A.C.E (South Korean band)

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A.C.E at the 2018 Incheon Airport Sky Festival
(from left to right: Donghun, Chan, Wow, Kim Byeongkwan, and Jun)
Background information
Native name
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2017 (2017)–present
LabelsBeat Interactive
Associated actsUNB
  • Jun
  • Donghun
  • Wow
  • Kim Byeongkwan
  • Chan

A.C.E (Hangul: 에이스; acronym for Adventure Calling Emotions) is a South Korean boy group formed by Beat Interactive. The group consists of five members: Jun, Donghun, Wow, Kim Byeongkwan and Chan. The group gained attention with their covers on YouTube of groups such as BTS and Blackpink before officially debuting on May 23, 2017, with the single "Cactus".



Jun trained under Jellyfish Entertainment alongside VIXX for a short period of time, before transferring to CJ E&M.[1] He appeared on Mnet's I Can See Your Voice as Kangta's look-alike. Donghun competed on Superstar K5 prior to becoming a trainee under CJ E&M, and later appeared on I Can See Your Voice as well, winning the episode and earning high praise from Got7's JB. Wow trained at YG Entertainment alongside Winner[1] before later moving to CJ E&M, where he met Jun and Donghun.[1] Kim Byeongkwan participated in Season 1 of K-pop Star but was eliminated during the final round of casting.[1] He also trained under JYP Entertainment alongside Chan.[1] Chan was previously a member of the dance crew Alive87 which specialised in popping.

The members also appeared in many YouTube videos for 1 Million Dance Studio.[2] Beginning in 2016, the group began posting covers and buskings on their YouTube channel, gaining traction among the international community. Their first video, a dance cover of BTS' "Dope" and "I Need U" they performed on the streets of Hongdae, currently has four million views.[3]

2017–present: Debut and survival programs[edit]

On May 23, 2017, A.C.E released their debut single album Cactus, a Hardstyle song produced by Zoobeater Sound.[4] They made their official debut stage on the music program The Show on the same day.[5] The song focuses on the story of the boys' lives up until their debut. They received minor backlash from South Korean viewers for wearing hot pants in their performances on music shows.[6] On September 8, 2017, A.C.E released an English-language version of the song to promote the LG G6. [7] that they dedicated to their fans.[8]

A.C.E in 2017

On September 18, 2017, it was announced that Jun had joined KBS' survival show The Unit[9], with Chan later being announced to join as well.[10]

A.C.E released their second single album Callin' on October 19, 2017.[11]

In October 2017, members Donghun, Wow, and Kim Byeongkwan participated in JTBC's survival show Mix Nine where they passed the audition, receiving praise for their performances and abilities by Yang Hyun-suk.[12] In the show's finale, Kim Byeongkwan and Donghun ranked 4th 8th, respectively, earning them a spot in the debut line-up of the male team, while Wow ranked 11th. The male team later won the competition, receiving a score of 8,114 and earning them the chance to debut.[13]

On February 10, 2018, Chan took the ninth and last spot in the debut group for Unit B in the finale of The Unit[14] while Jun was eliminated at 21st before the final round.[15]

On March 15, 2018, the group released a special single titled "5TAR (Incompletion)", with the song serving as a gift to fans after their brief hiatus to join The Unit and MixNine.[16]

On April 7, 2018, Chan officially debuted in UNB on You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook.[17]

On May 2, 2018, it was announced that the debut of the TOP9 from Mix Nine, including Kim Byeongkwan and Donghun, had been cancelled.[18] Following the cancellation, it was announced that A.C.E, excluding Chan, would comeback with a repackaged album on June 7.[19]

On June 7, 2018, A.C.E released their repackaged album, A.C.E Adventures in Wonderland, with their title track "Take Me Higher".[20]


Adapted from their Naver profile.[21]

  • Donghun (동훈) – Main vocal[22]
  • Wow (와우) – Main performance, rapper[22]
  • Jun (준) – Leader, lead vocal, Performance[22]
  • Kim Byeongkwan (김병관, formerly known as Jason) – Main performance, rapper[22]
  • Chan (찬) – Main vocal[22]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
A.C.E Adventures in Wonderland
  • Release date: June 7, 2018
  • Label: Beat Interactive, Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. 선인장(CACTUS)
  2. Callin'
  3. Black and Blue
  4. Take Me Higher
  6. 5TAR (Incompletion)
  7. 선인장(CACTUS) Inst.
  8. Callin' Inst.
  9. 5TAR (Incompletion) Inst.

