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V at a photo shoot in Los Angeles, November 2017
Kim Tae-hyung

(1995-12-30) December 30, 1995 (age 23)
Seo District, Daegu, South Korea
ResidenceHannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Home townGeochang, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
Net worthUSD $8-9 million[2]
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 (Hangul김태형; born December 30, 1995),[3] better known by his stage name V, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and member of the South Korean boy group BTS.[4]

Early life and education

V was born Kim Tae-hyung on December 30, 1995 in Daegu, South Korea,[5] and grew up in Geochang County.[6] He is the eldest of three children, with a younger brother and sister.[7] V first aspired to be a professional singer in elementary school,[8] and eventually began taking saxophone lessons in early middle school as a means of pursuing the career.[7][8] V initially became a trainee for Big Hit Entertainment after passing an audition in Daegu.[9]

After graduating from Korean Arts High School in 2014, V enrolled in Global Cyber University.[10]


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 fellow member 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. He then did the same for a solo single called "Stigma" from the album Wings, which charted at 26 on the Gaon Music Chart and 10 on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. V has also released, unofficially, a cover of "Hug Me" with fellow BTS bandmate, J-Hope, as well as a cover of "Someone Like You" by Adele.[11]

In May 2018, his second solo song, "Singularity" was released as the trailer for BTS' then upcoming third LP, Love Yourself: Tear. A month after its release, The Guardian added "Singularity" to its "Top 50 songs for the month of June 2018" playlist.[12] Billboard included it in their Critics' list of the "Top 50 BTS songs" at number 28.[13] The track made its UK radio debut on BBC radio on October 25.[14] 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".[15] LA Times Pop Music Critic Mikael Wood named it the fourth "best and most replay worthy song of 2018".[16] Guardian Music Critic Laura Snapes included it as one of her favourite tracks in their “Best Music of 2018: Albums and Tracks" list.[17]

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 Korean culture.[18][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 fellow BTS member Jin 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 fellow BTS member 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. The song was first teased at the 2019 Seoul Music Awards, and later on BTS' Twitter page.[23] The ballad song was was written and composed by V (who also photographed the cover artwork), was produced by Big Hit Entertainment producer Docskim, and features additional contributions from Big Hit producers Pdogg and Hiss Noise.[24] It broke SoundCloud records for the highest number of likes within 24 hours, accumulating over 372,000 and reaching 100 million streams in just fifteen days. This is a record breaking nine times in a row, reaching from 20 million to 100 million streams in the shortest period of time. "Scenery" also drew favorable comments and praises from more than 120 foreign media articles after its release.[25]

Impact and influence

In 2018, Eugene Investment & Securities Co., Ltd. conducted a research analyzing KPop industry. "V" ranked first in the chart which means it was the number one most searched keyword for the past five years in South Korea.[26] In a survey conducted by Gallup Korea he ranked as the 9th most preferred idol of 2018.[27]

Various artists have cited him as an influence and role model, such as The Boyz' Younghoon,[28] Golden Child's Jaehyun,[29] Rainz's Byun Hyun-min,[30] and former Wanna One member Park Ji-hoon.[31]


V is a baritone.[32][33] 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."[34] Tamar Herman from Billboard said that "with a wide range and a deep tone, V’s expressive vocals are a mainstay to BTS' sound."[35]


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
US World
As lead artist
"Stigma" 2016 26 10 Wings
"Intro: Singularity" 2018 55 3 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"[41] Digital download, streaming with Jimin
2017 "4 O'Clock"[42] with RM
2019 "Scenery" (풍경; Punggyeong)[43] N/A

Writing credits

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[44]

Year Artist Album Song
2013 BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool "Outro: Circle Room Cypher"
2014 Jimin & V Non-album release "95 Graduation"[41]
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"[43]


V in Kobe, Japan in March 2016.


Year Network Program Role Note(s) Ref.
2014 MBC Show! Music Core Host with Kim So-hyun [45]
2015 KBS2 Music Bank with Park Bo-gum & Himchan (BAP) [46]
MBC Show! Music Core with Zico & Kim So-hyun [47]
2016 SBS Inkigayo with J-Hope, Moonbyul, & Wheein [48]
MBig TV Celebrity Bromance Himself Season 1, episodes 1-4; with Kim Min-jae [49]
KBS2 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Seok Han-sung Supporting role [50]
2017 Music Bank (Singapore Special) Host with Park Bo-gum & Irene [51]
SBS Inkigayo with Jisoo (Black Pink) & Jinyoung [52]

Trailers and short films

Year Title Length Director(s) Ref.
2016 "Stigma #3" 3:18 Yong-seok Choi (Lumpens) [53]
2018 "Singularity" 3:32 [54]

Awards and nominations

Melon Music Awards

Bout Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
9th 2017 "It's Definitely You" (Hwarang OST) Best OST Nominated [55]


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External links

  • Media related to V at Wikimedia Commons