The agency XGALX was established in 2017 as part of the Japanese entertainment company AVEX, and that same year, XGALX began its auditions process to create a new globally focused pop group. There is an entire, multi-episode documentary series dedicated to showcasing this saga of auditioning, training, and debuting a group, called XTRA XTRA, and we heartily encourage viewing it. But for those who would like to cut to the chase, the result of that five-year training process was XG, the seven-member Japanese girl group that sings in English and was produced by Korean idol and music producer Simon (JAKOPS). And here is the precise answer as to when Chisa, Hinata, Jurin, Harvey, Juria, Maya, and Cocona made their debut as XG, including their first song.
XG Debuted on March 18, 2022 with “Tippy Toes”
XG made their debut on March 18, 2022 with their first single, “Tippy Toes,” and its accompanying music video. The song was released digitally, and fans were also able to preorder limited CD / vinyl box physical editions, which quickly sold out before the debut date. Notably, unlike traditional K-pop groups, XG did not perform “Tippy Toes” on South Korean music shows. Promotion for the song in general was subdued, as if serving as an introduction to the group rather than a full launch.
Nonetheless, the song garnered praise from listeners. Incidentally, some would note similarities between “Tippy Toes” and the debut song of Source Music K-pop group Le Sserafim, who would arrive a couple months later in May 2022, and they actually preferred “Tippy Toes” — though that is purely anecdotal and the similarities are debatable in the first place. The point is that the song was well received by its intended audience, and the music video would garner tens of millions of views, which is fairly remarkable for a group from a new agency.
Prior to their debut with “Tippy Toes,” XG had also garnered attention predebut for releasing song and dance covers on their YouTube channel, which in total would go on to garner several more millions of views.
However, it would be the first XG comeback, with the single “Mascara” on June 29, 2022, where the group would really make its mark and start more regular promotions. For instance, XG appeared on Korean music show M Countdown for the first time on June 30, 2022 to perform “Mascara.” XG would also begin doing more regular interviews at this point. In the times since, XG has cultivated an impressive international following, (Their fandom is called “Alphaz.”) and we maintain an archive of all of the music videos the group has gone on to release.
In summary, XG made their debut on March 18, 2022 with the song “Tippy Toes,” but they started promoting more heavily with the release of “Mascara” in June 2022. For more about the group, check out how old the XG members currently are, what their MBTIs are, who their charismatic leader is, and who speaks truly fluent English.