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TFBOYS (Chinese: 加油男孩, 加油少年; pinyin: Jiā Yóu Nán Hái[1][2]), also known as The Fighting Boys, is a Chinese boy band that consists of three members: Karry Wang (王俊凯, Wáng Jùnkǎi), Roy Wang (王源, Wáng Yuán), and Jackson Yee (易烊千玺, Yì Yángqiānxǐ).

TFBoys
Chinese name 加油男孩
Origin China
Years active 2013–present
Genre(s) Mandopop
Label(s) TF Entertainment
Also known as The Fighting Boys
Members
Karry Wang
Roy Wang
Jackson Yee

Contents

CareerEdit

2013–2014: Debut and breakthroughEdit

TFBOYS first appearance on August 6, 2013 with a promotional video called "Ten Years".[3] Their first single albumStart to Lovewas subsequently released on October 18,2013.

The group subsequently released a series of hits in 2014, including "Magic Castle",[4] "For Dreams, Always Be Ready"[5] and "Manual of Youth";[6] "Manual of Youth" went on chart at number 1 on YinYueTai V Charts for 5 consecutive weeks and has won multiple music awards.[7]

2015–present: Mainstream popularityEdit

In 2015, the group released their first EP The Big Dreamer.[8]

In 2016, the group starred in their own web drama Finding Soul.[9]

In 2017, the group starred in their own drama Boy Hood, an inspirational youth drama which focuses on baseball.[10] The same year, the group announced that the members will set up their own personal studios to focus on their own individual activities.[11]

Public imagesEdit

TFBOYS is considered as one of the most popular Chinese boy band and is regarded as a pop cultural sensation in China.[12] Since their debut in 2013, they have won many major music awards and earned combined more than 100 million Weibo followers. The sales of band merchandise average more than $17 million per month. Their success was attributed to their fresh, school boy looks, which filled the void of young male idol groups in China;[13][14] as well as their "wholesome and boy-next-door" image.[15] Their impact has extended beyond the music industry, with their members appearing in films, television shows as well as commercial films.

Due to their image, the group has won a large number of "mother fans", a group of women in their mid–20s to 60s whom have developed maternal instincts for the boys.[16]

They are also supported by the government; the group was featured three consecutive years (2016-2018) on the CCTV New Year's Gala, and the Communist Youth League’s official Weibo account often promotes the group’s activities. On the International Children’s Day in 2015, the Communist Youth League released a video featuring TFBOYS singing “We Are the Heirs of Communism”, the song of the Young Pioneers.[17] They have been selected as a brand ambassador of China's 2020 Chinese Mars Mission.

The group has also assembled a large number of international fans due to their catchy music and versatile talents.[18] The group has contributed in building China's "soft status", by influencing many fans around the world to learn Chinese.

With increased popularity and influences, the group focuses on larger causes. All members set up their charitable foundations to either support education in the rural areas, or promote environmental protection. The group was ranked No. 1 on 2017 Charitable Celebrity List in China.[19]

ArtistryEdit

The group's musical style is mainly dance-style music with rap elements, often classified as "bubblegum pop". Their songs have been noted for having uplifting and positive lyrics, which explores the trials of growing up and teenage love, such as "Manual of Youth" and "Imperfect Kid".[20][21] Over the years, the group's music has evolved to include pro-nationalism themes, such as "Go! Amigo!", the song's message is about teamwork and serving the collective communist values.[22]

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details
Big Dreamer
  • Released: December 29, 2015
  • Label: TF Entrtainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
Track listing[23]
  1. Pamper (宠爱)
  2. Young (样)
  3. Big Dreamer(大梦想家)
  4. The Rest of Our Summer (剩下的盛夏)
  5. Love with You
  6. Youth Say (少年说)

Single albumsEdit

Title Album details
Heart – Start to Love
  • Released: October 18, 2013
  • Label: TF Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
Track listing
  1. Heart
  2. Love Start (爱出发)
  3. Start on Dream (梦想起航)
Magic Castle
  • Released: April 28, 2014
  • Label: TF Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
Track listing
  1. Magic Castle (魔法城堡)
  2. Magic Castle (Instrumental)
For Dreams, Always Be Ready
  • Released: August 6, 2014
  • Label: TF Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
Track listing
  1. For Dreams, Always Be Ready
  2. For Dreams, Always Be Ready (Instrumental)
Manual of Youth
  • Released: October 17, 2014
  • Label: TF Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
Track listing
  1. Manual of Youth (青春修炼手册)
  2. Lucky Symbol (幸运符号)
  3. Happy Island Tour (快乐环岛)
  4. In the Name of My Faith (信仰之名)
Our Time
  • Released: December 15, 2017
  • Label: TF Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
Track listing
  1. Our Time (我们的时光)
  2. Hide and Seek (躲猫猫)
  3. Imperfect Child (不完美小孩)
  4. It's You (是你)
  5. Fairy (小精灵)
  6. Homeward - Karry's solo (小棉袄 - 王俊凯单曲)
  7. Grown Up - Roy's solo (长大以后的世界 - 王源单曲)
  8. You Say - Jackson's solo (你说 - 易烊千玺单曲)
  9. Try my Heart (真心话太冒险)
  10. Firefly (萤火)

