NRG (South Korean band)

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Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 1997–2006; 2017–present
Labels Music Factory Entertainment (1997-2006)
Genie Music (2017-Present)
Past members
  • Moon Sung-hoon
  • Kim Hwan-sung

NRG is a South Korean boy group. Their name is an acronym for New Radiancy Group. Originally a five-member group consisting of Chun Myung-hoon, Lee Sung-jin, Noh Yoo-min, Moon Sung-hoon, and Kim Hwan-sung, NRG has undergone innumerous line-up changes through their career. After multiple years on a supposed disbandment, they released an album on their anniversary of their debut.


Current members

Past members

  • Moon Sung-hoon (Hangul: 문성훈)
  • Kim Hwan-sung (Hangul: 김환성)



1996: Formation

Members Lee Sung Jin and Chun Myung Hoon originally debuted in 1996 as duet under the name HamoHamo and released one album with moderate success from the singles, "Papillion" and "Pangpang." At the time, members Moon Sung Hoon and Noh Yoo Min where performing as HamoHamo backup dancers, and were discovered by producer Kim Tae Hyung as they were hanging around outside the studio of the music show, "A Break."

With HamoHamo's less than successful debut, Sung Jin, Myung Hoon, and producer Kim Tae Hyung decided to start a new group with backup dancers Sung Hoon and Yoo Min. NRG (New Radiancy Group) was then created when Kim Hwan Sung, former member of Kkaebi Kkaebi, was added to the line up.

1997–1998: Debut with first album New Radiancy Group, and second album Race

NRG debuted on October 28, 1997 on the cable show Music Tank with the single "I Can Do It". Two weeks after their debut, the group held an MC spot for ten weeks on the show. Their first album New Radiancy Group sold over 200,000 copies in South Korea, making them the pioneers of high energy dance music.[citation needed] At the 1998 SBS Popular Song Awards, NRG won the New Face Award (Best Male New Artist).

NRG's second album Race was released that same year, and featured more high energy dance songs like "Messenger", selling over 300,000 copies in South Korea. With the second album, NRG was also able to find success outside of Korea, selling albums in both China and Japan. NRG became the first South Korean musical group to actively market themselves in China, where they have sold over 100,000 copies. Today, NRG is widely credited as one of the pioneers of the Korean Wave (Korean Hallyu) that first swept through Asia in the late 1990s.[1]

1999: Lineup changes, NRG 003 and Kiss In Christmas

In 1999, Sung-jin left the group to pursue a career in acting and hosting, while Myung-hoon took a less visible role in the group by writing and composing 2 songs for the album and not actually performing with them. The remaining three members release their third album, NRG 003, which wasn't as successful as the first two. Some fans contest that Sung-jin and Myung-hoon did not choose to leave NRG, but were rather cut from the line-up as they were not as popular as the other three members.[citation needed] The three member group also released a Christmas album that year titled Kiss In Christmas.

The trio than started working the fourth album. It is unknown what the original plans for this album were.[citation needed]

2000: Death of Kim Hwan-sung

In 2000, NRG halted their fourth album activities after member Hwan Sung began to experience a high fever and abdominal pains. He was eventually hospitalized, though doctors were initially unsure of what was causing his illness. After a span of 6 days in which his health rapidly deteriorated, Hwan Sung was diagnosed with malignant viral pneumonia, eventually lapsing into a coma and placed on life support when doctors pronounced him brain dead. As he lay in the Intensive Care Unit, his bandmates sat in disbelief and prayed for a healthy recovery, but after much anguish, Hwan Sung's parents decided to remove him from life support.

Surrounded by his family and bandmates, Kim Hwan Sung died at dawn on June 15, 2000 at the age of 19 years, and today, still survives by his parents and older sister.[2]

Hwan Sung was cremated on June 17. His funeral was attended by thousands of fans and other popular Korean musical acts of the time, in particular the K-pop group, H.O.T. who was close to NRG.[citation needed]

In July, one month following Hwan Sung's death, NRG held a concert in his memory in China. In front of hundreds of mourning Chinese fans (along with Hwan Sung's parents and older sister,) the members tearfully performed some of NRG's biggest hits.[citation needed]

2001: Temporary hiatus,return as a quartet, and Sorrow

After their concert in China, the members went on a one-year hiatus to mourn Hwan Sung's passing and considered permanently disbanding the group. However, Hwan Sung's father persuaded Sung Hoon and Yoomin to stay, and also convinced Myung Hoon and SungJin to resign, making them a 4-member group. They decided to stay together and work even harder to make Hwan Sung's dreams of becoming a top band and receiving a #1 hit become a reality.[citation needed]

NRG's fourth album Sorrow was released in 2001 with the title track written for them by H.O.T. member, Kangta. In August 2001, NRG held their first concert in Korea, paying tribute to Hwan Sung by performing "Good Bye My Friend" and "Antonio" (Hwan Sung's nickname) which was written and composed by Myung Hoon.[citation needed]

