AlphaBat (Korean: 알파벳; stylized as AlphaBAT) is a South Korean hiphop boy group formed by Simtong Entertainment in 2013. They’re currently under W Entertainment.
AlphaBAT originally debuted in 2012 as a duo (Kyumin & Selin) under the agency YUB Entertainment. After leaving the agency, Kyumin left the group. Selin, now going by the stage name “I:ota”, continued as a member of AlphaBAT, which grew from a duo to a nine-member group under the company Simtong Entertainment.
Although their first performance for AB City was on November 12, 2013, when they recorded the music program Arirang: Simply Kpop, Simtong Entertainment’s preferred official debut date for AlphaBAT was on November 14, 2013, the day AlphaBAT took their performance in M! Countdown. AlphaBAT’s debut music video and song AB CITY was revealed on March 15.
Later, the boys released a second Christmas-themed digital single Surprise Party, revealing the official name of AlphaBAT’s fandom: “Alpha”.
Although their first performance was November 12, 2013, it was revealed that AlphaBAT will soon make their return in late February 2014 with their first mini album: Attention. Days before, they had released a single under the name of Always as a gift to their fans for supporting them. They finally revealed the full MV on the 25th, titled Ttanttara (딴따라).
They returned on August 22, 2014 with their second mini album Answer.
As announced on November 1, 2016 via AlphaBAT Japan’s official Twitter, AlphaBAT has appeared to have switched companies from Korean label Simtong Entertainment to Japanese label Jakol Corporation, along with the (unofficial) departure of members C:ode, D:elta, F:ie, I:ota, and youngest member J:eta who enlisted on November 9. They will be promoting as five members which includes the addition of new member K:appa who was revealed on AlphaBAT Japan’s official Twitter on November 3. A Japanese comeback special was held on December 2. Activities included B:eta E:psilon, G:amma, H:eta, and new member K:appa. Promotions will be without B:eta due to his enlistment.
May 23, 2017 AlphaBAT opened a new official Instagram account, indicating they would soon be restarting activities as a group. On June 8, 2017, AlphaBAT appeared for the first time on Naver’s Vapp channel Idol x Idol.
July 25, 2017, member H:eta announced his enlistment via his personal Instagram account. As a result, AlphaBAT is left with only 4 members. However, it is currently unclear if H:eta will return to the group in 2019 upon completion of his enlistment. July 28, 2017, AlphaBAT released their EP, Get Your Luv, which they had a small showcase for.
On August 7, 2017 AlphaBAT released their music video for their title track, also called Get Your Luv. They also released the dance practice for their title track on the same day.
On November 3, 2017, AlphaBAT performed Get Your Luv on Music Bank, their first time performing the song on a music show.
On October 8 2018, AlphaBAT released a music video for their title track New World. The single album also includes another track called Blockbuster.