Sharp (South Korean band)

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Also known as Sharp
Origin South Korea, Seoul
Genres Pop, dance-pop
Years active 1998–2002
Labels World Music Entertainment
Past members Chris Kim
Jang Seok-hyun
Lee Ji-hye
Seo Ji-young
John Kim
Oh Hee-jong

Sharp (stylized as S♯arp) was a South Korean pop music vocal group in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group initially consisted of Lee Ji-hye, Seo Ji-young, Jang Seok-hyun, John Kim and Oh Hee-jong. Original members John Kim (UPTOWN, Slow-Jam) and female rapper Oh Hee-jong quit the group after the first album. From 1999-2000 female rapper Sori (Jeon Jin-young) was a member of the group, with Chris Kim also joining in 1999, remaining with the group until its dissolution.

They released five albums before breaking up. Their last album was "S♯arp Vol. 5 - StYlE."

S#arp was one of the few mixed-gender groups active during an era when single-gender groups such as S.E.S., Fin.K.L, Shinhwa and g.o.d were dominating the music scene. The group has won #1 on the music programs Inkigayo and Music Bank, tasting their first success in 1999 with "Tell Me Tell Me".

The group's breakup was attributed to the inability of the female singers to work together. This was largely due to Seo Ji-young bullying Lee Ji-hye to the point that the company was forced to disband the group. Lee Ji-hye was badly bullied by Seo Ji-young who had the other members bully Lee Ji-Hye as well.[citation needed] After the breakup, a greatest hits album was released on January 24, 2003.

Since the breakup, Seo Ji-young has released two solo albums entitled Listen to My Heart and Different This Time. Lee Ji-hye released a solo album entitled Without You (Korean: 그대 없이 난) and a special single with the lead song "Love Me Love Me". Lee Ji-hye also released several singles as a solo artist, and was a former cast member in the variety show Infinite Girls Season 2.[1] Chris Kim also released a solo album entitled Christopher. Jang Seok-hyun is yet to release a solo album but the public was startled by his weight loss, which is said to be 30 kg. He later admitted that he lost weight in order to debut as an actor.


Studio albums[edit]

  • The Sharp (1998) - sold 101,325+ copies
  • The Sharp +2 (1999) - sold 195,908+ copies
  • The Four Letter Word Love (2000) - sold 170,894+ copies[2]
  • 4ever Feel So Good (2001) - sold 224,049+ copies
  • Flat Album (2001) - sold 203,131+ copies
  • Style (2002) - sold 137,785+ copies[3]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Smart & Smooth (2003)


Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2000 Best Mixed Group "Great!" (잘됐어)[4][5] Won
2001 "100 Days Prayer" (백일기도)[6] Nominated
2002 "Kiss Me" (내 입술..따뜻한 커피처럼)[7] Nominated


  1. ^ 이지혜, ‘무한걸스 시즌2’ 합류! (in Korean). Sports Gyeonghyang. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  2. ^ "2000 total sales ranking". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "2002 - Sales volume of music". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "2000 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  5. ^ "2000 Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived 2014-08-03 at the Wayback Machine.. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  6. ^ "2001 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  7. ^ "2002 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-17.

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