MBLAQ (Korean: 엠블랙, Japanese: エムブラック; an acronym for
Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality) is a South Korean boy group
created by South Korean entertainer Rain under J. Tune Camp. The group
consists of Seungho, G.O, and Mir, and formerly
Lee Joon and Thunder.
The group debuted on October 15, 2009, at Rain's Legend of Rainism
On October 14, 2009, the group released their debut single album, Just
BLAQ, which topped various online and offline music charts in South
Korea. The group then released their first extended play album Y on
May 19, 2010, and on January 10, 2011,
MBLAQ released their first
studio album, BLAQ Style.
On December 16, 2014, it was announced Joon and Thunder had departed
from the group and they will focus on individual activities for the
time being. The fandom name is A+, not only a reference to the good
grade on the report card, but also that all members, past or present,
have A+ blood type.
1.1 2009: Just BLAQ
1.2 2010: Y
1.3 2011: BLAQ Style, Japanese debut, and Mona Lisa
1.4 2012: 100% Ver., BLAQ Memories, and 1st Asia Tour
1.5 2013: Sexy Beat & Love Beat
1.6 2014: Broken, Winter,
Lee Joon and Thunder's departure
1.7 2015: Mirror
1.8 2016-2018: Military Enlistments, One man band and financial strife
3 Music, dance, and influence
4 Other activities
4.6 Solo activities
6.1 Reality Show
7 Awards and nominations
7.1 Music programs
7.2 M! Countdown
7.3 Mnet Asian Music Awards
7.4 Mnet 20's Choice Awards
7.5 Other awards
7.6 Other Members Awards
9 External links
2009: Just BLAQ
MBLAQ was first announced on September 21, 2009 with an appearance in
Nylon magazine, after having trained for two years. The group
appeared alongside Rain, in his Legend of Rainism concert. They
performed various songs from their produced EP,
Just BLAQ and were met
with praise, with many spectators at the concert and fans considering
them as the next DBSK. The group released teasers for their
debut song, "Oh Yeah" on October 12, 2009 with the music video
being released two days later. Coinciding with the music video,
MBLAQ's debut single album "Just BLAQ", was released on the same
day, topping various charts in South Korea. The next day, the
group made their broadcast debut on M.net's
M! Countdown with "Oh
In early December, the group debuted in Japan, following their
performance during Rain's fan meeting. Their performance resulted in a
documentary being produced surrounding their stay in Japan. Later
that month, the group commenced promotions for their follow up track,
"G.O.O.D Luv". Two music videos were released: an 'unofficial' music
video prior to the 'official' music video, which was released on
December 10, 2009.
In May 2011, Thunder revealed that former member Sang Bae left the
group due to his poor health. Thunder also stated that he only
MBLAQ fifteen days prior to their debut, and that while he sang
and rapped live for their performances, his voice is not actually
featured on any of the recorded tracks for
Just BLAQ due to time
On May 17, 2010, the group released their second single album, Y, a
track that Rain wrote, composed, produced and choreographed. The
music video for the title track, "Y", was released on the same day at
midnight with teasers being released from May 6.
first place on June 3, 2010 on M! Countdown, and were voted the
best Rookie Group for the first half of 2010 through a poll conducted
by Korean music site Bugs, obtaining 46% of the votes.
On December 29, 2010,
MBLAQ released a teaser music video, featuring
their song "Cry", for their upcoming full-length album, BLAQ
On December 30, 2010, J.Tune Entertainment merged with JYP
Entertainment. However, as
MBLAQ is part of J.Tune Camp, they are not
considered as part of JYP Entertainment, or have any ties with the
2011: BLAQ Style, Japanese debut, and Mona Lisa
MBLAQ in 2011
MBLAQ returned to the music scene in January 2011. MBLAQ
participated in the production of BLAQ Style, with Seungho
composing and playing the piano for the introductory track "Sad
Mir writing the rap lyrics for "You're my +".
