Infinite (band)

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Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
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Years active 2010 (2010)–present
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Associated acts
Website ifnt7.com
Members

Infinite (Korean: 인피니트), stylized as INFINITE, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2010 by Woollim Entertainment. The group is composed of Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. Their mini-album New Challenge sold over 160,000 copies in South Korea alone and was one of the best-selling albums of 2013. Their second full album, Season 2, was released in May 2014.

History[edit]

2010: Pre-debut and First Invasion[edit]

In 2010, Infinite first appeared in a Mnet pre-debut reality show "You Are My Oppa" along with Lovelyz's Jiae

In the same year on June 9, they debuted with their first EP First Invasion with the singles "Come Back Again" and "She's Back".[1]They made their debuted stage on M Countdown on June 10.[2]

2011: Over The Top and Japanese debut[edit]

Infinite in August 2011

On January 7, 2011, the band returned with the single Before the Dawn (BTD) from their second EP Evolution.

Their first album Over The Top was released on July 21, 2011 along with the music video of their title track Be Mine (내꺼하자). They received their first music show first place award at M! Countdown on September 1, 2011 and received a "Double Crown" for winning two consecutive #1 places at M! Countdown. Following the success of "Be Mine", Infinite re-released Over The Top as a repackaged album titled Paradise, along with its title track with the same name, on September 26, 2011. On October 9, Infinite came first on Inkigayo for "Paradise." Infinite then won their second trophy with "Paradise" on October 13 on M! Countdown.

Infinite unofficially debuted in Japan with their first Japanese single To-Ra-Wa[3] on January 26, 2011, which was a Japanese version of their Korean debut song, "Come Back Again". Immediately after its release, their Evolution album hit #3 on real-time charts for sales in Korea.[4] The song was the top downloaded ringtone on the daily charts of the K-POP section of Japan’s top mobile website. Infinite released various rental singles including "She's Back", "BTD (Before The Dawn)", and "Nothing's Over" before they officially debuted in Japan.

Infinite made their official Japanese debut with the release of the Japanese version of "BTD" on November 19, 2011. The B-side for the single is "Can U Smile", a remake of a track from their 2nd Mini Album EVOLUTION. It is the 3rd track of their first single album Inspirit.

In December 2011, they released their digital single and their first Christmas song "White Confession".

2012: First concert and Infinitize[edit]

Infinite performing at Cyworld Dream Music Festival in 2011

Infinite performed their very first Korean concert[5] in front of approximately 8,000 fans on February 11–12 at the Seoul Olympic Park in Songpa District, eastern Seoul. The concert was titled Second Invasion, following up the band's debut album, First Invasion. Tickets to the concert sold out within 10 minutes after being released online on December 14.[6]

Throughout the year, the group focused on individual activities. Dongwoo was featured in Baby Soul and Yoo Jia's new single "She's a Flirt" which was released on 18 January.[7] L was casted in the tvN TV drama Shut Up Flower Boy Band which started airing on 30 January.[8] Hoya was casted in Reply 1997 that begins airing on 24 July.[9] Woohyun was casted in The Thousandth Man which started airing on 17 August.[10] L was casted in the sitcom What is Mom that begins airing on 8 October.[11] Infinite also sang for the sitcom's OST, Fantasy.[12]

The group's second Japanese single was released on April 18, 2012. It included the Japanese version of their song "Be Mine" as its title track, as well as a Japanese version of "Julia". It peaked at #2 both in Oricon Daily and Weekly Charts.[13] Total reported sales amount to at least 54,218 copies.

The group's third mini album was INFINITIZE, which was awarded a "Triple Crown" for winning #1 in a week at all Music Programs. On June 14, 2012, Infinite won their first triple crown on M! Countdown for the "The Chaser" which achieved top spot on the charts for three consecutive weeks.[14] At the end of the year, Billboard named "The Chaser" the number one KPOP song of the year.[15]

2013: New Challenge, Destiny and First World Tour[edit]

Infinite in 2013 at the K-POP World Festival in Changwon

On March 21, the group released their fourth mini album, titled New Challenge. "Man in Love", the title track of the mini album, won 7 music show awards in its promotion period.[16]

The group released their Japanese debut album, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, on June 6.[17] It took the #1 place on the Oricon’s albums chart for the week of June 3 to 9 with 69,647 copies sold.

