CNBLUE is returning! Members Jung Yonghwa, Kang Minhyuk, and Lee Jungshin have finished up their military duty as of March 2020. However due to coronavirus restrictions the band has not been able to tour or play live shows since then. But now the three members are planning other activities upcoming at the end of 2020.
CNBLUE members: what are they doing since their discharge from the military?
Yonghwa has been the most active of the band since his discharge in November 2019. He released an album in Japan, Feel The Y’s City, in early 2020 and before coronavirus shut down most live music venues he played concerts in Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand.
In May Yonghwa also released a track in South Korea, a collaboration with fellow 2nd generation idols Kwanghee (ZE:A), Dujun (Beast/Highlight), and Lee Joon (MBLAQ). This is the first release in his Reply project, with another track due by the end of 2020.
From March to September Yonghwa was a fixed cast member on the first season of the variety show K-Trot in Town. He performed several memorable songs on the show. Covers of One Million Roses, Seul Woon-do’s Sister, and Cho Yong-pil’s Short Hair. Of course he also sang versions of CNBLUE songs I’m Sorry and Can’t Stop. Fans were especially excited about his duet with a trot queen Joo Hyun-Mi. They performed Lady Gaga’s Shallow, which features their strong and emotional blended vocals.
To see all of Yonghwa’s Ktrot In Town performances go here.
Yonghwa will next appear in the film P1H: The Beginning of A New World which will be released in October. Along with Yonghwa the movie will focus on the soon-to-debut boy group P1Harmony. The science fiction film follows the group as it searches for hope in the time of a virus that creates anger and violence.
As anticipated CNBLUE is returning to the drama world as well. Minhyuk is also returning to acting, in the web drama How To Be Thirty, based on the webtoon by Seo Ji Won. In the romantic drama Minhyuk will play the charming and handsome Lee Seung Yoo, a publishing company manager who is paired with Jung In Sun, as a webtoon author. And alongside such notable actors as Hani and Song Jae Rim. The drama will premiere on Kakao M, a new video platform from the South Korean messaging app KakaoTalk.
Jungshin is also appearing in a web drama, Summer Guys, which began filming in August. The drama follows four friends as they revive an old cocktail bar on Jeju Island. Jungshin plays Seon Woochan, 29 year-old foreign exchange dealer.
Behind-the-scenes clips show Jungshin expertly spinning liquor bottles and cocktail mixing spoons in his rehearsals for the drama.
Tumble… Tumble… Tumble.— STAY to STILL 622 || ALWAYS 622 (@yonghwazepam) September 6, 2020
Woahhh… his moves are graceful. Bruh if I saw Shinnie doing this and I don’t know him… I’ll think he is indeed a bartender. 😮👏👏
Great Job Shinnie! Hihi~ 🤭💕#LeeJungShin#CNBLUE#SummerGuys pic.twitter.com/go4QrbzF1X
Summer Guys will have ten episodes of 30 minutes each and will launch online later in 2020.
Communicate via New App
What about some chit chat? CNBLUE is returning to communicating with fans. All three members also recently became active on the new app Bubble for FNC, where they post messages, photos, and clips for fans. Fans have also created many groupchats dedicated to CNBLUE and individual members, with the largest chats having hundreds of participants. Groupchats are free but there is a fee to subscribe to messages from each of the CNBLUE members.
Fans of course are hoping to hear new CNBLUE music soon, but until then they will have a lot of CNBLUE actor-dol content to keep them happy.