|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
NCT (Korean : 엔시티) is a South Korean boy group formed by SM Entertainment. NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology. The group is divided into multiple sub-units. Since the group's initial introduction by their native label's founder in January 2016, the group consists of 23 members as of April 2021, ranging from their late-teens to mid-twenties and participating in a total of four different sub-units.
The group introduced their first unit, the rotational NCT U, on April 9, 2016 with the double digital single "The 7th Sense" and "Without You". It was followed by the Seoul-based unit NCT 127 on July 7, 2016 with their eponymous extended play and later the then-teenage only unit NCT Dream on August 24, 2016 with the digital single "Chewing Gum". The group then introduced their first overseas localized sub-unit WayV, a seven-member unit based in China, on January 17, 2019 with the single album The Vision . A fifth unit is set to debut in 2021, followed by their second overseas localized sub-unit NCT-Hollywood, a unit based in the United States, at a later date.
Along with separate activities of each group unit, the umbrella group NCT to date has united twice to promote full-length albums, the first time being the 2018 March release of NCT 2018 Empathy and the second was the 2020 October and November release of the two-part album NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 which together sold over 2.6 million copies within two months, establishing itself as the highest-selling physical album ever released by an act from SM entertainment and earned the group their first Grand Daesang Award at the 2020 Asia Artist Awards.
In January 2016, SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man delivered a presentation at the SM Coex Artium, titled "SMTOWN: New Culture Technology 2016".The label's plan was to debut a new boy group to "fall in line" with their culture contents strategy, containing "unlimited" number of members within the group whom would go on to debut in subsequent units. Furthermore, the group would have "sub-unit teams" and "collaborations" among these units. The name of the group was revealed to be NCT, an acronym from the presentation title. The group as a whole is SM Entertainment's first idol group in almost two years since the debut of fellow labelmate Red Velvet in August 2014 and subsequently the first boy group since the debut of South Korean–Chinese boy group Exo in 2012.
In December 2013, SM Entertainment introduced the first trainees from the pre-debut training team SM Rookies, with the first of NCT to be introduced, Taeyong and Jeno.The team went on to introduce a total of sixteen other members until early January 2016, eventually becoming the preparation for NCT. Members were cast through various auditions, with Johnny, Yuta, Ten, Mark and Renjun joining the company via SM Global Auditions, while the remaining members were discovered through street casting, personal recommendations and community entertainment shows.
In January 2016, SM founder Lee Soo-man held a presentation at the SM Coex Artium titled "SMTOWN: Neo Culture Technology 2016", speaking about the agency's plans for a new boy group in line with their "culture contents" strategy that would be debuting different teams based in different cities/countries around the world.
On April 4, 2016, SM Entertainment announced NCT's first unit, NCT U (the "U" standing for United), which at the time consisted of six members: Taeil, Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, and Mark.NCT U released digital singles "The 7th Sense" (Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, and Mark) on April 9 and "Without You" in two versions on April 10 (a Korean version sung by Taeil, Doyoung, and Jaehyun, and a Chinese version with the addition of SM Rookies' Kun).
On April 9, 2016, NCT U made their first broadcast appearance with NCT On Air on V Live, hosted by Super Junior's Kim Hee-chul.The same day, they had their first live performance in China at the 16th Music Feng Yun Bang Awards, with the addition of Chinese members Kun and Winwin. On April 15, the group made their debut in Korea on Music Bank. They have since appeared in three seasons of their reality series NCT Life , featuring other trainees from SM Rookies.
On July 1, SM announced NCT's second unit, NCT 127. The unit is based in Seoul, with the number "127" representing the longitude coordinate of Seoul.The unit debuted with seven members: Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, and Haechan. On July 7, they had their official debut performance on the music program M Countdown , performing debut single "Fire Truck" and "Once Again." Their debut EP NCT #127 was released digitally on July 10 and physically on July 11. On July 29, the unit released the single "Taste the Feeling" for the project SM Station in collaboration with Coca-Cola, while continuing promotion for "Fire Truck" on television music shows like Music Bank , Show Champion, Inkigayo.
On August 18, SM announced that NCT's third unit would be called NCT Dream. The unit debuted with seven members: Mark, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, and Jisung.Their first single, "Chewing Gum", was released on August 24, and the group had their debut performance on M Countdown the next day.
On December 6, five members of NCT 127 (Yuta, Taeyong, Jaehyun, Mark, and Winwin) released a special dance music video for the song "Good Thing" in collaboration with W Korea.The track was eventually released on NCT 127's second EP, Limitless . On December 20, NCT 127 released the music video for "Switch". The single was previously issued as a bonus track on NCT 127's debut EP, and features the SM trainee group SR15B.
