CNBLUE in a press conference in Bangkok, May 2011
(From left to right: Lee Jung-shin, Lee Jong-hyun, Jung Yong-hwa, Kang Min-hyuk)
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||Rock, pop rock, power pop, alternative rock|
|Labels||FNC Entertainment (South Korea)
Warner Music (Taiwan, Japan)
AI Entertainment (Japan)
Victor Entertainment (Japan)
Universal Philippines (Philippines)
|Past members||Kwon Kwang-jin|
CNBLUE (Korean: 씨엔블루, Japanese: シーエヌブルー), is a South Korean rock band formed in Seoul in 2009. The band consists of Jung Yong-hwa (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Lee Jong-hyun (lead guitar, vocals), Lee Jung Shin (bass guitar, vocals) and Kang Min-hyuk (drums, vocals). CN is an abbreviation of ‘Code Name’ while BLUE is an abbreviation of the members’ individual images. ‘Burning’ represents Lee Jong-hyun, ‘Lovely’ represents Kang Min-hyuk, ‘Untouchable’ represents Lee Jung Shin, and ‘Emotional’ represents Jung Yong-hwa.
The band debuted on August 19, 2009 in Japan with their first mini album, Now or Never. They released four teasers for their 1st Korean mini album Bluetory, starring one member per each of the videos in the sequence of Jonghyun, Minhyuk, Jungshin and lastly, Yonghwa on the 6th, 8th, 11 and 13 January 2010 respectively. On January 14, 2010 CNBLUE debuted their first mini-album in Korea with the lead single "I'm a Loner" (Korean: 외톨이야).
2009: Indie band in Japan, Now or Never, and Voice 
In mid-June 2009, CNBLUE began to perform on the streets and in live clubs in Japan. They formally debuted as an indie band on August 19, 2009 with Now or Never. The mini-album was recorded completely in English, and failed to chart on the Oricon. In late September, their original bassist Kwon Kwang Jin left the band and was replaced by Lee Jung Shin later that year. Their second extended play Voice was released in November. Recorded with both English and Japanese tracks, Voice peaked at No. 227 and stayed on the Oricon for two weeks.
2010: Korean debut, ThankU, and other activities 
In January, FNC Music unveiled new teaser pictures for CNBLUE's debut in South Korea. Bluetory was released on January 14, 2010, and stayed at the top of the Gaon Chart for two weeks. "I'm a Loner" (Korean: 외톨이야) was promoted as the title track. The song peaked at No. 2, solidifying their break into the industry. The group had their first televised live stage on KBS Music Bank on January 15. Later, on January 29, the group made their first music show chart win on Music Bank. They won their first Inkigayo mutizen on January 31, 2010. CNBLUE holds the record for achieving No. 1 on South Korea's television music charts program in the shortest time since debut, grabbing their first win only 15 days after debuting with "I'm A Loner". The group debuted their new reality show "CNBluetory" on the Korean music channel Mnet on March 10.
In March, the band started preparations for their first full-length album Thank U in Japan. It was released on March 20, 2010 with two new tracks. The album peaked at No. 90 on the Oricon charts, their highest position thus far. In April, their official fan club name was announced as BOICE, a combination of "blue" and "voice." CNBLUE headed back to Korea in May and released their next single, "Love Light" (Korean: 사랑 빛), on May 10, 2010. The song peaked at No. 10 on the Korean national chart and foreshadowed their upcoming release. On May 19, their second extended play Bluelove was released. CNBLUE held their comeback stage on M! Countdown the following day. It was promoted with the track "Love", which charted at No. 2, matching the success the band found earlier with "I'm A Loner". Bluelove peaked at No. 3, but stayed on the chart for many weeks and "Love" finally won first place on M! Countdown on June 10, 2010 and Inkigayo on June 20, 2010.
