What happens when you put five boys with an average age of 20 and energy levels equivalent to a hyperactive bunny in the same room together? Chaos ensues.
Take one glance at Why Don’t We and you might be instantly smitten by their heartthrob-worthy good looks and irresistible all-American charm. And it doesn’t hurt that these young lads are immensely talented musicians – just their pitch-perfect vocal harmonies alone are enough to get you hooked on them at first listen, which explains why this rapidly-rising outfit already boasts such a strong following despite being relatively new to the scene. Musical cred aside, it’s also their playful personalities that make them seem a lot more approachable beneath their boy band status.
When we first stepped into the interview room, we were immediately greeted by an incoherent string of decibel-shattering screams that we soon became well accustomed to. Although the band has been busy with interviews since early morning, they hardly showed any signs of fatigue and gamely entertained everyone with their side-splitting antics. From wresting one another to doing their best impressions of each other, the boys of Why Don’t We served up plenty of laughs during our segment where we challenged them to a hilarious game of ‘This Or That’.
Watch the full video below – we dare you to try not to laugh!
Special thanks to Warner Music Singapore for the interview opportunity.
Be sure to show Why Don’t We lots of love for their debut album 8 Letters as well as their latest single ‘BIG PLANS’!
Mention Big Hit Entertainment and global phenomenon BTS would come to mind in a heartbeat. Six years after thrusting their first ever boy group into the spotlight, the South Korean record label has finally unleashed their new glossy pop act onto the scene – and these new kids on the block look set to take the K-pop industry by storm.
But with the burgeoning success of their sunbaes, we couldn’t help but wonder how Bang Si Hyuk’s budding flagship act is going to follow that up. But it seems like we have little to worry about, seeing as TXT has already built up a solid empire of dedicated fans for themselves.
Since the unveiling of their individual introductory teasers, ARMYs and fellow K-poppers on stan Twitter have been exploding with excitement over these fresh-faced boys, resulting in the members’ names as well as the hashtag #TOMORROW_X_Together dominating the recent top trends. In the span of two weeks, their official Twitter account has already garnered over 1.17 million followers, while their Instagram page boasts a rapidly-increasing 1.4 million follower count – an impressive feat for a group that has yet to make their debut.
So who exactly is TXT?
For starters, TXT stands for Tomorrow X Together (pronounced as Tomorrow By Together like how it’s written in Korean 투모로우 바이 투게더). Made up of five members with an average age of 17, the different members come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow.
Unlike BTS’ winning formula of dance-heavy tunes and hard-hitting moves, TXT is described as a “bright and youthful boy band where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create a synergy”. From what we’re hearing in the teaser videos, we’re expecting feel-good electronic pop combined with lighthearted choreography. It’s a stark contrast from BTS’ brand of music, but we’re certainly liking what we hear so far!
Here are the members:
If V and Jimin had a lovechild, it’d probably be Yeonjun. Despite his baby-faced looks, he’s 19 years old and is the oldest member in the group. His glorious visuals aside, it’s also worth noting that he has superb dancing skills so we can’t wait to see him in action. Here’s another fun fact: Yeonjun was actually a former backup dancer for V’s solo track ‘Singularity’. Try spotting him in the music video and live stages!
The second member to be revealed in the lineup, Soobin is 18 years old and is TXT’s leader. According to sources, he’s said to be towering at 184cm – that’s even taller than BTS’ leader, RM!
With his unique name and exotic visuals, some fans speculated that Huening Kai is mixed – and they’re right! Born in Hawaii, the multilingual lad is known to be able to speak a total of four languages fluently, which makes him the first ever international artiste in the Big Hit family. While not much is revealed about his current position yet, the 17-year-old is rumoured to be the maknae as well as visual/main vocal of the band.
Part of the maknae line along with Kai, Taehyun is the fourth member to be unveiled and is rumoured to be the rapper in the group. Word has it that he’s fluent in English and used to make educational videos that taught children how to speak English when he was a little kid. What a talented chap!
Finally, we meet Beomgyu – the fifth and last member that will complete the TXT ensemble. Hailing from Suga’s hometown of Daegu, eagle-eyed fans discovered that Beomgyu actually attended the same private academy as the BTS member and was even part of a rock band during his school days.
