Yang Yo-seob

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Yang Yo-seob
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Yoseob in 2016
Background information
Born (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • musical actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Around US Entertainment (2016-present)
Cube Entertainment (2009-2016)
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 양요섭
Hanja 梁曜燮
Revised Romanization Yang Yoseop
McCune–Reischauer Yang Yosŏp

Yang Yo-seob (Hangul양요섭; born January 5, 1990), more commonly known as Yoseob, is a South Korean singer and musical actor. He is the main vocalist of the boy group Highlight.


Yoseob was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 5, 1990,[1] in a small family with one older sister, Yang Hae Yeon.[2] He first gained interest in music and started practicing singing after listening to Brian McKnight's music. He then listened to a lot of music of a similar style, but he realized that he couldn't be biased towards a certain genre and started listening to dance music and rock as well. When he was in high school, he joined a school band where he performed a lot of hard rock and metal during their performances. Yoseob actually wanted to try modern rock; however, his seniors at that time said that it would ruin the mood and ultimately not be a success.[2]

Yoseob became a JYP Entertainment trainee, but left after receiving a bad grade from practice reviews. He moved agencies, to M Boat Entertainment (a former sister company of YG Entertainment) where he was trained for 5 years before transferring to Cube Entertainment where he finally became a member of Beast. While still a trainee at Cube Entertainment, he became a backup dancer for AJ, his soon-to-be group member and former high school friend, now known as Lee Gi Kwang, in the music videos and live performances of "Wiping the Tears" and "Dancing Shoes".[3]

Yoseob is the main vocalist of Beast.[3] He released a digital single together with Dalmatian's Daniel titled "First Snow and First Kiss" [4] and participated in singing original sound tracks (OSTs) for various Korean dramas such as "Happy Birthday" for More Charming by the Day[5] and "I Cherish That Person" for My Princess.[6] and "Loving You" – for All My Love. Yoseob has also participated in various TV shows, including KBS's "Oh! My School".[6]

Yang Yoseob attended Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts (formerly known as Dong-Ah Broadcasting College) and has graduated in 2014.



The group has released two studio albums, eight Korean mini-albums and various singles. Yang Yo Seob is the main vocalist of Beast.

Solo career[edit]

Along with fellow Beast member Junhyung, MC Lee Hyukjae, Moon Heejun (formerly of H.O.T.) and Kim Sook, Yang welcomed Japanese tourists for the "Visit Seoul 2010" campaign, where Korean celebrities and Japanese tourists explored Seoul through MBC's Star Guide Doshiraku to boost visibility of Seoul's famous landmarks and cuisine.[7] On July 16, 2010, Yang participated in the official soundtrack of the Korean drama More Charming By The Day as part of its promotional campaign, with the song "Happy Birthday".[5]

On November 29, 2010, Yoseob released a digital single together with Dalmatian's Daniel titled "First Snow and First Kiss". Both were friends from their trainee years at M Boat Entertainment and had released a UCC series, "To Pick On Mr. Daniel", which became a hot topic when it was selected as no. 1 amongst the weekly TOP 5 UCCs by a sports newspaper.[4] He also became a permanent cast member on KBS's Oh! My School (a.k.a. 100 Points out of 100), along with other idols such as MBLAQ's Lee Joon, Secret's Hyoseong, T-ara's Soyeon, Miss A's Min, and Simon D.[8]

Yoseob was cast in his first musical as Ji Yong in Kwang Hwa Moon Love Song. The musical started its performances on March 20, 2011, and ended on April 10, 2011.[9] He also contributed to the soundtrack of My Princess, with the song "Cherish That Person" which was released on February 7, 2011.[6] On May 1, 2011, KBS announced plans of creating a new singing variety program featuring an all idol cast titled Immortal Songs 2 – Sing the Legends; Yang was one of the artists cast in the original line-ups.[10] He received first place on the show's pilot episode with his performance of "Omma (엄마, lit. Mother)", which helped silence the critics that had dismissed his singing abilities as just a hype.[11] However, on June 8, 2011, the show announced that Yoseob would leave the show due to his conflicting overseas promotions schedule with Beast.[12] He expressed that although he felt extremely stressed competing against his peers, he felt regretted having to leave. Yoseob said "when we decided on the withdrawal, I did feel some relief. It was too nerve-wracking and burdensome. However, at the same time, I felt regret. I don't think I was able to show my all. If another opportunity came by to be on the show again, I would definitely take it. I think I will. I want to show different sides of myself."[11]

