Kang Seung-yoon

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Kang Seung-yoon
Kang Seung-yoon at NII Fanmeeting 'Hi-Loo' on May 15, 2015 (3).jpg
Native name
Kang Seung-yoon

(1994-01-21) January 21, 1994 (age 24)
Busan, South Korea
  • Singer-
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • actor
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2010–present
LabelsYG Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Seung-yun
McCune–ReischauerKang Sŭng-yun

Kang Seung-yoon (born (1994-01-21)January 21, 1994), known as Seungyoon or Yoon, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, actor, and leader of boy group Winner.[1] In 2010, he participated in the reality television singing contest Superstar K2 and finished in fourth place. In January 2011, he became a trainee under YG Entertainment[2] and went on to debut as a solo artist in July 2013 and as the leader of Winner in August 2014.[1]


Early life[edit]

Kang Seung-yoon was born in Busan, South Korea, on January 21, 1994. He learned to play the guitar in the eighth grade. When he was in his last year of junior high, he took lessons in both classic guitar and billiards, going on to become the regional representative for billiards.[citation needed]

2010–2012: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2010, Seungyoon was a contestant on Mnet's singing contest Superstar K2. He finished in fourth place, having released two singles, "I'll Write You a Letter" and "Instinctively".[3] "I'll Write You a Letter" peaked at number 24[4] on the Gaon Chart after its release on the Superstar K2: Top 6 (My Story) album, while "Instinctively" became a number one single in Korea[5][6] and one of the top 100 songs of the year.[7] It was released on its own as a digital single later in the Superstar K2 compilation album, Superstar K2 Up to 11.[1] He also released "Life is Tab" along with three other contestants to promote the Samsung Galaxy Tab.[8]

After initial success with Superstar K2, CEO Yang Hyun-suk signed Kang to YG Entertainment on January 12, 2011.[2] Kang also released a single, "You Are Heaven", for the soundtrack of the Korean drama Midas.[9]

Seungyoon graduated from Busan High School of Arts with a major in classic guitar in 2012.[10] That year, he appeared on MBC's sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged. He plays as a young man with a heavy southern-Korean accent who arrives in Seoul dreaming to become the President. The series aired from 19 September 2011 to 29 March 2012.[11]

2013–present: Solo debut, debut with Winner[edit]

On June 20, 2013, Yang Hyun-suk announced on YG Life that Seungyoon would be debuting as a solo artist with the single "Wild and Young" composed by Teddy Park.[12] On July 15, it was announced that Seungyoon's debut would be postponed and the following day, another single from his upcoming mini-album titled "It Rains" was released instead.[13][14] "It Rains" achieved an all-kill by placing at number one on all nine major real-time charts in Korea.[15][16][17] On July 31, "Wild and Young" was released[18][19] with two more title tracks set to be promoted in August and September. Live promotions of the single commenced on August 4 on Inkigayo.[20][21]

On August 14, Seungyoon's second single "Stealer" (Korean: 맘도둑) was released.[22] The music video, starring rookie actress Yoon Jin-yi, was "filmed secretly" and released without promotions so as not to disrupt the promotions for "Wild and Young".[23]

Seungyoon then participated in the survival reality program WIN: Who Is Next.[24] The program would involve two teams of YG trainees (A and B) that would compete against each other for the chance to debut at the end of the series.[25] In the seventh episode of WIN: Who Is Next, Seungyoon replaced bandmate Song Min-ho as the leader of "Team A". On October 25, it was announced that Team A had won the series and would debut as Winner. The group performed as the opening act of Big Bang's Japan Dome Tour which started on November 15, and made their own official debut on August 12, 2014.[26] The same year, Seungyoon and fellow member Song Min-ho participated in Yoon Jong-shin's Monthly project and released the song "Wild Boy".[27]

In 2015, Seungyoon starred as the male lead in the web drama We Broke Up, alongside label-mate Sandara Park. The 10-episode drama was aired from June 29 to July 17 via Naver TV Cast.[28]

In December 2016, Seungyoon starred in the web drama Love for a Thousand More alongside fellow member Kim Jin-woo. The web drama is a joint production of CJ E&M, YG Entertainment, and YGKPlus.[29] He released a soundtrack for the drama, titled "You".[30] The same month, he joined the cast of SBS' variety show Flower Crew as a regular host.[31]

In 2017, Seungyoon starred in tvN's black-comedy series Prison Playbook.[32] Seungyoon and fellow member Song Min-ho released a soundtrack for the drama titled "Door".[33]


In December 2018, Jinusean's Sean reported that Seungyoon quietly donated 30 Million Won in addition to his donation earlier in the year to the Seungil Hope Foundation.[34]



Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"Instinctively" (본능적으로) 2010 1 Superstar K2: Up to 11
"It Rains" (비가 온다) 2013 1 Non-album releases
"Wild and Young" 18
"Stealer" (맘도둑) 9

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Note
"Life is Tab" 2011 Collaboration with Samsung Galaxy Tab
"Have You Ever Fallen In Love" Collaboration with Standing Egg and Polham


Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"Wild Boy"(with Yoon Jong-shin & Song Min-ho) 2014 25 Yoon Jong Shin Monthly - March 2014

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"I'll Write You a Letter" 2010 24 N/A Superstar K2: Top 6 (My Story)

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"You Are Heaven" 2011 11 Midas OST
"Smile, My Love" (with Lee Juck) 2012 N/A High Kick 3 OST
"0+1" 2015 N/A Unreleased We Broke Up OST
"Two of Us" (with Sandara Park)
"We Broke Up" (with Sandara Park)
"Don't Forget" 2016 Half-Moon Friends OST
"You" 89 Love for a Thousand More OST
"Door" (문) (with Mino) 2017 Prison Playbook OST
"Golden Slumbers" 2018 N/A Golden Slumber OST
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Production credits[edit]

Year Album Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2010 Top 6 (My Story) "I'll Write You a Letter" Yes N/A No N/A
2013 FINALE BATTLE (WHO IS NEXT:WIN) "Just Another Boy" No Yes Mino, Nam Tae-hyun, Teddy
"Go Up" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes N/A
2014 2014 S/S "Color Ring" Yes Yes Ham Seung-chun, Kang Wook-jin, Jo Sung-hwak, Dee.P
"Love Is a Lie" Yes N/A Yes N/A
"Different" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Mino
"Smile Again" Yes Yes Mino, Dee.P
2015 We Broke Up OST "0+1" Yes N/A Yes N/A
"Two of Us" Yes No
"Today" Yes No
"We Broke Up" Yes Yes Ham Seung-chun, Kang Wook-jin
2016 Exit : E "Immature" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Kang Wook-jin
2017 Fate Number For "Really Really" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Kang Wook-jin, Mino
"Fool" Yes N/A Yes Airplay
2017 Our Twenty For "Love Me Love Me" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Future Bounce, Mino
"Island" Yes Bekuh Boom, Mino, Hoony Yes Bekuh Boom, Future Bounce
2018 EVERYDAY "Everyday" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Airplay, Mino
"Air" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Airplay
"La La" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Kang Uk-jin
"애 걔" (For) Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Kang Uk-jin, Diggy, Mino
"예뻤더라" (We Were) Yes N/A Yes Airplay
"사치" (Luxury) Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Kang Uk-jin, Diggy
"Movie Star" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Airplay
"Special Night" No N/A Yes Hoony, Airplay
"Have A Good Day" (Korean version) No Yes Mino, Kang Uk-jin
Millions "Millions" Yes Mino, Hoony Yes Kang Uk-jin, Diggy




Year Title Network(s) Role Notes
2011–2012 High Kick 3 MBC Himself Supporting role
2015 We Broke Up Naver TV Cast Ji Won-young Lead role; Web-drama
The Producers KBS Himself Cameo (Episodes 4, 5, 10 & 12)[47]
2016 Love for a Thousand More Naver TV Cast, OnStyle Yoo Jun-woo Lead role; Web-drama
2017 Prison Playbook tvN Lee Joo-hyung Supporting role

Variety/ Reality Show[edit]

Year Title Role Network(s) Notes
2010 Superstar K2 Contestant Mnet Placed 4th overall
2013 WIN: Who Is Next? Survival show, Team A member
2016 The Collaboration Contestant Tencent Episodes 1–5[48]
Flower Crew Regular MC SBS Episode 13–29
2017 King of Mask Singer Contestant MBC Episode 109[49]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Length Ref.
2011 "Life Is Tab (Dance Ver.)" Kang Seung-yoon 2:04 [50]
"Have You Ever Fallen in Love?" Kang Seung-yoon 3:47
2012 "Fanta Idol Commercial" Kang Seung-yoon with Lee Kwang-soo & Baek Jin-hee 3:48
2013 "Wild and Young" Kang Seung-yoon 3:52 [51]
"Stealer" Kang Seung-yoon 3:48 [52]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2010 Cyworld Digital Music Awards Rookie of the Month (October) Kang Seung-yoon Won
Gaon Chart Awards Rookie of the Year Kang Seung-yoon Won
2013 MelOn Music Awards Best Rock "It Rains" Nominated
Seoul Music Awards Rookie Award Kang Seung-yoon Nominated
2015 K-Web Fest Awards Best Male Actor We Broke Up Won


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External links[edit]

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