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Notes
CHN
Baidu Chart
CHN
Billboard V Chart
"Imperfect Child" (不完美小孩) 2016 Used as theme song of The Floating Plane
"Truth or Dare" (真心话太冒险)
"It's You" (是你)
"The Little Elf" (小精灵)
"Firefly" (萤火)
"Our Times" (我们的时光) 2017
"Hide and Seek" (躲猫猫)
"The Best Years" (最好的那年) 2018
"I Like You" (喜欢你)

SoundtracksEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CHN
Baidu Chart
CHN
Billboard V Chart
"Sing As I Like" (想唱就唱) 2014 No Zuo No Die OST
"The First Lesson" (开学第一课) Theme song of Kai Xue Di Yi Ke
"Love of The Journey to The West" (恋西游) 2015 Meng Huan Xi You 2 OST
"Fight for Future" (未来的进击) 2016 Finding Soul OST
"Endless River" (不息之河) The Warriors OST
"Go! Go! Amigo!" (加油!Amigo) 2017 Boy Hood OST
"Same Second Happiness" (同一秒快乐) Theme song of Happy Camp

Promotional songsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Notes
CHN
Baidu Chart
CHN
Billboard V Chart
"We Are the Heirs of Communism" (我们是共产主义接班人) (feat. Han Geng) 2016 Promotional song of Young Pioneers of China
"Dreams Lantern" (梦想天灯) (feat. Yu Quan) Promotional song of Tingyi Beef Noodles
"Protecting Home" (守护家) Promotional song of Safeguard
"Give Me happiness" (给我的快乐) Promotional song of Fanta
"The sun in the pupil" (瞳孔里的太阳) (feat. various artists) Promotional song of 2016 World AIDS Day

FilmographyEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Notes
2015 Pound of Flesh Cameo
Mr. Six
2018 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 2 Supporting roles

Television dramasEdit

Year Title Notes
2016 Noble Aspirations Cameo[24]
Love for Separation Cameo
2017 Boy Hood Leading roles

Web dramasEdit

Year Title Notes
2016 Finding Soul Leading roles

Reality showsEdit

Year Title Notes
2013-2014 TF Teens Go (Season 1) with trainees of TF Entertainment
2014 TFBOYS Idols Diary 11 episodes[25]
TF Teens Go (Season 2) with trainees of TF Entertainment
2015 TF Teens Go (Season 3) with trainees of TF Entertainment
TFBOYS Observational Diary 18 episodes
2015-2016 Run for Time Cast member[26]

AwardsEdit

V Chart Awards

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2014 Favorite Artist (Mainland China) Won [27]
Live Popular Singer Won
2015 Won [28]
Favorite Artist (Mainland China) Won
Hot Trend Artist of the Year Won
2016 Top Group (Mainland China) Won
2017 Won

ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2015 Top 10 Songs of the Year "Manual of Youth" Won [29]
Best Group Won
Hot Trend Group of the Year Won

Top Chinese Music Awards

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2015 Most Popular Song "Manual of Youth" Won [30]
Most Popular Group Won
Most Popular Group (Mainland China) Won

QQ Music Awards

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2015 Most Popular Mandarin Group Won [31]
Best New Group Won
Social Networking Kings "Pamper" Won
2016 Most Popular Mandarin Group Won

CSC Music Awards

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2016 Most Popular Group Won [32]
Top 20 Songs "Big Dreamer" Won

Fresh Asia Music Chart Award

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2016 Best Group Won [33]
Recommended Music Video of the Year "The Rest of Our Summer" Won
2017 Best Group Won

iQiyi All-Star Carnival

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2014 Song of the Year "Manual of Youth" Won [34]
Most Popular Group Won

Weibo Night Awards

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2015 Charity Contribution Award Won [35]
2017 Weibo King Won [36]

Mobile Video Festival

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2016 Hot Trend Idol of the Year Won [37]

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