Toy (South Korean band)

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Toy
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, electronica
Years active 1994-present
Labels Antenna Music
Associated acts You Hee-yeol
Website Official website
Members You Hee-yeol,
Hahm Choon-ho,
Shin Jae-pyeong,
Song Sung-kyung
Past members Yoon Jeong-oh

Toy (Hangul토이; RRToyi) is a one-man project band of Korean pop singer-songwriter and pianist You Hee-yeol.[1]

Career[edit]

Toy started as a duo of You Hee-yeol and Yoon Jeong-oh, and was named after their two initials 'Y', as in Two + Y = Toy.

However, after releasing Toy's debut album, Yoon Jeong-oh left the band to study overseas and You Hee-yeol joined the navy for his mandatory military service. You Hee-yeol has been the sole member of Toy since 1996.[2]

After his discharge from military service, You released Toy's second studio album Yooheeyeol. The title song "Remember I Was Next to You" (Hangul내가 너의 곁에 잠시 살았다는 걸; RRNaega Neoui Gyeote Jamshi Sarattaneun Geol), sung by Kim Yeon-woo, became a big hit and the album was a commercial success.[2]

In 1997, Toy released the third studio album Present and also started a record label named Toy Music (currently Antenna Music). After a six-year hiatus from Fermata (2001), the band released their sixth studio album Thank You,[3] with the title song "A Passionate Goodbye" (Hangul뜨거운 안녕; RRTteugeoun Annyeong) featuring vocals by E Z Hyoung.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Da Capo (2014)
  • Thank You (2007)
  • Fermata (2001)
  • A Night in Seoul (1999)
  • Present (1997)
  • Youheeyeol (1996)
  • Inside My Heart (1994)

Live albums[edit]

  • Toy Live (2001)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The History of Toy (2001)

Awards[edit]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2008 Album of the Year Thank You[4] Nominated
Best Male Artist "Rockin' On Heaven's Door"[4] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ He intentionally spells his family name as You instead of Yoo. See his album cover. Toy6
  2. ^ a b Toy (You Hee-yeol) KBS World.
  3. ^ Toy Vol. 6 - Thank You YesAsia.
  4. ^ a b "2008 Mnet KM Music Festival Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-17.

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