Fromis 9

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Fromis 9
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Fromis 9 in June 2019
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop
Years active2017 (2017)–present
Labels
Websitefromisnine.com
Members
  • Saerom
  • Hayoung
  • Gyuri
  • Jiwon
  • Jisun
  • Seoyeon
  • Chaeyoung
  • Nagyung
  • Jiheon

Fromis 9 (Korean프로미스나인 or 프로미스 9; initialism for "From Idol School"; stylized as fromis_9[1][2]) is a South Korean girl group formed by CJ E&M through the 2017 reality show Idol School. The group's name, pronounced as "promise" in Korean, also means "to keep their promise [to viewers] to be the best girl group". The group is composed of nine members: Jisun, Hayoung, Saerom, Chaeyoung, Nagyung, Jiwon, Seoyeon, Jiheon and Gyuri.[3][4]

The group debuted on January 24, 2018, under Stone Music Entertainment with the release of their first extended play (EP), To. Heart.[5]

History[edit]

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

In March 2017, it was announced that Mnet, the same producer of the shows including Sixteen and Produce 101, would be launching a new reality survival show titled Idol School to form a new girl group.[6] 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.[7][8][9] Pledis Entertainment, led by CEO Han Sung-soo, managed the group's training and debut.[10]

Fromis premiered its own reality program on October 19 titled Fromis's 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.[11] The group's name was later changed to Fromis 9 following the final episode of Fromis's Room on November 23, with the "9" meaning the nine students who graduated from Idol School.[2]

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.[12][13] They also performed the song on the December 15th episode of Music Bank, marking the group's first-ever appearance in a music program.[14]

2018: Debut with To. Heart and 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.[15][16][17] The EP, along with its lead single, "To Heart", was released on January 24.[5] The EP debuted at number 4 on the Gaon Album Chart issued on January 27, 2018.[18]

On May 10, it was confirmed that Jang Gyu-ri has entered as a contestant in Produce 48 during M Countdown.[19] Fromis 9 remained 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.[20][21] 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.[22]

The group has released a special single album titled From.9 on October 10 with the title song, "LOVE BOMB," which has reached over 10 million views on YouTube. It was the first comeback with all the 9 members after the return of Jang Gyu-ri.[23][24]

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.[25]

2019: Fun Factory[edit]

On February 8, 2019, a seconds short season in announced for the Winter Season, this time with Jang Gyu-ri added as a new traveller.[26] In May, Jang Gyu-ri made her solo acting debut in the web drama, Compulsory Dating Education.[27]

On May 22, it was revealed that Fromis 9 will make their comeback on June 4.[28] After the announcement, Fromis 9 shared a prologue for their first single album, Fun Factory.[29]

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
[30]
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
[30]
From.9
  • Released: October 10, 2018
  • Label: Off the Record Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming audio, SMC
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
[37]
KOR
Hot.

[38]
US World
[39]
"Glass Shoes" (유리구두) 2017 Non-album single
"To Heart" 2018 To. Heart
"DKDK" (두근두근) To. Day
"Love Bomb" [A] 22 From.9
"Fun!" 2019 [B] 94 Fun Factory
"—" 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. [42]
2018 "To Heart" To. Heart Digipedi [43]
"DKDK" (두근두근) To. Day [44]
"Love Bomb" From.9 [45]
2019 "Fun!" Fun Factory

Filmography[edit]

Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network
2017 Idol School Mnet
Fromis’ Room Mnet, Facebook Live
Fromis 9 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

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 [46]
Rising Award Won

Asia Model Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 New Star Award (Singer) Fromis 9 Won [47]

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 [48][49]
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 [50]

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 [51]

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 [52]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Love Bomb" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 100, but peaked at number 81 on Download component chart.[40]
  2. ^ "Fun!" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 200, but peaked at number 73 on Download component chart.[41]

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