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V
V x Samsung Galaxy August 2021.png
V in August 2021
Born
Kim Tae-hyung

(1995-12-30) December 30, 1995 (age 25)
Seo District, Daegu, South Korea
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
AwardsROK Order of Cultural Merit Hwa-gwan (5th Class) ribbon.PNG Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013 (2013)–present
LabelsBig Hit
Associated actsBTS
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGim Tae-hyeong
McCune–ReischauerKim T'aehyŏng
Stage name
Hangul
Revised RomanizationBwi
McCune–ReischauerPwi
Signature
BTS' V Signature.svg

Kim Tae-hyung (Korean김태형; born December 30, 1995),[1] also known by his stage name V, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actor. He is a vocalist of the South Korean boy group BTS.[2]

Early life and education

V was born Kim Tae-hyung on December 30, 1995, in the Seo District of Daegu, South Korea,[3][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] With his father's support,[8] he began taking saxophone lessons in early middle school as a means of pursuing the career.[6][7] V eventually became a trainee for Big Hit Entertainment after passing an audition in Daegu.[9]

After graduating from Korean Arts High School in 2014,[10] V enrolled in Global Cyber University—he graduated in August 2020 with a major in Broadcasting and Entertainment.[11] As of 2021, he is enrolled at Hanyang Cyber University, pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Advertising and Media.[12]

Career

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.[13]

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.[14] A month after its release, The Guardian added "Singularity" to its "Top 50 songs for the month of June 2018" playlist[15] and Billboard included it in their Critics' list of the "Top 50 BTS songs" at number 28.[16] 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",[17] LA Times Pop Music Critic Mikael Wood named it the fourth "best and most replay worthy song of 2018",[18] and Guardian Music Critic Laura Snapes included it as one of her favourite tracks in their “Best Music of 2018: Albums and Tracks" list.[19]

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.[20][21]

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.[22] It was released on June 14, 2019 and debuted at number 1 on World Digital Song Sales Chart.[23] Eight months later, he collaborated with bandmate Jimin for the song "Friends" and he also participated in the composition and writing of his solo song, "Inner Child" on their album Map of the Soul: 7.[24]

In July 2021, V was appointed Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, along with the other members of BTS, to help "lead the global agenda for future generations, such as sustainable growth" and "expand South Korea's diplomatic efforts and global standing" in the international community.[25]

2016–present: Solo activities

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 2016, V made his acting debut with a supporting role in KBS2's historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth under his real name.[26] He also collaborated with bandmate Jin on a duet for its soundtrack entitled "It's Definitely You".[27] To celebrate BTS' fourth anniversary, V released "4 O'Clock" on June 8, 2017, a song he co-produced with bandmate RM.[28]

V released his first full solo track outside of BTS, "Scenery", on January 30, 2019 through the group's SoundCloud page.[29] The ballad was written and composed by V—he also photographed the cover artwork—and produced by Big Hit producer Docskim, with additional contributions from two other Big Hit producers, Pdogg and Hiss Noise.[30] 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. [31] Seven months later, he released his second solo song and his first full English song entitled "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 RM, Hiss Noise, and Adora. He also photographed the cover artwork using his pseudonym Vante.[32][33]

In 2020, V participated in a song titled "Sweet Night" for the soundtrack of the JTBC drama Itaewon Class which was released on March 13, 2020.[34][35] Produced, written and sung by V, the indie pop song is entirely in English.[36][37] The song received generally favourable reviews for its composition, vocal performance and warm lyrics, and debuted at number 2 on Billboard's U.S. Digital Song Sales chart, the highest debut for a Korean soloist in the chart's history.[38][39] On December 25, 2020, V released a solo track titled "Snow Flower" featuring Peakboy.[40]

Impact and influence

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.[41]

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.[42] In a survey conducted by Gallup Korea, V was chosen as the 4th most preferred idol of 2019; he was previously ranked 9th in 2018.[43][44] In 2021, he ranked first for most popular Korean celebrities in Japan for twenty-eight weeks in a row.[45]

Various artists have cited him as an influence and role model, such as The Boyz's Younghoon and Hwall,[46] Golden Child's Jaehyun[47] and Jangjun, MVP's Been,[48] Rainz's Byun Hyun-min,[49] Cravity's Serim,[50] Ateez's Yeosang and Mingi, D-Crunch's Jungseung and Dylan, Lucente's Bao,[46] Newkidd's Yunmin, Boy Story's Hanyu, TXT's Beomgyu, Produce X 101 contestants Koo Jungmo,[51] Lee Taeseung[52] and Mahiro Hidaka,[53] and former Wanna One member Park Ji-hoon.[54]

