BtoB is composed of six members born between 1990 and 1995. The oldest member and the leader of the group is Eunkwang (born Nov 22, 1990). The youngest member (maknae) is Sungjae (born May 2, 1995). BtoB has one foreign member. Peniel is the only foreigner in the group. He was born in Chicago, United States. All the other members were born in South Korea.
leader, main vocalist
lead rapper, lead dancer, vocalist, visual
main dancer, lead vocalist
lead rapper, vocalist
vocalist, face of the group, maknae
Fun Facts and Trivia
The oldest member and leader of BtoB is Eunkwang (born Nov 22, 1990).
The youngest member (maknae) of BtoB is Sungjae (born May 2, 1995).
The tallest member of BTOB is Sungjae with a height of 180 cm (5’11”).
Ilhoon departed from the group in Dec 2020 following a drug controversy.
They debuted on March 22, 2012 with the songs ‘Insane’ and ‘Imagine’.
They earned the nickname ‘Super Rookies’, ‘Energy Rookies’ and ‘Monster Rookies’ after their debut.
Eunkwang and Minhyuk were active composers before BTOB debuted.
They are the second male group of the Cube Entertainment company.
Regarding the position of the members within the group, they are usually divided into two: the vocal line (Eunkwang, Hyunsik, Changsub, Sungjae) and the rapper line (Minhyuk, Peniel and Ilhoon).
His first overseas performance was at ‘Music Matters’ in Singapore in May 2012.
They are known for their powerful live performances and for being improvisers, they do things that seem rehearsed but are actually of the moment (like in Weekly Idol), or when something goes wrong they somehow always end up getting it right (like in some performances, when the music was gone, they kept on dancing).
The members began living together five months before their Debut.
They all sleep in the same room, in three bunk beds.
Its Grand Launching Show cost around $100,000.
They are close to MONSTA X, they were invited to Monsta X Ray’s program because they are friends with them and both leaders of the groups Shownu and Eunkwang made a beauty program called Lipstick Prince.
They are very close to the groups Super Junior, GOT7, VIXX, B.A.P and A Pink.
Most of the members are close to Soyou. Changsub and Hyunsik fight because they say she is their best friend.
His 2nd Mini Album ‘WOW’, was one of the most anticipated in 2012.
Minhyuk and Ilhoon made a special appearance on We Got Married Global Edition, along with Lee Hong Ki and Fujii Mina.
In the promotions of their first mini album “BORN TO BEAT”, all the members performed a hip hop style dance in which they performed deadlifts and various hand movements.
As a group, they have made several cameo appearances in dramas, including I Live in Cheongdam-dong, Monstar, When A Man Loves and The Heirs.
Although they have busy schedules, they mentioned that they have never felt lonely thanks to the fans and revealed that Cube Entertainment does not forbid them from dating, but the members currently have no ambition to be in a relationship at the moment.
The song “Beep Beep” talks about a man’s longing for his ex-lover while driving. The various types of vehicles featured in the music video make a good combination in order to attract attention.
In Weekly Idol, 15& Yerin said her favorite group was BTOB and the member she liked the most was Ilhoon.
Together with A Pink they danced a version of Mr.chu called Mr.ru.
Fans from Latin America made a video for BTOB members for Valentine’s Day, they gathered countries such as: Chile, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Colombia.
The one with the biggest mouth and the strongest legs of all the members is Yook Sungjae (the maknae).
Of all the members, Eunkwang is the most skilled at gambling.
The deepest clavicle of all limbs is that of Changsub.
The one with the perfect nose of all members is Hyunsik (The perfect angle measurement is 130 in Korea).
At the first Seoul ‘HELLO MELODY’ concert, the rappers (Ilhoon, Minhyuk and Peniel) and singers (Eunkwang, Hyunsik, Changsub and Sungjae) exchanged roles, i.e. the rappers sang and the singers rapped. According to the melodys, although some of them lacked a little, the heart of them connected with the members.
Changsub and Eunkwang are afraid of heights, so much so that it took them more than 30 minutes to jump out of an army cabin.
The group is a big fan of John Lennon, as they show in the diary chapters and in the mini-concert of 350 fans.
They were present with A Pink at the third anniversary of Weely Idol, in which A Pink’s Bomi and Eunkwang performed a test of removing paper slips from their faces, causing laughter from the members and MCs by the expressions on their faces.
At the mini concert, while performing their song ‘Cheers’, Minhyuk and Ilhoon made the dramatization of drinking liquor, but out of the fans’ concern, they warned that it was not real liquor.
In a TV program, leader Eunkwang was given A Pink’s 5th mini album ‘LUV’ as a gift.
At their first concert in Seoul, Eunkwang and Sungjae danced and performed the song of PSY’s ‘Gentleman’, causing Melodies to have a sexy and exciting feeling.
Ilhoon, Minhyuk and Hyunsik were the composers of the title song of their 6th Mini Album ‘The Winter’s Tale’.
BTOB leads the Gaon Chart in the album ranking with the 6th mini album “the winter’s tale”.
BTOB was present and encouraging at a presentation by fellow CLC members.
Every summer and winter they change the place of their beds with a game (since they sleep in the same room), it consists of choosing a number from one to 7 and make lines, then with a pen they make paths, then randomly choose the bed depending on how the path they have made for each one has turned out.
Sungjae, Ilhoon and Minhyuk with Hara of KARA made a photo section for High Cut Magazine.
Minhyuk & Peniel made a photo section for “Haru Hana”.
In the videos of “Second cofession” and “the winter’s tale”, the young woman who appears in them is the leader of CLC and in the video of “Beep Beep” the members of CLC appear in it.
