Yoochun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Yoochun
Park Yoochun cropped.jpg
Yoochun in 2012
Background information
Native name 박유천
Birth name Park Yoo-chun
Also known as Micky Yoochun
믹키유천
朴有天
Yuchun (ユチョン?)
Born (1986-06-04) June 4, 1986 (age 28),
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Dancer, Model
Instruments Vocal, Piano, Keyboard
Years active 2003-present
Labels C-JeS Entertainment
Warner Music
S.M. Entertainment (2003–09)
Rhythm Zone (Japan; 2004–10)
Associated acts JYJ, TVXQ, SM Town
Park Yoo-chun
Hangul
Hanja 朴有天
Revised Romanization Bak Yucheon
McCune–Reischauer Pak Yuch'ŏn

Park Yoo-chun (Hangul: 박유천; hanja: 朴裕仟; born June 4, 1986), simply known as Yoochun, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and model. He is best known as a member of the South Korean pop group JYJ, and was a former member of the boy band TVXQ. Park is also known by the stage names Micky Yoochun (in South Korea), Yuchun (in Japan), and 有天 (in China). However, after Park left his previous band, TVXQ, he is now using Park Yoochun (JYJ) instead of Micky Yoochun (TVXQ).

Park has become well known for his acting in the dramas Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Miss Ripley, Rooftop Prince and Missing You.

Early life[edit]

Park was born in Seoul, South Korea. His family moved to the United States when he was in the sixth grade.[1] He lived in Fairfax, Virginia, where he attended Holmes Middle School and Chantilly High School.[1] He returned to South Korea after he was scouted by Brothers Entertainment. He was later signed as an artist by S.M. Entertainment.[2] He has a younger brother, Park Yu-hwan, who is also an actor.

Musical career[edit]

TVXQ[edit]

Main article: TVXQ

From 2003 to 2009, Park performed as a member of the best-selling K-pop boy band TVXQ. In July 2009, Park and two of his TVXQ bandmates, Jaejoong and Junsu, filed a lawsuit against their South Korean agency S.M. Entertainment. Through their lawyers, the members stated that the 13-year contract was excessively long, schedules were held out without the confirmation or permission of the members, contract terms have been extended and changed without their knowledge or consent and that the group's earnings were not fairly distributed to the members. After TVXQ's Japanese label announced a group hiatus in early 2010, they formed a new three member group initially known as JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN in Japan.

In November 28, 2012, the legal battle between JYJ and S.M. finally ended. Both sides agreed to retiring every judicial accusation against each other and not interfering in each other actions.

JYJ[edit]

Main article: JYJ
Yoochun in 2011

In September 2010, JYJ released extended play The..., which debuted at number one on Japan's Oricon album charts.[3] However, Avex had announced the suspension and when in Japan, the same month that year.[4]

JYJ proceeded to release The Beginning, a global album which was sung in English. JYJ promoted the new album via a worldwide showcase tour throughout October and November with dates in South Korea, Southeast Asia and the United States.
In January 25, 2011, JYJ released Korean extended play Their Rooms "Our Story"." JYJ's second group album and first full length Korean-language album In Heaven was released September 28, 2011.

Starting from April, Park toured Asia and North America for JYJ's first Worldwide Tour.[5] The tour is then extended to Europe and South America, adding another four stops in Spain, Germany, Chile and Peru.

In addition to being a musician, Park has also been active as an actor since 2010.

Solo singing career[edit]

Park is featured in "Tokyo Lovelight" from DJ Makai's Stars (mini-album). He was also one of the featured rappers on the song "Heartquake", a track from Super Junior's third album, Sorry, Sorry.[6]

For "Miss Ripley", Park sang "너를 위한 빈자리 (The Empty Space for You)". It appeared in the ninth episode of the drama and was released on the "Miss Ripley" OST (Part 3).

