UNIQ (Hangul: 유니크) is a five-member Chinese-South Korean boy group formed by Chinese company Yuehua Entertainment in 2014. The group consists of Zhou Yixuan, Kim Sungjoo, Li Wenhan, Cho Seungyoun, and Wang Yibo. UNIQ officially debuted on October 20, 2014 with their debut single "Falling In Love" in both China and South Korea.
Prior to the group's debut, Zhou Yixuan traveled to Sydney, Australia and learned dancing techniques. Afterwards, he returned to China and was scouted by Yuehua Entertainment after his appearance at KOD, a large street dance competition in China.
Li Wenhan has a background in classical guitar and swimming, practicing with Chinese Swimming Olympic Medalist, Sun Yang. While attending high school in America, he auditioned for Yuehua Entertainment and passed. Wenhan had previously appeared on television in a diving reality show which aired nationwide on JSTV in April 2013.
Wang Yibo auditioned for Yuehua Entertainment and became a trainee. He had taken part in IBD National HipHop Dance Contest in Luoyang, China in 2011. The three previously trained together for four years before the addition of Cho Seungyoun and Kim Sungjoo.
Seungyoun previously lived in the Philippines, Brazil, and the United States and was a member of the Corinthians Youth soccer team. He later returned to South Korea to pursue his dreams as a singer.
Sungjoo lived in China before moving back to South Korea to pursue his dreams as a singer. There he attended Anyang Arts School. He was previously a trainee under YG Entertainment for many years before signing with Yuehua Entertainment. All five members trained together for 1,400 days before the group's debut.
2014: Debut, Falling in Love:
On October 16, they had their first broadcast performance on M Countdown. Their debut single, "Falling In Love", was released on October 20 in both China and South Korea. UNIQ was chosen to participate in the OST for the movies TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Penguins of Madagascar. On October 23, they released the song "Born To Fight" for the Chinese release of TNMT. The group released the English adaptation of "Falling in Love" on November 5. On November 10, they released "Celebrate" for the Chinese release of Penguins of Madagascar. UNIQ made their official debut in China on November 25 with their first Chinese fanmeet in Beijing. On November 27, UNIQ commenced their first promotions in Taiwan and held a press conference on December 1. UNIQ's reality show, "The Best Debut", began airing on December 2 on the Chinese online video platform, iQiyi, for three episodes.
2015: 1st Mini Album, EOEO:
In February 2015, UNIQ began promoting a Chinese beauty shop, Mix-Box, replacing Ko Chen-tung as the official endorser. UNIQ held their first fanmeet in Thailand in Bangkok on March 7.
On April 9, Yuehua Entertainment announced that UNIQ will comeback with their first mini album titled "EOEO". UNIQ made their official comeback in South Korea on April 22 and held their first comeback broadcast performance on MBC's Show Champion, performing their title track "EOEO" and "Listen to Me". On April 23, UNIQ made their official comeback in China, performing "Listen to Me" at the KU Music Asian Music Awards. They were also awarded with KU Music Asian Music Awards' "Best New Artist" the same day. On April 24, UNIQ released their mini album and the official music video for "EOEO". After the release of "EOEO", the music video reached number 3 on the YinYueTai Weekly MV Chart. UNIQ achieved their first music show award on CCTV's Global Chinese Music on May 23. On May 22, UNIQ released the official music video for their follow up track "Luv Again". On the same day, it was announced that UNIQ will hold their first showcase in Japan on July 19 and July 20 in Osaka and Tokyo respectively. UNIQ holds record for most wins on Global Chinese Music Chart with Three wins by non-live voting; Three wins by live voting, beating the record previously held by EXO-M in 2014 (Three wins by non-live voting; Two wins by live voting).
Zhou Yixuan (Chinese: 周藝軒),
Kim Sungjoo (Hangul: 김성주),
Li Wenhan (Chinese: 李文翰),
Cho Seungyoun (Hangul: 조승연),
Wang Yibo (Chinese: 王一博)
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