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RIIZE (Korean: 라이즈; Japanese: ライズ) is a seven-member boy group under SM Entertainment. They debuted on September 4, 2023 with the single album "Get A Guitar".

Their name is created by combining "RISE" which means "growth" and "REALIZE" which means "a team that growth together and realize dream".[3]

History[]

2022–2023: Pre-debut[]

On July 2, 2022, Eunseok and Seunghan, were revealed as the newest members of SM Entertainment's trainee team SMROOKIES.[4]

In September 4, 2022, news reports revealed leaked documents and reports of SM Entertainment's upcoming schedule for the fourth quarter of 2022 and after. The reports revealed an unnamed "new boy group" (신규 보이그룹) listed for debut.[5]

Later in October, SM Entertainment's 'Training Unit' posted a series of images on their official Instagram account showing the silhouettes of seven boys whom are speculated to be members of their upcoming boy group.[6]

On May 24, 2023, SM announced that Sungchan, Shotaro, Eunseok, Seunghan and members of Korean and American nationalities would be debuting in their upcoming boy group.[7]

2023: "Memories", debut with "Get A Guitar", "Talk Saxy", "Get A Guitar (English Ver.)", Seunghan's hiatus[]

On July 12, it was reported that SM Entertainment's new 7-member boy group will debut in September. SM responded that the group is currently filming their music video and is at the final stage of preparations, although no debut date was confirmed.[8]

On July 18, it was reported that Lee Chanyoung, son of veteran composer and singer Yoon Sang, who has previously written songs for SM artists such as BoA and TVXQ!, would be one of the members of SM Entertainment's new boy group.[9] In response, SM Entertainment neither confirmed nor denied the information, stating that new information about their new boy group would be revealed on August 1, 2023.[10]

On July 31, SM Entertainment revealed that their new seven-member boy group would be called RIIZE. It was explained that the name of the group was created by combining "RISE," which means "growth," and "REALIZE," which means "a team that grows together and realizes dreams." SM added that "RIIZE is composed of seven elite members with both talent and visuals. Each member possesses their own individuality and strengths, and together they will create a 'real-time odyssey' of growth as a team, making a new history in the K-pop industry. In particular, RIIZE will showcase a unique genre called 'Emotional Pop,' where they express their various emotions through their music. As 'Emotional Pop rookies,' they aim to grow into 'Emotional Pop artists' who can evoke empathy from everyone with the inspiration they draw from their everyday experiences and incorporate into their music." Additionally, it was announced that on August 1, at 12 pm (Korea Standard Time), RIIZE would not only open their social media accounts but also reveal their members, showcasing a variety of content to introduce each member to the public.[3]

On August 1, the group's Instagram was officially opened, revealing the profiles of the already known members: Shotaro, Eunseok, Sungchan, and Seunghan. Additionally, the profile of Lee Chanyoung under the stage name Anton (his English name) was also revealed, thus confirming that he is part of the group. Furthermore, two previously unknown members, Wonbin and Sohee, were unveiled.[11] Later on the same day, SM Entertainment revealed more information about the group's members and stated that they have excellent musical abilities, including vocals, performances, musical instruments, compositions, and captivating visuals. Additionally, more details were disclosed about Wonbin, who possesses excellent performance and guitar skills, Sohee, who has outstanding singing ability, and Anton, who is a new talent in composition with a unique musical sense.[12]

On August 7, it was announced that RIIZE will be debuting on September 4 with their first single album "Get A Guitar".[13] "Memories" was pre-released on August 21.

On October 13, SM Entertainment revealed that RIIZE will be releasing a new song in late October.[14] On October 23, RIIZE announced that they will release the digital single "Talk Saxy" on October 27.[15]

On November 9, RIIZE released their first English digital single "Get A Guitar (English Ver.)".[16]

On November 22, a statement was released which announced that member Seunghan would take an indefinite hiatus from all activities for the time being.[17]

2024: "Love 119", "Love 119 (Japanese ver.)", "Siren", "Impossible", Riizing, Japanese debut[]

Through SM Entertainment's 3Q23 earning release, it was revealed that RIIZE will be releasing two singles, including a Japanese one, in early 2024.[18] On December 6, 2023, SM Entertainment confirmed the reports of RIIZE making their comeback with their new single on January 5, 2024.[19] On January 1, the group announced their third digital single titled "Love 119".[20]

On January 24, RIIZE released their first Japanese digital single "Love 119 (Japanese ver.)".

On February 8, SM Entertaiment revealed that RIIZE will be releasing a mini album and a single in the second half of the year.[21] On March 6, SM confirmed that the group will be having a comeback in April.[22] On April 1, it was reported that RIIZE will be releasing the full version of "Siren" on April 3, ahead of their comeback.[23] On April 3, RIIZE confirmed the release of "Siren" later that day, along with the releases of "Impossible" on April 18, and their first mini album Riizing sometime in June.[24] On May 20, RIIZE announced that the mini album will be released on June 17.[25]

On May 8, SM Entertainment announced that RIIZE will be releasing a Japanese single in the third quarter of the year.[26] On May 20, RIIZE announced that they will be releasing their second Japanese digital single "Lucky" on July 24, before debuting with the single "of the same name" on September 5.[25]

Members[]

The members have no fixed positions nor an assigned leader, except for the main vocalist and center positions.

