YG Entertainment’s Latest Boy Group, Treasure 13: Profile, Age, Height, Songs, etc,

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Is YG’s New Boy-Group Their Secret Weapon?

Through a post on YG Entertainment’s blog YG Life on October 29, Yang Hyun-suk revealed a boy-group debut survival program called “YG Treasure Box” is due to air as a means for the company to decide the members of their next-generation boy-group, which includes the infamous Bang Ye Dam. Yang Hyun-suk explained that ‘YG Treasure Box’ is a phrase often used by fans as a complaint that once YG artists conclude promotions once, they are locked in, and it is used in a negative manner not only by fans, but also the media.

He continues, “‘YG Treasure Box’ has the format of unveiling every single male trainee of YG who hasn’t yet been introduced, and monitoring the judgements and selections of the viewers through the broadcast will be applied to the selection criteria. There are a total of 29 YG male trainees who will be revealed through the ‘YG Treasure Box’ broadcast, and most of them are between the ages of 14 and 19. As the number of participants is much higher than when BIGBANG, WINNER, and iKON were selected, the competition is higher than ever.”

Filming for the show started on November 16 and was available through V Live and YouTube for fans to enjoy every week. On February 7, after the show has finished airing it’s last episode with a 7-membered debut group, Yang Hyun-suk went back on his words and decided to launch ‘TREASURE 13’, the group that combines 7 members of TREASURE and 6 members of MAGNUM from ‘YG TREASURE BOX’ through the agency’s official blog.

So what exactly is Treasure 13? What is the concept behind the two units and how does it work? How does it connect with the Treasure Box trainees? Stay tuned as we find out more about Treasure 13, the members’ profiles and their group concept!

Treasure 13 Profile

Treasure Profile

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Name Choi Hyun-seok
Birthdate April 21st, 1999
Age 19
Blood Type A
Nationality Korean

 

Facts:

  • 5th overall standing of the male group in Mixnine
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Name Kim Jun-gyu
Birthdate September 9th, 2000
Age 18
Blood Type O
Nationality Korean

 

Facts:

  • Modeled and acted as a kid
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Name
Yook Jae-hyeok
Birthdate July 23rd, 2001
Age 17
Blood Type O
Nationality Korean

 

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Name
Bang Ye-dam
Birthdate May 7th, 2002
Age 16
Blood Type A
Nationality Korean

 

Facts:

  • Winner of K-Pop Star 2
  • Appeared on Mnet’s debut survival show for the JYP boy group, Stray Kidz
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Name
Haruto
Birthdate April 5th, 2004
Age 14
Blood Type B
Nationality Japanese

 

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Name
Park Jung-woo
Birthdate September 28th, 2004
Age 14
Blood Type O
Nationality Korean

 

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Name
So Jung-hwan
Birthdate February 18th, 2005
Age 14
Blood Type B
Nationality Korean

 

Facts:

  • Used to be a part of K-Tigers, a Korean Taekwondo Dance team

Magnum Profile

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Name Park Ji-hoon
Birthdate March 14th, 2000
Age 18
Blood Type B
Nationality Korean

 

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Name Yoshinori
Birthdate May 15th, 2000
Age 18
Blood Type A
Nationality Japanese

 

Name Ha Yoon-bin
Birthdate December 11th, 2000
Age 18
Blood Type A
Nationality Korean

 

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Name Mashiho
Birthdate March 25th, 2001
Age 17
Blood Type AB
Nationality Japanese

 

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Name Asahi
Birthdate August 20th, 2001
Age 17
Blood Type AB
Nationality Japanese

 

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Name Kim Do-young
Birthdate December 4th, 2003
Age 15
Blood Type B
Nationality Korean

 

YG Treasure Box

Like previous YG boy-groups, Yang Hyun-suk plans to debut the trainees he has accumulated through another debut survival program. The program presenting their debut is called YG Treasure Box. Yang Hyun-suk explained that the phrase is taken from term fans and the media used to describe how YG promotes their artists. YG will use that phrase as a program title and broadcast a show containing the debut selection process through missions and turmoils of the members. He also added, “We will use web-based platforms such as VLIVE and YouTube to make it easier for global fans to access the show and will additionally use various platforms including TV broadcasting”.

YG Treasure Box premiered in November of 2018, just four years after their last survival show, titled Mix & Match, aired in preparation for IKON’s debut.  The goal was for a debut in 2019 with a group made up of 5 members but was then changed to accommodate 7 spots by the ninth episode. 29 trainees under 4 different units participated in the survival show, coming from both Korean and Japanese nationalities. The four different units are Treasure A, made up of trainees who have trained the longest; Treasure B, made up of trainees who are street cast and known for their visuals; Treasure C, made up of trainees who are younger in age, and Treasure J, made up of all the Japanese trainees.