On January 3, 2011, J.Tune Camp released MBLAQ's music video for "Cry"
on YouTube, an R&B track produced by E-Tribe. The video gained
more than 500,000 views within a week. J.Tune Camp announced
MBLAQ would be debuting in
Japan in May, signing with Sony Music
On January 10, 2011,
MBLAQ released their first studio album, BLAQ
Style. After only one day of the album's release,
25,000 orders for BLAQ Style. The next day J.Tune Camp released
the full music video for Stay on YouTube, which gained more than
400,000 in a week. On January 13,
MBLAQ performed on M!
Countdown, followed by performances on the 14th, 15th and 16th at
Music Bank, Music Core, and Inkigayo respectively.
MBLAQ were named Artist of the Month by MTV Korea for the month of
February. They then released a repackaged version of their studio
BLAQ Style - 3D Edition on February 22, 2011. The album
consists of the 13 tracks from BLAQ Style, as well as three new
tracks. Two of the three new tracks included MBLAQ's participation
in its production. The track "돌아올 수 없는 (Can't Come
Back)" was composed by G.O and the lyrics were written by both G.O and
Mir, while the song titled "You" was written and composed by Thunder.
When it was released,
BLAQ Style 3D reached number one on the Hanteo
charts. "Again", their last new song from
BLAQ Style - 3D Edition,
was used to promote
The Fighter in South Korea.
BLAQ Style 3D was released in
Taiwan as a licensed album on the March
18, 2011, and reached the number one spot from March 18 to 24 on
Taiwan's G-Music chart under the
J-pop category without any
MBLAQ released their Japanese album on May 4, 2011, with live
performances held at Osaka, Sapporo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Tokyo.
"Your Luv", released on April 19, was ranked first for four
consecutive days on Recochoku.
MBLAQ were also placed first on the
Cellphone Message Music Video chart.
On May 3,
MBLAQ kicked off their Japanese promotions with their debut
event held at Kanagawa Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, gathering a reported
10,000 fans. They performed "Oh Yeah", "Your Luv" and Daijoubu and
more than 4,000 CDs were sold during the event.
Your Luv reached
second position on the Oricon Daily Charts for May 3, which was before
their official Japanese debut and release date. On May 4, Your Luv
reached first position on the Oricon Daily Charts, selling more than
11,000 CDs. A week after their debut,
MBLAQ reached second
position on the Oricon Weekly Charts, selling more than 40,000 copies
of Your Luv.
The mini-album Mona Lisa was released online in July 2011. On July
MBLAQ returned to the stage on Mnet's M! Countdown, followed by
performances on the 15th, 16th and 17th at KBS's Music Bank, MBC's
Music Core, and SBS's Inkigayo respectively. On July
15, when Mona Lisa was released in stores, it reached number one on
the Hanteo Real-time, Daily and Weekly Charts.
On July 15, J.Tune Camp stated that since July 8, Mona Lisa had 30,000
pre-orders, with international fans, in particular Japanese fans,
requesting more copies. J.Tune Camp stated they would be producing
50,000 more copies to meet the demand.
MBLAQ reached the number one position on German music
website Viva with their "Mona Lisa" music video by garnering 111,000
views. MBLAQ's "Mona Lisa" had topped Bulgaria's Popcore TV chart
for sixty eight consecutive days thus far.
The title track, "Baby U", of their new single album was released on
October 26, 2011.
Baby U! reached number two on the Oricon Daily
Chart on its release date, selling more than 22,000 copies. As
part of their promotions,
MBLAQ travelled to Nagoya,
Japan on October
28, Osaka on the 29th, and Tokyo on the 30th to celebrate the release
of their new single. On October 30, 1,500 fans were chosen by a
lottery among the 12,500 people who gathered at the venue to join the
LIVE performance and Great Bingo Tournament. On the final day, 23,000
fans gathered for a special 'High five' event, as well as
Baby U! reached number two on the Oricon Weekly
Chart, selling a total of 45,624 copies in the first week. The
song also reached number one on Japan's Billboard Hot Animation
2012: 100% Ver., BLAQ Memories, and 1st Asia Tour
On January 1, 2012 a video teaser for MBLAQ's fourth extended play
album was released, including their secondary single, “낙서
(Scribble)”. Strangely however the captions on screen were not of
the song's lyrics. In the teaser video,
Lee Joon is wrestling with
Thunder for a woman, and ultimately points his gun to kill. The video
was perceived to be very different from previous
MBLAQ videos, as this
was the first time the group had produced a full-story music video
that incorporated acting and action sequences. The captions were later
revealed, in the second music video teaser, to be for their lead
single "전쟁이야 (This is War)".
