iKon (Hangul: 아이콘), stylized as iKON, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2015 by YG Entertainment. The group was first introduced in the reality survival program WIN: Who is Next as “Team B.” After that, Team B went on to appear in the 2014 reality survival program Mix & Match, which determined the final seven-member lineup of iKon: B.I, Bobby, Jinhwan,Junhoe, Yunhyeong, Donghyuk and Chanwoo.
According to YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk, the group’s name derives from the intent to become an ‘icon for Korea’, hence the ‘K’. The group made their debut on 15 September 2015, through the digital release of their first single “My Type” from their first studio album Welcome Back. Their first broadcast live performance was on 15 October 2015, on SBS’sInkigayo.
As of March 2016, the group has sold over 210,000 physical albums, and over 3.6 million digital records.
- B.I was born Kim Han-bin (Hangul: 김한빈) on October 22, 1996
- Jinhwan was born Kim Jin-hwan (Hangul: 김진환) on February 7, 1994
- Yunhyeong was born Song Yun-hyeong (Hangul: 송윤형) on February 8, 1995
- Bobby was born Kim Ji-won (Hangul: 김지원) on December 21, 1995
- Donghyuk was born Kim Dong-hyuk (Hangul: 김동혁) on January 3, 1997
- Junhoe was born Koo Jun-hoe (Hangul: 구준회) on March 31, 1997
- Chanwoo was born Jung Chan-woo (Hangul: 정찬우) on January 26, 1998