|Stage Name||Birth Name||Position||Birthday||Age||Height||Star Sign||C Y||BT|
|Taeil 태일||Lee Taeil||Vocal||27||167 cm or 5'5½"||Libra||Horse||AB|
|B-Bomb 비범||Lee Minhyuk||Dancer||27||178 cm or 5'10"||Sagittarius||Horse||A|
|Jaehyo 재효||Ahn Jaehyo||Vocal, Visual||27||182 cm or 5'11½"||Capricorn||Horse||A|
|U-Kwon 유권||Kim Yukwon||Dancer||26||176 cm or 5'9½"||Aries||Monkey||A|
|Park Kyung 박경||Park Kyung||Rapper||26||176 cm or 5'9½"||Cancer||Monkey||B|
|Zico 지코||Woo Jiho||Leader, Rapper||25||182 cm or 5'11½"||Virgo||Monkey||O|
|P.O. 피오||Pyo Jihoon||Rapper, Maknae||25||181 cm or 5'11½"||Aquarius||Rooster||B|
Block B 블락비 is a male idol group created by Cho PD, active since 2011. The group consists of seven members: Taeil, B-Bomb, Jaehyo, U-Kwon, Park Kyung, Zico, and P.O.
In February 2011, Cho PD announced that he would be spending $1.4 million to create a seven-member hip-hop group under his "Creating Korea's Eminem Project." On April 13, 2011, their debut music video for "Freeze!" was released, but banned by the Commission of Youth Protection because they felt that it was too sexy for Korean television. As a result, the song could not be sold to minors under the age of 19, and the video could not be aired before 10 pm. On April 15, 2011, Block B made their live debut on KBS' "Music Bank." The group followed up with another track, "Wanna B." A mini-album, New Kids on the Block, was released on June 23, 2011.
On June 22, 2011, the first episode of MTV's eight-episode series "Match Up!" was aired featuring Block B and B1A4. On October 16, 2011, MTV started airing a series of specials for the "Match Up" series that followed Block B as they promoted in Japan.
Welcome to the Block, their second mini-album, ran into some controversy: two songs from the album were banned as inappropriate for minors by The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) and KBS.
In February 2012, Block B came under fire for a mis-translation of a video from an interview that had taken place in Thailand a month earlier. In response, the members issued letters of apology and released a video on their record company's YouTube channel. As result of this incident, Zico shaved his head to demonstrate his remorse.
Block B returned in October 2012 with their first full-length album, Blockbuster. The lead track "Nillili Mambo" was well-received and ranked number 10 on Billboard's World Albums Chart.
On January 3, it was reported that Block B had filed a suit against their agency to ask for their exclusive contract to be nullified.
According to media reports, the Block B members filed against Stardom at the Seoul Central District Court, stating, "During the signing of the exclusive contract, it was promised that in addition to providing proper training opportunity and facilities, we would be paid on every 25th of the following month… However, the agency has not paid us for nearly one year since April of 2011."
"It started last year in March when one member's contract was ended and his portion of the pay was calculated… Appearance fees from events as well as pay from SBS drama 'Phantom's OST, MBC drama 'Golden Time' OST, and funds collected from the inauguration of our Japanese fan site's fan club, and more for a total of 10 things, have been omitted."
They added, "The CEO of the agency, Mr Lee, has also disappeared with the 70,000,000 KRW that he collected from the members' parents."
On May 20, 2013, it was reported that Mr. Lee had committed suicide.
On June 7, 2013, the court ruled in favor of the company, saying, "It's difficult to see the company not being able to pay the group as intentional. From the evidence provided so far, it is difficult to claim that the label purposely did not pay Block B. It is also difficult to say that the label did not provide proper facilities such as studios and dorms, and it is also difficult to say that they did not provide education and guidance. From written records, it cannot be said that Stardom Entertainment violated their management obligations. There is a possibility that the musical income of 430,000,000 KRW and the event income of 5,000,000 KRW was not properly taken care of. However, from just the evidence provided, it cannot be said that the label purposely kept the money from the members."
Block B issued a statement in response to the ruling, apologizing to fans and saying they would no longer be working with Stardom Entertainment. The group also said that they would be contesting the ruling, and were preparing independent promotions.
On August 29, 2013, Block B announced that they had negotiated the transfer of their rights from Stardom to a new management company, Seven Seasons. A representative from Seven Seasons said that the group was planning to release a new album in October.
Seven Seasons created a YouTube channel in which they uploaded Block B videos. On August 31, 2013, Seven Seasons released U-Kwon's teaser video, which featured him jogging through urban Seoul, with the question, "Do you wanna B?" at the end. Following that was Jaehyo and P.O.'s teaser released on September 4, showing the two suiting up. That teaser also ended with the question, "Do you wanna B?"
On September 17, 2013, Block B announced their pre-released single via Seven Seasons' YouTube channel. The single "Be the Light" featured Taeil singing with a short clip of their music video. The full video was released September 22, 2013. The song reached #14 on the Gaon digital chart in the first week of its release.
Block B released their next mini-album, Very Good, with five songs, on October 2. The group also released a video of the title song, along with a "Maximum Close Up Version" on October 7 and a "Dance Like BB Version" on October 15. They held a comeback showcase October 3 at Korea University Hwajeong Gym in Seoul.
Very Good debuted at number one on the Gaon album chart, while the singles "Very Good," "When Where What How," and "Nice Day" debuted at number six, 20, and 26, respectively, on the Gaon digital single chart. The album also debuted at number six on the Billboard world album chart.
