F.T. Island (Korean: 에프티 아일랜드)
Five Treasure Island, or FTI, is the name of the band .
The name F.T. Island stands for ‘Five Treasure Island’, each of the five members being a treasure. The band’s official color is sunshine yellow, and their fans carry yellow flags known as “pentasticks.” Their debut album, Cheerful Sensibility, made the sixth best-selling album of 2007 in South Korea. Their official fanclub is “Primadonna”.
F.T. Island’s first album was scheduled to be released commercially in May 2007. However, instead of releasing the album as planned, all of the members appeared on a television program called “Dugeun Dugeun Yeochinmandeulgi” (Korean: 두근두근 여친만들기) on the Korean television channel MNet. The program title is officially translated by MNet as “Wanna Be My Girlfriend?” although “두근두근” refers to the sound a heart makes. The band also performed on stage live at Rolling Hall and held their first official showcase at Live House Melon-AX, Gwangjang-dong in Seoul on May 27, 2007. On June 7, 2007 F.T. Island performed their debut song on the music television program M!Countdown. They received their first #1 M!Countdown and beat other top artists such as Dynamic Duo and Fly To The Sky just 2 weeks after debuting.
Their first album Cheerful Sensibility combined 13 songs that can be divided into 2 parts: “Emotional Chapter” and “FT Island Chapter” respectively according to the style of the song in the album. For the “Emotional Chapter”, the genre is rock ballad oriented which produced by the composers who work for many songs of famous Korean singer such as SG Wannabe. The other part, “FT Island Chapter”, tend to be the upbeat pop-rock oriented style, which was produced by the Japanese famous composers participating with the Japanese band, SMAP. The album sold 79,786 copies in 2007, making it the sixth best-selling album of the year.
The album was re-released on December 3, 2007 and it was named “The Refreshment”. In addition to three extra songs, the package also included various extras, including a photobook, a stack of photocards, and a mixing program called Music 2.0 which allows one to adjust the levels of the instruments and vocals accordingly. This edition sold 25,724 copies in December 2007
The group was scheduled to hold their first concert in Malaysia on March 30, 2008, at Sunway Lagoon Amphitheater. On the day before the concert, they held an autograph session at Damansara Cineleisure. A special version of their debut album was released in mid-February. However, the concert was suddenly cancelled, with no explanation given.
On April 12, 2008, the group held their first concert in Thailand, at the Royal Paragon Hall. In addition to playing material from their album, each member of the group had their own solos as well.
F.T. Island’s Japanese debut album, entitled Prologue of FT Island, was released on June 7, 2008, with the first single released being “Soyogi”. The album consists of 8 songs, 2 of which are newer versions of the original songs “FT Island” and “Primadonna”. The last track, “Always Be Mine”, is an English version of “First Kiss”. However, the lyrics are not translated, but completely original. Music videos were also released for “Soyogi” and “Friendship”.
Return to Korea
Their second Korean album, Colorful Sensibility, was released on August 27, 2008. A follow-up EP, Colorful Sensibility Part 2, was released on October 17, 2008.
Japanese Single Release
Later that year, on December 17, F.T. Island released “The One”, their first Japanese single, which hit #9 on the Oricon daily charts. F&C Music stated that although other Korean bands utilized the assistance of large Japanese record labels to gain popularity, F.T. Island was able to make it onto the charts without any true marketing efforts. It was the last official released CD with Oh Won Bin, as a member of FT Island.
Regrouping, Jump Up
Rumors had been circulating that speculated that member Oh Won Bin would be leaving the group. On January 28, 2009, the rumors were confirmed as it was announced that he would indeed be leaving the group and would soon be replaced.  It was announced a day later that F&C trainee Song Seung Hyun would be joining F.T. Island as a guitarist and backup vocalist, and that an album would be released in February. In the weekend of the 6th week, the Music Video of their Mini-Album title song “Bad Woman” was revealed online. They performed on SBS Inkigayo. Two days later was the official release date of the Mini-Album Jump Up.
