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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 K-pop
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels Pledis Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment, Ariola Japan, Yuehua Entertainment, Warner Music
Associated acts NU'EST-M, After School, Orange Caramel, Happy Pledis, Hello Venus
  • JR
  • Aron
  • Baekho
  • Minhyun
  • Ren

NU'EST (Hangul: 뉴이스트; acronym for New Establish Style 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 made numerous appearances in their labelmates' music releases. NU'EST were backup dances for After School Blue's Wonder Boy,[1] and appeared in their label's Christmas release Love Letter,[2] along with releasing their own music video for the song.[3]

The NU'EST members also made solo appearances in their labelmates' music releases. JR appeared in Orange Caramel's Bangkok City[4] music video and was also featured in After School's Uee's solo song Sok Sok Sok. Baekho appeared in After School's Play Ur Love[5] music video, and Minhyun starred in Orange Caramel's Shanghai Romance[6] music video.

JR, Aron, Minhyun, and Ren were featured, along with After School's Lizzy, in a commercial for New Balance.[7]


NU'EST made their debut with their first single Face[8] on 15 March, with their debut stage on M Countdown that same day. NU'EST began airing their first reality show, Making of a Star: NU'EST Landing Operation,[9] during their promotional period.

NU'EST returned with their first mini album, Action,[10] on 11 July, and became ambassadors for Korea's Scout Association.[11] During their promotional period and the rest of the year, NU'EST began to expand to the global market, having events in Japan, America, Australia, and other parts of Asia. During December NU'EST began endorsements with McDonald’s.[12]


Baekho and Ren began acting with appearances in labelmate Uee's drama Jeon Woo Chi[13] during January. NU'EST marked their return in 2013 with being cast for SBS MTV Diary,[14] along with their labelmates HELLOVENUS.

NU'EST returned with the second mini album Hello,[15] on 13 February and held their first showcase to promote the album that same day. On 8 April, Aron became a DJ for Arirang's Music Access.[16]

NU'EST returned on 22 September with their third mini album Sleep Talking[17] and held their second showcase that same day. NU'EST began to enter the Chinese market in November with the addition of a new member Jason,[18] exclusively for Chinese promotions, undertaking the name NU'EST-M for the project. NU'EST-M recorded Chinese versions of Face and Sleep Talking and promoted them throughout China. During December Minhyun began acting and was made a regular for the sitcom Reckless Family 3.[19]


To celebrate Music Core's 400th episode, Ren performed Girl's Day's Something[20] 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[21] with Good Bye Bye as the title track; they held their third showcase that same day.

NU'EST debuted in Japan with their single Shalala Ring[22] on 5 November. On 11 November, it was announced that Baekho would be temporarily halting his activities due to vocal cord polyps[23] and had surgery on 2 December.


NU'EST released a digital single I'm Bad[24] on 27 February with a limited edition physical release on 15 March, to celebrate their third anniversary. Baekho did not appear on the title track due to him still recovering from his vocal cord polyps surgery, but did appear on the side track. On 19 April, Aron ended his position as a DJ at Arirang's Music Access. On April 21, Ren, Minhyun, and JR began filming their appearances in an upcoming Japanese movie Shiranai.

NU'EST released their second Japanese single Na.Na.Na[25] on 20 May.


  • Aron (Aaron Kwak)
  • JR (Kim Jong-hyun 김종현)
  • Baekho (백호) (Kang Dong-ho 강동호)
  • Minhyun (민현) (Hwang Min-hyun 황민현)
  • Ren (렌) (Choi Min-gi 최민기)


Main article: NU'EST discography


Year Title Type Members
2012 Jeon Woo Chi Drama Baekho, Ren
2013 Longman Express Chinese Drama Ren
Reckless Family Sitcom Minhyun, Ren
2014 Momo Salon Web Drama Minhyun
Trot Lovers Drama Minhyun
2015 The Solitary Gourmet Chinese Drama JR, Ren
Intouchable Chinese Drama JR, Ren
2016 Shiranai Japanese Film JR, Minhyun, Ren

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Disk Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Result
Best Single
Most Popular Artist
New Rising Star

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Result
Best Rookie Award
Popularity Award

Other awards[edit]

South Korea

Year Award Ceremony Award Nominated Work Result
Arirang's Simply K-Pop Awards
Super Rookie Idol


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