BTOB has launched its official Japanese fan club “Melody Japan”, five months after it debuted in Japan. The group, which was in the promotion phase in Japan, held a launch event for its Japanese fan club on March 22 in Tokyo. Approximately 3,000 fans showed up at the event. Famous Japanese guitarist Inoran of Luna Sea was also present to support the group. During the fan meeting, they introduced the new single as well as their other new songs ‘Regrets of Love’ and ‘Magic Time’. They also had a cake-cutting event to celebrate the start of their Japanese fan club, showing off their impressive language skills.
BTOB, with their new single “FUTURE-TOMORROW” is number 2 on Oricon, all the members were very grateful to their fans, so much so, that on Twitter, each one commented messages thanking them for their support, and that they loved them very much.
BTOB is #2 on Billboard Japan Hot 100 and #2 on the CDTV Chart, and ranks 1st on Tower Records Shibuya Store Overall Daily Chart with the Japanese single ‘Future’.
90,000 copies of the single “Future (Tomorrow)” were sold on Tower Records.
The “HELLO MELODY” DVD ranked #7 on the Hanteo Realtime Chart, and on the Synnara Realtime Sale Chart it ranked No. 1.
At the press conference in Japan BTOB is asked, “Q: If your popularity keeps increasing, you will be very busy in Korea and Japan, do you think you will be fine?” The answers were, Eunkwang: We will be happy. I want to be busy. Sungjae: I prefer work days to rest days. Ilhoon: We don’t see it as work day. We think they are times when we can communicate with fans.
Chansub and Hyunsik promoted and made a photo section for “Haru Hana”.
Eunkwang was asked, “If you had to marry a VIXX member, who would it be?” Eunkwang replied: Ken.
Eunji’s mom from Apink gave them pig’s feet and jellyfish with salad to cheer them up for the concert.
BTOB was mentioned in the interview of TAKE’s Shin Seung Hee. Q. Many hoobae idols have covered “Butterfly Grave”, which one was the most memorable? Shin Seung Hee: I see all of them and I am very thankful. Particularly BTOB sang it not once, but many times they sang this song on the radio. They did it very well. I felt like in TAKE.
Changsub and Hyunsik were present and collaborated in the concert of Kim Kwangseok (Hyunsik’s father), Im Ji Hoon.
Reporter Park SuJung’s thoughts after Masked Singer: I would like to recommend you some of these representative groups that are currently in promotion, BTOB and 9MUSES. Seo Eun Kwang, vocal part of BTOB, Lee Changsub, Yook Sung Jae and Im Hyun Sik are worthy for a first vocalist position, without any “black hole” or anything. Recently this vocal group made their comeback with great appreciation for BTOB’s cover of “Butterfly grave”. BTOB has been singing our songs in concert and local radios. They really did well. In fact BTOB has performed several covers recorded by themselves, producing video series such as ” I Will be Your Melody” Thus they show their talent. “
The group was chosen as the new faces of ‘Pizza Heaven’ and have subsequently signed as models for the brand Marketing Manager for ‘Pizza Heaven’: “The new generation of the Hallyu wave, BTOB has an ever-improving image, which I believe is the best combination as the image of Pizza Heaven brand. In the future, BTOB will attract customers’ attention with its diverse personalities and charming energies.
In 2015, the group was chosen as a spokesperson for the sci-fi movie “Terminator: Genisys”.
BTOB’s concerts in Japan will be released on DVD. The Secret Diary Concert will consist of 2 DVDs (Tokyo + Osaka concerts, Rehearsals and backstage shots) Photobook and random Photocard.
21 lucky Melodies were able to have a Meet & Greet with BTOB at each of their Japanese concerts, they were chosen through a raffle.
At The Secret Diary Concert solo concert, Minhyuk sang the corresponding parts of Sungjae, as he was unable to attend the event due to his schedule of “Who are You: School 2015”.
BTOB opened its new CUBE CAFE café, where they sell coffee and breads in the shape of their logo.
At the Secret Diary concert in Japan, around 10,000 fans attended.
The founder of Cube Entertainment personally wrote the title song for BTOB’s comeback, “It’s Okay”.
In the live countdown of his new comeback mini album “I Mean”, Hyunsik confessed to have actually accidentally hit Ilhoon during the MV recordings during their fight scene, so much so that it left his lower lip split.
After 3 years and 7 months they won their first award in a music program.
BTOB appeared on America’s Next Top Model cycle 21.
All members are fans of the girl group GFRIEND, but Changsub is known as the number one fan idol of the girls.
On April 16, they made a special performance at Music Core performing MAMAMOO’s ‘You’re the Best’.
They are considered one of the groups with the best vocal ensembles.
The members of BTOB are very close friends of B.A.P., they were seen together on several occasions, they maintain a very close and good relationship.
At his “2018 BTOB Time: This Is Us” concert in Seoul, Im Hyunsik promises that he will work hard enough to buy a building where all BTOB members can live together again.
Before the game Eunkwang mentioned on more than one occasion that he wished Sungjae would be the new leader as he was the youngest and could manipulate them all and it would be funny to watch, but all the senior members especially Changsub said they would live dark days if that happened (Changsub and Sungjae’s relationship is known as a love/hate relationship), Sungjae personally warned to make their lives miserable if he was going to be the new leader, Jung Ilhoon (The second maknae) was excited to support Sungjae’s leadership as well.
Both Sungjae and Im Hyunsik will officially enlist in the military draft on May 11, 2020, both carrying out active duty as soldiers.
Jung Il Hoon would enlist on May 28, 2020 for compulsory military service as a public service worker.