On January 5,
MBLAQ released their teaser of “This is War” on
YouTube channel, J.Tune Camp. The video reveals the
5 members in their ensemble scene, and some small snippets of the full
music video. The teaser ends with the members standing center stage
with a string orchestra gathered on either side of them, shooting at
the audience and finishes with a violent blood splatter that reveals
their lead single's name, "전쟁이야 (This is War)". On the
same day, the first concept photo was also released by J.Tune Camp.
The directors jokingly stated that there was a particular member, Mir,
who wanted to shave his hair bald, however they took fans' opinions
into consideration and only let the member go as far as a mohawk.
J. Tune Entertainment announced that MBLAQ's fourth mini-album was
100% Ver. because "[it] is an expression of MBLAQ's
satisfaction and confidence in the album's quality". It has been
valuably noted that
MBLAQ has expended much effort in the making the
Not much has been said by the members about their secondary single,
“낙서 (Scribble)”. The group members only said, “You will be
able to know about this song by listening to it rather than by us
explaining about it”. “Scribble” was released on music portal
websites on January 3, 2012. When "Scribble" was released, it reached
number one on Soribada and Bugs Music, number three on Mnet's Music
chart, and number four on Cyworld Music. "Scribble" was also
promoted along with their lead single, "전쟁이야 (This is War)",
multiple times on stage as their second single from their 100% Ver.
The full music video of "전쟁이야 (This is War)" was released four
days later, on January 10, 2012.
Lee Joon reprised his role as the
recurring lead image of
MBLAQ in the music video as a deadly but
warm-hearted assassin. Thunder also appeared as a lead actor in the
music video as the assassin's closest friend. Both members'
performance in acting, in particular Lee Joon's were positively
reviewed by fans and internet browsers alike.
100% Ver. was released on the same day as the music video, containing
a total of five songs: "Run", "전쟁이야 (This is War)", “낙서
(Scribble)”, "아찔한 그녀 (She's Breathtaking)", and "Hello My
Ex" respectively. It has been revealed that MBLAQ's
100% Ver. had
received more than 40,000 pre-orders. The music video of It's War,
reached 1 million views within a week.
MBLAQ has won
M! Countdown for
2 weeks in a row with This is War.
In early February,
Mir shared a picture on his Twitter of G.O working
really hard on a new album (BLAQ%Ver.) for MBLAQ. On March 1, MBLAQ
started their promotions for Run on M! Countdown, Seungho also injured
his back on the pre-recording of M! Countdown, and a video of their
dance practice for Run was released online on the same day on J.Tune
On March 7,
MBLAQ released a compilation album titled M
BLAQ Memories -
Best in Korea. The album consists of many songs from their Korean
releases, and also includes a Japanese version of You're My +. Upon
its release, the album landed at #9 on the Oricon Daily chart
Mir and G.O., as part of MBLAQ's subunit, released a song
titled "Wild" for their Asia tour. In July, Thunder released a
self-composed solo song titled "Don't Go".
2013: Sexy Beat & Love Beat
On May 28, a teaser video for 스모키걸 (Smoky Girl), the title
track of their comeback album Sexy Beat, was uploaded onto J. Tune
MBLAQ previously mentioned in behind
the scenes video during a photo shot for Cosmopolitan Korea that they
will be returning with the song Smoky Girl, described by member
an addictive song with sexy choreography. Leader Seungho confirms in
the video that
MBLAQ will be making their comeback in the first week
of June. On June 4, the music video for Smoky Girl was released
MBLAQ held a comeback showcase on the same day as the
release of the music video which was streamed live on various websites
such as Mnet's Mwave. Sexy Beat, MBLAQ's fifth extended play
was also released on June 4, which consists of six tracks with
스모키걸 (Smoky Girl) as their title track.
