|Boy band Wanna One poses during a showcase for its new album "I Promise You" at a hotel in Seoul, Monday. / Yonhap|
By Rachel Lee
K-pop boy band Wanna One caused controversy after Mnet broadcast their candid comments, Monday, hurting sales of their recently released album.
The group's agency YMC Entertainment apologized for Wanna One's scandalous remarks on Mnet's "Star Live." The band released their second EP "0+1=1 (I Promise You)" the same day.
"We will make sure similar incidents do not happen again," YMC said.
Mnet released a behind-the-scenes video clip of the members bantering before performing.
In the footage, Park Ji-hoon was shouting about their lack of freedom.
"Why don't we get paid?" Kang Daniel said.
Park also complained about the members getting only 20 percent of what they earn. Ong Seong-wu went on to complain about his lack of sleep.
Kang even mentioned, in vulgar terms, using the bathroom in the morning.
The lead track from Wanna One's latest release "Boomerang" reached No. 1 on Mnet Music, while reaching No. 2 on Melon, Soribada, Bugs Music and Naver Music as of 8 a.m. Tuesday. The boy band's performance was weaker compared with "I.P.U.," released two weeks ago, which has the top spot on seven charts.
Comprised of 11 winners from the second season of the Mnet show "Produce 101,″ the band released its first album "1X1=1 To Be One" in August, which sold over 740,000 copies. Their repackaged version "1-1=0 (Nothing Without You)" sold more than 610,000 copies. They won awards for Best Male Group, Best New Male Artists and Best of Next Artists at the 2017 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA).
Wanna One posted an apology on their official fan page and website as the clip spread fast across YouTube.
"We apologize to our fans for acting badly," Wanna One said.