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VIXX
Vixx at the One Fine Day's Showcase on January 2015..JPG
VIXX at One Fine Day Press Conference 2015 (From left to right: Hyuk, Ravi, Hongbin, Ken, Leo and N)
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2012–present
Labels Jellyfish Entertainment, CJ E&M Music and Live
CJ Victor Entertainment (Japan)
Website realvixx.com
Members
  • N
  • Leo
  • Ken
  • Ravi
  • Hongbin
  • Hyuk

VIXX (Korean: 빅스; acronym for Voice, Visual, Value in Excelsis) is a six-member South Korean boy band, signed under Jellyfish Entertainment.[1][2] All members participated in Mnet's survival reality show MyDOL[1][2][3][4][5] and were chosen via an elimination system through viewer votes.[2][6] The name, VIXX, was also chosen by viewer votes.[2] VIXX consists of N, Leo, Ken, Ravi, Hongbin, and Hyuk. They are predominantly known as a concept or performance group whose music, lyrics, choreography, and overall stage performances are crafted together to tell a story or concept.[7]

History

Pre-debut

Before debuting, the VIXX members were 6 of 10 contestants featured in the Mnet reality show Mydol.[2][3][4][5] N, Leo, Hongbin and Ravi were featured in Brian Joo's "Let This Die" music video.[8] N, Leo, and Ravi were also featured in Seo In-guk's "Shake It Up".[9] Hongbin was featured in Seo In-guk's "Tease Me".[10]

2012: Superhero, Rock Ur Body and Jelly Christmas 2012 Heart Project

VIXX at KCON 2012
VIXX at The Salvation Army Kettle Appeal Opening Ceremony in South Korea in 2012

VIXX debuted with "Super Hero"[5] on May 24, 2012[2] on M! Countdown.[1][3][4] Their first overseas performance was at the Otakon Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on July 27.[11][12]

On August 14, VIXX released their second single album, as well as the music video for the title song, "Rock Ur Body".[13] The group also attended KCON 2012 on October 13.[14]

VIXX was also part of Jellyfish's winter project, Jelly Christmas 2012 Heart Project, with their label mates Lee Seok Hoon, Park Hyo Shin, Seo In-guk and Sung Shi Kyung. On December 5, the title track, "Because It's Christmas", was released digitally.[15]

2013: On and On, Hyde, Jekyll, Voodoo and Jelly Christmas 2013

On January 6, VIXX pre-released a single, "Don't Want to Be an Idol", from their third single album, On and On.[16] The title song, "On and On", was then released on January 17 along with the album itself.[17]

The title song, "Hyde", and the mini-album, Hyde, was released on May 20.[18] The title song, "G.R.8.U", of the repackaged album, Jekyll, was released on July 31.

On October 11, VIXX released a special collaboration album with female indie pop group OKDAL (Oksang Dalbit).[19] The album, Y.BIRD from Jellyfish Island with VIXX & OKDAL, was produced by OKDAL members Kim Yoon-ju and Park Sae-jin. The title track "Girls, Why" was written by Kim Yoon-ju save for the rap, which was written was Ravi. Both Yoon-ju and Sae-jin participated in composing the second song "I'm a Boy, You're a Girl". Ravi accompanied both OKDAL members in writing the lyrics.[20] VIXX and OKDAL promoted the special album with live performances on You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook, which aired October 12, and at Jellyfish's Y.BIRD from Jellyfish Island Showcase on October 13.[citation needed]

On November 8, VIXX pre-released a single, as well as the music video for the song, "Only U", from their upcoming full-length album, Voodoo. On November 20, the title song, "Voodoo Doll", was released and on November 25, the album itself was released. On December 6, VIXX grabbed the top spot for that week's episode of Music Bank with "Voodoo Doll", making it their first music show win since their debut.[21]

The artists of Jellyfish Entertainment, including VIXX, released their annual Christmas song on December 10, titled "Winter Confession" for Jelly Christmas 2013. The song topped the Instiz chart for 2 weeks in a row, the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 charts and also the Gaon charts.[22][23][24]

2014: Eternity, Darkest Angels and Error

The single is about a man blurring his reality and dreams to re-experience love

A somber love song about trying to "delete" painful memories as a cyborg

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On March 5, Jellyfish Entertainment announced that VIXX would be having a comeback in mid-April or early May.[25] On May 18, the title of VIXX's fourth single album, Eternity, was revealed through the group's official fancafe and the music video teaser was released on May 22. On May 27, the music video for "Eternity" was released along with the album itself.

On May 19, Jellyfish revealed that VIXX will be making their debut into the Japanese market with a full-length album, Darkest Angels, on July 2.[26][27]

On June 15, VIXX together with Girls' Generation, EXO, B2ST, 4minute, B1A4, A Pink, BTOB and more, participated in 2014 DREAM CONCERT at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. VIXX performed with "Eternity" and "Voodoo Doll". They had a special stage Dance Battle with BTOB.[28]

On June 20, it was announced that VIXX will be attending KCON from August 9–10. This is VIXX's 2nd year attending, the first being in 2012.[29] They also got some awards that were voted from their fanclub. They got Best Visual and Best Actor from KCON 2014.[30]

On September 25, Jellyfish Entertainment confirmed that VIXX will be having a comeback on October 14.[31] On October 4, the title song and track list of VIXX's second mini-album were revealed via their official site.[32][33] On October 10, VIXX released the music video teaser for "Error" and the music video was released along with the mini-album, Error on October 14.[34][35] On December 10, VIXX released the Japanese version of "Error", which included also the Japanese version of "Youth Hurts".

