NCT 127

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NCT 127
170909 NCT 127 Fan Meeting in Bangkok Press Conference 01m08s.png
  • NCT 127 Fan Meeting in Bangkok
  • From upper left: Johnny, Mark, Jaehyun, Yuta, Doyoung. From bottom left: Haechan, Winwin, Taeyong, Taeil
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2016–present
Labels
Associated actsSM Town
SM Rookies
NCT
NCT Dream
NCT U
NCT 2018
Websitenct127.smtown.com
Members
  • Taeil
  • Johnny
  • Taeyong
  • Yuta
  • Doyoung
  • Jaehyun
  • Winwin
  • Jungwoo
  • Mark
  • Haechan

NCT 127 is the second sub-unit and Seoul-based unit of the South Korean boy group NCT. The unit debuted on July 7, 2016, with their first extended play NCT #127, featuring ten members: leader Taeyong, Taeil, Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, Haechan, Johnny, Doyoung and Jungwoo. Johnny and Doyoung where later added in December to the line up, followed by Jungwoo in September 2018, in their latest album NCT 127 - "Regular-Irregular".

Their name is a combination of the acronym for Neo Culture Technology which is their meaning for their unlimited members, and the number 127, which represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul.

History[edit]

Pre-debut: SM Rookies and NCT[edit]

All ten members of NCT 127 were originally part of SM Rookies, a pre-debut training team maintained by SM Entertainment.[2] In January 2016, SM founder Lee Soo-man announced plans for a new boy group, with several different units to be based in cities around the world.[3]

NCT 127 was officially announced on July 1, consisting of previously debuted NCT U members Taeyong, Taeil, Jaehyun, and Mark, along with three newly debuting members: Yuta, Winwin, and Haechan.[4]

2016: Debut and new members[edit]

NCT 127 made their official debut with NCT #127 on July 10, 2016.[5] The EP debuted at number two on the Gaon Album Chart, and topped the chart by the third week of its release.[6] It also charted at number two on the Billboard World Albums Chart.[7][8] Their debut performance took place on Mnet's M Countdown, where they played the lead single "Fire Truck" and "Once Again."[9]

On December 6, NCT 127 released the music video for "Good Thing,” and on December 20, they released the music video for "Switch,” featuring members of the SM trainee group SR15B.[10]

On December 27, SM Entertainment announced the addition of two new members to NCT 127: Johnny and NCT U's Doyoung.[11]

2017: Limitless and Cherry Bomb[edit]

On January 5, NCT 127 released the music video for "Limitless."[12] It was the title track of their second EP, Limitless, which was released on January 9.[13] The EP debuted atop Korea's Gaon Album Chart and the Billboard World Albums Chart.[14][15]

NCT 127 released their third EP Cherry Bomb on June 14, with the lead single of the same name.[16] The next day, the group performed the songs "Cherry Bomb" and "0 Mile" for the first time on M Countdown.[17] Billboard and Idolator both later named “Cherry Bomb” one of the best K-pop songs of the year.[18][19]

2018: Empathy, Japanese debut, new member, Regular-Irregular, and Regulate[edit]

On March 14, 2018, NCT 127 released the single "Touch” as part of NCT 2018 Empathy, a full-length studio album that brought together all active units of NCT, and grouped them under the collective name NCT 2018.[20]

On May 23, NCT 127 released their Japanese debut EP Chain via Avex Trax.[21] It peaked at number two on the Oricon Albums Chart.[22]

In August 2018, it was announced NCT 127 will participate in the single "Let’s Shut Up and Dance," as part of a global collaborative tribute to Michael Jackson.[23]

On October 12, NCT 127 released their first full-length album, Regular-Irregular, which debuted at number 86 on the US Billboard 200.[24] The album also marked the addition of NCT U’s Jungwoo to the NCT 127 lineup, which now totals 10 members.[25] The album release was led by a performance of English version of the lead single, "Regular" and "Cherry Bomb" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! which also marked the group's first appearance on U.S. national television .[26]

On October 21, NCT 127 released a digital EP, Up Next Session: NCT 127, exclusively through Apple Music. It contains alternative versions of previous singles "Fire Truck," "Cherry Bomb," and "Regular," as well as an original track, “What We Talkin’ Bout”, which features Marteen.[27]

On November 13, SM dropped teaser photos of the group, announcing the release of their first album repackage, Regulate, and new single, "Simon Says".[28]

On November 22, SM has notified the general public that Winwin will not partake in promotions for Regulate, as he will be contributing in promotions for NCT China.[29]

Members[edit]

This is a list of the members of NCT 127.[30]

Stage Name Birth Name Place of Birth D.O.B. Position
Taeil (태일) Moon Tae Il (문태일) Seoul, South Korea (South Korea) June 14, 1994 Main Vocal
Johnny (쟈니) Seo Young Ho (서영호)/John Seo Chicago, USA (United States) February 9, 1995 Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocal
Taeyong (태용) Lee Tae Yong (이태용) Seoul, South Korea (South Korea) July 1, 1995 Leader, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Vocal, Visual, Centre, Face of the Group
Yuta (유타) Nakamoto Yuta (中本悠太) Osaka, Japan (Japan) October 26, 1995 Main Dancer, Vocal, Rapper
Doyoung (도영) Kim Dong Young (김동영‬) Seoul, South Korea (South Korea) February 1, 1996 Main Vocal
Jaehyun (재현) Jung Yoon Oh (정윤오) Seoul, South Korea (South Korea) February 14, 1997 Lead Vocal, Lead Dancer, Rapper
Winwin (윈윈) Dong Si Cheng (董思成) Zhejiang, China (China) October 28, 1997 Lead Dancer, Vocal
Jungwoo (정우) Kim Jung-woo (김정우) Gyeonggi Province, South Korea (South Korea) February 19, 1998 Lead Vocal, Lead Dancer
Mark (마크) Lee Min Hyung (이민형)/Mark Lee Vancouver, Canada (Canada) August 2, 1999 Main Rapper, Vocal
Haechan (해찬) Lee Dong Hyuck (이동혁) Seoul, South Korea (South Korea) June 6, 2000 Lead Vocal, Lead Dancer, Sub-rapper, Maknae

Discography[edit]

Concert and tours[edit]

Headlining tours

  • NCT 127 1st Japan Tour (2019)

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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