Even if you aren't particularly a fan of K-pop, you probably already came across shares or retweets about a certain boy group in the recent weeks. SB19 is known as the first-ever Filipino boy group to train under a Korean entertainment company (like our fave Korean idols!) and they've been gaining recognition online for their *AMAZING* dance and vocal skills.
What makes SB19 different from other local groups in the industry? Read on and get sucked into the SB19 fandom:
SB19 is composed of five members:
Justin – vocal, visual, bunso
Sejun – lead vocal, rapper, leader
Ken – main dancer, vocal
Josh – lead rapper, dancer
Stell – main vocal, lead dancer
They were trained like K-pop idols under a Korean entertainment company!
Their sharp and synchronized dancing and solid vocal skills are products of hard work and dedication. According to their Spotify profile, SB19 trained under ShowBT, a Korean entertainment company that branched out in the Philippines. They've gone through three years of rigorous training known to K-pop idols and it clearly shows in their performances. Josh revealed in an iWitness interview that they have nine-hour vocal and dance training every day, with a one-day break per week. For their latest single "Go Up," the group rehearses the choreography 30 times a day, and even have a target of practicing the dance 1,000 times.
Check out their jaw-dropping dance practice video for "Go Up":
They have two singles out so far!
SB19 debuted in 2018 and released "Tilaluha," an emotional ballad of heartbreak. Here's their K-drama-esque music video which was shot in South Korea:
SB19 made their smashing comeback in July 2019 with "Go Up." The song was written by the members themselves and was produced by well-known Korean music artist Lee Oh Won. In one of SB19's vlogs, it was revealed that Oh Won has produced songs for TVXQ, Kim Jae Joong, Stray Kids, Wanna One, and Produce 101. Fun fact: The boys got to record "Go Up" in Seoul!
SB19 aren't trying to "copy" other K-pop groups.
Objectively speaking, SB19 can be mistaken as a K-pop group who happens to sing in Filipino. In an iWitness interview, Sejun clarified the misconception that they are trying to copy other K-pop idols: "Hindi po naming ginagaya ang K-pop. Maybe makikita sa pananamit namin o sa itsura namin na medyo may influence ng K-pop. Pero yung company namin mismo trinain at inenhance yung skills namin para ma-promote namin yung sarili naming musika, sariling musika ng Pilipino."
Their YouTube channel is full of fun and original content!
This is a strategy known to most Korean idols: Coming out with videos that range from behind-the-scene clips to vlogs to fun challenges. As of this writing, SB19 has over 50 videos in their channel, so you have more than enough SB19 content to binge-watch! Here's hoping they release more videos!
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