Boyfriend boy group – An idol group “forget” their home!

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Boyfriend (Korean: 보이프렌드) was a South Korean boy band formed by Starship Entertainment in 2011. They were the primary boy band to possess twin members. The group consisted of Kim Donghyun, Shim Hyunseong, Lee Jeongmin, Jo Youngmin, Jo Kwangmin, and No Minwoo. They debuted with “Boyfriend” on Mnet’s M! Countdown on May 26th, 2011. The group signed a contract with Japanese management agency Being, their first Japanese special album titled We Are Boyfriend was released on June 6th, 2012. Boyfriend also is the primary foreign artist to sing a soundtrack for an anime. Their song, “Hitomi no Melody,” is the title song of their 3rd Japanese single album, which was released on March 27th. The song has been picked up because of the ending theme song for Detective Conan, and per se, there’ll be a Detective Conan album version additionally to the regular album versions. Unfortunately, Starship Entertainment announced that Boyfriend disbanded on May 17th, 2019.

Full Boyfriend Profile and Facts

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Boyfriend (Korean: 보이프렌드) was a South Korean boy band formed by Starship Entertainment in 2011. The group consisted of six members: Kim Donghyun, Shim Hyunseong, Lee Jeongmin, Jo Youngmin, Jo Kwangmin, and No Minwoo. Boyfriend’s Fandom name is BestFriend.

Boyfriend Official Accounts:

Twitter: @g_boyfriend
Instagram: @boyfriend_6
Facebook: officialBF
Fan cafe: BOYFRIEND

Member Profiles

Kim Donghyun

dong hyun

  • Birth Name: Donghyun (동휸)
  • Stage Name: Kim Dong Hyun (김동현)
  • Nickname: Korea’s Jay Chou
  • Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist
  • Date of Birth: February 12th, 1989
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Height: 178 cm
  • Weight: 60 kg
  • Blood Type: A
  • Twitter: @boyf_dh
  • Instagram: @boy_e.black

Shim Hyunseong

hyun seong

  • Birth Name: Hyunseong (휸성)
  • Stage Name: Shim Hyun Seong (심현성)
  • Position: Main Vocalist
  • Date of Birth: June 13th, 1993
  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
  • Height: 178 cm
  • Weight: 58 kg
  • Blood Type: B
  • Twitter: @HS_930609

Lee Jongmin

jong min

  • Birth Name: Jeongmin (정민)
  • Stage Name: Lee Jeong Min (이정민)
  • Position: Lead Vocalist
  • Nickname: Mirror Prince
  • Date of Birth: January 2nd, 1994
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Height: 173 cm
  • Weight: 60 kg
  • Blood Type: B
  • Twitter: @boyf_jm
  • Instagram: @boy_jm_

Jo Youngmin

young min

  • Stage Name: Youngmin (영민)
  • Birth Name: Jo Young Min (조영민)
  • Nickname: Prince of Charisma
  • Position: Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
  • Date of Birth: April 24th, 1995
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Blood Type: A
  • Instagram: @boyym_95

Jo Kwangmin

kwang min

  • Stage Name: Kwangmin (광민)
  • Birth Name: Jo Kwang Min (조광민)
  • Nickname: Prankster
  • Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Visual
  • Date of Birth: April 24th, 1995
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Blood Type: A
  • Twitter: @KM__950424
  • Instagram: @kmboykm

No Minwoo

minwoo

  • Stage Name: Minwoo (민우)
  • Birth Name: No Min Woo (노민우)
  • Nickname: King of Sweating, Human Pollution
  • Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Face of the Group, Maknae
  • Date of Birth: July 31st, 1995
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Height: 174 cm
  • Blood Type: A
  • Twitter: @MW_950731
  • Instagram: @boyminwoo_

Boyfriend’s Facts

  • Kim Donghyun’s dream was to become a pianist. He also likes girls who are outgoing and active.
  • Hyunseong can speak Japanese fluently. He eats lots. He likes girls that are understanding.
  • Jeongmin can play the piano. he’s fluent in English. He likes chewing gum. He contains a habit of biting his nails. His ideal type could be a girl that’s a year younger than him, has big eyes and short hair, and someone that’s like his relief.
  • Youngmin is understood to be extremely diligent. He can start crying easily. He likes girls who act and talk cutely. he’s Kwangmin’s older twin brother by six minutes.
  • Kwangmin is terrible at winking. he’s an acquaintance of the Pokemon character Pikachu. He likes girls that have long hair, long eyelashes.
  • Minwoo sweats lots, which is why he got the nickname King of Sweating. he’s a lover of Jessica of Girls’ Generation. He likes Mickey Mouse. he’s very moody. He likes girls that are older than him.

Pre-Debut Story

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Jo Youngmin and Jo Kwangmin were trained under JYP Entertainment for 2 years. By their 100th day mark of being child actors, the twins had appeared in over 300 commercials. During his high school years, Kim Donghyun starred during a variety titled Conduct Zero where six rebellious high school students were made into exemplary students.

