Nu'est

  • I. Introduction:

    “Showtime, NU'EST time! Hello, we are NU'EST.” —NU'EST


    NU'EST (뉴이스트; an acronym for "New Establish Style Tempo") is a five-member boy group under Pledis Entertainment. They debuted on March 15, 2012 with their first single "Face".

    Four of the members participated on Mnet's Produce 101 Season 2 in which only Minhyun made to the final 11 to become a member of Wanna One. From July 2017 to December 2018, the group promoted as a four-member sub-unit called NU'EST W in the absence of Minhyun.

    II. History:

    Pre-debut

    In March 2011, it was revealed that Pledis Entertainment was looking for the last member of their upcoming boy group, tentatively called After School Boys (애프터스쿨 보이즈), through a public audition. On June 6, 2011, Dongho and Jonghyun were revealed as two of the members. On June 29, 2011, it was revealed that the group would be debuting at the end of the year with 5–6 members while their official name would be decided soon.


    On November 21, 2011, a group photo was released for Pledis' charity album "Happy Pledis 2012 'Love Letter'", which was released on December 1, 2011. The album's title track "Love Letter" was performed by Son Dam Bi and After School and featured Pledis Boys' Minhyun and Dongho and female trainees Ara, Hyelim, and Junghyun. The entire group was also featured in the music video for "Love Letter".


    On December 29, 2011, the group held a special stage with After School at the SBS Gayo Daejeon.


    2012: Debut

    On January 17, 2012, a teaser photo was released and revealed that the group would be debuting as a five-member ensemble and under their official name, NU'EST.


    2013: NU'EST M


    2016–2018: Produce 101 Season 2, Minhyun's absence, NU'EST W

    Four of the members participated on the reality survival show Produce 101 Season 2 while Aron did not participate due to leg recovery. Minhyun was the only member that made to the final 11 to promote with the project group Wanna One, while the other members formed the four-member subgroup NU'EST W (the W in the name means the group is waiting for him to return), as they released three mini albums between 2017 and 2018.


    2021: Aron's hiatus

    On January 2, 2021, member Aron had announced that he would be going on a hiatus to focus on treatment after a medical review, as he has been experiencing symptoms of anxiety. The group will promote with four members.

    III. Members:

    Sub-units

    NU'EST-M

    NU'EST W

    Stage Name: JR (제이알)
    Birth Name: Kim Jong Hyun (김종현)
    Position: Leader, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Face of the Group, Vocalist
    Nickname: Bangkok City Boy, National Leader
    Birthday: June 8, 1995
    Zodiac Sign: Gemini
    Official Height: 178 cm (5’10”) / Real Height: 176 cm (5’9″)
    MBTI Type: ISFJ
    Nationality: Korean
    Instagram: @pockyjr

    Writing, Producing & Composing Credits:
    https://www.komca.or.kr/foreign2/eng/S01.jsp
    Under: KIM JONG HYUN(10005724) (Total of 48)
    Stage Name: Aron (아론)
    Birth Name: Aaron Kwak
    Korean Name: Kwak Young Min (곽영민)
    Position: Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist
    Birthday: May 21, 1993
    Zodiac Sign: Gemini
    Official Height: 176 cm (5’9″) / Real Height: 173 cm (5’8″)
    MBTI Type: ISFP
    Nationality: Korean-American
    Instagram: @nuestaron

    Writing, Producing & Composing Credits:
    https://www.komca.or.kr/foreign2/eng/S01.jsp
    Under: ARON(10016278) (Total of 8)

    Health
    On January 2, 2021, he and Pledis announced that he would be going on a
    hiatus to focus on treatment after a medical review, as he has been
    experiencing symptoms of anxiety.
    Stage Name: Baekho (백호)
    Birth Name: Kang Dong Ho (강동호)
    Position: Main Vocalist
    Nickname: Eye-Smiled Prince, Sexy Bandit
    Birthday: July 21, 1995
    Zodiac Sign: Cancer Official
    Height: 179 cm (5’10.5″) / Real Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
    MBTI Type: ENFP
    Nationality: Korean

    Writing, Producing & Composing Credits:
    https://www.komca.or.kr/foreign2/eng/S01.jsp
    Under: KANG DONG HO(10011993) (Total of 43)

    In 2017, him, and fellow members JR, Minhyun, and Ren
    participated in Mnet's survival reality show Produce 101
    Season 2, which he finished in 13th place.
    Stage Name: Minhyun (민현)
    Birth Name: Hwang Min Hyun (황민현)
    Position: Lead Vocalist, Visual
    Nickname: Shanghai Boy
    Birthday: August 9, 1995
    Zodiac Sign: Leo Official
    Height: 183 cm (6’0″) / Real Height: 181 cm (5’11″)
    MBTI Type: ESFJ
    Nationality: Korean
    Instagram: @optimushwang

    Writing, Producing & Composing Credits:
    https://www.komca.or.kr/foreign2/eng/S01.jsp
    Under: HWANG MIN HYUN(10011986) (Total of 11)

