VIXX

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VIXX
Vixx at the One Fine Day's Showcase on January 2015..JPG
VIXX at One Fine Day Press Conference 2015 (From left to right: Hyuk, Ravi, Hongbin, Ken, Leo and N)
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Website realvixx.com
Members

VIXX (Korean: 빅스; acronym for Voice, Visual, Value in Excelsis) is a six-member South Korean boy band, signed under Jellyfish Entertainment.[1][2] All members participated in Mnet's survival reality show MyDOL[1][2][3][4][5] and were chosen via an elimination system through viewer votes.[2][6] The name, VIXX, was also chosen by viewer votes.[2] VIXX consists of N, Leo, Ken, Ravi, Hongbin and Hyuk. They are predominantly known as a concept or performance group whose music, lyrics, choreography, and overall stage performances are crafted together to tell a story or concept.[7]

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Before debuting, the VIXX members were 6 of 10 contestants featured in the Mnet reality show MyDOL.[2][3][4][5] N, Leo, Hongbin and Ravi were featured in Brian Joo's "Let This Die" music video.[8] N, Leo, and Ravi were also featured in Seo In-guk's "Shake It Up".[9] Hongbin was featured in Seo In-guk's "Tease Me".[10]

2012: Super Hero and Rock Ur Body[edit]

VIXX at KCON 2012
VIXX at The Salvation Army Kettle Appeal Opening Ceremony in South Korea in 2012

VIXX debuted with "Super Hero"[5] on May 24, 2012[2] on M! Countdown.[1][3][4] Their first overseas performance was at the Otakon Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on July 27.[11][12]

On August 14, VIXX released their second single album, as well as the music video for the title song, "Rock Ur Body".[13] The group also attended KCON 2012 on October 13.[14]

VIXX was also part of Jellyfish's winter project, Jelly Christmas 2012 Heart Project, with their label mates Lee Seok Hoon, Park Hyo Shin, Seo In-guk and Sung Shi Kyung. On December 5, 2012 the title track, "Because It's Christmas", was released digitally.[15]

2013: On and On, Hyde, Jekyll and Voodoo[edit]

On January 6, 2013 VIXX pre-released a single, "Don't Want to Be an Idol", from their third single album, On and On.[16] The title song, "On and On", was then released on January 17 along with the album itself.[17]

The title song, "Hyde", and the mini-album, Hyde, was released on May 20.[18] The title song, "G.R.8.U", of the repackaged album, Jekyll, was released on July 31.

On November 8, 2013 VIXX pre-released a single, as well as the music video for the song, "Only U", from their upcoming full-length album, Voodoo. On November 20, the title song, "Voodoo Doll", was released and on November 25, the album itself was released. On December 6, VIXX grabbed the top spot for that week's episode of Music Bank with "Voodoo Doll", making it their first music show win since their debut.[19]

The artists of Jellyfish Entertainment, including VIXX, released their annual Christmas song on December 10, titled "Winter Confession" for Jelly Christmas 2013. The song topped the Instiz chart for 2 weeks in a row, the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 charts and also the Gaon charts.[20][21][22]

2014: Eternity, Darkest Angels and Error[edit]

On March 5, 2014 Jellyfish Entertainment announced that VIXX would be having a comeback in mid-April or early May.[23] On May 18, the title of VIXX's fourth single album, Eternity, was revealed through the group's official fancafe and the music video teaser was released on May 22. On May 27, the music video for "Eternity" was released along with the album itself.

The single is about a man blurring his reality and dreams to re-experience love

A somber love song about trying to "delete" painful memories as a cyborg

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On May 19, Jellyfish revealed that VIXX will be making their debut into the Japanese market with a full-length album, Darkest Angels, on July 2.[24][25]

On June 20, it was announced that VIXX will be attending KCON from August 9–10. This is VIXX's 2nd year attending, the first being in 2012.[26] They also got some awards that were voted from their fanclub, like the Best Visual and Best Actor.

