Artist of the Week: Jang Woo Hyuk

Here is the Artist of the Week! Posted on Wednesdays as something to get you through the rest of the week~

This week’s artist is…

Jang Woo Hyuk

Born:  May 8, 1978

Dance Styles: Waving, Popping, Strobing, Animation, Body Shakes, Tutting

One of his role models was Michael Jackson, and he performed a song dedicated to him. He also has written songs for his mom.

Jang Woo Hyuk debuted through the group H.O.T. as the rapper.

H.O.T.

His dance skills were noticed when the group performed their hit “Candy”. With that, he got his nickname “Hammer Boy” when he did his locking dance during the song.

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When H.O.T. disbanded, he was one of three that created the group JTL. JTL went through some hardships as Lee Soo Man of SM Entertainment blocked their promotions because he was mad they left his company, (much like JYJ and DBSK).

JTL

JTL disbanded in 2003, and Jang Woo Hyuk went off to start a dance company,  Newest Entertainment.

He released a solo album in 2005, No More Drama, but before he did, he trained in dance for 10 months. He released another album in 2006 called My Way. After his second concert to promote My Way,  it was discovered that he had jaw arthritis so all other promotions for that album were canceled so he could get medical attention.

His mandatory military service had a bit of controversy because of that. He entered in the military in April 2007, but was sent back after his army training because of his jaw. Many people misunderstood and thought he was somehow getting out of his military duties. However, after 2 big surgeries within 3 months, he entered the military again in November 2007. Though, this time he had to be in the 4th level instead of 3rd, (which means he had a desk job).

Jang Woo Hyuk’s  military service was over in December 2009.

In 2010 he decided to sing in China instead of Korea. Before leaving for the military, he was very popular in Taiwan and China and did some promotions over there (though no concerts), so it wasn’t a surprising move.

I Am The Future, his 3rd album, was released in 2011 in Korea. This one had a more futuristic sound than the R&B rap-style he used in his previous two albums.

A mini album was released in November 2011 called Back to the Memories. This one was a bit more reminiscent to his pre-military music.

Very soon after that, he got a part in the Chinese drama, ‘My Sileok Girlfriend/My Forgetful Girlfriend’, which is a romantic comedy about a girl who lost her memory. He’ll be co-starring with Korean actress  Nam Gyuri. The movie is going to be released mid-2012.

Some of his music:

Sun That Never Sets

One Way

Time Is [L]over

Weekend Night

Shouting Out To Memory

Artist of the Week: HOT

Here is the Artist of the Week! Posted on Wednesdays as something to get you through the rest of the week~

This week’s artist is…

H.O.T.

It’s only right that I start off this new segment with the group that got me into Kpop in the first place!

H.O.T., which stands for Highfive of Teenagers, is one of the legendary Kpop bands. They were formed in 1996 by SM Entertainment and disbanded in 2001.

Members included:

Moon Hee Jun: The Leader
Birthday: March 14, 1978
Current: Toy
Jang Woo Hyuk: The Rapper
Birthday: May 8, 1978
Kangta: Main Vocals
 Birthday: October 10, 1979
Current: Breaka Shaka
Tony Ahn: English Rapper
Birthday: June 7, 1978
Current: Top Star
Lee Jae Won: Maknae
Birthday: April 5, 1980
Current: I’m So Hot
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 These guys deserve to be legends. Towards the end, before they disbanded, they were writing their own music. And you can’t forget their dedication. Once, leader Moon Hee Jun badly injured himself at a previous concert… but he refused to go to the hospital because he wanted to put on the last concert of 1999 with the rest of the group. Even though he couldn’t dance, he still did it. (I’m pretty sure SM Entertainment pressured him to go on since IMO they’re a horrible selfish company, but you can’t deny Hee Jun’s strength.)

Here are my favorite songs by them.

Natural Born Killer is an angry-sounding song and Candy is a cute happy song.

Two more to check out is Iyah! (another angry-sounding song written for the children that died in a school fire due to neglect) and Outside Castle.

After HOT disbanded, Kangta and Hee-jun went solo. Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony An, and Lee Jae Won created a group call JTL, which disbanded in 2003 (probably because SM Entertainment made things hard for them by blocking their TV appearances and such… just out of spite since they didn’t renew their contracts with SM Entertainment).

Where are they now? Well Kangta is over in Taiwan making music, Jang Woo Hyuk just released a new album in 2011, Moon Hee-jun is a solo rock artist, Jae Won is over in China making music, and Tony An came out with a mini album around spring 2011.