Complete List of Subunits From Boy Bands That Are Popular Worldwide!

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Super Junior K.R.Y

Yesung, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun
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After we meet Super Junior D&E, let’s meet their oldest brother Super Junior K.R.Y. This subunit is the first one from Super Junior. Formed in 2006, it consists of the vocal line from Super Junior: Yesung, Ryeowook, and Kyuhyun.

In 2006, they released two original soundtracks titled “The Night Chicago Died” and “The One I Love – 한 사람만을” for the tvN drama titled Hyena.

And on November 5th, 2006, they debuted on the music program Music Bank performing “The One I Love.” Since then, they have released several original soundtracks for Korean television dramas.

In 2006 they released another original soundtrack for Snow Flower with the title “Stop Walking By.”

In 2007 they released a soundtrack for Billie Jean, Look at Me with the title “Just You.”

In 2009 they made the song titled “Dreaming Hero” for the drama Partner.

In 2011, they presented the theme song of Superstar K3 with the title “Fly.” The song is written by producer Park Keun-tae.

In 2012, they filled the drama To the Beautiful You with the song titled “Sky.” The lyrics are written by Lee Sang-yeol and Park Geun-cheol.

The same year, they also made a song titled “Loving You” for another 2012 South Korean romantic comedy television series.

On May 6th, 2013, one of the members, Yesung, enlisted for his mandatory military service. It made Super Junior K.R.Y go on hiatus from their activities.

Yesung completed his mandatory military service on May 4th, 2015. In June 2015, the trio announced the release of their second Japanese single titled “Join Hands” on August 5th, 2015.

Ryeowook enlisted for his military service on October 11th, 2016, and Kyuhyun enlisted for his military service on May 24th, 2017. This subunit must temporarily halt their activities.

But Ryewook just finished his military service on July 10th, 2018, and Kyuhyun on May 7th, 2019. So, let’s wait for their comeback.

EXO-CBX (엑소-첸백시)

EXO CBX chenbaekxi
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Still, at the same agency, there are Exo-CBX (Chen-Baek-Xi) from SM Entertainment. They are the first official subunit of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO who formed in 2016, the group is composed of three EXO vocalists: Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin.

On July 29th, 2016, Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin appeared in a video titled “Reservoir Idols” during EXO’s concert tour Exo Planet 3 – The Exo’rdium.

On August 23rd, 2016, they released an original soundtrack titled “For You” for the SBS television drama series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.

On October 31st, 2016, EXO-CBX released their debut extended play Hey Mama!, which consists of five tracks with a variety of genres including electronic dance, R&B ballad, and retro pop.

No. Title Music Arrangement
1. “The One”
  • LDN Noise
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Tay Jasper
LDN Noise
2. “Hey Mama!”
  • Hyuk Shin
  • Mrey
  • Jayrah Gibson
  • Davey Nate
  • DK
  • Hyuk Shin
  • Mrey
3. “Rhythm After Summer”
  • Kenzie
  • Joseph “Joe Millionaire” Foster
  • Kameron “Grae” Alexander
  • MZMC
  • Otha “Vakseen” Davis III
  • Kenzie
  • Joseph `Joe Millionaire` Foster
4. “Juliet”
  • Justin Reinstein
  • Lee Joohyoung
Justin Reinstein
5. “Cherish” David Anthony Eames David Anthony Eames

 

And in November 2016, EXO-CBX recorded a remake of the original soundtrack “Crush U” for the game “Blade & Soul.” The Music Video was released on December 25th.

They released their debut Japanese extended play Girls on May 24th, 2017, with the title track “Ka-Ching!” It was officially released by Avex Trax.

And also “Ka-Ching!” was re-released as a b-side track in EXO-CBX’s first Japanese studio album Magic on May 9th, 2018. “Ka-ching!” is a catchy pop-tune song that blends elements of jazz with electronica, resulting in an eclectic tune that’s as energetic as it is quirky.

