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

AA

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

B1A4

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:

Ok

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

Boyfriend

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

MYNAME

Company: H2 Media

Members: 5

Fanclub: NAMETAGS

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:

Message

 

 

Group: X-5 엑스파이브

X-5

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

Dangerous

 

 

Block in 2012

One of my favorite groups: Block B recently came back. I can’t say how excited I am and how pleased I am with their improvement since their debut not quite a year ago.

Debut year is extremely important for a group. However, I feel like in some ways 2011 was a wasted year for Block B. They started out great with their debut single then mini album. They did many other activities as well such as MTV Match Up, which was fantastic. The second half of the year we saw nothing new from Block B and this was a huge mistake. I’m not an expert on how the group spends their time but I feel like they spent way too much time over seas. A group should establish themselves in their home country first. Block B knows this, but for some reason they had a lot of overseas schedules. Maybe this wasn’t the cause, but I feel like Zico didn’t have as much time as he needed and so we got no new music. They gave up the chance to receive awards that can only be received once as well as the chance to establish themselves well in Korea from the get go. This year I’d like to see better marketing, more music, and more domestic appearances.

I’m not an expert but this is how I’d like this year to go. New year – comeback with mini album (done). spring – follow up single. Summer – mini album. Fall – Taeil solo ballad or a Taeil and Jaehyo duet. Early winter – full album with title and follow up tracks to finish off the year. It would be hard but I think it can be done and needs to be done in order to bring them back to where they need to be among their peers. I would also like to see Zico try some songs that are vocals based with Taeil and Jaehyo doing the main parts. I love what he makes, but Block B has 7 members and I’d like to see their talents utilized. A ukwon/bbomb unit would also be interesting. Maybe some dance/electro stuff? Block B is a group that has tons of potential and I don’t want one drop to be wasted. I hope they continue to mature and step outside their comfort zones. On a more selfish note: a Block B & BAP collab would make my life. You know you want one too!

Block B – Nanrina MR Removed

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.

**UPDATE**

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

Block B (Info)

Group Name: Block B

Company: Brand New Stardom Entertainment

Number of Members: 7

Fan Club: BBC (Block B Club)

Block B is a hip-hop group created by Cho PD that officially debuted April 14, 2011. I talk about them in another one of my posts. [1] Cho PD stated that he wanted to create a group of artists that would have as much musical and social influence as Eminem. Their main point is rap, and the group has been learning from underground rappers and been trained for choreography. [2] During their training period Block B wrote and composed about 100 songs, as training to become singer-songwriters. [3] Cho PD, unlike most producers and agency CEOs, decided to give the group full musical freedom. This means that Block B decides their musical direction, not Cho PD. Cho PD stated, “Agency CEOs and producers working for only their own profit are not only selfish, but deprive the artists of the opportunities they need. If they really have a message or lyrics that they want to deliver, they should aid the members to find it and write it themselves. There are prevalent instances where people will add their names to the co-producers credits, and extort copyright when all they did was add the sound of one cymbal. But to me, that’s outdated and undemocratic, and I’m sure that such a system won’t last long.” [4] All songs are produced by leader Zico and Kyung. [5]

Most of the members have have been eliminated from something. From MBC’s “Birth Of A Great Star” [6] to the group itself. The ones that were eliminated from the group, of course, came back or else we wouldn’t have Block B. [7] The members are:

B-BOMB

JAEHYO

KYUNG

P.O

TAEIL

U-KWON

ZICO (Leader)

This is a video profile of the group, I’ve already stated most of what’s in it, but there’s a few additional things. (More photos & groups members almost debuted with)

On February 27, 2011 a rehearsal video of the group was uploaded to youtube. [8]

Loen Ent. uploaded a teaser for Block B’s song “Wanna B” on April 4, 2011.

A full music video for “Freeze” was uploaded April 13, 2011. (I don’t know when the full MV for Wanna B will go up)

Their mini-album is called “Do You Wanna B?” It includes three tracks.

