Holland (singer)

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Birth nameGo Tae-seob
Born (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 (age 23)
South Korea
Years active2018–present
LabelsHolland Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGo Tae-seob
McCune–ReischauerKo T'aesŏp

Go Tae-seob[1] (Korean고태섭; born March 4, 1996), professionally known as Holland (Korean홀랜드), is a South Korean singer. Holland made his debut in January, 2018, with the release of the single "Neverland".[2]


Holland first released his debut song, "Neverland", on January 22, 2018. Within the first 20 hours of its release, it accumulated over 1 million views.[3] In the video, it shows him and his male counterpart kissing. The video received a 19+ rating in South Korea.[2]

He returned on June 6 with his next single, "I'm Not Afraid". The music video also received a 19+ rating, but it was soon after removed.[4] His third single, "I'm So Afraid", was released on July 17. On September 6, Holland launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund his first mini-album. He raised $40,000 in the first 24 hours.[5]

On March 19, 2019, Holland announced his self-titled mini album, Holland, and the tracks "Nar_C" and "Up" on his Twitter and Instagram pages.[6] The album was released on March 31, 2019 at 6PM KST.

Personal life[edit]

Holland is known as "the first openly gay K-pop idol".[2] He has said that his influence in his music is due to him being bullied in middle school.[7][unreliable source?] Holland's family consists of him, his mother, and his father. He is an only child.[8] His parents had found out about his sexuality after an article of an interview had been released. Holland, who was not home at the time, had written a letter to his family after they had found out and explained everything to them. His family tearfully accepted him, unaware of the hardships he had gone through because of his sexuality.[9] He is currently a student of Seoul Institute of Arts.[10]

He decided to make his debut as a singer to speak out based on his experiences with violent assailants and victims inflicted on sexual minorities.[11]While preparing the album, he tried to sign several agencies for his debut, but the deal was all broken when he told the story of the sexual minority through music and expressed his wish to develop a discourse on discrimination against the sex minority on his own. In the end, he produced his first single with the money he saved from his part-time job for about two years without his agency.[12]



Title Year Peak chart
"Neverland" 2018 Holland
"I'm Not Afraid"
"I'm So Afraid"
"Nar_C" 2019 TBA

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Neverland" 2018 Seonjin Lee
"I'm Not Afraid" Downy Jung
"I'm So Afraid"
"Nar_C" 2019

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
2018 Holland Dazed 100 Won [14]


  1. ^ Ryu, In-ha (2018-02-04). "[인터뷰]'성소수자 신인가수 홀랜드입니다'". The Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  2. ^ a b c Herman, Tamar (2018-01-22). "Holland Releases Debut Single 'Neverland' as The First Openly Gay K-pop Idol". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  3. ^ "Holland's debut MV reaches a million views in 20 hours - Celebrity Photos". OneHallyu. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ "Holland Says 'I'm Not Afraid' in Inclusive, LGBTQ+ Positive Music Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ "Holland, Kpop's First Openly Gay Singer, Crowdfunds $40,000 In 24 Hours". Digital Music News. 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  6. ^ "HOLLAND announces comeback with self-titled album 'HOLLAND'". AllKpop. 2019-03-19. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  7. ^ "(★ TRENDING) Holland Reveals The Full Story Behind The Homophobic Bullying He Suffered During Middle School". Koreaboo. 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  8. ^ "HOLLAND Profile and Facts". kprofiles. 2018. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  9. ^ "Out and Proud: Breakout Star Holland on Homophobia and Exclusion in the K-Pop Industry". rollingstoneindia. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  10. ^ "[인터뷰]"성소수자 신인가수 홀랜드입니다"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  11. ^ 수정: 2018.02.04 09:54, 입력: 2018 02 04 09:27 (2018-02-04). "[인터뷰]"성소수자 신인가수 홀랜드입니다"". news.khan.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  12. ^ "홀랜드, 누가 그에게 돌을 던질 수 있을까 [인터뷰]". tvdaily.co.kr (in Korean). 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  13. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart.
  14. ^ "Openly Gay KPop Star Holland Earns Top Spot on Annual Dazed 100 List". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-26.

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