Block B starred in their own reality show, "Five Minutes Before Chaos (개판5분전)," which premiered April 10 on Mnet. In early April, Block B announced that they would release a new album entitled Jackpot. The video for the album's title track was released on April 15, while the album itself was scheduled to be released on April 17. Although the physical album was released, the group's comeback was canceled following the capsizing of a South Korean ferry carrying more than 400 people.
Block B held their first Korean concert series, 2014 Blockbuster, in May, selling out Olympic Park’s Olympic Hall on the first day of pre-sales. The series was held on May 17 and 18 in Seoul and on May 23 and 24 in Busan. Block B presented showcases in New York, Miami, and Washington D.C. in June through the concert organizer Jazzy Group.
On July 11, Seven Seasons announced that Block B would release a new mini-album, entitled H.E.R., on July 24. Six days later, Seven Seasons released Jackpot digitally for the first time as part of the lead up to the release of H.E.R., as well as a behind the scenes version of the "Jackpot" video. "Jackpot" ranked number ten on the Gaon digital singles chart the first week of its release.
"H.E.R." was released on July 24 with an accompanying music video. The song debuted at number three on the Gaon digital singles chart, while the singles "Jackpot," "Extraordinary Woman," Hold Me Now," and "Very Good (Rough Ver.)" debuted at number five, 16, 28, and 80, respectively. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard world album chart and number two on the Gaon album chart.
On November 22 and 23, Block B held an encore solo Korean concert series, 2014 Blockbuster Remastering, which attracted more than 10,000 fans to two shows at Seoul's SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium.
Block B made its official Japanese debut on January 21, 2015, with the release of the single "Very Good (Japanese Version)." The single debuted at number five on the Oricon weekly chart and number seven on the Billboard Japan Hot 100. The CD release followed a pair of concerts in Tokyo on January 16 and 17 that attracted more than 5,000 fans.
The group had its first official fan meeting on February 15, 2015, attracting approximately 8,000 fans to Seoul's SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium.
Block B conducted their first European tour in February and March 2015, visiting Paris on February 27, Helsinki on March 1, Warsaw on March 6, and Milan on March 8. The tour sold out most shows.
On March 27, Taeil released the solo track "Shaking" (also called "Inspiring"), which describes the angst of being around the one you secretly love. The song's release was accompanied by a music video starring actress Nam Jihyun. Because the story is told from singer's first-person perspective, Taeil does not physically appear in the video.
On April 5 and 6, Block B announced through solo teaser photos that P.O., U-Kwon, and B-Bomb would make up the group's first sub-unit, Bastarz. The sub-unit's album was released April 13, along with a video for "Conduct Zero." The album debuted at number three on the Gaon album chart. To promote the sub-unit, B-Bomb and U-Kwon co-starred in a web drama entitled "Jumping Girl" with f(x)'s Luna and Secret's Hana.
Block B's official Japanese website announced May 1 that the group would release its second single in the country, the Japanese version of "H.E.R.," on May 27. Block B began a tour of Japan on May 14; although originally four concerts were scheduled, due to strong demand for tickets the tour was expanded to seven concerts, with performances in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Nagoya drawing some 20,000 fans. The single "H.E.R." debuted at number seven on the weekly Oricon chart.
On August 2, Block B performed at the Los Angeles KCON. The Los Angeles Times reported, "Block B had one of the most successful melds of Korean hip-hop with boy-band dynamics to come of the scene."
Park Kyung released a solo track on September 21 called "Ordinary Love," featuring Park Boram. The track was produced by Park Kyung in collaboration with Kero One. "Ordinary Love" debuted at number 3 on the Gaon digital chart.
On September 23, it was announced that Block B would tour the USA for a second time in a concert series organized by SubKulture Entertainment. The group performed in San Francisco on November 11, the Chicago area on November 13, and Los Angeles on November 15.
On March 26, shortly before the release of their lead single, the entire group appeared as guests on the television show "Saturday Night Live Korea." The episode included a skit about fan fiction in which Park Kyung and Zico fell in love and kissed each other on the mouth. The kiss resulted in the show being sanctioned by the Korea Communications Standards Commission, which ruled that the skit promoted homosexuality to minors.
Block B released the single "A Few Years Later" two days after their "Saturday Night Live Korea" appearance, and it debuted at number three on the Gaon digital chart. Blooming Period debuted at number one on the Gaon album chart, with the singles "Toy," "Walkin' in the Rain," "It Was Love" (Taeil version), and "Bingle Bingle" debuting on the Gaon digital chart at number two, 16, 17, and 52, respectively.
Block B released two singles in Japan in 2016, "Jackpot" and "Toy." In late September, it was announced that the group would release My Zone, their first Japanese album, on October 26. The album includes Block B's first original Japanese song, "My Zone," the video of which was released October 15.
Bastarz's lead single "Selfish & Beautiful Girl," composed by P.O., was released on October 24. A follow-up single, "Make It Rain," was released on October 31 along with the full Welcome 2 Bastarz extended play.
On December 15, 2016, the concert organizer My Music Taste announced that Block B would have a European tour in February and March 2017. The cities on the tour included Amsterdam, Helsinki, Lisbon, Budapest, and London.
On February 6, 2017, Block B released the digital single "Yesterday." The song, composed by Park Kyung, achieved an "all kill," topping six of Korea's real-time music charts.