Astro (South Korean band)

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Astro
Astro at "Dream Part. 01" Showcase.png
Astro in May 2017. From left to right: Jinjin, Sanha, Eunwoo, MJ, Moon Bin and Rocky
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop
Years active2016–present
LabelsFantagio
Websitewww.fantagio.kr/musicians/아스트로/
Members

Astro (Hangul아스트로) is a South Korean boy group formed by Fantagio in 2016.[1] The group is composed of six members: JinJin, MJ, Cha Eun-woo, Moon Bin, Rocky and Yoon San-ha.[2] They debuted with the single "Hide & Seek" from their debut EP Spring Up, and were subsequently named by Billboard as one of the best new K-pop groups of 2016.[3]

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

The members of Astro were known as iTeen Boys while training as part of Fantagio iTeen, a rookie talent development program under the management agency Fantagio. The group's name and members were announced in August 2015.[4] That month, they starred in a web drama series titled To Be Continued.[5] The web drama featured the members as themselves, as well as Kim Sae-ron, Seo Kang-joon, and Hello Venus.[6]

In January 2016, Astro starred in their own reality show, Astro OK! Ready, which was aired on MBC Every1 at 7PM KST.[7]

2016: Debut with Spring Up, Summer Vibes and Autumn Story[edit]

Astro's debut extended play Spring Up, was released on February 23, 2016, featuring title track "Hide & Seek".[8] The group held a debut showcase where they announced their official fan club name Aroha (an abbreviation for "Astro hearts all fans").[9] Within a week of its release, Spring Up reached #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart in the United States,[10] as well as #4 on the Gaon Music Chart.[11] On February 25, the group released the music video for "Cat's Eye", containing clips from their web series To Be Continued.[12] In March, 6 the group was the only Korean act invited to the LeTV Entertainment Awards in China.[13]

Their second extended play Summer Vibes, was released on July 1, featuring title track "Breathless".[14] The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart and #21 on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart.[15]

Astro performed at Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 31 for KCON 2016.[16] They held their first solo concert on August 27–28 at the KEPCO Art Center in Seoul.[17] The group also held showcases in Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand throughout the months of October and November.[18][19]

Astro's third extended play Autumn Story, was released on November 10.[20] The music video features lablemate Sei of Weki Meki.

2017: Winter Dream, Dream Part.01, first tour and Dream Part.02[edit]

On February 22, 2017, Astro released Winter Dream, featuring title track "Should Have Held On To You (Again)". Despite the album being the final piece to the groups seasonal album concept, it was not promoted on music shows.[21]

On May 29, Astro released their fourth extended play Dream Part.01, featuring title track "Baby".[22] The group held their first tour, titled "The 1st ASTROAD", from July 15–August 29, with dates in Seoul, Osaka, and Tokyo.[23]

On November 1, Astro released their fifth extended play Dream Part.02 featuring the title track "Crazy Sexy Cool".[24] On January 10, 2018, the group released a limited edition of their album Dream Part.02 'Wish' version which sold out all 10,000 copies in pre-orders alone. The special album contains a poem by member Eunwoo, a hidden 'thanks to', and polaroid photos which the members took themselves.[25]

2018–2019: Global Fanmeeting Tour, Rise Up, All Light, and Venus[edit]

Throughout February and March of 2018, Astro embarked on a fan meeting world tour visiting cities in countries such as the United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand.[26]

On July 24, 2018, Astro released Rise Up featuring title track "Always You". The album was not promoted on music programs due to internal issues at their label, Fantagio.[27] Despite not being able to promote in their home country the group toured cities such as Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo in their "ASTROAD II in Japan" tour throughout the month of August, 2018.[28]

On January 16, 2019, they released their first full length album All Light, featuring title track "All Night".[29] On January 29, 2019 the group earned their first music program win on SBS MTV The Show.[30] To further promote their first full length album the group announced "The 2nd ASTROAD Tour", which will include cities across Asia and North America.[31]

On April 3, Astro released their Japan debut EP titled Venus. The album features three original Japanese tracks along with three Japanese remakes of their Korean singles "Baby", "Always You", and "All Night". The album debuted at #2 on the daily album chart of Japan’s largest music site Oricon.[32]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[39]
JPN
[40]
US
World

[41]
All Light 1 11 6

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[44]
JPN
[45]
TW
[46]
US
World

[47]
Spring Up
  • Released: February 23, 2016
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
4 6 6
Summer Vibes
  • Released: July 1, 2016
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
2 8 6
Autumn Story
  • Released: November 10, 2016
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
6 3 15
Winter Dream
  • Released: February 22, 2017
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
2 67 5
Dream Part.01
  • Released: May 29, 2017
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
1 23 1 6
Dream Part.02
  • Released: November 1, 2017
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
2 40 5 5
Rise Up
  • Released: July 24, 2018
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
2 53 5 7
Venus
  • Released: April 3, 2019
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
KOR
[58]
KOR
Hot.

[59]
US
World

[60]
"Hide & Seek" (숨바꼭질) 2016 Spring Up
"Breathless" (숨가빠) 21 Summer Vibes
"Confession" (고백) Autumn Story
"Again" (붙잡았어야 해) 2017 Winter Dream
"Baby" 2 24 Dream Part.01
"Crazy Sexy Cool" 11 Dream Part.02
"Always You" (너잖아) 2018 [A] Rise Up
"All Night" 2019 154 38 20 All Light
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Filmography[edit]

Dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Role Note(s)
2015 Naver TVCast To Be Continued Themselves Web drama
2017 Oksusu Sweet Revenge Themselves Web drama

Reality shows[edit]

Year Network Show Ref.
2016 MBC Every1 Astro OK! Ready [62]
MBC Music ASTRO Project [63]

Videography[edit]

Year Title Album Director
2016 "Hide & Seek" Spring Up Hwang Soo-Ah
"Cat's Eye" Unknown
"Breathless" Summer Vibes Hwang Soo-Ah
"Confession" Autumn Story
2017 "Baby" Dream Part.01 Joo Hee-Sun
"Crazy Sexy Cool" Dream Part.02 Hwang Soo-Ah
2018 "Always You" Rise Up DAWITTGOLD
2019 "All Night" All Light DAWITTGOLD

Awards and nominations[edit]

Asia Artist Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Most Popular Artists (Singer)[64] Astro 16th
2017 New Wave Award Won
Popularity Award Won

Gaon Chart Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2017 New Artist of the Year Astro Nominated

Golden Disc Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2017 Best New Artist Astro Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2018 Disk Bonsang Dream Part.01[65] Nominated
Global Popularity Award Astro[66] Nominated

Melon Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Best New Artist Astro Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Best New Male Artist Astro Nominated
HotelsCombined Artist of the Year Nominated

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2017 Best New Artist Astro Nominated
Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Won

SBS Power FM Cultwo Show Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Rookie of the Year[67] Astro Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Always You" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 95 on the component Download Chart.[61]

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