Roy Kim

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Roy Kim
바이크 리페어 샵의 새로운 모델 로이킴 & 정준영! TV CF 촬영 현장 스케치 공개 (Roy Kim).jpg
Background information
Birth name Kim Sang-woo (김상우)
Born (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
Origin South Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active 2012–present
Labels CJ E&M Music
Website roykimhome.com
Roy Kim
Hangul 로이 킴 (로이킴)
Revised Romanization Ro-i Kim
McCune–Reischauer Roi Kim
Birth name
Hangul 김상우
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gim Sang-u
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sangu

Kim Sang-woo (Hangul: 김상우, Hanja: 金相佑; born July 3, 1993), better known by his stage name Roy Kim (Hangul: 로이 킴), is a South Korean singer, songwriter and radio presenter. He was the winner of Mnet's talent competition series Superstar K4.[1]

Early life[edit]

Roy Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea on July 3, 1993. His mother was an artist, and his father, Kim Hong-taek, is a former professor at Hongik University.[2] During his elementary school years, Kim stayed awhile in Canada to study, later went to Asheville, North Carolina in the United States, and graduated from Asheville School in 2012.[3][4]

Taking a gap year before college in 2012,[5] Kim applied for Mnet's Superstar K4 (the Korean equivalent of American Idol), which he was crowned the final winner of the show out of 2,083,447 applicants.[3][6]

In 2013, Kim entered Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for his freshman year,[5] then returned to South Korea for another album and tour. In January 2015, he resumed his sophomore year as a business major, with plans to continue alternating time for school and his music career.[7]

Kim performed at the 2015 HITO Music Awards in Taiwan, becoming the first foreign artist invited to attend the awards since they were established in 2003.[8] During the ceremony, he also was presented with a trophy for Favorite Foreign Artist.[9]

Discography[edit]

Roy Kim discography
Releases
Studio albums 2
Singles 13
Music videos 17

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Roy Kim has scored two number-one singles, five top-five hits, and a total of seven top 10 songs on the Gaon Singles Chart. He has also had two number-one hits on the now-defunct Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100. Since his first appearance on Superstar K4, Kim has sold more than 10 million digital singles (including sales of album tracks) in his native South Korea.

Year Title Peak chart positions Sales[A] Album
KOR
Gaon

[10]
KOR
Hot 100

[11]
2012 "Becoming Dust" (먼지가 되어; Meonjiga Doe-eo)
(duet with Jung Joon-young)
1 1 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 1
"Whistle" (휘파람; Hwiparam) 10 9 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 2
"Blue/Tree Frog" (청개구리; Cheong-gaeguri) 22 38 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 3
"The Moon of Seoul" (서울의 달; Seoului Dal) 17 29 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 4
"It's Been a Long Time" (한동안 뜸했었지; Handong-an Tteumhaesseotji) 39 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 5
"October Rain" (힐링이 필요해; Hilling-i Pilyohae)[G] 2 5 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 6
"Passing By" (스쳐간다; Seucheyoganda) 6 9 Non-album single
2013 "Spring Spring Spring" (봄봄봄; Bom Bom Bom) 1 1 Love Love Love
"Love Love Love" 2 4
"Seoul, Here" (서울 이곳은; Seoul Igoseun) 13 22 Reply 1994: Original Soundtrack
2014 "Home" 2 N/A Home
"Pinocchio" (피노키오; Pinokio) 25 Pinocchio: Original Soundtrack
"It's Christmas Day" 27 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" indicates that the Gaon Chart was revamped at this time and digital sales were deflated.
Note: Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and discontinued in July 2014.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Sales[P] Album
KOR
Gaon

[10]
KOR
Hot 100

[11]
2012 "Sing a Song"
(as one of Superstar K4 Top 12)
80 It's Top 12
"Creep"
(duet with Jung Joon-young)
73
2013 "Let Me Love You" 33 35 Love Love Love
"When You Are Down" 44
"Grandfather's Camera" 61
"Don't Know How" 72
"12 O'Clock" 77
"Follow Me" 79
"Intro (My Forest)" 150
2014 "Nothing Lasts Forever" 59 N/A Home
"When Autumn Comes" 79
"If You Love Me" 80
"Now I Know"
(featuring Jung Ji-chan)
86
"Hold On" [AD]
"Curtain"
(featuring Sungha Jung)
[AF]
"Far Away" [AH]
"Thank You"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" indicates that the Gaon Chart was revamped at this time and digital sales were deflated.
Note: Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and discontinued in July 2014.

Music videos[edit]

This is an incomplete listing of music videos promoting Roy Kim's songs.

