B.I.G (Korean: 비아이지; also known as Boys In Groove), is a four member South Korean boy group formed by GH Entertainment in Seoul, South Korea. They debuted on July 9, 2014, with their first digital single "Hello".
|Also known as||Boys In Groove|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Associated acts||Triple 7 (supergroup)|
All five members of B.I.G were trainees before becoming members of the group and have an average of three years training between them. Three of the group's members: Gunmin, Minpyo and Heedo, trained at the Plug In Music Academy. Benji had previously been a student at Cleveland Institute of Music and Heifetz International Music Institute, and later attended Juilliard School, before dropping out in 2011 to pursue a music career in South Korea. He has been playing violin since he was four years of age and was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony. Before joining GH Entertainment, Minpyo had been a Stardom Entertainment trainee and member of Topp Dogg's trainee group, Underdogg. Before debuting the members practiced together as a group for one and a half years.
2014: Debut with "Hello" and "Are You Ready?"Edit
On July 5, just days before B.I.G's debut, the group took to the streets of Myeongdong to perform. B.I.G's debut single, "Hello", and accompanying music video were released on July 9. The song garnered attention because of its high praising lyrics in regards to South Korea which highlight the culture and promote the country. The group performed their debut stage on SBS MTV's The Show on the day of their debut.
On October 16, B.I.G confirmed their second single, "Are You Ready?"'s upcoming release. The single was released on October 21. The group began promotions from October 22, with their comeback stage on MBC Music's Show Champion.
2015: "Between Night n Music" and "Taola"Edit
B.I.G announced their third single, "Between Night n Music", on March 3, accompanied by a selection of individual and group teasers images. The new single and accompanying music video were released on March 6.
On November 4, GH Entertainment announced that B.I.G would be joining the long list of November comebacks. The single, Big Transformer, including the title track "Taola" was released on November 19.
2016: Japanese debut and AphroditeEdit
GH Entertainment confirmed in late January that B.I.G were preparing for their upcoming Japanese debut, with management from HY Entertainment. The group began promoting in Japan by holding showcases in Tokyo before their debut to help them become known. They officially debuted on March 23, with the Japanese version of "Taola", which peaked at number 15 on the Oricon weekly singles chart.
On May 10, B.I.G announced that their first mini-album, Aphrodite, would be released later that month. The mini-album and accompanying music video for title track of the same name, were released on May 17. Promotions for the album began on release day with a showcase on SBS MTV's The Show.
2017: "1.2.3" and Hello HelloEdit
On February 3, 2017, B.I.G announced their return with the fifth single, "1.2.3". The single entitled "B.I.G Rebirth" was released on February 13. The group promoted the single without rapper Minpyo, who was taking a break due to health problems.
On May 15, B.I.G announced their sixth single, Hello Hello, would be released of May 23. B.I.G held their first concert in South Korea entitled B.I.G Asia Tour in Seoul, on June 24, at the KBS Arena in Seoul. On July 5, B.I.G introduced a campaign song entitled "Remember", they released the digital single on July 7. In September B.I.G embarked or their first tour of Asia named The B.I.Ginning in which they played venues in Manila and Yokohama. Later that month they conducted their first overseas tour, the B.I.G Special Latin Tour, in Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
2018–present: Addition of new member, Illusion, member departuresEdit
On November 15, 2018, the group's leader J-Hoon enlisted in the military.
On January 19, 2019, Jinseok was added to the group.
On November 4, the group released their seventh single, Illusion, in both Korean and Arabic, making them the first K-pop group to release a song in the language.
On September 30, Benji's contract with GH Entertainment ended and it was later announced that he had left the group.
On March 31, 2021, Minpyo's contract with GH Entertainment came to an end and it was later announced that he had left the group after choosing not to renew.
- J-Hoon (제이훈) — leader, vocalist
- Gunmin (건민) — vocalist, dancer
- Heedo (희도) — rapper
- Jinseok (진석) — vocalist
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|"Hello" (안녕하세요)||2014||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"Are You Ready?" (준비됐나요)||—||—|
|"Between Night n Music" (밤과 음악 사이)||2015||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|2016||"Hey Girl"||Moorim School OST|
|2017||MBC Music||B.I.G Project||4 Episodes.|
|"Are You Ready?"|
|2015||"Between Night n Music"|
|"Take You Home"||Unknown|
In 2014, B.I.G were appointed ambassadors of the 2014 "Love Life while Walking Overnight" campaign and the 2014 Lifeline campaign. On March 15, 2016, the group became ambassadors for the National Unification Advisory Council. In 2017, the group was appointed ambassadors for the Korea Youth Association, the Seoul VA Regional Office and the Hope Apple Tree Youth Project.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Korean Culture & Entertainment Awards||2014||New Artist Award||B.I.G||Won|||
- 비아이지 프로필 (in Korean). Naver.
