Jang Su-won

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jang.
Jang Su-won
장수원
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Background information
Born (1980-07-16) July 16, 1980 (age 36)
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1997–2000, 2002–present
Labels Daesung Entertainment
JS Entertainment (Solo)
A&G Mods (J-Walk)
YG Entertainment (Sechskies)
Associated acts Sechs Kies, J-Walk
Korean name
2016MMA JSW.jpg
161119 Jang Su-won at 2016 Melon Music Awards
Korean name
Hangul 장수원
Hanja 張水院
Revised Romanization Jang Su-won
McCune–Reischauer Chang Su-won

Jang Su-won (born July 16, 1980) is a South Korean singer.[1] He is known as a robot actor and member of the South Korean boy group, Sechs Kies and a duet, J-Walk, along with a fellow Sechs Kies member, Kim Jae-duck.[2][3] His nicknames were "Short Man" and "Angel".

Career[edit]

Sechs Kies[edit]

Jang Su-won followed a friend to try out for DSP audition and got selected. At the interview, he said he was good at nothing and was picked because of this honest answer. It was revealed later that Kang Sung-hun, who had the power of choosing members, chose him for his good looks and positive attitude.[4][5]

He was in his second year of high school when he debuted as Sechs Kies in 1997. He was known to be the most considerate and the youngest of member of the group. Though he had little parts in the group, he was noted for his ease at singing. Sechs Kies achieved great success and became an icon of the 1990s. However, they suddenly disbanded after promotion of fourth album in May 2000.[6]

J-Walk[edit]

In 2002, Su-won teamed with Kim Jae-duck to form J-Walk under Kiss Entertainment and began to sing more.[2] They released their first album, entitled Suddenly same as hit song on March 2002. "Suddenly" went as high as No. 2 on the music charts. However, their follow up album "Someday" was not as successful.[7] They took SBS Gayo Daejeon Popularity Award with Kang Sung-hun in 2002.

They subsequently collaborated with their former DSP label-mate Click-B to form a project boy group, JnC, under Kiss Entertainment. After releasing their debut project album in 2004, one of Click-B's members left, leaving JnC inactive.[8]

Their first EP Sun Shower(여우비) was delayed until 2007 when they signed with Vitamin Entertainment.[9] J-Walk released their third album My Love in 2008 and Eun Ji-won helped them by participating in the music video and featuring in the title song. Since Kim Jae-duck entered the military shortly after, Su-won had to promote the album by himself. Su-won entered the military on December 2009 and served in Division 15's military band. He was released from the army on October 2011.[10]

After they were discharged from army, J-Walk has signed under A&G Modes and released some digital songs.[11] They returned with mini album "Love...Painfully" with main track "Strive" on December 2013.[12]

Robot Actor[edit]

On September 2013, Su-won starred in the idol edition of "Love and War" but he was criticized for his poor acting, which has been labeled "robot-acting" and "unwatchable".[13] In 2014, people stopped criticizing him because of his nice attitude and good performance on the show Radio Star. Moreover, he regained fame with his imitations of his poor acting at variety shows which led to many offers of CFs (advertisements).[14] Jang Su-won also starred in the drama "Misaengmool", which was a parody version of the popular drama "Misaeng" as the main character Jang Geu Rae.[15] However, people was dissatisfied with his improved acting skills, and even missed his "robot-acting." [16]

Reunite As SechsKies[edit]

In 2016, Sechs Kies finally reunited after their disbandment 16 years ago in a famous Korean variety TV show called "Infinite Challenge". They held a pop-up reunion concert on 14 April, the day before the anniversary of SechsKies' debut.[17] After Infinite Challenge aired, Sechs Kies earned many more fans; their hit songs ranked high in music charts and “Couple” was seen in 11th place in Music Bank.[18]

With their growing popularity, YG Entertainment officially announced that they signed a contract with Sechs Kies except for Ko Ji Yong on May 11.[19] On October 7, Sechs Kies released a new digital single "Three Words (세 단어)" which topped all 8 major music charts shortly after release, achieving all-kill status. It also ranked high in Asian music charts and global iTunes in Taiwan and is among top tracks on iTunes charts in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and others.[20]

It is revealed that Su-won wanted to get back together the most in the Radio Star and led the way so he enjoys reunion very much. Also, he received more invitation after reunion and joined many different activities and TV shows.[21]

On November 23, YG announced that SechsKies' new album will be released on December 1, 2016. The new album "2016 Re-ALBUM" contains 10 past hit songs of SechsKies that were rearranged and remastered by YG producers, and is prepared a special gift for fans.[22]

SechsKies continued the Yellow Note concert tour on December 10 in Daegu and on December 24–25 in Busan. On October 31, all SechsKies tour concert seats for December were sold out within a few minutes.

On December 16, YG announced SechsKies is to hold a "Yellow Note Final in Seoul" concert on January 21 and 22 at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium.[23] On December 22, all 13,000 tickets were sold out within three minutes.

