Huh Gak

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Huh Gak
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Huh Gak at Lover Letter showcare event on January 31, 2017
Background information
Born (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 (age 32)
Incheon, South Korea
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 2010 – present
Labels Plan A Entertainment
LOEN Entertainment
Website planaent.co.kr/huhgak

Huh Gak (허각) (born 15 November 1984)[1] is a South Korean singer and the winner of the Mnet talent competition series ‘Superstar K’ 2 under Plan A Entertainment. He is known as ‘The man who turned the tables’ and ‘The South Korean Paul Potts’.[2] He has an enzygotic twin named Huh Gong, who didn't apply to 'Superstar K' 2 because he was concerned that the judges had prejudice. Now he is also a singer.[3]

Early life[edit]

Huh Gak was born on 15 November 1984. He is from Incheon, South Korea and lives with his father and his twin brother, Huh Gong.[4] He graduated from ‘Hwanbuk Elementary School’ and ‘Incheon Boys’ School.[5] As a young child, Huh Gak went through a family divorce and faced financial difficulties. Therefore, after middle school, he decided to drop out of school and make money.[6] Before he appeared on Super Star K 2, he worked as a ventilator fixer and a festival singer.[7]

Career[edit]

2010: Superstar K & Debut[edit]

Huh Gak appeared on Superstar K2 and took the first place spot. After winning Superstar K2, Huh Gak debuted with the single entitled, "Always". In November 2010, he released his first mini album which consists of five tracks including the title track, "Always." Huh Gak and Superstar K2's John Park also collaborated on a duet track for the movie, "Glove" entitled "My Best."

2011: Cube Entertainment & "First Story" album[edit]

In February 2011, after a month of searching for an entertainment agency, he decided to join A Cube Entertainment, a sub-label of Cube Entertainment despite of the other few offers that he received. He then joined Immortal Songs 2.[citation needed]

On 16 September, Huh Gak released his first official debut album entitled "First Story", which obtained a triple crown on Gaon charts and also made him win on M! Countdown and KBS Music Bank.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On 3 October 2013, Huh Gak married his first love, whom he dated back in middle school. They two collided back together after 13 years and was said to have been dating since February 2012 prior to their engagement.[8] In October 2014, Huh Gak revealed he had a son, Huh Gun, who was 7 months old.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[10]
Little Giant 14

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[10]
Huh Gak 1st Mini Album 6 N/A
LIKE 1st Mini Album
"First Story"
4
Lacrimoso 9
Reminisce N/A
Snow Of April 13
Story Of Winter 23
Lover Letter 34 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
KOR
[16]
"As Always" (언제나) 2010 3 Huh Gak 1st Mini Album
"Hello" 2011 1 LIKE 1st Mini Album "First Story"
"Whenever You Play That Song" (그 노래를 들때마다)
feat. LE of EXID
3 Non-album single
"I Told You I Wanna Die" (죽고 싶단 말 밖에) 2 Lacrimoso
"The Person Who Once Loved Me" (나를 사랑했던 사람아) 2012 4
"It Hurts" (아프다) 7 Non-album single
"You Are Mine" (넌 내꺼라는걸)
feat. Swings
2013 1
"Monodrama" (모노드라마)
feat. Yoo Seung-woo
2 Little Giant
"1440" 5
"Memory of Your Scent" (향기만 남아) 3 Reminisce
"Day N Night"
feat. Simon Dominic
2014 9 Non-album single
"Snow Of April" (사월의 눈) 2015 1 Snow Of April
"Up All Night" (밤을 새)
feat. Basick
7 Story Of Winter
"Back In The Day" (그날을 내 등 뒤로) 6
"Miss You" (혼자, 한잔) 2017 23 Love Letter

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Artist(s)
2012 "I Need You" Huh Gak and Zia
"That's The Way It Is" (그렇고 그런 얘기) So Ji-sub feat. Huh Gak and Mellow
2013 "Mind-Sync" (같은 생각) G.NA feat. Huh Gak
"Short Hair" (짧은머리) Huh Gak and Jung Eun-ji of Apink
"Christmas Song" (크리스마스 노래) Cube Artists
2014 "Break Up to Make Up" (이제 그만 싸우자) Huh Gak and Jung Eun-ji of Apink
2016 "Already Winter" (벌써 겨울) Huh Gak and Vromance
"Bada Ocean.wav" (바다) Huh Gak and Jung Eun-ji of Apink
"#Begin Again" (#떨려) Huh Gak and Plan A Boys
2017 "Band-Aid" (반창고) Huh Gak and MC Mong

