NCT - NCT Dream, WayV and future activities
Welcome back! In our last article "NCT - The origin: NCT U & NCT 127" we told you how the biggest K-Pop band in the world was created. We also introduced you to two of the four sub-units: "NCT U" and "NCT127".
Today, we would like to continue the story and take a look at the other two units: "NCT Dream" and "WayV".
The boy group NCT made its official debut with the first sub-unit "NCT U" in April 2016, followed by the second unit "NCT 127" in July and "NCT Dream" in August. So three of the four currently existing sub-units were already founded in 2016!
NCT Dream consisted of seven members then as now: Mark, Haechan, Renjun, Jeno, Jaemin, Chenle, and Jisung. Mark has previously debuted in NCT U and NCT 127, and Haechan is also already known to fans through NCT 127.
NCT Dream debuted with the single "Chewing Gum" on August 24, 2016, and Chewing Gum is also included on their first single album "The First," which was released in February 2017. Jaemin was unfortunately not involved in the album due to an injury. At least fans could hear his voice in at least one song on the album thanks to Chewing Gum. On February 14, five days after the album's release, NCT Dream became the first unit of NCT to win in a music show!
Almost exactly a month later, on March 15, the unit released the song "Trigger the Fever" for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. This was hosted by South Korea that year and NCT Dream was named an ambassador! The Unit performed the song at the opening ceremony, among other events.
"Trigger the Fever" is also included as a bonus track on the next album "We Young", which was released in August. Unfortunately, Jaemin was once again absent. The Christmas single "Joy" was also recorded without him.
Accordingly, the joy was great when Jaemin returned after a year's break for the project album "NCT 2018 Empathy" in March! Subsequently, fans had to wait six months, but in September 2018 it was finally time. NCT Dream released "We Go Up", their first album as a seven piece! The album reached number five on the Billboard World Albums chart and topped the iTunes chart in 15 countries!
However, the first album of seven was also the last for the time being: NCT Dream had a youthful image from the beginning. The plan was that members who had reached their 19th birthday would leave the unit and "graduate." New, young members would move up, so NCT Dream would forever remain the "Teen Unit." Accordingly, before "We Go Up," it was announced that Mark would leave the Unit after the album. On December 27, the single "Candle Light" was released. It was written by Mark and served as a kind of farewell song.
In June 2019, NCT Dream collaborated with English singer "HRVY" for the single "Don't Need Your Love." It was the first release without Mark. In fact, only five members of NCT Dream were involved because Haechan was active with NCT 127 at the time.
At the end of July, the new album "We Boom" was released with six members including Haechan. This was followed by the Japanese album "The Dream" in January 2020, which consisted of all previously released Korean singles. The songs were left in the original Korean language even though it was a Japanese album. Nevertheless, it was well received in Japan and topped the Oricon album charts!
On April 14, 2020, SM Entertainment announced that NCT Dream would release an album titled "Reload" later that month. But that wasn't all! The agency also announced that the graduation system would be abolished. Accordingly, no member will leave the unit anymore and Mark, who graduated at the end of 2018, is to return to NCT Dream! In the future, the team is also expected to try many different concepts similar to NCT U.
The joy of the fans was naturally great, because the Unit had grown close to the hearts of many of them. Possibly this joy had an effect on the desire to buy, because Reload was pre-ordered as often as no album of the Unit before. Over 500,000 times!
At the end of the year all units came for the second project album "NCT Resonance Pt. 1" and the repackage "Resonance Pt.2". The album contains, among other things, the single "Déjà Vu" by NCT Dream, on which all seven members, including Mark, were involved!
Then in May 2021 fans could finally enjoy a new NCT Dream album with Mark! "Hot Sauce" is only the second album with seven members after "We Go Up" in September 2018! It was pre-ordered over 1,700,000 times, surpassing the record of Reload by more than three times! With this, the fans had made it impressively clear that they prefer to see the Unit as Seven. As if to thank them for their support, NCT Dream released a repackage album called "Hello Future" a month later.
We are already looking forward to the new year with the Unit and many more albums together!
NCT Dream Discography
|We Go Up||03.09.2018|
|Hello Future (Repackage)||28.06.2021|
WayV is the fourth and so far last sub-unit of NCT. It was promoted from the beginning as a fixed Unit, almost like a separate Chinese boy band. That means, unlike other units, members are neither added nor changed. So WayV consists of seven fixed members: Ten, Winwin, Kun, Lucas, Xiaojun, Hendery and Yangyang.
Four of the members are already known from previous activities in NCT. Ten debuted in NCT U in 2016, Winwin is a member of NCT 127, and Kun and Lucas participated in the project album "NCT 2018 Empathy." Xiaojun, Hendery and Yangyang joined as brand new members.
Yangyang grew up in Düsseldorf and therefore speaks German in some videos! Sometimes he also teaches German words to the other members of WayV with more or less success.
WayV debuted on January 17, 2019 with the digital album "The Vision". The title track is a Chinese version of NCT 127's "Regular." In addition to Regular, the album also includes two other songs: a Chinese version of NCT 127's "Come Back" and the new Chinese song "Dream Launch." All three songs placed in the top ten of the Billboard World Digital Song chart!
