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Now in their 8th year, meet NU'EST!

NU’EST is a boy group consisting of 5 members (starting from left to right); Aron, Ren, JR, Minhyun, and Baekho. They debuted under Pledis Entertainment on March 15th, 2012.

NU'EST struggled for many years despite their hard work and dedication. Watching groups who debuted after them succeed caused a sense of failure in the boys. After appearing on Mnet’s Produce 101 Season 2 in 2017 everything changed. Members JR (Kim Jong Hyun), Baekho (Kang Dong Ho), Minhyun (Hwang Min Hyun), and Ren (Choi Min Gi) appeared on the survival show. NU’EST’s reason for appearing on the show went viral- “We’re thinking of this as our last chance. We’re here because we’re that desperate.” Baekho shed tears while expressing his desire to be better- “There are two people from our agency (Pledis Entertainment) who became members of I.O.I. I want to be like them. I want to be like the people who became members of I.O.I and SEVENTEEN.” Minhyun was the only member of NU’EST to make it into the final lineup of males for P101 Season 2’s debuting group- Wanna One.

While Minhyun promoted under Wanna One, the other members of NU’EST made a sub-unit named NU’EST W; the W stands for the members “Waiting” for Minhyun to return, as well as waiting to greet fans again. NU’EST W was popular from the start, debuting on October 10th, 2017 with the EP W, Here and title track “Where You At”. W, Here sold over 200,000 copies in one week, at the time making NU’EST W one of only four groups to do so. They also received their first win as a subunit. The subunit continued to win on music shows, top charts, and become brand ambassadors for a fried chicken restaurant franchise throughout their career. NU’EST W disbanded after Minhyun returned following the disbandment of Wanna One in December 2018.

Fast forward to May 8th, 2019, NU’EST got their first music show win with their song “Bet Bet”. The other first place nominees were BTS’ “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey, N. Flying’s “Spring Memories”, Super Junior D&E’s “Danger”, and Twice’s “Fancy”. The members of NU’EST accepted their trophy in a gracious and humble manner. JR started off the acceptance speech (rough translation) “Firstly I would like to thank the staff members who helped us with the album. This is in fact our first win. Thanks to L.O.V.E.S (their fanbase) the dreams of the five of us have come true. Thank you so much.” Minhyun was the next to speak “Thanks for being with us for a long time..I’m feeling very emotional. Thank you so much..we will become a hardworking NU’EST.” Aron continued the speech “This is our very first win...Thank you so much. I will work hard in the future. Please keep loving us. Thank you!” Baekho added “Thanks to fans, we celebrated our 7th anniversary and are turning into an 8 year old group. We will work hard and become a better group. Thank you so much!” Ren finished the speech with “We have finally won #1 as NU’EST in our 8th year. Thank you! I would like to share this honor with everyone present here. I would like to thank our CEO, Director, and staff members. I would like to thank all of our parents! I love you all, thank you!” NU’EST has now received four wins for their comeback song “Bet Bet”.

NU’EST has announced an overseas tour- "Segno"

Bangkok: Sat 7/20 - Sun 7/21

Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani

Hong Kong: Sat 7/27

AsiaWorld- Expo Hall 10

Jakarta: Sat 8/03

Istora Senayan

Manila: Sat 8/31

Araneta Coliseum

Kuala Lumpur: Sat 9/07

Malawati Indoor Stadium

Shah Alam

Taipei: Sat 9/14

Xinzhuang Gymnasium

More to be announced!

Wishing the best of luck to NU'EST on their tour and for their future endeavors!

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