Thunder (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
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Native name 박상현
Born Park Sang-hyun[1][2]
(1990-10-07) October 7, 1990 (age 26)
Busan, South Korea
Other names Cheondung
Relatives Sandara Park (older sister)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels J. Tune Camp (2009–2014)
APOP (2015–present)[3][4][5][6][7]
Associated acts MBLAQ

Park Sang-hyun (Korean: 박상현; born October 7, 1990)[1][2][8] better known by his stage name Thunder (Hangul천둥; RRCheondung), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor and model. He is a former member of South Korean boy band MBLAQ. On December 16, 2014, it was announced that he had departed from the group to focus on studying music.[9] He signed with Mystic Entertainment's music label APOP on February 11, 2015[3][4][5][6][7] and released his debut extended play on December 7, 2016.

Life and career[edit]

1990–2008: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Park Sang-hyun was born in Busan, South Korea, but grew up in the Philippines. He has two older sisters, Sandara and Durami. Aside from his native Korean, he is also fluent in English and Tagalog, and can speak conversational Mandarin and Japanese.

His eldest sister, Sandara, achieved nationwide fame in the Philippines in 2004 after becoming the runner-up on the first season of Star Circle Quest, a talent search reality competition. He first appeared on national television when he attended the finale with his mother. Later on, as his sister began her hectic activities as a celebrity, a crew from one of South Korea's biggest television agencies recorded her daily life in the documentary My Name Is Sandara Park. This marked Thunder's first ever appearance on South Korean television.

Sandara's eventual decision to pursue activities in their home country led to their family's return to South Korea in 2007. By this time, Thunder had finished secondary education in the Philippines. It was later on revealed in a magazine interview that he had originally decided to pursue a professional career as a soccer player, specifically as a midfielder. He gave up and instead started auditioning for entertainment agencies, one of which was JYP Entertainment. He had taken dancing workshops offered by Sandara's home network back in the Philippines.

Thunder eventually became a trainee under LOEN Entertainment, where he met IU. He appeared in IU's debut music video for her song "Lost Child" and was also seen in a couple of videos with her wherein they sing Big Bang's "Lies" and Super Junior's "Sorry Sorry."

2009–2014: MBLAQ[edit]

Main article: MBLAQ

Thunder, Seung-ho, G.O, Lee Joon and Mir made their debut as MBLAQ on October 9, 2009 at Rain's Legend of Rainism concert where they performed various songs from their then-unreleased single album Just BLAQ.[10][11] On October 14, MBLAQ officially released their debut single album Just BLAQ, along with the "Oh Yeah" music video.[12] A day later, MBLAQ had their debut stage with their title song "Oh Yeah" on Mnet's M! Countdown.[13] Also in October, he was featured in Lyn's "New Celebration" music video.[14] In November, he starred in a commercial film with Wonder Girls for Cafe Mori.[15]

Because of his androgynous face and modelesque image he was featured in Elle Girl's February 2010 issue. He was given a 4-page spread, where he showed off his unique yet fashionista chic image.[16] In March 2010, Thunder alongside U-KISS' Dongho and Eli and Shinee's Key hosted a new variety show called Raising Idol.[17] In March 2010, he also appears in K.Will's "Gift" music video.[18] Thunder also participated in Mnet's Mnet Scandal.[19] He was also a host of The M-Wave, a music program which aired on Arirang TV with Krystal Jung.[20][21] Having lived in the Philippines, he participated in the cable TV show, Mom, I've gone crazy for English with Nicole Jung, where he was an English mentor to young children.[22] In 2010, Thunder was also chosen to become Alba Heaven spokesperson. It is a job search site, focusing on connecting users who want part-time jobs with potential businesses and employers, he participated in a TV CF which was broadcast on the airwaves.[23]

In 2011, Thunder was made a permanent cast member of the KBS show Imagination Arcade.[24] He was featured in a six-page spread on the October issue of Singles, showing a completely different image.[25] In December 2011, Thunder had a cameo role in jTBC drama Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats where he played the role of Yang Kang-woo, the older brother of Yang Kang-chil (played by Jung Woo-sung).[26]

In 2012, he was featured in two magazines: he posed shirtless for the March issue of Harper's Bazaar[27] and the April issue of L'Officiel Hommes Korea;[28] both were an eight-page spread. Also in April, Wanna Girls magazine named him as new fashionista icon of 2012, along with Jessica Jung, Hyomin and Yong Jun-hyung. In July 2012, Thunder released a self-composed solo song titled "Don't Go" for "The BLAQ% Tour" album.[29] In October, Thunder started his career in runway as he walked for Lee Jae-ho's Coexistence Collection in S/S 2013 Seoul Fashion Week.[30] In November, he walked for Korean designer Park Jong-cheol's fashion show 'Bling Bling Party' as part of SUNY Korea Festival.[31]

In January 2013, Thunder was cast as the male lead in the MBC drama Nail Shop Paris, with Park Gyu-ri.[32] In 2014, he was cast in the dance musical Moon Night, along with Seung-ho and Two X's Jiyou. In 2014, Thunder released his first single "Gone" which he composed himself.[33] In March 2014, Thunder had graced the runway again for designer Lie Sang Bong's fashion show in 2014 F/W Seoul Fashion Week.[34] He released his second single "Monster" later that year.[35] On December 16, 2014, Thunder and Lee Joon officially withdrew from the group after their contracts expired.[9]

2015–present: Return to acting and Thunder[edit]

In 2015, he was cast in the role of Kang Hyun-seo in the MBC drama Make a Woman Cry. Starting with this drama, he is being credited by his birth name (except for music-related projects). In 2016, he made a cameo appearance on another MBC drama, Woman with a Suitcase, as Cheondung, a lawyer interviewing for the same job as Ma Seok-woo (played by Lee Joon).

