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TFBOYS (also known as The Fighting Boys)[1][2]) is a teenage Chinese boy band formed by Time Fengjun Entertainment (TFent). The group consists of three members Karry Wang, Roy Wang and Jackson Yi.

Also known as The Fighting Boys
Origin China
Years active 2013-present
Labels Time Fengjun Entertainment (TF Entertainment)



2013–2014: Debut and breakthroughEdit

TFBoys first gained attention when their cover of Onion (a song by Taiwanese rock band Mayday) went viral on Facebook in June 2013. They made their first appearance on August 6, 2013[3] with a promotional video "Ten Years".[4] Their first single album Start To Love was subsequently released on October 18, 2013.

The group subsequently released a string of hits in 2014; "Magic Castle",[5] "For Dreams, Always Be Ready"[6] and "Manual of Youth";[7] the latter went on to chart at number 1 on Yin Yue Vcharts for 5 consecutive weeks and has won multiple music awards.[8]

2015–present: Mainstream popularityEdit

In 2015, the group released their first mini album, The Big Dreamer.[9]

In 2016, the group starred in their own web drama Finding Soul.[10]

In 2017, TFBoys starred in their own drama Boy Hood, an inspirational youth drama which focuses on baseball.[11] The same year, the group announced that the members will set up their own personal studios to focus on their individual activities.[12]

In the mediaEdit

TFBoys is considered the most popular Chinese boy band and are regarded as pop cultural sensation in their country.[13] Since their debut in 2013, they have won major Chinese music industry awards and amassed more than 30 million Weibo followers. 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[14][15]; as well as their "wholesome and boy-next-door" image.[16] Their impact has extended beyond the music industry, with their members appearing in films, television shows as well as commercial films (CFs).[13][17]

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.[18]

They are also supported by the government; the group was twice featured on the Chinese Lunar New Year television gala staged by CCTV, the state broadcaster, and The Communist Youth League’s official Weibo account often promotes the group’s activities. On 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, the Communist children’s organization.[19] 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.[20] In particular, members Roy Wang and Karry Wang's birthday ads were featured in New York City’s Times Square.[21] In Iceland, the leading newspaper Morgunblaðið celebrated Karry’s 17th birthday last year with a half-page advert bought by fans.[17] The group has contributed in building China's "soft status", by influencing many fans around the world to learn Chinese.[17]


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 ("Manual of Youth," "Imperfect Kid").[22][23] Over the years, the group's music has evolved to include pro-nationalism themes (e.g.: In "Go! Amigo!", the song's message is about teamwork and serving the collective — communist values).[24]


Extended playsEdit

Title Album details
Big Dreamer
  • Released: December 29, 2015
  • Label: TF Entrtainment
  • Distributor: Shanghai Audio-Visual Press
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download

Single albumsEdit

Title Album details
Heart - Start to Love
  • Released: October 18, 2013
  • Label: TF Entrtainment
  • Distributor: Starsing Disc
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
Magic Castle
  • Released: April 28, 2014
  • Label: TF Entrtainment
  • Distributor: China Science Culture Audio And Video Publishing House
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
For Dreams, Always Be Ready
  • Released: August 6, 2014
  • Label: TF Entrtainment
  • Distributor: 步步高家教机有限公司
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
Manual of Youth
  • Released: October 17, 2014
  • Label: TF Entrtainment
  • Distributor: Chongqing Publishing Group
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album Notes
Baidu Chart
Billboard V Chart
"Imperfect Kid" (不完美小孩) 2016 N/A Used as theme song of The Floating Plane
"True Words Are Too Risky" (真心话太冒险) N/A
It's You" (是你) N/A
"The Little Elf" (小精灵) N/A
"Firefly" (萤火) N/A
"Our Times" (我们的时光) 2017 N/A

Soundtrack and theme songsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Baidu Chart
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 Journey" (恋西游) 2015 Meng Huan Xi You 2 OST
"Hit the Future" (未来的进击) 2016 Finding Soul OST
"Endless River" (不息之河) The Warriors OST
"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
Baidu Chart
Billboard V Chart
"We are the Heirs of Communism" (我们是共产主义接班人) (sung with Han Geng) 2016 Promotional song for Young Pioneers of China
"Dreams Lantern" (梦想天灯) (sung with Yu Quan) Commercial song for Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Beef Noodles
"Protecting Home" (守护家) Commercial song for Safeguard
"Give Me Pleasure" (给我的快乐) Commercial song for Fanta
"Sunshine in the Eyes" (瞳孔里的太阳) (sung with various artists) Promotional song for 2016 World AIDS Day



Year Title Notes
2015 Pound of Flesh Cameo
Mr. Six
2017 The Great Wall The Emperor

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Notes
2016 Noble Aspirations Special appearance[25]
Love for Separation Special appearance
2017 Boy Hood Lead roles

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Notes
2016 Finding Soul Lead roles

Reality showEdit

Year Title Notes
2013-2014 TF Teens Go (Season 1) with trainees of TF Entertainment
2014 TFBoys Idols Diary 11 episodes[26]
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[27]

Awards and nominationsEdit

YinYueTai V Chart AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2014 Favorite Arist - Mainland TFBoys Won [28]
Live Popular Singer Won
2015 Won [29]
Favorite Artist - Mainland Won
Hot Trend Artist of the Year Won
2016 Top Group (Mainland) Won
2017 Won

ERC Chinese Top Ten AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2015 Top 10 Songs of the Year "Manual of Youth" Won [30]
Best Group TFBoys Won
Hot Trend Group of the Year Won

Top Chinese Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2015 Most Popular Song "Manual of Youth" Won [31]
Most Popular Group TFBoys Won
Most Popular Group (Mainland) Won

QQ Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2015 Most Popular Mandarin Group TFBoys Won [32]
Best New Group Won
Audi A3·QQ Social Networking Kings "Pamper" Won
2016 Most Popular Mandarin Group TFBoys Won

CSC Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2016 Most Popular Group TFBoys Won [33]
Top 20 Songs "Big Dreamer" Won

Fresh Asia Music Chart AwardEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2016 Best Group TFBoys Won [34]
Recommended Music Video of the Year "The Rest of Our Summer" Won
2017 Best Group TFBoys Won

iQiyi All-Star CarnivalEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2014 Song of the Year "Manual of Youth" Won [35]
Most Popular Group TF Boys Won

Sina Weibo Night AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2015 Charity Contribution Award TFBoys Won [36]
2017 Weibo King Won [37]

Mobile Video FestivalEdit

Year Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2016 Hot Trend Idol of the Year TFBoys Won [38]


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