This Month’s Beat: SEVENTEEN

Can you believe that it’s already September? That means we have a few months left until the end of 2018! And with the last half of the year comes a never-ending list of K-Pop-related events to go to.

One of the groups coming in at the end of this month probably needs no introduction. After all, they were our featured artist last January 2017. But so much has changed in a span of a year. And the fact that they will hold their second world tour in Manila merits them to be featured again.

That group is none other than SEVENTEEN. Composed of 13 members, the group is divided into three sub-units, each with a different area of specialty—Vocal Unit is in charge of the vocals, Hip-Hop Unit is in charge of the rap, and Performance Unit is in charge of the dance.

SEVENTEEN debuted in 2015 and has since been known as a group with unique choreography and synchronized performance. And since they are so involved with producing their songs and dance, this led them to be dubbed as “self-producing” idols.

Since our SEVENTEEN feature last year stopped at “BOOMBOOM”, let’s start with 2017. In May of that year, the group came back with the song “Don’t Wanna Cry” in their fourth album, Al1. Compared with their usual energetic songs, this was more melancholy. Nevertheless, it has the same sharp choreography the group is known for.

The song became so popular that it garnered several wins for the group on music shows. SEVENTEEN also won Best Dance Performance – Male Group at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards for this era. And Al1 won Album of the Year – 2nd Quarter at the 2018 Gaon Chart Music Awards.

Six months after the release of “Don’t Wanna Cry”, SEVENTEEN came back with Teen, Age, their second studio album. The lead single for this comeback is “Clap,” which featured an edgier sound. The album later on won the Disk Bonsang at the 2018 Golden Disk Awards.

2018 arrived, and SEVENTEEN re-released Teen, Age as a special album, Director’s Cut. This time, the title track is “Thanks”, dedicated to the group’s fans.

The promotion period for “Thanks”, though, was short-lived. This is because SEVENTEEN started gearing up for their second world tour, Ideal Cut. The group also made their debut in Japan with the song “CALL CALL CALL” under the mini-album of the same name. Their debut was a success, with the mini-album hitting 90,000 in sales on the first day.

SEVENTEEN then came back in July of this year with the mini-album You Make My Day. This contains the title track “Oh My!”, which brings us back to SEVENTEEN’s fun concept. An honorable mention in the mini-album is a slow summer song, “Our Dawn is Hotter Than Day.”

Now that we’ve caught up with what SEVENTEEN has been up to, let’s get to know the members once more:


Real Name: Choi Seungcheol
Date of Birth: August 8, 1995|
Unit: Hip-Hop, SVT Leaders
Position: Overall Leader, Hip Hop Team Leader, Main Rapper

S.Coups has gone far from becoming one of the original Pledis Boys to almost debuting in NU’EST to becoming part of SEVENTEEN. Being the leader of 12 boys is no easy feat, but he manages to do so with his quiet leadership and his fondness for each member. He also tends to flirt with the fans, claiming CARATS as his girlfriends in more than one occasion.


Real Name: Yoon Jeonghan
Date of Birth: October 4, 1995
Unit: Vocal
Position: Lead Vocalist

Known as the group’s “Angel”, Jeonghan has the visuals you would associate with someone innocent. But don’t be fooled by those looks. He may get tired easily and often sleeps whenever he can, but Jeonghan can kick butt on any sport, as seen in his ISAC appearances. SEVENTEEN also sees him as the smartest (and most savage) member of the group.


Real Name: Joshua Hong
Date of Birth: December 30, 1995
Unit: Vocal
Position: Lead Vocalist

Born in Los Angeles, Joshua is considered the gentleman of the group as he doesn’t get angry easily. However, these days, we are seeing his joker side, making fans and his fellow members laugh. He’s swoon-worthy whenever he’s on stage with a guitar, though fans might either laugh or cry when he starts playing Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning for the nth time.


Real Name: Wen Junhui
Date of Birth: June 10, 1996
Unit: Performance
Position: Lead Dancer

Jun started as a child actor in China before eventually pursuing his dreams to become an idol in Korea. While he is known for being a dancer, he also has talent in singing. Listen to his cover of Crazy for You by Mindy Quah and prepare for feelings.


