Best Male Rookie Groups Of 2011

It’s the beginning of 2012 everyone! 2011 was the first full year I was able to observe kpop. For the first time I watched groups debut, disappear, break-up, reassemble, or succeed. A few even worked their way into my heart and became groups that I will cherish forever. Who was your favorite group of 2011? Below I’ve listed some of the better known groups of 2011, if yours isn’t on there let me know who they are in the comments. If they are, vote in the poll below! In case you don’t know a group, I’ve included their debut performance and music videos as well as some member info.


-Groups are in alphabetical order with members in order of age-


Group: AA (Double A) 더블에이


Company: Wellmade STAR M

Members: 5

Fanclub: ?

Aoora (Park Geunee) January 10, 1986

Joowon (Hwang Joowon) March 15, 1988

Woosang (Woo Sangsoo) May 1, 1990 LEADER

Kimchi (Yoo Yehyanggi) June, 11, 1993 MAKNAE

Hoik (Jung Hoik) August 1, 1993 (true maknae)

Debut Song: Because I’m Crazy 미쳐서 그래

Music Videos:

Because I’m Crazy 미쳐서 그래

Call (Special MV)



Group: B1A4 비원에이포


Company: WM Ent.

Members: 5

Fanclub: BANA

CNU (Shin Dongwoo) June 16, 1991

Jinyoung (Jung Jinyoung) November 18, 1991 LEADER

Baro (Cha Sunwoo) September 5, 1992

Sandeul (Lee Junghwan) September 6, 1992

Gongchan (Gong Chanshik) August 14, 1993 MAKNAE

Debut Song: Ok

Music Videos:


Only Learned Bad Things 못된 것만 배워서

Beautiful Target



Group: Block B 블락비

Block B

Company: Brand New Stardom

Members: 7

Fanclub: BBC (Block B Club)

Taeil (Lee Taeil) September 24, 1990

B-Bomb (Lee Minhyuk) December 14, 1990

Jaehyo (Ahn Jaehyo) December 23, 1990

U-Kwon (Kim Yukwon) April 9, 1992

Kyung (Park Kyung) July 8, 1992

Zico (Woo Ji Ho) September 14, 1992 LEADER

PO (Pyo Ji Hoon) February 2, 1993 MAKNAE

Debut Song: Freeze 그대로 멈춰라!

Music Videos:

Freeze 그대로 멈춰라!

Tell Them 가서 전해

Nanrina 난리나



Group: Boyfriend 보이프렌드


Company: Starship Ent.

Members: 6

Fanclub: Best Friend

Donghyun (Kim Dong Hyun) February 12, 1989 LEADER

Hyunseung (Shim Hyunseung) June 9, 1993

Jeongmin (Lee Jeongmin) January 2, 1994

Youngmin (Jo Youngmin) April 24, 1995

Kwangmin (Jo Kwangmin) April 24, 1995

Minwoo (No Minwoo) July 31, 1995 MAKNAE

Debut Song: Boyfriend 보이프렌드

Music Videos:

Boyfriend 보이프렌드

Don’t Touch My Girl

I’ll Be There 내가 갈게



Group: M.I.B (Most Incredible Busters) 엠아이비

M.I.B (Most Incredible Busters)

Company: Jungle Ent.

Members: 4

Fanclub: Busterz

Kangnam (Namekawa Yasuo) March 23, 1987

5Zic (Kim Hangil) July 26, 1988 LEADER

Cream (Kim Giseok) February 14, 1990

SIMS (Sim Jongsu) February 27, 1991 MAKNAE

Debut Song: G.D.M (Girls, Drinks Dreams, Money)

Music Videos:

Beautiful Day

Do U Like Me

Hands Up

Say My Name

G.D.M (Girls, Drinks Dreams, Money)



Group: MYNAME 마이네임


Company: H2 Media

Members: 5


Insoo (Kang Insoo) March 10, 1988

Gunwoo (Lee Gunwoo) January 30, 1989 LEADER

Seyong (Kim Seyong) November 20, 1991

Jun.Q (Kang Joonkyu) August 9, 1993

Chaejin (Chae Jinseok) December 26, 1995 MAKNAE

Debut Song: Message

Music Videos:




Group: X-5 엑스파이브


Company: Open World Ent.

Member: 5

Fanclub: ?

