CN Blue( Korean :씨엔블루Japanese : シーエヌブルー ), stylized asCNBLUE, is a South Korean rock band formed in Seoul in 2009. The band consists of Jung Yong Hwa (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Lee Jong Hyun (lead guitar, vocals), Lee Jung Shin (bass guitar, vocals) and Kang Min Hyuk (drums, vocals). "CN is an abbreviation of ‘Code Name’ while BLUE is an abbreviation of the members’ individual images," said by one of the members. ‘Burning’ represents Lee Jong Hyun , ‘Lovely’ represents Kang Min Hyuk , ‘Untouchable’ represents Lee Jung Shin , and ‘Emotional’ represents Jung Yong Hwa . Debuted on August 19, 2009 in Japan with the band's first mini album ,Now or Never. The group released four teasers for their 1st mini albumBluetory, starring one member per each of the videos in the sequence of Jonghyun, Minhyuk, Jungshin and lastly, Yonghwa on the 6th, 8th, 11 and 13 January 2010 respectively. On January 14, 2010 CN Blue debuted their first mini-album in Korea with the lead single "I'm a Loner" ( Korean :외톨이야).
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In mid-June 2009, CN Blue began to perform on the streets and in live clubs in Japan.They formally debuted as an indie band on August 19, 2009 withNow or Never.The mini-album was recorded completely in English, and failed to chart on the Oricon . In late September, their original bassist Kwon Kwang Jin left the band and was replaced by Lee Jung Shin later that year. Their second extended playVoicewas released in November. Recorded with both English and Japanese tracks,Voicepeaked at No. 227 and stayed on the Oricon for two weeks.
In January, FNC Music unveiled new teaser pictures for CN Blue's debut in South Korea .Bluetorywas released on January 14, 2010, and stayed at the top of the Gaon Chart for two weeks. "I'm a Loner" ( Korean :외톨이야) was promoted as the title track. The song peaked at No. 2, solidifying their break into the industry. The group had their first televised live stage on KBSMusic Bankon January 15. Later, on January 29, the group made their first music show chart win onMusic Bank.They won their firstInkigayomutizen on January 31, 2010.CN Blue holds the record for achieving No. 1 on South Korea's television music charts program in the shortest time since debut, grabbing their first win only 15 days after debuting with "I'm A Loner".The group debuted their new reality show "CNBluetory" on the Korean music channel Mnet on March 10.
In March, the band started preparations for their first full-length albumThank Uin Japan. It was released on March 20, 2010 with two new tracks. The album peaked at No. 90 on the Oricon charts, their highest position thus far. In April, their official fan club name was announced as BOICE, a combination of "blue" and "voice." CN Blue headed back to Korea in May and released their next single, "Love Light" ( Korean :사랑 빛), on May 10, 2010. The song peaked at No. 10 on the Korean national chart and foreshadowed their upcoming release. On May 19, their second extended playBluelovewas released. CN Blue held their comeback stage onM! Countdownthe following day. It was promoted with the track "Love", which charted at No. 2, matching the success the band found earlier with "I'm A Loner".Bluelovepeaked at No. 3, but stayed on the chart for many weeks and "Love" finally won first place onM! Countdownon June, 10, 2010 andInkigayoon June 20, 2010.
After their success in Korea, the band headed back to Japan. They released their first single "The Way" on June 23. For the first time, they charted in the Oricon Top 40 at No. 26. The release was followed by "I Don't Know Why" on September 16. The song reached No. 8 on the Oricon Daily Chart, marking the first time the band made it inside the Top 10. On the weekly chart, they peaked at No. 15. On the Japanese indie top chart, the band reached No. 1.The band embarked on a small tour across Japan in order to promote the single.
CN Blue members Kang Min Hyuk and Lee Jong Hyun starred in the Korean movie "Acoustic". They released a song from the OST on October 7 entitled "High Fly".
On January 9, CN Blue released their third Japanese single,Re-maintenance. They started off their 2011 Japanese promotions with a Zepp Tour in 4 cities: Osaka , Fukuoka , Nagoya and Tokyo from January 9–16.
FNC Music , their entertainment agency in South Korea, released teasers for a CN Blue comeback in February 2011.However, the release date was later changed to March 21.The teaser was noted for having "more of the same departure from their pop rock sound into a heavier concept."CN Blue released their first full-length albumFirst Stepwith the title track "Intuition" ( Korean :직감) on March 21. Despite the delay, fans couldn't seem to get enough of the fabulous foursome - "Intuition" achieved an all-kill on Korea’s major online music charts.Their album also topped online and offline chart physical album sales that week. They won K-Chart a week after their comeback on Mnet 'sM! Countdown, KBSMusic Bankand a week later on SBSInkigayo. This was the first time the band won triple crown on Mnet 'sM! Countdownand KBSMusic Bank.The promotions of the song ended on April 24 onInkigayo. They followed up with promotions of the song "Love Girl" from their special EPFirst Step +1 Thank You, beginning April 29 onMusic Bank.The promotions of the song and album ended on May 22.
