Lucas Wong

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Lucas Wong
黃旭熙
Lucas Wong at Incheon International Airport, South Korea, May 2019 02.png
Wong at Incheon International Airport in 2019
Born
Wong Yuk-hei

(1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 22)
Sha Tin, Hong Kong
NationalityHong Konger
Alma materTWGHs Yow Kam Yuen College
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • model
  • dancer
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocal
Years active2018–2021
Labels
Associated acts
Chinese name
Chinese
Korean name
Hangul
Revised RomanizationHwang Uk-hui
McCune–ReischauerHwang Uk-hŭi
Stage name
Hangul
Revised RomanizationLukaseu
McCune–ReischauerRuk'asŭ

Wong Yuk-hei (Chinese: 黃旭熙; born 25 January 1999), better known mononymously as Lucas (Korean루카스), is a Hong Kong rapper, singer and model of Thai and Chinese descent. He is a member of the South Korean boy group NCT, its Chinese sub-unit WayV and rotational sub-unit NCT U, as well as the supergroup SuperM. In China, he has appeared as a regular cast member of the seventh and ninth season of the popular variety show Keep Running.

Early life[edit]

Lucas was born on 25 January 1999 in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, to a Chinese father with Teochew ancestry and a Thai mother.[1][2] He has one younger brother and attended Tung Wah Group of Hospitals' Yow Kam Yuen College.[3]

Lucas helped run a Thai restaurant in Hong Kong owned by his parents. He often visited Thailand, at least once a year, to rest and visit his mother's family.[4]

Career[edit]

2015–2017: Pre-debut[edit]

In late 2015, Lucas was scouted by SM Entertainment, a South Korean entertainment agency, after passing a Global Audition that was held in Hong Kong. Lucas was accepted after only one modelling audition.[5] As an SM trainee, Lucas received training in modelling, before switching to idol preparations (singing, rapping, and dancing). On 5 April 2017, he was introduced as a member of SM Rookies, a pre-debut training team composed of young trainees who would potentially debut as idol group members. On 7 April 2017, Lucas made an appearance in NCT member Ten's "Dream In A Dream" music video. Lucas, whose mother tongue is Cantonese, studied Korean and Mandarin in preparation for his debut.

2018–2019: Debut with NCT, WayV, SuperM, and solo activities[edit]

In January 2018, SM Entertainment unveiled NCT 2018, a project group for the expansive boy group NCT.[6][7] Lucas, together with Kun and Jungwoo, were the group's newest members. The trio were introduced in SM's NCT 2018 Yearbook #1 on 30 January 2018.[8] Lucas officially made his debut with NCT on 14 March, with their debut studio album NCT 2018 Empathy.[9] Lucas recorded three songs in the album as part of the sub-unit NCT U, including title tracks "Boss," "Yestoday" (both as NCT U), and "Black on Black" (as NCT 2018).[10][11] To promote the album, Lucas appeared on Korean variety shows Real Man 300 and Law of the Jungle in Last Indian Ocean as regular cast members.

Lucas was featured on Taeyeon's song "All Night Long," a track recorded in her EP Something New, released in June 2018. The song peaked at number 72 on the Gaon Digital Chart.

Lucas made his runway debut at Seoul Fashion Week walking for fashion streetwear brand KYE, before walking for Charm's and Kappa.[12]

In November 2018, SM Entertainment released the digital single "Coffee Break," by Jonah Nilsson X Lucas featuring Richard Bona for SM Station 3.

In December 2018, Lucas was announced to be a part of NCT's China-based unit WayV, managed by Label V. The seven-member unit officially debuted on 17 January 2019 with their debut single album The Vision. Its lead single "Regular" was the Mandarin remake of "Regular" by NCT 127.[13][14][15] The following month, Lucas joined the cast of Chinese variety show Keep Running as a fixed cast member for the seventh season.

On 7 August 2019, Lucas was announced as a member of SuperM, a K-pop "supergroup" created by SM Entertainment in collaboration with Capitol Records. The group's promotions began in October and are aimed at the American market.[16][17] SuperM's self-titled debut EP was released on 4 October 2019 with lead single "Jopping".[18] On 5 October, Lucas had his first concert with SuperM at the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles, preceding a world tour with stops in North America and planned stops in Europe and Asia.[19][20][21]

2020–present: NCT 2020, Kick Back, and hiatus[edit]

In October 2020, Lucas returned to perform with NCT for the first time since "Black On Black" in 2018. He participated for the second all-members project, NCT 2020, featuring all 23 members.[22] He was present in the album Resonance Pt. 1 for the songs "Make A Wish (Birthday Song)" and its English version, "Faded In My Last Song", and "Volcano" by NCT U, as well as "Nectar" by WayV.[23] He also participated in the all-members single, "Resonance".[24]

On 10 March 2021, WayV released their third EP, Kick Back, with the lead single of the same name.[25] The album became the group's first number one album on Gaon Album Chart.[26]

Lucas rejoined Keep Running as a regular cast member for the ninth season.

