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NU'EST in August 2012 (From Left to Right: Minhyun, Ren, Aron, JR, Baekho)
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, dance, dance-pop, electropop, electro
Years active 2012 (2012) – Present
Labels Pledis Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment (South Korea)
Warner Music (Taiwan)
Ariola Japan (Japan)
Associated acts NU'EST-M, After School, Orange Caramel, Son Dam Bi, Happy Pledis, Hello Venus
Website Official Website
Members JR
Jason (NU'EST-M)

NU'EST (Hangul: 뉴이스트; acronym for New Established Style and Tempo) is a South Korean boy group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2012. The group consists of JR, Aron, Baekho, Minhyun and Ren.



Prior to debut, NU'EST were backup dancers for After School Blue's "Wonder Boy"[1] music video, along with participating on music stages with them.

NU'EST also appeared in Pledis family's Christmas single "Love Letter"[2] music video, along with participating on music stages with them. Baekho also appeared in the single. A new music video under the name "Pledis Boys" was released with NU'EST and other male Pledis trainees with the boys having fun behind the scenes of "Love Letter".[3]

JR, Aron, Minhyun, and Ren were featured, along with After School's Lizzy, in a commercial for New Balance.[4]

JR appeared in Orange Caramel's "Bangkok City"[5] music video and was also featured in After School's Uee's solo song "Sok Sok Sok",[6] Baekho appeared in After School's "Play Ur Love"[7] music video, and Minhyun starred in Orange Caramel's "Shanghai Romance"[8] music video.


NU'EST made their debut with their first single "Face",[9] a song that targeted bullying in schools, on 15 March 2012, with their debut stage on M! Countdown that same day. NU'EST also aired their own reality show "Making of a Star: NU'EST Landing Operation"[10] during their promotional period.

NU'EST returned with their first mini album "Action"[11] on 11 July 2012 and became ambassadors for Korea's Scout Association.[12] NU'EST performed at the largest Western K-Pop convention, K-CON,[13] in America on 13 October.

On 12 December, NU'EST was featured in Orange Caramel's Christmas single "Dashing Through the Snow In High Heels".[14]

On 23 December, NU’EST's released a CF for McDonald's[15] fast food chain restaurants.


NU'EST returned on 13 February with their second mini album "Hello".[16] They held their first mini concert in Korea that same day.[17] Hello became NU'EST's best selling album so far.

NU'EST returned on 22 September with their third mini album "Sleep Talking".[18] They held their first showcase in Korea that same day.[19]

It was announced that NU'EST would enter the Chinese market in November with the addition of a new member, Jason,[20] a former member of JBOY3 and JL. It was confirmed that Jason was only a member of NU'EST in China, forming NU'EST-M. NU'EST-M promoted in China with Chinese versions of "Sleep Talking" and "Face".


To celebrate Music Core's 400th episode, member Ren performed Girl's Day's "Something"[21] along with BTOB's Minhyuk, A-JAX's Seungjin and VIXX's Hongbin.

NU'EST returned on 9 July with their first full album Re:BIRTH[22] with "Good Bye Bye" as the title track. NU'EST held their second showcase in Korea that same day.[23]


Stage name Birth name Date of Birth
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Aron 아론 Aaron Kwak 아론콱 (1993-05-21) 21 May 1993 (age 21)
JR JR Kim Jong Hyun 김종현 (1995-06-08) 8 June 1995 (age 19)
Baekho 백호 Kang Dong Ho 강동호 (1995-07-21) 21 July 1995 (age 19)
Minhyun 민현 Hwang Min Hyun 황민현 (1995-08-09) 9 August 1995 (age 19)
Ren Choi Min Ki 최민기 (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 (age 19)
  • Jason (NU'EST-M)


Main article: Nu'est discography