VIXX

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VIXX
VIXX at KCON 2012 (2).jpg
VIXX at KCON 2012
From left to right: Hyuk, N, Ravi, Hongbin, Ken and Leo
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresPop rock , Synthpop
Years active2012–present
LabelsJellyfish Entertainment
Websiterealvixx.com
MembersN
Leo
Ken
Ravi
Hong Bin
Hyuk
 
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VIXX
VIXX at KCON 2012 (2).jpg
VIXX at KCON 2012
From left to right: Hyuk, N, Ravi, Hongbin, Ken and Leo
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresPop rock , Synthpop
Years active2012–present
LabelsJellyfish Entertainment
Websiterealvixx.com
MembersN
Leo
Ken
Ravi
Hong Bin
Hyuk
Korean name
Hangul빅스
Revised RomanizationBikseu
McCune–ReischauerBiksŭ

VIXX (Korean: 빅스; acronym for Voice, Visual, Value in Excelsis) is a six member South Korean boy band, signed under Jellyfish Entertainment. All members were on Mnet's reality show, MyDOL. The members were chosen in an elimination system through viewer votes. Their fans are called ST☆RLIGHTS (Starlights).

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Before debuting, the VIXX members were 6 of 10 contestants featured in the Mnet's reality show Mydol. N, Leo, Hongbin and Ravi were featured in Brian Joo's "Let This Die" music video. N, Leo and Ravi were also featured in Seo In-guk's "Shake It Up" and Hongbin was featured in Seo In-guk's "Tease Me".

2012: Superhero, Rock Ur Body and Jelly Christmas 2012 Heart Project[edit]

VIXX debuted with "Super Hero" on May 24, 2012 on M! Countdown. Their first overseas performance was at the Otakon Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on July 27.[1][2]

On August 14, VIXX released their second single album, as well as the music video for the title song, Rock Ur Body.[3] The group also attended KCON 2012 on October 13. They held a fansign event and performed their singles "Superhero" and "Rock Ur Body" at the Verizon Amphitheater later that night for the closing concert.[4]

VIXX was also part of Jellyfish's winter project, Jelly Christmas 2012 Heart Project, with their label mates Lee Seok Hoon, Park Hyo Shin, Seo In-guk and Sung Shi Kyung. This project was designed to be a special gift to the fans. On December 5, the title track, "크리스마스니까 (Because It's Christmas)", was released digitally.[5]

2013: On and On, Hyde, Jekyll, The Milky Way Global Showcase, Y.BIRD from Jellyfish Island, Voodoo and Jelly Christmas 2013[edit]

On January 3, Leader N tweeted "I don’t want to be an idol….." & "I have to worry about cameras, managers;;; I can’t even date… It has to turn out well.. Ahㅜ I’m tired…" leaving fans confused and caused some fans to wonder if his tweets were just for marketing for the reality show, The Romantic & Idol which he was cast as one of the members at the time.[6] On January 6, VIXX pre-released their 3rd single "Don’t Want To Be An Idol" which caused fans to understand Leader N's tweets that he posted earlier that week.[7] Teasers were released on January 9, 2013. Prior to the week, VIXX announced their official fan club name, ST☆RLIGHT.[8] Their third single album, I'm Ready To Get Hurt (On and On) was released on January 17.[9]

On May 13, teaser images and the tracklist for VIXX's first mini-album, Hyde, were released.[10] The mini-album, as well as the music video for the title song, Hyde, was released on May 20.[11] This was followed by a "guerilla" fan meeting on May 21, held in Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu in Seoul to 500 people.[12]

On July 25, teaser images and the tracklist for VIXX's repackaged album, Jekyll, were released. The album's title song, "G.R.8.U / You.Are.Im.pres.sive", was released on July 31. They come off from their devilish mask with a totally different concept by adding more artistic taste to their music video with a backward making technology under the concept of collage style. After the album was released on July 31, “G.R.8.U” debuted at #1 on three online music charts, namely Bugs, Naver Music and Soribada.  

VIXX announced their very first global showcase, The Milky Way, on August 25 and they went around all over the world to meet ST☆RLIGHTs for two months from October to November.

On September 20, during SBS' Chuseok special show, Star Face-off, VIXX dressed up as Wonder Girls and performed "So Hot". At the end of the show, VIXX, EXO, BESTie and Hong Jin Young were announced to tie up for 1st place by the judges.

VIXX revealed on October 2, that they would be collaborating with female indie band OKDAL (옥상달빛 or Oksang Dalbit) for the album, Y.BIRD from Jellyfish Island. On October 7, the music video teaser for the title song "Girls, Why?" was released and on October 11, the music video for "Girls, Why?" was released.