After their success in Korea, the band headed back to Japan. They released their first single "The Way" on June 23. For the first time, they charted in the Oricon Top 40 at No. 26. The release was followed by "I Don't Know Why" on September 16. The song reached No. 8 on the Oricon Daily Chart, marking the first time the band made it inside the Top 10. On the weekly chart, they peaked at No. 15. On the Japanese indie top chart, the band reached No. 1. The band embarked on a small tour across Japan in order to promote the single.
CNBLUE members Kang Min Hyuk and Lee Jong Hyun starred in the Korean movie "Acoustic". They released a song from the OST on October 7 entitled "High Fly".
2011: "Re-maintenance", First Step, 392, and "In My Head" 
On January 9, CNBLUE released their third Japanese single, "'Re-maintenance". They started off their 2011 Japanese promotions with a Zepp Tour in 4 cities: Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Tokyo from January 9–16.
FNC Music, their entertainment agency in South Korea, released teasers for a CNBLUE comeback in February 2011. However, the release date was later changed to March 21. The teaser was noted for having "more of the same departure from their pop rock sound into a heavier concept." CNBLUE released their first full-length album First Step with the title track "Intuition" (Korean: 직감 ) on March 21. Despite the delay, fans couldn't seem to get enough of the fabulous foursome - "Intuition" achieved an all-kill on Korea’s major online music charts. Their album also topped online and offline chart physical album sales that week. They won K-Chart a week after their comeback on Mnet's M! Countdown, KBS Music Bank and a week later on SBS Inkigayo. This was the first time the band won triple crown on Mnet's M! Countdown and KBS Music Bank. The promotions of the song ended on April 24 on Inkigayo. They followed up with promotions of the song "Love Girl" from their special EP First Step +1 Thank You, beginning April 29 on Music Bank. The promotions of the song and album ended on May 22.
After finishing promotions in Korea, CNBLUE made a comeback in Japan with the release of their second and last indie album "392" on September 1, 2011. They also announced that they would make their major debut in Japan on October 19, 2011 under the Warner Music Japan label. CNBLUE's last indie album "392" placed 6th on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart. The band released their major debut single "In My Head" on October 19, 2011 and peaked at 3rd on the Oricon Daily Chart and 4th on the Oricon Weekly Chart with 70,000+ units sold in its first week. In November, "In My Head" claimed a gold record accreditation according to the RIAJ, meaning that the album sold over 100,000 copies within a month of going on sale.
2012: "Where You Are", Ear Fun, Japanese 1st major album and other activities 
The group released a new single in Japan on February 1, titled "Where You Are". The single reached number 1 in both Oricon's Daily and Weekly chart, making the first No. 1 for the group in the country.
After finishing their overseas activities, CNBLUE returned to Korea to prepare their comeback. On March 26, the band released their third Korean mini album, Ear Fun. The singles of the album, "Still in Love" (Korean: 아직 사랑한다) released on March 16 ahead of the album release and the title track "Hey You" both of the songs got positive response from public which fastly topping Korean major online music charts on the day the songs released. CNBlue held their comeback stage on M! Countdown on March 29. They also held their comeback stage on others music program on following day. "Still in Love" peaked at No.3 while "Hey You" peaked at No.1 on Korean national single weekly chart. The album Ear Fun peaked at No.1 on online and offline chart physical album sales that week. CNBLUE finished the promotion of the album and the songs in four weeks and ended the promotion successfully with their K-chart and mutizen wins on their goodbye stage at KBS Music Bank and SBS Inkigayo on April 20 and April 22 respectively.
After completing their mini album promotion CNBLUE continue their Korean activities with individual works of the members in drama and also held their first fan meeting in Seoul on May 5.
In mid of the members individual schedule the band prepare their next Japanese releases. The 3rd Japanese single Come On was released on August 1 which placed No.5 in Oricon Single Weekly chart follow by their 1st Japanese major debut album Code Name Blue in August 29 which placed No.1 in both Oricon Album Daily and Weekly chart.
On September 22, they held their first exclusive concert, CNBLUE Live in London at IndigO2 in UK. They performed 22 songs in front of over 3000 fans, some of which came from other European countries. Also during this visit, they took the opportunity to shoot the music video for "I'm Sorry", the lead track for their 4th mini-album Re:Blue.
