Buzz (Hangul: 버즈) is a South Korean band best known for its emotional rock ballads. The group, which debuted in 2003, currently consists of members Yoon Woo-hyun, Min Kyung-hoon, Son Sung-hee, Kim Ye-joon, and Shin Joon-ki.
Buzz’s song “Gliding” (활주) was used as the Korean opening to the popular Japanese anime, Naruto. Their song “Fighting Spirit” (투지) was also used as another Korean opening to Naruto.
In July 2007, the band officially went on hiatus as four of the band members began, or had already begun, to serve the 26 month mandatory service in the South Korean Army required of all South Korean men. Min Kyung-hoon, the vocalist of the group proceeded in a solo career while the anticipated fourth album was due to be completed once the band completed their duties. A new vocalist, Na Do-Kyun, was auditioned at a later stage. After Na left the group, he debuted with HISTORY, a male group under LOEN Entertainment that has since disbanded.
Buzz’s major success in 2006 was marked by three of the band’s songs reaching the MTV-Korea top 10 list in a mere week, consecutively- “My Love,” “My Darling,” and “남자를 몰라” (You don’t know men). In addition, the song “은인” (Savior) made it to the top 14 list. There were scandals among fans that in the 2006 winter discography awards in Korea, that their songs were not considered by the officials for they were a group which worked its way to the top, unlike many other singers/groups and that they did not “pay up”.
The beginning dates back to 1998. Buzz’s guitarist, Son Sung-hee, played the guitar since middle school and wanted to create a band. At that time, though, dance music had been dominating the Korean music scene with the advent of Seo Tai-ji and Boys in 1992. Son was further inspired to follow his own route, though, when he heard of Kim Ye-jun, who would become Buzz’s future drummer and was popular for playing the drums very well at Sangmun High School, a neighboring school.
After the two spent a year as a band made up of only guitars and drums, Son and Kim happened to hear about the story of Aiwon Entertainment, which was then a small, unknown company that had no other singers. Aiwon suggested working with Son and Kim to fill the rest of the band. Eventually, Son and Kim decided to work for Aiwon Entertainment, and met with the Yun Woo-Hyun, who signed the contract with Aiwon before the two. After some time, they hired Shin Jun-ki and Park Jung-hun.
In 2000, the pop-rock band Buzz was formed. They were not a band created by their agency, but rather a band formed by the long-activated youths in the underground market who all had the wish to perform in a band.
Buzz made their official debut with “Morning Of Buzz” on October 11, 2003. In their third album “Perfect”, the song “You Don’t Know Men” was well received. On May 17, 2007, Buzz disbanded temporarily due to the members’ military service. Min was confirmed to continue solo activities while the members are serving the military. On June 25, 2007, Buzz released their last single, “Love Is My Heart, Part 2”.
On April 8, 2014, following the members’ discharge from the military service, Buzz announced their comeback. The digital single “Summer of the Eight Years” and “Train” were not received well, but the event was hot to Buzz. On November 26, 2014, Buzz’s 4th album “Memorize” was released.
In 2017, Buzz released a new album called “Be One”. The title song, “The Love,” charted very well on Korean music charts and its music video on YouTube has reached 12 million views as of date.
On December 14, 2018, Buzz released a new mini album called “<15>”. The title song is “척”. Their other songs in their playlist are “너의 이름은”, “돈키호테”, “너 밖에 없다”, and “손깍지”.
Yoon Woo-hyun, who plays guitar in Buzz, got married with Rumble Fish’s vocalist Choi Jin Yi (최진이) on March 26, 2017. They composed the theme song for the SBS drama 《장옥정, 사랑에 살다》 together.
Son Sung-hee got married on May 13, 2017.
Son Sung-hee and Shin Joon-ki organized a rock band named ‘4th FLOOR’.