Jumat, 17 Desember 2010


Origin South Korea
Genres Pop, Dance
Years active 2009–present
Labels J. Tune Entertainment (Korea), Universal Music (Taiwan) and PolyEast Records (Philippines)
Associated acts Rain

Official Website &

J.Tune Entertainment
Seung Ho
Lee Joon
Past members
Sang Bae

MBLAQ, (In Hangul, 엠블랙, an acronym for Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality) is a South Korean quintet boy band created by Korean pop R&B singer, producer and actor Rain under his label J.Tune Entertainment. The five members include Seung Ho (Yang Seung Ho : Leader), G.O (Jung Byung Hee : Main Vocalist), Joon (Lee Chang Sun : Vocalist), Thunder/Cheon Doong (Park Sang Hyun : Vocalist/Rapper), and Mir (Bang Cheol Yong : Rapper). The group debuted in October 9, 2009 at Rain's Legend of Rainism concert.

On October 14, 2009 the group released their debut single album, "Just BLAQ", which topped various on-line and off-line music charts in South Korea.[1] The group then released their second single album Y on May 19, 2010, a track originally for Rain himself. Rain wrote, composed, produced and choreographed Y and on January 10, 2011, MBLAQ released their first studio album, BLAQ Style.



2009 (Debut): Just BLAQ

Having trained for two years,[2] MBLAQ was first announced on 21 September 2009, with an appearance in Nylon magazine.[2] The group appeared alongside Rain, in his Legend of Rainism concert. They performed various songs from their produced EP, Just BLAQ and were met with praise, with many spectators at the concert and fans considering them as the next DBSK.[3][4] The group released teasers for their debut song, "Oh Yeah" on October 12,[5] with the music video being released two days later.[citation needed] Coinciding with the music video, MBLAQ's debut single album Just BLAQ, was released on the same day,[6] topping various charts in South Korea.[1] The next day, the group made their broadcast debut on M.net's M! Countdown, performing "Oh Yeah".[1]

In early December, the group debuted in Japan, following their performance during Rain's fan meeting- resulting in a documentary being produced surrounding their stay in Japan.[7] Later that month, the group commenced promotions for their follow up track, "G.O.O.D Luv", with two music videos released, an 'unofficial' MV released prior to the 'official' MV which was released on December 10, 2009.[8]

2010: Y

On May 19, 2010, the group released their second single album, Y,[9] a track originally for Rain himself. Rain wrote, composed, produced and choreographed Y. The music video for the title track, "Y" was released on the same day at midnight[9] with teasers being released from May 6.[10] MBLAQ claimed first place on the 3rd of June 2010 on the music show M! Countdown,[11] and were voted the best Rookie Group for the first half of 2010 through a poll conducted by Korean music site Bugs, obtaining 46% of the votes[12]

On December 29, 2010, MBLAQ released a teaser MV for their upcoming full-length album. Their first full-length album is set for release on January 10, 2011.[13]

On December 30, 2010, J.Tune Entertainment merged with JYP Entertainment. However, as MBLAQ is part of J.Tune Camp, they are not considered as part of JYP.

2011: First full length album, BLAQ Style and BLAQ Style - 3D Edition

MBLAQ were initially scheduled for a November 2010 return, however in December J.Tune Camp revealed that MBLAQ would be returning to the music scene in January 2011 instead.[14] MBLAQ displayed advertisements on buses and bus stops in Seoul prior to the release of their album,[15] and it was also revealed that MBLAQ participated in the production of the album, personally choosing all songs present on the album. Seungho stated: "As a form of independence [from Rain], we personally chose all of the songs and participated in the production",[16] with Seungho composing and playing the piano for the introductory track Sad Memories and Mir writing the rap lyrics for You're my +.[17]

On January 3, 2011, J.Tune Camp released MBLAQ's MV for Cry on Youtube, an R&B track produced by E-Tribe.[18] The video gained more than 500,000 views within a week.[19] A teaser MV was released on December 29, 2010, prior to the full MV release in January.[20] In between the release of the Cry MV and their album, MBLAQ revealed album jacket photos for BLAQ Style.[21] Prior to the album's release on the 10th of January, MBLAQ held a fan-meet for 1500 fans on the 9th of January 2011, where the fans were able to watch the first performance of Cry and also the then yet-to-be revealed title track Stay.[21] On January 10, 2011, MBLAQ released their first studio album and two MV teasers for their title track Stay. After only one day of releasing their album, MBLAQ recorded 25,000 orders of the album.[17] On January 11, J.Tune Camp released the full MV for Stay on Youtube, which gained more than 400,000 views within a week.[19]

On January 13, MBLAQ returned to the stage on M.Net's M!Countdown,[22] followed by comeback performances on the 14th, 15th and 16th at KBS 2TV's Music Bank, MBC's Music Core, and SBS's Inkigayo respectively.[23]

