F.T. Island 에프티 아일랜드 Group Info

  Tag Category: F.T. Island

  Fanclub: Primadonna

  Fan Color: Yellow

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  Active: 10 years 8 months

  Gender: Male

  of Members: 5

  Active

  F.T. Island Group Stats Chart
Stage Name Birth Name Position Birthday Age Height Star Sign C Y BT
Hongki 홍기 Lee Hongki Vocal, Visual 27 176 cm or 5'9½" Pisces Horse AB
Jonghoon 종훈 Choi Jonghoon Leader 27 178 cm or 5'10" Pisces Horse A
Jaejin 재진 Lee Jaejin Sub-vocal 26 177 cm or 5'9½" Sagittarius Ram A
Seunghyun 승현 Song Seunghyun Rapper 25 180 cm or 5'11" Leo Monkey O
Minhwan 민환 Choi Minhwan Maknae 25 171 cm or 5'7½" Scorpio Monkey A
  About F.T. Island 에프티 아일랜드  

F.T. Island 에프티 아일랜드, also known as Five Treasure Island, is a five-member rock band formed by FNC Entertainment in 2007. The band consists of Choi Jonghoon (leader, guitar, and keyboard), Lee Honggi (main vocals), Lee Jaejin (bass and 2nd vocals), Song Seunghyun (guitar, vocals, and rap) replacing Oh Wonbin in 2009, and Choi Minhwan (drums and sub vocalist).

F.T. Triple (A3), a sub-group of F.T. Island consisting of Jonghoon, Jaejin, and Minhwan, has been inactive since 2012.

F.T. Island debuted in Korea on June 7, 2007, with the song "Love Sick" on the music television program "M Countdown." Their debut album, Cheerful Sensibility, was the sixth best-selling album in 2007. Their debut song "Lovesick" topped the K-Pop charts for eight consecutive weeks. They also won the Best New Male Group in the Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Popularity and Newcomer Awards in the Golden Disk Awards in 2007.

The band debuted in Japan a year later, on June 8, 2008, with the EP Prologue of F.T. Island: Soyogi. It peaked at the 95th position on the Japanese charts and experienced sluggish album sales. It was not until their third Japanese studio album, Five Treasure Island, with the track "Flower Rock," that they saw success in Japan. The album achieved the top spot in chart ranking sales and sold more than 45,000 copies in Japan. F.T. Island is the first foreign male band to top the Oricon Daily Charts, and the first band to top it at all in 42 years.

In 2009, F.T. Triple was formed; they released their first single "Love Letter" in the same year. The band then promoted the single on various music programs in Korea. F.T. Triple has also performed in F.T. Island's concerts such as Men's Stories in 2010, and sang the OST "Don't You Know" for the drama "Master of Study." Main vocalist Honggi made his solo debut in both Korea and Japan with a mini album and a full album respectively. The Korean album, FM302, was released on November 18, 2015, while the Japanese album, AM302, was released on December 9, 2015.

F.T. Island has released fifteen full-length albums, eight mini-albums, many singles, and soundtrack productions for different drama theme songs and anime openings. F.T. Island is considered to be South Korea's first instrumental idol band. The band has also won various prestigious awards such as the Golden Disk Awards and Seoul Music Awards, and held more than 10 different tours since debut.

Debut

F.T. Island's first album, Cheerful Sensibility, was released on June 7, 2007. Prior to that, the members appeared on the Korean television show "Wanna Be My Girlfriend?" 두근두근 여친만들기 on Mnet. The band also performed live onstage at Rolling Hall and held their first official showcase at Live House Melon-AX, Gwangjang-dong in Seoul on May 27, 2007.

The album combined 13 songs, loosely divided into two parts, "Emotional Chapter" and "F.T. Island Chapter," according to the genre of the songs. The "Emotional Chapter" consists of rock ballads, while the "F.T. Island Chapter" was produced by Japanese composers who worked with the Japanese band SMAP, who composed a variety of pop rock songs. Selling over 79,000 copies in 2007, it was the sixth best-selling album of the year. The album was later re-packaged on December 3, 2007, and titled The Refreshment (Vol. 1.5) with three extra songs, a photo book, a stack of photo cards, and a mixing program called Music 2.0 which allows one to adjust the levels of the instruments and vocals. The edition sold 25,724 copies in December 2007.

