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MBLAQ

MBLAQ performing at the Cyworld Dream Music Festival, July 23, 2011
Background information
Origin South Korea
Genres Pop, dance, R&B
Years active 2009–present
Labels J.Tune Camp (South Korea)
Sony Music Entertainment Japan (Japan)
Associated acts Rain
Website m-blaq.com
Members
Seungho
G.O
Joon
Thunder/Cheondung
Mir
Past members
Kim Sang-Bae
Korean name
Hangul 엠블랙
Revised Romanization Embeullaek
McCune–Reischauer Empŭllaek
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MBLAQ (Korean: 엠블랙, Japanese: エムブラック; an acronym for Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality) is a South Korean quintet boy band created by Korean entertainer Rain under J.Tune Camp. The group consists of Seung Ho (leader, vocalist), G.O (main vocalist), Joon (vocalist, main dancer), Cheondoong/Thunder (vocalist, rapper), and Mir (rapper). The group debuted on October 9, 2009, at Rain’s Legend of Rainism concert.

On October 14, 2009, the group released their debut single album, “Just BLAQ”, which topped various online and off-line music charts in South Korea.[1] The group then released their first extended play (EP) album Y on May 19, 2010, and on January 10, 2011, MBLAQ released their first studio album, BLAQ Style.

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[edit] History

[edit] 2009: Just BLAQ

Having trained for two years,[2] MBLAQ was first announced on 21 September 2009, with an appearance in Nylon magazine.[2] The group appeared alongside Rain, in his Legend of Rainism concert. They performed various songs from their produced EP, “Just BLAQ” and were met with praise, with many spectators at the concert and fans considering them as the next DBSK.[3][4] The group released teasers for their debut song, “Oh Yeah” on October 12,[5] with the music video being released two days later.[citation needed] Coinciding with the music video, MBLAQ’s debut single album “Just BLAQ”, was released on the same day,[6] topping various charts in South Korea.[1] The next day, the group made their broadcast debut on M.net’s M! Countdown with “Oh Yeah”.[1]

In early December, the group debuted in Japan, following their performance during Rain’s fan meeting- resulting in a documentary being produced surrounding their stay in Japan.[7] Later that month, the group commenced promotions for their follow up track, “G.O.O.D Luv”, with two music videos released, an ‘unofficial’ MV released prior to the ‘official’ MV which was released on December 10, 2009.[8]

In May 2011, Thunder revealed that former member Sang Bae left the group due to his poor health.[9] Thunder also stated that he only joined MBLAQ 15 days prior to their debut, and that while he sang/rapped live for their performances, his voice is not actually featured on any of the recorded tracks for “Just BLAQ” due to time constraints.[9]

[edit] 2010: Y

On May 19, 2010, the group released their second single album, Y,[10] a track that Rain wrote, composed, produced and choreographed. The music video for the title track, “Y” was released on the same day at midnight[10] with teasers being released from May 6.[11] MBLAQ claimed first place on the 3rd of June 2010 on the music show M! Countdown,[12] and were voted the best Rookie Group for the first half of 2010 through a poll conducted by Korean music site Bugs, obtaining 46% of the votes[13]

On December 29, 2010, MBLAQ released a teaser MV for their upcoming full-length album. Their first full-length album was released on January 10, 2011.[14]

On December 30, 2010, J.Tune Entertainment merged with JYP Entertainment. However, as MBLAQ is part of J.Tune Camp, they are not considered as part of JYP Entertainment.

