|Stage Name||Birth Name||Position||Birthday||Age||Height||Star Sign||C Y||BT Sort descending|
|Jinhwan 진환||Kim Jinhwan||Vocal, Dancer||24||165 cm or 5'5"||Aquarius||Rooster||A|
|Yunhyeong 윤형||Song Yunhyeong||Vocal, Visual||23||177 cm or 5'9½"||Aquarius||Pig||A|
|Junhoe 준회||Koo Junhoe||Vocal||21||182 cm or 5'11½"||Aries||Ox||A|
|Chanwoo 찬우||Jung Chanwoo||Maknae||20||180 cm or 5'11"||Aquarius||Ox||A|
|Bobby 바비||Kim Jiwon||Rapper||22||180 cm or 5'11"||Sagittarius||Pig||O|
|B.I. 비아이||Kim Hanbin||Leader, Rapper||22||177 cm or 5'9½"||Libra||Rat||O|
|Donghyuk 동혁||Kim Donghyuk||Dancer, Sub-vocal||21||175 cm or 5'9"||Capricorn||Rat||O|
iKon 아이콘 is a male idol group formed in 2015 by YG Entertainment. The group was first introduced in the reality survival program "WIN: Who is Next" as Team B. After the show, Team B went on to appear in the 2014 reality survival program "Mix & Match," which determined the final seven-member lineup as B.I., Bobby, Jinhwan, Junhoe, Yunhyeong, Donghyuk, and Chanwoo.
According to YG Entertainment's CEO, Yang Hyunsuk, the group's name derives from the intent to become an "icon for Korea," hence the K instead of C in the word "icon." The group made their debut on September 15, 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 October 15, 2015, on SBS's "Inkigayo."
As of October 2016, the group has sold over 280,000 physical albums and over 5.4 million digital records.
Prior to the group's formation, group leader B.I. featured on MC Mong's 2009 song "Indian Boy." He performed with MC Mong at the 2009 SBS Dream Concert as well as on Yoo Heeyeol's "Sketchbook."
Junhoe made a pre-debut appearance at the age of thirteen on the SBS variety show "Star King." He also competed on SBS's "K-pop Star" in 2011.
On January 3, 2011, B.I. and Jinhwan joined YG Entertainment as trainees, with Bobby joining them a week later. The three trained together for a year and formed the basis of what was to become Team B. On April 18, 2012, Junhoe and Yunhyeong joined Team B, followed by Donghyuk as the sixth and final member on November 5, 2012.
In 2013, B.I., Bobby, Jinhwan, Junhoe, Donghyuk, and Yunhyeong competed as Team B on the Mnet reality survival show "WIN: Who Is Next," competing against the trainees in Team A for the chance to debut as a group. The program involved three rounds of performances and public voting, after which Team B eventually lost to Team A, who debuted as Winner. During the program, Team B released two singles: "Just Another Boy" and "Climax."
On November 9, 2013, the members of Team B appeared as backup dancers in Taeyang's music video for "Ringa Linga."
In 2014, members Bobby and B.I. competed in the third season of the rap contest "Show Me the Money" at the same time as "Mix & Match" was being filmed. Both shows aired on Mnet. B.I. was eliminated from the top 8 in the seventh episode of the series, while Bobby went on to become the season's winner. During the show, both members released solo tracks to domestic chart success. B.I. released his own composition, "Be I," while Bobby released four tracks: "L4L (Lookin' For Luv)," "연결고리#힙합 (YGGR#hiphop)," "가 (GO)," and "가드올리고 Bounce (Raise Your Guard and Bounce)."
On April 12–13, 2014, Team B performed at YG Family's Japan Tour at the Osaka Kyocera Dome.
In June 2014, Team B appeared in the reality survival program "Mix & Match," a follow-up to "WIN: Who Is Next." The aim of the show was to determine the final lineup of iKon. While Bobby, B.I., and Jinhwan were confirmed members, the remaining members of Team B competed against three new trainees; Jung Jinhyeong, Yang Hongseok, and Jung Chanwoo, who had previously appeared on Korean television as a child actor. It was reported that 150,000 fans applied to attend the final performance of the show, and before the announcement of iKon's official lineup, YG Entertainment's blog server crashed. The final lineup contained the three remaining members of Team B with the addition of Chanwoo. Following the program's success, the iKon members held fan meetings in Korea, Japan, and China. In September, approximately 40,000 Japanese fans applied for 2,000 tickets at a fan meeting at Osaka Tojima River Forum, while more than 50,000 Chinese fans applied for their fan meeting in Beijing. The program was aired on December 29, 2014, on the CS channel in Japan.