Artistry

V possesses a baritone singing voice that has received a generally positive critical reception, with particular praise for his vocal range and "husky" tone.[55][56] He gained wider vocal recognition for his performance of his solo song "Stigma", and was praised for his falsettos that showed off his vocal range and unique musicality.[57] V's tonality on "Singularity", the opening track of BTS' Love Yourself: Tear (2018), was noted as a prominent "tone setter" on the album by music critic Blanca Méndez.[58] Similarly, Katie Goh of Vice deemed it as "one of V's best vocal performances."[59] 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,"[60] with Tamar Herman from Billboard also noting that V's lower range is a prominent piece of BTS' music.[61] V's musicality is heavily influenced by his love for jazz and classical music. Eric Benet and Ruben Studdard are among his inspirations.[62]

As a performer, V's style is known for its "duality", or his ability to evoke various emotions on stage.[63] British journalist Rhian Daly, writing for NME, particularly noted this when discussing V's performance of "Singularity" during the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself World Tour, describing his movements as "precise and deliberate".[64] Crystal Bell from MTV noted V's performances often work with live cameras in concert venues, and how he utilizes them to create subtle expressions during performances.[65]

Discography

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR US World
[66]
FRA Dig.
[67]
HUN
[68]
JPN
Hot 100

[69]
NZ
Hot

[70]
Gaon
[71]
Hot 100
[72]
As lead artist
"Stigma" 2016 26 10 8 8 Wings
"Intro: Singularity" 2018 54 10 3 100 23 34 Love Yourself: Tear
"Inner Child" 2020 24 48 6 N/A 7 N/A Map of the Soul: 7
Soundtrack appearances
"It's Definitely You" (죽어도 너야; Jugeodo neoya)
(with Jin)
2016 34 8 15 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Original Soundtrack
"Sweet Night" 2020 14 1 34 N/A Itaewon Class Original Soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other songs

Year Title Format Other Notes
2014 "95 Graduation"[76] Digital download, streaming
2017 "4 O'Clock"[28]
2019 "Scenery" (풍경)[29] N/A
"Winter Bear"[33]
2020 "Snow Flower"[40]
  • with Peakboy

Writing credits

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[77]

Year Artist Album Song
2013 BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool "Outro: Circle Room Cypher"
2014 Jimin & V Non-album release "95 Graduation"
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)
Youth "Introduction: Youth"
Wings "Stigma"
2017 RM & V Non-album release "4 O'Clock"
2019 V "Scenery"
"Winter Bear"
2020 BTS Map of the Soul: 7 "Inner Child"
V Itaewon Class Original Soundtrack "Sweet Night"[78]
BTS Non-album release "In the Soop"
Be "Blue & Grey"
V & Peakboy Non-album release "Snow Flower"

Filmography

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.

Music videos

Year Title Length Role Ref.
2019 "Winter Bear" 3:32 Director [79]

Television series

Year Network Title Role Note(s) Ref.
2016–2017 KBS2 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Seok Han-sung Supporting role [80]

Variety show

Year Network Title Role Note(s) Ref.
2016 MBig TV Celebrity Bromance Himself Season 1, episodes 1-4; with Kim Min-jae [81]

Hosting

Year Network Title Note(s) Ref.
2014 MBC Show! Music Core with Kim So-hyun [82]
2015 KBS2 Music Bank with Park Bo-gum & Himchan (BAP) [83]
MBC Show! Music Core with Zico & Kim So-hyun [84]
2016 SBS Inkigayo with J-Hope, Moonbyul, & Wheein [85]
2017 KBS2 Music Bank (Singapore Special) with Park Bo-gum & Irene [86]
SBS Inkigayo Super Concert in Daejeon with Jisoo & Jinyoung [87]

Trailers and short films

Year Title Length Director(s) Ref.
2016 "Stigma #3" 3:18 Yong-seok Choi (Lumpens) [88]
2018 "Singularity" 3:32 [89]

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, nominee(s) of the award, award category, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref.
Melon Music Awards 2017 Best OST "It's Definitely You" Nominated [90]
Soompi Awards 2018 Best Idol Actor V[A] Won [91]
2019 Best Choreography "Singularity" Won [92]
APAN Star Awards 2020 Best OST "Sweet Night" Won [93]

Notes

  1. ^ For the role Suk Han-sung in Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth[91]

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