Boyfriend (band)

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Boyfriend in Hong Kong, 2014
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2011–present
Associated acts Starship Planet
  • Donghyun
  • Hyunseong
  • Jeongmin
  • Youngmin
  • Kwangmin
  • Minwoo

Boyfriend (Korean: 보이프렌드) is a South Korean boy group under Starship Entertainment formed in 2011. They are the first boy band to have twin members. The group consists of Kim Donghyun, Shim Hyunseong, Lee Jeongmin, Jo Youngmin, Jo Kwangmin, and No Minwoo. They debuted on Mnet's M!Countdown on May 26, 2011 with "Boyfriend".

They have released three Korean and four Japanese singles, as well as a full-length album and four mini albums.



Jo Youngmin and Jo Kwangmin were trained under JYP Entertainment for two years.[2] By their 100th day mark of being child actors, the twins had appeared in over 300 commercials.[3] During his high school years, Donghyun starred in a variety show Conduct Zero where six rebellious high school students were made into exemplary students.[4]

2011: Debut[edit]

On May 26, 2011, Starship Entertainment released their debut single "Boyfriend". In response to fans concerned that the group had limited its appeal in mid-July, Boyfriend changed their choreography for their single "Boyfriend" when appearing on music shows after rehearsing for two days.[5] After ending their promotions for "Boyfriend", the group followed-up with the song "You & I", which received a more positive response from music critics.[6]

On October 6, Boyfriend's second single, "Don't Touch My Girl".[7][8] Their December 2011 single "I'll Be There" peaked at #2 on the Gaon music charts.

2012: Love Style, Japanese debut and Janus[edit]

The group signed a contract with Japanese management agency 'Being', their first Japanese special album entitled "We Are Boyfriend" was released on June 6. They marked their debut with a 10,000 seat showcase on June 30 at the Nippon Budokan. On May 2, Hyunseong released a solo song, "Only You", for the OST of The King 2 Hearts.

Their debut Japanese single song is called "Be my Shine". On June 7, Boyfriend released their first mini album "Love Style" on 14 June 2012. On July 1, Boyfriend successfully completed their debut Japanese showcase ‘First Date with Boyfriend in Japan‘ at the Nippon Budokan.[9]

Aside from their domestic comeback, On 7th, Boyfriend released the short PVs for their 2nd Japanese ‘double single’ “Dance Dance Dance” and “My Lady“.[10] Their first full-length album Janus was released in November 2012.[11][12][13][14]

In December 3, Boyfriend released the PV’s for their Japanese ‘double single’ “Dance Dance Dance” and “My Lady“.[15][16] The boys held a high touch event in celebration of their second single album, ‘Kimi to Dance Dance Dance/My Lady‘, on December 1 and 2 at the Kobe World Hall and the Saitama Super Arena.[17] Boyfriend performed for their 1st solo Japanese concert entitled “Love Communication 2012 ~Xmas Bell~”. They held 5 concerts at the Tokyo Dome City Hall from December 22 to 24 with a total of 12,500 fans in all.[18] KBS Joy released a video teaser for Boyfriend's Hello Baby season 7 released on December 27. The members started shooting for the reality series this December, and the first broadcast is planned for January 4 of 2013 at 11PM KST.[19]

2013: I Yah, On & On, Melody of Eyes, Seventh Mission and Pinky Santa[edit]

Boyfriend will become the first foreign artist to sing for the anime. Their song, "Hitomi no Melody“, is the title song of their 3rd Japanese single album, which will be released on March 27. The song has been picked up as the ending theme song for ‘Detective Conan’, and as such, there will be a ‘Detective Conan’ album version in addition to the regular album versions.[20] Melody of Eyes makes to top 5 for 6 days and their highest ranked is 2nd place on Oricon.[21]

On 23 May, Starship Entertainment officially announced that Boyfriend will be making a comeback with a new digital single entitled On & On on the 28th as a surprise gift for celebrating the group's second year anniversary in music industry.[22] Starship Entertainment released a music video teaser on 27th and on the next day they released their official music video. On 30th, Boyfriend's Donghyun has been cast to play the lead male role in musical “1000th Man." The musical will be first presented at Shibuya AiiA Theater Tokyo on 28 September 2013.[23] On 14 June, Jeongmin was rushed to a hospital after they had done their schedule in Japan, it was diagnosed as an acute appendicitis and will need to rest for 17 days after discharge in treatment. Jeongmin will be at home resting and focus on recovering”, he will be taking a break from Boyfriend activities and Boyfriend will continue to promote as 5 members and follow their schedule during this period.[24]

Boyfriend released a special Xmas premium single in Japan on 20 November this year. The single is entitled 'Pinky Santa' which obviously utilizes color pink, but pinky also means the smallest finger which is used when promising.[25] Pinky Santa landed on the Weekly Single Chart which rose to number 5 in Oricon.[26]

2014: "My Avatar", Obsession, "Witch" and First Domestic concert[edit]

Boyfriend has successfully wrapped up their solo concert in Puerto Rico, becoming the first-ever K-pop group to do so. On March 8, the group performed in front of 1,700 fans at the 'Centro De Bellas Artes Luis A Ferre'.[27] Boyfriend also performed in the United States for the first time. They went to Chicago on March 11 and Dallas on March 13.

