The Boyz (South Korean band)

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The Boyz
The Boyz at the Dream Concert event on May 18, 2019.jpg
The Boyz in May 2018
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop
Years active2017 (2017)–present
Labels
Members
  • Sangyeon
  • Jacob
  • Younghoon
  • Hyunjae
  • Juyeon
  • Kevin
  • New
  • Q
  • Ju Haknyeon
  • Sunwoo
  • Eric
Past members
Websitetheboyz.kr

The Boyz (Korean더보이즈) is a South Korean boy band formed and managed by IST Entertainment. The group debuted on December 6, 2017, with the lead single "Boy" from their debut EP The First. The group is composed of Sangyeon, Jacob, Younghoon, Hyunjae, Juyeon, Kevin, New, Q, Ju Haknyeon, Sunwoo and Eric, and previously Hwall until his departure from the group in October 2019.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

In 2016 and early 2017, various members appeared in different artists' music videos, as cameos or lead roles.[2][3] Kevin was first introduced to the public as a contestant on Kpop Star 6, where he was eliminated early in the competition. Following this, he had the chance to release an OST for the drama Saimdang, Light's Diary in April 2017.[4] Sunwoo became a contestant on High School Rapper in January 2017, where he was also eliminated early in the competition.[5][6] In March 2017, Ju Haknyeon participated in Produce 101 and reached 19th place during the final episode.[7]

On July 4, the group was first announced as Cre.kerz, through the agency's social medias.[8] On July 18, their official name was revealed.[9] From August 23 to October 11, their first reality show Flower Snack aired, resulting in the release of the song "I'm Your Boy".[10][11][12] They held their first fanmeeting "Heart to Heart" for 1,000 fans on October 28.[13]

In November, the twelve members signed contracts as exclusive models for the school uniform brand Skoolooks, as well as the cosmetic brand Siero Cosmetic.[14][15]

On December 4, Cre.ker Entertainment confirmed that the group had signed a contract with Sony Music for their Japan promotions.[16]

2017–2018: Debut with The First, The Start, The Sphere and The Only[edit]

On December 6, The Boyz officially debuted with the release of their first extended play The First and its lead single "Boy".[17] From February 12 to March 15, their second reality show The 100 aired on V Live.[18] As the result of this show, they held an online mini-concert on March 23.[19] Sangyeon had his first fixed cast appearance on the show We are the One that aired from February 26 until its cancellation on March 26.[20][21] The Boyz were invited to perform at the 12th Asian Film Awards on March 17 in Macau, their first overseas performance.[22]

The group released their second extended play The Start and its lead single "Giddy Up" on April 3, 2018.[23] Due to health problems, Hwall couldn't promote with the group and subsequently had to halt all activities for three months.[24]

The twelve members, with Hwall back from his hiatus, released a special digital single titled "Keeper" on July 12, which was produced by Block B's Park Kyung.[25][26] On July 24, they won their first "Rookie Award" during the Korea Brand Awards.[27]

The group appeared on the reality show Happy Arrived At Our House that aimed to raise awareness of the problem of abandoned street dogs in Korea. They temporarily took care of two puppies until they were found a home.[28]

On August 30, the group won another "Rookie Award" at the Soribada Best K-Music Awards.[29] On September 5, they made their first comeback in 5 months with the single The Sphere and the song "Right Here".[30]

The group released their third extended play The Only and its lead single "No Air" on November 29, 2018.[31]

On December 1, the group won another "Best New Male Artist Award" at the 2018 Melon Music Awards.[32]

2019: Bloom Bloom, Dreamlike, Japanese debut, and Hwall's departure[edit]

The group released their second single album Bloom Bloom and its lead single "Bloom Bloom" on April 29.[33]

On May 7, The Boyz received their first-ever music show win on SBS MTV's The Show.[34]

The group released their fourth extended play Dreamlike and its lead single "D.D.D" on August 19.[35]

On October 23, Hwall officially left the group due to health issues and pursued a solo and acting career afterwards.[36]

On November 6, The Boyz officially debuted in Japan with the release of their first Japanese extended play Tattoo and its lead single with the same name.[37]

On December 6, the group released a special digital single titled "White (화이트)" to commemorate their second anniversary.[38] Between December 11 and 20, the group toured in Berlin, Paris, London, and Amsterdam as part of their European tour titled Dreamlike.[39]

2020: Reveal, Road to Kingdom, and Chase[edit]

On February 10, the group released their first studio album Reveal and its lead single "Reveal".[40]

On March 20, it was announced that the group will join Mnet's reality television competition Road to Kingdom.[41] On June 12, they released their new song "Checkmate" for the show's finale. The group eventually finished in first place, winning the show and securing a spot in upcoming Mnet program Kingdom: Legendary War.[42]

On September 21, the group released their fifth extended play Chase and its lead single "The Stealer".[43]

