B.A.P (South Korean band)

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B.A.P
B.A.P at KCON 2012 (2).jpg
From left to right: Youngjae, Daehyun, Yongguk, Himchan, Zelo & Jongup
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, hip hop, R&B, rock
Years active 2012 (2012)– (inactive)
Labels
Website Official website
Members

B.A.P (Korean: 비에이피; an acronym for Best Absolute Perfect[2]) is a six-member hip-hop South Korean group formed in 2011 under the management of TS Entertainment. On January 26, 2012, B.A.P made their recording debut with the single "Warrior", followed by the release of their debut EP, Warrior in February 2012.

Career[edit]

2011: Pre-debut[edit]

B.A.P was formed and began promoting in late 2011, starting with Yong Guk, who takes the role of leader in the group.[3] He signed to TS Entertainment and was featured on labelmate Song Jieun's song "Going Crazy".[4] He made a solo debut on August 11, 2011, with the single "I Remember", featuring B2ST's Yang Yo-seob.[5] A second member, Him Chan, an ulzzang multi-instrumentalist, was the second member of BAP to be introduced to the public as an MC for a music show program on MTV Korea, called "The Show".[6] And lastly, on November 23, 2011, Zelo, the third member from BAP to be publicly introduced, collaborated with fellow member Bang Yong Guk, under the moniker Bang & Zelo.[7] They released a song, titled "Never Give Up".[8]

B.A.P at 2012 K-POP World Festival

2012: Warrior, Power, No Mercy, Crash, and Stop It[edit]

In January 2012, the group starred in a reality show, Ta-Dah, It's B.A.P, which aired on SBS MTV.[9] The show focused on how the six members play the role of aliens from a different planet who worked together to debut as B.A.P and invade Earth to help save their dying planet, Planet Mato.[9]

On January 25, 2012, the group's debut single, "Warrior", was released, with MTV Korea describing it as "powerful and charismatic".[10][11] Additionally, Nancy Lee of Enews World wrote "It appears B.A.P has set out to differentiate itself among the pretty-boy male idol groups currently dominating the K-Pop world with a tough, bad boy image, smashing car windows, kicking up dirt and, you know, doing as boys do."[12] On February 3, 2012, Warrior debuted on Billboard's World Albums Chart at #10.[13] In South Korea, Warrior sold over 10,000 copies in just two days upon its release.[14]

In March 2012, B.A.P released a follow-up song, "Secret Love".[15] On April 16, 2012, TS Entertainment announced that B.A.P would have a comeback with a new album on April 27, 2012.[16] "Power" was released in April,[17] as a single-album of the same name, Power. Upon the release of the album, Power sold out its initial batch of 30,000 copies.[18] The album was well received[citation needed] and like its predecessor, Power also debuted at number 10 on the Billboard World Albums Charts.

B.A.P's first mini album, No Mercy, was released digitally on July 19 and physically on July 24 under the label of TS Entertainment. On August 30, 2012, the repackaged version of the EP, renamed Crash, was released.

On October 23, B.A.P released their third single album, titled "Stop It", together with a music video on TS Entertainment's YouTube channel.

2013: One Shot and Japanese debut[edit]

B.A.P at 2013 K-POP World Festival

In February they began releasing material from the second EP, One Shot.[19][20] On February 21, 2013, the EP was ranked No.1 on Billboard’s ‘World Albums’ chart.[21]

On July 28, 2013, TS Entertainment announced that the group will be releasing their third EP Badman on August 6, 2013.[22] The agency had also stated before that there were going to be three promotional singles from the upcoming third EP, namely "Coffee Shop", "Hurricane" and "Badman".

In May, King Records, the Japanese record label that once signed Rain, signed up the group.[1] They released their first Japanese music video, Warrior, on YouTube on September 13, 2013, and their album and single were officially released on October 9, 2013.[23]

Recently, the boys have released the MV for their second Japanese single "One Shot" and they have released much praise for their ability to both sing and rap in a foreign language so well.

2014–present: First Sensibility, B.A.P Unplugged 2014, and lawsuit[edit]

In mid-January, TS Entertainment confirmed plans that B.A.P was set to make a comeback with their first full-length studio album, entitled First Sensibility.[24] Revealed to contain a total of 13 tracks, it was also confirmed that the title track would be "1004 (Angel)", and that the group's comeback was set for February 3. Upon its release the album topped the Billboard World Album chart proving their international popularity.[25] In Korea, First Sensibility topped both Hanteo and Gaon monthly charts for February.[26][27] This album gave B.A.P their first music show victory on Show Champion with "1004 (Angel)". Then they went ahead to win two more times with "1004 (Angel)", proving the success of this song.[28] B.A.P released their third Japanese single 'No Mercy' on April 3 and ranked second on Oricon Daily Singles Charts.[29] They also managed to rank second on Oricon Singles weekly charts.[29]

After successful promotions of "1004 (Angel)", B.A.P kicked off their B.A.P Live On Earth 2014 Continent Tour with a two day concert in Seoul. This was B.A.P's 2nd solo concert in Korea within only two years of debut. It is estimated that 20,000 global fans were able to enjoy the concert at real-time with B.A.P.[30] B.A.P held a total of 23 concerts in cities throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe during this tour.[31]

While on tour, B.A.P made a special release of a single as a gift to their fans B.A.P Unplugged 2014.

