Now ITZY is back with their second single “Icy” and first album It’z Icy, and the new music landed them on the Emerging Artists chart, where the girl group premiered at No. 34 on the chart dated Aug. 10. Their debut on the chart can be credited to the act’s strong social media presence and growing following, landing them at No. 20 on the Social 50 chart this week too; they previously peaked on that chart at No. 19 ahead of the release of "Icy."
According to the group, whose members describe their identity to Billboard using words like “special,” “confident” and “unique," the new album was inspired and motivated by the response to their first single. “Ever since our debut, we always search “ITZY” and we always read those precious letters and comments of our fans, along with the press releases that we’re mentioned in,” they tell Billboard as a group. “We’re really honored and thankful for the attention and we always motivate ourselves to be a group worthy of those words.”
While it’s only their first album, the pressure was high for ITZY to return with an impactful follow-up to “Dalla Dalla,” and Lia says that she wanted everyone to take away from this album "the fact that ITZY is a monster rookie,” while Ryujin hopes that they "leave a strong impression about our performance.”
Hailing from JYP Entertainment, which has previously produced many popular K-pop acts and is well known for producing hit girl groups Wonder Girls and TWICE, ITZY is eager to carve out their place in the K-pop scene as it continues to become more and more popular internationally. “Many great artists before us have been representing K-pop globally, and we grew our dream watching them,” they say. “It would be an honor to represent and receive a chance to perform in front of our global fans, just like our senior (former) artists. We want to be part of the influence great music and performance.”
“We hope everyone feels the energy that ITZY has,” says Chaeryoung.
ITZY will perform for the first time in the U.S. later this month at KCON 2019 Los Angeles, but ahead of that appearance, get to learn a bit more about ITZY below.
Members: Yeji (19), Lia (19), Ryujin (18), Chaeryeong (18) and Yuna (15)
Hometowns: Yeji – Jeonju, South Korea
Lia – Incheon, South Korea
Ryujin – Seoul, South Korea
Chaeryeong – Yongin, South Korea
Yuna – Suwon, South Korea
Recommended ITZY Songs: Yeji – “Icy”
Lia – “Dalla Dalla”
Ryujin – “Want It?”
Chaeryeong – “It’z Summer”
Yuna – “Cherry”
Passions outside of work: Yeji – Beauty
Lia – Shopping, Work out, Food
Ryujin – Drama, Cereal
Chaeryeong – Inner beauty
Yuna – Surfing, Swimming
What’s ITZY looking forward to next?: “We made our first appearance with 'Dalla Dalla,' and now we’re back with 'Icy.' In between, we also got a fandom name called 'Midzy' – meaning 'trust' in Korean. We’re really grateful for what happened in just six months, but we feel the need to practice and work harder, since this is only the start. We promise to be back with great music and performance, so please look forward for us!”