Boyfriend (band)

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Boyfriend
SBS Inkigayo logo 04 (8215649659).jpg
Boyfriend performing for Inkigayo in 2012
(Left to Right: Minwoo, Youngmin, Donghyun, Hyunseong, Jeongmin)
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, pop, dance
Years active 2011–present
Labels Starship Entertainment
Being Group (Japan)[1]
Associated acts K.Will
Sistar
Mad Clown
Website starship-ent.com/boyfriend boyfriend-jp.com (Japan)
Members Donghyun
Hyunseong
Jeongmin
Youngmin
Kwangmin
Minwoo
Korean name
Hangul 보이프렌드
Revised Romanization Boipeurendeu
McCune–Reischauer Poip'ŭrendŭ

Boyfriend (Korean: 보이프렌드; more commonly known and stylized as BOYFRIEND) is a six-member South Korean boy group under Starship Entertainment formed in 2011. They are the first boy band to have twin members. The group consists of Kim Donghyun, Shim Hyunseong, Lee Jeongmin, Jo Youngmin, Jo Kwangmin, and No Minwoo. They debuted on Mnet's M!Countdown on May 26, 2011 with their debut single "Boyfriend". Their fanbase was officially named "Best Friend" as of August 10, 2011.

In 2011, they released three Korean singles Boyfriend, Don't Touch My Girl, I'll Be There respectively. In 2012, a mini album Love Style and a full length album Janus, together with 2 Japanese singles Be My Shine and Dance Dance Dance / My Lady. In 2013, a repackaged of Janus entitled as I Yah was released on January 10, a third Japanese single entitled Melody of Eyes on March 27, and their first digital single entitled On & On on May 28, 2013. On March 26, 2014, Boyfriend's 4th Japanese Single My Avatar was released.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Jo Youngmin and Jo Kwangmin were trained under JYP Entertainment for two years.[2] By their 100th day mark of being child actors, the twins had appeared in over 300 commercials.[3] During his high school years, Donghyun starred in a variety show Conduct Zero where six rebellious high school students were made into exemplary students.[4]

2011: Debut[edit]

On May 27, 2011, Starship Entertainment released their debut single "Boyfriend". In response to fans concerned that the group had limited its appeal in mid-July, Boyfriend changed their choreography for their single "Boyfriend" when appearing on music shows after rehearsing for two days.[5] After ending their promotions for "Boyfriend", the group followed-up with the song "You & I", which received a more positive response from music critics.[6]

On October 6, Boyfriend's second single, "Don't Touch My Girl".[7][8] Their December 2011 single "I'll Be There" peaked at #2 on the Gaon music charts.

2012: Love Style, Japanese debut and Janus[edit]

The group signed a contract with Japanese management agency 'Being', their first Japanese special album entitled "We Are Boyfriend" was released on June 6. They marked their debut with a 10,000 seat showcase on June 30 at the Nippon Budokan. On May 2, Hyunseong released a solo song, "Only You", for the OST of The King 2 Hearts.

Their debut Japanese single song is called "Be my Shine". On June 7, Boyfriend released their first mini album "Love Style" on 14 June 2012. On July 1, Boyfriend successfully completed their debut Japanese showcase ‘First Date with Boyfriend in Japan‘ at the Nippon Budokan.[9]

"A sample from Boyfriend's first title track, Janus."

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Aside from their domestic comeback, On 7th, Boyfriend released the short PVs for their 2nd Japanese ‘double single’ “Dance Dance Dance” and “My Lady“.[10] Their first full-length album Janus was released in November 2012.[11][12][13][14]

In December 3, Boyfriend released the PV’s for their Japanese ‘double single’ “Dance Dance Dance” and “My Lady“.[11][12] The boys held a high touch event in celebration of their second single album, ‘Kimi to Dance Dance Dance/My Lady‘, on December 1 and 2 at the Kobe World Hall and the Saitama Super Arena.[15] Boyfriend performed for their 1st solo Japanese concert entitled “Love Communication 2012 ~Xmas Bell~”. They held 5 concerts at the Tokyo Dome City Hall from December 22 to 24 with a total of 12,500 fans in all.[16] KBS Joy released a video teaser for Boyfriend's Hello Baby season 7 released on December 27. The members started shooting for the reality series this December, and the first broadcast is planned for January 4 of 2013 at 11PM KST.[17]

2013: I Yah, On & On, Melody of Eyes, Seventh Mission and Pinky Santa[edit]

Boyfriend will become the first foreign artist to sing for the anime. Their song, "Hitomi no Melody“, is the title song of their 3rd Japanese single album, which will be released on March 27. The song has been picked up as the ending theme song for ‘Detective Conan’, and as such, there will be a ‘Detective Conan’ album version in addition to the regular album versions.[18] Melody of Eyes makes to top 5 for 6 days and their highest ranked is 2nd place on Oricon.[19]

On 23 May, Starship Entertainment officially announced that Boyfriend will be making a comeback with a new digital single entitled On & On on the 28th as a surprise gift for celebrating the groups second year anniversary in music industry.[20] Starship Entertainment released a music video teaser on 27th and on the next day they released their official music video. On 30th, Boyfriend's Donghyun has been cast to play the lead male role in musical “1000th Man." The musical will be first presented at Shibuya AiiA Theater Tokyo on 28 September 2013.[21] On 14 June, Jeongmin was rushed to a hospital after they had done their schedule in Japan, it was diagnosed as an acute appendicitis and will need to rest for 17 days after discharge in treatment. Jeongmin will be at home resting and focus on recovering”, he will be taking a break from Boyfriend activities and Boyfriend will continue to promote as 5 members and follow their schedule during this period.[22]

