NCT 127


  • I. Introduction

    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.


    II. Formation

    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.


    III. Members

    Taeil (태일)
    Real Name: Moon Taeil (문태일)
    Main Vocalist
    Birthday: 6/14/94, Zodiac Sign: Gemini
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: 🌕 IG: none
    Johnny (쟈니)
    Real Name: Johnny Suh
    Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper
    Birthday: 2/9/95, Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
    Nationality: American
    NCT Emoji: 🐱 IG: @johnnyjsuh

    Taeyong (태용)
    Real Name:
    Lee Taeyong (이태용)
    Leader, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Center, VisualBirthday: 7/1/95, Zodiac Sign: Cancer
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: 🌹 IG: @taeoxo_nctfor rose-shaped scar on his face)
    Yuta (유타)
    Real Name: Nakamoto Yuta (中本悠太)
    Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Sub Rapper
    Birthday: 10/26/95, Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
    Nationality: Japanese
    NCT Emoji: 🐙 IG: @yuu_taa_1026

    Doyoung (도영)
    Real Name: Kim Dongyoung (김동영)
    Main Vocalist
    Birthday: 2/1/96, Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: 🐰 IG: @do0_nct
    Jaehyun (재현)
    Real Name: Jung Yoon Oh (정윤오)
    Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper, Visual
    Birthday: 2/14/97, Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: 🍑 IG: @_jeongjaehyun
    Jungwoo (정우)
    Real Name: Kim Jungwoo (김정우)
    Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer
    Birthday: 2/19/98, Zodiac Sign: Pisces
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: 🐶 IG: none
    Mark (마크)
    Real Name: Mark Lee
    Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist
    Birthday: 8/2/99, Zodiac Sign: Leo
    Nationality: Canadian
    NCT Emoji: 🐯 IG: @onyourm__ark
    Haechan (해찬)
    Real Name: Lee Donghyuck (이동혁)
    Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Maknae
    Birthday: 6/6/2000 Zodiac Sign: Gemini
    Nationality: Korean
    NCT Emoji: ☀️ IG: none
    (inactive with 127, now with WayV)
    Winwin (昀昀)
    Real Name: Dong Sicheng (董思成)
    Lead Dancer, Vocalist
    Birthday: 10/28/97, Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
    Nationality: Chinese
    NCT Emoji: 🐥 IG: @wwiinn_7



    IV. Debut

    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.


    The group also collaborated with Coca-Cola for a promotional single, "Taste the Feeling" on July 29 as part of the SM Station digital project.


    In July-August 2016, all 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.


    V. 2017: New Members, Limitless and Cherry Bomb

    On December 27, 2016, SM announced the release date of 127's next EP in January, as well as introducing two new members of 127, Johnny and Doyoung. Both members had previously been in SM Rookies and Doyoung had debuted as part of NCT U in April 2016. 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.


    127 members returned to NCT Life ahead of promotions for the next EP. Members toured Thailand for the sixth season NCT Life in Chingmai in March-April 2017, with non-127 NCT member Ten serving as a tour guide.


    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.


    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 127 members appeared in the seventh season, NCT Life in Osaka, touring Osaka with Yuta as a guide.


    VI. 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. 127 had one song, "Touch" featured on the albums, and 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.


    On May 18, 127 released their first Japanese EP, Chain, which debuted at #2 on the Oricon Charts. It also reached #8 on the U.S. World Albums Chart.


    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.


    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 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.


    VII. 2019: First World Tour and Album

    In January 2019, 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. This EP also featured an English version song and 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 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.


    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.


    VIII. 2020: Neo Zone and Resonance

    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.



    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.

    IX. Resonance

    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. 127 had one song, "Music Dance" featured on the albums, and a combination of 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.


    2021: Loveholic

    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.



    X. Discography


    Singles

    XI. Promotional Singles


    Name Date Promotion
    Taste the Feeling July 29, 2016 Coca-Cola
    Let's Shut Up and Dance - Jason Derulo feat. NCT 127 and Lay Zhang February 22, 2019 Digital

    XII. Music Videos and Dance Practices

    XIII. Awards

    XIV. Trivia

    - 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.

    - 127 was the third Korean act to appear on "Good Morning America," after Blackpink earlier in the same year and BTS the prior year.

    - 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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