Founder – Max Jang (張基龍)
Twins are a Hong Kong Cantopop duo that was created in the summer of 2001 by Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG). Twins are made up of two girls, Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung. They are a popular group in Hong Kong and a top band in China. Their fanbase have included Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, United States, Vietnam and Philippines. Their music was generally targeted at young teens, but in 2004 they began to attract a wider audience by venturing into different styles of music.
Since 2001, group released twelve Cantonese studio albums, four Mandarin studio albums, three extended plays, five compilation albums and four live albums. Most of their singles reached the top of many musical charts.
ONE OK ROCK
ONE OK ROCK is a Japanese rock band formed in Tokyo, Japan in 2005. The band currently consists of Takahiro Moriuchi (vocals), Toru Yamashita (guitar/leader), Ryota Kohama (bass), and Tomoya Kanki (drums).
The band’s name, ONE OK ROCK, comes from “one o’clock”, the time that the band used to practice on weekends. They chose to play at one o’clock in the morning because it was cheaper to use the rehearsal space during such hours. However, noticing that the Japanese language made no distinction between R’s and L’s, they changed “O’CLOCK” to “O’CROCK” (or “O’KROCK”), which was then separated to become “OK ROCK”. In addition, ONE OK ROCK’s name can be expressed as “10969” (one-o-ku-ro(ku)-ku).
Perfume is a Japanese pop girl group from Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, consisting of Ayano Ōmoto (“Nocchi”), Yuka Kashino (“Kashiyuka”) and Ayaka Nishiwaki (“A~chan”).
The group was formed in early 2000 inside young talent academy Actors School Hiroshima, and debuted with their first Hiroshima-local single “Omajinai Perori” released on March 21, 2002. A year later they moved to Tokyo, started to work with Capsule’s producer Yasutaka Nakata and released their first nationwide indie single, “Sweet Donuts” on August 6, 2003. In 2005 they got a major contract deal with Tokuma Japan Communications, and released their major debut single “Linear Motor Girl” on September 21. However, it was not until 2008 where the group’s seventh single “Polyrhythm”, which was chosen to be the theme song of a recycle campaign by NHK, that they started to receive major attention in Japan. The single peaked at number seven on the Oricon charts, becoming their first Top 10 single in Japan, and since then, all of their subsequent works starting with their eighth single “Baby Cruising Love” have debuted within the Top 3 of the charts. Their first original studio album, Game, released on April 16, 2008, became their first number one album in Japan, and “Love the World”, released on July 9, 2008, their first number one single. With roughly combined sales of both singles and albums, the group has sold over 4 million records, with 1.5 million albums sold in Japan alone as of March 2012.
The group was formed with an original post-Shibuya-kei sound as it was popular during the years until their transition toward contemporary electronic dance music that incorporated elements of synthpop, bubblegum pop, dance-pop, techno, and house music. The group is also known for their heavily processed vocals, making clever use of autotune, Harmony Engine, and vocoders. Over the years, Perfume has been one of the most successful acts in Asian music. The group’s musical structure has been identified as “technopop”. In 2012 the group announced that they had signed a global contract with Universal Music Group, and that they expected to expand their horizons and “go global”. Their sixteenth major label single “Spending All My Time”, released on August 15, 2012, was seen as a dedication to fans overseas. Their fourth studio album Level3 was released on October 2, 2013, and was soon followed by “Sweet Refrain” a month after, serving as the lead single for their fifth studio album Cosmic Explorer, which was released on April 6, 2016.
Vanness Wu 吳建豪
Vanness Wu is a Taiwanese-American actor, entertainer, singer, director, and producer. He is a member of the Taiwanese boyband F4 and the Korean Mandopop duo Kangta & Vanness.
吳建豪 出生於美國加利福尼亚州圣塔莫尼卡，台灣男演員、男歌手，同時也是偶像團體F4的成員之一。1997年出道前，曾在美國拍攝了美國早期嘻哈團體Run-D.M.C.的一支remix MV《It’s like That》。
2006年，他與韓國組合H.O.T.主音成員安七炫（Kangta）組成亞洲首支跨國組合Kangta & Vanness，同時推出專輯SCANDAL。同年，美國CNN專訪F4。2007年，11月受洗成為基督徒。2008年，同母異父妹妹姚鳳鳳曾參選2008年度亞洲小姐競選進入總決賽，並獲得友誼小姐獎項。出道以來，吳建豪曾發行個人專輯和在亞洲各地開多場大型個人演唱會，觀眾反應熱烈。近年信奉基督教的吳建豪信奉上帝宣佈婚前守貞。
2013年，參加星跳水立方明星跳水節目獲得亞軍佳績。發行Different Man專輯，全程參與整張專輯製作過程。11月，與交往多年新加坡棕櫚油千金石貞善（Arissa Cheo）結婚。
VIC CHOU 周渝民
Vic Chou is a Taiwanese actor, singer and commercial model. He is a member of the Taiwanese boy band F4, and has starred in Taiwanese dramas.