On December 27, 2016, NCT 127 announced they would be making a comeback with the addition of two members: NCT U's Doyoung and new member Johnny. 's World Albums Chart, and the title track was later named one of the best K-pop songs of the year by Dazed.On January 5, 2017, NCT 127 released two music videos for "Limitless" and performed the song on M Countdown. Their second EP Limitless was released digitally on January 6 and physically on January 9. The release debuted at number one on Billboard
On February 1, 2017, NCT Dream revealed they would be releasing their first physical single The First on February 9.SM Entertainment announced that Jaemin would not be participating in this promotional cycle due to health problems. NCT Dream returned to the stage on M Countdown, performing the single "My First and Last" and the B-side "Dunk Shot". On February 14, NCT Dream won first place on the 100th episode of SBS MTV's The Show , marking the first-ever music show win for an NCT unit. NCT Dream was also unveiled to be the official ambassadors for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup . They released the tournament's official theme song, "Trigger the Fever", on March 15.
On March 8, NCT 127 members Johnny and Jaehyun were announced to be the DJs for SBS Power FM's new program, NCT's Night Night,which started to air on March 20. Doyoung also joined the duo as a special DJ every Saturday.
On June 14, NCT 127 released their third EP, Cherry Bomb .They returned to the stage on M Countdown, performing the new songs "Cherry Bomb" and "0 Mile." Billboard and Idolator both later declared "Cherry Bomb" one of the best K-pop songs of the year.
On August 17, NCT Dream released their first EP We Young .They gave the title track its debut performance on M Countdown. In December, NCT Dream released their first Christmas song, "Joy".
In January 2018, NCT U (consisting of Taeil, Doyoung, and Jaehyun) released the single "Timeless" as part of the SM Station project.
In mid-January, SM Entertainment unveiled NCT 2018, a project involving all 18 members of NCT.On January 30, SM released a video titled "NCT 2018 Yearbook #1", which featured all prior members and introduced new members Kun, Lucas, and Jungwoo. In February, NCT released a series of online documentary videos titled NCTmentary as part of the NCT 2018 project.
On March 14, NCT released its first full-length album, NCT 2018 Empathy .The album featured six singles, showcasing all current units of NCT: "Boss", "Baby Don't Stop", "Yestoday" (All NCT U), "Go" (NCT Dream), "Touch" (NCT 127), and "Black on Black" (NCT 2018).
On May 5, NCT topped Billboard's Emerging Artists chart, marking the first time that a K-pop act had led the list.
On September 3, NCT Dream released their second EP, We Go Up with the lead single of the same name.SM confirmed that Mark would be graduating from NCT Dream after completing promotions for the release.
On September 11, Xiaojun was the first of the undebuted WayV members to be introduced as an SMROOKIE.With Hendery and Yangyang following on September 13 and September 15, respectedly.
On October 12, NCT 127 released their first full-length album, Regular-Irregular , with the lead single, "Regular".With the addition of Jungwoo, the group was officially expanded to 10 members. NCT 127 focused on promotions in America for the album.
On November 23, NCT 127 released the repackaged edition of Regular-Irregular, titled Regulate,along with the lead single, "Simon Says". It was announced that Winwin would not be participating in the comeback activities in order to prepare for his debut with WayV.
On December 28, NCT Dream released the single "Candle Light" as part of the SM Station project.
On December 31, 2018, SM Entertainment announced NCT's fourth unit, WayV (Chinese :威神V; pinyin :Wēi shén V). The unit is based in China and consists of 7 members: Kun, Winwin, Ten, Lucas, Hendery, Xiaojun, and Yangyang. WayV is managed under Label V, a Chinese label collaborating with SM's production. The unit officially debuted on January 17, 2019 with a Chinese version of NCT 127's "Regular". Their debut single album, The Vision , was released digitally and also included a Chinese version of NCT 127's "Come Back" and an original song titled "Dream Launch".
On January 26, 2019, NCT 127 embarked on their first concert tour, Neo City – The Origin, with tour dates in Korea, Japan, North America and Europe.During the tour, they released the single, "Wakey-Wakey" on March 18 which would later be included on their first Japanese full studio album, Awaken, released on April 17. Their fourth EP, We Are Superhuman , was released on May 24 with the title track, "Superhuman".
On May 9, WayV released their first EP, Take Off , along with its eponymous title track, "Take Off".
On June 6, NCT Dream released "Don't Need Your Love," a collaboration with HRVY on SM Station Season 3.
