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Seventeen (band)

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Seventeen going to a recording of Music Bank in May 2016.
From left: Jun, Vernon, DK, Seungkwan, Hoshi, Joshua, S.Coups, Woozi, Wonwoo, Jeonghan, The8, Dino, Mingyu
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2015 (2015)–present
Labels Pledis Entertainment
  • S.Coups
  • Jeonghan
  • Joshua
  • Jun
  • Hoshi
  • Wonwoo
  • Woozi
  • DK
  • Mingyu
  • The8
  • Seungkwan
  • Vernon
  • Dino

Seventeen (Hangul세븐틴), also stylized as SEVENTEEN or SVT, is a South Korean boy group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2015. The group consists of thirteen members who are separated into three sub-units, each with different areas of specialization: a 'Hip-Hop Unit', 'Vocal Unit', and 'Performance Unit'. They have released one studio album and four extended plays.

The group's members have been deeply involved in the composition and production of their discography and choreography since debut, leading to the nickname "self-producing" idol group.[1][2]



Seventeen TV

Starting in 2013 Seventeen appeared in regular live broadcasts of a show called Seventeen TV on the online streaming platform UStream. During broadcasts fans were invited to watch Seventeen training in their practice room. The show had multiple seasons during which the trainees were introduced to the public, with some seasons ending in Like Seventeen concerts.[3][4][5]

Big Debut Plan

Prior to debut, Seventeen also appeared in the reality TV show Seventeen Project: Big Debut Plan, broadcast on MBC between May 2–26, 2015. The show was concluded with the group's debut showcase which featured songs that had been written and performed by sub-units in previous episodes.[6]

2015: Debut with 17 Carat and Boys Be

Seventeen performing at the 2015 Summer K-POP Festival at the Seoul Plaza.

Seventeen debuted on May 26 with a live showcase televised by broadcasting network MBC. They were the first male K-pop group to debut with a one-hour live showcase on a major broadcasting channel, with label-mates Lizzy and Raina serving as MCs.[7] Three days later, their first EP 17 Carat was digitally released, along with the music video for the title track "Adore U".[8] 17 Carat became the longest-charting K-pop album of the year in the US[9] and was the only rookie album to appear on Billboard's "10 Best K-pop Albums of 2015" chart.[10][11]

On September 10 their second EP Boys Be was released in two versions, together with the music video for the title track Mansae, which would later become the highest selling rookie album of 2015.[12] The album's success earned the group awards at the Golden Disk Awards, Seoul Music Awards and Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards.[13][14] Seventeen was also the only K-pop group on Billboard's "21 Under 21 2015: Music's Hottest Young Stars" list.[15][16]

Seventeen held a four-date concert series titled 2015 Like Seventeen – Boys Wish from the 24th to the 26th of December as an end-of-year celebration in Seoul.[17] After the concerts' success, Seventeen held two related concerts the following February in 2016, entitled Like Seventeen – Boys Wish Encore Concert.[18] On February 14, the official fanclub name Carat (Hangul: 캐럿) was announced.[19]

2016: Love & Letter, Asia Tour and Going Seventeen

Seventeen's first full-length studio album Love & Letter was released on April 25, 2016. The album was released in 'Love' and 'Letter' versions, similarly to their previous EP Boys Be, which also had two versions. The album charted on the Oricon Weekly Pop Album Charts in Japan besides success on domestic charts.[20][21] Seventeen received their first win on a music show with title track "Pretty U",[22] and the album helped Seventeen onto Gaon's 2016 half-yearly physical album charts as the highest charting rookie group on the list.[23]

Love & Letter was re-released as the album Love & Letter Repackage on July 4.[24][25] Promotions for the lead single "Very Nice" were immediately followed by Seventeen's 1st Asia Tour 2016 Shining Diamonds, which included venues in South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia and China.[26][27]

On December 5, the group released their third EP Going Seventeen in three versions, as opposed to the previously seen two versions.[28] The album debuted atop the Gaon Album Chart and later became Seventeen's best-selling album of the year, despite the December release date.[29][30]

2017: 17 Japan Concert, Al1, 2017 Seventeen Project and Diamond Edge

Seventeen performing "Don't Wanna Cry" at Dream Concert 2017.

