Yong Jun-hyung

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Yong Jun-hyung
Yong Jun-hyung 2018-05-30.jpg
Junhyung in May 2018
BornYong Jae-soon
(1989-12-19) December 19, 1989 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer-songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2007–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYong Jun-hyeong
McCune–ReischauerYong Chunhyŏng
Birth name
Revised RomanizationYong Jae-sun
McCune–ReischauerYong Chaesun

Yong Jun-hyung (Hangul: 용준형; born December 19, 1989),[1] commonly known as Junhyung, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor. He is best known as a member of the K-pop boy band Highlight and for his lead role in the 2013 television series Monstar.[2] As a solo artist he has released one extended play, Flower (2013), and one full-length album, Goodbye 20's (2018).[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Junhyung was born in Seoul, South Korea. He changed his birth name Yong Jae-soon (Hangul용재순) to his current name when he was in 6th grade.[5] In 2007, he joined the boy band Xing, which included Kevin Woo, a now-former member of U-KISS. Junhyung was known by the stage name Poppin' Dragon while in Xing.[6]



Junhyung debuted under Cube Entertainment as a member of the boy band Beast (Hangul: 비스트) in 2009. The group released their first extended play Beast is the B2ST on October 14, 2009.[7]

The group released a total of eight extended plays and three studio albums.[citation needed]

In 2016, Beast left Cube Entertainment, and formed their own label, Around Us Entertainment. The group debuted under the new name of Highlight.[8] As Highlight, they have released two extended plays.[9]

Solo activities[edit]

Junhyung was featured in Lee Gikwang's music video "눈물을 닦고" ("Wiping the Tears") as a rapper with Doojoon. Along with fellow Beast member Yoseob, MC and comedian Lee Hyuk-jae, Moon Hee-joon (formerly of H.O.T.) and Kim Sook, they welcomed Japanese tourists for "Visit Seoul 2010" campaign, where Korean celebrities and Japanese tourists explored Seoul in MBC's "Star Guide Doshiraku" to raise awareness of Seoul's famous areas, as well as its cuisine.[10]

Junhyung also featured in Hyuna's solo debut single "Change"[11] Junhyung, along with 4minute, also featured in "Heard 'Em All" for Amerie's Asian version of the album In Love & War.[12] He also starred in MBC's "High Kick Through the Roof" as a cameo in one of its episodes.[13] He was also involved in writing and performing the rap section for 4minute's album "Hit Your Heart", in the song "Who's Next?"[14]

Junhyung was featured rapping in the music video for G.NA's album title song "I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better", with the intent of giving the "opposite vibe" from Doojoon's appearance.[15] Junhyung was also featured in "Faddy Robot Foundation" together with 4minute's Hyuna, Outsider, Verbal Jint, Mighty Mouth's Ssangchu, Vasco and Zico; all profit from this album was stated to be given out to charity.[16] In order to encourage the public participation in commemorating Seoul Summit Asia Bridge Contents (Representative Choi Jin) announced that the G20 summit held in Seoul created the campaign song "Let's Go" composed by Shinsadong Tiger, Lim Sanghyuk, Eddie, and Junhyung.[17]

On November 23, 2010, Young Jee released a single, titled "Crazy, That's What Love Is", featuring Junhyung who wrote the rap lyrics.[18] On January 19, Navi released a single, titled "Go Again", featuring Junhyung.[citation needed] On March 14, Wheesung released "Heart Aching Story", featuring Junhyung.[19] Junhyung also appeared in M&D's music video for "Close Your Mouth" along with F.T. Island's Hongki and Jonghoon, Simon Dominic and Jia, which was released on June 22.[citation needed] He was also featured as a rapper for "A Bitter Day" by Hyuna, "Be Quiet" by Kim Wansun, and "Don't Act Countrified" by ALi.[citation needed]

Junhyung released a solo song, titled "너 없이 사는 것도 (Living Without You)", on February 3, 2012. The song was written in the hip hop style, and was co-produced by Junhyung and Kim Tae-joo.[citation needed] The song tells the story of a man who must overcome the pain of being betrayed by a woman he loved.[citation needed] The songs "이럴 줄 알았어 (I Knew It)" and "너 없이 사는 것도 (Living Without You)" are related to "Living Without You", being a prologue and a continuation respectively. Junhyung also produced Yoseob's first extended play, First Collage, which was released on the November 21.[20][unreliable source?]

