Nichkhun

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Nichkhun
Korean Movie 기적의 피아노 The Piano, 2015 닉쿤의 응원 영상 Cheering Video.jpg
Background information
Birth nameNichkhun Buck Horvejkul
Born (1988-06-24) June 24, 1988 (age 31)
Rancho Cucamonga, California, U.S.[1][2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • actor
  • model
  • dancer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboard
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active2008–present
LabelsJYP Entertainment
Associated acts
WebsiteNichkhun's profile on 2PM's Website

Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul[3][4] (Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล; RTGSNitchakhun Horawetchakun; born June 24, 1988), better known mononymously as Nichkhun (Korean: 닉쿤), is a Thai American[5][6][7] singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and model who is currently based in South Korea as a member of the South Korean boy band 2PM.

Early life[edit]

Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California, U.S. to Thai Chinese parents and was raised in Thailand.[8][9][10] His mother's side of the family is from Hainan, and he has said that he has extended family and distant ancestors from Guangzhou.[9][11]

Nickhun's mother, Yenjit Horvejkul (née Mekworewut[3]), is the chief executive officer of a Thai pharmaceutical company, Union Medical, established in 1976, which acts as an importer and distributor.[12][unreliable source?] He comes from a wealthy background, which earned him the nickname "Thai Prince" in South Korea.[12] Nichkhun has one older brother, Nichan Bert (born September 11, 1986)[13], and two younger sisters, Nichthima Yanin (born July 22, 1990)[14] and Nachjaree (Chereen) (born 20 October, 1994). At the age of five, he moved to Thailand from the United States with his family and studied at Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School. At the age of twelve, he studied at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year and a half and moved back to the United States to finish his schooling at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He was scouted by a scout manager of JYP Entertainment at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.[15]

After passing an audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later re-signed an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea in 2006 as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 other students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn how to sing and to dance, learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and to bulk up. He is now fluent in Thai, English, Korean, Japanese and basic Chinese. He first appeared through MNET's Hot Blood, a program that showed the intense physical training that 13 male trainees had to go through for the opportunity to debut in either a four-member ballad group (2AM) or a seven-member dance group (2PM) under JYP Entertainment.[16]

As a male citizen of Thailand, he was subject to the military draft lottery in 2009 and subsequently received an exemption from military service.[17]

Career[edit]

2PM[edit]

On 4 September 2008, Nichkhun debuted as part of 2PM in their first single "10 Points out of 10 Points" (Korean: "10점 만점에 10점") from their single album "Hottest Time of the Day". They have released five studio albums in Korea and four studio albums in Japan.

Solo activities[edit]

Nichkhun was one of the hosts for the Korean Music Wave in Bangkok in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In 2010, along with Taecyeon and Yoon Eun-hye, Nichkhun played one of the main characters in a 12-minute music video drama for Cass Beer, which was released on February 8.[18] He also hosted JYP's talent competition Superstar Survival. On June 2010, he was cast in the second season of variety show We Got Married, pairing up with Victoria of f(x). The couple, known as Khuntoria, was featured on the show leaving in September 2011.[19]

In 2011, Nichkhun appeared in the music video of the single "Touch (觸動)" by Taiwanese Mandopop artist Will Pan, which premiered on January 31. In May, he was selected as the new model for Everland's Caribbean Bay Aqualoop CF. He also starred in the Japanese live-adaptation film of Ouran High School Host Club as Lawrence, the president of a Singaporean corporation,[20] followed in 2012 by the Thai film Seven Something.

In 2013, he filmed the Chinese TV series One and a Half Summer, where he plays the lead character. The series aired between June and July 2014.[21] In 2014, he had a cameo in the Thai movie Chalouis.[22] He teamed up with CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, B1A4's Baro, Infinite's L, and Winner's Mino for project group Lucky Boys (Super 5) for the 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun. Nichkhun and Baro also hosted the show.[23]

In 2015, Nichkhun joined the cast of the Chinese movie Forever Young, Gardenia in Blossom (Forever Young, 栀子花开), starring Li Yi Feng and Zhang Hui We[24] and a new Chinese music reality show Youth Trainee.[25]

In 2017, Nichkhun announced his first ever solo Asia fanmeeting tour titled "Khunvitation" since making his debut in 2008. His fanmeetings were held in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and in Seoul, South Korea.[26]

In 2018, Nichkhun continued his fanmeeting tour in Thailand and China. Nichkhun has focused on his solo activities while some 2PM's members are serving in the military.[26] His Thai movie 'Brother of the Year' ranked #1 in Thai box offices and became the second highest-grossing Thai movie in 2018.[27] Nichkhun released his first solo mini album in Japan on December 19, 2018. Titled “ME,” the album contains 8 tracks, including songs like “Lucky Charm,” “HOME,” “Umbrella,” and “Mars.” Nichkhun participated in composing and writing the lyrics for every song in the album. Prior to the release of his album, Nichkhun held his first solo concert “NICHKHUN (From 2PM) Premium Solo Concert 2018 HOME” in Osaka on November 23 and 24, and in Tokyo from December 20 to 22. [28] Nichkhun's Chinese web drama ‘勇往直前恋上你’ (Shall We Fall in Love) premiered on Tencent on December 27, 2018. [29]