After debuting in Korea, FNC Entertainment (formerly FNC Music) moved F.T. Island's activities overseas. On March 31, 2008, they held an autograph session in Malaysia at the Damansara Cineleisure, to be followed by the group's first concert at the Sunway Lagoon Amphitheater the next day. However, the performance was canceled. Their first concert was held in Thailand instead, at the Royal Paragon Hall on April 14, 2008.

F.T. Island's first Japanese debut album, Prologue of F.T. Island: Soyogi, was released on June 7, 2008. The album consists of eight songs, two of which were newer versions of the original songs "F.T. Island" and "Primadonna." The last track, "Always Be Mine," is an English version of "First Kiss" from their debut album (though the lyrics are original). Music videos were also released for "Soyogi" and "Friendship," displaying the band's professionalism and playful sides.

After their promotional activities in Japan, the band then returned to Korea releasing their second Korean album Colorful Sensibility on August 27, 2008. A follow-up epilogue, Colorful Sensibility Part 2, was released on October 17.

Later that year, F.T. Island also released "The One," their first Japanese commercial single under indie label AI Entertainment. The single charted at ninth on the Oricon daily charts. The single was the last official release with member Oh Wonbin before his departure.

2009-10

On January 28, 2009, it was announced that member Oh Wonbin would be leaving the group, with FNC trainee Song Seunghyun replacing him as a guitarist and backup vocalist. With the new change in lineup, F.T. Island then released the music video for their mini-album with the title song, "Bad Woman." They also promoted it on SBS' "Inkigayo," and two days later, released the band's first Korean mini-album, Jump Up.

On April 22, F.T. Island released their second Japanese single, "I Believe Myself." For the first time, members participated in lyrics composition. For the song "Moonlight Angel," member Jaejin co-wrote the lyrics and leader Jonghoon co-composed the song. "I Believe Myself" was the first Japanese single with member Seunghyun. They held their 2009 F.T. Island Tour-I Believe Myself in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo during the summer of 2009. F.T. Island also toured parts of Asia which included Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and others to promote themselves in the summer of 2009. The showcase kicked off in Singapore during June 25 to 27.

While preparing for overseas promotions, the members were in the midst of recording their third album. On July 9, FNC Entertainment released jacket photos for the upcoming third album called Cross & Change. On the following day, a music video teaser for "I Hope" was released online, featuring kids watching their idols (played by the members themselves) on TV. The title song, called “I Hope/Barae,” was released on July 16. F.T. Island tried out a variety of music styles for Cross & Change; it included a total of 12 songs, ranging from moving ballads to addictive songs with a bright melody. F.T. Island adopted a new fashion style and concept for the album using a "retro" and the “Bokgo” approach, inspired during the “jeans jeans look” from the 80s in Korea.

F.T. Island released their 3rd Japanese single, "Raining," on October 21. A music video of the single was released. Leader Jonghoon played the piano for the single for the first time instead of the guitar.

After celebrating their 1000th day in the music industry, they traveled to Japan, where they stayed until the end of August to prepare for their major debut under their new Japanese label, Warner Music Japan. They also began a new Japanese television show which aired on April 7, 2010. On May 19, F.T. Island released their new Japanese single "Flower Rock." It entered the Oricon daily charts at number 3 on May 19, 2010, on the day of its release, and held the fourth position of that week. On July 14, F.T. Island released another single named "Brand-new Days," written and composed by members Seunghyun and Jonghoon. F.T. Island performed a five-city concert tour in Japan after releasing both singles. They also performed at the international rock festival Summer Sonic 2010 in Maishima Arena, Osaka, Japan.

After promotions in Japan, F.T. Island focused on their comeback in Korea in mid-August. Their new mini album Beautiful Journey and the music video for their main song "Love Love Love" were released on August 25. They held their comeback performance in Korea on August 27. The title song topped many popular music charts in South Korea and also gained international notice, especially in Taiwan. Jonghoon co-wrote and co-composed the song "Don Quixote's Song," their first Korean song that includes the composition of a member. In November and December, F.T. Island held performances such as the Beautiful Journey Concert and So Today... Concert tour, in both Korea and Japan.