Yoseob was featured in Bang Yongguk's first solo track, "I Remember" which was jointly composed by Bang Yongguk and One Way's Chance. The track has gained a lot of interest from netizens and become a hot topic. However, Yoseob was not able to sing "I Remember" with Bang Yongguk live.

On September 27, 2011, KBS's 'Poseidon' released part one of their original soundtrack series which featured Yoseob's vocals. His song, "No", was a collaboration piece between Rado (of Huh Gak's "Hello") and production duo Ji In and Wontag, the men behind MBLAQ's latest releases. The song features sorrowful lyrics of a man who has no choice but to let go of his lover.[13]

Yoseob released his solo album on November 26, 2012. All 5 songs were produced by fellow band member, Jun Hyung, including the title song, "Caffeine". A music video for "Caffeine" was released two days later, on November 28. A music video for his song "Even then, I" was released on February 14, 2013, as a valentines gift for his fans.

Yoseob has been chosen as one of the judges and coaches in Mnet The Voice Korea Kids or Voice Kids for short. The contestants will all be children between the ages of 6–14 years.[14] He also has chosen as the most desired coach by the contestants of Voice Kids.[15]

Yoseob is joining MBC's I Live Alone, a real-variety show that showcases the daily lives of single celebrities (men) who live alone.[16]

In December 2013, he starred as the title character in a Seoul production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and was mentioned in the New York Times.[17]

Yoseob is leaving I Live Alone in which he received much love as the youngest member of the show after a short six months on broadcast due to his responsibilities and schedules as a member of BEAST. He said that due to BEAST's Japan Tour 2014, along with BEAST's upcoming comeback planned to be in April 2014, he would be unable to participate in the show.[18]

It was announced in March 2014 that Yoseob would be participating in the musical-remake of the 2004 hit romantic comedy drama series Full House as the lead character Lee Young Jae. The musical will be on stage in April 2014.[19]


Soundtrack appearances and solo performances[edit]

Year Title Song Artist
2009 Attack the Gas Station 2 OST "Crazy" with BEAST
2010 More Charming by the Day OST "Happy Birthday" Solo
All My Love OST "Loving You" Yoseob with Beast's Doojoon & Jang Hyunseung
First Snow And First Kiss "First Snow And First Kiss" Duet with Dalmatian's Daniel
My Story "Thanks to" Duet with Beast's Junhyung
God of Study OST "Ready Go" with BEAST
2011 What I Want To Do Once I Have A Lover "What I Want To Do Once I Have A Lover" Duet with 4Minute's Gayoon
My Princess OST "Cherish That Person" Solo
My Princess OST "Because Of You" with BEAST
I Remember "I Remember" Yongguk with Yoseob
Poseidon OST "No" Solo
I'm a Flower, Too OST "Dreaming" Yoseob with Beast's Dongwoon & Junhyung
2012 A Cube For Season "Love Day" Duet with Apink's Eunji
BIG OST "Hateful Person" with BEAST (Doojoon, Jang Hyunseung, Yoseob, Kikwang, Dongwoon)
Road For Hope OST "Be Alright" Gayoon, G.NA, BTOB
Dramatic BLUE "Tearfully Beautiful" G.O, Niel, Woohyun, Jo Kwon
2013 Perfume "Perfume" with CLC
Iris II OST "Black Paradise" with BEAST
When a Man Falls in Love OST "Bye Bye Love" Duet with Dongwoon & BTOB
Cube Entertainment Family "Christmas Song" Duet with Cube Entertainment Artist
2014 A Talk "From Where and Until Where" Duet with HyunA
The Night Watchman's Journal OST "Wish" Duet with Gayoon
2015 Let's Eat 2 OST "Why Don't You Know" Solo
Scholar Who Walks the Night OST "Without You" with Beast (Doojoon, Yoseob, Dongwoon)
I.Miss.You "If You Come Into My Heart" Duet with Jo Sumi
2016 Story "Story" Duet with Richard Parkers (feat. Nobless)
2017 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth OST "A Move of God" Solo
Universe "Universe" Duet with Yoo Jaehwan and Dongwoon
The Emperor: Owner of the Mask OST "The Man That Couldn't Cry" Solo
"The Tree"