After finishing promotions in Korea, CN Blue made a comeback in Japan with the release of their second and last indie album "392" on September 1, 2011. They also announced that they would make their major debut in Japan on October 19, 2011 under the Warner Music Japan label.CN Blue's last indie album "392" placed 6th on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart.The band released their major debut single "In My Head" on October 19, 2011 and peaked at 3rd on the Oricon Daily Chart and 4th on the Oricon Weekly Chart with 70,000+ units sold in its first week.In November, "In My Head" claimed a gold record accreditation according to the RIAJ , meaning that the album sold over 100,000 copies within a month of going on sale.
The group released a new single in Japan on February 1, titled " Where You Are ". The single reached number 1 in both Oricon's Dailyand Weekly chart, making the first No. 1 for the group in the country.
CN Blue and fellow label-mates F.T. Island performed in America for the first time at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater on March 9.
After finishing their overseas activities, CN Blue returned to Korea to prepare their comeback. On March 26, the band released their third Korean mini album,Ear Fun. The singles of the album, "Still in Love" ( Korean :아직 사랑한다) released on March 16 ahead of the album release and the title track "Hey You" both of the songs got positive response from the fans which fastly topping Korean major online music charts on the day the songs released. CNBlue held their comeback stage onM! Countdownon March 29. They also held their comeback stage on others music program on following day. "Still in Love" peaked at No.10 on Korean national single weekly chart on 1st week then climb up to No.3 on 2nd week while "Hey You" charted at No.1 of the week the song released. The albumEar Funpeaked at No.1 on online and offline chart physical album sales that week. CN Blue finished the promotion of the album and the songs in four weeks and despite facing hard competition, they ended the promotion successfully with their K-chart and mutizen wins on their goodbye stage at KBSMusic Bankand SBSInkigayoon April 20 and April 22 respectively.
After completing their mini album promotion CN Blue continue their Korean activities with individual works of the members in drama and also held their first fan meeting in Seoul on May 5.
|Name||Date of birth||Position|
|Jung Yong Hwa||정용화||鄭容和||(1989-06-22)June 22, 1989(age 23)||Leader, Main Vocalist, Rapper, Rhythm Guitarist|
|Lee Jong Hyun||이종현||李宗泫||(1990-05-15)May 15, 1990(age 22)||Lead Guitarist, Vocalist|
|Kang Min Hyuk||강민혁||姜敏赫||(1991-06-28)June 28, 1991(age 21)||Drummer, Backing Vocalist|
|Lee Jung Shin||이정신||李正信||(1991-09-15)September 15, 1991(age 20)||Bassist, Rapper, Backing Vocalist|
|2010||Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Rookie of the Month (January) ("I'm a Loner")|
|GaOn Charts Awards||Streaming Award ("I'm a Loner")|
|Style Icon Awards||New Style Icon, Singer|
|12th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Male Rookie|
|25th Golden Disk Awards||Digital Music Bonsang ("I’m a Loner", "Love")|
|2nd Melon Music Awards||Best Newcomer Award|
|2010 TOP 10|
|2011||20th High1 Seoul Music Awards||Best Newcomer Award|
|2010 Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Rookie of the Year ("I'm a Loner")|
|Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Song of the Month (April) ("Intuition")|
|2nd Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards||Cultural Minister of Finance Award|
|3rd Melon Music Awards||2011 Music Style Best Rock ("Intuition")|
|13th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Band Performance ("Intuition")|
|1st KOMCA Music Awards||Rock Award ("I'm a Loner")|
|2012||26th Golden Disk Awards||Disk Bonsang (First Step)|
|Digital Music Bonsang ("Intuition")|
|Vivi Dream Award|
|Best Asian Group Award|
|You2Play Awards 2011 (Thailand)||Favorite Asian Artist|
These are collection of CN Blue wins on Korea's televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS , M! Countdown on Korea cable channel M.net , Music Bank on KBS and Show Champion on Korea cable channel MBC Music .
|2010||January 29||외톨이야 ("I'm a Loner")|
|2011||April 1||직감 ("Intuition")|
|2012||April 20||Hey You|
|2010||January 31||외톨이야 ("I'm a Loner")|
|2011||April 10||직감 ("Intuition")|
|2012||April 22||Hey You|
|2011||March 31||직감 ("Intuition")|
|2012||April 5||Hey You|
|2012||April 10||Hey You|
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