The group then released their second single, Destiny, on July 16.[18] The group first performed "Destiny" at the 2013 Mnet 20's Choice Awards on July 18 and began promotional performances on MBC's July 20 episode of Show! Music Core and various music programs.[19]

Infinite began their 1st World Tour named One Great Step on August 9 in Seoul. The tour included 22 shows in Asia, North America, Europe and Dubai. The group concluded their world tour with an encore concert, "One Great Step Returns" in Seoul on February 2014. On November 22, 2013, Infinite won the best male group on MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) 2013 and additionally received the "Sony MDR Worldwide Performer" award.

2014: Season 2 and Be Back[edit]

On January 16, Mnet released a preview for the group's new reality show, "This is INFINITE", and on February 6, the show aired its first broadcast. This was their first variety show as a group since Ranking King in 2012.[20]

After performing in 15 countries for their world tour, "One Great Step", Infinite held an encore concert titled "One Great Step Returns" to wrap up their world tour.[21] The encore concert was held for 2 days on February 28 and March 1 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul. A new sub unit, Toheart,[22][23] made their debut on March 10.[24]

On April 10, Infinite released The Origin, an instrumental album of the band's most representative songs, and the first album of its kind by a Korean artist.[25] Prior to the release of The Origin, Infinite released the instrumental music video for their song "BTD (Before the Dawn)", which featured never-before-seen footage from the original "BTD" music video.[26]

On May 12, Woollim Entertainment confirmed in an interview with Newsen that Infinite's second studio album, Season 2 will be released on May 21.[27] Prior to the release of the album, Infinite held a showcase in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, titled 1.2.3. The group held the first showcase in Japan on May 19 and Taiwan on May 20 before performing in South Korea on May 21.[28] On May 21, the music video for "Last Romeo" was released. Infinite then made their comeback with the repackaged album Be Back, on July 22. Infinite performed their first live performance of the title song, "Back", on KBS's Music Bank on July 18.

On September 11, the band had their first Billboard No. 1, with their single "Last Romeo" topping the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart, becoming the first Korean act to do so, and also hitting No. 33 on Billboard Twitter Top Tracks.[29]

On December 18, Infinite released the music video their new Japanese single, "Dilemma", composed by renowned Japanese musician and guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei.[30] The single was subsequently released on December 24 and used as the centerpiece of their upcoming "Dilemma Tour" in Japan in early 2015.[31]

2015: Reality and Second World Tour[edit]

Infinite embarked on their "Dilemma Tour" on February 1 in Fukoka, with planned concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi.[32] On May 20, Infinite released their teaser for their Japanese single, '24 Hours'.[33]

On April 29, they a revealed promotional video (PV) for 24 Hours. 24 Hours came in third on the Oricon Weekly Chart with 56,266 copies sold.[34]

At 2015 summer kpop festival

On June 30, Infinite released comeback teaser photos for the release of new mini album Reality.[35] On July 2, they announced that the track "Bad" would be the title song from Reality,[36] The song itself together with its video was released on July 12,[37] with the release of Reality following on July 13.

On July 21, Infinite released their teaser for Infinite Effect World Tour. Holding a flag with an infinity logo, leader Sung-kyu leads his fellow members through the doors, signaling their invasion into other countries through the teaser video. Through the use of fire in the background, tarot cards, coffins, and zombie face makeup, a dark concept for the tour was implied.

"Infinite Effect" will be the group’s second world tour since One Great Step was held in 2013. The tour kickstarted in Seoul with performances on August 8 and 9.[38] On August 24, the band announced several other stops for the concert.[39] More stops for their second world tour has since been announced.

