Kim Jin-woo (musician)

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Kim Jin-woo
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Kim Jin-woo in 2018
Native name
Born (1991-09-26) September 26, 1991 (age 28)
Imjado, Sinan County, South Jeolla, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active2014–present
Musical career
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jin-u
McCune–ReischauerKim Chinu
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Kim Jin-woo (Korean김진우; born September 26, 1991), better known mononymously as Jinwoo or Jinu, is a South Korean singer, actor and member of South Korean boy group Winner, formed in 2013 by YGE through Mnet survival program WIN: Who Is Next.


Early life[edit]

Kim Jin-woo was born on September 26, 1991 in Imja-do, Sinan County, South Jeolla. His father has appeared on television multiple times due to his occupation as a captain of a fishing boat. He was scouted by Seungri of Big Bang, who was impressed by his dancing while attending his dance academy at the time, thus bringing him to YG Entertainment. Following the scouting, he became a trainee in August 2010.[1] The next year, he performed as a backup dancer at the 2011 YG Family Concert alongside former bandmate Tae-hyun.

2013–18: WIN: Who Is Next, Winner and acting debut[edit]

In 2013, Kim appeared on Mnet survival program WIN: Who Is Next as a contestant under "Team A", where the show resulted with Team A as the victors. In August 2014, Kim made his debut as one of five members in boy group Winner with studio album 2014 S/S with lead singles "Empty" and "Color Ring". Upon debut, "Empty" topped all South Korean charts as well as all ten tracks from their studio album dominated the top 10 spots in MelOn, South Korea's largest music streaming service further earning the group the title "Monster Rookies".[2] Winner went on to topping the Gaon Chart and winning a bonsang on MelOn Music Awards within the first year.

In July 2016, Kim made his acting debut through the web drama Magic Cellphone.[3][4] In November 2016, Kim joined as the lead for the production The Little Prince by the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company after passing a blind audition for the role, proving his skills were on par with what they were searching for. Through the production he went on to becoming the first K-pop idol to take part of a contemporary dance production.[5] The same year he starred in the web drama Love For A Thousand More alongside bandmate Kang Seung-yoon and labelmate Kim Hee-jung. The Naver TV web drama was a joint production of CJ E&M, YGE, and YGKPlus.[6]

Kim partook as a fixed cast member for MBC travelling variety show Wizard of Nowhere from July 2017 onward.[7] The show marked his first fixed appearance on a variety show since his debut, after earned him a nomination for the "Rookie Award" at the 2017 MBC Entertainment Awards.[8] In January 2018, Kim appeared as a prisoner on JTBC reality program Live a Good Life with labelmates Kwon Hyun-bin and Yoo Byung-jae. The reality show was a joint production among YG Entertainment and JTBC.[9]

2019: Solo debut[edit]

In April 2019, Kim joined the cast of SBS' Legendary Big Fish, showcasing the fishermen skills he inherited from his father.[10] Soon after he joined as a regular cast member in xtvN's Scene's Quiz.[11] Kim made his solo debut on August 14 with single album Jinu's Heyday and lead single "Call Anytime" (또또또) featuring bandmate Mino after five years in the industry ahead of mandatory military enlistment the next year.[12] Following debut, his first music show appearance was at MBC Show! Music Core on August 17.[13]


On April 6, 2019 it was reported by an official that Kim quietly made a donation of 10 million Won to the Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief for the victims of the Gangwon Province wildfire in South Korea.[14] On September 18, Kim reportedly donated 10 million Won in support to help the victims who have suffered from the natural disaster, Typhoon Lingling.[15]


Single albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Sales
Jinu's Heyday 2

As a lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Album

"Call Anytime" (또또또) (featuring Mino) 2019 127 14 Jinu's Heyday


TV Show[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2016 Sohu TV Magic Cellphone Oh Tae-ji Lead role
Naver TV Love for a Thousand More Hyung-sik Supporting role

