Here’s What “Kingdom: Legendary War” Participants Have Been Doing, One Year Later
King behavior only for these groups!
Kingdom: Legendary War was a MNET reality program featuring six boy groups, modeled after the program Queendom. Stray Kids, IKON, The Boyz, ATEEZ, BTOB, and SF9 all participated in hopes of being crowned the “Kings” of K-Pop.
Regardless of the results, all groups saw success following their appearance on the show!
1. Stray Kids
Stray Kids were the winners of Kingdom and won the reality show prize. Since the final airing Stray Kids have achieved quite a lot!
The group’s most recent album, Oddinary, broke the group’s personal preorder record, selling an amazing 1.3 million albums in advance. Additionally, Stray Kids will be embarking on their second world tour and have announced the North American portion.
JUST ANNOUNCED 💥 @Stray_Kids are bringing their 2nd World Tour “MANIAC” to North America! Tickets go on sale Fri., April 22 at 3PM LOCAL TIME here https://t.co/PGuYFAA8s8#StrayKids #2ndWorldTour pic.twitter.com/LfK2Vu7QGz
— Live Nation (@LiveNation) April 18, 2022
So far, the American leg of the tour has sold out nearly all dates!
The group also won several year end awards including a Bonsang (best album award) at the Golden Disc Awards for their Noeasy album!
Congrats to Stray Kids for winning a Bonsang at GDA 🥳❤️
STRAY KIDS GDA2022 BONSANG #NOEASY_AlbumBonsang #StrayKids_GDA2022Bonsang#스키즈_골디본상_받았꾼pic.twitter.com/SP8qtR1TId
— Felix 필릭스 Central (@FLXCentral) January 8, 2022
2. THE BOYZ
THE BOYZ won the Road To Kingdom pre-show and earned their place on Kingdom. Fans loved the groups performances on both shows which led to the group’s second place finish.
After the shows airing, THE BOYZ have had a variety of group and individual schedules!
New and Juyeon were DJs on KBS Cool FM ‘STATION Z’ during the month of October 2021. In March of 2022, THE BOYZ participated in the OST for the Webtoon Solo Leveling with the release of the song “Echo”.
The group’s most recent Korean mini album THRILL-ING sold over 500,000 albums during the first week of sales, doubling the amount from their previous release. “Thrill Ride”, the album’s lead single, also received 5 music show wins.
IT’S THE BOYZ FIRST THRILL RIDE WIN AND WITH COMPLETE MEMBERS!!!❤️🎉🎉🎉 this fam is so dedicated and hardworking..🥺<33 pic.twitter.com/rAwkfT3XGh
— mei 🌼 련 (@kyuu413) August 17, 2021
The Boyz are currently on their The Boyz World Tour: THE B-ZONE concert tour in America, and will also perform in Japan, Europe, Thailand, and Indonesia before their finale in Seoul.
After coming in third place, ATEEZ have had quite the year since Kingdom ended.
In July 2021 members Hongjoong and Yunho, participated in the 2021 Pepsi X Starship K-Pop Campaign by releasing the collaboration single “Summer Taste” with Rain, MONSTA X, and Brave Girls.
Following the ATEEZ XR Show [Fever: eXtended edition] concert, a special online performance, it was announced that ATEEZ would be going on a world tour called The Fellowship : Beginning of the End in 2022.
The tour began in Seoul on January 7 and concluded in Madrid, Spain in April. The group are speculated to be planning comeback preparations following sightings of special posters in Seoul and the concert venue in Madrid.
posters at the venue in madrid #ATEEZinMadrid
ATEEZ JULY CB#WAKEUPWORLD #ATEEZ #에이티즈 @ATEEZofficial pic.twitter.com/88fMlgvuz5
— elle misses ateez (ia📚) (@choisunrise) April 23, 2022
ATEEZ also hit 1 billion streams on Spotify during March 2022! Although leader Hongjoong hasn’t been able to watch the group’s performances on the show anymore, fans are still proud of their appearance on the show!
The oldest group among the participants, BTOB brought a touch of nostalgia for many fans watching Kingdom. Only 4 members participated in Kingdom due to Hyunsik and Sungjae‘s military service. Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub, and Peniel, also known as BTOB 4U, impressed many with their performances, despite the sometimes 33 hour long film schedules.
Since November of 2021, Minhyuk has been the host of KBS Cool FM ‘KISS THE RADIO’ and all six members were guests during the same month.
211118 BTOB Kiss The Radio
BTOB's messages to each other. You can tell that it comes from their heart. It's honest and touching. They love each other so much. I hope you always be happy, our BTOB.
Anyway thank you so much🍑 @mochicks_ pic.twitter.com/fGkEUQUPul
— egi • 창섭의애기 (@gimochiii) November 18, 2021
The group’s third studio album Be Together broke the group’s personal sale record and doubled the sales of their previous album!
BTOB were scheduled to hold their 10th anniversary concert in March 2022, but has been rescheduled to an unknown date. The group performed at KCON’s opening concert in Chicago and are hopefully participants in KCON’s American tour!
KCON 2022 Premiere
Here's the LINEUP for TODAY:
📍 KCON official – https://t.co/IPZkQFBloI
📍 Mnet K-POP – https://t.co/pMaUPO7BkQ
🎫 Offline Ticket – https://t.co/KyV3bN4ZpR pic.twitter.com/1ews6V6RcT
— KCONUSA (@kconusa) May 20, 2022
Many fans anticipated IKON’s participation in the show!
iKON was awarded the Legend Rookie Prize at the Seoul Music Awards in addition to being nominated for three other awards.
The group have since release a digital single titled “Why Why Why” and a mini album titled Flashback. The group broke their previous first-week sales record in one day following the release of the mini album!
you HAVE to check out ikon’s new mini album i swear it’s SOOOO GOOD #iKON #BUTYOU https://t.co/OmmXuoe5EA
— lou (@konicult) May 31, 2022
While the group have yet to embark on a world tour, the group has successfully completed a 21 show tour of Japan and will be performing two nights of concerts in Seoul at the end of June! The group will return to Japan in July following these concerts. Fans have been very happy to see the group’s activities!
you don’t know how happy i am seeing ikon being active everywhere nowadays, we’re getting a lot of content, a lot of music, i just want to thank them for being back🥺🤍
— 𝑎𝑟𝑖🍒 (@balenciagyeol) June 2, 2022
SF9 had many great performances throughout their appearance on Kingdom!
Following their participation, SF9 received their fifth music show win for their song “Trama” on Music Bank. The album Rumination also broke the groups record for first week sales.
in fact, SF9 shines the most when there are 9. despite all that has happened, they are their own stars.
congratulations for your 5th win and for trauma era first win! you deserve every good thing in the world!#SF95thWin#Trauma1stWin pic.twitter.com/rtiZcRnRNG
— Lia (@zuwoons) December 3, 2021
Several members have participated in acting projects since Kingdom: Chani (Imitation, Jinx), Rowoon (The King’s Affection, Tomorrow), Dawon (Part Time Mellow), and Zuho (Heartbeat Broadcasting Incident). The members also have several upcoming and rumored projects as well!
rowoon as jung jiwoon in the king's affection pic.twitter.com/azPxWwtmnk
— rowoon doing things (@krwthings) September 12, 2021
SF9 hosted a three-day concert series in January 2022 in Seoul, but have not announced plans of future tours as of yet. Rowoon will be holding a solo fan meeting in the Philippines in June!