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2AM is a South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

n four-member ballad boy band
Boy band
A boy band is loosely defined as a popular music act consisting of only male singers. The members are expected to dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances. More often than not, boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on...

 under JYP Entertainment
JYP Entertainment
JYP Entertainment is a Korean music record label, founded in South Korea in 1997 by Park Jin-young.- History :Park Jin-young founded the company in 1997 as "Tae-Hong Planning Corporation", which eventually became "JYP Entertainment" in 2001....

. The members are Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon is a South Korean singer and entertainer, leader of ballad boyband 2AM.-Predebut:Jo Kwon, commonly known as Sacre Bleu, is the longest-serving male trainee in JYP Entertainment, having trained for 2567 days; exactly 7 years and 10 days since joining JYP...

, Jinwoon, Seulong, and Changmin. 2AM is one of the two subgroups branched out from the eleven-member (before Jaebeom's departure) boy band One Day, the other being 2PM
2PM
2PM is a South Korean boy band, originally a seven-member group, but currently consisting of six members due to the sudden contract termination of leader Jaebeom following an Internet controversy in September 2009. They are managed by JYP Entertainment...

. They officially debuted on July 11, 2008 on KBS's Music Bank, performing their debut song "This Song". They won their first Mutizen at Inkigayo on February 7, 2010 with "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die
Can't Let You Go Even If I Die
Can't Let You Go Even If I Die is a song by South Korea ballad boyband 2AM off their first mini-album...

".

Predebut


Along with the members of 2PM
2PM
2PM is a South Korean boy band, originally a seven-member group, but currently consisting of six members due to the sudden contract termination of leader Jaebeom following an Internet controversy in September 2009. They are managed by JYP Entertainment...

, 2AM appeared on the documentary Hot Blood that was aired on Mnet, documented their rigorous training program of their pre-debut days. Changmin was the only member of One Day to not appear in the documentary because he was serving in the military at that time. Initially, Jinwoon was eliminated on Hot Blood, but he ended up in 2AM due to Daehun's withdrawal from JYPE. Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon is a South Korean singer and entertainer, leader of ballad boyband 2AM.-Predebut:Jo Kwon, commonly known as Sacre Bleu, is the longest-serving male trainee in JYP Entertainment, having trained for 2567 days; exactly 7 years and 10 days since joining JYP...

 trained for 2567 days, 10 days past 7 years after joining JYPE.

2008–2009 Debut


2AM's first single, "This Song", was released on July 21, 2008. They made their debut performance on July 11, 2008, performing their debut song "이 노래 (This Song)".

2AM made a comeback with another single album, "Time For Confession", on March 19, 2009 with "친구의 고백 (Confession of a Friend)" being the title track.

2010–Present: 1st Mini Album and Saint o'Clock


2AM made a comeback with a second album, "죽어도 못 보내", on January 21, 2010 with "죽어도 못 보내 (Even If I Die I Can't Let You Go)" as the promoted track. In the week before the release, JYP Entertainment
JYP Entertainment
JYP Entertainment is a Korean music record label, founded in South Korea in 1997 by Park Jin-young.- History :Park Jin-young founded the company in 1997 as "Tae-Hong Planning Corporation", which eventually became "JYP Entertainment" in 2001....

 revealed a total of four teasers on their Youtube
YouTube
YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005, on which users can upload, view and share videos....

 account. Along with a group teaser, the individual shots were based on the seasons. On February 7, 2010, 2AM won their first Mutizen award on Inkigayo since their debut. On February 25, 2010, their second win was on Mnet M! Countdown
M! Countdown
M! Countdown is a South Korean music television program broadcast by M.net. It airs live every Thursday at 6:00PM KST. The show features some of the latest and most popular artists who perform live on stage. It is hosted by Tony An and Girls' Generation's Sooyoung...

. They won a second Mutizen on their final day of promotions for "죽어도 못 보내 (Even If I Die I Can't Let You Go)" on March 7, 2010.

On March 5, 2010, 2AM revealed cuts of their new image through their official website. Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon is a South Korean singer and entertainer, leader of ballad boyband 2AM.-Predebut:Jo Kwon, commonly known as Sacre Bleu, is the longest-serving male trainee in JYP Entertainment, having trained for 2567 days; exactly 7 years and 10 days since joining JYP...

, Changmin, Seulong, and Jinwoon respectively transformed to a club DJ, an ice hockey player, a biker, and a basketball player for their new 10 minute drama-music video. The repackaged mini album featured four additional songs, three from their first and second singles and one entirely new song titled "잘못했어 (I Was Wrong
I Was Wrong (2AM song)
I Did Wrong is a song by South Korea ballad boyband 2AM, released off their repackaged mini-album "I Was Wrong" as a digital single on March 16, 2010. The mini-album was released on March 18, 2010.-History:...