On August 12, 2014, Winner debuted with the single "Empty," which was composed by B.I. and PK and written by B.I., Song Minho, and Bobby. On October 18, 2014, B.I. and Bobby featured on Epik High's track "Born Hater." B.I. created the song's hook at the request of Epik High member DJ Tukutz. B.I. and Bobby continued to participate in Epik High's "Born Hater" stages at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards and the SBS Gayo Daejeon. Bobby also featured in the songs "Come Here" with senior rappers Masta Wu and Dok2 and Hi Suhyun's "I'm Different," both to chart success.
On December 15, 2014, iKon performed as the opening act at Big Bang's Japan Dome Tour 2014-2015 X. On January 28, 2015, Billboard listed the group as one of the "Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015." They were the only group on the list that had yet to debut.
Following several postponements, iKon's official debut was announced on YG Entertainment's website for September 15, 2015. It was revealed that the group would be releasing their debut album Welcome Back in two parts, with 6 of the 12 tracks being singles. The first half of the album, Debut Half Album, was set to be released on October 1, followed by Debut Full Album on November 2. The track listing for the first half-album was released on September 24. Group leader B.I. was credited as the producer and co-composer of all of the album's tracks, with B.I. and Bobby contributing to lyrics for all tracks and vocalist Junhoe participating in the composition of title track "Rhythm Ta."
iKon debuted with the pre-single "My Type" and its music video on September 15, 2015. Within 24 hours of its release, the music video for "My Type" surpassed 1.7 million views on YouTube. The group took their first music show win with the single on September 26, 2015 on MBC's "Music Core," even though they had yet to make their first official live appearance. On September 24, "My Type" achieved a triple crown on the Gaon chart, having taken the number one spot on the digital, download, and streaming charts simultaneously for the 39th week of 2015. On September 18, the single became number one on the music video chart of Chinese music streaming sites QQ Music and Youku. iKon also trended on Weibo, where they were reportedly searched 1.3 billion times.
iKon's Debut Half Album was released digitally on October 1. The group held their first concert, Showtime, on October 3 at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena. The show sold out 13,000 tickets. The concert's taking place at the largest concert hall in Korea was unprecedented for a new Kpop group. Showtime was broadcast live through Naver's V app and streamed by over 500,000 viewers.
On October 4, a day after their debut concert, the group made their music show debut on SBS's "Inkigayo" with "Rhythm Ta" and "Airplane," receiving their third music show win for "My Type" in person. On October 8, they won on Mnet's "M! Countdown" with "Rhythm Ta." According to the Gaon Music Charts, iKon topped the weekly album sales charts with the first half of Welcome Back for the week of October 4-10.
During October, iKon embarked on a series of Japanese fan meetings titled "iKontact" in Tokyo, Aichi, Fukuoka, and Osaka, attended by 26,600 fans. At the end of that month, iKon received a MelOn All-Kill Popularity award and had sold 82,208 copies of Debut Half Album - Welcome Back. On October 28, it was announced that the full album's release would be delayed to December 14, with two additional digital singles released on November 16.
Two digital singles, "Apology" and "Anthem," were released on November 16. "Apology" took the number one spot on Gaon's digital chart for the 48th week of 2015. On December 24, three new singles, "Dumb & Dumber," "What's Wrong?" and "I Miss You So Bad" were released.
On March 17, 2016, YG Entertainment announced that iKon would be holding their first Asia Tour iKoncert 2016: Showtime Tour with dates in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. On July 1, their agency announced the band's second Japanese arena tour entitled iKon Japan Tour 2016. The tour was set to visit five cities for a total of 14 concerts with an attendance of 150,000 fans. Later, the company announced the addition of two shows to be held in Tokyo due to more demands in tickets, raising the attendance to 176,000 people from six cities. The tour was successfully concluded on October 26 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The completion of the second tour pegs the band's total concert attendance during its debut year at 322,000.
On May 30, the group released the digital single "#WYD" (short for "What You Doing"). The song debuted at number three on the Gaon Digital Chart. On August 10, the release of iKon's first original Japanese single "Dumb & Dumber" was announced. The single was released on September 28 with a CD+DVD version and a CD version. It debuted at number one on both the Oricon Daily Single Album Chart and the Oricon Weekly Single Album Chart.