On July 26, NCT Dream released their third EP, We Boom , and its title track, "Boom".
On October 29, WayV released their second EP, Take Over the Moon , with the title track "Moonwalk".
On December 13, NCT U (consisting of Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun and Haechan) released "Coming Home" as part of the SM Station X project.
On January 27, NCT 127 released a music video for a gift song titled "Dreams Come True", followed by the release of their second studio album Neo Zone on March 6, with the title track "Kick It", being their third release not to feature Winwin who is currently promoting with WayV. This also officially marked Jungwoo's return, who was on a hiatus for health reasons. On May 19, the repackaged version of the album, Neo Zone: The Final Round, with the title track "Punch" was released.
On April 29, NCT Dream released their fourth EP Reload , with "Ridin'" as the title track, with the members Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle and Jisung. Following the album's promotions, they removed their original concept in which members graduate when they reach 20 in Korean age (19 internationally) and will continue as seven members with originally graduated member Mark returning.
In May 2020, three NCT units held live online concerts, in a series of concerts jointly organised by SM Entertainment and Naver on the world's first technology-aided live concert streaming service Beyond LIVE . The live concerts of WayV, NCT Dream and NCT 127 took place on May 3, May 10 and May 17 respectively.
On June 9, WayV released their first full album Awaken the World , with the title track "Turn Back Time".
In September, NCT announced they would have a new project, NCT 2020, similar to their NCT 2018 project, which combined members of the various subunits on one album, which would be released in October 2020.Their second album, NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 was released on October 12, featuring all 4 units, and 2 new members, Shotaro and Sungchan, who are set to join a future NCT unit. Before the album's release, it was announced the NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 had garnered more than 1.1 million pre-orders, making it NCT's first million-seller album without counting repackages. NCT released the second part of their second album NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2 on November 23.
At the 'COMEUP 2020' event held on November 22nd, the current CEO of SM mentioned that they had plans to expand NCT to cities in Japan, several countries in Southeast Asia, the United States, and several other regions.
On December 4, NCT released a new single titled "Resonance" which marks the finale of their second full album. The single combines "Make a Wish (Birthday Song)," "90's Love," "Work It," and "Raise the Roof" from their second full-length album into one song. The single features all 23 members of the NCT 2020 project.
In an interview with Star News on January 13, Sungchan announced that a new unit would debut during the year.
On February 17, NCT 127 released their second Japanese EP, Loveholic .
On March 10, WayV released their third EP, Kick Back , with the title track of the same name.
On May 6, it was announced that SM would partner with MGM Worldwide Television Group to recruit boys from age 13 to 25 from America to form a US-based NCT unit, called NCT-Hollywood, via a competition series.The name of the competition show will be K-POP goes Hollywood. The series will feature 21 contestants, and one winner will be selected to join the lineup of NCT Hollywood, which will be launched sometime in the future.
On May 10, NCT Dream released their first studio album, Hot Sauce , which marked the group's first full comeback as a 7 member group since 2018. The album exceeded more than 1.7 million copies in pre-orders.On June 28, the repackaged version of the album, Hello Future, with the title track of the same name would be released.
On June 11, it was announced that Kun and Xiaojun would form WayV's first sub-unit. They released their first single album, Back to You, containing 3 songs, on June 16.
On June 28, SM released a presentation on the future of the company and the comebacks of their artists. The presentation explained that NCT 127 would release a third studio album and repackage, WayV would release a second studio album, a new combination of NCT U would appear, and NCT would make a full group comeback as NCT 2021.
Adapted from the group's profile on SM Entertainment's official website.
|Taeil||April 9, 2016|
|Taeyong||April 15, 2016||NCT 2020 leader; 127 leader|
|Yuta||July 7, 2016|
|Renjun||August 25, 2016|
|Johnny||January 5, 2017|
|Jungwoo||February 22, 2018|
|Kun||April 18, 2018||WayV leader|
|Xiaojun||January 17, 2019|
|Shotaro||October 12, 2020||To debut in future unit|
|December 27, 2020||Beyond LIVE - NCT: RESONANCE 'Global Wave'||V Live (online)||200,000+|
Cultural technology is a system used by South Korean talent agencies to promote K-pop culture throughout the world as part of the Korean Wave. The system was developed by Lee Soo-man, founder of talent agency and record company SM Entertainment.
SM Rookies was a pre-debut training team created by South Korean entertainment agency SM Entertainment in 2013. It was composed of young trainees who had yet to debut in an idol group. It has produced and promoted idol groups such as Red Velvet and NCT.
