Get to Know Korean Boy Band, Boys Republic
Boys Republic is one of the boy bands from South Korea, with a formation of five members, namely, Onejunn, Sunwoo, Sungjun, Minsu, and Suwoong. Boys Republic debuted on June 5th, 2013, with the single “Party Rock.” On September 12th, 2018, they announced that they will be going on an indefinite hiatus. They were the first band formed by Universal Music.
Previously, Boys Republic debuted as a band that had received two years of training under Universal Music and Jung Hae IK of Happy Tribe Entertainment. They had been training in singing, dancing, acting, and languages and cultures of other countries.
Now, let’s find out more about the career of Boys Republic. Check this article out!
Profile and Facts about Onejunn
Real Name: Jo Wonjun
Stage Name: Onejunn
Date of Birth: November 22nd, 1988
Age: 30 years old
Position: Leader, Main Vocalist
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 61 kg
Blood Type: AB
Facts about Onejunn:
- Onejunn participated in the idol rebooting show The Unit, but he was eliminated.
- His hobbies are, composing songs and cooking.
- Onejunn decided to become a singer while he was doing his military service.
- Onejunn was voted as the “Fashion Terrorist” of the group.
- His ideal type of woman is someone who’s pretty, kind, and smiles refreshingly.
- In an interview, Onejunn said he’d like to try acting, musicals, and being an MC.
Profile and Facts about Sunwoo
Real Name: Choi Da-bin
Stage Name: Sunwoo
Date of Birth: March 12th, 1992
Age: 26 years old
Position: Lead Vocalist
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Blood Type: B
Facts about Sunwoo:
- Sunwoo is a JYP Entertainment and CUBE Entertainment trainee.
- He was a member of the group TOUCH.
- Sunwoo, Suwoong, and Sungjun participated in the web drama Alchemist, in 2015.
- He participated in the idol rebooting show The Unit, but he didn’t pass the auditions.
- Sunwoo’s role model is actor Lee Je-hoon.
- His ideal type of woman is someone who does well at her job, is supportive and only loves him.
Profile and Facts about Sungjun
Real Name: Park Sungjun
Stage Name: Sungjun
Date of Birth: December 17th, 1992
Age: 26 years old
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Blood Type: AB
Facts about Sungjun:
- He was a former JYP Entertainment trainee.
- Sungjun participated in the idol rebooting show The Unit, but he was eliminated.
- He is the strongest member of the group.
- His hobbies are, composing raps, street dancing, and riding bicycles.
- His ideal type of woman is someone who’s tall, has straight and long hair, pretty nails, and a nice fragrance.
- He’s close with GOT7 and DAY6.
Profile and Facts about Minsu
Real Name: Kim Deokseon
Stage Name: Minsu
Date of Birth: April 15th, 1993
Age: 27 years old
Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Blood Type: O
Facts about Minsu:
- He’s a big fan of IU.
- Minsu is really clumsy in the group.
- Minsu started his mandatory military service in October 2018.
- His ideal type of woman is someone who has fair skin and is puppy-like.
- He was part of Project X, a dance collaboration between Minsu (Boys Republic), B-bomb (Block-B), Doobu (3DCOLOR), Daeil (24K), and J. Heart (N-Sonic).
- His hobbies are, writing raps and skateboarding.
Profile and Facts about Suwoong
Real Name: Lee Suwoong
Stage Name: Suwoong
Date of Birth: January 20th, 1995
Age: 23 years old
Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual, Face of the Group, Maknae
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 56 kg
Blood Type: B
Facts about Suwoong:
- His role models are BigBang members.
- He’s close to BTS, especially to Jungkook. He’s also close to Daehyun and Jongup from B.A.P.
- His favorite foods are meat and sushi.
- Suwoong was a participant in the idol rebooting show The Unit.
- He’s ranked first in terms of visuals in the group.
- Suwoong’s ideal type of woman is a pretty and kind woman.
