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 (1985-01-05) 5 January 1985 (age 33)
Incheon, South Korea
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 2010 – present
Labels Plan A Entertainment
LOEN Entertainment
Website planaent.co.kr/huhgak
Huh Gak
Hangul 허각
Revised Romanization Heo Gak
McCune–Reischauer Hŏ Gak

Huh Gak (born 5 January 1985)[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 identical twin named Huh Gong, who didn't apply to 'Superstar K' 2 because he was concerned that the judges were prejudiced. Now he is also a singer.[3]

Early life[edit]

Huh Gak was born on 5 January 1985. 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.[4] 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.[5] Before he appeared on Super Star K 2, he worked as a ventilator fixer and a festival singer.[4]

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 titled "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" titled "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 titled "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.[6] In October 2014, Huh Gak revealed he had a son, Huh Gun, who was 7 months old.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[8]
Little Giant 14

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[8]
Huh Gak 1st Mini Album
  • Released: November 16, 2010
  • Label: Mnet Media, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 N/A
Like 1st Mini Album "First Story"
  • Released: September 16, 2011
  • Label: A Cube Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4
Lacrimoso
  • Released: April 3, 2012
  • Label: A Cube Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9
Reminisce
  • Released: November 11, 2013
  • Label: A Cube Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A
Snow of April (사월의 눈)
  • Released: March 17, 2015
  • Label: A Cube Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13
Story of Winter (겨울동화)
  • Released: November 23, 2015
  • Label: A Cube Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
23
Lover Letter (연서 / 戀書)
  • Released: January 31, 2017
  • Label: A Cube Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
34 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
[14]
"As Always" (언제나) 2010 1 N/A Huh Gak 1st Mini Album
"Hello" 2011 1 Like 1st Mini Album "First Story"
"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
"1440" 2013 5 Little Giant
"I Want To Love" (사랑하고 싶어서) 21
"You Are Mine" (넌 내꺼라는걸)
(feat. Swings
1
"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) 7 Story Of Winter
"Back In The Day" (그날을 내 등 뒤로) 6
"Miss You" (혼자, 한잔) 2017 23 Love Letter
"Only You" (바보야) 9 Non-album singles
"The Last Night" (마지막으로 안아도 될까) 2018 51

Collaborations[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
[14]
"Whenever You Play That Song" (그 노래를 들때마다)
with LE
2011 3 Non-album singles
"I Need You"
with Zia
2012 1
"Short Hair" (짧은머리)
with Jung Eun-ji
2013 1
"Break Up to Make Up" (이제 그만 싸우자)
with Jung Eun-ji
2014 1
"Town Bar" (동네술집)
with Jungin
2015 5
"Already Winter" (벌써 겨울)
with Vromance
2016 60
"Bada Ocean.wav" (바다)
with Jung Eun-ji
5
"#Begin Again" (#떨려)
with Plan A Boys
"Band-Aid" (반창고)
with MC Mong
2017 22
"Oasis" (오아시스)
with Apink, Victon

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
[14]
"My Best"
with John Park
2011 43 N/A Glove OST
"Please Don't Forget Me" (나를 잊지 말아요) 1 The Greatest Love OST
"One Person" (한사람) 2012 2 Big OST
"Tears Fallin' Like Today" (오늘 같은 눈물이) 2014 2 My Love From The Star OST
"The Reasons" (너란 이유) 2017 Man to Man OST
"Since I Met You" (그댈 만난 이후로) N/A Andante OST

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
[14]
"My Heart" 2010 44 N/A Huh Gak 1st Mini Album
"Running In The Sky" (하늘을 달리다) 10
"Happy Me" (행복한 나를)
with John Park
16
"I Miss You" (니가 그립다) 2011 29 Like 1st Mini Album "First Story"
"All Of My Life" (평생의 전부) 36
"Before Farewell" (옷깃을 붙잡고)
with Huu
55
"Love Love Love" (사랑 사랑 사랑) 2012 56 Lacrimoso
"Grabbing Your Wrist" (손목을 쥔다) 56
"Monodrama" (모노드라마)
feat. Yoo Seung-woo
2013 2 Little Giant
"Knowing We're Going To Break Up" (헤어질걸 알기에)
with Jung Eun-ji
29
"Your Weddiing" (술 한잔하면) 42
"Simple Story" (간단한 이야기)
feat. Miryo
47
"I'll Become Tears" (눈물이 되어줄게) 62
"I Want To Sing" (노래하고 싶다) 71
"Unemployed" (백수가) 91
"Time To Say I Love You" (오늘만은 말할게) 50 Reminisce
"Falling" (사랑했다) 53
"Linger On" (여운) 2015 49 Snow Of April
"After Love" (사랑아) 57
"Miss You" (그리워합니다) 29 Story of Winter
"A Bride" (없었던 것처럼) 2017 86 Lover Letter

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".[45]

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[46] Best Male Solo Artist Won
2011 4th Korea Drama Awards Best OST (The Greatest Love - "Don't Forget Me") Won
3rd MelOn Music Awards[47] Top 10 Artists (Bonsang) Nominated
Best New Artist Won
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards[48] 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[49] 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[50] 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]

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  5. ^ http://www.mydaily.co.kr/news/read.html?newsid=201010231149111118&ext=na
  6. ^ Jackson, Julie (5 September 2013). "Huh Gak announces his upcoming marriage". allkpop. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 26 March 2015.
  9. ^ "2013년 02월 Album Chart" (in Korean).
  10. ^ "2011년 09월 Album Chart" (in Korean).
  11. ^ "2012년 04월 Album Chart" (in Korean).
  12. ^ "2015년 03월 Album Chart" (in Korean).
  13. ^ "2015년 11월 Album Chart" (in Korean).
  14. ^ a b c d "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 27 August 2015.
  15. ^ a b c "2011년 Download Chart".
  16. ^ a b c "2012년 Download Chart".
  17. ^ Cumulative sales of "It Hurts":
  18. ^ a b c "2013년 Download Chart".
  19. ^ a b c d "2013년 02월 Download Chart".
  20. ^ Cumulative sales of "You Are Mine":
  21. ^ Cumulative sales of "Memory of Your Scent":
  22. ^ "2014년 10월 Download Chart".
  23. ^ "2015년 Download Chart".
  24. ^ Cumulative sales of "Up All Night":
  25. ^ Cumulative sales of "Back In The Day":
  26. ^ Cumulative sales of "Miss You":
  27. ^ Cumulative sales of "Only You":
  28. ^ Cumulative sales of "Whenever You Play That Song":
  29. ^ a b "2014년 Download Chart".
  30. ^ Cumulative sales of "Town Bar":
  31. ^ "2016년 02월 Download Chart".
  32. ^ Cumulative sales of "Bada Ocean.wav":
  33. ^ "2016년 36주차 Download Chart".
  34. ^ Cumulative sales of "Band-Aid":
  35. ^ "2017년 31주차 Download Chart".
  36. ^ Cumulative sales of "The Reasons":
  37. ^ a b "2011년 09월 Download Chart".
  38. ^ Cumulative sales of "Before Farewell":
  39. ^ a b "2012년 15주차 Download Chart".
  40. ^ a b c "2013년 07주차 Download Chart".
  41. ^ a b "2013년 47주차 Download Chart".
  42. ^ a b "2015년 13주차 Download Chart".
  43. ^ "2015년 49주차 Download Chart".
  44. ^ "2017년 05주차 Download Chart".
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