Mark Lee (singer)

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Mark Lee
이마크
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Mark Lee in October 2018
Born
Mark Lee

(1999-08-02) August 2, 1999 (age 22)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Other namesLee Min-hyung
EducationSchool of Performing Arts Seoul
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • host
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
Years active2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
이민형
Hanja
Revised RomanizationI Minhyeong
McCune–ReischauerYi Minhyŏng
Stage name
Hangul
마크
Revised RomanizationMa Keu
McCune–ReischauerMa K'ŭ

Mark Lee (born August 2, 1999), known professionally as Mark, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, and host of Korean descent. He is a member of the South Korean boy group NCT and its fixed sub-units NCT 127 and NCT Dream, and is also a member of the supergroup SuperM.

Career[edit]

2012–2016: Pre-debut[edit]

In 2012, Mark joined SM Entertainment as a trainee after passing the SM Global Audition in Vancouver, Canada. On December 16, 2013, he was introduced as a member of SM Rookies, a pre-debut team of trainees under SM Entertainment. [1] As a part of the SM Rookies program, in October 2014, he alongside some of his co-members appeared on the Mnet-produced Exo 90:2014, a show starring labelmates Exo, where they get to do dance performances to 90s K-Pop songs.[2]

In 2015, Mark, alongside other SM Rookies members, starred as a Mouseketeer in a Korean revival of The Mickey Mouse Club which aired on Disney Channel Korea. The revival included musical performances, games, and skits, like the original show in the US. [3] The show aired from July 23 to December 17, 2015, hosted by Leeteuk of Super Junior.[4]

2016–2018: NCT and solo endeavors[edit]

In April 2016, SM Entertainment confirmed that Mark and four other members of SM Rookies—Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten and Jaehyun—would debut as members of NCT's first subgroup, NCT U. They released their first digital single on April 9, titled "The 7th Sense", in which he and Taeyong participated in songwriting.[5] Three months later, SM announced that Mark would become a member of NCT's second subgroup, NCT 127, along with Taeyong, Taeil, Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin and Haechan. NCT 127 made their official debut with the extended play NCT #127 and title track "Fire Truck" on July 10, 2016.[6]

Mark joined NCT's third subgroup, NCT Dream, which consisted of members Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle and Jisung. The group officially debuted on August 24, 2016 with the single "Chewing Gum". The following month, Mark featured on Henry Lau's "Going Through Your Heart", an original soundtrack for the KBS drama, Sweet Stranger and Me.[7] This marked his first solo endeavour since debuting in NCT.

In January 2017, Mark joined High School Rapper, a survival hip hop reality TV show which aired on Mnet.[8] He advanced to the finals and performed an original song, "Drop" featuring labelmate Seulgi of Red Velvet, and placed 7th overall.[9] In July 2017, Mark collaborated with Exo's Xiumin on single, "Young & Free". It was released through Season 2 of SM Entertainment's digital music project SM Station.[10] The same month, Mark appeared in the first season of the music variety show Snowball Project. He teamed up with Park Jae-jung to release "Lemonade Love" on July 21, also through SM Station, which was produced by former labelmate Henry Lau and Yoon Jong-shin.[11]

Beginning in February 2018, Mark served as one of the main emcees of the music program Show! Music Core; he left the program in January 2019 to focus on activities with NCT 127.[12] In May 2018, he became a regular cast member on the MBC reality TV show It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets.[13] In October 2018, Mark released the song "Dream Me" with Red Velvet's Joy for the soundtrack of the KBS drama The Ghost Detective. Mark was the first member to officially graduate from NCT Dream on December 31, 2018.[14]

2019–present: SuperM and rejoining NCT Dream[edit]

On August 7, 2019, Mark was confirmed as a member of SuperM, a "K-pop supergroup" created by SM Entertainment in collaboration with Capitol Records. The group began promoting in October of that year in the American music market.[15][16] SuperM's self-titled debut EP was released on October 4, 2019, led by the single "Jopping".[17] Mark continued to promote with SuperM throughout 2020, through the release the group's first full-length studio album, Super One.

