BtoB (band)

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BtoB in April 2013 at the Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles
Background information
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, dance-pop
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels Cube Entertainment (South Korea)
Universal Music Group (International)
Members Seo Eunkwang
Lee Minhyuk
Lee Changsub
Lim Hyunsik
Shin Peniel
Jung Il-hoon
Yook Sungjae

BtoB (/ˈb.t.b/; Korean: 비투비; acronym for Born to Beat) is a South Korean seven member boy group formed in 2012 by Cube Entertainment. The group consists of Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik, Peniel, Ilhoon, and Sungjae. The group debuted on March 22, 2012 on M! Countdown with Insane and Imagine.[1]



The group was formed by Cube Entertainment. It was stated from the start that Seo Eunkwang, Lee Minhyuk, Lim Hyunsik, Jung Ilhoon and Lee Minwoo were on the list of original members who are waiting to be debuted under the name of "BtoB". They appeared on the JTBC sitcom "I Live in Cheongdam-dong" as an aspiring boy band working towards their debut.[2] However, Lee Minwoo had dropped out of the list of confirmed members after their first appearance on the sitcom and the fact of him not debuting with BtoB had upset many fans. On March 23, 2012, Cube Entertainment had clarified that there are problems with Minwoo's health resulting in him being unable to blend into the group. Adding on, he would still be a trainee under Cube. If he was to recover, he would still get a chance to debut. Minwoo was confirmed to debut as a C-Clown member under Yedang Entertainment.[3]

2012: Born to Beat, Asia Promotions and Press Play[edit]

BtoB in Singapore at Bugis Junction on May 23, 2012

On March 21, the group made their debut in a showcase held in Seoul, which was streamed from their official YouTube channel. They performed their title song "Insane", "Imagine", and various other songs.[4] On March 22, they made their official debut on Mnet's M! Countdown[5] followed by Music Bank, Music Core and Inkigayo. On April 3, 2012 they released their debut album Born to Beat, with songs co-written by Jörgen Elofsson.[6] Their first broadcast was on Mnet's reality program 'Amazon (Idol Master Zone) on April 4.[7] They followed-up with a digital single titled "Father" released on May 3, in conjunction with May being the 'Month of Family'[8] along with a music video. An "Asia Special Edition" of their first mini-album was released on May 23, which contained two new songs: "Father" and "Irresistible Lips", for which a music video was released on the same day.[9]

The release of the Born to Beat 'Asia Special Edition' album marked the official start of their Asia promotions. They kick-started their promotions with a press conference in Singapore along with a promotional event in Bugis Square which attracted a crowd of 800 people.[10] The following day, they performed at Clarke Quay for "Music Matters Live 2012", a five-night festival that featured 40 bands from 18 countries.[11] A month later, they resumed their Asia promotions in Indonesia, participating in an interview with OneTV Asia. In addition, they held their first Indonesian showcase at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Jakarta on June 21, performing for both fans and media officials.[12] They made their debut in Japan with a performance at the "K-Dream Live" concert at Tokyo Dome on July 29 alongside 5 other groups.[13] In addition, the group performed at Sapporo Dome on August 1 for the "K-Pop Nonstop Live 2012 In Sapporo" concert.[14]

Starting September 4, Cube Entertainment released various teaser images and videos for their comeback title track "Wow" and second mini-album.[15][16][17][18] On September 11, 2012 the group released the music video for "Wow" and their second mini album Press Play the day after.[19] On October 18, they started promoting "I Only Know Love" as the follow-up single on M! Countdown [20] followed by performances on other music programs. A music video for the song was released on October 22,[21] which consisted of a montage of the promotional events the group undertook throughout the year.

Following the end of their promotions for "I Only Know Love", the group commenced their overseas activities once again. They started off in Singapore on December 1, performing as part of a line-up for "Sundown Festival 2012", an event that invited solo and group acts from South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.[22] On December 11, the group performed as the opening act for the "2012 Asia Super Showcase" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at Kenanga Wholesale City.[23] The group became the first Korean artist to perform at the Thai Supermodel Concert on December 13 at the Bangkok Convention Center, and later held a press conference with around 70 media outlets.[24]

2013: United Cube Concert, 2nd Confession, Thriller[edit]

On February 2, 2013, the group participated in their first United Cube Concert alongside their Cube Entertainment label-mates. The concert took place in Seoul’s Jamsil Indoor Stadium, and attracted over 7,000 fans, local and international.[25] An additional concert was held in Yokohoma, Japan, in which the group sang a cover of Japanese band V6's "Feel Your Breeze" along with their other songs in front of more than 8,000 fans.[26]

On April 3, Cube Entertainment released hints of their second comeback through their official Twitter account, posting pictures from an music video set. Later, their comeback was confirmed, with a release of a digital single on April 10 titled "2nd Confession".[27]

On April 10, the group held their first fan-meet in Taiwan for over 1,000 fans. The set-list included a cover of Jay Chou's song "Rainbow".[28] Following their promotions for "2nd Confession", they held two additional fan-meets in Thailand and Cambodia, meeting with around 2,000 fans in total.[29][30]

On August 23, Cube Entertainment released concept pictures for their pre-release track, "When I Was Your Man", a track off their upcoming album[31] with a special music video for the song released a few days later.[32] Their first comeback stage was confirmed to be on September 4's episode of MBC Music's Show Champion, prior to the release of their 3rd mini-album titled Thriller on September 9.[33]

