Woollim Entertainment announced a large scale rookie debut launching project, “W-Project” (working name), for 2017. It will start its operations in January, 2017.
“W-Project” aims for a new leap and future towards challenging and changing the industry. Woollim will discover and cultivate musicians that provide a new paradigm to the music industry. They plan to debut a new boy group and a new girl group in 2017.
Woollim, if one were to say they focused on promoting rookies through variety shows before, will focus on music capabilities this time with their rookie launching project.
The activities of W Project will begin with the digital release of a collaboration song between the new boy group’s main vocal and the new girl group’s main vocal.
The Kings of KalGunMu, INFINITE, just returned to reclaim their K-Pop throne. They made their official comeback for their 6th mini-album, “INFINITE ONLY” with the title track “The Eye”. The showcase was held at Blue Square, located in the heart of Seoul. With their new album, the boys showcase a vary of tracks that capture the essence only possible by INFINITE.
In order to bring the Inspirits closer to their oppas, we bring you the 18 things that can only be found at a showcase held by the INFINITE boys!
INFINITE’s “The Eye” Showcase
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1. INFINITE ONLY
Inspirits rejoice, because INFINITE’s brand new 6th mini-album is jam packed with a variety of different tracks! Considering it’s a mini-album, “INFINITE ONLY” has 7 tracks in total. The members introduced their new album as a mini-album that’s not a mini-album. Each track has its own feeling and groove that the boys hope their fans will love. When asked which track was their favorite, WooHyun stated that he loved “Air” for its exciting and fast feel. L said that their fan song, “Thank You” was the most meaningful for him, while the rest of the members were all fans for HoYa’s composed track, “One Day”. HoYaexplained that the track was inspired by the movie of the same name, where the message talks about missing someone that you’ll never be able to see again. L explained that the track was first introduced at their solo concert, where the reception was overwhelmingly positive.
2. BROTHERS ONLY
It’s been a total of 6 years since their debut. With over a decade of team work and love, it’s been a long time coming. And it shows. Even through the cold and still atmosphere of a showcase, the boys showed small jokes and playful skinships in between the showcase. The boys clearly have become brothers than members, and the love was ever apparent throughout the night. When asked about their teamwork, DongWoo explained that INFINITE has become a group that has been through everything. Ever since their trainee days, the boys had always talked about everything, fought about everything, and experienced everything together. Now the boys just have to take a quick glance at their member to know what he’s feeling. True bromance lives right here.
3. BUSYBEES ONLY
It took a year and 2 months for their comeback, but that doesn’t mean that the INFINITE boys were just sitting on their hands. Throughout the long period, each member explained what they had been up to. HoYa was busy composing tracks, and featuring as a dancing king on Mnet’s “Hit the Stage”. WooHyun had celebrated his solo debut with “Write” earlier this year, DongWoo and SungGyu made their musical debuts, and L was busy filming drama after drama. SungJongand SungYeol lightly joked that the two were just resting peacefully during the break. But we know that’s not true, but INFINITE had held solo concerts all throughout the year! Talk about a bunch of busybees!
4. SUNGJONG ONLY
The cartoon prince of INFINITE showcased something uniquely special to him – his new image concept! SungJongappeared with a new bleach hairdo that literally fits the image of a manga prince. He explained that he had bleached his hair 8 times and lost 10 kg for their comeback! Talk about a drastic change. The idol expressed that he hopes the fans will love his new look as he kept them informed about his change through various stages on SNS. Only SungJong can undergo such change and still come out looking fabulous as ever!
5. DONGWOO ONLY
With his signature stoic dragon face, you’d expect DongWooto be cold and put off at first impression. That’s completely wrong! The idol has such an infectious laugh that resounds throughout the room. From beginning to end, he was laughing at every moment, continually brightening up the atmosphere. You couldn’t help but laugh along with him as you could feel his throaty laugh resonate deep within your heart. How can someone with such a manly laugh make you feel so warm inside? Only DongWoo can!
6. BLACK ONLY
The boys were dressed in all black, but the only thing uniform about their outfit concept was the color. Each member was dressed in various styles of black. SungJong was stunning in a sheer zip up and bottom, DongWoo was hardcore in rock and roll zipped up jeans, SungGyu was clean cut in a simplistic style, L was sexy with the dangerous motorcycle look, WooHyun was dandy with chicness, Hoya was charismatic with the hip hop stage feel, and SungYeol was unique with a SWAT soldier inspired look.
7. FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ONLY
It’s nearing their 7th year as an artist, so we had to ask: what was most different since their debut? Mostly, the boys felt that their bodies had changed. They realized that they ran out of breath much faster than their debut era, so they would immediately go run on the treadmill some more to hike up their endurance. SungYeol continued on with a joke, saying that the whole new concept to “INFINITE ONLY” was to not show how much age has effected them.
