Yoo Gun-hyung

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoo.

Yoo Gun-hyung (born February 14, 1979) is a South Korean recording artist, songwriter, and producer best known as the co-writer and co-producer of the 2012 worldwide hit song "Gangnam Style" performed by co-writer PSY.

Biography[edit]

Yoo Gun-Hyung was introduced to the world of K-pop in 1996 as one-half (along with Suh Jung-Hwan) of the Korean hip hop duo Untitle.[1] Yoo and Suh were both still in high school, and gained particular notoriety in the Korean music industry because they were already writing their own songs.[2] Their second album, entitled The Blue Color was released in 1997.[3] Untitle disbanded in 1999.[4]

Yoo's collaboration with PSY goes back at least to 2006, with Yoo writing music and PSY writing lyrics for songs on the 2006 album PSY – We Are The One.[5]

Yoo and PSY have also co-written songs for IVY,[6] Kim Jin Pyo,[7] and Ulala Session.[8]

It has also been reported that Yoo and former Untitle co-member Suh have been working with Jang Woo Hyuk (formerly of H.O.T.) on a solo project.[9]

"Gangnam Style", the lead single of PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1, which Yoo co-wrote with PSY, was released on July 15, 2012, and the music video was uploaded to YouTube the same day.[10] Within weeks, the video had made it to #3 on YouTube's music video list.[11] Then in August, the video went viral outside of the Korean-speaking world, and by September had become the most "liked" video in the history of YouTube.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ miketastic, "Way Back Wednesday: Spring Fling", www.allkpop, March 21, 2012. Note that although English-language sources sometimes mistakenly call the group "Untitled", the group's music videos (i.e. this one) feature the spelling "Untitle" and that is the spelling used by major English-language sources on South Korean popular culture, including soompi.com and allkpop.com.
  2. ^ miketastic, "Way Back Wednesday: Spring Fling", www.allkpop, March 21, 2012.; thunderstix, "Two Old School Idol Groups Come Together for New Album", scoompi.com, May 4, 2011.
  3. ^ miketastic, "Way Back Wednesday: Spring Fling", www.allkpop, March 21, 2012.
  4. ^ miketastic, "Way Back Wednesday: Spring Fling", www.allkpop, March 21, 2012.
  5. ^ edward1849, "Top 20 – May week 4", May 30, 2006.
  6. ^ edward1849, "New albums and singles preview – 2009 October week 5", Nov. 1, 2009
  7. ^ edward1849, "Weekly K-pop Music Chart 2010 – February Week 2", Feb. 14, 2010.
  8. ^ Stewart Ho, "Ulala Session Shakes Things Up With Park Han Byul in Music Video, Makes an All-Kill on Charts", CJ E&M enewsWorld, May 10, 2012.
  9. ^ thunderstix, "Two Old School Idol Groups Come Together for New Album", scoompi.com, May 4, 2011.
  10. ^ Kevin Alloca, "'Gangnam Style' is Your International Hit of the Month", YouTube Trends, Aug. 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Kevin Alloca, "'Gangnam Style' is Your International Hit of the Month", YouTube Trends, Aug. 7, 2012.
  12. ^ "'Gangnam Style' holds Guinness world record for most 'liked' video in YouTube history", guinnessworldrecords.com, Sept. 20, 2012