4. Lee Min-hyuk
Block B – B-Bomb
B-Bomb was born on December 14, 1990, in Seoul, South Korea. He was debuted as a Block B member on April 13, 2011, and the group released the single “Freeze!”. The single ended up being banned by the Commission of Youth Protection because it was considered too ‘vulgar’ for Korean television, thus could not be sold to people under the age of 19 and the music video could not be aired before 10 p.m. Their first mini-album, New Kids on the Block, was released on June 23.
In 2015, he joined Block B’s first sub-unit, Bastarz, along with P.O and U-Kwon. They were debuted on April 14 and released their first mini-album, Conduct Zero, with title track “Zero for Conduct”, which was produced by their fellow member, Zico. B-Bomb personally wrote the song “Tightly” for the sub-unit’s second mini-album, Welcome to Bastarz. He also wrote “Give & Take”, which was included in the repackaged album Re:Montage in 2018. He made his acting debut through a 2015 web-drama titled Jumping Girl, with actress Jung Ha-na. Later he starred in a historical play, Yeo Do, as Danjong of Joseon, which gained high praise for his performance. Recently, he composed a song titled “Don’t Be Shy” for Park Hyun-kyu of Vromance in May, 2019. He also made his first Korean solo and released a single, “Dawn”, on July 2, 2019.
BTOB – Minhyuk
Minhyuk was born on November 29, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea. He made his first appearance on television through JTBC’s sitcom I Live in Chungdam-dong, as an Invincible Chungdam No. 5 member, with other soon-to-be-members like Eunkwang, Hyunsik, Ilhoon, and Minwoo. He was then debuted as a BTOB member on March 21, 2012, and they released two singles: “Insane” and “Imagine”. Their first EP, Born to Beat, was released later, on April 3.
For his acting career, he received supporting roles in several dramas, like MBC’s A New Leaf, Love & War 2, and Sweet, Savage Family. He also starred as the lead male character on the web-drama Nightmare Teacher. Other than acting, he is also known as one of the best idol-athletes, as he showed impressive sport skills at the Idol Star Athletics Championships, and he was crowned as the MVP of the year in 2014.
As an artist, he released a self-produced track titled “Purple Rain”, featuring Cheeze, for BTOB’s solo project series on August 10, 2017. He made his Japanese solo debut with his first Japanese EP, Summer Diary, on July 25, 2018. Meanwhile, his Korean solo debut was made on January 15, 2019, with the release of his self-composed album, Hutazone, with the title track “YA”. He also held his first concert, HUTAZONE: Two Night, on February 2-3 before finally enlisting on February 7 as a conscripted policeman.
Monsta X – Minhyuk
Minhyuk was born on November 3, 1993, in South Korea. He was the last member to be confirmed in the 7-member boy-group called Monsta X after joining the survival show No.Mercy by Starship Entertainment and Mnet. The group was debuted on May 14, 2015, and released their first EP, Trespass. The group held their first concert, The First Live “X-Clan Origins”, on July 16-17, 2016, and the tickets were sold out in 5 minutes. On May 17, 2017, they made their debut in Japan under Universal Music’s new label, Mercury Records Tokyo, and released the Japanese single “Hero”. Meanwhile, their first Japanese album, Piece, along with title track “Puzzle”, was released on April 25, 2018.
On May 27, 2019, Monsta X, with all seven members were featured in Cartoon Network’s series We Bare Bears. The next day, they signed with an American record label, Epic Records, for their English-language recordings and distribution outside South Korea. They then released an English song, “Who Do U Love?”, featuring French Montana on June 14.
5. Park Ji-min
BTS – Jimin
Jimin was born on October 13, 1995 in Busan, South Korea. He was a top student in the modern dance department during his high school time. It was suggested he try an audition for an entertainment company, which led him to Big Hit Entertainment and he passed the audition in 2012. He was debuted together with six other members in a boy-group called Bangtan Boys, better known as BTS, on June 13, 2013. They released their first single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool, with title track “No More Dream”. It was revealed at Mnet’s Yaman TV that Jimin almost went under the stage name Baby G, but then went with his real name, instead.