Boys Republic Discography
1. Boys Republic 1st Mini-Album – Identity (2013)
Identity is the first EP by Boys Republic. It was released on October 8th, 2013, with “You Are Special” serving as the album’s title track. On November 15th, 2013, they released a special album in Taiwan. And here is the tracklist:
- I’m Ready (into)
- You Are Special (넌 내게 특별해)
- What Up (뭐하러)
- Party Rock (전화해 집에)
- Special Girl
- Orange Sky
2. Boys Republic 2nd Mini-Album – Real Talk (2014)
In 2014, Boys Republic released their second mini-album, Real Talk, which was released on November 12th, 2014, and finished 10th in chart position and sold 2,011 copies. Tracklist:
- The Real One (진짜가 나타났다)
- Like a Doll (인형)
- Round (가운데)
- Somnambulance (몽유)
- Dress Up (예쁘게 입고 나와)
- Video Game
3. Boys Republic 3rd Mini-Album – BR: Evolution (2016)
Two years later, Boys Republic re-released a mini-album titled BR: Evolution, which was released on March 30th, 2016, and managed to occupy the 14th position on the Korean chart and managed to sell 1,672 copies. Tracklist:
- Get Down
- Eyes On Me (지켜만 봐)
- A Song For You (널 위했던 노래)
4. Boys Republic 1st Single Album – Dress Up (2014)
Dress Up was the first single album to be released on July 25th, 2014, and managed to reach 11th place on the Korean Chart and managed to sell around 1,415 copies. Tracklist:
- Dress Up
- Dress Up Inst.
5. Boys Republic 2nd Single Album – Hello (2015)
Hello is the second single album which was released on June 5th, 2015, and managed to occupy the 11th place on the Korean Chart and managed to sell 1,544 copies. Tracklist:
- Hello Acoustic version
- Hello Inst.
6. Boys Republic 3rd Single Album – Only Girl (2016)
Besides promoting the song in Korea, Boys Republic is also actively promoting in Japan. Only Girl is the first single album to be released in Japan on September 28th, 2016, and managed to occupy the 32nd place on the Japan chart and managed to sell 2,164 copies in Japan. Tracklist:
- Only Girl
- Happy Face
- So Fantastic
7. Boys Republic 4th Single Album – Hello Sunshine (2017)
Hello Sunshine is the second single album released in Japan, on January 25th, 2017, which finished 55th on the Japan chart. Tracklist:
- Hello Sunshine
- Stand Up!
8. Boys Republic 5th Single Album – Daisuki Da Yo (2017)
Daisuki Da Yo is the fifth single album released together with Hello Sunshine, which was released on January 25th, 2017. Daisuki Da Yo managed to occupy the 58th position on the Japan chart. Tracklist:
- Daisuki Da Yo (大好きだよ)
- Kimi Ga Soba Ni Ite (君がそばにいて)
9. Boys Republic 6th Single Album – Closer-Kiss Made Dorekurai? (2017)
Closer – Kiss Made Dorekurai? is also a single album released along with the previous two album singles, namely January 25th, 2017, and managed to occupy the 35th position of Japan Chart. Tracklist :
- Closer – Kiss Made Dorekurai? (キスまでどれくらい？)
- One – Sided Love
10. Boys Republic 7th Single Album – Nagareru Hoshi Ni Hanataba Wo (2017)
Nagareru Hoshi Ni Hanataba Wo was the last single album released by Boys Republic, on May 24th, 2017, and managed to occupy the 30th position of the Japan chart and managed to sell around 2,499 copies. Tracklist:
- Nagareru Hoshi Ni Hanataba Wo (流れる星に花束を)
11. Boys Republic Soundtrack Appearances in Drama
Boys Republic was also trusted to fill the soundtrack of a drama, namely A Daughter Just Like You, in 2015. The soundtrack is titled Candle Love (촛불).
Boys Republic Filmography
In addition to being active on stage, Boys Republic also appeared in several reality shows and received a very good response from the netizens.
In 2013, Boys Republic participated in channel SBS MTV, Rookie King: Boys Republic with 8 episodes and Eye Camp Expedition with 4 episodes, and a total of 12 episodes for SBS MTV channel with two different variety show titles.
Then, in 2017, on the KBS channel, Boys Republic also participated in The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project which certainly received various responses from fans and other netizens. This was because, they had already made their debut, but their agency told them to keep following The Unit variety show to further increase their popularity.
Boys Republic receiving Awards and Nominations
2014 was a golden year for Boys Republic. In one year they received three awards at three different events.
First, Boys Republic won the Asian Model Festival Award in the New Star Award category. Secondly, Boys Republic received the Annual Korean Entertainment Arts Award in the Newcomer Award category. And lastly, Boys Republic won the Korean Cultural Entertainment Award in the Teen Artist Award category.
