B.A.P (비에이피) is a Korean pop/Hip-Hop 6-member boy group that debuted in 2012 under TS Entertainment. The group become known prior to their debut as the leader Bang Yong Guk (former member of Soul Connection and Black Out) debuted as a solo artist in August 2011. In December 2011, also prior to the group debut, Bang Yong Guk joined fellow B.A.P member ZELO to form the unit BANG&ZELO. The name of the group stands for Best. Absolute. Perfect. In Japan, the group is signed under KING RECORDS.
- Bang Yong Guk (Leader, Main Rapper)
- Him Chan (Sub Vocals)
- Dae Hyun (Main Vocals)
- Young Jae (Lead Vocals)
- Jong Up (Sub Vocals)
- ZELO (Lead Rapper)
In March 2011, Secret's main vocalist Song Ji Eun released her first solo single "Michingeoni" featuring B.A.P's leader and rapper, Bang Yong Guk. Yong Guk caught the attention of K-Pop fans due to his deep voice but paired with cute and innocent looks. He was rumored to be part of a new hip-hop group formed by TS Entertainment, tentatively called "TS-5." The group's second member, Him Chan, was introduced as an MC through MTV's The Show. Yong Guk later released his first digital single "I Remember" featuring BEAST's member Yang Yo Seob in August. The single became an instant hit and it was soon announced that Yong Guk were to form a sub-unit with ZELO, the maknae of their upcoming group. BANG&ZELO debuted in December of 2011 with their self-titled digital single.
On the 29th of December, B.A.P's video teaser was released and their "WARRIOR" official music video released on January 26, 2012 and officially debuted as a six-member group. They held their first fan meet on January 28th to an astounding audience of 3,000 fans. In the beginning of March, they started to promote " Bimillyeonae" from their debut single for two weeks. They ended their debut promotions successful, selling over 10,000 copies of their single.
It was officially announced in early April that B.A.P will be making a comeback in April with the release of their second single. The single "POWER" was released April 27th. They announced their third official comeback with their first mini-album NO MERCY in early July. "GOODBYE" was released as a digital single ahead of the mini-album on July 10th.
B.A.P was nominated for Best New Male Artist and won Mnet PD Choice award at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards. They won Best Rookie from MTV's Best of the Best Awards.
The group will be coming back with a new mini-album in February of 2013 and planning to release a full-length album within the year. The group signed with the label KING RECORDS for Japanese releases. They will debut in Japan with a Japanese version of "WARRIOR" October 2013.
- Official Fanclub: BABY
- [2012.07.19] NO MERCY
- [2012.08.30] 1st Mini-Album Repackage
- [2013.02.12] ONE SHOT
- [2013.08.06] BADMAN
- [2012.07.10] Goodbye
- [2013.01.15] Bissori (빗소리; Sound of Rain)
- [2013.06.28] Coffee Shop
- [2013.07.17] Hurricane
- [2012.11.28] If Love Earth, Take Action
- [2012.04.10] Recording Take 1
- [2012.07.09] Recording Take 2
- [2012.11.30] 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards - Mnet PD Choice Award
- [2012.12.08] European So-Loved Awards 2012 - Male Newcomer Award and Choreography Award
- [2012.12.14] 2012 MelOn Music Awards - Best New Artist
- [2012.12.18] Remarkable Awards 2012 (German Korean Entertainment Awards) - Best New Male Artist, Song of the Year (No Mercy)
- [2012.12.25] Arirang's Simply KPOP - Super Rookie Idol 2012
- [2012.12.26] 2012 SBS MTV Best of the Best Awards - Best Rookie
- [2013.01.16] 27th Golden Disk Awards - Rookie Award
- [2013.01.30] MBC Show! Champion 2012 Awards - Best Male Rookie
- [2013.01.31] 22nd Seoul Music Awards - Best Rookie of the Year
- [2013.01.31] 2012 ALLKPOP Awards - Best New Boy Band (Fan Award)
- [2013.02.13] Gaon Charts K-Pop Awards - Rookie of the Year
- [2013.05.31] 2013 Creative Brand Awards - Entertainment Award