Boys Republic( Hangul : 소년공화국 Romanization : Sonyeon gonghwaguk) is a South Korean pop boy band consisting of five members: Onejunn, Sunwoo, Sungjun, Minsu, and Suwoong. They are Universal Music 's first K-pop idol group (also managed by Happy Tribe Entertainment). Boys Republic debuted on June 5, 2013 with their single, "Party Rock." Their official fan club name is Royal Family.
The boys have been trained in singing, dancing, acting, and languages and cultures of other countries. To further establish global relevance, the group's chief music adviser, producer and composer Keun Tae Park has collaborated with Dsign Music , the Norwegian songwriting/production company that has written songs for TVXQ , Girls' Generation , and EXO .
Prior to the two years training from Universal Music, some of the members have received training under other recording labels and talent agencies. Sunwoo (vocal), formerly known as Dabin, was a former member of the South Korean boy band, TOUCH, managed by YYJ Entertainment and had also received training under Cube Entertainment . On the 10th July 2014, on his personal Twitter (SNS), he revealed that he has changed his name from Choi Dabin(최다빈) to Choi Sun Woo(최선우). Sungjun (rap and dance) was a former JYP Entertainment trainee and Suwoong (vocal) was previously under Big Hit Entertainment .
They took on their second endorsement and became the new face of Michiko London Koshino 2013.
In November, Boys Republic along with South Korean boy group, VIXX , became ambassadors for "Eye Camp Expedition," a charity campaign, joining other volunteers in Vietnam to help those visually impaired. Their charity work was documented through a four episodes reality show aired on SBS MTV.They were named 2014 ambassadors for Korean Federation of Youth to promote youth development activities conducted by schools and youth training institutions.
Boys Republic released the electronic pop "Dress Up" and its music video on July 25. The song is about how the boys have eyes only for their girlfriends. They cannot live without the love of their special someone.
Their performance included the tracks: "I'm Ready," "You Are Special," a remix version of "Video Game," their debut song, "Party Rock," and a special song composed by Onejunn titled "몽유" (Somnambulance).Boys Republic also performed their most recent song, "Dress Up," inviting the winner of BR's Girlfriend contest to join them on stage as their girlfriend. During their stay in Malaysia for the MTV World Stage Concert, they had an interview session with approximately 60 well-known media outlets from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore. They also held a fan-signing of a thousand and played laser tag with their fans to show their love and appreciation.
At 11:11pm of November 11, Boys Republic Official YouTube Channel published the music video for "The Real One," disclosing their latest concept of "Modern vs. Classic," the fashionable man transcending time and space. Classical attire based on the Victorian Era conveyed elegance while the clean style of modern suits conveyed sophistication. The title song is written and composed by Duble Sidekick with rap lyric contribution from Boys Republic's Minsu. Boys Republic garnered many peer/celebrity supporters shown by the hashtag, 진짜가 나타났다 (The Real One). Such supporters included the Ghana-born broadcaster, Sam, and South Korean boy group, VIXX."Real Talk" track list contains their 2014 singles, "Video Game" and "Dress Up," along with their first ballad song, "Like A Doll," and Onejunn's self written and composed "Somnambulance."
Boys Republic flew back to South Korea the next day to accept the Teen Artist Award at the 22nd Korean Cultural Entertainment Awards.
Boys Republic spent their Valentine's Day in Japan, performing in the "Sweet Valentine's Live" event. On March 28, they returned to Japan and performed in Yokohama on Pops in Seoul concert stage along with U-Kiss and HOTSHOT in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Korea-Japan diplomatic ties.
On June 3, the music video for "Hello" was released. On June 5, the day of their 2 years anniversary since debut, "Hello" was officially released along with the album which includes the acoustic and instrumental versions of "Hello." The song expresses the looks of a man missing an ex-lover with restrained emotions.
On March 29, Boys Republic released music video to their title track Get Down with various teasers were released everyday on previous week. The music video is rated as 19+ due to provocative scenes with sexy models and blood splatting battle scene. Some scene on the music video is a homage from movie Mad Max . On April 5, Boys Republic released a clean version of Get Down music video with provocative and blood splatting battle scene are removed. The album is described as 'perfect transformation of Boys Republic' where the members have expressed their own resistance and rebellion and the way they try overcome the difficulties. The title song, "Get Down" portrayed with powerful energy through music which is based on powerful bass drum and electronic sounds leading by 808 synth. "BR:Evolution" track list contains four new songs, "Get Down", "Eyes on Me," and "VIP" along with Onejunn's first solo song, "A Song For You," and instrumental of Get Down.
Boys Republic has five members.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"전화해 집에 (Party Rock)"||2013||-||IDENTITY|
|"넌 내게 특별해 (You're Special To Me)"||-|
|"Video Game"||2014||-||Real Talk|
|"예쁘게 입고 나와 (Dress Up)"||-|
|"진짜가 나타났다 (The Real One)"||-|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|Year||Album information||Peak chart positions||Track listing|
|Year||Album information||Peak chart positions||Track listing|
|2014||"예쁘게 입고 나와 (Dress Up)"||11|
|Date Aired||Channel||Title||# of Episodes||Members||Role|
|4 June 2013 through 23 July 2013||SBS MTV||Rookie King: Boys Republic||8||All||Main|
|29 November 2013 through to 20 December 2013||SBS MTV||Eye Camp Expedition||4||All||Main (withVIXX)|
|2014||Asian Model Festival Award|
|Annual Korean Entertainment Arts Award|
|Korean Cultural Entertainment Award|
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