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Birth name Choi HweeSung
Also known as Wheesung, The RealSlow, Korean R&B Prince
Born February 5, 1982 (1982-02-05) (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, Soul
Occupations Singer, Song-writer, record producer
Years active 1999–present
Labels YMC Entertainment (Korea, 2011-)
Universal Music Group (US, 2011-)[1]
Korean name
Hangul 최휘성
Revised Romanization Choe Hwi-seong
McCune–Reischauer Ch’oe Hwisŏng
This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.

Choi Hwee-Sung (born February 5, 1982), better known by his first name Wheesung, is a South Korean R&B singer. He initially attended the Sun Moon University, under the journalism major but dropped out. Wheesung subsequently attended the Gukje Digital University and Kyung Hee University‘s Graduate School of Communication.[2]



[edit] History

[edit] 1999: Début

Wheesung began his career in 1999 with the short lived Korean boy band, A4. He left after the band’s first album debut, citing musical differences between himself and the other members of the band. After being released from A4, he signed onto M Boat, a former sister company to YG Entertainment. He underwent a few years of vocal training under the label and released his first solo album Like A Movie in 2002. The album became very popular after receiving praise from many well-known artists, including Seo Taiji and Shin Seung Hun. In 2003, he released his second album, It’s Real. It proved to be as popular as his first, making him the best selling artist of 2003 in Korea. Unlike his debut album, It’s Real wasn’t restricted to R&B and it included different musical elements like pop and hip-hop. Wheesung left YG Entertainment after his contract expired in March 2006. He signed a new contract that is reportedly worth 1.5 million won with his new company Orange Shock Agency. It was stated that he will be composing and producing more with his new company giving him more freedom to do so.

[edit] Pre Star-1 Show

In April 2009, Wheesung is the MC/host of a new Mnet TV show called “Pre Star-1 Show. This show gives opportunities for new talented singers to introduce themselves, a platform for them to reach out to more fans. Every month about 9-10 teams will be introduced on and the team which receives most response from the netizens will be chosen onto the show. The chosen team/singer will also be given the chance to perform with popular stars.[3] Wheesung’s Pre-Show 1 Show’ started airing on 24 April on Mnet Cable Channel.

[edit] Korean Cover of Craig David’s Insomnia

In late 2008, Wheesung was asked by British R&B artist Craig David to record the Korean version of his hit single “Insomnia“. The music video was released on February 17, 2009 and Wheesung’s comeback performance was broadcast by Mnet on February 19.

[edit] Performances in the US

Wheesung had participated in several Kpop concerts in Los Angeles, California, which include the Hollywood Bowl, and the Victory Concert. On June 19, 2009, Wheesung and Lena Park held a concert in Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall.[4] After the concert, Wheesung planned to stay in Los Angeles for a month to work on his new album with producer Lee Hyun-do. The new album will go back to the r&b/hiphop style similar to “With Me” and “Incurable Disease”. The new album is set to be released in August 2009. Wheesung also claimed in an interview that he wants to visit Pink’s Hot Dogs while in LA. On June 27 and July 4, Wheesung performed at “Insomnia Concert” and club Le Cercle in LA. On July 11, he performed at the HALO nightclub in Hollywood.

[edit] Collaborations

Wheesung has collaborated with many artists. In late 2008, Wheesung has collaborated once again with Lee Hyori who featured as his girlfriend in his music video of “별이 지다..” (Fading Star) in the “With All My Heart and Soul” album. In 2009, Wheesung seeks help from producer Lee Hyun-do, they will collaborate to produce the new album which the release date has been set in August 2009.

[edit] Label changes

Wheesung started his singer career in YG Entertainment, when his contract expired in March 2006, he changed his label to Orange Shock. In June 2009, Wheesung changed his label again from Orange Shock to POP/UP Entertainment, which houses stars like JK Kim Dong Wook and group M to M.[5] Wheesung has decided to change his label because former producer, Park Gun Tae, concentrated more on producing and working by himself. Wheesung gave thanks to Park Gun Tae for his growth as an artist and hopes to learn from him as a little brother, no longer as an artist under a producer.

Recently, he transferred to Tae Jin Ah‘s YMC Entertainment.[6]

[edit] 2011

On November 7, 2011, Wheesung enlisted and started his 2-year military service. [7]

[edit] Discography

Main article: Wheesung discography

[edit] Studio albums

  • 2002: Like a Movie
  • 2003: It’s Real
  • 2004: For the Moment
  • 2005: Love… Love…? Love…!
  • 2007: Eternal Essence of Music
  • 2009: Vocolate

[edit] Mini albums

  • 2008: With All My Heart And Soul
  • 2011: He is Coming
Wheesung discography
Studio albums 6
EPs 8
Soundtracks 4

[edit] EPs

  • 2006: Against All Odds
  • 2008: 스마일 프로젝트 Vol.2 ‘Love Seat’
  • 2009: 휘성 with D.O
  • 2009: Insomnia
  • 2010: Realslow Is Back
  • 2010: Winter Night
  • 2011: Words That Freeze My Heart

[edit] OSTs

  • 2006: 중천의 기억
  • 2009: 우리집에 왜 왔니
  • 2010: 로드 넘버원 OST part.2
  • 2010: 닥터 챔프 OST part.5

[edit] Awards

Years Awards
  • 17th Korea Entertainment Arts Awards: Best R&B Artist
  • 2011 Asia Model Awards: BBF Popular Singer Award

[edit] TV Music Show Program

  • MBC Music Camp: 1 “안되나요” (July 20, 2002)
  • SBS Popular Song(Inkigayo): #1 “안되나요” (Continuous 2 weeks – July 28, August 4, 2002)
  • MBC Music Camp: 1 “With me” (October 4, 2003)
  • SBS Popular Song(Inkigayo): Mutizen Song “With me” (Continuous 2 weeks – October 5, October 12, 2003)
  • MBC Music Camp: 1 “다시 만난 날” (Continuous 2 weeks – November 22, November 29, 2003)
  • SBS Popular Song(Inkigayo): Mutizen Song “다시 만난 날” (December 7, 2003)
  • M! Countdown: #1 “불치병” (Continuous 2 weeks – November 16, November 23, 2004)
  • MBC Music Camp: 1 “불치병” (Continuous 5 weeks – November 27, December 4, December 11, December 18, December 25, 2004)
  • SBS Popular Song(Inkigayo): Mutizen Song “Good bye luv” (Continuous 2 weeks – October 30, November 6, 2005)
  • SBS Pouplar Song(Inkigayo): Mutizen Song “일년이면” (December 11, 2005)
  • KBS Music Bank: K-Chart #1 “사랑은 맛있다♡” (September 28, 2007)
  • SBS Popular Song(Inkigayo): Mutizen Song “사랑은 맛있다♡” (October 7, 2007)
  • M! Countdown: #1 “가슴 시린 이야기” (March 24, 2011)

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