Song writer[edit]

Park has written and composed several songs that have appeared on TVXQ's Korean and Japanese albums. As a member of SM Town, he contributed to the 2007 winter album Only Love with his composition "Evergreen". Park also wrote and composed "사랑 안녕 사랑 (Love Bye Love)", featured on the group's fourth Korean studio album Mirotic.[7] For the Trick project, he wrote the lyrics to his solo "My Girlfriend", entirely in English.[8]

"Kiss the Baby Sky", one of the A-side's for TVXQ's twenty-fifth Japanese single, marked the first time that one of the songs both written and composed by Park was released on a Japanese single.[9]

With TVXQ members U-Know Yunho and Xiah Junsu, Park wrote the rap lyrics to "Love After Love", which appeared on their second Korean studio album, Rising Sun. For the group's Japanese releases, Park wrote and co-composed "Kiss Shita Mama, Sayonara" (Kissしたまま、さよなら lit. As We Kiss, Goodbye?) with Hero for T, TVXQ's third Japanese album.[10] In September 2009, he and Hero released a self-written duet, "Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter", which was used as the image song for Hello Kitty's 35th anniversary.[11]

Park has also written songs for JYJ's albums. "I Love You", a track featured in JYJ's 2010 album The Beginning, was penned by Park. In January 2011, Park was the lyricist/composer in JYJ's music essay called Their Rooms "Our Story" for the song "이름없는 노래 Part 1 (A Song Without A Name, Part 1)". In addition, he also composed the rap in bandmate Junsu's song, "Xiahtic". For In Heaven, Park co-wrote "Get Out" with bandmate Jaejoong.

Acting career[edit]

Park's starting minor roles were with TVXQ, in Banjun Theater and Vacation.[12][13]

In June 2010 Park began his official acting career by appearing in the Japanese BeeTV mobile drama Beautiful Love ~君がいれば~ (Beautiful Love ~If you were here ~) as Young-soo, the runaway heir of a conglomerate.

Two months later, Park made his Korean debut as an actor in the hit 2010 KBS drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관스캔들). He portrayed Lee Seon Joon, a wealthy, passionable and studious nobleman, who falls in love with his fellow schoolmate—a woman disguised as a man.[14] He received the "Rookie of the Year" Award, "Netizen Award" and "Best Couple" Award at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards ceremony. He won "Best Newcomer Award" and "Most Popular Actor in a TV Drama" at The 47th Baeksang Arts Awards, the most prestigious entertainment awards in South Korea. Park also won "Best Actor" and "Most Popular Asian Actor" at the 6th Seoul International Drama Awards.

In 2011, he starred in the MBC drama Miss Ripley with Lee Da-hae, Kim Seung-woo, and Kang Hye-jung.[15] His character as Song Yoo-hyun has him playing a half-Korean, half-Japanese second-generation director who will falls blindly in love with the antiheroine. At the 2011 MBC Drama Awards, Park won "Best Newcomer" for his role as lead male in "Miss Ripley."

In 2012, he starred in the SBS drama Rooftop Prince with Han Ji-min. Park's third role was Lee Gak, a Joseon era prince who time-travels 300 years to the present day, and also as Yong Tae-yong, third generation of conglomerate. The drama started airing on March 21, 2012. On August 30, Park won "Most Popular Actor in TV Drama" at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards, crowning him as the most popular actor for two years in row.

On November 7, 2012, Park returned to television by participating in his fourth drama, MBC's Missing You,[16] in which he portrays homicide detective Han Jung-woo who, in the past when he was fourteen years old, was separated from his first love.

Having played the main character in a SBS and a MBC drama during 2012, Park attended both networks' drama award shows. At the MBC Drama Awards on December 30, the actor won the "Excellence Actor in a Mini-Series" Award for his role in Missing You. At the SBS Drama Awards the following day on the 31st, he received four more awards--"Excellence Actor in a Drama Special", one of the "Top 10 Stars", "Best Couple" (shared with Han Ji-min), and the "Netizen Popularity" Award—at the SBS Drama Awards for his performance in popular drama Rooftop Prince.

