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Infinite (Korean: 인피니트), stylized as INFINITE, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2010 by Woollim Entertainment. The group is composed of Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. Their mini-album New Challenge sold over 160,000 copies in South Korea alone and was one of the best-selling albums of 2013. Their second full album, Season 2, was released in May 2014.
In 2010, Infinite first appeared in a Mnet pre-debut reality show "You Are My Oppa" along with Lovelyz's Jiae
In the same year on June 9, they debuted with their first EP First Invasion with the singles "Come Back Again" and "She's Back". They made their debuted stage on M Countdown on June 10
On January 7, 2011, the band returned with the single Before the Dawn (BTD) from their second EP Evolution.
Their first album Over The Top was released on July 21, 2011 along with the music video of their title track Be Mine (내꺼하자). They received their first music show first place award at M! Countdown on September 1, 2011 and received a "Double Crown" for winning two consecutive #1 places at M! Countdown. Following the success of "Be Mine", Infinite re-released Over The Top as a repackaged album titled Paradise, along with its title track with the same name, on September 26, 2011. On October 9, Infinite came first on Inkigayo for "Paradise." Infinite then won their second trophy with "Paradise" on October 13 on M! Countdown.
Infinite unofficially debuted in Japan with their first Japanese single To-Ra-Wa on January 26, 2011, which was a Japanese version of their Korean debut song, "Come Back Again". Immediately after its release, their Evolution album hit #3 on real-time charts for sales in Korea. The song was the top downloaded ringtone on the daily charts of the K-POP section of Japan’s top mobile website. Infinite released various rental singles including "She's Back", "BTD (Before The Dawn)", and "Nothing's Over" before they officially debuted in Japan.
Infinite made their official Japanese debut with the release of the Japanese version of "BTD" on November 19, 2011. The B-side for the single is "Can U Smile", a remake of a track from their 2nd Mini Album EVOLUTION. It is the 3rd track of their first single album Inspirit.
In December 2011, they released their digital single and their first Christmas song "White Confession".
On March 21, the group released their fourth mini album, titled New Challenge. "Man in Love", the title track of the mini album, won 7 music show awards in its promotion period.
The group released their Japanese debut album, Koi ni Ochiru Toki, on June 6. It took the #1 place on the Oricon’s albums chart for the week of June 3 to 9 with 69,647 copies sold.
The group then released their second single, Destiny, on July 16. The group first performed "Destiny" at the 2013 Mnet 20's Choice Awards on July 18 and began promotional performances on MBC's July 20 episode of Show! Music Core and various music programs.
Infinite began their 1st World Tour named One Great Step on August 9 in Seoul. The tour included 22 shows in Asia, North America, Europe and Dubai. The group concluded their world tour with an encore concert, "One Great Step Returns" in Seoul on February 2014. On November 22, 2013, Infinite won the best male group on MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) 2013 and additionally received the "Sony MDR Worldwide Performer" award.
On January 16, Mnet released a preview for the group's new reality show, "This is INFINITE", and on February 6, the show aired its first broadcast. This was their first variety show as a group since Ranking King in 2012.
After performing in 15 countries for their world tour, "One Great Step", Infinite held an encore concert titled "One Great Step Returns" to wrap up their world tour. The encore concert was held for 2 days on February 28 and March 1 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul. A new sub unit, Toheart, made their debut on March 10.
On April 10, Infinite released The Origin, an instrumental album of the band's most representative songs, and the first album of its kind by a Korean artist. Prior to the release of The Origin, Infinite released the instrumental music video for their song "BTD (Before the Dawn)", which featured never-before-seen footage from the original "BTD" music video.
On May 12, Woollim Entertainment confirmed in an interview with Newsen that Infinite's second studio album, Season 2 will be released on May 21. Prior to the release of the album, Infinite held a showcase in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, titled 1.2.3. The group held the first showcase in Japan on May 19 and Taiwan on May 20 before performing in South Korea on May 21. On May 21, the music video for "Last Romeo" was released. Infinite then made their comeback with the repackaged album Be Back, on July 22. Infinite performed their first live performance of the title song, "Back", on KBS's Music Bank on July 18.