Debut with a 6-member formation

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On May 26th, 2011, Starship Entertainment released their debut single “Boyfriend.” In response to fans’ concern that the group had limited its appeal in mid-July, Boyfriend changed their choreography for his or her single “Boyfriend” when appearing on music shows after rehearsing for 2 days. After ending their promotions for “Boyfriend,” the group followed up with the song “You & I,” which received a more positive response from music critics.

On October 6th, Boyfriend’s second single, “Don’t Touch My Girl,” was released. Their December 2011 single “I’ll Be There” peaked at #2 on the Gaon music charts.

Popular in Korea and Overseas

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Boyfriend has successfully bound up their solo concert in Puerto Rico, becoming the first-ever K-Pop group to try to do so. On March 8th, the group performed before of 1,700 fans at the Centro De Bellas Artes Luis A Ferre. Boyfriend also performed within the U.S for the primary time. They visited Chicago on March 11th and Dallas on March 13th, 2014. They also held their first domestic concert, the primary Chapter in Seoul “Bewitch” on November 23rd, 2014 at Olympic Hall, Olympic Park. They held their first domestic concert after releasing their third Korean EP, Witch that was released on October 13th, 2014.

Japan Activities

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The group signed a contract with Japanese management agency Being and their first Japanese special album titled We Are Boyfriend was released on June 6th. They marked their debut with a ten,000 seat showcase on June 30th at the Nippon Budokan. On May 2nd, Hyunseong released a solo song, “Only You,” for the OST of The King 2 Hearts.

Their debut Japanese single song titled “Be My Shine” was released on June 7th. Boyfriend released their first mini-album Love Style on June 14th, 2012. On July 1st, Boyfriend successfully completed their debut Japanese showcase First Date With Boyfriend In Japan at the Nippon Budokan.

Aside from their domestic comeback, on the 7th, Boyfriend released the short PVs for his or her 2nd Japanese ‘double single’ “Dance Dance Dance” and “My Lady.” Their first full-length album Janus was released in November 2012.

On December 3rd, Boyfriend released the PVs for his or her Japanese ‘double single’ “Dance Dance Dance” and “My Lady.” The boys held a high-touch event in celebration of their second single album, Kimi to bop Dance Dance/My Lady, on December 1st and 2nd at the Kobe World Hall and therefore the Saitama Super Arena. Boyfriend performed for his or her 1st solo Japanese concert titled Love Communication 2012 ~Xmas Bell~. They held five concerts at the Tokyo Dome hall from December 22nd to December 24th with a complete of 12,500 fans all told.

Reasons for his or her loss of recognition

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According to fans’ comments, Boyfriend went through the crisis of the 7th year. The group also focused more on overseas promotion instead of domestic one. Out of their eight years, five years were for Japanese promotions.

Let’s take a glance at a number of the netizens’ reactions to Boyfriend’s disbandment on SNS.

  • [+47, -0] They wouldn’t have ended up like this if they did less overseas promotions and promoted domestically twice a year. They were a brilliant rookie in 2011~2013…
  • [+28, -0] They wont to be my bias but I always felt bad for them ㅠㅠ Boyfriend-Don’t Touch My Girl-I’ll Be there have been a triple hit in order that they should’ve kept promoting domestically. Instead, they were sent to Japan. Love Style-Janus-I Yah gained attention moreover but they were f*cking sent to Japan again. I’m peeved as I’m writing this… If it wasn’t Starship, they would’ve been a second-tier group a minimum of. F*ck.
  • [+22, -0] (Screenshot of tweets) – Out of Boyfriend’s 2913 days of promotions, 2418 were hiatuses. No official lightstick in eight years. One domestic concert. Rare feedback. the corporate refused to treat Japan’s earthquake when the members were in Japan that the members updated on their SNS instead. The CEO said in an interview that idols’ priority is domestic popularity. The members’ birthday tweets had lots of errors with the dates. They held a Japanese fan meeting in Korea.

Group Disbandment And Members’ Future Activities

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On May 17th, Starship Entertainment announced that Boyfriend is disbanding. The agency posted a video on Boyfriend’s official Twitter account, pulling together various video clips showing the members’ faces.

Starship announced the disbandment as they wrote within the caption, “We sincerely thank them for his or her passion and heart as proud artists of Starship. we are going to not forget all the moments we’ve had together.”

Starship Entertainment released a political candidate statement that reads as follows:

“We sincerely thank the fans who have loved and supported Boyfriend for roughly 8 years.

We had serious discussions with the members of Boyfriend about future activities, and after much deliberation, we’ve got come to the agreement to officially end group activities on May 16th, 2019, with the conclusion of their contract.

We wish to sincerely thank the fans who have given their like to Boyfriend for over eight years, and that we hope people will still show their warm interest and support in their new beginnings.”

