NCT 127 is the second sub-unit of NCT. They debuted on July 7, 2016 on M Countdown with their debut stage for "Firetruck", the title track from their first mini album, NCT #127, which was released on the 10th.
The number 127 refers to the longitude for Seoul, where they are based.
2016: Debut with NCT #127, "Taste The Feeling" and additions of Johnny and Doyoung
On July 1, SM Entertainment announced that NCT would be having their second sub-unit under the name NCT 127, with the numbers representing the longitude of Seoul, South Korea. On the same day, they released teaser pictures for the first two members, Haechan and Yuta. The following day they released pictures for the next two members, Winwin and Taeyong. Finally on July 3, they released pictures of the last three members, Jaehyun, Mark, and Taeil. On the same day, they released the debut date of their album, July 10. On July 6 at midnight KST, the newly formed sub-unit shared a teaser for their first music video "Fire Truck". The track was supposed to be released on July 7, 12 A.M. KST but was postponed to 12 p.m. KST. Finally the single "Firetruck" was released on July 7, the song was described as a song with a fusion genre including hip-hop, trap, and Moombahton aspects. A powerful bass and rhythmical percussion contribute to a cheerful atmosphere which is aimed to relieve listeners of stress from their busy schedules. The group then made their first music show appearance on Mnet's M Countdown performing "Firetruck" and "Once Again", the B-Side of the album. The album, NCT #127 was finally released on July 10, with the album topping multiple charts and ranking number one on multiple iTunes charts in six different countries.
Later on July 26, it was announced that NCT 127 would be releasing a single via SM STATION as their 25th artist. On July 29 at midnight KST, NCT 127 dropped their new song "Taste the Feeling", which was a collaboration with the soft drink company Coca-Cola. The track is the Korean version of the company’s theme song of the same name, and was used as part of the company’s international marketing campaign in 2016.
On December 26, the group released a new video teaser for their upcoming comeback through the 2016 SBS Gayo Daejun. The video featured the addition of two more members, Doyoung and Johnny, and released teasers for Haechan on the same day. Mark's teasers were released the next day, then Taeyong the following day, followed by Doyoung, Yuta, and Taeil.
2017: NCT #127 Limitless and NCT #127 Cherry Bomb
On January 1, they continued the teasers with WinWin, and finally Jaehyun and Johnny on the following next two days. On January 5 at midnight KST, they released two music videos, both for the title track "Limitless" from their second mini album of the same name. One is entitled a 'rough version' while the other is a 'performance version'. With their comeback on Mnet's M! Countdown on the same day. The group's album, NCT #127 Limitless was released on the next day digitally, with the physical album coming out on January 9. The album was a commercial success, topping multiple charts in various countries, eventually managing to grab #1 on Billboard's World album charts.
On May 25, it was reported that NCT would be making a comeback as the group was seen in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea for a music video shoot which was confirmed by SM Entertainment later. On June 5 at midnight KST, they released their first teaser photo, which features what appears to be the cloud of an explosion of cherries. It was later announced that their upcoming third mini album would be titled NCT #127 Cherry Bomb and was set to be released on June 14 at 6 p.m. KST. On June 7, a set of teaser photos for Taeyong, WinWin, and Doyoung was released for their upcoming comeback; The excitement for their comeback was so high that the group’s official website crashed. They also released three videos on Instagram that were cartoon versions of members Doyoung, Taeyong, and WinWin dancing while wearing hats that looked like “cherry bombs”. The next day, at midnight KST, the group shared three teaser photos for each of their members Haechan, Jaehyun, and Yuta, also with videos of them cartoonified. They also updated their website to include interactive content. Eventually, the final teasers for Mark, Taeil, and Johnny were released with cartoonified versions of them posted as well. On June 10, group teaser photos were shared, along with a message from Mark, Taeil, and Doyoung about the comeback on their Instagram. The first music video teaser clip was revealed on June 11, while the second one was released on June 12. On June 14, the group released their album NCT #127 Cherry Bomb with the title track of the same name. The song was described as having a heavy hip hop beat, with members Taeyong and Mark taking part as lyricists for the rap parts of the title track and four other songs on the album. Most notably was Tony Testa's contribution to the choreography of the song. The group held their showcase on the same day.