Return to Japan
On 22 April, F.T. Island released their 2nd Japanese Single. For the first time, members participated with lyrics and production. Member Lee Jae Jin co-wrote the 2nd song “Moonlight Angel” and leader Choi Jong Hoon co-produced this song. I Believe Myself is the 1st Japanese Single with member Song Seung Hyun. They will have several performances in Japan in this summer.
F.T. Island will be touring parts of Asia which include Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and so on to promote themselves in the summer of 2009. The showcases kicked off in Singapore during 25th June 2009 to 27th June 2009. 
2nd Comeback – 3rd Album – “Cross & Change”
Already in end-May the members revealed in interviews their plans for a 3rd album around July-August and tighten it during the Singapore showcase. So on the 9th July, F&C Music released a jacket photo for the upcoming 3rd album called “Cross & Change”. On the following day, a MV teaser was released online featuring kids watching ”their” idols (played by the members it selves) on TV. The title song is called “I hope”. Release date is the 16th July.
According to the information on the jacket photo, FT Island will try out new music styles in “Cross & Change”, which are different from the past pieces of music. Furthermore, it includes in total 12 songs with a wide range of types of songs – From moving ballads to addictive songs with a bright melody. In case of fashion styles, FT Island carried out a 360° turn. This time they’re using a “retro style”, using so-called “Bokgo”, which is inspired during the “jeans jeans look”-time from the 80’s.
2002 – 2005
Member Lee Hong Gi debuted 6 years ago on a kid’s sitcom KBS2’s Magic Kid Masuri as the main character, Masuri. This sitcom gained explosive popularity among elementary school students. He also participated into “Neh Sontob Kkeuteh Bichi Nama Issuh”. Also in Kangsooni, where he played a role named Kang Soo Bong. He also sang the OST of this children sitcom.
Member Lee Jae Jin was a castmember of KBS’s sitcom Unstoppable Marriage. The other members made a cameo appearance. In this sitcom Lee Jae Jin plays the role of Wang Sa Baek (Sim Mal Yeon’s fourth son), and appeared regularly on the show.
FT Island also hosted the second MBCEvery1’s Idol Show. In total there are 13 episodes. Hong Ki has also been on many other shows, such as Becoming a Good Daddy (SBS) (2008 – 2009), Monwonaehangbok (Happy Shares Company)(2007) (MBC), Family Outing (SBS).
Hongki was also meant to star in the drama, ‘God of Study’ in December 2009. However, due to certain issues, the drama has since been put on hold.
Lee Hong Ki is currently hosting SBS’s music show Inkigayo .
It was announced, that Choi Min Hwan is a cast member of the drama The Road Home with a minor role, which is airing on KBS1. He attended the press conference on the January 7, 2009. The drama started airing on January 12.
On March 11, 2009, it was announced that Lee Jae Jin will participate into the musical Sonagi. He will get the role as a young boy. He was cast because he “showed a great passion for the piece, had the image of a sincere young boy, and had the qualifications to be considered a musical actor”. He follows the footsteps of Big Bang’s SeungRi, who already participated in the musical in summer 2008. His first appearance in “Sonagi” was on the show for the 1st May with an agitation from the press. Other than Hongki, who had a tight schedule that day, all of the other members managed to attend the musical.
On June 25, F.T Island arrived in Singapore for their showcase on June 27. For one hour, the five members performed their hit songs from their latest album, including ‘Bad Woman’, to a full house of 900 fans from different countries. The band left Singapore on a overnight flight on June 27 after the showcase ended.
The cosmetic brand Baviphat announced on 26 June that all FT Island members are the new models for the men’s skin care line-up. At the same time, Lee Hong Ki was casted for the musical “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (한 여름밤의 꿈), which is scheduled to run from 26 August to 31 August.
