‘Boys Planet’ ZB1 Begins K-Pop History-Making Journey

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‘Boys Planet’ ZB1 Begins K-Pop History-Making Journey

Members of the new K-POP boy group ZEROBASEONE (ZB1) pose at a press event held at YES24 Live Hall in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul on Monday. Provided by: WAKEONE Entertainment


ZB1 debut with high expectations

Written by Don Song Hwa

Zero Base One (ZB1), a project boy group consisting of nine winners of the 2023 audition show “Boys Planet”, is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated K-pop artists of the year. In just 6 days after opening his official account, he gained 1 million followers on Instagram, and his debut album “Youth in the Shade” received over 1 million pre-orders in just 13 days. This is the highest number of pre-orders ever for a K-pop debut album.

The members of ZB1 – Kim Ji Eun, Jang Hao, Song Han Bin, Seok Matthew, Kim Tae Lae, Ricky, Kim Kyu Bin, Park Gun Wook, Han Yu Jin – should have achieved these achievements. I know very well that It wouldn’t be possible without the devoted fans who have largely supported them since the launch of Boys Planet. Therefore, at their debut press event held at Yes24 Live Hall in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul on Monday, they promised to repay the love they received.

“Thanks to our fans, we were able to set a new record,” said Zhang, a Chinese member of the group that took first place on “Boys Planet.” “We want to continue our record-breaking journey and make history in the K-pop world. We will strive to show what only ZB1 has and become a new brand or genre.”

K-POP boy group ZB1 / provided by WAKEONE Entertainment


ZB1 frontman Song, who secured the number two spot on “Boys Planet,” said, “It’s surreal to hear the news of the new record. I’m so excited and grateful. We I’m not just trying to learn from them,” he elaborated. We strive to develop something unique not just for other senior K-pop groups. ”

Canadian member Seok Matthew added, “We want to be a team that always shows musical growth and always exceeds people’s expectations.”

ZB1’s debut album, Youth in the Shade, illuminates the bright and dark sides of youth.

“I think our youth shines brighter when there are shadows,” Song said. “Our mini-album contains these sincere stories that only ZB1 can unfold.”

The oldest member of the team, Kim Ji Eun, revealed that the EP’s lead single “In Bloom” captures ZB1’s musical identity. “In Bloom” is an addictive, breezy drum and bass song that highlights Nonette’s breezy vibe.

“A flower cannot bloom without obstacles, and it is the same for us,” he explained. “‘In Bloom’ portrays ZB1 members who feel insecure about themselves and still manage to get by.”

“The main riff from the iconic band A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ (1985) is also sampled,” Park added.

At the end of the event, ZB1 shared their goals and ambitions.

Chinese member Ricky said, “I hope I can win the Rookie of the Year Award, which can only be won once in a lifetime.”

Kim Kyubin added, “I would be very happy if our song could reach the top of the music charts.”

“We hope that our music can bring positive energy and happiness to people,” Song said.





































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