)", which was their promoted track. One representative stated, “The song we’re releasing is something that 2AM has never shown before and is a brand new type of music”. A portion of the song was revealed in the first episode of 2AM's new reality show 2AM DAY on March 10, where the members playfully sing along to it in the car. Four teasers were released for each member from March 12 to March 14. A leaked version of Part 1 of the music video was released on March 15, having been recorded by camera at 2AM's subway showcase. The album was released on March 18, 2010 and "I Was Wrong
I Was Wrong (2AM song)
I Did Wrong is a song by South Korea ballad boyband 2AM, released off their repackaged mini-album "I Was Wrong" as a digital single on March 16, 2010. The mini-album was released on March 18, 2010.-History:...

" won the Mnet M! Countdown
M! Countdown
M! Countdown is a South Korean music television program broadcast by M.net. It airs live every Thursday at 6:00PM KST. The show features some of the latest and most popular artists who perform live on stage. It is hosted by Tony An and Girls' Generation's Sooyoung...

on April 1, 2010.

From June 30, 2010 to July 20, 2010, 2AM opened for Wonder Girls
Wonder Girls
Wonder Girls is a South Korean girl group. Its producer and manager is singer-songwriter Park Jin-Young and the Wonder Girls is signed to his talent agency, JYP Entertainment. Each of the five original members were selected through auditions...

 on the second leg of Wonder Girls World Tour
Wonder Girls World Tour
The Wonder Girls World Tour was a 20-show tour by the Wonder Girls that took place in the US and Canada. The tour was a combination of the English and Korean versions of their hits, covers of popular English-language songs, and new songs from their album 2 Different Tears.The Wonder Girls's...

. 2AM is also featured in Made in Wonder Girls
Made in Wonder Girls
Made in Wonder Girls is a television reality show broadcasted by M.net that gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wonder Girls' first US tour, Wonder Girls World Tour, as well as their promotions in Singapore and Indonesia. Made in Wonder Girls will be Hyerim 's first reality show since her...

.

On October 26, 2010, 2AM released their first full-length album entitled Saint o'Clock
Saint o'Clock
Saint o'Clock is the first studio album by South Korean boy band, 2AM. The album was released in digital and physical format by October 26, 2010.-Track listing:...

, with "전활 받지 않는 너에게 (You Wouldn't Answer My Calls)" and "미친 듯이 (Like Crazy)" as the promoted tracks. The won a Mutizen award for "전활 받지 않는 너에게 (You Wouldn't Answer My Calls)" on Inkigayo on November 14.

Japan Debut


Following the Korean success of their 2010 album Saint o'Clock, 2AM recently announced their plans of releasing a JAPAN SPECIAL EDITION of the album on November 9. At the same press conference, they also announced that in January 2012, they will also be releasing their debut Japanese single "Never Let You Go (Shinde mo Hanasanai"), a Japanese version of the band's Korean single, "Even if I Die, I Can't Let You Go (죽어도 못보내)."

Tours


2AM held their first concert entitled "Saint o'Clock" in Seoul at Korea University, Hwajeong Gym from December 24 to 26, 2010. 2AM serenaded the crowd with their hit songs such as "You Wouldn't Answer My Calls" and "Like Crazy". 2AM also performed a series of girl group medley such as Wonder Girls
Wonder Girls
Wonder Girls is a South Korean girl group. Its producer and manager is singer-songwriter Park Jin-Young and the Wonder Girls is signed to his talent agency, JYP Entertainment. Each of the five original members were selected through auditions...

's "So Hot
So Hot
"So Hot" is a Wonder Girls song released in 2008, produced by Park Jin-young. Released as a second single on June 3, 2008, the song became an instant hit and quickly hit #1 on various online and offline charts.-History:...

", 4minute
4minute
4Minute is a popular South Korean girl group founded by Cube Entertainment in 2009. The group consists of Nam Jihyun , Heo Gayoon, Jeon Jiyoon, Kim Hyuna and Kwon SoHyun. The girls released their first single on June 15, 2009 and made their debut stage last June 18, 2009 on Mnet M! Countdown...

's "Hot Issue
Hot Issue (song)
"Hot Issue" is a song by a South Korean girl group 4minute. The song became one of the tracks for their first mini-album, For Muzik. It also has a remix version included in their mini-album.The song peaked at 5 on the GAON singles chart.- Release :...

