Yoseob

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yang.
Yang Yoseob
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Background information
Also known as Yoseop
Born (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 24)
Genres K-pop, dance, R&B
Occupations Singer, Dancer
Years active 2009–present
Labels Cube Entertainment
Associated acts Beast
Korean name
Hangul 양요섭
Hanja 耀
Revised Romanization Yang Yo-Seop
McCune–Reischauer Yang Yosŏp

Yang Yoseob (Hangul: 양요섭; Hanja: 耀; born 5 January 1990) more commonly known as just Yoseob, is a South Korean idol pop singer, dancer, and musical actor. He is the main vocalist of the Korean boy group Beast.

Biography[edit]

Yoseob was born in Seoul, South Korea on 5 January 1990 in a small family with one older sister.[1] He first gained interest in music and started practicing singing after listening to Brian McKnight's music. He then listened to a lot of music of a similar style, but he realized that he couldn't be biased towards a certain genre and started listening to dance music and rock as well. When he was in high school, he joined a school band where he performed a lot of hard rock and metal during their performances. Yoseob actually wanted to try modern rock, however, his seniors at that time said that it would ruin the mood and did not push through it.[1]

Yoseob became a JYP Entertainment trainee, but left after receiving a bad grade from practice reviews. He moved agencies, to M Boat Entertainment (a former sister company of YG Entertainment) where he was trained for 5 years before transferring to Cube Entertainment where he finally became a member of Beast. While still a trainee at Cube Entertainment, he became a backup dancer for AJ, his soon-to-be group member and former high school friend, now known as Lee Gi Kwang, in the music videos and live performances of "Wiping the Tears" and "Dancing Shoes".[2]

Yoseob is the main vocalist of Beast.[2] He released a digital single together with Dalmatian’s Daniel titled “First Snow and First Kiss” [3] and participated in singing original sound tracks (OSTs) for various Korean dramas such as “Happy Birthday” for More Charming by the Day[4] and “I Cherish That Person” for My Princess.[5] and "Loving You" – for All My Love. Yoseob has also participated in various TV shows, including KBS's "Oh! My School".[6]

Yang Yoseob attended University of East Broadcasting Arts and has graduated in 2014.

Career[edit]

Beast[edit]

The group has released two studio albums, five Korean mini-albums and various singles. Yang Yo Seob is the main vocalist of Beast.

Solo career[edit]

Along with fellow Beast members Jun Hyung, MC Lee Hyukjae, Moon Hee Jun (formerly of H.O.T.) and Kim Sook, Yang welcomed Japanese tourists for the "Visit Seoul 2010" campaign, where Korean celebrities and Japanese tourists explored Seoul through MBC's Star Guide Doshiraku to boost visibility of Seoul's famous landmarks and cuisine.[6] On July 16, 2010, Yang participated in the official soundtrack of the Korean drama More Charming By The Day as part of its promotional campaign, with the song "Happy Birthday".[4]

On November 29, 2010, Yoseob released a digital single together with Dalmatian`s Daniel titled "First Snow and First Kiss". Both were friends from their trainee years at M Boat Entertainment and had released a UCC series, "To Pick On Mr. Daniel", which became a hot topic when it was selected as no. 1 amongst the weekly TOP 5 UCCs by a sports newspaper.[3] He also became a permanent cast member on KBS's Oh! My School (a.k.a. 100 Points out of 100), along with other idols such as MBLAQ's Lee Joon, Secret's Hyoseong, T-ara's Soyeon, Miss A's Min, and Simon D.[7]

Yoseob was cast in his first musical as Ji Yong in Kwang Hwa Moon Love Song. The musical started its performances on March 20, 2011 and ended on April 10, 2011.[8] He also contributed to the soundtrack of My Princess, with the song "Cherish That Person" which was released on February 7, 2011.[5] On May 1, 2011, KBS announced plans of creating a new singing variety program featuring an all idol cast titled Immortal Song 2 – Sing the Legends; Yang was one of the artists cast in the original line-ups.[9] He received first place on the show’s pilot episode with his performance of “Omma (엄마, lit. Mother)“, which helped silence the critics that had dismissed his singing abilities as just a hype.[10] However, on June 8, 2011, the show announced that Yoseob would leave the show due to his conflicting overseas promotions schedule with Beast.[11] He expressed that although he felt extremely stressed competing against his peers, he felt regretted having to leave. Yoseob said "when we decided on the withdrawal, I did feel some relief. It was too nerve-wracking and burdensome. However, at the same time, I felt regret. I don’t think I was able to show my all. If another opportunity came by to be on the show again, I would definitely take it. I think I will. I want to show different sides of myself."[10]

Yoseob was featured in Bang Yong Guk's first solo track, "I Remember" which was jointly composed by Bang Yong Guk and One Way’s Chance. The track has gained a lot of interest from netizens and become a hot topic. However, Yoseob was not able to sing "I Remember" with Bang Yong Gook live.