On October 30, it was announced that VIXX was going to wrap up their global showcase, The Milky Way, in Seoul as the finale on November 17. It was said that the first performance of the title song would be revealed at the final showcase. On November 8, VIXX pre-released a single, as well as the music video for the song, "Only U", from their upcoming full-length album, Voodoo, which was ahead of their full comeback. On November 20, the album's title song, "Voodoo Doll", was released and on November 25, the album itself was released. On December 6, VIXX grabbed the top spot for that week's episode of Music Bank with "Voodoo Doll", making it their first music show win since their debut.

The artists of Jellyfish entertainment, including VIXX, released their annual Christmas song on December 10, titled "Winter Confession" for Jelly Christmas 2013. The song topped the Instiz chart for 2 weeks in a row, the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 charts and also the Gaon charts.

On December 31, VIXX’s official Twitter account uploaded a picture of Hongbin and his dyed hairstyle caught many fans' attention. In 2013, VIXX secured their position as the boy group trend with their 3 continuous hits, "On and On", "Hyde", and "Voodoo Doll", especially "Voodoo Doll" which earned them their first win on a national music program. Therefore, it was decided that VIXX would promote a follow-up song for about 2 to 3 weeks in 2014 in order to repay their fans for their love. [13] The follow-up song that was promoted was "Thank You for Being Born" and on January 2, VIXX's official Twitter account announced that a music video for the song would be released on the same day. [14]

2014[edit]

On 5 March 2014, Jellyfish Entertainment announced that VIXX will be having a comeback in mid-April or early May.[15]

Members[edit]

Stage nameFull nameDate of birth
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul
NCha HakYeon차학연(1990-06-30) June 30, 1990 (age 23)[16]
Leo레오Jung TaekWoon정택운(1990-11-10) November 10, 1990 (age 23)[17]
KenLee JaeHwan이재환(1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 22)[18]
Ravi라비Kim WonsHik김원식(1993-02-15) February 15, 1993 (age 21)[19]
Hongbin홍빈Lee HongBin이홍빈(1993-09-29) September 29, 1993 (age 20)[20]
HyukHan SangHyuk한상혁(1995-07-05) July 5, 1995 (age 18)[21]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Mini albums
Extended plays
Single albums

Concert/Tours[edit]

The Milky Way Global Showcase[edit]

On August 22, 2013, VIXX announced via Twitter and their official YouTube channel that they would be having their first ever global showcase tour. The title of the showcase, The Milky Way, is in reference to their fans (Starlights) all over the world representing the stars that comprise the entire galaxy the Milky Way. The tour would take place over the course of just two months, October and November.

DateCityCountryVenue
October 20, 2013Kuala LumpurMalaysiaHGH Convention Centre[22]
October 23, 2013OsakaJapanOsaka International Convention Centre[23]
October 25, 2013TokyoNakano Sun Plaza
November 2, 2013StockholmSwedenOscarsteatern[24]
November 3, 2013MilanItalyLIVECLUB MILANO[25]
November 8, 2013DallasUnited StatesVerizon Theatre[26]
November 10, 2013Los AngelesClub Nokia
November 17, 2013SeoulSouth KoreaOlympic Gymnastics Arena[27]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VIXX to perform at Otakon". allkpop. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Korean boy band VIXX will perform at Otakon on Friday". The Baltimore Sun. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "VIXX releases "Rock Ur Body" MV ft. SISTAR's Dasom". allkpop. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "4Minute and VIXX to Perform at KCON in California". Soompi. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jellyfish Entertainment artists release "Because It’s Christmas" MV". allkpop. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "VIXX’s N tweets he doesn’t want to be an idol". allkpop. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "VIXX pre-releases "Don’t Want To Be An Idol" from their 3rd single". allkpop. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "VIXX decides on name for their official fanclub". allkpop. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "VIXX releases "On and On" MV". allkpop. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "VIXX to continue with otherworldly themes for mini album ‘HYDE’". allkpop. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "VIXX Unveils Their MV for "HYDE" and Release The 1st Mini Album". koreanupdates.com. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "VIXX holds a surprise fan meeting in Shinchon on May 21, gathering 500 people". 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Reason why Hongbin suddenly changed his hair colour". Nate News. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Official VIXX Twitter account". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "VIXX, Comeback Scheduled for Mid-April or Early May". Sports Today. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "N". realvixx.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Leo". realvixx.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ken". realvixx.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Ravi". realvixx.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Hongbin". realvixx.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Hyuk". realvixx.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "VIXX First Global Showcase 2013 ‘The Milky Way’ LIVE in Kuala Lumpur". KpopStarz. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "VIXX Announces More "The Milky Way" Global Showcase Stops and Dates". Soompi. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "VIXX to Become First K-Pop Artist to Perform in Sweden and Italy". Soompi. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  25. ^ "VIXX to Become First K-Pop Artist to Perform in Sweden and Italy". Soompi. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  26. ^ "VIXX First Global Showcase 2013 "The Milky Way" Live in the USA". Kpop Concerts. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "VIXX 1st Global Showcase "The Milky Way" Finale in Seoul". Kpop United. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

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