B.A.P

비에이피

B.A.P(Korean: 비에이피; an acronym forBest Absolute Perfect) is a six-member hip hop South Korean K-pop boy band formed by TS Entertainment in 2012. The group consists of Bang Yong Guk , Kim Himchan , Jung Daehyun , Yoo Youngjae , Moon Jong Up and Choi Jun Hong (Zelo) . On January 26, 2012, B.A.P made their recording debut with the single " Warrior ", followed by the release of their debut EP,Warriorin February 2012. B.A.P.'s official fan club name is called BABY.

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 B.A.P's Career

2011: Pre-debut

B.A.P. was conceived and began to be promoted in late 2011, starting with Yong Guk , who was a rapper, who signed to TS Entertainment and was featured on labelmate Song Jieun 's song " Going Crazy ".He made a solo debut on August 11, 2011, with the single "I Remember", featuring Yang Yo-seob .A second member, Him Chan , an ulzzang multi-instrumentalist, was first introduced to the public as an MC for a music show program on MTV Korea called "The Show".On November 23, 2011, Zelo was introduced through a collaboration with Yong Guk under the moniker Bang & Zelo,with the song "Never Give Up".

2012–present:WarriorandPower

In January 2012, the group starred in a reality show,Ta-Dah, It's B.A.P, which aired on SBS MTV .The show focused on how the six members play the role of aliens from a different planet who worked together to debut as B.A.P.

On January 26, 2012, the group's debut single, " Warrior ", was released, withMTV Koreacalling it "powerful and charismatic".Additionally, Nancy Lee ofEnews Worldwrote "It appears B.A.P has set out to differentiate itself among the pretty-boy male idol groups currently dominating the K-Pop world with a tough, bad boy image, smashing car windows, kicking up dirt and, you know, doing as boys do."Promotion for the single began on the Korean TV showMusic Bank,followed by other Music TV appearances such asM! Countdown,Music Core,InkigayoandThe Show. On January 28, B.A.P held it's debut showcase on Seoul attended by over 3,000 people.On February 03, 2012, theWarrior (EP)debuted on Billboard 's World Albums Chart at #10.In South Korea,Warriorsold over 10,000 copies in just two days upon its release.

In March 2012, B.A.P released a follow-up single, " Secret Love ".On April 16, 2012, TS Entertainment announced that B.A.P will have a comeback with a new album on April 27, 2012.On April 20, TS Entertainment revealed the name of their comeback single entitled " Power " and released a music video teaser for the song.April 26, 2012 the music video for "Power" was released on the band's YouTube channel. The following day, B.A.P released their mini-album,Poweron various music digital stores.

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 B.A.P's Members

Stage nameBirth nameBunny ColorDate of birthPosition
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul/Hanja
Yongguk용국Bang Yong Guk방용국/方容國Red(1990-03-31)March 31, 1990(age 22)Leader, Main Rapper
Himchan힘찬Kim Him Chan김힘찬/金力燦Pink(1990-04-19)April 19, 1990(age 22)Vocalist, Rapper, Visual
Daehyun대현Jung Dae Hyun정대현/正大賢White(1993-06-28)June 28, 1993(age 18)Main Vocalist, Visual
Youngjae영재Yoo Young Jae유영재/劉永才Yellow(1994-01-24)January 24, 1994(age 18)Lead Vocalist
Jongup종업Moon Jong Up문종업/文鐘業Green(1995-02-06)February 6, 1995(age 17)Main Dancer, Vocalist
Zelo젤로Choi Jun Hong최준홍/最準烘Blue(1996-10-15)October 15, 1996(age 15)Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Maknae

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 B.A.P's Artistry

Musical styles and image

MTV Korea called B.A.P, "a versatile group".On their live performances, Yun Seong Yeol ofStar News Koreacommented, "They've already proved what they're showing on the stage is very distinctive. Their perfect group dance, strong charisma, Bang Yong Guk's raw rap, and Zelo's high-speed rap are in perfect harmony. And Dae Hyun and Young Jae's great voices make their performance reach the climax. As befits their aggressive moves, their performances are very intense. Even top singing groups might have to pay attention to them."Additionally, Nancy Lee ofEnews Worldcommented, "It appears [that] B.A.P has set out to differentiate itself among the pretty-boy male idol groups currently dominating the K-Pop world with a tough, bad boy image, smashing car windows, kicking up dirt and, you know, doing as boys do."On their debut period, the members have all dyed their hair platinum blonde.They have personally participated in their stage ensembles, their concept, as well as writing and composing their songs on the album in order to express their unique colors.As member Yoo Youngjae pointed out, "we wanted to prevent ourselves from being too different, because we wanted a ‘team’ image on stage."When asked about the biggest difference between B.A.P and other idol groups, Yong Guk commented, "We are manly. When you look at the dances that many male idol groups dance, there are a lot of moves where their lines stand out. So there are times where they look prettier when dancing in a group, but in contrast to that, we wanted to express a powerful side more rather than give enjoyment to the eyes. That's why I think we look more different. And our music style and fashion as well.

