Xing (band)

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Xing (씽)
Origin South Korea
Genres Pop, ballad
Years active 2006–2009
Labels Xing Entertainment
Website xing.tv

XING (acronym for Crossing in New Genre) was a male group from South Korea that was active from 2006 to 2009. It made it into the list of the Top 5 Most Anticipated Artists In 2007. The members of Xing were changed many times before the group completely disbanded.

Career[edit]

Xing's first single 'In Your Hands' was released on December 14, 2006, its 4 original members Marumir (Kim Kibum), Kevin, Yume (Kim Youngkyung), and Cheon Hyesung (Choi Sungsoo). Xing's popularity quickly rose and they were dubbed as the teenage SG Wannabe.[citation needed]

On January 30, Xing held their first concert, which was a form of training for the group. Also participating in the concert were Poppin' Dragon (Yong Junhyung) and ZEN (Nam Jinhyun) as they were trainees. Other than the concert, there were no other performances. In the beginning of 2007, the group was featured in a magazine, which included photoshoots and an interview to promote the group. They also participated in a few more photoshoots beside the magazine and released clips and music videos online. On July 14, 2007, Kibum announced his departure from XING, the reason being that he left for a better future for himself. He bid rest of the XING members good luck and told fans not to be heartbroken. Shortly afterward, the two trainees member were added to the group (Junhyung and ZEN). Thus, Xing became a 5-member group for the release of their second single.

On August 5, 2007, Xing released their second single, 'My Girl', with the title song falling into the genre of pop. Although there were many fans that enjoyed the single, many thought that they strayed too far from the image and sound that the fans had initially fallen in love with. The single was promoted though a performance at the New Star event, which was a talent show organized by Xing Entertainment.

The group held its second concert on September 8, 2007. They performed songs from both their singles and each member delivered a solo performance. They performed officially on national television at the YTN Star Digital Night Concert.

At the end of 2007, Xing's member makeup had a dramatic change. On September 6, 2007, Sungsoo left the group but with no statement or announcement from him or Xing Entertainment. On January 12, 2008, Youngkyung decided to leave the group, making a diary announcement to fans. On January 13, 2008, Junhyung also decided to leave the group. Kevin and Jinhyun, along with four former members of the group "Singing in The Rain", Yoon (Kim Jisang), White (Lee Suhoon), Husky (Woo Hyunmin), and Gun (Shin Gwangchul), along with another - Kipalang (Jeon Jihwan)- formed the new makeup of the 7-member group Xing.

On March 17, 2008, the 7-member Xing group released a digital single "T Express." The music style of the group changed once again, turning from a pop genre to a dance genre with rap influence. After the release of this single, on April 2, Kevin, the only original member of Xing decided to depart from the group. The group then stood as 6-member group. Xing Entertainment has stated that “Xing was a project group that will have members rotating in and out, in hopes in keeping the group fresh.”

After Jinhyun left the group some time after, added to the group were Soul (Lee Injoon) and Rising (Park Hyunchul). Eventually all the members left or changed entertainment companies.

The last makeup of Xing consisted of Kim Wanchul, Kim Donggeun, Jin Hyunjin, Hwang Doohwan, and Kim Jinwan. A teaser was revealed, but no actual single was released. The group disbanded and Xing's infamous rotations finally came to an end.

Xing Today[edit]

On August 15, 2008, Kevin and Kibum of the original member lineup of Xing debuted in 7-member boy group called U-Kiss under NH Media Japan. On February 13, 2011, though, Kibum was removed from the group and has since partook in some promotions in Japan.

Former member Junhyung is currently the rapper of boy group BEAST, which debuted October 2009 under Cube Entertainment. Hyunchul, Injoon, Jihwan, Suhoon, and Hyunmin debuted March 2010 as 5 member boy group DGNA. Former members Zin and Sulhu are now rappers in the boy group X-5, which debuted in April 2011. Groups DGNA and X-5 are label-mates under Open World Entertainment. The other former members Wanchul and Doohwan joined the 21-member boy band Apeace as main vocals in May 2011.

Kim Youngkyung, Choi Sungsoo, Nam Jinhyun, Kim Jisang, Shin Gwangchul, and Kim Donggeun are inactive. Youngkyung, though, was a background dancer to 5tion's latest song 빠삐용 (Papillon) during promotions and Sungsoo appeared on The Voice of Korea, though did not proceed through the program. Jinhyun is part of the dance W.A Company and Gwangchul has partaken in being an ulzzang. Former members Jisang and Dongguen have not appeared to be active.

