Baro (singer)

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Baro
Baro at WFMF concert in September 2016.jpg
Baro performing at WFMF concert in September 2016
Background information
Birth name Cha Sun-woo
Born (1992-09-05) September 5, 1992 (age 24)
Gwangju, South Korea
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Lyricist, actor
Instruments Rapping
Years active 2011–present
Labels WM Entertainment
Associated acts B1A4
Website b1a4.com
Korean name
Hangul 차선우
Hanja 車善玗
Revised Romanization Cha Seon-u
McCune–Reischauer Ch'a Sŏn-u

Cha Sun-woo (Hangul차선우; Hanja車善玗; born September 5, 1992), better known by his stage name Baro, is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actor. He is the main rapper of South Korean boy group B1A4. He made a debut on the stage of MBC Show! Music Core on April 23, 2011. He has been part of six Korean mini albums, two Korean studio albums, and two Japanese studio albums. In 2014 Baro received critical acclaim for his role in the drama God's Gift - 14 Days in which he portrayed a teenage boy with the mental capacity of a 6-year old.[1][2] He has also won 12 medals in Idol Star Athletics Championships with 3 golds, 7 silvers and 2 bronzes.

Early life[edit]

Baro was born in Gwangju, South Korea with one younger sister who is four years younger than him (debuting in 2017 with the stage name "I"). When Baro was a middle schooler, his father's business did not work out bringing difficult times for Baro and his family.[3]

When Baro was a trainee, he asked TVXQ's Yunho for an autograph and Yunho wrote "Let’s meet on stage in the future!" Two years later, Baro saw Yunho on his debut day and Yunho remembered him which moved Baro deeply.[4]

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.[5] Baro then joined the company, training for at least 2 years before debuting.

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 releasing the news of B1A4 along with Jinyoung's picture. Gongchan, Sandeul and CNU were also revealed in the next few days.[6][7][8][9][10]

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.[11]

After their debut, B1A4 was invited to star in MTV's reality show Match Up with Block B.[12] As one of the projects for the show, B1A4 filmed a music video for "Only Learned The Bad Things" (못된 것만 배워서).[13]

Controversy[edit]

When appearing on Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (July 4th episode), it was noted that Baro had displayed some attitude controversy where he was deemed to be 'too picky' with foods that was served to him and was displaying a condescending attitude to the staffs and celebrities around him. [14][15] WM Entertainment has since apologised for Baro's actions during the show.[16][17]

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.[18]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Misaeng prequel Kim Young-chan short film
2014 Seven Dwarfs Bobo animated, Korean dubbed
2015 That's Not It short film; with Lee Mi-yeon

TV series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2013 Reply 1994 tvN Binggeure/Kim Dong-jun Main character[19]
2014 God's Gift - 14 Days SBS Ki Young-gyu Main character
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-ra Mnet Robin Cha Cameo
Angry Mom MBC Hong Sang-tae Main character[20]
Loss: Time: Life Naver TV Cast Baro
2016 The Master of Revenge KBS2 Kim Gil-Do Teen Kim Gil-Do

Music videos[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2012 "One Year" Zia Himself
2013 "Delight" Yoo Ji-ae Himself
2014 "Some" Soyou and JunggiGo Himself

Variety show appearances[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2011 Oh My School / 100 Point Out Of 100 KBS Final two episodes
2011-2014 Idol Athletics Championships MBC
2011 MTV Let Me Show SBS
MTV Match Up
MTV Special B1A4 Selca Diary
1000 Song Challenge
2012 Quiz to Change the World MBC with CNU
Star King SBS
1 vs 100 KBS2 with CNU and Sandeul
Weekly Idol MBC
B1A4 Sesame Player Mnet
B1A4's Hello Baby KBS 'Joy'
2012-2013 Immortal Songs 2 KBS Episode 70, 73-74, 78-79, 107
2013 Hug KBS 'Joy'
Strong Heart SBS Episode 161-162
Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 KBS2 Episode 185
We Got Married (Season 4) MBC surprise guest
All The K-pop Episodes 26 & 27
Beatles Code 2 Mnet
Hotline Season 2 (Episode 4)
2013 Three fools tvN Episode 18 (with Jinyoung and Sandeul)
2013-2014 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2
2013 Hidden Singer jTBC
Crisis Escape No.1 KBS
2014 Taxi tvN
Infinite Challenge MBC Guest Ep.383.384.385
Radio Star MBC
Hello Counselor KBS
Running Man SBS Episode 184, 199
Youth Over Flowers tvN
B1A4's One Fine Day MBC Music
Happy Together KBS2
2015 Global Request Show - A Song For You 4 KBS2 Episode 7

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 2015 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor in a Miniseries Angry Mom Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B1A4's Baro's Still Cuts for God's Gift - 14 Days were Released!". Kpopstarz Singapore. 18 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Idol actors and their best roles". allkpop. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Baro shares emotional story of his younger sister on 'Strong Heart'". 15 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  4. ^ "B1A4 Baro’s Special Encounter With TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho". 5 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  5. ^ "지방돌 비원에이포(B1A4) "친근함으로 무장했어요"(인터뷰)". news.nate.com. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Upcoming boyband 'B1A4' introduced through webtoon series". allkpop.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  7. ^ "B1A4 reveals second member, Baro". allkpop.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  8. ^ "B1A4 reveals third member, Gongchan". allkpop.com. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  9. ^ "B1A4 reveals their fourth member, Sandeul". allkpop.com. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  10. ^ "B1A4 reveals their final member, CNU". allkpop.com. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  11. ^ "B1A4 reveals MV for debut title track, "OK" + mini album". 20 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  12. ^ "Block B & B1A4 to hold a battle of charms on MTV's new reality show, "Match Up"". 13 June 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  13. ^ "Block B and B1A4 to release new MVs through MTV". 20 June 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  14. ^ JiwonYu (4 July 2016). "B1A4’s Baro Criticized For Rude Behavior On “Please Take Care Of My Refrigerator”". Soompi. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Appearing on "Please Take Care of My Refrigerator"... B1A4 Baro displays a condescending attitude? (in Korean)". Nate. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via soompi.com. 
  16. ^ kokoberry (5 July 2016). "Baro’s Agency Apologizes For Behavior On “Please Take Care Of My Refrigerator”". Soompi. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "WM Entertainment apologizes on the behalf of Baro... reason being "too overzealous"". Naver, Sports Chosun. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via soompi.com. 
  18. ^ "Baro Injured, B1A4 Ends "What’s Happening?" Promotions". 16 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  19. ^ "First teaser for tvN's Reply 1994 revealed". 18 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  20. ^ "B1A4’s Baro Confirmed For Upcoming MBC Drama Angry Mom". 30 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 

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