In just a year’s time, BGYO has undeniably made an impact in the industry and established themselves as a force in the P-pop scene.
As ABS-CBN’s first P-pop group, the pressure was on for BGYO to deliver. Prior to their debut, they already had exposure thanks to their time as trainees under Star Hunt Academy alongside sister group BINI. But as they neared their debut date, many were wondering if they would meet expectations. A year later, it’s safe to say that they have and then some. BGYO has had a great start to their career that saw them achieve many milestones. And as that this is just the beginning of their career, there will certainly be more years to come to see the boys fly higher. As they celebrate their first anniversary on January 29, let’s take a look back at some of their iconic and memorable moments in the past year.
BGYO MAKES A POWERFUL DEBUT WITH THE LIGHT
Prior to their official debut, Gelo, Akira, JL, Mikki, and Nate were no strangers to performing on stage. A debut though is a whole other level that brings with it its own risks, expectations, and challenges. But BGYO left a great impression when they dropped their debut song, The Light. The hard hitting pop-R&B-electronic anthem about empowerment was met with praise from both critics and listeners and showed many that they were a group to watch out for.
RELEASING AN EARWORM OF A THEME SONG FOR HE’S INTO HER
For a series as highly anticipated as He’s Into Her was, it needed a theme song to match expectations. Luckily, the boys of BGYO were more than willing to lend their talents for the show’s theme song. What came out of this was He’s Into Her the song, an upbeat and bright bop that you will be hard-pressed to forget after listening to it. It quickly became a fan favorite as the tune opened each episode of the series. It was an exceptional summer anthem and even took home the award for Best Theme Song or Title Theme at the 2021 Asian Academy Creative Awards. Fingers crossed that BGYO gets to make a new song for He’s Into Her season two.
MAKING HISTORY BY TOPPING BILLBOARD’S NEXT BIG SOUND CHART
August 2021 was an exciting month for BGYO. Among other things, it was comeback season for the boys as they dropped their new single, The Baddest. Upon release, the track’s experimental sound showed the BGYO wasn’t just going to stick to the same melodies or tunes and showcased their versatility. Its music video saw the group live out their super spy fantasy with Liza Soberano playing a memorable cameo. But most impressively, shortly after the song’s release, they topped Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart and in the process, made history as the first Filipino act to do so.
DROPPING THEIR RECORD BREAKING DEBUT ALBUM
BGYO dropped their debut album The Light in October 2021. The 12-track album was a great effort from the group as they showcased their many charms and talent. There was the explosive The Light, the inspirational Rocketman, the groovy Sabay, and the moving Kundiman. But not only was it a great release, it’s a record breaker, too. For 12 consecutive days, BGYO’s debut album stayed on top of iTunes PH’s Top 100 albums chart. In doing so, not only was it the longest run of 2021, it also achieved the coveted feat of being the longest consecutive charting album by a Filipino act to stay at number one on iTunes PH of all time.
JOINING FORCES WITH BINI FOR THEIR JOINT CONCERT
BGYO and BINI are closely connected by just more than the fact that they come from the same company. The members trained with each other for years and are known as sibling groups because of their close connection. Thus, it was only fitting that the two groups came together for a one-of-a-kind concert. One Dream: The BINI and BGYO Concert was a highlight for many fans and made history as the first ever P-pop sibling concert. Across two nights, BGYO and BINI entertained the virtual crowd as they let out their talents on the stage.
HAVING THEIR FIRST INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE
In December 2021, BGYO, along with BINI, had the honor of going overseas to perform at their very first stage outside the Philippines. They were included in the line-up for the 1MX Dubai 2021 concert and wowed the crowd with their charm, stage presence, and vocals. While the pandemic has made it hard for many artists to fly abroad, BGYO was lucky enough to do so and perform in front of a sold out live crowd. Here’s to more international performances this 2022.
SERVING LOOK AFTER LOOK
Aside from the fact that the boys are extremely talented, the members also have an A-tier style game. From cool and casual to suits with a modern twist, BGYO can rock a variety of fits and aesthetics. Remember when the group was decked out in Privé Alliance, whose co-owner so happens to be EXO’s Baekhyun, and got a shout out from the actually brand? In just their first year alone, the members have also been dressed in some of the biggest high fashion labels like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Dior Homme. BGYO can sing, dance, and serve looks. Now talk about a triple threat.
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