WayV (WeiShen V; 威神V) is a Chinese boygroup which debuted in January 2019 under Label V, a localized subsidiary of S.M. Entertainment. The group is composed of seven members: Kun, Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Xiaojun, Hendery, and Yangyang.
The group was announced on December 31st, 2018, and their debut EP The Vision - The 1st Digital EP was released on January 17th, 2019. They made their live stage debut on Chinese show "All For One" on February 14th, 2019 performing their lead single "理所当然 Regular" and b-side "噩梦 Come Back". Following this, they appeared on Happy Camp, one of China's most watched tv shows, in March to promote themselves as rookie Chinese group.
During downtime between album promotions, WayV partook in a self-produced creative project called RainbowV in which the group, broken into subunits, selected songs to cover and independently produce the arrangements, choreography, cinematic design, and more. Episodes detailing their creative process were released weekly on their Weibo and YouTube pages. Ten and WinWin's project, a dance cover of lovely by Billie Eilish ft. Khalid even received recognition and praise by Khalid on his twitter in April 2019.
On May 9th, Take Off - The 1st Mini Album was released digitally, with title track "无翼而飞 Take Off." The song was described as an urban dance genre track with powerful trap drum sounds and a catchy club bass line. This was paired with a visually powerful music video, shot in the Ukraine. The song was successful, peaking at #1 on QQmusic and iTunes worldwide charts. A physical release of the Take Off album occurred later that month.
During October, WayV members Ten and Lucas made their American debut with SM's "kpop supergroup" SuperM. They made history becoming the first Thai and Chinese artists to debut at #1 on the Billboard 100.
In November, the full group came back with Take Over The Moon - The 2nd Mini Album. For the first time, WayV promoted in Korea- having their debut special stage for the title track "天选之城 Moonwalk" on Show Champion, November 1st. Their physical album also released, with unique presses in China, Korea, and Thailand.
On November 5th, S.M. Entertainment released a special English version of the b-side track Love Talk, accompanied by a music video on QQmusic and Youtube. The single peaked at #1 on the QQmusic best seller daily chart, and has sold over 182,000 digital copies to date.
In December, WayV performed a mashup of Take Off and Moonwalk at the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Japan, where they also won the "Best New Asian Artist" award. They performed the same medley at the Zheijiang New Years Eve Party, broadcasted in China on December 31st, closing out WayV's explosively successful first year as a Chinese idol group. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.