L (South Korean singer)

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L
Kim Myung-soo at L's Bravo Viewtiful Fansigning Event 02.jpg
At a fan-signing event, June 2013
Background information
Native name 김명수
Birth name Kim Myung-soo
Born (1992-03-13) March 13, 1992 (age 25)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2010–present
Labels Woollim Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 김명수
Hanja 金明洙
Revised Romanization Gim Myeong-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Myŏng-su

Kim Myung-soo (Hangul: 김명수, born March 13, 1992), better known by his stage name L, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the boy band Infinite[1] and its sub-group Infinite F.[2]

Biography[edit]

Kim Myungsoo was born on March 13, 1992[3] in Seoul, South Korea. He has a younger brother, Kim Moonsoo. He attended Duk-soo High School and graduated from Daekyung University on February 15, 2013, along with members Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Hoya, and Sungyeol majoring in practical music.[4]

Career[edit]

2010–13: Debut with Infinite, acting debut and photography[edit]

L debuted as a vocalist and visual of Infinite in 2010. The group official debuted on June 9, 2010.[5] Aside from Infinite's activities, he has participated in acting projects. In 2011, He made his acting debut in Japanese drama Jiu Keishicho Tokushuhan Sousagakari, which aired on TV Asahi in July.[6] In January 2012, he was cast in tvN's idol drama series Shut Up Flower Boy Band. He played a guitarist of the rock group named Eye Candy.[7] He also made a cameo appearances in SBS' sitcom Salamander Guru and The Shadows.[citation needed]

In October 2012, L was cast in a supporting role in MBC's sitcom What's The Deal, Mom?.[citation needed] On October 3, 2012, he guested on Radio Star to promote the sitcom, along with Kim Byung-man, Ryu Seungsoo and Kim Seo-hyung.[citation needed]

On May 15, 2013, L released his photo essay book titled L's Bravo Viewtiful, showing photos taken by him on a 93-day journey. The book was released in two versions; Korean and Japanese. The book was a best-seller, and reached #1 in pre-orders on online bookstores such as YES24 and Kyobo,[8] and was quickly sold out upon release.[citation needed] In August 2013, he was cast in a supporting role in SBS's Master's Sun, playing the younger version of So Ji-sub's character.[citation needed] On September 25, 2013, the second part of L's Bravo Viewtiful was released.[citation needed] Like its predecessor, the book also made it on the best-seller's list.[citation needed]

2014–present: Infinite F's debut and supporting roles in television[edit]

In 2014, he was cast in supporting roles in MBC's Cunning Single Lady and SBS's My Lovely Girl.[citation needed]

L was announced to be joining the subgroup Infinite F, together with his bandmates Sungyeol and Sungjong.[citation needed] The subgroup was officially announced during Infinite's "One Great Step Returns" encore concert.[citation needed] They also performed their song "My Heart is Beating" from the soundtrack of Hi! School-Love On, which starred Sungyeol and Woohyun as the main leads.[9] The subgroup has previously had their official release titled "Going Crazy", which was included on Infinite's 2nd album Season 2.[citation needed] They officially debuted in Japan with the single album "Koi No Sign" on November 19, 2014, followed by another single album release, "Azure" on December 2, 2014.[10] Infinite F made their official stage debut on MBC's Music Core on December 5.[11]

In June 2015, L made a cameo appearances in SBS' The Time We Were Not in Love, playing Ha Ji-won's homosexual intern.[citation needed] In August 2015, he was cast in the movie Mister Shark, about a boy who befriends a shark.[12] This will be his debut role in film.

