Yong Jun-hyung

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yong.
Yong Jun-hyung
Birth name Yong Jae-soon
Also known as Joker, Poppin' Dragon
Born (1989-12-19) December 19, 1989 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres R&B, K-pop, hip hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, rapper
Instruments Piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels Cube Entertainment
Associated acts XING, Beast
Korean name
Hangul 용준형
Hanja 俊亨
Revised Romanization Yong Jun-hyeong
McCune–Reischauer Yong Chunhyŏng

Yong Jun-hyung (Hangul: 용준형; Hanja: 俊亨; born December 19, 1989), also known as Poppin' Dragon or Joker, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, actor, dancer and record producer. He is a member and the main rapper of the Korean boy group Beast.

Biography[edit]

Junhyung was born in Seoul, South Korea. He changed his birth name Yong Jae-soon (Hangul: 용재순) to his current name when he was in 6th grade.[1] He was once a member of the boyband Xing along with Kevin from U-KISS and was known as Poppin' Dragon when he was promoting with them. He was featured in various singles as a rapper for artists such as labelmates Hyuna's "Change"[2] and G.NA's "Kkeojyeo Julge Jar Sara" (꺼져 줄게 잘 살아, lit. I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better),[3] Young Jee's "Crazy, that's what love is",[4] Navi's "Go Again" and Wheesung's "Words That Freeze My Heart".[5]

Career[edit]

Beast[edit]

Beast (비스트, stylized as BEAST or B2ST) is a boy band from South Korea that consists of six members, under Cube Entertainment. Originally known as B2ST, an acronym for "Boys 2 Search the Top", their name was changed to BEAST (Boys of East Asia Standing Tall). They released their first mini-album Beast Is The B2ST on October 14, 2009, and made their first live performance on KBS's Music Bank 2 days later.

The group has released a total of 7 mini-albums: Beast Is The B2ST, Shock Of The New Era, Mastermind, Lights Go On Again, My Story, Midnight Sun and Good Luck, and two studio albums, Fiction and Fact and Hard to Love, How to Love.

Solo activities[edit]

Junhyung was featured in Lee Gi-kwang's music video "눈물을 닦고" ("Wiping the Tears") as a rapper with Doojoon. Along with fellow BEAST member Yang Yoseob, MC and comedian Lee Hyuk-jae, Moon Hee-joon (formerly of H.O.T.) and Kim Sook, they welcomed Japanese tourists for "Visit Seoul 2010" campaign, where Korean celebrities and Japanese tourists explored Seoul in MBC's "Star Guide Doshiraku" to raise awareness of Seoul's famous areas as well as its cuisine.[6]

Junhyung also featured in Hyuna's solo debut single "Change"[2] Yong along with 4minute were also featured in "Heard 'Em All" for Amerie's Asian version of the album In Love & War.[7] He also starred in MBC "High Kick Through the Roof" as a cameo in one of its episodes.[8] He was also involved in writing and performing the rap section for 4minute's album "Hit Your Heart", in the song "Who's Next?"[9]

Junhyung was featured rapping for G.NA's album title song "I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better" music video, with the intent of giving an "opposite vibe" from Doojoon's appearance.[3] Junhyung was also featured in "Faddy Robot Foundation" together with 4minute's Hyuna, Outsider, Verbal Jint, Mighty Mouth's Ssangchu, Vasco and Zico; all profit from this album has been promised to be given out to charity.[10] In order to encourage the public participation in commemorating Seoul Summit Asia Bridge Contents (Representative Choi Jin) announced that the G20 summit held in Seoul created the campaign song "Let's Go" composed by Shinsadong Tiger, Lim Sanghyuk, Eddie, and Junhyung.[11]

In November 23, 2010, Young Jee released a single named "Crazy, That's What Love Is" featuring Junhyung who wrote the rap lyrics himself.[4] On January 19, 2011, Navi released a single named "Go Again" featuring Junhyung rapping. On 14 March 2011, Wheesung released "Heart Aching Story" song featuring Yong Junhyung.[5]

Junhyung also appeared in M&D's music video for "Close Your Mouth" with FT Island's Hongki & Jonghun, Supreme Team's Simon D and Miss A's Jia which was released on June 22, 2011.