2014: Beep Beep, Move, 1st Solo Concert "Hello Melody" and Japan Debut[edit]

On January 2014, BTOB released an image with the words "Ddui Ddui Bbang Bbang" (which refers to sounds of cars and horn noise), hinting their comeback in February. On February 11, 2014, the first teaser of their title song Beep Beep was uploaded onto their official YouTube channel followed by the second and third teaser, which were uploaded on February 12 and 13 respectively.[34] On February 16, 2014, the music video for Beep Beep was released onto YouTube followed by the release of the EP the following day.[35][36] Shortly after the EP was released, BTOB's Beep Beep was number 1 on Hanteo’s real-time charts at 3:00 PM KST.[37] Their EP was also ranked in the top three positions on major online real-time charts such as Bugs and Soribada.[38]

BTOB began promotional appearances on Mnet's M!Countdown on February 20, 2014 and also on other various music programs.[39]

Cube Entertainment announced the release of BTOB's 5th mini album "Move" on September 29 with new logo image. The logo image has heart shaped symbols that represent two capital B’s for BTOB, expressing BTOB’s love for the fans and its desire to present heart touching music.[40]

BTOB’s first solo concert in Korea, Hello Melody will take place over two days on October 31 and November 1 at Olympic Park’s Olympic Hall.[41]

BTOB has announced it has signed a contract with a Japanese talent agency called Kiss Entertainment for its activities in Japan. The entertainment company has already posted details of showcase events for the promotion of the Japanese version of “Wow,” which take place at the Shibuya branch of Tower Records in November.[42]

After announcing last week that they have signed a contract with the Japanese talent agency Kiss Entertainment, the 7-member group from BTOB has revealed that they will be releasing their first single in Japan this November. On October 9, BTOB’s agency has revealed more information about the group’s upcoming Japan debut. “BTOB will release their first Japanese single, ‘WOW,’ on November 12 and will begin active promotions.” The single will include the Japanese version of BTOB’s representative song from 2012, “WOW,” as well as the sweet love song “Second Confession.” [43]


  • Seo Eun-kwang (서은광)
  • Lee Min-hyuk (이민혁)
  • Lee Chang-sub (이창섭)
  • Lim Hyun-sik (임현식)
  • Peniel (Shin Dong-geun) (신동근)
  • Jung Il-hoon (정일훈)
  • Yook Sung-jae (육성재)


Main article: BtoB discography


  • BTOB's First Solo Concert - "Hello Melody" (2014 October 31 and November 1, Seoul)


Music videos[edit]

Year Music video on YouTube Published Length
2012 비밀(Insane) Mar 21 3:52
아버지(Father) May 2 3:42
그 입술을 뺏었어(Irresistible Lips) May 22 3:58
WOW Sep 11 3:39
WOW (Dance Version) Sep 17 3:42
사랑밖에 난 몰라 (Lover Boy) Oct 23 3:37
2013 두 번째 고백 (2nd Confession) Apr 10 4:14
두 번째 고백 (2nd Confession) (PJ Version) Apr 17 3:56
내가 니 남자였을때 (When I Was Your Man) Aug 28 3:49
스릴러 (Thriller) Sep 4 3:30
2014 뛰뛰빵빵 (Beep Beep) Feb 16 3:46
넌 감동이야 (You’re So Fly) Sep 29 4:02
WOW (JPN ver.) Nov 08 3:38
울어도 돼 (You Can Cry) Dec 04 3:42
울면 안 돼 (The Winter's Tale) Dec 21 4:28

Reality shows[edit]

  • 2012: Mnet AMAZONE
  • 2012: SBS MTV MTV Diary [44]
  • 2013: SBS MTV BTOB B+ Diary
  • 2013: BTOB Manager Self Camera (MSC)
  • 2013: TVN "The Romantic and Idol" (Minhyuk)
  • 2014: BTOB "Cool Men"
  • 2014: BTOB Black Box (MSC S02)
  • 2014: BTOB The Beat
  • 2014: America's Next Top Model Cycle 21: Judge of "K-Pop" Challenge, episode 12

Television shows[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

  • 2012: Arirang Pops in Seoul
  • 2012: MBC Idol QTV Miracle on 7th Street (Minhyuk, Sungjae)
  • 2012: JKPOP (日韓音樂瘋)
  • 2012: KBS '1 Vs 100' (Eunkwang, Minhyuk)
  • 2013: Siksin Road Ep 113 (Sungjae, Minhyuk, Ilhoon - 130119)
  • 2013: Arirang After School Club (BTOB, episode 23)
  • 2013: Mnet Mnet Wide Open Studio (Ilhoon)
  • 2013: MBC Idol Star Athletic Championships [45]
  • 2013: JKPOP (日韓音樂瘋)
  • 2013: MBC Reckless Family 2 (Minhyuk)
  • 2014: KBSLet's Go Dream Team. (Minhyuk)
  • 2014: Arirang After School Club (BTOB, episode 47)
  • 2014: Mnet Beatles Code (Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Ilhoon, Sungjae, 140218)
  • 2014: MBC Real Man (141026 - Sungjae)

Guest appearances (cameos)[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2012 MTV Best Of the Best Best New Artist Nominated
Cyworld Digital Music Awards Rookie of the Month (September) ("WOW") Won[46]
2013 27th Golden Disk Awards[47] Next Generation Star Won
22nd Seoul Music Awards Rookie of the Year Nominated
SBS MTV's Best of Best Rookie King Nominated


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