History (band)

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History
히스토리
HISTORY 히스토리.jpg
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2013–2017
Labels LOEN Entertainment
KISS Entertainment (Japan)
Associated acts IU, Fiestar
Website History Official Profile
Past members
  • Kyungil
  • Dokyun
  • Sihyoung
  • Jaeho
  • Yijeong

History (Korean: 히스토리) was a South Korean boy group formed by LOEN Entertainment in 2013.[1] They debuted on April 26, 2013 with "Dreamer", featuring the narration of their labelmate IU. They were LOEN Entertainment's first boy group.[2] They officially disbanded on May 12, 2017.[3]

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

LOEN Entertainment announced on April 12, 2013 that they would be debuting their first male idol group named "History" on 26th of that month. At the same time, they unveiled two of the group's members, Kim Si-hyoung (who had previously appeared on Ulzzang Generation Season 3) and Jang Yi-jeong (who had appeared on Birth of a Great Star 2).[2]

Prior to their debut, Na Do-kyun had been a vocalist for the rock/ballad group Buzz under the stage name Na Yul, while Song Kyung-il had been a dancer with appearances in IU's "Beautiful Dancer" and Fiestar's "Vista" music videos, as well as performances of IU's "Cruel Fairy Tale" on SBS Inkigayo and GD TV. Kyung-il was also a part of the de facto group Nuthang (pronounced ‘new-thang’), whose members included Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P among other figures.[4]

2013: Debut with "Dreamer", Just Now, and Blue Spring[edit]

In April 2013, LOEN Entertainment released a first teaser for the group starring IU, titled "Do you know us?".[5] A series of teaser trailers featuring the five members titled 'Real Dating Tip Book' was also released[6] and it was announced that actress and singer Son Dam Bi would appear in the upcoming music video for the group's debut single, "Dreamer".[7] The single was composed by Lee Min-soo and written by Kim Eana, featuring narration from IU and rap written by Sunny Hill's Misung. The group made their first live broadcast performance on Show! Music Core.

On August 20, History released the single "Tell Me Love" (produced by V.O.S's Choi Hyun-joon and composer Lim Kwang-wook, with lyrics by Eluphant's Keebee) and the mini-album Just Now.

The group's second mini-album Blue Spring was released in November of the same year, produced by Cho Young-chul and with lyrics by Kim Eana. The title track, "What Am I To You", was released on November 26[8] with a music video directed by Hwang Su-ah, who previously worked on IU's singles "The Red Shoes" and "Good Day" as well as Ga-In's "Bloom". Shortly after that, Yijeong featured on IU's single "Friday" from the repackage album Modern Times- Epilogue. The single was a domestic and international success, charting at number one on the Billboard K-pop Hot 100.[9]

2014–2017: Desire, Beyond the History, HIM and disbandment[edit]

On June 23, 2014, History made their comeback with the five-track EP Desire,[10] including the title track "Psycho", composed by Lee Min-soo and East4A with lyrics by Kim Eana. Yijeong participated in writing the lyrics for the tracks "I Got U" and "Blue Moon". Longtime producer Cho Young-chul, who had previously worked on History's debut single "Dreamer" and their previous mini-albums Just Now and Blue Spring, also participated in the EP's production.

History released their fourth EP Beyond the History on May 20, 2015,[11] along with the title track "Might Just Die".

The following year, on April 11, 2016, they released their fifth EP HIM,[12] with the title track "Queen".

The group's official disbandment was announced on May 12, 2017, with all members remaining signed to Loen Entertainment, but focusing on individual activities.[3]

Past members[edit]

  • Song Kyung-il (Hangul: 송경일; born (1987-11-28) November 28, 1987 (age 29))[13]
  • Na Do-kyun (Hangul: 나도균; born (1991-02-11) February 11, 1991 (age 26))[13]
  • Kim Si-hyoung (Hangul: 김시형; born (1992-05-15) May 15, 1992 (age 25))[13]
  • Kim Jae-ho (Hangul: 김재호; born (1992-09-17) September 17, 1992 (age 24))[13]
  • Jang Yi-jeong (Hangul: 장이정; born (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 23))[13]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[14]
JPN
[15]
Just Now 19
Blue Spring 16
Desire 10
Beyond The History 8
Him 3 27

Single albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[14]
Dreamer 13

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[23]
JPN
Oricon

Daily
JPN
Oricon

Weekly
Korean
"Dreamer" (narr. IU) 2013 N/A Dreamer
"Tell Me Love" (열대야) 85 Just Now
"What Am I To You?" (난 너한테 뭐야?) Blue Spring
"Psycho" (싸이코) 2014 Desire
"Might Just Die" (죽어버릴지도 몰라) 2015 Beyond The History
"Queen" 2016 Him
Japanese
"My Love" (消えてしまった) 2015 N/A 3 7
  • JPN: 17,200+
Non-album single
"Lost" 3 6
  • JPN: 34,300+
Him

Awards[edit]

Year Awards Category Result
2013 5th Melon Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated
2014 28th Golden Disk Awards New Rising Stars Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2013/09/25/loen-entertainment-to-split-their-artist-division-into-multiple-labels/
  2. ^ a b "KPOP NEWS - Loen Ent. Releaes Details on Its First Male Idol Group History | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  3. ^ a b "http://tenasia.hankyung.com/archives/1206974" (in Korean). Ten Asia.  External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ "LOEN Entertainment reveals two members from their first idol boy group 'HISTORY'". 
  5. ^ "IU asks "Do you know us?" in teaser for LOEN Entertainment's first idol boy group 'HISTORY'". Allkpop. April 14, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "LOEN Entertainment releases HISTORY member Kim Si Hyung's spirited 'Real Dating Tip Book' trailer". 
  7. ^ "Son Dam-Bi flaunts her goddess beauty for rookie group HISTORY's MV". en.asiatoday.co.kr. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  8. ^ "KPOP NEWS - [Video] History Wants to Know ‘What Am I To You’ in New MV | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  9. ^ "K-Pop Hot 100: IU Hits No. 1 With 'Friday,' Ties Chart Record". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  10. ^ "Kpop Star Album - DESIRE by HISTORY | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  11. ^ "Kpop Star Album - Beyond The HISTORY by HISTORY | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  12. ^ "Him by HISTORY on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "KPOP News - The charming 5 men of HISTORY | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-05-10. )
  14. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. 
  15. ^ "2016 Oricon Albums Chart – June Week 4". 
  16. ^ Cumulative Sales for Just Now:
  17. ^ Cumulative Sales for Blue Spring:
  18. ^ Cumulative Sales for Desire:
  19. ^ Cumulative Sales for Beyond The History:
  20. ^ "Gaon Album Chart - Half Year 2016 (see 41 & 43)" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  21. ^ "2016 Oricon Albums Chart – June Week 4". Oricon. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Gaon Album Chart - April 2013 (see 55)" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2015-08-27. 
  24. ^ "2013년 35주차 Download Chart" (in Korean). 

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