When can we expect their debut?
Now that we’ve gotten acquainted with the members, the most important question is: when will we get to see TXT on stage? No exact date has been officially announced yet, but we’re thinking it could be anytime soon now. In the meanwhile, check out their adorable dynamics in the group introductory film!
For the Twitter peeps, you can also get your daily dose of TXT via their newly-launched group Twitter account (not to be confused with the one associated with Big Hit). Just from their swoon-worthy selcas alone, it’s not hard to see why these charmers are the talk of the town lately. With impeccable talent, top-notch visuals and hopefully a good concept in the making, TXT pretty much has the success formula down pat; it’s only a matter of time before they take over the charts.
Future icons of K-pop? Very likely.
Are you excited for TXT’s debut? Show ’em some love in the comments below!
It is no mystery that men in Korean dramas often have viewers falling head over heels for them – not just based on their dashing good looks, but also their charming personalities. From a bad boy like Choi Young Do in The Heirs, to the handsome yet narcissistic Lee Young Joon in What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, we’re all guilty of daydreaming about these fictional heartthrobs as actual people. Since this is a judgement-free zone, here are 10 K-drama leading men that we hoped were physically real to further fuel your imagination.
#1 Na Won Deuk in 100 Days My Prince
After experiencing an attack that causes him to lose his memory, crown prince Lee Yool (EXO’s Do Kyung Soo) unknowingly transforms into Won Deuk, a man of low status who enters a marriage of convenience with a peasant spinster. Despite his initial hesitation about his engagement, he soon proved to be a swoon-worthy lead when his feelings start to develop for his partner, and he begins to be a lot more romantic and protective. It also doesn’t hurt that he has a way with words, especially when you’re in need of comfort and he leaves you with a sweet promise to be with you forever. Aww!
#2 Jang Sun Kyul in Clean With Passion For Now
Falling in love with a germaphobe can result in a trying relationship, but Jang Sun Kyul (Yoon Kyun Sang) is able to prove otherwise when he falls in love with the part-time worker of his cleaning company. Due to forces that had them going back-and-forth about their feelings for one another, Sun Kyul’s determination to get the girl pushes him out of his comfort zone, culminating with a genuine confession towards the object of his affection. Despite struggling to create a sense of normalcy due to his extreme fear of germs, it’s the effort that he puts into the relationship which makes him such an ideal man.
#3 Choi Gun in Clean With Passion For Now
Though he is the second lead of the show, Choi Gun (Song Jae Rim) is still capable of holding his own when it comes to romance. Known as the mysterious neighbour with a hidden identity, he shows no signs in letting his secret lord over the way he behaves whenever his love interest is around. His quiet, caring personality also manages to waver hearts because who can resist a guy who’s always there in your time of need? Unlike the male lead, Choi Gun is a lot more straightforward and honest with his feelings which is something every girl can appreciate in a growing relationship.
#4 Do Kyung Seok in My ID Is Gangnam Beauty
Compared to most K-drama male leads, Do Kyung Seok (ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo) is a very different kind of character who does not fit the usual mould. Gifted in reading a person from the way they behave and react, he never makes assumptions about anyone unless there’s proof that he has seen for himself. And his unique personality doesn’t just stop there – receiving his affection is not a difficult task either, as he priorities a person’s personality over their looks which means his love isn’t based on superficial factors. What a gentleman!
#5 Kang Bok Soo in My Strange Hero
There’s nothing quite like a high school romance that sets your heart aflutter. Kang Bok Soo (Yoo Seung Ho) is the shining example of a first love who returns to his high school after being wrongfully dismissed nine years ago. Though he may be on the path of revenge because of what had happened in the past, Bok Soo is able to balance his vengeance with the amorous, goofy side of him while he continues to court his former crush with sweet gestures and lovey-dovey expressions that are just too cute to handle!
