Block B

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Block B
Block B.jpg
From the left: Taeil, Jaehyo, Kyung , P.O., Zico, B-Bomb, U-Kwon
Background information
Native name 블락비
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Hip hop, Pop, Dance, K-pop, R&B
Years active 2011–present
Labels Stardom (2011-2013)
LOEN (2011-2013) (distributor)
Seven Seasons (2013-present)
CJ E&M (2013-present) (distributor)
Associated acts EvoL, Phantom, SPEED Kye Bum Joo (계범주)
Members Zico
Taeil
B-Bomb
Jaehyo
U-Kwon
Kyung
P.O
Korean name
Hangul 블락비
Revised Romanization Beullakbi
McCune–Reischauer Pŭllakbi

Block B (Hangul: 블락비) is a South Korean boy group created by Cho PD under his label Brand New Stardom, who after a controversy, moved to a new label Seven Seasons. On April 15, 2011, they made their debut on KBS Music Bank with their promotional single, "Freeze!" ("그대로 멈춰라!"). The group consists of seven members: Zico (Woo Jiho), Lee Taeil, B-Bomb (Lee Minhyuk), Ahn Jaehyo, U-Kwon (Kim Yukwon), Park Kyung, and P.O (Pyo Jihoon). The members of Block B have dancing, rapping, composing, and singing experience. Block B is short for the term Blockbuster. The group has its roots in hip hop but has branched out into different genres.

History[edit]

2011: Debut[edit]

Block B at the Cyworld Dream Music Festival in 2011

In February 2011, Cho PD announced that he would be spending $1.4 million USD to create a seven-member hip hop group under his "Creating Korea's Eminem Project".[1] He added that this septet had been mentored by other hip hop artists, including Verbal Jint, Skull, and Rhymer, and announced their debut to be in April 2011. The group garnered interest both domestically and internationally prior to their debut single, titled Do You Wanna B? which consists of three tracks.

On April 13, 2011, their debut music video for "Freeze!" was released. "Freeze!" was banned by the Commission of Youth Protection because the organization felt that it was too sexy for Korean television.[2] As a result of the ban, the song could not be sold to minors under the age of 19, and the video could not be aired before 10 PM. On April 15, 2011, Block B made their live debut on KBS Music Bank.[3][4] The group followed up with another track, "Wanna B."[5]

Block B made several appearances on both radio and variety shows, including Younha's Starry Night[6] and 100 Points Out of 100.[7]

Their first mini album New Kids on the Block was released on June 23, 2011.[8]

On June 22, 2011, the first episode of MTV's eight-episode series Match Up! was aired featuring Block B and B1A4.[9] The first episode revealed Block B's music video for their mini album's title track, "Tell Them". The show was designed to allow both groups to show off their musical talents and personalities through weekly missions and behind-the-scenes footage. On October 16, 2011 MTV started airing a series of specials for the Match Up series that followed Block B as they promoted in Japan.

2012: Welcome to the Block, Controversy With Thailand and Block B Returns[edit]

It was announced in early January that Block B would make their return with a new mini album titled Welcome to the Block. On January 13 a trailer for the album was released and soon after on January 27, a fifteen second preview of their new single "Nalina" ("Go Crazy") was revealed. A second teaser was also revealed three days later.

On February 1, "Nalina" was unveiled to the public and Welcome to the Block was deemed an "all kill" on various music sites, however, two songs from the album ("LOL" and "Did You or Did You Not") were banned as inappropriate for minors by The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) and KBS.

In February 2012 Block B came under fire for a mistranslation of a video from an interview that had taken place in Thailand a month earlier. In response, the members issued letters of apology and released a video on their record company's YouTube channel. As result of this incident, leader of Block B, Zico, also shaved his head to demonstrate his remorse.[10]

Block B returned in October – eight months after their last comeback – with their first full length album, Blockbuster. For this album, the group moved away from their usual hip-hop sound to incorporate many different music styles. Most of the songs on the album were written or produced by the members. The title track "Nillili Mambo" was well received and ranked number 10 on the "Billboard World Albums Chart."[11]

