Group Name: Itzy
Agency: JYP Entertainment
Debut Date: February 12, 2019
ITZY is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP entertainment consisting of members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna. They debuted on February 12, 2019 with the release of their single album It’z Different.
And how different it is indeed. Eschewing traditional ideas of love and feminine deference, ITZY emphasizes independence, agency and self-empowerment via its unapologetic lyrical content and upfront musical structure which is primarily a fusion of modern electronic music interspersed with hip hop percussion. In the traditional cultural sense, they pay respect to family and use them as a reference point for personal growth as illustrated in the song, “ICY” where main rapper Ryujin says, “shout out to my mama. Thank you to my papa; I got all the good stuff from you.” And in “Dalla Dalla” Ryujin once again alludes to family stating, “Sisters Tell me I’m daring.”
It all started in 2013, when Chaeryong was a contestant on K-Pop Star 3 at only 12. With no significant results but a promising appearance, she went on to compete in JYP Entertainment’s survival show Sixteen at only 14 years old, again not making the cut to become a part of the winning girl group, Twice. In 2018, main raper Ryujin was a contestant on JTCB’s survival show Mix Nine, winning the girl’s pool but losing to the boys in overall competition.
With two of the cornerstones of the group having been noticed by JYP, they would assemble the other members and announce their arrival on the scene via a video trailer uploaded to the agency’s official channel. On February 12, the group released It’z Different with the lead single “Dalla Dalla”. Being received well by the audience for its unabashed lyrics and its energetic disposition, it rocketed up the Billboard charts; the single coming in at No.3 and ending up at No.2. In the U.S it sold 2,000 downloads for the week ending Feb 14, according to Nielsen Music, making it the U.S’s weekly best seller in K-Pop. The single “Want It?” was released alongside “Dalla Dalla” debuting at No.8 after 1,000 digital downloads. “Dalla Dalla” debuted as the second most popular song on YouTube, surpassing 17 million views in 24 hours and holding the record for the fastest K-Pop video to reach 100 million views.
On February 21, nine days since their debut, Itzy received their first music show win on M Countdown, doing so faster than any girl group before them, including all genres, girl groups and countries, respectively.
Cresting a wave of positive momentum, their debut EP It’z Icy was released on July 29, 2019 with accompanying music video for the lead single, “Icy”.
Birth Name: Hwang Yeji
Stage Name: Yeji
Position: Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Birthday: May 26,2000
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Before her group introduction, Yeji Auditioned for JYP with the song, “Ooh Aah” by Twice, the agency’s most promising group prior to Itzy. She was named idol of the month for August 2019 according to the Korean Reputation Chart. The metric is based on media attention and comments from social media sites. She defeated former champions Hwasa, lead vocalist for Mamamoo and BlackPink main rapper Jennie, who had dominated the chart two months prior. Yeji scored 2.08 million points, up a staggering 149 percent from a month ago, Jennie assumed second with 1.98 million and Hwasa third with 1.87 million points. Her bandmates Yuna and Lia took fourth and sixth place, respectively.
Yeji trained from 2015-2018 before joining Itzy and has some TV appearances to boot, beginning with a cameo on Episode 8 of “Twenty Again” in 2015, followed by an appearance in Episode 1 of Stray Kids’, a survival show pitting trainees versus established JYP entertainment members.
Called, “the hidden weapon” by 2PM’s Junho, Yeji is also fondly regarded and close to Wanna One’s Lee Daehwi and her and bandmate Ryujin are roommates. Fans say she bears a strong likeness to Stray Kids’ Hyunjin as well as (G)I-DLE’s Yuqi.
Her hometown is Jeonju, South Korea and she has the sign of the dragon in Chinese zodiac.
Birth Name: Choi Jisu
Stage Name: Lia
Position: Main Vocalist, rapper
Birthday: July 21, 2000
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Blood Type: AB
Formerly a trainee of SM Entertainent, she is the newest JYP trainee to have debuted with a little over 2 years of experience. Her formal education comes from Seoul’s School of Performing arts via the department of practical music and received vocal training at Dream Vocal Academy. She currently attends an international school and speaks fluent English and also used to live In Canada.
Courtesy of allkpop.com, a scarcely known pre-debut video of Lia singing g.o.d’s song “Where You Belong” surfaced during an interview with STARK Idol league in 2019 , in which she was asked to reiterate the same tune. The most obvious takeaway being her tremendous vocal improvement over that span, as well as a marked increase in confidence and overall a more bold demeanor.
According to MNET., Lia comes from a privileged background, ranking her #7 out of 7 on the list. Lia continues to have maintain close family ties, her Mom being her role model and her stage name being derived from her Aunt; it is based off of her English name Julia. She also goes by, “Honey Lia”, “Cinnamon Lia” and Ariana Grande.
Birth Name: Shin Ryujin
Stage Name: Ryujin
Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Center
Birthday: April 17, 2001
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Blood Type: B
Ryujin became a member somewhat inadvertently, being cast by JYP at a fan meeting for another group, GOT7, training for four years under the company after making the cut. Notably, she was a contestant on Stray Kids’ survival show Ep1 and on YG’s MIXNINE. Yang Hyun Suk of YG proposed that she join the company, however she delined in favor of JYP Entertainment.
Insofar as musical connections go, she is friends with Dreamcatchers’ Jiu and Elris’ Bella. There is also a close bond between Ryujin and LOONA’s Heejin and Hyunjin. Within the group she is considered the Tomboy or the , “guy” girl crush. In the dorm, Ryujin and Yeji are roommates.
From a personal standpoint, Ryujin’s favorite movie is, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and she is a proud owner of two kittens, Byullie and Dallie.
Birth Name: Lee Chaeryong
Stage Name: Chaeryong
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
Birthday: June 5, 2001
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Blood Type: B
From Yongin, South Korea she is the sister of IZ*ONE’s Chaeyeon, with whom she shares a close and deep bond, and has a younger sister named Chaemin. With regard to her sister Chaeryong states, “Rather than being rivals, we are senior-juniors of the industry and family who support one another.”
In 2014 she became a trainee, preparing for five years. Aside from performing, she is also a talented composer who continues to perfect her craft as a current attendee of the Hamlin Multi Art School. Contrary to the group’s high tempo and energetic sound, Chaeryong personally prefers listening to ballads the most, wth Ne-YO’s, “Because of You” topping her list of favorite songs. She is close friends with a number of musicians, including all the members of TWICE, Jeon Somi, and Fromis_9’s Jiwon, not to mention Wanna One’s Lee Daewhi.
Independent of music, she was in the KYW Dance School from where she uploaded some dance covers. Sleeping, eating delicious food, touching her hair and dissecting dramas are fond pastimes.
Birth Name: Shin Yuna
Stage Name: Yuna
Position: Lead Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist, Visual, Maknae
Birthday: December 9, 2003
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Blood Type: A
Recently removed from braces and barely 16 years old, Yuna would be more fit as the female follow at homecoming instead of the lead dancer for an internationally recognized K-Pop group. She graduated from middle school 10 months ago. While not in a conventional high school, she attends Hamlin Multi Art School with Chaeryong. Yuna and Lia are roommates.