(G)I-DLE is a group of girls who know how to make lemonade from lemons.
After releasing “I Never Die” on March 14, the group’s first full album topped the iTunes Top Albums chart in 24 regions and the Top K-pop Albums chart in 11 countries.
Lead track “Tomboy” landed at No. 1 on charts from local music streaming sites including Melon, Genie, Flo, Vibe and Bugs. Within two weeks, the clip had racked up some 72 million views on YouTube.
The song was written and composed by member Soyeon, who usually writes most of the group’s songs.
On a recent episode of “Gossip Idle” (2021-), a talk show on Naver Now hosted by member Miyeon, the whole group seemed to be talking about their new album.
Soyeon explained that usually during the process of creating new music for an EP or album, the main track is finalized by many different people. However, in the case of “I Never Die,” Soyeon played “Tomboy” to his agency staff, and after listening, they said, “I think we won’t have to listen to any more songs.”
Like the album’s title, (G)I-DLE has proven that it “never dies” — despite some risky situations it’s found itself in over the past year.
Originally a six-member group, member Soojin quit the group last August following allegations that she bullied a former classmate. At the time, Cube Entertainment announced that the group would continue with five members.
Earlier this month, Soyeon came under fire for plagiarizing the song “SUN,” which she co-produced for MBC K-pop audition show “My Teenage Girl” (2021-22). Soyeon appeared on the show as a judge.
Suspicions arose online that “SUN” sounded like the chorus melody of “WAVE” (2019), a song by boy band Ateez. Soyeon’s agency immediately apologized with a statement for the similarities between the two songs and for adding the producer of “WAVE” to the credits of “SUN” without “prior discussions.”
Such incidents had fans worried that the group might postpone the release of new music, but “Tomboy” only proved (G)I-DLE’s place in the K-pop industry.
(G)I-DLE debuted in 2018 with their debut EP “I Am” and lead track “Latata.” Since Soojin’s departure, the group has five members: Soyeon, Miyeon, Minnie, Yuqi, and Shuhua.
Although the group is already well known thanks to Soyeon’s direct involvement in making most of its music, Minnie and Yuqi have also written or composed other tracks. Most of the main tracks, such as “Latata”, “Lion” (2019) and “Oh my god” (2020) were written by Soyeon. Minnie and Yuqi produced “i’M The Trend” (2020).
(G)I-DLE also participated in Mnet’s “Queendom” (2019), a show in which six popular girl groups competed against each other.
Soyeon (Jeon So-yeon)
Date of Birth: August 26, 1998
Zodiac sign: Virgin
Place of birth: Gangnam District, South Seoul
Start: November 2017 via digital single “Jelly”
Agency: Entertainment Cube
Soyeon is the complete package when it comes to K-pop. She is considered a singer, rapper, songwriter and producer. Soyeon debuted in November 2017 with digital single “Jelly” and made appearances on Mnet’s popular music competition shows “Produce 101” (2016) and “Unpretty Rapstar” (2016) where she revealed that she was a trainee for Cube Entertainment. The following year, she debuted as the leader of girl group (G)I-DLE, the agency’s new girl group, with the song “Latata” (2018). Soyeon is known for writing and producing the majority of (G)I-DLE songs, including “Latata,” “Lion” (2019), “Oh my god” (2020), and “Tomboy” (2022). She has written or composed songs for other artists like Girls’ Generation’s Ravi, Colde and Hyoyeon. Soyeon also continues to release solo music, releasing the EP “Windy” with title track “Beam Beam” last July.
This information was confirmed by Cube Entertainment on March 30, 2022.
BY SHIN MIN-HEE [[email protected]]