NCT 127 is the second sub-unit of the South Korean boy band NCT, formed and currently managed by SM Entertainment. Their unit name is a combination of the acronym for Neo Culture Technology, signifying their parental group's unlimited members, and the unit being based in Seoul, with the number "127" representing the longitude coordinate of the city. The group debuted on July 7, 2016 with the single "Firetruck", the original lineup consisting of seven members: Taeil, Taeyong (leader), Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, and Haechan. Their debut extended play NCT #127 was a commercial success upon its release and earned the unit several award nominations, eventually winning them the Best New Group title at several South Korean music award shows in 2016. Members Doyoung and Johnny then joined the unit in December 2016, ahead of their second extended play Limitless in 2017. Jungwoo was then introduced as the newest member to the unit in September 2018, followed by the group's first studio album Regular-Irregular later in October 2018. NCT 127 was NCT's first fixed sub-unit, followed by the debut of China-based unit WayV in early 2019.
NCT #127 is the debut extended play (EP) by NCT 127, the multi-national and Seoul-based sub unit of the unlimited boy band NCT. Following the debut announcement by SM Entertainment on July 1, the eponymous extended play was released digitally on July 10, 2016, and physically on July 11, 2016 by the label, with KT Music serving as the South Korea distributor. A heavily hip-hop and EDM influenced release, NCT #127 saw the participation of production team LDN Noise, Tay Jasper, Ylva Dimberg, Chris Wahle, Andreas Öberg, Timothy 'Bos' Bullock, Adrian McKinnon, MZMC, The Colleagues, Double Dragon, and others for both lyrics and production, while SM founder Lee Soo-man served as the EP's executive producer. With the eponymous release, NCT 127 became the first sub-unit to receive a major release. It was also the first, and currently the only release to feature the group as a septet.
Limitless is the second EP by NCT 127, the Seoul based sub-unit of South Korean boy band NCT. It marked their first album as a nine-member group, since the addition of Doyoung and Johnny in 2016. It was released on January 6, 2017 digitally and physically on January 9, by SM Entertainment.
NCT Dream is the third sub-unit of the South Korean-Chinese boy band NCT, formed by SM Entertainment in 2016 as the then teen-aged unit of NCT, later evolving away from their youthful image and being re-branded in 2020 when all the members finally became legal adults in Korea. The group debuted on August 25, 2016 with the single "Chewing Gum", with a lineup consisting of seven members: Mark, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, and Jisung, with an average age of 15.6 years old. NCT Dream has been internationally recognised as among the most notable teen-aged artists of their time, known for music reflecting the growth of the youth. The narrative of their title tracks have conveyed thoughts following different stages of adolescent development, with transition from innocence to rebellion and growth. So far, NCT Dream have released four extended plays, six singles, one studio album, and headlined one international tour in Asia. Commercial success of their 2019 EP release We Boom turned NCT Dream into one of the top 10 best physical sellers of South Korea in 2019 and earned them Bonsang Awards at the 34th Golden Disc Awards and 2020 Seoul Music Awards.
Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul, known professionally as Ten, is a Thai singer and dancer active in South Korea and China. He debuted with South Korean boy group NCT in 2016 with its first sub-unit NCT U. Mainly active as a member of the China-based unit WayV since 2019, he is also a member of the South Korean supergroup, SuperM.
Mark Lee, known professionally as Mark, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer and host of Korean descent. He is a member of the South Korean boy group NCT and its fixed sub-unit NCT 127, and NCT Dream, also a member of supergroup SuperM.
NCT Life is a series of Korean variety show featuring South Korean boy band NCT. Currently, it spans ten different seasons. The title of the show is a portmanteau that combines "NCT Lifestyle" and "City Life".
NCT 2018 Empathy is the debut studio album by South Korean Boy band NCT, an unlimited group project under the management of SM Entertainment. Containing a total of fourteen tracks with twelve of which were released as singles from 2016 to 2018, the album marked the first group release with eighteen members from three different units participating at the time, while being the first release to officially introduce three new members Kun, Jungwoo and Lucas. With the group's label founder Lee Soo-man serving as the executive producer, composition and production for the album was contributed by Matt Schwartz, Tommy $trate, The Stereotypes, Timothy 'Bos' Bullock, Deez, Yoo Young-jin, Ryan S. Jhun, MZMC, Adrian McKinnon, Shin Hyuk, Josh Cumbee, Andrew Choi, Sara Forsberg, LDN Noise, and others. It was released on March 14, 2018, by SM Entertainment and iriver Inc along with the album's fourth single "Touch" by the Seoul-based unit NCT 127 and "Black on Black", the first single featuring all eighteen members of the group at that time.
