One in a Million! Hello, we are TWICE!
TWICE (트와이스) is a nine-member girl group under JYP Entertainment. They were formed through the competition reality show SIXTEEN and officially debuted on October 20, 2015 with the mini album The Story Begins.
Pre-debut: New girl group and SIXTEEN
In 2013, JYP Entertainment announced that they would debut a new girl group in the first half of 2014, the first female group to come out of the company since the debut of miss A in 2010. In 2014, JYP trainees Cecilia and Lena were confirmed to be on the new group. Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Jihyo (or Jisoo), and Minyoung were also rumored to be in the group. Once Cecilia departed, Sana replaced her, thus starting 6mix, until Lena left the company, cancelling their debut.
In 2015, Park Jin Young announced that the new JYP girl group will be formed by the survival reality show SIXTEEN, where sixteen JYP trainees would compete to debut in the seven-member girl group TWICE. The show started on May 5 and ended with Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Dahyun, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, and Chaeyoung. During the finale, Park announced that he will add two more members into the group, making it a nine-member girl group. By audience vote, Tzuyu was added, and by Park's choice, Momo was added, thus starting the beginning of TWICE.
2015: Debut with The Story Begins
On October 7, 2015, JYP launched the group's official website and announced on social media that the group would debut with the mini album The Story Begins with "Like Ooh-Ahh" as the title track. On October 20, the album and the song's music video were released online on October 20 and through the Naver "V LIVE" App. The group held their debut showcase the same day, where they performed "Like Ooh-Ahh" along with dance tracks "Must Be Crazy" and "Do It Again". The title track's music video hit 50 million views within five months of their debut and became the most-viewed debut music video for any K-pop group, later becoming one of the first K-pop group to have their debut music video pass 100 million views.
2016: Page Two, breakthrough and TWICEcoaster: Lane 1
On April 25, 2016, their second mini album Page Two was released. It contains a total of seven songs including the title track "Cheer Up" and "I'm Gonna Be A Star" which serves as the theme song of SIXTEEN. TWICE won their first music program award on May 5, 2016, on M! Countdown, exactly one year after the initial airing of SIXTEEN, and later on other music broadcasting shows.
On September 23, TWICE released their official colors, Apricot and Neon Magenta. Five days later, JYP Entertainment announced that the group is preparing for a late October comeback with a new album. On October 10, the agency released a time table for their mini album, TWICEcoaster: Lane 1.
The album along with the music video for its title track "TT" was released online on October 24 at midnight. After an hour of its released, they achieved an All-Kill by topping on all of Korea's major music charts for five days. On November 17, "Cheer Up" became TWICE's second music video to reach 100 million views.
2017 (1): First concert tour, TWICEcoaster: Lane 2, Signal and Japanese debut
On January 3, 2017, "TT" became TWICE's third music video to hit 100 million views, becoming the fastest K-pop group music video to do so and breaking its own record with "Cheer Up".
It was revealed on January 10 that TWICE would be holding their first solo concert titled TWICE 1st Tour: TWICELAND The Opening with the first stop held at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Seoul from February 17 and 19, as the first leg of their world tour. On January 25, It was announced that Bangkok will be the second leg of their tour. The venue will be at Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand on April 8. The following day, it was announced that Singapore will be the third leg in the world tour. It will be held in The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore City, Singapore on April 29.
On January 18, JYPE announced that TWICE will be making a comeback and will be releasing a special album titled TWICEcoaster: Lane 2. Later on February 2, it was announced that the album would come out on February 20, and the title song for album would be "Knock Knock". On February 12, the track list and the album cover was released. The album and title track's music video was released online on February 20 at midnight. An hour after release, the group achieved the top spot on all eight of Korea’s major real-time music charts, grabbing an all-kill.
On February 8, TWICE opened their official Japanese website and Twitter account. It was announced on February 24 that the group will debut in Japan on June 28, 2017 by releasing the best album #TWICE which includes Japanese versions of their first three title tracks.
