Jang Hyun-seung

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jang.
Jang Hyun-seung
Jay Stomp at the MBC Korean Music Wave in Bangkok.jpg
Jang Hyun-seung performing in Bangkok in March 2011
Native name 장현승
Born (1989-09-03) September 3, 1989 (age 26)
Suncheon, South Korea
Other names So-1 , JS
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actor
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 장현승
Revised Romanization Jang Hyeon-seung
McCune–Reischauer Chang Hyŏnsŭng

Jang Hyun-seung (Hangul장현승; born September 3, 1989)[1] most often credited as Hyunseung, is a South Korean idol singer, dancer and musical actor. He is best known as a former member of the boy band 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 is also one half of the duo Trouble Maker with Cube labelmate HyunA. In December 2011, the duo released their debut mini-album with the lead single, "Trouble Maker."[3]

Family and personal life[edit]

Jang Hyunseung was raised in Seoul, South Korea. He has a younger sister named Jang Geurim.[4] His father died in the early morning of September 20, 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]

Career[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

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.[9]

For a year and four months Hyunseung was a trainee for the boy band 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 predebut "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 Hyunsuk felt 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.[10] Hyunseung refers to his experiences at YG as important to his development as an artist.[9]

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.[9]

Beast[edit]

The group has released 2 Korean albums, 8 Korean mini-albums 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 band's digital album, My Story.

Solo Activities[edit]

On May 7, 2015, Hyunseung released his debut solo mini-album, "My".[11] Other than BEAST's tracks, Hyunseung's album had more influences on hiphop culture and pop culture in his preference. The title track "Ma First" (feat Giriboy), and "Break Up With Him" (feat. Dok2).

Trouble Maker[edit]

Main article: Trouble Maker (duo)

In December 2011, Hyun-seung formed a unit with labelmate 4Minute's HyunA called Trouble Maker. Trouble Maker debuted with their self-named lead single and mini album Trouble Maker.[12] On October 28, 2013, the group released the single "There Is No Tomorrow" from their EP 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.[13]

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.[14]

In April 2016, Hyunseung was nominated and won "Best Male Artist (South Korea)" at the 4th Annual V-Chart Music Awards in China.[15]

Departure from BEAST[edit]

On April 19, 2016, Cube Entertainment announced he officially left Beast to continue as a soloist.[16][17]

Discography[edit]

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[18]
MY 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
[20]
"Ma First" (featuring Giriboy) 2015 28 MY

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
[20]
"Break up With Him" (featuring Tokki) 2015 70 MY
"Dirty Jokes" 100
"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

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Network Note
2013 Immortal Song 2 KBS
2014 Immortal Song 2 KBS
2015 Weekly Idol MBC Every1 Guest (with BEAST), Ep. 209

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2016
The 4th V Chart Awards
Top Male Artist-Korea Hyunseung[23] Won

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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’.
  4. ^ B2ST’s Hyunseung posts a childhood picture with sister
  5. ^ http://enewsworld.mnet.com/enews/contents.asp?idx=15518
  6. ^ [1]
  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. ^ a b c “The bitter taste of failure became the irony of fate”
  10. ^ "BEAST's Yoon Doojoon "I want to be a singer after seeing "BIGBANG DOCUMENTARY"". Newsen (in Korean). October 22, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ HyunA and Hyunseung release project EP, ‘Trouble Maker’
  13. ^ Jang Hyun-seung to star in ‘Mozart‘
  14. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2014/04/07/beasts-jang-hyunseung-cast-for-bonnie-and-clyde-musical/
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ "Jang Hyun-seung to bolt from BEAST". Yonhap. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Beast's Jang Hyun-seung angers fans". The Korea Times. February 23, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  18. ^ Gaon Weekly Album Chart
  19. ^ "Gaon Album Ranking Monthly (5/2015) - see #4". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. 
  20. ^ a b
  21. ^ "2015 Gaon Download Chart - May". Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  22. ^ a b c "2015 Gaon Download Chart - Week 20". Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  23. ^ 4th V Chart Awards

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