Concentrated talent and a lot of power: (G)I-dle

by Helen Bosch
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(G)I-dle is a powerful girl group that has been convincing with its stage presence since its debut and breaks with the clichés of female idols. The group's discography features a variety of musical genres and quite a few self-produced songs.

The group debuted with six members, but has been five since late 2021.

The members of the girl group have already attracted attention a time or two before their debut. For example, Shuhua was featured in the music video for 10cm's "Pet" in September 2017, and Minnie was featured on an album called "Dance Party" by the Line Friends. (The Line Friends are animated characters based on stickers from the news app "Line.")

Miyeon and Soojin were originally preparing to debut in another group. Miyeon was a trainee under YG Entertainment for several years and was part of Blackpink's lineup before leaving the agency in 2015 for unknown reasons. After that, she was featured in Lim Seoulong's music video "You," among others, and also appeared with him as a guest on Urban Zakapa's Canadian tour.

Soojin was part of a girl group called "Vividiva" under the stage name "N.NA." Because the debut was delayed, she left the group and "DN Entertainment" in 2015. Vividiva then released their single "Service" in September 2015, but disbanded early in 2016.
Personally, we are very happy that the two members ended up in Cube Entertainment through detours after all!

Soyeon was featured in two Survival shows before her debut in (G)I-dle! Hence, she was the most likely to be known to fans. In 2016, she competed for Cube Entertainment in the first season of Produce 101; a survival show in which 101 female trainees competed for a spot in the eleven-member project group "I.O.I". In her first appearance, she is seen together with Kwon Eunbin, who debuted as a new member in CLC after the show.

Soyeon made it all the way to the finals! However, she only placed 20th there, so she was not one of the 11 winners. That same year, she was featured in Unpretty Rapstar, a casting show for female rappers. She had already proven her talent for rap in Produce and made it to the semifinals and third place overall.

Subsequently, Soyeon signed an exclusive contract with Cube and debuted solo in November 2017 with two self-penned songs, "Jelly" and "idle Song."

2018: Debut

In 2018, the six members Shuhua, Minnie, Soojin, Miyeon, Soyeon and Yuqi were ready to go. They have a very colorful background, because while Miyeon, Soyeon and Soojin are from Korea, Minnie is from Thailand, Yuqi is from China and Shuhua is from Taiwan.

On May 2, the versatile girl group debuted with their first album "I Am" and the title track "Latata"!

"Latata" was written by Soyeon and composed and produced in collaboration with producer "Big Sancho". (G)I-dles Leader had shown her songwriting talent several times before her debut in the group, and she did everything right this time as well. The song reached No. 35 on the Korean "Gaon Digital Charts" and No. 4 on the "Billboard World Digital Songs Charts." In addition, Latata brought in no less than three wins in music shows!

(G)I-dle has thus made it quite clear just a few weeks after their debut that we will be seeing more from them!

"More" was revealed as early as August 14 with the digital single "Hann (Alone)," which was also written and co-produced by Soyeon. The song made it to No. 14 on the Gaon Digital Charts, higher than Latata. Towards the end of the year, the girl group was rewarded for their successes with a number of rookie awards, which they won at the "Asia Artist Awards," the "Golden Disc Awards," and the "Melon Music Awards," among others. What a year!

But that wasn't all! In 2018, two members of (G)I-dle also became part of a slightly different girl group:

K/DA

K/DA is a virtual girl group consisting of four characters from the popular game "League of Legends". "Ahri," "Akali," "Evelynn," and "Kai'Sa" borrowed the voices of American singers Madison Beer and Jaira Burns and Miyeon and Soyeon of (G)I-dle to release a song. "Pop/ Stars" was released in November 2018 with its own music video:

The video was viewed 30 million times in just five days! The single topped the Billboard World Digital Sales chart and was even performed live by the four singers at the League of Legends World Championship.

In October 2020, K/DA returned with a full album! "All Out" contains five new songs, including the title track "More", which again has its own music video . This time even more artists are involved in the project. Besides some American singers, even the Korean girl group Twice. However, the original lineup is also back.

2019: New year, new album!

gidle i made second album group image teaser

On February 26, 2019, the second album "I Made" was released with five songs, almost all of which were written and produced by Soyeon, including the title track "Senorita." This time, however, Minnie also had a hand in it. She was involved in the lyrics, music and production of "Blow Your Mind"!

The album was followed by a digital single called "Uh-Oh" in June. Soyeon had already written this one before Senorita. In the lyrics she addresses people who didn't believe that she could become an idol. We can only guess what exactly she means by that, but she always had to fight comments about her looks, among other things. Even in Produce, many K-pop "fans" said that she doesn't look like an idol because she doesn't fit the usual beauty ideals. Today, however, Soyeon has a huge fan base that can' t get enough of her beautiful face and her very own charm!

Five months later, on July 31, (G)I-dle debuted in Japan with the Japanese album "Latata," which includes the Japanese versions of "Latata," "Maze," and "Hann," as well as new songs.

Queendom

From August to October, (G)I-dle was featured in the music competition "Queendom," in which six girl groups competed against each other to determine the "True Number One." The other contestants were Park Bom, AOA, Mamamoo, Lovelyz and Oh My Girl.

