Kim Sung-kyu

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Kim Sung-kyu
Kim Sungkyu.jpg
Native name
김성규
Born
Kim Sung-kyu

(1989-04-28) April 28, 1989 (age 30)
Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
Alma materDaekyung University
Occupation
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active2010–present (hiatus due to military service)
LabelsWoollim Entertainment
Associated actsInfinite
WebsiteKim Sungkyu
Korean name
Hangul
김성규
Hanja
金聖圭
Revised RomanizationGim Seong-gyu
McCune–ReischauerKim Sŏng-kyu

Kim Sung-kyu (born April 28, 1989), referred to as Sunggyu[1] or Sungkyu, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is the leader and main vocalist of South Korean boy band Infinite.

In November 2012, Sungkyu began his solo career with his first extended play, Another Me, debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart. He continued to release a second extended play, 27 (2015), debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart and number eight on The Billboard World Album, and yielded two South Korean top-ten singles "The Answer" and "Kontrol".

Biography[edit]

Kim Sung-kyu was born on April 28, 1989[2] in Jeonju, South Korea. He attended Jeonju National University High School and was in the school rock band called "Coma Beat". When Sung-kyu first told his parents about his dream to become a singer, they rejected it because they wanted him to have a normal life and told him they'd rather he leave the house instead. He continued to practice in secret and came to Seoul alone to pursue his dreams after graduating from high school.

In 2007, he auditioned for SM Entertainment but failed to make the cut, and auditioned once more in 2008 only to fail again. Due to his admiration for rock band Nell, he initially auditioned at Woollim Entertainment under the recommendation of Nell's manager whom he'd met coincidentally at the café where he worked at part-time. With a hurting stomach, Sung-kyu went to his audition and lightly threatened them by saying, "If you don't pick me, you're going to regret it." Afterwards he rushed to the hospital immediately and got an appendectomy. On the day of his release, he received the notification that he had passed his audition. Originally intending to pursue rock music in a band, Sung-kyu instead became a trainee for the dance group Infinite, of which he would later assume the positions of leader and main vocalist. Despite being criticized by his school friends, he believed that it was an opportunity nonetheless and persisted. In 2010, Sung-kyu finally made his debut with Infinite on June 9.

On February 15, 2013 Sung-kyu graduated from Daekyung University's Practical Music program and received along with members L, Sungyeol, Hoya, and Dongwoo,[3] the 'Proud Daekyung University Student Award' in hopes that the group would continue to grow and bring prestige to the school. The members had been accepted through a special screened admittance in early 2011. Sungkyu was a student of Practical Music at Hoseo University.

Career[edit]

2010–11: Debut with Infinite and Solo activities[edit]

Sungkyu made his debut as the leader and main vocalist of South Korean boyband Infinite in 2010. The group officially debuted on June 9, 2010.[4] In the same years, he was featured in Epik High's music video "Run" along with fellow members Woohyun, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong.

Sungkyu along with Infinite members Lee Sung-yeol and Lee Sung-jong became the special DJs for Super Junior's Kiss the Radio while Super Junior's Leeteuk and Eunhyuk were away. They were in charge of the radio broadcast from October 24 to the 30th in 2011.[5]

Sungkyu and other members of Infinite dubbed the children's cartoon Wara Store from December 27, 2011 to March 27, 2012 as themselves.[6]

2012–14: Solo debut and Solo activities[edit]

Sungkyu made his debut as a musical actor, along with band member Woohyun, in the musical "Gwanghwamun Sonata".[7] Sungkyu plays the role of Jiyong, the son of the female lead. The musical lasted from January 3 until March 11, 2012.

In May 2012, it was announced that Sung-kyu would join Immortal Songs 2 as a fixed member alongside Super Junior's Ryeowook.[8] His first performance on the show was aired on June 23. In July, it was announced that he would be leaving the show due to Infinite's overseas promotions.[9] His final episode on the show aired on August 25.

Sungkyu released his solo EP, Another Me on November 19. Nell's Kim Jongwan gave his composed "Shine" to Sungkyu as a gift for his pre-release, which was released on November 7. Sung-kyu also composed the title track "60 Seconds" with Sweetune and personally participated in writing the lyrics for the track "41 Days".[10] L starred as the main character on the music video. Sungkyu made a short promotion period of three weeks, and the album became the top selling physical album for the month of November with 62,958 copies sold.[11] The album peaked at #22 with an album sales record of 70,552 copies on Gaon Chart's yearly physical album chart for 2012.[12] In 2013, the album managed to be in the Monthly Top 100 Gaon album sales and at the end of the year recording 13,283 copies. Within the year 2014, the album's additional sales were 6,098 copies. Since its release until March 2015, the total albums sold was 91,212 copies.

