|Also known as||The Fighting Boys|
|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 with a promotional video "Ten Years". 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", "For Dreams, Always Be Ready" and "Manual of Youth"; the latter went on to chart at number 1 on Yin Yue Vcharts for 5 consecutive weeks and has won multiple music awards.
2015–present: Mainstream popularityEdit
In 2015, the group released their first mini album, The Big Dreamer.
In 2016, the group starred in their own web drama Finding Soul.
In 2017, TFBoys starred in their own drama Boy Hood, an inspirational youth drama which focuses on baseball. The same year, the group announced that the members will set up their own personal studios to focus on their individual activities.
In the mediaEdit
TFBoys is considered the most popular Chinese boy band and are regarded as pop cultural sensation in their country. 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; as well as their "wholesome and boy-next-door" image. Their impact has extended beyond the music industry, with their members appearing in films, television shows as well as commercial films (CFs).
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.
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. 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. In particular, members Roy Wang and Karry Wang's birthday ads were featured in New York City’s Times Square. In Iceland, the leading newspaper Morgunblaðið celebrated Karry’s 17th birthday last year with a half-page advert bought by fans. The group has contributed in building China's "soft status", by influencing many fans around the world to learn Chinese.
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"). 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).
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album||Notes|
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|
|"Our Times" (我们的时光)||2017||—||—||N/A|
Soundtrack and theme songsEdit
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
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|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Notes|
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|
|2015||Pound of Flesh||Cameo|
|2017||The Great Wall||The Emperor|
|2016||Noble Aspirations||Special appearance|
|Love for Separation||Special appearance|
|2017||Boy Hood||Lead roles|
|2016||Finding Soul||Lead roles|
|2013-2014||TF Teens Go (Season 1)||with trainees of TF Entertainment|
|2014||TFBoys Idols Diary||11 episodes|
|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|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||Favorite Arist - Mainland||TFBoys||Won|||
|Live Popular Singer||Won|
|Favorite Artist - Mainland||Won|
|Hot Trend Artist of the Year||Won|
|2016||Top Group (Mainland)||Won|
|2015||Top 10 Songs of the Year||"Manual of Youth"||Won|||
|Hot Trend Group of the Year||Won|
|2015||Most Popular Song||"Manual of Youth"||Won|||
|Most Popular Group||TFBoys||Won|
|Most Popular Group (Mainland)||Won|
|2015||Most Popular Mandarin Group||TFBoys||Won|||
|Best New Group||Won|
|Audi A3·QQ Social Networking Kings||"Pamper"||Won|
|2016||Most Popular Mandarin Group||TFBoys||Won|
CSC Music AwardsEdit
|2016||Most Popular Group||TFBoys||Won|||
|Top 20 Songs||"Big Dreamer"||Won|
Fresh Asia Music Chart AwardEdit
|Recommended Music Video of the Year||"The Rest of Our Summer"||Won|
|2014||Song of the Year||"Manual of Youth"||Won|||
|Most Popular Group||TF Boys||Won|
Sina Weibo Night AwardsEdit
|2015||Charity Contribution Award||TFBoys||Won|||
Mobile Video FestivalEdit
|2016||Hot Trend Idol of the Year||TFBoys||Won|||
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