" and miss A
Miss A
Miss A , commonly stylized as miss A, is a four member South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment through their sub-label AQ Entertainment in 2010. The group consists of members from both China and South Korea...

's "Bad Girl Good Girl
Bad Girl Good Girl
"Bad Girl Good Girl" is a song by South Korean girl group Miss A. The song is taken from their first single, Bad But Good. "Bad Girl Good Girl" has topped various charts in South Korea, beating out veteran artists such as Son Dam Bi and Baek Ji-young....

". The crowd went crazy when 2AM danced to After School
After School (band)
After School is a South Korean girl group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2009. They are the first group to debut with a unique admissions and graduation concept in Korea, where members are added or withdrawn in a “natural” manner...

's "Bang!
Bang! (After School EP)
Bang! is the third single released by South Korean girl group, After School. The EP marked the first appearance of the group's eighth member, Lizzy....

" as the boys are also dressed in aqua blue cheerleader outfits. For their solo stages, Changmin wowed the crowd with Tom Jones's "Sex Bomb" and also ripped his shirt. Seulong danced to "Beautiful Monster" and also revealed his chiseled abs. Jinwoon performed Muse
Muse (band)
Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of school friends Matthew Bellamy , Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard...

's "Hysteria" with his electric guitar and Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon is a South Korean singer and entertainer, leader of ballad boyband 2AM.-Predebut:Jo Kwon, commonly known as Sacre Bleu, is the longest-serving male trainee in JYP Entertainment, having trained for 2567 days; exactly 7 years and 10 days since joining JYP...

 danced to Lady Gaga
Lady GaGa
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta , better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. Born and raised in New York City, she primarily studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to...

's hit song "Telephone". The guests for the three-day concert includes B2ST, 8eight
8Eight
8Eight is a South Korean music trio consisting of Baek Chan, Lee Hyun, and Joo Hee.8Eight won the first season of the television series, MBC’s Show Survival . They debuted on MBC’s Show! Music Core on August 25, 2007.-Studio albums:...

, Lim Jeong Hee
Lim Jeong Hee
Lim Jeong-Hee is a South Korean R&B and Pop artist that debuted in 2005 under JYP Entertainment. One of her notable performances in 2005 was the 5th Pattaya Music Festival in Thailand, which helped promote and expose her to the foreign music industry...

, IU and T-ara
T-ara
T-ara is a South Korean girl group formed by Core Contents Media in 2009. Before their debut, there was a high level of interest in the group as they were called "Super Rookies" and had been training for three years prior to debut....

.

Other contributions


2AM endorsed up to $1 million for products commercials in early 2010, including Pepsi
Pepsi
Pepsi is a carbonated soft drink that is produced and manufactured by PepsiCo...

 and BHC Chicken. It was also announced that 2AM would be the new faces of Samsung
Samsung
The Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea...

's Dugeunduguen Tomorrow campaign with Kara
Kara (band)
Kara is a popular South Korean girl group signed with DSP Media . The band name Kara comes from the Greek Word "chara" Kara (Hangul: 카라, Japanese: カラ, often stylized as KARA) is a popular South Korean girl group signed with DSP Media (DSP). The band name Kara comes from the Greek Word "chara" Kara...

, succeeding 4Tomorrow in 2009.

In April 2010, they participated in the original soundtrack of drama series Personal Taste with a ballad titled "바보처럼 (Like A Fool)", which also became a number one hit.

2AM was chosen to represent Asia on Listen Up! The Official 2010 Fifa World Cup Album with the song titled "No. 1". The song was digitally released on May 18, 2010. In October 2010, the band represented Korea and performed at the 7th Asia Song Festival
Asia song festival
Asia Song Festival, aka A-Song-Fe or ASF, is an annual Asian pop music festival held in South Korea, since 2004. It is hosted by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange and features artists from Asian countries...

, organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.

Members

  • Lee Changmin (Hangul
    Hangul
    Hangul,Pronounced or ; Korean: 한글 Hangeul/Han'gŭl or 조선글 Chosŏn'gŭl/Joseongeul the Korean alphabet, is the native alphabet of the Korean language. It is a separate script from Hanja, the logographic Chinese characters which are also sometimes used to write Korean...

    : 이창민 Hanja
    Hanja
    Hanja is the Korean name for the Chinese characters hanzi. More specifically, it refers to those Chinese characters borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation...

    : 李昶旻) is commonly known as Changmin, is the main vocalist and rapper of the group. He is born on 1 May 1986 (age 25) and is one of the few idols to have completed his military service prior to debut.