Single albums[edit]

Title Album Details Peak chart


Cactus 24
  • Released: October 18, 2017
  • Label: Beat Interactive, Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales




"Cactus" (선인장) 2017 21 N/A A.C.E Adventures in Wonderland
"5TAR (Incompletion)" 2018
"Take Me Higher"
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.


Year Song Artist(s)
2018 "I Feel So Lucky"[29] Hcue feat. A.C.E


Year Title Director Choreographer
2017 "Cactus" 김완태 Lia Kim and Koosung Jung @1MILLION Dance Studio
"Callin'" Jungkook Lim Koosung Jung, Jinwoo Yoon @1MILLION Dance Studio, A.C.E
2018 "Take Me Higher" Jin One Jung

Tours and concerts[edit]

  • A.C.E Global Fan-Con 'Sweet Fantasy' (2018)
  • A.C.E World Tour [To Be An ACE] (2018)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2018 StarHub Night of Stars Best Newcomer Award Won [31]


  1. ^ a b c d e "BNT ACE Interview". BNT. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  2. ^ 1MILLION Dance Studio (2016-12-24), Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 / Lia Kim Choreography (ft.Jun from A.C.E), retrieved 2018-04-21
  3. ^ official A.C.E (2016-09-19), 방탄소년단(BTS) - I need you & 쩔어(dope) Dance cover Busking in Hongdae, retrieved 2018-04-21
  4. ^ "선인장 (CACTUS)". www.melon.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  5. ^ 23, C. Hong May; 2017 (2017-05-23). "Watch: VIXX Takes Their 1st Win For "Shangri-La" On "The Show," Performances By TWICE, KNK, A.C.E, And More". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  6. ^ "Did the new boy group A.C.E just have their debut stage wearing underwear?". allkpop. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  7. ^ official A.C.E (2017-09-08), A.C.E(에이스) X LG G6 - 선인장(CACTUS) ENG ver., retrieved 2018-04-21
  8. ^ "A.C.E on STAYGE". www.stayge.net. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  9. ^ "Janey, A.C.E's Jun, BIGFLO, And More To Join Idol Rebooting Show "The Unit"". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  10. ^ "[V LIVE] [더 유닛] 슈퍼슬로우 개인별 티저 02 (The Unit - Superslow individual teaser 02)". Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  11. ^ "Callin`". Melon. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  12. ^ "ONF And A.C.E Members Pass "MIXNINE" Auditions, 24K And Others Face Mixed Results". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  13. ^ http://m.star.mt.co.kr/view.html?no=2018012701100515430&ref=%3A%2F%2F#imadnews
  14. ^ http://mpop.heraldcorp.com/view.php?ud=201802102153348119054_1#hi
  15. ^ https://www.soompi.com/2018/02/03/unit-announces-rankings-results-3rd-elimination-finale/
  16. ^ A.C.E, official (14 March 2018). "A.C.E(에이스) - Special Digital Single [5TAR (Incompletion)] 2018.03.15 PM12:00 Release #ACE #Jun #Donghun #Wow #Jason #Incompletion #에이스 #5TARpic.twitter.com/l8igyKtMJW". @official_ACE7. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  17. ^ "[공식]유앤비, 4월 7일 '유희열의 스케치북' 통해 정식 데뷔". sports.chosun.com. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  18. ^ "[공식입장 전문] YG측 "'믹스나인' 데뷔 무산, 6곳 기획사와 협의 끝 결정..죄송"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  19. ^ "[공식입장] 에이스, 6월 7일 컴백 확정.."제이슨→김병관 활동명 변경"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  20. ^ "Watch: A.C.E Says "Take Me Higher" In Colorful Comeback MV | Soompi". www.soompi.com. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  21. ^ "에이스 프로필" (in Korean). Naver.
  22. ^ a b c d e https://www.stayge.net/ace/bio
  23. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  24. ^ "2018년 08월 Album Chart". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  25. ^ "2017년 05월 Album Chart". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  26. ^ "2017년 10월 Album Chart". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  27. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  28. ^ "World Digital Song Sales : Page 1 | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  29. ^ "French producer/DJ HCUE x A.C.E drop 'I Feel So Lucky' MV". allkpop. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  30. ^ Choice Aixie (2018-02-19), A.C.E (에이스)- Age of Youth 2 Ep.4 Cameo, retrieved 2018-04-21
  31. ^ "StarHub Unveils Full Artiste Line-up for StarHub Night of Stars". StarHub. December 10, 2018.

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