On January 9, J.Tune Camp announced that MBLAQ would be debuting in Japan in May, signing with Sony Music Japan.[24] J.Tune Camp helda press conference towards the end of January with Japanese press regarding their official plans.[24] In February, MBLAQ visited Japan to record songs and to have a photo shoot for their album.[25] Upon arrival, 800 reporters and fans were gathered at the airport.[25] MBLAQ are set to release their Japanese album on May 4, 2011, with live performances to be held at Osaka, Sapporo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Tokyo during the week.[25]

MBLAQ were named Artist of the Month by MTV Korea for the month of February[26] and released a repackaged album, titled BLAQ Style - 3D Edition on the 22nd of February, 2011. The album consists of the 13 tracks from BLAQ Style, as well as 3 new tracks.[27] Two of the three new tracks included MBLAQ's participation in its production.[28] The track 돌아올 수 없는/ Can't Come Back was composed by G.O and the lyrics were written by Mir, while the song titled You was written and composed by Cheon Doong. When it was released, BLAQ Style 3D reached No. 1 on the Hanteo charts[28] and MBLAQ's song Again was used to promote The Fighter (2010 film) in South Korea.

Music, dance, and influence

Initially debuting as a group more focussed on dance and pop music, MBLAQ have since experimented with different genres. Oh Yeah and Y were dance/pop tracks, My Dream, Last Luv and Rust are ballad tracks, Bang Bang Bang is rock/pop, Cry is an R&B track, and Stay is a track infused with hip-hop, electronic and rock.[29]

With Rain being their mentor and major influence, he either wrote, composed, produced and/or choreographed a few tracks for MBLAQ, including Oh Yeah, G.O.O.D Luv, Y, Cry and Stay. For the release of Just BLAQ and Y, MBLAQ focussed heavily on their performance with strong choreography. With BLAQ Style, MBLAQ have decided to focus more on the music and melody, rather than the choreography.[30]

Other Activities



In late 2009, MBLAQ's first aired program was M.Net's MBLAQ - The Art of Seduction, which received record ratings for the cable TV's program.[13]

With their trip to Japan for Rain's fanmeet, music channel M.Net Japan decided to film a documentary of their stay, selecting them as the first stars of their show '2010 KPOP Star' series.[7] The documentary, called Yo! Tokyo, aired in early 2010, showing the public their experience in Japanese culture and traditions over a period of four days.

On December 15, 2009, it was announced that the group would be part of Season five of the Idol Show (Hangul: 아이돌 군단의 떴다! 그녀!, which translates to Idol Army, She Has Arrived!), with the first episode airing a day later.[14] MBLAQ filmed a total of 16 episodes.


From February 18, 2010, MBLAQ members G.O and Joon took on the role of co-hosts (MCD Guys) for the music show M! Countdown[15].

In March, Cheon Doong participated in M.Net's M.Net Scandal[16]. Cheon Doong, having lived in the Philippines, participated in the cable TV show, Mom, I've gone crazy for English with fellow singer Nicole of Kara[17], where he was an English mentor to young children. He was also a host of The M-Wave with fellow artist Krystal of f(x)[18],[19].

To coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, MTV Korea created a program where members of male idol groups formed a soccer team to compete against other soccer teams[20]. The 14-member team consisted of members from U-KISS, ZE:A, F.Cuz, and D-NA (Dae Guk Nam Ah), with MBLAQ members being Seung Ho, Joon and Mir.

In addition to his MC role in M! Countdown, Joon also took on the role of MC for QTV's Ranking Women[21], however he has since left the program to focus on his music activities[22]. He is now currently a permanent member of the TV show Star Golden Bell.

At the end of May, MBLAQ participated in GOMTV's Making the Artist, a small documentary on their life as artists[23]. MBLAQ filmed a total of four episodes documenting their promotions for Y.

Following their promotions for Y, MBLAQ were cast in the final series of M.Net's 'Celebrities Go to School'[24]. Their mentor for the show is actor Kim Soo-Ro. The show started airing in August 2010.

MBLAQ have filmed a cameo in Rain's 2010 drama Fugitive (Korean: 도망자), where filming took place at the Saitama JEFF Hall[25]. The members of MBLAQ have also made an appearance in Joon's drama Housewife Kim Kwan Ja's third Activity.


In 2011, Cheon Doong was made a permanent cast member of the KBS2TV show Imagination Arcade.[44]

In March, MBLAQ took part in MNet Wide's new corner, Refreshing Interview, with their show called Sesame Player.[45]


In 2009, Cheon Doong featured in a CF with the Wonder Girls for Mori Stylish Coffee[26]

The year 2010 resulted in a few endorsement deals for MBLAQ which included TB Jeans (TBJ)[27], Cacao Black CF[citation needed] which featured MBLAQ's song Oh Yeah, Pink Wings Charity Campaign[28], and an endorsement deal with Chapstick. MBLAQ released two songs, two MVs and a music drama for Chapstick.

