Cross Gene

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Cross Gene
Cross Gene at 2015 Summer K-POP Festival.jpg
Cross Gene at 2015 Summer K-POP Festival
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop J-POP
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Associated acts Super Handsome Team
Website crossgene.co.kr , crossgene.jp
Members Takuya
Shin
Seyoung
Casper
Sangmin
Yongseok
Past members J.G

Cross Gene (Korean: 크로스진; stylized as CROSS GENE) is a six-member multinational boy group based in South Korea. Signed under Amuse Korea, the group consists of South Korean members Shin Won-ho, Sangmin, Yongseok and Seyoung; Chinese member Casper; and Japanese member Takuya. They released their debut mini-album Timeless: Begins in June 7, 2012, which peaked at number eight on the Gaon weekly album chart.[1]

History[edit]

2012: Formation and Timeless: Begins[edit]

On May 26, 2012, Amuse Korea Entertainment revealed that they would be debuting a multinational group, consisting of South Korean, Japanese and Chinese singers.[2] Among them was Shin Won-ho, an actor who appeared in television dramas and advertisements, the latter of which earned him the CF Model Award at the 7th Asian Model Festival Awards. The entertainment company explained the meaning behind the group's name, stating that the group would "cross the superior genes of each country to create one perfect group".[2] Cross Gene consisted of three South Korean members, two Chinese members and one Japanese member.

On June 7, the group held their first showcase at the Ax Korea concert hall.[3] They released their first mini-album Timeless: Begins on June 8. Ten days later, a limited edition version of the mini-album was released.[4] Timeless: Begins debuted at number nine on the Gaon weekly albums chart, and peaked at number eight the following week.[5]

2013: Member change and Japan activities[edit]

On January 16, Amuse Korea Entertainment uploaded two videos on their YouTube channel, showing the photo shoot[6] for their Japan debut and a special interview[7] and also posted a news entry on their Japanese homepage[8] to introduce the new member Seyoung.[9] He replaced J.G, who left Cross Gene to start a career as a solo artist.

On February 27 the PV to their song Shooting Star, also title track of their Japanese debut single album of the same name, was revealed. The first time the song was performed during promotional event for the drama Big in Japan. The single album was released on March 13. This was followed by the Crazy digital single on the 29th of May.

On May 31, Cross Gene held their first Japanese Concert Cross U at Shibuya O-East during which the group spoke about J.G leaving and the change in leadership structure.

On August 1, Cross Gene released Dirty Pop digital single[10] followed by the Special Photobook CD With U.[11] The photobook was a limited release that would not be made available outside of concert venues until late 2014. Cross Gene held two more concerts – With U on 22 August at Shibuya Public Hall and an encore performance on 31 August at Umeda Club Quattro. The Shibuya Public Hall concert would later be released on DVD in the same photobook format as the With U EP.[12]

Cross Gene Planet, the official Japanese fansite, was launched on September 2.[13] During the latter part of the year Cross Gene released three more digital singles in Japan, My Love Song in October,[14] and Page of Love[15] and Aurora[16] in November and December 1. During November Cross Gene also started activities in China performing for ATV at the Mr Asia contest and held a fanmeet and performance at the Dragon Centre in Hong Kong.[17] On November 28 Cross Gene received a Rookie Award at the 21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards.[18]

Cross Gene's third Japan live performance, Rock U, was held on December 6 at Umeda Club Quattro and on 14 and 15 December as a part of Amuse Musical Theatre.[12] At the conclusion of Rock U the group hinted at an upcoming project – Project Z. They also participated in Super Handsome Live 2013 on December 26 and 27[19] as a supporting act.

2014: Korean comebacks and ZEDD[edit]

In early 2014, Cross Gene travelled to LA to film their first starring movie, ZEDD.

On April 6, a Visual Teaser for Amazing -Bad Lady- was uploaded onto the official YouTube followed by a MV Teaser on the 14th. Their comeback was initially scheduled for the 21st of April but was delayed out of respect for the victims and families of the Sewol ferry disaster.

