The Boyz (South Korean band)

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The Boyz
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The Boyz in May 2018
Background information
Also known asCre.kerz
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop
Years active2017 (2017)–present
Labels
Websitetheboyz.kr (Korea)
theboyz.jp (Japan)
Members
  • Sangyeon
  • Jacob
  • Younghoon
  • Hyunjae
  • Juyeon
  • Kevin
  • New
  • Q
  • Ju Haknyeon
  • Hwall
  • Sunwoo
  • Eric

The Boyz (Hangul더보이즈; stylized as THE BOYZ; formerly known as Cre.kerz) is a South Korean boy group formed by Cre.ker Entertainment in 2017. The group consists of twelve members: Sangyeon, Jacob, Younghoon, Hyunjae, Juyeon, Kevin, New, Q, Ju Haknyeon, Hwall, Sunwoo, and Eric. They officially debuted on December 6, 2017.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

In 2016 and early 2017, various members appeared in different artists' music videos, as cameos or lead roles.[1][2] 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.[3] Sunwoo became a contestant on High School Rapper in January 2017, where he was also eliminated early in the competition.[4][5] In March 2017, Ju Haknyeon participated in Produce 101 and reached 19th place during the final episode.[6]

On July 4, the group was first announced as Cre.kerz, through the agency's social medias.[7] On July 18, their official name was revealed.[8] From August 23 to October 11, their first reality show Flower Snack aired, resulting in the release of the song "I'm Your Boy".[9][10][11] They held their first fanmeeting "Heart to Heart" for 1,000 fans on October 28.[12]

In November, the twelve members signed contracts as exclusive models for the school uniform brand Skoolooks, as well as the cosmetic brand Siero Cosmetic.[13][14]

On December 4, Cre.ker Entertainment confirmed the group signed a contract with Sony Music for their Japan promotions.[15]

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".[16] From February 12 to March 15, their second reality show The 100 aired on V Live.[17] As the result of this show, they held an online mini-concert on March 23.[18] 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.[19][20] The Boyz were invited to perform at the 12th Asian Film Awards on March 17 in Macau, their first overseas performance. [21]

The group released their second extended play The Start and its lead single "Giddy Up" on April 3, 2018.[22] Due to health problems, Hwall couldn't promote with the group and subsequently had to halt all activities for three months.[23]

The 12 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.[24][25] On July 24, they won their first "Rookie Award" during the Korea Brand Awards.[26]

The group appeared on the reality show Happy Arrived At Our House [27] 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.

On August 30, the group won another "Rookie Award" at the Soribada Best K-Music Awards.[28] On September 5, they made their first comeback in 5 months with the single The Sphere and the song "Right Here".[29]

On September 28, Q was announced as the last dancer to join the Main Dancers of Hallyu, along with other main dancers from boy groups including MONSTA X's Shownu, GOT7's Yugyeom, Seventeen's Hoshi, NCT's Taeyong and NU'EST W's JR. [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: First Asia tour and Bloom Bloom[edit]

In January, Cre.ker announced that The Boyz would be holding their first Asia Tour, named The Boyz Asia fan-con tour "The Castle", with dates in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, and the Philippines.[33]

The group released their second single album Bloom Bloom and its lead single "Bloom Bloom" on April 29, 2019.[34]

On May 7, The Boyz received their first-ever music show win on SBS MTV's The Show.[35]

Members[edit]

Adapted from their Naver profile and official website.[36][37]

  • Sangyeon (Hangul상연) – leader, main vocalist[38]
  • Jacob (제이콥) – vocalist
  • Younghoon (영훈) – vocalist
  • Hyunjae (현재) – lead vocalist
  • Juyeon (주연) – main dancer
  • Kevin (케빈) – main vocalist[39]
  • New () – main vocalist[40]
  • Q () – main dancer[39]
  • Ju Haknyeon (주학년) – dancer
  • Hwall () – lead dancer
  • Sunwoo (선우) – rapper
  • Eric (에릭) – dancer

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[41]
JPN
[42]
The First
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 (inst.)
3 120
The Start
  • Released: April 3, 2018
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
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
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Breath to Breath
  2. No Air
  3. Only ONE
  4. 자각몽 (Lucid Dream)
  5. 36.5° (Melting Heart)
  6. 4ever
3 39
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that area.