[edit] 2011: BLAQ Style, Japanese debut, and Mona Lisa

[edit] BLAQ Style

MBLAQ were initially scheduled for a November 2010 return, however in December J.Tune Camp revealed that MBLAQ would be returning to the music scene in January 2011 instead.[15] MBLAQ displayed advertisements on buses and bus stops in Seoul prior to the release of their album,[16] and it was also revealed that MBLAQ participated in the production of the album, personally choosing all songs present on the album. Seung Ho stated: “As a form of independence [from Rain], we personally chose all of the songs and participated in the production”,[17] with Seung Ho composing and playing the piano for the introductory track Sad Memories and Mir writing the rap lyrics for You’re my +.[18]

On January 3, 2011, J.Tune Camp released MBLAQ’s MV for Cry on Youtube, an R&B track produced by E-Tribe.[19] The video gained more than 500,000 views within a week.[20] A teaser MV was released on December 29, 2010, prior to the full MV release in January.[21] In between the release of the Cry MV and their album, MBLAQ revealed album jacket photos for BLAQ Style.[22] Prior to the album’s release on the 10th of January, MBLAQ held a fan-meet for 1500 fans on the 9th of January 2011, where the fans were able to watch the first performance of Cry and also the then yet-to-be revealed title track Stay.[22] On January 10, 2011, MBLAQ released their first studio album and two MV teasers for their title track Stay. After only one day of releasing their album, MBLAQ recorded 25,000 orders of the album.[18] On January 11, J.Tune Camp released the full MV for Stay on Youtube, which gained more than 400,000 views within a week.[20]

On January 13, MBLAQ returned to the stage on M.Net’s M!Countdown,[23] followed by comeback performances on the 14th, 15th and 16th at KBS 2TV’s Music Bank, MBC’s Music Core, and SBS’s Inkigayo respectively.[24]

MBLAQ were named Artist of the Month by MTV Korea for the month of February[25] and released a repackaged album, titled BLAQ Style – 3D Edition on the 22nd of February, 2011. The album consists of the 13 tracks from BLAQ Style, as well as 3 new tracks.[26] Two of the three new tracks included MBLAQ’s participation in its production.[27] The track 돌아올 수 없는/ Can’t Come Back was composed by G.O and the lyrics were written by both G.O and Mir, while the song titled You was written and composed by Cheon Doong. When it was released, BLAQ Style 3D reached No. 1 on the Hanteo charts[27] and MBLAQ’s song Again was used to promote The Fighter (2010 film) in South Korea.

BLAQ Style 3D was released in Taiwan as a licensed album on the 18th of March, and reached the No.1 spot from March 18 to 24 on Taiwan’s G-Music chart under the K-pop and J-pop category without any promotions.[28]

[edit] Japanese debut, “Your Luv”, and Baby U!

On January 9, J.Tune Camp announced that MBLAQ would be debuting in Japan in May, signing with Sony Music Japan.[29] J.Tune Camp held a press conference towards the end of January with Japanese press regarding their official plans.[29] In February, MBLAQ visited Japan to record songs and to have a photo shoot for their album.[30] Upon arrival, 800 reporters and fans were gathered at the airport.[30] MBLAQ released their Japanese album on May 4, 2011, with live performances held at Osaka, Sapporo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Tokyo during the week.[30]

On the 11th of April, the MV for “Your Luv” was released on MTV Japan, and “Your Luv” ringtones were released on the ringtone downloading site, Recochoku. After the release of “Your Luv” on April 19, it was ranked first for 4 consecutive days on Recochoku.[31] MBLAQ were also placed first on the ‘Cellphone Message Music Video’ chart. Furthermore, pre-orders of MBLAQ’s single for the regular and limited A and B editions have ranked first, second and third.[31]

On May 3, MBLAQ kicked off their Japanese promotions with their debut event held at Kanagawa Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, gathering a reported 10,000 fans. They performed Oh yeah, “Your Luv” and Daijoubu and more than 4000 CDs were sold during the event.[32] “Your Luv” reached second position on the ‘Oricon Daily Charts’ for May 3, which is before their official debut and release date. On May 4, their official debut date, “Your Luv” reached first position on the ‘Oricon Daily Charts’, selling more than 11,000 CDs.[33] A week after debut, MBLAQ reached second position on the ‘Oricon Weekly Charts’, selling more than 40,000 copies of ‘Your Luv’.[34] It was announced in June that MBLAQ’s “Your Luv” would be used in the Japanese anime adaption of Marvel Comics’ “Blade”.

