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Kim Sunggyu
Also known asKim Sung Kyu
Born(1989-04-28) April 28, 1989 (age 25)
OriginJeollabuk-do, South Korea
GenresK-pop, dance, rock, pop, R&B
OccupationsSinger, dancer, lyricist, songwriter
Years active2010–present
LabelsWoollim Entertainment
SM Culture and Contents
Associated actsInfinite
 
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Kim Sunggyu
Also known asKim Sung Kyu
Born(1989-04-28) April 28, 1989 (age 25)
OriginJeollabuk-do, South Korea
GenresK-pop, dance, rock, pop, R&B
OccupationsSinger, dancer, lyricist, songwriter
Years active2010–present
LabelsWoollim Entertainment
SM Culture and Contents
Associated actsInfinite
Korean name
Hangul김성규
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGim Seong-gyu
McCune–ReischauerKim Sŏng-gyu

Kim Sunggyu (Korean: 김성규; Chinese: 金聖圭; Japanese: キム・ソンギュ; born April 28, 1989) Commonly known as Sunggyu (officially spelt as Sungkyu), is a South Korean idol, singer and dancer. He is the leader and lead vocalist of the Korean boy group Infinite under Woollim Entertainment. He made his debut as a solo artist on November 7, 2012.

Biography[edit]

Kim Sunggyu was born on April 28, 1989 in Jeonju, South Korea. He attended Jeonju National University High School and was in the school rock band called "Beat." When Sunggyu first told his parents about his dream to become a singer, they rejected it because they wanted him to have a normal life and told him they'd rather he leave the house instead. He continued to practice in secret and came to Seoul alone to pursue his dreams after graduating from high school. In 2007, he auditioned for SM Entertainment but failed to make the cut, and auditioned once more in 2008 only to fail again. Due to his admiration for rock band Nell, he initially auditioned at Woollim Entertainment under the recommendation of Nell's manager whom he'd met coincidentally at the cafe where he worked at part-time. With a hurting stomach, Sunggyu went to his audition and lightly threatened them by saying, "If you don't pick me, I'm going to bother you forever." Afterwards he rushed to the hospital immediately and got an appendectomy. On the day of his release, he received the notification that he had passed his audition. Originally intending to pursue rock music in a band, Sunggyu instead became a trainee for the dance group Infinite, of which he would later assume the positions of Leader and Main Vocalist. Despite being criticized by his school friends, he believed that it was an opportunity nonetheless and persisted. In 2010, Sunggyu finally made his debut with Infinite on June 9.

On February 15, 2013 Sunggyu graduated from Daekyung University's Practical Music program and received along with members L, Sungyeol, Hoya, and Dongwoo, the 'Proud Daekyung University Student award' in hopes that the group would continue to grow and bring prestige to the school. The members had been accepted through a special screened admittance in early 2011.

Sunggyu is currently a student of Practical Music at Hoseo University.

Career[edit]

Infinite[edit]

Main article: Infinite (band)

In 2010, Sunggyu made his debut with Infinite with the single "Come Back Again" as the group's leader and lead vocalist. In 2010 he was playing the guitar in Epik High's music video "Run".

Solo career[edit]

2011 - 2012[edit]

Sunggyu along with Infinite members Sungyeol and Sungjong became the special DJs for Super Junior's Kiss the Radio while Super Junior's Leeteuk and Eunhyuk were away. They were in charge of the radio broadcast from October 24 to the 30th.[1]

Sunggyu made his debut as a musical actor, along with band member Woohyun, in the musical "Gwanghwamun Sonata".[2] Sunggyu plays the role of Jiyong, the son of the female lead. The musical lasted from January 3 to March 11, 2012.

In May 2012, it was announced that Sunggyu would join Immortal Song 2 as a fixed member alongside Super Junior's Ryeowook.[3] His first performance on the show was aired on June 23. In July, it was announced that he would be leaving the show due to Infinite's oversea promotions.[4] His final episode aired on August 25.

