Just as their name suggests, UNIQ is truly one of the most unique acts in the k-pop world. The boy band is the brainchild of a Chinese label and equally boasts of Chinese and South Korea members. UNIQ has thus far dropped several singles, both in Korean and Chinese languages. They have also won many awards, and have scored juicy endorsement deals. Discover more facts about the band here, from the profile of its members to their discography and other details.
UNIQ Members’ Profile
Stage Name – Yixuan
Real Name – Zhou Yi Xuan
Yixuan is the lead rapper, vocalist, as well as the overall leader of the group. He was born on the 11th of December 1990 in Shengzhou, China. He completed his middle school education in his hometown and went on to attend the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy.
Yixuan started training with Yuehua Entertainment after being spotted at a dance competition. He later debuted as a UNIQ member in 2014. Asides music, Yixuan is an actor and has featured in several productions. He likes shrimp, beef, and crab meat while his hobbies are playing table tennis and bowling.
Stage Name – Sungjoo
Real Name – Kim Sungjoo
Sungjoo is the main vocalist of the group. He was born on the 16th of February 1995 in Incheon, South Korea. He initially trained under YG Entertainment before making it into the band. Sungjoo speaks Korean as well as conversational Mandarin and Japanese. He is also a consummate actor and has appeared in several Korean and Chinese productions including MBA Partners, Magical Space-Time, Live Up to Your Name, and My Secret Terrius. Sungjoo’s hobbies include taekwondo and skateboarding while his favorite food includes roasted duck, ramen, and salmon.
Stage Name – Wenhan
Real Name – Li Wen Han
Wenhan is another UNIQ member who is Chinese. The vocalist was born on the 22nd of July 1994 in Hangzhou, China. He, however, studied in the United States before coming back to Korea to pursue his idol career. Wenhan is quite skilled at playing classical guitar and piano. He is also a highly-skilled swimmer and won the junior swimming competition in his hometown. The vocalist is a big fan of dogs. He is also a sports lover and often indulges in activities such as basketball, bowling, running, tennis, and of course, swimming.
Stage Name – Seungyoun
Real Name – Cho Seungyoun
Seungyoun is the main rapper and vocalist of the group. He was born on the 5th of August 1996 in Seoul. He hails from a family of three and is the only child of his parents. Seungyoun initially aspired to be a soccer player and spent some years training in Brazil. He, however, caught the music bug and made his way back to his country. He subsequently trained with YG Entertainment and became a UNIQ member. Apart from group activities, Seungyoun also releases solo music under the names, Woodz and Luizy.
Stage Name – Yibo
Real Name – Yi Bo
Yibo is the main dancer of the group. He is also the youngest UNIQ member and was born on the 5th of August 1997 in Luoyang, China. He initially participated in a dance competition before being chosen as a trainee. Apart from music, Yibo is also an actor. He has appeared in several TV dramas and movies including the acclaimed 2019 series, The Untamed. His performance in the drama earned him the Breakthrough Actor of the Year accolade at the 2019 GQ Men of the Year awards.
Formation and Discography of the Band
UNIQ was formed by Yuehua Entertainment in 2014. The five-member ensemble subsequently performed on M Countdown, in October 2014, before debuting their reality show in December of that same year. They later dropped their debut EP in 2015. Since then, the band has performed in various parts of the world including China, Japan, and Brazil. They have also scored endorsement deals with several brands such as Xtep, Mix-Box, Dr. Bear, and Inke (a Chinese live-streaming app). UNIQ members have also won several awards including popular group awards at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
UNIQ has thus far drooped one EP and several singles. The group released its debut EP, EOEO, in April 2015. The EP featured five tracks: EOEO, Luv Again, Listen to Me, Falling in Love and Born to Fight. It reached No.7 on the Gaon Albums Charts and sold nearly 8,000 copies in South Korea alone.
Since then, the band has dropped several singles including Monster, Next Mistake, Never Left and Happy New Year. They have also contributed to the soundtracks of several movies including The Penguins of Madagascar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, and MBA Partners.