Nam Hyun-joon

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Nam Hyun-joon
Nam Hyun Joon and Lee Jun Ki.jpg
Nam Hyun-joon (right) and Lee Joon-gi (left)
Background information
Birth name Nam Hyun-joon
Also known as Poppin' Hyun Joon (팝핀현준)
Happy Hyun Joon
Born (1979-01-30) 30 January 1979 (age 39)
Origin Seoul, Korea
Genres Dance, Urban, Hip hop
Years active 1996–present
Labels Happy Face Entertainment
(2014 – present)
Star Empire Entertainment
Simtong Entertainment
Associated acts Young Turks Club
Nam Hyun-joon
Hangul 남현준
Revised Romanization Nam Hyeonjun
McCune–Reischauer Nam Hyŏnjun
Stage name
Hangul 팝핀현준
Revised Romanization Pappin Hyeonjun
McCune–Reischauer P'app'in Hyŏnjun

Nam Hyun-joon, often referred to as Poppin' Hyun Joon or Happy Hyun Joon, is a South Korean contemporary dancer. He is most known for his popping techniques and for being a former rapper of Young Turks Club.[1] On 31 July 2014, it was announced that Nam Hyun-joon had parted ways with Star Empire Entertainment for Happy Face Entertainment.[2]


Nam Hyun-joon is famous for his explosive popping moves including:ticking, animation, tutting, and gliding. He is considered to be one of the most well-known poppin dancers worldwide breakdance leagues. Due to his well-known dancing abilities, he often trains stars and hired as a dance choreographer. He has been in several dance groups, including Cyborg G, FREEZE, and Newest35.

Hyun-joon married Korean folk singer Park Aeri in December 2010.[3] He came back September 2015 in six years.[4]


Following the disbandment of Young Turks Club, Hyun-joon made the decision to pursue professional dancing. His skill and smooth moves gained recognition from many Korean celebrities, most notably V.O.S member Choi Hyun-joon. Hyun-joon is influenced by the dance group Seo Taiji and Boys and was eventually featured in the music video "Amen" by Lee Juno.

Hyun-joon released a song titled 'Lion's Roar' in 2005 which lyrically describes his hardship and determination for dance. He steadily gained popularity in Korea during this time and performed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is involved in a dance group called Nam Hyun-joon and Kids, which is a play on the name Seo Taiji and Boys.

Following the success of his previous single, Hyun-joon released his first hip-hop album, One & Only, in 2007.[5] A music video for the lead single, "Don't Stop", was released and the song was promoted on televised music shows.

In late 2014 Hyun Joon won the National Creative-Economy Award for his artist entrepreneur company Poppin HyunJoon Art Company (PAC) and often appears in mainstream TV with his wife Park Aeri to promote the fusion combination of Arirang and Poppin.






  • Don't Stop (2005)


Title Album Details Peak chart
One & Only
  • Released: 8 May 2007
  • Label: Star Empire Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • KOR: —


  1. ^ Go, Seung-hui (고승희) (2008-06-18). "팝핀현준 "수제자는 이준기, 연예계 최고 몸치는 조PD"" (in Korean). Sports Chosun. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  2. ^ 팝핀현준·박애리 부부, 달샤벳 소속사와 전속계약. OhMyStar (31 July 2014). Retrieved on 31 July 2014.
  3. ^ Poppin' Hyun-joon pops into L.A. Korea Times (8 April 2014). Retrieved on 31 July 2014.
  4. ^ Yu, Byeongchul (2015-09-07). "팝핀현준, '아임 남현준' 7일 정오 공개… 6년 만에 컴백". 
  5. ^ One & Only. Naver Music (31 July 2014). Retrieved on 31 July 2014.

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