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ATEEZ (Hangul: 에이티즈) is a South Korean boy band under KQ Entertainment. The group consisting of members Hongjoong, Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung, and Jongho. They debuted on October 24th, 2018 with Treasure Ep.1: All to Zero.
- Hongjoong, birth name: Kim Hong-Joong (김홍중, November 7, 1998 (age 22)) – Leader, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
- Seonghwa, birth name: Park Seong-Hwa (박성화, April 3, 1998 (age 22)) – Vocalist, Visual
- Yunho, birth name: Jeong Yun-Ho (정윤호, March 23, 1999 (age 21)) – Main Dancer, Vocalist
- Yeosang, birth name: Kang Yeo-Sang (강여상, June 15, 1999 (age 21)) – Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
- San, birth name: Choi San (최산, July 10, 1999 (age 21)) – Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
- Mingi, birth name: Song Min-Gi (송민기, August 9, 1999 (age 21)) – Main Rapper, Main Dancer
- Wooyoung, birth name: Jung Woo-Young (정우영, November 26, 1999 (age 21)) – Main Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
- Jongho, birth name: Choi Jong-Ho (최종호, October 12, 2000 (age 20)) – Main Vocalist, Maknae
ATEEZ is an acronym for "A TEEnager Z", It also stands for "A to Z" meaning everyone, they are a group of teenagers who are aiming to do everything they can enthusiastically.
2017: Audition for MIXNINE
2018: Pre-debut and Treasure Ep.1:All to Zero
Prior to their debut, Ateez were called KQ Fellaz after their label, KQ Entertainment. KQ Entertainment released a YouTube series, KQ Fellaz American Training in which they traveled to Los Angeles, California to train. During this show, KQ Entertainment introduced a ninth member to the trainee group, Lee Junyoung. Together, they composed and choreographed a song, produced by the leader Hongjoong, and trained at dance studios Movement Lifestyle and Millennium Dance Complex. Yunho was also featured in one of Millennium's dance videos. The group released their first performance video on May 18. Through this release, KQ Entertainment announced that trainee Lee Junyoung would not join the final debut team. For the finale of the YouTube series, KQ Fellaz released the song, "From", on July 3, 2018.
Following the YouTube Series, KQ Entertainment announced KQ Fellaz's reality show on June 26, 2018, with the first of three teasers. The second teaser was released on July 3, in which they introduced the official name for the group: Ateez. Hence, the reality show was ultimately called Code Name is ATEEZ. The third teaser was uploaded on July 13, showcasing the show's opening title. The show premiered on the Korean broadcasting media Mnet on July 20.
On October 2, 2018, through their official SNS, Ateez released a teaser photo announcing their debut date. Additionally, it provided of the date and location of their debut showcase: October 24 in Yes24 Livehall. Following this announcement, they sequentially uploaded teaser photos from October 8 to October 23. On October 24, 2018, Ateez released their debut EP, Treasure EP.1: All To Zero. Alongside the release of the album were music videos for titles tracks, "Pirate King" and "Treasure". The album reached #7 on the Gaon Albums Chart. The group held their debut showcase in the same day. Their first music show performance was on October 25 on Mnet's M Countdown.
2019: Treasure Ep.2, Treasure Ep.3, Treasure Ep.Fin, The Expedition Tour and Debut in Japan
On January 2, Ateez released an image through their official SNS with Morse code as the caption. They later confirmed their comeback EP, Treasure EP.2: Zero to One, on January 3 with a follow-up teaser. On January 15, they released their new EP, Treasure EP.2: Zero to One, alongside the music video for the title track, "Say My Name". The performance video of "HALA HALA (Hearts Awakened, Live Alive)" was released on February 7. On January 24, they announced their first-ever tour, titled The Expedition Tour, with March tour dates in Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.
On February 20, they announced more tour dates for Europe, with April shows in London, Lisbon, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan, Budapest, Stockholm, Warsaw, and Moscow. All fifteen shows were completely sold out.
On May 9, the music video for "Promise" was released. On May 17, Ateez performed at KCON 2019 Japan in Chiba, Japan.