#6 Ji Soo Hoo in Radio Romance
As an actor, it is often difficult to navigate through any personal relationships given the scrutiny from the public. Despite his struggle to overcome this hurdle while fighting off being controlled by his mother, Ji Soo Hoo (Highlight’s Yoon Doo Joon) is adamant on changing himself to become a man worthy of his name. Although prideful, there are times when he would let down his guard to show his vulnerabilities and insecurities in front of people he cares about. His ability to step back as the stereotypical dominant male of the relationship to give his other half the reigns, is what helps to make a relationship better.
#7 Hwang Woo Joo in SKY Castle
In comparison with the rest of the characters from the competitive SKY Castle world, Hwang Woo Joo (SF9’s Kang Chan Hee) is the opposite of all the uptight youngsters who receives top scores without professional tutoring. Apart from his smarts, Woo Joo is also extremely good-natured and wholeheartedly devoted to whoever has his heart. His determined adoration creates a sense of stability, which ensures an unlikely situation where his feelings would waver – pretty much everything a girl can ask for in a guy.
#8 Seo Do Jae in The Beauty Inside
Seo Do Jae (Lee Min Ki) is a man who takes unconditional love to a whole new level. In addition to him having a successful life, he unfortunately also suffers from prosopagnosia which leaves him unable to recognise people’s faces. But he doesn’t let his disability hinder his daily life, including his pursuit for the woman he loves. He is also an exemplary gentleman who sees pass the flaws of his romantic interest, and always goes above and beyond to ensure her happiness.
#9 Lee Yoon in The Last Empress
Regardless of his royal status as a prince, Lee Yoon (Oh Seung Yun) has a lovable and carefree personality that makes him different from similar noble roles in Korean dramas. Unlike his counterparts, he doesn’t conform to the rules of aristocracy and instead chooses to live like an ordinary person. Apart from being down-to-earth with an adorable disposition, Lee Yoon’s impishness is also what makes him such a joy to be around. Just look at that smile!
#10 On Joon Young in The Third Charm
Before he became the flawless and handsome On Joon Young (Seo Kang Joon), he was a goofy nerd with braces, glasses and a bad hairdo. On top of being a clumsy sweetheart who seemingly faces many internal struggles about his self-worth, Joon Young is someone who dedicates every fibre of his being into a relationship. Though this can be viewed as a stifling quality, it can also be seen as a courageous trait since it isn’t easy for a man to wear his heart on his sleeve, and any girl should be so lucky to have such an honest partner.
We’re barely a month into 2019 and there’s already a new crop of rookie groups set to take the K-pop industry by storm. From rising powerhouses like Stray Kids and (G)I-DLE to the highly-anticipated debuts of TXT and ITZY, it’s only a matter of time before these bands hit it big this year.
Mention JYP and you would think of their flagship boy groups like 2PM and GOT7, but it looks like we’ve got a new power newbie in our midst. Since making their debut on March 2017, these multi-talented boys are already gaining recognition from fans all over the world thanks to their powerful stage charisma, knife-like choreography and diverse charms. One thing’s for sure: these new kids definitely aren’t messing around.
Fun fact: Leader Bang Chan is good friends with Bam Bam and Yugyeom from GOT7. How lit would a collab between the JYP sunbaes and hoobaes be?
If you’re an ardent viewer of Produce 101 Season 2, chances are you might be familiar with Ju Haknyeon, who was unfortunately eliminated from the rankings. Although he didn’t make it to the final lineup of Wanna One, the Cre.ker Entertainment trainee is now part of a 12-member boy group that debuted in August 2017. The rapidly-rising outfit has since scooped up a number of rookie awards, including the most recent Best New Male Artist Award at the 2018 Melon Music Awards.
Fun fact: A quarter of the members actually have ties to USA and Canada – Eric, Kevin and Jacob. If all goes well, we’re guessing plans to enter the US market wouldn’t be too out of the question!
A.C.E – short for Adventure Calling Emotions – definitely lives up to their abbreviation. Fans starting noticing these lads during their busking days on the streets of Hongdae, where they slowly gained popularity for their flawless dance covers (check out their killer rendition of BTS’ ‘I Need You’ and ‘Dope’ here). A year later, A.C.E made their debut with their addictive single ‘Cactus’ and recently won themselves their first ever Best Newcomer Award at StarHub Night of Stars.
