Twice is far and away one of the most important and influential groups of the third generation of K-pop, remaining the crown jewel of JYP Entertainment, but the truth is that there was a great deal of excitement surrounding the group before its lineup had even been finalized. This is because Twice was formed from an Mnet reality show competition, Sixteen, which aired between May and July 2015. In the final episode of the series, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung earned their spots in the group, and JYP Entertainment founder Park Jin-young then surprised everyone by adding two more members, Tzuyu and Momo. Tzuyu was added as a result of fan voting and enthusiasm, while JYP felt Momo would effectively complement the rest of the members. So now let’s discuss when exactly did Twice make their debut, along with their first album and lead song.
Twice Debuted on October 20, 2015 with the Song “Like Ooh Ahh”
Twice made their debut in the K-pop world on October 20, 2015 with the mini-album The Story Begins and the lead single “Like Ooh Ahh,” whose music video premiered on the same date in South Korea. The Story Begins contains six songs in total, whose English names follow: “Like Ooh Ahh,” “Do It Again,” “Going Crazy,” “Truth,” “Candy Boy,” and “Like a Fool.” The video for “Like Ooh Ahh” is particularly memorable, in that it involves a zombie invasion with a lot of extras in heavy makeup, yet the video and song are otherwise cute, light, and infectious. The Story Begins has sold more than a quarter of a million copies in lifetime sales in South Korea, and it had sold 4,000 copies in the United States as of May 2019. Considering that North American K-pop fandom was in a state of relative infancy at the time of the album’s release compared to the current moment, 4,000 copies could be deemed appreciable sales.
Besides a press showcase that occurred on the day of their debut, Twice performed for the first time on October 22, 2015 on M Countdown with “Like Ooh Ahh” and “Do It Again.” In the years since, Twice has gone on to achieve incredible levels of acclaim.
That’s everything you need to know about when Twice made their debut and with what song! Next up, check out how old the Twice members are or who the leader of Twice is, how she was selected, and what her responsibilities are. Alternatively, you can check out which languages Twice speaks. Or for more JYP girl groups, check out how old the Itzy and NMIXX members are.