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—Wanna One

Wanna One (워너원; also stylized as WANNA·ONE) was an 11-member project boy group under Swing Entertainment. They debuted on August 7, 2017 with their first mini album 1X1=1 (To Be One).

They officially concluded their activities on January 27, 2019.

History

Pre-debut: Produce 101 Season 2

In February 2017, it was reported that the next season of the successful Produce 101, Produce 101 Season 2 was confirmed for filming. In contrast to last season where they formed a unit girl group, it was announced that this season it will be a boy group that will be formed from a pool of 101 trainees from 54 entertainment companies. The show premiered on April 7, 2017 and its finale aired on June 16, 2017, with the 11 winners forming a boy group. The group's debut lineup included Yoon Jisung and Kang Daniel from MMO Entertainment, Ha Sung Woon from Ardor & Able, Hwang Min Hyun from Pledis Entertainment, Ong Seong Wu from Fantagio, Kim Jae Hwan, an independent trainee, Park Ji Hoon from Maroo Entertainment, Park Woo Jin and Lee Dae Hwi from Brand New Music, Bae Jin Young from C9 Entertainment and Lai Kuan Lin from Cube Entertainment.

It was revealed that after the final concert of Produce 101 Season 2 at the beginning of July is over, the group will be preparing for their debut. It was also revealed that they will be advertising for school uniform brand, Ivy Club, which was noted as this was before the finale occurred.

2017: Debut with 1X1=1 (To Be One) and 1-1=0 (Nothing Without You)

The group debuted on August 7, 2017 with their first mini album 1X1=1 (To Be One).

On November 13, they released a repackage album for their first mini album called 1-1=0 (Nothing Without You).

2018–2019: 0+1=1 (I Promise You), 1÷x=1 (Undivided), 1¹¹=1 (Power of Destiny), and disbandment

On March 5, 2018, they pre-released the single "I Promise You (I.P.U.) - Special Theme Track" ahead of their then upcoming mini album. On March 19, their second mini album 0+1=1 (I Promise You) was released.

On April 2, it was announced on their fancafe the group will be going on a world tour titled One: The World. The tour will be held in fourteen different cities during the course of three months. Three days later, the Seoul dates were then revealed to be held from June 1 to June 3.[1]

On April 16, YMC revealed that Wanna One would be collaborating with different artists to make 4 different unit tracks. The artists consist of Zico, Heize, Dynamic Duo, and NELL. The process will be documented in their third season of Wanna One Go, titled Wanna One Go: X-CON, with the first episode to be aired on May 7.[2] On May 7, the episode, along with a teaser video was released showing that the group would be releasing the special album 1÷x=1 (Undivided) on June 4.[3] Individual teaser photos were then released from May 8 to May 10.[3] On May 14, the units and the respective artists they would be collaborating with were then revealed in the episode and the preview video.[3] The next day, the concept photos for the unit No.1, which consists of Park Ji Hoon, Bae Jin Young, and Lai Guan Lin, in collaboration with Dynamic Duo, were released.[3] On May 16, the unit concept photos for The Heal, which consists of Ong Seong Wu and Lee Dae Hwi, in collaboration with Heize, were released.[3] The next day, the concept photos for the unit Lean On Me, with members Hwang Min Hyun, Yoon Ji Sung, and Ha Sung Woon, in collaboration with NELL, were also released.[3] On May 18, the concept photos for the last unit Triple Position, which consists of Kang Daniel, Kim Jae Hwan, and Park Woo Jin, in collaboration with Zico, were then released.[3] The concept films for each unit were then released in pairs on May 19 and May 20 with The Heal and No.1 being released on the 19th and Lean On Me and Triple Position being released the next.[3] On May 21 and 22, a group concept teaser video and a teaser photo, respectively, were released on each day.[3] From May 23 to May 25, individual teaser photos for "Light" were revealed.[3] On May 28, the track list and the music video teaser for "Light" were then released.[3]

On May 31, a statement was released to the fancafe that explained how Wanna One would be transferring from YMC Entertainment to Swing Entertainment on June 1. Swing Entertainment would be made to exclusively support them until December 31, which is the duration of their contract, and will continue to collaborate with YMC for a smoother transition.[4] On the same day,, it was announced that Wanna One would be performing at KCON 2018 LA, which was to occur at the Staples Center on August 10 to August 12.[5] To which they were to perform on August 11, as part of the lineup for the Saturday concert.[6]

From June 1 to June 3, they held their concert One: The World at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.[7] During which, they were to reveal the four different unit tracks from Wanna One Go: X-CON. On June 4, Wanna One released their first special album 1÷x=1 (Undivided), which contains the four unit tracks and the title track "Light".

