15&

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15&
Also known as Fifteen And
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts JYP Nation
Website 15and.jype.com
Members

15& (Korean: 피프틴앤드, also known as Fifteen And) is a South Korean duo formed by JYP Entertainment in 2012. The duo consists of Park Ji-min and Baek Ye-rin. 15& is a combination of their ages at debut and the ‘and’ means that they can have success into the future.[citation needed] They released their debut single "I Dream" on October 5, 2012.[1] They released their single "Somebody" on April 17, 2013.[2]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

In 2012, Park Jimin was the first-place winner of the South Korean reality TV competition, "K-pop Star".[3] With the opportunity of signing with three major record labels (YG Entertainment, SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment), she had chosen to sign with JYP Entertainment on May 21.[4][5]

When Baek Yerin was ten years old, she was introduced as a "R&B genius" on Star King.[6][7] In 2008, she auditioned with Beyoncé’s "Listen" and was accepted as a trainee at the same time as 2PM's Wooyoung and Beast's Doo-joon.[8] Yerin had been a JYP trainee for over four years before she officially debuted with Jimin.[9]

2012–2013: Debut with I Dream and Somebody[edit]

15&'s debut single I Dream was released on October 5, 2012. The duo's debut officially began on October 7, 2012, performing on SBS Inkigayo.[10] On October 12, 2012, 15& held their ‘school attack’ guerrilla concerts. The girls made performed at the Chungdam Middle School, Eonnam Middle School, Sungil Information High School and Dankook University. For a total of eight hours, 15& held a surprise concert at each school, performing their debut song and their cover versions of Alicia Keys's "Put It in a Love Song", and Sistar19's "Ma Boy". The event attracted a total of 5,000 in attendance. Not only the students who attended the schools were there, but also the citizens living nearby who heard the news of the free concert.[11]

15&'s second single Somebody was released on April 7, 2013. The music video showed the two parodying the "K-Pop Star" judge panel while reacting to staged auditions/cameos by Park Jin-young and some of Park Ji-min's fellow contestants from K-pop Star 1. On April 7, 2013, 15& made their comeback performance on K-pop Star 2 finale with "Somebody". Upon its release on the same day, the song rose to the summit of music charts on Olleh, Melon, Daum and others.

2014–present: Can't Hide It, first album Sugar, Love is Madness and Solo activities[edit]

15&'s third single Can't Hide It was released on April 13. On the same day, they made their comeback performance on K-pop Star 3 finale with "Can't Hide It."[12] It was also revealed that their first album is scheduled to be released in May 2014. 15&'s first album Sugar was released on May 26, 2014. They made their comeback on Mnet's M Countdown on May 29, 2014.

They released the fourth single Love Is Madness, featuring Kanto of Troy on February 8, 2015. The song found real-time digital success, reaching #1 and #2 positions on all seven major Korean charts.[13] They performed the song for the first time along with other songs on February 14, 2015 for their Valentine's Day concert for singles.[14]

On March 31, Park Jin-young revealed that Park Ji-min would be the first member to make her solo debut.[15] She released her single and music video Hopeless Love on April 5,[16] and made her debut stage before the finals of K-pop Star 4 on the same day.[17] On November 25, JYP Entertainment released teaser images for Baek Ye-rin announcing her solo debut seven months after her groupmate's.[18] Her music video for "Across The Universe" was released on November 30, as well as her self-written debut mini-album FRANK.[19]

Baek Ye-rin released a digital single titled Bye Bye My Blue on June 20, 2016. The single contains three songs including lead single "Bye Bye My Blue". She also released a holiday single titled Love You on Christmas on December 7. The single contains two songs including lead single "Love You on Christmas" and B-side single "November Song".

On August 15, 2016, J.Y. Park released a teaser via Instagram and Twitter that Ji-min would be having a comeback with a mini album called 19 to 20 with title song Try was released on August 23, 2016.[20][21] She called the 19 to 20 "her story", and hoped that her fans would be able to connect to her better and build a stronger relationship with her first self-composed album. [22]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[23]
Sugar 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (download) Album
KOR
Gaon

[25]
KOR
Hot 100

[26]
"I Dream" 2012 6 11 Sugar
"Somebody" 2013 3 10
"Can't Hide It" (티가 나나봐, Tiga Nanabwa) 2014 1 3
"Sugar" 17 36
"Love is Madness" 2015 2 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[25]
"Rain & Cry" 2014 46
  • KOR: 52,613 (DL)[32]
Sugar
"Star" 85
  • KOR: 25,834 (DL)[32]
"Not Today Not Tomorrow" 95
  • KOR: 23,805 (DL)[32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013
22nd Seoul Music Awards
Best New Artist N/A Nominated
2015
24th Seoul Music Awards
Bonsang Award Can't Hide It Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
7th Melon Music Awards
Best R&B / Soul Song Love is Madness (feat. Kanto of Troy) Nominated
2016
25th Seoul Music Awards
Bonsang Award[33] Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "15& Official Website". 
  2. ^ "박지민-백예린 15&, 컴백 티저 공개…4월 7일 ‘SOMEBODY’ 발매". 
  3. ^ "JYP Entertainment Opens Park Ji Min's 15& Homepage". enews world. September 24, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "K팝스타' 박지민, JYP와 전속계약 "데뷔 앨범 준비" (in Korean). Nate. May 21, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "‘K-Pop Star’ winner Park Jimin signs with JYP Entertainment". allkpop. May 21, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "JYP `천재소녀` 백예린 알고보니 김조한 제자" (in Korean). Nate. October 2, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "15&’s Baek Ye Rin revealed to be a student of singer Kim Jo Han". allkpop. October 2, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "JYP Reveals ′K-Pop Star′ Park Ji Min′s Fellow Member for 15&, Baek Ye Rin". Mnet. September 27, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "JYPE releases childhood photos of 15& members". allkpop. September 26, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rookie duo 15& debuts with "I Dream" on ‘Inkigayo’!". allkpop. October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ "15& successfully completes their ‘school attack’ guerrilla concerts". allkpop. October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "15& releases 'Can't Hide It' digital single!". allkpop. April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ "15& release digital single 'Love Is Madness' + tops 5 music charts". allkpop. February 8, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ "15& welcome you to their Valentine's Day concert with a poster". allkpop. February 5, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ "15&'s Park Ji Min to make her solo debut!". allkpop. March 31, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ "15&’s Park Ji Min Will Blow You Away with "Hopeless Love" MV". allkpop. April 5, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ "박지민(Jimin Park) “Hopeless Love” Comeback Stage @ SBS KPOP STAR 4 2015.04.05". JYP Entertainment. April 5, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  18. ^ "15& 백예린, 솔로 데뷔…열아홉 소녀의 심오한 감성". OSEN. November 25, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Baek Ye Rin longs to go 'Across the Universe' in her new MV". allkpop. November 30, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Park Ji Min drops teaser for solo comeback for 'Try' | allkpop.com". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  21. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2016/08/22/watch-park-jimin-returns-uplifting-try-mv/
  22. ^ "Jimin Park's solo countdown on VLive.tv". Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  23. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Gaon Album Chart - 2014년 5월 (May 2014)". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Gaon Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on March 9, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  27. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Dream":
  28. ^ "Gaon Download Chart - 2013년". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  29. ^ "2014년 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on February 8, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  30. ^ Sales by month:
  31. ^ "2015 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  32. ^ a b c "2014년 23주차 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Seoul Music Awards Global (scroll to K-POP STAR 2015 [LIVE VOTE] and click "Main and Popular (Overseas)" to reveal the nominees)". Seoul Music Awards. SportsSeoul. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 

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