Akdong Musician

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Akdong Musician
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Left: Lee Chanhyuk, Right: Lee Suhyun
Background information
Also known as AKMU
Origin Uijeongbu, South Korea
Genres K-pop, folk-pop[1]
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Associated acts
Website www.yg-akmu.com
  • Lee Chanhyuk
  • Lee Suhyun
Korean name
Hangul 악동뮤지션
Hanja 樂童音樂家[2][3][4]
Literal meaning Mischievous Child Musician[5]
Revised Romanization Akdong Myujisyeon
McCune–Reischauer Aktong Myuchisyŏn

Akdong Musician (Korean: 악동뮤지션, also known as AKMU) is a South Korean music duo under YG Entertainment, consisting of siblings Lee Chanhyuk and Lee Suhyun. They won the second installment of the K-pop Star series.[6]

Songs from the group's 2014 debut album Play have more than 6.1 million total downloads.[7]


2012-2013: K-pop Star 2[edit]

Lee Chanhyuk and Lee Suhyun lived with their parents in Mongolia for almost two years before they returned to South Korea to pursue a career in the music industry.[3][8][9] The siblings, under the name Akdong Musician, became part of the Proteurment agency.[10] Under the company, they did several stage performances and even released an original song called "Galaxy", which was later used as a soundtrack for a Samsung Galaxy S4 commercial.[11]

In August 2012,[12] the duo participated in the preliminary auditions of K-pop Star 2, which were held at Jamsil Arena in Seoul.[9] They passed their audition, and in the show's first round they sang a cover of Miss A's "Breathe" and an original song titled "Don't Cross Your Legs",[3] to praise from all three judges. Park Jin-young, founder and CEO of JYP Entertainment, praised the chemistry between the siblings and the techniques they had incorporated in their performances. Singer and representative of SM Entertainment BoA highlighted and praised the lyrics of their original song, while Yang Hyun-suk, founder and CEO of YG Entertainment, described them as "true artists" among the people who had auditioned for the show.[13] The duo continued to receive positive responses from the judges,[14][15][16] until after their second performance in the third round.[17][18] The judges pointed out that their lack of confidence was the main reason behind their lukewarm performances in the succeeding rounds.[19][20] In spite of this, they eventually won the competition.[6][21]

Some of their original songs performed during the competition were released under LOEN Entertainment and were well received;[9][22] "You are Attractive", released on 12 December, immediately reached the number one spot on the Gaon Charts.[23] After the competition, despite not being signed under an entertainment agency, they participated in commercials and composed several songs. One of these songs was "I Love You" for the television series All About My Romance.[11][24]

On 24 May 2013, a month after winning K-pop Star 2, the siblings signed an exclusive contract with YG Entertainment.[25][26]

2014: Debut under YG Entertainment and Play[edit]

Akdong Musician's debut album, Play, was released digitally on 7 April, and physically on 9 April, nine months after winning K-pop Star 2.[27] The album has eleven songs, all written and produced by Lee Chanhyuk.[28] It has a total of three title tracks accompanied by three different music videos, with the third title song determined by fan voting. The first song, "200%", was chosen by Yang Hyun-suk, and the second song, "Melted", was chosen by Akdong Musician.[29] The album debuted at number two on Billboard's U.S. World Albums Chart.[30] Akdong Musician's debut stage was on K-pop Star 3 on 6 April.[8]

The music video for "200%" was released on 7 April along with the digital album. Shortly after its release, "200%", topped the music charts, with the rest of the songs on the album also charting high.[8][31] The music video for "Melted" was released on 14 April. The last and third title song was "Give Love", which was the third high-charting song, after "200%" and "Melted". The music video for "Give Love" was released on 2 May.

On 16 June, Akdong Musician participated in YG Family's cover project, releasing a cover of Taeyang's "Eyes, Nose, Lips".[32]

Akdong Musician's first live concert tour, called "AKMU Camp", took place on 21–23 November at Blue Square Samsung Card Hall, Hannam-dong, Seoul.[33]

On 10 October, Akdong Musician released a digital single, "Time and Fallen Leaves" (Hangul: 시간과 낙엽; RR: Sigan-gwa Nagyeop), written and composed by Lee Chanhyuk.[34] It was originally going to be the title track of Play, but was held back for an October release because it suited the autumn season better.[35][36] The song made an "all-kill" two consecutive days after release by ranking number 1 on nine major real-time music charts.[37][38] It also ranked number 1 on the weekly Gaon Digital Chart the second week of release. The song was not given a music video so the listeners would imagine their own stories.[39]

