KOREA + CHINA = POP

Profile: UNIQ

Profile: UNIQ

Korean entertainment company, SM Entertainment has been promoting in China with their artists for years, but it seems like Chinese companies have finally caught on. In October 2014, one of China’s most well-known entertainment agencies, Yuehua Entertainment, debuted a five member male idol group UNIQ, whose members are fluent in both Korean and Mandarin.

UNIQ (유니크) consists of five members: Chinese members Wang Yibo, Li Wenhan, Zhou Yixuan; and Korean members Kim Sungjoo and Cho Seungyeon. This debut is particularly unique (pun intended) because its Korean activities are not overseen by a Korean company but the Korean branch division of Chinese company Yuehua Entertainment.

If you’ve ever followed this niche area of Korea-China collaborations and projects, you should immediately be able to recognize Yuehua as the company that currently manages former Super Junior member Han Geng (韩庚). They even manage former Chinese-Japanese solo artist alan (阿蘭). Both of these artists have achieved great success in China since joining Yuehua Entertainment from their former companies. If you only recently followed K-Pop, that’s alright too because you may recognize Yuehua from news headlines this past summer when former EXO member Kris was rumoured to be in talks of signing with the company.

The collaboration between YG and Yuehua needs more clarification from either side, but from what has been reported, UNIQ is a group that spent their time training under Korea’s YG Entertainment, but will hereafter be managed by China’s Yuehua Entertainment. The interesting thing about this is that UNIQ made their debut stage on Korean music show Mnet Mcountdown earlier this week (October 16, 2014). Considering it is Yuehua Korea who helps manage all of UNIQ’s activities in Korea, it’s curious that they have enough leverage in the industry so early on for this opportunity to promote on a major weekly music show.

UNIQ is a fairly new group, so there is still a lot of speculation about how they will be promoted to audiences in Asia. Plenty of news outlets have already reported on their uniquely formed group name, and their extensive training background (over 3 years each!), so we won’t repeat that here, but as usual, we have included a list of articles at the bottom of this blog that you can refer to to learn more about this new group. We have also included the profiles for all five UNIQ members for your convenience.

Best of luck to UNIQ!


UNIQ Wang Yibo

UNIQ Wang Yibo

Wang Yibo (王一博)

  • Birth Date: August 5, 1997
  • Birth Place: Luoyang, China
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 179cm
  • Weight: 59kg
  • Astrology Sign: Leo
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Position: Main dancer, rapper, visual and maknae
  • Specialties: Yo-yo, beatboxing, locking, krump
  • Ideal Type: Loyal, filial, cute but sexy
  • Favourite Colour: Green, red, black, white, gold, neon green
  • Favourite Artists: BIGBANG, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyonce, Eason Chen
  • Favourite Films: Spider-Man, The Fast and the Furious
  • Favourite Food: Japanese ramen, xiaolongbao
  • Favourite Sports: Swimming, basketball, bowling, skateboarding
  • Favourite Animals: Doberman dog
  • Favourite Brands: Nike Air Jordan, Chrome Hearts, Givenchy, Balmain, ARMANI, HBA
  • Dream: To become an well-rounded talented artist

Although the youngest member of the group, Yibo is one of their most talkative members. He is also incredibly skilled in various forms of dance.

Wang Yibo’s video teaser:


UNIQ Kim Sungjoo

UNIQ Kim Sungjoo

Kim Sungjoo (김성주)

  • Also Known As: Jin Shengzhu (金聖柱)
  • Birth Date: February 16, 1994
  • Birth Place: Incheon, South Korea
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 68kg
  • Astrology Sign: Aquarius
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Main vocalist
  • Specialties: Korean, Japanese (conversational), Chinese (conversational)
  • Ideal Type: Loyal and filial
  • Favourite Colour: Red, black, blue, silver, white
  • Favourite Artists: Bruno Mars, Wang Leehom
  • Favourite Films: Action, sci-fi
  • Favourite Food: Roasted duck, ramen, salmon
  • Favourite Sports: Taekwondo, skateboarding
  • Favourite Animals: Dogs, pandas
  • Favourite Brands: Adidas, Vans, Nike Jordan, Chrome Hearts, Balmain
  • Dream: To be an musician
  • Most Unforgettable Moment: Stepping up on stage for the first time

Formerly a YG Entertainment trainee, Kim Sungjoo underwent over 1400 days of training before successfully debuting as the lead singer for UNIQ. He is marketed to be one of the top visuals for the group.

