Do You Know MBLAQ?

MBLAQ (엠블랙), which stands for Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality, is a boy group created by South-Korean entertainer Rain (Bi) under J. Tune Camp. The group consists of Seungho, G.O, and Mir, and formerly Lee Joon and Thunder. With Rain being their mentor and major influence, he has either written, composed, produced and/or choreographed a few tracks for MBLAQ, including Oh Yeah, G.O.O.D Luv, and Y.

MBLAQ was first announced on September 21, 2009 with an appearance in Nylon magazine, after having trained for two years. The group finally debuted on October 15, 2009, at Rain’s Legend of Rainism concert and they have experimented with different genres ever since. The fans of MBLAQ are called A+. In the middle of December 2014, J.Tune Camp officially announced that member Lee Joon and Thunder had departed from MBLAQ to focus on individual activities, leaving the agency as well. Despite their loss of two members, MBLAQ still returned as a trio with the remaining members. But it was then revealed that MBLAQ had not promoted since “Mirror” and no longer related to J.Tune Camp in terms of a contract. It is unknown when the group will be coming back. Do you think MBLAQ has already disbanded seeing as how there is no official statement?

MBLAQ Leader, Yang Seung-ho


Birth Name : Yang Seung-ho (양승호)
Stage Name : Seungho
Nickname : Yang Chopin, Yang Song
Birthday : October 16, 1987
Position : Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
Height : 176 cm
Weight : 63 kg
Religion : Buddhist
Blood Type : A
Languages : Korean
Instruments : Piano, Guitar
Hobbies : Listening to music, Playing soccer
Siblings : Younger brother Seunghoon
Fans : Seungholics

Education :
Anyang High School of Arts; Sejong University of Film Arts; Kyunghee Cyber University

Facts :
– He was born in Seoul, South Korea.
– His talents are apparatus gymnastics, dancing, playing piano, and magic card.
– Former KARA’s Gyuri and Seungho attended the same high school together.
– Once in 2015, he was assaulted by a former employee of his agency, J.Tune Camp.
– Seungho has signed with Will Entertainment (acting agency) in April 2017.
– Seungho made his official solo debut in Japan as his last official activity before heading off to the army in August 2017.
– Seungho had officially enlisted as of October 16, 2017 for 21 months of military service.

The Strong Main Vocal, Jung Byung-hee (G.O)


Birth Name : Jung Byung Hee (정병희)
Stage Name : G.O
Nickname : Hair
Birthday : November 6, 1987
Position : Main vocalist
Height : 177 cm
Weight : 65 kg
Religion : Buddhist
Blood Type : A
Languages : Korean
Instruments : Piano, Guitar
Hobbies : Cooking
Siblings : He is the youngest in his family and has two older sisters
Fans : G.Orgeous

Education :
– Gukje Digital University, Major in Leisure Sports

Facts :
– He was born in Changwon, South Korea.
– In 2007, G.O debuted with Ty Keys, co-ed R&B group composed of a female and male vocalist and one male rapper. When the company went bankrupt, he went to court to end his contract.
– He’s a member of the one time sub unit Dramatic BLUE with 2AM’s Jokwon, B2ST’s Yoseob, TEEN TOP’s Niel, & Infinite’s Woohyun.
– In 2012, G.O is a permanent member of the Immortal Songs 2 cast after the previous members left, along with other idols, like Luna of f(x) and Shin Yong-jae of 4MEN.
– He was known for his soft and stylish vocals and appeared as a contestant on King of Mask Singer (stage name “Dad Bought Bungeoppang“).
– He is currently enlisted in the army as of February, 2016.