Seventeen held six concerts in Japan between February 15–24 named 17 Japan Concert: Say The Name #Seventeen. The concerts attracted a total of 50,000 spectators despite the group not having officially debuted in Japan.[31]

On April 1 Seventeen became the first idol group to have a second season of the show One Fine Day after filming their second appearance during their stay in Japan. Their second season was titled One Fine Day in Japan and was created in collaboration between South Korean broadcaster MBC and Japanese network Music On! TV.[32][33]

Seventeen's fourth EP, Al1, was released on May 22, 2017,[34] reportedly selling over 190,000 copies in its first week alone, putting it in the top ten list for most sales in a first week ever.[35] This album prefaced and inspired 2017 Seventeen Project, a series of videos uploaded to the group's social media accounts such as Youtube and V-Live, depicting the various members in preparation of the album Al1 as well as various other images.[36] 2017 Seventeen Project will also be releasing a total of four singles with music videos: three are to be prequels to Al1 named Before Al1, and the single, Change Up, is to preface a second full album for the group, which is to be released at an as yet unspecified date.[37][38]

The group embarked on their first world tour, 2017 Seventeen 1st World Tour "Diamond Edge", on July 14, during which they are scheduled to visit thirteen cities in Asia and North America.[39]


Hip-Hop Unit

  • S.Coups (Hangul에스쿱스) was born Choi Seung-cheol (Hangul최승철) on (1995-08-08) August 8, 1995 (age 22).[40]
  • Wonwoo was born Jeon Won-woo (Hangul전원우) on (1996-07-17) July 17, 1996 (age 21).
  • Mingyu was born Kim Min-gyu (Hangul김민규) on (1997-04-06) April 6, 1997 (age 20).[41]
  • Vernon (Hangul버논) was born Han-sol Vernon Choi (Hangul최한솔) on (1998-02-18) February 18, 1998 (age 19).[42]

Vocal Unit

  • Jeonghan was born Yoon Jeong-han (Hangul윤정한) on (1995-10-04) October 4, 1995 (age 21).[43]
  • Joshua (Hangul조슈아) was born Joshua Ji-soo Hong (Hangul홍지수) on (1995-12-30) December 30, 1995 (age 21).[44][45]
  • Woozi (Hangul우지) was born Lee Ji-hoon (Hangul이지훈) on (1996-11-22) November 22, 1996 (age 20).[46]
  • DK, also known as Do-kyeom, (Hangul도겸) was born Lee Seok-min (Hangul이석민) on (1997-02-18) February 18, 1997 (age 20).[47]
  • Seungkwan was born Boo Seung-kwan (Hangul부승관) on (1998-01-16) January 16, 1998 (age 19).[48]

Performance Unit

  • Jun (Hangul) was born Wen Jun-hui (Chinese: 文俊辉, Hangul문준휘) on (1996-06-10) June 10, 1996 (age 21).[49]
  • Hoshi (Hangul호시) was born Kwon Soon-young (Hangul권순영) on (1996-06-15) June 15, 1996 (age 21).[50]
  • The8 (Hangul디에잇) was born Xu Ming-hao (Chinese: 徐明浩, Hangul서명호) on (1997-11-07) November 7, 1997 (age 19).[51]
  • Dino (Hangul디노) was born Lee Chan (Hangul이찬) on (1999-02-11) February 11, 1999 (age 18).[52][53]




Year Network Title Member(s)
2015 MBC Big Debut Plan[6] All
2016 Seventeen's One Fine Day[54]
2017 Seventeen's One Fine Day in Japan[55]


Year Title Member
2015 Intouchable (男神执事团)[56] Jun

Concerts and tours

  • Seventeen 1st Asia Tour 2016 Shining Diamonds (2016)
  • 2017 Seventeen 1st World Tour "Diamond Edge" (2017)

Awards and nominations


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