XG: Everything You Need to Know About the Fantastic Japanese/Korean Girl Group

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XG on July 1, 2022 at Music Bank. Image by XG on Wikimedia Commons.

Last updated on August 7th, 2023 at 08:58 am

XG is one of the world’s most popular girl groups. Their fresh, inventive music and outstanding performances have garnered millions of fans. Who are XG? Find out everything you need to know in this article. 

Basic Information About XG

XG stands for Xtraordinary Girls. The term signifies that the group strives to empower young people around the world.

The Japanese girl group currently resides in South Korea. 

They were formed by Xgalx, a label of Avex, and the seven XG members are Chisa, Jurin, Hinata, Juria, Cocona, Maya, and Harvey. 

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XG Debut

The popular girl group has been preparing for its debut since 2017. 

Their social media accounts were launched on January 25, 2022 and debuted with a short video entitled Xgalx – The Beginning. 

A dance video directed by Choi Hyo-jin, from the popular Korean street dance TV show Street Woman Fighter, followed. 

For several weeks XG members released a series of teaser content, which included a vocal cover video of Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” with Juria and Chisa as the performers, and a rap video featuring Harvey and Jurin performing a cover of Rob Stone’s “Chill Bill.” 

Then on February 2, 2022, they posted solo dance performance videos featuring all of its members dancing in different styles.

Finally, XG debuted on March 18, 2022, with the release of their digital single “Tippy Toes.” This release was performed in the English language. 

XG Releases After Debut

On June 29, 2022, the girl group released their second all English-language single titled “Mascara,” which was followed by performing their single in their first television appearance on South Korean Mnet’s M Countdown. 

Then on November 17, they released a rap cypher video entitled “Galz Xypher.” The video became viral on Tik Tok through a fan account which garnered 14 million views on the platform. 

Their latest release was last January 25, 2023, with their third single, “Shooting Star,” coupled with a music video and an additional track, “Left Right.”

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XG announced last July 25, 2022, that their fans would be known as “ALPHAZ.” 

The name stems from the word “alpha” which is a term for the leader of a pack of wolves. 

The group explained that they want to create a movement around the world with their fans, thinking “for ourselves and not caring about stereotypes and boundaries.” 

Furthermore, the XG members want to inspire and uplift young people from all over the world.

Is XG Under YG?

YG Entertainment has since stated that the girl group has no connection with them whatsoever despite the rumors that the group was made in collaboration with them. 

The XG members are managed by Xgalx, which is a subsidiary of Japanese entertainment company named Avex. 

Does XG Speak Korean?

Despite their songs being in English, the group’s social media is in Korean, and the group promotes mainly in Korea. 

Whether the XG members are delivering their dance-heavy singles or smooth vocal covers on YouTube, the group performs in three languages- English, Japanese, and Korean. 

They are known to speak in Japanese and Korean when not on stage.

Who is the Most Popular in XG?

If you want to know who is the most popular among the XG members, it’s a tie between Cocona and Hinata. Coming in a close second is Harvey.

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Is XG a Jpop or K-pop Group?

Lots of people are curious: is XG K-pop? Or since they hail from Japan, they are just a J-pop? 

XG prefers not to be called a K-pop act but a “global girl group.” 

Despite what their CEO said, there are some commentaries maintaining that XG is K-pop for some of the following reasons: 

  • The group themselves are based in Korea
  • XG promote in Korea and on Korean music shows while they never promote in Japan or perform on Japanese music shows
  • K-pop fans are the only ones who know them, while J-pop fans don’t. 

It is obvious, too, that XG follows a K-pop-like method because K-pop is undoubtedly very popular and successful nowadays.

Does XG Members Speak English?

The XG members are actually Japanese but sing in English, typically speaking only in Korean and Japanese when away from the stage. 

Maya is fluent in English. Most of them can speak in English as most groups nowadays must learn English if they want to break into the international scene.

Who is the Rapper in XG?

HARVEY is the main lead rapper and sub-vocalist.

XG Members Nationality

XG’s members are all Japanese.

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Who Are the Members of XG?

Here are some basic facts about each member of this dynamic girl group.


