NCT 127 is a Korean boy band and a permanent 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 127 sub-unit currently consists of nine members (Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Mark, Haechan), with a former member Winwin, who moved to a different sub-unit, WayV. NCT 127 focuses heavily on hip hop, EDM and r&b influences, while using experimental textures and layered vocals within its songs.
Real Name: Moon Taeil (문태일)
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
NCT Emoji: 🌕
Real Name: Johnny Suh
Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
NCT Emoji: 🐱
Real Name: Lee Taeyong (이태용)
Leader, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Center, Visual
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
NCT Emoji: 🌹
Real Name: Nakamoto Yuta (中本悠太)
Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Sub Rapper
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
NCT Emoji: 🐙
Real Name: Kim Dongyoung (김동영)
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
NCT Emoji: 🐰
Real Name: Jung Yoon Oh (정윤오)
Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper, Visual
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
NCT Emoji: 🍑
Real Name: Kim Jungwoo (김정우)
Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
NCT Emoji: 🐶
Real Name: Mark Lee
Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist
Zodiac Sign: Leo
NCT Emoji: 🐯 IG: @onyourm__ark
Real Name: Lee Donghyuck (이동혁)
Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Maknae
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
NCT Emoji: 🐻 ( in some content)
(inactive with 127, now with WayV)
Real Name: Dong Sicheng (董思成)
Lead Dancer, Vocalist
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
NCT Emoji: 🐥
SM announced plans to debut the second NCT sub-unit and first permanent sub-unit on July 1, 2016. Reflective of the NCT concept of units based in different global locations, the new unit NCT 127 was based in Seoul, South Korea. The name 127 represents the longitude of Seoul. The group originally included pre-existing NCT members Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun and Mark, as well as their fellow former SM Rookies Winwin and Haechan.
Prior to their debut as NCT 127, many members appeared in an ongoing NCT reality show, NCT Life, throughout April-June 2016., focusing on their journey to debut in NCT, as well as competing in competitions and events. The second season, which included Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun and Winwin, aired in June, just ahead of the group's debut.
NCT 127 debuted on July 7, 2016, with the single "Fire Truck" and performed on music show M Countdown on the day of debut. NCT became the first sub-unit to release an EP or album on July 10, 2016, with its first EP, NCT #127. The EP reached the top of the Gaon Album Chart by the third week and #2 on the U.S. Billboard World Album Charts. The EP also entered the French Digital Albums Chart and Oricon Albums Chart.
In July-August 2016, all NCT 127 members appeared in the third season of NCT Life, NCT Life in Paju, with the other 127 members planning and enjoying games and activities in Paju. In October-November 2016, all 127 members appeared in the fourth season, NCT Life: Korean Food King Challenge, a cooking competition show also featuring non-127 NCT member Ten.
IIIIII. 2017: New Members, Limitless and Cherry Bomb
On December 27, 2016, SM announced the release date of NCT 127's next EP in January, as well as introducing two new members of NCT 127, Johnny and Doyoung. Both members had previously been in SM Rookies and Doyoung had debuted as part of NCT U in April 2016. NCT 127 released its second EP Limitless on January 4, 2017. This also reached the top of the Gaon Chart, and became their first release to top the U.S. Billboard World Albums Chart.
NCT 127 members returned to NCT Life ahead of promotions for the next EP. Members toured Thailand for the sixth season NCT Life in Chiang Mai in March-April 2017, with non-127 NCT member Ten serving as a tour guide.
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. Cherry Bomb's eponymous lead single was 127's first single to chart on the Gaon Digital Chart, reaching #47. It also earned them their first Music Show win. The EP debuted at #2 on Gaon Albums Chart and Billboard World Albums, #22 on Oricon Charts and #21 on Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart.
NCT 127 expanded promotions overseas, appearing at KCON events in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as being the first Kpop artist invited by Apple Music to be the "New Artist of the Week." The group also released a Japanese version of "Limitless."
In June-July 2017, several NCT 127 members appeared in the seventh season, NCT Life in Osaka, touring Osaka with Yuta as a guide.
IIIIV. 2018: Empathy, Line-Up Changes and First Album
NCT 127 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 permanent sub-units, NCT 127 and NCT Dream. NCT 127 had one song, "Touch" featured on the albums, and NCT 127 members participated within the NCT U units for "Boss," "Baby Don't Stop," "Yestoday", "Black on Black," "Timeless," "The 7th Sense" and "Without You." They are also dancers in "Black on Black."
