CNBLUE – South Korean k-pop, pop, and electropop band
CNBLUE came together in 2009 in Seoul. Today, the lineup includes Jung Yong-hwa, Kang Min-hyuk, Lee Jung-shin, and Lee Jong-hyun. The fifth member, Kwon Kwang-jin, left the band soon after its debut.
It is worth noting that unlike the majority of other South Korean bands of the 1990s and 2000s, this one was formed without the assistance or funding of any label. The musicians began their career by performing on the streets of Seoul and Tokyo. They gave their first concert near a railway station in Tokyo. The band’s first EP, Now or Never, featured songs in English but didn’t manage to make it into the charts. The second EP, Voice, recorded in Japanese and English came out at the end of 2009. It reached the 227th spot of the Japanese Oricon chart, which was a formidable achievement for a young group.
The year 2010 was more successful for the band. The artists signed a contract with FNC Entertainment, which sponsored several video teasers in South Korea. In January, the group released a new EP, Bluetory, which immediately topped the South Korea Gaon Album Chart, came in 5th on Taiwan G-Music Weekly J-POP Charts and settled on the 93rd spot of Japan Oricon Albums Chart. The EP earned platinum status in Taiwan.