Fromis 9

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Fromis 9
Fromis 9 in June 2019
Fromis 9 in June 2019
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2017 (2017)–present
Labels
Website
Members
  • Lee Sae-rom
  • Song Ha-young
  • Jang Gyu-ri
  • Park Ji-won
  • Roh Ji-sun
  • Lee Seo-yeon
  • Lee Chae-young
  • Lee Na-gyung
  • Baek Ji-heon

Fromis 9 (Korean프로미스나인 or 프로미스 9), stylized as fromis_9, is a South Korean girl group formed by CJ E&M through the 2017 reality show Idol School. The group is composed of nine members: Roh Ji-sun, Song Ha-young, Lee Sae-rom, Lee Chae-young, Lee Na-gyung, Park Ji-won, Lee Seo-yeon, Baek Ji-heon and Jang Gyu-ri.[1][2]

The group debuted on January 24, 2018, under Stone Music Entertainment with the release of their first extended play (EP), To. Heart.[3] In September 2018, it was confirmed that Fromis 9 would be managed by Off The Record Entertainment, a new label established by Stone Music.[4]

Name[edit]

The group's name Fromis was suggested by netizens through the official Idol School website and chosen by CJ E&M, with described as "From Idol School" and "Promise" in Korean pronunciation, also means "to keep their promise [to viewers] to be the best girl group".[5] Through the announcement of their SNS accounts by their agency, the group decided to add 9 in their name to be Fromis 9.[6][7]

History[edit]

Pre-debut: Formation through Idol School and "Glass Shoes"[edit]

In March 2017, it was announced that Mnet, the same channel responsible for several notable survival shows including Sixteen and Produce 101, would be launching a new reality survival show titled Idol School to form a new girl group.[8] The show premiered on July 13 and ended on September 29, 2017 with Roh Ji-sun, Song Ha-young, Lee Sae-rom, Lee Chae-young, Lee Na-gyung, Park Ji-won, Lee Seo-yeon, Baek Ji-heon and Jang Gyu-ri as the nine members of Fromis. The final line-up was solely decided through live and online votes of viewers.[9][10][11] Pledis Entertainment, led by CEO Han Sung-soo, managed the group's training and debut.[12]

Fromis premiered its own reality program on October 19 titled Fromis' Room about continuing the path to debut. It followed the format of a simulcast, where it combined pre-recorded materials and replays of Facebook Live broadcasts in their dorm.[13] The group's name was later changed to Fromis 9 following the final episode of Fromis' Room on November 23, with the "9" meaning the nine students who graduated from Idol School.[7]

On November 29, Fromis 9 performed their pre-debut single titled "Glass Shoes" at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Japan. The song was released as a digital single the following day.[14][15] They also performed the song on the December 15th episode of Music Bank, marking the group's first-ever appearance in a music program.[16]

2018: Debut with To. Heart and comeback To. Day[edit]

On January 8, 2018, it was announced that Fromis 9 would officially debut with their first extended play (EP) titled To. Heart.[17][18][19] The EP, along with its lead single, "To Heart", was released on January 24.[3] The EP debuted at number 4 on the Gaon Album Chart issued on January 27, 2018.[20]

On May 10, it was confirmed that Jang Gyu-ri had entered as a contestant in Produce 48.[21] Fromis 9 continued as an eight-member group and released their second EP, To. Day, on June 5, without Jang Gyu-ri due to her participation in the show.[22][23] Fromis 9 went back to being a nine-member group after Jang Gyu-ri was eliminated in the 3rd elimination as she ranked at 25th place.

