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CN Blue

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(left to right: jungshin, jonghyun, yonghwa, minhyuk)

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CN Blue

CN Blue in a Press Conference in Bangkok. From left to right : Lee Jung Shin, Lee Jong Hyun, Jung Yong Hwa, Kang Min Hyuk
Background information
Also known as Code Name Blue
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop rock, power pop, alternative rock
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels FNC (South Korea)
Warner Music (Taiwan/Japan, present)
AI (Japan, present)
Victor (Japan, former)
Universal (Philippines)
Website Official site
Members
Jung Yong Hwa
Lee Jong Hyun
Kang Min Hyuk
Lee Jung Shin
Past members
Kwon Kwang Jin

CN Blue (Korean: 씨엔블루 Japanese: シーエヌブルー ), stylized as CNBLUE, are a South Korean rock band formed in Seoul in 2009. The band consists of Jung Yong Hwa (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Lee Jong Hyun (lead guitar, vocals), Lee Jung Shin (bass guitar, vocals) and Kang Min Hyuk (drums, vocals). “CN is an abbreviation of ‘Code Name’ while BLUE is an abbreviation of the members’ individual images,” said by one of the members. ‘Burning’ represents Lee Jong Hyun, ‘Lovely’ represents Kang Minhyuk, ‘Untouchable’ represents Lee Jung Shin, and ‘Emotional’ represents Jung Yong Hwa. Debuted on 19 August 2009 in Japan with the band’s first mini album, Now or Never. They were coined as the “2nd FT Island“. The group released four teasers for their 1st album Bluetory, starring one member per each of the videos in the sequence of Jonghyun, Minhyuk, Jungshin and lastly, Yonghwa on the 6th, 8th, 11th and 13 January respectively. On 14 January, CN Blue debuted their first mini-album with the lead single “I’m a Loner” (Korean: 외톨이야).

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[edit] History

[edit] 2009: Indie boy band in Japan, Now or Never, and Voice

In mid-June 2009, CN Blue began to perform on the streets and in live clubs in Japan.[1] They formally debuted as an indie band on August 19, 2009 with Now or Never. The mini-album was recorded completely in English, and failed to chart on the Oricon. In late September, their original bassist Kwon Kwang Jin left the band and was replaced by Lee Jung Shin later that year. Their second extended play Voice was released in November. Recorded with both English and Japanese tracks, Voice peaked at No. 227 and stayed on the Oricon for two weeks.

[edit] 2010: Korean debut, ThankU, and other activities

In January, FNC Music unveiled new teaser pictures for CN Blue’s debut in South Korea. Bluetory was released on January 14, 2010, and stayed at the top of the Gaon Chart for two weeks. “I’m A Loner” (Korean: 외톨이야) was promoted as the title track. The song peaked at No. 2, solidifying their break into the industry. The group had their first televised live stage on KBS Music Bank on January 15. Later, on January 29, the group made their first music show chart win on Music Bank.

The group debuted their new reality show “CN Bluetory” on the Korean music channel Mnet on February 10. In March, the band started preparations for their first full-length album ThankU. It was released on March 20, 2010 with only one new track. The album peaked at No. 90 on the Oricon charts, their highest position thus far. In April, their official fan club name was announced as BOICE, a combination of “blue” and “voice.”

CN Blue headed back to Korea in May and released their next promotional single, “Love Light” (Korean: 사랑 빛), on May 10, 2010. The song peaked at No. 10 on the Korean national chart and foreshadowed their upcoming release. On May 19, their second extended play Bluelove was released. It was promoted with the track “Love,” which charted at No. 2, matching the success the band found earlier with “I’m A Loner.” Bluelove peaked at No. 3, but stayed on the chart for many weeks. CN Blue held their comeback stage on M! Countdown the following day.