Block B released a statement saying, "We’re thankful to everyone who loved us endlessly even after a long wait. We worked hard to prepare for this album, so we hope more people enjoy it together. We’re going to work hard to keep making good music." On November 30 Block B performed for the first time in the MAMA awards at the red carpet pre-show event in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre with their song "Nillili Mambo."[12]

Block B performed "All of the Lights" with Alexandra Burke as part of a special stage from H-Artistry in Malaysia November 3rd. [13]Block B's leader Zico performed for a special hip-hop stage called "Beats Rock The World," along with artistes Dynamic Duo, Double K, Davichi and Loco.[14]

2013: Lawsuit against Stardom Entertainment and Suicide of Ex-CEO[edit]

On January 3 it was reported that Block B had filed a suit against their agency to ask for their exclusive contract to be nullified.[15]

According to media reports, the Block B members filed against Stardom at the Seoul Central District Court, stating, “During the signing of the exclusive contract, it was promised that in addition to providing proper training opportunity and facilities, we would be paid on every 25th of the following month… However, the agency has not paid us for nearly one year since April of 2011.”[16] (It’s not clear whether it is 2011 or 2012 since the quote in the article states that it is nearly a year, but April 2011 would be well over a year).

“It started last year in March when one member’s contract was ended and his portion of the pay was calculated… Appearance fees from events as well as pay from SBS drama ‘Phantom’s OST, MBC drama ‘Golden Time’ OST, and funds collected from the inauguration of our Japanese fan site’s fan club, and more for a total of 10 things, have been omitted.”

They added, “The CEO of the agency, Mr Lee, has also disappeared with the 70,000,000 KRW (~66,000 USD) that he collected from the members’ parents."

On May 20, 2013, it was reported that Mr. Lee had committed suicide.[17]

On June 7, 2013, the court ruled in favour of the company, saying "It's difficult to see the company not being able to pay the group as intentional. From the evidence provided so far, it is difficult to claim that the label purposely did not pay Block B. It is also difficult to say that the label did not provide proper facilities such as studios and dorms, and it is also difficult to say that they did not provide education and guidance. From written records, it cannot be said that Stardom Entertainment violated their management obligations. There is a possibility that the musical income of 430,000,000 KRW (approximately $385,000 USD) and the event income of 5,000,000 KRW (approximately $4,500 USD) was not properly taken care of. However, from just the evidence provided, it cannot be said that the label purposely kept the money from the members."[18]

Block B issued a statement in response to the ruling, apologizing to fans and saying they would no longer be working with Stardom Entertainment. The group also said that they would be contesting the ruling, and were preparing independent promotions.[19]

2013: Block B Comeback With New Label Seven Seasons[edit]

On August 29, 2013, Block B announced that they had negotiated the transfer of their rights from Stardom to a new management company, Seven Seasons.[20] A representative from Seven Seasons said that the group was planning to release a new album in October.[21]

Seven Seasons created a YouTube channel in which they uploaded Block B videos. On August 31, 2013, Seven Seasons released U-kwon's teaser video, which featured him jogging through urban Seoul, with the question "Do you wanna B?" at the end.[22] Following that was JaeHyo and P.O.'s teaser released on September 4, showing the two suiting up. That teaser also ended with the question: "Do you wanna B?" [23]

On September 17, 2013, Block B announced their pre-released single via Seven Seasons' YouTube channel. The single "Be the Light" featured Taeil's singing voice with a short clip of their MV accompanying it.[24] The full video was released September 22, 2013.[25] The song reached #14 on the Gaon digital chart in the first week of its release.[26]

Block B released their next mini-album, Very Good, with five songs, on October 2. The group also released a video of the title song,[27] along with a "Maximum Close Up Version" on October 7[28] and a "Dance Like BB Version" on October 15.[29] They held a comeback showcase October 3 at Korea University Hwajeong Gym in Seoul,[30] which was live-streamed via YouTube, Mnet.com, MWave (Global Mnet), and allkpop.[31]

Very Good debuted at #1 on the Gaon album chart,[32] while the singles "Very Good," "When Where What How," and "Nice Day" debuted at #6, #20, and #26, respectively, on the Gaon digital single charts.[33] The album also debuted at #6 on the Billboard world album chart.[34]

2014: International Tours and Blockbuster Concert[edit]

