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Background informationNU'EST_header_cell_0_1_0
OriginNU'EST_header_cell_0_2_0 Seoul, South KoreaNU'EST_cell_0_2_1
GenresNU'EST_header_cell_0_3_0 NU'EST_cell_0_3_1
Years activeNU'EST_header_cell_0_4_0 2012 (2012)–presentNU'EST_cell_0_4_1
LabelsNU'EST_header_cell_0_5_0 NU'EST_cell_0_5_1
Associated actsNU'EST_header_cell_0_6_0 NU'EST_cell_0_6_1
WebsiteNU'EST_header_cell_0_7_0 NU'EST_cell_0_7_1
MembersNU'EST_header_cell_0_9_0 NU'EST_cell_0_9_1

NU'EST (Korean: 뉴이스트; short for New Establish Style Tempo) is a South Korean boy band formed by Pledis Entertainment. NU'EST_sentence_0

The group consists of five members: JR, Aron, Baekho, Minhyun, and Ren. NU'EST_sentence_1

They debuted on March 15, 2012, with the single "Face". NU'EST_sentence_2

History NU'EST_section_0

Pre-debut NU'EST_section_1

Prior to their debut, NU'EST made appearances in their labelmates' music releases. NU'EST_sentence_3

They were backup dancers for After School Blue's "Wonder Boy", and featured in their label's Christmas release "Love Letter". NU'EST_sentence_4

They also released their own music video for "Love Letter" as Pledis Boys. NU'EST_sentence_5

JR appeared in Orange Caramel's "Bangkok City" music video, and was also featured in Uee's solo song "Sok Sok Sok". NU'EST_sentence_6

Baekho appeared in After School's "Play Ur Love" music video, and Minhyun starred in Orange Caramel's "Shanghai Romance" music video. NU'EST_sentence_7

JR, Minhyun, Aron, and Ren were also featured with After School's Lizzy in a commercial for New Balance. NU'EST_sentence_8

JR and Baekho appeared on the KBS television program Hello Counselor and were revealed by After School's Kahi as two members of the group. NU'EST_sentence_9

This drew attention from viewers and they became a topic of interest online. NU'EST_sentence_10

Pledis Boys, now dubbed "After School Boys", later performed with After School at the SBS Gayo Daejeon. NU'EST_sentence_11

Minhyun and Ren also gained attention modeling for designer Park Yoon-so's F/W 2012–13 Seoul Fashion Week show, titled 'Big Park'. NU'EST_sentence_12

2012: Debut with Face and Action NU'EST_section_2

NU'EST made their debut with their first single, "Face", on March 15, 2012. NU'EST_sentence_13

Their debut stage was on M! NU'EST_sentence_14 Countdown on the same day. NU'EST_sentence_15

The group began airing their own reality show, Making of a Star: NU'EST Landing Operation, during the promotional period. NU'EST_sentence_16

They returned with their first EP, Action, on July 11, and became ambassadors for Korea's Scout Association. NU'EST_sentence_17

During their promotional period and the rest of the year, NU'EST began to expand to the global market, holding events in Japan, Australia, other parts of Asia, and the United States, including performances at KCON. NU'EST_sentence_18

During December, NU'EST began endorsements with McDonald's. NU'EST_sentence_19

2013–2014: Hello, Sleep Talking, Re:BIRTH and Japanese debut NU'EST_section_3

Baekho and Ren made acting appearances in the drama Jeon Woo-chi alongside label mate Uee in January 2013. NU'EST_sentence_20

The group returned with their second EP, Hello, on February 13. NU'EST_sentence_21

They held their first exclusive concert, Show Time NU’EST Time, on the same day to commemorate the release. NU'EST_sentence_22

During the promotional period, they were cast for SBS MTV Diary along with their then-label mate Hello Venus. NU'EST_sentence_23

In March, NU'EST celebrated their first anniversary through a concert in Japan, NU′EST Debut 1st Anniversary Live Show Time. NU'EST_sentence_24

On April 8, Aron became a DJ for Arirang's Music Access. NU'EST_sentence_25

On August 22, 2013, NU'EST released their third EP, Sleep Talking, with the title track of the same name. NU'EST_sentence_26

To celebrate Music Core's 400th episode in March 2014, Ren performed Girl's Day's "Something" alongside BtoB's Minhyuk, A-Jax's Seungjin, and VIXX's Hongbin. NU'EST_sentence_27

On July 9, 2014, NU'EST released their first full album, Re:BIRTH, with the lead single "Good Bye Bye". NU'EST_sentence_28

They also debuted in Japan on November 5, with the single "Shalala Ring". NU'EST_sentence_29

2015–2016: Japanese promotions, Q Is and Canvas NU'EST_section_4

NU'EST released the digital single "I'm Bad" on February 27, 2015, with a limited edition physical release on March 15 to celebrate their third anniversary. NU'EST_sentence_30

