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190417 V at the Map of the Soul Persona press conference.jpg
V at a press conference for Map of the Soul: Persona on April 17, 2019
Kim Tae-hyung

(1995-12-30) December 30, 1995 (age 23)
Seo District, Daegu, South Korea
ResidenceHannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
Home townGeochang, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
AwardsROK Order of Cultural Merit Hwa-gwan (5th Class) ribbon.PNG Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
Musical career
Years active2013 (2013)–present
LabelsBig Hit
Associated actsBTS
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Tae-hyeong
McCune–ReischauerKim T'aehyŏng
Stage name
Revised RomanizationBwi
BTS' V Signature.svg

Kim Tae-hyung (Korean김태형; born December 30, 1995),[2] also known by his stage name V, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a vocalist of the South Korean boy group BTS.[3]

Early life and education

V was born Kim Tae-hyung on December 30, 1995 in Daegu, South Korea,[4] and grew up in Geochang County.[5] He is the eldest of three children, with a younger brother and sister.[6] V first aspired to be a professional singer in elementary school,[7] and eventually began taking saxophone lessons in early middle school as a means of pursuing the career.[6][7] V initially became a trainee for Big Hit Entertainment after passing an audition in Daegu.[8]

After graduating from Korean Arts High School in 2014, V enrolled in Global Cyber University.[citation needed]


2013–present: BTS

On June 13, 2013, he made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet's M Countdown with the track "No More Dream" from their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. He was first credited for music composition in The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 when he co-wrote and co-produced the song "Hold Me Tight". He also contributed to writing lyrics for the song "Fun Boyz", co-composed by bandmate Suga. For the song "Run", V's melody was used with Jungkook's original lyrics for the next album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2. Furthermore, he contributed to music composition and lyrics for a solo song called "Stigma" from the album Wings. V has also released, unofficially, a cover of "Hug Me" with bandmate J-Hope as well as a cover of "Someone Like You" by Adele.[9]

In May 2018, his second solo song, "Singularity" was released as the trailer for BTS' then upcoming third LP, Love Yourself: Tear. The track made its UK radio debut on BBC radio on October 25.[10] A month after its release, The Guardian added "Singularity" to its "Top 50 songs for the month of June 2018" playlist[11] and Billboard included it in their Critics' list of the "Top 50 BTS songs" at number 28.[12] Overall, "Singularity" was generally well received by critics and as a result was mentioned on several year end Critics' Choice lists. The New York Times ranked it twentieth on its list of "The 65 Best Songs of 2018" alongside "Fake Love",[13] LA Times Pop Music Critic Mikael Wood named it the fourth "best and most replay worthy song of 2018",[14] and Guardian Music Critic Laura Snapes included it as one of her favourite tracks in their “Best Music of 2018: Albums and Tracks" list.[15]

On October 24, V became one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit medal, awarded to him by the President of South Korea along with the other members of BTS for their role in the spread of culture.[16][17]

V, together with bandmate J-Hope, collaborated with Swedish singer Zara Larsson on a song called "A Brand New Day" for the soundtrack album of their mobile game BTS World.[18] It was released on June 14, 2019 and debuted at number 1 on World Digital Song Sales Chart.[19]

2016–present: Solo activities

In 2016, V made his acting debut with a supporting role in KBS2's historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth under his real name.[20] He also collaborated with bandmate Jin on a duet for the Hwarang soundtrack entitled "It's Definitely You".[21] On June 8, 2017, he released "4 O'Clock", a song he co-produced with bandmate RM, to celebrate BTS’ fourth anniversary.[22]

V released his first full solo track outside of BTS, "Scenery", on January 30, 2019 through BTS' SoundCloud page.[23] The ballad song was written and composed by V (who also photographed the cover artwork), produced by Big Hit Entertainment producer Docskim, and featured additional contributions from Big Hit producers Pdogg and Hiss Noise.[24] It broke SoundCloud records for reaching 100 million streams from 20 million in over fourteen days, the shortest time for the platform. Over the course of the two weeks following its release, "Scenery" broke the daily streaming record nine times. The song received generally favorable reviews following its release,[25] with particular praise directed to the nostalgic and sentimental qualities of the lyrics, which were equated to a diary entry.[26][27] Seven months later, he released his second solo song and first English song, "Winter Bear", through Soundcloud, accompanied by a self-directed music video via BTS' YouTube channel on August 9. He co-produced the track together with bandmate RM and Big Hit Entertainment producers Hiss Noise and ADORA. He also photographed the cover artwork using his pseudonym, "Vante".[28][29]

Impact and influence

V crosses his arms, his right hand holding a microphone, and looks left
V in Kobe, Japan during The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage Tour, March 23, 2016.