Starting from September 21, Fromis 9 would be managed under Off The Record Entertainment, a new agency exclusively established for Fromis 9 and South Korean-Japanese girl group, Iz*One.[4]

The group released a special single album titled From.9 on October 10 with the title song, “LOVE BOMB”. It was the first comeback with all the 9 members after the return of Jang Gyu-ri.[24][25]

On October 15, Fromis 9 made their acting debut in a web series, Welcome to Heal Inn, on their official VLive page. However, it was filmed during Jang Gyu-ri's absence.[26]

2019: Fun Factory[edit]

On February 8, 2019, a second short season of Welcome to Heal Inn was announced for the Winter Season, this time with Jang Gyu-ri added as a new traveller.[27] In May, Jang Gyu-ri made her solo acting debut in the web drama, Compulsory Dating Education.[28]

On June 4, Fromis 9 released their first single album Fun Factory, featuring the title track "FUN!".[29] The album reached number 2 on the Gaon Album Chart, a new high for the group.[30]

Members[edit]

  • Lee Sae-rom (Hangul: 이새롬)
  • Song Ha-young (송하영)
  • Jang Gyu-ri (장규리)
  • Park Ji-won (박지원)
  • Roh Ji-sun (노지선)
  • Lee Seo-yeon (이서연)
  • Lee Chae-young (이채영)
  • Lee Na-gyung (이나경)
  • Baek Ji-heon (백지헌)

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[31]
To. Heart 4
To. Day
  • Released: June 5, 2018
  • Label: Stone Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming audio
4

Single albums[edit]

List of single albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[31]
From.9
  • Released: October 10, 2018
  • Label: Off the Record Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming audio
3
Fun Factory
  • Released: June 4, 2019
  • Label: Off the Record Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming audio
2

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
KOR
[38]
KOR
Hot.

[39]
US World
[40]
"Glass Shoes" (유리구두) 2017 Non-album single
"To Heart" 2018 To. Heart
"DKDK" (두근두근) To. Day
"Love Bomb"[A] [B] 22 From.9
"Fun!" 2019 [C] 94 Fun Factory
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

OSTs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
KOR
[43]
KOR
Hot.

[44]
US World
[45]
"All Together Cha Cha Cha" (다함께 차차차) 2019 Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend (Kim Byeong Geol)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Album Director(s) Ref.
2017 "Glass Shoes" (유리구두) Non-album single VISUALSFROM. [46]
2018 "To Heart" To. Heart Digipedi [47]
"DKDK" (두근두근) To. Day [48]
"Love Bomb" From.9 [49]
2019 "Fun!" Fun Factory [50]

Filmography[edit]

Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network
2017 Idol School Mnet
Fromis’ Room Mnet, Facebook Live
Fromis 9 TV Behind Naver V Live
Mind Map
2018 THE 100 Season 2
2018-2019 Channel_9 Season 1 Naver VLive, YouTube
2019 Channel_9 Season 2
2020 Channel_9 In The HOUSE

Web Drama[edit]

Year Title Network
2018 Welcome to Heal Inn Naver V Live
2019 We See Winter Naver V Live
Dating Survival Course (with Jang Gyu-ri) TvN D YouTube, Facebook, Olleh Mobile

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Asia Artist Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 Most Popular Artists (Singer) – Top 50 Fromis 9 Nominated [51]
Rising Award Won
2019 Most Popular Artists (Singer) – Top 50 Nominated
Starnews Popularity Award (Female Group) Nominated

Asia Model Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 New Star Award (Singer) Fromis 9 Won [52]

Gaon Chart Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 New Artist of the Year Fromis 9 Nominated

Golden Disc Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 Rookie of the Year Fromis 9 Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated

MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 Artist of the Year Fromis 9 Nominated [53][54]
Best New Female Artist Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award Nominated

Korea Popular Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 Rookie of the Year Fromis 9 Nominated [55]

Melon Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 Best New Artist Fromis 9 Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 Best New Female Artist Fromis 9 Nominated [56]

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 New Artist Award Fromis 9 Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

V Live Awards[edit]

Bout Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
4th 2019 Rookie Top 5 Fromis 9 Won [57]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Love Bomb (Japanese ver.)" is scheduled to release on March 13, 2020 as Fromis 9's Japanese pre-debut single.
  2. ^ "Love Bomb" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 100, but peaked at number 81 on Download component chart.[41]
  3. ^ "Fun!" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 200, but peaked at number 73 on Download component chart.[42]

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