While promoting their second Korean mini-album, F.T. Island recorded another Japanese single, "So Today...," that was released in November. The song "Boom Boom Boom" was composed by Jonghoon. The single ranked sixth on the Oricon Daily Charts. With F.T. Island’s 3rd single taking the sixth position, they then had a record of all their singles ranking in the top ten of the Oricon charts. About 10,000 fans turned up at their promotional events in Osaka and Tokyo on 20 and 21 November.

The band then held a concert in Taiwan on December 25, celebrating Christmas together with 9,000 fans. Former vocalist and guitarist Oh Wonbin, appeared as a special guest and performed his first single as a solo artist and a new, unreleased song. F.T. Island performed songs in three languages: Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

With album sales record of over 100,000, F.T. Island won favorable comments in the Taiwanese media. Four main news agencies (China Times, Yonhap News, Apple Daily, and Liberty Times) wrote news on the concerts, showing the band’s high popularity. F.T. Island broke several records in Taiwan with 500,000 hits on mobile downloads and 10,000,000 hits on music downloads.

2011-12

On April 20, 2011, F.T. Island released their seventh Japanese single "Satisfaction" with accompanying tracks, "Friends" and "I Want." Jonghoon participated in the composition of both of the latter songs. The single debuted at number two on the Oricon weekly singles charts, becoming the band's highest charting single in the country. "Satisfaction" was also selected to be the ending theme song of Fuji Television's anime "Toriko."

On May 18, F.T. Island released their first major debut album in Japan, Five Treasure Island. The album features songs from their previous singles such as "Flower Rock," "Brand New Days," "So Today...," and "Satisfaction." It also contains several new tracks, including the soundtracks for Japanese drama "Muscle Girl!," in which member Honggi played the lead male role. The album ranked first on the Oricon album daily chart.

In late May, F.T. Island returned to the South Korean music scene after almost a year with a mini-album titled Return. The album was released on May 24. The main track was "Hello Hello," a fast-paced rock song. The album featured five songs in total. "I Confess" featured all of the members' vocals.

After releasing a tragic music video for their title track “Severely,” F.T. Island released their fourth mini-album, Grown-Up. Featuring five songs, it is composed of slow-tempo rock ballads. The album was released on January 31, 2012, and secured the top position on the Hanteo album chart for total album sales on both the daily and weekly charts, with the title track topping various online music charts. The album was completely sold out ten days after its release, recording some 50,000 copies sold. F.T. Island achieved the "Triple Crown" recognition for "Severely" on JTBC's Music On Top. "Triple Crown" is a recognition for any artist who has won a music program three times consecutively, and the song would be removed the running for further trophies.

On March 9, F.T. Island and fellow label mates CNBLUE performed in America for the first time at the Los Angeles Nokia Theater.

In April, the band returned to Japan to promote their 7th Japanese single "Neverland," which was released on the 18th. “Neverland,” a fast tempo rock song, was chosen as the opening theme song of the animation "Ozuma," a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Japanese broadcasting system WOWOW.

F.T. Island released their second studio Japanese album 20 [Twenty] on May 16, 2012. It debuted at number four on the weekly Oricon albums chart, selling 41,726 copies in its first week, earning the band their best first-week sales in Japan.

The same year, F.T. Island released their fourth Korean studio album Five Treasure Box and its single "I Wish" on September 10. Within the first week of its release, the album sold over 30,000 copies in South Korea.

2013

The band continued their TAKE FTISLAND tour which started the year before in Seoul, Korea and went to Taiwan in December 2012, and continued the tour in Shanghai and Beijing, China.

On March 27, 2013, F.T. Island released their single, "You Are My Life," with 2 tracks, "Beat It" and "Come Into My Dream." All three songs ended up in the top 5 of Japanese music site Dwango's K-Pop weekly ringtone chart. Their music video for "You Are My Life" took first on Chinese video site YinYueTai's Korea chart.