In January 2013, Sungkyu was confirmed to be a fixed cast on JTBC Lee Soo-geun and Kim Byung-man's High Society 2 along with Super Junior's Shindong.[13] The show was aired from February 9 to June 15.

In February 2013, Sungkyu was confirmed to have made a cameo appearance in KBS's new sitcom A Bit of Love alongside four other idols, MBLAQ's GO, KARA's Seungyeon, ZE:A's Siwan, and SECRET's Ji Eun. According to representatives, they'll appear as the younger versions of the five main characters for about three weeks. Sung-kyu will be playing the younger version of Lee Hoon.[14]

In April 2013, Sung-kyu joined tvN's new reality program, The Genius: Rules of the Game.[15]

In addition, Sung-kyu was also featured in KBS2's new variety show "The Sea I Wanted", which told the story of six men's travel and experience in the open sea. The show is initially planned for a three-episode pilot with the first episode airing on September 11.[16] In October 2013, he made the first featuring since debut in rapper Kanto's debut single What You Want.

In 2014, Sungkyu was cast in the musical VAMPIRE along with Super Junior's Sungmin and F.T. Island's Lee Hong-gi.

2015-2017: Solo comeback and Television roles[edit]

On January 29, 2015, Sung-kyu was confirmed to star in new KBS variety show, Fluttering India, along with EXO's Suho, CNBLUE's Jonghyun, Super Junior's Kyuhyun, TVXQ's Changmin, and SHINee's Minho.[1]

Sung-kyu released his second EP, "27" on May 11 which was produced by Nell's Kim Jong-wan.[17] He was promoted double title tracks "The Answer" and "Kontrol" for which the music video we're release on May 11. As of June 2015, the album has sold over 75 thousand copies locally.[18][19]

On May 15, 2015 Sung-kyu & L with other artists such as EXO, Girl's Day, Sistar, Niel and Ailee sang the theme song for KBS1 Special Program 'I Am Korea', titled "The Day We Met", for Gwangbok's 70th Anniversary".[20]

He was also cast in the musical In The Heights, along with bandmate Dongwoo (cast as the male lead 'Usnavi'). Sungkyu played the main role 'Benny' with EXO's Chen and actor Seo Kyung-soo. The musical was produced by SM C&C, a subsidiary of S.M. Entertainment, and ran from September 4 to November 22 at 'Blue Square'.[21][22]

On September 17, 2015, it was revealed that Sung-kyu would star in a new KBS series, Youth Express, alongside comedian Kim Sook and actor Park Jaemin.[23]

In June 2016, he hosted JTBC's variety show Girl Spirit with comedian Jo Se-ho. The program aired on July 19.[24]

In February 2017, he was confirmed as an MC for Channel A's variety show Singderella.[25] It was later reported that he'd sustained a rib injury[26] while filming the programme[27] which ultimately led to the delay of Infinite's comeback.[28]

August 2017 marked the release of "Drama" by R&B producer Primary featuring Sunggyu,[29] which topped multiple domestic charts.[30]

Sungkyu held solo fan meetings in cities such as Tokyo and Osaka in September 2017 and also had fan meetings in November in Taipei. 2000 tickets were sold out within 1 minute for the fan meet in Taipei,[31] which prompted organisers to add another session on the same day of 19 November 2017.

2018–present: First full album solo comeback, concert, theatre play performance and military enlistment[edit]

On January 25, 2018, it was announced that Sungkyu will be participating in his first play, Amadeus, taking on the role of Mozart.[32]

On February 26, 2018, Sungkyu returned as a solo artiste with his first full album, 10 Stories.[33] The album was well-received and its title track, True Love, garnered wins on two music shows and topped domestic chart.[34] The album was also ranked ninth on Billboard's world album charts for the week ending March 10.[35]

On March 29, 2018, Sungkyu announced his first solo concert "Shine",[36] which took place from May 5–7, 2018 in Seoul. The tickets for all three concert days were sold out within 3 minutes.[37] More seats were added to all three days one day before the concert. On the last day of his solo concert, Sungkyu made the surprise announcement that he is enlisting into the military on May 14.[38] He is serving as an active duty soldier for the 22nd Division Infantry “Yulgok” located in the Goseong area (North Eastern part of South Korea).[39][40]

On July 3, it was announced that Kim will be starring in a military musical for the Shinheung Military Academy.[41]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[42]
JPN TW US World
10 Stories 1 47 2 9

