NU'EST

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NU'EST
Nuest at KCON 2012.jpg
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
Aron
Baekho
Minhyun
Ren
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.

History

Pre-Debut

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.

2012

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.

2013

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".

2014

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]

Members

Nu'est[24]
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)

Discography

Main article: Nu'est discography