Kim Sungjoo’s video teaser:


UNIQ Cho Seungyeon

UNIQ Cho Seungyeon

Cho Seungyeon (조승연)

  • Also Known As: Cao Chengyan (曹承衍)
  • Birth Date: August 5, 1996
  • Birth Place: Gyeonggi, South Korea
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 65kg
  • Astrology Sign: Leo
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Rap, vocalist
  • Specialties: Soccer, beatboxing, krump, piano, guitar
  • Ideal Type: Attractive, charismatic
  • Favourite Colour: Black, red, white, blue, green
  • Favourite Artists: Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beyonce, Beenzino, San.E
  • Favourite Films: The Avengers, Harry Potter films, Goal, About Time, If Only
  • Favourite Food: All
  • Favourite Sports: Football, baseball, basketball, tennis, skateboarding, skiing
  • Favourite Animals: Dog, cat, otter, lion, tiger, horse
  • Favourite Brands: Nike, Adidas, Stussy, Balmain, Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint-Laurent
  • Dream: To become one of the most popular idol groups in the world and bring more joy to people
  • Most Unforgettable Moment: Playing football in Brazil

Cho Seungyeon was originally a student in a Brazilian football school when he suddenly fell in love with music. He returned to South Korea and started participating in various talent competitions for Korean entertainment companies. He is fluent in four languages: Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, and Mandarin Chinese.

Cho Seungyeon’s video teaser:


UNIQ Li Wenhan

UNIQ Li Wenhan

Li Wenhan (李汶翰)

  • Birth Date: July 22, 1994
  • Birth Place: Hangzhou, China
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 64kg
  • Astrology Sign: Cancer
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Position: Main vocalist
  • Specialties: Swimming, basketball, diving, guitar, piano, beatboxing, Korean
  • Ideal Type: Cute but sexy, smart, filial, charismatic
  • Favourite Colour: Blue, red, black, white
  • Favourite Artists: Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher, Chris Brown, Wang Leehom, Eason Chen
  • Favourite Films: Horror, sci-fi, action, comedy
  • Favourite Food: Meat
  • Favourite Sports: Basketball, tennis, bowling, gym, swimming, running
  • Favourite Animals: Dogs of every breed, Scottish Fold cat, raccoon, owl
  • Favourite Brands: Givenchy, Armani, Club Monaco, Burberry, Nike, Adidas, Reebok
  • Dream: To become one of the most popular idol groups in the world and bring more joy to people
  • Most Unforgettable Moment: The first time my dad taught me to play basketball and I fell in love with it

Li Wenhan is gifted in both arts and sports: Past winner of the Hangzhou Junior Swimming Competition when he was younger, and has achieved professional guitar skills up to level 9. Previously schooled in the United States, he gave it up to focus on a career in the entertainment industry.

Li Wenhan’s video teaser:


UNIQ Zhou Yixuan

UNIQ Zhou Yixuan

Zhou Yixuan (周藝軒)

  • Birth Date: July 22, 1994
  • Birth Place: Zhejiang, Shengzhou, China
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 183cm
  • Weight: 65kg
  • Astrology Sign: Sagittarius
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Position: Leader, rapper
  • Specialties: Rubik’s cube, B-BOX, Krump, rapping, composing
  • Ideal Type: Filial, kind, love smiling, charismatic
  • Favourite Colour: Black, white, red, Carolina blue
  • Favourite Artists: Florida, LupeFiasco, BIGBANG, RAIN, Skrillex
  • Favourite Films: X-Men, The Legend of 1900, Rashomon, Ex-Files
  • Favourite Food: Shrimp, crab, beef, crab soup dumpling
  • Favourite Sports: Gym, running, swimming, basketball, ping pong, bowling
  • Favourite Animals: Dolphin, panda, dog, hamster
  • Favourite Brands: LANVIN, Givenchy, Nike Air Jordan, Timberland, Dr. Martin, G-SHOCK
  • Dream: To become the most talented and influential idol group
  • Most Unforgettable Moment: Having the dream to perform on-stage after watching Rain perform in his Beijing concert

Zhou Yixuan is the group leader for all Chinese activities. He caught the eye of Yuehua talent scouts while participating at one of Asia’s largest hip-hop dancing competitions, KOD (Keep On Dancing). He is also skilled in taichi.

Zhou Yixuan’s video teaser:


References:

  • UNIQ — Baike article for UNIQ
  • Soompi — Rookie boy group UNIQ to debut this month, new group photo revealed
  • Koreaboo — YG Entertainment and Yuehua Entertainment to debut new boy group, UNIQ
  • Hype Malaysia — UNIQ: YG’s new Korean-Chinese boy group to debut under Yuehua Entertainment
  • QQ Tencent — Yuehua Entertainment’s new boy group UNIQ