A repackaged special album titled Love Beat was released two months
later on August 12, 2013. It consists of three new tracks: I Don't
Know, Prayer (기도) and No Love as their title track, together with
all six tracks from Sexy Beat. The music video for No Love was
uploaded on J. Tune Camp's official
YouTube channel on August 12,
showing the photoshoot, composing and preparation for Love Beat.
2014: Broken, Winter,
Lee Joon and Thunder's departure
On March 20, 2014 at 12AM (KST), a teaser video for Be a Man, the
title track of their comeback album Broken, was uploaded onto J. Tune
YouTube channel. On March 24, 2014, the music video of
Be a Man was uploaded and the album which consists of seven tracks
which the members actively participated in the writing and composing
part, was subsequently released online at 1
2PM (KST). On the same
MBLAQ also began their comeback promotions for Be a Man by
performing at a comeback showcase in WAPOP Hall at 8PM
On October 13, 2014, it was rumored that
Lee Joon and Thunder would be
leaving the group after the expiration of their contract with J. Tune
J. Tune Camp released an official announcement
stating that this was a rumor and that both Joon and Thunder are in
talks with the company regarding their future activities.
On November 18, 2014,
J. Tune Camp revealed a mysterious image on
their official Twitter which showed the date November 25, 2014. It
turned out to be the release date of their upcoming album which is
made up of self-composed songs.
A few days later on November 20, 2014,
J. Tune Camp revealed the track
list on their official Twitter and the album which appears to be
On December 16, 2014, it was announced Joon and Thunder had departed
from the group and they will focus on individual activities for the
time being; Joon focusing on filming his current drama, MBC's Mr. Back
and Thunder studying music for a while.
The group released their eighth mini album Mirror on June 9, 2015 as
2016-2018: Military Enlistments, One man band and financial
Since the last comeback, Lee Jun and Thunder left the group, of the
remaining members, only G.O finished serving in the military, so he
became an online streamer. In 2017, J.Tune Camp went into
BLAQ Style (2011)
Music, dance, and influence
Initially debuting as a group more focused on dance and pop, MBLAQ
have since experimented with different genres. "Oh Yeah" and "Y" were
dance/pop tracks, "My Dream", "Last Luv" and "Rust" are ballad tracks,
"Bang Bang Bang" is rock ballad, "Cry" is an R&B track, and "Stay"
is a track infused with hip-hop, electronic and rock.
With Rain being their mentor and major influence, he has either
written, composed, produced and/or choreographed a few tracks for
MBLAQ, including "Oh Yeah", "G.O.O.D Luv", and "Y". For the release of
Just BLAQ and Y,
MBLAQ focused heavily on their performance with
strong choreography. With BLAQ Style,
MBLAQ decided to focus more on
the music and melody rather than the choreography.
In late 2009, MBLAQ's first aired program was Mnet's
MBLAQ - The Art
of Seduction, which received record ratings.
With their trip to
Japan for Rain's fanmeet, music channel Mnet Japan
decided to film a documentary of their stay, selecting them as the
first stars of their show 2010 K-Pop Star series. The documentary,
called Yo! Tokyo, aired in early 2010, showing the public their
experience with Japanese culture and traditions over a period of four
On December 15, 2009, it was announced that the group would be part of
season five of the
Idol Show (Hangul: 아이돌 군단의 떴다!
그녀!, lit. Idol Army, She Has Arrived!), with the first episode
airing a day later.
MBLAQ filmed a total of sixteen episodes.
From February 18, 2010,
MBLAQ members G.O and
Lee Joon took on the
role of co-hosts (MCD Guys) for the music show M! Countdown.
In March, Thunder participated in Mnet's Mnet Scandal. Thunder,
having lived in the Philippines, participated in the cable TV show,
Mom, I've gone crazy for English with fellow K-Pop singer Nicole from
Kara, where he was an English mentor to young children. He was
also a host of The M-Wave with fellow artist Krystal from
To coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, MTV Korea created a program
called Idol United, where members of male idol groups formed a soccer
team to compete against other soccer teams. The fourteen-member
team consisted of members from U-KISS, ZE:A, F.Cuz, and The Boss (Dae
Guk Nam Ah), with
MBLAQ members being Seungho,
Lee Joon and Mir.
