Ateez (Korean: 에이티즈; Japanese: エイティーズ; stylized as ATEEZ), is a South Korean boy group formed by KQ Entertainment. The group consists of eight members: Hongjoong, Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung, and Jongho. They debuted on October 24, 2018, with the extended play (EP) Treasure EP.1: All to Zero. As rookies, Ateez were recipients of the Next Generation Award at the 2019 Golden Disc Awards, as well as being named Worldwide Fans' Choice at both the 2019 and 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). Ateez were also dubbed "4th Generation Leaders" by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and are official global ambassadors for Korean culture and tourism, often referred to as "Global Performance Idols" by the Korean media.As of March 2021, Ateez has released six Korean-language EPs, one full-length album, and three Japanese albums. The releases Treasure EP.Fin: All to Action, Treasure Epilogue: Action to Answer, Zero: Fever Part.1, and Zero: Fever Part.2 have all topped South Korean album charts, with Zero: Fever Part. 1 becoming the group's first album to be certified platinum on the Gaon Albums Chart. To date, Ateez has sold over one million physical copies of their releases in South Korea.
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