About BTOB


BtoB, group photo from Korean Music Festival, April 2013.jpg
BtoB in April 2013 at the Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles
Background information
Origin South Korea
Genres K-popdanceR&B
Years active 2012–present
Labels Cube Entertainment (South Korea)
Website btobofficial.com
Members Seo Eunkwang
Lee Minhyuk
Lee Changsub
Lim HyunSik
Shin Peniel D.
Jung Ilhoon
Yook Sungjae
Past members Lee Minwoo
Korean name
Hangul 비투비
Revised Romanization Bitubi
McCune–Reischauer Pit’upi

BtoB (pron.: /ˈb.t.b/Korean: 비투비; acronym for Born to Beat) is a seven member male group from South Korea formed in 2012 by Cube Entertainment. The group consists of Seo Eunkwang, Lee Min Hyuk, Lee Changsub, Lim Hyunsik, Peniel D. Shin/Shin Dong-geun, Jung Ilhoon and Yook Sungjae. The group debuted on March 22, 2012 on M! Countdown with Insane and Imagine.[1]



The group was formed by Cube Entertainment. It was stated from the start that Seo Eunkwang, Lee Minhyuk, Lim Hyunsik, Jung Ilhoon and Lee Minwoo were on the list of original members who are waiting to be debuted under the name of “BtoB”. They appeared on the JTBC sitcom “I Live in Cheongdam-dong” as an aspiring boy band working towards their debut.[2] However, Lee Minwoo had dropped out of the list of confirmed members after their first appearance on the sitcom and the fact of him not debuting with BtoB had upset many fans. On March 23, 2012, Cube Entertainment had clarified that there are problems with Minwoo’s health resulting in him being unable to blend into the group. Adding on, he would still be a trainee under Cube. If he was to recover, he would still get a chance to debut. Minwoo was confirmed to debut as a C-Clown member under Yedang Entertainment.[3]

2012: Born to Beat, Asia Promotions and Press Play

On March 21, the group made their debut in a showcase held in Seoul, which was streamed from their official YouTube channel. They performed their title song “Insane“, “Imagine”, and various other songs.[4] On March 22, they made their official debut on on Mnet’s M! Countdown[5] followed by Music BankMusic Core and Inkigayo. On April 3, 2012 they released their debut album Born to Beat, with songs co-written by Jörgen Elofsson.[6] Their first broadcast was on Mnet’s reality program ‘Amazon (Idol Master Zone) on April 4.[7]They followed-up with a digital single titled “Father” released on May 3, in conjunction with May being the ‘Month of Family’[8] along with a music video. An “Asia Special Edition” of their first mini-album was released on May 23, which contained two new songs: “Father” and “Irresistible Lips”, for which a music video was released on the same day.[9]

The release of the Born to Beat ‘Asia Special Edition’ album marked the official start of their Asia promotions. They kick-started their promotions with a press conference in Singapore along with a promotional event in Bugis Square which attracted a crowd of 800 people.[10] The following day, they performed at Clarke Quay for “Music Matters Live 2012”, a five-night festival that featured 40 bands from 18 countries.[11] A month later, they resumed their Asia promotions in Indonesia, participating in an interview with OneTV Asia. In addition, they held their first Indonesian showcase at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Jakarta on June 21, performing for both fans and media officials.[12] They made their debut in Japan with a performance at the “K-Dream Live” concert at Tokyo Dome on July 29 alongside 5 other groups.[13] In addition, the group performed at Sapporo Dome on August 1 for the “K-Pop Nonstop Live 2012 In Sapporo” concert.[14]

Starting September 4, Cube Entertainment released various teaser images and videos for their comeback title track “Wow” and second mini-album.[15][16][17][18] On September 11, 2012 the group released the music video for “Wow” and their second mini album Press Playthe day after.[19] On October 18, they started promoting “I Only Know Love” as the follow-up single on M! Countdown [20] followed by performances on other music programs. A music video for the song was released on October 22[21], which consisted of a montage of the promotional events the group undertook throughout the year.

Following the end of their promotions for “I Only Know Love”, the group commenced their overseas activities once again. They started off in Singapore on December 1, performing as part of a line-up for “Sundown Festival 2012”, an event that invited solo and group acts from South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.[22] On December 11, the group performed as the opening act for the “2012 Asia Super Showcase” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at Kenanga Wholesale City.[23] The group became the first Korean artist to perform at the Thai Supermodel Concert on December 13 at the Bangkok Convention Center, and later held a press conference with around 70 media outlets.[24]

