GI (band)


Global Icon( Hangul : 지아이; acronym : GI) was a South Korean girl group formed by Simtong Entertainment in 2013. They released their debut single "Beatles" on April 3, 2013.The group originally debuted with a "boyish" concept, referring to the fact that the majority of the members had short hair and a more masculine attitude and style, opposed to the feminine concepts many Korean pop girl groups have, but after their line-up changes, the group returned in 2015 with a feminine and sexy concept.

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 GI (band)'s History

2013: Debut, Comeback and "Don't Lie" controversyedit

It was revealed that they would take on a fresh concept from that of the usual girl group:

We’re going to be different from the cute and sexy girl groups that come out almost once every week with our music and style. You can look forward to them.

The group released their debut single "Beatles" on April 3, 2013 along with its music video. They made their debut onShow Championthe same day.

This drew some criticism from fans, as the CF features the members dressed in fancy dresses, something which many took to mean that the group was straying from their original "boyish" concept.[citation needed]

and they were forced to go with "Giyeuk" as their comeback single instead.

2014 - 2015 Present: Lineup Changes and Comebackedit

This came after around two months of silence from Aram's social media accounts, right after coming back from promotion in Japan. Representative of SimTong Entertainment initially said to GI International Fanclub that "Aram’s withdrawal from GI and our agency is under discussion", but then revealed that "GI will stay as a 5 member group and instead of Aram, a new member will be added in her place." It was also announced that GI is preparing for a comeback with the new member, and she will be probably taking over Aram's position as main vocalist. Member Hayun uploaded a photo on Twitter on June 19 showing the girls practicing, including a shot of two unknown girls, who fans presumed to be the new members, although they were met with strong criticism when fans noticed that they were lip-syncing during live performances.

On November 14, 2014 it was revealed through the group's official page that Hayun had also left the group (in August of that year), leaving the group's future in doubt, although it was announced in January 2015 that the group would be making a comeback in that year.

2016: Lineup Changes and Possible Disbandmentedit

Former Membersedit

  • OneKet (원캣)
  • Aram (아람)
  • Hayeon (하연)
  • Eunji (은지)
  • AI (아이)
  • Jiamin (지아민)
  • Heeso (희소)
  • Dokyung (도경)


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 GI (band)'s Discography

Extended plays

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
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YearAlbum informationPeak chart positions
Track listingSales
2013 "Beatles"
  • Released: April 3, 2013
  • Language:Korean
  • Length: 06:42
  • Label: Simtong Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
  1. Beatles
  2. Beatles (BeatBurger Remix)


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 GI (band)'s References

  1. "BEATLES Digital Single". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. jennywill (August 30, 2015). GI (Global Icon) fully reveals the faces of 3 new members + Jiamin's solo shot. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  3. "New tomboy girl group GI (Global Icon) releases member images!". Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. "OneKet and AI Video Teaser". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. "Eunji, Aram and Hayun Video teaser". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. "Music Video Teaser". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  7. "GI (Global Icon)'s pre-release "Because Of You" delayed until August". Allkpop. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  8. "GI lands endorsement deal with '94 street' + announces release date for 'Because of You' |". Allkpop. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  9. "GI (Global Icon)'s First Mini Album Title Track "Don't Lie" Deemed Unfit for Terrestrial Network Broadcast". Soompi. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
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  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  12. "Girl Group GI in Legal Battle with Agency as Members Demand Contract Termination". Soompi. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  13. "[단독] 걸그룹 지아이 아람-원캣, 소속사 심통과 '법적 분쟁'". Heraldcorp. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  14. alim17 (June 29, 2015). GI (Global Icon) introduce the talented three new members of the group. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  15. serendipity (September 2, 2015). GI (Global Icon) return with a new lineup and change in concept in 'Doligo Doligo' MV!. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  16. "[Song & MV Review] GI (Global Icon) - 'DoliGo DoliGo' |". Allkpop. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  17. "What's going on with GI (Global Icon)? |". Allkpop. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  18. "은지 on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  23. "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  24. "Gaon Album Chart - September 2013". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 

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