The Kpop sensation, Iz One, came into the limelight following their participation in Produce 48, a reality competition show created for M-Net by Kim Young-bum. The show was widely followed in Japan and South Korea as its 96 contestants were gotten from auditions held in the two countries. Unlike other competitions that require only one winner, Produce 48 requires 12 winners who would, later on, form a group.
On August 31st, 2018, the finale of the talent show aired across major television networks in South Korea and Japan. The 12 members who emerged winners include Jang-Won Young, Jo Yu-ri, Sakura Miyawaki, Choi Ye-na, Nako Yabuki, An Yu-jin, Kwon Eun-bi, Hitomi Honda, Kang Hye-won, Lee Chae-yeon, Kim Chae-won, and Kim Min-ju. Their collective stage name became known as Iz One and the group’s maiden single was also announced at the finale.
Since their formation, it is worthy of note that Iz One has garnered a massive fan base among the Asian community especially in places like Japan and South Korea. We shall be unraveling seven salient points about the famous girl group who are gradually climbing the ladder of success in the music industry.
7 Things You Might Not Know About Iz One and the Group Members
1. The genre of their music is mainly Korean pop (K-pop)
The popular girl group has released a couple of songs since leaving the show that brought them together. By carefully listening to these songs we have been able to decipher the genre adopted by the group. The majority, if not all, of Iz One songs fall under the K-pop and J-pop genres.
2. Iz One has been linked to a number of record labels
The Japanese-Korean group has been associated with a couple of musical labels since they began in 2018. Off The Records, Entertainment is solely responsible for managing the group and all of its engagements in South Korea. Iz One has also been associated with another label known as EMI Records which responsible for its affairs in Japan. The latter is a Japanese based record label founded in 2013 by its parent company, Universal Music Japan.
3. The group have landed several endorsements
Iz One as a group has raked in a lot of money from its several endorsement deals. This is asides the personal deals that the individual members are able to pull on their own. The popular girl group has received a lot of endorsements from notable corporate brands in Asia. They have featured on the front pages of widely read magazines and newspapers.
4. Members of Iz One are originally from Japan and South Korea
Just as we stated earlier, the members of Iz One were selected from 96 participants. These 96 participants are picked from entries gotten from Japan and South Korea. This implies that the 12 members of the girl group cut across both Japan and South Korea. It was also gathered that asides from Sakura, Nako and Hitomi who are originally from Japan, the rest of the members of the group are from South Korea.
5. The girl band has appointed a leader among themselves
Despite the fact that the group has a registered management company running its affairs, it still has a group leader chosen from among the 12 members of the group. According to online reports and publications, the acclaimed leader of Iz One is Kwon Eun-bi.
Eun-bi is regarded as the mother of the group by its other members due to the high-level maturity she displays and being that she is the oldest. The Korean singer is also the lead vocalist and main dancer of Iz One.
6. The age range of Iz One members was not fixed
Age was definitely not a factor in picking the winners of Produce 48 in 2018 as the 12 winners cut across different age brackets. Eun-bi who is 23 years old, is the oldest member of Iz One. The ages of the other members of the group in no particular order are as follows; Sakura- 21 years, Hye-won- 20 years, Ye-na- 20 years, Chae-yeon -19 years, Chae-won -19 years, Min-ju -18 years, Nako- 18 years, Hitomi- 18 years, Yu-ri -18 years, Yu-jin -16 years and Won-young who is 15 years old is the youngest.
7. Iz One has won several accolades
Since its breakout in 2018, Iz One has received quite a lot of awards. The group won the prestigious Rookie of the Year at the 2018 Asia Artist Awards. They also went on to bag the 2019 New Artist of the Year Award hosted by Gaon Chart Music Awards. Other awards the group has won include the Genie Music Award for The Performing Artist (2019), Rookie of the Year Album award by Golden Disc Awards, New Artist Award by Seoul Music Awards and Rookie Top 5 by V Live Awards among several others.