Infinite is a South Korean boy band formed by Woollim Entertainment in 2010 and it debuted as a 7-member group consisting of Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Hoya, Woohyun, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. However, Hoya left the group in 2017. Infinite‘s discography consists of multiple albums, extended plays, and tracks such as Over the Top, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, Season 2, Top Seed, For You, Paradise, Destiny, Be Back, Inspirit, First Invasion, Reality, Evolution, New Challenge, Infinitize, Infinite Only, BTD (Before the Dawn), Voice Of My Heart, Be Mine, Nothing’s Over, She’s Back, The Chaser, Only Tears, Man in Love, Last Romeo, That Summer (The Second Story), and Can’t Get Over You. The boy band has been a recipient of many accolades including the Gaon Chart Music Award, Mnet 20’s Choice Award, Seoul Music Award, Mnet Asian Music Award, Golden Disc Award, Korea Cable TV Award, Korean Culture Entertainment Award, Korean Music Award, Melon Music Award, The Night of Stars-Korea Top Star Award, Republic of Korea Entertainment Art Award, OBS Idol Stars Award, Republic of Korea National Assembly Award, SBS MTV Best of the Best Award, V Live Award, and Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club (SFCC) PR Award.
- Sungkyu – Leader, Main Vocalist
- Dongwoo – Main Rapper
- Woohyun – Main Vocalist
- Sungyeol – Vocalist
- L – Vocalist
- Sungjong – Vocalist
K-pop, R&B, Dance-pop, Electronic
Woollim Entertainment, Universal D
- On June 9, 2010, the group released its first extended play titled First Invasion and it included songs like She’s Back, Come Back Again, Fixed Star, and others.
- Infinite released its first studio album Over the Top on July 21, 2011, and it included songs like Amazing, Julia, Real Story, Tic Toc, and others.
- On May 15, 2012, Infinite released its 3rd extended play Infinitize and it peaked at #2 on the South Korea Gaon Weekly album chart and at #18 on the Japan Oricon Weekly album chart. It included songs like The Chaser, In The Summer), With…, Infinitize, Feel So Bad, Only Tears, and I Like You.
- The song The Chaser from Infinitize was named Billboard‘s 3rd best K-pop song of the 2010s decade and was included in Rolling Stone‘s list of “75 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time in 2020”.
- In January 2013, Billboard launched its K-pop column “K-Town” with Infinite.
- The band became the first Korean artist to obtain permission to film at Universal Studios Hollywood for their 2nd single album Destiny.
- The group’s first official sub-unit called Infinite H was formed by Woollim Entertainment in 2013 and its discography included extended plays and tracks like Fly High, Fly Again, Pretty, Victorious Way, and Special Girl (ft. Bumkey).
- On January 11, 2013, Infinite H released its debut extended play Fly High and it peaked at #5 on the South Korea Weekly Album Chart (Gaon) chart, at #8 on the US World Albums (Billboard) chart, and at #23 on the South Korea Yearly Album Chart (Gaon) chart.
- The first worldwide concert tour by Infinite named “One Great Step” ran from August 2013 to December 2013 and saw stops in 21 cities across 14 countries, including South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, United States, France, and the United Arab Emirates.
- In 2013 and 2014, the group was placed within the top 20 on the Forbes “Korea Power Celebrity 40” rankings.
- Infinite became the first Korean act to top Billboard‘s Emerging Artists Chart in 2014.
- The group Infinite released its 3rd studio album Top Seed on January 8, 2018, and it peaked at #1 on the South Korean Weekly Albums (Gaon) chart, at #4 on the US World Albums (Billboard) chart, and at #17 on the Japan Weekly Albums (Oricon) chart.
- The boy band has been a part of various shows and movies which include the likes of Wara Store, Infinite Busan Wish Travel, Infinite Concert: Second Invasion Evolution the Movie 3D, Grow: Infinite’s Real Youth Life, Birth Of A Family, You’re My Oppa, 10 Days In Japan Story, Infinite’s Showtime, Ranking King, Japan Days Of Infinite, This Is Infinite, and Sesame Player.
- In July 2023, the group released their 7th mini album titled 13egin.
Featured Image by Jeon Han / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0