They closed 2012 with live concert in South Korea, 2012 CNBLUE Live BLUE NIGHT in Seoul on December 15 and 16. This marks their fourth concert in Seoul, of which were sold out in 10 minutes. and released their 4th Japanese single Robot which placed No.2 in both Oricon Single Daily and Weekly chart on December 19.
CNBLUE's long-awaited South Korean comeback was officially announced at their 2012 CNBLUE Live BLUE NIGHT in Seoul concert on December 17, 2012. The release date for their 4th mini-album, Re:Blue was set to be January 14, 2013. The first teaser was released on January 3, 2013  All individual video teasers were released on January 7. On January 9, a photo teaser was released for their photoshoot of the album made on the streets of London. The first music video teaser was released on January 10 along with a second one released one day later.
2013: Re:Blue, Blue Moon World Tour, "Blind Love" 
In January 14, along with the group's third Korean anniversary celebration, the mini-album Re:Blue and music video of "I'm Sorry" were released at the same time. The title song "I'm Sorry" co-composed and co-written by CNBLUE leader Jung Yong-hwa marked the first time the band has used a self-composed song as a title song in Korea. "I'm Sorry" achieved a real-time "all-kill" with #1 on Korean music charts like Mnet, Olleh, Daum Music, Naver Music, Melon, Bugs, and Monkey3 quickly upon release. The pre-orders for Re:Blue reached over 100,000 copies prior to the album's shipments. CNBLUE also performed live with their instruments on music shows on the three major broadcasting channels. The band's first comeback performance was on January 18, 2013 on KBS' Music Bank and they performed "More Than You" and "I'm Sorry."  They continued their comeback stages on MBC's Music Core with performances of the English version of "Where You Are" and "I'm Sorry" and SBS's Inkigayo by performing "Coffee Shop" and "I'm Sorry" on January 19 and 20, respectively. The band won number 1 on January 30, February 6, and February 13 on Show Champion and February 1 and February 8 on Music Bank.
Re:Blue also ranked #1 on the Billboard World Album Chart. The album also ranked #1 in Japan's Tower Records' chart and in Taiwan’s music site Omusic. The title track “I’m Sorry” and the album ranked #1 on the single and album charts, respectively, prior to the official release in the two countries. After its official release in Taiwan, the album topped 8 different charts. The single "I'm Sorry" also ranked #1 in the MYX daily chart in the Philippines.
On 22 January, FNC Entertainment announced the 2013 CN Blue Blue Moon World Tour, stating "They won't be going to just Asian countries such as China, Singapore, and Hong Kong, but also Europe, Australia, North America, and South America.”. The label confirmed stops for Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Australia, and is in the process of planning America and Europe stops. Taiwan will be the first stop for the world tour starting on April 6, making them the first South Korean rock band to hold a world tour of this kind.
