April 28, 1989
Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
|Alma mater||Daekyung University|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Seong-gyu|
In November 2012, Sungkyu began his solo career with his first extended play, Another Me, debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart. He continued to release a second extended play, 27 (2015), debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart and number eight on The Billboard World Album, and yielded two South Korean top-ten singles "The Answer" and "Kontrol".
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Theater
- 6 Tours
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Kim Sung-kyu was born on April 28, 1989 in Jeonju, South Korea. He attended Jeonju National University High School and was in the school rock band called "Coma Beat". When Sung-kyu first told his parents about his dream to become a singer, they rejected it because they wanted him to have a normal life and told him they'd rather he leave the house instead. He continued to practice in secret and came to Seoul alone to pursue his dreams after graduating from high school. In 2008, he auditioned for SM Entertainment but failed to make the cut. Due to his admiration for rock band Nell, he initially auditioned at Woollim Entertainment under the recommendation of Nell's manager whom he'd met coincidentally at the café where he worked at part-time. With a hurting stomach, Sung-kyu went to his audition and lightly threatened them by saying, "If you don't pick me, you're going to regret it." Afterwards he rushed to the hospital immediately and got an appendectomy. On the day of his release, he received the notification that he had passed his audition. Originally intending to pursue rock music in a band, Sung-kyu instead became a trainee for the dance group Infinite, of which he would later assume the positions of leader and main vocalist. Despite being criticized by his school friends, he believed that it was an opportunity nonetheless and persisted. In 2010, Sung-kyu finally made his debut with Infinite on June 9.
On February 15, 2013 Sung-kyu graduated from Daekyung University's Practical Music program and received along with members L, Sungyeol, Hoya, and Dongwoo, the 'Proud Daekyung University Student Award' in hopes that the group would continue to grow and bring prestige to the school. The members had been accepted through a special screened admittance in early 2011. Sungkyu is currently a student of Practical Music at Hoseo University.
2010–11: Debut with Infinite and Solo activities
Sungkyu made his debut as the leader and main vocalist of South Korean boyband Infinite in 2010. The group officially debuted in June 9, 2010. In the same years, he was playing the guitar in Epik High's music video "Run" along with fellow members Woohyun, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong.
Sungkyu along with Infinite members Lee Sung-yeol and Lee Sung-jong became the special DJs for Super Junior's Kiss the Radio while Super Junior's Leeteuk and Eunhyuk were away. They were in charge of the radio broadcast from October 24 to the 30th in 2011.
Sungkyu and other members of Infinite dubbed the children's cartoon Wara Store from December 27, 2011 to March 27, 2012 as themselves.
2012–14: Solo debut and Solo activities
Sungkyu made his debut as a musical actor, along with band member Woohyun, in the musical "Gwanghwamun Sonata". Sungkyu plays the role of Jiyong, the son of the female lead. The musical lasted from January 3 until March 11, 2012.
In May 2012, it was announced that Sung-kyu would join Immortal Songs 2 as a fixed member alongside Super Junior's Ryeowook. His first performance on the show was aired on June 23. In July, it was announced that he would be leaving the show due to Infinite's overseas promotions. His final episode on the show aired on August 25.
Sungkyu released his solo EP, Another Me on November 19. Nell's Kim Jongwan gave his composed "Shine" to Sungkyu as a gift for his pre-release, which was released on November 7. Sung-kyu also composed the title track "60 Seconds" with Sweetune and personally participated in writing the lyrics for the track "41 Days". L starred as the main character on the music video. Sungkyu made a short promotion period of three weeks, and the album became the top selling physical album for the month of November with 62,958 copies sold. The album peaked at #22 with an album sales record of 70,552 copies on Gaon Chart's yearly physical album chart for 2012. In 2013, the album managed to be in the Monthly Top 100 Gaon album sales and at the end of the year recording 13,283 copies. Within the year 2014, the album's additional sales were 6,098 copies. Since its release until March 2015, the total albums sold was 91,212 copies.
