AB6IX: From Wanna One and MXM to the group they are today.

by Helen Bosch
ab6ix mo complete album cover: members in colorful suites in front of bright orange background
ab6ix mo complete album cover: members in colorful suites in front of bright orange background

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The five members of AB6IX and their fans achieve absolute perfection when they are together. At least, that's the meaning behind the boy group's name: "AB6IX" is short for "Absolute Six."

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K-Pop fans have seen four of the members in public for the first time in 2017. Namely, the future AB6IX members fought for victory in the survival show "Produce 101 Season 2."

Produce 101 Season 2

One year after 101 female trainees competed for a spot in the project girl group I.O.I in the first season, this time 101 male trainees competed for the same goal.

Produce 101 season 2 poster

The agency "Brand New Music" sent Lim Youngmin, Park Woojin, Kim Donghyun and Lee Daehwi into the race. This alone caused surprise because Brand New Music was known as a hip-hop label and had not produced any idols until then.

Any doubts were immediately dispelled as the four trainees impressed with their audition: a performance of their own song "Hollywood". The song was written and composed by Daehwi. Park Woojin was responsible for the choreography. Their talent was appreciated not only by the jury and the trainees, but also by the fans.

Thanks to their votes, both Daehwi (3rd place) and Woojin (6th place) were among the eleven winners of the show, which debuted in August 2017 as a boy group called "Wanne One." Youngmin (15th place) didn't make it into the group, but still made it to the finals! Donghyun (ranked 28th) was eliminated just one episode earlier.

Wanna One

The eleven winners of Survival Show were active together for a year and a half. From their debut in early August 2017 with "Energetic" to their last concert in late January 2019.

In the short time, the boy group released 5 albums and caused a huge hype. All albums topped the album charts and most singles also made it to the top of the charts! In addition, Wanna One won 12 awards in various award ceremonies such as the "Mnet Asian Music Awards" or the "Seoul Music Awards"! Television shows in which the successful group appeared regularly saw a huge increase in viewer ratings.

wanna one group selfie with all eleven members at musicshow

So the boy group was undoubtedly one of the most successful idol groups in 2017 and 2018, but although fans have known from the beginning that Wanna One is "just" a project group that will disband after less than two years, the sadness was great when the moment actually came. Even the eyes of the members did not remain dry at their last concert.

They returned to their respective agencies at the end of January. Jinyoung debuted in the five-member boy group "CIX," Lai Kuanlin is active as an actor in China, and Minhyun returned to his group NU'EST. The other six - Yoon Jisung, Ha Sungwoon, Ong Seongwu, Kim Jaehwan, Kang Daniel & Park Jihoon - debuted solo.

It seemed almost like a dream that 10 of them, despite having their own careers, gathered once again in December 2021 to perform their past hits at the MAMA Awards. Lai Kuanlin, unfortunately, could not be there.

While Daehwi and Woojin were active in Wanna One, Youngmin and Donghyun debuted as a duo called "MXM" in 2017.

MXM

The name has two meanings. The first "Mix and Match" is meant to express how well the two harmonize as a group. The other "More and More" symbolizes the desire to keep growing and moving up in the music industry.

The first album "Unmix" was released on September 6. This was followed by the second album "Match Up" in March 2018 and the third album "More Than Ever" in August 2018. Daehwi was even involved in the first and third albums, as he wrote "Good Days" from "Unmix" and two of the 14 songs from "More Than Ever": "Hoping That You'd Love Me" & "Dawn". The third album was also the last, as in 2019 the two debuted together with Daehwi, Woojin and a fifth member as AB6IX.

project group ydpp : brand new music and starship entertainment

In 2018, MXM formed the project group YDPP (Youth, Dream, Passion, Purity) together with Jeong Sewoon and Lee Gwanghyun of Starship Entertainment, who were also featured in Produce 101 Season 2. YDPP released the digital single "Love It Live It" on April 5, 2018.

After Wanna One disbanded in January 2019, Daehwi and Woojin returned to their agency Brand New Music to prepare for a debut in a boy group together with Youngmin and Donghyun. Back in April, the first episode of a reality show called "BrandNewBoys" aired, following the boys as they prepared for their debut.

In the same month, "Jeon Woong" was introduced as the fifth member of the boy group!