Boys Republic Concerts
In 2015, Boys Republic made their Royal tour of Europe. The tour began in Paris, France, Le Divan du Monde on July 3rd.
Academy, London, UK – July 4th, 2015
Melkweg, Netherlands, Amsterdam – July 5th, 2015
Werkstatt, Germany, Cologne – July 7th, 2015
Fabryka, Poland, Krakow – July 9th, 2015
Durer Kert, Hungary, Budapest – July 11th, 2015
Szene Wien, Austria, Wien – July 12th, 2015
The 7 European shows were also opened by the popular pianist, Choi Soo-min.
The agency of Boys Republic also confirmed that they had the last concert before they were on hiatus. Their agency explained that after a long discussion among the members and the company, they decided to take a hiatus.
“We write with heavy hearts to bring unfortunate news to the Royal Family fans who have been supporting and waiting patiently for Boys Republic’s comeback.
After long deliberation, the Boys Republic members and agency decided to definitely halt all promotions. We are planning to host a live event for the Royal Family. We ask for your strong support until the end.”
Boys Republic Joins The Unit
The Unit is one of those events that provide opportunities for participating idols a second chance to make their debut and reap the coveted success. After the previous girl group from FNC Entertainment, namely AOA and former member of T-Ara, Areum, was rumored to be participating in this event, now it is the turn of the boy band that has not been heard for a long time, Boys Republic reportedly participated in the event.
Not only one or two members of Boys Republic took part in this event, but all five members actually made an appearance, namely Onejunn, Sunwoo, Sungjun, Minsu, and Suwoong. And in the end, a total of 15 idols took part in the event. The attendance of many idols at the event received criticism from other participants and considered this unfair.
In the last episode of The Unit, one of the members of Boys Republic, Suwoong, said that he almost debuted with BTS. Suwoong shared that he had nearly debuted with the group. “I trained at BigHit Entertainment,” he explained. “I was lucky enough to get into the debut team, and I recorded for the album and even posed for the album cover photo shoot. But then the team was dismantled.”
Suwoong admitted, “Because I lived and trained with BTS, I wanted to avoid performing their songs. But because I like the group so much, I ended up choosing Fire.”
Well, let’s just wish for the best for Boys Republic.
Boys Republic Disbandment Rumors and Indefinite Hiatus
As of September 2018, Boys Republic’s agency, Universal Music, revealed that the band will go on an indefinite hiatus. A representative from Universal Music said, “Firstly, we apologize for this unfortunate news to the Royal Family, who have been waiting for their comeback for a long time and continuously supported them. After a long period of consideration, the Boys Republic members and the agency agreed to cease their activities for an undetermined amount of time. They will be holding a live performance to say farewell as a group to the Royal Family. We ask you to show them a lot of love until the end.”
However, after a six-year career, some sources said that Boys Republic was rumored to be disbanded, but the agency quickly confirmed that the rumor was untrue. Boys Republic did not disband and was only a hiatus for an undetermined time.
Recently, one of the members of Boys Republic, Suwoong, received more attention than other members by participating in The Unit variety show. Well, we pray for the best for the future career of Boys Republic. Good luck, Boys Republic!
Boys Republic Plastic Surgery Rumors
Almost every Korean idol has definitely been involved in cases of plastic surgery on his face, including members of the boy band Boys Republic. Many sources said that they had plastic surgery, but there was no clear evidence that they have actually done plastic surgery.
First, Suwoong and Minsu. There is no striking difference between the faces of Suwoong and Minsu when they are called now. Starting from the eyes, nose, and their lips, they all look the same and there is no change. Maybe, a little change due to the influence of the makeup they use, like the eyes look bigger and the nose looks sharper.
Above is a pre-debut photo from Sungwoo, Dabin, and Sungjun, from left to right. There is no noticeable change from the face of Dabin when it is compared to a current one. Maybe now his face looks a little thinner than before. Maybe he is on a diet so that his body shape and face are more ideal.
Sungjun looks different from before. If at the moment, the pre-debut is very calm while after its debut, Sungjun changes his appearance and looks very male with short hair.
At pre-debut, Onejunn looks very innocent with a face without makeup and eyes with no eyelids. But after the debut, Onejunn’s appearance looks very different and more manly.
And this is Onejunn after debut.
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