Influences

B.A.P's musical style is heavily influenced by Hip-Hop music.B.A.P's leader Bang Yong Guk shared the group's passion for African American Music , he confessed, "We're like a white paper now, on which can have any kinds of drawing. On the contrary to this, our music is black. All members love African-American music as it has soul. If we can be born again, we want to be born as African-Americans and do their music.Yong Guk and Zelo cites 50 cent , P. Diddy , Pharrell and other rappers as their musical influences.Additionally Yong Guk commented, "My goal from the beginning wasn't becoming a K-pop singer. But seeing Supreme Team or Dynamic Duo who have popularized hip hop music [in Korea], I wanted to take part in it and make my contribution to the genre’s development."Aside from being a rapper, Yong Guk is also a song-writer, having participating on composing of all B.A.P's songs in their debut album,Warrior (EP).Kim Himchan is a multi-instrumentalist and is influenced by Korean Traditional Music.Himchan plays various Korean traditional instruments, such as daegeum (flute-like traditional instrument), janggu (drum-like traditional instrument), kkwaenggwari and jing .In college, Himchan continued in this direction with a major in traditional arts at the Korea National University of Arts .Jung Daehyun is influenced by R&B music and cites Shin Yong Jae as his musical influence.Yoo Youngjae is influenced by R&B and Neo Soul music; and cites Musiq Soulchild as his musical influence.Moon Jong Up is influenced by dance, Hip-Hop & R&B music; he cites Chris Brown as his major influence and one of his idols particularly in singing and dancing.Zelo is influenced by Hip-Hop and R&B music, and cites Will.I.Am and Kanye West as his role models.

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 B.A.P's Discography

Extended plays

Singles

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 B.A.P's Filmography

Reality shows

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 B.A.P's References

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  6. "Bang & Zelo release “Never Give Up” MV". 6Theory Media. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/12/bang-zelo-release-never-give-up-mv. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
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  14. (Korean)"B.A.P, 데뷔 앨범 1만장 발매 이틀만에 '완판' [B.A.P’s debut album ‘Warrior’ sells 10,000 copies in 2 days"]. TV Report. http://star.mt.co.kr/stview.php?no=2012012514080949217. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  15. Suk, Monica (2012-02-27). "B.A.P to go on stage with follow-up song in March". 10asiae News. 10asiae (ⓒ 10아시아 ). http://10.asiae.co.kr/Articles/new_view.htm?sec=&a_id=2012022313580795173. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  16. "The 6 ‘Warriors’ of B.A.P will be making a comeback next week!". Allkpop. 6theory Media). 2012-04-16. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/04/the-6-warriors-of-b-a-p-will-be-making-a-comeback-next-week. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  17. "B.A.P. releases teaser for “POWER”". Allkpop. 6theory Media). 2012-04-20. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/04/b-a-p-releases-teaser-for-powe. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  18. (Korean) "Profile - B.A.P 멤버별 프로필 단독 공개! [Naver - Artist - Profile - B.A.P]". NHN Corp. http://music.naver.com/promotion/specialContent.nhn?articleId=2722. Retrieved 2012-05-1. 
  19. Lee, Ellie (2012-01-19). "B.A.P’s Himchan & Young Jae Teaser Photos Released". MTV Korea. MTV World & MTV Networks, Viacom International Inc. http://www.mtvk.com/blog-posts/b-a-ps-himchan-young-jae-teaser-photos-released/. Retrieved 2012-04-1. 
  20. Lee, Ellie (2012-01-17). "B.A.P Reveals Album Jacket Photos For Two More Members". MTV Korea. MTV World & MTV Networks, Viacom International Inc. http://www.mtvk.com/blog-posts/b-a-p-reveals-album-jacket-photos-for-two-more-members/. Retrieved 2012-04-1. 
  21. Yun Seong Yeol (2012-02-16). "New boy group B.A.P says, “We want to conquer the earth!” (Interview)". Star News. STARNEWS. http://star.mt.co.kr/stviewEng.php?type=3&no=2012021114355330574. Retrieved 2012-3-30. 
  22. "B.A.P is determined to conquer the world with their music". Allkpop. 6theory Media. 2012-02-2. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/02/b-a-p-is-determined-to-conquer-the-world-with-their-music. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  23. (Korean)Hwang Mi-Hyeon (2012-02-6). "B.A.P “지구정복! 결코 헛된 꿈이 아니랍니다”[인터뷰 [B.A.P is determined to conquer the world with their music]". OSEN. Intigram. http://osen.mt.co.kr/article/G1109348369. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  24. (Korean) "2012년 4월호 ELLE Girl - B.A.P [Elle Magazine Korea April Edition, B.A.P Interview]". Daum News. Daum Communications. 2012-03-21. http://blog.daum.net/whkhk58. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  25. "Artist Search - B.A.P, Profile". KBS World. http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_artist_detail.htm?No=106531. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  26. "Exclusive interview with Bang & Zelo!". Daily Kpop News. http://www.dkpopnews.net/2012/01/dkp-exlusive-exclusive-interview-with.html. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
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  28. "B.A.P’s Himchan revealed to be a graduate of top tier arts schools". 6theory Media. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/02/b-a-ps-himchan-revealed-to-be-a-graduate-of-top-tier-arts-schools. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
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