제국의 아이들

ZE:A( Hangul :제국의 아이들), also known asChildren of Empire, is a South Korean 9-member boy band formed under Star Empire Entertainment . The group released their debut EP ,Nativity, and lead single, "Mazeltov" on January 7, 2010,alongside their showcase performance five days later. The group debuted on KBS'sMusic Bankon January 15, 2010.

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 ZE:A's History


Under the name Child of Empire, following their appearance on Mnet'sOffice Reality,[citation needed]the group gained attention by performing various guerilla showsand creating UCC (user created content) videos.They have also appeared in a documentary-styled showStar Empire, and later getting their own documentary show titledEmpire Kids Returns, showing them performing in wingcar performances around Seoul and training. The group faced controversy in December following the similarities of the group's name to Brown Eyed Girls 's Jea. The group later changed the pronunciation of the name to avoid implications.

2010: Debut

Releasing teasers beforehand,the group debuted with their EP ,Nativityunder the name ZE:A, on January 7, 2010.Immediately they garnered attention, reaching #1 on both theAlbum ChartandArtist Charton Daum on their debut day.

2010:Leap for DetonationandLevel Up

The group made a comeback on March 25, 2010 with the release of their second mini album ,Leap for Detonation. Produced by Brave Brothers , the title song "All Day Long" is melodramatic and featured a major change in style. The group released both a music video and a short music drama for "All Day Long" where member Kim Dong Jun played the lead actor. The music drama and video also featured labelmate and upcoming member Park Min Ha from Nine Muses . The group's third single, "Level Up", was released on July 8, 2010 in digital format only. No music video was ever released for "Level Up"–only two teaser MVs were released prior to their comeback.

Their official fanclub name was announced in June through an image posted on their official Daum cafe. Back in April, Star Empire revealed the top ten nominees for the potential fanclub name. After a long voting process, ZE:A's (or ZE:A STYLE) was decided as the group's official fanclub name.

2010-2011: Asian tour and Japanese debut

The group have started off their Asia promotion tour starting with Thailand at the end of July 2010. Other showcases and promotional events occurred in Taiwan , Singapore , Malaysia and more in this tour.

On September 22, 2010, the group released their Japanese debut singleZE:A!(ゼア!). The single placed third on the Oricon daily chart. On December 21, 2010, ZE:A released their Japanese single album,Love Letter/My Only Wish, and placed second on Oricon daily chart.

It was announced on January 16, 2011 by Japan's Sankei Sports that the group will have leading roles for the Japanese- Korean collaboration movieRONIN POP.

2011: First albumLovability, special singleExciting!and Japanese singleDaily Daily

The group released their first full length album,Lovability, on March 17, 2011, including songs from their previous albums as well as a few new ones.

Promotions forLovabilitywere cut short due to "Be My Girl", a song off their first album, was deemed unsuitable for minors.On March 16, a representative from Star Empire announced that the group will be donating a portion of their tour profits from the first half of 2011 to aid in the relief of the Japanese earthquake and tsnuami .

At the end of June, Star Empire announced that the group will be releasing a special summer single. While filming the jacket album forExciting!, member Hyung Sik fell off the yacht with member Dong Jun. Hyung Sik was saved by Dong Jun and the group's manager, while suffering a minor ankle injury.A Comeback Teaser was released on July 5. On July 8, 2011, the music video for title track "Watch Out" was released and the group also made their comeback on KBS'sMusic Bankthe same day. On July 8, for the first time, the group took the number one spot on Hanteo's real-time album sales chart. On July 29 a 1:30 minute Full Music Video of "Heart For 2" was released on ZE:A Official Youtube Channel (ZEA2011).

After two weeks of promoting "Watch Out!", the group started their follow-up promotion with "Heart For 2".

Early October, Star Empire announced that a new Japanese single will be released on November 22. The single will contain 4 tracks, a new ballad song titled "Daily Daily", a Japanese version of "All Day Long" and instrumental versions of both songs. According to Star Empire , there will be 2 DVD versions, version A and version B; version A containing Daily Daily music video & the making of the music video while version B will contain Daily Daily music video & the making of the jacket photo shooting. On November 2, 2011 a 30 second preview of 'Daily Daily' was uploaded on the ZE:A Official Youtube Channel (ZEA2011), 5 days later on November 7, 2011 a 30 second preview of 'All Day Long' Japanese Version was uploaded. November 24,2011 the full Daily Daily PV was uploaded.

On November 22, the single was released and were placed 3rd on the Oricon Chart just a few hours after release. The PV was released on November 23.

2012: Comeback delayed and unit group announced

ZE:A's comeback album was set to release on June 21, 2012, but in May, ZE:A's agency, Star Empire Entertainment , announced that the group would postpone their comeback because of an injury to member Jun Young's right ankle.It was then later announced that ZE:A's Ha Min Woo would be forming a unit group with two Japanese artists, Nikaido Hayato (singer of Alpha ), and actor Sasake Yoshihide . The group is called 3Peace Lovers, and their first single, "Virtual Love," is set to release on June 26.

On June 14, ZE:A's Daum Cafe released information about the comeback album and uploaded 4 10-second preview songs on the ZE:A Official Youtube Channel (ZEA2011). The album was revealed to be titled "Spectacular" and will be featuring 11 songs in the tracklist. The comeback is confirmed to be set on July 4. On July 3, ZE:A hosted a showcase of their new album "SPECTACULAR" performing songs from the album, which was streamed live on their official YouTube channel (ZEA2011). On July 3, ZE:A's official channel (ZEA2011) uploaded the music video for their title track "Aftermath" from their album "SPECTACULAR."