Youngest Member, Bang Cheol-yong (Mir)


Birth Name : Bang Cheol-yong (방철용)
Stage Name : Mir (미르)
Nickname : Bang Ahji
Birthday : March 10, 1991
Position : Main Rapper and Maknae
Height : 178 cm
Weight : 63 kg
Religion : Buddhist
Blood Type : A
Languages : Korean
Instruments : None
Hobbies : Doing gag/comedy skits
Siblings : Older sister actress Go Eunah, older sister Hyosun
Fans : MIRacles

Education :
– Kyunghee Cyber University, Major in Information and Communication Technology, Specialization in Mathematics

Facts :
– He was born in Jangseong, South Korea.
– He has a very humorous personality and a fun side to him.
– Considered as the most outgoing and silliest in the group.
– Looks slightly similar to Lee Hongki of F.T. Island.
– Likes to speak English for fun (despite his lack of skills) and wrote only English in his journals.
– He was part of Makbanshi (Korean: 아이돌 막내반란시대 lit. Idol Magnae Rebellion) along with the other youngest members of fellow idol groups 2AM, FT Island, U-Kiss, T-Max, and Mighty Mouth.
– He was one of the cast members on the first season of The Romantic & Idol, along with 2PM’s Jun.K, ZE:A’s Hyungsik, GOT7’s JB, 4minute’s Jihyun, AOA’s Hyejeong, Rainbow’s Seungah, and FIESTAR’s Jei on the show.
– Mir revealed that he and his sister were such big G.O.D fans that he thought about marrying one of the members, while his sister actually ended up marrying G.O.D’s former manager.
– During a filming of MBC every1’s Idol Manager, he revealed that his family is especially rich in terms of land and that he owned 9 mountains.
– On Laws of the Jungle, he nearly drowned in the Amazon river, chewed on crocodiles, and ate pieces of monkey brain.
– He saved all of the money he made since debuting as a singer, and bought a house for his parents.
– Mir has a snake as his pet and was brought to Radio Star during filming.
– He was enlisted on July 14, 2016 for 2 years.

Lee Chang-sun (Lee Joon) – Former Member


Birth Name : Lee Chang Sun (이창선)
Stage Name : Lee Joon / Joon (이준)
Nickname : Honey Abs, Little Fox
Birthday : February 7, 1988
Position : Vocalist, Main Dancer, and Face of The Group
Height : 180 cm
Weight : 65 kg
Religion : Christian
Blood Type : A
Languages : Korean, English
Instruments : None
Hobbies : Exercising
Siblings : One older sister
Fans : J+

Education :
– Seoul Arts High School; Korea National University of Arts Major in Modern Dance
– Kyung Hee Cyber University, Major in Information and Communication Technology

Facts :
– He was born in Seoul, South Korea.
– On January 5, 2012, Joon joined the cast of We Got Married spin-off ‘Pit-a-pat shake’. He was paired with After School’s Lizzy.
– He appeared in HyunA’s MV for “Bubble Pop“.
– He knows how to dance ballet.
– His nickname derives from his toned, sexy, sleek, delicious looking abs.
– Although he has a buff body, he is playfully shy about showing his skin sometimes.
– He knows English well, but his pronunciation is very adorable yet bad.
– Can sometimes be made fun of for being a “babo” (fool).
– In 2012 he was paired with actress Oh Yeon Seo to be his wife on the TV show We Got Married.
– He’s a member of the one time sub unit Dynamic BLACK with 2AM’s Jinwoon, B2ST’s Gikwang, TEEN TOP’s L.Joe and Infinite’s Hoya.
– Joon acted in the movie Ninja Assassin as the younger version of Rain’s character Raizo.
– He suffered from insomnia and bipolar disorder around 2010.
– He completely transitioned from being an idol to being an actor after leaving MBLAQ.

– He was embroiled in a dating scandal right after joining a new agency (PrainTPC), regarding a possible 2-year relationship between himself and a former classmate. But not long after the news came up, the agency released an official statement and denied the speculations.
– Based on CNBLUE’s Yonghwa’s statement on the July 24 episode of JTBC’s Abnormal Summit, it was revealed that Lee Joon doesn’t like to leave the house much.
– Before enlisment, he released his first solo digital single since his debut, “What I Want to Give to You” is a pop ballad song written by his former MBLAQ group-mate Thunder.
– He quietly enlisted as an active duty soldier on October 2017 for 21 months, without any ceremony.

