Haechan


  • I. Introduction

    Lee Dong-hyuck (Hangul: 이동혁), known professionally as Haechan (Hangul: 해찬) , is a Korean singer and dancer. He is one of the main vocalists in multiple NCT sub units, the rotational units NCT Dream and NCT U, and one of the lead vocalists in the permanent unit NCT 127. All groups sing primarily in Korean, as well as songs in English, Chinese and Japanese.


    II. Career

    III. 2014-16: SM Rookies and debut

    Donghyuck was born in Seoul on June 6, 2000. He is one of only 8 idols in SM Entertainment to pass SM's famously difficult Saturday audition and 1 of 2 idols in NCT. He was introduced as a member of the pre-debut SM Rookies group on July 7, 2014. He began appearing with other members of the group in live performances and variety shows, including appearing on "The Mickey Mouse Club."

    Donghyuck appeared in the ongoing NCT reality show, NCT Life. In April-May 2016, he appeared in NCT Life in Bangkok, focusing on the members of SM Rookies and their journey to debut. As part of the show, he prepared for shows and appearances in Thailand with other members, including Jaehyun, Hansol, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Ten, Taeil, Mark, Jeno, Jaemin and Jisung.


    On June 30, 2016, it was announced that NCT would debut its first permanent sub-unit, NCT 127. He debuted with a new stage name, Haechan, on the EP NCT #127 on July 10, 2016 as one of the lead vocalists, lead dancers and the maknae. Haechan has one of the most distinctive voices in NCT, even as age has warmed and softened some of its textures. It is powerful and unique. It's Haechan's high sharp tones that builds into the chorus on "Fire Truck."

    In July-August 2016, he appeared with the other NCT 127 members in the third season, NCT Life in Paju, planning and enjoying games and activities in Paju. Because he and fellow member Mark were still minors, adjustments were often made and mentioned in shows to accommodate them.


    Haechan joined the third NCT sub-unit, NCT Dream, which consisted of former SM Rookies Mark, Jeno, Jaemin, and Jisung, as well as two additional members Renjun and Chenle. NCT Dream debuted on August 24, 2016 with "Chewing Gum." NCT Dream was designed as a teenage boy group, with members graduating from the group once they reached adulthood (20 in Korean, 19 international age.) Haechan is one of the main vocalists and lead dancers in Dream.


    NCT Dream has a brighter, sunnier pop sound than the other sub-units, although it has an equal emphasis on powerful and intricate dance choreography.

    IIII. 2017: Limitless, Cherry Bomb and The First

    NCT 127 released its second EP Limitless on January 4, 2017.


    NCT Dream released its first single album The First on February 9, 2017, featuring the previously released "Chewing Gum" as well as two new songs. In the same month, NCT Dream were also appointed as official ambassadors for the 2017 FIFA Under 20 World Cup and performed a special song tied into the event.


    NCT 127 released its third EP Cherry Bomb on June 14, 2017. It made its first appearances in live shows in the U.S. throughout the summer.

    NCT Dream released its first EP, We Young on August 17, 2017. It also released a Christmas single "Joy" as part of SM's digital Station project.


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    IIIII. 2018: NCT Empathy and first album

    Haechan participated with NCT during 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. He appears as a singer on the NCT 127 song "Touch," the NCT Dream song "Go" and as a dancer in "Black on Black." Haechan's voice lifts the bridge in "Go."

    NCT 127 released its first Japanese EP Chain on May 23, 2018.


    On August 27, it was announced that the upcoming Dream EP, We Go Up, would be Mark's last, as he was graduating from NCT Dream due to his age. The EP launched on September 3, 2018.


    NCT 127 released its first full album Regular-Irregular on October 12, 2018, featuring a popular English version of its lead single, "Regular," that was utilized during the group's United States' based performances. The group also released a repackage Regulate on November 13, featuring the single "Simon Says."


    NCT Dream released a winter single and Mark's final song, "Candle Light" on December 27, 2018.


    With his outgoing personality, he became a popular guest on variety shows, however on December 19, Haechan was forced to take a hiatus due to injury.


    IIIV. 2019: First World Tour

    In January 2019, NCT 127 began its first concert tour, Neo City - The Origin, with worldwide stops until May. Haechan rejoined the tour in March in Japan.