On November 25, MBC Every1 released some teasers for the group's new reality show, "INFINITE SHOWTIME", and on December 10, the show aired its first broadcast on 6 P.M. KST at MBC Every 1. This was their first variety show as a group since "This Is INFINITE" in 2014.[40]

2016-present: Infinite Only[edit]

Infinite will be holding a summer series concert, That Summer 3 in August 2016 in Seoul and Busan.[41]Infinite released digital single That Summer (The Second Story) on July 8.[42]

On August 30, 2016, Infinite released a comeback teaser video for their fall comeback.[43] On September 1, 2016, Infinite released a teaser video of their new logo expansion for the upcoming comeback.[44] It was later revealed that their new mini album would be titled Infinite Only. From September 4 to September 11, Infinite released the individual member's teaser photos and videos.[45] On September 12, Infinite released a group teaser image.[46] On September 13, Infinite released a music video teaser[47] and album track list,[48] revealing the name of the title track The Eye. On September 18, an album preview was uploaded to Woolim's official Youtube channel.[49] The official music video for The Eye was released on September 19, along with the group's sixth mini album Infinite Only.[50]

Members[edit]

Sub-Units[edit]

Infinite H[edit]

Main article: Infinite H

Infinite H (hangul: 인피니트H) is the first official sub-group of South Korean boy group, Infinite formed under Woollim Entertainment in 2013. The sub-group consists of Infinite members Dongwoo and Hoya. The sub-group debuted with their mini album titled Fly High[52] and released their second EP, Fly Again, on January 26, 2015. They also held a press conference and a showcase on the same day at AX Korea, in Seoul.[53][54] Promotions for the album started on January 31 on M! Countdown and Music Bank.

Infinite F[edit]

Main article: Infinite F

Infinite F (hangul: 인피니트F) is a sub-group of South Korean boy group Infinite, formed under Woollim Entertainment in 2014, consisting of Infinite members Sungyeol, L and Sungjong. They first performed as an unofficial unit at Infinite's 1st Inspirit Inauguration on August 17. The trio did a cover of Orange Caramel's "Bangkok City" which was well received by fans and officially announced at the One Great Step Returns encore concert, held February 28 and March 1. Infinite F performed a new song, titled "Heartbeat" on the concert.[55]

On November 25, the album cover for Azure was revealed, closely followed by the announcement that Infinite F would be debuting in Korea the following week. On November 30, Infinite F debuted in Korea with their first single album, Heartbeat.[56] The sub-group made their official music show debut on Music Bank on December 5.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Infinite discography

Tour and Concert[edit]

World Tour
  • 2013 Infinite 1st World Tour "One Great Step" (2013–2014)
  • 2015 Infinite 2nd World Tour "INFINITE EFFECT" (2015–2016)
Korean Tour
Japan Tour
  • Infinite Japan 1st Live - Leaping Over (2011)
  • Infinite 1st Arena Tour in Japan - Second Invasion Evolution Plus (2012)
  • 2015 Infinite Japan Tour - DILEMMA (2015)
  • Infinite Japan Tour: That Summer 3 (2016)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Infinite Concert: Second Invasion Evolution the Movie 3D[57] as themselves
2014 Grow: Infinite's Real Youth Life

TV series[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2011 Wara Store Tooniverse Themselves (voices)[58][59]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010 Infinite! You Are My Oppa[60] Mnet Pre-debut reality show with Lovelyz's Jiae
Days of Infinite[61]
2011 Infinite's Sesame Player
2012 Infinite's Ranking King[62]
2013 Infinite's Japan Story
2014 This Is Infinite[63]
2015 Infinite Showtime MBC Every1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Disk Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Disk Bonsang Award Over the Top Won
Most Popular Artist Award Be Mine Nominated
MSN Most Popular Artist Award Nominated
Hallyu Icon Award Infinite Won
2013 Disk Bonsang Award Infinitize Won
Best Group Performance Infinite Won
2014 Disk Bonsang Award New Challenge Won
Popularity Award Destiny Nominated
2015 Disk Bonsang Award Season 2 Won

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2010 Popularity Award Infinite Nominated
2011 Bonsang Award Be Mine, Paradise Nominated
Popularity Award Infinite Nominated
2014 Bonsang Award Destiny Won
Popularity Award Infinite Nominated
2015 Bonsang Award Season 2 Won
Special Hallyu Award Infinite Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)[edit]

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (abbreviated as MAMA) is a K-pop music award show that is held by Mnet annually in South Korea.
Daesang Award (Grand Prize) is equivalent to Artist of the Year.