On April 9, the band's 2009 album Jump Up topped Taiwanese music charts for Korean and Japanese releases, with "Bad Woman" ranking first on the songs chart, as well.

The group released their Japanese album Rated-FT in June 2013, with member-composed tracks such as "Time To," "Hold My Hand," "Black Chocolate," and "Orange Sky." The album charted at third on Japan's Oricon Daily Album Chart on the day it was released.

F.T. Island released their 11th Japanese single "Theory of Happiness" on July 24, 2013. It included two tracks composed by the members, "Eyes On Me" and "Rainy Day," which both topped the Oricon Daily Chart.

The band became the first Korean band to perform three years in a row on Fuji TV's "Mezamashi Live!" on July 28, 2013. F.T. Island also performed live at rock festival Summer Sonic 2013 in Tokyo on August 10 and in Osaka on August 11, marking their second appearance at the festival, following their 2010 appearance. The band also completed its first Japan arena tour of seven cities, titled F.T. Island Arena Tour 2013 ~Freedom~, drawing an audience of 100,000.

F.T. Island returned to Korea in late September 2013, and released their self-composed mini-album Thanks To, dedicated to their fans and supporters. "Memory" and "Always With You" were composed by main singer Honggi, "Try Again" by Jong-hoon, and "Falling Star" by Jae-jin. They held a two-day concert in Seoul on 28 and 29 September, in front of 6000 fans. The concert was called FTHX, combining the first initials of the band (F.T.) with THX for "thanks."  'Memory' by Honggi ranked at 1 on the Taiwanese Omusic chart.

Their Japanese Zepp Tour started on October 1, 2013, in Tokyo with later performances in Sapporo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Shizuoka and Nagoya.

The band made their official Korean comeback with their fifth mini album The Mood on November 18, 2013. It topped the weekly Hanteo chart and Gaon chart and ranked first on the online HMV chart in Japan for pre-released sales.

2014

F.T. Island started 2014 with a concert in Shanghai as part of their FTISLAND’s 6th-anniversary tour. The band released multiple albums and singles in Japan. New Page was released in May 2014, selling an estimated 22,000 copies worldwide and charting at 3rd on the Oricon Daily Charts and 6th on the Oricon Weekly Charts.

A few months later, F.T. Island released a second album, Japan Best – All About in October with the main track "Be Free." It topped the Gaon physical album chart during October 5 and 11 periods, Tower Records daily pre-order charts, and HMV Korean-Asia daily charts. It also achieved 8th position on the Gaon album chart for that month.

The band then released a new single, "To the Light," in October, consisting of three fully composed tracks. "Mitaiken Future" was released on March 16 and "Beautiful" on January 15. "Mitaken Future" was later included in the album New Page. "Beautiful" charted at the 4th position in Oricon's daily singles chart on the same day the album was released.

F.T. Island also held several tours and announced partnership with Taiwanese clothing brand STAYREAL. They were performed at one of China's biggest music festivals, Zebra Music Festival, where the band sang songs such as "Flower Rock" and "Freedom." Ticket sales were long sold out before the festival even started, proving F.T. Island's immense popularity in China. The band was also invited to perform in the Japanese MTV "Unplugged" segment. Honggi was chosen to be the MC for the "M Countdown" 10th anniversary special.

The members also promoted themselves individually throughout 2014. Minhwan was cast in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Seunghyun collaborated with comedian Song Eunyi for "Two Song Place" and starred in the film No One to Trust in the World. Honggi resumed filming "Bride of the Century" after his fall on an icy road. Jaejin sang the title song for the same drama. Honggi also starred in the drama "Modern Farmer" and released his new accessory brand Skullhong. Hongstargram was released as a travel book featuring photos Honggi had taken in different countries during his first solo tour. Jonghoon was cast in an upcoming drama, “Heroes,” slated to premiere in 2015. He also launched his first Art Expedition in Japan, where he showcased his artwork to the public.

2015-present

F.T. Island started the year with their world tour, 2015 FTISLAND [FTHX] Tour, which included concerts in France, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, New York, and Los Angeles.