On February 25, 2014, the K-Culture Festival in Germany announced that Block B was scheduled to appear at the September 14 festival in Düsseldorf.[35] Two days later, the concert organizer Jazzy Group US announced that Block B would be touring three U.S. cities - New York, Miami, and Washington D.C. - in June.[36][37]

On March 26, 2014, Seven Seasons released teaser videos for Block B's upcoming variety show, Five Minutes Before Chaos (개판5분전), which premiered April 10 on MNet.[38]

Five days later, Block B held the pre-sales for their first concerts in Korea, "2014 Blockbuster." Ticketing was opened exclusively to the Block B fanclub members, who bought up all the seats for Block B’s first concert in Olympic Park’s Olympic Hall. Block B held their first Korean concerts on May 17 and 18 in Seoul, and May 23 and 24 in Busan.[39]

Seven Seasons announced on April 8, 2014, that Block B would be releasing new album titled Jackpot. The video for the album's title track, "Jackpot," was released April 15, while the album itself was scheduled to be released April 17.[40] Although the physical album was released, the group's comeback was canceled following the capsizing of a South Korean ferry carrying more than 400 people.[41][42]

On July 11, 2014, Seven Seasons announced that Block B would release a new mini-album, titled Her, on July 24.[43]

Members[edit]

Stage name Birth name Date of Birth
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Taeil 태일 Lee Tae Il 이태일 September 24, 1990 (age 23)[44]
B-Bomb 비범 Lee Min Hyuk 이민혁 December 14, 1990 (age 23)[45]
Jaehyo 재효 Ahn Jae Hyo 안재효 December 23, 1990 (age 23)[46]
U-Kwon 유권 Kim Yu Kwon 김유권 April 9, 1992 (age 22)[47]
Kyung Park Kyung 박경 July 8, 1992 (age 22)[48]
Zico 지코 Woo Ji Ho 우지호 September 14, 1992 (age 21)[49]
P.O. 피오 Pyo Ji Hoon 표지훈 February 2, 1993 (age 21)[50]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Block B discography
Albums
Extended plays
  • 2011: New Kids On The Block
  • 2012: Welcome To The Block
  • 2012: Welcome To The Block (Repackage)
  • 2013: Very Good
Single albums
  • 2011: Do U Wanna B?
  • 2014: Jackpot
OST Singles
  • 2012: 빠빠빠빠 (Bba Bba Bba Bba)
  • 2012: Burn Out (Phantom OST)
  • 2012: 너의 우산 (Your Umbrella) (The Thousandth Man OST)

Shows[edit]

  • MTV Match Up (with B1A4) (2011)
  • MTV Match Up Special: Block B in Japan (2011)
  • MTV Match Up: Block B Returns (2012)
  • MNet Signal B (2013)
  • MNet 5 Minutes Before Chaos (2014)

Concerts[edit]

Showcases and Events[edit]

Korea[edit]

  • MTV Match Up Block B Mini-Concert 2011 (Seoul)
  • Welcome to the Block Album Release Showcase 2012 (Seoul)
  • BLOCKBUSTER Album Release Showcase 2012 (Seoul)
  • VERY GOOD Album Release Showcase 2013 (Seoul)
  • 2013 SBS Gayo Daejun (with other artists)[51]

Japan[edit]

  • Block B 1st Showcase LIVE "Do U Wanna B" 2011 (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka)
  • Block B Christmas LIVE Showcase 2011 (Tokyo, Osaka)
  • NalinA Concert Live in Tokyo 2012
  • BLOCKBUSTER Album release in Japan 2012 (Tokyo)
  • Love Concert in Nagoya 2013
  • Block B Comeback Live in Japan 2013 (Saitama)
  • Live Arch Vol. 8 2014 (Tokyo)

Others[edit]

  • Block B Singapore Showcase 2011
  • Block B Malaysia Showcase - as a guest for Kenanga Wholesale City Mall Opening Ceremony 2012
  • Block B Thailand Showcase 2012
  • Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert 2 (with other artists), The Philippines, 2014
  • 2014 K-Culture Festival in Düsseldorf, Germany

Awards[edit]