In 2018, Eugene Investment & Securities Co., Ltd. conducted analytical research on Google search trends relating to the K-pop industry. "V" ranked first on the chart, meaning it was the number one most searched keyword for the past five years in South Korea.[30] In a survey conducted by Gallup Korea he ranked as the 9th most preferred idol of 2018.[31]

V coined the phrase "I purple you" during BTS' fanmeeting in November 2016. Ever since then, purple has become a symbol of BTS and their fans. UNICEF also used the phrase for their anti-bullying campaign in collaboration with BTS.[32]

Various artists have cited him as an influence and role model, such as The Boyz's Younghoon and Hwall,[33] Golden Child's Jaehyun[34] and Jangjun, MVP's Been,[35] Rainz's Byun Hyun-min,[36] Ateez's Yeosang and Mingi, D-Crunch's Jungseung and Dylan, Lucente's Bao,[33] Newkidd's Yunmin, Boy Story's Hanyu, TXT's Beomgyu, Produce X 101 contestants Koo Jungmo, [37] Lee Taeseung[38] and Hidaka Mahiro,[39] and former Wanna One member Park Ji-hoon.[40]


V is a baritone.[41][42] Karen Ruffini of Elite Daily stated in their article that "V... has no problem producing super soothing, low tones that are a key element in the overall sound for BTS."[43] Tamar Herman from Billboard said that "with a wide range and a deep tone, V’s expressive vocals are a mainstay to BTS' sound."[44]


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR US World
FRA Dig.
Hot 100

Hot 100
As lead artist
"Stigma" 2016 26 13 10 Wings
"Intro: Singularity" 2018 54 10 3 100 23 34 Love Yourself: Tear
Soundtrack appearances
"It's Definitely You" (죽어도 너야; Jugeodo neoya)
(with Jin)
2016 34 8 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other songs

Year Title Format Other Notes
2014 "95 Graduation"[54] Digital download, streaming
2017 "4 O'Clock"[22]
2019 "Scenery" (풍경)[23] N/A
"Winter Bear"[29]

Writing credits

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[55]

Year Artist Album Song
2013 BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool "Outro: Circle Room Cypher"
2014 Jimin & V Non-album release "95 Graduation"[54]
2015 BTS The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 "Hold Me Tight"
"Boyz with Fun"
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 "Run"
2016 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever "Run" (Ballad Mix)
"Run" (Alternative Mix)
Wings "Stigma"
2017 RM & V Non-album release "4 O'Clock"
2019 V "Scenery"
"Winter Bear"


V holds his left pointer finger to his temple and leans against in front of the LA skyline
V in a photoshoot for D Icon magazine, November 2017.


Year Network Program Role Note(s) Ref.
2014 MBC Show! Music Core Host with Kim So-hyun [56]
2015 KBS2 Music Bank with Park Bo-gum & Himchan (BAP) [57]
MBC Show! Music Core with Zico & Kim So-hyun [58]
2016 SBS Inkigayo with J-Hope, Moonbyul, & Wheein [59]
MBig TV Celebrity Bromance Himself Season 1, episodes 1-4; with Kim Min-jae [60]
KBS2 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Seok Han-sung Supporting role [61]
2017 Music Bank (Singapore Special) Host with Park Bo-gum & Irene [62]
SBS Inkigayo Super Concert in Daejeon with Jisoo & Jinyoung [63]

Trailers and short films

Year Title Length Director(s) Ref.
2016 "Stigma #3" 3:18 Yong-seok Choi (Lumpens) [64]
2018 "Singularity" 3:32 [65]

Awards and nominations

Melon Music Awards

Bout Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
9th 2017 "It's Definitely You" (Hwarang OST) Best OST Nominated [66]


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External links

  • Media related to V at Wikimedia Commons