On 25 August 2021, Lucas was scheduled to release the single "Jalapeño" alongside fellow WayV member Hendery. However, following allegations of gaslighting, cheating, and manipulation in his past relationships, SM Entertainment and Label V announced that the release, as well as its promotions, have been postponed. Lucas also announced that he has temporarily halted his activities with WayV.[27]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Gaon
[28]
"Coffee Break"
(with Dirty Loops featuring Richard Bona)
2018 Non-album single
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
CHN KOR
CHN
[29][A]
QQ
[30]
Collaborations
"造亿万吨光芒"
(with Angelababy, Li Chen, Zheng Kai, Zhu Yawen, Wang Yanlin, Song Yuqi)
2019 N/A Keep Running theme song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Gaon
[31]
"All Night Long" (저녁의 이유)
(Taeyeon featuring Lucas)
2018 72 Something New
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year English title Original title Network Notes Ref.
2018 Real Man 300 진짜사나이 300 MBC Cast member [32]
Law of the Jungle in Last Indian Ocean 정글의 법칙 SBS Cast member [33]
2019, 2021 Keep Running 奔跑吧 ZRTG Cast member [34]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Billboard China Top 100 was launched in January 2019 by Billboard China.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "다국어왕 루카스(Lucas), 어설픈 태국어에 뱀뱀(Bam Bam) "잘 못하는데?" 아는 형님(Knowing bros) 141회" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 26 December 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "191219 WayV Lucas Instagram Live with Hendery & WinWin". YouTube. Archived from the original on 30 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  3. ^ 陳詠妍 (6 April 2017). "SM娛樂首位香港藝人Lucas黃旭熙" (in Chinese (Hong Kong)). HK01. Archived from the original on 19 April 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  4. ^ "NCT Lucas talks about his Thai mother – YouTube". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ "'아는 형님' NCT 루카스, SM 오디션 합격 비결은?". entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  6. ^ "[단독] NCT, 新 대형 프로젝트 컴백 시동…신곡 뮤비위해 출국". Xports News (in Korean). 15 January 2018. Archived from the original on 22 January 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Three NCT Teams Debut on World Digital Song Sales Chart: Your Guide to Each One". Billboard. 23 March 2018. Archived from the original on 24 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  8. ^ "NCT Unveils 3 New Members; JUNGWOO, KUN and LUCAS!". SBS News. 31 January 2018. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Global boy band project NCT on attack as full group". The Korea Herald. 15 March 2018. Archived from the original on 22 August 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  10. ^ "NCT U Shows the World Who Is 'Boss' in Charismatic New Video". Billboard. 19 February 2018. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  11. ^ "NCT U Say 'Yestoday' in New Music Video: Watch". Billboard. 2 April 2018. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.byeolkorea.com/nct-lucas-fashion-style/
  13. ^ "WayV_official". Weibo (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 31 December 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  14. ^ "SM "中신인 웨이션브이, 2019년 1월 데뷔확정"…NCT 대거 합류 [공식입장]". Osen (in Korean). 31 December 2018. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
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  16. ^ Jeff Benjamin (7 August 2019). "Super M, 'The Avengers Of K-Pop,' Unveiled By SM Entertainment And Capitol Music Group". Forbes. Archived from the original on 9 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  17. ^ "SM Entertainment and Capitol Records Team Up to Launch Super M". Billboard. 8 August 2019. Archived from the original on 14 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  18. ^ "SuperM Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart With 'The 1st Mini Album'". Billboard. 14 October 2019. Archived from the original on 14 October 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  19. ^ Herald, The Korea (2 October 2019). "Q&A: SuperM answers big questions before its debut this week". www.koreaherald.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  20. ^ Yates, Jonathan (23 December 2019). "SuperM announce London O2 Arena show on world tour". getwestlondon. Archived from the original on 17 February 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  21. ^ SuperM_JP (13 February 2020). "2020年4月23日(木) 'SuperM We Are The Future Live'の東京ドーム公演が決定しました!". www.twitter.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  22. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "How NCT Made An Album With 23 Members". Forbes. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  23. ^ "NCT U Delivers Fantastical 'Make a Wish (Birthday Song)' Video: Watch". Billboard. 13 October 2020. Archived from the original on 11 November 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  24. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "NCT Complete One Of 2020's Biggest K-Pop Albums With 23-Person Single & Concert". Forbes. Archived from the original on 31 December 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  25. ^ "웨이션브이, 3월 10일 컴백 확정…'Kick Back' 발매(공식)". n.news.naver.com. Archived from the original on 23 February 2021. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  26. ^ "Gaon Album Chart – Week 11, 2021 (Kick Back)". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  27. ^ "NCT's Lucas, SM Entertainment apologize for gaslighting, cheating controversies". Manila Bulletin. 26 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  28. ^ Peak positions for songs on the Gaon Digital Chart:
  29. ^ "Billboard China Top 100". Billboard China (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 28 April 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  30. ^ Charted songs on QQ Music:
  31. ^ Peak positions for songs on the Gaon Digital Chart:
  32. ^ Woo Bin (3 September 2018). "'진짜사나이300' 2차 라인업 공개, NCT 루카스X몬스타엑스 셔누 '체력王' 인증". TenAsia (in Korean). Archived from the original on 6 April 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  33. ^ Hwang Ji-young (18 July 2018). "[단독] 정세운·김도연·루카스·연우, '정글의 법칙' 합류". JTBC News (in Korean). Archived from the original on 6 April 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  34. ^ "《奔跑吧》成员大换血 王祖蓝邓超鹿晗离队". Zaobao (in Chinese). 12 February 2019. Archived from the original on 17 February 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

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