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Highlight (하이라이트; formerly known as BEAST (비스트)) is a four-member boy group under Around US Entertainment. Originally as six, they debuted on October 16, 2009 with the mini album Beast Is The B2ST.

Career

2009: Debut with Beast Is The B2ST

On October 16, 2009, BEAST debuted with their first mini album Beast Is The B2ST under Cube Entertainment.

2010: Shock Of The New Era, "Easy", "Clenching A Tight Fist", Mastermind, Lights Go On Again, BEAST -Japan Premium Edition-, My Story


2011: "On Rainy Days", Fiction and Fact, "Shock", So Beast, "Bad Girl"


2012: "I Knew It", "Living Without You", "Midnight", Midnight Sun, "Midnight -Hoshi wo Kazoeru Yoru-"


2013: "Will You Be Alright?", "I'm Sorry", Hard to Love, How to Love, "Sad Movie / Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa"


2014: BEAST Works 2009-2013, "No More", Good Luck, BEAST Japan Best, Time, "Adrenaline", "Kimi Wa Dou?"


2015: "Gotta Go To Work", Ordinary, Japanese releases


2016: Guess Who?, Jang Hyunseung's departure, "Butterfly", Highlight, "Day / Night", departure from Cube Entertainment, Around US Entertainment establishment

The third Japanese studio album, Guess Who?, was released on March 16, 2016.

On April 19, Cube Entertainement announced through BEAST's fancafe that Jang Hyunseung left the group to pursue solo activities.[2]

On April 26, Yong Junhyung announced through V Live that BEAST's upcoming album is getting prepared and the title song is written.[3] On May 3, Cube Entertainment confirmed that the group is currently preparing for a comeback in the summer as a five-member group.[4] On June 15, they dropped the first teaser for their third studio album, Highlight, scheduled for July 4.[5] On June 23, they announced they will release the pre-release track "Butterfly" on June 27, ahead of the comeback.[6]

On May 13, they announced they will release the Japanese single, "Day / Night", on July 20.[7]

After their seven-year contracts with Cube Entertainment had ended on October 15, 2016, the members decided to not renew. They eventually established their own agency, Around US Entertainment.[8][9]

2017: Name change, return with "It's Still Beautiful" and Can You Feel It, Calling You, Celebrate

On February 10, Cube Entertainment announced they will reform BEAST as a three-person group which will include original member Jang Hyunseung and two new members.[10] Both Around US Entertainment and Jang Hyunseung were unaware of the move.[11] The project enventually fell through despite being discussed until June of the same year.[12]

On February 24, Around US announced they have changed their name to Highlight, which is also the title of their final album under Cube, following legal dispute with their former agency over the legal rights to the group's name and the works they had created under the label.[13][14][15]

On February 25, Around US confirmed the group is preparing for an album[16] and on March 2, they announced their first mini album, Can You Feel It?, which was released on March 20.[17] "It's Still Beautiful" was pre-released on March 13.[18]

On May 11, Around US confirmed that the group will be making a comeback on May 29.[19] The repackage, titled Calling You, was released on May 29.[20]

The group's second mini album, Celebrate, was released on October 16, to commemorates the group's 8th anniversary.[21]

2018–2020: "Take Care", Outro, military enlistments, Yong Junhyung's departure

Yoon Dujun enlisted on August 24, 2018.[22]

On October 16, 2018, for the group's 9th anniversary, they shared with fans through V Live that they'll release a digital single on October 29.[23] On October 23, they revealed the title for their second digital single, "Take Care".[24]

On November 2, 2018, Around US revealed that the group is preparing for their first special album which will include a track that Yoon Dujun recorded before his enlistment.[25] On November 7, the group announced their first special album Outro, which was released on November 20.[26][27]

Yang Yoseop enlisted on January 24, 2019.[28]

On March 14, 2019, Yong Junhyung announced his departure from Highlight due to admitting his involvement with Jung Joon Young's illegal hidden camera sex footage controversy.[29][30]

Lee Gikwang enlisted on April 18, 2019,[31] followed by Son Dongwoon on May 9.[32]

All members were discharged in 2020.[33][34][35][36]

2021: The Blowing

On April 7, Around US Entertainment announced that Highlight is preparing a new album aimed for a May release, more than two years after their last comeback.[37] On April 16, they announced their third mini album, The Blowing, which was released on May 3.[38]

2022: Daydream

On March 3, Around US Entertainment confirmed that Highlight will be releasing a new album in March with their comeback preparations being in full swing and having recently finished shooting the music video as well as the photos for their album jacket.[39] On March 6, the group annouced their first full length album, Daydream, set to release on March 21.[40]

Members

Name Position(s) Years active
Yoon Dujun (윤두준) Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist 2009–present
Yang Yoseop (양요섭) Main Vocalist 2009–present
Lee Gikwang (이기광) Main Dancer, Vocalist, Visual 2009–present
Son Dongwoon (손동운) Lead Vocalist, Maknae 2009–present
Former
Jang Hyunseung (장현승) Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer 2009–2016
Yong Junhyung (용준형) Main Rapper 2009–2019

Discography

Highlight

Studio albums

Mini albums

Special albums

Digital singles

BEAST

Korean

Studio albums

Mini albums

Digital mini albums

Digital singles

OSTs

  • "Attack the Gas Station 2 OST - Crazy" (2009)
  • "Master of Study OST Part.2" ("Ready Go") (2010)
  • "More Charming by the Day OST Part.3" (2010)
  • "All My Love OST Part.1" (2010)
  • "My Princess OST Part.1" ("Because of You") (2011)
  • "Flower, I Am! OST Part.1" ("Dreaming") (2011)
  • "Big OST" (2012)
  • "Man in Love OST Part.4" (2013)
  • "Iris II OST Part.3" (2013)
  • "Scholar Who Walks the Night OST Part.5" (2015)

