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Born to Beat! Hello, we are BTOB!
(Born to Beat! 안녕하세요, BTOB입니다!)

—BTOB

BTOB (비투비) is a six-member boy group under Cube Entertainment. Originally as seven, they made their debut on March 21, 2012 with their first single "Insane".

Their name is an acronym for "Born To Beat".

History

2012: Debut, first comeback with Born to Beat, Press Play

BTOB officially debuted as a seven-member group with their first single "Insane" on March 21, 2012. They subsequently released their first mini album, Born to Beat, on April 3.

On September 12, the group made their second comeback through releasing their second mini album Press Play.

2013: Thriller

On September 9, 2013, BTOB returned with the release of their third mini album Thriller.

2014: Rise in popularity, Move, Japanese debut

Their fourth mini album Beep Beep was released on February 17, 2014. The album's title track of the same name was produced by Brave Brothers, their first collaboration with the producer.[1] Beep Beep debuted at number 1 on Gaon Album Chart for the ninth week of 2014, making it their first album to do so.[2]

The group released their fifth mini album Move on September 29.

BTOB held their first-ever solo concert, Hello Melody, on October 31 and November 1 at Olympic Park's Olympic Hall.[3]

On October 1, 2014, it was reported that the group had signed a contract with KISS Entertainment to begin their promotions in Japan.[4] They made ther Japanese debut on November 12 with the single "Wow".

2015: Complete, I Mean

BTOB released their first full-length album Complete on June 28, 2015. The title track, "It's Okay", was the group's first-ever ballad title track.[5]

Their third Japanese single, "Natsuiro My Girl", was released on August 19, after the conclusion of promoting "It's Okay".

The group returned to the scene with their seventh mini album I Mean on October 12. On October 21, BTOB received their first-ever music show win with the title track "Way Back Home" on Show Champion.[6]

2016: Remember That, New Men, 24/7

On March 28, 2016, BTOB released their eighth mini album, Remember That, marking the end of their ballad trilogy.

The group returned on November 7 with their ninth mini album New Men. "I'll Be Your Man" served as their first dance title track in almost two years.[7]

They released their first Japanese full-length album, 24/7, on December 7, 2016.

2017: Feel'eM, Piece of BTOB, Brother Act.

On March 6, BTOB released their 10th mini album Feel'eM.

From April to September, all members of the group released solo digital singles as part of the Piece of BTOB project. Changsub started the project with a self-composed ballad track "At the End". It was followed by Ilhoon's up-tempo hip-hop track "Fancy Shoes", Peniel's "That Girl", Hyunsik's self-produced alternative-rock track "Swimming", Minhyuk's R&B hip-hop song "Purple Rain" featuring singer CHEEZE, Sungjae's ballad track "Tell Me" along with the b-side, "Paradise" and was concluded with Seo Eun-kwang's ballad track "One Day" and the b-side "Back Then".

BTOB was awarded their first Bonsang at the 1st Soribada Best K-Music Awards on September 20, 2017.[8]

Following the end of their Piece of BTOB project, the group released their second full-length album Brother Act. on October 16.

2018–2019: This is Us, Hour Moment contract renewal, enlistment

On June 11, 2018, BTOB released a pre-release single, "The Feeling" before subsequently releasing their 11th mini album This Is Us on June 18.

On July 10, all seven members announced that they've renewed their exclusive contracts with Cube Entertainment.[9]

During a VLive broadcast on August 13, Minhyuk was randomly selected to be the group's second leader due to Eunkwang beginning his military service on August 21.[10][11]

On November 12, 2018, the group released their first special album Hour Moment without the participation of Eunkwang, who was on hiatus during that time for his military service. Changsub then enlisted on January 14, 2019.[12]

On March 21, 2019, BTOB celebrated their seventh anniversary and chose a new leader now that Minhyuk has enlisted for his military service as well. Peniel was selected to be the leader, however, due to their decision beforehand, Sungjae became the third leader.[13]

On April 5, 2019, a digital single "Sorry" was released. It was a song that Eunkwang, Minhyuk, and Changsub prepared before their respective enlistments.[14]

2020–2021: Military service, BTOB 4U, Ilhoon's departure, 4U:Outside

On April 7, 2020, Eunkwang was officially discharged following protocols as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[15] Hyunsik and Sungjae enlisted on May 11, while Ilhoon enlisted on May 28.[16][17] Changsub was officially discharged on August 21, 2020, followed by Minhyuk on September 12. Both were discharged earlier due to the current COVID-19 protocol.[18][19]

On October 27, 2020, Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub and Peniel announced that they have formed the group's second subunit BTOB 4U, which debuted on November 16.[20]

On December 31, 2020, it was announced that Ilhoon had officially left BTOB after he was caught for using marijuana.[21]

On August 30, 2021, the group released their special album 4U : Outside and its title track "Outsider". On October 27, BTOB released their first Japanese special mini album Outsider.

