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N.Flying (Korean: 엔플라잉, Japanese: エヌフライング; short for New Flying which also means new wings or new escape.[1]) is a South Korean rap rock band formed by FNC Entertainment in 2013.[2] The band released their first digital indie single Basket [3] in Japan on October 1, 2013. The band made their Korean debut on May 20, 2015 with a single album and its lead single "Awesome".[4] In February 2016, they made their Japanese debut with "Knock Knock".[5] Their fifth member, Yoo Hwe-seung joined the band in June 2017.[6]

N.Flying
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N.Flying in 2018
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2013 (2013)–present
Labels
Websitewww.fncent.com/nflying
nflying-official.jp
Members
Past members
  • Kwon Kwang-jin

HistoryEdit

Pre-debutEdit

In 2009, Kwon Kwang-jin debuted as the bassist of labelmate CNBLUE. However, due to personal circumstances, Kwang-jin left the band in late September.[7] In January 2011, Kwang-jin returned to train under FNC Entertainment meeting trainees Seung-hyub, Jae-hyun and Cha Hun. Prior to the debut of N.Flying, lead vocal Park Rai-On left the band in early 2013 due to mandatory military service in his native country of Singapore. FNC Entertainment subsequently confirmed that his contract was terminated to make way for the group's debut.[8] The remaining members would go on to form N.Flying.

In 2013, Lee Seung-hyub appeared in Juniel's music video titled Pretty Boy, playing her love interest she meets at a café.[9]

2013: Japanese debut with BasketEdit

N.Flying began their first performance at Shibuya CYCLONE on September 28.[10] On October 1, they released their first indie single album titled Basket and performed as the opening act at F.T. Island's ‘Replay’ Zepp tour.[10]BASKET peaked at number two on Tower Records weekly singles chart, number two on Oricon Indies weekly singles chart and number four on Oricon daily singles chart.[11] The band continued doing live gigs at live clubs and also performed as opening act at CNBLUE's ‘One More Time’ Arena Tour.[10] On November 14, N.Flying did their first one-man live at Live Space Halot.[10]

2014: One and Only and delayed Korean debutEdit

On January 1, N.Flying released their second Japanese indie single album titled One and Only.[12] The album hit No.1 on Tower Records chart on its second day of release.[10]

They made their first television appearance on the 7th episode of FNC's reality drama, tvN's Cheongdam-dong 111.[13] As a sequel of the show, N.Flying revealed their debut story in March 2014 which aired on the same channel.[14]

On January 29, it was announced that N.Flying had been appointed as the new endorsement model of Buckaroo Jeans.[15] In the final episode of their reality show, 'Cheongdamdong111: N.Flying's Way of Becoming a Star', Seung-hyub was appointed as the leader of N.Flying.[16]

In March, they accompanied labelmate F.T. Island to be their opening act at the latter's Singapore concert.[17]

N.Flying was supposed to make their Korean debut in 2014 but it was delayed after the leader of the band, Seunghyub, injured his knee in July.[18]

2015–2016: Domestic debut with Awesome and LonelyEdit

On May 11, FNC Entertainment launched a teaser homepage for N.Flying's upcoming Korean debut.[19] It is also revealed that the band's 1st debut mini album 기가막혀(Awesome) will be released on May 20 along with the title song's music video.[20]

On May 12, FNC Entertainment announced that N.Flying will be releasing a Chinese version of Awesome simultaneously with the Korean version on May 20 and Japanese version was planned to be released in August.[21] On May 19, 2015, FNC Entertainment released the music video teaser for Awesome.[22] A day later, FNC Entertainment released the full music video features AOA's Kim Seolhyun as the lead role.[23]

On October 12, FNC Entertainment released mysterious teaser "Lonely 2015.10.22".[24] A day later, FNC Entertainment confirmed that N.Flying would be releasing their first single album, Lonely, on October 22.[25] On October 15, N.Flying released individual member teasers.[26] From October 18 to October 20, N.Flying released teaser music video.[27][28][29] On October 20, N.Flying confirmed their first single album track list and released highlight medley.[30] N.Flying's first single album Lonely was released on October 22.[31]