In September it was revealed that MBLAQ’s new Japanese single will be used as the opening theme for the Japanese anime Beelzebub.[35] The title of the single is Baby U, and it was released on October 26, 2011.[36] Baby U! reached #2 on the Oricon Daily Chart on its release date, selling more than 22,000 copies.,.[37][38] As part of their promotions, MBLAQ travelled to Nagoya on the 28th, Osaka on the 29th, and Tokyo on the 30th to celebrate the release of their new single. On October 30, 1500 fans were chosen by a lottery among the 12,500 people who gathered at the venue to join the LIVE performance and Great Bingo Tournament. On the final day, 23,000 fans gathered for a special ‘High five’ event, as well as performances.[39]

Baby U! reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Chart, selling a total of 45,624 copies in the first week.[40] The song also reached #1 on Japan’s Billboard Hot Animation Chart.[41]

[edit] Mona Lisa

In July 2011, MBLAQ revealed that they would release a mini-album titled Mona Lisa. The album was released online on the 12 July. Albums hit stores on the 15th of July 2011.[42] The online pre-orders started in 8 July 2011, and the full music video was released on July 12 at midnight through various Korean music sites and J.Tune Camp’s official Youtube channel.

The concept of this album is ‘celebrated works’ with the members personally choosing famous figures in history to parody. Mir chose The Beatles, Thunder chose Boy George, Joon chose Zorro, G.O chose James Dean, and Seung Ho chose Papillon.[42] The album consists of six new tracks.[42]

On July 14, MBLAQ returned to the stage on M.Net’s M!Countdown,[43] followed by comeback performances on the 15th, 16th and 17th at KBS 2TV’s Music Bank,[44] MBC’s Music Core,[45] and SBS’s Inkigayo[45] respectively. On July 15, when the EP was released in stores, it reached #1 on the Hanteo Real-time, Daily and Weekly Charts.

On July 15, J.Tune Camp revealed that since the 8th of July, Mona Lisa (EP) had 30,000 pre-orders from fans, with international fans, in particular Japanese fans, requesting more copies.[46] J.Tune Camp stated they would be producing 50,000 more copies to meet the demand.[46]

In September, MBLAQ reached the #1 position on German music website Viva with their music video for Mona Lisa by garnering 111,000 views in a short period of time.[47] MBLAQ’s Mona Lisa has topped Bulgaria’s Popcore TV chart for 68 consecutive days so far.[48]

[edit] Members

Stage name Birth name Date of birth Position
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Seungho 승호 Yang Seungho 양승호 October 16, 1987 (1987-10-16) (age 24) Leader, Lead Vocalist
G.O 지오 Jung Byunghee 정병희 November 6, 1987 (1987-11-06) (age 24) Main Vocalist
Lee Joon 이준 Lee Changsun 이창선 February 7, 1988 (1988-02-07) (age 23) Vocalist, Main Dancer
Thunder (Cheondoong) 천둥 Park Sanghyun 박상현 October 7, 1990 (1990-10-07) (age 21) Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Visual
Mir 미르 Bang Cheolyong 방철용 March 10, 1991 (1991-03-10) (age 20) Maknae, Main Rapper

[edit] Music, dance, and influence

Initially debuting as a group more focused on dance and pop music, MBLAQ have since experimented with different genres. Oh Yeah and Y were dance/pop tracks, My Dream, Last Luv and Rust are ballad tracks, Bang Bang Bang is rock/pop, Cry is an R&B track, and Stay is a track infused with hip-hop, electronic and rock.[49]

With Rain being their mentor and major influence, he either wrote, composed, produced and/or choreographed a few tracks for MBLAQ, including Oh Yeah, G.O.O.D Luv, Y, Cry and Stay. For the release of “Just BLAQ” and Y, MBLAQ focused heavily on their performance with strong choreography. With BLAQ Style, MBLAQ decided to focus more on the music and melody rather than the choreography.[50]

[edit] Other Activities

[edit] Television

[edit] 2009

In late 2009, MBLAQ’s first aired program was M.Net’s MBLAQ – The Art of Seduction, which received record ratings for the cable TV’s program.[51]

With their trip to Japan for Rain’s fanmeet, music channel M.Net Japan decided to film a documentary of their stay, selecting them as the first stars of their show ‘2010 KPOP Star’ series.[7] The documentary, called Yo! Tokyo, aired in early 2010, showing the public their experience in Japanese culture and traditions over a period of four days.