  • Im Seulong (Hangul
    Hangul
    Hangul,Pronounced or ; Korean: 한글 Hangeul/Han'gŭl or 조선글 Chosŏn'gŭl/Joseongeul the Korean alphabet, is the native alphabet of the Korean language. It is a separate script from Hanja, the logographic Chinese characters which are also sometimes used to write Korean...

    : 임슬옹 Hanja
    Hanja
    Hanja is the Korean name for the Chinese characters hanzi. More specifically, it refers to those Chinese characters borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation...

    : 任瑟雍) is commonly known as Seulong, is the vocalist of the group. He is born on 11 May 1987 (age 24).

  • Jo Kwon
    Jo Kwon
    Jo Kwon is a South Korean singer and entertainer, leader of ballad boyband 2AM.-Predebut:Jo Kwon, commonly known as Sacre Bleu, is the longest-serving male trainee in JYP Entertainment, having trained for 2567 days; exactly 7 years and 10 days since joining JYP...

    (Hangul
    Hangul
    Hangul,Pronounced or ; Korean: 한글 Hangeul/Han'gŭl or 조선글 Chosŏn'gŭl/Joseongeul the Korean alphabet, is the native alphabet of the Korean language. It is a separate script from Hanja, the logographic Chinese characters which are also sometimes used to write Korean...

    : 조권 Hanja
    Hanja
    Hanja is the Korean name for the Chinese characters hanzi. More specifically, it refers to those Chinese characters borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation...

    : 趙權) was born 28 August 1989 (age 22), is the leader and the lead vocalist of the group. He was discovered by Park Jin Young through SBS variety show, 영재 육성 프로젝트 99%의 도전 (99% Challenge Project) in 2001.

  • Jung Jinwoon (Hangul
    Hangul
    Hangul,Pronounced or ; Korean: 한글 Hangeul/Han'gŭl or 조선글 Chosŏn'gŭl/Joseongeul the Korean alphabet, is the native alphabet of the Korean language. It is a separate script from Hanja, the logographic Chinese characters which are also sometimes used to write Korean...

    : 정진운 Hanja
    Hanja
    Hanja is the Korean name for the Chinese characters hanzi. More specifically, it refers to those Chinese characters borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation...

    : 鄭鎮云) is commonly known as Jinwoon, is the vocalist and rapper of the group. Born on 2 May 1991 (age 20), he is the youngest member in the group.

Members activity outside of the group


Seulong and Jo Kwon were part of "Dirty Eyed Girls" on an episode of 2PM's reality show Wild Bunny. The music video became extremely popular.

Jo Kwon was paired with Brown Eyed Girls
Brown Eyed Girls
The Brown Eyed Girls , often abbreviated as B.E.G., is a South Korean girl group managed by Nega Network. The group consists of four members: Jea, Miryo, Narsha, and Ga-in. They've debuted as an R&B/ballad vocal group in 2006 and challenged themselves with different music genres. Rising to...

' member Ga In as an imaginary married couple on We Got Married
We Got Married
We Got Married is a popular reality South Korean variety show, one segment of the Sunday Sunday Night program. First broadcast in 2008, the show pairs up Korean celebrities to show what life would be like if they were married...

 Season II. Seulong and Jinwoon also make regular appearances as commentators on the show. Seulong debuted as an actor in drama series Personal Preference
Personal Preference (TV series)
Personal Preference is a South Korean drama series adapted from a 2007 novel "Gaeinui Chwihyang" by Lee Sae In, about a man pretending to be homosexual in order to become roommates with a woman who wants to live with a gay male friend...

, which aired on March 31, 2010. In June 2010, Seulong collaborated with IU for the song "잔소리 (Nagging)", which topped several online music charts.

In 2010, Jo Kwon became a permanent member of Family Outing Season 2
Family Outing 2
Family Outing Season 2 was a South Korean variety show; a part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup, along with Gold Miss is Coming . It was first aired on February 21, 2010, following the end of the first season...

. Jo Kwon was also casted in the upcoming MBC sitcom All My Love, which starts airing on November 8, 2010.

Jinwoon was a part of Idol Maknae Rebellion ("아이돌 막내반란시대"). Changmin starred in Immortal Song 2.

Jinwoon also starred in G.NA's music video for "Black & White", which was a hit.

Jinwoon released his solo song "LaLaLa" on July 25,2011 and revealed the music video for "You walking Toward Me" on August 7,2011

Changmin works with 8eight's Lee Hyun
Lee Hyun
Lee Hyun is a South Korean singer and leader of ballad group 8Eight.-Career:Lee Hyun released his first solo single album on September 9, 2009...

 for collaboration unit named "Homme".