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Drama
2010 "Please Don't Forget Me" (나를 잊지 말아요) The Greatest Love OST
2011 "My Best" with John Park Glove OST
"One Person" (한사람) Big OST
2014 "Tears Fallin' Like Today" (오늘 같은 눈물이) My Love From The Star OST
2017 "The Reasons" (너란 이유) Man to Man OST

Concerts[edit]

As well as numerous appearances on Superstar K2, on 18 January 2011, he participated in a Traditional Korean music concert called, "Noon concert."[17]

SuperStar K2[edit]

Episode (live broadcast started from Episode 9) Song
Episode 9 The Happy Me(에코)
Episode 10 Early Morning Discount(이문세)
Episode 11 I'll Be There(Jackson 5)
Episode 12 Don't Say Goodbye(이승철)
Episode 13 Running Through the Skies(이적)
Episode 14 Love Rain(김태우)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2010 Superstar K2 1st Place (Winner) Won
Soribada Awards[18] Best Male Solo Artist Won
2011 4th Korea Drama Awards Best OST (The Greatest Love - "Don't Forget Me") Won
3rd MelOn Music Awards[19] Top 10 Artists (Bonsang) Nominated
Best New Artist Won
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards[20] Best New Male Artist Won
Best OST Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Solo Nominated
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Popular Music Top Honor Won
Bugs Music Awards Netizens' Popularity Award Nominated
Best Solo Artist Won
Ballad of the Year ("Hello") Won
2012 26th Golden Disk Awards Best Newcomer Won
1st Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards[21] Best New Male Solo Artist of the Year Won
4th MelOn Music Awards Top 10 Artists (Bonsang) Won
27th Golden Disk Awards Digital Music Bonsang ("The Person Who Once Loved Me") Won
22nd Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Won
2013 5th MelOn Music Awards Best R&B/Ballad ("Monodrama" - tied with K.Will) Won
2014 16th Mnet Music Awards Best Collaboration ("Break Up to Make Up" with A Pink's Eunji) Nominated
2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards[22] Best Vocal Performance - Solo Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated

Music Programs[edit]

M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2011 29 September "Hello"

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2011 30 September "Hello"

Mnet KM Music Triangle

Year Date Song
2013 13 February (Ballad Chart) "Monodrama" (with Yoo Seung Woo)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Twitter
  2. ^ http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=144&aid=0000129761
  3. ^ Kang, Hee Jung (2016-02-02). "Huh gak's enzygotic twins". 
  4. ^ http://goodmorning.incheon.go.kr/icweb/program/board/detail.jsp?boardTypeID=54&boardID=1661479&menuID=050001&codeName=2010/12
  5. ^ http://goodmorning.incheon.go.kr/icweb/program/board/detail.jsp?boardTypeID=54&boardID=1661479&menuID=050001&codeName=2010/12
  6. ^ http://www.mydaily.co.kr/news/read.html?newsid=201010231149111118&ext=na
  7. ^ http://goodmorning.incheon.go.kr/icweb/program/board/detail.jsp?boardTypeID=54&boardID=1661479&menuID=050001&codeName=2010/12
  8. ^ Jackson, Julie (5 September 2013). "Huh Gak announces his upcoming marriage". allkpop. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Jackson, Julie (2 October 2014). "Huh Gak shares photos of his adorable son for the first time on 'Happy Together 3'". allkpop. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 26 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "2013년 02월 (February 2013) Album Chart" (in Korean). 
  12. ^ "2011년 09월 (September 2011) Album Chart" (in Korean). 
  13. ^ "2012년 04월 (April 2012) Album Chart" (in Korean). 
  14. ^ "2015년 03월 (March 2015) Album Chart" (in Korean). 
  15. ^ "2015년 11월 (November 2015) Album Chart" (in Korean). 
  16. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.playdb.co.kr/playdb/PlaydbDetail.asp?sReqPlayNo=20481
  18. ^ (in English)http://www.allkpop.com/2010/12/soribada-declares-snsd-is-2010s-best-artist
  19. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/11/winners-from-the-2011-melon-music-awards
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ (in Korean)http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=shm&sid1=106&oid=108&aid=0002128423
  22. ^ "MAMA 2015 Nominations". Retrieved October 30, 2015.