After their success in Korea, the band headed back to Japan. They released their first single “The Way” on June 23. For the first time, they charted in the Oricon top 40 at No. 26. The release was followed by “I Don’t Know Why” on September 16. The song reached No. 8 on the Oricon Daily Chart, marking the first time the band made it inside the top 10. On the weekly chart, they peaked at No. 15. On the Japanese indie top chart, the band reached number one.[2] The band embarked on a small tour across Japan in order to promote the single.[3]

CN Blue members Kang Min Hyuk and Lee Jong Hyun starred in the Korean movie “Acoustic.” They released a song from the OST on October 7 entitled “High Fly” that peaked at No. 98 on the Gaon Chart.[4]

[edit] 2011: Re-maintenance, First Step, 392, and In My Head

On January 9, CN Blue released their third Japanese single, Re-maintenance. They started off their 2011 Japanese promotions with a Zepp Tour in 4 cities: Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Tokyo from January 9–16.[5]

FNC Music, their entertainment agency in South Korea, released teasers for a CN Blue comeback in February 2011.[6] However, the release date was later changed to March 21. [7] The teaser was noted for having “more of the same departure from their pop rock sound into a heavier concept.”[8] CN Blue released their first full-length album First Step with the title track “Intuition.” Despite the delay, fans couldn’t seem to get enough of the fabulous foursome – “Intuition” achieved an all-kill on Korea’s major online music charts.[9] Their album also topped Gaon Chart for physical album sales that week. They won K-Chart a week after their comeback on Mnet‘s M! Countdown, KBS Music Bank and SBS Inkigayo, and for the first time they won triple crown on Music Bank and M! Countdown.[10][11]

After finishing promotions in Korea, CN Blue made a comeback in Japan with the release of their second and last indie album “392” on September 1, 2011. They also announced that they would make their major debut in Japan on October 19, 2011 under the Warner Music Japan label.[12] CN Blue last indie album “392” placed 6th on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart.[13] CN Blue released their major debut single “In My Head” on October 19, 2011 and peaked at No. 3 on the Oricon Daily Chart and No. 4 on the Oricon Weekly Chart with 70,000+ unit sold in first week.[14] In My Head CD Single consist 4 track : In My Head (music by Jung Yong Hwa, lyrics by Kenji Tamai/Yoshifumi Kanamaru), Mr.KIA (music by Jung Yong Hwa/RYO, lyrics by Jung Yong Hwa), Rain of Blessing (music by Lee Jong Hyun/RYO, lyrics by Kenji Tamai/Kaori Fukano/Keisuke), and instrument version of In My Head. In November, “In My Head” claimed a gold record accreditation according to the RIAJ, meaning that their album sold over 100,000 copies within a month of going on sale.[15]

[edit] Members

Yong Hwa
Jong Hyun
  • Full Name: Lee Jong Hyun (이종현) (イ・ジョンヒョン, 李宗泫)
  • Date of Birth: May 15, 1990 (1990-05-15) (age 21)
  • Position: Lead Guitarist, Vocalist
  • Height: 182 cm
  • Other: Acted in the movie Acoustic.
Min Hyuk
  • Full Name: Kang Min Hyuk (강민혁) (カン・ミンヒョク, 姜敏赫)
  • Date of Birth: June 28, 1991 (1991-06-28) (age 20)
  • Position: Drummer, Backing Vocalist
  • Height: 184 cm
  • Other: Played Hwang Yeon Doo in the SBS drama It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl and Yeo Jun Hee in the MBC drama Heartstrings. Acted in the movie Acoustic. Appeared in Orange Caramel‘s “Magic Girl” MV.
Jung Shin
  • Full Name: Lee Jung Shin (이정신) (イ・ジョンシン, 李正信)
  • Date of Birth: September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) (age 20)
  • Position: Bassist, Rapper, Backing Vocalist
  • Height: 187 cm
  • Other: Appeared in 4minute‘s “Heart to Heart” MV.
Former member
  • Kwon Kwang Jin (권광진) – Bassist, Backing Vocalist (2009)

[edit] Discography

[edit] Studio albums

Year Album details Peak
positions
Sales
JPN
[16]
KOR
[17]
2010 Thank U

90
2011 First Step

  • Released: March 21, 2011
  • Label: FNC Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
16 1
392

  • Released: September 1, 2011
  • Label: AI Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
6
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

