24K (Korean: 투포케이) is a South Korean boy group formed by Choeun Entertainment in 2012. The group currently consists of six active members. They debuted on September 6, 2012 with the extended play Hurry Up.
Prior to the debut of the group, the acoustic pop sub-unit 4K debuted. On January 16 of the following year, 24K began an additional promotion cycle for the record by performing “Secret Love.”
24K released their second mini album U R So Cute on August 1, 2013. A “cute” concept, the title track features a “hard rock guitar sound” mixed with a “European-style house beat.”
Member Dae-il participated in Mnet’s TV show, Dancing 9 Season 2.
24K returned after a 2-year hiatus with the digital single, “Hey You,” along with two new members, Hui and Jinhong.
On October 1, 2015, 24K made a comeback with their third mini album Super Fly and the title track of the same name.
24K had their first European concert in Warsaw, Poland on January 23, 2016 at Progresja Music Zone Main Stage, without Sung-oh. They held a showcase in Malaysia on April 22–24 which was presented by New Pro Star, with Sungoh and Daeil being absent for unknown reasons. On August 1, Choeun Entertainment made an official statement saying that members Daeil and Sungoh would be on hiatus; Sungoh was receiving medical treatment for his dislocated shoulder and Daeil had chosen to take a personal leave, although it was later discovered that Daeil had left the group to debut as a solo artist under the name “Big One”. The statement also revealed that two new members, Changsun and Hongseob, would be added to continue as a seven-member group. 24K released the digital single “Still 24K” on August 11.
On October 21, 24K returned with their first full-length album titled The Real One containing previously released singles “Secret Love,” “Hey You,” “Super Fly,” “Still 24K” and the title track “Bingo.”
24K kicked off their first World tour on December 7, 2016 in 4 Brazilian cities and continued with European tour on January 3, 2017 in Milan, Italy and continued to tour to Helsinki FI, London UK, Warsaw PL, Lisbon PT, Cologne DE, Bucharest RO and finished on January 15, 2017 in Paris, France. Furthermore, in late March 2017 it was announced that 24K would have an encore tour to visit 4 more highly requested countries. The encore tour started on April 2, 2017 in Moscow, Russia and toured to Stockholm Sweden, Madrid Spain and finished on April 9, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
24K released their comeback single and MV “Only You” from their single album Addiction on May 26, 2017.
On November 2, Choeun Entertainment made a statement confirming that as of July 6, 2017, Hui had officially left the group, it was also confirmed that Daeil was no longer a member, and that Sungoh’s future with the company is to be discussed after he completes his mandatory military service. The remaining six members participated in the JTBC’s Survival show Mix Nine.
On May 9, an interview with Billboard revealed that the group’s upcoming EP was set to be released on May 25, with the title track titled Bonnie N Clyde.
Also on May 9, it was revealed that 24K was the only idol group that was put on the blacklist by former president Park Geun-hye. The impeached president put together a blacklist of celebrities to exclude them from receiving any support from the state. The blacklist’s existence was made known in October 2016 before the president’s impeachment, the full list being uncovered in April. A representative of the blacklist declared that the blacklist consisted of those who expressed any sort of support against governmental commands about the Sewol accident and artists who opposed presidential candidates Park Won-soon and Moon Jae-in. The blacklist includes their former manager and members Seokjune, Byungho, Cory, Kisu, and Daeil.
On May 11, the company announced that member Kisu would be enlisting in the military to carry out his military service while the group makes another change to the lineup and add a new member named Kiyong. On May 25, 24K released their fourth EP Bonnie N Clyde.
On January 25, 2019, the company announced that member and leader Cory would be leaving 24k since his exclusive contract with the company has expired and will pursue as being a producer.
Upon debut, 24K employed various genres into its music. On the EP Hurry Up, the record incorporated pop, trance, dubstep, and industrial into its sound. On the second EP U R So Cute, the group incorporated elements of hip hop and electronic dance music into its sound.
Cory has expressed his admiration for hip hop producers Dr. Dre and Teddy Park. Kisu was influenced by Urban Zakapa, which led to his fascination with R&B and soul music.