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Korean name Hangul 블락비 Revised Romanization Beullakbi McCune-Reischauer Pŭllakbi Block B (Hangul: 블락비) is a South Korean boy group created by Cho PD under his label Brand New Stardom. On April 15, 2011, they made their debut on KBS Music Bank with their promotional single, "Freeze!" ("그대로 멈춰라!"). The group consists of seven members: Zico (Woo Jiho), Lee Taeil, B-Bomb (Lee Minhyuk), Ahn Jaehyo, U-Kwon (Kim Yukwon), Park Kyung, and P.O (Pyo Jihoon). The members of Block B have dancing, rapping, composing, and singing experience. Their debut single, titled "Do You Wanna B?" consists of three tracks. Block B is short for the term Blockbuster, with the group having high hopes of making it big in the music industry. The group has its roots in hip hop, but have interest in branching out into different genres. History: 2011: Debut: In February 2011, Cho PD announced that he would be spending $1.4 million USD to create a seven-member hip hop group under his "Creating Korea's Eminem Project". He added that this septet have been mentored by other hip hop artists, including Verbal Jint, Skull, and Rhymer, and announced their debut to be in April 2011. The group garnered interest both domestically and internationally prior to their debut. On April 13, 2011, their debut music video for "Freeze!" was released. Freeze was banned by the Commission of Youth Protection because the organization felt that they were too sexy for Korean television. This meant it couldn't be sold to minors under the age of 19, and also couldn't be aired before 10 PM. On April 15, 2011, the group made their live debut on KBS Music Bank. The group followed up with another track off their single, "Wanna B." Block B has made several appearances on both radio and variety shows, including "Younha's Starry Night" and 100 Points Out of 100. Their first mini album New Kids on the Block was released on June 23, 2011. On June 22, 2011, the first episode of MTV's Match Up! was aired featuring Block B and B1A4. The first episode revealed Block B's music video for their first mini album's title track, "Tell Them". The show will allow both groups to show off their musical talents and personalities through weekly missions and behind-the-scenes footage. The program will have eight episodes. On October 16, 2011 MTV started airing a series of specials for the Match Up series that followed Block B while they promoted in Japan. 2012: "Welcome to the Block": It was announced in early January that Block B would make their return with a new mini album titled 'Welcome to the Block'. On January 13 a trailer for the album was released and soon after on January 27, a fifteen second preview of their new single "Nanrina" (Go Crazy) was revealed. A second teaser was also revealed three days later. On February 1, Nanrina was unveiled to the public and Welcome to the Block was deemed an all kill on various music sites, however, two songs from the album (LOL and Did You or Did You Not) were banned by 'The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family' (MOGEF) and KBS for being rated as inappropriate. Leader Zico, expressed his thoughts on this on behalf of the band by stating "It's just that our music is meant for the public" and "our freedom of expression was being interrupted." He also stated that he was dismayed by this, being the producer of five out of the six songs on the album, and that it was by coincidence that this had happened for the second time. Block B said that they would continue to work hard to create songs more towards the 'guidelines' in the future. Controversy With ThailandIn February 2012 Block B came under fire for the behavior in an interview that had taken place in Thailand a month earlier. In response to this, the members issued heartfelt letters of apology, and released a video on their record company's YouTube channel. As result of this incident, leader of Block B, Zico, also shaved his head in remorse. Members: Member Name Birthday Birthplace Other Taeil, (2011-present) Lee Tae Il (이태일), (1990-09-24) September 24, 1990 (age 21) Seoul Education: Digital Seoul Culture Arts University hiatus, Specialty: Singing, Experiences: Won daesung at Green Bank's Children Singing Competition, Featured in Han's Band's 2009 Winter Album as a chorus, Featured in Monday Kiz's Lee Jin Sung Sorry as a chorus, Attended as a guest at Wheesung's Concert, Participated in a vocal team called Brown City, MBC's audition program 위대한 탄생., Featured in Cho PD's Family Man, , Other: He once named a pet fish 'Super Equus", He was already preparing to be listed in the army before his