iKON


  • I. Introduction


    iKON is a 6 member boy group under YG entertainment. Their current lineup has Bobby, Jay, Ju-ne, Song, DK and Chan. B.I is a former member who left back in 2019.



    II. Career


    Back on January 3, 2011, B.I and Jinhwan were recruited under YG Entertainment as trainees. Bobby joined them a week later. These three were training together to form Team B for Mnet’s reality survival show, WIN: Who Is Next. In 2012, Ju-ne, Yunhyeong, Donghyuk joined Team B. Cementing the lineup.


    WIn: Who Is Next aired in 2013. Team B competed against Team A to be able to debut as a group. There were three rounds performances and public voting. Team A won, and eventually debuted as the group, Winner.


    Team B released two singles from the program: “Just Another Boy” and “Climax”. Team B as appeared in Taeyang (BIGBANG)’s music video, “Ringa Linga”.


    Team appeared in another reality survival show, Mix & Match, in 2014. This show was a sequel to WIN: Who Is Next. The goal of the show was to finalize the lineup for the group, iKON.


    YG Entertainment’s CEO, Yang Hyunsuk, stated that the name symbolizes their goal to become an “icon for Korea”, which is where the “K” comes from.


    Bobby, B.I, and Jinhwan’s spots in iKON were already secured. That left the rest of Team B to compete against three new trainees; Jung Jin-hyeong, Yang Hong-seok, and Jung Chan-woo.


    The final lineup became the remaining members of Team B with the new addition of the member, Chanwoo.


    iKON officially debuted back on September 15, 2015 with their single, “My Type”. Welcome Back, their debut album, had the first half of the full album released on October 1st. Two more singles, “Apology” and "Anthem”, were dropped on November 16. The full version of Welcome Back was released on December 24.


    B.I departed on June 12, 2019 after Dispatch uncovered messages from him showing attempts to buy marijuana and LSD. He was also accused of evading police charges. This led to YG terminating his contract.


    In April 2021, iKON also competed in Kingdom: Legendary War with other boy groups.



    III. Members


    Jay
    Birth name: Kim Jin Hwan
    Born February 7, 1994 in Jeju Islad, South Korea
    Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
    Song (formerly Yunhyeong)
    Birth name: Song Yoon Hyung
    Born February 8, 1995 in Seoul, South Korea
    Sub Vocalist, Visual, Center
    Bobby
    Birth name: Kim Ji Won
    Born December 21, 1995 in Seoul, South Korea
    Grew up in Virginia, U.S
    Main Rapper, Sub vocalist, Face of the Group
    DK (formerly Donghyuk)
    Birth name: Kim Dong Hyuk
    Born January 3, 1997 in Seoul South Korea
    Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist
    Ju-ne (formerly Junhoe)
    Birth name: Kim Jun Hoe
    Born March 31, 1997 in Seoul, South Korea
    Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
    Chan (formerly Chanwoo)
    Birth name: Jung Chan Woo
    Born January 26, 1998 in Yongin, Gyeonggi, South Korea
    Sub Vocalist, Maknae


    Former Members


    B.I
    Birth name: Kim Han Bin
    Born October 22, 1996 in Seoul, South Korea
    Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist



    IV. Discography


    Just Another Boy (released under TEAM B) Single October 28, 2013
    Climax (released under TEAM B) Single October 28, 2013
    Wait for Me (released under TEAM B) Single September 12, 2014
    My Type Single September 15, 2015
    #WYD Single May 30, 2016

    Welcome Back
    Studio Album
    First half release: October 1, 2015
    Full album release: December 24, 2015
    2016 iKon - iKoncert Showtime Tour in Seoul Live CD Live Album
    May 4, 2016
    Dumb & Dumber
    Single Album
    September 28, 2016
    iKON Single Collection Compilation Album
    December 28, 2016
    New Kids: Begin Single Album
    May 22, 2017
    Return Studio Album
    January 25, 2018
    New Kids: Continue EP August 2, 2018
    New Kids: The Final EP October 1, 2018

    The New Kids
    Reissue January 7,
    New Kids Studio Album
    February 6, 2020
    I Decide EP February 6, 2020
    Why Why Why
    Digital Single
    March 3, 2021



    V. Videography


    Music Videos

    My Type
    September 14, 2015

    RHYTHM TA
    September 20, 2015
    AIRPLANE September 20, 2015
    ANTHEM September 20, 2015
    APOLOGY November 15, 2015
    WHAT'S WRONG
    December 23, 2015
    DUMB&DUMBER December 23, 2015
    #WYD May 29, 2016
    B-DAY May 22, 2017
    BLING BLING
    May 22, 2017
    LOVE SCENARIO
    January 25, 2018
    KILLING ME
    August 2, 2018
    GOODBYE ROAD
    October 1, 2018
    I'M OK
    January 7, 2019
    Dive February 6, 2020
    Why Why Why
    March 3, 2021


    Concert Tour Videos

    2015-2016 iKoncert 'Showtime' in Seoul Live DVD
    June 21, 2016
    YG Entertainment
    iKoncert 2016 Showtime Tour in Japan
    June 22, 2016
    YG Entertainment, YGEX
    iKON Japan Tour 2016
    February 2, 2017
    YG Entertainment, YGEX
    iKON Japan Dome Tour 2017
    February 2, 2017
    YG Entertainment, YGEX
    iKON Japan Dome Tour 2017 Additional Dates
    March 7, 2018
    YG Entertainment, YGEX
    iKON Japan Tour 2019
    December 4, 2019
    YG Entertainment, YGEX


    Other DVD Releases

    Kony's Summertime
    August 3, 2016
    YG Entertainment, YGEX
    2016 iKon Season's Greetings
    December 23, 2016
    YG Entertainment, YGEX
    Kony's Wintertime
    February 22, 2017
    YG Entertainment, YGEX


    Shows

    Heroes of Remix
    June 19 - September 4, 2016
    Jiangsu Television
    iKon Idol School Trip
    November 5 - December 10, 2017
    jTBC
    iKON TV
    April 21 - June 20, 2018
    jTBC
    iKON's Heart Racing Youth Trip
    July 4 - August 4, 2018
    vLive
    YG Future Strategy Office
    October 5, 2018
    Netflix
    Kingdom: Legendary War
    April 1 - June 3, 2021
    Mnet
    Icon of Taste: One Summer Night
    August 20 - September 24, 2021
    Wavve



    VI. Videos


    RHYTHM TA MV

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    LOVE SCENARIO MV

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    CLASSY SAVAGE (Kingdom: Legendary War performance)

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    VII. Trivia

    • Bobby is married and has baby boy
    • Jay can speak English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean
    • They were 2015’s Rookie of The Year with more than 100,000 copies of WELCOME BACK sold
    • Love Scenario received the title, Digital Song of The Year, from many award shows like Melon Music Awards 2018, Golden Disc Award 2019, Seoul Music Awards 2019, and Gaon Chart Music Awards 2019
    • 150,000 people applied to attend the final Mix & Match performance.
      • YG’s servers actually crashed when the final lineup for iKON was announced! This shows how excited people were for the new group!
    • Early fan meetings after their debut for Korea and Japan sold out instantly
    • When B.I was with the group, he was heavily involved with the writing, composition, and production for many of their songs

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