15&

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15&
Also known as Fifteen And
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2012 (2012)–2016 (Hiatus)
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 was their age at debut and the ‘&’ means that they can have success into the future. They debuted with and released their debut single "I Dream" on October 5, 2012.[1]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

In 2012, Park Jimin was the first-place winner of the South Korean reality TV competition, "K-pop Star".[2] 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.[3][4]

When Baek Yerin was ten years old, she was introduced as a "R&B genius" on Star King.[5][6] In 2008, she auditioned with Beyoncé’s "Listen" and was accepted as a trainee at the same time as 2PM's Wooyoung and Highlight's Doo-joon.[7] Yerin had been a JYP trainee for over four years before she officially debuted with Jimin.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.

2014–2015: Can't Hide It, Sugar and Love is Madness[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."[11] 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.[12] They performed the song for the first time along with other songs on February 14, 2015 for their Valentine's Day concert for singles.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[14]
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

[16]
KOR
Hot 100

[17]
"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

[16]
"Rain & Cry" 2014 46
  • KOR: 52,613 (DL)[23]
Sugar
"Star" 85
  • KOR: 25,834 (DL)[23]
"Not Today Not Tomorrow" 95
  • KOR: 23,805 (DL)[23]

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[24] Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "15& Official Website".
  2. ^ "JYP Entertainment Opens Park Ji Min's 15& Homepage". enews world. September 24, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "K팝스타' 박지민, JYP와 전속계약 "데뷔 앨범 준비" (in Korean). Nate. May 21, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "'K-Pop Star' winner Park Jimin signs with JYP Entertainment". allkpop. May 21, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "JYP `천재소녀` 백예린 알고보니 김조한 제자" (in Korean). Nate. October 2, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "15&'s Baek Ye Rin revealed to be a student of singer Kim Jo Han". allkpop. October 2, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "JYP Reveals ′K-Pop Star′ Park Ji Min′s Fellow Member for 15&, Baek Ye Rin". Mnet. September 27, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "JYPE releases childhood photos of 15& members". allkpop. September 26, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "Rookie duo 15& debuts with "I Dream" on 'Inkigayo'!". allkpop. October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  10. ^ "15& successfully completes their 'school attack' guerrilla concerts". allkpop. October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  11. ^ "15& releases 'Can't Hide It' digital single!". allkpop. April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "15& release digital single 'Love Is Madness' + tops 5 music charts". allkpop. February 8, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "15& welcome you to their Valentine's Day concert with a poster". allkpop. February 5, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  18. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Dream":
  19. ^ "Gaon Download Chart - 2013년". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  20. ^ "2014년 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on February 8, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  21. ^ Sales by month:
  22. ^ "2015 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  23. ^ a b c "2014년 23주차 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  24. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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