"Touch" entered the Billboard Kpop Hot 100 and peaked at #54.
NCT 127 members appeared in another season of NCT Life, NCT Life: Hot & Young Seoul Trip, featuring three of its foreign-born members touring Seoul with three members of the future WayV sub-unit.
NCT 127 announced the addition of a new member, Jungwoo, who had previously debuted as part of the NCT 2018 Empathy project. 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 U.S.-based performances. The song was NCT 127's first English language song and became its first song in Billboard's Hot 200 Charts, debuting at #86. The album debuted at the top of the Gaon Album Charts and finished the year-end charts in 17th place. It was their first to receive a Platinum KMCA certification for selling over 250,000 copies. It also charted in Australia, France, the UK and the U.S. Billboard World Albums (#2) and U.S. Top Albums (#23). "Regular" reached #92 on the Gaon Charts #2 on Billboard US World Digital and charted in Singapore.
The group was also announced as part of Apple's Up Next Artist series, including appearances on U.S. TV shows and a special digital EP Up Next Session: NCT 127 available on Apple Music. Winwin was moved to a new NCT sub-unit, WayV, beginning a hiatus from the group on November 22, 2018.
A repackage was released on November 23, Regulate, featuring a new single "Simon Says." "Simon Says" became its first song to top the Billboard U.S. Digital Song Sales Chart, as well as charting in New Zealand. On December 19, Haechan took a hiatus due to injuries.
IIIV. 2019: First World Tour and Album
In January 2019, NCT 127 began its first concert tour, Neo City - The Origin, with worldwide stops until May, with Haechan rejoining the group in March. The group also featured on a single with Jason Derulo and Lay Zhang, "Shut Up and Dance."
The group also released its first full-length Japanese album, Awaken, on April 17. The group then increased its publicity in the United States ahead of the release of its fourth EP, We Are Superhuman, on May 24, 2019, including appearances on popular TV shows. They also released an English version song "Highway to Heaven" of the Korean song on the EP and an accompanying video filmed in California. This album became their highest U.S. debut, debuting and peaking at #11 on the U.S. Billboard 200, making them the second highest debuting Kpop group in the chart. It also debuted at the top of the World Albums Chart. It debuted at #1 on the Gaon Charts and become their second Platinum-certified album. It debuted at #6 on Japan's Oricon Charts, as well as charting in Canada, France, Spain, UK and Australia. "Superhuman" debuted at #3 in U.S. World Digital Song Sales and on the Gaon Digital Charts.
However, during this time, Jungwoo took a hiatus from NCT 127 due to health issues from August 2019 to January 2020. Members continued to promote heavily in the U.S. and Europe, becoming the first Korean artist to perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and MTV European Music Awards.
NCT 127 members appeared in the ninth season, NCT Life: Chuncheon and Hongcheon, touring parts of South Korea.
The group released a live album of its tour, Neo City: Seoul - The Origin.
IIIVI. 2020: Neo Zone and Resonance
NCT 127 released its second full album, Neo Zone, on March 6, 2020. Neo Zone became NCT 127's highest selling and best performing album. The album topped the Gaon Charts, and earned their first top five entry into the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It became their first release to earn multi-platinum certification in Korea and their first seller over 1 million copies. It also topped Billboard's World Album Charts, Top Album Sales Chart and Tastemaker Albums Charts, while charting in Canada, the U.K., Japan, Belgium, Lithuania and Poland. The album ended the year 3X Platinum in Korea and the 8th highest selling album of the year. The lead single "Kick It" reached the the top 30 on the Gaon Digital Chart, which was their highest position, as well as charting all tracks except the interlude.
NCT 127 released a repackage Neo Zone: The Final Round on May 19, featuring four new songs including a new single "Punch." This album also topped the Gaon Chart and was 2x Platinum in Korea by the end of the year.The single reached #5 on the Gaon Digital Chart. The group was originally scheduled to tour in support, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCT 127 members also 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. The album featured songs from all four existing NCT sub-units, including the rotating combination sub-unit NCT U and the three permanent sub-units, NCT 127, NCT Dream and WayV. NCT 127 had one song, "Music Dance" featured on the albums, and a combination of NCT 127 members participated on every NCT U unit song. They also feature in the combination single "Resonance," which combines multiple songs. The entire project also appeared on NCT World 2.0, a competition-focused show.
