Where the Monsta X Begins
Monsta X is a rising 7-member South Korean boy band under Starship Entertainment. They have gained an astounding fan base ever since they debuted in 2015. Being the rookie group, they have impressed a lot of people all around the world with both their talent and their looks. Monsta X was formed by the entertainment company Starship Entertainment through the show NO MERCY on Mnet, which began running in December 2014.
How the group was formed
The group was formed as the result of a survival program called No.Mercy, which was launched by Starship Entertainment and Mnet in December 2014. For the show, the participants worked directly with the artists of Starship Entertainment including Rhymer, San E, Giriboy & Nochang. The group’s name, “Monsta X”, contains the double meaning of “monsters conquering the K-pop scene” and “my star” (Mon means “My” in French). The X symbolizes an unknown existence.
Monsta X made their debut with the release of their first extended play, Trespass on May 14, 2015. The title song of the same name is produced by Rhymer and described as a “strong and edgy track that reflects Monsta X’s unique character”. Trespass includes seven different tracks, rapper Jooheon was the most involved member in the production of the album and composed several songs, including “One Love,” “Steal Your Heart,” and “Blue Moon”.
The first solo concert of Monsta X
In July 2016, Monsta X held their first solo concert, MONSTA X The First Live “X-Clan Origins” from July 16 till July 17, which was successfully sold out in five minutes. In August 2016, Monsta X joined label-mates Cosmic Girls for a project unit group to promote KT’s phone fare service and to release music together. Monsta X returned in early October with their fourth mini-album and the second part of “The Clan” series, titled The Clan 2.5 Pt. 2 Guilty. In December the group was awarded the “Best of Next Male Artist Award” at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Their first debut in Japan
Monsta X made their debut in Japan under Universal Music Japan’s new label Mercury Tokyo with first Japanese single “Hero”, which contains the Japanese version of the groups previously released Korean songs, “Hero” and “Stuck”. First Japanese single “Hero” reached number two on the Oricon’s weekly single chart, Tower Records chart and Billboard Japan’s weekly charts to No. 1 and No. 2 respectively