Astro –South Korean K-pop, electropop, and dance group
Astro’s lineup includes six artists, Park Jinwoo (JinJin), Kim Myungjun (MJ), Lee Dongmin (Cha-Eunwoo), Moon Bin (Moon Bin), Park Minhyuk (Rocky), and Yoon Sanha (Sanha).
The idea of the new group formation belongs to the South Korean entertainment company Fantagio, which doesn’t just work with musicians but also supports young talent training as part of its iTeen program. The group’s lineup was finalized in 2015 in Seoul. Initially, the fans learned about Astro when it appeared in a TV series, To Be Continued. The musicians played themselves. After the series were over, the group went to tour South Korea with the goal to check how the listeners react to their songs. The success was easier than they thought.
In January 2016, Fantagio created a reality show for the group called, Astro OK! Ready. The artists spent a year on it in order to promote themselves. Some of the organizers started trying to book Astro for private events.
In February 2016, the group released its first EP, Spring Up. The fans and critics gave it high scores. The album appeared on the 4th spot of South Korean Gaon Albums Chart, reached the 6th position of Taiwan J-pop Albums and US Billboard World Albums Chart. Songs "Ok! Ready", "Innocent Love", "Hide & Seek", "Cat's Eye", and "Morning Call" became hits.