Fun fact: Most of the members went through survival shows – Jun and Chan on The Unit; Donghun, Wow, and Kim Byeongkwan on MIXNINE – before regrouping as A.C.E, stronger and better than before!
Monster rookies are in the making at WM Entertainment! Also known as the WM Boys, what makes ONF so special is that the seven-member group is separated into two units: ‘On’ and ‘Off’, with Hyunjin and J-us leading both teams respectively. After making their domestic debut with ‘ON/OFF’, the band has also started to advance to Japan and had a recent comeback with their second single album Complete.
Fun fact: The boys of ONF were once backup dancers for B1A4 during their performance at the 2016 Dream Concert. More notably, member Laun even trained together with BTS at Big Hit Entertainment prior to joining WM!
Not many girl groups are able to drum up this much of an anticipation upon their debut; their captivating lead single ‘Latata’ has already chalked up close to 100 million views since its release last May, and their follow-up for ‘Hann’ trails close behind with an impressive view count of 42 million. It’s not hard to see why – with their infectious tunes, charismatic stage presence and girl crush vibes, who can resist the charms of these talented ladies?
Fun fact: Did you know that leader Soyeon was the mastermind behind both ‘Latata’ and ‘Hann’? She may be only 20, but her composing chops are certainly not to be denied.
The next big global group to follow in the footsteps of I.O.I and Wanna One, IZ*ONE is made up of Korean and Japanese members who came out tops in Produce 48. Despite making their debut a mere three months ago, there’s no doubting their booming popularity – their debut showcase at the Olympic Hall sold out in a minute, while their MV for ‘La Vie en Rose’ broke the million mark within 24 hours of its release and has since racked up a whopping 56 million views to date. To add on, they were even crowned Best New Female Artist at the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards. Looks like 2019 is going to be IZ*ONE’s year!
Fun fact: IZ*ONE is co-managed by AKS, the company in charge of the hugely popular Japanese idol group AKB48.
If there’s one company that knows how to hype things up, it’s got to be Blockberry Creative. Since October of 2016, the company had pulled out all the stops by giving all 12 members an individual promotional single/album. After 18 long months, it was then revealed that the girls will be coming together to form LOONA. And in less than six months of their debut, they even had three sub-units that successfully showcased their respective talents. Impressive or what?
Fun fact: Each member puts in utmost dedication for their solos. Choerry’s MV apparently took three whole days to film and if that doesn’t scream effort, we don’t know what does!
Missing I.O.I? With the members going their separate ways post-disbandment, Yoojung and Doyeon went on to debut with the rest of the i-Teen girls (for the uninitiated, it’s a rookie talent development program under Fantagio Entertainment) as Weki Meki. While they’ve debuted with a teen crush concept for ‘I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend’, their latest music video for ‘Crush’ took on a fiercer vibe as they appeared clad in leather ensembles and blazing guns in hand – truly proving their versatility as a group.
Fun fact: Weki Meki’s Suyeon and Elly both lent their voices for the soundtrack of popular K-drama My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, which starred labelmate Cha Eun Woo from Astro as the leading man!
YET TO DEBUT:
Following the stratospheric success of BTS, Big Hit Entertainment is ready to break the K-pop industry once more with their new boy group TXT (short for Tomorrow X Together). Only time will tell if they’ll be able to live up to expectations, but from what we’re seeing right now, these guys are pretty much set for stardom. Who’s ready for TXT?
Four years after the global domination of TWICE, JYP has finally unveiled their newest gems to the fam: ITZY. On 20 January, the five-member girl group is introduced via a minute-long prologue clip and the girls are already capturing hearts left and right with their badass attitude. It’s a stark contrast to the bubbly, girl-next-door concept we’re used to seeing from TWICE, but we sure are loving it!
Final Treasure (YG Treasure Box)
It seems like Papa YG is on a roll! Fresh off their latest survival programme YG Treasure Box, five out of seven members have been revealed to be part of their upcoming boy group, including Bang Ye Dam of K-pop Star Season 2 fame. The final lineup will be announced on 25 January and we can already tell that this group’s gonna be huge. In the meantime, check out their diary cam above to know them better!