Year Song title Length Director Album Official video
on YouTube
Notes
2012 "Becoming Dust" 3:16 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 1 Mnet Originally performed by Lee Miki (1987).
"Whistle" 2:26 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 2 Mnet Originally performed by Lee Moon-se (1985).
"Blue/Tree Frog" 2:26 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 3 Mnet Originally performed by Psy featuring G-Dragon of Big Bang (2012).
"The Moon of Seoul" 3:10 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 4 Mnet Originally performed by Kim Gun-mo (2005).
"October Rain" 3:51 Superstar K4 Top 12, Part 6 Mnet Originally performed by Yoon Gun (2012).
"Passing By" 4:42 Non-album single Mnet Superstar K4 winning song
"Sing a Song" 1:39 It's Top 12 CJ Entertainment A highlight clip promoting the 2012 film Tower.
"Creep" 4:15 Mnet Originally performed by Radiohead (1992).
2013 "Spring Spring Spring" 3:36 Hong Won-ki Love Love Love CJENMMUSIC Debut single
"Love Love Love" 3:57 CJENMMUSIC Lead single
"Seoul, Here" 4:27 Reply 1994: Original Soundtrack CJENMMUSIC Originally performed by Jang Cheol-woong (1994).
2:35 CJENMMUSIC Acoustic version
2014 "Nothing Lasts Forever" 4:20 Home CJENMMUSIC Lyric video
"Home" 4:16 Song Won-young CJENMMUSIC Lead single
"When Autumn Comes" 4:14 CJENMMUSIC
"Pinocchio" 3:37 Pinocchio: Original Soundtrack CJENMMUSIC
"It's Christmas Day" 3:37 Kyle Non-album single CJENMMUSIC Holiday single

Concerts and tours[edit]

Radio presenting[edit]

Year Channel Title Notes
2013 MBC FM4U Kim Shin-young's Hope Song at Noon Temporary host with Jung Joon-young (January 28 – March 3)
Roy Kim and Jung Joon-young's Best Friend May 6 – August 18

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 Superstar K4 1st Place out of 2,083,447 applicants Himself Won
4th MelOn Music Awards Hot Trend Award Himself (with Jung Joon-young) Nominated
2013 7th Mnet 20's Choice 20's Booming Star – Male Himself Won
20's Hot Cover Music Himself (with Jung Joon-young) Won
5th MelOn Music Awards Top 10 Artists Himself Nominated
Song of the Year "Spring Spring Spring" Nominated
Newcomer Award Himself Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Himself Nominated
15th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Male Artist Himself Won
4th Allkpop Awards Best New Male Artist Himself Nominated
9th Soompi Awards Top Male Solo Artist Himself Nominated
2014 28th Golden Disk Awards New Rising Star Award in Disk Album Himself Won
Popularity Award in Digital Music Himself Won
23rd Seoul Music Awards New Artist Award Himself Nominated
3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards New Artist of the Year - Male Solo Himself Nominated
Popular Singer of the Year Himself (with Jung Joon-young) Won
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Original Soundtrack "Seoul, Here" (from Reply 1994) Nominated
6th MelOn Music Awards Music Style Award - Folk "Home" Nominated
16th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Male Artist Himself Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Male "Home" Nominated
UnionPay Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year "Home" Nominated
29th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Rising Star Award Himself Won
10th Soompi Awards Best Male Solo Artist Himself Nominated
Best Drama OST "Pinocchio" (from Pinocchio) Nominated
2015 24th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Prize) Himself Nominated
High1/Mobile Popularity Award Himself Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Himself Nominated
11th HITO Music Awards Hit FM Favorite Foreign Artist Himself Won

Music program awards[edit]

Roy Kim has won the first place on South Korea's televised music shows: Music Triangle (KMTV), Show! Music Core (MBC), M! Countdown (Mnet), and Music Bank (KBS).

Music Triangle[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 October 24 "Becoming Dust" (duet with Jung Joon-young)

Show! Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 May 11 "Spring Spring Spring"[43]
July 6 "Love Love Love"[44]
2014 October 18 "Home"[45]

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 October 16 "Home"[46]

Music Bank (OST Chart)[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 December 5 "Pinocchio"
December 19

