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This week, Weeekly! Hello, we are Weeekly!

—Weeekly

Weeekly (위클리) is a six-member girl group under IST Entertainment.[Notes 1] Originally as seven, 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, IST 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, Play Game : Holiday, Jiyoon’s first hiatus

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, would be released on March 17.[20] On this day, the mini album, along with its title track "After School", were released.

On July 13, Play M Entertainment confirmed Weeekly was preparing for a comeback, aiming for an early August release.[21] On July 15,, an image teaser posted across the group's social medias announced their fourth mini album, titled Play Game : Holiday, would be released on August 4.[22] On this day, the mini album, along with its title track "Holiday Party" was released.

On August 1, PlayM Entertainment released a statement announcing that member Shin Jiyoon would be going on hiatus temporarily from all activities due to reoccurring stress and anxiety. Thus, the group's mini album Play Game : Holiday, will be promoted as six members.[23][24]

On December 14, IST Entertainment announced that Shin Jiyoon will be returning from hiatus starting from December 15 and continue activities with the group.[25][26]

2022: Bubble, "Play Game : Awake", Jiyoon's second hiatus, Jiyoon's departure

On January 24, 2022, Weeekly began their participation in the Dear U Bubble app, made for idols to interact with fans.[27]

On February 15, it was announced that Weeekly will be releasing their first single album, "Play Game : Awake", on March 7, 2022.[28]

On February 28, it was announced that Shin Jiyoon will not be participating in the album's promotions due to focusing on treatment and recovery for her anxiety.[29][30]

On June 1, IST Entertainment released a statement stating that as of today, Jiyoon will be ending her activities as a member of Weeekly. After discussing with Jiyoon, her family, it was decided it would be best for her to continue receiving treatment in an environment that helps her mental health.[31]

Members

Name Position(s) Color[32] Day[33] Planet[32] Years active
Lee Soojin (이수진) Leader, Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, Visual, Center      Light Pink Sunday Sun 2020–present
Monday (먼데이) Main Vocalist, Main Dancer, Rapper      Blue Monday Moon 2020–present
Park Soeun (박소은) Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist      Light Blue Thursday Jupiter 2020–present
Lee Jaehee (이재희) 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
Former
Shin Jiyoon (신지윤) Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper      Yellow Wednesday Mercury 2020–2022
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

Single albums

Promotional singles

OSTs

Concerts

Concert participation

  • HallyuPopFest London 2022 (2022)

Endorsements

On May 11, 2021, Davich Optical announced that they selected Weeekly as their new models.[34]

  • Davich Optical (2021)

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Weeekly

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 Play M 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.[35]
  • The group's average height is 168 cm.[36]
  • All of the members were born in the 21st century.
  • The group's debut showcase was ultimately canceled due to a fire that broke out in a nearby building.[37]

Gallery

Main article: Weeekly/Gallery

Notes

  1. IST Entertainment was previously known as Play M from 2019 to 2021)

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. Soompi: Weeekly Confirmed To Be Preparing For August Comeback
  22. @_Weeekly on Twitter (July 15, 2021)
  23. @_Weeekly on Twitter (August 1, 2021)
  24. Soompi: Weeekly's Jiyoon To Sit Out Upcoming Comeback; Temporarily Halts All Activities Due To Health
  25. @_Weeekly on Twitter (December 14, 2021)
  26. Soompi: Weeekly’s Jiyoon To Resume Activities Following Health-Related Hiatus
  27. @dearu_bubble on Twitter (January 24, 2022)
  28. @_Weeekly on Twitter (February 15, 2022)
  29. @_Weeekly on Twitter (February 28, 2022)
  30. Soompi: Weeekly’s Jiyoon To Not Participate In Comeback Promotions Due To Health Issues
  31. @_Weeekly on Twitter (June 1, 2022)
  32. 32.0 32.1 @jihanistakgae on Twitter (August 9, 2020)
  33. Ray: The First Interview With the New Girl Group (Weeekly), Which is Attracting Attention in Korea! Approaching its Charm♥
  34. (KR) Osen: 위클리, 데뷔 첫 광고 콘택트렌즈 모델 발탁..'신흥 대세' 입증
  35. Soompi: Apink’s New Sister Group Weeekly Talks About Recent Debut And Why Apink Is Their Role Model
  36. YouTube: (Weeekly) 1-month-old K-pop group UNFILTERED l Question Parade
  37. Koreaboo: Debut Showcase Of A New Girl Group Canceled Due To Fire Emergency In A Nearby Building

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