In January 2013, Sungkyu was confirmed to be a fixed cast on JTBC Lee Soo-geun and Kim Byung-man's High Society 2 along with Super Junior's Shindong. The show was aired from February 9 to June 15.
In February 2013, Sungkyu was confirmed to have made a cameo appearance in KBS's new sitcom A Bit of Love alongside four other idols, MBLAQ's GO, KARA's Seungyeon, ZE:A's Siwan, and SECRET's Ji Eun. According to representatives, they'll appear as the younger versions of the five main characters for about three weeks. Sung-kyu will be playing the younger version of Lee Hoon.
In April 2013, Sung-kyu joined tvN's new reality program, The Genius: Rules of the Game, alongside 12 other representative figures from different fields of work such as TV personalities, politicians, gamblers, and more. The premise of the show was that participants must use their brain power to find a winning formula and win the game through betrayal and the elimination of their competitors. The winner is to receive about 100 million KRW (approximately US$90,000). The first episode which earned Sung-kyu the title of 'Icon of Betrayal' was broadcast on April 26 on tvN. Sung-kyu had been considered one of the players with the strongest game ability.
In September the same year, Sung-kyu and fellow Infinite member L made a guest appearance on SBS Running Man's Idol Special with twelve other idols from groups such as MBLAQ's Lee Joon & Seungho, Sistar's Hyorin & Dasom, 2PM's Chansung & Wooyoung, A Pink's Jung Eun-ji & Son Na-eun, Girl's Day's Minah & Yura, and Beast's Lee Gi-kwang & Yoon Doo-joon . In addition, Sung-kyu was also featured in KBS2's new variety show "The Sea I Wanted", which told the story of six men's travel and experience in the open sea. The show is initially planned for a three-episode pilot with the first episode airing on September 11. In October 2013, he made the first featuring since debut in rapper Kanto's debut single What You Want.
In 2014, Sungkyu was casted in the musical VAMPIRE along with Super Junior's Sungmin and F.T. Island's Lee Hong-gi. In December 2014, he made another guest appearance on SBS Running Man episode 179 with Rainbow's Kim Jae-kyung, Lee Dong Wook, Park Soo Hong, Sung Kyung Ah, John Park and Kim Kyung Ho.
2015-2017: Solo comeback and Television roles
On January 29, 2015, Sung-kyu was confirmed to star in new KBS variety show, Fluttering India, along with EXO's Suho, CNBLUE's Jonghyun, Super Junior's Kyuhyun, TVXQ's Changmin, and SHINee's Minho.
Sung-kyu released his second EP, "27" on May 11 which was produced by Nell's Kim Jong-wan. He was promoted double title tracks "The Answer" and "Kontrol" for which the music video we're release on May 11. As of June 2015, the album has sold over 75 thousand copies locally.
On May 15, 2015 Sung-kyu & L with other artists such as EXO, Girl's Day, Sistar, Niel and Ailee sang KBS1 Special Program 'I Am Korea' theme's song, "The Day We Met", for Gwangbok's 70th Anniversary".
Sung-kyu became a DJ for a special corner on Melon Radio for May 19, 2015 and May 26, 2015.
He was also cast in the musical In The Heights, along with bandmate Dongwoo (cast as the male lead 'Usnavi'). Sungkyu played the main role 'Benny' with EXO's Chen and actor Seo Kyung-soo. The musical was produced by SM C&C, a subsidiary of S.M. Entertainment, and ran from September 4 to November 22 at 'Blue Square'.
On September 17, 2015, it was revealed that Sung-kyu would star in a new KBS series, Youth Express, alongside comedian Kim Sook and actor Park Jaemin. In November 2015, he returned as a special host for Weekly Idol as the first special idol guest host from November 2, 2015 until November 9, 2015, during regular host Jung Hyung Don's temporary leave.
In February 2017, he was confirmed as an MC for Channel A's variety show Singderella. It was later reported that he'd sustained a rib injury while filming the programme which ultimately led to the delay of Infinite's comeback.
Sungkyu held solo fan meetings in cities such as Tokyo and Osaka in September 2017 and also had fan meetings in November in Taipei. 2000 tickets were sold out within 1 minute for the fan meet in Taipei, which prompted organisers to add another session on the same day of 19 November 2017.
