World star Rain has been grooming these five boys under his own company, J Tunes Entertainment for over two years. Being the first group to debut under his guidance and training methods—THE PRESSURE IS ON. You’ve seen some of their photos, read snippets about them, and you’re still clueless. I rounded up more info and TONS of pics so that we can get to know them better. And yes, I was serious when I said I am sick of all the new girl groups.
It’s hard to stop once I started. Writing and snooping around are like therapy, making me forget the real world LOL. Anyways, sorry for the off topic beginning. For my so-called “comeback” I decided to make a series of posts with men in them. *as if my blog header isn’t obvious enough* So! Let’s go meet our guys!
INTRODUCING… MBLAQ! Rain and the boys in NYLON
JTunes Entertainment representative revealed, “We are currently coming up with the stage names for 4 members Jung ByungHee, Kim SangBae, Yang SeungHo and Bang CheolYoung. Lee ChangSeon will stay as Lee Joon. We will reveal their stage names and also the meaning to the group name MBLAQ in a while.” YES STAGE NAMES PLEASE. Or at least their nick names. Seriously, it took me a while trying to match their names and faces from different photo sources! Especially at Daum cafes! It can get a little confusing. For a minute I thought their faces were changing randomly! LOL
Rain finally reveals his newest and first creation, 5-member boy band MBLAQ through NYLON magazine!
Rain’s company J.Tune Entertainment stated:
“5-member group MBLAQ, who was directly produced by Rain, will be featured and introduced for the first time though the October publication of fashion magazine NYLON. Because of Rain’s transformation into a producer and this being his first creation of a group, many are showing interest. We are already receiving inquiries for fanclubs.”
MBLAQ pronounced M Black, will release their first single in October.
More group photos:
What’s interesting about MBLAQ (aside from their name, the meaning of which hasn’t been revealed yet) is that Rain delayed the debut of a female solo artist who was reported to debut as his “female version,” to advance his boy band project MBLAQ. But it’s all good. Rain must also be considering the timing. THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN RIGHT NOW FOR BOY GROUPS TO COME OUT OF THE CLOSET. Wait.. that sounded wrong LOL. Some of them aren’t entirely newbies, as one was a former member of another group, and another already starred in Rain’s Hollywood flick as his young self.
Note: Sadly there are no official profiles released yet, which is also good for keeping up people’s anticipation.
Bae Chol Yong a.k.a. FT Island’s Lee Hongki look-a-like, 18 years old
He’s gaining popularity among netizens because he’s actually the brother of actress Go Eun Ah. They look like they have a pretty close relationship, and Go Eun Ah has posted a lot of their photos in her cyworld.
In this photo and angle he really resembles Hongki!
Lee June (the one lifting his shirt in Nylon), 21 years old
The first time I watched Rain’s mv for his 3rd single off Rainism I was like, dang WHO THOSE HOT BOYS BE?! *loses coherence* You gotta give a thumbs up to Rain. He’s giving exposure to his trainees in a huge way by featuring them as models for his clothing line Six to Five, and letting one of them star in his movie. In Hollywood, no less! This song is actually one of my faves and this version made it all the more precious: September 12, acoustic version
Rain with Lee June in Germany while filming for Ninja Assassin. They seriously look like brothers! Must be great to have Rain as your boss. I wouldn’t mind being scolded or punished by him. *Maddd Rain is sexy* I don’t think anyone’s gonna have a problem with that. Am I right or… am I right? LOL
This photo of him in a ballet pose is pretty interesting. We’ll have to see what he brings to the stage when they debut. It’s gonna be epic if he does ballet! Imagine having a combination of classical training with contemporary moves! Awesome.
Kim Sang Bae, 18 years old, the maknae!
From the pics you can tell he’s the youngest one. For sure he’s gonna be the one in charge of “aegyo” LOL. It’s a MUST in boy bands.
Yang Seung Ho (rumored leader), 22 years old
Too bad there aren’t many photos of him, despite him being rumored to be the leader because he’s the oldest. He’s my fave in the NYLON photoshoot, he looks so emo. Already netizens are abuzz about him having a slight resemblance to Suju’s Siwon (in the first pic). Him being a leader is still a rumor though (in Daum), because sometimes being oldest isn’t necessarily the reason for making a trainee the leader.*I’m biased towards this guy. See header*
Jun Byung Hee, 22 years old (only a month younger than Seung Ho)
He already debuted in 2007, in a group called TYKEYS. This is why he has a lot of photos all over the net.
Well, HELLO THAR. I bet he’s gonna be the rapper? LOL sorry the whole vibe/image just screams cool hip hop guy. I wasn’t really paying attention to him in the NYLON photos (I was too focused on Seung Ho) then I saw these pics. HOTDAYUMM. Netizens are already spazzing about his manly image.
TYKEYS is a 3-member male group under TY Entertainment with members Jang Goon (vocals), Soo (vocals) and HyunJeong (rap).
“According to Rain’s agent J.Tune entertainment, MBLAQ is going to make the opening stage at Rain’s 2009 Asia Tour, ‘Legend of Rainism’ concert in Seoul, Korea on October 9th and 10th. At the opening, MBLAQ will open 2 songs including the title song from their mini music album which will be released on October 14th, to the public. A lot of famous foreign labels and press have shown interest after the article about MBLAQ, and not only are they showing interest in Rain’s Seoul concert, they are but also requesting their presence at the concert to see the group. Menawhile, MBLAQ is being spotlighted already, taking the first ranking as the most popular key word from web portals.”
“MBLAQ will perform in 2009 Rain’s Asia Tour- Legend of Rainism, on October 9th and 10th.” MBLAQ will be revealing their song on this performance before October 14th, the date where it is scheduled to release their mini-album. They have been training and practicing for 2 years. J.Tune Entertainment also commented, “Over-sea famous international labels are already getting interested.” “Although people are excited about Rain’s first Korea concert in 3 years, a lot of overseas medias are excited about MBLAQ as well, as a lot of them are requesting to take part in the concert.“
~ BRB squealing and flailing like a school girl ~
I think MBLAQ is gonna be huge. Not only because they are under Rain, but because they’re composed of a pretty interesting mix. They’re the kind of group that’s gonna make it hard for you to have favorites for sure. Sign up in their official international forum here: M-BLAQ ATTACK. I already did and they have lots of more fun stuff there!
credits: K Bites (Sookyeong@WP), AllKpop, Jtunecamp@WP, http://cafe.daum.net/Mblaq, Osen news, MBLAQ Attack
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