On September 25, 2014 Jellyfish Entertainment confirmed that VIXX will be having a comeback on October 14.[27] On October 4, the title song and track list of VIXX's second mini-album were revealed via their official site.[28][29] On October 10, VIXX released the music video teaser for "Error" and the music video was released along with the mini-album, Error on October 14.[30][31] On December 10, VIXX released the Japanese version of "Error", which included also the Japanese version of "Youth Hurts".

2015-Present: Boys' Record[edit]

On February 20, the music video teaser for "Love Equation" was released. On February 24, Boys' Record was released along with the music video for "Love Equation". After its release, the song was an all-kill on all the music shows.[32] The group achieved their first triple crown on The Show.[33]

On July 7, VIXX entered the Chinese and Taiwanese markets with the Chinese language version release of "Error" in China through QQ and in Taiwan through KKBOX. [34][35]

Artistry[edit]

VIXX have established themselves as a concept or a performance group whose “attention to detail is masterful and elevates VIXX above their contemporaries”.[36] The members are heavily involved in the development of their concepts and their “commitment to concept is especially impressive with live performances of songs”.[37] Micah Levin Isla from the The Philippine Star commented “You can be someone who’ll never be truly on board with this whole K-Pop craze. But there’s something about VIXX that’s really fascinating and intriguing. Their music and appeal have this lingering effect. They can make you Google and YouTube to hear more, to know more”.[38] VIXX has cemented a “niche in the theatrical side of K-pop” with performances that follow a storyline that is carefully put together.[37] With their powerful vocals, costume, make-up, and dancing, the group's stage performances have musical-like or movie-like style. They have been praised for their stage presence for, with a reviewer commenting that “VIXX ooze with charisma”.[39] In a review of one of their concerts, journalist Park Jung Sun commented, “They presented live performances which broke prejudices people have towards idols. VIXX presented a musical-like stage as coming off from the-usual-concert which displays singing and dancing. VIXX led their fans to UTOPIA that they constructed”.[40]

Members[edit]

Main article: List of VIXX members
  • N (Cha Hak-yeon; 차학연) – leader, dance, vocals[41]
  • Leo (Jung Taek-woon; 정택운) – main vocal
  • Ken (Lee Jae-hwan; 이재환) – main vocal
  • Ravi (Kim Won-sik; 김원식) – rap, dance
  • Hongbin (Lee Hong-bin; 이홍빈) – vocals, rap
  • Hyuk (Han Sang-hyuk; 한상혁) – dance

Discography[edit]

Main article: VIXX discography

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Channel Title Member Role Notes
2013 SBS The Heirs All As themselves Cameo (Episode 4)
2014 MBC Hotel King N Noah Supporting role
MBC Every 1 Boarding House No. 24 Ken Lee Jaehwan Main cast
SBS Glorious Day Hongbin Yoo Ji-ho Supporting role
2015 SBS The Family is Coming N Cha Hak-yeon Supporting role

Reality shows[edit]

Year Channel Title Notes
2012 Mnet MyDOL Their pre-debut survival show
SBS MTV VIXX's MTV Diary Their first reality show
2013 SBS MTV Plan V Diary Their second reality show
Mnet Japan VIXX File Their third reality show
2015 MBC VIXX's One Fine Day Their fourth reality show

Variety shows[edit]

Year Channel Title Member Notes
2012 TVN The Romantic & Idol Season 2 N Cast member[42]
2014 Mnet 4 Things Show N Main star[43]
MBC Every 1 Hitmaker N, Hyuk Cast member[44]
SBS Law of the Jungle in Brazil Hyuk Cast member (Brazil edition)[45]
TVN First Day Of Work Season 3 N Cast member[46]
MBC Every 1 Hitmaker Season 2 N, Hyuk Cast member[47]
2015 MBC Every 1 Bachelor's Party N Cast member[48]
Mnet Show Me the Money 4 Ravi Contestant[49]
JTBC Off to School N Cast Member [50]
SBS Law of the Jungle in Nicaragua N Cast member[51]

