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I.O.I (Hangul아이오아이; also known as IOI[1] or Ideal of Idol[2]) was a South Korean girl group formed by CJ E&M through the 2016 reality show Produce 101 on Mnet.[3] The group was composed of eleven members chosen from a pool of 101 trainees from various entertainment companies: Lim Na-young, Kim Chung-ha, Kim Se-jeong, Jung Chae-yeon, Zhou Jieqiong, Kim So-hye, Yu Yeon-jung, Choi Yoo-jung, Kang Mi-na, Kim Do-yeon and Jeon So-mi. They debuted on May 4, 2016 with the EP Chrysalis and actively promoted as a whole and as a sub-unit for less than a year.[4][5][6]

I.O.I
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I.O.I in October 2016
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2016 (2016)–2017
Labels
Associated acts
Website Official website
Past members

The group's concert titled Time Slip – I.O.I, which was held on January 20 to 22, 2017, marked their last group activity on stage. They officially disbanded at the end of January 2017 and returned to their respective agencies.[7]

Contents

HistoryEdit

Pre-debut: Produce 101 and "Crush"Edit

Prior to Produce 101, some of the members of I.O.I gained recognition after appearing on other television shows: Kim Se-jeong was a contestant on competition show K-pop Star 2 in 2012, Jeon So-mi was a member of the 2015 reality survival show Sixteen, and Choi Yoo-jung appeared in the web drama To Be Continued.[8][9][10] In September 2015, Jung Chae-yeon debuted as a member of DIA but temporarily withdrew from the group to join Produce 101. She also had a cameo appearance in the 2015 web drama Sweet Temptation.[11][12]

In November 2015, Mnet announced their new survival show that would bring together 101 trainees from 46 entertainment companies to form a unit girl group with 11 members chosen by the viewers. The show premiered on January 21, 2016 and ended on April 1, 2016.[13][14]

It was initially planned for the group to debut on April 1, 2016 with the song "Crush," which they performed as part of the finale of the show, but YMC Entertainment and Mnet decided to postpone the debut to better prepare the group's concept and choreography with a new song as I.O.I's debut single.[15]

On April 3, 2016, a representative gave details of the plans for the debut of the group. Instead of releasing a digital single as initially planned, I.O.I would be releasing an EP with various songs.[16] It was also reported that the group would have their own reality show on Mnet.[17][18] On the same day, the members greeted the fans for the first time as I.O.I via their official Naver V app channel.[19]

On April 4, 2016, Mnet released the music video teaser for I.O.I's pre-debut track "Crush". The next day, the song was released as a digital single, followed by its music video.[20][21][22] Its genre was referred to as "Trapical Dutch Funk" (Hangul: 트래피컬 더치 펑크).[23]

Debut with ChrysalisEdit

On April 11, 2016, it was announced that I.O.I would debut with an EP on May 4, 2016, and would hold a debut showcase and fan meeting the following day at Jangchung Gymnasium. LOEN Entertainment would assume the distribution duties for I.O.I's releases starting from their debut EP.[5][24]

On April 27, YMC Entertainment announced that I.O.I's first album was titled Chrysalis. Five days later, the music video teaser was released.[25][26]

I.O.I officially debuted on May 4, 2016 through the release of their first album and music video for title track "Dream Girls". The song is a trap pop dance track co-written by singer-songwriter-producer Eru (who used the pen name Famousbro[a]) and composer Paul with rap lyrics written by members Lim Na-young and Choi Yoo-jung.[27][28] On May 5, the group held their debut stage on Mnet's M Countdown, performing the title track and "Knock Knock Knock".[29]

On May 11, Jung Chae-yeon of MBK Entertainment re-joined DIA for the group's comeback in June.[30]

On May 27, it was revealed that I.O.I would start promotions with sub-units and solo debuts of members in summer of 2016, and would likely disband at the end of January 2017.[31][32]