In addition to his MC role in M! Countdown, Joon also took on the role
of MC for QTV's Ranking Women, however he has since left the
program to focus on his music activities. He was a permanent
member of the TV show Star Golden Bell, which had been replaced by Oh!
My School which is also became a permanent member of.
Lee Joon became known as the only Korean Hollywood idol star after
starring in Hollywood film "Ninja Assassin" with world star and mentor
At the end of May,
MBLAQ participated in GOMTV's Making the Artist, a
small documentary on their life as artists.
MBLAQ filmed a total
of four episodes documenting their promotions for Y.
Following their promotions for Y,
MBLAQ were cast in the final series
of Mnet's Celebrities Go to School. Their mentor for the show is
actor Kim Su-ro. The show started airing in August 2010.
The members of
MBLAQ made an appearance in Lee Joon's drama Housewife
Kim Kwang Ja's Third Activities.
In 2011, Thunder was made a permanent cast member of the KBS show
Imagination Arcade. Fellow member
Lee Joon was a permanent cast
member of Oh! My School, the show ended on May 29, 2011.
MBLAQ took part in Mnet Wide's new corner, Refreshing
Interview, with their own show called Sesame Player.
a total of thirteen episodes, and Infinite had been selected to film
In June, it was announced that G.O would replace B2ST's Yoseob in
Immortal Songs 2, staying as a cast member for at least a month with
new cast members including F.T Island's Hongki, 2PM's Junsu and
Secret's Ji Eun.
In August, members
Lee Joon and Thunder have collaborated with Chinese
artist Vision Wei, and their digital single "Run Away" was released on
In September, it was announced the
Lee Joon had been cast in the SBS
drama Fly Again, which is set to air in early 2012, however, due
to scheduling conflicts, he will be replaced by Lee Chun Hee.
In December, Thunder had a cameo role in jTBC drama Padam Padam... The
Sound of His and Her Heartbeats where he plays the role Yang Kang Woo,
the older brother of Yang Kang Chil (played by Jung Woo-sung).
MBLAQ at the Hello Baby press conference with the child actors
On January 5, it was announced that
MBLAQ would be participating in
KBS Joy's Hello Baby Season 5, and new episodes are aired weekly.
On January 26,
MBLAQ performed at a special concert MBC Music Era (I
Giorni Della Musica) held in Ilsan. The concert consist of live
performances by 38 legendary singers.
MBLAQ was the only idol group to
perform at the concert.
MBLAQ sang Mona Lisa with veteran singers Yoon
Sang, Kim Gwang Jin, BMK, Kim Kyung Ho and Baek Ji Young singing the
Lee Joon also joined Kim Jo Han for a live
performance of Soul Mates.
On February 10, MBLAQ's
Lee Joon &
Mir release a digital single Do
You Remember with legendary singer Kim Jo Han. The song was written by
one of Korea's best composer, Ha Kwang Hoon. A remake from Jo Kwan
Woo’s hit song Winter Story, which was released in 1995. It was
rearranged by producer and songwriter, Shin Jae Hong. During an
interview, Kim Jo Han revealed that he preferred
MBLAQ over SNSD and
the Wonder girls. He had also expressed that he would like to be the
6th member of MBLAQ.
On March 15, it was announced that
MBLAQ would be making a cameo on
the drama KPOP Best Survival, which stars member Mir's sister, Go Eun
On the March 16th, G.O was a special guest on an episode of SBS TV‘s
Salamander Guru and The Shadows. G.O played a stalker and received
positive reviews from fans.
In April it was confirmed that
Lee Joon would have a role in the KBS2
TV drama I Need a Fairy with fellow idol star Go Woori of Rainbow.
Also in April, it was confirmed that G.O was cast in SBS's drama
Phantom after impressing one of the producers of Salamander Guru and
In September it was confirmed that
Lee Joon would have a role in
successful IRIS sequel
IRIS 2 it will begin filming in October and
will start airing in 2013.
In October, TvN announces that
Mir will participate in The Romantic
& Idol, a love variety program wherein idol can date each
Mir also joined the cast of Law of the Jungle 2, he will be
the third idol to participate in the show.