On March 26, 2014, Boyfriend released their 4th Japanese Single "My Avatar" together with a music video.[28]

On May 15, 2014, they posted selcas while they're shooting for their music video. The members of Boyfriend are giving hints for their long-awaited Korean comeback this year.[29] On May 21, 2014, a short trailer was posted on their official YouTube channel.[30] 'Obsession' , Boyfriend's second mini album is then released on June 4, gaining attention from fans around the world. 'Alarm' MV is also released to support their comeback. After a few short months, on October 9, Boyfriend performed their comeback stage, 'Witch' on mcountdown. The MV was released on 12th, while the album was released on 13 October. They had their first solo concert 2014 BOYFRIEND, The First Chapter in Seoul Bewitch on 23 November 2014 at Olympic Hall, Olympic Park.

2015: "Bounce", Bewitch World Tour[edit]

On March 6, 2015, Boyfriend released a new music video for their comeback with the single "Bounce". The mini album was released on the 9th of March under the title of "Boyfriend in Wonderland". The music video follows the same Alice in Wonderland motif. The group's world tour started with Taiwan as their first stop on April with the name “2015 Boyfriend, the first chapter in Taiwan (Bewitch)" . In the following month, the group had their first South America tour at Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico and also their European tour including stops in Finland, Russia and Paris.

2016: "To My Bestfriend", "Jackpot"[edit]

In May, they released a special music video and single titled, "To My Best Friend" in celebration of their fifth anniversary.

In October, they released their eighth Japanese single titled, "Jackpot" along with its music video. It was released in four different versions.[31]


Main article: Boyfriend discography


  • Donghyun, born Kim Dong-hyun (Hangul: 김동현) on (1989-02-12) February 12, 1989 (age 28).
  • Hyunseong, born Shim Hyun-seong (Hangul: 심현성) on (1993-06-09) June 9, 1993 (age 23).
  • Jeongmin, born Lee Jeong-min (Hangul: 이정민) on (1994-01-02) January 2, 1994 (age 23).
  • Youngmin, born Jo Young-min (Hangul: 조영민) on (1995-04-24) April 24, 1995 (age 21).
  • Kwangmin, born Jo Kwang-min (Hangul: 조광민) on (1995-04-24) April 24, 1995 (age 21).
  • Minwoo, born No Min-woo (Hangul: 노민우) on (1995-07-31) July 31, 1995 (age 21).

Concerts and tours[edit]

Headlining act[edit]

Korean tours[edit]

  • 2014: 2014 Boyfriend, The First Chapter in Seoul "Bewitch"

Chinese concerts[edit]

  • 2015: Boyfriend and KARA in Shanghai

Japanese tours[edit]

  • 2012: First Date with BOYFRIEND in JAPAN
  • 2012: Boyfriend Love Communication 2012 ~X Mass Bell~
  • 2013: Boyfriend Love Communication 2013 -Seventh Mission- (Live House Tour)
  • 2014: Boyfriend Love Communication 2014 -Start Up!-
  • 2016: Boyfriend, The Special Chapter in Japan 'Bewitch 2016'"

World tours[edit]

  • 2015: The First Chapter "Bewitch"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Program Category Recipient Result Ref
2011 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Male Artist Boyfriend Nominated [32]
SBS MTV Best Of the Best Hot Debut Star Boyfriend Nominated [33]
SBS MTV Best Of the Best Best New Artist Boyfriend Won
26th Golden Disk Awards Best New Artist Boyfriend Won [34]
21st Seoul Music Awards Best Newcomer Award Boyfriend Won [35]
2013 27th Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 3 New Artists (Asia) Boyfriend Won [36]
Korean Entertainment 10th Anniversary Award in Japan Special Jury Prize Boyfriend Won [37]
2013 MTV EMA Best Korea Act Boyfriend Nominated [38]
Billboard Japan Music 2013 Awards Animation Artist of the Year Boyfriend Nominated [39]
2014 2014 Asia Model Festival Awards Male Rookie of the Year (Musical Category) Donghyun Won [40]
2015 2015 Asia Model Festival Awards Popularity Singer Boyfriend Won [41]
2015 3rd YinYueTai V-Chart Awards Korean Artist with the Most Potential Boyfriend Won [42]


Variety shows[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]


  • GOGO♂Ikemen 5 (GOGOイケメン5) (2013)

Drama and sitcoms[edit]

  • SBS Chuseok Special Cool GuysJeongmin (2013)[60]
  • KBS The Magic Thousand-Character Classic – Kwangmin (2014)[61]
  • MBC Every 1 Love Frequency 37.2 – Donghyun (2014)[62]
  • KBS Producer – Minwoo (2015)[63]
  • KBS Protect The Family – Youngmin (2015)[64]


  • The 1000th Man – Donghyun (2013)[65]
  • Bachelor’s Vegetable Store – Donghyun (Japan) (2015)[66]
  • Brothers We're Brave – Donghyun (2015)[67]
  • Joint Security Area – Hyunseong (2015)[68]
  • Bachelor’s Vegetable Store – Donghyun (2015)[69]
  • Peste – Jeongmin (2016)[70]
  • Romeo and Juliet – Donghyun (2016)[71]

Web drama[edit]

  • 1 km – Donghyun (2015–16)[72]
  • The Miracle – Donghyun (2016)[73]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Title Member(s) Artist Video Notes
2010 "Push Push" Donghyun, Kwangmin, Youngmin SISTAR starshipTV Pre-debut
2011 "My Heart Beating" Minwoo K.Will starshipTV
"Can't Open Up My Lips" Minwoo K.Will starshipTV
2015 "You're Beautiful" Jeongmin Yoo Seung-woo starshipTV
2016 "Whatever" Jeongmin Yoo Seung-woo starshipTV


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