Infinite (band)

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Infinite
K collection in seoul 인피니트 내꺼하자 B.T.D. (1).jpg
Infinite at the 2012 K-Collection in Seoul. Members from left to right: L, Hoya, Sunggyu, Sungyeol, Woohyun, Dongwoo, Sungjong
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, dance
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Woollim Entertainment
S.M. Culture and Contents
Universal D (Japan)
Associated acts Nell, Tasty, Infinite H, ToHeart, Infinite F, Lovelyz
Website ifnt7.com
Members

Infinite (Korean: 인피니트) is a seven-member South Korean pop boy band, formed in 2010 by Woollim Entertainment. The group comprises seven members: Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. Their mini-album, New Challenge, has sold over 160,000 copies in Korea alone and was one of the best-selling albums of 2013. On 21 May 2014, they released their second full album "Season 2",[1] following up with a repackaged album, titled "Be Back", on July 22, with title track "Back" which features an orchestral mix of Ballad & Dance. The single has garnered much attention for its outstanding musicality.[2] Prior to their debut, the group was introduced to the public through the Mnet reality show "You're my Oppa", alongside labelmate Lovelyz member, Yoo Jiae.

Career[edit]

2010 - 2011: First Invasion, Evolution, Over the Top, and Japanese debut[edit]

In 2010, Infinite first appeared in the Mnet reality show You Are My Oppa introducing the group before making their debut on June 9. They performed songs from their first EP First Invasion with the singles "Come Back Again" and "She's Back".[3]

Infinite in August 2011

On January 7, 2011, the band returned with the single Before the Dawn (BTD) (Before the Dawn) from their second EP Evolution.

Their first album Over The Top was released on July 21, 2011 along with the MV of their title track Be Mine (내꺼하자). They received their First Music Show #1 Award in M! Countdown on September 1, 2011 and received a "Double Crown" for winning two consecutive #1 wins at M! Countdown. Following the success of "Be Mine" Infinite re-released a repackaged album titled Paradise, along with its title track with the same name, on September 26, 2011. On October 9, Infinite came first on Inkigayo for "Paradise." Infinite then won their second trophy with "Paradise" on October 13 on M! Countdown.

Infinite unofficially debuted in Japan with their first Japanese single To-Ra-Wa[4] on January 26, 2011. Immediately after its release, their Evolution album hit #3 on real-time charts for sales in Korea.[5] The song was the top downloaded ringtone on the daily charts of the K-POP section of Japan’s top mobile website. Infinite released various rental singles including "She's Back", "BTD (Before The Dawn)", and "Nothing's Over" before they officially debuted in Japan. Infinite made their official debut with the release of the Japanese version of "BTD" on November 19, 2011. The B-side for the single is "Can U Smile", a remake of a track from their 2nd Mini Album EVOLUTION. It is the 3rd track of their first single album Inspirit.

In December 2011, they digitally released their first Christmas song "White Confession (Lately)".

2012: Touring, individual activities and Infinitize[edit]

Infinite performing at Cyworld Dream Music Festival in 2011

Infinite performed their very first Korean concert[6] in front of approximately 8,000 fans on February 11–12 at the Seoul Olympic Park in Songpa District, eastern Seoul. The concert was titled Second Invasion, following up the band's debut album, First Invasion. Tickets to the concert sold out within 10 minutes after being released online on December 14.[7]

The group focused on individual activities with Dongwoo featured in Baby Soul/Yoo Jia's new single "She's a Flirt" released on 18 January,[8] L was cast in for the tvN TV drama Shut Up Flower Boy Band which started airing on 30 January,[9] Hoya was cast in Reply 1997 that aired on the 24th of July,[10] Woohyun was cast in The Thousandth Man which started airing on the 17th of August,[11] L was cast in What is Mom that aired on October 8.[12] Infinite sang the sitcom's OST, Fantasy.[13]

The encore performance also obtained a partnership with YouTube to broadcast parts of it live worldwide. Infinite was the first K-pop group to ever live stream a concert through YouTube.[14]

The group's second Japanese single was released on April 18, 2012. It included the Japanese version of their song "Be Mine" as its title track, as well as a Japanese version of "Julia". It peaked at #2 both in Oricon Daily and Weekly Charts.[15] Total reported sales amount to at least 54,218 copies.