IIIVII. 2021: Record-Setting SalesLoveholic, "Save" and Sticker
NCT 127 released its third Japanese release, Loveholic. The album was certified Gold in Japan and debuted at the top of the Oricon and Billboard Japan charts.
On June 4, NCT 127 released a digital single, "Save", a collaboration with the Korean hip hop label, Amoeba Culture.
It was announced on June 28, 2021 as part of the SM Congress 2021 that NCT 127 would have a new full album and repackage in October. During an online fan meeting, the timing was later amended to September.
On August 23, NCT 127's third Korean studio album was announced: Sticker would debut on September 17, 2021. During pre-launch promotions, the repackage was reconfirmed. Ahead of launch, SM announced 2.2 million copies had been preordered. NCT 127 also launched a new season of NCT Life, NCT Life in Gapyeong and a new web series tied to the album's promotional campaign, Stick Together.
Sticker launched with the sixth highest first-day sales in Hanteo history, behind three other artists, selling 760,902 copies. Additionally, NCT 127 became the fourth-highest group in first-day sales in Hanteo history, again behind those artists. The album also reached #1 on the Hanteo and Gaon charts in Korea, QQ Music in China, Oricon chart in Japan and the iTunes chart in 18 countries, as well as debuting at #2 on the worldwide chart. It also became the biggest album debut for a SM artist on Spotify. It also debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, joining only 3 other k-pop groups that debuted in the top 10. The album also became NCT 127's first to debut on the UK charts at #40.
The song "Sticker" topped Melon, Bugs and VIBE charts, while other singles from the album also charted. NCT 127 earned their first "all kill" on Melon's chart with all 11 of the songs taking the top 11 spots on the chart. It entered the Gaon weekly chart at #17, while the b-side "Lemonade" reached #144.
On September 23, SM reported that the album had sold over 2.1 million copies. Sticker topped the Gaon monthly charts for September with 2,277,575 copies sold, becoming the best-selling album in SM Entertainment history and breaking the record set by NCT Dream in May with Hot Sauce.
On October 7, Sticker's previously announced repackage was officially revealed with a title and release date: Favorite on October 25.
|NCT #127||EP||July 10, 2016||1||-||2||US Heat #22
||Limitless||EP||January 4, 2017||1||-||1||US Heat #4|
|Cherry Bomb||EP||June 14, 2017||2||-||2||US Heat #18|
||Chain (Japanese)||EP||May 23, 2018||-||2||8||-|
||Regular-Irregular||Album||October 12, 2018||1||6||2||US 200: #86
||Up Next Session: NCT 127||Digital EP||October 22, 2018||-||-||-||-|
||Regulate||Album||November 23, 2018||2||10||9||-|
||April 17, 2019||-||4||15||FRA: #121|
||We Are Superhuman||EP||May 24, 2019||1||6||1||US Hot 200 #11
||Neo City: Seoul - The Origin||Album||October 24, 2019||-||-||-||-|
||Neo Zone||Album||March 6, 2020||1||3||1||US Hot 200: #5
KOR: 3x Platinum
||Neo Zone: The Final Round||Album||May 19, 2020||1||4||-||-
KOR: 2x Platinum
||Loveholic||EP||February 17, 2021||-||1||-||-
||Sticker||Album||September 17, 2021||1||1||3|
|NCT 2018 Empathy||Album||March 14, 2018||2||10||5||FRA: #76
US Heat: #9
KOR: 2x Platinum
|NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1||Album||October 12, 2020||1||2||1||US 200: #6
US Heat: 5
|NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2||November 23, 2020||1||3||-||NLD: #35
|"Fire Truck"||July 7, 2016||NCT #127||103||2||-||-|
|"Good Thing"||December 5, 2016||Limitless||-||-||-||-|
|"Cherry Bomb"||June 14, 2017||Cherry Bomb||47||3||-||-|
|"Limitless"||January 6, 2017||Limitless||-||4||-||-|
|"Limitless (Japanese version)"||November 4, 2017||Chain||-||-||-||-|
|"Touch"||May 8, 2018||NCT 2018 Empathy||-||11||-||-|
|"Chain"||May 8, 2018||Chain||-||-||21||-|
|"Regular"||October 12, 2018||Regular-Irregular||92||2||-||-|
