Noir was formed by Luk Factory management and debuted on April 9, 2018. Noir is a nine-member K-pop boy-band, whose members are Shin Seunghoon, Kim Yeonkuk, Lee Junyong, Nam Yunsung, Kim Siheon, Ryu Hoyeon, Yang Siha, Kim Minhyuk, and Kim Daewon. Their debut mini album, titled Twenty’s Noir, peaked at number 36 on the Gaon music chart and sold 1.533 copies in Korea. Their debut single and accompanying music video, “Gangsta” was released in 2018. Starting in May, 2018, NOIR traveled to 12 cities in China to promote their debut album. In June of this year, Noir released their 3rd mini album, titled Abyss, which includes leading track “Doom Doom”.
KNK is a boy-band formed with a combination of trainees from many labels. KNK debuted on February 29, 2016, under YNB Entertainment. They released their first single album, titled Knock. YNB Entertainment terminated KNK’s contract in September, 2018, and the group moved to 220 Entertainment. KNK’s initial members were Jihun, Seoham, Inseong, Heejun and Youjin. Youjin left KNK when their first contract was terminated and was replaced by a new member, Lee Dongwon. They received the K-Pop Singer award at the 2016 Korean Culture Entertainment Awards. KNK released their fourth single album, Collection, on July 15, 2019, with the lead track “Sunset”.
ONF is a boy-group under WM Entertainment. ONF debuted with seven members: Hyojin, E-Tion, J-Us, Wyatt, MK, Laun and U, but is currently active with only six members after Laun left the group. ONF debuted with the album ON/OFF on August 2, 2017, which included a lead track with the same name. ON/OFF reached number 9 on the Gaon music chart and sold 11.798 copies in Korea. ONF released their third album, We Must Love, in February, 2019.
Golden Child is an idol group formed by Woollim Entertainment on August 28, 2017. Initially, Golden Child debuted with eleven members until one of members left in January, 2018. Their debut EP was titled Gol-Cha! and peaked at number 3 on the Gaon music chart. Gol-Cha! sold 27.808 copies in Korea and 340 copies in Japan. The leading track for the EP was “Damdadi”. The group received three awards in 2018, V Live Awards for Global Rookie Top 5, Fandom School Awards for The Best New Artist, and Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards for K-pop Bonsang.
14U was an idol group under the management of BG Entertainment. They debuted on July 22, 2017, with the single album VVV. The group debuted with 14 members and consisted of two sub-units, Xplosive and Lucky. 14U’s latest single, “N.E.W.S” was released in October, 2018, reaching number 3 on Korean music charts and selling 26.884 copies domestically. 14U disbanded on May 10, 2019, after 13 of the members asked for their contracts to be terminated.
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