In April 2016, N.Flying performed their debut song Awesome at KCON in Japan.[32]

2017–2018: New member Yoo Hwe-seung, The Real: N.Flying, Kwangjin's departureEdit

In February 2017, FNC Entertainment announced that the group would undergo member changes before their comeback.[33] On June 19, 2017, it was announced that former Produce 101 Season 2 contestant Yoo Hwe-seung would be joining the group.[6]

On July 23, 2017, FNC Entertainment opened N.Flying's teaser site for their August comeback.[34] The agency released teaser images and videos from July 23 to July 31. On August 2, their second EP THE REAL : N.Flying with the title track "The Real" was released.[35]

On January 3, 2018, N.Flying released their third EP The Hottest with the lead single "Hot Potato".[36]

On May 16, 2018, they released their fourth EP How Are You?.[37][38]

N.Flying announced a year-long project, Fly High Project with the aim of introducing more people to the band's potential and music. The members will be participating in the planning and production of the project. On October 26, 2018, they released the track called "Like a Flower".[39]

N.Flying held a concert entitled "N.Flying 1st Livehouse Tour - THE REAL Ⅳ" on December 5 and 7 in Japan.[40] Following the concluding of the concert, N.Flying were announced that would be held a Japanese concert "2019 LIVE IN JAPAN -BROTHERHOOD-" in Tokyo on June 7, 2019 to commemorate the release of their first Japanese album Brotherhood.[41]

On December 19, 2018, it was announced that Kwangjin would voluntarily take a break from the group due to arising allegations of inappropriate behavior online.[42] He later left the group on December 26, 2018.[43]

2019-present: Fly High Project continues and BreakthroughEdit

On January 2, 2019, N.Flying remained as a four-member band with new single "Rooftop" through Fly High Project #2.[44] Following the releases, their concert series "N.Flying Fly High Project Note 2. 2019" was held on January 19 at MUV Hall.[45] "Rooftop" were first entered the lower ranks of Korean music charts after they had concluded their promotions on music shows. The song gained popularity and went viral after an anonymous person posted the song in an online community.[46] "Rooftop" went on to hit #1 on all major Korean music charts and topped Gaon's weekly digital chart for two consecutive weeks and its monthly digital chart for March.[47][48] On March 5, N.Flying winning their first ever music show on The Show,[49] following Inkigayo on March 17.[50]

On April 24, 2019, N.Flying released their fifth EP with the same name title track, "Spring Memories" through Fly High Project #3. The album includes six songs including their previous tracks, "Like a Flower" and "Rooftop". Following the conjunctions of the project release, a concert series was held entitled "N.Flying Fly High Project Note 3" on April 29 at MUV Hall.[51] The album debuted at #5 on Gaon.[52]

In June 2019, N.Flying's first world tour "2019 Live Up All Night" was announced to be held in Bangkok on June 20 and Hong Kong on August 10, and in Paris on September 22.[53]

N.Flying held their solo concert series "N.Flying Fly High Project Note 4" on July 20 at Yes24 Live Hall.[54]

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Lee Seung-hyub (이승협) – leader, main rapper, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and pianist[55]
  • Cha Hun (차훈) – lead guitarist, backing vocal[55]
  • Kim Jae-hyun (김재현) – drummer, percussionist[55]
  • Yoo Hwe-seung (유회승) – main vocalist[55]

FormerEdit

  • Kwon Kwang-Jin (권광진) - bassist[55]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
[56]
Brotherhood 10