On June 7, it was announced that Kim Se-jeong and Kang Mi-na of Jellyfish Entertainment had returned to their agency to prepare for their official debut as members of the girl group Gugudan at the end of June.[33][34]

"Whatta Man" and "Hand in Hand"Edit

 
I.O.I on July 16, 2016

On June 10, 2016, YMC Entertainment revealed Lim Na-young, Kim Chung-ha, Zhou Jieqiong, Kim So-hye, Choi Yoo-jung, Kim Do-yeon and Jeon So-mi as members of I.O.I's unit group, slated to promote the group's second album during the summer of 2016.[35] On July 29, 2016, it was announced that I.O.I would be dropping their new single on August 9. The unit group finished filming their music video on July 20 and began preparations for the single's release and promotions.[36]

On August 2, 2016, a group image teaser was released through I.O.I's SNS with a caption "WXAXTX X XAN". Two days later, YMC Entertainment revealed the music video teaser for the group's new single "Whatta Man (Good Man)". The song was inspired by Linda Lyndell's "What a Man", with a 1993 version released by Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue, and was produced by Ryan S. Jhun who also composed I.O.I's song "Crush".[37][38] The choreography for "Whatta Man" was arranged by member Kim Chung-ha. It was revealed that three teams were contacted to make the choreography for the song but Chung-ha's was chosen because it was deemed to be the highest quality.[39]

On August 15, 2016, I.O.I released the digital single "Hand in Hand", a remake of the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics theme song originally sung by Koreana.[40]

Miss Me?Edit

On August 30, 2016, YMC Entertainment announced that I.O.I was preparing for a comeback with the eleven members in October, though the exact date had not yet been set.[41]

On September 22, the agency confirmed that I.O.I had begun recording for the new album as a full group, with the title track being produced by Park Jin-young, founder of Jeon So-mi's agency JYP Entertainment, who had produced several girl group hit songs including Wonder Girls' "Tell Me" and "Nobody" and miss A's "Bad Girl Good Girl". It was revealed that Park would oversee the group's choreography, outfits, music video and photo shoot.[42][43] It was also reported that the new EP would be their last album before disbanding at the end of the year. The members would return to their respective agencies afterwards.[44]

On September 28, 2016, it was confirmed that I.O.I's new album was set to be released on October 17, 2016.

On October 11 at midnight, I.O.I announced the new extended play titled Miss Me?, followed by four image teasers of the members over the next two days. Three days later, the music video teaser for the title track personally written, composed and arranged by Park Jin-young titled "Very Very Very" (너무너무너무) was released. With a rhythm of 206 bpm, the upbeat and energetic song is one of the fastest that Park has ever made.[45][46][47][48]

The group's special comeback show titled I Miss You Very Very Very Much Show was aired live through Mnet on October 16 at 23:30 KST, followed by the release of Miss Me? and the title track's music video at midnight.[49][50] I.O.I held the showcase for their second EP at Yes24 Live Hall located in Seoul on October 17. During the event, it was revealed that the group is planning to hold their final concert on January 20 to 22, 2017, though the details were still undecided. When the press asked about a possible reunion after disbandment, the members said they would want to reunite after five years.[51][52][53]

I.O.I received their first music program trophy as a whole group with "Very Very Very" on the October 26th episode of Show Champion.[54]

Last activities, final concert and disbandmentEdit

On November 5, 2016, YMC Entertainment confirmed that I.O.I would be disbanding on January 31, 2017. The group would still be actively promoting until the end of their contracts; including guest appearance on variety shows such as Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend, Yang and Nam Show and Knowing Bros.[55][56][57][58] On November 27, I.O.I announced their final solo concert titled Time Slip – I.O.I from January 20 to 22, 2017. The three-day concert was held in Jangchung Gymnasium, where the group held their debut showcase.[59]

 
I.O.I's unit group in December 2016

On December 21 2016, it was reported that I.O.I's unit group would be releasing a digital single in January 2017 with no promotions on music shows.[60]

