TRAX (band)

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TRAX
Also known as The TRAX
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2004–2012 (on hiatus)
Labels
Associated acts
Website Official site
Members
  • Jay Kim (Typhoon)
  • Kim Jung-mo (X-Mas)
Past members

TRAX (Hangul: 트랙스; formerly The TRAX, an acronym of Typhoon of the Rose Attack on X-Mas) is a South Korean rock band formed in 2004 by S.M. Entertainment, and formerly produced by X Japan's co-founder Yoshiki. The band's name also refers to recording "tracks". The group currently consists of two members; Jay Kim (Typhoon) and Kim Jung-mo (X-Mas).

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

The TRAX members Typhoon, Rose, and Attack first appeared in the "2002 Survival Audition HeeJun vs. KangTa Battle of the Century" along with former TVXQ member Xiah Junsu and Super Junior's Sungmin and Eunhyuk.[citation needed] The band made their first public appearance in BoA's eleventh single "Rock With You" in December 2003.

2004–07: Debut and First Rain[edit]

TRAX released their debut single "Paradox" on July 20, 2004. They held their first concert on July 26 at Ziller Hall and held their second concert on July 31.

Their second single "Scorpio" was released in Japan on November 14 by Avex Trax and in Korea on November 17 by S.M. Entertainment, with six tracks on the South Korean release and four tracks in Japan. They also featured on TVXQ's first two albums, Tri-Angle and Rising Sun.

TRAX released their second Japanese single "Rhapsody" on April 20, 2005, followed by their third Japanese single, "Blaze Away", released on September 14.

On May 10, 2006, the drummer No Min-woo (Rose) left the band to pursue other interests and the band continued promoting as a trio. TRAX returned to Korea and released their first studio album First Rain on July 20. Their fourth Japanese single "Resolution" was released on August 3.

They released their fifth Japanese single, "Cold Rain", on January 24, 2007. Shortly after this, the bassist Kang Jung-woo (Attack) also left the group.

2008–10: Cold-Hearted Man and Oh! My Goddess[edit]

In late 2008, vocalist Typhoon and guitarist X-Mas joined Super Junior members Heechul and Kangin as regulars in Mnet's television series Band of Brothers.[citation needed] In 2009, X-Mas was also cast on a short-lived show called Oppa Band along with Super Junior member Sungmin.[citation needed]

They released a digital single as a project band called TRAX+Air[1] for the Korean drama Swallow the Sun.

They released the mini album Cold-Hearted Man on January 25, 2010. It contains songs written and composed by both Typhoon and X-Mas, and features artists such as SHINee's Key, Wheesung and T-MAX's Shin Min-chul.[2] The music video for the lead single "Let You Go" starred Super Junior's Heechul and f(x)'s Victoria.

In August 2010, TRAX became a special guest for Super Junior's third Asian tour, Super Show 3 in some tour dates, performing on the bridge of the song "Don't Don". TRAX's second mini-album Oh! My Goddess was released on September 6, 2010. The music video featured Girl's Generation's Seohyun.[citation needed]

They also sang the song "Tell Me Your Love" for KBS's drama Mary Stayed Out All Night, featuring Moon Geun-young and Jang Keun-suk.[citation needed]

2011–12: M&D, Blind, and hiatus[edit]

In 2011, X-Mas joined his label mate Heechul to form the project group M&D. M&D's first title track "뭘봐 (Close Ur Mouth/What Are You Looking At?)" was released on June 22.

Typhoon was featured on the track "CRAZY" on TVXQ's fifth album, Keep Your Head Down.

TRAX's third mini album Blind was released on November 10, 2011.

