(Left to right) Sungyeol, Woohyun, L, Dongwoo, Hoya, Sungkyu, Sungjong.
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, dance|
SM Culture and Contents
Universal D (Japan)
|Associated acts||Infinite H, Epik High, Nell|
Infinite (Korean: 인피니트) is a seven-member South Korean pop boy group under Woollim Entertainment. The group consists of 7 members: Sunggyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. Their most recent mini-album, New Challenge, has sold over 160,000 copies in Korea alone and is currently the fourth biggest-selling album of the year so far.
- 1 Career
- 2 Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 Tours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
2010: First Invasion
In 2010, Infinite first appeared in the 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"
2011: Evolution, Over the Top, and Japanese debut
On January 7, 2011, the band debuted the single Before the Dawn (BTD) (Before the Dawn) from their second EP Evolution. Promotions for BTD ended on the February 17, 2011 on Inkigayo where Infinite performed a remix version of the song.
Their first album Over The Top was released on July 21, 2011 together with the MV of their title track Be Mine (내꺼하자). The music video teaser of their title track was first released on their official website at midnight on July 15 followed by an album preview on the 20th. The group then had their comeback on July 23, 2011 on Music Core. They received their First Music Show #1 Award in M! Countdown on September 1, 2011. They have received a "Double Crown" for winning two consecutive #1 wins at M! Countdown. Infinite re-released their first album Over the Top as a repackaged album. This repackaged album was titled Paradise. "Paradise" was released on September 26, 2011. Woollim Entertainment revealed the music video teaser of "Paradise", the repackaged album's promotional track on September 22, 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 on January 26, 2011. Immediately after its release, their Evolution album hit #3 on real-time charts for sales in Korea. The song topped to #1 for ringtones on the daily charts of the K-POP section of Japan’s top mobile website. Infinite released various rental singles song 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 Japanese version of "BTD". "BTD" was released on November 19, 2011. The single was released in three versions, a CD+Photobook including a 40-page photobook, CD+DVD that includes their first Japanese showcase at Zepp Tokyo on July 21, 2011 as well as "BTD"'s music video and making-of, and regular edition. All editions comes with a random (1 out of 7) trading cards. The B-side for the single is "Can U Smile", a remake from their 2nd Mini Album EVOLUTION found on 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
Infinite performed their very first Korean concert 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 after the band's debut album, First Invasion. The tickets for the concert sold out within 10 minutes after being released online on December 14. A teaser for the concert was released.
Dongwoo appeared in Baby Soul/Yoo Jia's new single "She's a Flirt" released on the 18 January.
"Be Mine" was remade to serve as their 2nd Japanese single. It was released on April 18, 2012 with fourth versions, a CD+DVD limited edition ("SOLID VERSION"), two CD Only limited editions ("POP ART VERSION"/"INNOCENT VERSION"), and a regular CD Only edition. All the limited editions include a different packaging design and 9 photocards (of a total of 15 types). The title track is a Japanese version of their song "Naekkeohaja", which was the lead track for their Over the Top album. The single also includes the introduction track of the album, and a Japanese version of "Julia". It peaked at #2 both in Oricon Daily and Weekly Charts. Total reported sales amount to 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.
Hoya was cast in Reply 1997 that aired on the 24th of July.
Woohyun was cast in The Thousandth Man which started airing on the 17th of August.
Sungkyu debuted as a solo artist. Pre-releasing his song, Shine, on Nov 6th and releasing his first album, Another Me, on Nov 19th. L is featured in Sunggyu's title track song 60 sec MV. His album topped the Hanteo chart and has as of June 2013 sold 78,199 copies according to Gaon.
2013: Infinite H, New Challenge, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, Destiny, Request and 1st World Tour
On July 16, the group released their second single album, Destiny.
On August 9, they kicked off their 1st World Tour named One Great Step in Seoul. The tour includes 31 shows in Asia, North America, South America and Europe.
On September 26, they released a non-album released single- a 'Galaxy Song', "Request" as an endorser for Samsung's Galaxy series.
On November 22nd 2013, INFINITE won the best male group on MAMA (Mnet Asia Music Award) 2013 and also they won SONY MDR WORLD WIDE PERFORMER.
|Stage name||Birth name||Birthday |
|Sungkyu||성규||Kim Sung Kyu||김성규||金聖圭||April 28, 1989|
|Dongwoo||동우||Jang Dong-woo||장동우||張東宇||November 22, 1990|
|Woohyun||우현||Nam Woo-hyun||남우현||南優鉉||February 8, 1991|
|Hoya||호야||Lee Ho-won||이호원||李浩沅||March 28, 1991|
|Sungyeol||성열||Lee Sung-yeol||이성열||成烈||August 27, 1991|
|L||엘||Kim Myung-soo||김명수||金明洙||March 13, 1992|
|Sungjong||성종||Lee Sung-jong||이성종||李成鍾||September 3, 1993|
Awards and nominations
- Infinite First Concert in Korea: Second Invasion (2012)
- Arena Tour in Japan: INFINITE Second Invasion Evolution Plus (2012)
- Infinite 1st World Tour: One Great Step (2013)
- (Korean) "포토엔,인피니트,긴장되는 첫 무대~ On December 19, 2010 L was featured in label mate Strawberry Field's "Starlight March" music video." (in Korean). Newsen. June 9, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- (Korean) "인피니트, 日 강타 'TO-RA-WA' 벨소리 1위 기염" (in Korean). Osen. January 28, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- (Korean) "인피니트 ‘에볼루션’ 발매 즉시 한터 실시간 차트 3위 ‘기염’" (in Korean). Nate News. January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 07, 2011.
- "INFINITE 1st CONCERT TEASER".
- "Infinite tickets sell out in 10 minutes" (in English-Korean). Korea JoongAng Daily By Carla Sunwoo. December 15, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- "Dongwoo featured on Baby Soul/Yoo Jia's new single" (in Korean). allkpop. Jan 19, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- "Member L casted on TV drama" (in Korean). OSEN via Naver. Jan 6, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- "INFINITE to partner with YouTube to live stream performances from their encore concert". allkpop. March 27, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
- "INFINITE & FT Island place in Top 10 on Oricon Weekly Chart". allkpop. April 25, 2012.
- "INFINITE wins #1 triple crown + performances from June 14th’s ‘M! Countdown’!". allkpop. June 14, 2012.
- Jeon, Seonha (2013-03-22). "'뮤뱅' 인피니트, 달콤하게 돌아왔다 '맨인러브'". interview365. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- (Korean) "Infinite Profile". Retrieved November 19, 2013.
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|Awards and achievements|
|Korean Music Awards: Group Musician of the Year