Astro (South Korean band)

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Astro
아스트로
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
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2016 (2016)–present
Labels Fantagio
Website www.fantagio.kr/artists/astro/
Members
  • Park Jinwoo (JinJin)
  • Kim Myungjun (MJ)
  • Lee Dongmin (Cha-Eunwoo)
  • Moon Bin (Moon Bin)
  • Park Minhyuk (Rocky)
  • Yoon Sanha (Sanha)

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

History[edit]

Pre-Debut[edit]

Prior to being part of Fantagio, Moonbin acted in Boys Over Flowers (TV Series) as young So Yi-Jung in 2009.[3]

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]

Leading up to their official debut, Astro held a nationwide showcase tour called "Meet U Project". The group toured South Korea and held twenty shows and two fanmeetings.[8]

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".[9] The group held a debut showcase where they announced their official fan club name Aroha (an abbreviation for "Astro hearts all fans").[10] Aroha also means "love" in Māori.[11] Within a week of its release, Spring Up reached #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart in the United States,[12] as well as #4 on the Gaon Music Chart.[13] On February 25, the group released the music video for "Cat's Eye", containing clips from their web series To Be Continued.[14] In March, 6 the group was the only Korean act invited to the LeTV Entertainment Awards in China.[15]

Their second extended play Summer Vibes, was released on July 1, featuring title track "Breathless".The music video features label mate Choi Yoo-jung of Weki Meki.[16] The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart and #21 on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart.[17]

Astro performed at Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 31 for KCON 2016.[18][19] They held their first solo concert on August 27–28 at the KEPCO Art Center in Seoul.[20] The group also held their first Asia showcase in Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand throughout the months of October and November.[21][22]

Astro's third extended play Autumn Story, was released on November 10, featuring title track "Confession".[23] 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, Astro released Winter Dream featuring title track "Again". The album was not promoted on music shows as it was considered a special album dedicated to their fans. The album also completed the group's seasonal project that included the previous albums Spring Up, Summer Vibes and Autumn Story. Four days after its release, the group held an anniversary fan meeting titled "The 1st Astro Aroha Festival".[24]

On May 29, Astro released their fourth extended play Dream Part.01 featuring the title track "Baby".[25] The group held their first tour, titled "The 1st ASTROAD", from July 15–August 29, with dates in Seoul, Osaka, and Tokyo.[26] On November 1, Astro released their fifth extended play Dream Part.02 featuring the title track "Crazy Sexy Cool".[27] On January 10, 2018, the group released a limited edition of their album Dream Part.02 'With' 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.[28]

2018: Rise Up[edit]

On July 24, ASTRO released 'Rise Up' featuring title track 'Always You'. They did not promote this album on music shows as it is considered a special album dedicated to their fans. Furthermore, they decided to focus on their Japan tour in August.

Members[edit]

Adapted from their Naver profile.[29]

  • MJ (Hangul엠제이)
  • JinJin (진진) — Leader
  • Cha Eun-woo (차은우)
  • Moon Bin (문빈)
  • Rocky (라키)
  • Yoon San-ha (윤산하)

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[30]
TW
[31]
US
World

[32]
JPN
Spring Up 4 6 6
Summer Vibes
  • Released: July 1, 2016
  • Label: Fantagio Music, Interpark
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 8 6
Autumn Story
  • Released: November 10, 2016
  • Label: Fantagio Music, Interpark
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 3 15
Winter Dream
  • Released: February 22, 2017
  • Label: Fantagio Music, Interpark
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 5 67
Dream Part.01
  • Released: May 29, 2017
  • Label: Fantagio Music, Interpark
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 1 6 23
Dream Part.02
  • Released: November 1, 2017
  • Label: Fantagio Music, Interpark
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 5 5 40
Rise Up
  • Released: July 24, 2018
  • Label: Fantagio Music, Interpark
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 5 7 53
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR KOR
Hot.

[44]
US World
[45]
"Hide & Seek" (숨바꼭질) 2016 N/A Spring Up
"Breathless" (숨가빠) 21 Summer Vibes
"Confession" (고백) Autumn Story
"Again/Should Have Held Onto You" 2017 Winter Dream
"Baby" 2 24 Dream Part.01
"Crazy Sexy Cool" 11 Dream Part.02
"Always You" (너잖아) 2018 95 Rise Up
"—" 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 Web Drama
2017 Oksusu Sweet Revenge Themselves Web Drama

Reality shows[edit]

Year Network Show Ref.
2016 MBC Every1 Astro OK! Ready [46]
MBC Music ASTRO Project [47]

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 SUNNYVISUAL [48]

Concerts & Tours[edit]

Asian Tour

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Attendance
July 15, 2017 Seoul South Korea Olympic Hall 7,000 [51]
July 16, 2017
January 20, 2018 Taipei Taiwan Taipei International Convention Center 2,000 [52]
August 1, 2018 Nagoya Japan Zepp Nagoya 12,000 [53]
August 2, 2018
August 4, 2018 Osaka Zepp Osaka Bayside
August 5, 2018
August 7, 2018 Tokyo Zepp Tokyo
August 8, 2018

World Tour

  • 2018 Astro Global Fan Meeting[54]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Attendance
February 2, 2018 San Francisco United States Regency Center 23,000 [55]
February 4, 2018 Los Angeles The Novo
February 7, 2018 Washington D.C. Lincoln Theatre
February 9, 2018 New York City The Town Hall
February 10, 2018 Toronto Canada John Bassett Theatre
February 12, 2018 Vancouver The Orpheum
February 24, 2018 Seoul South Korea KBS Hall
March 3, 2018 Bangkok Thailand Ultra Arena Show DC
March 17, 2018 Tokyo Japan Forest Hall 21 Grand Hall

Mini Concerts

  • Astro 2016 Mini Live - Thankx Aroha[56]
  • Astro The 1st Season Showcase[57][58][59][60]
  • Astro 1st Mini Concert In Taipei
  • Astro 1st Show In Hong Kong

Fanmeetings

  • The 1st Astro Aroha Festival
Date City Country Venue Attendance
February 26, 2017 Seoul South Korea Jangchung Arena 3,000 [61]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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