2018: NCT 2018 project, addition of Jungwoo and NCT #127 Regular-Irregular, Japanese debut with Chain and "Touch"
On March 11, a preview for the NCT 127 song "Touch" was released. The song was the fourth music video to be released as part of NCT 2018's Empathy album which also featured songs from the other sub-units of NCT. The music video for "Touch" was then released on March 13 and earned a win on the Show.
NCT 127 debuted in Japan with the mini album Chain on May 23.
Their first Japanese single, "Touch", was released on October 4.
2019: "Let's Shut Up & Dance", Awaken, NCT #127 We Are Superhuman and "Highway to Heaven"
The collaboration single "Let's Shut Up & Dance", was released on February 22.
The group's first Japanese studio album Awaken, was released on April 17.
On May 24, NCT 127 released their fourth mini album, NCT #127 We Are Superhuman, with "Superhuman" as the title track. An English version of the pre-release track, "Highway to Heaven", was released on July 18.
2020: "First Love", NCT #127 Neo Zone and NCT #127 Neo Zone: The Final Round
On January 27, NCT 127 released their second Japanese single "First Love"; They also released the music video for their gift song "Dreams Come True". The release marked the return of Jungwoo after he'd been on a hiatus since August 2019 due to health issues. It was confirmed later that day the group would be releasing their second full-length album titled NCT #127 Neo Zone on March 6.
2021: Loveholic, "Save", Sticker and Favorite
NCT 127 released their second Japanese mini album, Loveholic, on February 17.
On July 7, through their online fan meeting "OFFICE : Foundation Day" in celebration of their fifth anniversary, NCT 127 announced they would be returning with a full-length studio album in September. A first video teaser was released on August 21, hinting at a university/college concept. On August 23, the group announced their third album, Sticker, would be released on September 17.
|Taeil (태일)||Main Vocalist||2016–present|
|Johnny (쟈니)||Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist||2017–present|
|Taeyong (태용)||Leader, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Visual, Center||2016–present|
|Yuta (유타)||Lead Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Sub Rapper||2016–present|
|Doyoung (도영)||Main Vocalist||2017–present|
|Jaehyun (재현)||Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper, Visual||2016–present|
|Jungwoo (정우)||Lead Dancer, Lead Vocalist||2018–present|
|Mark (마크)||Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist||2016–present|
|Haechan (해찬)||Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Maknae||2016–present|
|Winwin (윈윈)||Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper||2016–present|
- NCT 127 - Beyond the Origin (2020)
- NCT 127 Japan Showcase Tour "Chain" (2018)
- NCT 127 1st Tour: Neo City - The Origin (2019)
- NCT 127 2nd Tour: Neo City - The Awards (2020) (cancelled)
- NCT 127 2nd Tour: Neo City - The Link (2021)
- SMTOWN Live World Tour VI (2017-2018)
- SMTOWN Special Stage 2019 in Santiago (2019)
- SMTOWN Live 2019 in Tokyo (2019)
- Beyond LIVE - NCT : Resonance 'Global Wave' (2020)
- SMTOWN Live "Culture Humanity" (2021)
- SMTOWN Live 2022 : SMCU Express@Kwangya (2022)
- NCT 127 LIMITLESS - Mini Fan Meeting (2017)
- NCT 127 1st YEAR ANNIVERSARY FAN EVENT (2017)
- NCT 127 FAN MEETING (2017)
- NCT 127 THE INTRODUCTION “CONNECT” IN JAPAN (2017)
- NCTzen 127-JAPAN 1st Meeting 2019 ‘Welcome To Our Playground’ (2019)
- 2019 NCT 127 FANMEETING ‘WINTER 127 with NCTzen 127’ (2019)
Awards and nominations
- Main article: List of awards and nominations received by NCT
- Design United (2016)
- Supercomma B (2016)
- Ivy Club (2016–2017)
- Korean Girls Scout (2017–2018)
- Astell & ASPR (2018)
- NBA Style Korea (2018)
- KBEE 2018 (2018)
- Nature Republic (2020-present)
- It is the first fixed sub-unit in NCT.
- Both Mark and Haechan are also members of NCT Dream.
- Winwin is also a member of WayV.
- Main article: NCT 127/Gallery