Koyote

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Koyote
코요태
Also known as Koyotae
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 1999 – present
Labels Trifecta Entertainment
Yuri Entertainment
2012 KYT Entertainment
Members Kim Jong-min
Shin Ji
Bbaek Ga
Past members Cha Seung-min
Kim Goo
Kim Young-wan
Jung Myung-hoon

Koyote (Korean: 코요태) is a South Korean dance and hip hop group consisting of members Kim Jong-min, Shin Ji, and Bbaek Ga. The group debuted in 1999 with Shin Ji, Cha Seung-min, and Kim Goo. As a group they are known for their dance-pop songs, which has been their trademark genre. In 2005, Koyote won the KBS Daesang (대상) (the South Korean equivalent of the Grammy Award) for "Artist of the Year".[1]

Current members[edit]

Kim Jong-min[edit]

Kim Jong-min (김종민) (born September 24, 1979) has been a member of the group since the third album. He was a background dancer for Uhm Jung-hwa before joining Koyote.[2] Kim is the main male vocal of the group, as well as its most prominent member in terms of public appearances. He is also known for being a popular mainstay of many Korean variety shows, such as KBS's Heroine 6 and SBS' Love Letter. In 2006, he won the Best Entertainer Award at the KBS Drama Awards. In December 2009, he completed his 2-year long military service and became a member of the show 2 Days & 1 Night. He is still a member of the cast as of 2017, and is the only member of the original cast to continue the show. In April 2011, after years of performing as a group, Kim released his debut EP "Oppa Find Strength". [3] Kim was in a relationship with model and TV host Hyun Young for three years, but the couple broke up in 2009.

Shin Ji[edit]

Shin Ji (신지) (born November 18, 1981) is the only original member remaining in the group since Koyote debuted. She is the main female vocalist of the group, as well as an actress and variety show star. In the comedy series "Unstoppable High Kick", Shin played the role of a divorcee whose ambition is to become a music composer. She won a MBC award in 2007 for her portrayal of this character.[4] In July 2009, she collapsed at home due to exhaustion,[5] but soon after recovered and returned to her singing career. Shin released a digital single "Always", which was used as soundtrack for anime game Yogurting, and she debuted with her solo album in 2009.[6]

Bbaek Ga[edit]

Bbaek Ga (빽가) (born May 14, 1981), real name Baek Sung Hyun (백성현), has been in the group since 2004. He made his debut on the sixth album of the group, taking on the role of the rapper in Koyote. In December 2009, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor while serving his mandatory time in military. He successfully underwent brain surgery in January 2010,[7] and he took time off from his music career to recover. Baek also works as a photographer in addition to being a musician. Although he was not able to perform in Koyote's mini album "Return", he was the photographer for the mini album photos. In 2011, he made a comeback with Koyote and released a new mini album.

Former members[edit]

Cha Seung-min[edit]

Cha Seung-min (차승민) (born June 12, 1979) was the male vocalist for the first and second album. Cha Seung-min left to the U.S. for abroad studies. He was raised in Annandale, Virginia area before being discovered. Kim Jong-min replaced him starting from their third album.[8]

Kim Young-wan[edit]

Kim Young-wan (김영완) (born May 17, 1970)

Jung Myung-hoon[edit]

Jung Myung-hoon (정명훈) (born February 21, 1982) replaced Kim Young-wan for the fifth album. He was previously a member of the group OPPA and PLT. He left to serve his compulsory duties for the military. Bbaek Ga replaced him starting from their sixth album.

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award
1999
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards) 신인상 (New Artist)
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 신인상 (New Artist)
2000
  • KMTV 가요대전 (KMTV Music Awards) 본상
2001
  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • KMTV 가요대전 (KMTV Music Awards) 본상
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 팝댄스부문 그룹상 (Best Pop-Dance Group)
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 본상
2002
  • KMTV 코리안 뮤직 어워드 – 올해의 가수상 (KMTV Korean Music Awards – Artist of The Year)
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards) 본상
  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 본상
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 본상
2003
  • KMTV 코리안 뮤직 어워드 -올해의 가수상 (KMTV Korean Music Awards – Artist of The Year)
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards) 본상
  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 본상
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 본상
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 프로듀서가 뽑은 인기가수상 (Producer's Most Popular Artist)
  • MBC 10대 가수상 (MBC Best 10 Music Awards) 본상
2004
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards) 본상
  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 본상
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 본상
  • MBC 10대 가수상 (MBC Best 10 Music Awards) 본상
2005
  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 본상
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 올해의 가수상 (Artist of the Year)

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2000 Best Mixed Group "Passion"[9][10] Nominated
2001 "Paran"[11] Won
2002 "Y"[12] Nominated
2003 "Emergency"[13] Won
2004 "Disco King"[14] Won
2005 "1, 2, 3, 4"[15] Won
2009 Best Mixed Gender Group "Nonsense" (넌센스)[16] Nominated

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2000, Richie Ren firstly covered "Soonjeong (순정)" in Mandarin-Chinese version as "A Dragon" (一條龍), premiered at Taiwan Golden Dragon Baseball Championship (金龍旗棒球賽).
  • In July 2006, Japanese artist, DJ OZMA, released a cover version of Koyote's debut single "Soonjeong (순정)". The title was transliterated as "Sunjon" (純情-スンジョン).

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