Mad Clown

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Mad Clown
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Mad Clown in 2015
Background information
Born (1985-03-25) March 25, 1985 (age 33)
United States[1]
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Website Official website
Korean name
Hangul 조동림
Revised Romanization Jo Dong-rim
McCune–Reischauer Cho Tongrim

Jo Dong-rim (Korean: 조동림; born March 25, 1985), better known by the stage name Mad Clown (Korean: 매드클라운), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer signed to Starship Entertainment.[2][3] He debuted in 2008 with the single "Luv Sickness."[4] He achieved mainstream popularity after collaborating with former Sistar member Soyou on the 2013 hit song "Stupid in Love."[5]


He has worked on several collaborations, including Stupid in Love with South Korean singer Soyou from the South Korean group Sistar, released on September 10, 2013.[6]

On March 28, 2014, Starship Entertainment announced on their Twitter account that Sistar's Hyolyn would feature in Mad Clown's comeback track, "Without You".[7] The music video for "Without You" was released on April 3, 2014.

On December 12, 2014, Mad Clown featured on "Anxious" by Melody Day.[8] Mad Clown released his third extended play Piece of Mine in January 2015.[9]

Mad Clown is known for his sharp, high tone rapping. He was a judge and producer for the fifth season of Show Me the Money.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Mad Clown's brother is film and television actor Jo Hyeon-cheol (Korean: 조현철). Hyeon-cheol appeared in the 2016 films The Tunnel and Master, and on the 2017 TV show Argon.[11]

Mad Clown was married in May 2015.[4]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Anything Goes 55 N/A
Pyodok (표독) 21
Piece of mine
  • Released: January 9, 2015
  • Label: Starship Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Love is a Dog From Hell
(사랑은 지옥에서 온 개)
  • Released: March 16, 2017
  • Label: Starship Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
"Luv Sickness"
feat. Junggigo
2008 N/A non-album singles
"Farewell" (이별은)
feat. DC
"Basil" (바질)
feat. Brother Su
2011 Anything Goes
"Without You" (견딜만해)
feat. Hyolyn
2014 4 Pyodok
"Fire" (화)
feat. Jinsil
2015 2 Piece of mine
"H.ear Your Colors" (알록달록)
feat. Jooheon
2016 57 non-album single
"Bad Blood" (나쁜 피) Show Me the Money 5
"Lie" (거짓말)
feat. Lee Hae-ri
10 non-album single
"Lost Without You" (우리집을 못 찾겠군요)
feat. Bolbbalgan4
2017 5 Love is a Dog From Hell
"Love is a Dog From Hell"
feat. Suran


Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
"Stupid In Love" (착해 빠졌어)
with Soyou
2013 1 non-album singles
"Brilliant Is..."
with Skull, Haha, Geeks, Zico, Swings, Double K, Zizo,
Soul Dive, Heo Kyung-hwan, Kim Ji-min feat. Gill, Jungin
75 N/A
"0 (Young)"
with Giriboy, Jooyoung feat. No.Mercy
2015 71
"Get Low" (털어)
with Jooheon
"Sour Grapes" (못먹는 감)
with San E
"Like Romance Comics" (만화처럼)
with Brother Su
2016 17
"Rose of Sharon" (무궁화)
with Donutman, Boi B, #Gun
12 Show Me the Money 5
"Going Home" (비행소년)
with #Gun feat. Gummy
"What Was That" (그게 뭐라고)
with K.Will
N/A non-album singles
"Wash!Wash" (세탁중)
with Justhis
"Christmas Day" (크리스마스데이)
with Starship Entertainment artists
"Butterfly" (너랑나랑노랑)
with San E feat. Bumkey

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
"Chocolate Cherry Night" (쇼콜라 체리밤)
with Yozoh
2014 N/A Hi! School-Love On OST
"Once Again" (다시 너를)
with Kim Na-young
2016 2 Descendants of the Sun OST
"Tonight" (오늘 밤)
with BoA
2017 90 N/A Hit the Top OST

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
"Stalker" (스토커)
feat. Crucial Star
2014 20 Pyodok
"Ganggab" (깽값)
feat. Jooheon
"Your Scent" (살냄새)
feat. Brother Su
"Gum" (껌)
feat. Fana, Oh Ji-eun
"Hide & Seek" (콩)
feat. Jooyoung
2015 24 Piece of mine
"Battle Cry" (때려박는 랩) 59
"Coffee Copy Girl" (커피카피아가씨) 79
"Flowers" (꽃)
feat. Paloalto, Justhis, G2
"Population Control"
"Lonely Animals" (외로운 동물)
with San E feat. Brother Su
44 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.



Year Program Network Notes
2013 Show Me The Money 2 Mnet Contestant
2016 Show Me The Money 5 Mnet Judge/Producer with Gill
2017 High School Rapper 1 Mnet Judge

Awards and nominations[edit]

Gaon Chart Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref
2013 Song of the Year (September) "Stupid In Love" (with Soyou) Won [36]
2015 Song of the Year (January) "Fire" Won

Golden Disc Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref
2018 Global Popular Artist N/A Nominated [37]

Melon Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref
2015 Best Rap & Hip Hop Song "Fire" Won [38]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref
2015 Best Rap Performance "Fire" Nominated [39]

Music program awards[edit]

Show! Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 September 28 "Stupid In Love" (Feat. Soyou)

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 April 16 "Without You"
2015 January 28 "Fire"

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2015 January 29 "Fire"


Year Date Song
2015 January 25 "Fire"


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  33. ^ a b "2015년 01월 Download Chart". 
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  35. ^ Cumulative sales of "Lonely Animals":
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