[edit] Extended plays

Year Album details Peak
positions
Sales Certifications
JPN
[16]
KOR
[17]
2009 Now or Never

Voice

  • Released: November 25, 2009
  • Label: AI Entertainment
  • Language: English, Japanese
227
2010 Bluetory

1 TWN: Platinum[21]
Bluelove

  • Released: May 19, 2010
  • Label: FNC Music
  • Language: Korean
3
  • KOR: 99,399+[20]
    (still charting)
  • TWN: 10,000+[21]
TWN: Platinum[21]
2011 First Step +1 Thank You

  • Released: April 26, 2011
  • Label: FNC Music
  • Language: Korean
1 KOR: 29,723+
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

[edit] Singles

Year Single Peak
positions
Album
JPN
[22]
KOR
[17]
2010
“The Way” 26 392
“I Don’t Know Why” 15
2011 “Re-maintenance” 12
“In My Head” 4 TBA
2012 “Where You Are”
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

[edit] Promotional singles

Year Promotional single Peak
positions
Album
JPN
[22]
KOR
[17]
2010 “I’m a Loner” 2 Bluetory
“Love” 2 Bluelove
2011 “Intuition” 1 First Step
“Love Girl” 19
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

[edit] Videos

[edit] Video albums

Year Album details Peak positions Sales
JPN
[23]
2011 Listen to the CN Blue

5
2011 CN Blue Zepp Tour 2011: Re-maintenance at Zepp Tokyo

16
2011 Listen to the CN Blue 1st Live Concert 2010 at Ax-Korea

15
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

[edit] Music videos

Year Music video Director
2010 “I’m a Loner”
“Love”
2011 “Intuition”
“Love Girl”
“In My Head”

[edit] Tours

  • Listen to the CN Blue (2010)
  • Zepp Tour 2011 – “Re-maintenance” (2011)

[edit] Awards

Years Awards
2010
2011

[edit] Music Programs

These are collection of CN Blue wins on Korea’s televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korea cable channel M.net and Music Bank on KBS.

[edit] Music Bank

Year Date Song
2010 January 29 I’m A Loner
2011 April 1 Intuition
April 8
April 15

[edit] Inkigayo

Year Date Song
2010 January 31 I’m A Loner
June 20 Love
July 4
2011 April 10 Intuition

[edit] M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2010 June 10 Love
July 1
2011 March 31 Intuition
April 7
April 14

members;
(thanks to my appa, [info], for helping me translate.)

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name: Jung Yonghwa (정용화)
dob: 06.22.89 (age 20 / 21 in Korea)
position: leader, vocals, rap, guitar
height: 180 cm (5’11”)
weight: 63 kg (139 lbs)
blood type: A
hobbies: listening to music
specialties: playing the clarinet, beatbox
attraction: snaggle tooth (idek.)

&etc:
– acts as Kang Shinwoo in the SBS drama, You’re Beautiful
– MC in MBC’s Sunday Sunday Night Hunters
– wrote the lyrics for Love Revolution and Just Please from their first mini-album, and Y, Why… from their second mini-album
– co-composed Just Please from their first mini-album
– possibly more lyric writing and composing in their third mini-album, but i have not seen scans nor do i have my copy yet.
– auditioned for FnC in his senior year of high school. originally from busan. (btw people the year was ’07 if you’re wondering.)
– he’s also mentioned that technically his height is 179.2 cm. but he wears man heels. ‘sall good.
– apparently band appa. personally, i think he’s more of the jjong type. puppyish camwhore who’s the shortest in the group and has a nice voice. /shot.

pictures/videos:
E. Emotional (외톨이야 teaser)
You’re Beautiful‘s Genie Parody
– he likes to make funky moves at the mic
– there’s also a lot of predebut pictures of him. (more, but i don’t have them saved.)
OMG I CAEM.
just pickin mah nose.
– and to make up for that, glasses and ripped jeans.
hai wud u liek to go keel dogs wit me? hai i’m a creeper. drinks on me. asl? (8
– dude got muscle and nice legs.
– he is sorta a player ;D

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name: Lee Jonghyun (이종현)
dob: 05.15.90 (age 19 / 20 in Korea)
position: vocals and guitar (and former leader. they probably changed it to yonghwa ‘cuz he has more experience and publicity in korea. :<)
height: 182 cm (6’0″)
weight: 64 kg (141 lbs)
blood type: O
hobbies: listening to music, sports
specialties: judo (HE KICKS ASS.)
attraction: chic smile (sobs.)

