UNB (group)

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UNB
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UNB in March 2018
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2018 (2018)–present
LabelsThe Unit Culture Industry Company[1][2]
Associated actsUNI.T
Members
  • Euijin
  • Feeldog
  • Daewon
  • Marco
  • Go Ho-jung
  • Ji Han-sol
  • Jun
  • Chan
  • Kijung

UNB (Hangul: 유앤비) is a South Korean boy group formed through the KBS reality show The Unit.[3] The group is composed of nine members: Jun, Euijin, Go Ho-jung, Feeldog, Marco, Ji Han-sol, Daewon, Kijung, and Chan. Their debut album, Boyhood, was released on April 7, 2018.[4]

History[edit]

The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project[edit]

Prior to The Unit, all the members were actively involved in the entertainment industry: Feeldog debuted in 2012 as a member of Big Star, Euijin joined A.cian in 2014 under the name Lo-J but left the group in 2015 due to problems with the company, later debuting again in 2016 as a member of Bigflo. Daewon debuted as a member of Madtown in 2014 who later disbanded during the show. Ko Hojung debuted as a member of Hotshot in 2014. Jun joined U-KISS as the youngest member in 2014. In 2017, Chan debuted as a member of A.C.E, Kijung as a member of IM, and Marco as a member of Hot Blood Youth. Ji Hansol is a former SM Rookies trainee who left the company in 2017 to sign with J-FLO Entertainment and is set to debut in the upcoming boy band New Kidd.

In July 2017, KBS announced their new survival show that would create male and female unit groups, with nine members each, among idols who had already debuted.[5] The program aimed to give them a fair chance to demonstrate their talents that they might not have been able to showcase before. It premiered on October 28, 2017 and concluded on February 10, 2018.

In November 2017, it was announced that the winning group will do promotions for seven months and if the winning group gained successful, their contract will be extended up to twenty-five months.[1]The winning group members had opportunity to participate in other activities with their original agencies.

On February 21, 2018, it was revealed that the male group, Uni+ B, would hold their first fan-meeting on March 3 at Blue Square iMarket Hall.[6] The tickets sold out within two hours of being on sale.[7]

On February 24's broadcast of The Unit's Special Show, the final nine male contestants that formed “Uni+ B” became UNB following the announcement.[8]

2018–present: Debut, Boyhood, and Black Heart[edit]

On April 7, UNB officially made their debut with their extended play titled Boyhood. The EP featured double title tracks, "Feeling" and "Only One". They held their debut stage on You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook.[9]

On June 1, a dance battle video was released, showcasing the chorus of the new song, Black Heart.[10] Over the following days, other clips teasing the song were released as well. On June 11, a mysterious poster was posted online. The poster showed eye close-ups of two men and women, along with the date 28 June 2018 and UNB's logo. It was later revealed to be the release date of the group's second mini-album.[11] Later, on June 18, conceptual photos were released, which revealed the identities of the faces in the poster:[12]

  • Jungha (formerly of BEATWIN; ranked 30th)
  • Hangyul (IM; ranked 13th)
  • Jueun (DIA)
  • Anne (S.I.S; ranked 22nd)

All except for Jueun had participated on The Unit alongside UNB. The photoset's title included the term "Performance feat.", indicating their participation in the album's upcoming promotion cycle.[12]

On June 28, the EP Black Heart was released, along with the music video of the lead track with the same name.[13]

Members[edit]