Mini Albums

  • 2010: "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die
    Can't Let You Go Even If I Die
    Can't Let You Go Even If I Die is a song by South Korea ballad boyband 2AM off their first mini-album...

    "
  • 2010: "I Was Wrong"

Concert participation

  • Wonder Girls World Tour
    Wonder Girls World Tour
    The Wonder Girls World Tour was a 20-show tour by the Wonder Girls that took place in the US and Canada. The tour was a combination of the English and Korean versions of their hits, covers of popular English-language songs, and new songs from their album 2 Different Tears.The Wonder Girls's...

     (2010)
  • JYP Nation Concert in Japan (2011)
  • K-Pop Music Fest in Sydney (2011)

Awards

Year Award
2008
  • Cyworld Digital Music Awards
    Cyworld Digital Music Awards
    Cyworld Digital Awards Which is a Cyworld BGM Blog is a South Korea community site in Korea, "Cyworld" is based on the BGM chart that started in 2006 the first Republic of Korea, No.1 representative of the Digital Music Awards...

    : Rookie of the Month (July)
  • Asia Song Festival
    Asia song festival
    Asia Song Festival, aka A-Song-Fe or ASF, is an annual Asian pop music festival held in South Korea, since 2004. It is hosted by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange and features artists from Asian countries...

    : Rookie Award
2010
  • Cyworld Digital Music Awards
    Cyworld Digital Music Awards
    Cyworld Digital Awards Which is a Cyworld BGM Blog is a South Korea community site in Korea, "Cyworld" is based on the BGM chart that started in 2006 the first Republic of Korea, No.1 representative of the Digital Music Awards...

    : Song of the Month (February) ("Can't Let You Go Even If I Die")
  • Gaon Chart Awards
    Gaon Chart
    The Gaon Chart is a national record chart of South Korea. It is complied by the Korea Music Content Industry Association and sponsored by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism; with an aim to create a national chart for Korea similar to the Billboard charts and Oricon charts...

    : Ringtone Awards ("Can't Let You Go Even If I Die")
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best Vocal Performance by a Group - "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die"
  • 25th Golden Disk Awards
    Golden Disk Awards
    The Golden Disk Awards is an awards show founded in 1986 that is presented annually by the Music Industry Association of Korea for outstanding achievements in the music industry in South Korea...

    : Digital Music Bonsang - "Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die"
  • 25th Golden Disk Awards
    Golden Disk Awards
    The Golden Disk Awards is an awards show founded in 1986 that is presented annually by the Music Industry Association of Korea for outstanding achievements in the music industry in South Korea...

    : Digital Music Daesang - "Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die"
  • 2nd Melon Music Awards
    Melon Music Awards
    The Melon Music Awards is a major music awards show that is held annually in South Korea. It is known for only calculating digital sales and online votes to judge winners.-Artist of the Year :-Album of the Year :...

    : 2010 T-World Best Song - "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die"
  • 2nd Melon Music Awards
    Melon Music Awards
    The Melon Music Awards is a major music awards show that is held annually in South Korea. It is known for only calculating digital sales and online votes to judge winners.-Artist of the Year :-Album of the Year :...

    : 2010 Top 10
  • 2011
  • 20th Seoul Music Award: Bonsang
  • 20th Seoul Music Award: R&B Ballad Award
  • 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
    Mnet 20's Choice Awards
    The Mnet 20's Choice Awards is a major music awards show that is held annually in South Korea.-2011:*Hot Drama Actor: Cha Seung Won*Hot Drama Actress: Gong Hyo Jin*Hot Style Icon: Gong Hyo Jin*Hot Korean Wave Star: KARA...

     : Pocari Sweat Hot Balance Star

  • Music Programs


    These are collection of 2AM wins on Korea's televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown
    M! Countdown
    M! Countdown is a South Korean music television program broadcast by M.net. It airs live every Thursday at 6:00PM KST. The show features some of the latest and most popular artists who perform live on stage. It is hosted by Tony An and Girls' Generation's Sooyoung...

     on Korean cable channel M.net
    M.net
    M.net refers to:* M.net - a South Korean cable channel of M.net Media dedicated to broadcasting and producing music-related entertainment programming 24 hours a day....

    .

    Inkigayo

    Year Date Song
    2010 February 7 Can't Let You Go Even If I Die
    March 7
    November 14 You Wouldn't Answer My Calls

    M! Countdown

    Year Date Song
    2010 February 25 Can't Let You Go Even If I Die
    April 1 I Was Wrong

    External links