On September 27, 2011, KBS‘s ‘Poseidon‘ released part one of their original soundtrack series which featured Yoseob's vocals. His song, “No“, was a collaboration piece between Rado (of Huh Gak‘s “Hello“) and production duo Ji In and Wontag, the men behind MBLAQ’s latest releases. The song features sorrowful lyrics of a man who has no choice but to let go of his lover.[12]

Yoseob released his solo album on November 26, 2012. All 5 songs were produced by fellow band member, Jun Hyung, including the title song, "Caffeine". A music video for "Caffeine" was released two days later, on November 28. A music video for his song "Even then, I" was released on February 14, 2013 as a valentines gift for his fans.

Yoseob has been chosen as one of the judges and coaches in Mnet The Voice Korea Kids or Voice Kids for short. The contestants will all be children between the ages of 6–14 years.[13] He also has chosen as the most desired coach by the contestans of Voice Kids. As expected, it turns out the young contestants were eager to have someone a bit closer to their age range and more familiar to them, and thus, chose Yoseob as the coach they wanted to work with.[14]

Yoseob is joining MBC's I Live Alone, a real-variety show that showcases the daily lives of single celebrities (men) who live alone.[15]

In December 2013, he starred as the title character in a Seoul production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and was mentioned in the New York Times.[16]

Yoseob is leaving I Live Alone in which he received much love as the youngest member of the show after a short six months on broadcast due to his responsibilities and schedules as a member of BEAST. He said that due to BEAST's Japan Tour 2014, along with BEAST's upcoming comeback planned to be in April 2014, he would be unable to participate in the show.[17]

It was announced in March 2014 that Yoseob would be participating in the musical-remake of the 2004 hit romantic comedy drama series Full House as the lead character Lee Young Jae. The musical will be on stage in April 2014.[18]

Discography[edit]

For Yang Yoseob's works with Beast, see Beast discography.

Soundtrack appearances and Solo Performances[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2009 Attack the Gas Station 2 OST "Crazy" 03:20 BEAST
2010 More Charming by the Day OST "Happy Birthday" 04:10 Solo
All My Love OST "Loving You" 03:30 Yoseob with Beast's Dujun & Hyunseung
First Snow And First Kiss "First Snow And First Kiss" 04:42 Duet with Dalmatian's Daniel
My Story "Thanks to" 03:54 Duet with Beast's Jun Hyung
God of Study OST "Ready Go" 03:28 BEAST
2011 What I Want To Do Once I Have A Lover "What I Want To Do Once I Have A Lover" 03:28 Duet with 4Minute's Gayoon
My Princess OST "Cherish That Person" 03:55 Solo
I Remember "I Remember" 03:39 Yong Guk (B.A.P.) with Yang Yoseob
Poseidon OST "No" 04:11 Solo
I'm a Flower, Too OST "Dreaming" 03:33 Yoseob with Beast's Son Dong-woon & Jun Hyung
2012 A Cube For Season "Love Day" 03:54 Duet with A Pink's Jung Eun Ji
BIG OST "Hateful Person" 03:12 Beast (Doojoon, Hyunseung, Yoseob, Kikwang, Dongwoon)
2013 Perfume "Perfume" 03:41 Duet with Cube Girls
When a Man Falls in Love OST "Bye Bye Love" 04:17 Duet with Dong Woon & BTOB

