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NU'EST in Love Paint Showcase 2016 (From Left to Right: Baekho, Aron, Ren, JR, Minhyun)
Background information
Also known as Pledis Boys
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Associated acts
  • JR
  • Aron
  • Baekho
  • Minhyun
  • Ren

NU'EST (Hangul: 뉴이스트; acronym for New Establish Style Tempo, formerly known as Pledis Boys) is a South Korean boy group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2012. The group consists of JR, Aron, Baekho, Minhyun, and Ren.



Prior to debut, NU'EST made numerous appearances in their labelmates' music releases. NU'EST were backup dances for After School Blue's Wonder Boy,[1] and appeared in their label's Christmas release Love Letter,[2] along with releasing their own music video for the song.[3]

JR also appeared in Orange Caramel's Bangkok City music video,[4] and was also featured in Uee's solo song Sok Sok Sok. Baekho appeared in After School's Play Ur Love music video,[5] and Minhyun starred in Orange Caramel's Shanghai Romance music video.[6]

JR, Aron, Minhyun, and Ren were featured, along with After School's Lizzy, in a commercial for New Balance.[7]

2012–2014: Face, Action, Hello, Sleep Talking, Re:BIRTH and Japanese debut[edit]

NU'EST at KCON in 2012.

NU'EST made their debut with their first single Face on March 15,[8] with their debut stage on M! Countdown that same day. NU'EST began airing their first reality show, Making of a Star: NU'EST Landing Operation, during their promotional period.[9]

NU'EST returned with their first mini album, Action, on July 11[10] and became ambassadors for Korea's Scout Association.[11] During their promotional period and the rest of the year, NU'EST began to expand to the global market, having events in Japan, Australia, other parts of Asia, and the United States, including KCON. During December, NU'EST began endorsements with McDonald’s.[12]

Baekho and Ren began acting with appearances in labelmate Uee's drama Jeon Woo-chi during January.[13] NU'EST returned with the second mini album, Hello, on February 13.[14] During the promotional period, NU'EST was cast for SBS MTV Diary, along with their now former label mate Hello Venus.[15] On April 8, Aron became a DJ for Arirang's Music Access.[16]

NU'EST returned on August 22 with their third mini album Sleep Talking.[17] NU'EST began to enter the Chinese market in November with the addition of a new member Jason, exclusively for Chinese promotions, undertaking the name NU'EST-M for the project.[18] NU'EST-M recorded Chinese versions of Face and Sleep Talking and promoted them throughout China. During December, Minhyun began acting and was made a regular for the sitcom Reckless Family 3.[19]

To celebrate Music Core's 400th episode, Ren performed Girl's Day's Something along with BTOB's Minhyuk, A-JAX's Seungjin, and VIXX's Hongbin.[20]

NU'EST returned on 9 July with their first full album Re:BIRTH with Good Bye Bye as the title track.[21] NU'EST debuted in Japan with their single Shalala Ring on November 5.[22]

2015–2016: Japanese promotion, Q Is and Canvas[edit]

Dallas in Dallas, on May 3, 2015

NU'EST released a digital single I'm Bad,[23] on February 27, 2015, with a limited edition physical release on March 15, 2015 to celebrate their third anniversary. Baekho did not appear on the title track due to him still recovering from his vocal cord polyps surgery, but did appear on the B-side track. On April 19, 2015, Aron ended his position as a DJ at Arirang's Music Access. NU'EST released their second Japanese single Na.Na.Na on May 20.[24]

On August 14, 2015, Aron took up a position as a DJ on SBS PopAsia with his own show Aron's Hangout.[25] NU'EST released their first Japanese album on Bridge the World, on November 18, 2015, after pre-releasing tracks Bridge the World, Cherry, Access To You and Eternal Rain.

NU'EST returned on February 17, 2016, with their fourth mini album Q Is and the title track "Overcome". They began promotions for the album the following day.[26]

They released their fifth mini album Canvas and the accompanying single "Love Paint (Every Afternoon)" on August 29, 2016.[27] After four years of promotion, the group finally received their first music show nomination on The Show. As of September 20, they have been nominated for 1st place three times in a row. On October 6, 2016, the music video for the new duet track "Daybreak" from the group's extended play Canvas was released. The unit is made up of Minhyun and JR.[28] They also released a choreography video for Look and said to have filmed a music video for R.L.T.L both from their Canvas album.

2017–present: Produce 101 season 2[edit]

On February 24, 2017, Pledis Entertainment officially announced that NU'EST (except for Aron) will be one of the debuted groups to participate in the male version of Produce 101.[29]



  • NU'EST "The 1st Face to Face"(2012)
  • NU'EST Show Time In Seoul (2013)
  • NU'EST Debut 1st Anniversary Live Show Time (2013)
  • NU'EST L.O.Λ.E. TOUR (2013)
  • NU'EST Debut 2nd Anniversary Live Show Time 2 (2014)
  • NU'EST Japan Tour One L.O.∧.E (2014)
  • NU'EST Latinoamerica Tour (2014)
  • NU'EST Autumn Live (2014)
  • Re:Sponse Europe Tour (2014)
  • NU'EST Re:Birth In Thailand (2014)
  • NU'EST Live Tour Show Time 3 (2015)
  • NU'EST First Solo Show In Dallas (2015)
  • NU'EST Summer Vacation In Korea (2015)
  • NU'EST World Tour Concert RE:VIVE (2015)
  • NU'EST Japan Tour "Bridge the World" (2015)
  • NU'EST "Bridge the World Live" (2015)
  • NU'EST Live Tour Show Time 4 (2016)