Four months later, in May, the first physical album "Take Off" was released with the title song of the same name. It topped the iTunes Top Album chart in 30 regions!
On October 29, WayV released their new album "Take Over The Moon". The group performed the title song "Moonwalk" on the music show "Show Champion" one day later. This performance was WayV's first appearance in Korea!
An English version of "Love Talk" was released in early November.
Then in March 2020, the unit presented the repackage album "Take Over the Moon: Sequel". It contains the six songs from the previous album, the English version of Love Talk, and a spoken track titled "WayV.oice #1".
In May, the members of WayV gave their first concert, but unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic, it was held only online. At the concert, the group presented a mashup of two new songs "Turn Back Time" and "Bad Alive." Both songs were released in early June on the new album "Awaken the World"!
Both the album and the music video of the title song "Turn Back Time" had to be postponed. Namely, fans had previously asked the group's agency to remove problematic accessories that were featured on the teaser images and album cover. On June 18, nine days after the album's release, a Korean version of "Turn Back Time" was uploaded to Youtube with its own music video!
The two music videos are very similar, though not quite identical. An English version of "Bad Alive" was also released in July.
Following this, WayV joined forces with the other three units of NCT for the project albums "NCT Resonance Pt.1" and Pt.2. WayV recorded the song "月之迷 (Nectar)" for this.
At the end of the year, WayV won awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Asia Artist Awards.
WayV started the new year in March with the release of the album "Kick Back" in March. Winwin and Lucas were not involved in the promotions because they were under quarantine at the time. Kick Back was the group's first album to top the Korean Gaon album charts, earning them a certificate for selling over 250,000 copies in South Korea!
Most recently, the unit released a new song called "Everytime" as the soundtrack for the Chinese drama "Falling Into Your Smile."
|The Vision (Digital)||17.01.2019|
|Take Over the Moon||29.10.2019|
|Take Over the Moon: Sequel (Repackage)||13.03.2020|
|Awaken The World||09.06.2020|
Members of NCT
As promised in Part 1, you can find a listing of all 23 members of the boy group here! When listing the units we left out NCT U, because in the by now all members of NCT can be considered as part of the unit.
|Stage Name||Debut trough:||Units|
|Taeil||NCT U - 7th Sense (2016)||NCT 127|
|Taeyeong||NCT U - 7th Sense (2016)||NCT 127|
|Doyoung||NCT U - 7th Sense (2016)||NCT 127|
|Ten||NCT U - 7th Sense (2016)||WayV|
|Jaehyun||NCT U - 7th Sense (2016)||NCT 127|
|Mark||NCT U - 7th Sense (2016)||NCT 127, NCT Dream|
|Yuta||NCT 127 - Firetruck (2016)||NCT 127|
|Winwin||NCT 127 - Firetruck (2016)||NCT 127, WayV|
|Haechan||NCT 127 - Firetruck (2016)||NCT 127, NCT Dream|
|Renjun||NCT Dream - Chewing Gum (2016)||NCT Dream|
|Jeno||NCT Dream - Chewing Gum (2016)||NCT Dream|
|Jaemin||NCT Dream - Chewing Gum (2016)||NCT Dream|
|Chenle||NCT Dream - Chewing Gum (2016)||NCT Dream|
|Jisung||NCT Dream - Chewing Gum (2016)||NCT Dream|
|Johnny||NCT 127 - Limitless (2017)||NCT 127|
|Kun||NCT 2018 Empathy (2018)||WayV|
|Lucas||NCT 2018 Empathy (2018)||WayV|
|Jungwoo||NCT 2018 Empathy (2018)||NCT 127|
|Xiaojun||WayV - The Vision (2019)||WayV|
|Hendery||WayV - The Vision (2019)||WayV|
|Yangyang||WayV - The Vision (2019)||WayV|
|Shotaro||NCT Resonance Pt.1 (2020)|
|Sungchan||NCT Resonance Pt.1 (2020)|
On December 14th a new project album called "Universe" will be released. So the members of the different Units will come together again one year after "NCT Resonance"! On Twitter, the first teasers have already been uploaded.
It was already announced in 2020 that Sungchan and Shotaro, who debuted in NCT through the Project Album, would become part of a new Unit in the future. We hope that this will happen very soon so that we get to see more of the two!
This year, SM Entertainment announced that 21 contestants selected through auditions would soon compete in a survival show. The winners of the show will then debut in a new American unit called "NCT Hollywood".
As you can see, there's a lot coming up! What are you most looking forward to?
Most of the members of NCT were active as members of a trainee team called "SM Rookies" before their debut. The trainees had small gigs or even recorded soundtracks. Thus, the trainees were introduced to the fans before their debut. The SM Rookies don't exist anymore, because almost all of them have debuted by now. They are now members of Red Velvet, Aespa and NCT. In fact, 19 NCT members used to be part of the SM Rookies! All except Renjun, Chenle, Shotaro and Sungchan.
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