Male group B1A4. They made their debut in 2011 April and heard teasing comments like, "Is it a new type of copying papers?", "Are they copying Boys over Flowers(F4)?" but now in the third year after their debut, they are frequently asked the following question "Who is type B?".
B1A4 consists of member Jinyoung, Baro, Sandeul, CNU, Gongchan and the idea of their group name came from 1 type B and 4 type A members. The meaning behind the naming of their group is known by a fairly large number of people. Within the last 2 years, B1A4 received love from fans from different age groups and advanced as the "next generation top idol star"
"Besides copying papers we've heard people calling us 'blood-dol' (blood+idol) because of our blood type group name and one of the radio DJs said 'I parked my car in the first floor basement, 4th row in area A.' when introducing us. When we explain the name of our group, questions like "Who is type B?", "Don't you feel lonely because you're the only type B?" bounces back at us. We think we have named our group really well. If they know the proper meaning, it's a name that will never be forgotten and it's a name that always triggers curiosity."
Recently, B1A4 passed 130,000 members on their fan cafe and having a strong fandom, around 10,000 seats for their first concert which was held last month were sold out in 5 minutes. Although majority of their fans are young girls and 'noona' fans, they captured 'aunt' fans and of course, the 'father' fans as well after appearing on KBS 2TV 'Immortal Song 2" last year.
The group who attracted the attention with their webtoon series which were created based on the members' real personalities and their own characteristics swept many rookie awards in their first year. Even last year, their latest track "Tried to Walk" had to remain in the second place on KBS 2TV "Music Bank" because of Psy's "Gangnam Style", however, this showed a remarkable growth.
This group who says, "We are all from countryside and we have similar personalities" when introduce themselves picks "familiarity" as their charm. Even before their debut, they freely communicated with their fans through SNS, introducing themselves through cartoon and captured fans with their unpretentious actions in front of the cameras.
Talking with members is the strength that makes B1A4 strong. Since their trainee days, they had their "moment for talking" once every week but recently they talked from midnight until next morning 9 am. They complement each other, point out mistakes and digress but they said "Thanks to this we become more closer and we don't have reasons to fight".
"We are a team that thinks and cares about other members before oneself. Because we have lived together for 5 years, our brotherly affection is strong. Our fans like our thoughts. They like seeing us taking care of each other like brothers."
Only knowing to practice as a part of their daily life also became the strength of B1A4's success. In B1A4 there are no drinkers or smokers. Recently, the representative of their agency asked them to drink a glass at a dinner but they stay far away from alcoholic drink that they flatly raised their soft drinks to toast. They hold on to their practices everyday by travelling from their dorm to company which takes 3 minutes when walking. Leader Jinyoung's composing skill which he learnt since his trainee days is now qualified to use it for their album's title track. Even when they are given their own time, instead of going out the members enjoy playing board games together. They are in their early twenties, when one has curiosities about opposite sex but they ignore when they are asked out by ladies.
"Honestly, we are still young and active men and we do have times when we are shaken(by temptation). Whenever that happens, I remind myself with the promises I made when we were debuting."
B1A4 selected "First place on music program" and to become the "Front-runners of KPOP wave" as their aims for the new year. Last year, the group released 3 single albums and 1 full album in Japan and climbed to second place on the Oricon Chart.
"We want to become a group that represents familiarity and amiable when people hear the name "B1A4" and say "Ah, those boys?". The group that is liked by all generation."
Article Credits: donga via daum + GLYNX @ FLIGHTB1A4.COM
Translation: Mochi Muffins @ FLIGHTB1A4.COM
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