2018–present: First full album solo comeback, concert and play performance
On 25 January 2018, it was announced that Sungkyu will be participating in his first play, Amadeus, taking on the role of Mozart.
On 26 February 2018, Sungkyu returned as a solo artiste with his first full album, 10 Stories. The album was well-received and its title track, True Love, garnered wins on two music shows and topped domestic chart. The album was also ranked ninth on Billboard's world album charts for the week ending March 10..
On 29 March 2018, Sungkyu announced his first solo concert "Shine", which will take place from 5-7 May 2018 in Seoul. The tickets for all three concert days were sold out within 3 minutes.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
As lead artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales
|"Because"||2011||119||—||N/A||Over the Top|
|"I Need You"||2012||69||81||
|"60 Seconds" (60초)||16||31||
|"The Answer" (너여야만 해)||2015||3||—||
As featured artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|"What You Want"
(Kanto featuring Kim Sungkyu)
(Yoon Sang duet with Kim Sungkyu)
|2014||—||—||N/A||The Duets Part. 1|
(Primary featuring Kim Sungkyu)
Other charted songs
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales
|"Only Tears" (Acoustic Version) (눈물만)||2012||81||
|"Reply" (답가) (featuring Park Yoon-ha)||29||
|2012||41 Days||Another Me||Sungkyu||Woollim Entertainment||Yes||Lee Junghoon||No||N/A|
|2018||City of Angels||10 Stories||Yes||Kim Jong-hwa||No||N/A|
|INFINITE Concert Second Invasion Evolution The Movie 3D||2012||Himself||Documentary film of Infinite|
|Grow: Infinite's Real Youth Life||2014||Documentary film of Infinite|
|The Thousandth Man||2012||MBC||Himself||Cameo|
|Pure Love||2013||KBS||Lee Hoon (Young)||Cameo|
|Wara Store||2011||Tooniverse||Himself (voice)||Korean dub|
|High Society||2013||JTBC||Regular cast|
|The Genius: Rules of the Game||tvN||Himself (contestant)|
|Exciting India||2015||KBS2||Regular cast|
|Girl Spirit||2016||JTBC||Main host|
|Singderella||2016-2017||Channel A||Main host|
|Living Together in Empty Room||2017-2018||MBC||Regular cast|
|"60sec" (Band ver.)|
|"I Need You"|
|"What U Want" (with Kanto)||2013|
|"The Answer"||2015||Hwang Soo Ah|
|"Kontrol"||Hwang Soo Ah|
|"Drama" (with Primary)||2017||Unknown|
|Gwanghamun Sonata||2012||Jiyoung||Main Role|
|Vampire||2014||Count Dracula||Main Role|
|In the Heights||2015||Benny||Main Role|
|All Shook Up||2016||Elvis||Main Role|
|In the Heights||2016–2017||Benny||Main Role|
|Gwanghamun Sonata||2017-2018||Myungwoo (young)||Main Role|
|Amadeus||2018||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Main Role|
- Shine (2018)
|Seoul, South Korea||Kyunghee University Grand Peace Palace||May 5, 6, and 7|
Awards and nominations
||Top 10 Artists||N/A||Nominated|
|Best Rock Song||
|The 7th Philippines KPOP Awards||Best Solo Male Artist||N/A||Won|
|Best Collaboration of the Year||Daydream (feat. Tablo, Jongwan)||Won|
|KPOP Meetings Germany Awards||Best Male Artist||N/A||Won|
|International K-Music Awards||Best Male Solo||N/A||Won|
Music show awards
|"The Answer"||SBS MTV The Show||May 19, 2015|
|MBC Show! Music Core||May 23, 2015|
|"True Love"||SBS MTV The Show||March 6, 2018|
|KBS Music Bank||March 9, 2018|
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- Cumulative sales for "Daydream":
- Cumulative sales for "Alive":
- Cumulative sales for "답가 (Feat. 박윤하)":
- Cumulative sales for "27":
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