Ghun (Son Hyunseok) November 30, 1989 LEADER

Taefung (Lee Donghyun) April 28, 1991

Haewon (Jung Haewon) June 20, 1991

Zin (Jin Hyunjin) July 20, 1993

Sulhu (Kim Jinwan) September 7, 1995 MAKNAE

Debut Song: The Show Is Over 쇼 하지마

Music Videos:

The Show Is Over 쇼 하지마




2011 New Boy Groups

I’m a person who is really into boy groups, that’s why I wanted to write about the boy groups debuting this year. I attempted to compile all the information I could find on each group, but for some there really isn’t that much information yet. I hope that this helps clear up confusion and not cause more.


When I first published this article there wasn’t very much information, but now (about a month later) there’s tons. For that reason I’ve now given each group their own article and will update that article with current information for one month after the group’s debut. You can access the articles by clicking the links below.

After School Boys – not debuted

A-Peace (Previously Double B 21) – no official debut date

Block B – April 15th, 2011

Boyfriend – May 26th, 2011

B1A4 – April 23rd, 2011

M-1 – not debuted

N-Train – not debuted

-When I originally posted this article somehow I made an epic fail and hadn’t heard of N-Train. I’m still gathering information on them and hopefully I’ll have their article up soon.

X-5 – April 22nd, 2011

Unknown Group from TS Ent. with Bang Yong Guk – not debuted

Unknown Group from TN Ent group produced by Tony Ahn – not debuted



Open World Ent.

5 Member

On March 18th Open World Entertainment, home to The BOSS, Jun Jin, Go Ju Won, etc, announced preparations for X-5’s debut. [1] They released two MV teasers then began revealing member profiles. The first member to be revealed was maknae Sulhu. [2]

SULHU (maknae)

Real Name: Kim Jin Wan

Position: Maknae & Rapper

Birthday: September 7, 1995

Height: 188 cm

Blood Type: AB

Former member of Xing (Generation 5)

The next members to be revealed were Zin and Tae Fung. [3]


Real Name: Jin Hyun Jin

Position: Rapper

Birthday: July 20, 1993

Height: 198 cm (tallest)

Blood Type: A


Real Name: Lee Dong Hyn

Position: Lead Vocal

Birthday: April 28, 1991

Height: 185 cm

Blood Type: AB

Tae Fung in English is Typhoon

The last two members to be revealed were leader Ghun and Haewon. [4]


Real Name: Son Hyun Seok

Position: Leader & Vocal

Birthday: November 30, 1989

Height: 183 cm (shortest)

Blood Type: A

Former member of trot group 3Chongsa


Real Name: Jun Hae Won

Position: Vocal

Birthday: June 20, 1991

Height: 186 cm

Blood Type: A

Former member of trot group 3Chongsa

Fluent in English, Japanese, and Russian

Profile Video (it has most of the same info I just shared, but there’s some extra stuff in the video)

X-5’s website has a lot of good stuff on it.

In late April they held a showcase and participated in an interview. [5]

On April 21, 2011 X-5 released their official MV for “Don’t Put On An Act”, the lead single on their mini-album. [6]

Their mini-album Xenos consists of 5 tracks.

1. Xenos 5

2. Don’t Put On An Act 쇼 하지마

3. Fantasy

4. Don’t Come Near Me 내 눈 앞에 띄지 마

5. Don’t Put On An Act 쇼 하지마 (Instrumental)

On April 22 they debuted on Music Bank with “Don’t Put On An Act”. They also performed “Fantasy”.


Don’t Put On An Act

MR Removed

This is an greeting they did backstage at Music Bank

Open World Ent. revealed that they spent $100,000 USD on X-5’s outfits. The members have an average height of 186 cm, and also have very long limbs, so their company can’t get just any clothes for them. Each member has 10 outfits, each averaging $1,500 – $2,000 USD to produce. [7]

Even though X-5 is a rookie group, they’re already receiving international love calls from countries like Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore. It seems that X-5 may be considering advancement into Japan. [8]

In the May edition of Inkigayo magazine X-5 was chosen as power rookies.

“Inkigayo” commented, “Despite the fact that they have model-like heights and handsome looks, they don’t rely on that at all and opt instead to show their power and charisma through their unique performance style. They’re a ‘poker faced rookie’ that is worthy of attention.” [9]

Here’s the photos from the magazine: (click for larger view)



**Last updated May 3, 2011**