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Astro (Hangul: 아스트로) (stylized as ASTRO) is a South Korean boy band formed by Fantagio in 2015. The group is composed of six members: Jinjin, MJ, Cha Eunwoo, Moonbin, Rocky, and Yoon Sanha. On August 14, Fantagio released information about the new group via their social media, including pictures and profiles of each member and the announcement of the group's name. Astro released their debut mini album Spring Up on February 23, 2016. Jeon was formed, the members started out as trainees under Fantagio iTeen, a rookie talent development program under Fantagio Entertainment. They were previously known as iTeen Boys. Through the same technique as how Fantagio formed 5urprise, Astro starred in a web drama series, titled To Be Continued on August 2015.[4] The members starred as themselves along with Kim Sae-ron, 5urprise member Seo Kang-joon and Hello Venus. On January 2016, Astro starred in their own reality show, Astro OK! Ready, which was aired on MBC Every1 at 7PM KST. The group also made an appearance on KBS variety show, Golden Bell Challenge. Astro's first mini album, Spring Up was released on February 23, 2016 with the title song "Hide & Seek". They also announced their official fanclub name: AROHA, which is an abbreviation for ASTRO Hearts All Fans. Aroha also means 'love' in Maori (New Zealand native language). Within a week of its release, the group's first mini-album Spring Up has landed at #6 on Billboard World Albums Chart in the United States, as well as #4 on Gaon Music Chart. On February 25, the group released the music video for "Cat's Eye", containing web-series of images To Be Continued. In March of the same year, the group was the only Korean act invited to LeTV Entertainment Awards in China. Fantagio released a comeback photo of Astro on June 16, 2016. Their second mini album, Summer Vibes, was launched on July 1, along with the title track "Breathless". It landed #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, the highest-charting k-pop album for that week, and "Breathless" landed #21 on Billboard's World Digital Songs Chart. Astro is set to perform at Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 31 for KCON 2016. They will also hold their first solo concert only 5 months after their debut on August 27–28, 2016 at the KEPCO Art Center in Seoul. On March 3, 2016, Astro signed a contract with uniform brand PL School Wear. In April 2016, Astro was chosen as models for cosmetics brand LOVLUV. The cosmetic band explained: "ASTRO is well-prepared as they have trained for a long 7 years. Coincidentally, 'LOVLUV' is also a brand that took 7 years in preparation. They increased their value through thorough preparation."
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They are the most adorable, squishy group ever. I want to pinch their cheeks. All of their cheeks.