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Monsta X (Hangul: 몬스타엑스; often stylized as MONSTA X) is a South Korean boy group formed Starship Entertainment through the survival show No.Mercy on Mnet in 2015. The group consists of six members: Jooheon, Shownu, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Minhyuk, and I.M.

The group debuted on May 14, 2015 with their first EP Trespass. In March 2017 Monsta X released their first studio album and final part of "The Clan" series, The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter, which consist of their third and fourth extended play, The Clan Pt. 1 Lost and The Clan Pt. 2 Guilty, both released in 2016. In May 2017, Monsta X signed with Mercury Tokyo and debuted with the single "Hero" in Japan.In October 22, 2018 they released Take.1 Are you there? . Their newest album was released February 18, 2019 it's called Take.2 : We are here.

Monsta X fans are called "Monbebe".

The fandom name Monbebe is in French, "Mon" meaning 'my' & "Bebe" meaning 'baby'.'

History

2014–2015: Formation and debut with Trespass and Rush

The group was formed as the result of a survival program called No.Mercy, which was launched by Starship Entertainment and Mnet in December 2014. For the show the participants worked directly with the artists of Starship Entertainment including Rhymer, San E, Giriboy and Nochang. For the concluding mission, nine of the remaining members had to form three groups of three and the final seven members of the group, Jooheon, Shownu, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Wonho, Minhyuk, and I.M, were determined on the last episode of the show. Member I.M was the only participant who was added during the middle of the show and ended up being chosen for the group. The group's name, "Monsta X", contains the double meaning of "monsters conquering the K-pop scene" and "my star" (Mon means "My" in French). The X symbolizes an unknown existence. Jooheon, Hyungwon, and I.M also released their song "Interstellar" on February 12, which was produced for the final mission by producer Yella Diamond.

Monsta X made their debut with the release of their first extended play, Trespass on May 14, 2015. The title song of the same name is produced by Rhymer and described as a "strong and edgy track that reflects Monsta X’s unique character". Trespass includes seven different tracks, rapper Jooheon was the most involved member in the production of the album and composed several songs, including "One Love," "Steal Your Heart," and "Blue Moon". Monsta X’s other rapper, I.M was also involved in the rap making of several songs. Kihyun and Wonho also contributed song lyrics for the album.

On September 1, the group returned with their second extended play titled Rush. The title track of the same name is described as a song representing the signature style of the group, produced by Giriboy. Keone Madrid choreographed the dance and Joo Hee-sun directed the music video. Rush contains six tracks produced by Mad Clown, Crybaby and Rhymer. Jooheon also took part in rap making for five out of the six tracks, while fellow member I.M was involved in four songs, including the title track "Rush". In 2015, Monsta X also performed at the KCON 2015 in Los Angeles making it their first U.S. performance. At the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Monsta X received the "Next Generation Asian Artist" award. They were also awarded the "1theK Performance Award" at the 2015 Melon Music Awards.

2016: The Clan 2.5 Part 1 Lost and The Clan 2.5 Part 2 Guilty

In January 2016, the group joined a new variety program titled "MONSTA X’s Right Now". In April 2016, the group participated on a Chinese survival program called "The Remix", which was aired in June on Jiangsu Television. The show holds a remix competition in the program and each one of the participants receive a lesson from its assigned mentor and perform its stage by remixing representative Chinese music. Monsta X also appeared in a Chinese web drama Good Evening, Teacher, receiving positive responses from local viewers.

Monsta X's third mini album The Clan Pt. 1 Lost was released on May 18 with the title track "All In". The music video for "All In" was directed by filmmaker Shin Dong-keul, a former winner at the Canada International Film Festival, and is known for his dreamy and euphoric style in producing music videos. The album debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's World Albums Chart and stayed for two consecutive weeks on it. On May 9, the group pre-released one of the album songs, "Ex girl" featuring Wheein of Mamamoo. The album is a starting of a large-scaled project called "THE CLAN", composed of two and a half parts.

In July 2016, Monsta X held their first solo concert, MONSTA X The First Live "X-Clan Origins" from July 16 till July 17, which was successfully sold out in five minutes. In August 2016, Monsta X joined label-mates Cosmic Girls for a project unit group to promote KT's phone fare service and to release music together. Monsta X's fourth mini album and second part of The Clan series titled The Clan 2.5 Final Chapter , The Clan Pt. 2 Guilty was released on October 4. The EP contains six tracks including the title track "Fighter". In December the group was awarded the "Best of Next Male Artist Award" at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

2017–2018: First studio album, Japanese debut, and world tours

In January 2017, the group launched its own variety show called Monsta X-Ray through JTBC2. In March 2017, Monsta X released their first studio album and the final part of The Clan series titled The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter with the title track "Beautiful".The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart with more than 1,000 copies sold, which makes it the band's best sales week in America. Monsta X also ranked in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and debuted at No. 10. Furthermore, the title track "Beautiful" debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart.

In May 2017, Monsta X made their debut in Japan under Universal Music Japan's new label Mercury Tokyo with first Japanese single "Hero", which contains the Japanese version of the groups previously released Korean songs, "Hero" and "Stuck". First Japanese single "Hero" reached number two on the Oricon’s weekly single chart, Tower Records' chart, and Billboard Japan’s weekly charts to No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. “Hero” is the only album from a foreign artist who debuted in 2017 to make it into the top three of Oricon’s weekly charts.[33]

On June 19, Monsta X released a repackaged version of The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter called "Shine Forever" which features the original songs from the album and two extra songs "Shine Forever" and "Gravity". The music video teaser for "Shine Forever" was released on June 14. The title song, "Shine Forever" includes rap lyrics written by members Jooheon and I.M, which combines future base and hip-hop. The group started their first world tour, The First World Tour - Monsta X Beautiful in June. Monsta X aired the second season of Monsta X-Ray in July. Monsta X released a summer song, "Newton" on July 27.The music video for the song was produced by Yoo Sung-gyun of Sunny Visual.