8. L ONLY
L has that pretty boy turned man visual going for him, but what captured our hearts the most was his deep sultry voice. When he picked up that mic and spoke, we were just floored. How could someone with such a delicate face have such a sexy voice? Not only did he wow us with his talking voice, but when he sang into the mic for “One Day”, his vocals just rang in your heart. Can he be any more universally ideal type? Only L can!
9. HONESTY ONLY
During the interivwe, the INFINITE boy opened up honestly for the audience. One honest point that they mentioned was the fact that the boys would love to have more say in their choice of music. When asked if they paid a lot of contribution to the album, the boys slowly shook their heads as they honestly confessed that their CEO has a stubborn mindset where he loves to push his opinions upon the boys. Hoya had actually co-composed a track with their producer, Razerof Rphabet. But in order to get the unbiased opinion of their CEO, he had hid his contribution until it was confirmed that the track would be put onto the album.
10. FANS ONLY
The INFINITE love for their Inspirits was a beautiful sight, indeed. The boys were asked what their 1st Place Promise would be, should they win 1st place at a music show. The boys honestly stated that they have yet to decide on one specifically, but they have some ideas in mind. First, SungYeol suggested sky diving as a group, while showcasing a typhoon like visual. Immediately, the other members shut down the idol by suggesting that he do that by himself. Sky diving? No, no for the 6 INFINITEs. WooHyun thought the idea of busking a new rendition of “The Eye” in a public area was an fun idea for their fans. But ultimately, SungJong’s idea of an intimate time with their fans took the most approvals. SungJong suggested taking out a small group of fans out for a dinner date. He expressed that he’s love to treat them to jjajangmyun after the show. HoYa also pitched in the idea of taking the fans who came to the show that they place 1st place in. I guess Inspirits will be busy visiting every music show that the boys feature in for the next few weeks!
11. SUNGYEOL ONLY
Who knew that SungYeolcould be so hilarious? With his dandy, heir-like visuals, you’d expect him to be calm and simple. Nope! Our idol was seriously funny as he would often daze out, but come right back to hit us with an out-of-this-world punchline. Not only was SungYeol absolutely witty during the showcase, but his soft charisma was something that captivated our heart, mind and soul! Only SungYeol can have this magical aura to himself.
12. ONE DAY ONLY
We mentioned that HoYa co-composed a track for their new album. That track was “One Day”. After getting the all clear for his track to be on their new album, HoYa put his rightful name on the track and first debuted it to their fans at a solo concert. The fans fell head over heels for the idol’s new song. The fans had even suggested using the pseudonym of Hobak Goguma (pumpkin sweet potato – a play on his name ‘Ho’). Through their performance of the expressive song, you can hear the talented vocals of not just WooHyun and SungGyu, but everyone. But of course, the scene stealers had to be SungGyu and WooHyun, who had such amazing vocal executions that you can’t doubt that their decade worth of practice certainly paid off.
13. KALGUNMU ONLY
If you think of INFINITE, you can’t forget their KalGunMu. As the original K-Pop group to master KalGunMu, the boys show us once more just how powerful their harmonized dance could be. Their new title, “The Eye” features 2 dance breaks where the boys showcase stunningly powerful routines. With each exciting beat you can’t help but be captivated. From slow to fast, then slow again, the boys were on point with each other to the T. Certainly, only INFINITE can execute such routines so well.
14. SUNGGYU ONLY
As the leader of INFINITE, SungGyu showed charisma while carefully monitoring the interview answers of his members. However, that cool charisma broke as soon as he was asked to sing the chorus for “The Eye”. HoYa stood up to show us the main point dance to their title track, and asked his main singer to a cappella the chorus. SungGyu slowly stood and and replied, “I’m sorry, much like the title track’s name, there is also a typhoon happening inside of me… (the Korean title is Typhoon)” With that, he quickly exited the stage all the while singing the chorus for HoYa. With such an odd experience, the whole concert hall was full of laughter. Only silly SungGyu could pull this off.
Infinite “The Eye”
15. MV ONLY
The MV for their comeback was filmed with none other than the director who had been with the boys since their debut track, “Come Back”. Director Hong SuA took the reigns for their dramatic music video. The boys expressed how the director basically feels like another member, where she now understands each member so well that she creates the best storyline and visual for their videos. Through the music video, fans will be able to see the boys acting out dramatic scenes from fighting to crying, with the especially talented L showcasing another outstanding performance!
