Bang Si-hyuk

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Bang Si-hyuk
Closeup upper body shot of Bang Si-hyuk giving a commencement speech at Seoul National University in February 2019
Bang in February 2019
Background information
Also known as"Hitman" Bang
Born (1972-08-09) August 9, 1972 (age 49)
South Korea
GenresR&B
Occupation(s)
Years active1994–present
LabelsHybe Corporation
Associated actsPark Jin-young
Websitehybecorp.com
Alma materSeoul National University
Known forFounder of Hybe Corporation
Korean name
Hangul
방시혁
Hanja
房時爀
Revised RomanizationBang Si-hyeok
McCune–ReischauerPang Sihyŏk

Bang Si-hyuk (born August 9, 1972), known professionally as "Hitman" Bang (stylized as "hitman" bang), is a South Korean lyricist, composer, producer, and record executive. He is the founder of Big Hit Music (formerly Big Hit Entertainment) and Hybe Corporation, and chairman of the latter.

One of the fifty richest people in South Korea according to Forbes Asia, Bang is the only billionaire in the South Korean entertainment industry. As of July 2021, he is reportedly worth an estimated $3.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Early life[edit]

Bang's passion for music began early, as he grew up in a musical home. However, he was discouraged from pursuing a career in music by his parents.[1][2] He went to Kyunggi High School before graduating from Seoul National University.[3]

Career[edit]

Bang debuted as a composer while in college.[3] He met Park Jin-young during the mid-1990s, and the pair often partnered together as a songwriting duo. When Park founded his company JYP Entertainment, Bang joined him as a composer, arranger and producer.[2][4][5] One of their early successes was the first-generation group g.o.d.[4] They were largely responsible for the production of g.o.d's debut album Chapter 1, with Park serving as the producer and primary songwriter while Bang arranged the instrumentation and music.[6][better source needed] Some of g.o.d's most famous songs arranged by Bang include "One Candle" and "Road". Bang's stage name "Hitman" originated from this period, when g.o.d enjoyed success as one of the country's best-selling and most popular boy bands of the early 2000s, earning himself and Park the reputation as "hit makers".[4][7] Besides g.o.d, Bang has also produced or composed for artists such as veterans Im Chang-jung and Park Ji-yoon, singer-actor Rain, groups Wonder Girls, 2AM and Teen Top, R&B singer Baek Ji-young, and many others.[4][7][8]

In 2005, Bang left JYP Entertainment and founded his own company, Big Hit Entertainment, where he continued to write, compose and produce for Big Hit artists[7][9]—he co-wrote six songs on BTS' critically acclaimed Wings (2016) album. The success of Wings garnered Bang the Best Producer Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Songwriter Award at the Melon Music Awards that year. In June 2018, he was named one of Variety's International Music Leaders due to BTS' achievements.[10]

In April 2019, Bloomberg estimated Bang's worth to be about $770 million.[11] The BigHit IPO filed in October 2020 was the largest seen in South Korea in three years and skyrocketed Bang's net worth to $2.8 billion,[12][13] making him the only billionaire in South Korea's entertainment industry and the sixth-richest person in the country.[14][15][16] The success of the IPO, together with the commercial success of BTS that year, Bang's steps into diversification with apps like Weverse, and acquisitions of companies like Source Music and Pledis Entertainment among others, landed him on the 2020 edition of Variety's Variety500, an annual index of the 500 most influential business leaders in the global media industry.[17][18]

In June 2021, Forbes Asia published its annual list of Korea's 50 Richest People. One of only two newcomers to the ranking, Bang was listed as the 16th richest person in South Korea.[19][20] On July 1, following an organizational restructuring, Hybe Corporation announced Bang's resignation as CEO of the company to return his focus to music production. He was replaced by Park Ji-won, but retained his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors.[21][22] According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bang is worth an estimated $3.2 billion as of July 2021.[23]

Production discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Notes
2007 Wonder Girls The Wonder Years
2009 Taegoon 1st Mini Album
2010 2AM Saint o'Clock
2011 Lee Hyun You Are the Best of My Life
Homme Homme by Hitman Bang
Lee Seung-gi Tonight
Teen Top Roman with composer Park Chang-hyeon
2012 Lee Hyun The Healing Echo
2013 BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool Co-produced with Pdogg
O!RUL8,2? Co-produced with Pdogg
2014 Skool Luv Affair
Skool Luv Affair Special Addition
1st Japan Single Album: No More Dream
2nd Japan Single Album: Boy In Luv
Dark & Wild
3rd Japan Single Album: Danger
1st Japanese Album: Wake Up
2015 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1
4th Japan Single Album: For You
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2
5th Japan Single Album: I NEED U
6th Japan Single Album: RUN
2016 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever
2nd Japanese Album: Youth
WINGS
2017 WINGS: You Never Walk Alone
Love Yourself 承 Her
2018 Love Yourself 轉 Tear
Love Yourself 結 Answer
IZ Angel "Angel" with Supreme Boi, co-composed "Granulate" with Kim Do-hoon
2019 TXT The Dream Chapter: Star
BTS Map of the Soul: Persona
BTS World: Original Soundtrack
TXT The Dream Chapter: Magic
2020 GFriend 回:Labyrinth
BTS Map of the Soul: 7
TXT The Dream Chapter: Eternity
GFriend 回:Song of the Sirens
BTS Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~
TXT Minisode1: Blue Hour
GFriend 回:Walpurgis Night
Enhypen Border: Day One
2021 Border: Carnival
TXT The Chaos Chapter: Freeze
Seventeen Your Choice
Enhypen Dimension: Dilemma

Lyrics and composition[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Awards[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Work(s) Result Ref.
Melon Music Awards 2009 Songwriter Award N/A Won [24]
Mnet 20's Choice Awards 2010 20's Most Influential Stars Award Won [25]
Korea Music Copyright Awards 2011 Best Lyricist (Ballad) Won [3]
Best Songwriter (Ballad) Won
Masterpiece Award Won [26]
Asia Artist Awards 2016 Best Producer Award Won [27]
Melon Music Awards Songwriter Award Won [28]
Mnet Asian Music Awards Special Awards – Best Executive Producer Won [29]
Golden Disc Awards 2017 Best Producer Won [30]
Gaon Chart Music Awards Producer of the Year Won [31]
Korea Content Awards Presidential Commendation Won [32]
Seoul Music Awards 2018 Producer Award Won [33]
Genie Music Awards Producer Award Won [34]
Mnet Asian Music Awards Producer of the Year Won [35]
Edaily Culture Awards Frontier Award Won [36]
Pony Chung Innovation Awards 2020 Innovation Award Won [37]
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Executive Producer of the Year Won [38]

Listicles[edit]

Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Billboard 2018 International Power Players – Recording Placed [39]
2019 New Power Generation: 25 Top Innovators Placed [40]
International Power Players – Recording Placed [41]

References[edit]

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