NCT U


  • I. Introduction

    NCT (엔시티) or Neo Culture Technology is a boy group under SM Entertainment. The group structure of NCT is unique among K-Pop groups due to the fact that the concept of NCT is an ever expanding group with "unlimited" members and it is comprised of several individual subunits. Currently there are 23 members in NCT making up four individual subunits. A fifth unit is expected to debut in 2022.


    The NCT U sub-unit is a special promotional unit with rotational members. Members are chosen to perform based on the song and concept, and the groups are often heavily performance-driven. In addition to recording and performing in music videos, NCT U groups also perform on music shows and other performances within the same grouping. As of January 2022, all current members of NCT have participated in a NCT U subunit.


    II. Career

    III. Debut

    NCT U was the first NCT sub-unit announced on April 4, 2016. It debuted on April 9 with the singles "The 7th Sense" and "Without You." "The 7th Sense" was a highly dance-focused and rap-intensive song, featuring Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun and Mark, while the vocally-driven mid-tempo song "Without You" featured future NCT main vocalists Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun and, on the Chinese version, Kun.



    IIII. First SM Station and OST

    Two of the three permanent NCT sub-units launched in 2016, NCT 127 and NCT Dream.


    NCT U also released its first OST song, the vocally focused "Stay In My Life," featuring Taeil, Taeyong and Doyoung for the School 2017 OST in August 2017. NCT U returned as part of the digital SM Station project, releasing the single, "Timeless," another vocally-driven song featuring the three main vocalists of NCT 127, Taeil, Doyoung and Jaehyun. It released its next OST, "Radio Romance," featuring Taeil and Doyoung, in February 2018 for the Radio Romance OST, which was another vocally-focused song.

    IIIII. Empathy

    After the initial debut, the majority of NCT U songs are released in conjunction with the biennial NCT projects, where all of the sub-units come together to create an album and promote content with cross-unit activities. The NCT U combinations continue to be selected by song, so that a heavily rap-focused track will utilize NCT's strongest rappers across the units and aheavily vocal-focused track will only utilize the group's key vocalists.



    NCT launched the NCT 2018 project on March 14, 2018, featuring all NCT members, and debuting three new ones. This project also included the first NCT full album, NCT 2018 Empathy. Each of the NCT sub-units features on songs on the album, although the majority of the songs are the NCT U. For Empathy, the NCT U groups featured re-releases of previous songs "The 7th Sense" and "Without You," as well as new combinations incorporating new NCT members. (Note: The performance-driven song "Black on Black" is not listed as a NCT U song, but rather NCT to indicate the full group.)


    The NCT U groups feature significantly in show-stopping year-end performances in Korea, especially during NCT project years in conjunction with the other sub-units.


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    More SM Station and OSTs

    NCT U also continued to release singles as part of the digital SM Station project and for OSTs. In August 2018, it released "New Dream," a vocal-focused track featuring Taeil and Jaehyun, for the Dokgo Rewind OST. In August 2019, it released "New Love , a vocal-driven track featuring Doyoung and Jaehyun, for Best Mistake OST. In October 2019, it released "Baby Only You," featuring Doyoung and Mark, for The Tale of Nokdu OST. December 2019, it released "Coming Home," a winter ballad featuring only NCT 127's main vocalists, Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun and Haechan, for SM Station.


    SM Station is a digital music project under SM Entertainment that involves solos or duets from members in existing SM groups, as well as opportunities for singers to experiment in other genres or collaborate with artists inside and outside of SM Entertainment. The project releases a number of singles digitally each year on digital platforms, including streaming audio like Spotify.


    IIIV. Resonance

    NCT launched another all-unit project in October 2020, featuring all NCT members, and debuting two new ones. This NCT 2020 project also included a 2-part NCT full album, NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 and NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2 and an accompanying TV show, NCT World 2.0. For Resonance, all the NCT U groups and songs were brand new.


    The album was released in two parts, so different NCT U groups promoted during each album's launch.


    For NCT 2020, NCT U groups performed individually for year-end performances, as well as in a special mash-up song and performance, "Resonance," that incorporated multiple NCT U songs and groups, with each group breaking out to perform their specific portion. The combination song included portions of "Make A Wish," "90s Love", "Work It" and "Raise the Roof." However, although it is a mash-up of NCT U songs, because it included all units, it is technically labelled an NCT 2020 song rather than NCT U.


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    In August 2021, NCT U released a digital single "Maniac" under producer Ryan S. Jhun's MAXIS project.


    IIV. Universe

    NCT launched another all-unit project in December 2021, featuring all active NCT members. 2 members did not participate (Winwin due to competing acting schedules and Lucas due to hiatus), while Ten had partial participation on some elements but not NCT U units/songs. This NCT 2021 project included an album. For Universe, all the NCT U groups and songs were brand new.


    The album included two co-title tracks: the NCT U song "Universe (Let's Play Ball)" and the all member track "Beautiful." Because it included all members, "Beautiful" is technically labeled a NCT 2021 song rather than NCT U.


    IIVI. NCT Lab

    SM announced a new project under SM Station to focus around NCT, called NCT Lab. The project includes solo songs, self-composed tracks and sub-unit work outside of the group's albums. NCT U songs were released beginning in April.