|"Simon Says"||November 23, 2018||Regulate||-||1||-||-|
|"Shut Up & Dance" with
Jason Derulo and Lay Zhang
|February 22, 2019||-||-||-||-||NZ: #34
|"Wakey Wakey"||March 18, 2019||Awaken||-||-||85||-|
|"Superhuman"||May 24, 2019||We Are Superhuman||117||3||90||-|
|"Highway to Heaven (English version)"||July 28, 2019||We Are Superhuman||-||5||-||-|
||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||21||3||84||NZ #38|
|"Punch"||May 19, 2020||Neo Zone: The Final Round||5||5||32||-|
|"First Love"||January 26, 2021||Loveholic||-||-||71||-|
|"Gimme Gimme"||February 17, 2021||Loveholic||-||4||43||-|
|"Save" with Ameoba Culture||June 4, 2021||-||191||8||-||-|
|"Sticker"||Sept. 17, 2021||Sticker||5||5||55||Billboard Global 200: 101|
|"Welcome to My Playground"||November 23, 2018||Regulate||-||7|
|"Elevator (127F)"||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||116||-|
|"Boom" (꿈)||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||132||-|
|"Love Song" (우산)||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||135||-|
|"Pandora's Box" (낮잠)"||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||137||-|
|"Day Dream" (백야)||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||148||-|
|"Love Me Now" (메아리)||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||141||-|
|"White Night" (백야)||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||176||-|
|"Sit Down!"||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||191||25|
|"Not Alone"||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||193||-|
|"Mad Dog" (뿔)||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||197||-|
|"Dreams Come True"||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||196||-|
|"NonStop"||March 6, 2020||Neo Zone||164||11|
|"Music, Dance"||October 12, 2020||NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1||181||-|
|"Lemonade"||September 17, 2021||Sticker||60||8|
|"Road Trip"||September 17, 2021||Sticker||95||-|
|"The Rainy Night"||September 17, 2021||Sticker||102||-|
|"Breakfast"||September 17, 2021||Sticker||109||-|
|"Dreamer"||September 17, 2021||Sticker||110||-|
|"Focus" (같은 시선)||September 17, 2021||Sticker||118||-|
|"Promise You" (다시 만나는 날)||September 17, 2021||Sticker||120||-|
|"Magic Carpet Ride"||September 17, 2021||Sticker||127||-|
|"Far"||September 17, 2021||Sticker||135||-|
|"Bring the Noize"||September 17, 2021||Sticker||147||-|
|"So Am I"||Ava Max feat. NCT 127||2019|
|"Shut Up & Dance"||With Jason Derulo and Lay Zhang||2019|
|"Save"||With Ameoba Culture||2021|
|"Taste the Feeling"||July 29, 2016||Coca-Cola|
|"Save" with Ameoba Culture||June 4, 2021||Samsung|
Taste the Feeling
Regular - English
Regular - Korean
Shut Up and Dance
Highway to Heaven - English
Highway to Heaven - Korean
Final Round Intro Performance
|2016||NCT Life in Bangkok||Naver, VLive, MBC Music, Youku, Tudou, True4U||All 9 members pre-debut||cast|
|2016||NCT Life in Seoul||Naver, VLive, MBC Music, Youku, Tudou, True4U||Winwin - pre-debut||cast|
|2016||NCT Life in Paju||Naver, VLive, MBC Music, Youku, Tudou, True4U||All 7 members at the time||cast|
|2016-20||Weekly Idol||MBC||All members||Guest|
|2016||NCT Life: Korean Food King Challenge||Naver, VLive, Youku, Tudou, YouTube||Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, Winwin,||Cast|
|2016||NCT Life in Chiang Mai||Naver, VLive, Youku, Tudou||Johnny, Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun||Cast|
|2017-||N' Minute||YouTube||All members|
|2017||NCT Life in Osaka||Okusu||Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Winwin||cast|
|2017||NCT 127: Road to Japan||AbemaTC||All members||cast|
|2017||Snowball Project||Naver TV Cast||All members||guest|
|2018-||Idol Room||JTBC||All members||guest|
|2018||School Attack 2018||SBS||All members||guest|
|2018||K-Rush: Season 3||KBS1||All members||guest|
|2018||A Song For You 5||KBS||All members||guest|
|2018||NCT Recording Diary||YouTube (NCT channel)||All members||cast|
