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LE SSERAFIM (르세라핌) is a six-member girl group under Source Music. The group debuted on May 2, 2022 with their first mini album Fearless.

Their name is created by the anagram of 'I'm Fearless', and it implies self-confidence and strong will to move forward without being swayed by the world's gaze. LE SSERAFIM originally comes from the term “LES SERAPHIM”, whereas Seraphim is a 6-winged heavenly being, referencing the group's 6 members.[1]

History

Pre-debut

In 2011, Sakura joined HKT48 as a Kenkyuusei. She eventually became the co-captain of Team KIV.[citation needed]

On February 24, 2014, during the AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri, Sakura's Kennin position (member of two different groups and teams at the same time) with AKB48 Team A was announced. She remained a member of AKB48's Team A until December 8, 2017, where, during the AKB48 12th Anniversary Shuffle, her position in the group was cancelled.

In 2018, Sakura, Kim Chaewon and Huh Yunjin competed on Mnet's survival show Produce 48 in which only Sakura and Chaewon ranked in the final 12, thus debuting as members of the project girl group IZ*ONE. The group debuted on October 29, 2018 and disbanded on April 29, 2021.

On May 15, 2021, after returning to Japan, Sakura announced her graduation from HKT48.[2] Her graduation concert, Bouquet, was held at Marine Messe Fukuoka on June 19. Her send-off party was held on June 27 at the HKT48 Theater, making it her final theater performance.

On August 17, 2021, rumors surfaced that Sakura and Chaewon would be recruited into Source Music's new girl group. Later HYBE released a brief statement in response to the claims that they "cannot help verify information regarding our artist contracts. We ask for your understanding.”[3] Later on, fans reported that Chaewon's profile was removed from Woollim Entertainment's official website and that Woollim was no longer listed as the agency she is under on her Daum and Naver profiles, leaving speculation that she had left the company and signed with HYBE.[4]

On August 19, 2021, it was reported that Sakura would return to Korea on August 23 to discuss a new contract with HYBE.[5][6] On September 23, it was reported that she had signed an exclusive contract with Source Music.[7] In response to the report, a representative of HYBE once again issued the following statement: "We cannot confirm any details regarding an artist's exclusive contract."[8] On November 1, 2021, Vernalossom announced that Sakura's contract with them has ended.[9]

On August 24, 2021, it was reported that Yunjin had been transferred from Pledis Entertainment to Source Music and she would be debuting in their upcoming girl group.[10]

On March 14, 2022, it was announced that Sakura and Chaewon had officially signed to Source Music and would be debuting in their upcoming girl group.[11]

2022: Debut with Fearless, webtoon, first music show win, Garam's hiatus

On March 21, Source Music confirmed that their new girl group would be preparing to debut in May 2022.[12]

On March 25, Source Music started a 72-hour countdown through their official website with the page reading "IM FEARLESS" which would later revealed to be an anagram for the group's name, LE SSERAFIM.[13][14] Later that same day, it was reported that the group would have six members, including Sakura, Chaewon, Yunjin, two trainees from Source Music and a Dutch member personally recruited by the CEO of Source Music.[15]

On March 29, a project called 'The First Moment of LE SSERAFIM' was revealed through Weverse, which would start with the reveal of the group's first member, Sakura on April 4.[16] On April 4, the project 'The First Moment of LE SSERAFIM' was started, in which voice messages, signature and exclusive photos of the members were revealed, as well as snippets of the group's debut song through their official website.[17][18] On April 12, it was reported that around 120,000 digital souvenirs were sold out during the project.[19]

On March 30, it was reported that HYBE founder Bang Si Hyuk ("Hitman Bang") would be in charge of LE SSERAFIM's debut album, being credited as the 'Executive Producer'.[20] On March 31, it was revealed that the group would be working with creative director Kim Seong-Hyun, who has previously worked with other HYBE groups such as BTS and TXT.[21]

LE SSERAFIM at their debut showcase at Janchung Arena on May 2, 2022.

On April 4, Sakura was introduced as the group's first member,[22] followed by Kim Garam on April 5,[23] Hong Eunchae on April 6,[24] Kim Chaewon on April 7,[25] Kazuha on April 8,[26] and Huh Yunjin on April 9.[27]

On April 10 and 11, the videos "LE SSERAFIM 'Casting Call'" and "LE SSERAFIM 2022 'FEARLESS' SHOW" were released through HYBE Labels oficial YouTube Channel, featuring the full group for the first time.[28][29]

On April 13, Source Music announced that the group is set to debut on May 2 with the mini album Fearless.[30][31] On April 19, the group's Debut Trailer titled "The World Is My Oyster" was released.[32] On April 21, it was reported that Fearless had surpassed 270,000 copies sold within the first week of its pre-order period.[33] A week later, on April 30, YG PLUS revealed that pre-orders for the album had exceeded 380,000 copies.[34] The album broke the weekly sales record for a debut album by a girl group on Hanteo, selling 300,000 copies in its first week.[35]

On April 29, Source Music reported that the group would have their own webtoon titled "Crimson Heart". It was also reported that "Blue Flame", the third track from the group's debut album "Fearless", would be the official theme for the webtoon.[36]

On May 10, the group took their first ever music show win for "Fearless" on SBS MTV's The Show.[37]

On May 20, Source Music announced that Garam would be taking a hiatus from group activities due to the bullying accusations made against her. Thus, LE SSERAFIM will be carrying out activities as 5 members for the time being.[38]

Members

The group doesn't have official positions, except the leader.

