You are probably always looking for new bands to listen to and enjoy for those who love Korean pop music. However, if you don’t already know Stray Kids, let us tell you about them since they are a boy group from South Korea. They are also known as SKZ or 스트레이키즈. The band was originally started in 2017 from the reality show of the same name, and the group had their official debut with District 9 on March 25, 2018.
They are considered one of the more unique boy groups that have created themselves under the care of JYPE. If you want to know more about this band, including who the members are, then go ahead and keep reading to find out more. We have compiled all of the information that you will want to know about the band, the members, fun facts, and even some scandals along the way!
You should know about the Stray Kids, including who the members are, including I.N., Seungmin, Han, Felix, Hyunjin, Lee Know, Chanbgin, and Bang Lee. Previously Woojin was also part of the band, but he parted ways with the rest of the boys on October 27th, 2019. With so many fans worldwide, there is a lot of information about the band members, including their current dorm arrangements, which is an interesting fact.
Currently, Seungmin, Hyunjun, and Lee Know are roommates while Felix, Changbin, and Bang Chang share another room. Han and I.N. also share a room, which means that while Woojin was part of the band, he probably was in the same room with them as well. The more you know about the boys, then the easier it will be for you to find the one that you want to swoon over, so here are some fun facts to know about each member, such as:
These are just the current members of the band that you should know about if you are a true fan. However, there is another band member who left, and you might be interested to know a bit about him as well, including:
These are the current as well as previous band members that you should be aware of. The band has won around 12 awards so far, including the Choice Next Big Thing from the Teen Choice Awards, best new artist, rookie of the year, and has 14 other nominations. They are one of the hottest Korean boy bands, so make sure to check out their music.
You also will want to know what their albums are, and they have some in Korean and English. In 2020 they released GO生 (Go Live) as their studio album and some extended plays in the same language, including the 2018 Mixtape. Also, in 2018 they released I am NOT, I am WHO, I am YOU, and in 2019, they released Clé 1: MIROH and Clé 2: LEVANTER. IN 2020 they also released IN生 (IN Life) as a repackaged album with Clé 2: Yellow Wood being released as a special album in 2019.
They also released quite a few digital singles over the year, including Hellavator in 2017, Double Knot in 2019, Mixtape: Gone Days in 2019, Mixtape: On Track in 2020, and Top also in 2020. Also, they had some OST or original soundtrack releases, including Tower of God OST in 2020 and Extraordinary You OST Part 7: Story That Won’t End in 2019. They also released a few Japanese albums, including SKZ2020 in 2020, while Top the Japanese version went to the top of the billboards.
Also, some digital singles are released in English, including Step Out of Clé in 2020 and the Top English version. This proves that the band is well versed in a wide variety of languages, and they can release songs in all of them and be extremely popular. All of the young girls love them, and they often sell out most of their concerts and get high sales for songs and records when released.
The band was first formed back in 2017, and it started with Kim Woojin as one of the lead vocalists for the group. He was also their oldest band member, and he decided in the latter part of 2019 that he would be leaving the band. JYP Entertainment announced this decision, and it was a shock to everyone who loved the band, all the members.
Everyone wondered why Woojin would be leaving the band in an official statement from the band’s record label. It was stated, “Woojin, who has been with Stray Kids as a member until this time, has left the group due to personal circumstances and terminated his exclusive contract. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused many fans.” They didn’t say anything about why the band member had left, especially as he was extremely popular.
However, if you ask the other members of the popular boy band, according to a live stream by V Bang Chan held, there is another story. He has alluded that Woojin left the band due to some betrayal on his end. He stated, “I know a person who had to face the worst consequence by making a lot of mistakes, and it was because of those mistakes that really affected ppl around him. If you promise the team, you need to be responsible and really keep those promises. STAYs know what I’m talking about.”
It seems like the real story won’t ever be told, but we must wait and see what other band members say if they say anything. This departure was something that nobody was prepared for, and it shocked the entire world, including their beloved fans. Woojin and JYP Entertainment haven’t said anything else other than the statement about why he left the band.
All of the members who are in the band have their own members that they love, but overall, the biggest fan favorite is Felix. After him, the next popular member is Hyunjin, followed by Lee Know, in line with Han being the 4th most popular. Next are Bang Chan and I.N., with Seungmin being 7th and Changbin is 8th, and the least popular member would be Woojin. This often changes depending on who you are talking to, and you need to know which member you think is the best for you.
It is known that each band has a different name for their fans, and the fans for Stray Kids are called “stay.” Felix, who is also the most popular member of the band, once spoke about the reason for the name, and he stated, “The reason it is ‘Stay,’ from Stray Kids we take out the r from Stray, and it becomes Stay.” There you go, people. If you are a fan of this band, you now know what you should be calling yourself or what the other fans should be calling you.
The band’s official leader is Bang Chang, as he is currently the lead vocalist and dancer after Woojin left the group. He is also the oldest member of the band, while the others also play lead roles in both rappings and dancing and singing. The best part about this band is that everyone plays a unique part in what is happening, making magic on the stage and in the studio.
A recent accusation was made against one of the band members, Hyunjin, regarding committing some school violence. It was said that he had verbally abused someone during middle school and the posted stated they were with a smaller agency while learning how to act. The post stated that Hyunjin had then gone on to ask him about what agency he was with and what was filming.
The poster later stated, “I evaded the questions and replied that it was nothing special and it wasn’t a big agency.” He then stated that Hyunjin seemed to be offended and replied, “I’m going to debut before you.” This was when they stated that the verbal abuse that he suffered had started from Hunjin.
He also stated, “There were two reasons that Hwang Hyun Jin held a grudge against me and wrote in the class group chat trying to make me an outcast. He said the first was that since I was in the seat in the back, he didn’t like that I told him to close the back door. He wrote in a message, ‘Close it yourself, why are you telling others to close it?’ so I replied, ‘You all are the ones who are opening it, so why should I close it?’ However, the only replies I received were messages like, ‘Am I your servant? The second reason was that there was a time when there was not enough school lunch, and my friend who was on lunch duty couldn’t receive a full amount of lunch, and since I had received relatively more, we ate together. He said, ‘I don’t like that you received a lot of lunch. It’s because of you that other students can’t eat lunch, and he criticized me and ridiculed me for reasons that seem somewhat unbelievable and incredibly childish now.”
They also claim that Hyunjin, along with a few other male students, had invited him into a group chat for the class and verbally abused him with comments that were sexually harassing or insulted his family members. However, JYP Entertainment released a statement following this, which reads: “Hello. This is JYPE. We are releasing our statement regarding the issue related to Hyunjin that is spreading on various online communities. First, our company is doing our best to confirm the truth regarding this issue. We are listening to people’s opinions from the school that the member attended and the opinions of other acquaintances regarding the issues that were raised, and we are also considering listening directly to the opinion of the writer if they allow it. However, we have confirmed that there are many untrue parts of the post currently spreading indiscriminately. We have identified people who are purposely creating malicious rumors and disseminating them. We will conduct a detailed investigation through various routes and find the undistorted, exact truth. We plan to take legal action regarding the spread of false information. We will do our best to protect our artist by finding the clear truth, and we will take strong action regarding the spreading of false rumors. Thank you.”
It seems like there is a lot to know about this band from things that they have done, their birthdays, and even what parts they have in the band. It is so important that you keep up with the music these days to know what the latest is and what you should look at. Stray Kids are just one of the most popular bands, so go ahead and check out their music and add it to your streaming lists!
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