On August 11, B.A.P released their fourth Japanese single "Excuse Me".[32] TS Entertainment announced on October 27 that they have cancelled the South American leg of the group's tour to give time off for the members to rest and recharge.[33]

On November 27, 2014, it was reported that the group had filed a lawsuit against their label to nullify their contract due to unfair conditions and profit distribution.[34] The following day, TS Entertainment issued a press release refuting the claims made, stating that “there have been neither such maltreatments to the artists nor unfair clauses in the contract.”[35] However, TS Entertainment's claims were challenged when B.A.P released another statement claiming lack of accountability and the group is considering filing for defamation of character.[36]

Artistry[edit]

Musical styles and image[edit]

B.A.P's debut single, "Warrior", talks about the injustice of the current society and how the protagonist desires to end it.

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MTV Korea called B.A.P, "a versatile group".[11] On their live performances, Yun Seong Yeol of Star News Korea commented, "They've already proved what they're showing on the stage is very distinctive. Their perfect group dance, strong charisma, Bang Yong Guk's raw rap, and Zelo's high-speed rap are in perfect harmony. And Dae Hyun and Young Jae's great voices make their performance reach the climax. As befits their aggressive moves, their performances are very intense. Even top singing groups might have to pay attention to them."[37] Additionally, Nancy Lee of Enews World commented, "It appears [that] B.A.P has set out to differentiate itself among the pretty-boy male idol groups currently dominating the K-Pop world with a tough, bad boy image, smashing car windows, kicking up dirt and, you know, doing as boys do."[12] During their debut period, the members all dyed their hair platinum blonde.[38][39] They have personally participated in their stage ensembles, their concept, as well as writing and composing their songs on the album in order to express their unique colors.[38][39] As member Yoo Youngjae pointed out, "we wanted to prevent ourselves from being too different, because we wanted a ‘team’ image on stage."[38][39] When asked about the biggest difference between B.A.P and other idol groups, Yong Guk commented, "We are manly. When you look at the dances that many male idol groups dance, there are a lot of moves where their lines stand out. So there are times where they look prettier when dancing in a group, but in contrast to that, we wanted to express a powerful side more rather than give enjoyment to the eyes. That's why I think we look more different. And our music style and fashion as well."[40]

Influences[edit]

Leader Bang Yong Guk, discussing his passion for African American Music, said, "We're like a white paper now, on which can have any kinds of drawing. On the contrary to this, our music is black. All members love African-American music as it has soul. If I could be born again, I would want to be born as African-Americans and do their music",[37] causing Tiffany Lee of the Los Angeles Weekly to wonder if "something was lost in translation".[41] Yong Guk and Zelo cite 50 Cent, P. Diddy, Pharrell and other rappers as their musical influences.[42] Aside from being a rapper, Yong Guk is also a song-writer, having participating on composing of all B.A.P's songs in their debut album, Warrior (EP).[38][39] Kim Himchan is a multi-instrumentalist and is influenced by Korean Traditional Music.[43][44] Himchan plays various Korean traditional instruments, such as daegeum (flute-like traditional instrument), janggu (drum-like traditional instrument), kkwaenggwari and jing.[44] Jung Daehyun is influenced by R&B music and cites Shin Yong Jae as his musical influence.[45] Yoo Youngjae is influenced by R&B and neo soul music; cites Musiq Soulchild and Jay Park as his musical influences[45] Moon Jong Up is influenced by dance, Hip-Hop & R&B music; he cites Chris Brown as his major influence and one of his idols, particularly in singing and dancing.[46] Zelo is influenced by Hip-Hop and R&B music, and cites will.i.am and Kanye West as his role models.[46] As for Korean artists, all of the members have revealed that they are fans of Jay Park and would love to have a collaboration with him.[47]

Concerts[edit]

Discography[edit]

Main article: B.A.P discography

Filmography[edit]

Reality Shows[edit]

Date Channel Show Note
2012 SBS MTV Ta-Dah! It's B.A.P 10 Episodes
2012 SBS MTV B.A.P Diary 2 Episodes
2012 Mnet B.A.P's Killing Camp 3 Episodes
2012 MBC Every1 Weekly Idol Episode 52 (August 22, 2012)
2013 MBC Every1 Weekly Idol Episode 85 (March 6, 2013)
2013 Arirang TV After School Club Episode 18 (August 14, 2013)
2013 MBC Every1 Weekly Idol Episode 111 (September 4, 2013)
2014 Arirang TV After School Club Episode 45 (February 19, 2014)
2014 MBC Every1 Weekly Idol Episode 137 (March 5, 2014)
2014 TSENT2008 YouTube B.A.P Attack! B.A.P Live On Earth 2014 Continent Tour; 13 Episodes

See also[edit]

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