No. Title Lyrics Music
1. “CBX” Sara Sakurai
  • SAMDELL
  • CR
  • Cho Se-hee
  • Han Kyung-soo
2. “Ka-Ching!” MEG.ME
  • Hanif Hitmanic Sabzevari
  • Dennis DeKo Kordnejad
  • Daniel Kim
3. “Horololo” MEG.ME
  • Dennis DeKo Kordnejad
  • Pontus PJ Ljung
  • Hanif Hitmanic Sabzevari
  • Daniel Kim
4. “Girl Problems” AKIRA
  • Andreas Öberg
  • Daniel Caesar
  • Ludwig Lindell
5. “Shake” (Xiumin solo) Junji Ishiwatari
  • Peter Nord
  • Kevin Borg
6. “Off the Wall” Amon Hayashi (Digz Inc.)
  • Simon Janlöv
  • Andrew Choi
7. “Ringa Ringa Ring” (Baekhyun solo) Junji Ishiwatari
  • Andy Love
  • David Amber
8. “Gentleman” Junji Ishiwatari
  • SAMDELL
  • CR
  • Kim Su-bin
  • Han Kyung-soo
9. “Watch Out” (Chen solo) MEG.ME
  • Adam Royce
  • Bobby John
10. “Cry” Natsumi Kobayash
  • Kkannu
  • Kyung Da-som
  • merry
11. “In This World”
  • Takashi Ohmama
  • Sara Sakurai
  • MUSOH
  • Cashmir
  • Bitcrusher

 

On April 10th, 2018, EXO-CBX released a single titled “Blooming Day,” distributed by IRIVER as the title track of their second Korean mini-album Blooming Days.

“Blooming Day” is described as a light and chic dance-pop track where the members’ sweet vocal colors will be showcased. The lyrics talk about a sweet confession to a woman with heart fluttering emotions like spring.

The choreography was made by Alexander Chung and Kasper, who previously choreographed EXO’s “Ko Ko Bop” and other songs for the group.

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement
1. “Monday Blues” Hwang Yoo-bin
  • Peter Wallevik
  • Daniel Davidsen
  • Mich Hansen
  • Maegan Cottone
  • Iain James
  • Daniel Davidsen
  • Peter Wallevik
  • Cutfather
2. “Blooming Day” (花요일; Hwayoil) Hwang Yoo-bin
  • Steve Manovski
  • Yoo Young-jin
  • Jenson Vaughan
  • Caroline Ailin
  • Jordan Croucher
Steve Manovski
3. “Sweet Dreams!” (내일 만나; Naeil Manna; lit. Wednesday’s Meeting)
  • JQ
  • Hyun Ji-won
  • Kaelyn Behr
  • Michael Jiminez
  • Shaylen Carroll
  • MZMC
Styalz Fuego
4. “Thursday” Kim Eana
  • Erik Lidbom
  • Andreas Öberg
Erik Lidbom
5. “Vroom Vroom”
  • JQ
  • Park Ji-hee
  • Bae Sung-hyun
  • Harvey Mason, Jr
  • Michael `R!ot` Wyckoff
  • Britt Burton
  • Patrick “J. Que” Smith
  • Dewain Whitmore Jr.
  • Harvey Mason, Jr
  • Michael `R!ot` Wyckoff
6. “Playdate” Kenzie
  • Andreas Öberg
  • Yoo Young-jin
  • Martin Kleveland
  • Ilanguaq David Lumholt
Martin K
7. “Lazy” (휴일; Hyuil, lit. Sunday) Park Sung-hee (Jam Factory)
  • Micah Powell
  • Yinette Mendez
  • MZMC
Micah Powell

 

And these are their soundtrack appearances

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
“It’s Running Time” 2017 Running Man Animation OST
“Cry” Final Life: Even if You Disappear Tomorrow OST
Magic
“Someone Like You” 2018 88
  • CHN: 435,016
Live OST
“Be My Love” 2019 TBA Love Playlist Season 4 OST

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