M.Pire are a seven member male group under C.M.G Chorok Stars. They debuted in 2013 with Taehee (leader), Yooseung, Haru, Red, T.O and Jerry. Seventh member Lumin then joined the group a few months later.
The group name is pronounced ‘empire’ and it combines the words ‘music’ and ‘vampire’ to symbolise the group’s need to live off music. The fandom name – ‘Muse’ – is an acronym for ‘Mind’, ‘Understand’, ‘Special’ and ‘Encourage’.
Before M.Pire, Taehee and Yooseung (then known as Jino) were members of a male hip hop trio called BB.BBOYS which disbanded after only a year together in 2012. Lumin actually debuted as a member of the group F.Cuz under the stage name LeeU, but left with the intentions of embarking upon a solo career before eventually joining M.Pire. An interesting additional fact is that Lumin’s father is a well-known trot singer called Sul Woon Do.
So far, M.Pire have released three single albums entitled ‘Carpe Diem’, ‘New Born, and ‘Rumor’ and have released two music videos. T.O and Lumin also loaned their voices to the OST of the 2014 drama ‘Hotel King’ with their song ‘Love Sick’.
In terms of television appearances, Jerry has been featured in a couple of episodes of ‘Let’s Go Dream Team’, Yooseung starred in the 2013 drama ‘A Hundred Year Legacy’ and both T.O and Jerry made a cameo appearance in the 2013 drama ‘Unemployment Benefit Romance’. Lumin has been a guest on MBC’s ‘Radio Star’ and the entire group has been a featured guest on an episode of ‘Arirang Pops in Seoul: Secret BOX’.
The group won rookie awards at the Hawaii International Music Award Festival (HIMAF), the Korean Wave Industry Awards, and the Asia Model Festival Awards.
M.Pire are currently on an indefinite hiatus and seem to be getting on with their own things fairly privately for the time being. Hopefully they will return soon though, much to the delight of all the Muses that are waiting for them patiently.
Here are a few videos to help you get to know the group better:
‘Can’t Be Friends With You’ MV
‘Not That Kind of Person’ MV