B.A.P was a 6 members boy group from TS Entertainment.
Their name is an acronym for "Best Absolute Perfect".
They debuted on January 26, 2012 with their first single ''Warrior''.
On February 17, 2019, the agency stated that the four remaining members of B.A.P, following the departures of Yongguk in August 2018, and Zelo in December 2018, have all elected to not renew their contracts with the agency.
II. Career: Pre-debut
Before this, leader Yongguk was already under TS Entertainment where he collaborated with Song Ji Eun of Secret for the song ''Going Crazy''.
He also made a solo debut in 2011 with the single "I Remember" which featured BEAST's Yoseob.
A couple of month's later he joined up with Zelo as the duo Bang & Zelo and they released "Never Give Up".
In January 2012 the reality show Ta-Dah, It's B.A.P, aired and followed the members journey to debut with their song Warrior. The concept for the group was that they were aliens from the Planet Mato and had been sent to Earth to save their dying planet. Each member had their own matoki which represented them and they were as follows:
- Yongguk, Shishimato
- Himchan, Tatsmato
- Daehyun, Kekemato
- Youngjae, Jokomato
- Jongup, Dadamato
- Zelo, Totomato
III. Career: 2012 Debut, ''Power'', No Mercy & Stop It
When their debut song was released, many people appreciated B.A.P's differences from other K-Pop groups at that time. Unlike the pretty-boy image that dominated the Korean music scene, B.A.P brought a tough bad-boy image. This difference in style and image landed B.A.P on the Billboard's World Albums Chart at #10 and they managed to sell 10,000 copies of Warrior in 2 days.
They followed up with "Secret Love" in March and "Power" in April.On July 19, 2012, they released No Mercy which was a digital release with the physical release delayed till July 24 because of problems with the final product.
In August they released their first repackaged mini album Crash and in October they released Stop It.
2013: One Shot, Badman, Japanese Debut
In February, they began releasing material from the second mini album One Shot.
On July 28, 2013, TS announced that the group will be releasing their third mini album Badman on August 6, 2013.
The agency had also stated before that there were going to be three promotional singles from the upcoming third mini album, namely Coffee Shop, Hurricane and Badman.
In May, King Records, the Japanese record label that once signed Rain, signed up the group. They released their first Japanese music video Warrior on YouTube on September 13, 2013, and their album and single were officially released on October 9, 2013.
2014-15: First Sensibility, B.A.P Unplugged 2014, Lawsuit
In January 2014, B.A.P's comeback was confirmed with the set release of their first full length album First Sensibility. On February 3, B.A.P made their comeback with "1004 (Angel)".
After successful promotions of "1004 (Angel)", B.A.P kicked off their B.A.P Live On Earth 2014 Continent Tour with a two day concert in Seoul. This was B.A.P's 2nd solo concert in Korea within only two years of debut. It is estimated that 20,000 global fans were able to enjoy the concert at real-time with B.A.P. B.A.P held a total of 23 concerts in cities throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe during this tour.
While on tour, B.A.P made a special release of a single as a gift to their fans B.A.P Unplugged 2014.
The single album feature instrumental songs for the first time and was meant to thank their fans for the continuous love and support. This single was not promoted but still managed to rank really well.
On August 11, B.A.P released their fourth Japanese single Excuse Me.
TS Entertainment announced on October 27 that they have cancelled the South American leg of the group's tour to give time off for the members to rest and recharge.
On November 26, 2014, all six members of B.A.P filed a lawsuit against TS Entertainment on the grounds that their contracts went against what was outlined by the Fair Trade Commission on the prevention of 'slave contracts'. They stated that the contract was designed so that it was beneficial only to the agency and not the members. It was also said that the boys only received 18,000,000 KRW each over the length of 3 years, despite their various activities. TS Entertainment issued a press release the following day refuting the claims made, stating that “there have been neither such maltreatment to the artists nor unfair clauses in the contract.” However, TS Entertainment's claims were challenged when B.A.P released another statement claiming lack of accountability and the group is considering filing for defamation of character. The group held their first court trial on the March 16, 2015.
On August 1, 2015, the group returned to TS Entertainment after both parties reached a settlement.
B.A.P released their fourth mini album Matrix on November 16, 2015, nearly a year since they filed lawsuit against their agency.
2016: Carnival, Put'Em Up, Noir, and Fly High
In February, they released their fifth extended play Carnival
containing six songs. In March, they released their first Japanese studio album, Best. Absolute. Perfect. The album contained thirteen songs. Three of them ("New World", "Kingdom", and "Back in Time") were original Japanese songs. Between April–July, B.A.P performed on their Live On Earth 2016 tour, including dates in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, Finland, Germany, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and Russia.
In August, they released the fifth single "Put 'Em Up". On October 25, 2016, TS Entertainment revealed that Yongguk will not be participating in the promotions for B.A.P's upcoming full-length album, Noir, due to anxiety disorders.
In November, B.A.P returned with their second studio album Noir along with the music video for title song "Skydive".
Noir included standout track "Confession", a duet by rappers Bang Yongguk and Zelo set to a symphonic chorus that directly addressed their feelings during the lawsuit and subsequent hiatus.
On November 18, the music video for their 6th Japanese single, Fly High was published on YouTube, while a physical release on December 7 included the song "Fire Flame" and a Japanese version of "With You"
2017: Rose, Blue, Ego and departure from TS Entertainment
In March 2017, B.A.P released their sixth single album, Rose. Yongguk returned from his four-month hiatus to join the rest of the group for promotions. The lead track, "Wake Me Up", was recognized by Billboard's Jeff Benjamin as the group's "most personal and accomplished single yet".The EP focused on social issues, with the "Wake Me Up" music video
addressing mental health issues, whilst the first track "Dystopia" directly attacked the idea of living in any so-called utopias, disregarding them all as illusions.
On June 28, 2017, the group's second Japanese studio album, Unlimited, was released.
On September 5, 2017, B.A.P released their seventh single album Blue with Honeymoon being the title track.
On December 13, 2017, B.A.P released their eighth single album, Ego, with "Hands Up" serving as the title track.
On March 28, 2018, B.A.P released their third Japanese studio album, Massive.
In 2018, members Yongguk and Zelo left the group after their contract with TS Entertainment expired. On February 18, 2019 the remaining four members also left TS Entertainment.
Korean Studio Albums
|B.A.P Unplugged 2014
|Best Absolute Perfect
|Feel So Good
|Wake Me Up