On December 7, the group released a special digital single titled "Christmassy!", to commemorate their third anniversary with 'The Azit: 永華' promotions.[44]

2021: Breaking Dawn, Kingdom: Legendary War, Thrill-ing and Maverick[edit]

On January 12, it was announced that the group will release their first Japanese studio album Breaking Dawn on March 17.[45][46]

The Boyz participated in Kingdom: Legendary War, starting from April 2021, where the group finished in second place.[47]

On July 11, The Boyz released the promotional single "Drink It" through Universe Music for the mobile application, Universe.[48]

On August 9, The Boyz returned with their sixth extended play Thrill-ing with the lead single "Thrill Ride".[49]

On September 17, Kakao Entertainment announced The Boyz's company, Cre.ker Entertainment and PlayM Entertainment, will merge to launch a new integrated label.[50]

On November 1, The Boyz made their comeback with their third single album Maverick with the lead single of the same name.[51]

On December 6, the group released a special digital single titled "Candles", to commemorate their fourth anniversary.[52]

2022–present: She's the Boss and Be Aware[edit]

On May 27, 2022, The Boyz released their second Japanese extended play She's the Boss, the first release under their new label, Universal Music IST.[53]

On June 17, The Boyz released their second promotional single "Sweet" through Universe.[54]

On August 16, The Boyz released their seventh extended play Be Aware.[55]

On August 30, it was announced that Sunwoo would be suspending activities due to health issues.[56]

Members[edit]

Adapted from their Naver profile and official website.[57][58]

Current

  • Sangyeon (상연) – leader, vocalist[59]
  • Jacob (제이콥) – vocalist
  • Younghoon (영훈) – vocalist
  • Hyunjae (현재) – vocalist
  • Juyeon (주연) – dancer, vocalist[60]
  • Kevin (케빈) – vocalist[61]
  • New () – vocalist[62]
  • Q () – dancer, vocalist[61][63]
  • Ju Haknyeon (주학년) – dancer, vocalist[64]
  • Sunwoo (선우) – rapper
  • Eric (에릭) – rapper, vocalist, dancer [63]

Former

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[65]
JPN
[66]
JPN Hot
[67]
Reveal 1 32
Breaking Dawn
  • Released: March 17, 2021 (JPN)
  • Label: Ariola Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
4 4
  • JPN: 20,075 (Phy.)[70]

Soundtrack albums[edit]

List of soundtrack albums, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[65]
"Solo Leveling" Webtoon OST Echo
  • Released: March 18, 2022 (KOR)
  • Label: D&C Webtoon Biz
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
10

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
[A]
KOR
[65]
JPN
[73]
JPN
Hot

[74]
The First
  • Released: December 6, 2017 (KOR)
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. "Intro"
  2. "Boy" (소년)
  3. "Walkin' in Time" (시간이 안 지나가)
  4. "Got It" (있어)
  5. "I'm Your Boy"
  6. "Boy" (소년) (Inst.)
3 120 N/A
The Start
  • Released: April 3, 2018 (KOR)
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. "The Start"
  2. "Giddy Up"
  3. "Text Me Back"
  4. "Just U"
  5. "Back 2 U"
  6. "Get It"
2 56
The Only
  • Released: November 29, 2018 (KOR)
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
3 39
Dreamlike
  • Released: August 19, 2019 (KOR)
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
2 18
Tattoo
  • Released: November 6, 2019 (JPN)
  • Label: Ariola Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
2 4
Chase
  • Released: September 21, 2020 (KOR)
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
2 21
Thrill-ing
  • Released: August 9, 2021 (KOR)
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
1 8
  • KMCA: 2× Platinum[88]
She's the Boss
  • Released: May 27, 2022 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal Music IST
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. "She's the Boss"
  2. "Toxic Love"
  3. "Why Why Why"
  4. "Don't Cry"
  5. "One Dance"
  6. "Always Together"
3 4
  • JPN: 35,088 (Phy.)[89]
Be Aware
  • Released: August 16, 2022 (KOR)
  • Label: IST Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
1 21
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that area.

Single albums[edit]

List of single albums, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[65]
The Sphere
  • Released: September 5, 2018
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. "Right Here"
  2. "L.O.U"
  3. "Keeper" (지킬게) (Prod. Park Kyung)
4
Bloom Bloom
  • Released: April 29, 2019
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
2
Maverick
  • Released: November 1, 2021
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
1
All About You
  • Released: December 6, 2022
  • Label: IST Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
1
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that area.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
KOR HUN
[95]
US
World

[96]
Circle
[97]
Hot
[98]
Korean
"Boy" (소년) 2017 The First
"Giddy Up" 2018 The Start
"Keeper" (지킬게) The Sphere
"Right Here"
"No Air" 86 The Only
"Bloom Bloom" 2019 74 Bloom Bloom
"D.D.D" Dreamlike
"White" (화이트) Non-album single
"Reveal" 2020 Reveal
"The Stealer" 46 86 Chase
"Christmassy!" [B] Non-album single
"Thrill Ride" 2021 11 81 Thrill-ing
"Maverick" 6 12 13 Maverick
"Candles" [C] Non-album single
"Timeless" 2022 Be Aware
"Whisper" 18
Japanese
"Tattoo" 2019 Tattoo
"Breaking Dawn" 2021 Breaking Dawn
"She's the Boss" 2022 She's the Boss
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that area.