WayV is a Chinese boy band which serves as the fourth sub-unit and China-based unit of the South Korean boy band NCT managed by SM Entertainment's Chinese sub-label, Label V. The group debuted on January 17, 2019, with their digital extended play The Vision, and is composed of seven members: Kun, Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Xiaojun, Hendery, and Yangyang.
Regular-Irregular is the first studio album by South Korean boy band NCT 127, the second sub-unit of the South Korean boy band NCT. Described as a multi-genre concept album with a total of eleven tracks, the album was released by SM Entertainment on October 12, 2018, and distributed by IRIVER. This marks NCT 127's first Korean major release in a year and four months since their previous EP, Cherry Bomb, which was released in June 2017. It is also their first release as a ten-member group since the addition of Jungwoo in September 2018.
Lee Tae-yong (Korean: 이태용), professionally known by the mononym Taeyong, is a South Korean rapper, singer, dancer, and songwriter. He is best known as a member and leader of the boy group NCT. In 2016, he debuted in the group's first sub-unit, NCT U, and later that year went on to become the leader of the second sub-unit, NCT 127. As a songwriter, Taeyong has participated in writing over 30 songs in four languages, released mostly by NCT's various units. In 2019, he debuted as a member of the South Korean supergroup SuperM, which is produced by SM Entertainment in collaboration with Capitol Records. He also released his first solo single, "Long Flight", in 2019.
Neo Zone is the second Korean studio album by boy band NCT 127, the Seoul-based multi-national unit of the boy band NCT under the management of SM Entertainment. Preceded by the music video release for "Dreams Come True" on NCT 127 Day, January 27 (1/27), the 13-track album was released on March 6, 2020 by SM Entertainment and Universal Music, with Dreamus as the distributor for South Korea market, Caroline as the United States' distributor and Virgin as the United Kingdom's distributor. Described as a multi-genre album, Neo Zone contains genres such as hip hop, R&B, funk, and electro-pop to create a "pleasant sonic soundscape", thus further broadens their sonic vision. The repackaged version of the album, titled "NCT #127 Neo Zone: The Final Round", was released in all formats on May 19, 2020. SM's founder Lee Soo-man served as the album's executive producer, enlisting a numerous of songwriters and producers such as Dem Jointz, Deez, Yoo Young-jin, Kenzie, The Stereotypes, LDN Noise, Harvey Mason Jr., Cocaine 80s, Hitchhiker, and others.
Kim Dong-young (Korean: 김동영), born February 1, 1996 and professionally known as Doyoung (Korean: 도영), is a South Korean singer, host and actor. He is best known as a member of the South Korean boy group NCT and its sub-units NCT U and NCT 127. Doyoung made his debut in April 2016 as a member of rotational unit NCT U and became a member of Seoul-based fixed unit NCT 127 in January 2017.
"The 7th Sense" is the debut single by South Korean boy group NCT U, the first sub-unit of NCT. It was release on April 9, 2016, through SM Entertainment. Musically, "The 7th Sense" was described as a future bass genre based on hip-hop grooves, with heavy bass sounds and dreamy vocals and rap.
"Without You" is a song recorded by South Korean boy group NCT U, the first unit of NCT. It was released on April 10, 2016 by SM Entertainment. Musically, "Without You" was described as an EDM rock genre song with intense electric guitar sounds.
NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 is the first part of the second studio album of South Korean boy band NCT, an unlimited group project under the management of SM Entertainment. Similar to its predecessor NCT 2018 Empathy, NCT 2020 Resonance is part of the "NCT 2020" project; which saw all current NCT members from several units collaborating on a full-length release. This time, the album features all 21 members from three current units of NCT; NCT 127, NCT Dream, and WayV, while introducing two new NCT members, namely Shotaro and Sungchan, bringing the total number of members to 23. The first part was released on October 12, 2020, and the second part was then released on November 23, 2020.
Jeong Yun-o, better known by his stage name Jaehyun, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the South Korean boy group NCT and its sub-units NCT U and NCT 127. Jaehyun made his debut in April 2016 as a member of rotational unit NCT U and became a member of Seoul-based fixed unit NCT 127 in July 2016. He also was a former host of Inkigayo in between October 2019 and February 2021.
Yuta Nakamoto, professionally known as Yuta (Korean: 유타), is a Japanese singer, rapper and dancer based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean boy group NCT. He debuted in the group's second sub-unit NCT 127 in 2016 and in NCT U in 2020. He is one of the two Japanese members in NCT.