He was also featured as a rapper for Hyuna's album "Bubble Pop!" in the song 'A Bitter Day", Kim Wan-sun's single "Be Quiet", and ALi's title song "Don't Act Countrified" from her album "SOUL-RI: A Town With Soul".

On February 3, 2012, he released a solo song titled, "너 없이 사는 것도 (Living Without You)". The song was written in the hip-hop style, and was co-produced by Junhyung and composer Kim Tae Joo. The song tells the story of a man who must overcome the pain of being betrayed by a woman he loved. The songs "이럴 줄 알았어 (I Knew It)" and "너 없이 사는 것도 (Living Without You)" are related to "Living Without You", being a prologue and a continuation respectively. Junhyung also produced Yang Yoseob's first EP "First Collage" which officially released on the 21st of November, 2012.[12]

Producer Brave Brothers created the project group ‘Absurd’, with rappers Junhyung B2ST, LE EXID and FeelDog Big Star. The promo image was released on February 21, 2013, and on February 17, 2013, Brave Brothers released Junhyung's version of the MV teaser. Junhyung produced and composed their 2013 album "Hard to Love, How to Love" which is their second Studio album with Kim Tae-Joo. He also currently stars in a new South Korean TV Series called Monstar which airs every Friday starting on May 17, 2013, on Mnet music channel.

On 13 December 2013, Junhyung released his debut solo mini-album, Flower. It was released on all online music sites on that day at 12AM KST, which is to signify the start of his career as a solo artist. The title track "Flower" topped the music charts, as well as other singles such as "Caffeine (Piano version) (feat. Yang Yoseob)" and "Anything (feat G.NA)".

On May 15, 2014, Junhyung was featured in Megan Lee's official debut track, "8dayz".

In 2014, he appeared in Lee Seung Hwan's song "I Feel On You". He was also featured in music videos of Eru's "I hate You", Lyn's "Breakable Heart", Baek Ji Young's "Good Boy" and Natthew's "She's Bad".

Personal life[edit]

On June 28, 2011, Cube Entertainment announced that Junhyung was in a relationship with Goo Hara of KARA. DSP Media also announced; “They do have good feelings towards one another, but they’re still getting to know each other." On March 27, 2013, Cube Entertainment and DSP Media announced the end of their 2-year relationship, citing that the two "naturally drifted apart".

Discography[edit]

For Yong Jun-hyung's works with Beast, see Beast discography.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Chart Position

KOR[13]

Album
2012 "너 없이 사는 것도 (Living Without You)" 8 Digital Single
2013 "Flower" 23 Flower

Extended plays[edit]

# Title Release date
1st Flower 13 December 2013

Guest Appearances[edit]

Year Date Title Artist Album
2010 Thank you Yang Yoseob feat. Yong Junhyung Thank YOU
2010 01.04 Change HyunA feat. Yong Junhyung Change
07.14 “꺼져 줄게 잘 살아” (“I’ll Back Off So You Can Live”) G.NA feat. Yong Junhyung Draw G's First Breath
09.17 “Faddy Robot” Vasco, Verbal Jint, Sangchu, Outsider, Yong Junhyung, Joosuc, HyunA, Zico Faddy Robot Foundation
11.23 “미쳐야 사랑이지” (“It’s Love If You’re Crazy”) Young Jee feat. Yong Junhyung 미쳐야 사랑이지 (Digital Single)”
12.13 “미쳐야 사랑이지” (“It’s Love If You’re Crazy”) Young Jee feat. Gummy and Yong Junhyung Young Jee 1st Mini Album (EP)”
2011 01.19 “다시 돌아가” (“Go Back Again”) Navi feat. Yong Junhyung Hello
03.15 “가슴 시린 이야기” (“The Heartbreaking Story”) Wheesung feat. Yong Junhyung 가슴 시린 이야기
04.24 “What I See” Prepix feat. Yong Junhyung, Beenzino, and Esna What I See
04.29 “안을까 말까” (“Should I Hug or Not”) Of BEAST (Yoon Doojoon, Yong Junhyung, & Lee Gi-kwang) SUPER MARKET – the Half (Shinsadong Tiger Project Album)
06.22 “Silly Boy” 015B feat. 4minute and Yong Junhyung 015B 20th Century Boy
06.30 A Bitter Day Hyuna feat. Yong Junhyung and G.NA Bubble Pop!
10.25 “Be Quiet” Kim Wan-sun feat. Yong Junhyung Be Quiet
12.13 “촌스럽게 굴지마” (“Don’t Act Foolish”) ALi feat. Yong Junhyung Soul-Ri: 영혼이 있는 마을 (A Town With Soul)
2012 05.09 “하늘 높이” (“Up in the Sky”) A Pink feat. Joker Une Année
05.17 “Good Boy” Baek Ji-young feat. Yong Junyhyung GOOD BOY
08.08 “미워요” (“Hate You”) Eru feat. Yong Junhyung Feel Brand New Part 2
11.15 “She’s Bad” Natthew feat. Yong Junhyung She’s Bad
11.26 “카페인 “ (“Caffeine”) Yang Yoseob feat. Yong Junhyung The First Collage
2013 02.21 "어이없네" ("You Got Some Nerve") Yong Junhyung, FeelDog & LE 어이없네
04.26 “유리 심장 “ (“Glass Heart”) LYn feat. Yong Junhyung 8th Album
10.29 “Don’t Walk Away” Kim Jaejoong feat. Yong Junhyung WWW (Jaejoong album)
2014 05.15 "8dayz" Megan Lee feat. Yong Junhyung Megan The First Single 8dayz
06.11 "My Dear" Park Shin Hye feat. Yong Junhyung My Dear (부제: 꽃)