Hyunsik and Sungjae were discharged from the military on November 14, 2021, completing BTOB's military service.[22] They then participated BTOB's Kiss the Radio, which was hosted by Minhyuk. This marked their first full group activity in three years.[23]

2022: Be Together, Peniel's hiatus

The group made their comeback as a full group with their third full-length album Be Together on February 21, 2022.

On August 12, it was reported that Peniel would be taking a temporary hiatus from activities after he had injured his ankle two days ago and would be undergoing surgery until his ankle is recovered.[24]

Members

Name Position(s) Years active(s)
Eunkwang (은광) Leader, Main Vocalist 2012–present
Minhyuk (민혁) Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Visual 2012–present
Changsub (창섭) Lead Vocalist 2012–present
Hyunsik (현식) Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist 2012–present
Sungjae (성재) Sub Vocalist, Face of the Group, Maknae 2012–present Inactive
Peniel (프니엘) Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist 2012–present
Former
Ilhoon (일훈)[21] Main Rapper, Sub Vocalist 2012–2020
Pre-debut
Minwoo (민우) N/A N/A

Sub-units

Discography

Korean

Studio albums

Compilation albums

Mini albums

Special albums

Digital singles

Collaboration singles

OSTs

Japanese

Studio albums

Best albums

Special mini albums

Singles


Filmography

Reality shows

Gallery

Main article: BTOB/Gallery

References

  1. Top Star News: [HD] 비투비, 타이틀곡 ‘뛰뛰빵빵’ 개인 흑백 화보 공개
  2. Gaon Chart: 2014년 09주차 Album Chart
  3. Cube Entertainment on Twitter: 비투비의 첫 단독콘서트 'Hello, Melody' 2014.10.31~ 2014.11.01 @올림픽홀 #BTOB #1stConcert #Hello_Melody #비투비 #넌감동이야 #콘서트 (September 19, 2014 tweet)
  4. Soompi: BTOB Has Signed with Japanese Agency Kiss Entertainment
  5. Soompi: BTOB Releases a Touching Music Video for “It’s Okay”
  6. Soompi: BTOB Seizes First Music Show Win Ever on “Show Champion” 3 Years After Debut
  7. Soompi: Watch: BTOB Is Born Again Into “NEW MEN” In Edgy Album Intro Teaser
  8. Soompi: Most Memorable Male Idol Group Moments In 2017
  9. Soompi: BTOB Members Renew Contracts With Cube Entertainment
  10. Soompi: BTOB Chooses Next Leader And More Ahead Of Eunkwang’s Enlistment
  11. Korea JoongAng Daily: BTOB’s Eunkwang enters military
  12. Soompi: BTOB’s Changsub Announces Military Enlistment Date
  13. Soompi: Yook Sungjae Becomes BTOB’s New Leader
  14. Korea JoongAng Daily: BtoB surprises fans with ‘Sorry’
  15. Soompi: BTOB’s Eunkwang Officially Discharged + Shares Future Plans And Message For Members In The Military
  16. Soompi: BTOB’s Hyunsik, Yook Sungjae, And PENTAGON’s Jinho Enlist In The Military + Teammates Send Them Off With Hugs
  17. Soompi: BTOB’s Ilhoon Announces Enlistment Plans
  18. Allkpop: BTOB's Changsub discharged from military base early per COVID19 protocol, officially returning next month
  19. Allkpop: BTOB's Minhyuk to be officially discharged from military this week
  20. KpopStarz: BTOB Announces New Sub-Unit + Reveals Name and Logo
  21. 21.0 21.1 Soompi: Breaking: Ilhoon Leaves BTOB After Being Caught For Marijuana Use
  22. Soompi: BTOB’s Yook Sungjae And Hyunsik, PENTAGON’s Jinho Officially Discharged From The Military Today
  23. Allkpop: BTOB guests on 'Kiss The Radio' the group's first official schedule in 3 years
  24. Soompi: BTOB’s Peniel To Halt Activities And Undergo Surgery After Rupturing Achilles Tendon

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