M.Pire (Korean: 엠파이어; pronounced as 'empire') was a seven-member South Korean idol group signed under CMG Chorok Stars. Members were Taehee, Yooseung, Lumin, Haru, Red, T.O, and Jerry. The group debuted on August 1, 2013 with six members. Member Lumin, formerly known as LeeU of F.Cuz, joined the group in October 2013.

M.Pire
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-Pop
Years active2013-2015 (2013-2015)
Labels
  • Benjamin Entertainment
  • CMG Chorok Stars
  • KT Music
MembersTaehee
Lumin
Yooseung
Haru
Red
T.O
Jerry

The name 'M.Pire' combines the words 'music' and 'vampire', signifying the need for the group to live off of music.[1] M.Pire’s fandom name is Muse (뮤즈), an acronym standing for: Mind, Understand, Special, and Encourage.

HistoryEdit

Pre-debutEdit

Taehee and Seo Yooseung (former stage name of Jino) debuted as a part of BB.BBOYS, a male Korean pop trio, that debuted in 2011.[2][3] The group released a mini-album 'First Album' and an OST track in 2011, but disbanded in 2012.

Yooseung and Taehee became trainees under Benjamin Entertainment, a subsidiary of CMG Chorok Stars. On May 1, Benjamin Entertainment revealed M.Pire as a six-member group. However instead of T.O, there was a sixth member named Kangon (currently a member of the group M.Peror). They performed as M.Pire for the first time at the "2013 Dream Concert" held May 11 at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul.[4] ahead of their official debut.

M.Pire eventually made their official debut August 1, 2013. With six members: Taehee, Yooseung, Haru, Red, T.O, Jerry. All six members went through 3 years of hardcore training prior to their debut.[5]

2013: We Can't Be Friends, On My MindEdit

The group officially debuted on August 1, 2013 with their title track "We Can't Be Friends", a hip-hop dance song, composed by Hong Sung Min and written by Ddori Jang Gun.[6] Their debut stage was on Mnet's "M Countdown".

On the October 16th broadcast of Channel A's 'Star Family Song' former member LeeU of F.Cuz revealed that he had joined the rookie group and changed his stage name to Lumin.[7][8] On October 27 an audio teaser of the song ‘On My Mind’ was released through Benjamin Entertainment's Official YouTube account. The song was written and composed by JYJ's Kim Jaejoong as a gift to the group.[9] It was also revealed that member Yooseung assisted in writing the rap verse for "On My Mind".[10] The official comeback track and title song of their second single album "New Born" is "Kkadak Kkadak".[11] M.Pire will kick off promotions for their fall comeback with a performance on M! Countdown on October 31.

MembersEdit

  • Taehee (태희)
  • Useung (유승)
  • Lumin (루민)
  • Red (레드)
  • Haru (하루)
  • T.O. (티오)
  • Jerry (제리)

DiscographyEdit

Single albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Gaon
Weekly
Gaon
Monthly
2013 "Carpe Diem"[12]
Track listing
  1. "너랑 친구 못해 (Can't Be Friends With You)"
  2. "너랑 친구 못해 (Can't Be Friends With You) (Inst.)"
- -
  • KOR: -
2013 "New Born"[13]
Track listing
  1. "까딱까딱 (I'm Better)"
  2. "On My Mind"
  3. "너랑 친구 못해 (Can't Be Friends With You)"
  4. "까딱까딱 (I'm Better) (Inst.)"
  5. "On My Mind (Inst.)"
  6. "너랑 친구 못해 (Can't Be Friends With You) (Inst.)"
19 61
  • KOR: 1,000+
2014 "Rumor"
Track listing
  1. "그런 애 아니야 (Not That Kind of Person)"
  2. "별이 되어…(0324) (Be A Star)"
  3. "그런 애 아니야 (Not That Kind of Person) (Inst.)"
  4. "별이 되어…(0324) (Be A Star) (Inst.)"
22 64
  • KOR: 820+

FilmographyEdit

Music videosEdit

Year Music video Length
2013 "Can't Be Friend With You" 3:45
2014 "Not That Kind of Person" 4:05

List of awards and nominationsEdit

Hawaii International Music Award Festival (HIMAF)Edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 M.Pire Rising Star Won

Korean Wave Industry AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 M.Pire Rookie Award Won

Asia Model Festival AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 M.Pire New Star Award Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mpire = Music + Vampire "Perfect on Stage" (Interview)". kpopstarz.com. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  2. ^ "신인 보이그룹 BB.BOYS 가요계 도전장". ajunews.com. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  3. ^ "New group BB.Boys reveal debut MV for "We Will Be Okay"". allkpop.com. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  4. ^ "M.Pire puts on their first performance ahead of their debut at the '2013 Dream Concert'". allkpop.com. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  5. ^ "New Idol Group Mpire Debuts Today, "Hardcore Training For 3 Years"". kpopstarz.com. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  6. ^ "M.Pire(엠파이어), '2013 드림콘서트'의 '드림 루키 스테이지'로 첫 선!". news.jkn.co.kr. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Trot singer Sul Woon Do's son Lumin joins M.Pire as a new member". allkpop.com. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  8. ^ "설운도 아들 루민, 엠파이어 새 멤버 합류". MBN Star. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  9. ^ "설운도 아들 루민 합류한 엠파이어, 30일 정오 신곡 '까딱까딱' 발표". E Star. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  10. ^ "M.Pire reveal preview of "On My Mind" produced by JYJ's Jaejoong". allkpop.com. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  11. ^ "엠파이어, 신곡 '까닥까닥'으로 가요계 컴백". view.asiae.co.kr. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Carpe Diem". Naver Music. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  13. ^ "New Born". Retrieved 29 October 2013.

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