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Type Role
2009 MTV B2ST TV Documentary (MTV) Guest
2010 MTV Beast Almighty TV Show (MTV) Guest
Idol Maid TV Show (MBC) Guest
SHIN PD Variety Show TV Show (SBS) Guest
2011 Every Countdown TV Show (MBC) Guest
Oh! My School TV Show (KBS) Regular Guest
Kwang Hwa Moon Love Song Musical Ji Yong
Immortal Song 2 – Sing the Legends TV Show (KBS) Contestant
Exciting Cube TV TV Show (MNET Japan) Guest
2012 Win Win TV Show (KBS2) Guest
Invincible Youth 2 TV Show (KBS2 HD) Guest
1 vs. 100 TV Show (KBS2 HD) Contestant
Chuseok Special (1 OCT 2012) TV Show (KBS2 HD) Contestant - Coupled with APink Eunji
Gag Concert TV Show (KBS2 HD) Guest
2013 The Voice Kids - Korea TV Show (Mnet) Judge/Coach
Weekly Idol TV Show (MBC Every1) Guest
Hello Counselor TV Show (KBS) Guest
Happy Together TV Show (KBS) Guest
Joseph Amazing Musical Joseph
I Live Alone TV Show (MBC) Regular Guest
2014 Full House Musical Lee Young-jae
Showtime Burning the Beast TV Show (MBC Every1) Regular Guest
Hello Counselor TV Show (KBS) Guest with Beast members except Doojoon and Hyunseung
Idol Futsal Championship TV Show (MBC) Guest with Doojoon and Kikwang
Weekly Idol TV Show (MBC Every1) Guest
Running Man TV Show (SBS) Guest
Dirty Talk TV Show (Mnet) Guest
Oven Radio Youtube Channel 1theK Guest/Host
Vitamin TV Show (KBS) Guest

Awards & nominations[edit]

Year Program Category Result Ref
2012 2011 Golden Ticket Awards Musical Rising Star Award Won [19]

Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)[edit]

Year Song Category Result
2013 "Caffeine" Best Dance Performance - Male Solo Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated

MTV SBS Best of the Best[edit]

Year Song Category Result
2013 "Caffeine" Best Male Artist Won

Music awards[edit]

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 December 20 Caffeine
December 27
2013 January 3[20]

Music Bank (TV series)[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 December 14 Caffeine
December 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Korean)"BEAST│My Name is...". 10Asia. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b (Korean) "비스트 이기광 "‘하이킥’ 촬영, 멤버들에게 미안하기도"(인터뷰) – 손에 잡히는 뉴스 눈에 보이는 뉴스 – 뉴스엔". Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  3. ^ a b (Korean)"Dalmatian's Drama & BEAST'S Yoseob join together for a 'Kiss', in their Digital Single". Daum News. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  4. ^ a b (Korean)"BEAST's Yang Yoseob takes part in 'More Charming By the Day' OST". Newsen. 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  5. ^ a b (Korean)"Beast’s Yang Yoseob supports Lee Kikwang’s "My Princess" with the OST "I Cherish That Person"". Newsen. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  6. ^ (Japanese)""Visit Seoul 2010" Korean Stars and Japanese tourists explore Seoul in MBC's Star Guide Doshiraku". East-01. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  7. ^ (Korean)"'100 points out of 100' Yang Yoseob, "I'm Kikwang and Doojoon's friend" witty PR causes laughter". Review Star. 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  8. ^ (Korean)"BEAST Yang Yoseob takes on a musical". ENS. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  9. ^ (Korean)"KBS will be making a new idol singer competition program". Naver. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  10. ^ a b (Korean)"Yang Yoseob regrets leaving ‘Immortal Song 2′". Newsen. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  11. ^ (Korean)"BEAST's Yoseob leaves 'Immortal Song 2'..Which idol singers are coming up?". Nate. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  12. ^ (Korean)"allkpop.com". 
  13. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/12/b2sts-yoseob-seo-in-young-and-yoon-sang-to-coach-young-contestants-on-voice-korea
  14. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/12/b2sts-yoseob-chosen-as-the-most-desired-coach-by-the-contestants-of-voice-kids
  15. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/10/b2sts-yoseob-and-jun-hyun-moo-are-joining-i-live-alone
  16. ^ Heartthrobs Rule the Korean Stage
  17. ^ http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/03/07/2014030700003.html
  18. ^ http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&oid=311&aid=0000314498&sid1=001&lfrom=twitter
  19. ^ "2011 Golden Ticket Awards". Interpark. January 19, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ "B2ST’s Yoseob wins #1 + performances from January 3rd’s episode of ‘M! Countdown’!". allkpop. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 

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