On December 15, 2009, it was announced that the group would be part of Season five of the Idol Show (Hangul: 아이돌 군단의 떴다! 그녀!, which translates to Idol Army, She Has Arrived!), with the first episode airing a day later.[52] MBLAQ filmed a total of 16 episodes.

[edit] 2010

From February 18, 2010, MBLAQ members G.O and Joon took on the role of co-hosts (MCD Guys) for the music show M! Countdown.[53]

In March, Cheon Doong participated in M.Net’s M.Net Scandal.[54] Cheon Doong, having lived in the Philippines, participated in the cable TV show, Mom, I’ve gone crazy for English with fellow singer Nicole of Kara,[55] where he was an English mentor to young children. He was also a host of The M-Wave with fellow artist Krystal of f(x)[56],.[57]

To coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, MTV Korea created a program where members of male idol groups formed a soccer team to compete against other soccer teams.[58] The 14-member team consisted of members from U-KISS, ZE:A, F.Cuz, and D-NA (Dae Guk Nam Ah), with MBLAQ members being Seung Ho, Joon and Mir.

In addition to his MC role in M! Countdown, Joon also took on the role of MC for QTV’s Ranking Women,[59] however he has since left the program to focus on his music activities.[60] He was a permanent member of the TV show Star Golden Bell, which had been replaced by Oh! My School.

At the end of May, MBLAQ participated in GOMTV’s Making the Artist, a small documentary on their life as artists.[61] MBLAQ filmed a total of four episodes documenting their promotions for Y.

Following their promotions for Y, MBLAQ were cast in the final series of M.Net’s ‘Celebrities Go to School’.[62] Their mentor for the show is actor Kim Soo-Ro. The show started airing in August 2010.

MBLAQ have filmed a cameo in Rain’s 2010 drama Fugitive (Korean: 도망자), where filming took place at the Saitama JEFF Hall.[63] The members of MBLAQ have also made an appearance in Joon’s drama Housewife Kim Kwan Ja’s third Activity.

[edit] 2011

In 2011, Cheon Doong was made a permanent cast member of the KBS2TV show Imagination Arcade.[64] Fellow member Joon was a permanent cast member of Oh! My School, the show ended on May 29, 2011.

In March, MBLAQ took part in MNet Wide’s new corner, Refreshing Interview, with their own show called Sesame Player.[65]
MBLAQ filmed a total of 13 episodes, and Infinite has been selected to film Season 2.

In June, it was announced that G.O would replace B2ST’s Yoseob in Immortal Song 2, staying as a cast member for at least a month with new cast members including F.T Island’s Hongki, 2PM’s Junsu and Secret’s Ji Eun.[66]

In September, it was announced the Lee Joon had been cast in the SBS drama Fly Again, which is set to air in early 2012,[67] however, due to scheduling conflicts, he will be replaced by Lee Chun Hee.

[edit] Campaigns and Endorsements

In 2009, Cheon Doong featured in a CF with the Wonder Girls for Mori Stylish Coffee.[68]

The year 2010 resulted in a few endorsement deals for MBLAQ which included TB Jeans (TBJ),[69] Cacao Black CF[citation needed] which featured MBLAQ’s song Oh Yeah, Pink Wings Charity Campaign,[70] and an endorsement deal with Chapstick. MBLAQ released two songs, titled 사랑해도 참는다 Part.1 and 사랑해도 참는다 Part.2. Two MVs and a music drama, which also featured ex-T-ara member Yang Ji Won, for Chapstick were also released.