In the preliminary round, (G)I-dle took first place with a remix of "Latata"!
On October 25, the girl group released the brand new single "Lion," a new work by Soyeon, as part of the show. In it, the members sing "Im a Queen like a Lion." With this, they ended up grabbing the third place in the show.

During the time Queendom was airing, (G)I-dle was also busy elsewhere. In September, the girl group held their first fan meeting that sold out in two minutes.

In October, the six also competed in the popular music competition "Immortal Songs" on KBS, performing a cover of "Sad Dream" by "Koyote.

2020

In March, (G)I-dle was the only K-pop girl group to participate in Twitch's two-hour charity concert "Twitch Stream Aid." The donations were collected as aid for Covid-19.

In April, it was time for a new album again. So far, the group has released exactly one Korean album every year. So, unfortunately, the fans have to be patient again and again, but it's worth it. Every new release blows us away because the new songs are once again so powerful and good!

gidle i trust third album cover

The third album "I Trust" was released on April 6th. By now, we can all guess that Soyeon produced most of the songs herself. This time, however, she produced ALL of them. All five songs in the album, including "Lion" and the title song "Oh My God," were penned by her. I Trust topped the Gaon album charts, making it (G)I-dle's first number 1 album in South Korea. It also topped the iTunes album charts in 62 countries worldwide! The music video for "Oh My God" was viewed 17 million times in its first day; a personal record for the girl group. It was nominated for Best K-Pop Music Video at the 2020 MTV Music Awards, and the song itself earned four wins in music shows!

In May, an English version of "Latata" was released. This is only the group's second English song, released shortly after the English version of "Oh My God" included in "I Trust."

On July 5, (G)I-dle aired an online concert titled "I-Land: Who I Am." Actually, the first world tour was announced under this title in January, but as with so many events, Covid-19 threw a wrench in the works. Instead, 11,000 spectators were there live in front of the screen! During the concert, (G)I-dle sang a new song called "I'm the Trend," which was written and composed by Minnie and Yuqi! The song was released as a digital single for fans on July 7 with its own music video :

At the beginning of August, (G)I-dle's first single album "Dumdi Dumdi" was released with the title song of the same name, which also includes the previously released single "I'm the Trend". Dumdi Dumdi is a summer hit that makes us want to turn up the volume and spread good vibes!

The video received 17.6 million views in its first day, breaking the record set by "Oh My God" shortly before! The song also topped the iTunes charts and earned the girl group no less than six wins in music shows! A Chinese version of "Dumdi Dumdi" was also released, with Yuqi writing the lyrics. It is the first song of (G)I-dle released in her national language.

In the same month, on August 26, the second Japanese album "Oh My God" has been released. The album contains five songs: the Japanese versions of "Oh My God", "Uh-Oh", "Senorita" and "Dumdi Dumdi". Plus the original Japanese song "Tung Tung (Empty)" written and composed by Minnie!

2021

The last year began with the release of the fourth and so far last album "I Burn" on January 11. With the title song "Hwaa", (G)I-dle carried off ten wins in music shows, which is a new record for the girl group! Just days later, two more versions of "Hwaa" were released; an English version and a Chinese version. Yuqi's name can be found in the credits of the Chinese version, as she wrote the Chinese lyrics this time as well. On February 5, another remix version was released, made in collaboration with the Belgian DJ duo "Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike".

Discography

AlbumTitle SongRelease date
I AmLatata02.05.2018
I MadeSenorita26.02.2019
Latata (Jap.)Latata (jap.)29.07.2019
I TrustOh My God06.04.2020
Dumdi Dumdi (Single Album)Dumdi Dumdi03.08.2020
Oh My God (jap.)Oh My God (jap.)26.08.2020
I BurnHwaa11.01.2021

Soojin leaves (G)I-dle

In March, Cube Entertainment announced that Soojin was temporarily stepping down from their activities and taking a break. In February, allegations had been made that Soojin had bullied other students during her school days.

As a result, only five members were involved in the new song "Last Dance," which was released for the K-pop platform "Universe" in late April.

Afterwards, the members focused on solo activities for the time being. Yuqi made her solo debut in May with the single album "A Page," which features two title tracks, "Giant" and "Bonnie and Clyde." Both songs have their own music video. However, the one for "Giant" is animated and Yuqi herself is not featured in it.
On July 5, Soyeon released her first solo album "Windy" with five self-written songs. It is her first activity as a solo artist since November 2017, when she had released the two singles, "Jelly" and "Idle Song," before (G)I-dle's debut.

gidle i burn visual film behind soojin

A month later, Cube shocked the girl group's fans with the news that Soojin had left the group.The other members have continued to be active solo since then and have been so busy that Cube Entertainment announced in November that (G)I-dle would not be releasing "Seasons Greetings" for 2022 like the years before.

So fans will have to keep waiting to see the five on stage as a group again.
There is already one ray of hope: (G)I-dle has been announced as one of seven acts coming to Germany in May for the K-Pop Festival "Kpop.flex"! Whether they will release a new album before that we don't know, but one thing is clear. We are looking forward to a new year with the girl group and will wait patiently until the members present themselves together again!

Bonus

(G)I-dle uploaded a video on Youtube two weeks before their debut in May 2018, in which they give a street performance. The video was viewed two million times in April and increased interest in the new girl group!

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