Discography

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Studio Albums

Title Albums
Janus
  • Release Date: November 14th, 2012 (KOR)
  • Label: Starship Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Seventh Mission
  • Release Date: May 29th, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Being
  • Format: CD, digital download
Seventh Color
  • Released: July 23, 2014 (JPN)
  • Label: Being
  • Format: CD, digital download
Bouquet
  • Release Date: February 27th, 2019 (JPN)
  • Label: KISS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download

Compilations Albums

Title Albums
We Are Boyfriend
  • Release Date: June 6th, 2012 (JPN)
  • Label: Being
  • Format: CD, digital download
Boyfriend Love Communication 20122014 -Perfect Best Collection-
  • Release Date: June 10th, 2015 (JPN)
  • Label: Being
  • Format: CD, digital download

Reissues

Title Albums
I Yah
  • Release Date: January 14th, 2013 (KOR)
  • Label: Starship Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download

Extended Plays

Title Details
Love Style
  • Release Date: June 14th, 2012 (KOR)
  • Label: Starship Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Obsession
  • Release Date: June 9th, 2014 (KOR)
  • Label: Starship Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Witch
  • Release Date: October 13th, 2014 (KOR)
  • Label: Starship Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Boyfriend in Wonderland
  • Release Date: March 9th, 2015 (KOR)
  • Label: Starship Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Summer
  • Release Date: July 12th, 2017 (JPN)
  • Label: KISS Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
Never End
  • Release Date: August 9th, 2017 (KOR)
  • Label: Starship Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download

Singles

Year Title Album
2011 “Boyfriend” Boyfriend (single)
2011 “Don’t Touch My Girl” Don’t Touch My Girl (single)
2011 “I’ll Be There” I’ll Be There (single)
2012 “Love Style” Love Style
2012 “Be My Shine” Seventh Mission
2012 “Janus” Janus
2012 “Kimi to Dance Dance Dance / My Lady (Fuyu no Koibito)” Seventh Mission
2013 “I Yah” I Yah
2013 “Melody of Eyes” Seventh Mission
2013 “On & On” Witch
2013 “Pinky Santa” Pinky Santa
2014 “My Avatar” Seventh Color
2014 “Startup!”
2014 “Obsession” Obsession
2014 “Witch” Witch
2015 “Bounce” Boyfriend in Wonderland
2016 “To My Bestfriend” Non-album single
2016 “Glider” Bouquet
2016 “Jackpot”
2017 “I Miss You”
2017 “Star” Never End
2018 “Try My Wings” Bouquet
2018 “Sunshower” Non-album single
2018 “Call Me” Bouquet
2019 “Stay The Way You Are”

Collaboration Singles

Year Title Albums
2011 “Pink Romance” (with K.Will and Sistar) Non-album singles
2013 “Snow Candy” (with K.Will and Sistar) Non-album singles
2014 “Love Is You” (with K.Will, Sistar, Junggigo, Mad Clown and Jooyoung) Non-album singles

Soundtrack Appearances

Year Title Album
2013 “Melody Of Eyes” Detective Conan
2013 “Magic of Love” GOGO Ikemen 5
“Beautiful Life”
2014 “Find Yourself” The Snow Queen 2

Filmography

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DVDs

Title Details
Boyfriend Love Communication 2012 ~X Mas Bell~
  • Release Date: March 13th, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Being Group
  • Format: DVD
Boyfriend Love Communication 2013 -Seventh Mission-
  • Release Date: September 25th, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Being Group
  • Format: DVD
GOGO Ikemen 5
  • Release Date: October 2nd, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Being Group
  • Format: DVD
I’m Your Boyfriend
  • Release Date: November 25th, 2013 (KOR)
  • Label: Starship Entertainment, Being Group
  • Format: DVD
Boyfriend Hello Baby DVD Box Set 1
  • Release Date: March 5th, 2014 (JPN)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Format: DVD
Boyfriend Hello Baby DVD Box Set 2
  • Release Date: March 26th, 2014 (JPN)
  • Label: Victor Entertainment

Music Videos

Title Year Note

Korean

“Let’s Get It Started (Water Floor)” 2011
“Boyfriend” Featuring Sistar’s Bora
“Don’t Touch My Girl” Featuring Lee Se-young
“I’ll Be There” Featuring Spica’s Jiwon
“Love Style” 2012
“Janus” Featuring Cosmic Girls’ Seola
“I Yah” 2013 Featuring Kim So-hyun
“On & On”
“Obsession” 2014
“Alarm”
“Witch”
“White Out”
“Bounce” 2015 Featuring Kim Hee-jeong
“To My Bestfriend” 2016
“Star” 2017
“Sunshower” 2018

Japanese

“Be my Shine” 2012 Japanese Debut PV
“Dance Dance Dance”
“My Lady”
“Melody of Eyes” 2013
“Pinky Santa”
“My Avatar” 2014
“Startup!”
“Here!”
“Glider” 2016
“Jackpot”
“I Miss You” 2017
“Summer”
“Try My Wings” 2018
“Call Me”
“Stay The Way You Are” 2019

 

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