The Story of CNBLUE’s Debut: Date, Stage, and Showcase



History of CNBLUE

CNBLUE is one of the legendary Korean pop rock bands. They’ve already made history in the music industry, not only in their country but also in other countries. Their name has been popular among other musicians, and even people around the world. They have both charismatic looks and amazing talent.

It’s not easy to reach the highest position in the music industry. They have to follow the rules of what people want to see, and what people need to see. They have to watch and learn what is going on in the public. CNBLUE has been through tough days, and has been struggling against the world to achieve what they want. Now, let’s turn the pages back to when CNBLUE was still a tiny baby in the music industry.

CNBLUE: Before Their Debut


CNBLUE consisted of 4 members: Jung Yong-hwa (leader, guitar, main vocals, rap), Lee Jong-hyun (guitar, vocals), Kang Min-hyuk (drums), and Kwon Kwang-jin (bass). But, Kwon Kwang-jin left the band shortly afterward, and was replaced by Lee Jung-shin (bass, rap). This Korean pop-rock band was formed in 2009.

CN is an initialism for Code Name, while BLUE stands for burninglovelyuntouchable, and emotional. It is meant to portray the images of Jong-hyun, Min-hyuk, Jung-shin, and Yong-hwa, respectively. They have loyal fans that call themselves Boice.

Before their debut, there is a story for each member. So, we will give you a little history of CNBLUE pre-debut.

1. Yong-hwa’s Pre-debut Story

YongHwa Pre-debut

Before Yong-hwa became famous, there was one good old day where he was skiing with his family and friends. There, he took a picture of himself and uploaded it to SNS. Some people saw his photo, and copied it to send to Ulzzang Cafe. He was selected to be an Ulzzang, and became famous among ski photographs. Many managers and visitors went to his school, just to see him. One day, Yong-hwa saw anaudition for FNC, so he went to Seoul to audition. Yong-hwa played the guitar, and was also very fond of singing. He already had the talent for it.

2. Jong-hyun’s Pre-debut Story

Jonghyun CNBLUE

Jong-hyun had a similar experience. Jong-hyun took pictures with his friend’s sister. His friend uploaded the photos to Ulzzang Cafe, and Jong-hyun was selected as an Ulzzang. One day, the FNC manager left a message on his mini homepage telling Jong-hyun to audition. After reading the message, Jong-hyun went directly to Seoul and met Yong-hwa for the first time at Seoul Station. Jong-hyun also played the guitar and had recieved vocal training at the music pop institute, and this was enough to get him an audition.

3. Min-hyuk’s Pre-debut Story


Min-hyuk was very interested in music, and learned the piano and the flute. When he was in high school, the casting manager of FNC gave him a business card in front of his school. However, Min-hyuk did not believe that person, and ignored the offer. Then one day, Min-hyuk saw FTISLAND on TV, and saw the management that overshadowed FTISLAND included the FNC manager who gave him the business card. So, Min-hyuk went to FNC, and auditioned.

4. Jung-shin’s Pre-debut Story


When Jung-shin studied photography, he went to the Hongdae area to take some pictures on the streets. It was his first day there. As if it was destiny, the FNC training ground is in Hongdae, and the FNC casting manager found him, and told Jung-shin to come to the audition. Just like Min-hyuk, Jung-shin also did not believe the man was really a manager. However, he had met Min-hyuk at an English institute in Ilsan, near his home. He heard that Min-hyuk had become a trainee participant in FNC, and that convinced Jung-shin to believe, and he decide to audition at FNC.

When they lived in Japan, the company only gave them money for a place to stay. For other needs, they had to find their own way. One day, after their gig at night, they lost their house keys. At that time, they were very hungry and tired. They had been starving for two days because they had no money to buy food, in addition to having just finished the gig. They did not have a car, and they carried their music equipment with their own hands.

CNBLUE members talked about their hardships during their trainee days in You & I, they shared, “Before our debut, the five years of training felt like being in a music jail.”

CNBLUE’s Debut Date


CNBLUE officially debuted in Korea on January 14, 2010, with the album Bluetory‘s main song, “I’m a Loner”. Their first Korean album managed to sit at the top of the Gaon Chart for two weeks. In March, the band started preparations for their first full-length independent album Thank U in Japan. It was released on March 20th with several tracks co-written and co-composed by Jung Yong-hwa. In April, they announced their official fan club name was Boice, a combination of “blue” and “voice”. On May 19th, their second extended play Bluelove was released, and peaked at number three on the Gaon Album Chart.

After their success in Korea, the band headed back to Japan. CNBLUE, who had proven to be popular with around 20,000 fans, even before their official debut, would leave their indie activities, and move on to the mainstream stage under Japan’s large music label Warner Music Japan. The band released their debut single “In My Head” on October 19th, composed by Jung Yong-hwa. The single peaked at number four on the Oricon Weekly Chart with 70,000+ units sold in its first week.

The Special Day of CNBLUE’s Stage Debut

The band had their first televised live performance on KBS’s Music Bank on January 15, 2010, with their song “I’m a Loner”. CNBLUE’s first stage performance was a success, and they gained more attention and became even more popular in the k-pop scene.

Now, wherever they perform, whether it’s televised or not, they always have a huge group of fans beside them.


CNBLUE’s Debut Story


The pre-debut time might have been the hardest point in time for each member. But, after they earned their position in the Korean music industry, they felt much better. After the debut, CNBLUE released a new song. They wrote the lyrics, and produced it with the label. They believe effort won’t betray the prize.

Even after their debut, everything is still not easy, because they have to fight with the actual industry competition. But, at least, their name and their music genre have given the Korean music industry a little shock.