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Eyes on me! The moment we become one, everyone pays attention! Hello, we are IZ*ONE!
(Eyes on me! 하나가 되는 순간 모두가 주목해! 안녕하세요, 아이즈원입니다!)

—IZ*ONE

IZ*ONE (Korean: 아이즈원; Japanese: アイズワン; pronounced as "eyes one") was a 12-member project girl group under Off The Record Entertainment and Swing Entertainment. Formed through Mnet's competition reality show Produce 48, they officially debuted on October 29, 2018 with their first mini album COLOR*IZ.

They were active for two and a half years on a special contract before officially disbanding on April 29, 2021, where the group's contract ended.[2]

History

Pre-debut: Produce 48

In early 2018, Mnet announced the third installment to their Produce 101 franchise which aimed to bring together 48 Korean trainees from several entertainment companies and 48 Japanese idols from the J-pop idol group AKB48 and their sister groups to form a girl group with 12 members chosen by the viewers.

Produce 48 premiered on June 15, 2018 and the live finale was broadcast on August 31, 2018, with the top 12 winners becoming a girl group named IZ*ONE. Of the top 12 winners, Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako had already debuted in HKT48, Honda Hitomi who debuted in AKB48, while Kwon Eun Bi was previously in girl group Ye-A under the stage name Kazoo but left the group in late 2014, Jo Yuri is a former contestant of another Mnet survival show Idol School which created the girl group fromis_9, while the final winner Lee Chae Yeon was a well-known contestant in another competition show called SIXTEEN which created the girl group TWICE.

2018: Off the Record Entertainment and Color*IZ

The group promoting Color*IZ

On September 21, 2018, along with Mnet's Idol School's final group fromis_9, it was announced the group had switch agencies and would now be managed by Off The Record Entertainment in Korea.[3][4]

IZ*ONE was announced to be preparing for a full debut on October 29, 2018 with their debut mini album, COLOR*IZ.

2019 (1): "Suki to Iwasetai", Heart*IZ, Eyes On Me and "Buenos Aires"

On January 20, IZ*ONE held their Japanese debut show-con in Tokyo Dome City Hall to promote their first Japanese single "Suki to Iwasetai".[5] Five days after the event, the group released the music video for the song and views on YouTube surpassed 5 million within a week.[6] The single was officially released on February 6.

On March 9, English DJ and producer Jonas Blue released a new version of his 2018 single "Rise", featuring the vocals of IZ*ONE. On April 1, the group released their second mini album, HEART*IZ, with "Violeta" as the album's title track. The album sold 132,109 copies in the first week which is a new record for girl groups at the time.[7]

On May 2 and 3, IZ*ONE hold their first fanmeeting at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. From June 7 to 9, the group held their first solo concert titled [Eyes On Me] at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul. After all tickets for the initial two concerts were sold out, Off The Record added one additional concert date on June 7.[8]

On June 26, the group released their second Japanese single "Buenos Aires". The single was certified Platinum by RIAJ in August.[9]

2019 (2): "Vampire", BLOOM*IZ, vote-rigging controversy and hiatus

Concept photo for "Vampire"

IZ*ONE released their third Japanese single "Vampire" on September 25. The single was certified Gold two weeks later.[10]

Following the conclusion of Produce X 101, vote rigging allegations surfaced after viewers noticed irregularities in the number of votes counted, which series PD Ahn Joon Young later admitted were rigged, as well as the votes for the other Produce 101 seasons, including Produce 48.[11]

On October 30, the group released a concept trailer for their upcoming Korean comeback titled "When IZ your BLOOMing moment?", followed by the members and group concept photos.[12][13] Their first full-length album titled BLOOM*IZ, was scheduled to be released on November 11 but has been postponed due to the severity of the events mentioned above, leaving the group on a hiatus.[14][15]