- ‘인가가요’ 신예 비아이지, ‘안녕하세요’로 차세대 아이돌 ‘눈도장’ (in Korean). Herald K. Archived from the original on 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-04-24.
- 현재 공식적으로 아이돌 최다 배출 학원 (in Korean). Instiz.
- "B.I.G's Benji Shows Off Julliard [sic]-Trained Violin Skills". Kpop Starz.
- "Kids' Strings Sing At The Heifetz Institute". NPR.
- 신인그룹 비아이지, 길거리 홍보+랩핑 버스+지하철 광고로 이색 마케팅 돌입 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- "신인그룹 비아이지(B.I.G), 데뷔곡 '안녕하세요' 공개" (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- "신인그룹 비아이지 '안녕하세요' MV 뜨거운 반응" (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, ‘준비됐나요’ 5인 5색 멤버별 매력 포인트 파헤치기 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, ‘준비됐나요’ 티저 영상 공개..상남자표 저돌적 사랑고백 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지 ‘준비됐나요’, 준비된 상남자돌의 당찬 세레나데 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- "비아이지, 캐롤 'Last Christmas' 음원 12일 정오 공개" (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 멤버별 티저 공개..다섯 남자의 몽환적 매력 발산 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- "비아이지(B.I.G), '밤과 음악 사이'로 컴백..몽환적 매력" (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 11월 보이그룹 컴백 대열 동참 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- "비아이지, 신곡 '타올라' MV 선공개..11월 가요대전 합류" (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 日 진출 신호탄 쐈다!..첫 단독 공연 ‘성료’ (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 23일 일본 데뷔 싱글 발매 "예약 쇄도" (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 日 타워레코드 1위·오리콘 10위권 안착 (in Korean). News1.
- 비아이지, 출격의 닻 올렸다! (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- ‘컴백’ 비아이지 "첫 미니음반, 욕심냈다" (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- "B.I.G Swept Japan With Its Concert". BNT News.
- 비아이지, 신곡 티저 이미지 공개..’시선집중’ (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 홍대 게릴라 공연으로 ‘시선집중’ (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 13일 4인조 컴백… 국민표 잠정 휴식 (공식입장) (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 5人 완전체로 돌아온다… 23일 컴백 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 데뷔 이후 첫 단독 콘서트…”설렘 가득” (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- ‘애국돌’ 비아이지, 서울지방보훈청 홍보대사 위촉 “고귀한 정신 계승 위해 노력” (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 마닐라 이어 일본까지 사로잡았다 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 브라질 이어 멕시코 공연 ‘뜨거운 반응’ (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- "비아이지, 새 멤버 진석 합류…"다양한 활동 펼칠 것"".
- "비아이지, 2년 4개월 만에 컴백…오늘(4일) 신곡 'ILLUSION' 발표". Ten Asia. (in Korean).
- "B.I.G 측 "벤지와 계약 종료, 5인 체제로 활동"(공식입장 전문)" (in Korean). Daum Entertainment.
- "[전문] 비아이지 "국민표 탈퇴, 4인 체제 활동 예정"" (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun.
- "B.I.G Members" (in Korean). GH Ent.
- "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2015-08-27.
- "2016년 05월 Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
- "2019년 11월 Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
- "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2017-03-09.
- "Oricon Chart" (in Japanese). Oricon Music Chart.
- "비아이지(B.I.G), 특별한 매력 어필…'남다른 예능감 과시'" (in Korean). Top Star News.
- 비아이지, 신곡 '타올라' 뮤비 선공개…'강렬한 남성미'로 시선끄네 (in Korean). Joongang Ilbo.
- 비아이지, ‘아프로디테’ 뮤비 티저 공개…칼군무+남성미 ‘눈길’ (in Korean). Asia Today.
- 비아이지-틴트 ‘생명사랑 밤길걷기대회 홍보대사 위촉’ (in Korean). Asia Today.
- 틴트-비아이지, ‘한국생명의전화 생명사랑운동’ 홍보대사로 건강한 세상 만들기 기여 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 민주평화통일자문회의 평화통일 실천홍보대사 위촉 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 비아이지, 2017 한국청소년연맹 홍보대사 위촉 (in Korean). Ten Asia.
- 국내외 청소년 사회공헌사업 희망사과나무, 그룹 비아이지 홍보대사 위촉 (in Korean). News Wire.
- "비아이지(B.I.G), 대한민국문화연예대상 K-POP신인상 수상" (in Korean). News Way.