In 2014, he collaborated with fellow member Jungkook and released the song “Christmas Day”, a Korean version of Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe”, and the Korean lyrics were written by Jimin. He released solo songs under BTS, like “Lie”, from album Wings, in 2016 and “Serendipity”, from the album Love Yourself: Her, in 2017. Jimin made another collaboration with Jungkook and released a cover of “We Don’t Talk Anymore”, which was originally sung by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez, on June 2, 2017. Jimin released his first solo song outside BTS, titled “Promise”, on December 30, 2018, via BTS’s SoundCloud page. He wrote and composed the song himself, with the help of Big Hit producer Slow Rabbit and fellow BTS member, RM. In 2019, the artist received a plaque of appreciation from the Cultural Conservation Society for performing buchaechum, a traditional fan dance, which he brought at the 2018 Melon Music Awards. Currently, he and the other BTS members have just finished their vacation period, and will be starting their official schedule.
15& – Jimin
Jimin was born on July 5, 1997, in Daejeon, South Korea. She joined SBS’s survival show K-Pop Star in 2011 and finished at 1st place, giving her an opportunity to sign with either YG, SM, or JYP Entertainment, as well as other rewards. She chose to sign with JYP on May 21, 2012, and later it was announced that she would be debuted in a duo girl-group with Baek Ye-rin. They officially debuted as a group called 15& and released the single “I Dream” on October 5, 2012. The duo kept on releasing singles and made comeback appearances on K-Pop Star 2 and 3, but later faced inactivity starting from February, 2015.
A month later, JYP announced that Jimin would make a solo debut. On April 5, 2015, she made her solo debut and released the single “Hopeless Love”, under the stage name Jimin Park. She released her first EP, 19 to 20, which she self-composed, with title track “Try”, on August 23, 2016. Recently, her 7-year contract with JYP expired and she announced that she decided to leave the company on August 6, 2019, through her social media. To conclude her contract, she released another single under JYP, for the last time, titled “Stay Beautiful” on August 26.
6. Song Ji-eun
Secret – Jieun
Jieun was born on May 5, 1990, in Seoul, South Korea. When she was still a JYP trainee, she had already sung OSTs for dramas in 2007 and 2008, such as “Learning to Fly” for the drama Air City. She was set to debut with Sistar’s Hyolyn, EXID’s Hani, and BESTie’s Uji, but the plan was called off so Jieun left the company and joined TS Entertainment.
She was debuted in a 4-member girl-group called Secret and they released their first single, “I Want You Back”, in October, 2009. Jieun made a solo debut with the track “Yesterday”, featuring R&B singer Hwanhee. In September, 2013, Jieun released her first single album, Hope Torture. A year after that, she released her first EP, 25, and in the same year, she also made her acting debut through the web-drama Drawing, Spring.
In August, 2017, she sent a request to the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board regarding her contract with TS, where the agency claimed that the contract was no longer valid not based on the contract terms. Later, in the beginning of 2018, Jieun announced via her personal Instagram that she was no longer a Secret member. In January, 2019, the artist was reported to have signed with a new agency, Haewadal Entertainment, and it was later confirmed by the agency.
Wa$$up – Dain
Dain was born on June 25, 1990, in Seoul, South Korea. She was debuted in a 7-member girl-group called Wa$$up on August 7, 2013, and they released their debut single, “Wassup”, along with the music video. Their first EP, Nom Nom Nom, was released on November 20.
In February 2017, following Nada’s lawsuit against the agency, they announced that the group would have a comeback with four members, but still had no information about two other members, including Dain. Later, it was confirmed that both the other two members also filed lawsuits to terminate their contracts. After leaving the agency, she participated in JTBC’s survival show with YG Entertainment, MIXNINE, in 2017, but didn’t make it. She’s currently active as a model and actress, as well as Vlogger on YouTube.