On December 30, CJ ENM's CEO Heo Min Heoi held a press conference to make a formal apology regarding the manipulation controversy surrounding the Produce 101 series. He explained that CJ ENM will be compensating everyone harmed due to the incident. Regarding IZ*ONE and X1, he shared that they are working on plans for the groups to resume activities, and Mnet will give up all resulting profits towards a fund.[16]

2020: Japanese label changes, resumption of activities, Bloom*IZ, co-managing of Swing Ent., Oneiric Diary, Twelve, One-reeler / Act IV

On January 20, it was announced that Japanese management agency AKS would change up the company's name and divide up the management of its artists. From now on, the company will be operating under the name "Vernalossom" and will exclusively manage only IZ*ONE's Japanese activities, as well as the activities of any new artists and businesses. The agency's former artists including AKB48, HKT48 and NGT48 will establish a separate agency with a new name in order to continue their promotions.[17]

On January 23, Mnet released a statement confirming plans for IZ*ONE to resume activities in February.[18]

Concept photo for Bloom*IZ

On February 3, the group released the cover image for Bloom*IZ on their SNS and confirmed their comeback date to be on February 17.[19] The release of Bloom*IZ broke the K-pop girl group record for first-week album sales with 356,313 copies sold.[20]

On March 9, Pledis Entertainment's CEO Han Sung Soo announced that he would be stepping down from his position as the general producer of IZ*ONE's releases. He had worked with them from the debut to the last album Bloom*IZ. Following this, it was announced on March 10 that Swing Entertainment would become involved in co-managing the girl group with Off The Record Entertainment.[21]

A teaser image posted on September 17 via the group's Twitter account announced the release of IZ*ONE's first Japanese studio album, Twelve, which was released on October 21.[22]

On November 22, it was announced via the group's Twitter account that they would be making a comeback with their fourth mini album One-reeler / Act IV, which was released on December 7.[23]

2021: "D-D-Dance", "Zero:Attitude", One, The Story, disbandment

On January 12, it was reported that there was talks with CJ ENM on possible contract extensions.[24]

On January 17, the platform UNIVERSE revealed a teaser schedule for a new release from the group, titled "D-D-Dance", to be released on January 26, and the music video on January 28. IZ*ONE will be the first artist from the platform to released a song in their project.[25][26]

On February 10, Off The Record announced that IZ*ONE would be holding their second and final online concert, One, The Story, on March 13 and 14.[27]

On February 15, the group (featuring members Wonyoung, Sakura, Yuri, Eunbi, and Minju) collaborated with Soyou in the promotional single "Zero:Attitude" as part of the 2021 Pepsi X Starship K-Pop Campaign.

On March 10, Mnet confirmed that IZ*ONE would officially disband in April 2021 as scheduled following discussions with members' agencies.[28] The group officially concluded activities on April 29, 2021.[2]

On May 1, 2021, it was announced that IZ*ONE's official website and fan cafe have been closed.

Members

Rank Name Nationality Position(s) Color
English Korean Japanese
7 Kwon Eun Bi 권은비 クォンウンビ Korean Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist     
2 Miyawaki Sakura 미야와키 사쿠라 宮脇 咲良 Japanese Sub Vocalist, Visual     
8 Kang Hye Won 강혜원 カンヘウォン Korean Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Visual     
4 Choi Ye Na 최예나 チェイェナ Korean Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer     
12 Lee Chae Yeon 이채연 イチェヨン Korean Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper     
10 Kim Chae Won 김채원 キムチェウォン Korean Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer     
11 Kim Min Ju 김민주 キムミンジュ Korean Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Visual     
6 Yabuki Nako 야부키 나코 矢吹 奈子 Japanese Sub Vocalist     
9 Honda Hitomi 혼다 히토미 本田 仁美 Japanese Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper     
3 Jo Yu Ri 조유리 チョユリ Korean Main Vocalist     
5 An Yu Jin 안유진 アンユジン Korean Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer     
1 Jang Won Young 장원영 ジャンウォンヨン Korean Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper, Center, Maknae     

