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 2021.
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. As of December 2020, all current members of NCT have promoted under the NCT U subunit.
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. In addition to recording and performing in music videos, NCT U groups will also perform on music shows and other performances within the same grouping.
The 7th Sense
The 7th Sense Performance Version
The 7th Sense group performing on Music Bank
Without You - Chinese Version
Without You group performing on Inkigayo
III. SM Station
Two of the three permanent NCT sub-units launched in 2016, NCT 127 and NCT Dream. NCT U returned as part of the digital SM Station project, NCT U released its third single, "Timeless," another vocally-driven song featuring the three main vocalists of NCT 127, Taeil, Doyoung and Jaehyun.
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 heavily 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. 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. The performance-driven song "Black on Black" had been previously utilized during NCT's year-end performances at the end of 2016, although not released.
|"Boss"||combination: dance, vocal, rap||yes||Taeyong, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, (new members) Jungwoo and Lucas|
|"Baby, Don't Stop"||vocal, rap, strong dance||yes||Taeyong, Ten (both main dancers)|
|"Yestoday"||heavy rap||yes||Taeyong, Doyoung, Lucas, Mark|
|"Black on Black"||heavy rap, heavy dance||yes||Taeyong, Lucas, Yuta, Jeno, Mark, all 18 members dancing|
|"Timeless"||heavy vocal||no||Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun (all main vocalists)|
|"The 7th Sense"||heavy rap, dance emphasis||yes||Taeyong, Ten, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Mark (mostly main or lead dancers)|
|"Without You"||heavy vocal||yes||Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun (Korean version)/ Taeil, Kun, Doyoung, Jaehyun (Chinese version)
(all main vocalists)
(not counting the previously released songs referenced earlier)
Boss Dance Practice
Baby Don't Stop MV
Baby Don't Stop Performance
Baby Don't Stop Dance Practice
Black on Black MV
Black on Black Performance
Black on Black Performance
Black on Black Dance Practice
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.
MAMA 2016 - Black on Black actually premiered as a performance here first
Boss (NCT U) + Regular (NCT 127) + Black on Black (NCT U)
The 7th Sense (NCT U) + Go (NCT Dream) + Boss (NCT U)
V. SM Station Winter
NCT U released another single as part of the digital SM Station project, "Coming Home," a winter ballad featuring only NCT 127's main vocalists, Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun and Haechan.
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.
|Resonance Pt. 1:|
|"Make A Wish (Birthday Song)"||heavy dance, vocal and rap||yes||Taeyong, Doyoung, Yuta, Jaehyun, Lucas, Xiaojun, Jaemin, Shotaro|
|"Misfit"||all rap||no||Johnny, Taeyong, Mark, Hendery, Jeno, Yangyang, Sungchan (all rappers)|
|"Volcano"||rap and vocal||no||Taeyong, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas, Mark|
|"Light Bulb"||heavy rap and vocal||no||Taeyong, Kun, Doyoung, Sungchan (main rappers and vocalists)|
|"Dancing in the Rain"||rap and vocal||no||Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Kun, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Xiaojun, Chenle|
|"Faded in My Last Song"||rap and vocal||no||Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Ten, Lucas, Renjun, Haechan, Jisung|
|"From Home"||heavy vocal||yes||Taeil, Yuta, Kun, Doyoung, Renjun, Haechan, Chenle (mostly main vocalists)|
|Resonance Pt. 2|
|"90s Love"||heavy dance and rap||yes||Ten, Winwin, Mark, Jeno, Haechan, Yangyang, Sungchan (main/lead dancers, main/lead rappers)|
|"Raise the Roof"||rap and vocal||no||Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Kun, Jungwoo, Hendery, Renjun, Chenle, Jisung|
|"My Everything"||heavy vocal||no||Taeil, Xiaojun, Renjun (all main vocalists)|
|"Work It"||dance and vocal||yes||Johnny, Yuta, Ten, Jungwoo, Hendery, Jaemin, Jisung|
|"All About You"||vocal||no||Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Mark, Hendery, Shotaro, Sungchan, Chenle|
|"I.O.U."||vocal and rap||no||Taeyong, Kun, Doyoung, Yangyang, Shotaro, Chenle, Jisung|
Make A Wish MV
Make A Wish Performance
Make A Wish Dance Practice
From Home MV
From Home Performance
90s Love MV
90s Love Performance
90s Love Dance Practice
Work It MV
Work It Performance
Work It Dance Practice
Dancing in the Rain
Faded in My Last song
Raise the Roof
All About You
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."
Work It + Make a Wish + 90s Love - AAA
90s Love + Work It + From Home + Make A Wish
Misfit Performance - MAMA
From Home - MAMA
NCT 2020 Resonance - KBS
NCT 2020 Resonance - MBC
|"The 7th Sense"||2016||single, re-released on NCT 2018 Empathy||111||2|
|"Without You"||2016||single, re-released on NCT 2018 Empathy||126||3||China Billboard
|"Timeless"||2018||SM Station Season 2 single, re-released on NCT 2018 Empathy||-||-||-|
|"Boss"||2018||NCT 2018 Empathy||97||3|
|"Baby Don't Stop"||2018||NCT 2018 Empathy||-||2||-|
|"Yesterday"||2018||NCT 2018 Empathy||-||-||-|
|"Coming Home"||2019||SM Station X 4 LOVEs for Winter single||-||-||-|
|"Make A Wish"||2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1||14||11||JPN Hot 100: 59|
|"From Home"||2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1||92||-||-|
|"90s Love"||2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2||84||15||-|
|"Work It"||2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2||123||23||-|
Other Charted Singles
|"Misfit"||2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1||130|
|"Volcano"||2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1||168|
|"Faded in My Last Song"||2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1||186|
|"Dancing in the Rain"||2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1||188|