On November 23, 2016, Mystic Entertainment revealed that Thunder would release new music in December. His self-titled debut extended play as a solo artist was released on December 7, 2016 and features guest appearances by Goo Hara, Basick and Giantpink. Thunder participated in writing and composing all five tracks. The music video for the promotional single "Sign" features his sister Sandara.[36]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak
Thunder 24 1300+[38]
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Blaq Cat" 2011 Non-album single
"Don't Go" 2012 97 82
"Gone" 2014
(featuring Goo Hara)
2016 Thunder
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Merry Christmas in Advance"
(IU featuring Thunder)
2010 Real
"Run Away"
(Vision Wei with Lee Joon and Thunder)
2011 1 Daybreak
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


Television drama[edit]

Title Year Network Role Notes
Welcome to the Show 2011 SBS Himself Cameo; sitcom
Moon Night 90 Mnet Koo Jun-yup[40] Fictional drama
Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats KBS Yang Kang-woo[41] Cameo
Strongest K-Pop Survival 2012 Channel A Himself[42] Cameo
Nail Shop Paris 2013 MBC Plus Media Jin[43][44] Lead role
Make a Woman Cry 2015 MBC Kang Hyun-seo Supporting role
We Broke Up CJ E&M Himself Cameo; web drama
Woman with a Suitcase 2016 MBC Cheondung Cameo (episode 5)

Variety and reality shows[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
Idol Army 2009 MBC with MBLAQ (season 5)
Art of Seduction Mnet with MBLAQ
Idol Maknae Rebellion 2010 ETN guest, with MBLAQ
Mnet Scandal Mnet segment cast
Shin PD SBS with MBLAQ (episode 1);
with Super Junior and MBLAQ (except G.O and Mir) (episodes 8 and 9)
Making the Artist GomTV with MBLAQ
MBLAQ Goes to School Mnet
Invincible Youth KBS2 guest, with MBLAQ (episodes 40 and 41)[45]
Flower Bouquet MBC guest, with MBLAQ (Chuseok special)
Heroes SBS with MBLAQ (except G.O) (episode 2)
Win Win KBS2 surprise guest for Sandara (episode 33)[46]
Star Golden Bell KBS guest
Star King 2010–2012 SBS guest, with MBLAQ
Weekly Idol MBC Every 1
Imagination Arcade 2011 KBS regular cast
Beatles Code Mnet guest, with MBLAQ[47]
Strong Heart SBS guest (episode 76)[48]
100 Points Out of 100 Points aka "Oh! My School" KBS with MBLAQ and other idols
Sesame Player Mnet with MBLAQ (except Mir due to his back injury) (season 1)
We Got Married MBC guest commentator Housewarming Party II episode
1 vs 100 KBS2 contestant
Gag Concert 2011–2012 guest, with MBLAQ (promoting Mona Lisa and It's War)[49][50]
MBLAQ's Hello Baby[51] 2012 KBS with MBLAQ
1000 Song Challenge[52] SBS
Birth of a Family KBS with Seung-ho
Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 KBS2 with Seung-ho (episode 103); with Mir (episode 126)
Running Man SBS guest, with Sistar and MBLAQ (except Mir) (episode 95)[53]
MyDOL Mnet with MBLAQ and VIXX
Idol Manager MBC with MBLAQ[54]
Best Doctor Show guest, with Mir
Saturday Night Live Korea 2013 tvN with MBLAQ
Star King SBS
Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 KBS2
Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend
Weekly Idol MBC Every 1
Beatles Code Season 2 Mnet
1000 Song Challenge SBS with Seung-ho
Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 2014 KBS
Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC
A Song For You 2015 KBS
Secretly Greatly 2017 MBC Ep. 6
King of Mask Singer MBC Ep. 93
We Will Eat Well JTBC

Television show hosting[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
Raising Idols 2010 Comedy TV with Dongho, Eli and Key
The M Wave Arirang TV Co-hosted with Krystal Jung
Show! Music Core 2011 MBC Ulsan Summer Festival MC with Lee Joon, Suzy and Ji-yeon
special MC with G.O to accompany Suzy
M! Countdown 2012, 2013 Mnet special MC with G.O, special MC with Lee Joon
The Tasty One Shot 2015 E! Regular cast member

Music video appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist
"Lost Child" 2008 IU
"New Celebration"
(featuring Dok2)
2009 Lyn
"Gift" 2010 K.Will
"No No No No No" 2011 C-REAL
"Do You Love Me" 2013 2NE1


Title Year Role Notes
Moon Night Musical 2014 Lee Min-soo Lead role


Product Year(s) Notes
Cafe Mori 2009 with Wonder Girls
TBJ nearby[55][56] 2010 with MBLAQ
Lotte Cacao Black
Tropicana Sparkling
Indelli Curry
ChapStick with MBLAQ and Yang Ji-won
Calvin Klein[57] with MBLAQ and Kim Jae-kyung
Alba Heaven
DOX watch 2011 with MBLAQ
G by Guess[58]
LECAF[60][61] 2012–2013


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