Jang Hyun-seung (Hangul: 장현승; born September 3, 1989) most often credited as Hyunseung, is a South Korean singer. He is best known as a former member of the boy group Beast, under the label Cube Entertainment. With Beast, he has released singles and albums in both Korean and Japanese. Beast won the Artist of the Year (Daesang) award at the Melon Music Awards in 2011.
Family and personal life
In 2004, at the age of 15, Hyunseung took part in auditions for YG Entertainment. He was eliminated in the second round, but went to see CEO Yang Hyun-suk afterwards out of frustration at being eliminated and was accepted as a trainee.
For a year and four months, Hyunseung was a trainee for the boy group Big Bang. During this time, he used the stage name "So-1," a homonym for the Korean word for wish. He first gained media attention when he appeared in the group's pre-debut "Big Bang Documentary," along with members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri. He appeared in 10 out of 11 episodes, but was cut from the group in a final elimination round with Seungri. Yang Hyun-suk felt that Hyunseung's expressiveness and stage presence were underdeveloped at the time. Fellow Beast member, Yoon Doo-joon decided to become a singer after watching the Big Bang documentary featuring Hyunseung. Hyunseung refers to his experiences at YG as important to his development as an artist.
Hyunseung later met future fellow band member Yang Yo-seob while they were working as dancers for a show performance team. Yoseob convinced Hyunseung to join Cube Entertainment, leading to him debuting with Beast.
The group has released 3 Korean albums, 9 Korean extended plays and various singles. In December 2010, Hyunseung teamed up with fellow member Lee Gi-kwang in a sub-unit to write and compose an R&B track as part of the group's digital album, My Story.
On May 7, 2015, Hyunseung released his solo debut extended play, My. Other than BEAST's tracks, Hyunseung's album had more influences on hip-hop culture and pop culture in his preference, such as title track "Ma First" featuring Giriboy and "Break Up With Him" featuring Dok2.
In December 2011, Hyunseung formed a unit with label mate 4Minute's Hyuna called Trouble Maker. Trouble Maker debuted with their self-named lead single and extended play, Trouble Maker. On October 28, 2013, the group released their second extended play, Chemistry.
In April 2014, Hyunseung was cast in the musical Bonnie & Clyde. He performed as the lead character, Clyde, from April 15 to June 29, 2014 at the BBC Art Center along with other artists, including SHINee‘s Key, ZE:A‘s Park Hyung Sik, Kahi, and Oh So Yeon.
In April 2016, Hyunseung was nominated and won "Best Male Artist (South Korea)" at the 4th Annual V-Chart Music Awards in China.
Departure from BEAST
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|"Ma First" (featuring Giriboy)||2015||28||MY|
|"Break up With Him" (featuring Tokki)||70|
Other charted songs
|"I Said I Love You"||—|
Features & OST
|2011||05.09||“Loving U”||Yoon Doojoon, Jang Hyunseung, Yang Yoseob||All My Love OST|
|2012||07.03||“나는 나는 음악” (“I Am, I’m Music”)||Jang Hyunseung for Mozart! Musical||-|
|2013||01.03||“일년전에” (“One Year Ago”)||Jang Hyun-seung, Jung Eun-ji, and Kim Nam-joo||‘A CUBE’ FOR SEASON #WHITE|
|2006||Big Bang Documentary||MTV|
|2009||MTV B2ST||SBS MTV||Reality TV Program with Beast|
|2010||MTV Beast Almighty|
|SHIN PD Variety Show||SBS||Guest with Beast|
|2011||Exciting Cube TV||Mnet Japan|
|2012||Win Win (승승장구)||KBS||Guest with Beast, Ep. 103|
|Hello Counsellor||TV Show (KBS)||Guest with Beast, Ep. 88|
|Weekly Idol||MBC||Ep. 58-59 with Beast|
|2012 Idol Star Athletics Championships||With Beast|
|2013||Immortal Song 2||TV Show (KBS)|
|Hello Counsellor||Guest with Beast, Ep. 138|
|Weekly Idol||MBC||Ep. 109-110 with Beast|
|2014||Immortal Song 2||KBS|
|Weekly Idol||MBC Every1||Guest with Beast, Ep. 151|
|Burning the Beast||MBC Every1||Season 2 with Beast|
|TV Entertainment Tonight||SBS||With Beast|
|2015||Weekly Idol||MBC Every1||Guest (with Beast), Ep. 209|
|2016||Hit The Stage||Mnet||Contestant, Ep. 3-8|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Top Male Artist-Korea||Hyunseung||Won|
- "I Said I Love You" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked at number 95 on the Gaon Download Chart.