On 26 March 2012, Typhoon (Jay Kim) enlisted for two years of mandatory military service. He received four weeks of basic military training in Busan and then continued to serve as a public service worker.[3] X-Mas (Kim Jung-mo) enlisted seven months later, on 25 October 2012. They were originally schedule to enlist together, but Jung-mo's scoliosis condition and a fractured collarbone delayed his enlistment. He served non-active duty as a public service worker for 23 months after completing four weeks of basic training.[4] Due to the bandmembers' enlistment in the military, the group went on an indefinite hiatus.

2015–present: SM Town[edit]

In July 2015, TRAX performed together again at the SM Town Live World Tour IV in Japan, and at the SM Town Live World Tour V in 2016.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Typhoon (Kim Kyun-woo; Hangul: 김견우)– Leader, vocals
  • X-Mas (Kim Jung-mo; Hangul: 김정모)– Guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Rose (No Min-woo; Hangul: 노민우)– Drums
  • Attack (Kang Jung-woo; Hangul: 강정우)– Bass

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[5]
First Rain 19[A]
  • KOR: 5,230[6]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions
KOR
[5][B]
Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (가슴이 차가운 남자, "Cold-Hearted Man")
  • Released: January 25, 2010 (KOR)
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
40
O! Naui Yeosinnim (오! 나의 여신님, "Oh! My Goddess")
  • Released: September 6, 2010 (KOR)
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
Changmun (창문, "Blind")
  • Released: November 10, 2011 (KOR)
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[C]
JPN
[13]
Korean
"Paradox" 2004 First Rain
"Scorpio"
"Cold Rain (初雨)" 2007
"Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (Let You Go)" 2010 31 Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja
"O! Naui Yeosinnim (Oh! My Goddess)" 30 O! Naui Yeosinnim
"Changmun (Blind)" 2011 115 Changmun
Japanese
"Scorpio" 2004 28 Non-album singles
"Rhapsody" 2005 95 Non-album singles
"Blaze Away" 129 Non-album singles
"Resolution" 2006 Non-album singles
"Find the Way" 2007 189 Non-album singles

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
KOR
2004 "Tri-Angle" (TVXQ Ft. BoA & TRAX) Tri-Angle
2005 "Free Your Mind" (TVXQ Ft. TRAX) Rising Sun
2006 "태양은 가득히 (Red Sun)" (SM xTOWN) '06 SUMMER SMTOWN
"너없이 (Without You)"
"Go! Go!" Hyena OST
"My Tears"
"Snow Dream" (SM TOWN) 2006 Winter SMTown – Snow Dream
"Alone"
2007 "Angels" (Ballad Version) Billy Jean Look at Me O.S.T.
2011 "Crazy" (TVXQ ft. Jay of TRAX) Keep Your Head Down
"Like a Dream" Winter: The Warmest Gift
2012 "Haneul-a" (하늘아, "Heavens") God of War OST


Tours and concerts[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • TRAX 1st Concert (July 24, 2004)
  • TRAX 2nd Concert (July 31, 2004)

SM Town[edit]

Related publications[edit]

  • 1st Story Book - BLAST (December 1, 2004)

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2004 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rock Video "Paradox"[16] Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[6]
  2. ^ Week references for Gaon: Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja,[7] O! Naui Yeosinnim,[8] Changmun.[9]
  3. ^ Week references for Gaon: "Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (Let You Go)",[10] "O! Naui Yeosinnim (Oh! My Goddess)",[11] "Changmun (Blind)".[12]
  4. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[14]
  5. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trax + Air Unite
  2. ^ Official Website, "Album Info"
  3. ^ Hong, Lucia (22 March 2012). "TRAX Jay to enter military next week". 10 Asia. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (4 October 2012). "TRAX's Jung Mo to Enlist in the Army". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "2006.07월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [July 2006 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2006. Archived from the original on October 24, 2006. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2010년 10주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2010년 38주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010년 47주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2010년 09주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2010년 38주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "2011년 48주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "TRAXのリリース一覧" [List of Trax's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2004.07월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [July 2004 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2004. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2004.12월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [December 2004 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2005. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "2004 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-25.

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