CNBLUE CAREER BIOGRAPHY
Dreaming of the World’s Street Corners
This is where this band of four fresh faced young men started out in early 2009. On the streets of Japan, braving the falling temperatures of the harsh winter, having to live like renegades on the run. CNBLUE started at rock bottom with just a basic grasp of the language, little money in their pockets, no hand-phones, and no family around them, all they had was each other and their music. Their company FNC was trying a new formula, sending them to Japan to train not just as rookies but as nobodies. To prepare them for an official debut but were unsure whether to have them start out as an indie band in Japan ...view middle of the document...
Introduction and Expansion
Breaking down the walls they faced in Japan was only the beginning; they needed to start making a name for themselves at home in Korea as well. So, with their management company at the helm of the idol-drama ‘You’re Beautiful’, their guitarist and lead vocalist Jung Yong Hwa, was selected to play the handsome yet awkward, Kang Shin Woo and would make his acting debut in the role. While the drama did not garner the remarkable viewership ratings anticipated by execs, the international response to the drama’s premise, along with the undeniable chemistry shared between the cast which included Hallyu star Jang Keun Suk, Park Shin Hye and FTISLAND vocalist Lee Hong Ki, (all members of the fictional band A.N.JELL) facilitated in catapulting Yong Hwa’s popularity to higher than expected numbers which was essential for CNBLUE’s status. This new public awareness was positive for the band as it was crucial for them to have some recognition in Korea that can pave their way for a local debut. With this new-found fame, the existing band member’s title roles needed to be put in place within CNBLUE. The role of the band leader was transferred from Lee Jong Hyun to Jung Yong Hwa not long before their debut was set to take place in Korea. Lee Jung Shin then stepped into the role of the new bassist as the replacement for their original bassist, Choi Kwang Jin. These changes should’ve been enough for any new band just starting out to cave under pressure, but this was not the case for CNBLUE. At their very core, all these men really desired was to play music that would reach and captivate as many listeners as possible. While they work hard and strive to ultimately fill stadiums all over the world, these humble musicians would be just as content to perform on as many street corners they could play on; if that was the only way they could do what they love, perform.
In early January 2010, the announcement of CNBLUE’s upcoming Major Korean debut was made which was followed by a series of teasers, each featuring one of the four members showcasing their individual charisma and also shedding a bit of light onto what the name CNBLUE really stood for. C.N. was short for Code Name and B.L.U.E represented each of the member’s personas. Lead Guitarist and Vocalist Lee Jong Hyun’s teaser would surface first as he represent the ‘B’ for ‘Burning’. The next teaser featured Drummer Kang Min Hyuk representing the ‘L’ standing for ‘Lovely’. Bassist Lee Jung Shin would represent the ‘U’ for ‘Untouchable’. And lastly, new Leader, Lead Vocalist and Rhythm Guitarist, Jung Yong Hwa would represent the ‘E’ for ‘Emotional’. All members together represented the band CNBLUE.
The highly anticipated official music video for the unforgettable title track, ‘I’m a Loner’ was later released just before the launch of their debut Korean mini album, titled, ‘Bluetory’ on January 14th, 2010 which quickly took the number one spot on the MNET real time charts,...