|Birth name||Yang Hyun-suk|
|Also known as||YG|
|Born||December 1969 (age 48)|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||Yang Hyeon-seok|
Yang Hyun-suk (born December 1969) is a South Korean music executive, rapper, dancer and record producer. He rose to fame as a member of Seo Taiji and Boys during the 1990s. After the group disbanded, he founded and became chief executive officer of YG Entertainment, one of the biggest record companies in South Korea.
Seo Taiji & Boys (1992–1996)
Seo Taiji & Boys was formed in 1991 with Seo Taiji, Lee Juno and Yang Hyun-Seok. Yang said he first met Seo when the musician came to him to learn how to dance. "Blown away" by his music, Yang offered to join the group and they later recruited Lee who was one of the top dancers in Korea. The group was influential on the Korean music scene, famous for their single, "Nan Arayo" (Hangul: "난 알아요", "I Know"). The group received criticism for various albums, most notably for the song, "Shidaeyugam" (Hangul: 시대유감, "Regret of the Times"), to which the fan backlash led to the abolishment of the Pre-censorship law in 1996. The group disbanded in 1996, with each member pursuing solo activities.
YG Entertainment (1998–present)
In 1998, he established YG Entertainment and released his first solo album which featured a song composed by Seo Taiji. This was their first collaboration since the breakup. Yang Hyun-Suk has produced hugely successful artists under his entertainment, most notably Jinusean, 1TYM, Se7en, Big Bang, and 2NE1. Recently, Tablo, Epik High, and PSY joined the company. After 2012, the company took Lee Hi, Akdong Musician, WINNER, iKON, BLACKPINK, Zion.T, Sechs Kies, Bang Ye-dam and Katie Kim under their label.
In March 2010, Yang revealed that he has been dating former Swi.T member Lee Eun-ju, who is 12 years Yang's junior, for nine years. Lee Eun-ju then gave birth to their first child on August 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm; she is named Yang Yoo-Jin.[unreliable source?] In April 2012, Yang Hyun Suk announced on SBS K-pop Star that the couple's second child, a baby boy, was born. His name is Yang Seung Hyun. [unreliable source?] Lee Eun-ju is the younger sister of Lee Jaijin of Sechs Kies.
- Yang Hyun-Suk (1998)
|2011||K-pop Star 1||Himself||Judge for YG Entertainment|
|2012||K-pop Star 2||Himself||Judge for YG Entertainment|
|2013||K-pop Star 3||Himself||Judge for YG Entertainment|
|WIN: WHO IS NEXT?||Himself||YGent CEO, Director|
|2014||MIX & MATCH||Himself||YGent CEO, Director|
|K-pop Star 4||Himself||Judge for YG Entertainment|
|2015||K-pop Star 5||Himself||Judge for YG Entertainment|
|2016||K-pop Star 6||Himself||Judge for YG Entertainment|
- "양현석, "9년간 사랑한 여인은 이은주"" (in Korean). Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation. 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
- "양현석(1969년생)YG엔터테인먼트 대표" (in Korean). DongA Ilbo. 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
- Cho, Chung-un (2012-03-23). "K-pop still feels impact of Seo Taiji & Boys". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- "Yang Hyun-Seok and Lee Eun-ju Dating for Nine Years". KBS World. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
- "Yang Hyun-suk and Lee eun-joo Welcomes Baby Daughter". KBS World Radio. 5 August 2010.