Single albums[edit]

List of single albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[41]
JPN
[42]
The Sphere
Track listing
  1. Right Here
  2. L.O.U
  3. 지킬게 (KeePer)
4
Bloom Bloom
  • Release date: April 29, 2019
  • Label: Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Bloom Bloom
  2. 몽중 (Butterfly)
  3. Clover
2
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that area.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
KOR[48]
"Boy" (소년) 2017 [A] The First
"Giddy Up" 2018 [B] The Start
"Keeper" (지킬게) [C] The Sphere
"Right Here" [D]
"No Air" [E] The Only
"Bloom Bloom" 2019 [F] Bloom Bloom
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that area.

Notes

  1. ^ Japanese edition was released on December 20, 2017; Taiwanese edition was released on January 19, 2018.

Filmography[edit]

Reality shows[edit]

  • Flower Snack (2017, MBC Music, MBC every1, 1theK)
  • Come On! The Boyz (2018–2019, 1theK)
    • Come On! The Boyz – What's Your No.
    • Come On! The Boyz – Summer Vacation RPG Edition
    • Come On! The Boyz School
  • THE 100 (2018, Naver V Live)
  • Our Happy Home (2018, MBN, Naver V Live)
  • Switch (2018, SBS Mobidic)
  • Thumping Travel (2018, Naver TV)
  • Otoseyo (2018–present, Tokyo MX)

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)
[55]
"Boy" (소년) Naive Creative Production [16]
"Boy" (Performance ver.)
"Walkin' In Time" (시간이 안 지나가) 2018 Unknown N/A
"Giddy Up" Naive Creative Production [22]
"Keeper" (지킬게) Kim Ja-kyoung (Flexible Pictures) [56]
"Right Here"
"Right Here" (Performance ver.)
"No Air" Yoo Sung-kyun (Sunny Visual) [57]

Tour[edit]

The Boyz Asia fan-con tour The Castle[edit]

Date City Country Venue
January 26, 2019 Seoul South Korea Olympic Hall
Olympic Park[58]
January 27, 2019
May 8, 2019 Chiba Japan Makuhari Messe Event Hall
Makuhari Messe[59]
May 12, 2019 Osaka Zepp Osaka Bayside[60]
June 14, 2019 Hong Kong Star Hall
KITEC[61]
June 16, 2019 Singapore Zepp
Big Box[62]
June 22, 2019 Jakarta Indonesia Balai Sarbini[63]
June 23, 2019 Bangkok Thailand GMM Live House
Central World[64]
June 29, 2019 Taipei Taiwan TICC
June 30, 2019 Manila Philippines New Frontier Theater[65]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Korean[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result Ref.
Asia Artist Awards
2018 Popularity Award The Boyz Nominated [66]
Male Rookie of the Year Award Won
Gaon Chart Music Awards
2018 New Artist of the Year (Album) The First Nominated [67]
2019 World Rookie Award The Boyz Won [68]
Golden Disc Awards
2019 Best New Artist The Boyz Nominated [69]
NetEase Most Popular K-pop Star Nominated
Korea Popular Music Awards
2018 Rookie of the Year The Boyz Won [70]
MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards
2018 Artist of the Year The Boyz Nominated [71][72]
Male Rookie Award Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award Nominated
Melon Music Awards
2018 Best New Male Artist Award The Boyz Won [73]
Mnet Asian Music Awards
2018 Best New Male Artist The Boyz Nominated [74]
Artist of the Year Nominated
Seoul Music Awards
2019 New Artist Award The Boyz Nominated [75]
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
Soribada Best K-Music Awards
2018 New Hallyu Rookie Award The Boyz Won [28]

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result Ref.
Korea Brand Awards
2018 Male Rookie Idol of the Year The Boyz Won [26]
V Live Awards
2018 Global Rookie Top 5 The Boyz Won [76]
2019 Global Artist Top 10 Nominated [77]
The Fact Music Awards
2019 Next Leader The Boyz Won [78]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Boy" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 100, but peaked at no. 12 on Gaon Social chart.[49]
  2. ^ "Giddy Up" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 100, but peaked at no. 12 on Gaon Social chart.[50]
  3. ^ "Keeper" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 100, but peaked at no. 18 on Gaon Social chart.[51]
  4. ^ "Right Here" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 100, but peaked at no. 11 on Gaon Social chart.[52]
  5. ^ "No Air" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 100, but peaked at no. 3 on Gaon Social chart.[53]
  6. ^ "Bloom Bloom" did not enter the Gaon Digital chart top 100, but peaked at no. 7 on Gaon Social chart.[54]

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