On August 23, their second Japanese single "Beautiful" was released. The single album contains the Japanese version of "Beautiful" and "Ready or Not". It reached number one on the Oricon’s daily chart.On November 7, their fifth extended play titled The Code with title track "Dramarama" was released. On the day of the album release, MONSTA X COMEBACK SHOW-CON hold at Changchun gymnasium. Following this on 14 November 2017, they won their first music broadcast award through SBS MTV's The Show, with "Dramarama". On December 18, the group released the special single "Lonely Christmas", as a surprise special holiday release for their fans. The song was written, produced and co-composed by Jooheon.

On 13 January 2018, the group served as torchbearers on the first day of the Seoul leg of the Olympic torch relay in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics torch relay. They showed their teamwork, with each of the seven members taking turns carrying the symbolic Olympic flame. Accordingly, the group officially released their third Japanese single album and their first Japanese original song "Spotlight" on January 31, containing the Japanese version of "Shine Forever". They had previously performed this song in MONSTA X, Christmas Party 2017 . They also opened a collaboration cafe for a limited time from January 19 to February 18 at Shinjuku Box.

On February 22, the group's official Twitter account revealed a poster for their second world tour, announcing that the first show will be held in Seoul at Jang Chung Arena on May 26 and 27.On March 26, the group officially released their sixth mini album The Connect: Dejavu containing seven tracks with the lead title track "Jealousy", including "If Only," co-written by Wonho, and "Special," co-written by Jooheon. The title song of the same name is produced by Hayden Bell, Shane Simmons & Harry Sommerdahland. In this comeback, they won music broadcast award again through SBS MTV's The Show.[48] Monsta X cooperated with Lens Town, a widely known global fashion eyewear and contact lens company as models on April 11. They actively participated in the release process with Lens Town to produced their lens as "Monsta X lens" or MnX and the members coordinated their design and detail points. The lens released officially in May.

On April 25, they released their first Japan album Piece with the lead title track "Puzzle". This album contains ten tracks, featuring the original songs from their previous Japan single album and four additional songs. Piece reached No. 1 on Tower Records’ chart all store, No. 3 on the Oricon’s weekly album and Billboard Japan's weekly chart. Following this, on April 27, they started their first Japan live tour in Nagoya. On May 2, they attended the cultural festival "C-Festival 2018" as official ambassadors for its promotion, held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Thailand (Embassy of the Republic of Korea), Gangnam-gu, the largest public-private partnership event in Korea hosted by COEX.

On August 1, Monsta X released a music video for the title song of their most recent Japanese comeback, called "Livin' It Up". The single album was released on September 12.

On October 1, the group became a print model for Tony Moly's new lip tint cosmetic line. On October 4, it was followed by a partial sponsorship by Italian clothing company Moncler in conjunction with their new flagship store in Minato ward, Tokyo. On October 7, Monsta X announced their second full album Take 1: Are You There?, scheduled for release on October 22.In addition, the group was selected by Capital One bank as the first K-Pop band to perform at the 2018 KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles on November 30, followed by San Francisco on December 1, Minneapolis on December 3, Boston on December 4, Philadelphia on December 5 and New York on December 7.

2019: Take.2 We Are Here, Third World Tour, International expansion and Wonho's departure

On January 20, Monsta X announced a February comeback with their third studio album Take.2 We Are Here along its title track "Alligator".In February, Monsta X has confirmed that Jooheon’s stage name will be Joohoney from now on, starting with their upcoming promotions.[54] In March, Monsta X collaborated with music producer Steve Aoki on this album with track "Play It Cool" for its English version.[

In addition, the group signed another five-year renewal contract with Litmus as its print commercial models. Their parent company, Starship Entertainment, announced a world tour of 12 countries and 18 cities, making it their largest to date.

On May 27, Monsta X got the Cartoon Network treatment when all seven members of the group were featured in an episode of the animated series, We Bare Bears.

On May 28, Monsta X signed with Epic Records for their English language recordings and distribution outside South Korea.On June 14, Monsta X released a new English song called "Who Do U Love?" featuring French Montana.On September 20, the group released another English song called "Love U" and a remix version of "Who Do U Love?" by will.i.am.

On September 27, the group was announced to be joining the lineup for the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour. It will be Monsta X's second year to join the tour, headlining in three cities: Minneapolis on December 9, Philadelphia on December 11, and New York on December 13.

On October 4, Monsta X released another English song titled "Someone's Someone" co-written by Before You Exit members and Monsta X's Shownu.

On October 31, Starship Entertainment released a statement on Twitter announcing that member Wonho would be departing following recent allegations. The agency plans to take legal action against malicious rumors.

Members

Filmography

Animation

Year Network Series Role
2019 Cartoon Network We Bare Bears Themselves

Dramas

Year Network Series Role
2015 KBS2 The Producers Themselves
Naver TV Cast High-End Crush
2016 iQiyi Good Evening, Teacher
2017 KBS2 Hit the Top

Reality show

Year Network Show
2014–2015 Mnet No.Mercy
1theK Deokspatch
2015 Deokspatch X
Deokspatch X²
2016 Right Now!
2017 V Live No Exit Broadcast
JTBC2 Monsta X-Ray
Monsta X-Ray 2
2018 Monsta X-Ray 3
Rakuten Viki When You Call My Name (with Gallant)
2019 TWOTUCKGOM (투턱곰) Monsta X's Puppy Day

TV Shows

Year Title Role Channel Note
2019 TMI News Themselves Mnet EP.2

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