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
12th 2010 Come Back Again Best New Male Artist Award[64] Nominated
13th 2011 Be Mine
Song of the Year[65] Nominated
Best Dance Performance by a Male Group[65] Nominated
14th 2012 The Chaser
Song of the Year[66][67] Nominated
Best Music Video[67][68] Nominated
Best Dance Performance by a Male Group[67][68] Nominated
15th 2013 Infinite Best Male Group Won
Man In Love Best Dance Performance – Male Group Nominated
1st World Tour - One Great Step Sony MDR World Wide Performer Won
16th 2014 Last Romeo Best Dance Performance – Male Group Won
Infinite K-pop Fan's Choice - Male Won
Season 2 BC – UnionPay Album of the Year Nominated
Last Romeo Song of the Year Nominated
17th 2015 Infinite Best Dance Performance - Male Group Nominated
Infinite H Best Collaboration & Unit Nominated
Bad Best Music Video Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated

Korean Music Awards[edit]

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
9th 2012 Over the Top Group Musician of the Year by Netizens[69] Won
12th 2015 Season 2 Group Musician of the Year by Netizens[70] Won

Melon Music Awards[edit]

Melon Music Awards use only digital sales and online votes to judge winners.
Daesang Award (Grand Prize) is equivalent Artist of the Year.

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
3rd 2011 Infinite 2011 Top 10[71] Nominated
4th 2012 2012 Top 10 Won
Daesang - Artist of the Year Nominated
7th 2015 Infinite Netizen Popularity Award Nominated
Kim Sungkyu Rock Award Won

Mnet 20's Choice Awards[edit]

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
7th 2013 Infinite Best Global Touring Artist[72] Won
20’s Mwave Global Star Nominated

Other[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2010 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards[73] New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award Infinite Won
2011 Mnet M! Countdown[74] Idol Dance Competition Hoya and Dongwoo Won
The Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club (SFCC) PR Awards[75] Performance Group Infinite Won
Mnet M! Countdown Awards Best Action Performance Before the Dawn (BTD)
"Scorpion Dance"
Won
OBS Idol Stars Awards[76] Idol Growth No.1 Infinite Won
2012 Billboard Korea Best K-Pop Song of 2012[77][78] The Chaser Won
SBS MTV Best of the Best Awards Best Dance Music Video Won
2013 Best Unit[79] Infinite H Won
13th Republic of Korea National Assembly Awards[80] Popular Music of the Year Infinite Won
SBS Inkigayo Half-Year Wrap Up Special Viewer's Choice Award (Popularity)[81] Man In Love Won
SBS Gayo Daejun SOTY Poll #1 Group People Want to Meet[82] Infinite Won
2014 SBS Gayo Daejun Best Performance Chosen by Viewers[83] Won
Top 10 award[84] Won
2015 21st Republic of Korea Entertainment Art Awards Best Male Group[85] Won
iQiyi All Star Carnival Best Asia Performing Group
Best Music Award Of The Year
Won
2016 Korea Cable TV Awards Best Singer[86] Won

Music Program Awards[edit]

These are the collection of Infinite's wins on Korea's televised music program shows.
M! Countdown is aired on Korean cable channel M.net, Music Bank on KBS, Inkigayo on SBS, Show Champion on MBC Music, Music Core on MBC and The Show on SBS MTV.

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2011 October 9 "Paradise"
2012 June 3 "The Chaser"
June 10
2013 March 31 "Man in Love"
April 7
July 28 "Destiny"[87]

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2011 September 1 "Be Mine"
September 8
October 13 "Paradise"
2012 May 31 "The Chaser"
June 7
June 14
2013 April 4 "Man in Love"
July 25 "Destiny"
2014 May 29 "Last Romeo"
June 5
2015 July 23 "Bad"

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 June 1[88] "The Chaser"
2013 April 5 "Man in Love"[89]
April 12
2014 May 30 "Last Romeo"
June 13
2015 July 24 "Bad"

MBC Music Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 June 5 "The Chaser"
2013 April 3 "Man in Love"
July 31 "Destiny"
2014 May 28 "Last Romeo"
June 4
2015 July 22 "Bad"

The Show[edit]

Year Date Song
2015 July 21[90] "Bad"
July 28

MBC Show! Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 April 20 "Man in Love"
July 27 "Destiny"
2014 August 2[25] "Back"
2015 July 25 "Bad"

External links[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
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Korean Music Awards: Group Musician of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent