Bang Ye-dam

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Bang Ye-dam
Native name
Birth nameBang Ye-dam
Born (2002-05-07) May 7, 2002 (age 16)
Seoul, South korea
Years active2012–present
LabelsYG Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBang Yedam
McCune–ReischauerPang Yetam

Bang Ye-dam (born May 7, 2002) is a South Korean singer. He is known as a runner-up for SBS's K-pop Star Season 2.[1] He is currently signed to YG Entertainment.[2] His father is singer Bang Dae-sik.


Early life[edit]

Bang Ye-dam was born on May 7, 2002 in Seoul, South Korea. Coming from a musically-oriented family, his father, Bang Dae-sik is well-known for his songs in commercials and animated shows such as Name Card and Dried Fruit.[3] His mother, Jung Mi Young is well known for singing soundtracks in korean drama Friends and film After the Show Ends.[4] His uncle Bang Byung-seok is well-known as a composer and director in the commercial film industry.[5]

Ye-dam is currently enrolled at Seoul Performing Arts High school in Guro-gu, Seoul.[6]

2012-2013: Kpop Star 2[edit]

In August 2012, Ye-dam auditioned for SBS reality survival program K-pop Star Season 2. Upon hearing Ye-dam's vocals during the first round, BoA complimented his vocals by comparing to a young Michael Jackson, further explaining when he hit the crescendo and high notes that the resemblance was all the more evident.[7] Park Jin-young praised the 10 year old's sense of rhythm and tone mentioning it was not rustic and how he was aware when to emphasise and be flexible with the rhythm. Yang Hyun-suk mentioned his voice could reach the soul of the audience further adding how his vocal is attractive and pleasing to the ear.[8] He placed runner up behind sibling duo Akdong Musician.[9]

After receiving profound love from the general public, in June 2013, Yang Hyun-suk confirmed Ye-dam has joined YG Entertainment. In result, both first and second place winners of K-Pop Star Season 2 are now under YG Entertainment.[10]

Later in the year, Ye-dam made an appearance on the final episode of WIN: Who is Next with YG artists Lee Hi and Akdong Musician, marking his first tv show appearance after the end of K-Pop Star Season 2. They had a collaboration stage covering the song Officially Missing You.[11]

2018-present: YG Treasure Box[edit]

In November 2018, Ye-dam participated in reality boy group survival show YG Treasure Box and was pitted against 29 other trainees from YGE to secure a spot in the company's new boy group.[12] In January 2019, it was announced Ye-dam had secured a spot in the upcoming debuting boy group by overall placing first place among the vocal team.[13]


Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"Sir Duke" 2013 42 K-pop Star S2 TOP8
"When a Man Loves a Woman" 61 K-pop Star S2 TOP5
"Only You" (너뿐이야) K-pop Star S2 TOP4
"Karma Chameleon" 70 K-pop Star S2 TOP2
"Officially Missing You" 11
  • KOR: 601,644+
K-pop Star S2 TOP2 Special
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Television Series[edit]

Date Network Title Notes
2018 Netflix YG Future Strategy Office Ep 3 Cameo

Reality show[edit]

Date Network Title Notes
2012-13 SBS K-pop Star Season 2 Runner-up
2014 K-pop Star Season 3 Episode 14
Mnet Winner TV Episode 8
2017 Stray Kids Episodes 6-7
2018 JTBC2
YG Treasure Box Contestant

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2012-2013 K-pop Star 2 2nd Place Won


  1. ^ "'K팝스타2' 악동뮤지션, 방예담 누르고 최종 우승(종합)". SBS funE. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  2. ^ "'K팝스타2' 방예담 YG 계약, '지원 아끼지 않을 것'". eDaily. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  3. ^ "'방대식 가수'". Naver. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ "'스트레이 키즈' 방예담, 집안 내력 보니? '엄청난 스펙'". Munhwa News. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  5. ^ "'달려라 하니' '포켓몬스터'… 애니메이션 음악 작곡가 방용석씨". Chosun. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  6. ^ "YG 측 "방예담·최래성 등 내년 데뷔 목표로 준비 중"". Star News. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  7. ^ "'K팝스타2' 천재 소년 방예담 극찬 "마이클잭슨 떠오르게 하는 목소리"". tvreport. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  8. ^ "'K팝스타' 11살 방예담, 특유의 미성과 리듬감에 심사위원 흡족". tvdaily. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  9. ^ "YG 측 "새 보이그룹 7월께 데뷔 목표 준비..방예담 포함"". Herald Pop. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  10. ^ "빅뱅 태양, 3년만에 솔로 컴백 '9월 출격'". YG-Life. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  11. ^ "서바이벌 'WIN', 하지만 11명 연습생들의 꿈은 탈락하지 않았다". YG-Life. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  12. ^ "[공식입장] YG "新보이그룹 준비? 신인 나오는 것은 당연한 일"". Osen. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  13. ^ "'YG보석함' 최종 데뷔 멤버 4人 발표…방예담 데뷔 확정 [종합]". xsportsnews. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  15. ^ "2017 Download Chart – March". Gaon Chart. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  16. ^ "2017 Download Chart – Week 13". Gaon Chart. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  17. ^ "2017 Download Chart – Week 14". Gaon Chart. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  18. ^ "2017 Download Chart – Week 16". Gaon Chart. Retrieved December 17, 2017.

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