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Itzy at their debut showcase. From left to right: Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, Yuna.
L–R:: Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, Yuna
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2019–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Itzy (Korean: 있지) is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group is composed of five members: Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna.[1][2] They debuted in 2019 with the release of their single album, IT'z Different. They are known for their energetic tracks, iconic choreographies and themes of empowerment.

Concept[change | change source]

The name of the group is a reference to the Korean phrase itji (있지), meaning "to have". [1]

"[Itzy] means 'to have' in Korean. We have everything you guys expect in us. So, 'all in us', that's what we say all the time" ― Lia, January 16, 2023. [2]

History[change | change source]

2015–2019: Pre-debut[change | change source]

In 2015, Chaeryeong became a trainee after participating in K-Pop Star 3 and Sixteen. Later that same year, Ryujin was scouted at a concert.

In 2016, Yuna was discovered by a casting agent at a music festival. Soon after, Yeji successfully auditioned to join JYPE. A year later, Lia passed the JYPE audition.

2019: It'z Different and It'z Icy[change | change source]

On February 12, Itzy released their debut single album, It'z Different, and the music video for the lead single Dalla Dalla. [3]

On July 8, the official name for their fandom was announced to be Midzy (Korean: 믿지). The name comes from the Korean word midji (믿어), meaning "trust". [4]

On July 29, they released their first EP, It'z Icy, and the music video for the lead single Icy. [5]

2020: It'z ME and Not Shy[change | change source]

On March 9, they released their second EP, It'z Me, and the music video for the lead single Wannabe.[6]

On August 17, they released their third EP, Not Shy, and the music video for the lead single Not Shy.[7]

2021: Guess Who and Crazy in Love[change | change source]

On January 21, they released their English debut extended play Not Shy (English Ver.) via Republic Records.[8]

On March 20, they released the digital single Trust Me (Midzy), a song dedicated to their fans.[9]

On April 30, they released their fourth EP, Guess Who, and the music video for the lead single In the Morning.[10]

On September 1, they debuted in Japan under Warner Music Japan, with the release of the compilation extended play What'z Itzy.[11]

On September 24, they released their first studio album, Crazy in Love, and the music video for the lead single Loco. B-side tracks Swipe and #Twenty also had music video releases.[12]

On December 22, they released the Japanese compilation album titled It'z Itzy.[13]

2022: Checkmate and Cheshire[change | change source]

On April 6, they released the music video for their first Japanese single Voltage.[14]

On July 15, they released their fifth EP, Checkmate, and the music video for the lead single Sneakers.[15]

On August 6, they embarked on their first world tour across Asia and North America, the Checkmate World Tour.[16]

On October 5, they released the music video for their second Japanese single Blah Blah Blah.[17]

On October 21, they released the music video for their first English single Boys Like You.[18]

On November 30, they released their sixth EP, Cheshire, and the music video for the lead single of the same name.[19]

2023: Kill My Doubt and Ringo[change | change source]

On July 31, they released their seventh EP, Kill My Doubt, and the music video for the lead single Cake. B-side tracks Bet on Me and None of My Business also had music video releases.[20]

On September 18, JYP Entertainment announced that Lia would be taking a hiatus due to anxiety.[21]

On October 18, they released their first Japanese studio album, Ringo, and the music video for the lead single of the same name.[22]

2024: Born To Be[change | change source]

On January 8, they released their second studio album, Born to Be, and the music video for the lead single Untouchable. The album features the first solo tracks for each member of the group.[23]

On February 24, they embarked on their second world tour across Asia, Oceania, the Americas and Europe, the Born to Be World Tour.[24]

On May 15, they released the music video for their third Japanese single Algorhythm.[25]

Members[change | change source]

  • Yeji (예지) – leader, dancer, vocalist, rapper
  • Lia (리아) – vocalist, rapper
  • Ryujin (류진) – rapper, dancer, vocalist
  • Chaeryeong (채령) – dancer, vocalist, rapper
  • Yuna (유나) – dancer, rapper, vocalist

Discography[change | change source]

Tours[change | change source]

  • Checkmate World Tour (2022–2023)
  • Born to Be World Tour (2024)

Awards[change | change source]

Itzy was first K-pop girl group to achieve a "Rookie Grand Slam" by winning all the Rookie of the Year awards at the 34th Golden Disc Awards, 4th Asia Artist Awards, 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards, 2019 Genie Music Awards, 2019 Melon Music Awards, 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and 29th Seoul Music Awards. [26]

Since their debut, they have received several accolades including three Circle Chart Music Awards, three Golden Disc Awards, one MAMA Award, one Melon Music Award and two Seoul Music Awards, as well as a nomination for a MTV Europe Music Award and MTV Video Music Award.

References[change | change source]

  1. Herman, Tamar (2019-01-20). "JYP Entertainment Unveils New Girl Group ITZY". Billboard. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  2. "ITZY". (in Korean). Retrieved 2022-10-14.[permanent dead link]