After finally letting us know about 2ne1’s comeback, Papa YG continues answering questions, this time cover all info on his upcoming girl group. He revealed the group is aiming for an October debut, and that each member will be introduced to the public as a final test to join the group. He also touched on the news of Kim Eunbi and Kim Yuna, one of who was said to have been dropped for the group, revealing Kim Yuna of Superstar K dropped out of the group for personal reasons. He also says that the group had started out with 10+ members but has been narrowed down to 6. Find out more info on the group by reading his statement below, and tune in tomorrow for news on Kang Seung Yoon.
When will YG’s new girl group make their debut?
We are planning October for YG’s new girl group’s debut. The group has been preparing for a long time at YG – their debut is YG’s first one in 4 years since BigBang’s debut in 2006 and 2NE1’s in 2009.
The trilingual members are fluent in Korean, English and Japanese. Despite their young age, an average of 17 year old, they are arousing deep attention not only in Korea but also overseas.
How many members in the group?
The project initially started off with a plan of 10 or more members in the group, but throughout the years there has been a fierce competition among tens of tryout singers and now remain 6 members.
Unfortunately Yuna Kim, who was discovered on Superstar K, had to be excluded from the team for personal reasons. However, Eunbi Kim, a contestant from the same program, remains as one of the 6 members.
What is the promotional tactic of the new girl group?
We are adopting a debut method that is utterly different from the conventional debuting ways that was applied to other YG girl groups. From October, we will be debuting one or two members at a time to see whether they are apt for the public. When we can see that the audience likes them, then we will move on to forming a proper group.
BigBang’s all five members, on the other hand, made a debut as a group and then started working on their own work. It will help you understand better when I say that we are going the completely opposite direction with YG’s new girl group.
In a nutshell, each member makes a debut first, and then they will come together to form a group.
Right now I am in Japan with Akdong Musician and Lee Hi.
Akdong Musician once said in an interview that Lee Hi would be the most “difficult” artist to befriend. For me, both Akdong Musician and Lee Hi are still a tad “difficult”, since they are the latest comers to our agency. I feel that we still need some ice-breaking to do. So using Daesung’s Japan concert as an excuse, I asked them to accompany me to Japan so that I can spend some quality time with them.
On the first day of arrival, their ice has become a lot thinner, thanks to the visit to Disney Land. I joined them later that day for dinner. Frankly, because Soo-hyun, our youngest (which means Lee Hi is no longer the youngest), just turned 15 and others are also just teenagers, I was worried about the generation gap. But I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them and was impressed by their bright and positive attitudes.
I will come back with more details of their album release later!
When will Kang Seung-yoon, the ex-Superstar K contestant, be debuting?
To be continued… see you all tomorrow!