Other facts[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Except "Whistle", all sales numbers are rounded up to the ten thousands place.
  2. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since April 2013 are unavailable.
  3. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 12th week of 2013 are unavailable.
  4. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 51st week of 2012 are unavailable.
  5. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since January 2013 are unavailable.
  6. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 50th week of 2012 are unavailable.
  7. ^ The title of the song literally means "I Need Healing".
  8. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since April 2013 are unavailable.
  9. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 8th week of 2013 are unavailable.
  10. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 17th week of 2015 are unavailable.
  11. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since 2014 are unavailable.
  12. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since February 2014 are unavailable.
  13. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since December 2014 are unavailable.
  14. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since March 2015 are unavailable.
  15. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since January 2015 are unavailable.
  16. ^ All sales numbers are rounded up to the ten thousands place.
  17. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 3rd week of 2013 are unavailable.
  18. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 3rd week of 2013 are unavailable.
  19. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since August 2013 are unavailable.
  20. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 30th week of 2013 are unavailable.
  21. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 29th week of 2013 are unavailable.
  22. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 29th week of 2013 are unavailable.
  23. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 29th week of 2013 are unavailable.
  24. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 29th week of 2013 are unavailable.
  25. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 29th week of 2013 are unavailable.
  26. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 43rd week of 2014 are unavailable.
  27. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 43rd week of 2014 are unavailable.
  28. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 43rd week of 2014 are unavailable.
  29. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 43rd week of 2014 are unavailable.
  30. ^ "Hold On" did not enter the Gaon Overall Singles Chart, but peaked at number 89 on the Gaon Domestic Singles Chart.[48]
  31. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 43rd week of 2014 are unavailable.
  32. ^ "Curtain" did not enter the Gaon Overall Singles Chart, but peaked at number 95 on the Gaon Domestic Singles Chart.[48]
  33. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 43rd week of 2014 are unavailable.
  34. ^ "Far Away" did not enter the Gaon Overall Singles Chart, but peaked at number 99 on the Gaon Domestic Singles Chart.[48]
  35. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 43rd week of 2014 are unavailable.
  36. ^ This is an estimated figure. Sales since the 43rd week of 2014 are unavailable.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeon, Su-mi. "Roy Kim Wins ‘Superstar K4’". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Roy Kim (로이킴)’". KBS World. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Asheville School Alumnus Roy Kim '12 Crowned Champion on Korea's Hit TV Show Superstar K4". Yahoo! Finance/Marketwired. November 30, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ "[Interview] Two Guns N′ Roses, Roy Kim & Jung Joon Young". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Cho, Suyoun. "Singer-song writer Roy Kim to head out to America to enter college". Yahoo! Entertainment Singagpore/BNT News. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Superstar K Season 4 Audition Applicants Surpass 2 Million". Yahoo! Entertainment Philippines/CJ E&M enewsWorld. August 6, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ Contrera, Jessica (May 1, 2015). "The (almost) secret life of a K-pop star at Georgetown University". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "S Korean singer to join music awards". The Taipei Times. May 15, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Roy Kim Wins ‘Favorite Foreign Artist’ at 2015 HITO Music Awards in Taiwan". Soompi. May 31, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Sales references for "Becoming Dust":
  13. ^ Sales references for "Whistle":
  14. ^ Sales references for "Blue/Tree Frog":
  15. ^ Sales references for "The Moon of Seoul":
  16. ^ Sales references for "It's Been a Long Time":
  17. ^ Sales references for "October Rain":
  18. ^ Sales references for "Passing By":
  19. ^ Sales references for "Spring Spring Spring":
  20. ^ Sales references for "Love Love Love":
  21. ^ Sales references for "Seoul, Here":
  22. ^ Sales references for "Home":
  23. ^ Sales references for "Pinocchio":
  24. ^ Sales references for "It's Christmas Day":
  25. ^ Sales references for "Sing a Song":
  26. ^ Sales references for "Creep":
  27. ^ Sales references for "Let Me Love You":
  28. ^ Sales references for "When You Are Down": − *"South Korean Gaon Chart: Online download – The 29th Week of 2013". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  29. ^ Sales references for "Grandfather's Camera":
  30. ^ Sales references for "Don't Know How":
  31. ^ Sales references for "12 O'Clock":
  32. ^ Sales references for "Follow Me":
  33. ^ Sales references for "Intro (My Forest)":
  34. ^ Sales references for "Nothing Lasts Forever":
  35. ^ Sales references for "When Autumn Comes":
  36. ^ Sales references for "If You Love Me":
  37. ^ Sales references for "Now I Know":
  38. ^ Sales references for "Hold On":
  39. ^ Sales references for "Curtain":
  40. ^ Sales references for "Far Away":
  41. ^ Sales references for "Thank You":
  42. ^ "[Full ver.Part.2] 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards". CJ E&M enewsWorld. November 30, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  43. ^ "Roy Kim wins #1 on 'Music Core' + Performances from May 11th!". Allkpop. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  44. ^ "Roy Kim wins #1 + Performances from July 6th 'Show! Music Core'". Allkpop. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  45. ^ "Roy Kim wins #1 + Performances from October 18th 'Show! Music Core'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  46. ^ "Roy Kim wins #1 + Performances from October 16th 'M! Countdown'!". Allkpop. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  47. ^ "Rainbow’s Jung Yoon Hae cheers for her cousin Roy Kim". Korea.com. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  48. ^ a b c "South Korean Gaon Chart: Singles (Domestic) – The 42nd Week of 2014". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 

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