Park Sang-hyun (Thunder/Cheondung) – Former Member


Birth Name: Park Sang Hyun (박상현)
Stage Name : Thunder or Cheondoong (Cheondung)
Birthday : October 7, 1990
Position : Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist
Height : 181 cm
Weight : 65 kg
Religion : Atheist
Blood Type : A
Languages : Korean, English, Tagalog, Chinese, Japanese
Instruments : Violin, Piano
Hobbies : Listening to Music, Composing Songs
Siblings : Older sister 2NE1‘s Dara & Older sister Durami
Fans : Soonja

Education :
– Philippine Pasay Chung Hua Academy

Facts :
– He was born in Busan, South Korea but grew up in the Philippines.
– His older sister is 2NE1’s Dara.
– Thunder said in a magazine interview that he had originally decided to pursue a professional career as a soccer player, specifically as a midfielder. He gave up and instead started auditioning for entertainment agencies, one of which was JYP Entertainment.
– He eventually became a trainee of Loen Entertainment, then transferred to J.Tune to replace member Sang Bae after he left MBLAQ before the group’s debut.
– He revealed that he doesn’t like girls who have a lot of guys around them on the December 8th broadcast of Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time.
– He is now an artist under APOP Entertainment (music label under Mystic Entertainment).
– In 2015, he appeared in MBC drama’s Make a Woman Cry and was criticized for his foot (bad) acting.
– He finally debuts as a solo artist on December 2016 with Sign featuring Goo Hara.
– On 6 February 2017, it was announced that Thunder would be the first Korean idol to star in a Korean-Indonesian movie, titled Forever Holiday in Bali.

Kim Sangbae (Moos) – Former Member


Birth Name : Kim Sang Bae
Stage Name : Moos
Nicknames : UNICEF
Birthplace : Hampyeong, Jeonnam, South Korea
Birthday : April 29, 1991
Nationality : Korean
Height : 175cm (5ft8 in)
Weight : 61kg (134lbs)
Blood Type : O
Education : Hankwang High School

Facts :
– He was supposed to debut with MBLAQ, but dropped out before their debut due to personal reasons. Thunder took his place.
– Now he is a member of MADTOWN (formed in 2014 by J. Tune Camp). Starting December 22, 2016, MADTOWN’s contract was sold to GNI Entertainment after J. Tune Camp closed.

MBLAQ Members Popularity Ranking


Back in 2009, MBLAQ and BEAST both debuted at the same period and are therefore known as rivals. Fast forward to 2014 and the tables are completely turned. With the announcement that 2 members Lee Joon and Thunder were leaving MBLAQ, it was clear to all that BEAST (Now HIGHLIGHT) would end up on top.

During MBLAQ’s Mirror comeback showcase on June 9, 2015, the remaining three members of MBLAQ discussed the hardships they’ve been enduring up. They said that they were in some turmoil or at least a slump since the departure of the two members, but there had been no choice. That’s why they have chosen to reflected a lot about what’s already happened.

G.O once said that he was thought of as the new substitute member, but he ended up staying as a trio. Seungho also said they had an extremely hard time and it was also hard because they were reorganizing things in preparation for a new MBLAQ, but after putting things in order and finding a new image, he regained strength. Mir added that he even went down to the rural area to become one with nature.

According to an insider, J.Tune Camp wrapped up all loose ends in the beginning of February 2017. Their contracts with all their artists were ended, and the managers and staff all left the company as well.  It happened when member G.O enlisted for his mandatory military duties in February of 2016, while the remaining members Seungho and Mir were focusing on individual activities.

MBLAQ actually has had popular songs, but they have only won a few awards. MBLAQ is well-known, and many people think that means that the group is successful. But a boy band that doesn’t gain recognition for its music is not necessarily ideal. That’s why all of them ended up pursuing solo careers in different fields.

When they were still together as five members, Lee Joon, Thunder, Seungho and G.O had gained recognition for acting (in movies, dramas or musicals), and G.O had gained a lot of attention for his vocals and his producing skills. Mir has also become renowned for his rapping skills. MBLAQ members were also popular on variety shows and have featured in numerous songs.

Based on popularity and recognition itself, we know that Lee Joon is the most popular one among the rest, because his acting and variety skills are no joke. Meanwhile Thunder and Mir are almost comparable because they are also widely known from having celebrities’ siblings (Sandara Park & Go Eun-ah). As for Seungho and G.O, they were pretty much active in their own solo careers but not really good at promoting themselves.

Well, eventhough they are not as popular as before, fans can have some hope in their music career return and still meet them as friends. With that being said, you can check out their coolest Music Video below!