Zion.T

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Zion.T
자이언티
Zion.T at DMC Festival 2015 MBC Radio DJ Concert 02.jpg
Zion.T at the MBC Radio DJ Concert in September 2015
Background information
Native name 김해솔
Birth name Kim Hae-sol[1]
Born (1989-04-13) April 13, 1989 (age 28)
South Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active 2011–present
Labels Amoeba Culture
(2013–2016)
THE BLACK LABEL (YG)
(2016–present)
Associated acts
Zion.T
Hangul 김해솔
Revised Romanization Gim Hae-sol
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hae-sol
Stage name
Hangul 자이언티
Revised Romanization Jaieonti
McCune–Reischauer Chaiǒnt'i

Kim Hae-sol (born April 13, 1989),[2] known as Zion.T (Hangul: 자이언티), is a South Korean hip hop and R&B singer signed to The Black Label, a subsidiary label of YG Entertainment managed by Teddy Park and Kush.[3] He has released one studio album, Red Light (2013),[4] and two extended plays. He has also been featured on tracks by well-known K-pop artists such as G-Dragon and Zico

Career[edit]

Kim Hae-sol was born on April 13, 1989, in South Korea. He made his musical debut in 2011, collaborating with Korean hip hop artists such as Dok2, Crucial Star, Simon D, Primary, and Gray under the stage name Zion.T. He has stated that he chose this stage name because "I am a Christian and so the “T” in my name is representative of the cross."[5] His first single "Click Me", featuring Dok2, was released in April 2011.

On April 9, 2013, Zion.T's first studio album Red Light was released with title track "Babay", featuring Gaeko.[4][6] The album was critically well received. That year, he featured on tracks by Infinite H, Dynamic Duo, Swings, and G-Dragon.[7] In December, he released the EP Mirrorball (미러볼) with the title track "Miss Kim (미스 김)".[8]

In 2014, he promoted the digital single "Yanghwa BRDG", which became a hit and contributed to his rising mainstream success as an artist in Korea.[9] The song's honest, personal nature connected with a wide range of audiences. He also appeared on the soundtrack of television drama series Pinocchio with the song "Kiss Me", and featured on songs by Seo In-young and The Quiett.

On February 1, 2015, he collaborated with Korean R&B singer Crush on the single "Just (그냥)".[10] The same year, he released the digital singles "Zero Gravity (무중력)", "Eat (꺼내 먹어요)"[11] and "No Make Up (노메이크업)" and featured on singles by SHINee's Jonghyun, Yankie, and Psy. In July, he participated in the biennial music festival event hosted by MBC variety show Infinite Challenge, which resulted in a spike in domestic sales of his previously released singles.[12] For the event, Zion.T partnered with Infinite Challenge cast member Haha to perform under the name "Eutteugeottasi (으뜨거따시)" with the song "$ponsor", later released in an album of the songs performed at the event.[13][14] Zion.T capped off the year with two wins at the annual Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best Vocal Performance (Male), for '꺼내먹어요 (Eat)'; and Best Collaboration, with Crush, for the song '그냥 (Just)', beating out more well-established artistes in an idol-focused industry.

In 2016, following the end of his contract with hip hop label Amoeba Culture, he signed with THE BLACK LABEL , a sub-label of YG Entertainment.[3][15] On February 1, 2017, Zion.T released his first EP under The Black Label, OO.[16]

Discography[edit]

  • Red Light (2013)
  • OO (2017)

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Network Roles Notes
2012 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS Guest Episode 166
2013 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS Guest Episode 185, 205
2014 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS Guest Episode 246
2015 Infinite Challenge MBC Episode 435 - 440, 442
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS Guest Episode 260, 280, 300
Radio Star MBC Episode 443
4 Things Show Mnet with Crush Episode 6
2016 Show Me The Money 5 Mnet Judge with KUSH
Infinite Challenge MBC Guest Episode 467
Live Talk Show Taxi TVN with Zico Episode 426
Vocal War: God's Voice SBS Episode 9
Fantastic Duo SBS Episode 27 - 28
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS Guest Episode 343
2017 I Live Alone MBC Episode 193
Radio Star MBC Episode 527
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS Guest Episode 351, 357

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014
11th Korean Music Awards[17]
Best R&B and Soul album
Red Light
Won
2015
7th MelOn Music Awards
Top 10 Artists N/A Won
Artist Of the Year N/A Nominated
17th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Male Artist N/A Nominated
UnionPay Artist of the Year N/A Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Male[18]
"Eat (꺼내 먹어요)" - Zion.T
Won
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated
"Just (그냥)" - Zion.T X Crush
Nominated
Best Collaboration & Unit Won
Seoul Music Awards[19] Bonsang Zion.T Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zion.T". KBS World. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ "자이언티 프로필" (in Korean). Naver. 
  3. ^ a b "Zion . T becomes family with BIGBANG at last". SBS PopAsia. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  4. ^ a b "KPOP NEWS - Zion.T Releases New Solo Album with Dynamic Duo and Other Hip-Hop Artists | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Zion.T – Part 1". Kpopeurope. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  6. ^ "네이버 뮤직 :: Zion.T [Red Light] 작업 노트". music.naver.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Zion T was Grateful when G-Dragon Sent a Love Call". MWAVE. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  8. ^ "Zion T. Teases Fans with a "Trot-Dub" Comeback". MTV K. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  9. ^ "KPOP NEWS - [Video] Zion.T Gets Emotional And Real With ‘Yanghwa BRDG’ MV | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  10. ^ Oak, Jessica (February 4, 2015). "Zion.T & Crush Drop Silky R&B Jam 'Just'". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (May 19, 2015). "[Video] Zion.T Tells You to ′Eat′ in New MV". Mwave. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  12. ^ "[뮤직톡톡] '무한도전'이 뒤흔든 음원차트…이건 예고편". entertain.naver.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  13. ^ "′Infinity Challenge′ Song Festival Team Profile Photos Released". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  14. ^ "‘Infinite Challenge’ songs sweeping charts". kpopherald.koreaherald.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  15. ^ Lee, Eun jung (2016-03-17). "Zion T does new contract with YG Entertainment". 
  16. ^ K, J. (2017-01-31). "Watch: Zion.T Drops Eccentric And Charming MV For Self-Composed Track “The Song”". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  17. ^ "자이언티, 최우수 알앤비&소울 음반상.."불참 죄송"" (in Korean). Chosun. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  18. ^ "Zion.T readies new album with YG". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  19. ^ "EXO wins third consecutive Grand Prize at Seoul Music Awards". Korea Herald. 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 

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