debut., , B-Bomb, (2011-present) Lee Min Hyuk (이민혁), (1990-12-14) December 14, 1990 (age 21) Seoul Education: Induk University as a broadcasting major hiatus, Specialty: Dance Popping, Hip Hop, Experience: Group 5 in Battle Shinhwa, Won daesung for Coex Dance Jjang, Won 3rd place for Map District Youth Champion, Invited to participate in Family Love Gathering Cultural Performances, Appeared in SBS Mackerel Run, KBS My Mom, Supermom, Appeared in Cho PD's 'Korea City' MV, Previously trained to become a member of Infinite, , Jaehyo, (2011-present) Ahn Jae Hyo (안재효), (1990-12-23) December 23, 1990 (age 21) Busan Education: Withdrew from Seoul Art College as a Music Application major, Youngdong High School, , Specialty: Singing, Business affairs, Activities: Trainee for J.Tune Entertainment, Trainee for CUBE Entertainment, a possible former trainee for BEAST., Appeared on Mnet 꽃미남 아롱사태 with actor Song Joong-Ki , Trainee for LOEN Entertainment, Won 1st Place in Mnet Pretty Boy, Busan category, Best Nine School Ulzzang 3rd Generation, , Other: He is friends with MBLAQ's Joon, IU, CNBLUE's Yonghwa, and Rainbow, He introduced Lee Joon to audition for J.Tune Entertainment, which is his current agency, and Joon got to debut with MBLAQ., He was an internet ulzzang, , U-Kwon, (2011-present) Kim Yu Kwon (김유권), (1992-04-09) April 9, 1992 (age 20) Suwon Education: Graduated from Anyang Technical High School, Specialty: Dance, Playing electric guitar, Experience: Featured in 'It's Not Over' from Miss. $ Repackage Album Miss Independent, Won the dance award at Anyang Youth Arts Festival, Won the special award in dance at Gyeongido Youth Arts Festival, , Other: Participated in the lyric making of Miss S' mini album, Miss Independent., Has an older brother that supported his dancing academies, Auditioned for JYP ent, Known as the 'smile' in the group, , Kyung, (2011-present) Park Kyung (박경), (1992-07-08) July 8, 1992 (age 20) Seoul Education: Kamo High School New Zealand, Specialty: Rap, Composing, Experiences: Released Harmonix Digital Single Letter, Composed and rapped in "Hope for Korean Hip Hop" track from Cho PD Victory, Composed and rapped in "Origin of Species" & "Map Music" tracks from Cho PD vs. Verbal Jint 2 The Hard Way, Composed and rapped in "Hero Music" track from Bizniz Ego, Composed and rapped in "It's All Act" track from Jung Seulki Digital Single Same Spot In the End, Composed and rapped in "It's Not Over" from Miss. $ Mini Album Miss Independent, Participated in M.Net's Aura Concert Cho PD, Verbal Jint, Participated in MTV Rockem Hard, Participated in Zico's mixtape Zico on the Block, Composed in Block B 1st Single Album do u wanna, B?, , Other: Speaks fluent English, , Zico, (2011-present) Woo Ji Ho (우지호), (1992-09-14) September 14, 1992 (age 19) Seoul Education: Seoul Music High School attending, Specialty: Freestyle rap, Composing, Weaving melody lines, Experience: Composed and rapped in Harmonix Digital Single Letter, Composed and rapped in "Hope for Korean Hip Hop" track from Cho PD Victory, Composed and rapped in "Origin of Species" & "Map Music" tracks from Cho PD vs. Verbal Jint 2 The Hard Way, Composed and rapped in "It's All Act" track from Jung Seulki Digital Single Same Spot In the End, Composed and rapped in Jung Seulki Digital Single Acquaintance, Featured in IU's "Marshmallow" as a rap session, Composed and rapped in "Hero Music" track from Bizniz Ego, Composed and rapped in Faddy Robot Foundation Vol. 1, Composed and rapped in "It's Not Over" from Miss. $ Mini Album Miss Independent, Released Mixtape Vol. 1 Zico on the Block, Participated in M.Net's Aura Concert Cho PD, Verbal Jint, Participated in MTV Rockem Hard, Producing participation in Block B 1st Single Album do u wanna, B?, , Other: He is Co-Ed School's Taewoon's younger brother., He was made leader by Cho PD due to his experience in the music industry., Zico has recorded several mixtapes with his friends (Kyung, Mino,and Hanhae), Has lived in Canada, Japan, China, He was a former SM Entertainment trainee., He was featured for Hyuna's track Just Follow performing live for the replacement for DOK2 and wrote his own lyrics for his rapping., , P.O, (2011-present) Pyo Ji Hoon (표지훈), (1993-02-02) February 2, 1993 (age 19) Seoul Education: Hanlim Entertainment Arts High School graduated, Specialty: Composing, Rapping, Experiences: Participated as a guest at Vibe Concert 2010/06, , Other: P.O. was eliminated during the group's first official audition. He tried out again a year later after losing 10kg and training intensively to improve his vocals and dance skills., , Maknae

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