Yuehua’s Entertainment’s boy group, NEXT aka NEX7, debuted in June 2018 with seven members who all participated in iQiyi’s first male idol survival show, “Idol Producer”. The members include former NINE PERCENT members, Zhu Zhengting (朱正廷), Fan Chengcheng (范丞丞), Justin Huang Minghao (黄明昊), Bi Wenjun (毕雯珺), Huang Xinchun (黄新淳), Ding Zeren (丁泽仁), and Li Quanzhe (李权哲).
The group has released one studio album, “Next To You”, in 2018 and four EPs. Last November, the group released their fourth EP, “Next Begins”, and released an MV for the song, “WYTB”. Fan Chengcheng was absent from this comeback and promotions, which spurred rumors he left the group. That was later debunked after he participated in subsequent performances with the group, including “WYTB”.
There were recent rumors about NEXT being reshuffled with new members when a poster was circulating stating Yuehua Entertainment was rolling out a new survival show called “Law of Youth” (lit. 少年的法则). The poster said the show would be headed by Yuehua’s CEO, Du Hua (杜华), and Han Geng (韩庚). It would contain the 7 members of NEXT and 3 “Yuehua trainees” going through 12 rounds of tests and ultimately be chosen by the audience to form the new 8 members of NEXT.
One of NEXT’s fansite, “AchromaticYH七子中文首站”, contacted Yuehua Entertainment about the rumors. The company’s response was, “There is no such plan.” The fansite also posted this picture: “Listen to it yourself, how ridiculous it sounds.”