On 5 November, it was revealed that Suhyun would be a part of the YG Family sub-unit "Hi Suhyun" with Lee Hi.[40] Their debut single, "I'm Different" (Korean: 나는 달라), was released digitally on 11 November.[41]


Akdong Musician has two members. Lee Chanhyuk (이찬혁, 李燦赫[2]) is the lead vocalist. He is also an acoustic guitarist and songwriter.[42][15][16] Lee Suhyun (이수현, 李秀賢[2]) is the group's main vocalist.[15]


Studio albums[edit]


Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Album


2014 "200%" 1 1
  • KOR: 1,436,302+ [44]
"Give Love" 4 3
  • KOR: 1,068,882+ [44]
"Melted" (얼음들) 5 8
  • KOR: 772,662+ [44]
"Time and Fallen Leaves" (시간과 낙엽) 1 N/A
  • KOR: 722,351+ [44]
Non-album single

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Album


2012 "Don't Cross Your Legs" (다리꼬지마) 2 2
  • KOR: 1,241,714+ [45]
K-pop Star Season 2: Don't Cross Your Legs
"You are Attractive" (매력있어) 1 2
  • KOR: 1,036,964+ [46]
K-pop Star Season 2: You are Attractive
2013 "Is It Ramen?" (라면인건가) 3 2
  • KOR: 814,844+ [47]
K-pop Star Season 2 Top 10 Part 1
"Crescendo" 1 2
  • KOR: 1,278,263+ [48]
K-pop Star Season 2 Top 6
"Love in the Milky Way Cafe" 11 14
  • KOR: --
K-pop Star Season 2 Top 4
"Foreigner's Confession" (외국인의 고백) 4 6
  • KOR: 914,179+ [49]
K-pop Star Season 2 Top 3 Part 2
"Officially Missing You" 11 11
  • KOR: 580,075+(DL)
K-pop Star Season 2 Top 2 Special
"I Love You" 3 3
  • KOR: 1,131,136+ [50]
All About My Romance OST Part 3
"Bean Ice Flakes with Rice Cake"[nb 1] 4 2
  • KOR: 758,794+ [51]
Bean Ice Flakes with Rice Cake
"Artificial Grass" (인공잔디) 7 12
  • KOR: 437,530+ [52]
"On The Subway" (지하철에서) 8 15
  • KOR: 413,569+ [53]
"Little Star" (작은별) 9 13
  • KOR: 403,293+ [54]
"Don't Hate Me" (안녕) 10 21
  • KOR: 323,101+
"Galaxy" 11 20
  • KOR: 336,140+
"Anyway" (길이나) 12 22
  • KOR: 329,603+
"Hair Part" (가르마) 13 26
  • KOR: 297,270+
"Idea" (소재) 14 31
  • KOR: 279,481+

Awards and nominations[edit]

2014 Bugs Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014[55] Top 10 Song "200%" Won
Top 10 Album Play Won
Song of The Year "200%" Nominated
Album of The Year Play Nominated
Rookie of The Year Akdong Musician Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Best New Artist[56] Akdong Musician Nominated
Artist of the Year[56] Nominated

Golden Disk Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 Disk Bonsang Play Nominated
Digital Bonsang "200%" Nominated
New Artist Award Akdong Musician Nominated

Cyworld Digital Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Rookie Of The Month – December[57] "You are Attractive" (매력있어) Won

MelOn Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 OST Award "I Love You" Nominated
Top 10 Artists Akdong Musician Won
Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year Play Nominated
Song of the Year "200%" Nominated
Folk Song Won

Naver Yearly Ranking 2014[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Top 10 Album Play Won
Top 10 Song "200%" Won

Korean Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Rookie of the Year Akdong Musician Nominated
Best Pop Album Play Won
Best Pop Song "Melted" Nominated
Netizens' Choice: Artist of the Year Akdong Musician Nominated

Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Best Song of April "200%" Won

World Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 World's Best Song "200%" Nominated
"Give Love" Nominated
"Melted" Nominated

SBS Awards Festival[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Top 10 Artist Akdong Musician Won

Music programs[edit]

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 17 April "200%"
24 April
1 May


Year Date Song
2014 20 April "200%"
27 April
8 May


  1. ^ English translation of the song is provided by Billboard Charts.


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  45. ^ Sales references for "Don't Cross Your Legs":
  46. ^ Sales references for "You are Attractive":
  47. ^ Sales references for "Is It Ramen?":
  48. ^ Sales references for "Crescendo":
  49. ^ Sales references for "Foreigner's Confession":
  50. ^ Sales references for "I Love You":
  51. ^ Sales references for "Bean Ice Flakes with Rice Cake":
  52. ^ Sales references for "Artificial Grass":
  53. ^ Sales references for "On The Subway":
  54. ^ Sales references for "Little Star":
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