The group made their comeback with their third mini album INFINITIZE with the title track "The Chaser". Before the official release, they released a prologue single "Only Tears" on May 7, 2012. Infinite was awarded a "Triple Crown" for winning #1 in a week at all Music Programs. On June 14, 2012, Infinite won their first triple crown on M! Countdown for the "The Chaser" which achieved top spot on the charts for three consecutive weeks.[16] At the end of the year, Billboard named "The Chaser", the number one KPOP song of the year.[17]

On November 2012, Sungkyu debuted as a solo artist, under his own name Kim SungKyu. After pre-releasing his song, Shine, on Nov 6th, he then released his first album, Another Me on Nov 19th with the single "60 Seconds" [18] L featured in the MV for the title track.

2013: Infinite H, New Challenge, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, Destiny, Request and World Tour[edit]

Infinite in 2013 at the K-POP World Festival in Changwon

Dongwoo and Hoya made their debut as Infinite H on January 10, 2013 with the mini album Fly High[19] and on March 21, the group released their fourth mini album, titled New Challenge. "Man in Love", the title track of the mini album, won 7 music show awards in its promotion period.[20]

The group released their Japanese debut album, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, on June 6.[21] It took the #1 place on the Oricon’s album chart for the week of June 3–9 with 69,647 copies sold.

The group then released their second single, Destiny, on July 16.[22] The group first performed "Destiny" at the 2013 Mnet 20's Choice Awards on July 18 and began promotional performances on MBC's July 20 episode of Show! Music Core and various music programs.[23]

Infinite began their 1st World Tour named One Great Step on August 9 in Seoul. The tour included 31 shows in Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Dubai. The group concluded their world tour with an encore concert, "One Great Step Returns" in Seoul on February 2014.

On September 26, they released a non-album single, "Request" as an endorsement for Samsung's Galaxy series of electronics. On November 22, 2013, Infinite won the best male group on MAMA (Mnet Asia Music Award) 2013 and additionally received the "Sony MDR Worldwide Performer" award.

2014: Reality show, One Great Step Returns, New subunits, Season 2 and Be Back[edit]

On January 16, Mnet released a preview for the group's new reality show, "This is INFINITE", and on February 6, the show aired its first broadcast. This was their first variety show as a group since Ranking King in 2012.[24]

After performing in 15 countries for their world tour, "One Great Step", Infinite held an encore concert titled "One Great Step Returns" to wrap up their world tour.[25] The encore concert was held for 2 days on February 28 and March 1 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul. During the concert, a new sub-unit, Infinite F, was announced, consisting of members Sungyeol, Sungjong, and L. Infinite F performed a new song, titled "Heartbeat", while Infinite H performed a new song titled "Alone". "When I Close My Eyes", a self-composed song, was performed by Woohyun.[26] The group also announced that they will be making a comeback in April during the concert.[27]

On February 20 broadcast of "This is INFINITE", a short prologue video was shown featuring Woohyun and Shinee's Key, introducing a new sub unit, Toheart.[28][29] The sub unit made their debut on March 10.[30]

On April 10, Infinite released The Origin, an instrumental album of the band's most representative songs, and the first album of its kind by a Korean artist.[31] Prior to the release of The Origin, Infinite released the instrumental music video for their song "BTD (Before the Dawn)", which featured never-before-seen footage from the original "BTD" music video.[32]

On May 12, Woollim Entertainment confirmed in an interview with Newsen that Infinite's second studio album, Season 2 will be released on May 21.[33] Prior to the release of the album, Infinite will be holding a showcase in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, titled 1.2.3. The group will hold the first showcase in Japan on May 19 and Taiwan on May 20 before performing in South Korea on May 21.[34] On May 21, the music video for "Last Romeo" was released. Infinite will be making their comeback with the repackaged album Be Back, on July 22. Infinite performed their first live performance of the title song, "Back", on KBS's Music Bank on July 18.

On September 11, Billboard K-Town announced that Infinite had earned their first Billboard No. 1, with their single "Last Romeo" topping the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart, becoming the first Korean act to do so, and also hitting No. 33 on Billboard Twitter Top Tracks.[35]

On October 14, Woollim Entertainment announced that Infinite F would be making their official debut in Japan on November 19 with a single album, "Love Sign", featuring Princess Jellyfish creator Akiko Higashimura doing the album jacket illustrations.[36]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Infinite discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Concerts & Tours[edit]

World Tours
Korean Mini Concert
Japan Tours
  • Arena Tour in Japan: INFINITE Second Invasion Evolution Plus (2012)
  • 2015 INFINITE Japan Tour DILEMMA (2015)

Exclusive Reality Shows[edit]

[38]

  • 2010: "Infinite! You're My Oppa" EP1-8
  • 2010: "Days of Infinite" EP1-13
  • 2011: "Infinite's Sesame Player2" EP1-9
  • 2011: "Birth of a Family" EP1-14
  • 2012: "Infinite's Ranking King" EP1-15
  • 2013: "Infinite Japan Story" Days 1-7
  • 2014: "This(Diss) is INFINITE!" EP1-8 [39]

