Black Beat

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Black Beat
블랙 비트
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2002[1]–2007[2]
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts SMTown
Website Official Site
Members Lee So-min
Hwang Sang-hoon
Jung Ji-hoon
Shim Jae-won
Jang Jin-young
Past members Yoo Hyun-jae
Lee Kang-in

Black Beat (블랙 비트) was South Korean boy band formed by SM Entertainment. The seven-member group released an album Volume 1 - Black Beat #2002 in 2002. They have not promoted as a group since SM Town 2006. Several members are active as choreographers and vocal trainers for other SM Entertainment artists. In 2007, lead vocalist Jang Jin-young teamed up with Kim Sung-pil to form the R&B duo, ByJinSung.

One-Member Group[edit]

Black Beat used to be a one-member group when they debuted in 2000. They debuted as a seven-member group during Lee Ji-hun's Dream Concert 2000 as back-up vocalists and dancers. Before 2002, Black Beat members performed as rappers and dancers for other artists. They have all performed as dancers for S.E.S.' "Dreams Come True" performances.

Performing with other artists[edit]

After joining SM Entertainment, Black Beat has appeared in many music videos and performances for other artists, mainly S.E.S.. Other artists include BoA, H.O.T., Shinhwa, Fly to the Sky, Shinvi, Dana, and Lee Ji-hun as dancers, backup vocals, choreographers, and rappers. A video clip of member Jae-won dancing with Hyoyeon, a member of girl group Girls' Generation, has also garnered a lot of attention.[3]

Former Members[edit]

Lee So-min[edit]

Lee So-min (이소민) used to be a backup dancer for Seo Tai Ji and Boys. Lee So-min rapped for many of S.E.S.' songs, most notably "I Love You". He is the leader of the group.

Hwang Sang-hoon[edit]

Hwang Sang-hoon (황상훈) was once a member for the Korean hip hop group, Honey Family, but left to join SM Entertainment. He has trained popular trot singer Sul Woon Do's son, Lee Seung Hyun, who has debuted in 2010 as LeeU of boy band F.Cuz under Can&J Entertainment. Sang Hoon remains with SM Entertainment as a choreographer, often seen in videos and pictures with current SM artists.

Jung Ji-hoon[edit]

Jung Ji-hoon (정지훈) rapped in S.E.S.' "Sha La La" along with fellow member Jang Jin-young. He is the choreographer and high tone vocalist in the group.

Shim Jae-won[edit]

Shim Jae-won (심재원) used to be a member of the group, Eagle-5, which shortly disbanded after their second album. He appeared in H.O.T's video for We Are the Future. He was the "manager," lead rapper, and choreographer of the group. He also remains with SM Entertainment, but not as an artist; instead, he takes part behind the scenes such as choreographing "Into the New World" for Girls' Generation and directing the music video for "Wonder Boy" by Super Junior. And he became performance director at SM Entertainment .

In 2010 he was assisted by Rino Nakasone in choreographing boy band Shinee's comeback track, "Lucifer."[4]

Jang Jin-young[edit]

Jang Jin-young (장진영) rapped in S.E.S.' "Sha La La" along with fellow member Jung Ji-hoon. He is the lead vocalist and youngest member of the group. He has acted as vocal coach to other SM Entertainment idol groups such as Shinee and EXO, as well as Boyfriend (Starship Entertainment) and LEDApple (Starkim Entertainment). [5]

Towards the beginning of 2007, Jin-young formed a rather controversial relationship with future model Shin Jin-young. He is now active in the R&B duo, ByJinSung.

In 2012, Jang was SM's representative vocal coach for the South Korean reality show K-pop Star along with Choi Won-seok for YG Entertainment and Song Yumi for JYP Entertainment.[6] In the same year, he also formed a new group called Question with Kim Do Hun and Kim Sung-pil.[5]

Yoo Hyun-jae[edit]

Yoo Hyun-jae used to be the leader of the group. Hyun Jae is currently under JYP Entertainment.

Lee Kang-in[edit]

Lee Kang-in was a vocalist in the group. Kang In joined Black Beat since December 2002. Afterwards, Starlight Casting System put him under 203 Entertainment. Kang In joined another group, O.N. under 203 Entertainment. O.N. is an underground band.

Appearances in music videos[edit]

All seven members (dancers)

  • Shinhwa's "All Your Dreams"

Yoo Hyun-jae, Jung Ji Hun, Hwang Sang Hun, and Shim Jae-won (dancers)

  • BoA's "ID Peace B"
  • BoA's "Sara"

Yoo Hyun-jae (dancer) and Shim Jae-won (rapper)

  • S.E.S.' "Twilight Zone"

Yoo Hyun-jae (dancer)

  • S.E.S.' "Noreul Saranghae"

Shim Jae-won (as a thief; dancer)

  • H.O.T.'s "We Are the Future"
  • TVXQ's "Why (Keep Your Head Down)"
  • TVXQ's "I Don't Know"
  • TVXQ's "Superstar"
  • BoA's "Only One"

Jang Jin-young (as the younger Jun Jin)

  • Shinhwa's "Wedding March"


  • Volume 1 - Black Beat #2002 - The First Performance #001 (November 3, 2002)
  1. Intro (Can't You Feel)
  2. The Fan
  3. 날개 (Wing)
  4. Lover
  5. In The Sky
  6. Black Beat
  7. Dangerous
  8. 회상
  9. Y (Tell Me Why)
  10. 헤어지기전
  11. Shine
  12. Night Fever
  13. 친구 (Friend)
  14. In The Sky (Radio Edited) (Bonus Track

Joint discography[edit]


Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2002 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Group[7] "In The Sky" Won


  1. ^ "'보컬선생·안무가' SM그룹 블랙비트 요즘 뭐하나" ['Vocal teacher, choreographer' what's SM group Black Beat doing nowadays?] (in Korean). Star News. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  2. ^ 블랙비트 [Mnet Black Beat Profile] (in Korean). Mnet Music. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Bower, Janine (10 April 2012). "The Man Behind the Dance: SM's Shim Jae-won". MTV Iggy. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Park, HyunMin (25 April 2012). "Black Beat Member Jang Jin-young to Come Back with New Group". Mnet (TV channel). Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Bak, Young-un (15 March 2012). 'K팝★' 보컬트레이너들이 밝힌 '오디션 필승법' [Kpop★ Vocal trainer says 'The Audition is the way to victory'] (in Korean). Joongang Ilbo. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "2002 Korean Music Festival Winners list". Mnet (TV channel). Retrieved 12 June 2014. 

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