Speed (South Korean band)

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Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2012 (2012)–2016
Associated acts
Website SPEED Official Website
Past members

Speed (Korean: 스피드; commonly stylized as SPEED) was a South Korean boy group formed by MBK Entertainment (formerly known as Core Contents Media) in 2012. The group was formerly Coed School's male unit until they became an independent group in 2013. In late 2015, MBK Entertainment removed their profile page from the official website and it was reported that the group was disbanded.


2011–2012: Formation and debut[edit]

In 2011, Core Contents Media announced that they would be dividing Co-Ed School into two sub-units. The first unit consisted of the original five Co-Ed School female members and one new member; together they would form 5Dolls (commonly stylized as F-ve Dolls). They debuted in 2011.

The second unit consisted of the original Co-Ed School male members Kangho, Kwanghaeng, Jungwoo, Taewoon, Noori and Sungmin.

On November 4, 2011, it was announced that member Kangho had withdrawn from the group to focus on an acting career.[1] Core Contents Media also announced Superstar K3 contestant Shin Jongkook would replace Kangho.

In January 2012, Core Contents Media revealed the second sub-unit's name would be Speed (commonly stylized as SPEED).[2] The group released a single album, Hommage to Lovely-Dovey, with the title track "Lovey Dovey-Plus" on February 14. The song was a remake of T-ara's hit "Lovey Dovey". The music video featured Ryu Hwayoung and Ryu Hyoyoung.[3] On February 14, Speed made their first live performance with the song "Lovey Dovey-Plus" on Music Bank.[4] Sejun was added to the unit a few days later.

In early 2012, Core Contents Media moved Co-Ed School and its sub-units to their subsidiary label GM Contents Media. Near the end of 2012, the group was moved back to the main label Core Contents Media, along with F-ve Dolls.

Members Kwanghaeng and Noori left the group in September, and were replaced by Yuhwan and Taeha in October.

2013: Superior Speed[edit]

In late December 2012, Core Contents Media announced that Speed would release an album entitled Superior SPEED.

The group pre-released a single album, Speed of Light, with title track "Sad Promise" on January 7 along with two music videos to the song, a dance version and a drama version. The dance version starred Davichi's Kang Minkyung,[5] and the drama version starred Park Bo-young, A Pink's Naeun, Ji Chang-wook, and Ha Seok-jin.[6][7][8]

On January 15, Speed released their debut album, Superior SPEED, and its title track "It's Over". "It's Over" also got both a dance version music video and a drama version music video.[9] The song was produced by Shinsadong Tiger.[10]

On February 20, Speed made a comeback with a repackage of their debut album entitled Blow Speed, with the title track "Pain the Love of Heart", also known as just "Pain".[11]

In mid-2013, Core Contents Media stated in an interview that they had no plans for Co-Ed School to reform again as both of the sub-units had grown and changed their line-ups to become independent groups.

2014: Mini concert and Speed Circus[edit]

Speed held a showcase in Mongolia. From February 3–7, 2014, they performed at UNIQOL AX Hall to promote the release of their upcoming mini-album 'Speed Circus'. The group performed six songs, and had three guest-stars. Shannon and Dani sang two songs during the intermission and F-ve Dolls's Hyewon danced with SPEED during their song 'Hey Ma Lady'. The showcase aired on February 17 on SBS MTV.[12]

Speed first mini album Speed Circus was released on February 18. Taewoon also took charge in most of the writing, composing, and producing of the album, and the group gave a lot of direct input in their choreography.[13] Alongside the album, Speed released two music videos "Don't Tease Me" and 'Why I'm Not'.[14] Taewoon's solo track 'Focus' was also included in the mini album.[15]

Speed also released a repackaged edition called Look at Me Now with three additional tracks. They released the music video for 'Zombie Party' on March 18, featuring Shannon. On April 3 they posted the music video to 'Look At Me Now'.[16]

2015–2016: Line-up change, Speed On, disbandment[edit]

In January 2015, MBK Entertainment announced that Speed would have their comeback this spring with two additional members.[17]

In March 2015, leader Taewoon announced his departure from the group, making SPEED an 8-member group with upcoming additional members.[18]

Their new member KI-O was first revealed to the public with his participation in the winter project single "Don't Forget Me" alongside Speed members Sejun and Jongkook, members of The SeeYa, T-ARA and Former F-ve Dolls member Cho Seunghee in February. He also featured in Elsie's (T-ARA's Eunjung) music video and performances of her solo debut song "I'm Good", which originally featured K.Will.

On June 1, 2015, SPEED released their 2nd mini-album SPEED ON. Later that day their music video for "What U" was revealed, featuring new member KI-O. Yuhwan had taken over as SPEED's new leader after Taewoon's departure.

In November 2015, MBK Entertainment removed the group's profile page from their official website, signifying the group had possibly disbanded.[19] MBK has not confirmed these reports.

On January 27, 2016, Jungwoo announced via his social media that his contract had expired with MBK Entertainment. One day later, Sejun also announced via social media that he left SPEED to pursue his acting career while still signed under MBK Entertainment. In June 2016, Taeha made his solo debut as IONE, while Sungmin signed with Star Camp 202 to pursue his acting career.