On January 10, 2017, it was revealed that I.O.I had received songs from various producers and songwriters as potential songs for their final release, including B1A4's Jinyoung.[61][62][63] On January 17, YMC Entertainment announced that the group's final track before official disbandment would be "Downpour", written and co-produced by Seventeen's Woozi. The ballad was personally chosen and recorded by all 11 members of the group. The digital single and its music video was released the next day at midnight.[64][65][66]

I.O.I's last schedule as a group was on January 25, 2017. They filmed a new CF for school uniform brand Elite along with boy group Pentagon.[67][68] The band officially disbanded on January 29, with the members' last television show appearance on MBC's Section TV and the fan cafe closing down on the 31st.[7][69] It was also announced on January 31 that I.O.I's song "Downpour" won Inkigayo's final January 2017 trophy with no live broadcast due to Lunar New Year's Day.[70]

Post-disbandmentEdit

The 11 members of I.O.I returned to their respective agencies after disbandment.[71][72][73]

  • Jung Chae-yeon, Kim Se-jeong, Kang Mi-na and Yu Yeon-jung re-joined their existing and permanent groups.
  • Kim So-hye joined SBS Power FM Bae Sung-jae's Ten Radio as a fixed member.[74] She debuted as an actress with a music video and web drama in the first half of 2017.[75][76]
  • Kim Chung-ha opened her official fancafe ahead of her solo debut under M&H Entertainment. She officially debuted as a soloist on June 7, 2017 with the release of her first extended play, Hands on Me.[77][78][79]
  • Lim Na-young and Zhou Jieqiong (or Kyulkyung) debuted with Pristin on March 21, 2017.[80]
  • Choi Yoo-jung and Kim Do-yeon debuted with Weki Meki on August 8, 2017.[81][82]
  • Jeon So-mi signed a formal contract with JYP Entertainment to start solo activities such as variety shows. She joined the cast of Sister's Slam Dunk Season 2 which premiered on February 10, 2017.[83]

MembersEdit

 
Lim Na-young in December 2016

Lim Na-youngEdit

Lim Na-young[84] (임나영) was born on (1995-12-18) December 18, 1995 (age 21).[85] She is from Pledis Entertainment.

She auditioned for JYP Entertainment twice before joining Pledis.[86] She trained for five years under the company and appeared in several music videos of other artists prior to joining Produce 101. She ranked 10th in the finale and is the leader of the group.[87][84] The lyrics for the group's debut album's intro "I.O.I" were penned by Na-young and Yoo-jung. Both members also co-wrote the rap lyrics for the album's title track, "Dream Girls".[88] On August 23, she appeared in the music video of Ailee's "If You".[89]

 
Kim Chung-ha in April 2016

Kim Chung-haEdit

Kim Chung-ha (김청하) was born on (1996-02-09) February 9, 1996 (age 21).[85] She is from M&H Entertainment.

She lived in Dallas, Texas for eight years before coming to South Korea to become a singer. Before becoming a trainee, she had worked part-time at a pet store, a fast food restaurant, and a cafe. She trained for three years, but had been dancing for 6–7 years.[90] She had previously auditioned for YG Entertainment and was a former JYP Entertainment trainee.[91][92] She ranked 4th in the show's finale.

On August 29, 2016, she, along with So-mi and Yoo-jung, collaborated with DIA member and former Produce 101 contestant Ki Hui-hyeon for the single "Flower, Wind and You". The single was released on August 29.[93]

 
Kim Se-jeong in January 2017

Kim Se-jeongEdit

Kim Se-jeong (김세정) was born on (1996-08-28) August 28, 1996 (age 20).[85] She is from Jellyfish Entertainment.

Prior to Produce 101 and joining her company, she was a contestant on K-pop Star 2 and also worked as a fitting model.[94][95] She ranked 2nd in the show's finale.

