As a follow-up to the announcement, here are more of Yang Hyun Suk's answers to fans' demands including the name of Treasure 13's second group or "subunit", as well as Treasure 13's fanclub name, their pre-debut reality show, and more.
What is the name of the second, 6-member group?
"The name of the latter, 6-member group is Magnum. The Black Pink members mentioned the name on broadcast before, and it was also revealed that YG Entertainment registered the trademark for this name, so many of you already suspected this group name.
The name Magnum was chosen because they common say, 'Drunk on music' just like 'Drunk on alcohol' or 'Drunk on the mood', and among the best quality alcohols known, they call a double-sized, 1.5 L bottle of wine, Magnum.
I chose this name hoping that the world will become 'Drunk' on their music, and this name is also used to describe select gun models, so I felt that the name fit a boy group better than a girl group; it is a name I have been cherishing after we finished filing its trademark."
What are the debut plans for Treasure 13?
"Treasure 13's first debut is expected between May-July of this year, and I plan to nurture Treasure 13's growth through continuous and offensive music releases.
After Treasure 13's successful debut, Treasure and Magnum will go on to promote as two separate groups."
Are there any pre-debut plans?
"On 'YG Treasure Box', announcer Jang Sung Gyu often used the comment, 'Open The Treasure Box'. This phrase will soon be used as the title of a new reality program, depicting Treasure 13's debut process as well as their daily lives. We are currently preparing for this reality program. It will air through 'V Live', YouTube, etc much like 'YG Treasure Box', in order to approach global fans simultaneously."
Is there a fanclub name for Treasure 13?
"The three teams will have one fanclub name overall. The fanclub name is also a term which was used very often during the 'YG Treasure Box' broadcast - 'Treasure Maker'. I feel that it is the most appropriate fanclub name, as Treasure 13's growth and success will be made alongside the fans."
What is the distinguishing point of Treasure 13 from their sunbae YG groups?
"Generation-wise, we can determine that Big Bang are YG's 1st generation boy group, WINNER and iKON are 2nd generation, and Treasure 13 are 3rd generation.
A similarity to their sunbae groups will be that the members will participate in composing and writing lyrics for all of their songs.
In Treasure 13's case, however, we do not plan to enforce the members' participation in composing and writing their own songs; instead, we plan to utilize YGE's production capabilities to their fullest. While an artist who composes and writes his/her own songs can become a great strength, it's true that when the members are too busy and they do not have time or become stuck during the creative process, it can create a much bigger gap in their promotional breaks.
Just as our main producer Teddy is in charge of all of Black Pink's music with some participation from our The Black Label artists, Treasure 13's music will be created by YG producers, The Black Label producers, and our most recently created YGX producers, for a speedy creative process involving over 30 producers.
I ask for fans' abundant attention and encouragements toward Treasure 13's successful debut.
Due to time constraints, I will visit again tomorrow with news of Black Pink's new music release."