Monday, 24 March 2008

FT Island (에프티 아일랜드)

FT Island is the name of the South Korean pop-rock band (genre: rock ballad) which consist of five talented boys. This is not your usual boy band where all they do is sing and dance on stage. These talented lads actually play their own instruments.

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Five Treasured Boys

F.T. Island stands for Five Treasure Island as each of the members are so cherished and thus they are referred to as a "treasure". Don't ask me how "island" came into the equation. The band has an official colour, and it's yellow. Their fans carry and wave yellow flags known as "pentasticks" to show their love and support.

Their debut album, Cheerful Sensibility was the sixth best-selling album in South Korea for 2007, selling 79,789 copies. This album consist of 13 tracks and you will hear work from famous producers who produced for SG Wannabe and Japanese band SMAP. The album was repackaged and re-released on December 3, 2007 with three additional songs, a photobook, photocards, and a mixing program (Music 2.0) so that you can play around with the levels of the instrument and vocals in the album. The repackaged version is called The Refreshment and it sold another 25,724 copies!

The group will hold their first concert in Malaysia on 30 March, 2008 at Sunway Lagoon Amphitheater.

Let's get to know the treasured band members.

Get to know FT Island: Click to view larger image

Choi Jong Hun (최종훈) - Leader, piano and guitar

Prior to joining FT Island, Jong Hun was well known online as an "Ulljjang" or Net Idol. He is a very talented pianist and has played the piano since he was six years-old. His fans love him even though he could be pretty awkward and cheesy on stage.
DOB: 07 March 1990
Height: 178cm

Weight: 60kg
Blood Type: A

Best known for his: Sharp features & nose

Lee Hong Gi (이홍기) - Lead Vocalist
Hong Gi first debuted as a child actor but later decided to be a singer. He has appeared in KBS2's kids drama "Magic Kid Masuri" and MBC's TV drama "Bingjun". On EBS TV, he appeared in numerous dramas such as "Ggangsuni" and was nicknamed "EBSHongstar". He has kept the name Hongstar ever since.
DOB: 02 March, 1990
Height: 176cm

Weight: 60kg
Blood Type: AB

Best known for his: Smiling eyes & bright smile

Lee Jae Jin (이재진) - Bassist
In 2007, Jae Jin landed the prominent acting role in the KBS drama "Unstoppable Marriage". Since then, his individual popularity has soared. He is known to be the smart and serious one. But he is not like that all the time, and can often be seen goofing around with his fellow bandmember Hong Gi.
DOB: 17 December 1991
Height: 177cm

Weight: 58kg

Blood Type: A

Best known for his: Lips

Choi Min Hwan (최민환) - Drummer
The baby of the group gets to play the drums! Barely 16 years-old, he has been playing the drums since age 12. Min Hwan's favourite food is chicken and he usually poses for the camera with his "double peace sign".
DOB: 11 November 1992
Height: 171cm

Weight: 55kg

Blood Type: A
Best known for his: Cuteness

Song Seung Hyun (송승현)
DOB: August 21, 1992
The latest edition to the band (he replaces Oh Won-bin) sings vocals, raps and plays the guitar.

Oh Won Bin announced that he has left the group in January 2009. He enrolled in Gyeonggi University to continue his studies.

New member Song Seung-hyun joined FT Island as Won-bin's replacement.

Former member:
Oh Won Bin (오원빈) - Guitar, vocals, rap
Won Bin is not only skilled in music, but also in martial arts. He is an accomplished kickboxer and has been training since childhood. He is know to be the tough and macho one in the group.
DOB: 26 March 1990

Height: 180cm

Weight: 63kg
Blood Type: O

Best known for his: Smiling eyes, muscular arms and toned abs

Go to the F.T. Island official site where you will be greeted with the soothing sounds of lapping waves...

Update Jan 2009: Guitarist Oh Won-bin has left the group and is replaced by Song Seung-hyun.

FT Island Special Album - The Refreshment

Get F.T. Island's Cheerful Sensibility on YesAsia!

More on F.T. Island

References: Wikipedia,
Pics credit: Newsen, FT Island Official Website


Anonymous said...

holy moly all these kiddies are younger than me by YEARS!!! none of them were born in the 80's at all! I know Asians generally look younger than their age but my gosh, it's getting harder and harder to guess ages. Seems like the trend is making guys looking 'older' now....or is that just me?

Joe said...

90,91 and 92??? they are darn young..

Rachel said...

I discovered this guys just over a month ago. Love them! :) Proud nuna fan. I'm 24. Any chance they'd come to Chicago? :P I can barely speak any Korean, but that doesn't matter.

Liz said...

Goodness, I still can't tell them apart *hits head against wall*.

meiruo_chan said... k-popped is into FT Island right now? Well, yeah since they're coming here.

Woho...won bin is a kick boxer? Didn't know that. No wonder he has nice bod for the young age.

Anonymous said...

yeahhhhh ft island!!! i totally am going for the concert this sunday..cannot cannot wait!
i love them all~~
jaejin is super goofy with hongki

|| Lyññ || said...

oh wow!!
No wonder they were 3 HOURS late for the meet-the-fan session at Cineleisure... The MCs were really bad and mean AND RUDE !! except Saimon-san... but some ppl behind me got really pissed cuz he only spoke in Cantonese... one malays girl behind me was really kind enough to keep quiet and listen to what he was saying... thanks to the sreaming of the girls behind me, I couldn't hear what he was saying... ughhh...

BUT... the 3 hours wait was worth it... ^^
Got to see them UP CLOSE !!
but unlucky for the others... they only let a few ppl (
not frm the fan club) to get their signature... AND THEY CAN ONLY GET ONE !! can't choose... sad right???
the fan club got ALL of their signatures...
oh.. Honggi appeared on stage with some funky glasses and his hair was tied up...

the meet-the-fan session was like saying hello... introducing themselves then another 1 minute of talking and they were off!!
Then only they came back for the autograph session...

I thought CI was the bad organiser... but according to another fan there, she said that it's FT's management... same like SM... lol...

You should really improve this...

Anonymous said...

U want to know I cannot see them because my father ask me to follow him to kl so sad right.....

Anonymous said...

And I can`t go to FT Island concert because the ticket finish.... I hope I can them in other year... I miss them...

Anonymous said...

hahaha!!! onli found out bout these guys few wks ago n now i got all their songs LOL hehe they are all bout my age....

reyy said...

wonbin's left the group already
miss him lots really )=
i think this page deserves
a little sprucing up no?

Anonymous said...

I jus luv em specially Jae Jin opa n Min Hwan opa SARANGHAE

Sofia said...

Jaejin's birthday isn't 18th december but 17th december 1991.

Orchid said...

Sofia, kamsahamnida!! :-D

darialois said...

haha, i totally used this article as a source for my paper on FTI in summer school.

Orchid said...

@darialois * Thumbs up! * Hope you do well!


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