Which rookie group do you think will be slaying 2019? Let us know in the comments below!
Filled with explosive dance numbers, dreamy solo stages and a whole lot of swoon-worthy moments, one night was all it took for us to be fully convinced that BTS deserves their swelling popularity.
Barely four years ago, they were playing at a much smaller venue with a mere 5,000 capacity as part of their The Red Bullet Tour. Fast forward to now, they became the first ever Korean act to perform at the National Stadium for their Love Yourself Tour – to a 55,000-strong sold-out crowd, at that.
And it is only rightfully so that they’ve earned this record-breaking accolade, on top of already being a global K-pop sensation. Despite sweating buckets right from the get-go, their blistering performances throughout the jam-packed show were executed in near perfection and never once dwindled in energy – a testament to just how hard the boys of BTS worked in order to put up a memorable show for their beloved ARMY, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Here are just a few of the reasons why the septet made it a night to remember.
#1 Their unwavering professionalism despite stage slip-ups
If you’ve seen fancams floating around, you’d have probably seen the incident that happened during their performance of ‘DNA’. After a series of water effects that was part of the show, the stage was left dangerously wet which caused Jimin to slip and fall on his back. Despite it looking like a pretty hard fall, the lad laughed it off and powered through the rest of the song as if nothing had happened. Although we are proud of his work ethic, we sure hope his back feels better now!
Right after Jimin’s fall, fans noted that the members began communicating mid-performance and ended up switching up the routine for ‘DNA’ to prevent any more accidents. V also took matters into his own hands by wiping down the stage on his own, while the rest of the boys followed suit (not to worry, staff got the stage cleaned up after!).
These are the little acts that might elude your vision when you see them through the screen, but at a concert where there’s no hindered view, we were given an opportunity to witness the genuine reactions of the boys which makes us love them a whole lot more.
Jimin fell during DNA because the floor was slippery :( so everyone decided not to do the last dance part for the song.
On top of performing their insane synchronised choreography as a group, the boys also had their own time in the spotlight to showcase the immense talent every member possessed. Each of them played to their individual strengths in dance, rap and vocals as they singlehandedly got the crowd grooving to solo tracks off their latest album.
There’ll never be a song like Euphoria to come again. My god… I’m already crying while looking at this because Euphoria means the world to me. I am just. Happy to be alive. With so much adoration and love for JJK. #LOVEYOURSELFSGpic.twitter.com/KRMbix3VRX
Part of the fun at a BTS concert is the ability to show the boys just how much the fans appreciate their music. Aside from the roaring fan chants and the sea of ARMY bombs that lit up the stadium, fans were no strangers to making the group feel loved, especially when it came down to singing along with them. Just check out this goosebumps-inducing clip of the crowd belting out to Jin’s ‘Epiphany’ in perfect harmony!
#5 Their adorable antics that left us tickled pink
Two hours of high-energy performances flew by in a flash, and it was soon time for the encore stage. Trading their glitzy outfits for simple white tees, the boys were back out again with the same amount of enthusiasm as they goofed around with each other – all while flawlessly hitting the notes for ‘So What’ and ‘Anpanman’. Though most of us were pretty tuckered out by then, their infectious energy had us all recharged in an instant. Besides, who could resist not dancing along with these adorable dorks?
What’s a BTS concert without some mandatory fan service, right? While the boys were up to their usual shenanigans, the lovable maknae was spotted leaping down to the moshpit area to get upclose and personal with the front rows. Just when he was about to head up, Jungkook noticed that a fan had dropped her phone onto the other side of the barricade and went over to pick it up for her. What a gentleman!
Before the last song of the night, the members each took some time to thank local ARMYs for the love and support they’ve received. From thankful speeches made by Jimin, Suga and Jungkook, to heartfelt thoughts shared by V, J-Hope and RM as well as Jin’s loud exclamation of delight, it was impossible not to feel the boys’ utmost sincerity and gratitude that night.
As soon as the concert drew to a close, they took their final bow where leader RM left us with the most heartwarming declaration: “It was the happiest day of our lives.”