Collaborations

  • "Fly So High" (as U-CUBE) (2011)
  • "Christmas Song" (with Cube Artist) (2013)

Japanese

Studio albums

  • BEAST -Japan Premium Edition- (2010)
  • So Beast (2011)
  • Guess Who? (2016)

Best albums

  • BEAST Works 2009-2013 (2014)
  • BEAST Japan Best (2014)

Singles

  • "Shock" (2011)
  • "Bad Girl" (2011)
  • "Midnight -Hoshi wo Kazoeru Yoru-" (2012)
  • "Sad Movie / Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa" (2013)
  • "Adrenaline" (2014)
  • "Kimi Wa Dou?" (2014)
  • "Can't Wait to Love You" (2015)
  • "Saigo no Hitokoto" (2015)
  • "Day / Night" (2016)

Digital singles

  • "One" (2015)
  • "Hands Up" (2015)
  • "This Is My Life" (2015)
  • "#TBM" (2015)
  • "YeY (Japanese Version)" (2015)
  • "Only One" (2015)
  • "All Is in U" (2015)
  • "Stay Forever Young" (2015)


Concerts

  • Highlight Live 2022 [Intro] (2022)

Concert participation

  • 2022 G-KPOP Concert[41] (2022)

Gallery

Main article: Highlight (group)/Gallery

References

  1. Soompi: Highlight Announces Official Fan Club Name
  2. Soompi: Breaking: Jang Hyunseung Officially Leaves BEAST
  3. Soompi: Yong Jun Hyung Gives Fans An Update On BEAST’s Comeback
  4. Soompi: BEAST To Release First Album As Five-Member Group In The Summer
  5. Soompi: BEAST Confirms July Comeback With Third Studio Album
  6. Soompi: BEAST To Pre-Release “Butterfly” Ahead Of Comeback
  7. Soompi: BEAST To Release Japanese Singles For First Time As 5-Member Group
  8. Soompi: Cube Entertainment Gives Brief Update Into BEAST’s Contract Situation
  9. Soompi: BEAST Announces New Start With Independent Label
  10. Soompi: Breaking: Cube Entertainment Says BEAST Will Be Reformed With Jang Hyunseung + 2 New Members, Around Us Responds
  11. Soompi: Jang Hyunseung Reportedly Says He Wasn’t Informed Of New BEAST, Around Us Gives Longer Statement
  12. Soompi: Former BEAST Member Jang Hyunseung To Make Solo Comeback + 3-Member BEAST Being Discussed
  13. Soompi: BEAST May Not Be Able To Keep Group Name If They Leave Cube Entertainment
  14. Soompi: BEAST Unable To Use Group Name For Time Being Due To Ongoing Trademark Issue
  15. Soompi: Breaking: BEAST Members To Start Promoting Under New Name
  16. Soompi: Update: Highlight’s Agency Confirms Filming Of New Music Video, Comeback Date To Be Decided Soon
  17. Soompi: Highlight (formerly BEAST) Announces Date Much Anticipated New Release
  18. Soompi: Watch: Highlight Returns With Pre-Release Track “It’s Still Beautiful” Ahead Of Their “Debut”
  19. Soompi: Highlight Confirmed To Be Making A Speedy Comeback This Month
  20. Soompi: Highlight Kicks Off Countdown New Release First Teaser
  21. Soompi: Watch: Highlight Celebrates 8th Debut Anniversary With “Can Be Better” MV
  22. Soompi: Highlight’s Yoon Doojoon Shares One Last Message Ahead Of Enlistment
  23. Soompi: Highlight Celebrates 9th Anniversary With Touching Posts And Announcement Of Upcoming Music
  24. Soompi: Highlight Reveals First Look Concept New Digital Single
  25. Soompi: Highlight To Release Special Album With Track Recorded By Yoon Doojoon
  26. Soompi: Highlight Drops First Teaser Special Album Outro
  27. Soompi: Watch: Highlight Sings About How Much They’ve “Loved” In New MV
  28. Soompi: Highlight Members Share Supportive Posts About Yang Yoseob's Enlistment
  29. Soompi: Breaking: Yong Junhyung To Leave Highlight Following Recent Controversies
  30. Soompi: Around Us Releases Official Statement Following Yong Junhyung’s Departure From Highlight
  31. Soompi: Update: Highlight’s Lee Gikwang Enlists In The Military + Gifts Fans With “Nothing” MV
  32. Soompi: Highlight’s Son Dongwoon Enlists In The Military
  33. Soompi: Highlight’s Yoon Doojoon Officially Discharged From The Military
  34. Soompi: Highlight's Yang Yoseob Shares Heartfelt Message After Being Discharged From Military
  35. Soompi: Highlight’s Lee Gikwang Discharged From Military
  36. Soompi: Highlight’s Son Dongwoon Discharged From The Military + Shares Touching Message With Fans
  37. Soompi: Highlight Confirms Plans For First Comeback In Over 2 Years
  38. Soompi: Highlight Reveals Comeback Date Schedule For Long Awaited Return
  39. Soompi: Highlight Confirmed To Make March Comeback
  40. Soompi: Watch Highlight Unveils Comeback Trailer And Schedule For 1st Full Album “Daydream”
  41. 무더위 날리는 #KPOP에 퐁당! 2022 G-KPOP 콘서트. Gangnam Official Twitter (2022-06-29). Retrieved on 2022-07-01.

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