1. Wanna B

2. Freeze 그대로 멈춰라!

3. Is It Just Me? 나만 이런거야? 

They debuted on Music Bank on the 15th of April with “Freeze”.

Here’s the MR removed version.

Zico has proved himself to be an impressive rapper, and he even freestyles well. [9]

Here’s another example of Zico’s amazing rap skills:

On April 20th, Block B’s company, Brand New Stardom released a video of B-Bomb and U-Kwon practicing choreography. They are the dancers of the group and they’re both pretty good. [10]

(B-Bomb is on the left, U-Kwon is on the right)

Block B guested on MBC’s Starry Night radio program. On the show they revealed that their name “It’s actually derived from the term ‘blockbuster’, which is typically used to describe movies of larger, impressive scales. We hope to have the same blockbuster effect on the Korean music industry.”  It was also revealed that Taeil has a hobby of raising exotic fish and even had 50 at one point, he has 10 now. Other fun facts are: Jaehyo has ninja typing abilities; he can type 600 keys per minute, and U-Kwon’s favorite movie is “The Hangover”. [11]

Below are subbed videos of their visit on Starry Night radio.

On April 22, 2011 Brand New Stardom put a set of profile photos on Block B’s official fancafe. They certainly are handsome boys. I had to laugh a little, P.O is such a maknae. [12]

B-BOMB

JAEHYO

KYUNG

P.O

U-KWON

ZICO (Leader)

AllKpop reviewed Block B’s album on April 24, 2011, I’ve included snippets of the review, but you can read the full review here: [13]

“Block B consists of Zico, Kyung, Taeil, P.O., Jae Hyo, U-Kwon, and B-Bomb. The group’s main niche is rap/hip-hop – there are a total of three rappers, all of which have had experience spitting lines in the Korean hip-hop scene.  The rest of the posse are vocalists, with Taeil leading the pack as main vocals.

[…]

Block B are currently promoting their lead single, “Freeze“,  and just by the sound of it, it’s clear they’ve dolled the song up with glitz and glamor to give it that commercial feel.  Truthfully, it’s rather generic for a debut single, but I realized it was going to sound like that going in. Why? Because Block B are new and are trying to bridge the gap between hip-hop and pop music.  That, and the fact that they have to cooperate as a unit of rappers and singers now.

[…]

“Freeze” follows the books and does a fine job of transitioning between the verses and pre-chorus just like a good pop song should. The melodies, though, are where things fall right into place – they’re simple, catchy, and work well with Block B’s voices.

[…]

“Wanna B” is way more on point with the hip-hop style Block B is going for.  This song is chock-full of rap lines and you can really tell who’s rhyming what because each rapper has a distinguishing color to their voice.  One is super throaty (P.O.), the other is higher in pitch (Kyung), and then you have one who stands somewhere in between (Zico).  There’s diversity there and it stretches to the vocalists, who insert the necessary releases of tension built up by the rappers.

[…]

“Is It Just Me” alone, which doesn’t hit as hard as the previous two songs, does a good job of sanding K-pop songs down to fairy dust with its contemporary-R&B style. Now where Block B will have trouble convincing audiences in their current evolution is on stage.  In the recording studio, they are on top of their game, but they lose all the steam during their live performances (as expected from a rookie group).  Basically, Block B lack the endurance and the stamina to deliver a vocally cohesive and consistent live stage, and it has shown in their recent performances.

[…]

Regardless, as a whole package, as long as Block B continue experimenting with their style, working on their vocals, and getting a little more creative without losing that strong hip-hop punch they possess, they’ll really start seeing people take notice of their hard work.”

