Infinite (Korean: 인피니트) is a seven-member South Korean pop boy band, formed in 2010 by Woollim Entertainment. The group comprises seven members: Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. Their mini-album New Challenge sold over 160,000 copies in Korea alone and was one of the best-selling albums of 2013. Their second album, Season 2, was released in May 2014.
2010 - 2011: First Invasion, Evolution, Over the Top, and Japanese debut:
In 2010, Infinite first appeared in the Mnet reality show You Are My Oppa introducing the group before making their debut on June 9. They performed songs from their first EP First Invasion with the singles "Come Back Again" and "She's Back".
On January 7, 2011, the band returned with the single Before the Dawn (BTD) from their second extended play Evolution.
Their first album Over The Top was released on July 21, 2011 along with the music video of their title track Be Mine (내꺼하자). They received their first music show first place award at M! Countdown on September 1, 2011 and received a "Double Crown" for winning two consecutive #1 places at M! Countdown. Following the success of "Be Mine" Infinite re-released a repackaged album titled Paradise, along with its title track with the same name, on September 26, 2011. On October 9, Infinite came first on Inkigayo for "Paradise." Infinite then won their second trophy with "Paradise" on October 13 on M! Countdown.
Infinite unofficially debuted in Japan with their first Japanese single To-Ra-Wa on January 26, 2011. Immediately after its release, their Evolution album hit #3 on real-time charts for sales in Korea. The song was the top downloaded ringtone on the daily charts of the K-POP section of Japan's top mobile website. Infinite released various rental singles including "She's Back", "BTD (Before The Dawn)", and "Nothing's Over" before they officially debuted in Japan. Infinite made their official debut with the release of the Japanese version of "BTD" on November 19, 2011. The B-side for the single is "Can U Smile", a remake of a track from their 2nd Mini Album EVOLUTION. It is the 3rd track of their first single album Inspirit.
In December 2011, they digitally released their first Christmas song "White Confession".
2012: Touring, individual activities and Infinitize:
Infinite performed their very first Korean concert in front of approximately 8,000 fans on February 11-12 at the Seoul Olympic Park in Songpa District, eastern Seoul. The concert was titled Second Invasion, following up the band's debut album, First Invasion. Tickets to the concert sold out within 10 minutes after being released online on December 14.
The group focused on individual activities with Dongwoo featured in Baby Soul/Yoo Jia's new single "She's a Flirt" released on 18 January, L was cast in for the tvN TV drama Shut Up Flower Boy Band which started airing on 30 January, Hoya was cast in Reply 1997 that aired on the 24th of July, Woohyun was cast in The Thousandth Man which started airing on the 17th of August, L was cast in What is Mom that aired on October 8. Infinite sang the sitcom's OST, Fantasy.
The group's second Japanese single was released on April 18, 2012. It included the Japanese version of their song "Be Mine" as its title track, as well as a Japanese version of "Julia". It peaked at #2 both in Oricon Daily and Weekly Charts. Total reported sales amount to at least 54,218 copies.
The group's third mini album was INFINITIZE, which was awarded a "Triple Crown" for winning #1 in a week at all Music Programs. On June 14, 2012, Infinite won their first triple crown on M! Countdown for the "The Chaser" which achieved top spot on the charts for three consecutive weeks. At the end of the year, Billboard named "The Chaser" the number one KPOP song of the year.
2013: Infinite H, New Challenge, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, Destiny, Request and World Tour:
Dongwoo and Hoya made their debut as Infinite H on January 10, 2013 with the mini album Fly High and on March 21, the group released their fourth mini album, titled New Challenge. "Man in Love", the title track of the mini album, won 7 music show awards in its promotion period.
The group released their Japanese debut album, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, on June 6. It took the #1 place on the Oricon's album chart for the week of June 3-9 with 69,647 copies sold.
The group then released their second single, Destiny, on July 16. The group first performed "Destiny" at the 2013 Mnet 20's Choice Awards on July 18 and began promotional performances on MBC's July 20 episode of Show! Music Core and various music programs.
Infinite began their 1st World Tour named One Great Step on August 9 in Seoul. The tour included 31 shows in Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Dubai. The group concluded their world tour with an encore concert, "One Great Step Returns" in Seoul on February 2014. On November 22, 2013, Infinite won the best male group on MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) 2013 and additionally received the "Sony MDR Worldwide Performer" award.
2014: Reality show, One Great Step Returns, New subunits, Season 2 and Be Back:
On January 16, Mnet released a preview for the group's new reality show, "This is INFINITE", and on February 6, the show aired its first broadcast. This was their first variety show as a group since Ranking King in 2012.
After performing in 15 countries for their world tour, "One Great Step", Infinite held an encore concert titled "One Great Step Returns" to wrap up their world tour. The encore concert was held for 2 days on February 28 and March 1 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul. During the concert, a new sub-unit, Infinite F, was announced, consisting of members Sungyeol, Sungjong, and L. Infinite F performed a new song, titled "Heartbeat", while Infinite H performed a new song titled "Alone". "When I Close My Eyes", a self-composed song, was performed by Woohyun.
A new sub unit, Toheart, made their debut on March 10.
On April 10, Infinite released The Origin, an instrumental album of the band's most representative songs, and the first album of its kind by a Korean artist. Prior to the release of The Origin, Infinite released the instrumental music video for their song "BTD (Before the Dawn)", which featured never-before-seen footage from the original "BTD" music video.
On May 12, Woollim Entertainment confirmed in an interview with Newsen that Infinite's second studio album, Season 2 will be released on May 21. Prior to the release of the album, Infinite held a showcase in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, titled 1.2.3. The group held the first showcase in Japan on May 19 and Taiwan on May 20 before performing in South Korea on May 21. On May 21, the music video for "Last Romeo" was released. Infinite then made their comeback with the repackaged album Be Back, on July 22. Infinite performed their first live performance of the title song, "Back", on KBS's Music Bank on July 18.
On September 11, the band had their first Billboard No. 1, with their single "Last Romeo" topping the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart, becoming the first Korean act to do so, and also hitting No. 33 on Billboard Twitter Top Tracks.
On November 30, Infinite F debuted in Korea with their first single album, Heartbeat.
On December 18, Infinite released the music video their new Japanese single, "Dilemma", composed by renowned Japanese musician and guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei. The single was subsequently released on December 24 and used as the centerpiece of their upcoming "Dilemma Tour" in Japan in early 2015.
2015: Unit Comeback and Japan Tour:
On January 26, 2015, subunit Infinite H made their comeback after two years with the release of their second EP, Fly Again. They also held a press conference and a showcase on the same day at AX Korea, in Seoul. Promotions for the album started on January 31, on M! Countdown and Music Bank.
On January 24th, INFINITE teased fans with the official trailer for their upcoming DILEMMA Tour. The tour commenced on February 1st in Fukoka, with upcoming concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi.
Kim Sung-kyu (김성규) - leader, main vocals,
Jang Dongwoo (장동우) - main rap,
Nam Woo-hyun (남우현) - main vocals,
Hoya (Lee Howon; 이호원) - rap, vocals,
Lee Sungyeol (이성열) - vocals,
L (Kim Myung-soo; 김명수) - visual, vocals,
Lee Sungjong (이성종) - vocals
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