Baro (singer)

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Baro
Baro Rapper 2017.png
Baro in 2017
Background information
Birth nameCha Sun-woo
Born (1992-09-05) September 5, 1992 (age 26)
Gwangju, South Korea
GenresK-pop
Occupation(s)Rapper, lyricist, actor
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated actsB1A4
Websiteb1a4.com
Korean name
Hangul
차선우
Hanja
車善玗
Revised RomanizationCha Seon-u
McCune–ReischauerCh'a Sŏnu
Stage name
Hangul
바로
Revised RomanizationBaro
McCune–ReischauerParo

Cha Sun-woo (born September 5, 1992), better known by his stage name Baro, is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actor. He is a member of boy group B1A4 and is currently under HODU&U Entertainment. He made his acting debut through the hit 2013 cable drama Reply 1994 and additionally received critical acclaim for his role in the television series God's Gift - 14 Days (2014) and Angry Mom (2015).

Early life[edit]

Baro was born in Gwangju, South Korea[2] with one younger sister who is four years younger than him (debuting in 2017 with the stage name "I").[3]

Career[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Baro was first discovered by a company representative who came across his photo posted on his friend's homepage on social network service Cyworld. At his audition, Baro sang Sumi Jo's "Once I Leave" and Sung Si-kyung's "The Road to Me", in addition to rapping and beatboxing.[2] Baro then joined the company, training for at least 2 years before debuting.

2011-2018: B1A4[edit]

After years of training, Baro joined as the main rapper of B1A4. On April 11, 2011, WM Entertainment revealed Baro as the second member to be revealed after Jinyoung.[4]

On April 20, 2011, B1A4 released their debut Track "OK" and mini album "Let's Fly", making their debut on April 23, 2011 on MBC's Show! Music Core.[5]

On June 30, 2018, WM Entertainment confirmed that Baro and Jinyoung had left the agency following the end of their contracts. Their activities with the group remain in discussion.[6][7] In November 16, WM Entertainment has announced that B1A4 members Jinyoung and Baro will be leaving the group, with the remaining three members - CNU, Sandeul, and Gongchan - to continue promoting as B1A4.[8]

Controversy[edit]

When appearing on Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (July 4th episode), it was noted that Baro had displayed an attitude where he was deemed to be 'too picky' with foods that were served to him and also displayed a condescending attitude towards the staff and celebrities around him.[9] WM Entertainment has since apologised for Baro's actions during the show.[10]

Personal life[edit]

On June 5, 2013, while preparing for B1A4's follow up single "Starlight's Song", Baro strained his ankle ligament. Initially, the group was going to adjust its promotional tour depending on Baro's recovery. However, because his recovery took longer than they had expected, the What's Going On Tour ended earlier than planned.[11][better source needed]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Misaeng: Prequel Kim Young-chan short film[12]
2014 Seven Dwarfs Bobo animated, Korean dubbed[13]
2015 That's Not It Boy short film[14]
2017 Close Your Eyes Hyeon-woo [15]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2013 Reply 1994 Binggeure tvN [16]
2014 God's Gift - 14 Days Ki Young-kyu SBS [17]
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra Robin Cha (cameo) Mnet [18]
Angry Mom Hong Sang-tae MBC [19]
Loss: Time: Life Baro Naver TV Cast [20]
2016 The Master of Revenge Kim Gil-Do (young) KBS2 [21]
2017 Manhole Jo Seok-tae [22]
2018 Less Than Evil Hwang Dong-yoon MBC [23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) God's Gift: 14 Days Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best New Actor Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2015 34th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor in a Miniseries Angry Mom Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B1A4's Baro signs contract with new agency". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Go Gyeong-min (June 20, 2011). "지방돌 비원에이포 (B1A4) '친근함으로 무장했어요' (인터뷰)" (in Korean). Nate. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Singer I opens up about brother Baro of B1A4". Kpop Herald. February 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "신인그룹 B1A4, 두 번째 멤버 BARO 공개! '귀여운 래퍼로 인기몰이 예약 중'" (in Korean). Nate. April 12, 2011. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Choi Jun-yong (April 23, 2011). "베일벗은 B1A4, 신인맞아? 외모+춤+노래↑••3박자 조화" (in Korean). MSN. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "[공식입장] B1A4 측 "진영·바로 외 3인 재계약…팀 재정비 집중"". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "B1A4's Baro, Jinyoung leave group's agency". Kpop Herald. July 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "B1A4 향후 방향에 대한 공지드립니다" (in Korean). Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Appearing on "Please Take Care of My Refrigerator"... B1A4 Baro displays a condescending attitude? (in Korean)" (in Korean). Nate. July 5, 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "WM Entertainment apologizes on the behalf of Baro... reason being "too overzealous"". Naver (in Korean). Sports Chosun. July 5, 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Baro Injured, B1A4 Ends "What's Happening?" Promotions". June 16, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  12. ^ "ZE:A's Siwan and B1A4's Baro Cast in Short Film". TenAsia. May 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "Baro will voice animated character". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 9, 2014.
  14. ^ "B1A4 바로, 단편영화 '그게 아니고'서 이미연과 '호흡'". MK News (in Korean). February 24, 2015.
  15. ^ "Online movies find an audience: Some struggle to see how web dramas and films are different". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "B1A4 Baro to Join "Reply 1997" Season 2". TenAsia. June 21, 2013.
  17. ^ "K-pop stars join SBS's 'God's Gift'". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 3, 2014.
  18. ^ "B1A4 바로, '칠전팔기구해라' 톱스타 역으로 까메오 출연 '의리'". 10Asia (in Korean). March 5, 2015.
  19. ^ "B1A4's Baro to star in new MBC drama". Kpop Herald. January 28, 2015.
  20. ^ "B1A4′s Baro and San Deul Cast in Web Drama ′Loss:Time:Life′". Mwave. July 7, 2015.
  21. ^ "Idol finds new niche in villain role". Korea JoongAng Daily. May 6, 2016.
  22. ^ "B1A4 바로, '맨홀' 출연.."오래만에 드라마 컴백, 기쁘다"". Star News (in Korean). July 11, 2017.
  23. ^ "바로, '나쁜형사' 합류 확정..신하균·박호산 호흡(공식)". Star News (in Korean). August 20, 2018.

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