After collaboration[edit]

Su-won opened his own clothing line in the United States and provided uniforms for JYJ Kim Junsu's Hotel.[24] He also has opened a Singapore restaurant, "Yummy Kampong," in Dongdaemun.[25]

Filmography[edit]

170122 Jang Su-won at Yellow Note Concert

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1998 Seventeen: The Movie
2005 Baribari Zzang
2015 Sweet Temptation Suwon

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Network Title
2014 MBC Infinite Challenge - Episodes 403
KBS Happy Together - Episode 377
MBC Radio Star - Episode 377
tvN I Need More Romance - Episode 23
tvN Comedy Big League - Episode 92
QTV Wardrobe Fairy
2015 KBS Star Golden Bell - New Year's Special
SBS Running Man - Episode 243
Mnet 4Show - Episode 4
tvN Taxi - Episode 365
KBS Hello Counselor - Episode 210
KBS Invisible Man - Episode 7
JTBC Witch Hunt - Episodes 84, 112
SBS Law of the Jungle - Episode 154 - 162
KBS Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 - Episode 270
MBC Spot!Tasty Food
2016 MBC Infinite Challenge - Episodes 476, 477, 478
MBC Radio Star- Episode 480, 503
KBS You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook - Episode 323
OnStyle Get It Beauty S3 - Episode 5
Olive What Shall We Eat Today - Episodes 160, 172
JTBC Please Take Care of My Refrigerator - Episodes 82, 83
SBS Running Man - Episode 326
MBC Every1 Weekly Idol - Episode 280, 281
KBS Joy Doctor House - Episode 1
tvN Actor School
DongA TV To You
tvN Lets Go! Time Exploration Season 3
K Star Reform Show
Channel A Now On My Way to Meet You
MBN Beyond Imagination Show – Real? Fake!
JTBC Event King
SKB Oksuri 5 Brothers
2017 tvN The Last 48 Hours - Episode 5, 6, 7, 8
NaverTV Plan Man: New Beginning

Discography[edit]

J-Walk[edit]

  • Suddenly (2002)
  • Someday (2002)
  • Sun Shower (여우비)(EP) (2007)
  • My Love(2008)
  • Frappuccino (EP) (2013)
  • Love...Painfully (EP) (2013)

JnC[edit]

  • The New History Begins (J-Walk & Click-B Project Album), (2004)

Others[edit]

Endorsement[edit]

Year Company Name Item Co-star
1997 Mr Hammer Snack Sechs Kies
1998 Elite Uniform Sechs Kies
2014 LG U+ cellular carrier
Kunlun Mobile application
LG Chem chemicals
2015 Nongshim Snack Kim Ye-won
Spopad EMS exercise machines
2016 Body and balance hospital Medicine Service
ECLADO cosmetic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the artist". Official SECHSKIES Facebook. YG. Jang Suwon is the official English name. 
  2. ^ a b Gang, Hye-ran (강혜란) (2010-01-23) TV 음악프로에 나들이 나온 사라 장 (in Korean) JoongAng Ilbo[dead link]
  3. ^ 젝스키스 장수원 28일 군입대, 2년간 현역복무 예정 (in Korean) MSN News[dead link]
  4. ^ autobiography from Sechs Kies forth albums Come'Back,DSP Entertainment
  5. ^ ‘라디오스타’ 강성훈, 젝스키스 결성 비화 공개 “내가 원하는 멤버로 뽑았다” ["Radio Star" Kang Sunghun Reveals the Secret behind SECHSKIES formation "I picked the members I wanted"] (in Korean). SE Daily. June 2, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ [연예가소식]인기댄스그룹 '젝스키스' 해체 발표 [Sechskies announced disbandment]. Dong-A Ilbo (in Korean). 18 May 2000. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  7. ^ Artist of the week – J-Walk soompi
  8. ^ JNC (JNC)-Artist search
  9. ^ J-Walk (제이워크)Artist Search
  10. ^ (English)Eun Jiwon Prepares to Welcome Jang Suwon Back
  11. ^ Cozy Up with J-Walk through Their New Video for “First Day of Snow” soompi
  12. ^ J-Walk Returns with Mini Album “Love…Painfully” and MV soompi
  13. ^ (English)Jang Suwon, Kang Min Kyung, Lizzy, Park Dong Bin To Appear On "Radio Star"
  14. ^ (English)Star regains fame with his bad acting
  15. ^ (English)“Misaeng” Parody Drama to Air in January
  16. ^ (English)Jang Suwon Reveals People Wanted Him To Continue Acting Terribly
  17. ^ (English)Excited fans swarm at the surprise reunion of Sechskies on 'Infinity Challenge'!
  18. ^ (English)VIDEOSechs Kies re-emerges on Music Bank K-Chart with 1998 hit track, “Couple”
  19. ^ (English)Sechskies officially sign on with YG Entertainment!
  20. ^ (English)Sechs Kies releases new single, tops charts
  21. ^ (English)Jang Suwon and Kim Jaeduck Show up at Kyunghee University
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-24. Retrieved 2016-11-23.  YG announced, "Rebirth of hit songs… SECHSKIES releases new album ‘Re-ALBUM’" (official announcement)
  23. ^ Hit 90's band Sechs Kies to hold concert in Seoul[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ (English)Jang Suwon Says He Provides Uniforms for Kim Junsu's Hotelmwave
  25. ^ Taking the taste of Singapore to Seoul