NCT Dream


  • I. Introduction

    NCT Dream is a Korean boy group and a rotational sub-unit of NCT. 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 is comprised of several individual subunits. The NCT Dream sub-unit currently consists of seven members (Mark, Renjun, Jaemin, Haechan, Chenle and Jisung) and sings primarily in Korean. 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.


    II. Members

    Mark (마크)

    Real Name: Mark Lee (Korean name: Lee Min-hyung; in Hangul: 이민형)
    Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Sub-Vocalist
    Birthday: 8/2/99, Zodiac Sign: Leo
    Nationality: Canadian
    NCT Emoji: 🐯 IG: @onyourm__ark
    Renjun (런쥔)

    Real Name: Huang Renjun (Chinese: 黄仁俊)
    Main Vocalist
    Birthday: 3/23/2000, Zodiac Sign: Aries
    Nationality: Chinese
    NCT Emoji: 🦊 IG: @yellow_3to3
    Weibo: https://m.weibo.cn/u/7403386820

    Jeno (재민)

    Real Name: Lee Jeno (제노)
    Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Visual
    Birthday: 4/23/00, Zodiac Sign: Taurus
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: 🐶 IG: none
    Haechan (해찬)

    Real Name: Lee Donghyuck (이동혁)
    Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
    Birthday: 6/6/00, Zodiac Sign: Gemini
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: ☀️ IG: none


    Jaemin (재민)

    Real Name: Na Jaemin (나재민)
    Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Center, Visual
    Birthday: 8/13/00, Zodiac Sign: Leo
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: 🐰 IG: @na.jaemin0813
    Chenle (천러)

    Real Name: Zhong Chenle (钟辰乐)
    Main Vocalist
    Birthday: 11/22/2001, Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
    Nationality: Chinese
    NCT Emoji: 🐬 IG: none
    Weibo: https://weibo.com/u/7403383160
    Jisung (지성)

    Real Name: Park Ji-sung (박지성)
    Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae
    Birthday: 2/5/2002, Zodiac Sign: Gemini
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: 🌕 IG: none


    III. Career

    IIII. 2016: Debut

    NCT Dream was announced as the third NCT sub-unit on August 18, 2016. 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.) Five of the seven members had previously been a part of the pre-debut group SM Rookies. The Rookies team, which also included future members of NCT 127 and Red Velvet, performed in live performances and variety shows, with the future NCT Dream members appearing as cast members on "The Mickey Mouse Club."


    Prior to their debut as NCT Dream, many members appeared in an ongoing NCT reality show, NCT Life, throughout April-June 2016 in its first season, NCT Life in Bangkok, focusing on their journey to debut in NCT, as well as competing in competitions and events.


    Chinese singers Chenle and Renjun are one of only four members in NCT who did not participate in SM Rookies. Chenle was the last member to be added just five months prior to debut.


    NCT Dream debuted on August 24, 2016 with "Chewing Gum." At the time of debut, members ranged in age from 14 to 17, including the youngest male SM Rookie, Jisung. "Chewing Gum" reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard World Digital Songs Chart, #23 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart and #12 on Billboard China, as well as charting on Gaon Digital.


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    Members also sang and danced in popular and iconic performances on hoverboards.


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    IIIII. 2017: The First, FIFA Under 20 World Cup and We Young

    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. Due to an injury and herniated disc, Jaemin took a temporary medical hiatus from the group and did not participate in any of these promotions. The First debuted at #1 on the Gaon Album Charts in Korea. The album also included Chinese versions of "My First and Last" and "Chewing Gum," as well a cover of a popular song "Dunk Shot." The lead single "My First and Last" charted on Gaon, as well as reaching #9 on Billboard China and #11 on U.S. Billboard World.


    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, "Trigger the Fever" tied into the event.



    Members returned to a new season of NCT Life, built around the Dream members. NCT Life: Entertainment Retreat followed the members as they learned variety show skills and competed in competitions with their seniors at SM, Super Junior's Leeteuk and Shindong.


    NCT Dream released its first EP, We Young, on August 17, 2017. This release and promotion also did not include the recuperating Jaemin. The album contained "Trigger the Fever," while the lead single "We Young" appeared in Korean and Chinese versions. The release debuted at #2 on the Gaon Charts and reached #3 on U.S. World albums, while also charting in France. The single "We Young" reached #14 on Chinese Billboard and #11 on U.S. Billboard World Songs charts.


    In December 2017, the group released a holiday single "Joy" as part of season 2 of SM's digital station project.



    IIIIII. 2018: NCT Empathy and We Go Up

    Jaemin returned from injury and NCT Dream participated 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. The album featured songs from all three existing NCT sub-units at the time, including the rotating combination sub-unit NCT U and the two other sub-units, NCT 127 and NCT Dream. NCT Dream had one song ""Go" featured on the albums, and NCT Dream members participated within the NCT U units for "Boss," "Yestoday", "Black on Black," and "The 7th Sense." They are also dancers in "Black on Black," with Jisung, Mark, Haechan and Jeno having featured dance portions in the video.


    Empathy debuted at #2 on the Gaon Album Charts, as well as reaching #5 on U.S. World albums and charting in France, Japan, Netherlands and the U.K. "Go" reached #18 on the U.S. Billboard World Songs chart.