Stage Name: JURIN (樹林/주린)

Birth Name: Asaya Jurin (朝谷樹林/아사야 주린)

Birthday: June 19, 2002

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

Position: Leader, Lead Rapper, Main Dancer, Vocalist

Height: 5’2″

Nationality: Japanese

JURIN was born in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. She was the first member revealed on January 29, 2022. 

The singer and rapper went to school at AVEX artist academy and fulfilled her childhood dream to become a fashion model at age 15.

She has been a model for Drop Tokyo, Popteen, and more. 

Jurin is also a professional snowboarder, starting snowboarding at the early age of three, being influenced by her surfer parents. 

As far as her musical influences go, she listens to TLC and a lot of Japanese rappers. 


Stage Name: CHISA (ちさ/치사)

Birth Name: Kondou Chisa (今度 ちさ / 콘도 치사)

Birthday: January 17, 2002

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Position: Sub-leader, Main Vocalist

Height: 5’1”

Nationality: Japanese

CHISA, the second member of XG revealed on January 30, 2022, was born in Osaka, Japan.

She describes herself as a curious person with hobbies including taking selfies, doing makeup, and singing.


Stage Name: Hinata (ひなた/히나타)

Birth Name: Sohara Hinata (宗原ひなた / 소하라 히나타)

Birthday: June 11, 2002

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

Position: Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist

Height: 5’2”

Nationality: Japanese-Korean

Hinata was born in Aichi, Nagoya, Japan. Her favorite animes include I Want to Eat Your Pancreas and Haikyu!! 

She’s a fan of Kehlani and SZA and has a good talent for drawing.

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Stage Name: HARVEY (ハービー/하비)

Birth Name: Amy Jannet Harvey (ハーヴィー瑛美 / 에이미 자넷 하비)

Position: Main Rapper, Sub Vocalist

Birthday: December 18, 2002

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Height: 5’3″

Nationality: Japanese-Australian

HARVEY was born in Tokyo, Japan. She’s Austrailian and Japanese. Harvey was the seventh and last member to be revealed on February 4, 2022. 

She has been active as a model since she was in junior high and has modeled for brands like Vogue Girl. 

This XG member was a part of the Avex dance team Shorty and participated in the popular routine “Tokyo Girls.” 

She likes unicorns, rainbows, and colorful and shiny things. Interestingly, she even believes in UFOs. 

This girl is in charge of the uniqueness of the group.


Stage Name: Juria (ジュリア/쥬리아)

Birth Name: Ueda Juria (上田ジュリア/ 우에다 쥬리아), known formerly as Yanou Juria (矢納純利亜)

Position: Main Vocalist

Birthday: November 28, 2004

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Blood Type: O

Nationality: Japanese

Juria was born in Osaka, Japan. She was the sixth member revealed in February 3, 2022.

Formerly of Amorecarina, she graduated from the group on September 30, 2015. She also spent time in other popular K-Pop bands and is known for her powerful vocal skills.


Stage Name: Maya (マヤ/마야)

Birth Name: Kawachi Maya (河地マヤ / 카와치 마야)

Birthday: August 10, 2005

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Position: Lead Vocalist, Rapper

Height: 156 cm (5’1″)

Nationality: Japanese

Maya was the fifth member to be revealed on February 2, 2022. She auditioned for “Tokyo Girls” in 2017. She is fluent in both English and Korean. 


Stage Name: Cocona (ココナ/코코나)

Birth Name: Akiyama Kokona (秋山ここな / 아키야마 코코나)

Position: Main Rapper, Sainenshō (Youngest)

Birthday: December 6, 2005

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Nationality: Japanese

Cocona was born in Kanto, Japan. She was the third member to be revealed on January 31, 2022. 

Formerly, she was a student of AVEX Artist Academy and a member of its project group A-CE.

One of her proudest moments was winning the 2018 Kira Challe audition in the singing category. She is XG’s main rapper.

XG’s Accolades

Though they’re a relatively new group, the popular group has already won a couple of awards, including the Rising Star Award at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan and Debut of the Year at the Premio Annual K4US.

It’s plain to see that this talented girl group will be dominating the charts for years to come. 

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Written by Anna Paulson


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