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

 

 

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

Boyfriend

Group Name: Boyfriend

Company: Starship Entertainment

Number of Members: 6

This group was first revealed on the variety show Quiz The Changes The World as backup dancers for K.Will. Except that they weren’t really “revealed” as they had masks on the whole time. [1]

Here’s the clip of four members of Boyfriend as K.Will’s backup dancers with English subtitles. The subs are wrong at one point. “…the hosts aren’t saying that they look like SHINee, but they said they look like “shin-in” (신인), which means ROOKIES.” Youtube User: xCaramelSweets

Boyfriend has an average member age of 18 and the member’s names are: Dong Hyun, Jo Young Min, Jo Kwang Min, Noh Minwoo, Seon Ho, and Lee Jung Min. [2]

Members Young Min and Kwang Min are identical twin brothers.

In 2002 the twins appeared in the drama “Saxaphones and Mochi” [3]

Member Noh Minwoo was in K.Will’s music video for “I Can’t Find The Words”. [4]

Minwoo appears at 0:07 – 0:24 – 0:39 – 0:55 – 1:03 – 1:10 – 1:25 – 1:31 – 1:38

On April 16, 2011 Starship’s youtube channel uploaded a video of Minwoo dancing. It even includes the scorpion move, made popular by INFINITE.

Members Young Min, Kwang Min, and Jung Min participated in a photo shoot for CECI magazine.

Kwangmin (Left) Youngmin (Right)

During the interview they were asked to come up with explanations for eight phrases. [5]

“Jung Min’s:

In Common‘: All of the members share in common a tendency to get competitive. They’re always striving to improve themselves in order to not lose.

Opportunity Cost‘: Although they can’t be out and about with their friends, the members revealed that they instead earned singing and dancing skills, which they believe to be the cost of losing a social life.

Rule’: The boys made a promise to always remember to sit at the table and eat breakfast together no matter what.

Partner‘: Jung Min’s favorite senior? Powerful vocalist Insooni. To be able to stand on the same stage as her is his dream.

Role Model‘: He also looks up to none other than Big Bang’s leader, G-Dragon. Thanks to his talented ability of soaring on stage and his musical ideas, Jung Min chose him as someone he looks up to.

Turn the Table’: “We promise to show an amazing stage presence! We hope to become a fresh stimulation to the Korean music industry.”

Kwang Min & Young Min’s:

Motive‘: Twins born on the same day, at the same time. The two grew up as child actors in the 2001 sitcom, “They’re Twins“, and later earned headlines for being Kim Hyun Joong lookalikes on “Truth Game.” Youngmin used to play the younger role of Jang Dong Gun, and later began dreaming of becoming a singer after he caught the attention of the older sister of their casting manager.

Spec‘: “Our fresh youthfulness, which fits so well with Boyfriend’s image, is #1.”

Opportunity Cost‘: Kwangmin revealed that they didn’t have much time to spend with their family because of their rehearsals, but knew that it was a sacrifice that must be made in order to achieve their dreams. Youngmin cutely blurted out, “But I’m your family member too!”

Partner‘: Youngmin revealed, “I think it’d be dream-like to be able to perform a duet with seniorNaul. How wonderful would it be to have vocal talent like him?”

The Ultimate Goal‘: ”We want to become artists that have their skills acknowledged, as well as get our name ‘Boyfriend’ more familiar with the public.””

This video is a teaser for M!Pick and it shows each member and their name.

On May 19, Boyfriend released a teaser for their music video “Water Floor” [6]

On May 22, Boyfriend revealed some album jacket photos! Lucky for us they have the members’ names next to them. [7]

On May 25th Boyfriend released their debut mini-album titled “Boyfriend”. [8]

The album consists of three tracks:

Let’s Get It Started

You & I

and Boyfriend for which there’s a MV.

Boyfriend  will officially debut on May 26, 2011.

**Last updated May 25, 2011**