Monsta X

Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Monsta X was formed in 2014 by Starship Entertainment. The group was put together through a survival reality show No Mercy.

During the show, 13 trainees have to compete against one another to earn a spot in the new group.

In the end, seven of them became part of Monsta X. The seven of them are Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, I.M., and Wonho.

The name Monsta X has the meaning of monsters taking over the K-pop world. The other meaning is My Star since Mon is My in French. While the X refers to an unknown existence.

The new boy group made its debut in May 2015. They released the EP Trespass with seven tracks on it. The EP managed to get to number 5 on Gaon Album Chart.

Following their successful debut, Monsta X went on to release more EPs. This includes the first two of The Clan trilogy; The Clan Pt. 1 Lost (May 2016) and The Clan Pt. 2 Guilty (October 2016).

To finish off the series, they released their first studio album The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter in March 2017.

The album debuted on top of the Billboard’s World Album Chart. The title track Beautiful also managed to chart on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales at number four.

Monsta X has also made a career in Japan. For this, they signed with Mercury Records Tokyo in 2017.

The group then released their first Japanese single album which includes the Japanese version of Hero and Stuck.

The album was well received. Hero in particular peaked at number two on Oricon’s Single chart and Billboard Japan’s chart.

In October 2019, one of the members, Wonho decided to part ways with Monsta X. He was dealing with allegations of drug use and debt.

As to not drag the group’s name down, Wonho made the decision to leave. The idol was eventually cleared of any allegations and restarted his career as a solo artist.

With the departure of Wonho, Monsta X continued on as a six members band. They released several more EPs and albums, including Fatal Love in 2020.

Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Monsta X Members

1. Shownu

Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Profile

  • Real Name: Sohn Hyun Woo (손현우)
  • Stage Name: Shownu (셔누)
  • Nickname: Showtle, Robot Shownu
  • Birthday: June 18, 1992
  • Birthplace: Changdong, Donbonggu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
  • Height: 181cm (5’11”)
  • Weight: 74 kg (162 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: Listening to music.
  • Instagram: @shownuayo

Facts

  • Shownu used to be a back-up dancer. He wouldn’t mind to have a career as one but eventually became an idol under Starship Entertainment.
  • He is friends with the GOT7 members and SISTAR’s Soyou.
  • The K-pop idol would love to do collaboration with Soyou.
  • He often uses his toes to pick up things, especially when lying down.
  • He wears shorts when sleeping.
  • The talented dancer is very confident with his looks.
  • His arms are his best feature.
  • He is involved in creating the group’s choreographies.
  • Among all the members, Shownu is the most hardworking.
  • He describes himself as a cow.

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2. Minhyuk

Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Profile

  • Real Name: Lee Min-hyuk (이민혁)
  • Stage Name: Minhyuk (민혁)
  • Nickname: –
  • Birthday: November 3, 1993
  • Birthplace: Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Sub Vocalist, Visual
  • Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
  • Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: –
  • Instagram: @go5rae

Facts

  • Minhyuk was the last member to be announced as part of Monsta X in No Mercy.
  • He learned to speak Satori from his parents despite living in Seoul.
  • His mother was a volleyball player. She is very tall and the K-pop idol took after her.
  • He always lights up the mood with his fun personality. He has been said to be the soul of Monsta X.
  • The man from Gwangju jokes around a lot.
  • He always wants to be an MC of musical shows and appears on variety shows.
  • He uses corrective lenses.
  • Minhyuk always has his iPad near him.
  • He can’t swim.
  • He finds it difficult to wake up after sleeping.

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3. Kihyun

Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Profile

  • Real Name: Yoo Ki Hyun (유기현)
  • Stage Name: Kihyun (기현)
  • Nickname: Cutie, Kirange, Tinie
  • Birthday: November 22 1993
  • Birthplace: Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Main Vocalist
  • Height: 174.8 cm (5’9″)
  • Weight: 62 kg (137 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer
  • Education: Dong’Ah Institute of Media and Arts.
  • Hobbies: Dancing, Hanging out with friends
  • Instagram: @yookihhh

Facts

  • Kihyun is said to be the best vocalist in the group.
  • He is the third trainee to be announced as Monsta X member.
  • He has an older brother who lives in Japan.
  • The man from Goyang has a baby niece that he really loves.
  • He loves writing lyrics and composing songs. He is already involved in composing some of the group’s songs.
  • The talented singer is able to play instruments like guitar and piano.
  • He would love to do a duet with fellow member Hyungwon.
  • He can speak English and a bit Mandarin.
  • Among all the members, Kihyun is the best cook because he has an experience as chef.
  • His specialty is cooking ramen.