Name Position(s) Emojis Year(s) active
Shotaro (쇼타로) Dancer, Rapper
🧋
2023–present
Eunseok (은석) Vocalist
🪨
2023–present
Sungchan (성찬) Rapper
🐸
2023–present
Wonbin (원빈) Vocalist, Dancer, Center
🎸
2023-present
Sohee (소희) Main Vocalist
💂
2023–present
Anton (앤톤) Vocalist, Maknae
🦕
2023–present
Inactive
Seunghan (승한) Vocalist, Dancer
🫧
2023–present[n 1]

Discography[]

Korean[]

Mini albums[]

Single albums[]

Digital singles[]

Remix singles[]

OSTs[]

English[]

Digital singles[]

Japanese[]

Singles[]

Digital singles[]

OSTs[]

Concerts[]

Concert participation[]

Fanmeetings[]

Filmography[]

Variety shows[]

Bibliography[]

Web novels[]

  • Rise & Realize (Kakao Page, 2023)[34]

Endorsements[]

On August 15, 2023 it was announced that RIIZE were chosen as the newest endorsement models for 'MUSINSA'.[35]

  • MUSINSA (2023)
  • UIQ (2023)[36]
  • Louis Vuitton (2023–present)[37]
  • Woori Bank (2024)[38]
  • Bacchus (2024)[39]
  • ETUDE (2024)[40]
  • Fanta (2024)[41]

Trivia[]

  • Shotaro and Sungchan are former members of NCT and its sub unit NCT U.

Gallery[]

Main article: RIIZE/Gallery

Notes[]

  1. Hiatus since November 2023.

References[]

  1. Forbes: Freshly Debuted K-Pop Group RIIZE Begin Career With SM Entertainment & RCA Records Partnership
  2. Soompi: RIIZE Announces Change To Fan Club Name
  3. 3.0 3.1 (KR) Daum: SM 새 보이그룹은 ‘라이즈’…“실력과 비주얼 겸비한 최정예 멤버 7인”
  4. Soompi: SM Entertainment Introduces 3 New SM Rookies Trainees
  5. Allkpop: "Netizens excited over SM's new 'girl band' written on an alleged company report"
  6. sment_training Instagram post (October 8, 2022)
  7. YouTube: SM 3.0: NEW IP 2023
  8. Soompi: SM’s New Boy Group With Sungchan, Shotaro, Eunseok, And Seunghan Reported To Make September Debut + SM Briefly Comments
  9. (KR) Sports Chosun: [단독]윤상 아들, 9월 SM 신인 보이그룹으로 데뷔…완성형 꽃미남 비주얼
  10. Soompi: Singer Yoon Sang’s Son Reported To Debut In New Group With Sungchan And Shotaro + SM Briefly Comments
  11. Soompi: SM’s New Boy Group RIIZE Launches Instagram Account + Unveils Member Profiles
  12. (KR) Osen: '윤상 아들 포함' SM 新 보이그룹 라이즈, 7인 멤버 공개[공식]
  13. @RIIZE_official on Twitter (August 7, 2023)
  14. (KR) X Sports News: 에스파·레드벨벳·태연, 11월 컴백…SM 4분기 라인업 발표
  15. Soompi: Watch: RIIZE Announces 1st-Ever Comeback With Teasers For “Talk Saxy”
  16. @RIIZE_official on Twitter (November 9, 2023)
  17. Soompi: RIIZE’s Seunghan To Take Indefinite Hiatus From Activities
  18. SM Entertainment Earning Release 3Q23
  19. Soompi: RIIZE Confirms Plans For Comeback
  20. Soompi: Watch: RIIZE Gears Up For New Single “Love 119” With MV Teaser
  21. Soompi: SM Entertainment Reveals Comeback Plans And Concerts For 2024
  22. Soompi: RIIZE Confirmed To Make Spring Comeback
  23. (KR) Osen: [단독] 라이즈, 3일 '사이렌' 풀버전 깜짝 발매..4월 컴백 예열
  24. Soompi: RIIZE Announces April Comeback Date + Plans To Release 1st Mini Album In June
  25. 25.0 25.1 @RIIZE_official on Twitter (May 20, 2024)
  26. Soompi: SM Entertainment Announces Comeback Plans For 2nd And 3rd Quarter Of 2024
  27. Soompi: KCON Saudi Arabia 2023 Announces Star-Studded Lineup
  28. Soompi: Watch: “Music Bank In Antwerp” Announces Lineup For 2024
  29. Soompi: RIIZE To Perform At Star-Studded Tecate Emblema 2024 In Mexico City
  30. Soompi: "Music Core In Japan" Announces Performer Lineup
  31. Soompi: "Music Bank In Madrid" Announces Lineup For 2024
  32. Soompi: KCON Germany 2024 Announces 1st Lineup Of Artists
  33. (KR) Star News: [단독]이효리, 블핑 제니 이어 라이즈도 만난다..'레드카펫' 초대
  34. Soompi: SM And Kakao To Co-Produce NCT Webtoon And RIIZE Web Novel
  35. RIIZE chosen as new endorsement models for 'MUSINSA'
  36. Allkpop: RIIZE score endorsement deal with skincare brand 'UIQ'
  37. Soompi: RIIZE Becomes New House Ambassador For Louis Vuitton
  38. (KR) FN News: [단독]우리은행 새 모델 '라이즈'..아이유·김희애에 라인업 강화
  39. (KR) Newsis: 가수 라이즈 모델로…동아제약, '박카스맛 젤리' 온에어
  40. (KR) Joongboo: 에뛰드, 새로운 모델 라이즈와 신제품 '오버 글로이 틴트' 출시
  41. (KR) Sports Kyunghyang: 라이즈, 코카콜라 환타 모델 발탁[공식]

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