Other releases[edit]

Title Year Peak
chart
position
Album
KOR
Promotional single
"Drink It"[D] 2021 [E] Non-album singles
"Sweet"[F] 2022 [G]
Soundtrack appearances
"Priority" (우선순위)[H] 2021 [I] Run On OST Part 7
"Will Be" (지금처럼) [J] Racket Boys OST Part 1
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that area.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Gaon
[97]
Hot
[98]
"Checkmate" 2020 134 90 Road to Kingdom Final
"Kingdom Come" 2021 37 7 Kingdom Final: Who is the King?

Filmography[edit]

Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Note(s)
2017 Flower Snack
2018–2019 Come On! The Boyz Come On! The Boyz
Come On! The Boyz – What's Your No.
Come On! The Boyz – Summer Vacation RPG Edition
Come On! The Boyz School
Come On! The Boyz in NY
2018 THE 100 V_Live[105]
Our Happy Home
Switch
Thumping Travel
2018–2020 Otoseyo
2020 Are You Hungry?
Road to Kingdom Winner
2021 Kingdom: Legendary War 2nd Place
Chemi-mate ZZG The Boyz[106] Universe
SSAP-DANCE The Boyz[107]
The Blood: Death Match[108]
DND(Do Not Disturb)[109]
Fitness Bboyz[110]
The Boyz : Time Out[111]
2022 Immersive The Boyz[112] Universe
Outing! The Boyz Come On! The Boyz in GOD-SAENG[113]
The Boyz's Heaven and Hell[114]

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"I'm Your Boy" 2017 Choi Young-ji, Kim Mi-hye
(Purple Straw Film)
[115]
"Boy" (소년) Naive Creative Production [17]
"Walkin' In Time" (시간이 안 지나가) 2018 Roh Sang-yoon
(Haus of Team/filmbyteam)
[116]
"Giddy Up" Naive Creative Production [23]
"Keeper" (지킬게) Kim Ja-kyoung (Flexible Pictures) [117]
"Right Here"
"No Air" Yoo Sung-kyun
(Sunny Visual)
[118]
"Bloom Bloom" 2019 Shin Hee-won
(ST-WT)
[119]
"D.D.D" Zanybros [120]
"Tattoo" WOOJE KIM
(ETUI Collective)
[121]
"White" (화이트) Un­known
"Reveal" 2020 Jo Beom-jin
(VM Project)
[122]
"The Stealer" Roh Sang-yoon, Jeong Hae-one
(Haus of Team/filmbyteam)
[123]
"Christmassy! [124]
"Breaking Dawn" 2021 OUI KIM [125]
"Drink It" Shin Hee-won
(ST-WT)
[126]
"Thrill Ride" Roh Sang-yoon,Jeong Hae-one
(Haus of Team)
[127]
"Maverick" [128]
"Echo" 2022 Zanybros [129]
"She's The Boss" Un­known
"Sweet" 725
(SL8 Visual Lab)
[130]
"Timeless" Lee Joon-mo
(Haesumok)
[131]
"Whisper" Yeom Woo-jin [132]
"Last Man Standing" ILLUMIN [133]
"All About You" Jan‘Qui [134]

Concerts and tours[edit]

Headlining tours[edit]

World tours

  • The Boyz First World Tour "The B-Zone" (2022)[135]

Europe tours

  • First Europe Tour "Dreamlike" (2019)[136]

Japan tours

  • The Boyz Japan Tour The B-Zone (2022)[137]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In April 2018, Gaon Music Chart introduced music recording certifications for albums, downloads, and streamings that were released and licensed in Korea starting from January 2018 onward.[72]
  2. ^ "Christmassy!" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 34 on Gaon Download Chart.[99]
  3. ^ "Candles" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 60 on Gaon Download Chart.[100]
  4. ^ "Drink It" was released as a promotional single in collaboration with Universe.
  5. ^ "Drink It" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 57 on Gaon Download Chart.[101]
  6. ^ "Sweet" was released as a promotional single in collaboration with Universe.
  7. ^ "Sweet" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 97 on Gaon Download Chart.[102]
  8. ^ Credited as a song by The Boyz, but sung by Hyunjae, New, and Sunwoo.
  9. ^ "Priority" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 37 on Gaon Download Chart.[103]
  10. ^ "Will Be" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 121 on Gaon Download Chart.[104]

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