On May 1, it was announced that the group will be making a comeback with their fourth mini album Signal with the title track of the same name.
The album, along with the music video for "Signal", was released on May 15 at 18:00 KST. It contains six tracks, including "Eye Eye Eyes" co-written by members Jihyo and Chaeyoung, and "Only You" written by former Wonder Girls member HA:TFELT.
2017 (2): Twicetagram, "One More Time" and Merry & Happy
In early September, TWICE was spotted filming a music video in Canada which JYPE confirmed on the 7th. Their agency announced on the 25th that the group would be prepping for a comeback in late October. It was later revealed on October 16 that the group would be releasing their first album titled Twicetagram on the 30th with "Likey" as the title track.
The group released their first Japanese single "One More Time" on October 18. The single became the biggest first-day sales and fastest-selling album by a Korean girl group in the country. The single was later certified Platinum by RIAJ after selling over 250,000 copies.
On November 25, the group announced during a V Live that Twicetagram will have a repackage. The album titled Merry & Happy was released on December 11 with "Heart Shaker" as the title track.
2018 (1): "Candy Pop", What is Love?, "Wake Me Up", 2nd concert tour and "I Want You Back"
On February 7, TWICE released their second Japanese single "Candy Pop".
On February 26, it was revealed the group would be aiming for a Korean comeback in early April with JYPE still discussing the exact date. The first teaser for their fifth mini album titled What is Love? was released on March 25. The album was subsequently released on April 9, 2018.
Twice performed a cover of The Jackson 5's song "I Want You Back" as a OST for a Japanese film called Sensei Kunshu; the song and its music video was released on June 15. On June 26, another music video with the cast of the film was released.
2018 (2): Summer Nights, BDZ, 3rd concert tour, Yes or Yes, The Year of "Yes" and BDZ -Repackage-
On July 9, their second special album, Summer Nights, was released with "Dance the Night Away" serving as the title track.
On September 12, the group released their first Japanese full-length album BDZ including all Japanese singles tracks released after #TWICE and five new tracks. After the release of the album, on September 29, their first Japanese arena tour, TWICE 1st Arena Tour 2018 "BDZ", began in Chiba, Japan.
On October 22, "Stay By My Side" was released on digital platforms. It was featured on the repackage of BDZ as the title track. On November 5, they released their sixth mini album Yes or Yes followed by the third special album by the group, The Year of "Yes", released on December 12, 2018. On December 26, BDZ -Repackage- was released on digital platforms.
2019 (1): #TWICE2, TWICE Dome Tour 2019, Fancy You
On March 6, they released their second Japanese best album #TWICE2. It was also certified platinum from the RIAJ.
TWICE made history as the first female K-pop girl group to hold a Japanese dome tour, named TWICE Dome Tour 2019 "#Dreamday", with a total audience of 220,000 during five shows in Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya was held in March and April 2019.
On April 22, they released their seventh mini album Fancy You. The music video of "Fancy", which garnered over 42.1 million views in a single day, also reached the seventh position in the list of YouTube's biggest debuts during the first 24 hours. The release of Fancy You made TWICE the best-selling Korean girl group of all time with a total of 3,750,000 copies sold from their twelve Korean releases, surpassing the twenty-year-old record of S.E.S.. TWICE has also sold over approximately six million albums worldwide.
2019 (2): TWICE World Tour 2019 'TWICELIGHTS', "Breakthrough" & "Happy Happy", Mina's absence, Feel Special, &TWICE
The group began their TWICE World Tour 2019 'TWICELIGHTS' with their first concert taking place on May 25 in Seoul.
On July 11, JYPE announced that Mina would not be participating in their world tour from the Singapore stop onwards due to health reasons regarding sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity towards performing on stage.
On July 17, the group announced the addition of a Japanese leg to their world tour, scheduled for 12 concerts in seven cities from October to February of next year. On the same day, "Happy Happy" was released physically while "Breakthrough" was released the following week on July 24. Both singles were certified Platinum by RIAJ on August 9.