    In 2017, he and fellow members JR, Baekho and Ren entered and participated in
    Produce 101 Season 2 and in the finale, he finished in 9th, making him a member of Wanna One.
    He released his first solo single on April 3, 2019 with the digital single "Universe".
    Stage Name: Ren (렌)
    Birth Name: Choi Min Ki (최민기)
    Position: Sub Vocalist, Maknae
    Birthday: November 3, 1995
    Zodiac Sign: Scorpio Official
    Height: 178 cm (5’10”) / Real Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
    MBTI Type: INFJ
    Nationality: Korean
    Twitter: @ChoiGoRen
    Instagram: @glorypath

    Writing, Producing & Composing Credits:
    https://www.komca.or.kr/foreign2/eng/S01.jsp
    Under: REN(10015972) (Total of 7)

    In 2017, him, and fellow members JR, Minhyun, and Baekho participated in Mnet's
    survival reality show Produce 101 Season 2, which he finished in 20th place.

    Endorsements
    Love All Matte Lipstick (2019)

    IV. Discography:

    Korean

    Studio albums

    Re:Birth (2014)

    Romanticize (2021)


    Mini albums

    Action (2012)

    Hello (2013)

    Sleep Talking (2013)

    Q is. (2016)

    Canvas (2016)

    Happily Ever After (2019)

    The Table (2019)

    The Nocturne (2020)


    Single albums

    "Face" (2012)


    Digital singles

    "A Song For You" (2019)


    Special singles

    "I'm Bad" (2015)


    Collaborations

    "Let's Love (with Spoonz)" (2020)

    "Best Summer (with Spoonz)" (2020)


    Features

    Orange Caramel - "Dashing Through the Snow in Highheels" (2012)


    Japanese

    Studio albums

    Bridge the World (2015)

    Drive (2020)


    Best albums

    NU'EST Best in Korea (2014)


    Singles

    "Shalala Ring" (2014)

    "Na.Na.Na.Namida" (2015)


    Digital singles

    "Bridge the World" (2015)

    "Bridge the World (English Ver.)" (2015)

    "Cherry (English Ver.)" (2015)


    Taiwanese

    Best albums

    Smash Hits (2013)

    V. Awards & Nominations:

    Wins 28

    Nominations 81

    VI. MUSIC SHOW WINS:

    First Win: October 19, 2017 on M! Countdown for “Where You At” (as NU’EST W)

    First Win as a Full Group: May 8, 2019 on Show Champion for “Bet Bet”

    Total Wins: 17 (as of May 23, 2020) / 4 as NU’EST W, 13 as NU’EST

    Most Awarded Song: “Love Me” (as of May 2020 before their comeback)

    VII. ACHIEVEMENTS:

    Sales, Streaming, and Certifications

    • After most of the NU’EST members failed to make it into Wanna One at the end of Produce 101, their song “Hello” climbed to the top of the charts and stayed there for several days – even grabbing them a coveted 1st place nomination on SBS Inkigayo. This was seen as a major accomplishment because “Hello” had been released in 2013, four years before Produce 101. The only other group who has made such a huge comeback was EXID, and their hit song had been outa few months before it became popular.
    • When NU’EST W released W,Here, they became the fourth K-pop group to sell over 200,000 albums in one week. The other three groups to do so were BTS, EXO, and Wanna One.
    • NU’EST W’s album WHO, YOU received a platinum certification from Gaon for selling over 250,000 copies. Happily Ever After has also been certified platinum.
    • During the week of Happily Ever After (NU’EST’s first release as a full group after Produce 101), they achieved a Triple Crown on Gaon’s Weekly Chart by taking first place in album sales, digital downloads, and BGM
    • Both of the mini albums NU’EST released in 2019 were in the Top 25 of Gaon’s overall albums sales chart for that year. Happily Ever After was #23, and The Table was #25.

    Miscellaneous

    • NU’EST won their very first music show after almost 5 and a half years with “Where You At,” which is one of the longest time periods before a group has won their first music show prize after debut.

    VIII. Awards:

    2017-2018 (As NU’EST W)

    Asia Artist Awards (AAA)

    Best Entertainer (shared with Monsta X and Bolbbalgan4)


    Gaon Chart Music Awards

    Hot Performance of the Year


    Golden Disc Awards

    Disk Bonsang (for W,HERE)


    MAMA (MNET Asian Music Awards)

    Discovery of the Year


    Seoul Music Awards

    Bonsang (for W,HERE)


    2018-2019 (As NU’EST W)

    Asia Artist Awards (AAA)

    *Artist of the Year (shared with multiple groups)

    *Best Music Award (shared with Sunmi and MAMAMOO)


    Gaon Chart Music Awards *

    Hot Performance of the Year


    Golden Disc Awards

    *Disk Bonsang (for Who, You)


    MAMA (MNET Asian Music Awards)

    Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10


    Seoul Music Awards

    *Bonsang


    Soribada Best K-Music Awards

    *New Hallyu Icon Award

    *Bonsang


    2019-2020

    Asia Artist Awards (AAA)

    *Asia Celebrity

    *Best Musician


    Golden Disk Awards

    *Disk Bonsang (for Happily Ever After)

    *Cosmopolitan Artist Award


    Seoul Music Awards

    *Bonsang

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