Individual endorsements include Joon for HITE Beer[71] and Miero Fibre with figure skater Kwak Min-Jung.[72] Cheon Doong was featured in a CF for Tropicana Sparkling which, in addition to being a parody of MBLAQ’s Y MV, also incorporated MBLAQ’s song Y and MV into the CF[citation needed]. Cheon Doong also appeared in two CFs for Alba Heaven, which featured MBLAQ’s song Oh Yeah.

In 2011, MBLAQ participated in MBC’s Give Life to a Child Campaign, where they raised awareness about bone-marrow transplants on the streets of Youngdeungpo’s Time Square.[73] MBLAQ also shot CFs for the shoe brand Ball’N.

[edit] Solo activities

On May 31, 2011, J.Tune Camp announced that G.O would soon be releasing a digital single composed of songs he had written and composed.[74] His solo song is an R’n’B ballad track titled 내 꿈에서라도 or Even in my Dreams, which features fellow member Mir.

On October 25, 2011, G.O released Believe, a track to appear to the OST of ‘Mr. Idol’.[75]

[edit] Discography

Main article: MBLAQ discography

[edit] Korean discography

Studio albums
Extended plays
Single albums

[edit] Japanese discography

Single albums
DVDs
  • Mona Lisa Style (2011)

[edit] Features, duets, collaborations and film features

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[edit] MBLAQ

  • Members G.O, Seungho and Joon participated in Jo Deok Bae’s 25th anniversary album (2010). They sang If You Come Into My Heart/그대 내 맘에 들어오면은 featuring C-Luv.
  • Featured in the OST of the Korean drama The Fugitive: Plan B (Korean: 도망자), singing the main theme titled Running & Running.[76] (2010)
  • MBLAQ also sing one of the ending themes for Fugitive, titled 뱅뱅뱅/Bang Bang Bang which was released at midnight on the 24th of November.[77] (2010)
  • MBLAQ are to participate in the recording of the OST of a 3D animated movie based on the popular Korean drama Full House.[78] The animated movie was set for release in Korea and Japan in November 2010.
  • Participated in the OST of the Korean drama Lie to Me (Korean: 내게 거짓말을 해봐 ), singing I Belong To You. (2011)
  • Participated in the OST of the Korean drama Scent of a Woman, with the song You & I.[79] (2011)
  • Members Joon and Thunder have collaborated with Chinese artist Wei Chen, and their digital single Run Away was released on August 25.[80] (2011)
  • Participated in the 4th Opening Theme Song of the Japanese animation Beelzebub, with the song Baby U.[81] (2011)

[edit] Seung Ho

  • Lee Hyunjung feat. Yang Seung Ho – Grey Sky (from 반올림 OST) (2006)
  • Hoody H feat. Seung Ho – One. The digital single was released on September 7, 2010.

[edit] G.O

  • Had a duet with J.Ae for Even if we can’t speak of the end (2010)
  • A digital single titled O-IWI-O was released on September 3, 2010. The single, produced by E-Tribe, is a collaboration with Nassun, and is a reply to Girls’ Generation’s Gee.[82] An MV teaser was released prior to the full MV’s release at midnight on September 3. (2010)
  • G.O has taken part in recording a theme song, titled Let’s Go, for the 2010 G20 Seoul Summit[83] which was released in both Korean and English. (2010)
  • Following G.O’s collaboration with Nassun, another collaboration, a digital single titled ONE, featuring G.O was released on the 15th of September. (2010)
  • G.O features in Jea’s (Brown Eyed Girls) song titled Because You Sting, released on the 28th of December.[84] (2010)