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[45]
Kim Sungkyu 1st Solo Concert Live – Shine
  • Released date: August 24, 2018
  • Label: Woollim Entertainment, CJ E&M
  • Format: DVD, blu-ray
4 N/A

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[46]
US World
[47]
Another Me
  • Released: November 19, 2012
  • Label: Woollim Entertainment, kakao M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1
  • KOR: 94,306
27
  • Released: May 11, 2015
  • Label: Woollim Entertainment, kakao M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 8
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
Gaon Billboard
"Because" 2011 119 N/A Over the Top
"I Need You" 2012 69 81 Another Me
"Shine" 29 32
"60 Seconds" (60초) 16 31
  • KOR: 365,402+
"Light" 2014 57
  • KOR: 37,413+
Season 2
"The Answer" (너여야만 해) 2015 3 27
"Kontrol" 8
"True Love" 2018 35
[53]
N/A 10 Stories
"Don’t Move" (Shine Live Ver.) N/A SHINE Live

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KR
Gaon
KR
Billboard
"What You Want"
(Kanto featuring Kim Sungkyu)
2013 29 20 186,140+ Non album-singles
"RE: Me"
(Yoon Sang duet with Kim Sungkyu)
2014 53 17,437+ The Duets Part. 1
Drama
(Primary featuring Kim Sungkyu)
2017 29 79,208+ Pop

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
"Only Tears" (Acoustic Version) (눈물만) 2012 81 Another Me
"41th" (41일) 85
"Another Me" 90
"Daydream" 2015 25 27
"Alive" 26
"Reply" (답가) (featuring Park Yoon-ha) 29
"27" 41

Songs written[edit]

Year Song Album Artist Label Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2012 41 Days Another Me Sungkyu Woollim Entertainment Yes Lee Junghoon No N/A
2014 Light Season 2 Yes N/A No N/A
2018 City of Angels 10 Stories Yes Kim Jong-wan No N/A

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
INFINITE Concert Second Invasion Evolution The Movie 3D 2012 Himself Documentary film of Infinite
Grow: Infinite's Real Youth Life 2014 Documentary film of Infinite

Dramas[edit]

Title Year Network Role Notes
The Thousandth Man 2012 MBC Himself Cameo
Pure Love 2013 KBS Lee Hoon (Young) Cameo

Television shows[edit]

Title Year Network Role Notes
Wara Store 2011 Tooniverse Himself (voice) Korean dub[59]
High Society 2013 JTBC Regular cast
The Genius: Rules of the Game tvN Himself (contestant)
Exciting India 2015 KBS2 Regular cast
Girl Spirit 2016 JTBC Main host
Singderella 2016-2017 Channel A Main host
Living Together in Empty Room 2017-2018 MBC Regular cast [60][61][62][63][64][65]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"60sec" 2012 Unknown
"60sec" (Band ver.)
"I Need You"
"What U Want" (with Kanto) 2013
"The Answer" 2015 Hwang Soo Ah
"Kontrol" Hwang Soo Ah
"Drama" (with Primary) 2017 Unknown
"True Love" 2018
"Don’t Move" (Shine Live Ver.)

Theater[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Gwanghamun Sonata 2012 Jiyoung Main Role
Vampire 2014 Count Dracula Main Role
In the Heights 2015 Benny Main Role
All Shook Up 2016 Elvis Main Role
In the Heights 2016–2017 Benny Main Role
Gwanghamun Sonata 2017-2018 Myungwoo (young) Main Role
Amadeus 2018 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Main Role
Shinheung Military School 2018 Ji Chung-chun Main Role; Military musical

Tours[edit]

Korean Tour[edit]

Shine Tour (2018)

City Venue Date
Seoul, South Korea Kyunghee University Grand Peace Palace May 5, 6, and 7

Fan Meeting Tour[edit]

Kim Sung-kyu Mini Live & Fan Meeting (2017)

City Venue Date
Tokyo, Japan Zepp Tokyo September 28 & 29
Namba, Japan Zepp Namba October 4
Taipei, Taiwan Legacy Max November 19

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2015
7th MelOn Music Awards
Top 10 Artists N/A Nominated
Best Rock Song
The Answer
Won
The 7th Philippines KPOP Awards Best Solo Male Artist N/A Won
Best Collaboration of the Year Daydream (feat. Tablo, Jongwan) Won
KPOP Meetings Germany Awards Best Male Artist N/A Won
International K-Music Awards Best Male Solo N/A Won
2018 12th Daegu International Musical Festival New Actor of the Year ‘’Gwanghwamun Sonata’’ Nominated
2018
MelOn Music Awards 2018
Best Rock Song True Love Nominated

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