Overall Rating: 4.3/5

Brand New Stardom just released more profile shots of Block B; this time instead of casual shots, they follow the “Freeze” concept. [14]

B-BOMB

JAEHYO

KYUNG

P.O. (Maknae)

TAEIL

U-KWON

ZICO (Leader)

Jaehyo and U-Kwon appeared on “100 Points Out Of 100” this week, but unfortunately U-Kwon was receiving hospital treatment due to sever fatigue. [15]

Block B MNET Wide StarCam

Block B on MTV’s Let Me Show (with English Subtitles)

On May 25th Block B had an interview with News Vision E. (Translation from Allkpop.com)

Q. Your name, Block B, is very unique.

Block B: It’s a shortened form of the term ‘blockbuster.’  It’s an expression of our desires to become a big impact on the Korean music industry.

Q. Could you please introduce your debut track, “Freeze!“  Can you elaborate on what kind of song it is?

Block B: It’s an electronic track with a hip hop base.  The lyrics are about telling someone you love that keeps drifting, getting further apart from you to freeze for a moment, so that you can deliver your true feelings.  It’s got a hip hop feel with an added effect of electronic sounds so it’s modern in that aspect.  We all love the song and feel that it’s something that’s easy to enjoy.

Q. It’s been a long time since there’s been an emergence of hip hop idols.  After the 90’s, hip hop has basically evaporated from idols and has since turned into a professional genre thanks to the efforts of Cho PD and other hip hop musicians.  There’s a strong fanbase of ‘hip hop manias’ for the genre now, so does that pressure you?

Zico: Honestly, I don’t think hip hop fans want idols to pursue the genre.  We did hear concerns of us following the tastes of the public and I think that people stereotype us as idols that are just pursuing hip hop with no real skills or talents.

We’re young and stand as an idol group so I think it’s inevitable that we’re stereotyped in such a way.  We want to break that with our efforts and talents since we still have so much more to show.  Please don’t look over us with a premeditated / certain view in mind, because over time, we will show something that is uniquely us.

Q. Have you always loved hip hop?

Zico: All of the members love hip hop,  I was a rapper underground and it’s been about six to seven months since I’ve taken up producing.  Park Kyung’s hobby is also rapping and he has always pursued hip hop music.  The passion of the other members don’t fall behind as well.

Q. You received a lot of attention for being trained by Cho PD, who’s regarded as one of the godfathers of Korean hip hop.  What kind of mentor is he to you?

Park Kyung: Off stage, he has a charisma to him that makes you think it’d be both scary and difficult to approach him, but he’s like a hyung to us that always tries to hear our opinions out.  He’s strict when he has to be but overall, he’s really caring.  Most of all, he tells us what what we’re doing wrong right on the spot and always asks us questions in a way that makes us think and come up with an answer our selves.  We really respect that side of him.

Jaehyo: I have a funny episode to share. Before our official debut, we performed at Lotte World.  Right before we were set to get up on the stage, Cho PD hyung pulled us together and told us with a serious expression, “Don’t think for a second that it’s a good thing that you got your name known ahead of everything like this.  If you don’t live up to expectations, you can receive double the criticisms.  It’s like a double-sided saber.”

But sabers are always double-sided, I think what he meant was a double-edged sword.  We were all about to burst out in laughter, but we couldn’t laugh out loud in that situation when he was giving us such serious advice.  We bit our lips and held it inside.  To this day, he doesn’t know that he made such a mistake.  “Hyung, I mean CEO!  It’s not double-sided saber, it’s double-edged sword!”

Q. Let’s move on to your personal stories.  I’m curious as to how each of you debuted.

Park Kyung: I was studying abroad in New Zealand but returned to Korea to debut.  I’ve been friends with Zico since we were in elementary school.  Zico had gone overseas to study in Japan and he told me one day that he had passed Cho PD’s audition and was now an official trainee.  Through that connection, an opportunity for me to audition for Cho PD opened up as well.

Before then, I wasn’t sure as to whether I should pursue music or not, but after talking it over with Zico and meeting Cho PD, I became determined.  The more I think about it, the more thankful I am.

U-Kwon: I first came tried music when I joined a band in junior high school.  I played the guitar and was the sub-vocalist for the band for a while, until one day I fell in love with all of the dancing at the concerts we performed at.  I wanted to pursue both singing and dancing, so I was determined to become a singer that could do both.