In May, a teaser for ZEDD was uploaded to the official YouTube channel in the 12th and on the 29th Cross Gene returned to Hong Kong to perform for ATV's 50th Anniversary Special. They also held a second fanmeet and performance at the Dragon Centre in Hong Kong.[20]

Cross Gene had their first Korean comeback on June 9 following a nearly 2-year absence by releasing their Amazing -Bad Lady- digital single. However, Chinese member Casper was missing from all related promotions after suffering a hip/lower back injury. On June 26, Cross Gene released a music video for the Korean version of Shooting Star. On June 28, Cross Gene held their 4th Japanese Live Amazing de SHOW at Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo.[21] Casper also performed. Additionally, the full trailer for ZEDD was uploaded to the official YouTube channel. Another show, Cross Show: ZEDD, was announced for October.[22]

During July and August, Cross Gene participated extensively in the Japanese Summer Music Festivals including opening for Amuse BBQ 2014,[23] Performing at Summer Sonic in Osaka[24] and as the Opening Act for Asia Departure on A-Nation Island.[25] Japanese member Takuya also joined Korean television show Non Summit on JTBC as the representative for Japan.[26]

On 10 September, Cross Gene released the music video for Billion Dolla via their official YouTube channel. The song is the theme track for their movie ZEDD and the music video contains two versions of the song played over two different videos. The first from the movie itself, the second a music video filmed separately to the filming of the movie. ZEDD is released on DVD on September 24.[27]

Cross Gene perform Cross Show: Zedd in Tokyo in October 12 and 13 with a total of four shows over two days. During Cross Show: Zedd, Cross Gene announce a Japanese comeback scheduled for January 14, 2015 with a new single titled Future.[28] They would also post a notice on their Korean fancafe the following day of an intended Korean comeback for early November 2014.[29]

On November 1, Cross Gene started a second Korean comeback for their second digital single 어려도 남자야 (English Title: I'm Not a Boy, Not Yet a Man) with an image teaser and the first performance at MBC Music's Prime Concert. The single was released on November 10 along with a music video and news of a limited production special album.[30]

Cross Gene's vocalists, Seyoung and Yongseok, are both cast in separate theatre performances starting from November.[31][32] Cross Gene also performed at Sketchers Sundown Festival[33] in Singapore on November 22 and as part of Super Handsome Live 2014[34] on 26, 27 and 28 December at Pacifico Yokohama.

2015: Japanese comebacks and Korean comeback[edit]

Shin was scheduled as a regular for FM Yokohama Aja Aja Friday[35] and Seyoung continued performing for the Korean Stage Musical Bachelor's Vegetable Store for their Japanese performances.[36]

Cross Gene's second Japanese Single Future was released on January 14. It ranked 4th on the Oricon's Daily Singles chart,[37] peaking at 3rd five days later.[38] Future ranks 5th for the Oricon Weekly singles chart.[39]

Aja Aja Friday ceased airing at the end of March and Shin moved to his own show Shin-Kun no Yoru no Chuusday to air at 11:30pm every Tuesday night on FM Yokohama.

Cross Gene next returned to Korea with Play With Me (Korean: 나하고 놀자; Nahago Nolja) on April 12, also releasing their 3rd Mini Album of the same name. Play With Me entered GAON Albums Chart at 7th on the Weekly Chart.[40] Additionally, Play With Me was nominated for Song of the Week on SBS MTV The Show 3 times during its promotional run.

Following this, Cross Gene returned to Japan with their third single Love & Peace, a track that served as the OST for Dual Master Revolution on July 25. This would be the first song released by Cross Gene that they had a hand in the production of, the whole group having written lyrics for. The physical release of Love & Peace was postponed briefly and it was announced it would be released as a double-A side single. sHi-tai! was announced and the single released with a 3rd previously announced track, Miracle, on October 7. Miracle would be the second song released that was written by Cross Gene members. Love & Peace/sHi-tai! debuted on Oricon daily singles chart at 2nd, peaking at #1. It placed 2nd on the weekly chart[41] and 74th on Oricon Yearly Singles Chart.[42]

In December, Cross Gene held their first concert in Korea, Be Happy Together Live ~Xmas Eve Eve Night~ on the 23rd. The tickets for the live sold out within the first minute. This was the first of two concerts, the second was to be held in Japan in the new year.