2013: United Cube Concert, 2nd Confession

On February 2 2013, the group participated in their first United Cube Concert alongside their Cube Entertainment label-mates. The concert took place in Seoul’s Jamsil Indoor Stadium, and attracted over 7,000 fans, local and international.[25] An additional concert was held in Yokohoma, Japan, in which the group sang a cover of Japanese band V6‘s “Feel Your Breeze” along with their other songs in front of more than 8,000 fans.[26] On April 10, the group held their first fan-meet in Taiwan for over 1,000 fans. The set-list included a cover of Jay Chou‘s song “Rainbow”.[27]

On April 3, Cube Entertainment released hints of their second comeback through their official twitter account, posting pictures from an music video set. Later, their comeback was confirmed, with a release of a digital single on April 10 titled “2nd Confession”.[28]


Stage name Birth name Date of Birth [29] Position[30]
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul/Hanja
Eunkwang 은광 Seo Eun Kwang 서은광/徐恩光 November 22, 1990(age 22) Leader, Main Vocalist
Minhyuk 민혁 Lee Min Hyuk 이민혁/李旼赫 November 29, 1990(age 22) Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Visual
Changsub 창섭 Lee Chang Sub 이창섭/李昌燮 February 26, 1991(age 22) Lead Vocalist
Hyunsik 현식 Lim Hyun Sik 임현식/任炫植 March 7, 1992 (age 21) Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
Peniel 프니엘 Peniel D. Shin, Shin Donggeun 프니엘, 신동근/辛東根 March 10, 1993 (age 20) Rapper, Vocalist
Ilhoon 일훈 Jung Ilhoon 정일훈/鄭鎰勳 October 4, 1994(age 18) Main Rapper, Vocalist
Sungjae 성재 Yook Sungjae 육성재/陸星材 May 2, 1995 (age 17) Vocalist, Maknae


Extended plays
  • Insane” (2012)
  • “Father” (2012)
  • “Irresistible Lips” (2012)
  • “WOW” (2012)
  • 2nd Confession” (2013)

Music videos

Year Music video Length Note
2012 “비밀 (Insane)” 3:53 featuring A Pink leader Park Chorong
“아버지 (Father)” 3:43
“그 입술을 뺏었어 (Irresistible Lips)” 3:58 featuring actress Seo Woo
“사랑병 (Love Virus)” 4:01 Eunkwang duet with Yoo Sungeun, featuring 4minute‘s Nam Ji-hyun & Roh Ji-hoon
“WOW” 3:38
“WOW (Dance Version)” 3:42
사랑밖에 난 몰라 (Lover Boy) 3:38
2013 “두 번째 고백 (2nd Confession)” 4:14

Other appearances

Year Title Artist(s) Album
2012 “Be Alright” YoseobGayoonG.NA, Changsub Road for Hope OST
“Love Virus” Eunkwang, Yoo Seung Eun N/A
“My Love By My Side” (Feat. Ilhoon) Ilhoon, Gayoon My Love By My Side Musical
“Unripe Apple” (Feat. Ilhoon) Ilhoon, Hyuna Melting
2013 “Nightmare” (Feat. Ilhoon) Ilhoon, 2YOON Harvest Moon
“Oops” (Feat. Ilhoon) Ilhoon, G.NA Beautiful Kisses
“Bye Bye Love” Changsub, Ilhoon, Dongwoon, Yoseob When A Man Loves OST


Reality shows

Television shows

  • 2012: jBTC Living In Chungdamdong (Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Hyunsik, Ilhoon)
  • 2012: jBTC Naughty Boy (Minhyuk)
  • 2013: MBC Reckless Family 2 (Minhyuk)[33]
  • 2013: TvN Play Guide (Ilhoon, episode 4)
  • 2013: Mnet Monstar (Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik, Sungjae) [34]


  • 2012: SBS MTV The Show 2 (Minhyuk and Sungjae) [35]
  • 2012: Weekly Idol
  • 2012: SBS MTV Studio C (Eunkwang) [36]
  • 2012: MBC Idol QTV Miracle on 7th Street (Minhyuk and Sungjae)
  • 2013: MBC Gangnam Feel Dance (Ilhoon)
  • 2013: Weekly Idol (Ilhoon)
  • 2013: Arirang Pops in Seoul MC (Peniel)

Guest Appearances

  • 2012: KBS2 Let’s Go! Dream Team (Eunkwang and Minhyuk)
  • 2012: Olive TV K-POP Tasty Road
  • 2012: GURUPOP (Episode 11)
  • 2012: KBS2 Let’s Go! Dream Team (Eunkwang, Sungjae and Minhyuk)
  • 2013: Romantic and Idol (Minhyuk)

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Result
2012 MTV Best Of the Best Best New Artist Nominated
Cyworld Digital Music Awards Rookie of the Month (September) (“WOW”) Won[37]
2013 27th Golden Disk Awards[38] Next Generation Star Won
22nd Seoul Music Awards Rookie of the Year Nominated

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