[edit] Joon

  • Had a small role in the MBC sitcom That Person is Coming/그분이 오신다 (2008)
  • Appeared in Rain’s Ninja Assassin movie as the teenage Raizo (2009)
  • Appeared in Kan Mi Youn‘s Going Crazy MV (2010)
  • Appeared in the South Korean drama Jungle Fish 2 (2010)
  • Participated in the OST for Jungle Fish 2. He sang:
  • 슬픈예감/Feeling Sad with Hong Jong Hyun (2010)
  • 슬픈예감/Feeling Sad (Farewell version) with Hong Jong Hyun, Han Jiwoo, Kim Bora, and Shin Soyool (2010)
  • Appeared in the short drama Housewife Kim Kwang Ja’s Third Activities (2010)
  • Appeared alongside fellow artist IU in K.Will’s 가슴이 뛴다/My Heart is Beating MV (2011)[85]
  • Provided the voice of Gnomeo for the South Korean release of the movie Gnomeo & Juliet with T-ara’s Jiyeon as Juliet (2011)[86]
  • Appeared in the South Korean movie version of Jungle Fish 2 (2011)
  • Appeared in Hyuna’s Bubble Pop! MV (2011)
  • A regular guest in Korean show Star Golden Bell (2011)

[edit] Mir

  • Featured rapper in Ahn Jin Kyoung’s (of Baby Vox Re.V fame) Bad Person (2010)
  • Featured rapper in Kan Mi Youn‘s Going Crazy with Lee Joon (MBLAQ) (2010)
  • Featured rapper in G.O’s (MBLAQ) “Even in my Dreams” and appears in the MV (2011)
  • Had a duet with Zia for the song 사랑을 적어요 (2011)

[edit] Cheon Doong / Thunder

  • Appeared in IU‘s MV for Mia (2009)
  • Appeared in Lyn’s MV for Celebration (2009)
  • Appeared in K.Will‘s MV Gift/Present along with U-KISS‘s Dong Ho and BEAST‘s AJ/Lee Gi Kwang (2010)[87]
  • Featured rapper in IU‘s Merry Christmas in Advance from her REAL album (2010)[88]
  • Appeared in C-Real’s debut MV “NO NO NO NO NO” (2011)

[edit] Concerts

  • Men in MBLAQ (2011)
  • Held at Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium, on Saturday, 20th August, 2011. Tickets for Men in MBLAQ sold out within an hour of release[89]

[edit] Awards

Year Award
2010
  • 17th Annual Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards Ceremony: Best Male Group[90]
  • 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards: New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award[91][92]

MBLAQ members complete profiles.

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SeungHo – Leader, Vocal
Name: Yang Seung Ho
Birth: 16.10.1987, Seoul
Body: 176 cm / 60kg
Education: Se Jong University Film Arts, Temporary leave
Specialties: Gymnastics, dancing, piano, card tricks
Interests: Music appreciation, Early Adopter
Charm: Strong leadership

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G.O – Main Vocal
Name: Jung Byung Hee
Birth: 06.11.1987, Chang Won
Body: 177cm / 64kg
Education: International Digital University – Leisure Sports, Attending
Specialties: Singing, dancing
Interests: Cooking
Charm: Soft voice and charming facial hair

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Joon – Vocal, Dance
Name: Lee Joon
Birth: 07.02.1988, Seoul
Body: 180cm / 63kg
Education: Kyung Hee Cyber University – Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Attending
Specialties: Modern dancing, ballet, acting
Interests: Exercising
Career: To be released 2009.11 <Ninja Assassin>
Advertisement: Nivea, 6to5 S/S Pictorial

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CheonDung – Dance, Rap
Name: Park Sang Hyun
Birth: 07.10.1990
Body: 181cm / 56kg
Education: PPCHA
Specialties: Dancing, rapping, singing, English, Tagalog
Interests: Music appreciation, composing and writing lyrics

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Mir – Rap
Name: Bang Cheol Yong
Birth: 10.03.1991 Jang Seong
Body: 178cm / 60kg
Education: Kyung Hee Cyber University – Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Attending
Specialties: Singing, dancing
Interests: Practicing gags (jokes)
Charm: Handsome and a husky voice

Sumber dari : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MBLAQ, http://absolutemblaq.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/mblaq-members-complete-profiles/, and http://upgrayded.blogspot.com/2010/07/foto-mblaq-boy-band-korea.html



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