    The group also released its first full-length Japanese album, Awaken. The group then increased its publicity in the United States ahead of the release of its fourth EP, We Are Superhuman, including appearing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. They also released an English version song "Highway to Heaven" of the Korean song on the EP and an accompanying video filmed in California. Some of NCT's most recognizable bridges are on this album, anchored by Haechan, including his Michael-Jackson-inflected "Superhuman" bridge and the "oh she's so bad" of "Highway to Heaven." On October 24, 2019, 127 released a live album based on the Neo City concert tour: Neo City Seoul - The Origin.

    NCT Dream became the first global ambassadors of the World Scout Foundation, then released a new EP, We Boom, in July. NCT Dream began its first tour in November 2019 until the COVID-19 pandemic halted its touring schedule in 2020.

    In addition to his activities with NCT 127 and NCT Dream, Haechan continued to appear as a guest on variety shows, including the ninth season, NCT Life: Chuncheon and Hongcheon, with NCT 127 members touring parts of South Korea. He also made his debut singing for NCT U on "Coming Home."


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    IIV. 2020: Neo Zone, Reload and Resonance

    NCT Dream released a Japanese-exclusive repackage The Dream, while NCT 127 released its second full album, Neo Zone, on March 6, 2020, as well as a repackage Neo Zone: The Final Round on May 19. NCT Dream releases its fourth EP Reload on April 29.

    Haechan participated in the NCT 2020 project in October 2020, featuring all NCT members, and debuting two new ones. This project also included a 2-part NCT full album, NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 and NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2. He appears as a singer on 127's song "Music, Dance" and NCT Dream's "Deja Vu" as well as a part of NCT U combination units on 3 songs: "90s Love," "From Home" and "Faded in My Last Song." He also features in the combination single "Resonance," which combines multiple songs, with his memorable intro. The entire project also appeared on NCT World 2.0, a competition-focused show.

    IIVI. 2021: NCT 127, NCT Dream albums and repackages

    NCT 127 released its second Japanese release, Loveholic, in February 2021. Again, Haechan delivers a unique and memorable pre-chorus.


    NCT Dream released its first full album, Hot Sauce, in May 2021. The album sold over 2 million copies, making NCT Dream the second artist to sell over 2 million copies of one album. He also appeared in two reality shows supporting the launch, 7Illin' in the Dream and Boys' Mental Training Camp 2.


    On June 4, NCT 127 released a digital single, "Save", a collaboration with the Korean hip hop label, Amoeba Culture.


    It was also announced at the SM Congress 2021 that NCT 127 would have a studio album and repackage in the fall.


    NCT Dream released a repackage of Hot Sauce, Hello Future, on June 28, which also became a million seller.


    On August 12, Haechan released a single as part of an NCT U unit with his NCT 127 group mate Doyoung, "Maniac."


    NCT 127 released its third Korean studio album Sticker on September 17, 2021. Additionally, Haechan appeared in a new season of NCT Life, NCT Life in Gapyeong and a new show, Analog Trip 2.


    III. Discography

    Title Date Release Link
    "Cintar Luar Biasa (Andmesh Kamaleng)" with Doyoung 2019 YouTube channel
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    "첫 눈 (EXO) / Mistletoe (Justin Bieber)" 2019 YouTube channel
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    "Maniac" as NCT U with Doyoung 2021 YouTube
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    IV. Videography

    V. Trivia

    - His NCT emoji is a ☀️ (sun).

    - He has a younger sister and two younger brothers.

    - Haechan is 1 only 8 idols who passed SM Entertainment's extremely difficult and competitive Saturday open audition, and 1 of 2 in NCT (the other is Jungwoo). Most idols are identified and recruited by talent scouts and recruiters.

    - Haechan was previously one of the few members in NCT without an IG, but had one added as part of promotions for NCT 127's third album, Sticker.

    - Haechan is boisterous and affectionate - he is the mood maker and the mischief maker.

    - His stage name Haechan means "full sun."

    - He named his fans Sunflowers.

    - He also often interacts with his fellow member, the warm and friendly Moon Taeil, and are known as "Sun and Moon." They even hosted a mini talk show for the launch of Resonance.

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    - He also has a nickname of being a bear and bear emojis are sometimes used in NCT content.

    - Haechan has color amblyphobia.

    - He plays Overwatch a lot.

    - He is a big Michael Jackson and Taemin fan.

    - SM released a video using the audio from NCT's MAMA performance that captures the journey of the members through their career.


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    - NCT members have participated in a NCT 24 Hour Relay Cam that gives a snapshot of their daily lives.


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