Nichkhun released his solo album “ME” in South Korea on February 18, 2019. [30] The album was available for streaming in South Korea, China and Thailand. A special song called “Umbrella" dedicated for his fans was released in five different languages of Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai and English. [31]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[32]
JPN
ME 14 9
  • KOR: 4,352
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Solo works[edit]

Thai songs
  • 2008: "We Become One"
  • 2009: "Let's Take a Break"
  • 2009: "Cute"
Japanese songs
  • 2014: "So Wonderful"
  • 2015: "Miss Wonderful"
  • 2015: "Maybe You Are"
Japanese EP
  • 2018: "Me"

Compositions[edit]

Release date Title Artist Album Notes
June 19, 2013 "Let It Rain" 2PM 3rd Album Grown Grand Edition First self written and composed song
September 15, 2014 "Love Is True" Nichkhun x Lee Jun-ho Go Crazy! composed & written with Junho
April 27, 2016 "GIRLFRIEND ( 彼女 / Kanojo )" Nichkhun x Wooyoung GALAXY OF 2PM Limited Edition / Type C 2PM's 6th Japanese Album

Collaborations[edit]

Year Artist Song title Album
2011 Will Pan "Touch (觸動)" 808
2012 2PM and 2AM "One Day" "One Day" (Japanese single)
2014 Junho (2PM) "Love Is True" Bonus track from the album Go Crazy! (Grand Edition)
2016 Wooyoung (2PM) "Kanojo (Girlfriend)" Unit songs the album Galaxy of 2PM
Yugyeom, Mark, Jackson Wang of Got7; Hyelim, Yenny, Kim Yu-bin of Wonder Girls; Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Mina of Twice; Min of Miss A; and Lee Jun-ho of 2PM "Encore" JYP Nation concert 'Mix & Match'

Original soundtrack[edit]

Year Song Title Album
2011 "My Valentine" (with J.Y. Park & Taecyeon) Dream High OST
2012 "Let It Rain" (Bonus track from the album Legend of 2PM) One and a Half Summer OST
2015 "Wan Nun Wan Nee Wan Nhai" (featuring Taecyeon of 2PM) Touch the Sky - Chalui OST
2018 "勇往直前恋上你 (In love with you without any hesitation)" 勇往直前爱上你 OST

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2010 All My Love Ok Yub's human substitute Cameo (episode 1)
2011 Dream High Ri-ah's CF partner Cameo (episode 8)
Welcome to the Show Himself Lead Role
2014 One and a Half Summer Zhang Hao Lead Role
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Mataichi Japanese TV movie
2015 Looking For Aurora Wang Yilin Lead Role
Yes Sir My Boss Piak Cameo (episodes 7-8)
The Producers Himself Cameo (episode 3)
2017 Magic School Joon Main Cast, JTBC Web drama
2018 Shall We Fall in Love Jiang Yinan Lead Role, Tencent Web drama
2019 Thong Eak Mor Ya Tah Chaloang Hyung Suk Cameo (episode 12,14)
Arthdal Chronicles Cameo

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Ouran High School Host Club Lawrence
Seven Something He
Beyond the ONEDAY ~Story of 2PM & 2AM~ Himself
2014 Five Eagle Brothers Policeman
2015 Touch the Sky - Chalui Cameo
Forever Young Cameo
2018 Brother of The Year Moji

Variety shows[edit]

Overview[edit]

Year Title Network Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
2008–2009 Ya Shim Man Man SBS 17 July 28, 2008 (July 28, 2008) November 17, 2008 (November 17, 2008)
Hot Blood Mnet 10 October 10, 2008 (October 10, 2008) November 8, 2008 (November 8, 2008)
Idol Army (Season 3) MBC 17 December 4, 2008 (December 4, 2008) March 26, 2009 (March 26, 2009)
2009 Wild Bunny Mnet 7 July 21, 2009 (July 21, 2009) August 21, 2009 (August 21, 2009)
2010 We Got Married (Season 2) MBC EP.41-80 March 6, 2010 (March 6, 2010) January 22, 2011 (January 22, 2011)
2011 2PM Show! SBS 12 July 09, 2011 (July 09, 2011) September 24, 2011 (September 24, 2011)
2012 KOICA'S Dream in Tanzania MBC 2 December 12, 2012 (December 12, 2012) December 26, 2012 (December 26, 2012)
2014 Brave Heart BTV 8 October 5, 2014 (October 5, 2014) November 23, 2014 (November 23, 2014)
2015 Oven Radio 1theK 5 June 14, 2015 (June 14, 2015) June 18, 2015 (June 18, 2015)
Youth Trainee Zhejiang TV 4 April 16, 2015 (April 16, 2015) June 25, 2015 (June 25, 2015)
Ok.Jang.Khun ReciPe V-Live 5 August 5, 2015 (August 5, 2015) November 22, 2015 (November 22, 2015)
2017 2PM Wild Beat K-Star 10 February 01, 2017 (February 01, 2017) April 05, 2017 (April 05, 2017)
2018 The Team Chef (Season 1) JTBC and Thailand’s ONE31 15 June 30, 2018 (June 30, 2018) October 13, 2018 (October 13, 2018)
Galileo: Awakened Universe tvN 9 July 15, 2018 (July 15, 2018) September 9, 2018 (September 9, 2018)
One Night Food Trip – International Edition 2 in the Philippines tvN Asia 4 July 30, 2018 (July 30, 2018) August 20, 2018 (August 20, 2018)

