reportedly Make Fall Comeback As Whole Group
  13. Soompi: IZ*ONE And fromis_9 To Be Managed By New Agency
  14. Soompi: Update: fromis_9 Is Ready To Blast Off In "Love Bomb" MV Teaser
  15. VLive: [그래도 괜찮은, 회복회 PROLOGUE_어서오세요. 그래도 괜찮은, 회복회입니다 - [Welcome to Heal inn] PROLOGUE_Welcom to Heal Inn.]
  16. Fromis 9 Japan Website: "Fromis_9" OFFICIAL WEB SITE open!
  17. Fromis 9 Japan Website (February 21, 2020)
  18. Fromis 9 Japan Website (March 6, 2020)
  19. Soompi: fromis_9 Confirmed To Make September Comeback
  20. @realfromis_9 on Twitter (May 3, 2021)
  21. Pledis Entertainment: [NOTICE] fromis_9 Transfer of Management
  22. Soompi: fromis_9 Confirmed To Be Gearing Up For First Comeback Under PLEDIS Entertainment
  23. Soompi: fromis_9 Drops Teaser For 1st Comeback Since Joining PLEDIS Entertainment
  24. Soompi: Watch: fromis_9 Takes Tearful 1st-Ever Win On "The Show" With “Talk & Talk”; Performances By Kwon Eun Bi, OMEGA X, And More (September 7, 2021)
  25. (KR) Naver: [단독] 프로미스나인, 1월 새 앨범 발매 확정..4개월 만에 컴백
  26. Soompi: Watch: fromis_9 Announces Comeback Date With Intriguing Concept Trailer For “Midnight Guest” (December 30, 2021)
  27. Soompi: fromis_9’s Baek Ji Heon To Temporarily Halt Activities Due to Health Concerns
  28. @realfromis_9 on Twitter (April 18, 2022)
  29. Soompi: fromis_9 Confirms Summer Comeback + Baek Ji Heon To Return From Hiatus
  30. @realfromis_9 on Twitter (June 6, 2022)
  31. 31.0 31.1 @realfromis_9 on Twitter (July 28)
  32. @realfromis_9 on Twitter (August 26, 2022)
  33. @fromis9_japan on Twitter (August 26, 2022)
  34. @realfromis_9 on Twitter (October 28, 2022)
  35. Soompi: HYBE Announces Plans For Comebacks, World Tours, New Groups, And Much More At Community Briefing
  36. Soompi: fromis_9 Reveals Official Light Stick
  37. Allkpop: fromis_9 making a comeback with a full length album in March
  38. Soompi: fromis_9 Announces June Comeback With 1st Album “Unlock My World”
  39. Soompi: fromis_9 Confirmed To Be Preparing For August Comeback
  40. Soompi: fromis_9 Announces August Comeback Date In New Teaser For Upcoming Album "Supersonic"
  41. fromis_9 Official Japanese Profile
  42. Original song by Lee Ji Yeon, released in October 30, 1987 from the album Maybe You Were Young/Figure in the Mist
  43. (KR) YTN: 'KCON 2022 JAPAN' 2차 라인업…에이티즈·투바투 합류
  44. Soompi: fromis_9 Cancels We Bridge Festival Appearance Due To Scheduling Conflicts
  45. Weverse: [Weverse Con Festival] 2024 Weverse Con Festival - 1st Lineup & 1 DAY PASS Earlybird Ticket Information
  46. @ivyclub_insta on Instagram (December 15, 2017)
  47. (KR) Naver: ㈜아우딘퓨쳐스 '네오젠(NEOGEN)', 새로운 뮤즈로 걸그룹 ‘프로미스나인’ 발탁…시너지 기대
  48. Soompi: Winners Of The 2021 Brand Of The Year Awards
  49. Soompi: Winners Of 2022 K Global Heart Dream Awards
  50. Soompi: Winners Of 2023 K Global Heart Dream Awards

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