Treasure A
Name
Birth Date
Lee Mi-dam
October 27, 1997
Lee Byeong-gon
March 5, 1998
Kim Seung-hoon
February 26,1999
Choi Hyun-seok
April 21, 1999
Kim Jun-gyu
September 9, 2000
Bang Ye-dam
May 7, 2002
Kim Do-young
December 4, 2003

 

Treasure B

Name
Birth Date
Park Ji-hoon
March 14, 2000
Wang Gun-ho
May 8, 2000
Kang Seok-hwa
December 1, 2000
Ha Yoon-bin
2000
Jang Yoon-seo
December 11, 2001.4.4
Yoon Jae-hyeok
July 23, 2001
Kim Seong-yeon
June 18, 2002
Gil Do-hwan
August 26, 2003

 

Treasure C

Name
Birth Date
Kim Yeon-gyu
May 3, 2004
Park Jung-woo
September 28, 2004
Lee In-hong
November 12, 2004
Yoon Shi-yoon
January 8, 2005
Jung Jun-hyeok
January 17, 2005
So Jung-hwan
February 18, 2005
Kim Jong-seob
November 19, 2005

 

Treasure J

Name
Birth Date
Kotaro
June 17, 1999
Yoshinori
May 15, 2000
Mashiho
March 25, 2001
Mahiro
March 28, 2001
Keita
July 4, 2001
Asahi
August 20, 2001
Haruto
April 5, 2004

 

For 9 weeks, they were made to compete with each other in a mixed-unit fashion with mission songs, such as 1:1 battle, mixed unit, and group position missions. The songs include  BTS’s DNA, iKON’s Dumb&Dumber, Wanns One’s Boomerang, EXO’s Growl and more. Through the missions, YG picks the top-performing trainees as the treasure’s current line-up, the line-up that is ensured a place in the final group that will be debuting. By the last episode, through a position battle mission divided into three positions, vocal, rap, and dance, four of the best-performing trainees in each position battle are picked as the trainees ensured a place in the final team. In the days to come, YG reveals the rest of the trainees who made it to the debut group.

In a last-minute twist, with all the 7 members in Treasure announced, YG revealed that he planned to debut a second unit, under the group name Treasure 13. YANG HYUN SUK explained, “the most frustrating fact while we were proceeding on ‘YG TREASURE BOX’ was that I can’t get every promising trainee into the little boat, despite the acknowledgement of their potential”. He added, “I decided to select 13 final members by getting another boat”, revealing the reason why he selected 7 TREASURE members and announced 6 additional members for another group.

The members of Treasure selected through ‘YG TREASURE BOX’ were Bang Ye-Dam, Haruto, So Jung-hwan, KIM Jun-gyu, Park Jung-woo, Yoon Jae-hyeok, and Choi Hyun-Seok. The 6 members of Magnum are Ha Yoon-bin, Mashiho, Kim Do-young, Yoshinori, Park Ji-hoon, and Asahi.

The goal of creating two units under one team is for YG to able to show more sides of the trainees they had under their the wing and also to give all the members more time to appeal to the public and fans. Yang Hyun-suk revealed, “the first combination I wanted was a team with 13 members. To be precise, I plan to make the 13 selected members make a debut as a team of 13, with the name ‘TREASURE 13’. The reason why I divided them into two teams rather than selecting them as ‘TREASURE 13’ is because based on my previous experience when forming iKON, when a team is formed with over 7 members, the parts and roles each member will take within a song reduces significantly, so they will have to come down the stage after performing only a few bars, which is a clear drawback and limitation”

With the second group, Magnum, Yang Hyun-suk aims to “put emphasis on each individual’s capabilities through the group activities of ‘TREASURE 13’ along with the two teams’ separate acts”. YANG Hyun-suk explained, “the 1.5-liter double sized bottle of luxury wine is called ‘magnum’” and added, “I used this as the team name with the hope that the entire globe will be drunk on the team’s music and since magnum is also used as a term for firearms, I’ve registered trademark on the team name after thinking that it would fit a male group rather than a female group”.

Treasure 13, with both of the units, is expected to make a debut sometime in the second quarter of 2019. Yang Hyun-suk plans to let Treasure 13 grow fast anf aggressively through constant and consistent promotions of new songs, unlike his lax treatment of previous groups. Treasure 13 surely will be an idol group that maximizes YG’s production resources rather than becoming self-producing idols such as BIGBANG, WINNER, and iKON, something quite different but not any less than should be expected from a Big 3 company.

Instagram

Previously, the group was active under the username @yg.treasurebox, but after the reveal of the two units under Treasure 13, they are now active under the username @treasure13_official. Through their new Instagram account, the members interact with the fans by posting their daily practice sessions, but also thank them for the votes as they have made it to the 13-member debut group mostly through fans’ interest and support. Check out some of their latest posts below!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuF37s5l4LS/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

So what do you think of Treasure 13? Are you excited for their debut? Comment your thoughts and opinions below!