• (G)I-dle in October 2022
  • (L–R: Minnie, Miyeon, Soyeon, Yuqi, and Shuhua)
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2018 (2018)–present
Past members
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYeoja Aideul
McCune–ReischauerYŏja Aidŭl
Japanese name
Katakanaジー アイドゥル
Revised HepburnJi Aiduru
Kunrei-shikiZi Aidoxuru

(G)I-dle (Korean(여자)아이들; RRYeoja Aideul; lit. Girls Idol; stylized as (G)I-DLE) is a South Korean girl group formed by Cube Entertainment in 2018. The group consists of five members: Miyeon, Minnie, Soyeon, Yuqi, and Shuhua.[2] The group was originally a sextet, until Soojin left the group on August 14, 2021.[3] They are praised for their musicality, versatility, and for breaking stereotypes as a "self-producing" idol group, known for writing and producing much of their material. Since their debut, they have been acknowledged as one of the most successful South Korean girl groups outside of the "big four"[a] record labels.[4][5]

Described as bold and sensual, they attract a predominantly female fanbase with music that spans multiple genres, ranging from moombahton to hip hop, and mostly explores themes of self-love, female empowerment and self-acceptance. Critics praise their eclectic style, symbolic and conceptual lyrics, and their confidence.

Debuting with "Latata" on May 2, 2018, which peaked at number 12 on the Circle Digital Chart, they saw moderate success with their subsequent releases until they rose to prominence with their critically acclaimed single "Hwaa," which peaked at number five on said Chart. This was followed by their first number-one single, "Tomboy," which gained virality and critical acclaim. Featured on their full-length album, I Never Die (2022); it topped the Circle album charts and was certified platinum by the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA).[6] Their next single, "Nxde", also topped the Circle Chart and made (G)I-dle the only artist to have two songs achieve a perfect all-kill in 2022.[7]

(G)I-dle's next extended play, I Feel (2023), produced the single "Queencard" and marked the group's third number-one single in South Korea. It became their first record to sell over one million copies in the country, and sold two million copies worldwide in 2023 according to the IFPI. During the same year, they became the first act from an independent label to appear on Mediabase Top 40 Radio airplay charts and to debut on the US Billboard Pop Airplay chart with a non-English song.[8] The group's second studio album, 2 (2024), was also met with commercial success and sold over one million copies in South Korea. It produced top-ten lead single "Super Lady" and yielded the number-one song "Fate", which found success despite not being released as a single.

  1. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (July 11, 2023). "88rising and Cube Entertainment Partnership Begins With (G)I-DLE's English Single 'I DO': Exclusive". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 12, 2023. Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  2. ^ "Official Naver profile". Archived from the original on February 22, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Sng, Suzanne (August 15, 2021). "Soojin to leave (G)I-DLE after five-month hiatus over bullying allegations". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on August 15, 2021. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  4. ^ 이문원의 쇼비즈워치 (여자)아이들, 글로벌 팬덤형 걸그룹의 미래 [[Lee Moon-won's Showbiz Watch] (G)I-dle, the future of a global fandom-type girl group]. Sports World. Lee Moon-won. April 13, 2020. Archived from the original on October 3, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  5. ^ [불금N] 네이버처럼 나도 '엔터주'에 투자해볼까. TechM. Kim Im-soo. August 15, 2020. Archived from the original on August 15, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  6. ^ Ha, Su-jeong (May 29, 2022). "'인기가요' 싸이, 출연 안해도 1위x7관왕..세븐틴·강다니엘 컴백 러시 [종합]" ['Inkigayo' Psy, even if he doesn't appear, wins 1st place x 7 crowns...Seventeen and Kang Daniel comeback rush [Comprehensive]]. OSEN (in Korean). Archived from the original on February 27, 2024. Retrieved March 24, 2023.
  7. ^ Park, Seung-hyun (October 28, 2022). "(여자)아이들, 음원+음반+MV 조회수까지 올킬…'누드로 이어가는 상승세'" [(G)I-DLE, all-kill from music + album + MV views... 'Rising trend leading to nudity']. AtStyle (in Korean). Archived from the original on March 24, 2023. Retrieved March 24, 2023 – via Naver.
  8. ^ "K-pop Self-Producing Power Girl Group (G)I-dle Chart on Radio Top 40". Billboard Korea. January 2, 2023. Archived from the original on January 25, 2023. Retrieved January 20, 2023.

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