2016: Comeback with Game and first Japanese album Ying Yang[edit]

On January 21, Cross Gene released their third mini album Game, along with a music video for the title track "Noona, You" (Korean: 누나 너 말야; Noona Neo Marya).[43][44]

On April 8, Cross Gene announced their first full-length Japanese album. On April 27, member Shin appeared on a Japanese show where he announced the title of the album Ying Yang. Later, the group tweeted a link to their homepage which included a teaser picture and a track list. The album will consist of 14 songs, included two new songs: the title track of the same name "Ying Yang" and a special song for the fans, "Tegami" (which means "Letter" in Japanese). The album will also include five previously unreleased songs: "Keep on Dancing", "Love Game", "Soba ni Ite", "Dreamer" and "No No No".[45]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Seyoung (Korean: 세영) was born Lee Se-young (Korean: 이세영) on (1990-02-08) February 8, 1990 (age 27) - Main Vocal
  • Casper (Korean: 캐스퍼) was born Chu Xiao-xiang (Chinese: 储晓祥) on (1991-03-20) March 20, 1991 (age 26) - High Tone Rap
  • Shin (Korean: 신) was born Shin Won-ho (Korean: 신원호) on (1991-10-23) October 23, 1991 (age 25) -Leader, Vocal
  • Takuya Korean: 타쿠야) was born Terada Takuya (Japanese: 寺田拓哉) on (1992-03-18) March 18, 1992 (age 25) - Vocal
  • Sangmin (Korean: 상민) was born Kim Sang-min (Korean: 김상민) on (1992-07-07) July 7, 1992 (age 24) - Deep Tone Rap
  • Yongseok (Korean: 용석) was born Kim Yong-seok (Korean: 김용석) on (1993-01-08) January 8, 1993 (age 24) - Main Vocal

Former[edit]

  • J.G. (Korean: 제이지) was born Gao Jia-ning (Chinese: 高家宁) on (1993-01-12) January 12, 1993 (age 24) - Power Vocal

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
[46]
Japanese
Ying Yang
  • Released: June 29, 2016
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • Format: CD+DVD, digital download
12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[48]
JPN
[49]
Korean
Timeless: Begins 8 187
  • KOR: 5,940+
Nahago Nolja
  • Released: April 13, 2015
  • Label: Amuse Korea, Universal Korea
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 65
  • KOR: 4,819+
Game
  • Released: January 21, 2016
  • Label: Amuse Korea, Universal Korea
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13
MIRROR
  • Released: February 8, 2017
  • Label: Amuse Korea, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
  • KOR: 12,909
Japanese
Timeless: Future 203
With U
  • Released: August 22, 2013
  • Label: Amuse, Inc., Universal Japan
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[51]
JPN
[52]
Korean
"La-Di Da-Di" 2012 120 Timeless: Begins
"Sky High" 139
"Amazing -Bad Lady-" 2014 Nahago Nolja
"I'm Not a Boy, Not Yet a Man"
Japanese
"Shooting Star" 2013 19 Ying Yang
"Crazy"
"Dirty Pop" Non-album singles
"My Love Song"
"Page of Love"
"Aurora" Ying Yang
"Future" 2015 5
"Love & Peace/Shi-tai!" 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

DVDs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
[55]
With U Japan Live
  • Released: December 16, 2013
  • Label: Amuse, Inc., Universal Japan
  • Formats: DVD

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Length Album
2012 "La-Di Da-Di" 3:15 Timeless: Begins
"Sky High" 3:14
"For This Love" 2:50
"La-Di Da-Di" (Japanese version) 3:15 Timeless: Future
"For This Love" (Japanese version) 3:13
2013 "Shooting Star" 4:37 Ying Yang
2014 "Amazing -Bad Lady-" 2:45 Nahago Nolja
"Shooting Star" (Korean version) 4:37 Shooting Star (single)
"Billion Dolla" 6:29 Future (single)
"I'm Not a Boy, Not Yet a Man" 3:50 Nahago Nolja
"Future" 4:11 Ying Yang
2015 "Nahago Nolja" 4:00 Nahago Nolja
"Nahago Nolja" (dance version) 3:31
"Nahago Nolja" (lip sync version) 3:31
"Love & Peace" 4:36 Ying Yang
"Shi-tai!" 3:24
2016 "Noona, You" 3:29 Game
"Ying Yang" N/A Ying Yang
2017 "Black or White" (Drama Version) 5:56 Mirror
"Black or White" (Dance Version) 4:14

Filmography[edit]

Note: For individual members' filmographies, see their articles.

Year Information Channel
2012 Cross BattLE (reality show)[56] HTB
2014 ZEDD (Shin as Nine, Seyoung as Zero, Casper as Six Hundred, Yongseok as Seven, Sangmin as Thirteen and Takuya as Xi)[57] -

Awards and nominations[edit]

Korea Cultural Entertainment Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 K-pop Rookie Award[18] Cross Gene Won

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