In May 2016, it was announced that L and Kim Min-seok will appear on a Korean variety show called Celebrity Bromance.[13] The following month, L was a guest on King of Mask Singer under the alias of "I'm Your Father" in Episode 63.[citation needed] He was the first member of Infinite to appear on the show.[14] The same month, he was cast in Korean-Chinese web drama My Catman.[15] In August 2016, he was cast in KBS's four-episode drama titled The Day After We Broke Up.[16] The drama was also aired in Japan under the name I Want to Protect You ~One More Time~.[citation needed] He co-stars in MBC's The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017).[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Sales Album
KOR
[17]
As lead artist
"It's All For You" 2013 N/A Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"Love U Like U" (with Kim Yerim) 2012 27 Shut Up Flower Boy Band OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Songwriting and producing credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2013 Non-album single L "It's All For You" Yes Yes

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Original Title Role Network
2011 Jiu ジウ 警視庁特殊犯捜査係 Jiu TV Asahi
Welcome to the Wara Store Himself (voice) Tooniverse
2012 Shut Up Flower Boy Band 닥치고 꽃미남 밴드 Lee Hyun-soo tvN
Salamander Guru and The Shadows 도롱뇽도사와 그림자 조작단 Himself (cameo, episode 3) SBS
What is Mom? 엄마가 뭐길래 Kim Myung-soo MBC
2013 Master's Sun 주군의 태양 Joo Joong-won (young) SBS
2014 Cunning Single Lady 앙큼한 돌싱녀 Gil Yo-han MBC
My Lovely Girl 내겐 너무 사랑스러운 그녀 Shi-woo SBS
2015 The Time We Were Not in Love 너를 사랑한 시간 Ki Sung-jae (guest, episodes 2–4)
2016 The Day After We Broke Up 헤어진 다음날 Yoo Tan KBS2 & KBS Japan
My Catman 검은 고양이 / 検来的猫男 Jung Ho-yeon Tencent & MBC
2017 The Emperor: Owner of the Mask 군주 – 가면의 주인 Lee Sun MBC

Film[edit]

Year Title Original Title Role
2017 Mr. Shark 미스터샤크 TBA

Hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2014 SBS Gayo Daejeon SBS Part of Lucky Boys group with B1A4's Baro, CNBLUE's Yonghwa, Winner's Mino, and 2PM's Nichkhun
2015 KCON 2015 Japan x M!Countdown Mnet with Woohyun, Lovelyz's Sujeong, and Kangnam
2016 Korean Music Wave in Fukuoka MBC with AOA's Seolhyun and 2PM's Chansung

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist
2010 Starlight March Strawberry Fields
Run Epik High
2012 60 Seconds Kim Sungkyu
2013 Love Blossom K.Will

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013
6th Korea Drama Awards
Best Young Actor Master's Sun Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Infinite profile". Woollim Entertainment. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Kim, Minseo (October 14, 2014). "INFINITE F to debut in Japan next month". Koreaboo. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  4. ^ GhostWriter (February 16, 2013). "INFINITE's L, Sungyeol, and Sunggyu attend Daekyung University Graduation Ceremony". Allkpop. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Infinite debuts on M! Countdown". Allkpop. June 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "INFINITE's L to make his acting debut in Japanese drama "Jiu"". Allkpop. June 24, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Viewers praise L's acting abilities on 'Shut Up Flower Boy Band'". Allkpop. February 15, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "L's 'BRAVO VIEWTIFUL' ranks #1 in preorders". Allkpop. April 26, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "INFINITE wrap up their tour through 'One Great Step Returns' encore concert with exciting comeback news, new unit, & new songs". allkpop.com. 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  10. ^ November 30, 2014 (2014-11-30). "INFINITE F Marks Korean Debut with "Heartbeat" MV!". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  11. ^ December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05). "MBC Music Core 12.6.14: Performances by Infinite F, A Pink, GOT7, AOA and more!". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  12. ^ by hanshimi (2015-08-18). "L scores first headlining role on the big screen » Dramabeans Korean drama recaps". Dramabeans.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  13. ^ "INFINITE's L and Kim Min Suk Are Up Next For "Celebrity Bromance"". Soompi. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  14. ^ June 12, 2016 (2016-06-12). "Watch: Popular Boy Group Member Impresses On "King of Masked Singer"". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  15. ^ June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01). "INFINITE's L Cast In Chinese Web Drama". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  16. ^ "INFINITE's L confirmed for a small screen comeback as the lead?". allkpop.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  17. ^ Charted songs:
  18. ^ "Gaon Download Chart – March, 2012". Retrieved 2017-04-14. 

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