Alex Chu

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Alex Chu
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Chu in 2016
Background information
Native name
추헌곤
Birth nameChu Hun-gon
Born (1979-09-02) September 2, 1979 (age 39)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actor
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active2001–present
LabelsFluxus Music
Associated acts
WebsiteClazziquai Project
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationChu Heon-gon
McCune–ReischauerCh'u Hŏnkon
Stage name
Hangul
Revised RomanizationArregseu
McCune–ReischauerAlleksŭ

Alex Chu (born Korean추헌곤 Chu Hun-gon September 2, 1979),[1] known simply as Alex (Korean알렉스), is a Korean-Canadian singer and actor. He is the male vocalist of the South Korean electropop band Clazziquai.[2]

Biography[edit]

Having immigrated to Canada with his family,[citation needed] Alex rose to fame upon returning to South Korea years later as part of the group Clazziquai. The group's popularity skyrocketed after featuring on the soundtrack of hit drama series My Lovely Samsoon.[citation needed]

In 2008, the group announced a temporary hiatus, and its members debuted as solo artists, including Alex. In 2009, Clazziquai returned with the release of Mucho Punk.[citation needed]

Alex Chu became part of the MBC reality show We Got Married Korean(우리 결혼했어요) and was matched with Korean trot singer Jang Yoon-jeong in the Lunar Special episode, and actress/model Shin Ae for the rest of the series. The show also stars Crown J, Andy of Shinhwa, Seo In-young of Jewelry, Solbi of Typhoon, Saori and Jung Hyung-don. Alex and Shin Ae left the show after Episode 8 for Alex to record his first solo album Vintage Romance. They were replaced by Kim Hyun-joong of SS501 and Hwangbo of Chakra. However, due to popular demand, the couple reunited in Episode 13. Alex and Shin Ae made their exit from the show on November 16, 2008.[citation needed]

Alex debuted in his first drama series Pasta as one of the main cast. The drama aired from January 4, 2010 to March 9, 2010 on MBC.[citation needed]

In June 2, 2011, Alex released his second solo album, Just Like Me.[citation needed]

On June 1, 2012, Alex opened a new Italian restaurant, D'asti Plate, in January 2018 known as D'Asti NY. He partnered with three of his close friends to open the restaurant, which is located in the Shinsadong area of Seoul.[3][better source needed]

In 2013, he appeared in the KBS variety show Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education to participate during the bowling matches from episode 6 to episode 9.[citation needed]

In 2016, Alex started hosting a variety show My Neighbor, Charles.[citation needed]

Controversies[edit]

Alex Chu was booked without detention by Gangnam Police in Seoul for driving while intoxicated in Seoul on July 18, 2012. Alex Chu had blood alcohol content of 0.134%.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[5]
My Vintage Romance
Track listing
  1. Too Soon (어느새)
  2. If It's You (그대라면)
  3. Always You (넌 언제나) feat. Thomas Cook
  4. Sorry To Keep You Waiting (기다리게 해서 미안해요)
  5. Tears Fall On Your Toes (발끝을 적시는 눈물)
  6. Feel Like Making Sunshine
  7. Fold My Hands (깍지껴요) feat. Gaeko of Dynamic Duo
  8. Waltz Lesson feat. Whale
  9. Lover (연인)
  10. I Love You (사랑하오)
  11. Glorious Day (기분 좋은 날)
  12. Daydreaming
  13. Miss. Understanding feat. Simon Dominic
  14. Daisy (데이지)
  15. Flowerpot (화분)
N/A
Just Like Me
  • Released: June 2, 2011
  • Label: Fluxus Music, Windmill Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Who Told The Story (전하지 못한 이야기)
  2. You're My Lady
  3. Same Dream (같은 꿈)
  4. Wind Of Spring (봄날의 바람 같아요)
  5. If You Can Go Back (되돌릴 수 있다면) feat. Jane
  6. Can't Be Crazy (미쳐보려 해도)
  7. Talk (얘기)
  8. He Did Not Receive His Blessings (자신에게도 축복받지 못한)
  9. To Reach You (너에게 닿기를)
  10. The Flowers (꽃이다)
  11. Tomboi feat. Lovey
  12. Mediocre You (평범한 그대)
  13. Again To You (또 다시 너에게로)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[6]
"I Love You" (사랑하오) 2008 N/A My Vintage Romance
"If It's You" (그대라면)
"Bad Behavior" (나쁜 짓) Non-album singles
"Sweet Dream (Andante)" 2010 67
"Same Dream" (같은 꿈) 2011 76
  • KOR: 136,091[7]
Just Like Me
"Can't Be Crazy" (미쳐보려 해도) 58
  • KOR: 188,215[8]
"Goodbye Smile" (웃으며 안녕) 89 Non-album singles
"You're So Gorgeous" (화려한 그대) 85
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Other artist(s)
2006 "Very Heartbreaking Words" (너무 아픈 이 말) Jisun of Loveholics
2013 "Blue Road" (블루로드) Park Se-young

