The8

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Xu Minghao
The8 leaving a Music Bank recording in December 2016.jpg
The8 in 2016
Native name
徐明浩
Born (1997-11-07) 7 November 1997 (age 21)
Other namesThe8
Occupation
  • Singer
  • dancer
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated acts
Chinese name
Chinese

Xu Minghao (Chinese: 徐明浩; Korean: 서명호; born 7 November 1997), known by his stage name The8, is a Chinese singer based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Seventeen and its sub-unit "Performance Unit" under Pledis Entertainment. In 2019 he served as one of the two dance coaches (alongside Jolin Tsai) in the Chinese survival show Idol Producer 2.

Early life and education[edit]

The8 was born in Anshan, Liaoning, China on 7 November 1997. He attended Beijing Contemporary Music Academy.[1]

Career[edit]

2008–2014: Pre-debut[edit]

In 2008, The8 appeared on the Chinese program CCTV Variety Show, in 2010 he also appeared on the Chinese program Day Day Up. In 2012 he participated in the 6th Shanghai World Dance Competition held from April 27th to 30th. He placed in the top 8.[2]

He made his first appearance on Seventeen TV in late 2014.[3]

2015–present: Debut with Seventeen and solo activities[edit]

In 2015, The8 debuted with the South Korea boy band, Seventeen. Their first EP 17 Carat was digitally released on May 29.[4]

After debuting with Seventeen, The8 also landed a television role in Real Class - Elementary School in 2017.
On December 12, 2017, Pledis Entertainment announced that The8 would be suspending his promotional activities due to a waist injury. [5] It was not until the release of revised album "Directors Cut" that he return to promotions.

In 2018, The8, along with his bandmate Wen Junhui, participated in the Chinese reality TV show Chao Yin Zhan Ji (潮音战绩). In 2019 he served as one of the two dance coaches (alongside Jolin Tsai) in the Chinese survival show Idol Producer 2.[6][7]

The8 made his solo debut on 9 June 2019 with the single, "Dreams Come True". The choreography video for the single was released on Seventeen's official YouTube channel.[8]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
CHN
[9]
KOR
"Dreams Come True" 2019 TBA Non-album singles
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010 Day Day Up Hunan Satellite TV Cast member
2017 Real Class - Elementary School SBS Cast member
2018 潮音戰紀 Tencent Cast member
2019 Idol Producer 2 iQiyi Dance mentor
2019 Day Day Up Hunan Satellite TV Cast member

Music credits[edit]

All credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association, unless stated otherwise.[10]

Year Artist Song Album Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2016 Seventeen "Highlight" (Performance Team) Going Seventeen Yes Bumzu, Hoshi, Dino, Jun, Lee Yoo-jung No N/A
2017 "MY I" (Jun & The8) Al1 Yes Bumzu, Jun No N/A
"Without You" (모자를 눌러 쓰고) Teen, Age Yes Woozi, Bumzu, S.Coups, Jeonghan, Hoshi, Mingyu, DK, Vernon, Dino No N/A
"Flower" (S.Coups, Seungkwan, Wonwoo, The8, Jeonghan, Dino) Yes Bumzu, S.Coups, Wonwoo, Dino, Seungkwan, Jeonghan, Woozi No N/A
"Campfire" (캠프파이어) Yes Woozi, Bumzu, S.Coups, Jeonghan, Wonwoo, Mingyu, DK, Seungkwan, Vernon No N/A
2018 "Oh My!" (Chinese Version) Non-album release Yes Bumzu, S.coups, Woozi, Vernon No N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "徐明浩个人资料". 365 Music. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  2. ^ "Seventeen Resume". KukiNews. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  3. ^ "[ETC] SEVENTEEN's Christmas Party". YouTube. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (2015-05-30). "Here's What a 13-Member K-Pop Boy Band Looks Like: Watch 'Adore U' by Seventeen". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  5. ^ "SEVENTEEN 成員 The 8 因腰傷暫停活動 暫時以 12 人形式活動!". koreastardaily. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  6. ^ Shi Keying 施可瑩 (2018-12-21). "【青春有你】The 8@SEVENTEEN加入做導師 同蔡依林一齊教跳舞". HK01 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  7. ^ "97年的徐明浩凭什么可以当《青春有你》的教练?". Phoenix TV. 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  8. ^ "세븐틴 '디에잇(The8)' 중국에서 신곡 발표 '꿈은 이루어진다'". The Preview. 2019-06-10. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  9. ^ "Billboard China Top 100". Billboard China (in Chinese). Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "KOMCA (search 10013922 for The8)". Korea Music Copyright Association.

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