On April 14, SM Entertainment announced through an official statement that Mark would be rejoining the other members of NCT Dream, thus abolishing the age-based graduation concept originally set for the team.[18][19][20] His return was affirmed through the release of the song "Déjà Vu" sung by all 7 members on NCT 2020's Resonance series.[21]

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[22]
US
World

[23]
As lead artist
"Drop" (두고가)
(featuring Seulgi)
2017 93 KOR: 46,443[24] School Rapper FINAL
Collaborations
"Young & Free"
(with Xiumin)
2017 31 6 SM Station Season 2
"Lemonade Love"
(with Park Jae-jung)
197 17 N/A
Soundtrack appearances
"Going Through Your Heart"
(with Henry)
2016 N/A Sweet Stranger and Me OST
"Dream Me" (나라는 꿈)
(with Joy)
2018 The Ghost Detective OST

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2017 High School Rapper Mnet Contestant [8]
Snowball Project Naver TV Cast member [11]
2018–2019 Show! Music Core MBC Co-host [12]
2018 It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets MBC Main cast Ep. 8–10 (Season 2) [13]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year
"Young & Free" (with Xiumin) 2017
"Lemonade Love" (with Park Jae-jung)

Songwriting[edit]

All credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association, unless cited otherwise.[26]

Year Song Artist(s) Album Credits
2016 "The 7th Sense" Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun & Mark NCT 2018 Empathy Co-writer
"Firetruck" NCT 127 NCT 127
"Mad City" Taeyong, Jaehyun & Mark
"Chewing Gum" NCT Dream The First
"My First and Last"
2017 "Drop" Mark (feat. Seulgi) School Rapper FINAL
"Baby Don't Like It" Taeil, Taeyong, Doyoung & Mark Limitless Co-writer, co-producer
"Angel" NCT 127 Co-writer
"Cherry Bomb" Cherry Bomb Co-writer
"Running 2 U"
"0 Mile"
"Whiplash" Jaehyun, Mark, Taeyong, Doyoung & Taeil
"Summer 127" NCT 127
"Young & Free" Xiumin & Mark SM Station Season 2
"Lemonade Love" Park Jae-jung & Mark
"La La Love" NCT Dream We Young
"Walk You Home"
"Trigger The Fever"
"My Page"
"Joy" SM Station Season 2
2018 "Boss" Taeyong, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas & Mark NCT 2018 Empathy
"Yestoday" Taeyong, Doyoung, Lucas & Mark
"Black on Black" Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun & Mark
"Go" NCT Dream
"We Go Up"

(Korean & Chinese ver.)

We Go Up
"Beautiful Time"
"Drippin"
"Dear Dream"
"City 127" NCT 127 Regular - Irregular
"Regular"
"My Van" Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun, Jungwoo & Mark
"Come Back" NCT 127
"Regular"

(English ver.)

"Welcome to My Playground"
"What We Talkin’ Bout" NCT 127 (feat. Marteen) Up Next Session: NCT 127
"Candle Light" NCT Dream SM Station Season 3
2019 "Regular" WayV The Vision
"Come Back"
"Lips" NCT 127 Awaken
"Jet Lag" We Are Superhuman
2020 "Pandora's Box" Neo Zone
"Mad Dog" Taeil, Doyoung, Taeyong & Mark
"Love Song" NCT 127
"QTAH"[27] Mark Non-album release Writer
"100"[28] Super M Super One Co-writer, co-producer
"Together At Home"[28]
"The Himalayas"[29] Mark & Taeyong Non-album release
"Bad Smell"[30][31] Mark Writer, co-producer
2021 "Rainbow" NCT Dream Hot Sauce Co-writer
"Sticker" NCT 127 Sticker
"Love On The Floor"
"Beautiful"[32] NCT Universe

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 18th MBC Entertainment Awards Rookie Award in Music / Talk Show – Male Show! Music Core Nominated

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