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    I. Introduction

    THE9, also known as THE NINE, is a Chinese girl group formed by the top 9 members through the iQIYI reality television show Youth with You 2, which aired from March 12 to May 30, 2020. The group consists of XIN Liu, Esther Yu, Kiki Xu, Yan Yu, Shaking, Babymonster An, Zhao Xiaotang, Snow Kong and K Lu. THE9 was formed on May 30, 2020 and officially debuted on August 10, 2020. It is currently managed by Idol Youth Entertainment of iQIYI.

    II. Career

    III. Predebut

    The final lineup of the third season of the Idol Producer franchise, Youth with You 2 was announced on May 30, 2020 - XIN Liu placed 1st, Esther Yu came in 2nd, followed by Kiki Xu, Yu Yan, Shaking, Babymonster An, Zhao Xiaotang, Snow Kong, and K Lu in 9th place respectively. Since having earned 1st place, XIN Liu was chosen as the center of the group.

    IIII. Present

    On July 4, 2020, the official Weibo account for the group released a video of the members selecting their team leader, revealing to be Babymonster An. They also revealed other details such as their fandom name, fandom colors as well as their hand sign.

    IIIII. Albums

    The group released their first extended play, Sphinx X Mystery , on August 10, 2020. The EP consists of the lead single SphinX as well as another song titled Not Me. The EP sold over 150,000 units in less than 45 minutes which won the Double Platinum rating. The music video for SphinX was released on August 15 via Weibo and YouTube. They promoted their EP through performances at variety shows and through music shows such as 818 Super Night.

    The group released their debut studio album MatriX on December 25, 2020 which features the lead single Dumb Dumb Bomb and nine solo tracks.

    IIIIII. Variety Shows & Other Appearances

    On May 30, 2020, apart from training after following the finale of Youth with You Season 2, THE9 also filmed for several variety shows such as My Little Forest. On July 10, 2020, the group attended the Current Business Conference and announced their appointment as Advance Officer for Edge Art. On June 17, 2020, they participated in Hunan Television's 618 Super Night to perform Yes! OK! & Hunt, marking THE9's first public performance. The group has also done many commercials as well as editorials for magazines and high-end fashion houses. Xu Jiaqi, a former member of Chinese girl group SNH48's Team SII as well as a current member of the SNH48 sub-unit 7Senses, performed at SNH48's 7th Request Time Senbatsu General Elections as a guest. The group then announced their first variety show called Let’s Party 2020 which would be released on iQIYI.

    IIIIIII. Concerts

    On December 31, THE9 participated in the 2021 Jiangsu Satellite TV New Year's Eve concert. From March 26 to March 27, 2021, the group held their first online concert titled X-CITY, which garnered tens of thousands of viewers. The concert utilized XR technology to create realistic stage backgrounds.

    III. Members

    XIN Liu
    Guizhou, China
    Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Center
    Esther Yu
    Shanghai, China
    Sub Vocalist
    Kiki Xu
    Taizhou, China
    Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper
    Yu Yan
    Beijing, China
    Main Vocalist, Maknae
    Chengdu, China
    Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist
    Babymonster An
    Chongqing, China
    Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Sub Rapper
    Zhao Xiaotang
    Beijing, China
    Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist
    Snow Kong
    Hubei, China
    Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper, Sub Vocalist
    K Lu
    Jiangsu, China
    Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist

    IV. Discography

    IVI. LP

    MatriX Digital LP December 25, 2020

    IVII. EP

    Sphinx X Mystery Digital EP August 10, 2020
    RefleXtion Digital EP May 22, 2021

    IVIII. Promotional Singles

    Yes OK! Theme song of Youth With You 2 March 12, 2020
    Super Shiny Summer Promotional song for the Oppo Reno 4; features XIN Liu, Esther Yu and Zhao Xiaotang July 30, 2020

    V. Videography

    Year Title Network Participants
    2020 Youth With You 2 iQiyi Contestants
    2020 Hunan TV 618 Super Pin Night + Hunan TV 818 Super Pin Night Hunan Television Performers (Hunt, Yes OK!, SphinX)
    2020 Go Fighting! Season 6 Dragon Television Finale Guests
    2020 Summer Surf Shop iQiyi An Qi and Zhao Xiaotang
    2020 Little Forest Mango TV Xu Jiaqi and Xie Keyin
    2020 Let's Party! 2020 iQiyi The group's variety show
    2020 Amazing Dinner iQiyi Xie Keyin and Zhao Xiaotang
    2020 Little Giants Games Mango TV Xu Jiaqi (fixed cast), Kong Xue'er (guest), Yu Yan (unaired)
    2020 Fourtry Season 2 iQiyi Liu Yuxin (fixed cast), Zhao Xiaotang & Kong Xue'er (guest)
    2020 Dimension Nova iQiyi Yu Shuxin
    2020 Glory is Back! iQiyi Xie Keyin (fixed cast), Lu Keran (guest)
    2020 Ladies' Talk iQiyi Zhao Xiaotang
    2020 Field of Hope Mango TV An Qi (fixed cast), Zhao Xiaotang (guest)
    2020 I Am the Actor Season 3 Zhejiang TV Xie Keyin (contestant)
    2020 Send 100 Girls Home Sohu Yu Shuxin (guest)
    2020 HAHAHAHAHA iQiyi and Tencent Video Yu Shuxin (guest), Kong Xueer (guest)
    2020 Treasured Village Zhejiang TV Kong Xueer (fixed cast)
    2020 Happy Camp (2020) Hunan Television THE9 (performance guest); Liu Yuxin, Yu Shuxin, Zhao Xiaotang (involved in guests’ activities with the show’s MC)
    2020 MDK Mask Dancer King (2020) Youku Liu Yuxin (contestants)
    2021 Youth With You 3 (2021) iQiyi Yu Shuxin (Youth Tutor); THE9 (guests-ep8); Yu Yan, An Qi, Lu Keran (Senior mentor collaboration performance)

    VI. Concerts

    Year Name Date Platform/Venue
    2021 X-City 26 & 27 March 2021 iQiyi (Online)

    VII. Awards & Nominations

    Year Award Category Nominee Result
    2020 Cosmo Glam Night 2020 Artist of The Year THE9 Won
    2020 Madame Figaro Beauty Star Beauty Star THE9 Won
    2020 2021 iQIYI Scream Night Popular Female Artist THE9 Won
    2020 2020 Ifeng Fashion Choice Fashion Energy Group of The Year THE9 Won
    2020 2020 Sina Fashion Style Awards Idol Group of The Year THE9 Won
    2020 Rayli Fashion Gala Favourite Group of The Year THE9 Won
    2020 Asian Pop Music Awards Popularity Award (Female Group) THE9 Won
    2020 Sina Film and Television Festival Musical Work of The Year SphinX Won
    2020 Sina Film and Television Festival Variety Show of The Year Let's Party! 2020 Won
    2021 2020 Baidu Entertainment Awards Best Group of The Year THE9 Won
    2021 2020 Weibo Night Weibo’s Hottest Group of The Year THE9 Won
    2021 Weibo Starlight Awards 2020 The Most Popular Artist Internationally THE9 Won

    VIII. Other Social Medias