In November 2 they participated with to other groups in the Music Bank
In January, it was confirmed that Thunder will star in MBC trendy
drama Nail Shop Paris as the lead opposite to KARA's Gyuri. The story
will revolve around a nail salon wherein flower boy employees
work. It was reported that
MBLAQ will participate in 64th Sapporo
Snow Festival in
Japan to promote Korean pop culture, the charity
concert will take place on February 9.
In February, G.O was confirmed to have a cameo role in upcoming KBS2
sitcom Remaining Love along with KARA‘s Seungyeon, ZE:A‘s Siwan,
SECRET‘s Ji Eun, and INFINITE‘s Sunggyu.
On May 31, 2011, J.Tune Camp announced that G.O would soon be
releasing a digital single composed of songs he had written and
composed. His solo song is an R'n'B ballad track titled "내
꿈에서라도" or "Even in my Dreams", which features fellow member
On October 25, 2011, G.O released "Believe", a track to appear on the
soundtrack of Mr. Idol. G.O also composed the debut song for
A-Prince, a new group in the music industry.
On July 4, 2012, Thunder released his self composed digital single
"Don't Go" for the group's Asia tour The BLAQ%. His song is an
RnB piece with a sad melody and lyrics that tells how a man feels
after a break up.
J.Tune Camp is set to release G.O's 2nd single "Play The Song"on
November 20th, which features fellow Pianist
Yiruma and 2Face's
chorus. This song is a medium-temp R&B track which expresses
the longing for a past love after a breakup, and the conflicted
emotions are perfectly conveyed through G.O's gentle vocals.
On September 4, 2014, Thunder drops his self-composed digital single
MBLAQ Concert "Blaq Style" (2011)
MBLAQ Concert "Your Luv" (2011)
MBLAQ Concert "Men in MBLAQ" (2011)
MBLAQ Concert "Hello My A+" (2012)
MBLAQ The 1st Asia Tour "The BLAQ% Tour" (2012)
MBLAQ Concert In Mexico (2013)
MBLAQ Sensation Zepp Tour (2013)
MBLAQ Global Tour Concert "Sensation" (2013)
MBLAQ Concert "MPARTY" (2014)
MBLAQ Concert Summer Vacation In Tokyo (2014)
MBLAQ Concert "Thank You" (2014)
MBLAQ Curtain Call (2014)
MBC Every 1
Fifth Season and known as idol army, Co-hosts by
Shin Bong-sun and
Celebrity Goes To School
Final season of the documentary reality show.
MBLAQ's Making The Artist
MBLAQ's mentor for the documentary is Kim Su-ro.
Mir did not appear much as due to some injury.
MBLAQ's Hello Baby
Fifth season raising three multi-cultural children : Dayoung
(Vietnamese-Korean), Lauren (Korean-Canadian) and Leo (French-Korean)
Awards and nominations
These are a collection of MBLAQ's wins on Korea's televised music
M! Countdown airs on Korea cable channel M.net.
"This Is War"
Mnet Asian Music Awards
Mnet Asian Music Awards
Mnet Asian Music Awards (abbreviated as a MAMA), formerly "M.net
KM Music Festival" (MKMF) (1999 - 2008), is a major
K-pop music award
show that is held by
Mnet Media annually in South Korea. Daesang Award
(Grand Prize) is equivalent Artist of the Year.
Best New Male Artists
Best Male Group
Best Male Dance Performance
Best Dance Performance – Male Group
This is War
Song of the Year
Best Dance Performance – Male Group 
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
Mnet 20's Choice Awards is presented by South Korean cable television
2010 Bugs Music Awards
17th Annual Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards
Best Rookie Award
18th Korean Cultural Entertainment Awards
New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award
MTV Video Music Awards
Artist of The Month (February)
Asia Jewelry Awards
19th Korean Cultural Entertainment Awards
Idol Music Daesang
26th Golden Disk Awards
7th Annual Asia Model Awards
Popular Singer Award
2012 Asia Song Festival
Best Korean Artist Award
2013 Republic of Korea Culture Awards
Daesang (Grand) Prize
Other Members Awards
1st Wildflower Film Awards
Best New Actor or Actress
50th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor
The 8th Musical Awards
Best Newcomer Actor
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