Honestly, two years ago, I was under a different agency and was training to become a member of a different group.  I was deeply wounded when that group couldn’t debut, but someone had been watching over me at the time and suggested that I audition for Block B, which is how I received the opportunity.

Zico: I was an art student while studying in Japan.  I had always loved listening and making music so recording and composing had always been something I had learned as a hobby.  Every time I came back to Korea while studying abroad, I’d perform at Hongdae clubs with a few close crews and met a lot of musicians like that.  Two years ago, I received the opportunity to meet Cho PD hyung.  He thought well of me then and let me come in as a trainee right away.

Jaehyo: I lived in Busan and went to see a dance competition with a friend for fun with my friend during my first year of high school.  I was street cast there and really worked hard because I was so glad to have been chosen, but I think I overdid.  I strained and injured my knee and reached a point where I had to nearly give up my dreams.  Right when I was about to give up, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon hyung gave me one last word of support: “Don’t end everything.”  Back in Busan, I went through surgery and recovered, and someone later introduced me to Cho PD.

P.O: In junior high school, my dream was to become an actor, or more specifically, a play actor.  After getting into Hanlim Arts High School, I worked hard to achieve my dream while keeping rap as my specialty.  One of my teachers had watched over me and introduced me to an agency for an audition.  After seeing the hyungs rap and make music there, I was just captivated with their charm.  Ever since, I changed my dream into becoming a singer.

B-Bomb: By chance, I had an opportunity to see Rain’s performance up close.  I really received a shock then and began learning how to dance and sing ever since.  After going through a few auditions, I did have the chance of debuting elsewhere, but I think fate tied me to Block B.  I learned a lot here and was finally able to debut with them.

Taeil: My story’s pretty unique in that I was preparing to enlist in the army before my debut.  I can’t call myself a professional singer, but I had promoted as a singer in a few places.  After seeing an advertisement for MBC’s “Birth of a Great Star“, I auditioned for the program and luckily made it to the camp episode.  Unfortunately, I was eliminated when they were cutting down to 30 members.

I prepared to enlist in the army until I received a call from our agency right after the show aired.  He said he liked what he saw, and soon after, I had joined Block B.  I feel like it’s a dream.

Q. Your debut stories are definitely something worth sharing.  Now let’s talk about the people next to us.  If you had to introduce the person next to you, what would you say?

Park Kyung: U-Kwon is so innocent that it doesn’t work to his advantage.  He’s like a child sometimes, but I think the fact that he’s so uncorrupted is his merit.  But it can also be his weakness because it makes the people around him kind of tired (laughter).

U-Kwon: Zico is someone that hides his prodigal qualities.  He has so much to show, and I don’t think he’s shown all of it yet, which I think is amazing.  I feel this when he writes songs because he’s able to come up with two songs that are of completely different colors.  It surprises me.

Zico: Jaehyo is a hyung that has a handsome face, but a pure sensibility.  He’s like a child, but he’s also the hyung so he’s kind of greedy in that he won’t ever let go of his three favorite things: food, girl groups, and rest.  (Jaehyo tried to retort but failed).  His preference in food is fast food, and girl groups.. Mmm, kind of dangerous to reveal, but he likes a newly debuted group associated with the color pink.  And he also loves resting in his second floor bed no matter what.

Oh, there’s also one more characteristic about him.  He’s got a lot of upper body strength, but his legs are quite weak!

Jaehyo: P.O. isn’t like the maknae, but he’s still the adorable maknae.  I think he wants to become an adult fast because he doesn’t act like a maknae sometimes.  To us, that’s still adorable and he’ll forever be our maknae no matter what.  Oh, and another thing is that I never thought he’d become so handsome when I first met him, but he really did become very cool.  His cuteness turned into a charm which is pretty surprising.  Both his heart and his physical look… have become prettier.  I think he’s always improving.