On June 5, Ateez announced their first tour of Australia, titled The Expedition Tour In Australia, with shows scheduled in Melbourne on August 9 at Margaret Court Arena and Sydney on August 11 at The Big Top Sydney. The band released their third EP, Treasure EP.3: One to All on June 10. The lead single from the EP, "Wave", was selected via a fan vote. On the same day, the music video of "Wave" and "Illusion" was released. On June 20, Ateez won their first music program broadcast award on M Countdown. On June 25, they won their second music program broadcast award, 1st Place The Show Choice Winner on The Show.
On July 6, Ateez performed at KCON 2019 NY in New York City, USA. On July 8, the music video for "Aurora" was released. Aurora was written, composed and produced by leader Hongjoong. On August 16, Ateez participated in and performed at KCON Rookies, which was part of KCON LA.
On August 17, Ateez performed at the KCON 2019 concert in Los Angeles. On August 19, Ateez also performed at the KCON LA After Party. On August 20, Ateez received their first music award Best Performance Award at Soribada Awards 2019.
On September 18, Ateez announced their comeback and the final part of the Treasure series: Treasure EP.Fin: All to Action. A series of photo and video teasers were released for the album. They performed at KCON Thailand on September 29.
On October 4, Ateez performed at Spotify On Stage 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia. On October 6, they performed at Seoul Music Festival (SMUF). On October 8, Ateez released their first full studio album, Treasure EP.Fin: All to Action. The music video of the title song "Wonderland" was also released on the same day. They performed at Busan One Asia Festival on October 20.
On November 2, Ateez performed at Jindai Festa in Yokohama, Japan.
On December 4, ATEEZ performed at Mnet Asian Music Awards 2019 in Nagoya, Japan, where they received Worldwide Fan Choice top 10 awards. On the same day, ATEEZ released their Japanese debut album Treasure EP. EXTRA: Shift The Map.
See also: Discography
- Treasure Ep.1: All to Zero (2018)
- Treasure Ep.2: Zero to One (2019)
- Treasure Ep.3: One to All (2019)
- Treasure Epilogue: Action to Answer (2020)
- Utopia (Japanese Ver.) (2019)
Tours and Concerts
See also: Concert Tours
- The Expedition Tour (2019)
- Del Mundo (2019)
- Moon River (2019)
- The Fellowship: Map The Treasure (2020)
- KQ Fellaz American Training - Episode 1-19
- Code Name is ATEEZ – Episode 1–8
- ATEEZ WANTED – Episode 1–8
- ATEEZ Long Journey – Episode 1–4
- ATEEZ Treasure Film – Episode 1-3
Awards and Nominations
ATEEZ has been nominated for a number of awards at a number of award shows.
They were nominated for The Male New Artist Award at the MGMA M2 X Genie Music Awards, the Artist of the Year and Best New Male Artist at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and are currently nominated for Best Album, Most Popular Artist and Rookie Artist Awards at the Golden Disc Awards.
ATEEZ won the Worldwide Fans' Choice award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, the Best Korean Act award at the MTV EMA Awards and the Best Performance Award at the Soribada Best K-Music Awards.
|Hongjoong • Seonghwa • Yunho • Yeosang • San • Mingi • Wooyoung • Jongho|
|Others||Black Cat Nero • Celebrate • Covers|
|Singles||Utopia (Japanese Ver.)|
|Shows||Code Name is ATEEZ • ATEEZ WANTED • ATEEZ LONG JOURNEY • ATEEZ TREASURE FILM • MY FIRST MAMA • ATEEZ FEVER ROAD|
|Individual Contents||BY. HONGJOONG • MARS ASMR • ANEWZ • Yeosang's Omniscient View • Gourmet San, the Sanchelin guide • Minky Way • Enjoy, Muk Woo Young • JJongST|
|Others||KQ Fellaz American Training • ATEEZ log • ATEEZ AchallenZ|
|Tours||The Expedition Tour (2019) • The Fellowship: Map The Treasure (2020)|
|Others||Del Mundo (2019) • Moon River (2019) • Port of Call (2020)|