Yong Jun-hyung

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Yong Jun-hyung
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Junhyung for Marie Claire Korea
Born Yong Jae-soon
(1989-12-19) December 19, 1989 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names
  • Joker
  • Poppin' Dragon
Occupation
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Years active 2007–present
Labels Around Us Entertainment (2016-present)
Cube Entertainment (2009-2016)
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Revised Romanization Yong Jun-hyeong
McCune–Reischauer Yong Chun-hyŏng
Birth name
Hangul
Revised Romanization Yong Jae-sun
McCune–Reischauer Yong Chae-sun

Yong Jun-hyung (born December 19, 1989),[1] commonly known as Junhyung and also known as Poppin' Dragon and Joker, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor. He is a member of South Korean boy group Highlight.

Biography[edit]

Junhyung was born in Seoul, South Korea. He changed his birth name Yong Jae-soon (Hangul용재순) to his current name when he was in 6th grade.[2] He was once a member of the boyband Xing along with Kevin Woo, former member of U-KISS, and was known as Poppin' Dragon when he was promoting with them. He was featured in various singles as a rapper for artists such as former lablemate Hyuna's "Change"[3] and G.NA's "Kkeojyeo Julge Jar Sara" (꺼져 줄게 잘 살아, lit. I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better),[4] Young Jee's "Crazy, that's what love is",[5] Navi's "Go Again" and Wheesung's "Words That Freeze My Heart".[6]

Career[edit]

Beast[edit]

Beast (비스트, stylized as BEAST or B2ST) is a boy band from South Korea that consists of five members, under Cube Entertainment. Originally known as B2ST, an acronym for "Boys 2 Search the Top", their name was changed to BEAST (Boys of East Asia Standing Tall). They released their first extended play Beast Is The B2ST on October 14, 2009, and made their first live performance on KBS's Music Bank 2 days later.

The group has released a total of 8 extended plays: Beast Is The B2ST, Shock Of The New Era, Mastermind, Lights Go On Again, My Story, Midnight Sun, Good Luck, Ordinary and three studio albums, Fiction and Fact, Hard to Love, How to Love, Highlight.

Solo activities[edit]

Junhyung was featured in Lee Gikwang's music video "눈물을 닦고" ("Wiping the Tears") as a rapper with Doojoon. Along with fellow BEAST member Yoseob, MC and comedian Lee Hyuk-jae, Moon Hee-joon (formerly of H.O.T.) and Kim Sook, they welcomed Japanese tourists for "Visit Seoul 2010" campaign, where Korean celebrities and Japanese tourists explored Seoul in MBC's "Star Guide Doshiraku" to raise awareness of Seoul's famous areas as well as its cuisine.[7]

Junhyung also featured in Hyuna's solo debut single "Change"[3] Yong along with 4minute were also featured in "Heard 'Em All" for Amerie's Asian version of the album In Love & War.[8] He also starred in MBC "High Kick Through the Roof" as a cameo in one of its episodes.[9] He was also involved in writing and performing the rap section for 4minute's album "Hit Your Heart", in the song "Who's Next?"[10]

Junhyung was featured rapping for G.NA's album title song "I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better" music video, with the intent of giving an "opposite vibe" from Doojoon's appearance.[4] Junhyung was also featured in "Faddy Robot Foundation" together with 4minute's Hyuna, Outsider, Verbal Jint, Mighty Mouth's Ssangchu, Vasco and Zico; all profit from this album has been promised to be given out to charity.[11] In order to encourage the public participation in commemorating Seoul Summit Asia Bridge Contents (Representative Choi Jin) announced that the G20 summit held in Seoul created the campaign song "Let's Go" composed by Shinsadong Tiger, Lim Sanghyuk, Eddie, and Junhyung.[12]

On November 23, 2010 Young Jee released a single named "Crazy, That's What Love Is" featuring Junhyung who wrote the rap lyrics himself.[5] On January 19, Navi released a single named "Go Again" featuring Junhyung. On March 14, Wheesung released "Heart Aching Story" song featuring Junhyung.[6] Junhyung also appeared in M&D's music video for "Close Your Mouth" along with F.T. Island's Hongki & Jonghoon, Simon D and Jia, which was released on June 22. He was also featured as a rapper for "A Bitter Day" by Hyuna, "Be Quiet" by Kim Wansun, and "Don't Act Countrified" by ALi.

