NU'EST in Love Paint Showcase 2016 (From Left to Right: Baekho, Aron, Ren, JR, Minhyun)
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Associated acts
  • JR
  • Aron
  • Baekho
  • Minhyun
  • Ren

NU'EST (Hangul: 뉴이스트; acronym for New Establish Style Tempo) is a South Korean boy group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2012. The group consists of JR, Aron, Baekho, Minhyun, and Ren.



Prior to debut, NU'EST made numerous appearances in their labelmates' music releases. NU'EST were backup dances for After School Blue's Wonder Boy,[1] and appeared in their label's Christmas release Love Letter,[2] along with releasing their own music video for the song.[3]

JR also appeared in Orange Caramel's Bangkok City music video,[4] and was also featured in Uee's solo song Sok Sok Sok. Baekho appeared in After School's Play Ur Love music video,[5] and Minhyun starred in Orange Caramel's Shanghai Romance music video.[6]

JR, Aron, Minhyun, and Ren were featured, along with After School's Lizzy, in a commercial for New Balance.[7]

2012: Face and Action

NU'EST made their debut with their first single Face on March 15,[8] with their debut stage on M! Countdown that same day. NU'EST began airing their first reality show, Making of a Star: NU'EST Landing Operation, during their promotional period.[9]

NU'EST returned with their first mini album, Action on July 11,[10] and became ambassadors for Korea's Scout Association.[11] During their promotional period and the rest of the year, NU'EST began to expand to the global market, having events in Japan, Australia, other parts of Asia, and America, including KCON. During December NU'EST began endorsements with McDonald’s.[12]

2013: Hello and Sleep Talking

Baekho and Ren began acting with appearances in labelmate Uee's drama Jeon Woo-chi during January.[13] NU'EST returned with the second mini album Hello, on February 13.[14] During the promotional period NU'EST were cast for SBS MTV Diary, along with their now former label mates Hello Venus.[15] On April 8, Aron became a DJ for Arirang's Music Access.[16]

NU'EST returned on August 22 with their third mini album Sleep Talking.[17] NU'EST began to enter the Chinese market in November with the addition of a new member Jason, exclusively for Chinese promotions, undertaking the name NU'EST-M for the project.[18] NU'EST-M recorded Chinese versions of Face and Sleep Talking and promoted them throughout China. During December Minhyun began acting and was made a regular for the sitcom Reckless Family 3.[19]

2014: Re:BIRTH and Japanese debut

To celebrate Music Core's 400th episode, Ren performed Girl's Day's Something along with BTOB's Minhyuk, A-JAX's Seungjin and VIXX's Hongbin.[20]

NU'EST returned on 9 July with their first full album Re:BIRTH with Good Bye Bye as the title track.[21] NU'EST debuted in Japan with their single Shalala Ring on November 5.[22]

2015: I'm Bad and Japanese releases

Dallas, Texas, Gilley's, 3 May 2015

NU'EST released a digital single I'm Bad[23] on February 27 with a limited edition physical release on March 15, to celebrate their third anniversary. Baekho did not appear on the title track due to him still recovering from his vocal cord polyps surgery, but did appear on the B-side track. On April 19, Aron ended his position as a DJ at Arirang's Music Access. NU'EST released their second Japanese single Na.Na.Na on May 20.[24]

On August 14, Aron took up a position as a DJ on SBS PopAsia with his own show Aron's Hangout.[25] NU'EST released their first Japanese album on Bridge the World on November 18, after pre-releasing tracks Bridge the World, Cherry, Access To You and Eternal Rain.

2016: Q Is & Canvas

NU'EST returned on February 17, with their fourth mini album Q Is and the title track "Overcome". They began promotions for the album the following day.[26]

They released their fifth mini album Canvas and the accompanying single "Love Paint (Every Afternoon)" on August 29.[27]

After four years of promotion, the group finally received their first nomination on The Show. As of September 20, they have been nominated for 1st place thrice in a row.

On October 6, the music video for the new duet track "Daybreak" from the group's extended play Canvas was released. The unit is made up of Minhyun and JR.[28]

They also released a choreography video for Look and said to have filmed a music video for R.L.T.L both from their Canvas album.



Main article: NU'EST discography



  • Bridge the World (2015)


Year Title Type Members
2012 Jeon Woo Chi Drama Baekho, Ren
2013 Longman Express Chinese Drama Ren
Reckless Family Sitcom Minhyun, Ren
2014 Momo Salon Web Drama Minhyun
Trot Lovers Drama Minhyun
2015 The Solitary Gourmet Chinese Drama JR, Ren
2016 Their Distance Japanese Film JR, Minhyun, Ren

Awards and nominations

Golden Disk Awards

Year Award Nominated Work Result ref
Best Single
Most Popular Artist
New Rising Star

Seoul Music Awards

Year Award Nominated Work Result ref
Best Rookie Award
Popularity Award

Other awards

Year Award Ceremony Award Nominated Work Result
Arirang's Simply K-Pop Awards
Super Rookie Idol
Migu Music Awards
Best Potential Group


  1. "After School Blue Releases MV for "Wonder Boy"". Soompi.
  2. "Pledis Entertainment Unveils Full MV for "Happy Pledis LOVE LETTER"". Soompi.
  3. "BTS video for "Love Letter" introduces the Pledis Boys!". Allkpop.
  4. "[MV] Orange Caramel - Bangkok City - Soompi". Soompi.
  5. "After School Release "Play Ur Love"". Soompi.
  6. "Orange Caramel Unveils "Shanghai Romance" Music Video". Soompi.
  7. "After School Boys feature in latest 'New Balance' CF". Allkpop.
  8. "NU'EST releases debut single, "Face"". Allkpop.
  9. "NU'EST to have their own reality program". Allkpop.
  10. "NU'EST releases MV for "Action"". Allkpop.
  11. "NU'EST become ambassadors for Korea Scout Association". Allkpop.
  12. "NU'EST endorses McDonald's + to release new album in February". Allkpop.
  13. "NU'EST's Ren and Baekho cast in 'Jeon Woo Chi'". Allkpop.
  14. "NU'EST returns with mini album + MV for "Hello"". Allkpop.
  15. "Hello Venus and NU'EST to star in SBS MTV's 'Diary'". Allkpop.
  16. "NU'EST's Aron, ZE:A's Kevin, & LUNAFLY's Sam are the new 'Arirang' radio DJs". Allkpop.
  17. "NU'EST wakes you up with the release of MV + mini album for 'Sleep Talking'". Allkpop.
  18. "Pledis to launch 6-member team NU'EST-M for promotions in China". Allkpop.
  19. "NU'EST's Minhyun gives Girl's Day's Yura a back hug". Allkpop.
  20. "'Music Core' 400th episode to have special Boy's Day stage, performance by EXO & more". Allkpop.
  21. "NU'EST return to recapture fans' hearts with 'Good Bye Bye' MV". Allkpop.
  22. "NU'EST release PV for Japanese debut single 'Shalala Ring'". Allkpop.
  23. "NU'EST to release special single 'I'm Bad'". Allkpop.
  24. "NU'EST dance in the rain in short version PV for Japanese track 'NA.NA.NA.Tear'". Allkpop.
  25. "NU'EST's Aron to host his own SBS Pop Asia radio show". SBS.
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