Jeon Woong was a six-year trainee at various agencies such as JYP, YG, and Woollim Entertainment before finally landing at Brand New Music. He was featured in Infinite H's music video "As Long As You're Not Crazy" and the survival show "Stray Kids," among others. When the show was filmed, Woong was a trainee under YG and competed as part of team YG against the future members of Stray Kids. During his time in Brand New Music, he served as MXM's backup dancer, for example.

AB6IX

On April 26, 2019, AB6IX released a performance video for the song Hollywood, which four of the five members previously performed in Produce 101 in 2017, ahead of their official debut. In the music video, all five members perform the song!

And then the time finally came: on May 22, AB6IX debuted with their first album "B:Complete" including the title track "Breathe". It reached number 2 in the Gaon album charts!

It wasn't too much of a surprise that Daehwi participated in the lyrics and music of almost all of the seven tracks, after all he had proven his talent many times before. Not only in that he wrote songs for his colleagues from MXM. He established himself so far that he even wrote a song for IZ*ONE or later for the solo albums of his former Wanna One members - Yoon Jisung & Park Jihoon.

In fact, in B:Complete, Youngmin and Woojin were also heavily involved in the lyrics. AB6IX is a group full of all-rounders!

The debut album was followed by the first fan meeting as early as July, and in September the boy group worked with American singer "Lizzo" on a remix of their song "Truth Hurts." Then in October it was time for a new album: at the beginning of the month "6ixense" and the music video for the title song "Blind for Love" were released.

On November 9, AB6IX first concert under the same title - "6ixense" - took place.

The year 2020 began for AB6IX with the digital album "5nally", which was released in February

It is different from the previous albums, because all five tracks are solo songs: each member sang an own song and even released an own music video!

In February and March, due to the worldwide Corona Pandemic, the European and U.S. concerts that should have been part of the "6ixense" tour had to be cancelled. This would have been the first chance for fans to see the solo songs live.

Instead they could look forward to a new album that was supposed to be released already on June 8. However, on June 4, it was announced that the album was postponed until the end of the month. Brand New Music explained that on May 31, Youngmin was caught drunk driving by the police and had to surrender his driver's license. As a result, all his activities were suspended. Then on June 8, the agency announced that Youngmin was leaving the group.

On June 29, the album "Vivid" was released. To the surprise of fans, Youngmin can still be seen in the music video for the title song "The Answer"! However, his name does not appear in the credits of the album because all his vocal parts were removed.

Youngmin can still be seen in the physical album as well, although much less than the other members. It almost seems like a bit of a farewell gesture for the fans.

In November, AB6IX officially released the first album as a foursome, "Salute."

The members

NameBirthday
Lee Daehwi29.01.2001
Kim Donghyun17.09.1998
Park Woojin02.11.1999
Jeon Woong15.10.1997

Formerly

NameBirthday
Lim Youngmin25.11.1995

In 2020, the boy group presented three albums and debuted in Japan.

Before anything else, AB6IX released an official remix of "Adrenaline" (Orig.: Why Don't We) on January 7. The original singers also commented on the remix on Twitter. Later that same month, a repackage of Salute was released, titled "Salute: A New Hope" and featuring the title track "Stay Young." Fans of the boy group didn't have to wait long, because already in April AB6IX presented another album called "Mo' Complete: Have a Dream". As if that wasn't enough, a single titled "Gemini" for the music app "Universe" followed in May.

ab6ix album mo complete cover

Fans were also well taken care of in the second half of the year, as the boy group released their eighth album "Mo’ Complete" at the end of September.

On November 24, two and a half years after their debut, AB6IX debuted in Japan. The first Japanese album is called "Absolute 6ix." It contains 5 Japanese versions of the band's Korean songs, such as their debut song "Breathe".

During the change of the year, the guys didn't take a break, because already on January 17, the group made a comeback with the special album "Complete With You". It contains 5 songs, a solo from each member and the joint title track "1,2,3". With the title "Complete With You" AB6IX wants to say that they are truly complete only with their fans, to whom the album is dedicated.

We are looking forward to another year in which the boy group will gift us with new music. Finally, we have listed all the albums here for you to see:

Album Title SongRelease Date
B:CompleteBreathe22.05.2019
6ixenseBlind for Love10.2019
5nally13.02.2020
VividThe Answer29.06.2020
SaluteSalute02.11.2020
Salute: A New HopeStay Young01.2021
Mo’ Complete: Have a DreamClose26.04.2021
Mo’ CompleteCherry27.09.2021
Absolute 6ix (Japanese)24.11.2021
Complete With You1,2,317.01.2022

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