P.O: Main vocalist Taeil hyung is someone that really loves singing and is very good at it.  Even though he’s so talented, he practices as if his life depends on it.  He’s always living inside of the training room, and I learn a lot from watching him.  He’s one of the oldest hyungs, but he’s really innocent and cute.  He loves reading comic books and raising fishes.  I think he’s a really cute main vocal.

Taeil: B-Bomb is a friend I’m really thankful for.  We’re the same age, and he’s also the first person ever that taught me how to dance.  Unlike his cold impression, I have a lot of memories with him where he’ll help me up when I’m tired from dancing.  I’m thankful for him.

B-Bomb: Park Kyung is like Block B’s endorphin.  He’s always energizing the team and lifting everyone’s moods.. although that does tire us out sometimes (laughter).  I’m joking.  Even though he’s my dongseng, he listens to everything regarding the team very maturely.  I’m proud of him.  If you exclude the bad manners he commits in the car, he’s a really great person.  Because of Kyung, we think very important of the ventilation in the car. (Park Kyung tried to retort this statement as if his life depended on it but was ignored by the other members).

Q. What kind of music will Block B show in the future?

Block B: One thing we’re definitely sure about is that we’re going to be showing music different from the standard idols.  With hip hop as our base, we’re going to try bringing in a variety of different genres as actively as possible.  We want to be remembered as a group that’s both unique and different.

Q. To you guys, what kind of group is Block B?

Block B: We’re a very free group.  We’re not forced into a frame like other idol groups, nor are we pretty.  We may be rough, but we have a definite meaning to our identity and feel that we deliver it directly.  We’re a group that has a color of our own, and it’s always going to be like that into the future.

Q. One concluding statement of determination?

Block B: We’ll be releasing our mini-album in June and beginning our activities then.  It’ll consist of everything we couldn’t show through our debut single, so please watch over us and give us your support. [16]

**Last updated May 25, 2011**

**Note: This article will not but updated any further, as it has been over a month since Block B’s debut.

Boy Idol Group Blood Types

I included x-members because….

1. It makes it easier to find them in the list.

2. I’m someone who can’t accept reality. lol

Members with * next to them are former members.