|2018||Johnny's Communication Center||YouTube (NCT channel)||All members||guest|
|2018||School Attack 2018||SBS||All members||guest|
|2019||Idol Radio||VLive||All 9||guest|
|2019||NCT Life in Chuncheon & Hongcheon||Seezn||Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Haechan
|2019||NCT Teach Me Japan||dTV||All 9||Cast|
|2019||NCT Teach Me Japan Lesson 2||dTV||All 9||Cast|
|2019||NCT 127 Hit the States||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9||Guest|
|2019||NCT 127 BKLYN BOYS||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9||Cast|
|2019||NCT 127 American School 101||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9||Cast|
|2019||NCT 127 24 Hour Relay Cam||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9||Cast|
|2020||After Mom Goes to Sleep||PikiCast||Johnny, Yuta, Doyoung, Jungwoo, Haechan||Guest|
|2020||MMTG||YouTube||Jaehyun, Johnny, Doyoung, Jungwoo||Guest|
|2020||[Uncut]||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9 members||Cast|
|2020||Late Night Punch Punch Show||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9 members||Cast|
|2020||NCT 127 Battle Game: Office Final Round||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9 members||Cast|
|2020||Welcome to Sun & Moon||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9 members||Cast|
|2020||NCT World 2.0||Mnet||All 9 members||Cast|
|2021||NCT 24 Hour Relay Cam||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9 members||Cast|
|2021||NCT Life in Gapyeong||Seezn||All 9 members||Cast|
|2021||Stick Together||YouTube (NCT channel)||All 9 members||Cast|
|2021||Analog Trip 2||YouTube Originals||All 9 members||Cast|
|2016||MAMA||Best New Artist|
|2016||Asia Artist Awards||Best Rookie|
|2017||Gaon Chart Music Awards||New Artist of the Year|
|2017||Golden Disc Awards||New Artist of the Year|
|2017||Seoul Music Awards||New Artist of the Year|
|2018||Korean Popular Music Awards||Bonsang Award|
|2018||MAMA||New Asian Artist|
|2018||MAMA||Worldwide Fans Choice Top 10|
|2018||Soribada Best K-Music Awards||Bongsang Award|
|2019||Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation|
|2019||Golden Disc Awards||Disk Bonsang for Regular-Irregular|
|2019||Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang Award|
|2019||Asia Artist Awards||Best Artist Award (Music)|
|2019||Soribada Best K-Music Awards||Bonsang Award|
|2020||MAMA||Favorite Male Group|
|2020||MAMA||Worldwide Fans Choice Top 10|
|2020||APAN Music Awards||Top 10 (Bonsang)|
|2020||APAN Music Awards||Represent Artist of the Year|
|2020||Soribada Best K-Music Awards||Bongsang Award|
|2021||Golden Disc Awards||Album Bonsang for Neo Zone|
|2021||Golden Disc Awards||Cosmopolitan Artist Award|
|2021||Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang Award|
VIII. Concept Photos
- The first Kpop artist to be invited as Apple Music's "New Artist of the Week."
- First Korean artist to perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- First Kpop group to perform at MTV European Music Awards.
- SM released a video using the audio from NCT's MAMA performance that captures the journey of the members through their career.
- NCT 127 has a sponsorship deal with Nature Republic.
- NCT 127 has partnered with Coca-Cola and Samsung on promotional tie-ins.
- It was announced members of the group was serve as mentors on NCT Hollywood TV show.
- NCT 127 set a personal pre-order record with SM-reported first day preorders of 2.2 million copies.
- NCT 127 became the fourth highest selling first-day artist on Hanteo and the sixth highest selling first-day album.
- NCT 127 became only the fourth K-pop artist to debut in the top 10 of the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts, making Mark and Taeyong the first artists to do this in more than 1 group.
- NCT 127's album Sticker became the highest selling SM Entertainment album in the company's history.
- NCT 127 became the third kpop group to sell over 2 million copies of a single album.