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WayV in “Regular” photoshoot in 2019.
(From upper left: Ten, Kun, Xiaojun, Hendery. From bottom left: Lucas, Yangyang, Winwin)
Background information
Also known as
  • 威神V
  • WeiShen V
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2019–present
Associated actsNCT
NCT 127
SM Rookies
  • Hendery
  • Kun
  • Lucas
  • Ten
  • Winwin
  • Xiaojun
  • Yangyang

WayV (威神V, WeiShen V) is the fourth sub-unit and the China-based unit of the Hallyu localization project group, NCT. The unit is composed of seven members: Kun, Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Xiaojun, Hendery, and Yangyang.

SM Entertainment first introduced the group on August 13, 2018, as NCT China.[1] On December 31, 2018, it was announced that the seven member line-up would debut as WayV in January 2019, under SM Entertainment's China-exclusive label, Label V.[2]


2016–2018: Pre-debut[edit]

All seven members of WayV were originally part of SM Rookies, a pre-debut training team maintained by SM Entertainment.[3] In January 2016, SM founder, Lee Soo-man, announced plans for a new boy group 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] Winwin debuted as part of the second unit, NCT 127, on July 7, 2016. Kun and Lucas were announced as new members of NCT 2018 and NCT U respectively.[6] WayV was first announced on August 13, 2018, via NCT's Twitter, under the project name, NCT China. It was confirmed that their debut and real name to be revealed in late 2018.[1] On October 15, SM announced that the unit would debut with an all-Chinese lineup in November 2018, with Chinese market promotions beginning in 2019.[7]

On December 31, SM Entertainment announced NCT's fourth unit, "WayV" (威神V)" through the unit's official Weibo account.[8] The unit consists of 7 members – the 4 preexisting NCT members: Kun, Winwin, Ten, and Lucas – and 3 new members, previously introduced through SM Rookies: Hendery, Xiaojun, and Yangyang. The group was announced to be under SM Entertainment's new China-exclusive label, Label V.[9][2]

2019: Debut and Take Off[edit]

On January 17, WayV released their first digital EP, The Vision, with a Chinese version of NCT 127's "Regular" as the lead single.[10]

On May 1, WayV announced that their first mini-album, Take Off. It was subsequently released on May 9.[11][12]


  • Hendery (黄冠亨) [13]
  • Kun (钱锟) [14]
  • Lucas (黃旭熙) [15]
  • Ten (เตนล์ ชิตพล ลี้ชัยพรกุล/李永钦) [16]
  • Winwin (董思成) [17]
  • Xiaojun (肖德俊) [18]
  • Yangyang (刘扬扬) [19]


Extended plays[edit]



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  3. ^ "SM Rookies". SM Rookies. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "SM Entertainment continues expansion with New Culture Technology". Kpop Herald. November 23, 2018.
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  6. ^ "NCT Unveils 3 New Members; JUNGWOO, KUN and LUCAS!". SBS News. November 23, 2018.
  7. ^ ""SM엔터테인먼트 주가 오른다", NCT차이나 중국 진출 기대". "SM엔터테인먼트 주가 오른다", NCT차이나 중국 진출 기대. 2018-10-15. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
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  9. ^ "SM's latest boy band is set to debut". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Herman, Tamar. "WayV Represents SM Entertainment's Goals For Global Dominance Through Cultural Technology". Forbes. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  11. ^ WayV (2019-04-30). "WayV_'Take Off – The 1st Mini Album'_Symbol Image #WayV #WeiShenV #威神Vpic.twitter.com/tnec2GxPzY". @WayV_official. Retrieved 2019-05-03. line feed character in |title= at position 50 (help)
  12. ^ "WayV drop a teaser image for the 1st mini album 'Take off'". allkpop. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
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  18. ^ "샤오쥔 : 네이버 통합검색". search.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  19. ^ "가수 양양 : 네이버 통합검색". search.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-05-28.