Boyfriend released a special Xmas premium single in Japan on 20 November this year. The single is entitled 'Pinky Santa' which obviously utilizes color pink, but pinky also means the smallest finger which is used when promising.[23] Pinky Santa landed on the Weekly Single Chart which rose to number 5 in Oricon.[24]

2014: Puerto Rico & US showcases, My Avatar, Start Up!, Obsession, Seventh Color[edit]

Boyfriend has successfully wrapped up their solo concert in Puerto Rico, becoming the first-ever K-pop group to do so. On March 8, the group performed in front of 1,700 fans at the 'Centro De Bellas Artes Luis A Ferre'.[25] Boyfriend also performed in the United States for the first time. They went to Chicago on March 11 and Dallas on March 13.

On March 26, 2014, Boyfriend released their 4th Japanese Single "My Avatar" together with a music video. [26]

On May 15, 2014, they posted selcas while they're shooting for their music video. The members of Boyfriend are giving hints for their long awaited korean comeback this year. [27] On May 21, 2014, a short trailer was posted on their official youtube channel. [28]

Members[edit]

Stage name Birth name Date of birth
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul/Hanja
Donghyun 동현 Kim Donghyun 김동현/金東玄 (1989-02-12) February 12, 1989 (age 25)[29]
Hyunseong 현성 Shim Hyunseong 심현성/沈賢星 (1993-06-09) June 9, 1993 (age 21)[30]
Jeongmin 정민 Lee Jeongmin 이정민/李正珉 (1994-01-02) January 2, 1994 (age 20)[31]
Youngmin 영민 Jo Youngmin 조영민/趙榮旻 (1995-04-24) April 24, 1995 (age 19)[32]
Kwangmin 광민 Jo Kwangmin 조광민/趙光旻 (1995-04-24) April 24, 1995 (age 19)[33]
Minwoo 민우 No Minwoo 노민우/盧珉玗 (1995-07-31) July 31, 1995 (age 18)[34]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Boyfriend discography

Concert/Tours[edit]

Showcases[edit]

  • 2012: Sistar & Boyfriend 1st Singapore Fan Meeting
  • 2012: First Date With You in Taiwan
  • 2012: First Date With Boyfriend in Bangkok
  • 2012: First Date With You in Shanghai
  • 2012: First Date With Boyfriend in Budokan
  • 2013: Asia Fan Meeting "Janus" in Singapore
  • 2013: Asia Fan Meeting "Janus" in Guangzhou
  • 2013: Asia Fan Meeting in Taiwan
  • 2014: First Fan Meeting in Puerto Rico
  • 2014: First U.S Showcase Live in Chicago, IL
  • 2014: First U.S Showcase Live in Dallas, TX

Japanese Concerts[edit]

  • 2012: Love Communication 2012 ~XMAS BELL~
  • 2013: Love Communication 2013 -SEVENTH MISSION-
  • 2014: Love Communication 2014 -Start up!-
  • 2014: Love Communication 2014 -SEVENTH COLOR-

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Program Category Recipient Result Ref
2011 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Male Artist Boyfriend Nominated [35]
SBS MTV Best Of the Best Hot Debut Star Boyfriend Nominated [36]
SBS MTV Best Of the Best Best New Artist Boyfriend Won
3rd Philippine KPOP Convention Rookie of the Year Boyfriend Won [37]
26th Golden Disk Awards Best New Artist Boyfriend Won [38]
21st Seoul Music Awards Best Newcomer Award Boyfriend Won [39]
allkpop Awards Best Rookie Artist Boyfriend Won [40]
gokpop Best New Artist Boyfriend Won [41]
2012 allkpop Awards Rising Star Boyfriend Nominated [42]
2013 27th Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 3 New Artists (Asia) Boyfriend Won [43]
Korean Entertainment 10th Anniversary Award in Japan Special Jury Prize Boyfriend Won [44]
2013 MTV EMA Best Korea Act Boyfriend Nominated [45]
SH K-Star Idol World Cup Top Rank Artists (Male Idol)
for the month of November 2013
Boyfriend Won [46]
So-Loved Awards 2013 (European K-Pop Awards) Song Janus Nominated [47]
Band Male Boyfriend Nominated [47]
Best Album I Yah Nominated [47]
Choreography Janus Nominated [47]
2013 Eat Your Kimchi Awards Best Aegyo On & On Won [48]
Billboard Japan Music 2013 Awards Animation Artist of the Year Boyfriend Nominated [49]
2014 2014 Asia Model Festival Awards Male Rookie of the Year (Musical Category) Donghyun Won [50]
K-Pop Lovers! Award 2013 Top 10 Single of the Year (Top 5) Pinky Santa Won [51]

Filmography[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Movies[edit]

  • GOGO♂Ikemen 5 (GOGOイケメン5) (2013)

Sitcoms[edit]

  • SBS Chuseok Special Cool Guys - Jeongmin (2013) [82]

Musicals[edit]

  • The 1000th Man - Donghyun (2013) [83]

Endorsement[edit]

Product Year
Ivy Club (school uniform) 2011-2012
Dearberry (cosmetic) 2012-2013

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