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  Winner 위너 Group Info

  Tag Category: Winner

  Fanclub: Inner Circle

  Debut:

  Active: 3 years 6 months

  Gender: Male

  of Members: 4

  YG Ent.

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  Winner Group Stats Chart
Stage Name Birth Name Position Birthday Age Height Star Sign C Y BT
Jinwoo 진우 Kim Jinwoo Vocal, Visual 26 177 cm or 5'9½" Libra Ram A
Seunghoon 승훈 Lee Seunghoon Dancer, Rapper 26 182 cm or 5'11½" Capricorn Ram A
Mino 민호 Song Minho Rapper 24 180 cm or 5'11" Aries Rooster A
Seungyoon 승윤 Kang Seungyoon Leader, Vocal, Maknae 24 178 cm or 5'10" Aquarius Rooster B
  About Winner 위너  

Winner 위너 is a male idol group formed in 2014 by YG Entertainment. It consists of four members: Seungyoon, Mino, Seunghoon, and Jinwoo.

The group was first introduced as Team A in the 2013 reality survival program, "WIN: Who Is Next."  Team A and their adversaries, Team B (who later debuted as iKon), were both formed from trainees within YG Entertainment. They competed against each other for the chance to debut as the first YG boy group in eight years, since the debut of Big Bang.  At the conclusion of the program, the name "Winner" was given to Team A after they won all three rounds of public voting.

After several delays, the group made their Korean debut at the YG Family Concert on August 15, 2014. Their broadcast debut was on "Inkigayo" on August 17. On September 10, the group debuted in Japan.

Pre-debut

In 2010, the group's leader, Kang Seungyoon, was a contestant on the singing contest "Superstar K2," where he made it into the final four. The following year, he signed with YG Entertainment and made his acting debut in the sitcom "High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged."  In 2013, he made a solo debut, releasing multiple tracks including the song "It Rains."

Lee Seunghoon was also a former reality-show singing contestant, competing in "K-Pop Star 1" in 2012. He came in fourth place and was recruited by YG. It was announced that he'd signed under YG Entertainment on May 16.

Song Minho began his musical career as an underground rapper under the name "Mino," collaborating with other underground rappers-turned-idols such as Zico, Park Kyung, and P.O. from Block B and Taewoon of Speed.  Mino was initially meant to debut with Block B, but left the group before their debut for personal reasons. In 2011, he debuted under Y2Y Contents Company as part of the group BoM, which disbanded two years later. In 2013, he joined YG Entertainment through an audition, after being spotted from his acting appearance in the 2012 series "The Strongest K-POP Survival" broadcast on Channel A.

Kim Jinwoo attended the Joy Dance Plug in Music Academy, where  he was seen by Big Bang's Seungri, who brought him to YG.  He became a trainee in 2010.

Former member Nam Taehyun was recruited to YG in 2011 through an audition. He and Jinwoo performed as backup dancers at the 2011 YG Family Concert.

"WIN: Who Is Next" and debut

The five trainees formed "Team A" on the reality television program "WIN: Who Is Next," broadcast on Mnet, competing against Team B for the chance to debut as a group.

During the finale episode on October 25, 2013, it was announced that Team A had won the competition and would be debuting as "Winner," releasing two singles on October 28 and performing as the opening act for Big Bang's Japanese dome tour beginning on November 15. That November 15 performance was Winner's first live stage performance; it took place at the Seibu Dome in Saitama, Japan.

On November 9, the members of Winner appeared as backup dancers in Taeyang's music video for "Ringa Linga." From December 13, Winner appeared in their own reality program, "Winner TV."  The ten-episode show aired on Mnet.

In 2014, Seungyoon and Mino featured on a track for Yoon Jong Shin's March project.

Winner's official debut showcase was held on August 6, with their album 2014 S/S digitally released on August 12 and physically on August 14. On the day of Winner's debut, the stock price of YG Entertainment rose by 6.57%, a sign of investor belief in the debut. Their first music show appearance was on "Inkigayo" on August 17, and they became the fastest male group to win on a music show by taking first place on "M Countdown" during their debut stage. The group's official fan club name was announced to be "Inner Circle." Following the album's release, two music videos for their title tracks "Color Ring" and "Empty" (which was co-composed by B.I from Team B) were released on YouTube, and the album charted at number one on the Billboard World Albums Chart. On August 30, a music video for Mino's solo track "I'm Him" was released, with cameo appearances from the members.

On September 10, the group commenced their Japanese promotions for their 2014 S/S: Japan Collection album.  They embarked on their first Japanese solo concert on September 11. The group successfully concluded the tour in Tokyo on October 11, drawing 25,000 fans in total. On December 9, 2014, Fuse announced their 13 Top Breakout Artists of 2014, with Winner coming in at #11 and being the only South Korean artists on the list. On December 17, Dazed Digital published their top 20 K-pop tracks of 2014 with Winner placing tenth with "Color Ring."

2015–present: Solo activities and EXIT

In 2015, the group went on hiatus while the members pursued solo endeavors.  Seungyoon returned to acting with the successful CJ E&M web drama "We Broke Up," which garnered over 16 million views. Jinwoo appeared in the Chinese-Korean drama "The Magical Cell Phone," while Mino competed on the fourth season of Mnet's rap contest "Show Me the Money" and finished as first runner-up. A number of his digital releases from the program were commercially successful, including "Fear" featuring Taeyang, which became the show's most downloaded single with over one million digital sales. In December, it was announced that the group would be returning from hiatus in 2016, with a comeback spread over five project releases.

The group's first release in 2016 was a warm-up duet featuring Mino and Taehyun, titled "Pricked (사랑가시)." Although the single was not promoted, it charted at #2 on Melon and #1 on iTunes in nine countries including Singapore, Thailand, and Brunei. In the lead-up to the group's official comeback, a number of covers of their title tracks were released as promotional teasers, featuring artists including Lee Hi, Zion.T, Epik High, Taeyang, and G-Dragon. The mini-album EXIT : E was released on February 1, and served as Winner's return after an 18-month break since their debut. The group promoted the title tracks "Baby Baby" and "Sentimental" from the EP, the first of the "Exit Movement" series.

In April, Winner appeared on the JTBC variety show "Half-Moon Friends."

In September, Mino and Bobby from iKON debuted as a new hip-hop duo, "MOBB."

On October 12, 2016, YG Entertainment announced that Taehyun would take a hiatus from the group due to mental health issues, and that the rest of the Exit Movement series would be delayed indefinitely.

Former Member

Nam Taehyun 남태현

  SNS Official Links

Official site: ygfamily.com