On August 8, news outlet SPOTV News reported that TWICE would be filming their comeback music video that week. JYPE confirmed the group was preparing for their comeback but the exact date had not yet been finalized. They released their eighth mini album Feel Special on September 23.
2020: Repackage of &TWICE, More & More, "Fanfare"
On February 5, 2020, TWICE released a repackage to &TWICE with a repackage simply called &TWICE -Repackage-. The repackage featured a new song called "Swing" and a different version of the "Fake and True" MV titled "The Truth Game", which not uploaded online and was only featured as track 1 on the limited edition DVD.
On June 1, 2020, TWICE released their ninth mini album More & More, with seven tracks and "More and More" as the title track. The album was released in three editions; A,B, and C. Prior to the album's release, on May 29, merchandise including t-shirts, a bucket hat and a keychain were added to the group's shop, which was later added with more merchandise on May 31.
On July 8, 2020, TWICE will release their sixth Japanese single, "Fanfare." The single will be released in four editions, a regular CD only version, 2 CD+DVD versions, and a fan club exclusive CD only version. The b-side to the single will be a Japanese version of "More & More".
|Nayeon (나연)||Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Center||Sky Blue||2015–present|
|Jeongyeon (정연)||Lead Vocalist||Yellow-Green||2015–present|
|Momo (모모)||Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper||Pink||2015–present|
|Sana (사나)||Sub Vocalist||Purple||2015–present|
|Jihyo (지효)||Leader, Main Vocalist||Apricot||2015–present|
|Mina (미나)||Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist||Mint||2015–present|
|Dahyun (다현)||Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist||White||2015–present|
|Chaeyoung (챼영)||Main Rapper, Sub Vocalist||Red||2015–present|
|Tzuyu (쯔위)||Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Visual, Maknae||Blue||2015–present|
- TWICELAND (2018)
- TWICE: Seize the Light (YouTube Premium, 2020)
Awards and nominations
- Main article: List of awards and nominations received by TWICE
- Before the release of Page Two, a fan of TWICE used a group image teaser from the album to edited the colors slightly to create a Pocari Sweat advertisement. The piece of fanart was sent to Pocari Sweat's Facebook page, and was the reason why TWICE landed a CF with Pocari Sweat in 2017.
- For three years in a row, Twice ranked second on the top 10 artists category in Gallup Korea's annual public polls from 2016 to 2018. During the same years, three members, Nayeon, Tzuyu, and Jeongyeon ranked among the top 20 idols category. Dahyun ranked only in 2017. Sana and Momo ranked only in 2018.
- Main article: TWICE/Gallery
- ↑ Channel Korea: Several Female Trainees Have Left JYP Entertainment, What Happened?
- ↑ Soompi: TWICE Revealed To Be Preparing For Upcoming Comeback
- ↑ Allkpop: TWICE Kick Off Their Road to 'What Is Love?' Comeback With a Timetable Teaser Image!
- ↑ Soompi: TWICE’s Mina To Not Participate In “TWICELIGHTS” Tour Due To Health Concerns
- ↑ Yonhap: TWICE announces Japanese leg of ongoing world tour
- ↑ Allkpop: TWICE hits Platinum with their 4th and 5th Japanese singles
- ↑ Soompi: TWICE Confirmed To Film Comeback MV This Week
- ↑ TWICE Japan: TWICE JAPAN 2nd ALBUM『&TWICE』（アンド トゥワイス）リリース決定！
- ↑ TWICE Japan: Fanfare special site
- ↑ Kpopping: LG V30 x TWICE
- ↑ Kpopping: TWICE x Pocari Sweat
- ↑ Kpopping: TWICE for Beanpole Sport 2018 Winter collection
- ↑ Acmé de la vie website: TWICE page
- ↑ Soompi: Koreans Choose Top 10 Artists And Top 20 Idols Of 2016
- ↑ Soompi: Koreans Choose Top Singers, Songs, And Idols Of 2017
- ↑ Soompi: Koreans Vote For Artists Who Shined The Most + Favorite Songs And Idols Of 2018