On June 29, Choi Jong Hun featured in Core Contents Media’s soloist, Hong Jin Young’s music video for Love Battery, as one of the main characters.
|Name||Lee Hong Gi (Korean: 이홍기)|
|Birthday||March 2, 1990(age 19)|
|Lunar Birthday||February 6, 1990(age 19)|
|Education||Seongji High School (Korean: 성지고등학교)Attending Kyung Hee University since March 2009, majoring in Drama and Theatre|
|Position in band||Main Vocal|
|Other works||Acting debut in 2002 in KBS2 Magic Kid Masuri (매직키드 마수리) as main role|
|Name||Choi Jong Hoon (Korean: 최종훈)|
|Birthday||March 7, 1990(age 19)|
|Education||Shindongshin Middle Information Industry High School (Korean: 신동신정보산업고등학교)Attending Gyeonggi University since March 2009, majoring in Digital Music|
|Position in band||Piano, Guitar, Leader of the band|
|favorite day||January 6|
|Name||Lee Jaejin (Korean: 이재진)|
|Birthday||December 17, 1991(age 17)|
|Education||Seonyoo High School (Korean: 선유고등학교)|
|Position in band||Bass, Vocal|
|Other Work||Acting debut in 2007 KBS2 daily sitcom Unstoppable Marriage as Wang Sa Baek (왕사백)
Musical acting debut in 2009 in “Sonagi”
|Name||Song Seunghyun (Korean: 송승현)|
|Birthday||August 21, 1992(age 16)|
|Position in band||Rapper, Vocal, Guitar|
|Name||Choi Minhwan (Korean: 최민환)|
|Birthday||November 11, 1992(age 16)|
|Education||Eunil Information Industry High School (Korean: 은일정보산업고등학교)|
|Position in band||Drums|
|Other Work||Acting debut in 2009, KBS1 The Road Home|
|Name||Oh Wonbin (Korean: 오원빈)|
|Birthday||March 26, 1990 (age 19)|
|Education||Seongji High School (Korean: 성지고등학교)Attending Gyeonggi University since March 2009, majoring in Digital Music|
|Position in band||Soft Vocalist, Rapper, Guitarist, Harmonicist|
During the Gayo Daejun’s festival at the very end of 2008, FT Island performed on the festival of SBS. Because of the busy schedule, Hong Ki became ill. He suffered from fatigue, exhaustion and had problems with his voice. But he continued to perform, resulting that he lost his voice gradually. Later on, he fell and was rushed to a hospital where he got medical treatment. Netizens affirmed first that this was “unprofessionalism” of Hong Ki, but then the assumption changed after they knew about his illness. Hong Ki himself felt ashamed with that incident and had publicly apologized to everyone especially “Primadonnas” (FT Island fans) for that incident.
Former Member Oh Won Bin officially left the group on January 28, 2009. F&C Music stated that his withdrawal was because of “differences in music”. Won Bin has said that he is pursuing a solo career and currently in training as a trainee again in the same company.
Youngest member Choi Min Hwan fainted on the 23rd March during shooting his drama.He was quickly taken to the hospital where he got treatment. Nothing serious happened and he was able to leave early the next day. F&C stated, that he had become increasingly tired because of his music activities and his drama. In addition, he had caught a serious cold and seemed to have overworked himself.
There is some doubt as to whether F.T Island is just an idol group, or a true “rock band” as they like to be called, considering that they do not actually play their instruments on music shows such as Music Bank, Popular Song, Music Core, and M! Countdown. However, it has been proven that the band is exceptional with their instruments from separate concerts such as their 2008 Rock Prince concert.
|Album #||Mini-Album #||Album Information||Track Listing|
|1st||–||Vol. 1: Cheerful Sensibility
|–||–||Special Album: The Refreshment
||Special CD1: Emotional Chapter
Special CD2: Island Chapter
|–||–||Prologue of FT Island – Soyogi
|2nd||–||Vol. 2: Colorful Sensibility
|–||–||Vol. 2.5: Colorful Sensibility Part 2
|–||1st||Mini-Album: Jump Up
|3rd||–||Vol. 3: Cross & Change
|Single #||Single Information||Track Listing|
|1st||Japanese Single: The One
|2nd||I Believe Myself
|Album information||Track listing|
|인순이는 예쁘다 OST (In Soon Is Pretty OST)
|못말리는 결혼 OST (Unstoppable Marriage OST)
|온에어 OST (On Air OST)
|연가 2008 OST (special album with SG Wannabe & Choshinsung)