Real Name: Kwon Soonyoung
Date of Birth: June 15, 1996
Unit: Performance, SVT Leaders, BooSeokSoon
Position: Performance Team Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist

Hoshi is best known for choreographing most of SEVENTEEN’s dance routines. Together with DK and Seungkwan, the three form the unit BooSeokSoon, which also happens to be the mood makers of the group. He is a proud SHINee fan and has looked up to the group since he was in middle school.


Real Name: Jeon Wonwoo
Date of Birth: July 17, 1996
Unit: Hip-Hop
Position: Lead Rapper

Wonwoo started off as a singer but was told he has the voice of a rapper. He may now be part of the Hip-Hop Unit, he also has impressed fans with his deep crooning voice. And despite the sharp eyes and resting bitch face, Wonwoo is actually a warm person. He is also a self-confessed gamer and a bookworm.


Real Name: Lee Jihoon
Date of Birth: November 22, 1996
Unit: Vocal, SVT Leaders
Position: Vocal Team Leader, Lead Vocalist

If Hoshi is in charge of the group’s choreography, Woozi is responsible for most of SEVENTEEN’s songs. He has also composed for other artists like Ailee and IOI. His current obsession is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, he has made the “Wakanda Forever” pose one too many times already.


Real Name: Lee Seokmin
Date of Birth: February 17, 1997
Unit: Vocal, BooSeokSoon
Position: Main Vocalist

Dubbed as the funniest member, there’s no doubt that DK joins Hoshi and Seungkwan as one of the moodmakers of SEVENTEEN. He shares being in a ‘97-line group chat with members Mingyu and The8, BTS’ Jungkook, GOT7’s BamBam and Yugyeom, and NCT’s Jaehyun. He is also a self-confessed anime fan, with Haikyuu and One Piece being his favorites.


Real Name: Kim Mingyu
Date of Birth: April 6, 1997
Unit: Hip-Hop
Position: Lead Rapper, Face of the Group

Mingyu stands as the tallest member in the group. But beneath the seemingly cool looks is a loud dork who ends up breaking most of what he touches. Still, SEVENTEEN relies on him on many occasions, serving as the group’s cook, cleaner, and repairman. Without him, the dorms would probably be a mess.


Real Name: Xiu Minghao
Date of Birth: November 7, 1997
Unit: Performance
Position: Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper

The8 has grown from being an adorable fairy to “Thug-hao”, image-wise. Hailing from Anshan, he is the resident b-boying and martial arts expert of the group. He has also shown to have a talent as an artist. In fact, he and Mingyu have held an exhibition that showcased their artwork.


Real Name: Boo Seungkwan
Date of Birth: January 16, 1998
Unit: Vocal, BooSeokSoon
Position: Main Vocalist

Hailing from Jeju, Seungkwan got cast through a video recording of him singing in a school festival. If he’s not slaying performances with his insanely high notes, he is acting extra with the rest of BooSeokSoon (or any member near him). And when he is in variety shows, you know he truly is in his element.


Real Name: Hansol Vernon Chwe
Date of Birth: February 18, 1998
Unit: Hip-Hop
Position: Main Rapper

Born in New York, Vernon moved to Korea when he was five years old. This is why he claims his Korean is better than his English. Known as the most easygoing person in the group, Vernon often takes a while to do some of his activities. Despite this, he has his moments of depth, speaking about issues like discrimination on some occasions.


Real Name: Lee Chan
Date of Birth: February 11, 1999
Unit: Performance
Position: Main Dancer, Sub Rapper, Maknae

“Who is Jeonghan’s baby? Dino is!” Despite being the youngest, Dino has proved that he can do as well as his hyungs, having choreographed some of SEVENTEEN’s performances. We can’t wait to see what else he comes up with in the future.


SEVENTEEN will be returning to Manila for IDEAL CUT on September 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena, presented to you by PULP Live World. This will be followed by their The SAEM fan meeting on September 30.

Bea Mandac
Bea was introduced to the world of Korean culture through Full House, Jewel in the Palace, BoA, and TVXQ. She is also a fan of J-Pop, figure skating, and tennis. When not in her day job, she likes to be alone in her room or in a café with her pen and paper, or a laptop. She co-runs a figure skating blog with fellow KStreet contributor Clara. You can reach her on Twitter.

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