Jang Hyun-seung

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Jang Hyun-seung
Jang Hyun-seung at V-Pop Festival Concert on January 2014 01 (cropped).jpg
Jang in 2014
Native name
Born (1989-09-03) September 3, 1989 (age 29)
Naju, South Korea
Other namesSo-1
Musical career
  • Vocals
Years active2009–2018
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJang Hyeon-seung
McCune–ReischauerChang Hyŏnsŭng

Jang Hyun-seung (Hangul장현승; born September 3, 1989)[1] most often credited as Hyunseung, is a South Korean singer. He is best known as a former member of the boy group Beast, under the label Cube Entertainment. With Beast, he has released singles and albums in both Korean and Japanese. Beast won the Artist of the Year (Daesang) award at the Melon Music Awards in 2011.[2]

Hyunseung was also one half of the duo Trouble Maker with former Cube label mate, Hyuna. In December 2011, the duo released their debut extended play with the lead single, "Trouble Maker."[3]

Family and personal life[edit]

Hyunseung was raised in Seoul, South Korea. He has a younger sister named Jang Geu-rim.[4] His father died in 2012 from a sudden heart attack.[5][6]

Hyunseung currently attends Dongshin University under a full scholarship, along with four other members of Beast. He is majoring in Applied Music.[7][8]

On January 5, 2018, it was announced that Hyunseung and professional bowler former rhythmic-gymnast Shin Soo-ji announced they were dating for four months, but broke up after seven months of dating in April of the same year.[9][10]



In 2004, at the age of 15, Hyunseung took part in auditions for YG Entertainment. He was eliminated in the second round, but went to see CEO Yang Hyun-suk afterwards out of frustration at being eliminated and was accepted as a trainee.[11]

For a year and four months, Hyunseung was a trainee for the boy group Big Bang. During this time, he used the stage name "So-1," a homonym for the Korean word for wish. He first gained media attention when he appeared in the group's pre-debut "Big Bang Documentary," along with members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri. He appeared in 10 out of 11 episodes, but was cut from the group in a final elimination round with Seungri. Yang Hyun-suk said that Hyunseung's expressiveness and stage presence were underdeveloped at the time. Fellow Beast member, Yoon Doo-joon decided to become a singer after watching the Big Bang documentary featuring Hyunseung.[12] Hyunseung refers to his experiences at YG as important to his development as an artist.[11]

Hyunseung later met future fellow band member Yang Yo-seob while they were working as dancers for a show performance team. Yoseob convinced Hyunseung to join Cube Entertainment, leading to him debuting with Beast.[11]


The group has released 3 Korean albums, 9 Korean extended plays and various singles. In December 2010, Hyunseung teamed up with fellow member Lee Gi-kwang in a sub-unit to write and compose an R&B track as part of the group's digital album, My Story.

Solo activities[edit]

On May 7, 2015, Hyunseung released his solo debut extended play, My.[13] Other than BEAST's tracks, Hyunseung's album had more influences on hip-hop culture and pop culture in his preference, such as title track "Ma First" featuring Giriboy and "Break Up With Him" featuring Dok2.

Trouble Maker[edit]

In December 2011, Hyunseung formed a unit with label mate 4Minute's Hyuna called Trouble Maker. Trouble Maker debuted with their self-named lead single and extended play, Trouble Maker.[14] On October 28, 2013, the group released their second extended play, Chemistry.

Musical career[edit]

Hyunseung made his acting debut in the musical Mozart!. He performed as the main character from late July 2012 to early August 2012 at the Sejong Center.[15]

In April 2014, Hyunseung was cast in the musical Bonnie & Clyde. He performed as the lead character, Clyde, from April 15 to June 29, 2014 at the BBC Art Center along with other artists, including SHINee‘s Key, ZE:A‘s Park Hyung Sik, Kahi, and Oh So Yeon.[16]

In April 2016, Hyunseung was nominated and won "Best Male Artist (South Korea)" at the 4th Annual V-Chart Music Awards in China.[17]

Departure from BEAST[edit]

