Jang Hyun-seung

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Jang Hyunseung
Also known as JS (Jay Stomp), Rancho, SO-1, JangTen
Born (1989-09-03) September 3, 1989 (age 25)
Suncheon, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop
Occupations Singer, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels YG Entertainment (2006)
Cube Entertainment (2009-present)
Associated acts Beast, Trouble Maker, Big Bang (South Korean band)
Korean name
Hangul 장현승
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jang Hyeon-seung
McCune–Reischauer Chang Hyŏnsŭng

Jang Hyunseung (Hangul: 장현승; Hanja: ; born September 3, 1989) more commonly known as Hyunseung, is a South Korean idol singer and dancer. He is best known as the lead vocalist and lead dancer of the boy band Beast, under the label Cube Entertainment. With Beast, he has released singles and albums in both Korean and Japanese. Beast won the Artist of the Year (Daesang) award at the Melon Music Awards in 2011.[1]

Hyunseung is also one half of the duo Trouble Maker with Cube labelmate HyunA. In December 2011, the duo released their debut mini-album with the lead single, "Trouble Maker", which won the triple crown on M.net M! Countdown.[2]

Family and personal life[edit]

Jang Hyunseung was raised in Seoul, South Korea. He has a younger sister named Geurim.[3] His father died in the early morning of September 20, 2012 from a sudden heart attack.[4] He previously appeared in the same episode with Hyunseung on KBS's talk show, Win Win, earlier in 2012 with other fathers of the Beast members.[5][6]

Hyunseung currently attends Dongshin University under a full scholarship, along with 4 other members of Beast. He is majoring in Applied Music. He is nicknamed "4D Prince". Although, recently, it has changed to a more dynamic "16D Prince".[7][8]

Predebut[edit]

In 2004, at the age of 15, Hyunseung took part in auditions for YG Entertainment. He was eliminated in the second round, but went to see CEO Yang Hyun Suk afterwards out of frustration at being eliminated and was accepted as a trainee.[9]

For 1 year and 4 months, Hyun-seung was a trainee for YG's newest boy band, Big Bang. During this time, he used the stage name So-1, a homonym for the Korean word for wish. He first gained media attention when he appeared in the group's predebut Big Bang Documentary, along with members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri. He appeared in 10 out of 11 episodes, but was cut from the group in a final elimination round with Seungri. Yang Hyunsuk felt that Hyunseung's expressiveness and stage presence were underdeveloped at the time. Fellow Beast member Yoon Doo-joon decided to become a singer after watching the Big Bang documentary featuring Hyunseung.[10] Hyunseung refers to his experience at YG as important to his development as an artist.[9]

Hyun-seung later met future fellow band member Yang Yo-seob while they were working as dancers for a show performance team. Yoseob convinced Hyunseung to join Cube Entertainment, leading to him debuting with Beast.[9]

Career[edit]

Beast[edit]

The group has released two Korean albums, six Korean mini-albums, 4 Korean singles, 1 Japanese albums, 1 compilation album, and 5 Japanese singles. In December 2010, Hyun-seung teamed up with fellow member Lee Gi-kwang in a subunit to write and compose an R&B track as part of the band's digital album, My Story. Hyunseung is one of the two lead vocalists (alongside with Yang Yoseob and Lee Gikwang) and is also the lead dancer of the group.

Trouble Maker[edit]

In December 2011, Hyun-seung formed a sub-unit with labelmate 4Minute's HyunA called Trouble Maker. Hyuna had previously released two singles, but both described the sub-unit as something different from either of their respective groups. The sub-unit was officially billed as 'JS & Hyuna', which Hyunseung went on to reveal on his Twitter included his new stage name for the subunit, Jay Stomp.

Trouble Maker debuted with their self-named lead single and mini album Trouble Maker.[11] On November 25, the unit started revealing teaser photos for the album, revealing a private-party concept.[12] The duo also gave a teaser performance at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards, which included an on-stage kiss. The album included the lead single "Trouble Maker" as well as the ballad "The Words I Don't Want to Hear".[13] The MV for "Trouble Maker" was released on December 1.[14]

The duo's live performances of "Trouble Maker" on weekly music shows were criticized by the Korean media for their sexually suggestive choreography. In response, Cube Entertainment altered the choreography for the rest of the promotion period of "Trouble Maker".[15] The duo also performed "Trouble Maker" at the United Cube concerts in London and Brazil in December 2011.[16] Trouble Maker went on to win the triple crown on M.net M! Countdown for "Trouble Maker".[2]

2013: Chemistry[edit]

On October 4, 2013 Cube revealed that Trouble Maker will make their comeback. A representative said, "We have established their comeback as Trouble Maker to be made on the October 24 episode of Mnet's 'M! Countdown'. As it has been a while since they were active as a unit, the both of them are fully engaged in practice and are very nervous."[17]

On October 28, the group released the single "There Is No Tomorrow" from its Album Chemistry EP. The song reached number one on ten of Korea's major music charts, and scored an All-Kill as a result.[18] On November 10, the duo achieved a perfect score of 11,000 points on Inkigayo making them #1 on the Top 10 ranking of highest scores.

Musical career[edit]

Hyunseung made his acting debut in ‘Mozart!’, a musical. He performed as the main character from late July 2012 to early August 2012 at the Sejong Center.[19] He was praised for his work by the netizens and supporting actors.

On April 07 2014, it was revealed that Hyunseung was casted in the musical, "Bonnie and Clyde." . He performes as the lead character, Clyde, from April 15 to June 29 2014 at the BBC Art Center along with other artists: SHINee‘s Key, ZE:A‘s Park Hyung Sik, Kahi, Oh So Yeon. [20]

Discography[edit]

For Jang Hyun-seung's works with Beast, see Beast discography.

EPs[edit]

Year Album details Peak
positions
Sales
KOR
2011 Trouble Maker 2 36,000+
2013 Chemistry 2 30,934
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Features & OST[edit]

Year Date Title Artist Album
2011 05.09 “Loving U” Yoon Doojoon, Jang Hyunseung, Yang Yoseob 몽땅 내 사랑 (All My Love) OST
2012 07.03 “나는 나는 음악” (“I Am, I’m Music”) Jang Hyunseung for Mozart! Musical -
2013 01.03 “일년전에” (“One Year Ago”) Jang Hyunseung, Jung Eunji, and Kim Namjoo ‘A CUBE’ FOR SEASON #WHITE

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Type Role
2009 MTV B2ST TV Documentary (MTV) Himself
2010 MTV Beast Almighty TV Show (MTV) Himself
Idol Maid TV Show (MBC) Himself
SHIN PD Variety Show TV Show (SBS) Himself
2011 Exciting Cube TV TV Show (MNET Japan) Himself
2012 Win Win TV Show (KBS2) Himself
Invincible Youth 2 TV Show (KBS2 HD) Himself
2014 Burning The Beast TV Variety Show (MBC) Himself

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Performance Star with Hyuna "Trouble Maker" Won
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration Performance with Hyuna Won
4th Melon Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Best Global Artist Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
Hot Trend Song Won
2013 Golden Disk Awards Digital Music Award Nominated
MSN International Award Nominated
Best Dance Performance Won

Music awards[edit]

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2011 December 15 Trouble Maker "(with Hyuna)"
December 22
December 29
2013 November 7 "Now" "(with Hyuna)"

Music on Top[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 January 5 Trouble Maker "(with Hyuna)"

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 January 8 Trouble Maker "(with Hyuna)"

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 November 6 "Now" "(with Hyuna)"

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