16. THE EYE ONLY
How do we describe their title track, “The Eye”? Honestly, we’re not sure. We were just in complete awe of the track as we couldn’t take our eyes away from the performance. With the dramatic beats, stunning kalgunmu, captivating expressions, and amazing dance breaks, “The Eye” has definitely become a must-see kind of performance. It was simply amazing. Truly, it encompasses the essence of “INFINITE ONLY”.
17. WOOHYUN ONLY
WooHyun is a self-proclaimed expressive member of the group. We totally agree. His expressions and delivery during his performances could melt the coldest of hearts. His beautiful voice harmonizes perfectly with SungGyu’s distinctive vocals, creating an out-of-this-world experience. Even during the interview talks, he blew us away with his unique expressions. He claimed that the track, “The Eye” was like a fan. Something that you need in order to sleep peacefully at night. An air conditioner has the potential of catching a cold, but the fan provides the perfect serene breeze that you need to fall asleep peacefully. What a way to describe your title track! To top it all off, WooHyun is very modest. He stated during an interview answer, “We’ve never thought that we were the best, so we’re very honored when a junior says that they look up to us.” Talk about an all around good guy!
Infinite “The Eye”
18. FOREVER ONLY
Lastly, INFINITE were asked how they wished to last in the history of K-Pop. SungYeol expressed his wish to last as a group that’s known as artists than idols. HoYa continued on saying that he hoped to last as a group that people listen to with trust. WooHyun hoped that they became a group that people listen to the whole album for. Lastly, SungJong expressed his wish to become a memorable group that can be respected by other artists. All of this could be very confusing, because we already think that they’ve succeeded in their wish! Either way, the group hopes to become more artistic in the music sense. They hope that one day, as a special album for their fans, they will be able to produce an album from start to finish solely by the INFINITE members. HoYa, WooHyun, DongWoo, and SungGyu would compose, while L shoots the jacket photos for their album. It’s a hopeful dream, but we would definitely be fully supportive should the group decide to do so!
Some things can only truly be done by the INFINITE boys.
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HoYa is just boy crush from head to toe. His sense of challenge is inspiring, his diligence motivating, and his passion breathtaking. With INFINITE’s recent return to claim the K-Pop throne, we cover why we crush hard of the group’s main dancing machine.
Let us tell you why we’re so inspired by our 2nd Kpopmap BCM, HoYaof INFINITE!
Who’s Our BCM?
Our weekly Boy Crush Monday, HoYa, was born on March 28, 1991 in Busan. Ever since his youth, HoYa was a fanatic for the art of dance. He even dropped out of high school during his freshman year to pursue dancing, causing a drift between him and his father. He was a former JYP trainee, but ultimately found himself in Woollim Entertainment, where he debuted as the main dancer of INFINITE. All throughout, HoYa’s father had been unable to accept the fact that his son would disobey his parents’ wishes and chase after a “foolish dream”. However, after HoYa proved himself by hitting stardom as an artist, his father eventually accepted HoYa’s decision to follow his heart, and now fully supports HoYa as an INFINITE.
Why We Crush
We crush hard on this amazing human being, because of his will to drive head strong against any challenge that he may face. HoYa is what you call a quadruple threat – he dances, acts, and sings, while looking absolutely gorgeous. Not only did HoYa go on to become famous for his dancing skills, but he’s ventured into the acting industry by debuting through the hit drama, “Reply 1997”. In the drama, he earned the love of a nation through his charming and cute portrayal of a closet homosexual, who tries his best to conceal his feelings for his best friend. HoYa is also an amazing singer as he is a dancer. In order to broaden his horizon as a true artist, HoYa fine tuned his skills day after day to become an artist that can sing as he can dance. To top it all off, HoYa is just absolutely breathtakingly handsome. Can we get some standing ovation over here?
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Where We’ve Seen Him
We’ve talked on and on about his dancing, but just how good is he? Well, you’ve probably seen him most recently as a competitor of the dance competition sensation, “Hit the Stage”. In this Mnet produced competition show, HoYa was placed as a mountain among mountains, where he was the main competitor to watch out for. After continuously receiving outstanding scores, he blew the audience away with his sexual rendition of “This Love” with one of his childhood friend, HyoJung. If you haven’t seen his performance yet, you gotta click below RIGHT NOW!
Where We’ll See Him Next
Yeah, we want more of HoYa too! And good news to us all, because INFINITE just returned with an all new album, “The Eye”. With a storyline as dramatic as the choreography, it’ll sure be a hit! As the leading dancer of the original KalGunMoo group, we can’t wait to see more of HoYa’s dancing and promotional activities.
He may be modest, but this mega-hunk has so much up his sleeve… and he’s good at ’em too!