Name Position(s)[39] Years active
Sakura (사쿠라) Rapper, Vocalist 2022–present
Kim Chaewon (김채원) Leader, Vocalist, Dancer 2022–present
Huh Yunjin (허윤진) Vocalist, Dancer 2022–present
Kazuha (카즈하) Rapper, Dancer, Vocalist 2022–present
Hong Eunchae (홍은채) Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae 2022–present
Inactive
Kim Garam (김가람) Vocalist 2022–present

Discography

Mini albums

Trivia

Gallery

Main article: LE SSERAFIM/Gallery

References

  1. (KR) Newsis: 하이브 첫 걸그룹은 '르세라핌', 5월 데뷔…사쿠라·김채원 포함
  2. Soompi: IZ*ONE’s Miyawaki Sakura To Graduate From HKT48
  3. NME: HYBE reportedly to recruit IZ*ONE’s Kim Chae-won and Miyawaki Sakura for new girl group
  4. KpopStarz: Former IZ*ONE Member Kim Chaewon Removed from Woollim Entertainment Website
  5. Allkpop: HYBE responds to rumors of contract with former IZ*ONE member Miyawaki Sakura
  6. Soompi: Miyawaki Sakura Reportedly Returning To Korea To Discuss Contract With HYBE Labels + HYBE Responds
  7. (KR) StarNews: [단독]사쿠라, 하이브와 계약 완료..김민주는 '안갯속'
  8. (KR) Newsen: 하이브 측, 아이즈원 사쿠라 계약완료→김민주 접촉설에 "확인 어려워"(공식)
  9. Soompi: Miyawaki Sakura Parts Ways With Japanese Management Agency
  10. Soompi: Heo Yun Jin From “Produce 48” Reported To Join New Source Music Girl Group + HYBE Comments
  11. Soompi: Former IZ*ONE Members Miyawaki Sakura And Kim Chae Won Confirmed To Join Source Music’s New Girl Group
  12. (KR) TopStar News: "‘하이브 산하 첫 걸그룹’ 사쿠라-김채원, 5월 데뷔…쏘스뮤직 측 “확정 되는 대로 공개” (공식입장)"
  13. WayBack Machine: SOURCE MUSIC - EVENT
  14. SOURCEMUSIC on Twitter: "IM FEARLESS COUNTDOWN START" (March 25, 2022)
  15. (KR) Star News: 단독 - 사쿠라·김채원→네덜란드 발탁 멤버..하이브 新걸그룹 6인 확정
  16. Weverse: “The First Moment of LE SSERAFIM” Project Open Notice
  17. OSEN (KR): '하이브 걸그룹' 르세라핌, ‘더 퍼스트 모먼트 오브 르세라핌’ 프로젝트 공개
  18. “The First Moment of LE SSERAFIM” Project Open Notice
  19. (KR) MDaily: 르세라핌, 디지털 수비니어 12만장 전량 소진…데뷔 기대감 증폭
  20. (KR) MyDaily: 방시혁, 하이브 첫 걸그룹 '르세라핌' 직접 프로듀싱한다
  21. MyDaily (KR): 방탄소년단 제작팀 뭉쳤다…르세라핌, 방시혁→김성현 지원 속 데뷔
  22. LE SSERAFIM "SAKURA"
  23. LE SSERAFIM "KIM GARAM"
  24. LE SSERAFIM "HONG EUNCHAE"
  25. LE SSERAFIM "KIM CHAEWON"
  26. LE SSERAFIM "KAZUHA"
  27. LE SSERAFIM "HUH YUNJIN"
  28. LE SSERAFIM “CASTING CALL”
  29. LE SSERAFIM 2022 "FEARLESS" SHOW
  30. Soompi: HYBE’s New Girl Group LE SSERAFIM Announces Debut Date And Details
  31. XSportsNews (KR): 르세라핌, 5월 2일 데뷔…하이브 ‘월클’ 제작진 총출동
  32. FEARLESS TRAILER 'The World Is My Oyster' - LE SSERAFIM
  33. Single List Korea (KOR): 레세라핌, 하이브 후광 효과? '피어리스' 선주문 27만장 돌파
  34. Soompi: LE SSERAFIM Surpasses 380,000 Stock Pre-Orders For Debut Album “FEARLESS”
  35. (KR) TenAsia: 르세라핌, 'FEARLESS' 30만 장 돌파…역대 걸그룹 데뷔 앨범 초동 1위
  36. (KR) OSEN: 르세라핌, 벌써 '핫'하다..'FEARLESS'로 들려줄 '진짜 나'의 이야기
  37. iNews24: [포토]르세라핌 사쿠라-김채원, '행복한 더쇼 초이스'
  38. @SOURCEMUSIC on Twitter (May 20, 2022)
  39. Leader: (KR) Newsen: 르세라핌 리더 김채원 공개, 귀요미의 대담한 변신
    Other positions are based on the members' parts on their debut track "FEARLESS" and the other tracks on the album.

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