Baekho did not participate in the title track as he was recovering from vocal cord polyps surgery, but he did contribute to the B-side track, "A Scene Without You." NU'EST_sentence_31

On April 2, Minhyun collaborated with Korean indie artist Fromm on the single "The Aftermath". NU'EST_sentence_32

On April 19, Aron ended his position as a DJ at Arirang's Music Access. NU'EST_sentence_33

The group held their first solo showcase in North America in Dallas, put together by My Music Taste, on 3 May. NU'EST_sentence_34

NU'EST released their second Japanese single, "Nanananamida", on May 20. NU'EST_sentence_35

On August 14, Aron took up a position as a DJ on SBS PopAsia with his own show Aron's Hangout. NU'EST_sentence_36

NU'EST released their first Japanese studio album, Bridge the World, on November 18, after pre-releasing the tracks "Bridge the World", "Cherry", "Access to You", and "Ame Nochi Eien". NU'EST_sentence_37

"Cherry" was used as the theme song to the film Their Distance, which the members starred in as their Japanese film debut. NU'EST_sentence_38

Their fourth EP, Q is, was released on February 17, 2016 with the lead single "Overcome". NU'EST_sentence_39

They began promotions for the album the following day. NU'EST_sentence_40

NU'EST released their fifth extended play Canvas and the accompanying single "Love Paint (Every Afternoon)" on August 29, 2016. NU'EST_sentence_41

After four years of promotions, the group received their first music show nomination on The Show. NU'EST_sentence_42

On October 6, 2016, the music video for "Daybreak", a duet between Minhyun and JR from Canvas, was released. NU'EST_sentence_43

2017–2018: Produce 101 Season 2 and NU'EST W NU'EST_section_5

After the commercial decline of their previous releases and considerations of disbandment, JR, Baekho, Minhyun, and Ren participated in the reality television series Produce 101 Season 2 during the first half of 2017. NU'EST_sentence_44

During their appearance on the show, previously released albums, including Q Is and Canvas, rose on South Korean album charts, reflecting a sudden surge in popularity of the group. NU'EST_sentence_45

After the final episode of Produce 101 Season 2 aired, NU'EST's previous releases shot back up on music charts and topped the Gaon Chart. NU'EST_sentence_46

Only Minhyun ranked within the top 11, earning a position in the temporary boy group Wanna One, and he promoted exclusively with them for 1.5 years. NU'EST_sentence_47

The remaining members announced they would be promoting as NU'EST W until Minhyun's return. NU'EST_sentence_48

Due to the group's sudden surge in popularity, they (as NU'EST W) returned to music shows to promote their single "Hello" (first released in 2013), and ranked number 11 on Inkigayo. NU'EST_sentence_49

Following the conclusion of Produce 101 Season 2, JR and Ren also became models for the cosmetics company Labiotte. NU'EST_sentence_50

Subsequently, Baekho and Aron also joined their groupmates in promoting the brand. NU'EST_sentence_51

Ren joined the JTBC variety show Learning the Hard Way, of which he is a fixed member. NU'EST_sentence_52

Aron featured on Raina's single "Loop". NU'EST_sentence_53

While Minhyun's Wanna One contract officially ended on December 31, 2018, he did not officially return to NU'EST until a month later. NU'EST_sentence_54

This was due to Pledis and Swing Entertainment coming to an agreement that allowed Minhyun to attend scheduled year-end shows and award ceremonies throughout January 2019 as a member of Wanna One. NU'EST_sentence_55

Minhyun's final Wanna One activity before returning to NU'EST was a final concert (titled Therefore) that was held across four days, ending on January 27, 2019. NU'EST_sentence_56

2019: Happily Ever After and The Table NU'EST_section_6

After reuniting, NU'EST announced their contract renewal with Pledis Entertainment. NU'EST_sentence_57

On March 15, they released a special digital single "A Song For You" to celebrate the seventh anniversary of their debut. NU'EST_sentence_58

On April 3, Minhyun released a digital solo single "Universe" as the pre-release single from the upcoming NU'EST album. NU'EST_sentence_59

The single is accompanied by the music video shot in Budapest and Milan. NU'EST_sentence_60

The group held their first solo concert in six-years titled "Segno" on April 12–14 to an audience of 36,000. NU'EST_sentence_61

Their sixth EP Happily Ever After was released on April 29 with the lead single "Bet Bet". NU'EST_sentence_62

It is their first release in three years and the last in the three-part series of "Knights searching for the Queen" narrative which began with their fourth EP in 2016. NU'EST_sentence_63

The EP secured triple crowns on Gaon Chart for the week of April 28 – May 4 by topping the album chart, digital download chart, and BGM chart after its release. NU'EST_sentence_64

In May 2019, NU'EST released an official audio recording of the song "Blessing", which had been recorded as a candidate for their debut song in 2012. NU'EST_sentence_65

On October 21, the group released their seventh EP The Table with the lead single "Love Me". NU'EST_sentence_66

