C.N.Blue (Korean: 씨엔블루), Code Name Blue, is a South Korean indie rock band which debuted on August 19, 2009 in Japan with their first mini-album, Voice. The released their 1st and second album in Japan in English and of course, in Japanese. Although they weren’t that famous as they were before, they’re still glad that they debuted early in Japan because they had experienced so many things there. They were coined the “2nd FT Island” due to similar style and sound but mainly because they are under the same company as FT Island. The group released four teasers for their 1st album Bluetory, starring one member per each of the videos in the sequence of Jonghyun, Minhyuk, Jungshin and lastly, Yonghwa on the 6th, 8th, 11th and 13th of January respectively. On the 12th of January, the music video of the title track 외톨이야 “I’m a Loner” was released.
Being an indie band that debuted in Japan, they started with many rumors and accusations ahead of them. One of that was they were accused of plagiarism in their single ‘Loner’ as it sounds alike with the indie band Ynot’s song ‘BlueBird’. But the songwriter said that it wasn’t. Unfortunately, Ynot is planning to file a lawsuit against the songwriter of ‘Loner’, saving the band from such disgrace. Although it’s ok now for the side of the band but the songwriter is facing the dilemma now. Netizens are thinking that maybe Ynot is riding the fame of C.N.Blue so they will be known too.
You guys be the judge. But enough of the issues. here’s the profile of the members of C.N.Blue.
- Full Name: Jung Yong Hwa (정용화)
- Japanese Name: ヨンファ
- Date of Birth: June 22, 1989 (1989-06-22) (age 20)
- Position: leader, vocalist, guitarist, rapper
In October 2009, Yonghwa made his acting debut as Kang Shinwoo in the successful Korean idol-drama, You’re Beautiful.
- Full Name: Lee Jong Hyun (이종현)
- Japanese Name: ジョンヒョン
- Date of Birth: May 15, 1990 (1990-05-15) (age 19)
- Position: guitarist, vocalist
Jonghyun was the former leader of the group. However, the title was switched to Yonghwa around the same time they debuted in Korea. When he was four years old, he moved to Japan with his parents and stayed for four years. He graduated from high school on February 2010.
- Full Name: Kang Min Hyuk (강민혁)
- Japanese Name: ミンヒョク
- Date of Birth: June 28, 1991 (1991-06-28) (age 18)
- Position: drummer, vocalist
- Full Name: Lee Jung Shin (이정신)
- Japanese Name: ジョンシン
- Date of Birth: September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) (age 18)
- Position: bassist, rapper
here’s the controversial song, ‘Im a Loner’