    On August 27, it was announced that the upcoming NCT Dream EP, We Go Up, would be Mark's last, as he was graduating from NCT Dream due to his age. This would reduce NCT Dream to 6 members after promotions were complete. The EP was released on September 3, 2018 and debuted at #1 on the Gaon charts, eventually being certified platinum. It reached #5 in the U.S., as well as charting in Japan and the U.K. The lead single "We Go Up" charted on Gaon and reached #11 on U.S. Billboard World Songs.


    NCT Dream was the only Asian artist featured on U.S. Billboard's "21 Under 21 2018: Music's Next Generation" list, and was also named Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018.


    On December 19, Haechan was forced to take a hiatus due to injury. The group released a holiday single "Candle Light" on December 27 as part of season 3 of the SM Station project, which was the last to feature Mark.

    IIIIV. 2019: We Boom and first tour

    In July 2019, NCT Dream were named the first global ambassadors of the World Scout Foundation and recorded a single "Fireflies" to support Scout activities in low-income counties. They also performed at the World Scout Jamboree.


    On July 26, the group released its third EP, We Boom. It became NCT Dream's second platinum album, selling over 300,000 copies in the first month and debuting at #1 on the Gaon charts. It also reached #7 on the U.S. World charts, #3 on Billboard Social 50 chart and #16 on the Japanese Oricon charts. The EP would become the best selling NCT release (by any sub-unit) until that point. The EP also earned Bonsang awards at the Golden Disc Awards and Seoul Music Awards. The lead single "Boom" charted on Gaon and reached #6 on the U.S. World charts.

    In September, the group was again included in Billboard's 21 Under 21 list, becoming the first Asian artists to be named consecutively.


    In November and December, the group began their first international concert tour, The Dream Show, in Seoul and Bangkok.


    During the year, the group released two collaborations: "Don't Need Your Love" with English singer HRVY for SM Station and "Up to You" with PrettyMuch.


    IIIV. 2020: NCT Resonance and Reload

    The COVID-19 pandemic halted Dream's touring schedule. In April 2020, SM announced that following the release of NCT Dream's fourth EP Reload, the group's graduation concept would be dropped. Mark will rejoin NCT Dream and they will promote as a special unit similar to NCT U. A day before release, Reload already had 500,000 preorders. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes chart in 49 countries, including the U.S., as well as topping the Chinese QQ chart. It also debuted at the top of the Gaon charts, #2 on Oricon charts in Japan and #7 on U.S. Billboard World charts. The lead single "Ridin" became the first NCT single of unit to reach #1 on Melon. It also reached #17 on Gaon and #18 on U.S. Billboard World. Four other songs off the EP also charted on Gaon.


    The following month, NCT Dream hosted its first online concert as part of the Beyond Live concert series. The group also released a live album of its concert tour.


    NCT Dream 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. Members of NCT Dream appear in the NCT U combination units on multiple song, as well as releasing their own, "Deja Vu." As part of the Resonance event, sub-units appeared across NCT performances during year-end shows, with each sub-unit featuring one of their songs. For NCT Dream, they performed "Ridin." The entire project also appeared on NCT World 2.0, a competition-focused show. Mark made his first performance with NCT Dream in 2 years on the Resonance track "Deja Vu" and also performed with the group as part of the NCT World 2.0 series.


    The two Resonance albums became top sellers for the year and multi-platinum, debuting at the top of the Gaon and U.S. Billboard World Album charts.

    IIIVI. 2021: First album and repackage

    On May 10, 2021, the group released its first album, Hot Sauce. Fans had been clamoring for a full album and pre-orders reached over 1.7 million copies. The album debuted at #1 on the Korean Gaon Album Charts, with its songs charting on all the digital charts (Genie, Flo, Melon). The album also topped the Chinese QQ charts and iTunes charts in 37 regions, including the United States. Within 1 week, the album had surpassed more than 1,000,000 copies sold on the Hanteo charts, becoming the first SM album to accomplish this in its first week. Additionally, it became the second biggest streaming boy group album launch under SM on the global Spotify charts. The title song debuted at #189 on Spotify's global charts, becoming NCT Dream's first song to do so. The lead single "Hot Sauce" became the group's first #1 on the Gaon Digital chart. The album went on to sell over 2 million copies as of June 2021, becoming only the second artist to do with a single album in South Korea.


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    Mark participated in both the album and the promotions. Members also participated in two shows, 7Illin in the Dream on You Tube and Boys Mental Training Camp on Waave as part of the comeback.


    NCT Dream also partnered with children's programming Pinkfong (of "Baby Shark" fame) for promotions around Children's Day, including a version of "Dino ABC" and animated versions of "Hot Sauce" in Korean and English.


    On June 28, NCT Dream released a repackage of Hot Sauce, Hello Future, which included 3 new songs. As of July 18, 2021, the album had sold 931,219 copies, making it the second highest NCT album on Hanteo. Between the two albums, NCT Dream is anticipated to be a 3 million seller.

    IV. Discography

    V. Singles

    VI. Videography

    VII. Awards and Nominations

    VIII. Trivia

    - Fans call the members "Dreamies."

    - Many of the older members of other NCT units, like 127 and WayV, have known Dream since they were children and still treat them like younger brothers, including purchasing meals for them.

    - The maknae line of WayV, as well as Sungchan and Shotaro (members added in the 2020 Resonance event) are actually the same age as the Dream members.

    - 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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    - During 7Illin in the Dream and in the Past segment of promotions for Hello Future, members talked about the challenges of debuting at a young age.

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