Yook Sung-jae

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Yook Sung-jae
Yook Sung-jae at the Global V Live Top 10 in January 2017.jpg
Yook in 2017
Native name
Yook Sung-jae

(1995-05-02) May 2, 1995 (age 24)
Musical career
Years active2012–present
Associated acts
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Korean name
Revised RomanizationYuk Seong-jae
McCune–ReischauerYuk Sŏng-chae

Yook Sung-jae (Korean육성재; born (1995-05-02)May 2, 1995) is a South Korean singer, actor, entertainer and host. He is a member and the third-generation leader of the boy group BtoB and its sub-group, BtoB Blue. Aside from his group's activities, Yook is known for acting in television dramas, Who Are You: School 2015 (2015), The Village: Achiara's Secret (2015) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016).

Early life and education[edit]

Sungjae was born on May 2, 1995, in Yongin, Gyeonggi, South Korea. He has one older sister and his father is a CEO of an IT corporation that deals with semiconductors.[3][4]

He briefly studied for a month each in England and the Philippines.[5] He attended Hanlim Multi Art School and graduated in 2014.[6] He then attended Dongshin University and is majoring in Practical Music.[7]


2012–2014: Debut with BtoB and solo activities[edit]

Yook Sungjae in 2014

Yook made his debut as a vocalist of BtoB with "Insane" and "Imagine" on March 21, 2012.[8][9]

In 2013, Yook appeared in the television series Reply 1994 as Sungjoon/Ssukssuk, Na-jung's little brother.[10][11]

In July 2014, Yook was cast as a presenter for the program, A Song For You alongside Kangin of Super Junior and Amber of f(x).[12] He also participated in the program Hitmaker and became part of the program's project unit group, Big Byung, together with Got7's Jackson and VIXX members, N and Hyuk.[13] The same year, he received his first main acting role in Plus Nine Boys, playing a 19-year old Judo athlete.[14] He then joined the reality-variety program Real Men from 2014–2015.[15]

2015–present: Acting and rise in popularity[edit]

Yook in September 2016

Yook achieved his breakthrough when he landed a leading role in the teen drama Who Are You: School 2015, alongside Kim So-hyun and Nam Joo-hyuk.[16][17][18] He also released an OST for the show, "Love Song" with Park Hye-soo.[19] After the series ended, he experienced a rise in popularity and landed several endorsement deals.[20] Yook then starred in the horror mystery series The Village: Achiara's Secret alongside Moon Geun-young in 2015.[21] He received the "New Star award" for his performance in The Village: Achiara's Secret,[22] and won "Best Couple award" with Kim So-hyun for Who Are You: School 2015.[23]

In 2015, Yook joined King of Mask Singer, competing under the alias Tired Bumblebee, and received good feedback for his performance.[24][25] He was paired up with Red Velvet's Joy in the fourth season of reality show We Got Married.[26][27] The couple went on to release a duet titled "Young Love", with the pair contributing to the lyric composition of the song.[28][29] "Young Love" entered the top 12 of the Instiz iChart real-time rankings upon its release.[30] At the 2015 MBC Entertainment Awards, Yook received the "Best Couple award" alongside Joy and the "Best Male Rookie (in Variety) award".[31] Departing from We Got Married on May 7, 2016 they became known as one of the longest-running and most popular couples in the show's recent history.[32]

In September 2015, Yook became one of the main hosts of the music-program Inkigayo and left the show in May 2016.[33][34] In 2016, Sungjae was appointed as an ambassador of the King Sejong Institution.[35][36] He also became part of BTOB's first sub-unit, BTOB Blue, and debuted in September 2016.[37][38]

From 2016 to 2017, Yook starred in the hit fantasy-romance drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.[39] He also joined the cast for the reality-documentary show Law of the Jungle filmed in Sumatra, Indonesia.[40] In August 2017, he participated in the digital single project, Piece of BtoB. He released the songs "Say It" and "Paradise", the latter having been personally composed and written by himself, on August 30.[41] In late 2017, he joined the cast of the reality show, All The Butlers.[42]

In 2019, during BtoB's seventh year anniversary Yook was chosen as their new leader.[43] Cube TV premiered a new reality show, "Lovely 95s" (예쁘장한 구오즈), featuring Yook on July 12.[44] It was revealed that he personally planned and made his close same-aged 95s friends, former Boyfriend members Youngmin, Kwangmin and Minwoo, Teen Top's Ricky and model Baek Kyung Do to have a variety show.[45]

