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CNBLUE (씨엔블루) is 4 member Korean pop band. The group consists of Jung Yong-Hwa (lead vocals, guitar), Lee Jong-Hyun (vocal, guitar), Kang Min-Hyuk (drums) and Lee Jung-Shin (bass guitar). CNBLUE stands for 'Code Name Burninig Lovely Untouchable Emotional' with the 4 characterist words representing the 4 band members - "Burning" representing Lee Jong-Hyun, "Lovely" representing Kang Min-Hyuk, "Untouchable" representing Lee Jung-Shin and "Emotional" representing Jung Yong-Hwa. Before the band debuted in South Korea they went to Japan in early 2009. Their first mini-album "Now or Never" and their second mini-album "Voice" were released in Japan during the second half of 2009. In Japan, the band did street performances more than 100 times over a one year period.
In South Korea, the group released their first Korean mini-album "Bluetory" and made their Korean debut on January 14, 2010. Except track "I'm a Loner," all of the other songs were composed and recorded in Japan. The group made their TV debut on KBS' "Music Bank" program on January 15, 2010. On January 29, 2010 the group's song "Alone" ranked first on KBS' "Music Bank" show. The group's song ""Alone" was also brought into a plagiarism scandal. Korean indie band Ynot insisted CNBLUE's "Alone" copied their song "Blue Bird." The groups went to court and the final judgement was delivered a year later on April 13, 2011 by the Seoul Central District Court. The court sided with CNBLUE and that their song "I'm a Loner" did not copy "Blue Bird." CNBLUE released their second Korean mini-album "Bluelove" on May 19, 2010. On June 23, 2010 the group's first single "The Way" was released in Japan and their second single "I Don't Know Why" was released in Japan on September 15, 2010.
On January 9, 2011 CNBLUE released the single "RE-MAINTENANCE" in Japan. On March 21, 2011, CNBLUE released their first album "First Step" and on April 26, 2011 the group released a special repackaged mini-album version titled "First Step +1 Thank You."
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