Chinese Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2013 Superstar China Hubei TV Host
2014
If You Love Hubei TV Himself with Hwang Chansung
God & Goddess Youku Himself
Happy Camp Hunan TV Himself with Jang Wooyoung
All Star Show Youku Himself
Tonight 80's Show Dragon TV Himself with Wei Da Xun
Brave Heart BTV Himself
Dream Music Charity Event CGV Himself
2015 Youth Trainee Zhejiang Television with Wang Dongcheng, Shang Wenjie, and Li Quan
Korea-China Dream Team Shenzhen TV Himself with Hwang Chansung
Let's Go Together Hubei TV Himself with Hwang Chansung
2016 Grade One Freshman Hunan TV Himself
Beat the Champions Zhejiang Television Himself
Super Girl Group Tencent Video Himself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient / Nominated work Result
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Mr. Beauty Award Himself Won
Tourism Authority of Thailand PR Ambassador[33] Won
2010 Nine Entertain Awards (Thailand) Popular Vote Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards Popularity Award We Got Married with Victoria Song Won
Korea Jewerly Awards Diamond Award (with Chansung) Himself Won
2011 3rd Bugs Music Awards OST of the Year (with Taecyeon) "My Valentine" Won
KBS Best Idol Icon Awards Icon of the year Himself Nominated
Mnet Media Awards Most CHARMING Boy Won
MTV K's very first Valentine King and Queen Valentine King Won
TVCF Awards Most Popular CF Star Nominated
2012 Kerd Awards (Thailand) Kerd of the Year Won
TVCF AWARDS CF Model of The Year Nominated
Top Award (Thailand) Best Rising Film Actor Seven Something Nominated
BK Film Awards The Eye Candy Award Won
6th Nine Entertain Awards (Thailand) Popular Award Nominated
2013 STYEBIBLE.PH International Celebrity Collab NICHKHUN for Bench Nominated
Nine Entertain Awards Popular Award Himself Nominated[34]
Singapore Blog Awards Most Popular Overseas Celebrity Nominated
The Goodness Idol Thailand Awards The 9 Idols for The King Won
2014 N/A Asian's Male God Nominated[35]
2015 Microblogging Star 2014 (China) Weibo Star Nominated[36]
K-pop Gaon Chart Award Social Star Nominated
N/A Asian's Male God Nominated[37]
Micro-star Magazine (Chinese) Star Scoreboard in February (Overseas) Nominated[38]
UNICEF Thailand Award Friend of UNICEF Won[39]
Zocial Awards 2015 (Thailand) 'Thailand Twitter Ranking'[40] Rank #1
Most Mentioned in Thailand on Twitter Rank #2
2016 IME Chinese Online Media Popular Award Thailand Headlines Person of the Year Awards Won[41]
China Weibo Awards Male God of the Year Won[42]
VDFLY Top Ten Handsome Asian Men Nominated[43]
Trends Health's Healthy Role Model Awards Most Influential Healthy Role Model Award Himself Won[44]
2017
Big Ben Award Global Ten Outstanding Chinese Young Elites Himself Won[45]
MEN'S UNO YOUNG Anniversary International Artist Award Himself Won[46]
2018 Chic Style Award 2018 Popular Artist of the Year Award Himself Won[47]
Tomorrow Land Fashion Award 2018 International Fashion Charity Artist of the Year Award Himself Won[48]
2018 FEIA Awards Ceremony International Artist of the Year Award Himself Won[49]
Thailand Headlines Person of The Year 2018 Award Asia Superstar Award Himself Won[50]
Recognition Award Goodwill Ambassador of the 60th Anniversary of Thailand-Republic of Korea Diplomatic Relations Himself Won[51]
2019 2019 FEIA Awards Ceremony Influential Asian Idol of the Year Award Himself Won[52]
27th Bangkok Critics Assembly 2018 Award Best Supporting Actor Brother of the Year Nominated[53]
Thai Film Director Award 2019 Best Supporting Actor Brother of the Year Nominated[54]
2019 Weibo Starlight Awards Asia's Star Award Himself Won[55]

External links[edit]

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