2002–2005: Hit Song, first number-one song, New Radiancy 6 Group, and Sung Hoon's Departure

Almost 4 years after the death of Kim Hwan Sung, NRG returned with their fifth album Hit Song in 2003. Their smash hit single, "Hit Song", written and composed by Myun Hoon, brought the group their first #1 song. NRG won the SBS 2003 Mutizen Song (Most Popular Song) Award, Singer of The Year. They were named one of the top ten singers in Korea in 2003.[citation needed]

NRG dedicated their awards to Hwan Sung, crediting him for their success, stating that they felt as if a weight was finally lifted off of them, as they were finally able to make Hwan Sung's dream come true. Sung Hoon stated that, where there was once only sorrow when visiting Hwan Sung, there is now a greater sense of ease.[citation needed]

In 2004, NRG released their sixth album New Radiancy 6 Group. The title track placed 4th in the pop charts as the World Cup neared, and was fitting for the occasion. However, the song, "Hurray For A Virile Son Of Korea" did not climb. Soon afterward, Moon Sung Hoon announced his departure for unspecified reasons and has since largely remained out of the public eye; he appeared on the SBS show Star Couple (ko) with his wife in 2012 and revealed that they had a son, although they have since divorced.[3][4] NRG promoted as a three-member group once again.[5]

2006–2015: One of Five, "Eternity", and disbandment

In 2005, NRG released their seventh album, One of Five. However, Myung Hoon and Yoomin went through physical changes as they neared their thirties, which resulted in low album sales. Soon after, NRG announced that the group would go on hiatus due to the fact that 2 members were starting military service. They performed their concert "Farewell NRG," at Xenia Club on October 27, 2005, in Beijing. Following Sung Jin's return in 2008, the group released their single "Eternity". In 2009, Lee Sung Jin was arrested for an alleged scam for gambling and up to this day, he is still being investigated.[citation needed] The remaining members then chose to go their separate ways following the incident.[citation needed]

In 2010, No Yoo-min married his wife, who is 8 years older than him. He even appeared as a full-time member of Hot Brothers.[citation needed]

In 2011, Chun Myung-hoon became a permanent guest on 100 Points out of 100. He also released his first solo single, "Jungle."[citation needed]

2016–present: Reunion, Dream Concert and 20th

On October 22, 2016, a fanmeeting was held by NRG. At the meeting, Chung Myung-hoon announced that NRG would be getting back together with all the members except for Sung-hoon, and planned to release the eighth album in 2017. On September 25, 2017, NRG announced the comeback would be set for October 28, (NRG's 20th anniversary of debut.)[6]

On September 27, 2017, it was announced NRG would participate in the 2017 Dream Concert, marking their first performance since their disbandment 11 years ago.[7]

On October 19, the first teaser images were revealed. One week later, it was revealed the track and the new album, "20th," were released under Genie Music.



  • "I Can Do It" (할 수 있어) (New Radiancy Group)
  • "Breakfast At Tiffany's" (티파니에서 아침을) (New Radiancy Group) [8]
  • "Making Love" (사랑만들기) (Race)
  • "Messenger" (Race)
  • "You! Me!" (NRG 003)
  • "Face" (NRG 003)
  • "Sorrow" (비) (Sorrow)[9]
  • "Hit Song" (Hit Song)
  • "Friend" (친구) (Hit Song)
  • "Hurray For A Virile Son Of Korea" (대한건아 만세) (New Radiancy 6 Group)
  • "별책부록" (One of Five)
  • "Eternity"
  • "20th Century Night" (20th)
  • "On The Phone : Clean Ver." (통화 중)


  • New Radiancy Group (1997)
  • Race (1998)
  • NRG 003 (1999)
  • Sorrow (2001)
  • Hit Song (2003)
  • New Radiancy 6 Group (2004)
  • One of Five (2005)

Extended play

  • 20th (2017)


  • 1998: Season's Greeting
  • 1999: Kiss In Christmas

Live albums

  • 2000: 2000 Live Concert In China
  • 2002: NRG 1st Concert with Antonio


Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Category Work Result
2001 Asian Viewers' Request Award "Sorrow" (비)[10] Won
2003 Best Male Group "Hit Song"[11] Nominated
2004 Best Male Group Video "Hurray For A Virile Son Of Korea" (대한건아만세)[12] Nominated


  1. ^ KBS World
  2. ^
  3. ^ "NRG 문성훈, 미모의 아내와 붕어빵 아들 최초공개". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). September 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "[연예수첩] NRG 출신 문성훈, 이혼 고백" (in Korean). KBS. April 12, 2017. 
  5. ^
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  8. ^ This song is about the movie, Breakfast At Tiffany`s, a 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn
  9. ^ This song released a year after the death of Kim Hwan Sung and is also about the tragedy.
  10. ^ "2001 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  11. ^ "2003 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  12. ^ "2004 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-25.

External links

  • NRG profile on EPG (in Korean)
  • NRG profile on empas people (in Korean)
  • Music Factory Entertainment (in Korean)
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