Samuel (singer)

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Samuel Kim in Sixteen Showcase interview 04.png
Samuel in August 2017
Samuel Kim Arredondo

(2002-01-17) January 17, 2002 (age 17)
Years active2015–present
Musical career
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Samuel
McCune–ReischauerKim Samuel

Samuel Kim Arredondo (born January 17, 2002), better known by his stage name Samuel (formerly known as Punch), is an American-born South Korean[1] singer who was a part of the short-lived hip hop duo 1Punch in 2015.

In April 2017, he participated in the reality television series Produce 101 Season 2 during the first half of 2017. In the final episode, he ranked 18th and was not able to join the show's project group. One month after the show ended, he began his solo career as Samuel, with the release of his first EP Sixteen on August 2.

Early life[edit]

Samuel was born in Los Angeles, California,[2] to Mexican-American father José Arredondo and a South Korean mother.[3][4]


2012–2013: Pre-debut[edit]

Samuel made his first appearances to the public aged eleven, when he appeared in the live broadcast series Seventeen TV as a trainee under Pledis Entertainment.[5][6] In 2013, he left the agency.[7]

2015–2016: 1Punch and collaboration with Silentó[edit]

In 2015, Samuel debuted as a part of hip-hop duo named 1Punch (with rapper One) under a collaboration between Brave Entertainment and D-Business Entertainment, taking 'PUNCH' as his stage name.[8] They debuted on January 23 with the release of "Turn Me Back", which is the title track of their album, The Anthem.[9] Eight months later, One was scouted by YG Entertainment, leading to the disbandment of the duo. Under the name PUNCH, Samuel collaborated with Silentó to release the single "Spotlight" in 2016,[10] for which they won the 26th Seoul Music Award for Global Collaboration.[11] He later joined Silentó on tour in the US.[12]

2017–present: Produce 101 and solo debut[edit]

In April 2017, Samuel participated in the second season of the popular survival show Produce 101 under his own name, representing Brave Entertainment. During the first elimination he was ranked 2nd, but did not make the final cut for the 11-member team, finally ranking 18th overall.[13] The result was met with surprise from many viewers, who had expected Samuel to become part of the lineup of Wanna One.[14]

Samuel debuted as a solo artist on August 2.[15] His debut mini album, Sixteen, was released on August 2, with the title track "Sixteen" featuring rapper Changmo.[16]

Samuel's first full-length album, Eye Candy, was released on November 16, 2017, with a total of ten tracks including the lead single "Candy".[17]

In December 2017, it was announced that Samuel had signed a contract with ‘Pony Canyon’ for his Japanese promotions.[18][19]

Samuel officially debuted in Japan on February 7, 2018, with his first Japanese single, "Sixteen (Japanese Ver.)".[20][21] The music video of "Sixteen (Japanese Ver.)" was released on January 18.[22]

In March 2018, Samuel released his second mini album, One, with the title track "One" featuring BtoB member Jung Il-hoon.[23]

In April 2018, Samuel released his second Japanese single, "Candy (Japanese Ver.)", on May 16.[24] The music video of the track was released on May 2.

On May 30, 2018, Samuel released his repackaged album, Teenager, featuring Lee Ro Han, who was a runner-up to MNet's "School Rapper Season 2".[25]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Eye Candy 6

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
  • Released: August 2, 2017
  • Label: Brave Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Jewel Box
  2. Sixteen (feat.Changmo)
  3. I Got It (feat. Maboos)
  4. With U (feat. Kim Chung-ha)
  5. 123 (feat. Maboos)
  6. I'm Ready
  • Release date: March 28, 2018
  • Label: Brave Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. ONE (Feat. 정일훈 of BTOB)
  2. SOS
  4. I Can't Sleep
  5. Clap Your Hands
  6. 잠시만 (Just A While)
  • Re-released: May 30, 2018 (Teenager)
  • Label: Brave Entertainment, Kakao M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Teenager (feat. Lee Ro Han)
  2. Kka Kka (feat. Maboos)
  3. One (feat. Jung Il-hoon of BtoB)
  4. SOS
  5. Princess
  6. I Can't Sleep
  7. Clap Your Hands
  8. Just a While


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Spotlight" (with Silentó) 2016 N/A N/A Non-album single
"Sixteen" (feat. Changmo) 2017 88 Sixteen
"Candy" N/A Eye Candy
"Winter Night" 2018 N/A Non-album single
"One" (feat. Jung Il-hoon of BtoB) N/A One
"Teenager" (feat. Lee Ro Han) N/A
"Archive People" (with Brave Hongcha) 2019 N/A Non-album single
"SIXTEEN" 2018 N/A 19 Non-album single
"Candy" 30
"ONE" 2019 TBA
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Album Collab ref
Say you love me (좋아한다 말해) 2017 Pink Pink OST Kriesha Chu [36]
Thousand Times 2018 Cross OST N/A [37]
Time to Shine 2018 Sweet Revenge 2 OST Bigstar Feeldog [38]

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album Collab ref


Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2012 Made In U
2017 Produce 101 Season 2
Leaving The Nest 2
Cast member
Photo People
Cast member
2018 The Collaboration Season 2

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2018 Sweet Revenge 2 Seo Robin
Main Cast
2018–2019 Pops in Seoul Host
Arirang TV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
26th Seoul Music Awards
Global Collaboration Award
"Spotlight" with Silentó
19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Male Artist Kim Samuel Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards [40]
Most Searched KR New Singer
2018 32nd Golden Disk Awards New Artist of the Year Nominated
Global Popularity Award Nominated
27th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
Soribada Best K-Music Awards New Hallyu Performance Award Won


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  3. ^ Willis, Jackie (July 18, 2019). "Jose Arredondo, Father of K-Pop Star Samuel, Is Found Dead in Cabo". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
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