Year Award/Critics Category Result
2011 German Korean Entertainment Awards[52] Best New Male Group Won
2012 20th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards New Artist Award Won
27th Golden Disk Awards[53] New Rising Star Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
SBS MTV Best of The Best Awards[54] Best Male Video (Nillili Mambo) Won
European KPop Awards[55] Best Album (Blockbuster) Won
Best Song (Nanrina) Nominated
Best Music Video (Nillili Mambo) Won
Best EP / Mini Album (Welcome to The Block) Nominated
Best Hip Hop / R'n'B Group Won
Best OST Song (Burn Out) Won
22nd Seoul Music Awards[56] Bonsang Award Nominated
German Korean Entertainment Awards[57] Album of The Year (Blockbuster) Won
Soompi France Awards 2012[58] Performance de l'année (Nanrina) Won
2013 European KPop Awards[59] Best Music Video (Very Good) Nominated
Best Mini Album (Very Good) Won
Best Hip Hop / R'n'B Group Won
SBS MTV Best of The Best Awards[60] Best Male Group Won
K-Star Best KPop Awards[61] Best Fandom Won
Nate Year End Awards[62] Best Boy Group Nominated
28th Golden Disk Awards[63] Disk Album Award (Very Good) Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
23rd Seoul Music Awards[64] Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Allkpop Awards[65] Best Boy Group Nominated
Soompi Awards[66] Best Comeback / Breakout Artist Won
Best Fandom Nominated

Music Program Wins[edit]

Inkigayo

Year Date Song
2013 October 13 "Very Good"

Individual Awards[edit]

Year Nominated Member/Work Award/Critics Category Result
2012 Zico HipHopPlaya[67] Featuring of the Year Nominated
2013 "So Young (Remix)," Zico, Ugly Duck & Crush HipHopPlaya[68] Collaboration of the Year Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Freeze banned by the Commission of Youth Protection" (in Korean). STARNEWS. 
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  4. ^ "Music Bank Debut" (in Korean). Naver. 
  5. ^ "Wanna B followup" (in Korean). BNT News. 
  6. ^ "Younha's Starry Night". Allkpop. 
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  8. ^ "New Kids on the Block Mini Album" (in Korean). GAON. 
  9. ^ "MTV's Match Up!". MTVK. 
  10. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/02/block-b-apologizes-for-their-thailand-interview-incident
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  16. ^ "블락비 공식입장 "소속사, 신뢰할 수 없는 사건 많았다" 반박(입장전문)" (in Korean). Newsen. 
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  18. ^ http://news.nate.com/view/20130607n29050
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  28. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvwYHkBr2iw
  29. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUw0q9V_Zgs
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  34. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2013-10-19/world-albums
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  42. ^ Block B to cancel 'Jackpot's online release and comeback schedule
  43. ^ http://m.xportsnews.hankyung.com/?ac=article_view&toto_id=&entry_id=471064
  44. ^ Taeil profile
  45. ^ B-Bomb profile
  46. ^ Jaehyo profile
  47. ^ U-Kwon profile
  48. ^ Park Kyung profile
  49. ^ Zico profile
  50. ^ P.O Profile
  51. ^ 2nd lineup for '2013 SBS Gayo Daejun' unveiled
  52. ^ "German Korean Entertainment Awards 2011". 
  53. ^ "27th Golden Disk Awards" (in English, Korean). 
  54. ^ "MTV Best of The Best Awards" (in English, Korean). 
  55. ^ "European KPop Awards" (in German, English, Korean). 
  56. ^ "22nd Seoul Music Awards" (in Korean). 
  57. ^ "German Korean Entertainment Awards 2012". 
  58. ^ "Soompi France Awards 2012". 
  59. ^ http://awards.so-loved.net/en/index.php
  60. ^ SBS MTV Best Of The Best Awards
  61. ^ K-Star Best K Pop Awards
  62. ^ Nate Year End Awards
  63. ^ 28th Golden Disk Awards
  64. ^ Seoul Music Awards
  65. ^ 2013 Allkpop Awards
  66. ^ Soompi Awards
  67. ^ http://hiphopplaya.com/magazine/article/view.html?category=2&page=1&sort=1&num=10863
  68. ^ http://www.hiphopplaya.com/magazine/13567

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