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[57]
Awesome
  • Released: May 20, 2015 (KOR)
  • Label: FNC Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. "One N Only"
  2. "Awesome" (기가 막혀)
  3. "Heartbreak" (가슴이 놀래)
  4. "All in"
  5. "1 Minute" (1분)
4
The Real: N.Flying
  • Released: August 2, 2017 (KOR)
  • Label: FNC Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. "Let's Get Down to It"
  2. "The Real" (진짜가 나타났다)
  3. "다행이야"
  4. "정리가 안돼"
  5. "짠해"
  6. "R U Ready?"
8
The Hottest: N.Flying
  • Released: January 3, 2018 (KOR)
  • Label: FNC Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. "Don't Forget This" (그러니까 우라)
  2. "Hot Potato" (뜨거운 감자)
  3. "Crossroad" (골목길에서)
  4. "I Know U Know"
  5. "Can't Be Better" (이보다 좋을까)
  6. "Just One Day" (딱 하루만)
24
How Are You?
  • Released: May 16, 2018 (KOR)
  • Label: FNC Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. "How R U Today"
  2. "Up All Night"
  3. "Lovefool"
  4. "Anyway"
  5. "Fall With You"
14
Spring Memories
  • Released: April 24, 2019 (KOR)
  • Label: FNC Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. "Spring Memories"
  2. "Leave It"
  3. "Flowerwork"
  4. "Preview"
  5. "Like a Flower"
  6. "Rooftop"
5
Yaho
  • Released: October 15, 2019 (KOR)
  • Label: FNC Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3

Korean singlesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Certifications Album
KOR
Gaon
[64]
Hot
[65]
Album
[66]
"Awesome" (기가 막혀) 2015 N/A N/A Awesome
"Lonely" 227 9
  • KOR: 2,756 (Phy.)[67]
Lonely
"The Real" (진짜가 나타났다) 2017 N/A The Real : N.Flying
"Hot Potato" (뜨거운 감자) 2018 The Hottest : N.Flying
"How R U Today" How Are You
"Like a Flower" Fly High Project #1
"Rooftop" 2019 1 1 5

KMCA: Platinum[68]

Fly High Project #2
"Spring Memories" 117 N/A Spring Memories
"Good Bam" (굿밤) 142 Yaho
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Japanese singlesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
JPN
[69]
"Basket" 2013 35
  • JPN: 5,264 (Phy.)
Non-album singles
"One and Only" 2014 134 N/A
"Knock Knock" 2016 13
  • JPN: 6,164 (Phy.)
"Endless Summer" 10
  • JPN: 9,705 (Phy.)[70]
"Doll" 2019 12
  • JPN: 6,892 (Phy.)[71]
"Kick-Ass"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Music videosEdit

Title Year Director(s)
"Awesome" 2015
"Lonely"
"Knock Knock" 2016
"Endless Summer"
"The Real" 2017
"Hot Potato" 2018
"How R U Today"
"So Pretty"
"Like a Flower"
"Rooftop" 2019 Lee Hae-jin (Zanybros)[72]
"Spring Memories"
"Leave It"

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Network Title
2014 tvN Cheongdam-dong 111[73]
Cheongdam-dong 111: N.Flying's Way of Becoming a Star[74]

Concerts and toursEdit

2019 N.Flying LIVE ‘UP ALL NIGHT
Date City Country Venue
June 29, 2019 Bangkok Thailand Ultra Arena Hall Show Dc
August 10, 2019 Hong Kong China AsiaWorld-Expo
September 1, 2019 Manila Philippines New Frontier Theater
September 15, 2019 Taipei Taiwan ATT Show Box
September 22, 2019 Paris France Le Bataclan

Awards and nominationsEdit

Melon Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 N.Flying Top 10 Artists Nominated
"Rooftop" Song of the Year Nominated
Best Rock Won

Mnet Asian Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 N.Flying Best New Male Artist Nominated
HotelsCombined Artist of the Year Nominated
2019 “Rooftop” Best Band Performance Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
N.Flying Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 Nominated

Seoul Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 N.Flying Bonsang Award Nominated
New Artist Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
2020 N.Flying Bonsang Award Pending
Popularity Award Pending
Hallyu Special Award Pending

Gaon Chart K-Pop AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 N.Flying New Artist of the Year[75] Nominated

Japan Gold Disc AwardEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 N.Flying[76] The Best 3 New Artists (Asia) Won

Brand of the Year AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 N.Flying Band of the Year Won

Soribada Best K-Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 N.Flying Rising Hot Star Award[77] Won

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