Former Members[edit]

Stage name Birth name Date of birth Date of departure Notes
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Yume 유메 Kim Youngkyung 김영경 (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988 (age 26) January 12, 2008
Cheon Hyesung 천혜성 Choi Sungsoo 최성수 (1990-05-04) May 4, 1990 (age 24) December 6, 2007
Marumir 마루미르 Kim Kibum 김기범 (1990-12-29) December 29, 1990 (age 23) July 14, 2007 Former member of U-Kiss
Kevin 케빈 Kevin Woo 우성현 (1991-11-25) November 25, 1991 (age 22) April 3, 2008 Current member of U-Kiss
Poppin' Dragon 팝핀드래곤 Yong Junhyung 용준형 (1989-12-19) December 19, 1989 (age 24) January 13, 2008 Current member of Beast
ZEN Nam Jinhyun 남진현 (1990-06-12) June 12, 1990 (age 24) Part of W.A Company
Husky 허스키 Woo Hyunmin 우현민 (1991-07-22) July 22, 1991 (age 23) Current member of The Boss
Yoon Kim Jisang 김지상 (1990-06-20) June 20, 1990 (age 24) Currently promoting solo as XXXY
White 화이트 Lee Suhoon 이수훈 (1990-06-28) June 28, 1990 (age 24) Current member of The Boss
Gun Shin Gwangchul 신광철 (1992-05-28) May 28, 1992 (age 22)
Kipalang 기파랑 Jeon Jihwan 전지환 (1994-03-31) March 31, 1994 (age 20) Current member of The Boss
Rising 라이징 Park Hyunchul 박현철 (1991-06-28) June 28, 1991 (age 23) Current member of The Boss
Soul 소울 Lee Injoon 이인준 (1992-03-09) March 9, 1992 (age 22) Current member of The Boss
Wanchul 완철 Kim Wanchul 김완철 (1992-04-13) April 13, 1992 (age 22) Current member of A-Peace
Donggeun 동근 Kim Donggeun 김동근 (1992-08-13) August 13, 1992 (age 22)
Hyunjin 현진 Jin Hyunjin 진현진 (1993-07-20) July 20, 1993 (age 21) Former member of X-5
Doohwan 두환 Hwang Doohwan 황두환 (1994-01-30) January 30, 1994 (age 20) Current member of A-Peace
Jinwan 진완 Kim Jinwan 김진완 (1995-09-07) September 7, 1995 (age 19) Former member of X-5

Current member of LU:KUS

Discography[edit]

Single # Single Information Tracking List Copies sold
1st In Your Hands
  • Released: December 14, 2006
  • Studio Album: N/A
  • Language: Korean, English
  1. In Your Hands (Kevin version)
  2. 어쩌다가 (How)
  3. 눈물에 추억에 (The Remembrance of a Tear)
  4. In Your hands
  5. Tell Me
N/A
2nd My Girl
  • Released: August 5, 2007
  • Studio Album: N/A
  • Language: Korean, English
  1. My Girl
  2. 유학
  3. 모른척해주세요
  4. My Girl (English version)
  5. Forget Our Memories
N/A
3rd The White of Winter
  • Released: December 12, 2007
  • Studio Album: N/A
  • Language: Korean, English
  1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  2. The First Noel
  3. Feliz Navidad
  4. Winter Breeze
  5. In Your Hands
  6. In Your Hands (Kevin version)
N/A
4th My Girl (Repackaged)
  • Released: March 14, 2008
  • Studio Album: N/A
  • Language: Korean, English
  1. My Girl
  2. 유학
  3. 모른척해주세요
  4. My Girl (English version)
  5. Forget Our Memories
N/A
5th T Express (Digital Single)
  • Released: March 17, 2008
  • Studio Album: N/A
  • Language: Korean
  1. T Express
N/A
6th Memorize
  • Released: October 29, 2008
  • Studio Album: N/A
  • Language: Korean
  1. Memorize
  2. 정말 괜찮아요
  3. 하루하루
N/A
7th Xing Opera - Hi-Five (Digital Single)
  • Released: June 20, 2009
  • Studio Album: N/A
  • Language: Korean
  1. Hi-Five
  2. My Girl
N/A

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