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NU'EST in 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

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.[1] They have released two studio albums, one Korean and one Japanese, as well as five EPs.



Prior to their debut, NU'EST made appearances in their labelmates' music releases; as backup dancers for After School Blue's "Wonder Boy", and featuring in their label's Christmas release "Love Letter". They also released their own music video for "Love Letter" as Pledis Boys.[2] JR appeared in Orange Caramel's "Bangkok City" music video, and was also featured in Uee's solo song "Sok Sok Sok". Baekho appeared in After School's "Play Ur Love" music video, and Minhyun starred in Orange Caramel's "Shanghai Romance" music video.

JR, Minhyun, Aron, and Ren were featured with After School's Lizzy in a commercial for New Balance. JR and Baekho appeared on KBS‘s television program Hello Counselor and were revealed by After School's Kahi as two of the official members of the group. This drew attention from viewers and they became a topic of interest online.[3] Minhyun and Ren also gained attention, modeling for designer Park Yoon-so's F/W 2012–13 Seoul Fashion Week show, titled 'Big Park'.[4]

2012: Debut with "Face" and Action[edit]

NU'EST made their debut with their first single, "Face", on 15 March 2012.[5] Their debut stage was on M! Countdown on the same day. The group began airing their own reality show, Making of a Star: NU'EST Landing Operation, during the promotional period.[6]

NU'EST at KCON in 2012.

They returned with their first EP, Action, on 11 July,[7] and became ambassadors for Korea's Scout Association. During their promotional period and the rest of the year, NU'EST began to expand to the global market, holding events in Japan, Australia, other parts of Asia, and the United States, including performances at KCON. During December, NU'EST began endorsements with McDonald’s.[8]

2013–14: Hello, Sleep Talking, NU'EST-M, Re:BIRTH and Japanese debut[edit]

Baekho and Ren made acting appearances in the drama Jeon Woo-chi, alongside label mate Uee, in January 2013.[9]

NU'EST returned with their second EP, Hello, on 13 February.[10] During the promotional period, they were cast for SBS MTV Diary along with their then-label mate Hello Venus.[11] On 8 April, Aron became a DJ for Arirang's Music Access.[12]

On 22 August, NU'EST released their third EP, Sleep Talking.[13]

In November, they entered the Chinese market with the addition of a new member, Jason. During this project they promoted in China under the name NU'EST-M, and recorded Chinese versions of their lead singles "Face" and "Sleep Talking".

In December, Minhyun made his acting debut and was made a regular on the sitcom Reckless Family 3.[14]

To celebrate Music Core's 400th episode in March 2014, Ren performed Girl's Day's "Something" along with BTOB's Minhyuk, A-JAX's Seungjin, and VIXX's Hongbin.[15]

On 9 July, NU'EST released their first full album, Re:BIRTH, with "Good Bye Bye" as the title track.[16] They also officially debuted in Japan on 5 November, with the single "Shalala Ring".[17]

2015–16: Japanese promotions, Q Is and Canvas[edit]

NU'EST in Dallas, on May 3, 2015

NU'EST released the digital single "I'm Bad" on 27 February 2015,[18] with a limited edition physical release on 15 March 2015 to celebrate their third anniversary. Baekho did not appear on the title track due to him recovering from vocal cord polyps surgery, but he did appear on the B-side track.

On 2 April, Minhyun collabrated with Korean indie artist Fromm on the single "The Aftermath." On 19 April, Aron ended his position as a DJ at Arirang's Music Access. NU'EST released their second Japanese single "Na.Na.Na" on 20 May.[19] On 14 August, Aron took up a position as a DJ on SBS PopAsia with his own show Aron's Hangout.[20]

NU'EST released their first Japanese studio album, Bridge the World, on 18 November 2015, after pre-releasing the tracks "Bridge the World", "Cherry", "Access To You", and "Eternal Rain".[21]

Their fourth EP Q Is was released on 17 February 2016 with the title track "Overcome". They began promotions for the album the following day.[22]

NU'EST released their fifth EP Canvas and the accompanying single "Love Paint (Every Afternoon)" on 29 August 2016.[23] After four years of promotion, the group finally received their first music show nomination on The Show. As of 20 September, they have been nominated for first place three times in a row. On 6 October 2016, the music video for the duet track "Daybreak" from Canvas was released. The unit performing "Daybreak" is made up of Minhyun and JR.[24]

2017: Produce 101 Season 2 and NU'EST W[edit]

Four out of the five members (JR, Minhyun, Baekho and Ren) participated in the reality television series Produce 101 Season 2 during the first half of 2017.[25] While they appeared on the show, NU'EST's previous releases returned to the domestic charts.[26] The series concluded with one of the four competing members, Minhyun, ranking 9th and becoming a member of the temporary boy group Wanna One. Due to the nature of the contract given to all the winners, Minhyun will promote as a member of Wanna One until December 2018, after which he will return to promote as a regular member of NU'EST again.[27][28]

The remaining four members are scheduled to have a comeback in the second half of the year as a subgroup called NU'EST W, although no date has been announced yet.[29][30] The W reportedly stands for the word "wait" to signal the waiting of Minhyun's return to promote with the group as NU'EST.[A][30] On July 25, the unit released a special single album titled "If You" (Hangul있다면).[31]


  • Aron (Hangul: 아론) was born Aaron Young-min Kwak (Hangul: 곽영민) on (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 24)
  • JR (Hangul: 제이알) was born Kim Jong-hyun (Hangul: 김종현) on (1995-06-08) June 8, 1995 (age 22)
  • Baekho (Hangul: 백호) was born Kang Dong-ho (Hangul: 강동호) on (1995-07-21) July 21, 1995 (age 22)
  • Minhyun (Hangul: 민현) was born Hwang Min-hyun (Hangul: 황민현) on (1995-08-09) August 9, 1995 (age 21)
  • Ren (Hangul: 렌) was born Choi Min-ki (Hangul: 최민기) on (1995-11-03) November 3, 1995 (age 21)[32]


  • Re:Birth (2014)
  • Bridge the World (2015)


Reality television[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

Drama and film[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

Concerts and tours[edit]

  • 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)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Disc Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Result Ref
Best Single
Nominated [citation needed]
Most Popular Artist
New Rising Star

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Result Ref
Best Rookie Award
Nominated [33]
Popularity Award

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Award Nominated Work Result
Arirang's Simply K-Pop Awards
Super Rookie Idol[33]
Migu Music Awards
Best Potential Group


  1. ^ Excerpt: ‘W’는 ‘기다리다’라는 뜻을 가진 영문 ‘Wait’에서 따온 것이다. 멤버 민현을 기다리고, 뉴이스트를 기다려준 팬들을 위한 뉴이스트 W 유닛 활동으로 JR, 아론, 백호, 렌 총 4명 멤버가 어떤 새로운 모습을 선보일지에 대한 귀추 또한 주목된다.[30]


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