1TYM

Baekkyoung: B

Jinhwan: B

Danny: O

Teddy: O

2AM


JoKwon: A

Changmin: A

Seulong: O

Jinwoon: O

2PM


Junsu: A

Junho: A

Wooyoung: B

Chansung: B

Taecyeon: AB

Nichkhun: O

*Jaebum (Jay Park): A

B1A4


Jinyoung: A

Gongchan: A

Sandeul: A

CNU: A

Baro: B

BEAST


Doojoon: A

Kikwang: A

Hyungseung: B

Yoseob: B

Dongwoon: A

Junhyung: O

BIGBANG


G-Dragon: A

Seungri: A

TOP: B

Taeyang: AB

Daesung: O

BLOCK B


Zico: O

Taeil: AB

B-Bomb: A

U-Kwon: A

Jaehyo: A

Park Kyung: B

P.O: B

THE BOSS


Jay: A

Mika: B

Karam: B

Injun: O

Hyunmin: O

CN BLUE


Jungshin: A

Minhyuk: A

Yonghwa: A

Jonghyun: O

DALMATIAN


Drama (Daniel): A

Inati: B

DayDay: B

Jisu: B

Dari: AB

Youngwon: AB

F.CUZ


LeeU: A

Jinon: B

Kan: B

Yejun: B

FLY TO THE SKY


*Brian Joo: A

*Hwanhee: B

FT ISLAND


Minhwan: A

Jaejin: A

Jonghun: A

Hongki: AB

Seunghyun: O

*Oh Wonbin: O

g.o.d


*Kyesang: A

*Andrew: B

*Taewon: B

*Danny: O

H.O.T

*Jaewon: A

*Kangta: B

*Heejun: B

*Tony Ahn: O

*Woohyuk: O

INFINITE

Dongwoo: A

Sungjong: A

Sungkyu: A

Sungyeol: B

Woohyun: B

Hoya: AB

L: O

JYJ

See TVXQ

JYP: AB

K.WILL: O

MBLAQ

Seungho: A

Lee Joon: A

GO: A

Thunder: A

Mir: A

MIGHTY MOUTH


Shorry J: A

Sangchu: AB

RAIN: O

SE7EN: B

SEO TAIJI: O

SHINEE


Key: B

Minho: B

Taemin: B

Jonghyun: AB

Onew: O

SHINHWA


*Hyesung: A

*Minwoo: A

*Eric: B

*Junjin: B

*Andy: O

*Donwan: O

SS501


Kyujong: A

Hyunjoong: B

Jungmin: O

Youngsaeng: O

Hyungjoon: O

SUPER JUNIOR


Leeteuk: A

Sungmin: A

Donghae: A

*Hankyung (Hangeng): B

Siwon: B

Kibum: O, A, B (It’s seems to be different everywhere I look)

Kyuhyun: A

Heechul: AB

Yesung: AB

Kangin: O

Shindong: O

Eunhyuk: O

Ryeowook: O

SUB-UNIT M

Henry: AB

Zhou Mi: B

TEEN TOP


L.Joe: A

Niel: A

Changjo: B

Chunji: B

Ricky: AB

CAP: O

T-MAX


Hanbi: B

*Yunhwa: AB

Chanyang: O

Jun: O

Minchul: O

TOUCH


Junyong: A

Sunyong: A

Hanjun: B

Sunwoong: B

Younghun: B

*Dabin: B

*Minseok: B

TRAX


Typhoon: B

X-Mas: O

*Attack: O

*Rose: O

TVXQ (DBSK)


Yunho: A

Changmin: B

Junsu: B

Jaejoong: O

Yoochun: O

U-KISS


Soohyun: A

Kiseop: A

Dongho: B

Kevin: O

Eli: O

*Alexander: O

*Kibum: O

Hoon: A

AJ: A

WHEESUNG: O

X-5


Zin: A

Ghun: A

Haewon: A

Sulhu: AB

Taefung: AB

ZE:A


Junyoung: A

Kevin: A

Kwanghee: A

Taehun: A

Siwan: B

Heechul: B

Minwoo: B

Dongjoon: B

Hyungshik: AB

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Block B

They only debuted a few days ago, but I think I’m hooked already. They released a music video for their song “Freeze” on April 13, 2011. The first thing I notice is the eye-makeup. Why is there so much? Pause at 0:03 and you can see there’s quite a bit on that poor guy. Now, I’m a person who likes a little bit of guy-liner here and there, but this is a little too much. Just like in 2PM’s “I’ll Be Back” I think we need to have a talk with the stylist noonas. Once you get over the excessive eye-makeup though, they’re incredible. The video continues with close-ups of each member, and can I just say, they certainly aren’t lacking in the area of visuals. I like the choreography, and they all dance pretty well. The black outfits they have at the start are probably my favorite, but I also really like the white and gold ones. My style is pretty plain, I like black, white, and silver, so I’m not a big fan of the colorful outfits at the 1:36 mark. Lastly, the vocals and rap. I like them, I really do, and the song is really catchy. The rap at 2:22 really caught my attention. I was like, “Who is this guy? He’s awesome.” Turns out he’s the maknae; his name is P.O. The whole video is pretty good, I like that they went with a performance type video for their debut instead of a story type. It’s easier for me to learn who they are that way. I’ve probably ruined the whole video by now, but here’s it is anyway. =)

Here’s their live debut on Music Bank. You can tell right away that they’re rookies, but you can also tell that they’ll adapt to the stage pretty quick. This group has a lot of potential.

This is the MR removed version. MR removed just means that the back track  is removed so you hear them 100% live. It’s not the most amazing MR removed video I’ve seen, but it’s pretty good for a rookie group, and they’ll certainly improve with time and experience.

For more information on Block B read my post on 2011 new boy groups.