Monsta X

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Name(s): Monsta X, MONSTA X, 몬스타엑스
Scope/Focus: K-Pop
Date(s): 2015-present
See also: Y Teen, #GUN, Sistar, K.Will, Boyfriend, UNIQ, Cosmic Girls, Starship Planet, K-Drama
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Monsta X is a South Korean boy group signed to Starship Entertainment and formed through the survival show "No.Mercy" on Mnet in early 2015. Out of thirteen trainees seven were chosen to debut half by artists of the entertainment like K.Will, Sistar or Mad Clown and half by fans. The final debut line is Shownu (Son Hyunwoo; 손현우), Wonho (Shin Hoseok; 신호석), Minhyuk (Lee Minhyuk; 이민혁), Kihyun (Yoo Kihyun; 유기현), Hyungwon (Chae Hyungwon; 채형원), Jooheon (Lee Jooheon; 이주헌) and I.M (Lim Changkyun; 임창균) while participants like #GUN or VAV's Ayno didn't make it. The band made their official debut on May 14, 2015 with the release of their first extended play "Trespass". They later received the "Next Generation Asian Artist" award at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards. In 2016 the new variety show "MONSTA X's Right Now" launched. Additional to their two extended plays in 2015 the band released another two followed by their first solo concert. Monsta X's first studio album (and the final part of "The Clan series") "The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter" was released in 2017. The title track "Beautiful" debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart. Shortly after (May) the band made their Japanese debut with their single "Hero". In June Monsta X released the extended version of their album called "Shine Forever", in July they published the summer song "Newton". Also in 2017 they held their first world tour called "The First World Tour - Monsta X Beautiful" which included cities of the US (e.g. New York or Los Angeles) as well as Europe (Paris, Berlin and Moscow).

Fandom

The fandom name was revealed by the band on Naver V App in 2015: "Monbebe" while there isn't an official colour yet.

Popular ships are I.M x Kihyun, I.M x Wonho or I.M x Jooheon (Rapper line) (or I.M x basically everyone), Kihyun x Shownu since they are considered as the mum and dad of the band, after this video went viral Minhyuk x Jooheon was shipped increasingly, but Hyungwon x Wonho, Shownu x Minhyuk or Hyungwon x Minhyuk are also famous. Ships that aren't as popular are Shownu x Wonho (the two oldest take care of the others), Minhyuk x Kihyun (they do a lot of activities together), Hyungwon x I.M (the Gwangju boys) and Wonho x Kihyun (subtle moments between these two), but you still see people ship them. Everything else is kind of less popular [1].

Rather popular ships are within the members of No.Mercy. Especially Jooheon x #GUN gained the recognition of fans since they were best friends who wanted to debut together. Sometimes couples like Kihyun x Suga of BTS are mentioned as they are also good friends. Generally is the band shipped with bands who are also newer in the industry (BTS, Seventeen (friendship since basketball), GOT7 (former label mates of Shownu),…) or girl groups like that (Girl’s Day, Twice,…). Surprisingly label mates like Sistar or Cosmic Girls are rather rarely mentioned.

Controversies

No.Mercy

Since No.Mercy already was a very cruel survival show to begin with (addressing the participants only with rank etc.) fans were especially upset when I.M was added in episode eight (the show only had ten so it was nearly the end). Starship reasoned that they needed four rappers for the next debut mission, but one got already eliminated. That's why they had to add I.M. For the fans as well as for the participating trainees it felt unfair for Kwangji (the eliminated rapper). Their behaviour towards I.M was pretty cruel, even though many fans are thinking now rationally and are positive that the whole show was scripted many are heartbroken when they watch it nowadays. Back then I.M had only few fans, he was really surprised that he came in the final line-up and felt that he had to prove himself. After that international fans expressed disdain via facebook, not only towards I.M, but also towards Minhyuk or Hyungwon since they thought that they can't sing properly (they accused Starship to only go for looks and not talent). Fans also hated on Mad Clown for being biased against one of their favourites, #GUN (to soothe the fans he eventually got his debut in 2016, almost everyone hated the fact that he got eliminated), some also thought that I.M stole his place since #GUN was the second best rapper before and Starship needed rappers for the hip hop based image of Monsta X. These days I.M is especially loved, newer fans often claim that he and his deep voice got them into the fandom and Minhyuk and Hyungwon are also really appreciated.

Wonho

Weeks after Monsta X's debut netizens dug out Wonho's scandalous past as ulzzang under the name Shin Hoseok (his original name is Lee Hoseok). He went to night clubs, drank and smoked before his debut. Comments like "I hate this;; I didn't like him before but now I hate him for sure","Yeah, this is why I'm hesitant to like him" or "I don't even know how he's going to clarify this" were often found, but many fans also protected him with e.g. pointing out that some other idols aren't angels either. On top of that it was also revealed that he dated his fellow ulzzang Jung Da Eun who is now after transitioning a man. Because of that he was rumoured to be gay and stuff (especially after that), he later claimed that he dated Da Eun to protect her/him [2][3][4].

MBC's mistreatment

In July 2016 Monsta X created a special choreography (the dance break) for Super Junior's Sorry Sorry[5] for MBC's Korea Music Wave in Japan. Fans had to watch it through fancams since the entire segment was edited out. However, at MBC's 2016 DMC Festival BTS, GFriend, Twice and Leetuek performed Sorry Sorry and copied the dance break without Monsta X's permission. Later they simply told Monsta X that the choreography was cool so they handed it off. The incident grew, fans were furious at MBC (not at the performing groups though) and a Monsta X defending Twitter tag was created [6]. Instead of apologizing or giving credit MBC tried to delete all related articles and videos. Fans got furious.

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