Yook is set to star as a customer service employee of a supermarket in Ssang Gap Pocha, a JTBC drama based on a popular webtoon of the same name in early 2020.[46]


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
As lead artist
"That Day Long Ago" 2015 55 King of Masked Singer Special
"말해" (Tell Me) 2017 36 Piece of BTOB Vol. 6
"Confession"[50] 2018 34 Your BGM Vol. 2
"Stress Come On" (with N, Jackson and Hyuk as Big Byung) 2014 N/A Non-album singles
"Ojingeo Doenjang" (with N, Jackson and Hyuk as Big Byung) 2015
"Photograph" (with Namjoo)[51] 29 A CUBE – For Season Blue Season 2
"Young Love" (with Joy) 2016 52 Non-album singles
"Playing With Fire" (with NC.A) 89
As featured artist
"On The Four Lane Road" (Geeks's Louie feat. Yook Sungjae)[55] 2016 Hwang Moon Seob
Soundtrack appearances
"Past Days" (with Junhyung, Ha Yeon-soo, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik) 2013 56 Monstar OST
"After Time Passes" (with Junhyung, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik) 32
"First Love" (with Junhyung, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik) 61
"Curious" (궁금해) (with Oh Seung-hee) 2014 N/A Plus Nine Boys OST
"Love Song" (feat. Park Hye-soo) 2015 8 Who Are You: School 2015 OST
"Loving You Again" 62 Scholar Who Walks The Night OST
"Ambiguous" (with Eunkwang, Hyunsik) 2017 37 Fight for My Way OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Television series[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Mnet Monstar Arnold, Men in Black Member Cameo
SBS The Heirs Himself
tvN Reply 1994 Sung Joon
2014 Plus Nine Boys Kang Min-gu
2015 KBS2 Who Are You: School 2015 Gong Tae-kwang
SBS The Village: Achiara's Secret Park Woo-jae
2016–2017 tvN Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Yoo Deok-hwa
2020 JTBC Ssang Gap Pocha Han Kang-bae [46]

Variety show[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 SBS MTV The Show Host with Lee Min-hyuk [63]
2014 Mnet Mnet Wide Custom News [64]
KBS A Song For You Season 3 with Kangin and Amber
MBC Hitmaker Season 1 Cast member
Real Men Episode 77–88
2015 Hitmaker Season 2
KBS Invisible Man [65]
MBC King of Masked Singer Contestant Tired Bumblebee (Episode 5–6)
2015–2016 We Got Married Cast member with Joy
SBS Inkigayo Host with Kim Yoo-jung & Jackson Wang
2016 KBS Battle Trip Contestant with Seo Eun-kwang, Lim Hyun-sik (Episode 16) [66][67]
2017 SBS Clenched Fist-Boat Horn Cast member [68]
MBig TV Celebrity Bromance with Boyfriend's Youngmin and Kwangmin [69]
SBS Law of the Jungle in Sumatra Episodes 256–261
2017–present SBS All The Butlers Cast member With Lee Seung-gi, Lee Sang-yoon & Yang Se-hyung
2019 Cube TV
K Star
Olleh TV Mobile
Lovely 95s Cast member Web variety show
with Boyfriend's Youngmin, Kwangmin and Minwoo,
Teen Top's Ricky and model Baek Kyung Do

Awards and nominations[edit]

Yook Sung-jae at Cable TV Awards in March 2017
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Who Are You: School 2015 Nominated
4th APAN Star Awards Nominated
2015 KBS Drama Awards
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Kim So-hyun) Won [23]
MBC Entertainment Awards Best Male Newcomer Award (Variety) We Got Married Won [31]
Best Couple Award (with Red Velvet's Joy) Won
2015 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Village: Achiara's Secret Won [22]
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Who Are You: School 2015 Nominated
2017 Korea Cable TV Awards Rising Star Award Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won [71]
10th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Won [72]
Star of the Year Award Won [73]
2018 Korea's First Brand Awards Male Acting Idol N/A Won [74]
2018 MTN Broadcast Advertising Festival CF Male Star Award Won [75]
SBS Entertainment Award Excellent Award Variety Department Master in the House Won [76]


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