    III. Discography

    Artwork Title Release Album/EP/Single Members Emphasis
    "The 7th Sense" 2016 digital single / NCT 2018 Empathy Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun and Mark heavy rap and dance
    "Without You" 2016 digital single / NCT 2018 Empathy Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun
    (all main vocalists)
    heavy vocal
    "Without You" (Chinese version) 2016 digital single / NCT 2018 Empathy Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Kun
    (all main vocalists)
    heavy vocal
    "Stay in My Life" 2017 School 2017 OST Taeil, Taeyong, Doyoung
    "Timeless (텐데...)" 2018 SM Station Season 2 / NCT 2018 Empathy Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun
    (all main vocalists)
    heavy vocal - ballad
    "Radio Romance" 2018 Radio Romance OST Taeil, Doyoung (both main vocalists) heavily vocal
    25599-713cacnunpl-ac-sx466-jpg "Boss" 2018 NCT 2018 Empathy Taeyong, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, (new members) Jungwoo and Lucas combination: dance, vocal, rap
    25599-713cacnunpl-ac-sx466-jpg "Baby Don't Stop" 2018 NCT 2018 Empathy Taeyong, Ten (both main dancers) vocal, rap, strong dance
    25599-713cacnunpl-ac-sx466-jpg "Yestoday" 2018 NCT 2018 Empathy Taeyong, Doyoung, Lucas, Mark heavy rap
    "New Dream" 2018 Dokgo Rewind OST Taeil, Jaehyun (both main vocalists) heavily vocal
    "New Love" 2019 Best Mistake OST Taeil, Jaehyun (both main vocalists) heavily vocal
    "Baby Only You" 2019 The Tale of Nodku OST Doyoung, Mark heavily vocal
    "Coming Home 2019 SM Station X 4 LOVEs for Winter Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Haechan
    (all main vocalists)
    heavy vocal - ballad
    27847-part1digital-png 27864-part2digital-png "Make A Wish (Birthday Song)" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1

    NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2
    Taeyong, Doyoung, Yuta, Jaehyun, Lucas, Xiaojun, Jaemin, Shotaro heavy dance, vocal, rap
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    "Misfit" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1

    NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2
    Johnny, Taeyong, Mark, Hendery, Jeno, YangYang, Sungchan (all rappers) all rap
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    "Volcano" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1

    NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2
    Taeyong, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas, Mark combination: dance, vocal, rap
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    "Light Bulb" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1

    NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2
    Taeyong, Kun, Doyoung, Sungchan (main rappers and vocalists) heavy rap and vocal
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    "Dancing in the Rain" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1

    NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2
    Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Kun, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Xiaojun, Chenle rap and vocal
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    "Faded in My Last Song" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1

    NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2
    Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Ten, Lucas, Renjun, Haechan, Jisung rap and vocal
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    "From Home" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1

    NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2
    Taeil, Yuta, Kun, Doyoung, Renjun, Haechan, Chenle (mostly main vocalists) heavy vocal - ballad
    27864-part2digital-png "90s Love" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2 Ten, Winwin, Mark, Jeno, Haechan, YangYang, Sungchan (main/lead dancers, main/lead rappers) heavy dance and rap
    27864-part2digital-png "Raise the Roof" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2 Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Kun, Jungwoo, Hendery, Renjun, Chenle, Jisung rap and vocal
    27864-part2digital-png "My Everything" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2 Taeil, Doyoung and Renjun
    (all main vocalists)
    heavy vocal - ballad
    27864-part2digital-png "Work It" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2 Johnny, Yuta, Ten, Jungwoo, Hendery, Jaemin, Jisung dance and vocal
    27864-part2digital-png "All About You" 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2 Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Mark, Hendery, Shotaro, Sungchan, Chenle vocal
    27864-part2digital-png "I.O.U." 2020 NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2 Taeyong, Kun, Doyoung, YangYang, Shotaro, Chenle, Jisung vocal and rap
    "Maniac" 2021 digital single Doyoung, Haechan (both main vocalists) heavy vocals
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "New Axis" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Taeyong, Mark, YangYang (all main rappers) all rap
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "Universe (Let's Play Ball)" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Doyoung, Jungwoo, Mark, Xiaojun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, YangYang, Shotaro heavy dance, vocal, rap
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "OK!" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Taeyong, Yuta, Ten, Mark, Hendery, Jeno, YangYang heavy rap and vocal
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "Birthday Party" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Johnny, Yuta, Jungwoo, Hendery, Jaemin, Shotaro, Chenle, Jisung heavy rap and vocal
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "Know Now" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Doyoung, Sungchan, Johnny, Jaemin, Jeno, YangYang, Mark vocal and rap
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "Round&Round" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Taeil, Ten, Jaehyun, Xiaojun, Haechan, Sungchan heavy vocal - 5 main vocalists
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "Vroom" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Kun, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Hendery, Shotaro, Chenle, Jisung vocal and rap
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "Sweet Dream" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Taeil, Kun, Jaehyun, Haechan, Chenle (all main vocalists) heavy vocal - ballad
    146940-images-thumbnail-nct-vol-jpg "Good Night" 2021 NCT 2021 Universe Taeil, Doyoung, Xiaojun, Renjun heavy vocal - ballad
    "coNEXTion (Age of Light)" 2022 SM Station: NCT Lab Doyoung, Haechan, Mark rap and vocal



    IV. Videos

    V. Performances

    VI. Dance Practices

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