Japanese discography 
Korean discography 
Concert and tour 
- Listen to the CNBLUE 1st Live Concert - 31 July 2010 at AX-Korea
- CNBLUE: Zepp Tour ~Re-maintenance~ (2011)
- Winter Tour 2011 ~Here In My Head~ (2011)
- Blue Storm Asia Tour (2011-2012)
- CNBLUE Japan Fanclub Tour (2012)
- Arena Tour 2012~COME ON!!! (2012) 
- Blue Moon World Tour (2013)
Concerts and Performances 
- Guest performer at F.T. Island Men’s Stories Concert in Seoul (2009)
- CNBLUE Debut Showcase - Textile Center in Samsung-dong, Seoul (2010)
- CNBLUE Guerilla Concert - Seoul Hongdae (2010)
- CNBLUE Street Live Performance - COEX, Seoul Plaza (2010)
- Feel the CNBLUE - South Korea (2010)
- Japan 1st Album Release Live "ThankU" (2010)
- Japan 1st Album Release Live Encore -Special Thanks- (2010)
- Japan 1st Single Release Event "The Way" (2010)
- Listen to the CNBLUE - 1st Live Concert - AX Hall, Gwangjang-dong on 31 July (2010)
- Japan 2nd Single Release Live Tour "Listen to the CN Blue" (2010)
- Holika Holika presents Magic party with CN Blue in Thailand (2011)
- Live Guerilla Concert "CN Blue First Step" - 1st album released at Seoul Times Square (2011)
- Linkin Park Japan concert opening - Makuhari Messe (2011)
- Otodama Koyasai Live Festival Japan (2011)
- Japan 2nd Album Release Live "392" - Yokohama Arena (2011)
- Japan 1st Major Debut Single "In My head" Release Event (2011)
- Japan 2nd Major Single "Where you are" Release Event (2012)
- Rockin'on presents Countdown Japan - Makuhari Messe (2012)
- Ontama Carnival 2012 - Yokohama Arena, Japan (2012)
- MTV Unplugged - Billboard Live Tokyo (2012)
- F.T. Island & CN Blue "Stand Up" by MLive in Los Angeles - Nokia Theater L.A. Live (2012)
- CNBLUE Live in London - IndigO2 @ The O2 (2012)
- KBS Music Bank in Chile - Quinta Vergara (2012)
- SBS Kpop Super Concert in America - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine (2012)
- A-Nation 2012: Rock Nation - Shibuya-AX (2012)
- CNBLUE Live : Blue Night in Seoul - SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium (2012)
- 2010: Skool Looks
- 2010: Sony Ericsson Xperia (X10)
- 2010: Holika Holika
- 2010: NII
- 2010: Suit House (Jung Yong-hwa)
- 2011: Suit House (Jung Yong-hwa)
- 2011: Holika Holika
- 2011: Bang Bang
- 2011: Hazzys Accessories (Jung Yong-hwa)
- 2011: Scotch Puree
- 2012: CJ Olive Young
- 2012: Bang Bang
- 2012: T.G.I. Friday's
- 2012: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
- 2013: Bang Bang
- 2013: Prospecs W
Forbes Korea’s ’2013 Power Celebrity 40′ list:
- 2011- 33rd
- 2012- 21st
Award and nomination 
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- "CNBLUE attends press conference prior to fan meet in Singapore". Allkpop. 2010-8-21. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- "씨엔블루 "좀더 열심히 활동할 것"" [CNBLUE "Further growth as a live band"]. Nate News (in Korean). September 21, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- "CNBLUE wins first Music Bank K-Chart!". allkpop. August 31, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
- "CNBLUE claims first Mutizen award on Inkigayo". allkpop. August 31, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
- "아이돌, 데뷔후 1위까지 얼마나 걸리나? ‘씨엔블루 15일 VS 케이윌 4년’". Startoday (in Korean). Startoday via Daum. August 31, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
- "CNBLUE spreads Love and wins No. 1 on M! Countdown". allkpop. June 10, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
- "CNBLUE wins Mutizen with Love on Inkigayo". allkpop. June 20, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
- "CNBLUE and Kara, Reaching New Heights on the Oricon Charts". KBS Global. KBS. September 30, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- "씨엔블루, 日서 새 싱글내고 라이브 투어" [CNBLUE, live tour for new single]. Yahoo! Korea (in Korean). Yahoo!. September 2, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- "씨엔블루 일본콘서트 매진 행진, 뜨거운 인기 입증" [CNBLUE Japanese tour completely sold out]. Newsen. January 6, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
- Kim, Sunny (February 15, 2011). "CN Blue To Comeback In February!". MTVK. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- Kim, Sunny (February 28, 2011). "CN Blue Begins The Countdown To Their New Album With A Teaser Image!". MTVK. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- "CNBLUE gets an all-kill with "Intuition"". allkpop. March 23, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "CNBLUE wins M! Countdown triple crown". allkpop. April 14, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "CNBLUE wins Music Bank K-Chart triple crown". allkpop. April 15, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "CN Blue to thank fans with a special album, "First Step +1″". allkpop. April 20, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "CNBLUE’s Japanese album "392″ released + signs with Warner Music Japan". allkpop. August 31, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Oricon Weekly Album Chart". Oricon Style. Oricon Inc. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "Oricon Weekly Single Chart". Oricon Style. Oricon Inc. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "RIAJ Certification". Recording Industry Association of Japan. RIAJ Inc. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- (Korean) "씨엔블루, 정용화 자작곡 日오리콘 차트 1위". Star News. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- (Japanese) "【オリコン】CNBLUE、海外バンド41年ぶりのシングル首位". Oricon. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- "FT Island & CNBLUE to be performing at LA LIVE's Nokia Theater in March". Asia Pacific Arts. 02/06/2012.
