This week, Weeekly! Hello, we are Weeekly!

—Weeekly

Weeekly (위클리) is a seven-member girl group under Play M Entertainment. They debuted on June 30, 2020 with their first mini album We Are.[1][2]

History

2018–2020: Pre-debut

Since the very beginning of the group, its lineup of trainees saw many changes. On September 1, 2018, FAVE Entertainment announced that trainees Lee Soomin, Park Soyeon, and Kim Bowon had left the agency and the group after terminating their contracts.[3]

On October 18, FAVE Entertainment announced its plans to debut a new girl group, tentatively named FAVEGIRLS, sometime in early 2019. A pre-debut showcase, titled WE?, that would feature seven "candidates" of the group, was set to be held on November 11.[4]

Profile photo (as FAVEGIRLS)

Starting on October 21, the seven trainees were revealed every day via social media. The first trainee to be revealed was Lee Soojin, followed by Monday, Park Haelin, Shin Jiyoon, Park Soeun, Kim Gaeun, and finally Lee Jaehee on October 27.[5]

On February 13, 2019, Kakao M announced that FAVE Entertainment and Plan A Entertainment would be merging. The company's new name, Play M Entertainment, was announced on March 29.[6][7] Thus, the group's tentative name was changed to PlayM GIRLS and debut preparations were delayed.

In July, trainee Park Haelin left PlayM and the project to focus on her studies.[8] In August, Kim Gaeun also left both the agency and the group.[9] By October, trainees Han Jihyo and Jo Hyewon had officially joined the pre-debut lineup.[10]

On April 28, 2020, the group uploaded a video, titled 'Who R U?', to their official YouTube channel. Through the video, the stage names for Jihan (formerly Han Jihyo) and Zoa (formerly Cho Hyewon) were revealed.[11]

2020: Debut with We Are, fandom name, first comeback with We Can

Concept photo for We Are

On May 8, 2020, Play M confirmed PlayM GIRLS would be making their debut sometime in June.[1] On May 11, the group's debuting name Weeekly and its members were revealed.[12] On June 12, a teaser timeline revealed the release of the group's first mini album, We Are, was set for June 30.[2][13] On this day, Weeekly officially debuted with the mini album and its title track "Tag Me (@Me)".

On August 21, an official poll on the group's Daum Cafe revealed the group's official fandom name to be "Daileee", which means "without Daileee (Daily), Weeekly cannot exist."[14] The official announcement was made three days later on August 23.[15]

The group performing at Mnet's M Countdown on October 22, 2020

On September 8, a source from Play M Entertainment revealed the group was preparing for their first ever comeback, planning for release in October.[16]

On September 21, it was announced that the group's second mini album, We Can, would be released on October 13.[17] On this day, the mini album, along with its title track "Zig Zag", were released.

On September 25, the group released their first OST single, "Boom Chiki", for the animated survival show My Dream is Ryan.

2021: We Play

Concept photo for We Play

On February 18, 2021, Weeekly released their second OST single, "Wake Up", for the KBS drama Hello, Me!.

On February 22, local news outlet Sport TV News reported that Weeekly was preparing for a comeback in March with a new album.[18] Later that day, the reports were confirmed by Play M Entertainment.[19]

A image teaser posted on the group's social media accounts announced their third mini album, We Play, will be released on March 17.[20] On this day, the mini album, along with its title track "After School", were released.

Members

Name Position(s) Color[21] Day[22] Planet[21] Years active
Lee Soojin (이수진) Leader, Main Dancer, Vocalist, Visual, Center      Light Pink Sunday Sun 2020–present
Shin Jiyoon (신지윤) Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper      Yellow Wednesday Mercury 2020–present
Monday (먼데이) Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper      Blue Monday Moon 2020–present
Park Soeun (박소은) Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist      Light Blue Thursday Jupiter 2020–present
Lee Jaehee (재희) Lead Rapper, Vocalist      Purple Saturday Saturn 2020–present
Jihan (지한) Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual      Red Tuesday Mars 2020–present
Zoa (조아) Main Rapper, Vocalist, Visual, Maknae      White Friday Venus 2020–present
Pre-debut
Park Haelin (박해린) Leader, Lead Vocalist      Red N/A N/A 2018–2019
Kim Gaeun (김가은) Main Rapper, Vocalist      Purple N/A N/A 2018–2019

Discography

Mini albums

OSTs

Trivia

  • Lee Soojin, Shin Jiyoon, Park Soeun, and pre-debut member Park Haelin were contestants on the survival show MIXNINE.
  • They are the first girl group to debut under PlayM Entertainment in ten years–the last group being Apink.
  • Lee Soojin, Shin Jiyoon, and Park Soeun are the only remaining members from the group's original pre-debut lineup.
  • Jihan is the only trainee from Plan A Entertainment to make it to the final lineup.
  • Their role model is their sister girl group Apink.[23]
  • The group's average height is 168 cm.[24]
  • All of the members were born in the 21st century.
  • The group's debut showcase was ultimately cancelled due to a fire that broke out in a nearby building.[25]

Gallery

Main article: Weeekly/Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Naver: 에이핑크 후 10년만…플레이엠 걸즈, 6월 데뷔 확정 (공식)
  2. 2.0 2.1 @_Weeekly on Twitter (June 12, 2020)
  3. Soompi: Park So Yeon, Lee Soo Min, And Kim Bo Won Terminate Contracts With FAVE Entertainment
  4. Soompi: FAVE Entertainment Announces Plans To Debut New Girl Group
  5. Soompi: FAVE Entertainment Reveals Final Trainee Of FAVE Girls Debut Project
  6. Soompi: Plan A Entertainment And FAVE Entertainment Merge Under Kakao M
  7. Soompi: Plan A Entertainment And FAVE Entertainment Announce New Name After Merger
  8. @weeeklynim on Twitter (August 19, 2019)
  9. @weeeklynim on Twitter (September 27, 2019)
  10. @weeeklynim on Twitter (October 8, 2019)
  11. YouTube: PlayM GIRLS | WHO R U?
  12. Soompi: Play M Entertainment Announces New 7-Member Girl Group Weeekly + Introduces Members
  13. Hankyung: 플레이엠 新 7인조 걸그룹 위클리, 6월 30일 데뷔 확정
  14. @WeeeklyChart on Twitter (August 21, 2020)
  15. Soompi: Weeekly Announces Official Fan Club Name
  16. Soompi: Weeekly Confirms Plans For First-Ever Comeback
  17. Soompi: Weeekly Announces 1st-Ever Comeback Date And Details
  18. Naver TV (Korean): 위클리, 라이언전 손잡고 3월 컴백 '대세의 귀환'
  19. Soompi: Weeekly Confirmed To Make Spring Comeback
  20. @_Weeekly on Twitter (February 24, 2021)
  21. 21.0 21.1 @jihanistakgae on Twitter (August 9, 2020)
  22. Ray: The First Interview With the New Girl Group (Weeekly), Which is Attracting Attention in Korea! Approaching its Charm♥
  23. Soompi: Apink’s New Sister Group Weeekly Talks About Recent Debut And Why Apink Is Their Role Model
  24. YouTube: (Weeekly) 1-month-old K-pop group UNFILTERED l Question Parade
  25. Koreaboo: Debut Showcase Of A New Girl Group Cancelled Due To Fire Emergency In A Nearby Building

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