RAINIE YANG 楊丞琳
Rainie Yang is a Taiwanese singer, actress, and TV host.
楊丞琳，台灣著名女歌手、女演員、主持人、舞者、導演。2000年，楊丞琳加入4 in love組合出道。2002年末，她開始主持綜藝節目《我猜我猜我猜猜猜》長達4年。2005年，她以專輯《曖昧》和偶像劇《惡魔在身邊》而走紅。右臉頰上的星星痣為個人的著名特徵，2007年以電影《刺青》主題曲「小茉莉」入圍第44屆金馬獎最佳原創電影歌曲。2010年10月，杨丞琳以《海派甜心》获得第四十五届金钟奖戏剧节目女主角奖。2016年9月發行第十張個人專輯《年輪說》，第二波主打歌《單》MV，是楊丞琳的導演處女秀。2017年5月，專輯《年輪說》入圍了第28屆金曲獎的最佳年度歌曲獎、最佳作詞人獎及最佳單曲製作人獎。楊丞琳為入圍台灣三金(金曲、金馬、金鐘獎)相關獎項的臺灣藝人之一。
Kang Hee-gun, better known by his stage name Gary, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and television personality. Besides a solo artist, he is also the rapper and lyricist of the hip-hop duo Leessang. Since their formation in 2002, the group has produced a total of eight albums and had several hits under their belt. In 2014, Gary made his debut as a solo artist with the mini-album Mr.Gae. Despite the album being banned by all major TV broadcast stations for its 19+ content, his songs still managed to top several charts. He and long time collaborator Jung In later went on to form the duo, Jung In & Gary. The two released the singles “Your Scent” and “Bicycle.”
Aside from his own work, Gary has been featured in works by famous artists such as Psy, Baek Ji Young, Lee Hyori, Dynamic Duo, and MC Mong. He is also a former cast member of the variety show Running Man. Gary has since left Running Man to focus on his music.
Jessica Jung,known professionally as Jessica, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer and businesswoman currently based in South Korea. Jung was born and raised in San Francisco, California. At the age of eleven, Jung was discovered by South Korean entertainment agency S.M. Entertainment and subsequently moved to South Korea. In 2007, Jung debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation. The group later became one of the best-selling artists in South Korea, and one of South Korea’s most popular girl groups nationwide and worldwide.
As an actress, Jung portrayed Elle Woods in the Korean-language version of Legally Blonde in 2010, and played a role in the drama Wild Romance in 2012. In early 2014, she established a fashion brand, Blanc & Eclare. Later that year, she was dismissed from the group Girls’ Generation due to conflicts between the group’s schedule and her own business activities. Following the dismissal, Jessica ended her contract with S.M. Entertainment and signed with Coridel Entertainment in 2016, prior to the release of her debut solo album, With Love, J.
Choi Dong-wook, better known by his stage name Se7en, is a South Korean singer, who has also advanced into Japan, China and the United States.
Se7en began training under the management agency YG Entertainment at the age of fifteen. After four years of training in singing and dancing, he made his debut in 2003 with “Come Back To Me”. He then released his debut album Just Listen on March 8, 2003. Later that year, he received the Best Newcomer Award from MNET. MNET described Se7en as a super rookie who could only stand against Rain, although the two were friends back in their high school years, alongside Boom.
Se7en’s vocal range can be classified in the tenor range. His voice can be described as smooth, mellow, and sometimes mildly abrasive (see vocal belting) when songs, such as “Crazy,” “La La La,” “Hikari” and “I Know,” call for it. He often sings with a vibrato in his voice that American R&B singers are known for, and also incorporates beatboxing into many of his songs such as “Passion.” Se7en maintains an adamant belief that he should not lipsync during his live performances.
F.T. Island, also known as Five Treasure Island, is a five-member South Korean rock band formed by FNC Entertainment in 2007. The band consists of Choi Jong-hoon (leader, guitar, and keyboard), Lee Hong-gi (main vocals), Lee Jae-jin (bass and 2nd vocals), Song Seung-hyun (guitar, vocals, and rap) replacing Oh Won-bin in 2009, and Choi Min-hwan (drums and sub vocalist). On the other hand, F.T. Triple (A3), a sub-group of F.T. Island consisted of Jong-hoon, Jae-jin and Min-hwan, and has been inactive since 2012.
F.T. Island debuted in Korea on June 7, 2007, with the song, “Love Sick” on the music television program, M! Countdown. The band’s Korean debut was successful; their debut album, titled Cheerful Sensibility was the sixth best-selling album in 2007. Their debut song “Lovesick” topped the K-Pop charts for eight consecutive weeks. Moreover, they also won the Best New Male Group in the Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Popularity and Newcomer Awards in the Golden Disk Awards in 2007.