Filmography[edit]

[40] [41]

Variety & Reality Shows

  • 2010: "MBC Infinite Girls"
  • 2010: "MNET Secret T"
  • 2010: "KBS Big Star! Dance Grand Prix"
  • 2010: "Scandal" (Sunggyu + Woohyun)
  • 2010: "Star Making Survivor" EP1-7
  • 2010: "Midnight Idol" EP1-2
  • 2010: "Bouquet" EP8&11
  • 2010: "Midnight Idol" (Sunggyu + Sungyeol + Sungjong) EP3-4
  • 2011: "INFINITE Tooniverse Mak Irae Show"
  • 2011: "Beatles Code"
  • 2011: "Director's Cut" (Sunggyu + Hoya + L)
  • 2011: "Weekly Idol" (INFINITE without Sungjong) EP4
  • 2011: "Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2" (Hoya) EP72
  • 2011: "Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2" (Woohyun) EP86
  • 2011: "Weekly Idol" EP20,23
  • 2012: "Hello Counselor" (Sunggyu + Sungyeol + Woohyun) EP56
  • 2012: "Let's Go Dream Team" (Dongwoo + Hoya) EP122
  • 2012: "Strong Heart" (Sunggyu) EP133-134
  • 2012: "Weekly Idol" EP47,48,56
  • 2012: "Beatles Code"
  • 2012: "Immortal Song 2" (Sunggyu) EP55-63
  • 2012: "Weekly Idol" (Sunggyu + Hoya) EP64
  • 2012: "Miss & Mr Idol Korea" (Sunggyu + Woohyun + Hoya)
  • 2012: "High Society" (Sunggyu + Sungyeol + Dongwoo + Woohyun) EP45-47
  • 2012: "Hello Counselor" (Sunggyu + L)
  • 2012: "Weekly Idol" (Sunggyu) EP75
  • 2012: "Immortal Song 2" (Sunggyu + Woohyun) EP80-81
  • 2013: "Beatles Code" (Sunggyu + Dongwoo + Hoya)
  • 2013: "Weekly Idol" (Hoya + Dongwoo) EP79
  • 2013: "Busan Wish Travel" 2EP
  • 2013: "Running Man" (L) EP129
  • 2013: "Radio Star" (Sunggyu)
  • 2013: "Running Man" (Sunggyu + L) EP162
  • 2013: "Happy Together" (Sunggyu) EP285
  • 2013: "Beatles Code"
  • 2013: "High Society" (Sunggyu) EP62-79
  • 2013: "Genius: Rules of The Game" (Sunggyu)
  • 2013: "Weekly Idol" EP93-94
  • 2013: "Infinite Challenge" EP329-330
  • 2013: "Mamma Mia" EP10 (Dongwoo + INFINITE as Special Guest)
  • 2013: "Infinite Challenge" (Sunggyu) EP341-342
  • 2013: "Hello Counselor" (Sunggyu + Woohyun)
  • 2013: "Weekly Idol" EP107
  • 2013: "Barefooted Friends" EP12-14
  • 2013: "Safety First" (Sunggyu)
  • 2013: "The Dreaming Sea" (Sunggyu) EP1-3
  • 2013: "Law of the Jungle-Carribean & Maya Jungle" (Sungyeol) EP1-10
  • 2013-2014: "Elite TV" EP1-4
  • 2014: "COOL KIZ ON THE BLOCK - Taekwondo" (Hoya)
  • 2014: "Running Man" (Sunggyu) EP179-180
  • 2014: "Happy Together" (Sunggyu)
  • 2014: "After School Club" (INFINITE without Woohyun)
  • 2014: "The King of Food" (Sunggyu) EP5
  • 2014: "Running Man" (Sunggyu + Hoya) EP201
  • 2014: "Hello Counselor" (Sunggyu + Dongwoo + Sungyeol)
  • 2014: "Vitamin - Healing Foods" (Sunggyu + Hoya)
  • 2014: "Weekly Idol" (INFINITE without Woohyun) 2EP
  • 2014: "Smile People" (Dongwoo, Hoya, L)
  • 2014: "Crime Scene" (Sunggyu) EP7
  • 2014: "Law of the Jungle-Costa Rica" (Dongwoo)
  • 2014: "Full House" (L)

Dramas

Movies

  • 2014: "Grow: Infinite's Real Youth Life"
  • 2015: "Hiya" (Hoya)

References[edit]

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  41. ^ http://infinitechinggyu.wordpress.com/infinite-contents/tv-shows-guestings/

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
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Korean Music Awards: Group Musician of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent