Astro (South Korean band)

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Astro
Six men sitting
Astro in Sept 2017. From left to right: Sanha, MJ, Moon Bin, Eunwoo, JinJin and Rocky
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2016–present
Labels
Associated acts
  • Astro – Moonbin & Sanha
Websitefantagio.kr/musicians/아스트로
Members

Astro (Korean아스트로) is a South Korean boy band formed by Fantagio that debuted in 2016.[1] The group is composed of six members: MJ, Jinjin, 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]

Career[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, finding success and rising popularity[edit]

Astro's debut extended play Spring Up, was released on February 23, 2016.[8] Within a week of its release, Spring Up reached #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart in the United States,[9] as well as #4 on the Gaon Music Chart.[10] On February 25, the group released the music video for "Cat's Eye", containing clips from their web series To Be Continued.[11] In March, 6 the group was the only Korean act invited to the LeTV Entertainment Awards in China.[12]

Their second extended play Summer Vibes was released on July 1.[13] The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart and #21 on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart.[14]

Astro performed at Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 31 for KCON 2016.[15] They held their first solo concert on August 27–28 at the KEPCO Art Center in Seoul.[16] The group also held showcases in Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand throughout the months of October and November.[17][18]

Astro's third extended play Autumn Story, was released on November 10.[19] The music video features labelmate Sei of Weki Meki.

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

On February 22, Astro released Winter Dream, featuring title track "Should Have Held On (Again)". Despite the album being the final piece to the group's seasonal album concept, it was not promoted on music shows.[20]

On May 29, Astro released their fourth extended play Dream Part.01, featuring title track "Baby".[21] The group held their first tour, titled "The 1st ASTROAD", from July 15 – August 29, with dates in Seoul, Osaka, and Tokyo.[22]

On November 1, Astro released their fifth extended play Dream Part.02 featuring the title track "Crazy Sexy Cool".[23] 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.[24]

2018: Rise Up, group hiatus[edit]

On July 24, 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.[25] Still, the group toured cities such as Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo throughout August 2018.[26]

2019: All Night, Venus, Blue Flame, and Moon Bin's hiatus[edit]

On January 16, they released their first full-length album, the first album release in general following their 8-month period hiatus, All Light. [27] To further promote their first full-length album the group announced "The 2nd ASTROAD Tour", which included cities across Asia and North America.[28] On January 21, 2019, the label Fantagio announced four US shows following their 2nd Tapei Tour, to conclude with further tour dates in Asia.[29]

On January 29, Astro gained their first music show award during promotions for their release “All Night" on the SBS MTV music program The Show.[30]

On April 3, Astro released their Japan debut EP, Venus featuring three original Japanese tracks along with three Japanese versions of their Korean singles "Baby", "Always You", and "All Night". The album garnered a successful debut, debuting #2 on the daily album chart of Japan's largest music site Oricon.[31]

On November 12, Fantagio Music announced that Moon Bin would be going on a hiatus to recover from health issues and focus on his treatment[32] On November 20, Astro released their sixth extended play Blue Flame.[33]

Moon Bin focused on recovery from mental health concerns, allowing him to take a break from group promotions as parts were re-distributed temporarily to other members. Despite this, he participated in the album and appeared in the music video for Blue Flame.[34]

2020: One&Only, Gateway, "No, I Don't", and first sub-unit[edit]

On March 13, Astro released special single album One&Only for their 4th anniversary debut.[35]

On May 4, Astro released their seventh extended play Gateway, promoting the song "Knock".[36] On May 13, 2020, they received an award from the Korean music show, "Show Champion", for the song "Knock", marking the group's second win.[37] On June 28, 2020, Astro held an online "Ontact" concert '2020 ASTRO Live on WWW.' to communicate with fans in a new way.[38] On June 28, 2020, Astro released digital single "No, I Don't" and they performed it for the 1st time at the "2020 ASTRO Live on WWW."[39]

On August 14, Fantagio confirmed that Moon Bin and Yoon San-ha would form Astro's first sub-unit and recording for the unit's first album has already been completed.[40] On September 14, 2020, Astro Moonbin & Sanha released their first extended play, titled Bad Idea. They received an award from the Korean music show "The Show" on September 22, 2020 marking their first award as a sub-unit and third win as Astro.[41] They also set the record of fastest sub unit to receive first win on music show, which is 8 days.

On December 31, Astro released a special digital single "We Still (Be With U)" as a special gift to their fans. "We Still (Be With U)" is a new arrangement of 'We Still' from Gateway to match the winter atmosphere, contains a warmer & emotional. feeling.[42]

2021–present: All Yours and Switch On[edit]

On April 5, Astro released their second full-length album All Yours, and its title track "One".[43] On April 13th, they received their first win for “ONE” On “The Show", marking their fourth win as a full group. On April 14th, the group received their second music show trophy for “ONE“ on "Show Champion". On April 15, they took their final win for "One" on M Countdown, which was their first ever win on the music show as well as their sixth win overall.[44] On June 10, All Yours is certified platinum on Gaon and All Yours is the first Astro album to get certified on Gaon. [45]

On August 2, Astro released their eighth extended play Switch On, and its title track "After Midnight".[46] On August 10, they received their first win for “After Midnight” On “The Show".[47] On August 11, the group received their second music show trophy for “After Midnight“ on "Show Champion".[48] On August 13, Astro won their third music show trophy on Music Bank which was their first ever win on the music show and first win on national broadcast. [49] On August 14, Astro won their fourth and final win for “After Midnight” on Show! Music Core which was their first ever win on the music show. [50]

On September 2, Astro released the promotional single "Alive" through Universe Music for the mobile application, Universe.[51] "Alive" appeared at number 103 on the component Download Chart.[52]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
KOR
[53]
JPN
[54]
US
World

[55]
All Light 1 7 6 N/A
All Yours
  • Released: April 5, 2021
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
1 1

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[61]
JPN
[62]
US
World

[55]
Spring Up
  • Released: February 23, 2016 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
4 31 6
Summer Vibes
  • Released: July 1, 2016 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
2 33 6
Autumn Story
  • Released: November 10, 2016 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
6 18 15
Dream Part.01
  • Released: May 29, 2017 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
1 19 6
Dream Part.02
  • Released: November 1, 2017 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
2 17 5
Rise Up
  • Released: July 24, 2018 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
2 53 7
Venus 3
Blue Flame
  • Released: November 20, 2019 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
2 7
Gateway
  • Released: May 4, 2020 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
1 3
Switch On
  • Released: August 2, 2021 (KOR)
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
1 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Single albums[edit]

List of single albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[82]
JPN
[83]
US
World

[55]
Winter Dream
  • Released: February 22, 2017
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
2 27
One & Only
  • Released: March 13, 2020
  • Label: Fantagio Music
  • Formats: CD, download, streaming
4

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[86]
KOR
Hot

[87]
JPN
Hot

[88]
US
World

[89]
"Hide & Seek" (숨바꼭질) 2016 Spring Up
"Breathless" (숨가빠) 21 Summer Vibes
"Confession" (고백) Autumn Story
"Again" (붙잡았어야 해) 2017 Winter Dream
"Baby" 24 Dream Part.01
"Crazy Sexy Cool" (니가 불어와) 11 Dream Part.02
"Always You" (너잖아) 2018 [A] Rise Up
"All Night" (전화해) 2019 154 38 6 All Light
"Hanasakemirai" (花咲ケミライ) Venus
"Blue Flame" [B] 14 Blue Flame
"One & Only" 2020 [C] Non-album single
"Knock" (널 찾아가) 129 95 54 Gateway
"No, I Don't" (아니 그래) [D] Non-album singles
"We Still (Be With U)" [E]
"One" 2021 17 94 15 All Yours
"After Midnight" 4 88 24 Switch On
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[97]
"Cat's Eye" (장화 신은 고양이) 2016 Spring Up
"Alive"[F] 2021 [G] Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Collaborations[edit]

Title Year Album
"All I Want"
(with Hello Venus, Weki Meki)
2018 FM2018_12Hz

Soundtrack[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Network Ref.
JPN
Dig.
JPN
Hot
"All Good (JP Ver.)"
(from Kazuhiro Teranishi Drama: Jinsei Iroiro)
2021 52 Tokyo MX [99]