On June 7, 2016, it was confirmed by Jellyfish Entertainment that she would officially debut as a member of the agency's first girl group Gugudan at the end of June.[33][34] On June 28, 2016, Gugudan debuted with Act. 1 The Little Mermaid, along with the title song "Wonderland".[96]

In November 2016, Sejeong made her debut as a solo singer with the digital single "Flower Way".

 
Jung Chae-yeon in January 2017

Jung Chae-yeonEdit

Jung Chae-yeon (정채연) was born on (1997-12-01) December 1, 1997 (age 19).[85] She is from MBK Entertainment.

She debuted as a member of MBK's girl group DIA in September 2015 and had temporarily withdrawn from the group to join Produce 101, and subsequently I.O.I. She ranked 7th in the show's finale.

On May 11, 2016, it was confirmed that she would rejoin DIA for the group's comeback in June.[30] Their first EP Happy Ending was released on June 14. Chaeyeon made her acting debut in the same year, playing a supporting role in the tvN drama Drinking Solo.

 
Zhou Jieqiong in December 2016

Zhou JieqiongEdit

Zhou Jieqiong (周洁琼, 주결경) was born on (1998-12-16) December 16, 1998 (age 18) in Taizhou, China.[85][97][98] She is from Pledis Entertainment. She ranked 6th in the show's finale.

Jieqiong was majoring in pipa at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music when she was cast by Pledis Entertainment on the streets of Shanghai when she was 11 years old. From 2010 to 2013, she went to South Korea every summer to train. In 2013, she moved to South Korea to continue her training in Pledis and trained for a total of 5 years and 5 months before auditioning for Produce 101.[99] She also appeared in the music videos of Orange Caramel's "My Copycat" and Seventeen's "Mansae".[98]

 
Kim So-hye in December 2016

Kim So-hyeEdit

Kim So-hye (김소혜) was born on (1999-07-19) July 19, 1999 (age 18).[85] She represented RedLine Entertainment on Produce 101, but is now under S&P Entertainment, a company she created in June 2016 to manage her activities as an idol.[100] She ranked 5th in the finale.

Coming from an acting company, she was training to become an actress and had no experience in singing and dancing before joining Produce 101. Her company maintained that she would continue her training once she finishes promoting with the group.[101] She had previously appeared on some artists' music videos, such as The Ark's "The Light".

In June 2016, So-hye opened a coffee shop, Penguin's Café, located in Seocho District to provide a space where she and her own agency can connect with fans.[102]

 
Yu Yeon-jung in October 2016

Yu Yeon-jungEdit

Yu Yeon-jung (유연정) was born on (1999-08-03) August 3, 1999 (age 18).[85] She is from Starship Entertainment and is the main vocalist of the group.[103] She is a former S.M. Entertainment trainee.[104] She ranked 11th in the show's finale.

In 2013, Yeon-jung won a prize in a singing contest at the 21st Gyeonggido Youth Arts Festival, where she sang Navi's "On the Road".[105][106]

On July 11, 2016, Yeon-jung was confirmed to be added to Cosmic Girls as their 13th member.[107]

 
Choi Yoo-jung in October 2016

Choi Yoo-jungEdit

Choi Yoo-jung (최유정) was born on (1999-11-12) November 12, 1999 (age 17).[85] She is from the talent agency Fantagio. She ranked 3rd in the finale.

In August 2015, she appeared in a short series titled To Be Continued, together with Astro members and Kim Sae-ron. She, along with Na-young, wrote the lyrics of "I.O.I", the intro of their debut album. They also wrote the rap parts of "Dream Girls".[88] In June 2016, she appeared in the music video of label mate ASTRO's song, "Breathless". On August 29, 2016, she released a digital single called "Flower, Wind and You" with fellow members Chung-ha and So-mi and DIA member Ki Hui-hyeon.[93]

 
Kang Mi-na in January 2017

Kang Mi-naEdit

Kang Mi-na (강미나) was born on (1999-12-04) December 4, 1999 (age 17).[85] She is from Jellyfish Entertainment. She ranked 9th in the show's finale.