Stage nameBirth nameDate of birth
Kevin케빈Kim JiYeop김지엽(1988-02-23)February 23, 1988(age 24)
KwangHee광희Hwang KwangHee황광희(1988-08-25)August 25, 1988(age 23)
Siwan시완Im WoongJae임웅재(1988-12-01)December 1, 1988(age 23)
JunYoung준영Moon JunYoung문준영(1989-02-09)February 9, 1989(age 23)
TaeHeon태헌Kim TaeHun김태헌(1989-06-18)June 18, 1989(age 23)
HeeCheol희철Jung HeeChul정희철(1989-12-09)December 9, 1989(age 22)
MinWoo민우Ha MinWoo하민우(1990-09-06)September 6, 1990(age 21)
HyungShik형식Park HyungShik박형식(1991-11-16)November 16, 1991(age 20)
DongJun동준Kim DongJun김동준(1992-02-11)February 11, 1992(age 20)

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 ZE:A's Discography



2011: Lovability
2012: Spectacular


  • 2010:Nativity
  • 2010:Leap For Detonation
  • 2011:Exciting

Digital singles

  • 2010:Level Up
  • 2010:Leap For Detonation(Repackage)
  • 2010:왜 몰랐을까..ft. Choi Hyun Joon (V.O.S) (Chosun Police 3 OST Part.2)
  • 2011:Run To The World(The Kick OST)

Promotional Singles

  • 2010: "Mazeltov"
  • 2010: "All Day Long"
  • 2010: "R2 + All Day Long"
  • 2010: "Level Up"
  • 2010: "My Only Wish"
  • 2011: "Here I Am"
  • 2011: "Watch Out"
  • 2011: "Heart For 2"
  • 2012: "Aftermath"


  • 2011: Big Brother's "Will Prevail"


Other albums

  • 2010:ZE:A!(Best Album)
  • 2011:Here I Am(Mini-Album)
  • 2011:RONIN POP Original Soundtrack(オリジナルサウンドトラック) (Soundtrack Album)


  • 2010: "Love☆Letter" ("ラヴ☆レター")
  • 2011: "Watch Out ~Netsuai Chuuihou~" ("Watch Out ~熱愛注意報~")
  • 2011: "Daily Daily"


  • 2010:First Event & Live DVD in Yokohama & Osaka
  • 2011:ZE:A Making of Ronin Pop
  • 2011:SEOUL TRAIN with ZE:A
  • 2011:ZE:A Special Live -Love Letter for you- in Tokyo DVD
  • 2011:ZE:A 1st Fan Meeting - Happy ZE:A'S Day 2011

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  • 2010:Di Guo Jing Xuan(帝國精選;Empire Hits) (Best Album)

Extended plays

  • 2011:My Only Wish(Special Mini-Album)


Extended plays

  • 2011:Thailand Thank You Album


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 ZE:A's Filmography

TV and reality shows

  • 2009:MnetOffice Reality - Child of Empire(April 15 - July 1)
  • 2009: MnetEmpire Kids Returns(October 19 - November 23)
  • 2009: Maknae Rebellion (Jun Young & Dong Jun & Hyung Sik)(February 6)
  • 2010: Idol League
  • 2010: MnetMnet Scandal(Jun Young & Dong Jun)
  • 2010: School of Rock-ZE:A (August 3 )
  • 2010: Mnet 1doL Cam (June 21 )
  • 2010: KBS Joy Idol League ZE:A(May 4 )
  • 2011:MnetMoon Night 90 (Kwang Hee, Heechul & Minwoo) (Nov 17)
  • 2012: Birth of a Family Season 2 (Siwan)
  • 2012: KBS2 Let's Go Dream Team 2 (Dongjun)
  • 2012:MnetVIXX's Mydol (Heechul & Dongjun)

Music videos

  • 2010: "Mazeltov"
  • 2010: "All Day Long"
  • 2010: "My Only Wish"
  • 2010: "Love Letter"
  • 2011: "Here I Am"
  • 2011: "Watch Out"
  • 2011: "Heart For 2"
  • 2011: "Why?"
  • 2011: "Daily Daily"
  • 2012: "Aftermath"


  • 2011:Ronin Pop(Japan)


  • 2010:SBSProsecutor Princess(cameo)
  • 2010:MBCGloria(cameo)
  • 2011:KBSCrossing the Youngdo Bridge(DongJun)
  • 2011:KBSCrime Squad(cameo by KwangHee)
  • 2011: Killer K (DongJun)
  • 2011:KBS"Poseidon" (JunYoung)
  • 2011: MBN "Vampire Idol" (KwangHee)
  • 2012:MBC"The Moon That Embraced The Sun" (Siwan)
  • 2012: SBS "Remember You" (HyungShik)
  • 2012: KBS2 "The Equator Man" (Siwan)
  • 2012: Channel A "KPOP 최강 서바이벌 (KPOP Ultimate Survival)" (Kevin)
  • 2012:MBC"Standby" (Siwan)
  • 2012: SBS "Dummy Mommy " (HyungShik)
  • 2012:SBSTo The Beautiful You(Kwanghee)
  • 2012: KBS2 "My Husband Got A Family" (cameo)


  • Lunatic Dream Team (Hee Chul)
  • Aladdin (Dong Jun)
  • The Temptation of the Wolf (Hyung Sik)



  • GomTV Rookie of the Month - February
  • ZE:A's Japanese single ranked at No.2 on Oricon daily chart
  • Their latest single album titled "Love Letter/My Only Wish," which was released on December 21, claimed second place on Oricon's daily chart
  • They signed with Japanese entertainment company IMX in July to manage their career in the country and placed at No. 3 on Oricon's daily singles chart with their first Japanese album "ZE:A!" and held a sold-out concert in the country.

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 ZE:A's References

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