The single went on to win in all five major music broadcast shows, which also marked the group's first win since debut on Show! NU'EST_sentence_67 Music Core and Inkigayo. NU'EST_sentence_68

2020: The Nocturne and Drive NU'EST_section_7

Seven months after their last comeback, the group released their eighth EP The Nocturne with the title track "I'm in Trouble" on May 11. NU'EST_sentence_69

The album topped the Album Sales, Retail Album, Download, and BGM charts on Gaon's Weekly Chart. NU'EST_sentence_70

"I'm in Trouble" also debuted at no. NU'EST_sentence_71

6 on Gaon's Digital Chart, becoming the complete group's first title track since debut to break into the Top 10, excluding their singles as NU'EST W. NU'EST_sentence_72

On October 7th NU'EST released their 2nd Japanese album, "Drive". NU'EST_sentence_73

"Drive" is the group's first Japanese album release in 5 years after "Bridge the World" . NU'EST_sentence_74

Philanthropy NU'EST_section_8

To mark their seventh debut anniversary, the group donated funds to The Snail of Love in March 2019 to cover cochlear implant surgery and language rehabilitation therapy for children. NU'EST_sentence_75

The donation also helped fund music education programs to help people with developmental disabilities connect with the world through music. NU'EST_sentence_76

Sub-groups NU'EST_section_9

NU'EST-M NU'EST_section_10

From 2013 to 2014, NU'EST-M was formed as a sub-group in collaboration with Yuehua Entertainment to exclusively target the Chinese market. NU'EST_sentence_77

All five members participated in NU'EST-M with the addition of Jason, a Chinese trainee from Yuehua Entertainment. NU'EST_sentence_78

The group recorded Chinese versions of the lead singles "Face" and "Sleep Talking." NU'EST_sentence_79

NU'EST W NU'EST_section_11

Main article: NU'EST W NU'EST_sentence_80

From July 17, 2017 to December 31, 2018, the remaining members of NU'EST promoted as a sub-group, NU'EST W, while Minhyun exclusively promoted with Wanna One. NU'EST_sentence_81

NU'EST W released a total of three EPs before ending promotions in 2018. NU'EST_sentence_82

Discography NU'EST_section_12

Main article: NU'EST discography NU'EST_sentence_83


Filmography NU'EST_section_13

Reality television NU'EST_section_14


  • Making of A Star : Landing Operation (MBC Every 1, 2012)NU'EST_item_1_3
  • MTV Diary (SBS MTV, 2013)NU'EST_item_1_4
  • Nu'est in Love (Mnet, 2013)NU'EST_item_1_5
  • Nu'est's Latin Dream Show (MBC Every1, 2014)NU'EST_item_1_6
  • Nu'est Private life (iMBC, 2016)NU'EST_item_1_7
  • Nu'est Road (Mnet, 2019)NU'EST_item_1_8

Film NU'EST_section_15


Concerts and tours NU'EST_section_16

Tours NU'EST_section_17


  • NU'EST Japan Tour One L.O.Λ.E. (2014)NU'EST_item_3_10
  • NU'EST Latin America Tour (2014)NU'EST_item_3_11
  • Re:Sponse Europe Tour (2014)NU'EST_item_3_12
  • NU'EST Japan Tour~Show Time 3 (2015)NU'EST_item_3_13
  • NU'EST World Tour Concert RE:VIVE (2015)NU'EST_item_3_14
  • NU'EST Japan Tour ~Bridge the World (2015)NU'EST_item_3_15
  • NU'EST Japan Tour 'One for L.O.Λ.E' (2016)NU'EST_item_3_16
  • NU'EST W <Double You> (2018)NU'EST_item_3_17
  • NU'EST Tour <Segno> (2019)NU'EST_item_3_18

Concerts NU'EST_section_18


  • NU'EST Show Time in Seoul (2013)NU'EST_item_4_19
  • NU'EST Debut 1st Anniversary Live~ Show Time (2013)NU'EST_item_4_20
  • NU'EST L.O.Λ.E.'s Party (2013)NU'EST_item_4_21
  • NU'EST Debut 2nd Anniversary Live~ Show Time 2 (2014)NU'EST_item_4_22
  • NU'EST Autumn Live (2014)NU'EST_item_4_23
  • NU'EST First Solo Show In Dallas (2015)NU'EST_item_4_24
  • NU'EST Live ~Show Time 4 (2016)NU'EST_item_4_25
  • NU'EST W Special Mini Concert (2017)NU'EST_item_4_26
  • NU’EST W - Double You Encore (2018)NU'EST_item_4_27
  • NU’EST Love Page (2019)NU'EST_item_4_28
  • NU'EST Unboxing (2020) (Online)NU'EST_item_4_29
  • NU'EST Love Page (2020) (Online)NU'EST_item_4_30

Awards and nominations NU'EST_section_19

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by NU'EST NU'EST_sentence_84

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page:'EST.