Producer Brave Brothers created the project group 'Absurd', with rappers Junhyung of Beast, LE of EXID and FeelDog of Big Star.[citation needed] Brave Brothers released Junhyung's version of the music video teaser on February 17, 2013, and then released a promo image on February 21. Junhyung produced and wrote their album Hard to Love, How to Love along with Kim Taejoo.[citation needed] He also starred in a South Korean television series titled Monstar, which aired every Friday starting on May 17, 2013 on Mnet music channel.[citation needed] Junhyung released his debut extended play, Flower on December 13, 2013. The title track "Flower" topped the music charts, as well as other singles such as "Caffeine (Piano Version)" featuring Yoseob, and "Anything" featuring G.NA.[citation needed]

In 2014, Junhyung featured in Megan Lee's debut song, "8dayz".[citation needed] He was featured in the music videos of "I Feel on You" by Lee Seunghwan, "I Hate You" by Eru, "Breakable Heart" by Lyn, "Good Boy" by Baek Jiyoung, and "She's Bad" by Natthew.[citation needed]



Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2015 Yong Jun Hyung's Good Life Cube TV Himself With Kim Tae-joo

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016–2017 Hitmaker Season 3 MBC Every1 Host Co-hosted with Jeong Hyeong-don
2017-2018 It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets MBC Cast member

Ep. 1-4 (Season 1)
Ep. 8-10 (Season 2)


Year Title Network Role Notes
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows SBS Joker Cameo
2013 Monstar Mnet Yoon Seol-chan Lead role
2018 Coffee, Do Me a Favor[21] Channel A Im Hyun-woo Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Hot Cover Music – "Past Days" Monstar Nominated
20's Booming Star – Male Nominated
6th Korea Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Ha Yeon-soo Nominated
Best New Actor Won
2018 MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards Artist of the Year N/A Nominated [22][23]
Song of the Year "Sudden Shower" (Feat. 10cm) Nominated
Male Artist Award N/A Nominated
Rap/Hip Hop Music Award "Sudden Shower" (Feat. 10cm) Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award N/A Nominated
Melon Music Awards Top 10 (Bonsang) Pending
Best Ballad Track Award "Sudden Shower" (Feat. 10cm) Pending


  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. ^ I, Ju-han (2018-11-15). "'커피야 부탁해' 용준형X김민영X채서진의 마법 같은 로맨스…12월 1일 첫방송". Sedaily (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  3. ^ I, Eun-a (2013-12-09). "용준형, 솔로 데뷔곡 '플라워' 재킷 사진 공개…컴백 신호탄". Ten Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  4. ^ Yu, Cheong-hui (2018-04-26). "용준형, 첫 솔로 정규 앨범 'GOODBYE 20's' 예약 판매 시작". Ten Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  5. ^ "BEAST's Yong Junhyung makes a surprise confession, "My real name is Yong Jaesoon". Osen (in Korean). 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  6. ^ "씽(Xing)". Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  7. ^ "Beast Is The B2ST - 비스트(Beast)". Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  8. ^ Herman, Tamar (2017-02-24). "K-Pop Band Beast Changes Name to Highlight After Leaving Agency, Losing Member". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  9. ^ Herman, Tamar (2017-10-17). "Highlight Offers Up a Good Time With The Promise They 'Can Be Better' on 'Celebrate' EP". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  10. ^ ""Visit Seoul 2010" Korean Stars and Japanese tourists explore Seoul in MBC's Star Guide Doshiraku". East-01 (in Japanese). 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  11. ^ "Junhyung features in 4MINUTE Hyuna's new solo track 'Change'". Newsen (in Korean). 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  12. ^ "4minute-Amerie collaboration, released on the 18th". Chosun (in Korean). 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  13. ^ "Boy band BEAST – Part 2". 10Asia. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  14. ^ "4minute reveals a teaser video with BEAST, Full of chic charisma". Newsen (in Korean). 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
  15. ^ "Beast's Yoon Doojoon's first try in acting as 'lovers' with Gina's (previously in Five Girls) music video". Newsen. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  16. ^ "Faddy Robot Foundation releases a charity song featuring Yong Junhyung". Newsen (in Korean). 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  17. ^ "20 Idols Come Together To Form Group of 20". Osen (in Korean). 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  18. ^ "Crazy, That's What Love Is – Youngjee". Melon (in Korean). Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  19. ^ "My Music Style". Mnet. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  20. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/02/b2sts-junhyung-releases-full-audio-for-living-without-you
  21. ^ "[단독] 용준형 드라마 복귀작 '커피야 부탁해', 12월 채널A 편성 확정". News1 (in Korean). November 15, 2018.
  22. ^ "2018 MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards Announces Nominees + Voting Begins". Soompi. October 1, 2018.
  23. ^ ""BTS·워너원·트와이스·볼빨간"…'2018 MGA' 후보 공개, 투표 시작". Naver. October 1, 2018.

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