Here is the Artist of the Week! Posted on Wednesdays as something to get you through the rest of the week~
This week’s artist is…
CN Blue is a fairly unique name. The “CN” stands for “Code Name“, and the BLUE is an abbreviation for each of the member’s characteristics; “Burning“, “Lovely“, “Untouchable” and “Emotional“. (Scroll down to the “members” section to see which characteristic is for which member of the group). One of the things that stands out about this group is the catchy beats in their music. It’s easy to get their songs stuck in your head.
CN Blue is from the same company as FT Island. They’re both pop rock groups where the members play instruments instead of dance. It has been said that FT Island was an “experiment” that led to CN Blue. This may be true, but it’s not a negative thing as the company didn’t abandon FT Island when CN Blue came around. The two groups are friends and there’s no negative feelings about it between them.
This group’s debut was interesting. They first wandered around Japan, playing in the streets as an indie band. After about half a year of that, they released a Korean album. In Korea, their debut song reached the top of the charts, ensuring their success.
I think I should also note that in the first 3 months of CN Blue’s debut, they had a different bassist. Kwon Kwang Jin left for unknown reasons after their first album failed to reach the Oricon chart and he was replaced by Lee Jung Shin.
Just like Hongki of FT Island, Yonghwa of CN Blue got a big role in the super popular drama “You’re Beautiful” as well. And just like FT Island gaining international fans from it, so did CN Blue. Because of the success Yonghwa brought from this role, and because he became so widely recognized by it, he became the new leader of the group.
Soon, Yonghwa landed another role in the drama “Heartstrings”. This time, CN Blue bandmate Min Hyuk joined the casting. I can’t tell if it affected CN Blue further, but it certainly helped Min Hyuk gain recognition among fans.
Jung Yong Hwa ‘Emotional’
Leader, Rhythm Guitarist, Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper
June 22, 1989
Lee Jong Hyun ‘Burning’
Lead Guitarist, Vocalist
May 15, 1990
Kang Min Hyuk ‘Lovely’
Drummer, Backing Vocalist
June 28, 1991
Lee Jung Shin ‘Untouchable’
Bassist, Rapper, Backing Vocalist
September 15, 1991
- They have their own variety show called “CNBLUETORY.”
- Yonghwa was on Season Two of “We Got Married” with Seohyun of SNSD.
- They were also on 1N2D.