Individual endorsements include Joon for HITE Beer [29] and Miero Fibre with figure skater Kwak Min-Jung[30]. Cheon Doong was featured in a CF for Tropicana Sparkling which, in addition to being a parody of MBLAQ's Y MV, also incorporated MBLAQ's song Y and MV into the CF[citation needed]. Cheon Doong also appeared in a CF for Alba Heaven, which featured MBLAQ's song Oh Yeah.


Member Name in Hangul D.O.B Stage Name Position Education
Yang Seung Ho
October 16, 1987 (age:23)[32]
Seung Ho
Leader and vocalist[32]
Graduated from Anyang High School of Arts[32]
Jung Byung Hee
November 6, 1987 (age:23)[32]
G.O (지오)[32]
Main vocalist
Lee Chang Sun
February 7, 1988 (age:22)[34]
Lee Joon (이준)[32],[34]
Majored in Dance at Korea National University of Arts[34]
Park Sang Hyun
October 7, 1990 (age:20)[34]
Cheon Doong (천둥), meaning Thunder in Korean.[32],[34]
Vocals and sub-rapper
Bang Cheol Yong
March 10, 1991 (age:19)[34]
Mir (미르), meaning "Dragon" in Korean.[32],[34]
Main rapper


Year Album details Peak positions Sales
2011 BLAQ Style 1

[edit] Extended plays

Year Album details Peak positions Sales
2009 Just BLAQ
2010 Y
  • Released: May 19, 2010
  • Label: J. Tune Camp
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • KOR: 25,944

[edit] Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak positions Sales
2010 MBLAQ Taiwan Special Album

[edit] Soundtracks

Soundtrack Information Track
Fugitive (Korean: 도망자) OST
  • Released October 13, 2010
  • Running & Running
  • Bang Bang Bang
Full House Animated Movie OST
  • Unreleased

[edit] Music videos

Title Album
  • Released January 11, 2011
BLAQ Style
  • Released January 3, 2011
  • Released May 17, 2010
G.O.O.D Luv
  • Released December 11, 2009
Oh Yeah
  • Released October 14, 2009

Features, duets and collaborations


  • Featured in the OST of the Korean drama Fugitive (Korean: 도망자), singing the main theme titled Running & Running[35]. (2010)
  • MBLAQ also sing one of the ending themes for Fugitive, titled 뱅뱅뱅/Bang Bang Bang which was released at midnight on the 24th of November.[36] (2010)
  • MBLAQ are to participate in the recording of the OST of a 3D animated movie based on the popular Korean drama Full House.[37] The animated movie is set for release in Korea and Japan in November 2010.

Seung Ho

  • Lee Hyunjung feat. Yang Seung Ho - Grey Sky (from 반올림 OST) (2006)
  • Hoody H feat. Seung Ho - One. The digital single was released on September 7, 2010.

  • Had a duet with J.Ae for Even if we can't speak of the end (2010)
  • A digital single titled O-IWI-O was released on September 3, 2010. The single, produced by E-Tribe, is a collaboration with Nassun, and is a reply to Girls' Generation's Gee.[59] An MV teaser was released prior to the full MV's release at midnight on September 3. (2010)
  • G.O has taken part in recording a theme song, titled Let's Go, for the 2010 G20 Seoul Summit[60] which was released in both Korean and English. (2010)
  • Following G.O's collaboration with Nassun, another collaboration, a digital single titled ONE, featuring G.O was released on the 15th of September. (2010)
  • G.O features in Jea's (Brown Eyed Girls) song titled Because You Sting, released on the 28th of December.[61] (2010)


  • Appeared in Kan Mi Youn's Going Crazy MV (2010)
  • Also appeared in Rain's Ninja Assassin movie as the teenage Raizo. (2009)
  • Appeared in the South Korean drama Jungle Fish 2 (2010)
  • Appeared in the short drama Housewife Kim Kwang Ja's Third Activities (2010)
  • Appears alongside fellow artist IU in K.Will's 가슴이 뛴다/My Heart is Beating MV (2011)[62]
  • Provided the voice of Gnomeo for the South Korean release of the movie Gnomeo & Juliet with T-ARA's Jiyeon as Juliet (2011)[63]


  • Featured rapper in Ahn Jin Kyoung's (of Baby Vox Re.V fame) Bad Person (2010)
  • Featured rapper in Kan Mi Youn's Going Crazy with Lee Joon (MBLAQ) (2010)

Cheon Doong

  • Appeared in IU's MV for Missing Child (2009)
  • Appeared in Lyn's MV for Celebration (2009)
  • Appeared in K.Will's MV Gift/Present along with U-KISS's Dong Ho and BEAST's AJ/Ki Kwang (2010)[40]
  • Featured rapper in IU's Merry Christmas in Advance from her REAL album (2010)[41]

Joon, G.O & Seung Ho

  • If You Come Into My Heart/그대 내 맘에 들어오면은 Featuring C-Luv. The song was for Jo Deok Bae's 25th anniversary album. (2010)


Year Award
  • 17th Annual Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards Ceremony: Best Male Group[66]
  • 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards: New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award[67][68]

Music Show Awards

M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2010 June 3 "Y"

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