On September 11, the band had their first Billboard No. 1, with their single "Last Romeo" topping the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart, becoming the first Korean act to do so, and also hitting No. 33 on Billboard Twitter Top Tracks.
On December 18, Infinite released the music video their new Japanese single, "Dilemma", composed by renowned Japanese musician and guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei. The single was subsequently released on December 24 and used as the centerpiece of their upcoming "Dilemma Tour" in Japan in early 2015
Infinite embarked on their "Dilemma Tour" on February 1 in Fukoka, with planned concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi. On May 20, Infinite released their teaser for their Japanese single, '24 Hours'.
On April 29, they a revealed promotional video (PV) for 24 Hours. 24 Hours came in third on the Oricon Weekly Chart with 56,266 copies sold.
On June 30, Infinite released comeback teaser photos for the release of new mini album Reality. On July 2, they announced that the track "Bad" would be the title song from Reality, The song itself together with its video was released on July 12, with the release of Reality following on July 13.
On July 21, Infinite released their teaser for Infinite Effect World Tour. Holding a flag with an infinity logo, leader Sung-kyu leads his fellow members through the doors, signaling their invasion into other countries through the teaser video. Through the use of fire in the background, tarot cards, coffins, and zombie face makeup, a dark concept for the tour was implied.
"Infinite Effect" will be the group’s second world tour since One Great Step was held in 2013. The tour kickstarted in Seoul with performances on August 8 and 9. On August 24, the band announced several other stops for the concert. More stops for their second world tour has since been announced.
On November 25, MBC Every1 released some teasers for the group's new reality show, "INFINITE SHOWTIME", and on December 10, the show aired its first broadcast on 6 P.M. KST at MBC Every 1. This was their first variety show as a group since "This Is INFINITE" in 2014.
Infinite will be holding a summer series concert, That Summer 3 in August 2016 in Seoul and Busan.Infinite released digital single That Summer (The Second Story) on July 8.
On August 30, 2016, Infinite released a comeback teaser video for their fall comeback. On September 1, 2016, Infinite released a teaser video of their new logo expansion for the upcoming comeback. It was later revealed that their new mini album would be titled Infinite Only. From September 4 to September 11, Infinite released the individual member's teaser photos and videos. On September 12, Infinite released a group teaser image. On September 13, Infinite released a music video teaser and album track list, revealing the name of the title track The Eye. On September 18, an album preview was uploaded to Woolim's official Youtube channel. The official music video for The Eye was released on September 19, along with the group's sixth mini album Infinite Only.
Infinite H (hangul: 인피니트H) is the first official sub-group of South Korean boy group, Infinite formed under Woollim Entertainment in 2013. The sub-group consists of Infinite members Dongwoo and Hoya. The sub-group debuted with their mini album titled Fly High and released their second EP, Fly Again, on January 26, 2015. They also held a press conference and a showcase on the same day at AX Korea, in Seoul. Promotions for the album started on January 31 on M! Countdown and Music Bank.
Infinite F (hangul: 인피니트F) is a sub-group of South Korean boy group Infinite, formed under Woollim Entertainment in 2014, consisting of Infinite members Sungyeol, L and Sungjong. They first performed as an unofficial unit at Infinite's 1st Inspirit Inauguration on August 17. The trio did a cover of Orange Caramel's "Bangkok City" which was well received by fans and officially announced at the One Great Step Returns encore concert, held February 28 and March 1. Infinite F performed a new song, titled "Heartbeat" on the concert.
On November 25, the album cover for Azure was revealed, closely followed by the announcement that Infinite F would be debuting in Korea the following week. On November 30, Infinite F debuted in Korea with their first single album, Heartbeat. The sub-group made their official music show debut on Music Bank on December 5.