Stray Kids: Seuteurei Kijeu, often abbreviated as SKZ) is a South Korean Boy Band formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2017 reality show of the same name. The group is composed of eight (8) members and they include: Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and I.N.
Originally a nine-piece group, member Woojin left Stray Kids due to undisclosed personal reasons in October 2019. Meanwhile, The group released their Extended play Mix-tape in January 2018 and officially debuted on March 25 with I Am Not.
Formed in 2017, Stray Kids or best known as SKZ is predicted to be one of the most promising boyband in South Korea. This year, SKZ has been nominated in several awards and won New Hallyu Rookie Awards in 2018.
This boy-band was created by JYP Entertainment through a reality show with the same name. Consists of 9 handsome boys, mostly born in late 90s or early 00s, Stray Kids has stolen people’s heart with their charm.
Their fans are called Stay which is derived from the word stray without r. The letter ‘r’ stands for the word ‘reason’. It is said that the reason of Stray Kids’ existence is Stay, or their fans. Their slogan is ‘STAY where Stray Kids Stay’. This article will reveal Stray Kids members profile and their trivia.
History of Stray Kids
2017–2018: Formation through a reality show, debut and I Am series
In August 2017, JYP Entertainment (JYPE) officially announced the agency’s new reality survival show to launch a male idol debut project. More details and teasers were released in the next two months, including the show’s title Stray Kids.
Prior to its premiere on October 17, JYPE released Stray Kids’ first music video for a song titled “Hellevator”, which was later released as a digital single. Two members, Lee Know and Felix, were eliminated from the group, but all nine members ended up in the final line-up.
Along with the launch of Stray Kids’ official website, JYPE announced the release of the group’s pre-debut extended play (EP) titled Mix-tape. It contains seven tracks co-written and co-composed by the members, including “Hellevator” and other songs that they performed during the show.
The EP, along with the performance video of its second track titled “Beware” was released on January 8, 2018, while the performance video of “Spread My Wings” was uploaded online a week later. It debuted at number 2 on Gaon’s Album Chart and Billboard’s world Albums chart.
On March 5, JYPE announced the debut showcase of the group titled Stray Kids Unveil (Op. 01: I Am Not), which was held on March 25 at Jangechung Arena. They officially debuted the next day with the release of their EP titled I Am Not along with the music video of its title track titled “District 9”, while the music video of “Grow Up” and performance video of “Mirror” were released on March 31 and April 23 respectively.
I Am Not debuted at number four on Gaon’s Album Chart and sold over 54,000 physical copies in March.
On April 14, Stray Kids performed at KCON Japan 2018, the group’s first overseas performance since debut.
On July 12, JYPE announced the group’s second showcase titled Stray Kids Unveil (Op. 02: I Am Who), which was held on August 5 at Kyung Hee University’s Grand Peace Palace. Their second EP named I am Who, along with its title track “My Pace”, was released the next day
On October 4, JYPE announced the group’s third showcase titled Stray Kids Unveil (Op. 03: I Am You), which was held on October 21 at Olympic Hall, and followed by the release of their new album EP I Am You the next day.
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2019—Present: Touring, Clé series and Woojin’s departure
On March 5, JYPE announced the group’s third comeback on March 25, 2019 with the release of their fourth extended play, in commemoration of the first anniversary of the group’s debut.
The group earned their first music show win on 4 April on M Countdown for the album’s lead single, “Miroh.” On June 19, the group released their first special album along with title track “Side Effects” between the American leg and the European leg of their first world tour.
Stray Kids released a digital single titled “Double Knot” on October 9 and also announced their District 9 Unlock World Tour starting from November 23–24 at Olympic Hall, Seoul, South Korea, with their fifth extended play Clé: Levanter, initially announced for release on November 25. However, on October 28, JYPE announced that Woojin had left the group due to personal circumstances, and the release of Clé: Levanter was delayed to December 9 as a result.
On November 13, the group released the music video for “Astronaut,” their first single without Woojin and as an eight-member group. On December 9, Stray Kids released Cle: Levanter.
Different Endorsements of Stray Kids
Before the official debut of Stray Kids, the nine members were chosen as new models to endorse Jambangee Jeans in 2018, which was announced on February 13 with the brand’s spring collection. On June 26, they were selected as an exclusive model of Ivy Club for the 2018 Fall semester.
On July 19, they received for the first set of their CF with Minute Maid Sparkling. Five days after their first CF, they were selected to be promotional models for CGV “Youth Brand Festival” from July 24 to August 31.September 19, Stray Kids has been chosen as the newest ambassador of Lotte Duty Free.
It was announced at Lotte Duty free official you-tube and Instagram accounts October 16, Stray Kids became the new model of the Korean sportswear brand “Pro-Specs”On June 17, 2019, Stray Kids was chosen as the newest ambassador of Talk Talk Korea Contest in 2019, and June 18, they were appointed as an honorary ambassador by the Korean Culture and Information Service, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Members of Stray Kids and their Roles
- Bang Chan – leader, producer, vocalist, dancer, rapper
- Lee Know – dancer, rapper, vocalist
- Changbin – rapper, producer
- Hyunjin – dancer, rapper
- Han – rapper, vocalist, producer
- Felix – dancer, rapper
- Seungmin – vocalist
- I.N – voca
Stray Kids Members Profile (Name / Ages / Birthday / Height)
|Stage Names||Real Names||Age||Date of Birth||Height|
|Woojin||Kim Woo Jin||21||April 8th, 1997||174 cm|
|Seungmin||Kim Seung Min||18||September 22th, 2000||175 cm|
|Lee Know||Lee Min Ho||19||October 25th, 1998||172 cm|
|I.N||Yang Jeong In||17||February 8th, 2001||172 cm|
|Han||Han Ji Sung||18||September 14th, 2000||169 cm|
|Felix||Lee Felix||18||September 15th, 2000||171 cm|
|Changbin||Seo Chang Bin||19||August 11th, 1999||167 cm|
|Changbin||Hwang Hyun Jin||18||March 20th, 2000||179 cm|
|Bang Chan||Christopher Bang||21||October 3rd, 1997||171 cm|
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