Iz*One, also known as 아이즈원 (Aijeuwon) in Korean and アイズワン (Aizuwan) in Japanese, was a remarkable South Korean–Japanese girl group that captured the hearts of fans worldwide. The group was formed through the Mnet reality competition show Produce 48 in 2018, and its members consisted of Jang Won-young, Sakura Miyawaki, Jo Yu-ri, Choi Ye-na, An Yu-jin, Nako Yabuki, Kwon Eun-bi, Kang Hye-won, Hitomi Honda, Kim Chae-won, Kim Min-ju, and Lee Chae-yeon. Under the management of Off the Record and Swing Entertainment, Iz*One embarked on a journey that would leave a lasting impact on the K-pop industry. Iz*One made their official debut on October 29, 2018, with their first extended play (EP) titled “ColorIz.” The EP was an instant success, selling over 225,000 units and reaching number two on the South Korean Gaon Album Chart. The lead single from the EP, “La Vie en Rose,” also gained popularity and charted on Billboard World Albums and World Digital Songs. Their early achievements earned them the New Artist of the Year title at prestigious award ceremonies such as the Golden Disc Awards and Seoul Music Awards, solidifying their status as rising stars in the industry.
Expanding their horizons beyond South Korea, Iz*One released their Japanese debut single, “Suki to Iwasetai,” on February 6, 2019, under the Universal Music Group subsidiary EMI Records. The single peaked at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart and sold over 250,000 units, achieving platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). The group’s success in Japan demonstrated their international appeal and paved the way for further achievements in the Japanese music market. Throughout their career, Iz*One released a total of two studio albums (one Korean and one Japanese) and seven extended plays (four Korean and three Japanese). Their discography showcased their versatility and ability to deliver captivating music across different genres. Fans were enamored by their energetic performances, harmonious vocals, and synchronized choreography, making Iz*One one of the most beloved girl groups of their time.
However, despite their immense popularity and a strong fanbase, Iz*One faced an unfortunate turn of events. Following discussions about a possible contract extension, the group officially disbanded on April 29, 2021. The decision was a result of the controversy surrounding the Produce 101 series, in which Produce 48 was a part, involving vote manipulation. Despite the disbandment, the legacy of Iz*One and the bonds formed within the group continue to hold a special place in the hearts of their fans. The name Iz*One, stylized in all caps, was chosen through a suggestion by netizens on the official Produce 48 website and approved by CJ ENM, the production company behind the show. “IZ” represents the number 12, symbolizing the twelve members of the group, while “One” signifies their unity and strength as a collective. The asterisk between “IZ” and “One” represents the astrological signs of the zodiac, further emphasizing their diverse talents and individual personalities. As fans fondly reminisce about the music and memories created by Iz*One, they continue to support the individual endeavors of each member, eagerly awaiting the day they may reunite on stage once again.