The band then debuted in Japan a year later, on June 8, 2008, with the EP, Prologue of F.T. Island: Soyogi. However, it was met with limited success – it peaked at the 95th position in the Japanese charts and experienced sluggish album sales. It was not only until their third Japanese studio album, Five Treasure Island with the title track “Flower Rock”, which made them as successful artists in Japan. The album achieved 1st position in chart ranking sales and sold more than 45,000 copies in Japan. They are also the first Foreign Male Band to top the Oricon Daily Charts, which is the first band to top it in 42 years.
In 2009, F.T. Triple was formed and they released their first single “Love Letter” in the same year. The band then promoted the single on various music programmes in Korea. F.T. Triple has also performed in F.T. Island’s concerts such as Men’s Stories in 2010, and sang the OST “Don’t You Know” for the drama Master of Study. Main vocalist Hong-gi made his solo debut in both Korea and Japan with a mini album and a full album respectively. The Korean album was titled as FM302, and the album was released on November 18, 2015, while the Japanese album was titled as AM302, which was also released on December 9, 2015.
F.T. Island has released fifteen full-length albums, eight mini-albums, many singles and soundtrack productions for different drama theme songs and anime openings. F.T. Island is considered to be South Korea’s first instrumental idol band. The band had also won various prestigious awards such as the Golden Disk Awards and Seoul Music Awards, and held more than 10 different tours since debut.
CNBLUE is a South Korean pop rock band formed in Seoul. The lineup originally consisted of Jung Yong-hwa (leader, guitar, main vocals, rap), Lee Jong-hyun (guitar, vocals), Kang Min-hyuk (drums), and Kwon Kwang-jin (bass), and they released their debut Japanese mini-album Now or Never in 2009. Kwon Kwang-jin left the band shortly after and was replaced by Lee Jung-shin (bass, rap).
CN is an initialism for Code Name, while BLUE is a backronym for burning, lovely, untouchable, and emotional; it is meant to portray the images of Jong-hyun, Minh-hyuk, Jung-shin, and Yong-hwa, respectively.They released four teasers for their 1st Korean mini album Bluetory, starring one member per each of the videos in the sequence of Jong-hyun, Min-hyuk, Jung-shin and lastly, Yong-hwa on January 6, 8, 11 and 13, 2010 respectively. On January 14, 2010, CNBLUE debuted their first mini-album in Korea with the lead single “I’m a Loner”. Their fan club is called “Boice”.
Astro is a South Korean boy band formed by Fantagio in 2015. The group is composed of six members: MJ, Jin Jin, Cha Eun-woo, Moon Bin, Rocky, and Yoon San-ha. Astro released their debut mini album Spring Up on February 23, 2016.
Red Velvet is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment. The group debuted on August 2, 2014, with the digital single “Happiness.” The group’s original lineup consisted of only four members: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy. A fifth member, Yeri, was added to the group in March 2015 with the mini-album Ice Cream Cake. According to S.M. Entertainment representatives, there will be no further lineup changes.
Since their debut, Red Velvet has experienced notable success and recognition. The group received their first ever music program win on Music Bank for “Ice Cream Cake” just eight months after debut. In September 2015, they released their first full-length album The Red, which topped the Gaon Album Chart and the Billboard World Albums Chart. The album’s title track “Dumb Dumb” ranked #2 on the Gaon Digital Chart and #3 on Billboard’s World Digital Songs Chart. Red Velvet has received a total of six music awards, including three new artist awards and two awards for choreography.
Red Velvet members are active as television personalities, most notably Irene and Yeri as hosts for Music Bank and Music Core, respectively, and Joy for her simulated marriage to BtoB’s Yook Sungjae on the variety show We Got Married.
Got7 is a multi-national K-pop boy group formed by JYP Entertainment in 2014. Got7 has seven members: leader JB, Mark, Junior, Jackson, Youngjae, BamBam and Yugyeom. They are a multinational group with members from South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the United States.
Got7 released their debut EP, Got It?, on January 20, 2014. On October 22, 2014, they debuted in Japan with the release of their first Japanese single, “Around the World”.
For their work in 2014, Got7 won Best New Artist Group at the Seoul Music Awards and received three nominations at the 29th Golden Disk Awards, winning the Newcomer Award and China Goodwill Star Award.
Monsta X is a South Korean hip hop boy group formed by Starship Entertainment in 2015. The members who won the survival show No.Mercy (노머시) debuted as Monsta X. The group consists of seven members: Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon, and I.M. The group’s name Monsta X comes from ‘Mon’ that is the French word means ‘My’ so ‘Monsta’ means ‘My star and ‘X’ is the symbol of mysterious and the factor in Mathematics. The other meaning is they’re the monster that will possess your heart.
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