Past members[edit]

  • Kwanghaeng (광행)
  • Jungwoo (정우)
  • Taewoon (태운)
  • Yuhwan (유환)
  • Taeha (태하)
  • Noori (누리)
  • Jongkook (종국)
  • Sejun (세준)
  • KI-O (키오)
  • Sungmin (성민)





Single albums

  • Hommage to Lovey-Dovey (2012)
  • Speed of Light (2013)

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
Hot 100

"Lovey-Dovey Plus" 2012 N/A Hommage to Lovey-Dovey
"슬픈약속 (That's My Fault)" 2013 20 N/A
  • KOR: 117,080+
Superior Speed
"It's Over" 43 N/A
  • KOR: 117,607+
"통증 (Pain, The Love of Heart)" 76 N/A
  • KOR: 35,829+
Blow Speed
"Focus" 2014 N/A
  • KOR:
Speed Circus
"왜 난 꼭 (Why I'm Not)" N/A
  • KOR:
"놀리러 간다! (Don't Tease Me!)" N/A
  • KOR: 16,110+
"Zombie Party!" N/A
  • KOR:
Look At Me Now
"Look At Me Now" N/A
  • KOR:
"What U" 2015 N/A
  • KOR:
Speed On
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and discontinued in July 2014.


Variety/Reality show[edit]

Year Title Network Note
2013 SPEED's Dreaming Polaris Mnet SPEED's Reality documentaries


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Length Notes
2012 Lovey Dovey Plus Ver.1 4:10 Features ex-T-ara Ryu Hwayoung and 5dolls's Ryu Hyoyoung.
Lovey Dovey Plus Ver.2 4:16 Features ex-T-ara Ryu Hwayoung and 5dolls's Ryu Hyoyoung.
2013 슬픈약속 "That's My Fault" (Drama Ver.) 13:17 Drama version features Park Bo-young, A Pink's Naeun, Ji Chang-wook, and Ha Seok-jin.
슬픈약속 "That's My Fault" (Dance Ver.) 4:18 Featuring Davichi's Kang Minkyung
It's Over (Drama Ver.) 14:30 Drama version features Park Bo-young, A Pink's Naeun, Ji Chang-wook, and Ha Seok-jin.
It's Over (Dance Ver.) 3:36 Featuring Actress Park Bo-young.
Never Say Goodbye 1:30
통증 (Pain)훌렁 휴양과 3:31
2014 Focus 2:29 Tae-woon Solo.
왜 난 꼭 (Why I'm Not?) 3:52 Starring model Hwang Hyunjoo
눌리러 간다 (Don't Tease Me!) 3:58 Performance in Showcase.
좀비파티 (Zombie Party) 4:12 Starring singer Shannon Williams
Look At Me Now 3:52
2015 What U 3:44

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Nominated work Category Result
2013 Cyworld Digital Music Awards "It's Over" (feat. Park Bo-young) Rookie of the Month (January) Won[22]


  1. ^ (in Korean)'남녀 공학' 합류 신종국, 내년 3 월 팀내 男 유닛 출격 StarNews.
  2. ^ "Co-Ed reveals the name of their male sub-unit". allkpop.com. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  3. ^ (in Korean)남녀공학, 티아라 '러비 더비' 리메이크 '눈길' Naver. January 31, 2012.
  4. ^ (in Korean)[1] "dkpopnews" February 17, 2012.
  5. ^ "SPEED releases "Sad Promise" dance version MV with Davichi's Kang Min Kyung". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  6. ^ "SPEED releases drama version MV for "Sad Promise"". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  7. ^ 스피드 ‘잇츠오버’ 15일(오늘) 정오공개, ★들도 열광한다 왜? (in Korean). eNewsWorld. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  8. ^ 스피드 '잇츠오버' 뮤비 공개, 박보영 오열 '눈길' (in Korean). Joins. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "[Updated] SPEED releases drama and dance version MVs for "It's Over" + 'Superior SPEED' album". Allkpop. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  11. ^ SPEED release music video for Pain, The Love of Heart Allkpop. February 20, 2013.
  12. ^ (in Korean) 가요계 놀리러간다” 1년만 컴백 스피드, 놀라운 성장(종합) "Newsen". February 12, 2014.
  13. ^ (in Korean) Speed Circus Profile Album "Genie". February 18, 2014.
  14. ^ "SPEED release MVs for 'Why I'm Not?' and 'Don't Tease Me' from mini-album 'SPEED Circus'". allkpop.com. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  15. ^ (in Korean) 스피드 태운, 美힙합가수 레이제이와 작업 ‘Focus’ 공개 Newsen. February 17, 2014.
  16. ^ "SPEED Is Back with a New MV, "Look at Me Now"". Soompi. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  17. ^ "SPEED depart for LA to prepare for their comeback with two new members". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Taewoon confirmedto go solo,starting with 'Show Me the Money' + SPEED prepare for comeback with new member(s)". Allkpop.com. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  19. ^ "Have SPEED and The Seeya disbanded?". Allkpop. November 25, 2015.
  20. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  21. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  22. ^ (in English)"Cyworld Digital Music Awards - Rookie Of The Month (January)". cyworld.

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