The Story of BOYFRIEND: An Idol Group That Lost Its Popularity After Focusing on Japan Promotions

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BOYFRIEND – The First Group With Twin Members

Boyfriend (Korean: 보이프렌드) was a South Korean boy band formed by Starship Entertainment in 2011. They were the first boy band to have 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 are also the first 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 as the ending theme song for Detective Conan, and as such, there will be a Detective Conan album version in addition to the regular album versions. Unfortunately, Starship Entertainment announced that Boyfriend disbanded on May 17th, 2019.

Full Group 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.

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Member Profiles

Kim Donghyun

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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_

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 a lot. He likes girls that are understanding.
  • Jeongmin can play the piano. He is fluent in English. He likes chewing gum. He has a habit of biting his nails. His ideal type is a girl that is a year younger than him, has big eyes and short hair, and someone that is like his best friend.
  • Youngmin is known to be extremely diligent. He can start crying easily. He likes girls who act and talk cute. He is Kwangmin’s older twin brother by six minutes.
  • Kwangmin is terrible at winking. He is a fan of the Pokemon character Pikachu. He likes girls that have long hair, long eyelashes.
  • Minwoo sweats a lot, which is why he got the nickname King of Sweating. He is a fan of Jessica of Girls’ Generation. He likes Mickey Mouse. He is 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 two 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 in a variety show 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 their single “Boyfriend” when appearing on music shows after rehearsing for two 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.