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.