&etc:
– co-composed Never Too Late from their second mini-album
– sang in Japanese for Voice from their second mini-album
– did all the vocals for their performances while Yonghwa was filming You’re Beautiful
– also, according to their radio interview, he had a girlfriend before leaving for japan, but they broke up. ): (mc: say something to her, then / jonghyun: … / yonghwa: wetoriya~)
– also from busan, like yonghwa.
– went to the national judo competition (yonghwa: and then he lost, so he started a career in music :D)
– “the nice kid who lives next door” in the band. idk, he sorta seems more appa-ish to me.
– he reminds me of kyuhyun and heechul in suju. my friend even went “oh look! super junior!” when she saw a picture of him at first. :’D
– for anyone who hasn’t noticed yet, he has the deeper voice out of the two.

pictures/videos:
B. Burning (외톨이야 teaser. also my personal favorite.)
self-taken pictures !
pretty in pink.
on a date with kwangjin.
– acting sorta hungry. (and here, with more food.)
– how he looks like during recording.
– being a guitar geek with yonghwa.
back in korea from japan.
showing off his calves, bnr.
– and here, just because i’m biased. this and this and this and this and this and some more of this and did i mention this?

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name: Kang Minhyuk (강민혁)
dob: 07.28.91 (age 18 / 19 in Korea)
position: DRUMS😀
height: 184 cm (6’0″)
weight: 60 kg (132 lbs)
blood type: A
hobbies: soccer, basketball
specialties: playing the flute
attraction: laughing eyes (see here. bnr.)

&etc:
– he likes to do selca (see links below.)
– i also think he likes food (see links below.)
– claims to have joined fnc after seeing fti.
– he uses blue tape on his drumsticks😀 idk, i find that cool.
– in the interview, he said his last girlfriend was in his first year of high school (for america, that’s sophomore year.)
– from ilsan.

pictures/videos:
L. Lovely (외톨이야 teaser)
100123 외톨이야 – MBC Music Core (because he’s up front ;D)
snacks, kimchi chigae,
taking pictures of self. he does it right.
– pretty boy, pre-debut.
– he also uses hairclips ‘n stuff.
with elmo !
reasons he steals away yonghwa’s fans. (by that, i just mean three of my friends who converted from yonghwa to minhyuk.)
nice legs are nice.
– he has that inner diva in him. leopard print, and pink drumset.
– (this one is like, my all-time favorite.) IN THE CASE OF HOT SUMMER CLUBBING NIGHTS, THIS T-SHIRT IS REMOVABLE.
back from korea in december.

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name: Lee Jungshin (이중신)
dob: 09.15.91 (age 18 / 19 in Korea)
position: bass
height: 186 cm (6’1″)
weight: 66 kg (145 lbs)
blood type: A
hobbies: listening to music (oh gee i didn’t see that coming.)
specialties: rap, playing the bass
attraction: eyes (oh hey look it’s normal.)

&etc:
– joined as Kwangjin’s replacement around the end of September ’09
– he’s really really fucking tall. sobs.
– he reminds me of w-inds.’ chiba ryohei.
– lol they make him sound like a hobo. apparently jungshin used to do photo taking, then some scout found him in hongdae and dragged him back to the agency.
– he’s a player. says he never has a relationship that lasts over roughly three months. what a guy.
– from ilsan.

pictures/videos:
U. Untouchable (외톨이야 teaser)
ramyun !
woof woof.
– he seems to wear a hat a lot.
practice, practice, moar practice.
talk to the hand, betch.
and during lives
from the mv shoot, i think
back from japan, in the airport
– and here he continues his photography endeavors with minhyuk as his model.

Sumber dari : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CN_Blue and http://cnblue.livejournal.com/16521.html



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