  • Euijin (의진; Bigflo)
  • Feeldog (필독; Big Star) — leader
  • Daewon (대원; former Madtown)
  • Marco (마르코; Hot Blood Youth)
  • Go Ho-jung (고호정; Hotshot)
  • Ji Han-sol (지한솔; New Kidd)1
  • Jun (준; U-KISS)
  • Chan (찬; A.C.E)
  • Kijung (기중; IM)
  1. ^ As of April 2018, New Kidd and Ji Han-sol has not officially debuted, but has released a pre-debut digital single in November 2017 after The Unit had already begun airing.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[14]
JPN
[15]
TW
[16]
Boyhood
Track listing
  1. Sense (감각)
  2. Only One
  3. Ride With Me
  4. Rebooting (믿어줘)
  5. Sense (감각) (inst.)
  6. Only One (inst.)
2 40 8
Black Heart
  • Released: June 28, 2018
  • Label: Interpark Music, PocketDol Studio
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Black Heart
  2. After The Rain (비 내린 후에)
  3. Moonlight
  4. To.Unme (Present)
  5. Dancing With The Devil (Live ver.) (Black ver.)
    Pull Me (끌어줘) (Live ver.) (Heart ver.)
  6. Black Heart (inst.)
  7. After The Rain (비 내린 후에) (inst.)
  8. Moonlight (inst.)
7 46 14

Live albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[21]
2018 UNB Fan-Con [LET′S BEGIN, UNME]
  • Released: August 1, 2018
  • Label: Interpark Music, PocketDol Studio
  • Formats: DVD
6

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
KOR
[23]
"Feeling" (감각) 2018 Boyhood
"ONLY ONE"
"Black Heart" Black Heart

Filmography[edit]

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Network No. of Episodes Note
2018 UNB in Japan: OND web series 13 "OND" is an abbreviation for Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, referencing the stops on UNB's fanmeet tour in Japan.

Television[edit]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Asia Model Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 UNB New Star Award (Singer)[24] Won

Soribada Best K-Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 UNB Music Star Award Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "[N1★이슈] '더 유닛' 측 "전속계약 기간 연장? 최대한 활동 배려"". m.news1 (in Korean). 7 Nov 2017.
  3. ^ "유닛 소개 : 유닛 B". The Unit. KBS.
  4. ^ "[공식]'더유닛' 유앤비(UNB), 4월 7일 데뷔 확정 '기대 UP'". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Naver. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ "[Oh!쎈 초점] "악마편집·감성팔이 NO"..'99매치' 향한 KBS의 자신감". OSEN (in Korean). July 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "'더유닛' 팬미팅, 3월3일 진행…블루스퀘어로 장소변경". Joy News (in Korean). Naver. February 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "'더유닛' 유앤비X유니티, 팬미팅 티켓오픈 직후 전석 '퍼펙트 매진'". Newsen (in Korean). February 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Announcement of The Unit's UNI+ B and UNI+ G Band Names. KBS. February 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "[공식]유앤비, 4월 7일 '유희열의 스케치북' 통해 정식 데뷔". sports.chosun.com. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  10. ^ "유앤비 "블랙하트(BLACK HEART)"DANCE BATTLE". Youtube. 1 June 2018.
  11. ^ "유앤비, 28일 전격 컴백…이미지-숫자 포함된 티저 포스터 공개". entertain.naver.com. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  12. ^ a b "어려운 결정으로 함께 해줘서 고마운 Performance feat. 한결,정하,주은,앤". post.naver.com. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  13. ^ "[e영상] 유앤비, 'BLACK HEART' 무대 최초공개! '고난이도 안무' - 뉴스 - enews24". enews24.tving.com/ (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  14. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Peak positions on the Oricon Album Chart:
  16. ^ "Five-Music Korea-Japan Album Chart" (in Chinese). Five-Music. Retrieved July 12, 2018. To access, select the indicated week and year in the bottom-left corner
  17. ^ Cumulative sales for Boyhood:
  18. ^ "Boyhood sales on Oricon Chart". theqoo.net (in Korean). May 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  19. ^ Cumulative sales for Black Heart:
  20. ^ 週間 アルバムランキング 2018年09月17日~2018年09月23日 [CD album weekly ranking from September 17, 2018 to September 23, 2018] (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  21. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  22. ^ "2018년 08월 Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  24. ^ "[M+★SNS] 유앤비 "팬사부터 '2018 아시아모델어워즈'까지 함께한 팬들 감사"". MBN (in Korean). May 6, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.