After the end of “Produce 101,” fans made an imaginary project group consisting of five eliminated contestants, and Loen Entertainment has responded to the fan love; the five members are currently at work on an album, which is slated for release sometime mid-August.
The group, consisting of members Han Hyeri (12th place; Star Empire), Lee Soohyun (13th place; no affiliation), Kim Sohee (15th place; Music Works), Yoon Chaekyung (16th place; DSP), and Lee Haein (17th place; no affiliation), is called I.B.I, which are the English initials for the Korean word meaning “ordinary person.”
Production investment team manager Hwang Tae Yeon from Loen said, “I.B.I is truly a group made by the public. In order to create this opportunity for these members, who are looking forward to their own debuts, we worked in conjunction with everyone’s agencies to align schedules and opinions, and recently made the final decision.”
Loen’s Choi Jae Woo said that rather than marketing for the song, they are focusing on introducing each member, and making their music heard one more time.