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"Step Out! Hello, We are Stray Kids" ― Stray Kids' introduction

Stray Kids (Hangul: 스트레이 키즈; RR: Seuteurei Kijeu), shortened as SKZ, is a South Korean boy group formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2017 reality show of the same name. The group officially debuted on March 25, 2018 with District 9 (I Am Not). 3 of the members are part of a rap/hip hop sub-unit called 3RACHA. They compose the majority of Stray Kids' songs under the sub-unit name. Stray Kids is generally known as one of the most unique groups as they created themselves, unlike all of JYPE's other groups who were created by the company itself.

Origin of "Stray Kids"

The name of the group is named by the team members. The group name expresses their determination to break the existing mold and go one step forward to be out of the ordinary.[1] During the first episode of the survival show, Stray Kid's were originally known as "Boy's Project Team" or "Chan and his boy project team" by JYP.

History

2017–2018: Formation through a reality show and debut

In August 2017, JYPE officially announced the agency's new reality survival show to launch a male idol debut project. More details and teasers were released in the next two months, including the show's title—Stray Kids. Prior to its premiere on October 17, JYPE released Stray Kids' first music video for a song titled "Hellevator", which was later released as a digital single. Two members, Lee Know and Felix, were eliminated from the group, but all nine members ended up in the final line-up.

Along with the launch of Stray Kids' official website, JYPE announced the release of the group's pre-debut extended play (EP) titled Mixtape. It contains seven tracks co-written and co-composed by the members, including "Hellevator" and other songs that they performed during the show. The EP, along with the performance video of its second track titled "Beware", was released on January 8, 2018, while the performance video of "Spread My Wings" was uploaded online a week later. It debuted at number 2 on Gaon's Album Chart and Billboard's World Albums chart. On March 5, JYPE announced the debut showcase of the group titled Stray Kids Unveil (Op. 01: I Am Not), which was held on March 25 at Jangchung Arena. They officially debuted the next day with the release of their EP titled I am NOT, along with the music video of its title track titled "District 9", while the music video of "Grow Up", and performance video of "Mirror" were released on March 31 and April 23 respectively. I Am Not debuted at number four on Gaon's Album Chart and sold over 54,000 physical copies in March.

On April 14, Stray Kids performed at KCON Japan 2018, the group's first overseas performance since debut.

On July 12, JYPE announced the group's second showcase titled Stray Kids Unveil (Op. 02: I Am Who), which was held on August 5 at Kyung Hee University's Grand Peace Palace. Their second EP named I am WHO?, along with its title track "My Pace", was released the next day. The music video for "Awkward Silence" was released three weeks later. Videos for other tracks of the EP were also uploaded on YouTube.

On October 4, JYPE announced the group's third showcase titled Stray Kids Unveil (Op. 03: I Am You), which was held on October 21 at Olympic Hall, and followed by the release of their new album EP I am YOU, along with its title track of the same name the next day. The music video of "Get Cool" was uploaded online on November 14.

2019: Clé 1 : MIROH and Clé series

On March 5, 2019, JYPE announced the group's third comeback on March 25, in commemoration of the first anniversary of the group's debut. Stray Kids' fifth EP Clé 1 : MIROH and the title track "MIROH" were released on date. The group earned their first music show win on April 4 on M Countdown. The performance video of "Victory Song" was released on April 8.

On June 4, 2019 (KST), JYPE released a two-minute trailer for Stray Kids' first special album Clé 2 : Yellow Wood. On the next day, the group revealed the tracklist for the album, consisting of three new songs and 4 mixtapes of their released EPs. On June 19, they officially released the album and the music video for its title track, "Side Effects".

Stray Kids released a digital single titled "Double Knot" on October 9 and also announced their District 9 Unlock World Tour starting from November 23–24 at Olympic Hall, Seoul, South Korea, with their fifth extended play Clé: Levanter, initially announced for release on November 25. However, on October 28, JYPE announced that Woojin had left the group due to personal circumstances, and the release of Clé: Levanter was delayed to December 9 as a result. On November 13, the group released the music video for "Astronaut," their first single without Woojin and as an eight member group.

Members

Current Members

No. Stage Name Birth Name Date Of Birth Position
1. Bang Chan
(방찬)
Bang Chan (방찬) /
Christopher Bang
1997.10.03 Leader, Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper, Center
2. Lee Know
(리노)
Lee Min-ho (이민호) 1998.10.25 Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper
3. Changbin
(창빈)
Seo Chang-bin (서창빈) 1999.08.11 Main Rapper, Vocalist
4. Hyunjin
(현진)
Hwang Hyun-jin (황현진) 2000.03.20 Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Visual
5. Han (한) Han Ji-sung (한지성) 2000.09.14 Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist
6. Felix
(필릭스)
Felix Lee (필릭스이) / Lee Yong-bok (이용복) 2000.09.15 Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper
7. Seungmin
(승민)
Kim Seung-min (김승민) 2000.09.22 Lead Vocalist
8. I.N
(아이엔)
Yang Jeong-in (양정인) 2001.02.08 Vocalist, Maknae

Former Members

No. Stage Name Birth Name Date Of Birth Position
1. Woojin
(우진)
Kim Woo-jin (김우진) 1997.04.08 Main Vocalist

Filmography

TV Shows

Year Name Episodes Channel Members
2017 Stray Kids 10 Mnet All
2018 The 9th Season 1 4 V Live
Intro: I am NOT 2
SK-TALKER 7
The 9th Season 2 5
Intro: I am WHO 2
Stray Kids Amigo TV 3
Two Kids Room 10
SKZ-TALKER TBA
SKZ's HONEY-TIPS 4
The 9th Season 3 3
Stray Directors 1 SBS TV Hyunjin & I.N
Intro: I am YOU 1 V Live All
Two Kids Room Vol 2 10
SKZ&SKZ 5
2019 The 9th Season 4 5
SKZ-TALKER GO! TBA
Finding Stray Kids 10 Mnet
Two Kids Room Vol 3 10 V Live
Intro: Clé 1 : MIROH 1
Intro: Clé 2 : Yellow Wood 1
Two Kids Room Vol 4 10
ChoiSKZ 3
The 9th Season 5 4
Two Kids Room Vol 5 9
One Kid's Room 9

Discography

Korean

Studio Albums

Extended Plays

Special Albums

Digital Singles

OSTs

Japanese

Best Albums

Singles

English

Digital Singles

Sub-units

Endorsements

  • Jambangee (2018)
  • Ivy Club (2018)
  • Coke Caster (2018)
  • Lotte Duty Free (2018)
  • Prospecs (2018)

Tours and concerts

Awards and nominations

Main article: Awards & Nominations

As of now, Stray Kids have won 12 awards, including Rookie of the Year, Best New Artist, Most Anticipated Male Rookie Idol, etc., all of which are Korean, and nominated 14 others, one of which is Teen Choice Awards' Choice Next Big Thing.

Trivia

  • Fan Club: STAY
  • Fan Color: TBA

Links

Gallery

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References

  1. After School Club (April 3, 2018)
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