A.C.E (Hangul: 에이스; acronym for Adventure Calling Emotions) is a South Korean boy group formed by Beat Interactive. The group consists of five members: Jun, Donghun, Wow, Kim Byeongkwan and Chan. The group gained attention with their covers on YouTube of groups such as BTS and Blackpink before officially debuting on May 23, 2017, with the single “Cactus”.
Jun trained under Jellyfish Entertainment alongside VIXX for a short period of time, before transferring to CJ E&M. Chan was previously a member of the dance crew Alive87 which specialised in popping.
The members also appeared in many YouTube videos for 1 Million Dance Studio. Beginning in 2016, the group began posting covers and buskings on their YouTube channel, gaining traction among the international community. Their first video, a dance cover of BTS’ “Dope” and “I Need U” they performed on the streets of Hongdae, currently has four million views.
On May 23, 2017, A.C.E released their debut single album Cactus, a Hardstyle song produced by Zoobeater Sound. that they dedicated to their fans.
On September 18, 2017, it was announced that Jun had joined KBS’ survival show The Unit, with Chan later being announced to join as well.
A.C.E released their second single album Callin’ on October 19, 2017.
In October 2017, members Donghun, Wow, and Kim Byeongkwan participated in JTBC’s survival show Mix Nine where they passed the audition, receiving praise for their performances and abilities by Yang Hyun-suk. In the show’s finale, Kim Byeongkwan and Donghun ranked 4th 8th, respectively, earning them a spot in the debut line-up of the male team, while Wow ranked 11th. The male team later won the competition, receiving a score of 8,114 and earning them the chance to debut.
On February 10, 2018, Chan took the ninth and last spot in the debut group for Unit B in the finale of The Unit while Jun was eliminated at 21st before the final round.
On March 15, 2018, the group released a special single titled “5TAR (Incompletion)”, with the song serving as a gift to fans after their brief hiatus to join The Unit and MixNine.
On April 7, 2018, Chan officially debuted in UNB on You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook.
On May 2, 2018, it was announced that the debut of the TOP9 from Mix Nine, including Kim Byeongkwan and Donghun, had been cancelled. Following the cancellation, it was announced that A.C.E, excluding Chan, would comeback with a repackaged album on June 7.
On June 7, 2018, A.C.E released their repackaged album, A.C.E Adventures in Wonderland, with their title track “Take Me Higher”.