Infinite (band)

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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
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

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 sold over 160,000 copies in Korea alone and was one of the best-selling albums of 2013. Their second album, Season 2, was released in May 2014.[1]


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".[2]

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[3] on January 26, 2011. Immediately after its release, their Evolution album hit #3 on real-time charts for sales in Korea.[4] 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[5] 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.[6]

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,[7] L was cast in for the tvN TV drama Shut Up Flower Boy Band which started airing on 30 January,[8] Hoya was cast in Reply 1997 that aired on the 24th of July,[9] Woohyun was cast in The Thousandth Man which started airing on the 17th of August,[10] L was cast in What is Mom that aired on October 8.[11] Infinite sang the sitcom's OST, Fantasy.[12]

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.[13] Total reported sales amount to at least 54,218 copies.

The group's third mini album was INFINITIZE, which 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.[14] At the end of the year, Billboard named "The Chaser" the number one KPOP song of the year.[15]

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[16] 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.[17]

The group released their Japanese debut album, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, on June 6.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

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 November 22, 2013, Infinite won the best male group on MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) 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.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

A new sub unit, Toheart,[24][25] made their debut on March 10.[26]

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.[27] 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.[28]

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.[29] Prior to the release of the album, Infinite held a showcase in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, titled 1.2.3. The group held the first showcase in Japan on May 19 and Taiwan on May 20 before performing in South Korea on May 21.[30] On May 21, the music video for "Last Romeo" was released. Infinite then made 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, the band had 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.[31]

On November 30, Infinite F debuted in Korea with their first single album, Heartbeat.[32]

On December 18, Infinite released the music video their new Japanese single, "Dilemma", composed by renowned Japanese musician and guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei.[33] The single was subsequently released on December 24 and used as the centerpiece of their upcoming "Dilemma Tour" in Japan in early 2015. [34]

2015: Unit Comeback and Japan Tour[edit]

On January 26, 2015, subunit Infinite H made their comeback after two years with the release of their second EP, Fly Again. They also held a press conference and a showcase on the same day at AX Korea, in Seoul.[35][36] Promotions for the album started on January 31, on M! Countdown and Music Bank.

On January 24th, INFINITE teased fans with the official trailer for their upcoming DILEMMA Tour. The tour commenced on February 1st in Fukoka, with upcoming concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi.[37]


  • Kim Sung-kyu (김성규) – leader, main vocals[38]
  • Jang Dongwoo (장동우) – main rap[38]
  • Nam Woo-hyun (남우현) – main vocals[38]
  • Hoya (Lee Howon; 이호원) – rap, vocals[38]
  • Lee Sungyeol (이성열) – vocals[38]
  • L (Kim Myung-soo; 김명수) – vocals[38]
  • Lee Sungjong (이성종) – vocals[38]


Main article: Infinite discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Disk Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Disk Bonsang Award Over the Top Won
Most Popular Artist Award Be Mine Nominated
MSN Most Popular Artist Award Nominated
Hallyu Icon Award Infinite Won
2013 Disk Bonsang Award Infinitize Won
Best Group Performance Infinite Won
2014 Disk Bonsang Award New Challenge Won
Popularity Award Destiny Nominated
2015 Disk Bonsang Award Season 2 Won

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2010 Popularity Award Infinite Nominated
2011 Bonsang Award Be Mine, Paradise Nominated
Popularity Award Infinite Nominated
2014 Bonsang Award Destiny Won
Popularity Award Infinite Nominated
2015 Bonsang Award Season 2 Won
Special Hallyu Award Infinite Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)[edit]

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (abbreviated as a MAMA), formerly " KM Music Festival" (MKMF) (1999 - 2008), is a major K-pop music award show that is held by Mnet Media annually in South Korea.
Daesang Award (Grand Prize) is equivalent to Artist of the Year.

