ZE:A (제국의 아이들, also known as Children of Empire) is a nine-member boy group formed in 2010 by Star Empire Entertainment.
Under the name Child of Empire, following their appearance on Mnet's Office Reality , the group gained attention by performing various guerilla shows and creating UCC (user created content) videos. They have also appeared in a documentary-styled show Star Empire, and later getting their own documentary show titled Empire Kids Returns, showing them performing in wingcar performances around Seoul and training. The group faced controversy in December following the similarities of the group's name to Brown Eyed Girls's JeA. The group later changed the pronunciation of the name to avoid implications.
2010: Debut with "Nativity", "Leap for Detonation", Japanese debut
Releasing teasers beforehand, the group debuted with their first single-album, "Nativity" under the name ZE:A, on January 7, 2010. Immediately they garnered attention, reaching number one on both the "Album Chart" and "Artist Chart" on Daum on their debut day.
2011: Lovability, "Exciting!"
The group made a comeback on March 2011 with their first album Lovability and title track "Here I Am".
2012: Spectacular, "Phoenix", "Beautiful Lady"
2014: First Homme
2015–present: Continue and hiatus
- Lee Hoo (Moon Jun-young, 문준영) - leader, main vocalist
- Kevin (Kim Ji-yeop, 김지엽) - lead vocalist, Sub-rapper, main dancer
- Kwanghee (Hwang Kwang-hee, 황광희) - sub-vocalist, face of the Group
- Siwan (Yim Si-wan, 임시완) - vocalist, visual, face of the Group
- Taeheon (Kim Tae-heon, 김태헌) - main rapper
- Heechul (Jung Hee-chul, 정희철) - lead rapper
- Minwoo (Ha Min-woo, 하민우) - vocalist, rapper, lead Dancer
- Hyungsik (Park Hyung-sik, 박형식) - main vocalist
- Dongjun (Kim Dong-jun, 김동준) - main vocalist, maknae
- Continue (2015)
- "Beautiful Lady" (2012)
- Phoenix (2012)
- ZE:A! (2010)
- Here I Am (2011)
- Illusion (2013)
- "Love☆Letter" (2010)
- "Watch Out!!" (2011)
- "Daily Daily" (2011)
- "D.D.Dance" (2010)