On July 27, it was announced that Wanna One would be one of the artists to perform at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Busan One Asia Festival on October 20.[8] On August 16, they were also revealed as one of the artists for KCON 2018 Thailand, which was to occur on September 29 and 30 at the IMPACT Arena. They then performed on September 29 as part of the line up for the first day.[9]

On October 24, a teaser photo was released showing that Wanna One will be having a comeback on November 19.[10] The music video for their upcoming comeback was then filmed on October 25.[11]On October 26, a teaser video was released, along with a report by Xportnews that their final comeback show would be held on November 22.[12] From October 31 to November 3, individual moving photos were released in groups of threes and a pair on the final day.[10] A group teaser photo was then released on November 5.[10] The adventure version of the teaser photos for the individuals and group was released from November 6 until November 8 while the romantic version of the teaser photos was released from November 9 until November 11.[10] The first music video teaser for their title track "Spring Breeze" was then released on November 13.[10] The next day, their title track was unfortunately leaked. Swing Entertainment replied that they are assessing the situation and have reported the issue.[13] On November 15, they revealed the track list, along with an album preview video and dropped the second music video teaser on November 16.[10] On November 19, the group released their first and final studio album 1¹¹=1 (Power of Destiny).

Their contracts ended on December 31, 2018 but they officially concluded their activities on January 27, 2019, following their last concert Therefore.[14][15]

2021–2022: Reunion at the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards, "B-Side"

On November 15, 2021, the organizers of the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards announced that Wanna One (except Kuanlin) would be performing at the upcoming award ceremony.[16]

On January 10, 2022, it was announced that the group will release the song "Beautiful (Part.3)", which they performed at the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards, as a single on January 27.[17] On January 24, 2022, Swing Entertainment released the first teaser image for the digital single "B-Side".[18] Swing Entertainment also launched the group's YouTube channel for archive purposes.

Aftermath

  • Jisung's contract with MMO Entertainment expired on January 31, 2019 and he signed with LM Entertainment. He made his solo debut on February 20, 2019 with Aside.
  • Sungwoon made his solo debut on February 28, 2019 with his mini album My Moment. During 2019 and 2020, HOTSHOT was on a hiatus and he was actively promoting as a soloist. On March 30, 2021, HOTSHOT disbanded after completing their activities.
  • Minhyun returned as a member of NU'EST and made their comeback as five with A Song For You. He also released his first solo single, "Universe" on April 3, 2019 as a pre-release single and CD-only track for their sixth mini album Happily Ever After. On March 15, 2022, NU'EST officially disbanded on their 10-year anniversary with the release of their best album Needle & Bubble. Following the album's release, Minhyun renewed his exclusive contract with Pledis Entertainment.
  • Seongwu has been active as an actor and appeared in variety shows since the group's disbandment. He made his solo debut on March 25, 2020 with his first mini album Layers.
  • Jaehwan made his solo debut on May 20, 2019 with his first mini album Another.
  • Daniel had legal issues with his agency, LM Entertainment, thus his debut was delayed. He eventually left LM and founded his own company, KONNECT Entertainment. He made his solo debut on July 25, 2019 with his first special album Color On Me.
  • Jihoon made his solo debut on on March 26, 2019 with the mini album O'Clock.
  • Woojin and Daehwi became members of the boy group AB6IX. They debuted with their EP B:Complete on May 22, 2019.
  • Jinyoung made his solo debut on April 26, 2019 with his first single album "Hard To Say Goodbye". A few months later on July 23, 2019, he made his debut with the boy group CIX.
  • Kuanlin became apart of the duo Wooseok X Kuanlin following the disbandment of Wanna One. They debuted with their mini album 9801. Kuanlin requested to terminate his contract with Cube Entertainment. However, his request was dismissed and he eventually won his lawsuit. He now is active as an actor in China, making his acting debut in 2019 with the Chinese drama A Little Thing Called First Love.