After a year and four months of hiatus in Korea following their mini album The Mood, FNC Entertainment announced F.T. Island's first fully self-composed album, I Will, which was released on March 23. The music video of "To the Light" was released on YouTube on March 18. The album peaked at 7th on the Billboard World Albums Chart in the second week of April. I Will also performed well on the Gaon Chart, peaking 1st in physical album ranking and 3rd on the Gaon Social Charts in the third week of March. F.T. Island sold 31,000 copies of the album, peaking in 7th position for the highest number of album copies sold in the entire month of March. F.T. Island's next tour was titled We Will with shows in China, Japan, Taiwan and more.

After their Korean comeback, F.T. Island returned to the Japanese market with a new fully composed album, 5.....Go, released on May 13. The main song of the album, "Primavera," is a collaboration with Japanese rock singer Takahiro Moriuchi from One Ok Rock. The official music video was released on YouTube on April 18. "Primavera" is a rock ballad song; the title means "spring" in Latin. The album contained 10 fully self-composed songs with an acoustic version of "Fish." The album was separated into 4 different sets. The first set contained only the songs; the second contained miscellaneous extras such as the official music video; the last two sets contained different performances from their Summer Sonic concert the previous year. F.T. Island celebrated their 5th Japanese anniversary with various tours and sang songs from their new album.

Three months later, F.T. Island released Puppy, a Japanese single. "Puppy" was F.T. Island's 35th single since debut. The album included 2 new songs and came in 4 versions. The first contained only the songs, whereas the second contained an additional DVD concert from 2014; the third set contained additional fan meeting footage, while the last included behind the scenes footage and other miscellaneous extras. The official music video was published on YouTube on August 16. The song was a new type of genre and concentrated on the members' playful and humorous sides. Upon release, the album immediately topped Japan's Music Chart. The song also managed to claim the sixth position in Billboard's Japan Hot 100. After the success of "Puppy" in Japan, F.T. Island then released the Korean version of the song. The band then held an autumn tour in 13 different countries within 32 days. The tour visited Nagoya, Osaka, Sendai, and many more.

In 2016, it was announced that F.T. Island would have Korean and Japanese comebacks that year as well. The Japanese studio album was titled N.W.U. It is the acronym of Naite (泣いて, to cry), Waratte (笑って, to laugh), and Utatte (歌って, to sing), and was released on 6 April. All tracks on the album except the title song were composed and written by the members. The music video for the song "You Don't Know Who I Am" was released on March 18. 7 days later, the highlight medley was released on YouTube. Upon release, the album ranked first at Japanese’s Tower Record, the largest record store in Japan, and second on the Oricon daily album chart. It also topped the HMV Asia daily charts and K-pop charts for famous Japanese sound sources such as Dwango. An arena tour, LAW of FTISLAND: NWU, was held in Osaka, Tokyo, and Aichi. The tour was then extended with performances in Nippon, Budokan, and Tokyo.

On July 11, FNC Entertainment announced F.T. Island's sixth Korean studio album, Where's the Truth?, which was released on 18 July. The main track, "Take Me Now," was personally produced by the members. The music video was released on the same day on YouTube. While their previous best rank on the Billboard world album chart had been at number 7 with I Will, they outdid themselves when Where's the Truth? ranked at number 5. The album also charted at 1st in the Gaon Album Chart for the week of July 23. In an interview, the band was asked why they wanted to pursue rock again, to which Honggi answered, "We threw away what is popular. We showed you popular rock for the past 8 years. In our 9th year, we started to slowly show you the music that we want to do. Lately, it’s hard to find band music on music charts. We wanted to show how we changed based on the fame we earned through popular music."

On the same day as the release for the music video for "Take Me Now," the band's 37th single "Just Do It" was also released. The single topped HMV's Asian album chart and Amazon Japan's Asian pop chart. landed in the top 3 on Tower Records' world music chart, and hit fifth place on the Oricon Singles Chart. On September 2, Universal Studios Japan announced that F.T. Island was the first Kpop group to have a song played on the ride "Hollywood Dream." The song was also listed among Tower Records Japan's top 10 Kpop singles and albums for the second week of September.

