Madtown (Hangul: 매드타운), often stylized as MADTOWN, was a South Korean boy group formed in 2014 by J. Tune Camp. The group consisted of Moos, Daewon, Lee Geon, Jota, Heo Jun, Buffy and H.O. Their debut album, Mad Town, was released on October 6, 2014. Two of the members, Moos and Buffy, originally debuted as the hip hop duo Pro C in 2013. Madtown’s official fan-base name is Mad-people. Starting December 22, 2016, Madtown’s contract was sold to GNI Entertainment after J. Tune Camp closed. On The Unit, Daewon and Lee Geon confirmed Madtown’s disbandment.
Earlier-generation groups such as g.o.d, Dynamic Duo and idol groups such as Sistar, VIXX, Secret, BTS, High4 and Jay Park held a banner which had ‘Welcome to Mad Town’ pasted on it, arousing curiosity and suspicion of whether it was an MBLAQ comeback, or the debut of a new boy group. On September 24, 2014, J. Tune Camp finally announced the debut of their second boy group through a teaser image. This marks J. Tune Camp’s boy group debut after five years, and group debut after two years (before Two X left J. Tune Camp). During the next two days, J. Tune Camp started introducing its members, including Moos and Buffy who are members of Pro C which debuted earlier. They started off with threemembers (namely Moos, Daewon and Lee Geon) on the first day and the remaining four members (namely Jota, Heo Jun, Buffy and H.O) on the second day.
The Mad Town members themselves also explained the different style of music that they are specialised in as compared to their senior group and labelmate MBLAQ as well as the members’ personalities when they sat down for an interview.
On October 1, J. Tune Camp uploaded their debut music video teaser on their official YouTube channel. Five days later, J. Tune Camp uploaded their debut music video Yolo on their official YouTube channel. On the same day, J. Tune Camp released their debut EP, titled “Mad Town” digitally. On October 9, they had their debut stage on M Countdown. After which, they released their debut album physically.
They were featured on Mad TV, a reality show which featured their everyday lives. It started through J. Tune Camp’s official YouTube channel on October 30, 2014 and ended on January 30, 2015 including a special Delivery Season.
On March 9, J. Tune Camp uploaded the music video teaser for their new song, “New World”, on their official YouTube channel. Three days later, J. Tune Camp uploaded the full music video for “New World”. On the same day, J. Tune Camp released their second mini album Welcome to Madtown digitally. On March 16, they released their second mini album physically. On November 12, they released their first digital single “OMGT”, which stands for “Oh My God Thanks”.
On June 15, J. Tune Camp officially announced their comeback with a set of new teaser images for their third mini album, Emotion. The music video for the title track, “Emptiness”, was released on June 21 at midnight KST, as well as the mini album itself.
In early 2017, Madtown’s contract was sold to GNI Entertainment after the sudden closing of J. Tune Camp. On September 11, 2017, the members of Madtown filed for an injunction with the Seoul Central District Court against GNI Entertainment to end their exclusive contracts, after the CEO has been arrested for fraud and all of the staff members, including Madtown’s manager, were leaving the company. On November 8, 2017, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of Madtown, stating that the terms of their contracts can no longer be enforced by GNI Entertainment.
On November 6, Madtown’s legal representative announced that the group was preparing to disband. Daewon and Lee Geon joined KBS The Unit. Jota and Heo Jun turned to acting, while Moos went to focus on DJ activities. On November 10, Buffy announced that he was enlisting in the military.
Daewon and Lee Geon confirmed Madtown’s disband during an episode of The Unit.
As of April 2018, Daewon is promoting as a member of UNB, the boy group resulting from the show.In October 2018, Jota signed an exclusive contract with King Kong by Starship to promote as an actor under his real name.Lee Geon signed an exclusive contract with Soribada to promote as an solo singer under new stage name, Lee Woo.