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
12th 2010 "Come Back Again" Best New Male Artist Award[39] Nominated
13th 2011 Be Mine
Song of the Year[40] Nominated
Best Dance Performance by a Male Group[40] Nominated
14th 2012 The Chaser
Song of the Year[41][42] Nominated
Best Music Video [42][43] Nominated
Best Dance Performance by a Male Group[42][43] Nominated
15th 2013 Infinite Best Male Group Won
Man In Love Best Dance Performance – Male Group Nominated
1st World Tour - One Great Step Sony MDR World Wide Performer Won
16th 2014 Last Romeo Best Dance Performance – Male Group Won
Infinite K-pop Fan's Choice - Male Won
Season 2 'BC – UnionPay Album of the Year Nominated
Last Romeo Song of the Year Nominated

Korean Music Awards[edit]

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
9th 2012 Over the Top (Infinite album) Group Musician of the Year by Netizens[44] Won

Melon Music Awards[edit]

Melon Music Awards use only digital sales and online votes to judge winners.
Daesang Award (Grand Prize) is equivalent Artist of the Year.

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
3rd 2011 Infinite 2011 Top 10 [45] Nominated
4th 2012 2012 Top 10 Won
Daesang - Artist of the Year Nominated

Mnet 20's Choice Awards[edit]

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
7th 2013 Infinite Best Global Touring Artist [46] Won
20’s Mwave Global Star Nominated


Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2010 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards[47] New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award Infinite Won
2011 Mnet M! Countdown [48] Idol Dance Competition Hoya and Dongwoo Won
The Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club (SFCC) PR Awards[49] Performance Group Infinite Won
Mnet M! Countdown Awards Best Action Performance Before the Dawn (BTD)
"Scorpion Dance"
OBS Idol Stars Awards[50] Idol Growth No.1 Infinite Won
2012 Billboard Korea Best K-Pop Song of 2012 [51][52] The Chaser Won
SBS MTV Best of the Best Awards Best Dance Music Video Won
2013 Best Unit [53] Infinite H Won
13th Republic of Korea National Assembly Awards [54] Popular Music of the Year Infinite Won
SBS Inkigayo Half-Year Wrap Up Special Viewer's Choice Award (Popularity) [55] Man In Love Won
SBS Gayo Daejun SOTY Poll #1 Group People Want to Meet [56] Infinite Won
2014 SBS Gayo Daejun Best Performance Chosen by Viewers [57] Won
Best 10 award [58] Won
2015 21st Republic of Korea Entertainment Art Awards Best Male Group Won
12th korean music awards [59] Netizen’s Artist of the Year award Won

Music Program Awards[edit]

These are the collection of Infinite's wins on Korea's televised music program shows.
M! Countdown is aired on Korean cable channel, Music Bank on KBS, Inkigayo on SBS, Show Champion on MBC Music,The Show on SBS MTV and Music Core on MBC.

Year Song Program
2011 Be Mine
2012 The Chaser
2013 Man in Love
2014 Last Romeo
2015 Pretty (Infinite H)



  • 2012: INFINITE Concert Second Invasion Evolution The Movie 3D
  • 2014: "Grow: Infinite's Real Youth Life"
  • 2015: "Hiya" (Hoya)


Year Title Role Members Notes
2009 Boys Over Flowers Lee Sung-yeol Cameo
2009 Cheer Up On Love Lee Sung-yeol
2010 Jolly Widows Lee Sung-yeol
2011 While You Were sleeping Yoon So-joon Lee Sung-yeol
2011 Jiu Jiu L Jap. drama
2012 The Thousandth Man Kim Sung-kyu Kim Sung-kyu Cameo
2012 The Thousandth Man Nam Woo-hyun Nam Woohyun
2012 Reply 1997 Kang Joonhee Hoya
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows L Cameo
2012 Shut Up Flower Boy Band Lee Hyunsoo L
2012 What Is Mom Kim Myungsoo L
2013 Pure Love Ha Jung Woo Kim Sung-kyu Young version
2013 Reply 1994 Kang Joonhee Hoya Cameo
2013 Master’s Sun Joo Joongwon L Young version
2014 Cunning Single Lady Sec. Gil Yohan L
2014 My Lovely Girl Shiwoo L
2014 My Lovely Girl Kang Rae Hoon Hoya
2014 High School Love On Shin Woohyun Nam Woo-hyun
2014 High School Love On Hwang Sungyeol Lee Sung-yeol
2015 Love Detective Sherlock K Kim Sung-kyu Web drama


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External links[edit]

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