On June 7, 2016, it was confirmed by Jellyfish Entertainment that she would officially debut as a member of the agency's first girl group Gugudan at the end of June.[33][34] On June 28, 2016, Gugudan debuted with Act. 1 The Little Mermaid, along with the title song "Wonderland".[96]

 
Kim Do-yeon in July 2016

Kim Do-yeonEdit

Kim Do-yeon (김도연) was born on (1999-12-04) December 4, 1999 (age 17).[85] She is from the talent agency Fantagio. She ranked 8th in the show's finale.

In elementary school, Do-yeon was class president, and in middle school, she became vice president. She was a cheerleader for three years; she was captain and has led the squad to a national title.[108] She attended Sangji Girls' High School before transferring to School of Performing Arts Seoul in May 2016 with fellow member Yoo-jung.[109]

In June 2016, she appeared in the music video of "Sugar and Me," a collaboration between San E and Raina.[110]

 
Jeon So-mi in December 2016

Jeon So-miEdit

Jeon So-mi (전소미, Ennik Douma) was born on (2001-03-09) March 9, 2001 (age 16)[85] to a Dutch-Canadian father, Matthew Douma, and a Korean mother, Jeon Sun-hee, in Canada.[111][112][113] She is from JYP Entertainment. Having been voted 1st on Produce 101, she is the "center" of the group.[14]

In 2015, she joined JYP Entertainment's survival show Sixteen, which created the girl group Twice. She made it to the finale but did not make the final cut.[114]

On August 29, 2016, she collaborated with DIA member Ki Hui-hyeon with fellow members Chung-ha and Yoo-jung for the song "Flower, Wind and You".[93]

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

ConcertEdit

  • Time Slip – I.O.I (2017)

FilmographyEdit

Reality ShowsEdit

  • Produce 101 (2016)
  • Standby I.O.I (2016)[115]
  • LAN Cable Friends I.O.I (2016)[116]
  • I Miss You Very Very Very Much Show (2016)[49]

EndorsementsEdit

It was reported on March 24, 2016 that even before the finale of Produce 101, the group already confirmed seven CF deals for different companies with an estimated profit of 1.4 billion.[117]

On April 4, it was revealed that I.O.I was appointed as new model for Etude House, Mom's Touch Chicken and Burger, Woongjin Foods' Haneul Bori Ice Sparkling Water and HiteJinro's Chamisul.[118] However, due to the legal drinking age in South Korea, only three members, Lim Na-young, Kim Chung-ha and Kim Se-jeong, were involved in filming of the ad for a new alcoholic beverage by distiller HiteJinro.[119][120]

On April 11, it was reported that I.O.I was chosen as the advertising model for three mobile games from Netmarble: 100 Shots 100 Hits, StoneAge and another one that has yet to be revealed. They would also sing the OST of the games.[121] The next day, the group was confirmed as the new endorser for SK Telecom, South Korea's largest wireless carrier.[122]

I.O.I also endorsed CJ CheilJedang's dessert brand Petitzel Eclairs and Korean fashion brand Pancoat.[123][124] In addition, CJ CheilJedang appointed member Jeon So-mi as new model for Alaska Salmon on May 17, as well as being featured in a limited edition packaging series for Spam.[125][126]

On May 25, I.O.I was appointed as the promotional models for KB Kookmin Bank, one of the largest banks in South Korea. And on June 7, the group was chosen as the exclusive models of online marketplace Auction.[127][128]

On August 18, school uniform brand Elite announced their collaboration with I.O.I and Pentagon as their new models.[129]

Awards and nominationsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Eru (birth name Cho Sung-hyun) is the brother of YMC Entertainment founder and chief executive officer Cho Yoo-myung, their father being trot singer Tae Jin-ah (birth name Cho Bang-hoon). Since 2015, he uses the pen name Famousbro for composing songs for other artists.

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