With all these acting accomplishments added to the list of awards Park has already won since debuting as an actor in 2010, he now had achieved a so-called "Grand Slam" by having won trophies from each of South Korea's three major television channels, SBS, MBC, and KBS.[17]

Discography[edit]

Solo appearances[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2009 Girls' Generation's Single "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)" Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) 03:52 Girls' Generation
2009 Makai's Album "Stars" Tokyo Lovelight 05:31 DJ Makai feat. Yuchun
2014 Gummy's Album "I Loved.. Have No Regrets" 놀러가자 03:33 Gummy feat. Yuchun

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Rainbow Romance Yoochun MBC
Banjun Theater High school student SBS
Masked fencer, slave SBS
2006 Himself SBS
Vacation Himself
2010 君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~ Young-Soo BeeTV mobile
Sungkyunkwan Scandal Lee Sun-joon KBS2
2011 Miss Ripley Song Yoohyun / Yutaka MBC
2012 Rooftop Prince Lee Gak / Yong Tae Yong SBS
Missing You Han Jungwoo MBC
2014 Three Days Han Tae Kyung SBS

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Language
2010 Dating On Earth Park Yoochun Korean
2014 Sea Fog Dong-shik Korean

Narration[edit]

Year Title Network Note
2011 The Hometown In Which I Used To Live MBC Documentary about small towns

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist
2007 "Flight Girl" Magolpy

Radio show[edit]

Year Title Notes
2007 TVXQ Bigeastation Park acted as the host with TVXQ

Other activities[edit]

  • In 2009, he opened "Timeout Gelato" an ice-cream gelato shop for his mother.[18]
  • In 2011, it was revealed that he and fellow JYJ member Jaejoong are CEOs of "Bum's Story"—a Japanese restaurant and high fusion bar—in Gangnam.[19]
  • In 2011, Park has started endorsing various brands such as Tio, Zelda, and Ottogi Ramen Kissmyun. He also model and spokesperson for Black Smith Restaurant and Cafe in South Korea. Together with JYJ, Park also endorsed many various brands like the LG Optimus smartphones, Penzal, Nature Republic, Lotte Duty Free, clothing brand NII, Nintendo Mario Kart 7, and cosmetic brand Tony Moly—so far as of the latter half of 2012.
  • Also, 2012 marked Park's 1st Asia Tour Fanmeeting, due the popularity his acting in dramas has brought him. He traveled alone to Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei, and Bangkok and gathered over 17,000 attendees by his final stop.
  • In December 2012, Park has been appointed as both advertising model and PR ambassador of Standard Chartered Bank Korea's talent donation campaign "Audio Library Project". Park Yuchun is expected to encourage the public to donate their voices in making audio books and barrier-free movies for those in need. The movie and books by Park and the volunteers will be donated to the Korea Blind Union.
  • In February 2013, Park was invited to attend Hunan Television top ratings Chinese Lantern Festival of Joy. Park was the only Korean artist that being invited to the show. He was invited because his explosive popularity in China. In consideration of Park's busy schedules, Hunan Television sent a private jet to get Park to attend the show in China. Local celebrities showering their excitement of Park's appearance via SNS and media. When Park arrive at the airport, around 1000 fans swamped the airport waiting for him. Local medias described it as airport turned concert venue. Park also attended the Hunan Television press conference, he also sang a song called 'Magic Castle' in his drama Missing You.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result
2001 American Singing Competition (Virginia) Best Artist of the Competition N/A Won
2003 KBN Teens Singing Competition Special Award N/A Won
2010 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Sungkyunkwan Scandal Won
[20]
Netizen Award
Best Couple Award (with Park Min-young)
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Won
[21]
Most Popular Actor (TV)
6th Seoul International Drama Awards People's Choice Award (Korea) Won
[22]
Outstanding Korean Actor
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Miss Ripley Won
[23]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Won
[24]
2012 K-Star News Awards Best Idol Actor (voted by children) N/A Won
7th Seoul International Drama Awards People's Choice Award (Korea) Rooftop Prince Won
[25]
Outstanding Korean Actor
2012 German Remarkable Korean Awards Best Male Actor Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
[26]
Netizen Popularity Award
Top 10 Stars
Best Couple Award (with Han Ji-min)
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Missing You Won
[27]
Popularity Award Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Yoon Eun-hye) Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Three Days Nominated

