TRAX (band)

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TRAX
Also known as The TRAX
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website trax.smtown.com
Members
Past members

Trax (Hangul: 트랙스 "tracks") is a South Korean rock band formed in 2004 by S.M. Entertainment and formerly produced by X Japan's co-founder Yoshiki. They originally consisted of: Typhoon Jay (leader and vocals), Rose Minwoo (drums), Attack Jungwoo (bass) and Xmas Jungmo (guitar). Member Minwoo official departed from the group in 2006 while Jungwoo left in 2007.

TRAX is an acronym of Typhoon-Rose-Attack-Xmas. The acronym also used for the members stage name. TRAX also refers to recording tracks. The band formerly debuted as The TRAX, they later changed the name to TRAX in 2010.

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 albums, Tri-Angle and Rising Sun.

TRAX released their second Japanese single Rhapsody on April 20, 2005. Their third Japanese single, Blaze Away was 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. Following released their fourth Japanese single Resolution on August 3.

They released their fifth Japanese single, Cold Rain on January 24, 2007. Kang Jung-woo's (Attack) departure from the group was confirmed shortly thereafter.

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 was taking to hiatus.

2015–present: SM Town[edit]

In July 2015, TRAX performed again for the first time since their three-years hiatus on SM Town Live World Tour IV followed SM Town Live World Tour V in 2016.

On January 3, 2017 TRAX announced will be released digital single Road on January 7, as a part of SM Entertainment project SM Station.[5]

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 Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[6]
First Rain 19[A]
  • KOR: 5,230[7]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[6][B]
가슴이 차가운 남자 ("Cold Hearted Man")
  • Released: January 25, 2010
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
40 N/A
오! 나의 여신님 ("Oh! My Goddess")
  • Released: September 6, 2010
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 N/A
창문 Blind
  • Released: November 10, 2011
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 N/A

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[C]
JPN
Oricon

[14]
Korean
"Paradox" 2004 37[D] N/A First Rain
"Scorpio" N/A
"Cold Rain (初雨)" 2007 N/A
"Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (Let You Go)" 2010 31 N/A Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja
"O! Naui Yeosinnim (Oh! My Goddess)" 30 N/A O! Naui Yeosinnim
"Changmun (Blind)" 2011 115 N/A Changmun
"Road" 2017 N/A Non album-singles
Japanese
"Scorpio" 2004 26[E] 28 N/A Non-album singles
"Rhapsody" 2005 95 N/A Non-album singles
"Blaze Away" 129 N/A Non-album singles
"Resolution" 2006 N/A Non-album singles
"Find the Way" 2007 189 N/A Non-album singles
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
"Tri-Angle" (TVXQ feat. BoA and TRAX) 2004 N/A Tri-Angle
"Free Your Mind" (TVXQ feat. TRAX) 2005 N/A Rising Sun
"태양은 가득히 (Red Sun)" (SMTOWN) 2006 N/A '06 SUMMER SMTOWN
"너없이 (Without You)" N/A
"Snow Dream"(SM TOWN) N/A 2006 Winter SMTown – Snow Dream
"Alone" N/A
"Crazy" (TVXQ feat. Jay of TRAX) 2011 N/A Keep Your Head Down
"Like a Dream" N/A Winter: The Warmest Gift
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
"Go! Go!" 2006 N/A Hyena Soundtrack
"My Tears" N/A
"Angels" (Ballad Version) 2007 N/A Billy Jean Look at Me Soundtrack
"하늘아" ("Heavens") 2012 N/A God of War Soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Concerts[edit]

Headlining[edit]

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

Concert participation[edit]

Related publications[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rock Video "Paradox"[17] Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[7]
  2. ^ Week references for Gaon: Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja,[8] O! Naui Yeosinnim,[9] Changmun.[10]
  3. ^ Week references for Gaon: "Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (Let You Go)",[11] "O! Naui Yeosinnim (Oh! My Goddess)",[12] "Changmun (Blind)".[13]
  4. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[15]
  5. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[16]

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. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2017/01/sm-station-drops-a-teaser-image-for-next-release-featuring-trax
  6. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "2010년 10주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010년 38주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2010년 47주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2010년 09주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "2010년 38주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "TRAXのリリース一覧" [List of Trax's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ "2004 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-25.

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