After debuting in October 2018, IZ*ONE became an irreplaceable girl group in the industry — so fans around the world are sad to see them officially disband. And according to Forbes, their disbandment marks K-Pop’s “first great loss” of 2021.
Hugh McIntyre, a Forbes Contributor, called their breaking up the first big disbandment of this year in the industry, and he’s not wrong if fans crowdfunding over a million dollars to relaunch the group is any indicator. After being put together in 2018 on the reality competition show PRODUCE 48, the 12-member group IZ*ONE went on to produce multiple chart topping hits in the following two and a half years.
Their first album COLOR*IZ ranked second on South Korea’s Gaon Album Chart, and 9th on Billboard‘s World Albums chart, with their title track”La Vie en Rose” peaking at number six on the World Digital Songs chart. Their following albums also did incredibly well, with their latest and fourth album One-reeler / Act IV debuting as number one on South Korea’s Gaon Album Chart.
Their absence from the industry as a group will definitely be missed, but each member has their own plans moving forward and fans will continue to support them.