Biography

Overview

B.A.P (Korean: 비에이피; an acronym for Best Absolute Perfect) is a six-member hip-hop South Korean boy group formed in 2011 under the management of TS Entertainment. On January 26, 2012, B.A.P made their recording debut with the single "Warrior", followed by the release of their debut EP, Warrior in February 2012.

Pre-debut

B.A.P was formed and began promoting in late 2011, starting with Yong Guk, who takes the role of leader in the group. He signed to TS Entertainment and was featured on labelmate Song Jieun's song "Going Crazy". He made a solo debut on August 11, 2011, with the single "I Remember", featuring B2ST's Yang Yo-seob. A second member, Him Chan, an ulzzang multi-instrumentalist, was the second member of BAP to be introduced to the public as an MC for a music show program on MTV Korea, called "The Show". And lastly, on November 23, 2011, Zelo, the third member from BAP to be publicly introduced, collaborated with fellow member Bang Yong Guk, under the moniker Bang & Zelo. They released a song, titled "Never Give Up".

2012

Warrior, Power, No Mercy, Crash, and Stop It

In January 2012, the group starred in a reality show, Ta-Dah, It's B.A.P, which aired on SBS MTV. The show focused on how the six members play the role of aliens from a different planet who worked together to debut as B.A.P and invade Earth to help save their dying planet, Planet Mato.

On January 25, 2012, the group's debut single, "Warrior", was released, with MTV Korea describing it as "powerful and charismatic". Additionally, Nancy Lee of Enews World wrote "It appears B.A.P has set out to differentiate itself among the pretty-boy male idol groups currently dominating the K-Pop world with a tough, bad boy image, smashing car windows, kicking up dirt and, you know, doing as boys do." On February 3, 2012, Warrior debuted on Billboard's World Albums Chart at #10. In South Korea, Warrior sold over 10,000 copies in just two days upon its release.

In March 2012, B.A.P released a follow-up song, "Secret Love". On April 16, 2012, TS Entertainment announced that B.A.P would have a comeback with a new album on April 27, 2012. "Power" was released in April, as a single-album of the same name, Power. Upon the release of the album, Power sold out its initial batch of 30,000 copies. The album was well received[citation needed] and like its predecessor, Power also debuted at number 10 on the Billboard World Albums Charts.

B.A.P's first mini album, No Mercy, was released digitally on July 19 and physically on July 24 under the label of TS Entertainment. On August 30, 2012, the repackaged version of the EP, renamed Crash, was released.

On October 23, B.A.P released their third single album, titled "Stop It", together with a music video on TS Entertainment's YouTube channel.

2013

One Shot and Japanese debut

In February they began releasing material from the second EP, One Shot. On February 21, 2013, the EP was ranked No.1 on Billboard’s ‘World Albums’ chart.

On July 28, 2013, TS Entertainment announced that the group will be releasing their third EP Badman on August 6, 2013. The agency had also stated before that there were going to be three promotional singles from the upcoming third EP, namely "Coffee Shop", "Hurricane" and "Badman".

In May, King Records, the Japanese record label that once signed Rain, signed up the group. They released their first Japanese music video, Warrior, on YouTube on September 13, 2013, and their album and single were officially released on October 9, 2013.

Recently, the boys have released the MV for their second Japanese single "One Shot" and they have released much praise for their ability to both sing and rap in a foreign language so well.

2014

First Sensibility, B.A.P Unplugged 2014, and lawsuit

In mid-January, TS Entertainment confirmed plans that B.A.P was set to make a comeback with their first full-length studio album, entitled First Sensibility. Revealed to contain a total of 13 tracks, it was also confirmed that the title track would be "1004 (Angel)", and that the group's comeback was set for February 3. Upon its release the album topped the Billboard World Album chart proving their international popularity. In Korea, First Sensibility topped both Hanteo and Gaon monthly charts for February. This album gave B.A.P their first music show victory on Show Champion with "1004 (Angel)". Then they went ahead to win two more times with "1004 (Angel)", proving the success of this song. B.A.P released their third Japanese single 'No Mercy' on April 3 and ranked second on Oricon Daily Singles Charts. They also managed to rank second on Oricon Singles weekly charts.

After successful promotions of "1004 (Angel)", B.A.P kicked off their B.A.P Live On Earth 2014 Continent Tour with a two-day concert in Seoul. This was B.A.P's 2nd solo concert in Korea within only two years of debut. It is estimated that 20,000 global fans were able to enjoy the concert at real-time with B.A.P. B.A.P held a total of 23 concerts in cities throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe during this tour.

While on tour, B.A.P made a special release of a single as a gift to their fans B.A.P Unplugged 2014.

On August 11, B.A.P released their fourth Japanese single "Excuse Me". TS Entertainment announced on October 27 that they have cancelled the South American leg of the group's tour to give time off for the members to rest and recharge.

On November 27, 2014, it was reported that the group had filed a lawsuit against their label to nullify their contract due to unfair conditions and profit distribution. The following day, TS Entertainment issued a press release refuting the claims made, stating that “there have been neither such maltreatments to the artists nor unfair clauses in the contract.” However, TS Entertainment's claims were challenged when B.A.P released another statement claiming lack of accountability and the group is considering filing for defamation of character.

2015-Present

Settlement with TS and comeback with Matrix

On August 1, 2015, B.A.P. returned to TS Entertainment as both parties reached a settlement.

B.A.P made their comeback with the mini-album Matrix and its title song "Young, Wild & Free". They kicked off comeback promotions through their free showcase BAP 151115 on November 15, 2015 which was held at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The music video for "Young, Wild & Free" and Matrix was released at midnight on November 16, 2015.

Exactly a year later after B.A.P. filed their lawsuit against TS Entertainment, on November 27, 2015, they received their first win on Music Bank during their "Young, Wild, & Free" promotions.

Releases

Hooxi, The Beginning
2016

NOIR
2016

PUT`EM UP
2016

Carnival
2016

Matrix
2015

Where Are You?..
2014

First Sensibility
2014

Badman
2013

Hurricane
2013

Coffee Shop
2013

One Shot
2013

Rain Sound (빗소리)
2013

Stop It (하지마)
2012

Crash (대박사건)
2012

No Mercy
2012

Goodbye
2012

Power
2012

Warrior
2012

Hurricane
2013

Coffee Shop
2013

Rain Sound (빗소리)
2013

Popular MV's

ONE SHOT  by  B.A.P
WARRIOR  by  B.A.P
Power  by  B.A.P
1004 (Angel)  by  B.A.P
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WARRIOR
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