Who is TNX? PSY’s P Nation to debut first K-pop group with 'LOUD' winners in May
We finally have concrete information about the highly-anticipated debut of P Nation’s first K-pop group. Back in 2021, we got the ambitious K-pop survival show ‘LOUD’ in which participants competed to either debut with PSY’s label P Nation or JYPE. In the end, PSY and JYP both chose their winners that would get to debut in their respective labels. JYPE’s ‘LOUD’ group is yet to reveal its group name, has five members, and is set to debut in the first half of 2022. As for P Nation’s ‘LOUD’ group, there has been much chatter.
P Nation’s ‘LOUD’ first turned heads for including Koki, a 12-year-old boy. While in the past, idols have debuted at the tender age of 14 like f(x)’s Krystal and SHINee’s Taemin, the general public is against young children going through the rigorous training required in K-pop and exposure to the dark and toxic side of the industry. In January, P Nation then shared that Koki would no longer debut with the boy group but would continue his training till he was ready. In the meantime, the 'LOUD' group has a debut date and has been named TNX.
Tanaka Koki: Youngest K-pop rookie, 12, won't debut anymore with PSY's boy group LOUD
2022 K-pop debuts: Viviz, NMIXX, Tempest and other idol groups worth watching
TNX gets debut date
While fans were sad to see Koki go, they are excited for TNX’s journey in K-pop. TNX, which is short for ‘The New Six’ will debut with their first music project on May 17 at 6 pm KST (4 am ET). They are the first K-pop group from P Nation. Formed by legendary soloist PSY, the label has signed on talented soloists and K-pop idols who deserved a second chance like Jessi, Hyuna, and Dawn. P Nation proved its range and diversity by also roping in indie rappers like Penomeco and Swings. PSY also gives them full freedom to go with whatever concept they like, whether it's risque or eccentric and so fans are excited to see TNX’s debut.
The six members of TNX
We got the first teaser of TNX as P Nation released an official logo. The metal and engraved image hints at a powerful concept with the label sharing that the group is going for a cold and intense aura.
Now with six members, TNX will be led by Choi Taehun. He was previously a trainee under YG’s The Black Label, home to soloist Jeon Somi.
The oldest member is Woo Kyungjun who is 20 years old and has lived in Australia.
Jang Hyunsoo was almost eliminated but PSY saved him during the fifth round.
Cheon Junhyeok was interested in becoming a ballad singer but decided to focus on hip-hop so he could debut with P Nation.
Eunhwi was much loved by both PSY and JYP and received offers from them but he ended up choosing PSY's label.
Oh Sungjun is the newest maknae (youngest) and was also vied by both labels before he chose PSY’s P Nation.