Filmography[edit]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2015 To Be Continued Naver TV Cast Themselves [100]
2017 Sweet Revenge Oksusu [101]
2019 Soul Plate Naver TV Cast [102]

Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Ref.
2016 Astro OK! Ready MBC Every 1 [7]
ASTRO Project: A.Si.A MBC Music [103]
2020 Thousand Days of ASTRO Seezn [104]
2021 Astro Zone Youtube [105]

Videography[edit]

Year Title Album Director
Korean
2016 "Hide & Seek" (숨바꼭질) Spring Up Hwang Soo-Ah
"Cat's Eye" (장화 신은 고양이) Un­known
"Breathless" (숨가빠) Summer Vibes Hwang Soo-Ah
"Confession" (고백) Autumn Story
2017 "Baby" Dream Part.01 Joo Hee-Sun
"Crazy Sexy Cool" (니가 불어와) Dream Part.02 Hwang Soo-Ah
2018 "Always You" (너잖아) Rise Up SUNNYVISUAL
2019 "All Night" (전화해) All Light DAWITTGOLD
"Blue Flame" Blue Flame
2020 "Knock" (널 찾아가) Gateway Yua Suh
(Flipevil)
2021 "One" All Yours Wooje Kim
(ETUI)
"After Midnight" Switch On Paranoid Paradigm
(VM Project Architecture)
"Alive" Non-album single Un­known
Japanese
2019 "Hanasakemirai" (花咲ケミライ) Venus Kyotaro Hayashi

Concerts and tours[edit]

Asia Tours[edit]

  • The 1st ASTROAD to Seoul (2017) [106]
  • The 2nd ASTROAD to Seoul: Star Light, Part 1 (2018) [107]

World tours[edit]

  • The 2nd ASTROAD to Seoul: Star Light, Part 2 (2019) [108][109]

Online concerts[edit]

  • Astro Live on WWW (2020) [110]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Asia Artist Awards 2016 Most Popular Artists (Singer) Astro 16th [111]
2017 New Wave Award Won
Popularity Award Won
2020 Male Popularity Award Nominated
Gaon Chart Music Awards 2017 New Artist of the Year Astro Nominated
2020 Album of the Year – 1st Quarter All Light Nominated
Golden Disc Awards 2017 Best New Artist Astro Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2018 Disc Bonsang Dream Part.01 Nominated [112]
Global Popularity Award Astro Nominated [113]
2020 Disc Bonsang All Light Nominated
Most Popular Artist Astro Nominated
Best Male Performance Award Won [114]
Korean Culture Entertainment Awards 2016 K-Pop Vocalist Award Won
2017 Won
2020 K-Pop Artist Award Won [115]
Melon Music Awards 2016 Best New Artist Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards 2016 Best New Male Artist Nominated
HotelsCombined Artist of the Year Nominated
MTV Europe Music Award 2020 Best Korean Act Nominated
Seoul Music Awards 2017 Best New Artist Nominated
Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Won
2020 QQ Music Most Popular K-Pop Artist Award Nominated [116]
2021 K-wave Popularity Award Nominated
Main Award Nominated
Soribada Best K-Music Awards 2019 Global Hot Trend Award Won [117]
2020 Bonsang Award Won [118]
Global Artist Award Won
Male Popularity Award Nominated
Ten Asia Global Top Ten Awards 2019 Best Artist – Philippines Won [119]
2020 Best Artist – Mexico Won [120]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Always You" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 95 on the component Download Chart.[90]
  2. ^ "Blue Flame" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 56 on the component Download Chart.[91]
  3. ^ "One & Only" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 138 on the component Download Chart.[92]
  4. ^ "No, I Don't" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 37, 71, and 93 on the components Download, Ring, and BGM Chart respectively.[93][94][95]
  5. ^ "We Still (Be With U)" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 128 on the component Download Chart.[96]
  6. ^ "Alive" was released as a promotional single in collaboration with Universe.
  7. ^ "Alive" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 103 on the component Download Chart.[98]

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