Members

Rank Name Position(s) Agency
8 Jisung (지성) Leader, Sub Vocalist MMO Entertainment
11 Sungwoon (성운) Main Vocalist Ardor & Able
9 Minhyun (민현) Lead Vocalist, Visual Pledis Entertainment
5 Seongwu (성우) Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist Fantagio Music
4 Jaehwan (재환) Main Vocalist Independent Trainee
1 Daniel (다니엘) Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Center MMO Entertainment
2 Jihoon (지훈) Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Visual Maroo Entertainment
6 Woojin (우진) Main Rapper, Main Dancer Brand New Music
10 Jinyoung (진영) Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Visual C9 Entertainment
3 Daehwi (대휘) Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper Brand New Music
7 Kuanlin (관린) Lead Rapper, Maknae Cube Entertainment

Discography

Studio albums

Mini albums

Special albums

Digital singles

Concerts

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Wanna One

Endorsements

  • Hite Beer Extra Cold (Jisung, Sung Woon, Minhyun, Daniel, Seongwoo & Jaehwan Only) (2017)
  • Yo-hi (2017)
  • K-Swiss (2017)
  • The Musician (2017)
  • G Market (2017-2018)
  • Snow App (2017)
  • Samsung Pay (2017)
  • Cold Brew (2017)
  • ELDER (2017)
  • LENS NINE (2017)
  • Lotteria (2017)
  • Milkis Yohi Water (2017)
  • Mexicana Chicken (2017)
  • Ghana Chocolate (2017)
  • Ivy Club (2017-2018)
  • Innisfree (2017-2018)
  • Mobifren (2017-2018)
  • Shinhan Bank SOL App (2018)
  • Pleasia (2018)
  • Vita500
  • Reebook (2018)


Trivia

  • Minhyun is a member of NU'EST.
  • Sungwoon is a member of HOTSHOT.
  • Jihoon is a child actor.
  • Jaehwan is a former Korea's Got Talent contestant.
  • It was revealed that the members will be solely focusing on their activities with the group during their contract period, unlike members of I.O.I, who were able to be active with groups under their own agencies at the same time.
  • In their logo, there are exactly eleven vertical strokes signifying eleven members.
  • They are the first male K-Pop group to debut with 11 members.

Gallery

Promotional

Miscellaneous

References

  1. Soompi: Update: Wanna One Reveals Dates And Venue For Seoul Stop Of World Tour
  2. Soompi: Watch: Wanna One To Collaborate With Zico, Heize, And More For New Season Of “Wanna One Go”
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Soompi: Update: Wanna One Reveals Enchanting MV Teaser For “Light” And Preview Of All Their New Tracks
  4. Soompi: Wanna One To Move From YMC Entertainment To Agency Created Exclusively For Them
  5. Soompi: Wanna One And Chungha Are The 1st Artists Announced For KCON 2018 LA
  6. (#KCON18LA) Daily Line-Up
  7. Soompi: Wanna One’s First Performances Of New Tracks To Air In Live Finale Of “Wanna One Go: X-CON”
  8. Soompi: Wanna One, SEVENTEEN, And More Announced For 2nd Lineup Of 2018 Busan One Asia Festival
  9. Soompi: Update: KCON 2018 Thailand Announces Final Guest Artists + Concert Line-Up
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Soompi: Update: Wanna One Releases 2nd Teaser Video For Upcoming Comeback
  11. Soompi: Wanna One Is Filming Comeback MV Today
  12. Soompi: Wanna One Confirms Final Comeback Show Date
  13. Soompi: Wanna One’s Upcoming Title Track Leaked + Agency Responds
  14. Wanna One Members To Branch Out With Diverse Activities Following Contract Expiry
  15. Wanna One Bids Fans Farewell On Social Media With One Last Group Photo
  16. Soompi: Wanna One Confirmed To Reunite At 2021 MAMA
  17. Soompi: Wanna One Confirmed To Release “Beautiful (Part III)” From 2021 MAMA Performance
  18. 10asia: [공식] '3년만 완전체' 워너원, 1월 27일 'B-Side' 발매

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