Junhyung released a solo song, titled "너 없이 사는 것도 (Living Without You)" on February 3, 2012. The song was written in the hip-hop style, and was co-produced by Junhyung and Kim Taejoo. The song tells the story of a man who must overcome the pain of being betrayed by a woman he loved. The songs "이럴 줄 알았어 (I Knew It)" and "너 없이 사는 것도 (Living Without You)" are related to "Living Without You", being a prologue and a continuation respectively. Junhyung also produced Yoseob's first extended play First Collage, which officially released on the 21st of November.[13]

Producer Brave Brothers created the project group 'Absurd', with rappers Junhyung of Beast, LE of EXID and FeelDog of Big Star. Brave Brothers released Junhyung's version of the music video teaser on February 17, 2013, and then released a promo image on February 21. Junhyung produced and wrote their album Hard to Love, How to Love along with Kim Taejoo. He also starred in a South Korean television series called Monstar, which aired every Friday starting on May 17, 2013 on Mnet music channel. Junhyung released his debut solo extended play, Flower on December 13, 2013. It was released on all online music sites on that day at 12 A.M. KST. The title track "Flower" topped the music charts, as well as other singles such as "Caffeine (Piano Version)" featuring Yoseob. and "Anything" featuring G.NA.

In 2014, Junhyung featured in Megan Lee's official debut song, "8dayz". He was featured in the music videos of "I Feel on You" by Lee Seunghwan, "I Hate You" by Eru, "Breakable Heart" by Lyn, "Good Boy" by Baek Jiyoung, and "She's Bad" by Natthew.

Personal life[edit]

On June 28, 2011, Cube Entertainment announced that Junhyung was in a relationship with Goo Hara of KARA. DSP Media also announced; "They do have good feelings towards one another, but they're still getting to know each other." On March 27, 2013, Cube Entertainment and DSP Media announced the end of their 2-year relationship, citing that the two "naturally drifted apart".

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2015 Yong Jun Hyung's Good Life Cube TV Cast with Kim Tae-joo

Variety shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2010 MBC 2010 Idol Star Athletics Championships Contestant with BEAST
MBC Every 1 Countdown Cast
2011 Mnet Japan Exciting CUBE TV
KBS2 1 vs. 100 Contestant
2012 MBC 2012 Idol Star Athletics Championships
KBS2 Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2
2015 SBS Law of the Jungle in Samoa Cast Episode 186-190 with Yoon Doo-joon
2016–2017 MBC Every1 Hitmaker S3 Host Co-hosted along with Jeong Hyeong-don
2017 MBC My Little Television Contestant Episode 92-93 (MLT-46) with Highlight (Topic: Camping)
King of Mask Singer Special Panelist with Yoon Doo-joon
Mnet I Can See Your Voice Contestant with Highlight

Drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows SBS Joker Cameo
2013 Monstar Mnet Yoon Seol-chan Main role

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Length
2013 Flower 3:21
2017 Wonder If 3:14

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better G.NA feat. Junhyung
Change Hyuna feat. Junhyung
2011 Be Quiet Kim Wan-sun feat. Junhyung
Hello Huh Gak
I Told You I Wanna Die Huh Gak
2012 Good Boy Baek Jiyoung feat. Junhyung
I Hate You Eru feat. Junhyung
She's Bad Natthew feat. Junhyung
Caffeine Yoseob feat. Junhyung
2013 You Got Some Nerve Junhyung & FeelDog & LE
2014 8dayz Megan Lee feat. Junhyung
I Only Respond To You Lee Seunghwan

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Hot Cover Music – "Past Days" Monstar Nominated
20's Booming Star – Male Nominated
6th Korea Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Ha Yeon-soo Nominated
Best New Actor Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ "BEAST's Yong Junhyung makes a surprise confession, "My real name is Yong Jaesoon". Osen (in Korean). 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Junhyung features in 4MINUTE Hyuna's new solo track 'Change'". Newsen (in Korean). 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Beast's Yoon Doojoon's first try in acting as 'lovers' with Gina's (previously in Five Girls) music video". Newsen. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Crazy, That's What Love Is – Youngjee". Melon (in Korean). Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  6. ^ a b "My Music Style". Mnet. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  7. ^ ""Visit Seoul 2010" Korean Stars and Japanese tourists explore Seoul in MBC's Star Guide Doshiraku". East-01 (in Japanese). 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  8. ^ "4minute-Amerie collaboration, released on the 18th". Chosun (in Korean). 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  9. ^ "Boy band BEAST – Part 2". 10Asia. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  10. ^ "4minute reveals a teaser video with BEAST, Full of chic charisma". Newsen (in Korean). 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  11. ^ "Faddy Robot Foundation releases a charity song featuring Yong Junhyung". Newsen (in Korean). 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  12. ^ "20 Idols Come Together To Form Group of 20". Osen (in Korean). 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  13. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/02/b2sts-junhyung-releases-full-audio-for-living-without-you

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