Tours[edit]

Year Tour Dates Venue
2012
Park Yuchun 1st Asia Fanmeeting Tour[28]
  • August 25
  • September 8
  • September 14
  • September 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kang, Cecilia (2006-11-26). "Riding the Seoul Train". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Brothers Entertainment Official Website". Brothers Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  3. ^ "東方神起新ユニット、デビュー作が初日首位". Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ Lee, Woo-young (23 September 2010). "Three members of TVXQ face setback in Japan". The Korean Herald (Park Haeng-hwan). 
  5. ^ "JYJ kicks off their "JYJ World Tour Concert" in Thailand". allkpop. 2011-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Lee Yeon-hee and TVXQ is featured in Super Junior's third album". Moneytoday (in Korean). 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  7. ^ "TVXQ, official Korean website album info page" (in Korean). Iple. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Runaway/My Girlfriend (YUCHUN from TVXQ)" (in Japanese). Yahoo! Music Japan. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  9. ^ "TVXQ, Japan 25th Single 'Bolero' released on the 29th" (in Korean). Joins!. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  10. ^ "TVXQ T album interview" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Hero Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun to participate in M-flo's album" (in Korean). Yonhap News. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  12. ^ "Retro Dance Queen Bae Seul Ki 'TVXQ Woman'". Hankooki (in Korean). 3 March 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  13. ^ "TVXQ, Theater Actors". Star Money (in Korean). 7 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  14. ^ "드라마 '성균관스캔들' 기자 간담회 열려". E-daily. 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  15. ^ Park Yoochun changes more than just wardrobe for "Miss Ripley" 10Asia. May 17, 2011.
  16. ^ Stewart Ho (25 September 2012). "JYJ Park Yoo Chun Set to Return to TV Drama With 'I Miss You'". enewsworld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  17. ^ "박유천 그랜드슬램, 연기 시작 3년 만에 지상파 신인상-우수상 휩쓸어…". W Star News / Nate (in Korean). SK Communications. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  18. ^ Yoochun Opens a Gelato Shop For His Umma
  19. ^ 오늘 재중 인터뷰 2 - CEO로써 신경쓰는 부분은? – 스타존 | Daum 텔존
  20. ^ JYJ's Micky Yoochun wins award at the 2010 'KBS Drama Awards'
  21. ^ Hong, Lucia Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win top prizes at Paeksang" 10 Asia. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-10
  22. ^ Hong, Lucia "Chinese series "Three Kingdoms" wins grand prize at Seoul Drama Awards" 10 Asia. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-12
  23. ^ "박유천·이기광·서현진·효민, MBC드라마대상 미니시리즈 男女신인상" [Park Yoochun, Lee Kikwang, Seo Hyeon Jin, Hyomin, MBC Drama Awards Mini Series Male and Female Newcomer Award Recipients]. Nate (in Korean). SK Communications. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  24. ^ Jo, Sin-yeong (26 April 2012). "'백상예술대상' 박유천 박신혜, TV부문 남녀 인기상 "팬들 감사해요~"" [JYJ's Yoo Chun and Park Shin Hye receive Most Popular Actor and Actress in TV Drama at PaekSang Arts Awards]. TV Report (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  25. ^ JYJ's Yoo Chun at the center of the global festival Seoul Drama Awards
  26. ^ "2012 SBS 연기대상 수상자 명단(종합)" [2012 SBS Drama Awards list of Winners]. Nate (in Korean). SK Communications. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  27. ^ "2012 MBC 연기대상 수상자 명단(종합)" [2012 MBC Drama Awards list of Winners]. Nate (in Korean). SK Communications. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  28. ^ 아시아는 '박유천 앓이'…亞 팬미팅투어, 1만7000 관객동원
  29. ^ 박유천도 상하이 5000명 팬미팅 대성황
  30. ^ 박유천, 亞 팬미팅 성황리에 마무리...4개국 17000명 '열광'
  31. ^ 박유천, 대만 4000만 여심 사로잡아
  32. ^ 박유천 아시아팬미팅 성료, 태국 팬들 열광 ‘박유천앓이’ 입증

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