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WayV (Chinese: 威神V; pinyin: WēiShén V) is a Chinese boy group which serves as the fourth sub-unit and China-based unit of the South Korean boy group NCT managed by SM Entertainment's sub-label, Label V.[1][2] Debuted on January 17, 2019, with their digital extended play The Vision, the group is composed of seven members: Kun, Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Xiaojun, Hendery, Yangyang.

The group won the Best New Asian Artist award at the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards.[3] On June 9, 2020, they released their first studio album Awaken the World with lead single "Turn Back Time".


2016–2018: Formation[edit]

All seven members of WayV were originally part of SM Rookies, a pre-debut training team maintained by SM Entertainment. In January 2016, SM founder and producer Lee Soo-man announced plans for a new boy group NCT with several different units to be based in cities around the world.[4]

Ten debuted with the first unit, NCT U, on April 9, 2016.[5] Kun participated in the Chinese version of the NCT U song "Without You" in 2016 but was considered to not have formally debuted with the group until he and Lucas debuted in NCT 2018, a project involving all members of NCT, and promotions of their album Empathy.[6][7][8] Winwin debuted as part of the second unit, NCT 127, on July 7, 2016. On August 13, 2018, SM announced their plan to launch a China-oriented unit under the project name, NCT China.[9]

The formation of WayV was announced through the group's official Weibo account on December 31.[10] The group consists of seven members: the four preexisting NCT members - Kun, Winwin, Ten, and Lucas - along with three new members who were just introduced through SM Rookies earlier that year - Hendery, Xiaojun, and Yangyang. The group was announced to be under SM Entertainment's new China-exclusive label, Label V.[11][2]

The group is a sub-unit of NCT, although it is not being promoted as an NCT group.[12] Journalists theorize that the distancing of WayV from the NCT label is due to tense relations between China and South Korea.[12][13] Despite this, SM Entertainment CEO Chris Lee acknowledged WayV as NCT's China-based unit.[1]

2019: Debut with The Vision, Take Off and Take Over The Moon[edit]

On January 17, 2019, WayV debuted with their first digital EP The Vision with a Chinese version of NCT 127's "Regular" as the lead single.[12] All three tracks of the EP earned the top ten rank on Billboard World Digital Songs.[14] The group debuted at number four on the Billboard Social 50, the best debut on the chart since XXXTentacion in June 2018.[15]

WayV released their first EP Take Off with lead single with the same name on May 9.[16] The EP debuted at seventh on the Billboard World Albums Chart and claimed number one on iTunes top album chart in 30 regions.[17][18] Meanwhile, the single debuted at number two on the QQ Music Weekly Popularity chart.[19]

In August and September 2019, WayV's first reality show Dream Plan was released, featuring 12 episodes that were made available on Youku and YouTube.[20]

On October 29, WayV released their second EP Take Over the Moon with the title track "Moonwalk".[21] Members Hendery and Yangyang participated in lyric writing for the first time in songs "King of Hearts" and "We Go Nanana". The group made their debut on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums and Korean Gaon Album Chart by ranking at number twenty-four and five respectively.[22][23] The group had their first comeback stage for the album during MBC Music's Show Champion on October 30, marking their first performance in Korea.[24] On November 5, the group released an English version of "Love Talk" which debuted and peaked at number three on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales.[25][26] The song also marked the group's first entry on QQ Music Weekly Digital Sales Chart by ranking at number two.[27] The repackaged version of the album titled Take Over the Moon: Sequel was released in 2020, adding the English version of Love Talk and the spoken track "WayV.oice #1" to the original tracklist.[28]

The group then went on a promotional tour in China, South Korea, and Thailand.[29]

2020: Awaken the World[edit]

In 2020, WayV was the second group from SM Entertainment to hold a live online concert - jointly organized by SM Entertainment and Naver, as part of the world's first online-dedicated live concert series Beyond LIVE. The live concert, which was WayV first-ever concert and titled WayV - Beyond the Vision, was held on May 3.[30] The group performed songs from their prior albums as well as a mashup of "Turn Back Time" and "Bad Alive", two tracks on their first studio album Awaken the World which was released five weeks later on June 09, 2020.[31][32]

Awaken the World was preceded by an online game designed for smartphones, challenging players to unlock teaser images of the individual members. Additionally, individual video teasers of the members were released across different platforms.[33][34] Both the album's physical release and the music video of its lead single "Turn Back Time" were released with a delay due to the removal of potential issues with the outfits used in its promotional visual content.[35][36][37] Upon its release, WayV earned their first top-three entry on Tencent Music's UNI Chart (previously known as Yo! Bang) and the Gaon Album Chart.[38][39] The album also peaked at number nine on the Billboard World Albums chart, while "Turn Back Time" ranked at number twelve on the World Digital Song Sales chart.[40][41] Awaken the World became the group's first release to chart in Japanese music charts by appearing on both Billboard Japan Hot Albums and Oricon Weekly Albums Chart.[42][43] Subsequently, the group released a Korean version of "Turn Back Time" digitally with an accompanied similar music video.[44] On June 29, an English version of the track "Bad Alive" was released as a digital single.[45] The single managed to rank at number one on QQ Music's Daily Digital Sales chart and earned Gold certification hours after it was released.[46][47] It eventually ranked at number six on the weekly chart.[48]

Other verntures[edit]


WayV has endorsed and collaborated with multiple brands including Skechers,[49] Carslan,[50] Cigalong Beauty,[51] and Maeil Barista Rules.[52] The group has also featured on the cover of magazines such as Nylon China, Harper's Bazaar China, InStyle Icon, and Men's Uno.


On July 23, 2020, WayV donated through the China Social Welfare Foundation's charity project to help victims and front-line flood relief workers in Jiangxi and Hunan.[53]



Studio albums[edit]


Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Chinese title Network Note(s) Ref.
2019 Dream Plan 少年威计划 Youku [61][20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 21st Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Asian Artist N/A Won [62]


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