On April 19, 2016, Cube Entertainment announced he officially left Beast to continue as a soloist.[18][19]

On July 29, 2016, Cube Entertainment announced that Hyunseung will be joining dance competition program Hit The Stage, making it his first broadcast since leaving BEAST. [20]

On December 13, 2016, it was confirmed that Hyunseung had renewed his exclusive contract with Cube Entertainment.[21]

On June 12, 2018, it was confirmed that Hyunseung will enlist in the military on July 24 as an active soldier. [22]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Track listing
  1. "It's Me"
  2. "Ma First" (ft. Giriboy)
  3. "Breakup With Him" (ft. Tokki)
  4. "Dirty Jokes"
  5. "Come Out"
  6. "I Said I Love You"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"Ma First" (featuring Giriboy) 2015 28 MY
"Break up With Him" (featuring Tokki) 70

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"Dirty Jokes" 2015 100 MY
"I Said I Love You" [A]

Features & OST[edit]

Year Date Title Artist Album
2011 05.09 “Loving U” Yoon Doojoon, Jang Hyunseung, Yang Yoseob All My Love OST
2012 07.03 “나는 나는 음악” (“I Am, I’m Music”) Jang Hyunseung for Mozart! Musical -
2013 01.03 “일년전에” (“One Year Ago”) Jang Hyun-seung, Jung Eun-ji, and Kim Nam-joo ‘A CUBE’ FOR SEASON #WHITE

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
The 4th V Chart Awards
Top Male Artist-Korea Hyunseung[28] Won


  1. ^ "I Said I Love You" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked at number 95 on the Gaon Download Chart.


  1. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. ^ "Winners from the '2011 Melon Music Awards'". AllKPop. November 24, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Trouble Maker wins Triple Crown #1 + Performances from December 29th’s ‘M! Countdown’. In 2016, he left Beast.
  4. ^ "B2ST's Hyunseung posts a childhood picture with sister".
  5. ^ http://enewsworld.mnet.com/enews/contents.asp?idx=15518
  6. ^ "B2ST's Hyunseung's father passes away".
  7. ^ "4 members of 6-member group BEAST enter DongShin University together on March 2". Star News (in Korean). March 1, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "K-pop stars scholarships irk students". The Korea Times. July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "큐브 측 "장현승·신수지 열애설, 사실 확인 중"" (in Korean). Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "[단독] 장현승·신수지, 4개월째 열애…"볼링이 공통분모"" (in Korean). Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "비스트 • BEAST • B2ST Airline Flight No. 1". Soompi Forums.
  12. ^ "BEAST's Yoon Doojoon "I want to be a singer after seeing "BIGBANG DOCUMENTARY"". Newsen (in Korean). October 22, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  13. ^ "My - EP by Jang Hyun Seung". May 8, 2015.
  14. ^ "HyunA and Hyunseung release project EP, 'Trouble Maker'".
  15. ^ "Jang Hyun-seung to star in 'Mozart'". May 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "BEAST's Jang Hyunseung Cast for "Bonnie and Clyde" Musical - Soompi". www.soompi.com.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 3, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Jang Hyun-seung to bolt from BEAST". Yonhap. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  19. ^ "Beast's Jang Hyun-seung angers fans". The Korea Times. February 23, 2016. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "Hyunseung to make his first broadcast appearance after leaving B2ST on 'Hit the Stage'". Allkpop. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  21. ^ "Cube Entertainment Confirms Contract Renewal With Jang Hyun Seung, Gives Update On BEAST". Soompi. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  22. ^ Kang, E. "Jang Hyunseung Confirms Military Enlistment Date | Soompi". www.soompi.com.
  23. ^ Gaon Weekly Album Chart
  24. ^ "Gaon Album Ranking Monthly (5/2015) - see #4". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015.
  25. ^ a b
  26. ^ "2015 Gaon Download Chart - May". Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  27. ^ a b c "2015 Gaon Download Chart - Week 20". Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  28. ^ "第四届音悦V榜年度盛典 - 音悦台". vchart.yinyuetai.com.

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