Sub-unit

In 2009, Jonghoon, Minhwan, and Jae-jin formed a sub-group called F.T. Triple. They wanted to showcase more of the members' skills and to prevent main vocal Lee Honggi, from straining his voice again. They also wanted to continue promoting F.T. Island while Honggi was filming "You're Beautiful" amd while Seunghyun was taking a break.  The "triple" was incorporated into the sub-unit's name to represent the trio.

At first, the trio was unofficially announced at the Dream Concert in Japan as "A3." They almost named themselves A3 because they all are of blood type A.

In F.T. Triple, Jaejin (originally in charge of bass for F.T. Island) became a guitarist and main vocal; Jonghoon played the piano and Minhwan continued to play the drums. Their first single was titled "Love Letter" and was released with F.T. Island's 2-CD repackaged album Double Date and a second CD named Two Date that features all of F.T. Triple's songs.

Lyric writing and music composition

Every member of F.T. Island has been actively taking part in writing lyrics and composing music. The first member to participate in composing music was Jonghoon, who co-wrote the song "돈키호테의 노래 (Don Quixote's Song)" in 2010. The song was later included in the album Beautiful Journey. He also composed the music for "고백합니다 (I Confess)" which was included in the EP Return in 2011, as well as "We Hope to Become Lovers (애인이 돼 주길 바래요)" in the album Grown-up in 2012.

In the album Five Treasure Box, all members took part in either lyric writing or composing music. Jonghoon co-composed the song "U (All I Want Is You)" and wrote lyrics as well as composing music for "Let It Go!" Honggi took part in writing lyrics for "Stay with Me," "Life," and "Compass (The Way)," while Jaejin composed the music and wrote the lyrics for "Paper Plane." Seunghyun together with Minhwan composed the music for "Wanna Go (World Does Not End Song)" as well as "Compass (The Way)."

In the 2015 album I Will, all members except Minhwan were active in lyric writing and music composition. Honggi composed the album's first track, "Intro." For "Pray," Jonghoon, Honggi, Jaejin, and Seunghyun worked together to write the lyrics and Jonghoon composed the music as well. Honggi took part in lyric writing as well as music composition for the third track, "Black Chocolate." The lyrics to "BPM69" were written by Honggi and Jaejin; Jaejin took part in co-composing the music as well. For the fifth track "Do You Know Why," Honggi wrote the lyrics while Jonghoon composed the music. "Hey Girl" was written by Jonghoon and Jaejin, and Jong-hoon also took part in composing the music. The next track, "To the Light," was penned by Honggi and Jaejin, with Jae-jin also composing the music. Jaejin co-composed and wrote lyrics for their 8th track, "Time to." "Shadow" was entirely written and composed by Jaejin, while "Please" was written and composed by Jonghoon. The last track, "Light," was entirely penned and composed by Honggi.

For the album Where's the Truth?, Hong-gi wrote the lyrics for "Out of Love," "Take Me Now," "Wonderful Life," and "We Are..." Jonghoon wrote the lyrics for "가면(MASK)," "너에게 물들어 (Becoming You)," and "Paparazzi," while Jaejin penned the lyrics for "Lose" and "Stand by Me." Jonghoon composed "가면(MASK)," "너에게 물들어 (Becoming You)," and "Paparazzi," while Jaejin composed the music for "Lose," "너에게 물들어 (Becoming You)," and "Stand by Me." Seunghyun also composed the music for "Paparazzi."

Trivia

  • Honggi and Jonghoon were both born in the Year of the Horse, and their zodiac sign is Pisces.
  • Seunghyun and Minhwan were both born in the Year of the Monkey.
  • At 180 cm or 5'11", Seunghyun is the tallest member.
  • At 171 cm or 5'7½", Minhwan is the shortest member.
  • The height gap between tallest member Seunghyun and shortest member Minhwan is 9 cm.
  • Jonghoon, Seunghyun, and Minhwan are all from Seoul.
  • Jonghoon, Jaejin, and Minhwan all share the blood type A.
  • The age gap between the eldest member, Honggi, and the maknae, Minhwan, is 2 years, 8 months, and 9 days.
  • Honggi and Seunghyun have both attended Kyunghee University.
  • Seunghyun and Minhwan both went to the Seoul School of Performing Arts.

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