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Album
2008 "Flowerpot" (화분) We Got Married OST
2010 "Love Year" (사랑살이) Three Brothers OST
2011 "If I Could Turn It Back" (되돌릴 수 있다면) feat. Jane Late Autumn OST
"Good Smile" (웃으며 안녕) Romance Town OST
"Flowers Bloom" (꽃이 피네요) with Horan Only You OST
"A Day You Left" (니가 떠난 하루) Me Too, Flower! OST
2012 "Maybe Maybe" (어쩌면 어쩌면) with Horan Music and Lyrics OST
"If It Were Me" (나였으면) I Do, I Do OST
2013 "One Step To Your Side" (한걸음 그대 곁으로) Jjak OST
2014 "I Want To Love You" (사랑해줄래) My Lovely Girl OST
2015 "D.N.A Luv" (연애세포) with Song Ji-eun Flirty Boy And Girl OST
"My Time Towards You" (널 향한 나의 시간) Bubble Gum OST
2016 "Small Comma" (작은 쉼표) Woman with a Suitcase OST

Television shows[edit]

TV drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2007 Finding Love Park Ji-won MBC Every 1
2010 Smile, Dong-hae Lee Tae-hoon KBS1
Pasta Kim San MBC
2011 A Thousand Days' Promise Son Suk-ho SBS
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Ji-hoon SBS
2013 Medical Top Team Bae Sang-kyu MBC
2014 I Need Romance 3 Lee Jung-ho tvN
Hotel King Yoo Joon-seong MBC
My Lovely Girl Bae Sung-jin SBS
2018 I Am the Mother Too[11] Shin Sang-hyuk SBS

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note
2009 We Got Married (Season 1) Himself MBC
2011 Idol Star 7080 Best Singer Contestant MBC

Duet with Luna of f(x), won Gold Prize

2013 Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education Himself KBS2
2015 A Style For You Himself KBS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "알렉스 프로필" (in Korean). Naver.
  2. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (July 3, 2007). "Clazziquai Redefines Korean Electronica Music", The Korea Times. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  3. ^ ""Pasta's" Alex Opens Italian Restaurant in Shinsadong". soompi.com. June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  4. ^ 알렉스, 음주운전 혐의로 불구속 입건. Seoul Broadcasting System (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  5. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2015-08-27.
  6. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2017-03-09.
  7. ^ Cumulative sales of "Same Dream":
  8. ^ Cumulative sales of "Can't Be Crazy":
  9. ^ "2011년 34주차 Download Chart".
  10. ^ Cumulative sales of "You're So Gorgeous":
  11. ^ Park, Soo-in (April 14, 2018). "SBS 측 "알렉스 '나도 엄마야' 출연 확정" 결혼 후 복귀작(공식)". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved April 23, 2018.

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