15& are a duo signed to JYP Entertainment and they made their debut in 2012 with the digital single ‘I Dream’. Their group name is a combination of their ages, and the ‘and’ represents their success in the future. To date, the duo have released 1 full album and 3 singles.
Prior to their debut, Park Jimin was a contestant on the first season of ‘Kpop Star’, which she eventually went on to win and chose JYP as her label. On the other hand, Baek Yerin appeared on ‘Star King’ when she was 10, before auditioning for JYP Entertainment with Beyonce’s ‘Listen’. In 2008, she was signed with the label at the same time as 2PM’s Wooyoung and Beast’s Doojoon. Yerin had been a trainee for 4 year before her debut with Jimin as 15&.
Their debut single ‘I Dream’ was released in October 2012, and the girls held small guerrilla concerts and performed at many schools during their promotions. According to KT Music, who organised the free concerts, over 5000 people attended, and not just students but also many locals as well. They returned in March 2013 with a more upbeat track called ‘Somebody’. The MV was particularly popular because they parodied ‘Kpop Star’. They then made their comeback stage on ‘Kpop Star 2’. The song topped all the charts on the day of it’s release. More recently, they released ‘Can’t Hide It’, which was a pre-release song from their full album ‘Sugar’. Once again, they made their comeback stage on ‘Kpop Star 3’.
The girls have improved with every new release, and for that reason, I believe that they are definitely a duo to keep you’re eye on. They have heaps of potential and with a company like JYP behind them, I’m sure they’ll go far.
Sophie – June 2014