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Network Title Notes Ref.
2013 Mnet Win: Who Is Next Contestant (Team A)
2017 MBC Wizard of Nowhere Cast Member (Ep 5-29) [21]
2018 JTBC Live a Nice Life [ko] Regular Cast [22]
2019 SBS Legendary Big Fish [ko] [10]
XtvN Scene's Quiz [ko] [11]

Stage Production[edit]

Year Production Company Role
2016 The Little Prince (어린 왕자) Korea National Contemporary Dance Company The Little Prince

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist Director Ref
2019 "Call Anytime" (또또또) Himself Kwon Yong-soo [23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients Result ref.
2017 17th MBC Entertainment Awards Rookie Award (Variety Category) Kim Jin-woo Nominated [8][24]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "승리 "YG 데뷔하려면, 빅뱅 뛰어넘어야 해요"". 오마이스타 (in Korean). August 29, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Winner's debut album sweeps music charts". The Korea Herald. August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "WINNER's NAM TAE HYUN & KIM JIN WOO to Feature in the Drama Series Jointly Made by Korean & Chinese Production Companies". YG Life. September 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "위너 김진우, 한중합작드라마 '마법의 핸드폰' 캐스팅…강승윤-남태현 이어 세 번째텐아시아". TenAsia (in Korean). August 8, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Winner member to appear in 'Le Petit Prince'". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 18, 2016.
  6. ^ 하, 나영 (October 27, 2016). "강승윤-황승언-김진우, 웹드라마 '천년째 연애중' 출연 확정". The Star (in Korean). Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "MBC 측 "위너 김진우, '오지의마법사' 멤버로 합류"(공식)". Sports Today (in Korean). June 27, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Ha Soo-jeong (December 29, 2017). "[MBC 연예대상 종합] 전현무 생애 첫 대상-올해의예능상 '나혼자산다'". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "JTBC·YG '착하게살자' 1월19일 첫방송, 최초 사법 리얼리티(공식)". Newsen (in Korean). December 26, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "[공식]'전설의 빅 피쉬' 이태곤X지상렬X정두홍X진우X윤보미, '빅피쉬 드림팀' 결성". Sports Chosun (in Korean). March 11, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "'씬의퀴즈' 7월 첫방, '더지니어스' 출신 장동민→위너 김진우까지(공식입장)". Newsen (in Korean). June 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "위너 김진우, 솔로 데뷔곡은 '또또또'…빛나는 비주얼 포스터 공개". Ten Asia (in Korean). August 8, 2019.
  13. ^ "위너 김진우, 오늘 '음악중심'서 '또또또' 첫 무대..송민호 동반 출격 '확정' [공식]". Osen (in Korean). August 17, 2019.
  14. ^ "[단독] 위너 김진우, 강원도 산불 피해에 1000만원 기부". Spotv News (in Korean). April 6, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  15. ^ "[단독] 위너 김진우, 태풍 링링 피해 복구에 기부 선행". Sports Dongha (in Korean). September 18, 2019. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  16. ^ "Jinu's Heyday – Week 34, 2019". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  17. ^ "2019년 08월 Album Chart" [2019 Monthly Album Chart – August]. Gaon Chart. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  18. ^ Billboard World Digital Songs:
  19. ^ Gaon Weekly Chart:
  20. ^ Billboard Korea K-pop 100 Chart:
  21. ^ "'오지의마법사' 위너 김진우 "해외 활동 아닌 여행은 처음"". Chosun (in Korean). July 26, 2017.
  22. ^ "YG '감빵' 예능 '착하게 살자', 내달 19일 첫 방송". YG Life (in Korean). December 26, 2017.
  23. ^ "김진우 "송민호 피처링·강승윤 디렉팅 해줘…솔로 목표는 위너 앨범 발매" [엑's 인터뷰②]". XportsNews (in Korean). August 14, 2019.
  24. ^ Jung Yoo-na (December 29, 2017). "[MBC 연예대상] 전현무 대상·박나래 최우수상…'나혼자산다' 싹쓸이(종합)". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved December 29, 2017.