7. Park Sun-young
f(x) – Luna
Luna was born on August 12, 1993, in Seoul, South Korea. She was scouted by SM Entertainment in 2006 after seeing her performance in SBS’s Truth Game. She was later debuted as an f(x) member on September 1, 2009. Not long after debuting, she had her own solo activities on many variety shows.
She made her acting debut through TV Chosun’s drama, Saving Mrs. Go Bong-shil, in December, 2011. On May 31, 2016, she was debuted as a solo artist and released the mini-album Free Somebody, along with the music video for the title track of the same name. In August, 2016, the artist opened her own YouTube channel, Luna’s Alphabet. She released many collaborative songs with other artists, like “Tell Me It’s Okay” with Highlight’s Junhyung and comedian Jung Hyungdon, as well as OSTs like “Where Are You” for the drama Good Thief, Bad Thief and “Could You Tell Me” for the drama The King in Love. On September 5, 2019, it was announced by the agency that Luna had not renewed her contract.
T-ara – Hyomin
Hyomin was born on May 30, 1989, in Busan, South Korea. Before officially she was debuted, she had already gained popularity as ulzzang (basically internet celebrity based on looks) and became a model for online shopping. When she was a JYP trainee, she appeared in many music videos, like SS501’s “Unlock” and FT Island’s “Heaven”. Then she was cast by Core Contents Media (now known as MBK Entertainment) and starred in her label-mates’ songs.
She was debuted as a T-ara member on July 30, 2009, and released the single “Lie”. In 2012, she was cast in the Chinese version of MBC’s We Got Married with a Chinese idol, Fu Xinbo. In April, 2013, she and three other members were included in a sub-unit of T-ara, called N4, and released the mini-album Jeon Won Diary.
She made her solo debut on June 30, 2014, and released the EP Make Up, with title track “Nice Body”. In January, 2018, she left the agency after her contract expired and in May, she joined Sublime Artist Agency to pursue her solo career. She made her first comeback after leaving MBK on September 12, 2018, and released the digital single “Mango”. She made another comeback on February 20, 2019, and released her third EP, Allure.
8. Kim Ji-yeon
Lovelyz – Kei
Kei was born on March 20, 1995, in Incheon, South Korea. She was debuted as part of Lovelyz, under Woolim Entertainment, in November, 2014. They dropped the pre-release digital single “Good Night Like Yesterday” on November 5, before releasing the studio album Girls’ Invasion on November 17, with its title track, “Candy Jelly Love”. They released their first EP, Lovelyz8, along with the music video for the title track, “Ah-Choo”, on October 1, 2015.
In 2017, she guested on many variety shows, such as King of Masked Singers, Running Man, Duet Song Festival, and Idol National Singing Competition. She has also been an MC for music shows like Inkigayo in 2016 and Music Bank in 2018. Kei revealed that it was BoA that made her keep pursuing her dream as a singer. Recently, Lovelyz released their sixth EP, Once Upon A Time, with title track “Beautiful Days”.
Cosmic Girls – Bona
Bona was born on August 19, 1995, in Daegu, South Korea. Bona was included in the first unit, Wonder Unit, introduced prior to her official debut in December, 2015. She later was debuted as a member of Cosmic Girls (also known as WJSN)on February 25, 2016, and released the mini-album Who Do You Like?, with title tracks “Mo Mo Mo” and “Catch Me”.
Bona made her acting debut through KBS2’s drama Hit The Top in 2016 and was cast as the lead female in KBS2’s Girls’ Generation 1979 in 2018. She also joined SBS’s Law of the Jungle in Northern Mariana Islands in episodes 344-348. Cosmic Girls released the special album For The Summer on June 4, 2019, with the title track “Boogie Up”. In August, they held their first concert tour in Japan, titled WJSN 1st Mini Live 2019 “Would You Like?” Zepp Tour in Japan.