Discography

Korean

Studio albums

Mini albums

Digital singles

Promotional singles

Participation releases

Japanese

Studio albums

Singles

English

Features


Filmography

Movies

  • Eyes On Me: The Movie (2020)

Reality shows

  • IZ*ONE CHU (Mnet, 2018–2020)
  • ENOZI Cam (YouTube-V Live, 2018–2019)
  • IZ*ONE's First Steps in Japan (Abema TV, 2019)
  • IZ*ONE CITY (MOBIDIC-SBS, 2019)
  • IZ*ONE Arcade (Youtube, 2019)

Concerts

Fanmeetings

Endorsements

  • Overhit (2018)
  • Salewa (2018)
  • Skoolooks (2018)
  • Gmarket (2019)
  • Fever Basket (2019)
  • Sudden Attack (2019)

Awards and nominations

Main article: Lits of awards and nominations received by IZ*ONE

Gallery

Main article: IZ*ONE/Gallery

References

  1. Soompi: IZ*ONE Reveals Fan Club Name On Debut Day
  2. 2.0 2.1 (KR) Star News: 아이즈원, 오늘(29일) 해체...2년 6개월 활동 마침표 [MK이슈]
  3. Soompi: IZ*ONE And fromis_9 To Be Managed By New Agency
  4. (KR) inews24: 오프더레코드, 아이즈원·프로미스나인 매니지먼트 맡아
  5. Kpop Love: IZ*ONE Successful Japanese Showcase Marking International Debut
  6. @IZONEGLOBALTWT on Twitter: January 31, 2019 tweet
  7. Soompi: IZ*ONE Sets New Girl Group Record For First Week Album Sales With “HEART*IZ”
  8. IZ*ONE Official Website: IZ*ONE 1ST CONCERT [EYES ON ME] IN SEOUL Additional Concert Ticket Open Announcement
  9. Soompi: TWICE And IZ*ONE's Japanese Singles Go Platinum
  10. Soompi: IZ*ONE's Single "Vampire" Goes Gold In Japan
  11. The Korea Times: 'Producer 101' director admits more vote-rigging
  12. Soompi: IZ*ONE Introduces Dreamy World Of Fall Comeback Concept With Beautiful Trailer
  13. Herald Pop: 아이즈원, 11월 11일 첫 정규 앨범 '블룸아이즈'로 컴백...트레일러 영상 공개
  14. Soompi: IZ*ONE's Agency Announces Cancellation Of Comeback Showcase
  15. Soompi: Mnet Discusses Future Plans For X1 And IZ*ONE
  16. Soompi: CJ ENM Issues Formal Apology Regarding "Produce 101" Series Controversy + Reveals Update On IZ*ONE And X1
  17. Allkpop: AKB48's Japanese Company Announces Division of Management in Preparation for IZ*ONE's Return to Promotions
  18. Soompi: Mnet Confirms Plans For IZ*ONE To Resume Activities
  19. Soompi: IZ*ONE Announces Return With Comeback Date And Cover Image For 1st Studio Album “BLOOM*IZ”
  20. Soompi: IZ*ONE Officially Sets New K-Pop Girl Group Record For First Week Album Sales
  21. Soompi: Swing Entertainment Confirmed To Join Off The Record Entertainment In Co-Managing IZ*ONE
  22. @official_izone on Twitter (September 17, 2020)
  23. @official_izone on Twitter (November 22, 2020)
  24. Soompi: IZ*ONE Reportedly Discussing Potential Contract Extension + Agency Comments
  25. Bandwagon: NCSOFT to launch global fan community platform, Universe - MONSTA X, ATEEZ, The Boyz, and more to join
  26. Soompi: IZ*ONE's Jang Won Young And Jo Yu Ri Feature In Teasers For "D-D-DANCE"
  27. Allkpop: IZ*ONE to hold an online concert before their contract ends with CJ ENM in April
  28. (KR) Hankyung: 아이즈원, 결국 해체…"4월 활동 마무리" [전문]

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