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 Salamander Guru and The Shadows TV Series (SBS) Joker (cameo appearance)
Win Win TV Show (KBS2) Himself
Invincible Youth 2 TV Show (KBS2) Himself
2013 Monstar TV Series (MNET Korea) Yoon Seol-chan
2013 Weekly Idol TV Show (MBC) Himself
2014 Burning The Beast TV Variety Show (MBC) Himself

Music Videos[edit]

Year Album Title Title Duration Artist
2010 Draw G's First Breath "I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better" 03:31 G.NA feat. Jun Hyung & Yoon Doo-joon
Change "Change" 03:48 Hyuna feat. Jun Hyung
2011 Be Quiet "Be Quiet" 03:15 Kim Wan-sun feat. Jun Hyung
First Story "Hello" 03:48 Huh Gak
2012 Good Boy "Good Boy" 03:45 Baek Ji-young feat. Jun Hyung
Feel Brand New Part 2 "I Hate You" 03:55 Eru feat. Jun Hyung
New Natthew Project "She's Bad" 03:58 Natthew feat. Jun Hyung
The First Collage "Caffeine" 03:37 Yang Yo-seob feat. Jun Hyung
2013 어이없네 "어이없네" ("You Got Some Nerve") 03:38 Jun Hyung & FeelDog & LE
2014 Megan The First Single 8dayz "8dayz" 03:32 (Korean)
03:20 (English)
Junhyung and Megan Lee

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Hot Cover Music - "Past Days" Monstar Nominated
20's Booming Star - Male Nominated
Korea Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Ha Yeon-soo Nominated
Best New Actor Won
2014 So-loved Awards Best Music Video Flower Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Korean) "BEAST's Yong Junhyung makes a surprise confession, "My real name is Yong Jaesoon". Osen. 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b (Korean) "Junhyung features in 4MINUTE Hyuna's new solo track 'Change'". Newsen. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Beast's Yoon Doojoon's first try in acting as 'lovers' with Gina's (previously in Five Girls) music video". Newsen. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  4. ^ a b (Korean) "Crazy, That's What Love Is – Youngjee". Melon. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  5. ^ a b "My Music Style". Mnet. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  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) "4minute-Amerie collaboration, released on the 18th". Chosun. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Boy band BEAST – Part 2". 10Asia. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  9. ^ (Korean) "4minute reveals a teaser video with BEAST, Full of chic charisma". Newsen. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  10. ^ (Korean) "Faddy Robot Foundation releases a charity song featuring Yong Junhyung". Newsen. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  11. ^ (Korean) "20 Idols Come Together To Form Group of 20". Osen. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  12. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/02/b2sts-junhyung-releases-full-audio-for-living-without-you
  13. ^ (Korean)"Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 

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