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2009 Beast Is the B2ST BEAST "Beast Is the B2ST" Yes BEAST No Shin Sa Dong Tiger, Choi Gyu Seong
"Bad Girl" Yes BEAST, Lee Sang Ho, Shin Sa Dong Tiger No Lee Sang Ho, Shin Sa Dong Tiger
2010 My Story BEAST (Yoseob & Junhyung) "Thank To" Yes Yong Jun-hyung Yes Yong Jun-hyung, Shinsadong
2016 Highlight BEAST "Practice" Yes Yong Jun-hyung, Gyuberlake Yes Gyuberlake
BEAST (Yoseob Solo) "Come Out" Yes Gyuberlake Yes Gyuberlake
2017 Can You Feel It? HIGHLIGHT "The Beginning" Yes Yong Jun-hyung, Gyuberlake Yes Gyuberlake
The Emperor: Owner of the Mask OST Yoseob "The Tree" Yes Gyuberlake Yes Gyuberlake


Variety shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Note
2010 MBC 2010 Idol Star Athletics Championships Contestant with BEAST
MBC Every 1 Countdown Cast
2011 Mnet Japan Exciting CUBE TV
JTBC Off to School with Lee Gi-kwang and Son Dong-woon
KBS2 1 vs. 100 Contestant with BEAST
Immortal Songs 2 Himself
2012 1 vs. 100
MBC 2012 Idol Star Athletics Championships with BEAST
KBS2 Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2
Idol Crown Prince Chuseok Special Program (Coupled with A Pink's Eunji)
2013 Mnet The Voice Kids – Korea Judge/Coach Himself
MBC I Live Alone Cast Episode 28-45
2013 Idol Star Athletics Championships Contestant with Lee Gi-kwang and Yoon Doo-joon
2014 2014 Idol Star Athletics Championships
2015 2015 Spring Season Idol Star Athletics Championships
2015 Autumn Season Idol Star Athletics Championships with Yoon Doo-joon
tvN Let's Eat with Friends Cast
2016 SBS Law of the Jungle in East Timor Episode 238 – 240
2017 KBS2 1 vs. 100 Contestant Himself
MBC My Little Television Episode 92-93 (MLT-46) with Highlight (Topic: Camping)
Mnet I Can See Your Voice with Highlight

Television dramas[edit]

Year Channel Title Role Notes
2012 KBS2 My Daughter Seo-young Yang Yo-seob Cameo – Episode 25
2015 tvN Let's Eat 2 Yang Yo-seob Cameo – Episode 16

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Gwanghwamun Sonata Ji Yong Lead Role
2013 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph
2014 Full House Lee Young-jae
Zorro Zorro
2015 Robin Hood Prince Philip
Cinderella Prince Christopher
2017 Those Day Moo Young


Year Title Roles TV Network
2012 Show! Music Core Co-hosted along with Yoon Doo-joon , Bora & Dasom MBC
2013 Co-hosted along with Choi Min-ho
Idol Star Athletics Championships Co-hosted along with Jeon Hyun-moo , Lee Hwi-jae & Jokwon
2017 Fantastic Duo 2 Co-Hosted SBS

Awards & nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2012 2011 Golden Ticket Awards Musical Rising Star Award[20] Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best Dance Performance – Male Solo "Caffeine" Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated

MTV SBS Best of the Best[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best Male Artist "Caffeine" Won

Music awards[edit]

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 December 20 "Caffeine"
December 27
2013 January 3[21]

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 December 14 "Caffeine"
December 21


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