- "CN Blue feeling some fun by dominating weekend TV music charts". 10asia. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
- "CNBLUE to have 1st fan meeting in Seoul next month". 10asia. 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
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- Hong, Grace Danbi (24 September 2012). "CN Blue Showered with Success at London Concert". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Ho, Stewart (17 October 2012). "CN Blue to Hold its Fourth Seoul Concert in December". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- Ho, Stewart (17 November 2012). "CN Blue Sells Out Tickets to Seoul Concert in 10 Minutes". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "CNBLUE releases teaser images for their comeback". 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "CNBLUE 4th Mini Album (Emotional Teaser) Yong Hwa ver. - YouTube". CNBLUE's official YouTube account. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "CNBLUE 4th Mini Album (Emotional Teaser) Jong Hyun ver. - YouTube". CNBLUE's official YouTube account. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "CNBLUE 4th Mini Album (Emotional Teaser) Min Hyuk ver. - YouTube". CNBLUE's official YouTube account. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "CNBLUE 4th Mini Album (Emotional Teaser) Jung Shin ver. - YouTube". CNBLUE's official YouTube account. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "CNBLUE 4th Mini Album (Re:BLUE) 1st BLUE Teaser - YouTube". CNBLUE's official YouTube account. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "CNBLUE 4th Mini Album (Re:BLUE) 2nd BLUE Teaser - YouTube". CN Blue's official YouTube account. 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "씨엔블루, 컴백 무대 올라이브 '아 임 쏘리'" (in Korean). Nate. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "CN Blue Unveils ‘Re:BLUE’ Jacket Image From London". enewsWorld. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
- "CNBLUE achieves an all-kill on music charts with "I’m Sorry"". Allkpop. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
- "CNBLUE’s upcoming album breaks 100,000 pre-orders". Allkpop. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
- "CNBLUE make their anticipated comeback with "I’m Sorry" on ‘Music Bank’!". Allkpop. January 18, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
- Ticket, KiOSTiX (23 January 2013). "CNBLUE 2013 Blue Moon World Tour Live in Singapore". Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Sunwoo, Carla (23 January 2013). "CN Blue pumped to tour the world". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Lee, Hye Ji (22 January 2013). "CNBLUE to Launch Worldwide Concert Tour in April". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Baek, Byung-yeul (23 January 2013). "CNBLUE to start world tour in April". Korea Times. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (25 February 2013). "CN Blue to Begin World Tour with Taiwan". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Ho, Stewart (22 January 2013). "CN Blue to Embark on World Tour". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- "CNBLUE Official Facebook". Facebook. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-02-25.
- "[再発売] CNBLUE ミニアルバム「Now or Never」CD (日本版)". Re Discovery Korea (in Japanese). Image Co., Inc. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "CNBLUE、2013年第一弾となる5thシングルリリース決定" (in Japanese). CNBLUE Japan. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "CN Blue's 1st Concert: Listen to the CN Blue". KBS Global. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- Ho, Stewart (23 October 2012). "CN Blue Concludes 100,000 Tickets-Selling Arena Tour in Japan". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- Hong, Lucia (6 July 2010). "CNBLUE to rock out for first concert in Korea on July 31". 10 Asia. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
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|Awards and achievements|
|12th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best New Male Artist
|13th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best Band Performance