Astro is one of the best K-pop groups to have come out of Korea in 2016, according to the American Billboard. The group first caught the public eye when they released their debut EP Spring Up on February 23, 2016. Since then they have continued to wow the audience and critics with their exceptional performances. The group like any other has faced several challenges even during the pre-debut training but has overcome them successfully.
The six-member K-pop boy band which is managed by the entertainment agency, Fantagio, is label mates with Weki Meki – a girl group made up of 8 girls which was formed in 2017. In addition to these k-pop groups, the agency also has a long list of actors and actresses under its wings. No doubt, these 7 interesting facts about Astro will wow you. Keep reading!
7 Facts You Must Know About Astro
1. Where Did Astro Originate From?
Astro is a South Korean K-pop boy group established by the entertainment company, Fantagio in 2016. The group was originally called iTeen Boys – a name they used while training as a rookie crew under Fantagio. Astro was announced as their official name in August 2015. Also, the group’s members were revealed in that same month.
They made their debut with the release of the Spring Up EP in February 2016. Its lead track was titled Hide and Seek. During their showcase, they dubbed their fan club ALORA. The album Spring Up entered the Billboard World Albums Chart and within a week of its release, climbed to the No. 6 spot. It also peaked at number 4 on Korea’s Gaon Music Chart. They have since then released other EPs and albums.
2. They Have all Featured in 3 Web Dramas
Astro members are also actors. They have so far featured in three web dramas. The first was during the early stage of their careers and it was titled To Be Continued. In 2017 and 2019, they appeared on Sweet Revenge and Soul Mate respectively as themselves.
3. They Had Their Own Reality Shows
In other to promote their brand as well as the group, many of the Korean pop groups have or have had their own reality shows and Astro is no exception. Their first reality show was Astro OK! Ready which aired on MBC Every1 and was followed by the second ASTRO Project which premiered on MBC Music. Both shows were aired in 2016.
4. They Have a Short Discography
Having begun their career in 2015, Astro doesn’t have a long list of discography. The group debuted with a mini-album titled Spring Up in 2015. By 2019 they had released 7 more EPs. Currently, the group has only one studio album titled All Light.
5. Astro Has Won Some Awards
The young boy group, Astro received their first award in 2016. It was the Asian Artist Award for Most Popular Artists. The next year, they won the same award but this time for different categories: New Wave and Popularity Awards category. The list of their nominations and wins goes on.
6. What is the Group’s Net Worth?
Entertainment labels make a fortune out of creating and promoting K-pop groups and artists. This is no different for Fantagio. As expected, their individual groups and artists also enjoy the fortune. Some of the artists are worth millions of dollars. Unfortunately, the net worth of Astro as a group hasn’t been calculated as most of its members’ net worths are yet to be disclosed.
7. Who are the Members of Astro?
He was born Park Jin-woo on March 15, 1996, in Nowon, Seoul, South Korea. He is a multi-talented artist who acts, dances and sings. He is also the charismatic leader of the group.
MJ, no not Micheal Jackson. MJ coined his stage name from his surname. His full name is Kim Myungjun. He was born in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on March 5, 1994. He won a scholarship in the JYP Audition, which helped him secure admission at Seoul National University for one year. He is the group’s main vocalist and dancer.
Lee Dong-min also known by his stage name Cha-Eunwoo was branded the most good looking member of the band. He was born on March 30, 1997, in Sabon District, Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. In addition to being a musician, he is also a model. Cha-Eunwoo is the group’s visual and vocalist.
Moon Bin was born on January 26, 1998, in Cheongju, Chungbuk (North Chungcheong Province), South Korea. He is also a model and began as a child model. He maintained the position of a lead dancer, lead vocalist, and choreographer of the group.
Rocky is also known as Park Minhyuk. He is the dance machine of the group and was born on February 25, 1999. His birthplace is not public knowledge at the moment but he attended Hanlim Multi Arts High School and transferred to Seoul Music High School in October 2015. He is a rapper and dancer in the group.
Yoon San-ha was born on March 21, 2000, in South Korea. He is a good dancer and a cooperative group member. He was a trainee under Fantagio’s iTeen before he debuted with Astro in 2015. He is the group’s maknae.