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4. Hyungwon

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Profile

  • Real Name: Chae Hyung Won (채형원)
  • Stage Name: Hyungwon (형원)
  • Nickname: Dooly
  • Birthday: January 15, 1994
  • Birthplace:  Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper, Visual, Center
  • Height: 182 cm (6’0″)
  • Weight: 60 kg (132 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: Modeling, Shopping
  • Instagram: @coenffl

Facts

  • Hyungwon was the fourth member to be announced as part of Monsta X during the show No Mercy.
  • He is part of 93 liners despite being born in 1994 because his birthday was before Seollal (Lunar New Year).
  • He moved to Seoul at 19.
  • The K-pop idol has thick lips.
  • He is said to be like a corpse when sleeping. He can sleep up to 29 hours.
  • Hyungwon is a calm and quiet person.
  • In 2015, he was in SURE Magazine for July edition.
  • He was endorsed by clothing brand LITMUS in 2015.
  • The Capricorn man is very handsome and even made Hyorin surprised.
  • He has lots of confidence in his dancing skill. He learned it in JoyDance Academy.

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5. Joohoney

Joohoney - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Profile

  • Real Name: Lee Joo Heon (이주헌)
  • Stage Name: Joohoney
  • Nickname: –
  • Birthday: October 6, 1994
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea.
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Main Rapper, Sub Vocalist
  • Height: 177 cm (5’10″)
  • Weight: 67 kg (148 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Rapper, Songwriter
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: Playing video games, Going out with friends, Watching movies
  • Instagram: @joohoneywalker
  • Soundcloud: 주 honey

Facts

  • Joohoney spent his childhood growing up in Daegu despite being born in Seoul.
  • He looks up to Michael Jackson.
  • He is said to be the best rapper compared to other trainees.
  • The man from Seoul has teamed up with San E and Hyorin to release a single.
  • He is involved in song writing and production.
  • He also wants to help in creating album jackets and music videos.
  • During his trainee days, Joohoney was featured in MadClown’s single.
  • Other than Korean, he can also speak in English.
  • He wears personally mixed fragrant baby powder instead of cologne.
  • The man born in 1994 is someone who doesn’t really understand dirty humor or jokes.

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6. I.M

I.M - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Profile

  • Real Name: Im Chang Kyun (임창균)
  • Stage Name: I.M (아이엠)
  • Nickname: Kookang
  • Birthday: January 26, 1996
  • Birthplace: Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Maknae
  • Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
  • Weight: 63 kg (139 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Rapper, Songwriter
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: Writing songs, Hanging out with friends
  • Instagram:  @imnameim
  • Soundcloud:  I.M

Facts

  • I.M was the sixth member to be confirmed as part of Monsta X in the show No Mercy.
  • He looks up to his father.
  • He used to live abroad because of his father’s job as a scientist.
  • The Aquarius man lived for four years in Israel and three years in Boston.
  • His English name is Daniel. When living in Boston, he is called Danny.
  • He had wanted to have a career in science and education.
  • The K-pop idol is fluent in English.
  • He loves traveling.
  • His favorite place is Osaka in Japan.
  • He is the most quiet in the dorm among all the members.

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Former Member

1. Wonho

Wonho - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Profile

  • Real Name: Lee Ho Seok (이호석), also known as Shin Ho Seok (신호석)
  • Stage Name: Wonho (원호)
  • Nickname: Bunny
  • Birthday: March 1, 1993
  • Birthplace: Sanbon-dong, Gunpo, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual
  • Height: 178 cm (5’10”)
  • Weight: 77 kg (170 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: Going out with friends, Playing video games
  • Facebook: Wonho
  • Twitter: @official_wonho
  • Instagram: @iwonhoyou
  • Tiktok: @official_wonho
  • Youtube: WONHO / ohhoho 오호호
  • Fan Cafe: Official Wonho
  • V Live: 원호 (WONHO)

Facts

  • Wonho looks up to Kanye West.
  • He was an ulzzang.
  • He has a fear of height.
  • The singer does swim and Taekwondo.
  • He is a big eater and can eat up to eight bowls of rice.
  • Some of his favorite foods are chicken breast, ramen, and cold noodles in summer.
  • He doesn’t like eating  pickled radish.
  • He loves going to rabbit park on his down time.
  • Wonho watches shows on Netflix in order to improve his English.
  • He uses the Lost Cherry perfume.

Monsta X has made truly an incredible career for themselves. They always deliver on their music and performances. No wonder so many people idolize them.

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