|Also known as||SO-1|
September 3, 1989 |
Suncheon, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
|Genres||R&B, pop, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, dancer, Musical Actor|
|Labels||Cube Entertainment (2009-present)|
|Associated acts||Beast, Trouble Maker|
|Revised Romanization||Jang Hyeon-seung|
Jang Hyunseung (Hangul: 장현승; Hanja: 張賢勝; 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.
Family and personal life
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.
For a year and four months Hyunseung was a trainee for the 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. Hyunseung refers to his experiences at YG as important to his development as an artist.
Hyunseung 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.
The group has released 2 Korean albums, 6 Korean mini-albums, 4 Korean singles, 1 Japanese albums, 1 compilation album, and 5 Japanese singles. In December 2010, Hyunseung 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.
In December 2011, Hyun-seung formed a unit with labelmate 4Minute's HyunA called 'Trouble Maker'. Hyuna had previously released two singles, but both described the unit as something different from either of their respective groups.
Trouble Maker debuted with their self-named lead single and mini album Trouble Maker.The duo 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". The music video for the track "Trouble Maker" was released on December 1.
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". The duo also performed "Trouble Maker" at the United Cube concerts in London and Brazil in December 2011. Trouble Maker went on to win three consecutive weeks on the M.net music program M! Countdown for "Trouble Maker."
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."
On October 28, the group released the single "There Is No Tomorrow" from their EP Chemistry. The song reached topped ten of Korea's major music charts. 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.
On April 7, 2014, it was revealed that Hyunseung was cast in the musical, "Bonnie and Clyde." He performed as the lead character, Clyde, from April 15 to June 29, 2014 at the BBC Art Center along with other artists, including SHINee‘s Key, ZE:A‘s Park Hyung Sik, Kahi, and Oh So Yeon.
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
Features & OST
|2011||05.09||“Loving U”||Yoon Doojoon, Jang Hyunseung, Yang Yoseob||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 Hyun-seung, Jung Eun-ji, and Kim Nam-joo||‘A CUBE’ FOR SEASON #WHITE|
|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|
|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|
|2011||December 15||"Trouble Maker"
- Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- "Winners from the '2011 Melon Music Awards'". AllKPop. 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
- Trouble Maker wins Triple Crown #1 + Performances from December 29th’s ‘M! Countdown’.
- B2ST’s Hyunseung posts a childhood picture with sister
- "4 members of 6-member group BEAST enter DongShin University together on March 2". Star News (in Korean). 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
- "K-pop stars scholarships irk students". The Korea Times. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- “The bitter taste of failure became the irony of fate”
- "BEAST's Yoon Doojoon "I want to be a singer after seeing "BIGBANG DOCUMENTARY"". Newsen (in Korean). 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
- HyunA and Hyunseung release project EP, ‘Trouble Maker’
- Trouble Maker releases tracklist + teaser for their project album
- Trouble Maker unleashes MV for “Trouble Maker”
- ‘Trouble Maker in London at United Cube Concert’
- Jang Hyun-seung to star in ‘Mozart‘