2015: Boys' Record,

On January 16, it was reported that VIXX was planning a February comeback with a new remake album.[36] On February 11, R.ef's "Farewell Formula" was revealed as the title track for the new remake album via VIXX's social media accounts.[37] On February 20, the music video teaser for "Love Equation" was released. On February 24, Boys' Record was released along with the music video for "Love Equation". After its release, the song was an all-kill on all the music shows.[38]The group achieved their first triple crown with the album on The Show .[39]

Artistry

VIXX have established themselves as a concept or a performance group whose “attention to detail is masterful and elevates VIXX above their contemporaries”.[40] The members are heavily involved in the development of their concepts and their “commitment to concept is especially impressive with live performances of songs”.[41] Micah Levin Isla from the The Philippine Star commented “You can be someone who’ll never be truly on board with this whole K-Pop craze. But there’s something about VIXX that’s really fascinating and intriguing. Their music and appeal have this lingering effect. They can make you Google and YouTube to hear more, to know more”.[42] VIXX has cemented a “niche in the theatrical side of K-pop” with performances that follow a storyline that is carefully put together.[41] With their powerful vocals, costume, make-up, and dancing, the group's stage performances have musical-like or movie-like style. They have been praised for their stage presence for, with a reviewer commenting that “VIXX ooze with charisma”.[43] In a review of one of their concerts, journalist Park Jung Sun commented, “They presented [a] live performance which broke prejudice[s] people have towards idols. VIXX presented a musical-like stage as coming off from the-usual-concert which displays singing and dancing. VIXX led their fans to UTOPIA that they constructed”.[44]

While the group did not find immediate success with their debut song “Superhero” and “Rock Ur Body,” VIXX received some public attention with their first foray with a dark concept. Performing in colored contact lenses, suits, and heavy stage makeup, their intense vampiric concept for “On and On,” was a dramatic shift from their first two concepts.[45] This was followed by “GR8U” and “Hyde,” which was based on Jekyll and Hyde. The concept described the transformation from good to evil and the theme of duality carried over in the choreography and lyrics.[46] By the end of 2013, the group released “Voodoo Doll,” a creepy and sadist single told through the perspective of a voodoo doll. The song was less of a love song and "more a pledge of undying loyalty".[47] Their concepts are predominately known for being dark, with the incorporation of fantasy elements and having a goth influence. Soompi has commented "“Leave it to VIXX to show something completely creepy but be charismatic and powerful at the same time” and that "If you are talking scary concepts in K-pop, you are almost certainly talking VIXX”.[48][49] Much of the subject matter in their music has themes of intense, obsessive, and twisted sense of love, with their music often having melancholy and sinister undertones.

Members

  • N (Cha Hak-yeon; 차학연) – leader, dance, vocals[50]
  • Leo (Jung Taek-woon; 정택운) – main vocals
  • Ken (Lee Jae-hwan; 이재환) – main vocals
  • Ravi (Kim Won-sik; 김원식) – rap, dance
  • Hongbin (Lee Hong-bin; 이홍빈) – vocals
  • Hyuk (Han Sang-hyuk 한상혁) – dance

Discography

Main article: VIXX discography
  • Voodoo (2013)
  • Darkest Angels (2014)

Filmography

Television Drama

Year Channel Title Member Role Notes
2013 SBS The Heirs All As themselves Cameo (Ep. 4)
2014 MBC Hotel King N Noah Supporting role
MBC Every 1 Boarding House No. 24 Ken Lee Jaehwan Main cast
SBS Glorious Day Hongbin Yoo Ji-ho Supporting role
2015 SBS Family Outing N Cha Hak-yeon Supporting role

Reality shows

Year Channel Title Notes
2012 Mnet MyDOL Their pre-debut survival show
SBS MTV VIXX's MTV Diary Their first reality show
2013 SBS MTV Plan V Diary Their second reality show
Mnet Japan VIXX File Their third reality show
2015 MBC VIXX's One Fine Day Their fourth reality show

Variety shows

Year Channel Title Member Notes
2012 TVN The Romantic & Idol Season 2 N Cast member[51]
2014 Mnet 4 Things Show N Main star[52]
MBC Every 1 Hitmaker N, Hyuk Cast member[53]
SBS Law of the Jungle Hyuk Cast member (Brazil edition)[54]
TVN First Day Of Work Season 3 N Cast member[55]
MBC Every 1 Hitmaker Season 2 N, Hyuk Cast member[56]
2015 MBC Every 1 Bachelor's Party N Cast member[57]
Mnet Show Me the Money 4 Ravi Contestant[58]

Musical

Year Title Member Role Notes
2014 Full House Leo Lee Young-jae Lead role
2015 Chess Ken Anatoly Karpov Lead role

Concerts and tours

  • 2013: The Milky Way Global Showcase
  • 2014: VIXX Live Fantasia – Hex Sign
  • 2014: VIXX US Tour
  • 2015: VIXX Live Fantasia – Utopia

Awards and nominations

For more details on this topic, see List of awards and nominations received by VIXX.

VIXX have been recipients of 22 awards from South Korean and International events. They started to gain recognition in 2013, one year after their debut. They received their first award at SBS MTV Best of The Best 2013 for Best Rookie Group [59] and received their first Main Prize Bonsang Award at 23rd Seoul Music Awards. They received their first music programme award at Music Bank with "Voodoo Doll". [60]

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