Television MC and radio hosting[edit]

Year Channel Show Member Notes
2015 SBS MTV The Show Hongbin From March 3, 2015 to Present
MBC Show! Music Core N From April 25, 2015 to Present
SBS Power FM VIXX N K-pop N From May 2, 2015 to Present

Musical[edit]

Year Title Member Role Notes
2014 Full House Leo Lee Young-jae Lead role
2015 Chess Ken Anatoly Sergievsky Lead role
2015 Cinderella Ken Prince Charming Lead role

Concerts and tours[edit]

  • 2013: The Milky Way Global Showcase
  • 2014: VIXX Live Fantasia – Hex Sign
  • 2014: VIXX US Tour
  • 2015: VIXX Live Fantasia – Utopia

Awards and nominations[edit]

VIXX have been recipients of 22 awards from South Korean and International events. They started to gain recognition in 2013, one year after their debut. They received their first award at SBS MTV Best of The Best 2013 for Best Rookie Group [52] and received their first Main Prize Bonsang Award at the 23rd Seoul Music Awards. They received their first music programme award at Music Bank with "Voodoo Doll". [53]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Upcoming group VIXX releases 3rd video teaser for "Super Hero"". allkpop. 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "VIXX to share download links for their music and teasers on Twitter". allkpop. 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Finalists from 'Mydol' reveal official group name, Vixx". allkpop. 10 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "VIXX to watch the last episode of 'Mydol' with their fans at a movie theater". allkpop. 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sung Si Kyung to feature debut process of idol stars through 'Mydol'". allkpop. 28 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Park, Jung Jun (2015-03-30). "'Concepts Idol' VIXX, turned fiercely into a performance idol.". Osen. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  8. ^ Brian Joo (브라이언) - Let This Die (Extended Eng Ver.). 31 Jan 2012. 
  9. ^ Seo In Guk (서인국) "SHAKE IT UP" Music Video. 8 Aug 2011. 
  10. ^ 서인국 - 밀고 당겨줘 (Tease Me). 12 Apr 2012. 
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  33. ^ "VIXX share their thoughts on 8th trophy and first triple mutizen for 'Love Equation'". Allkpop. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
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  42. ^ "'The Romantic & Idol' reveals lineup for season 2". Allkpop. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  43. ^ ""4 Things Show" prepares for Season 2 with Sungkyu and Zico's possible reappearance". Koreaboo. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  44. ^ "GOT7's Jackson, VIXX's N and Hyuk, and BTOB's Sungjae are the first project group for Jung Hyung Don and Defconn's new variety show 'Hitmaker'". Allkpop. 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  45. ^ "Super Junior's Kangin and VIXX's Hyuk take on 'Laws of the Jungle'". Allkpop. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  46. ^ "VIXX’s N, Freestyle’s Mino and More Join ‘First Day of Work’". Mwave. 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  47. ^ "BIG BYUNG (Jackson, Yook Sungjae, N, and Hyuk) to Reunite, “Hitmaker” Season 2 in the Works". Soompi. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  48. ^ "VIXX’s N Joins Super Junior’s Eunhyuk and Kangin on “Shin Dong Yup’s Bachelor Party”". Soompi. 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  49. ^ "VIXX’s Ravi Confirmed to Join “Show Me the Money 4”". soompi. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  50. ^ "A Pink’s Jung Eunji, VIXX’s N, and More to Participate in “Off to School”". soompi.com. July 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  51. ^ "“Law of the Jungle” Confirms Impressive Lineup Including EXID Hani, Got7 Jackson, Girl’s Day Minah, and More". soompi.com. 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  52. ^ "2013 SBS MTV Best of the Best". mtv.co.kr. 
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