Main article: NU'EST discography


Reality TV shows[edit]

Year Network Title Notes
2012 MBC Every 1 Making of A Star : Landing Operation
2013 SBS MTV MTV Diary With Hello Venus
Mnet NU'EST in Love
2014 MBC Every1 Latin Dream Show
2016 imbc NU'EST Private life
2017 Mnet Produce 101 Season 2 JR, Baekho, Minhyun and Ren

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Network Title Member Notes
2012 SBS Star King Ren, Aron Episode 266
KBSJoy Hug Minhyun, Baekho All Episodes
MBC Quiz to Change The World JR, Baekho
SBS MTV MTV Studio C All
SBS Star King JR, Baekho Episode 278
MBC Every1 Weekly Idol All Episode 54
SBS Star King JR, Baekho, Ren
Strong Heart Ren Episode 155
2013 MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships Ren Team J
KBS2 1 vs 100 Ren, Minhyun
Arirang TV After School Club All Episode 21
MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships All Team E
Idol Show NU'EST-M
Hunan TV Hunan TV NU'EST-M
2014 Ameba Studio Show All
MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships All Team A
KBS Let's Go! Dream Team Minhyun Episode 246
A Song For You All Episode 6
MBC Every1 Weekly Idol All Episode 164
2015 Hallyu Star Jack JR, Aron, Minhyun, Ren
2016 imbc Park Sohyun’s Idol TV All
MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships All Team Secret Weapon
SBS Baek Jong Won 3 Top Chef All
KBS2 1 vs 100 Baekho, Minhyun
Morning All
MBC Every1 Video Star Ren
imbc K-Cook Star Ren, Aron Episode 1

Dramas & Films[edit]

Year Title Type Members
2012 Jeon Woo Chi Drama Baekho, Ren
2013 Longman Express Chinese Drama Ren
Reckless Family Sitcom Minhyun, Ren
2014 Momo Salon Web Drama Minhyun
Trot Lovers Drama Minhyun
2015 The Solitary Gourmet Chinese Drama JR, Ren
2016 Their Distance Japanese Film JR, Minhyun, Ren
I'm Not A Girl Anymore Web Drama Ren

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Disk Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Result ref
Best Single
Most Popular Artist
New Rising Star

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Result ref
Best Rookie Award
Popularity Award

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Award Nominated Work Result
Arirang's Simply K-Pop Awards
Super Rookie Idol
Migu Music Awards
Best Potential Group


  1. ^ "After School Blue Releases MV for "Wonder Boy"". Soompi. 
  2. ^ "Pledis Entertainment Unveils Full MV for "Happy Pledis LOVE LETTER"". Soompi. 
  3. ^ "BTS video for "Love Letter" introduces the Pledis Boys!". Allkpop. 
  4. ^ "[MV] Orange Caramel - Bangkok City - Soompi". Soompi. 
  5. ^ "After School Release "Play Ur Love"". Soompi. 
  6. ^ "Orange Caramel Unveils "Shanghai Romance" Music Video". Soompi. 
  7. ^ "After School Boys feature in latest 'New Balance' CF". Allkpop. 
  8. ^ "NU'EST releases debut single, "Face"". Allkpop. 
  9. ^ "NU'EST to have their own reality program". Allkpop. 
  10. ^ "NU'EST releases MV for "Action"". Allkpop. 
  11. ^ "NU'EST become ambassadors for Korea Scout Association". Allkpop. 
  12. ^ "NU'EST endorses McDonald's + to release new album in February". Allkpop. 
  13. ^ "NU'EST's Ren and Baekho cast in 'Jeon Woo Chi'". Allkpop. 
  14. ^ "NU'EST returns with mini album + MV for "Hello"". Allkpop. 
  15. ^ "Hello Venus and NU'EST to star in SBS MTV's 'Diary'". Allkpop. 
  16. ^ "NU'EST's Aron, ZE:A's Kevin, & LUNAFLY's Sam are the new 'Arirang' radio DJs". Allkpop. 
  17. ^ "NU'EST wakes you up with the release of MV + mini album for 'Sleep Talking'". Allkpop. 
  18. ^ "Pledis to launch 6-member team NU'EST-M for promotions in China". Allkpop. 
  19. ^ "NU'EST's Minhyun gives Girl's Day's Yura a back hug". Allkpop. 
  20. ^ "'Music Core' 400th episode to have special Boy's Day stage, performance by EXO & more". Allkpop. 
  21. ^ "NU'EST return to recapture fans' hearts with 'Good Bye Bye' MV". Allkpop. 
  22. ^ "NU'EST release PV for Japanese debut single 'Shalala Ring'". Allkpop. 
  23. ^ "NU'EST to release special single 'I'm Bad'". Allkpop. 
  24. ^ "NU'EST dance in the rain in short version PV for Japanese track 'NA.NA.NA.Tear'". Allkpop. 
  25. ^ "NU'EST's Aron to host his own SBS Pop Asia radio show". SBS. 
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