On an episode of Weekly Idol, Sunggyu and Infinite member Hoya became the special MC for a week.

Sunggyu was the first member out of Infinite to release a solo album, titled Another Me. Nell's Kim Jongwan composed the single "Shine" and was given to Sunggyu as a gift. The single was pre-released on November 7. On this album, Sunggyu worked with Sweetune to create the modern rock lead single "60 Seconds". For the MV filming, fellow Infinite member L starred as the main character. Sunggyu also personally participated in writing the lyrics for his single "41 Days".[5] Despite a short promotion period of three weeks, the album was well received and became the top selling physical album for the month of November with 62,958 copies sold.[6] The album ranked at #22 for Gaon Chart's yearly physical album chart for 2012.[7]

2013[edit]

In January, Sunggyu was confirmed to be a fixed cast on JTBC Lee Soo-geun and Kim Byung-man’s High Society 2 along with Super Junior's Shindong.[8] The first episode was aired on February 9. It was revealed that the show broadcast on the 16th managed to achieve double the rating from the previous week. The rating for the broadcast on the 16th was 1.6% when it was only 0.7% the week before.[9] The show aired its final episode on June 15.

In early February, the drummer that featured in Sunggyu's music videos for "60 Seconds" and "I Need You" committed suicide after going through a long period of depression. He was a friend of Sunggyu's and of Infinite.[10]

Sunggyu made a cameo appearance in KBS's new sitcom A Bit of Love alongside four other idols, MBLAQ's G.O., KARA's Seungyeon, ZE:A's Siwan, and SECRET's Ji Eun. According to representatives, they’ll appear as the younger versions of the five main characters for about three weeks. Sunggyu will be playing the younger version of Lee Hoon.[11]

Sunggyu was confirmed for tvN's new reality program, The Genius: Rules of the Game, alongside 12 other representative figures from different fields of work such as TV personalities, politicians, gamblers, and more. The premise of the show is that participants must use their brain power to find a winning formula and win the game through betrayal and the elimination of their competitors. The winner is to receive about 100 million KRW (approximately $90,000 USD). The first episode which earned Sunggyu the tile of 'Icon of Betrayal' was broadcast on April 26 on tvN. Sunggyu finished in 4th place in a disappointing elimination as he had been considered the player with the strongest game ability.

In September, Sunggyu and fellow Infinite member L made a guest appearance on SBS Running Man's Idol Special with twelve other idols from groups such as MBLAQ, Sistar, 2PM, A Pink, Girl's Day, and Beast. In addition, Sunggyu was also featured in KBS2's new variety show "The Sea I Wanted", which tells the story of six men's travel and experience on the open sea. The show is initially planned for a three episode pilot with the first episode airing on September 11.[12]

In October, he featured in rapper Kanto's debut single "What U Want". It's his first time featuring since debut.

In December, he made another guest appearance on SBS Running Man episode 179 with Rainbow Jaekyung, Lee DongWook and many more...

Discography[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

YearShowSong TitleArtist
2012MBC What is Mom"She's a Fantasy"with Infinite

Solo Songs[edit]

YearAlbumSong TitleLyricsMusicArranged ByDuration
2011Over the Top"Because"Lee JunghoonLee Junghoon-3:52
2012Another Me"Another Me (Intro)"-Han BoramHan Boram1:07
60 SecondsSong SooyoonHan Jaeho, Kim Seungsoo, & YUEYue & Hong Seunghyun3:34
I Need YouLee JunghoonLee JunghoonLee Junghoon3:43
Only Tears (Acoustic Ver.)Song SooyoonHan Jaeho & Kim SeungsooHan Boram3:52
ShineKim JongwanKim JongwanKim Jongwan4:36
41 DaysLee Junghoon & Kim SunggyuLee JunghoonLee Junghoon4:11

Album[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsGaon Sales
KOR20122013 (Ongoing)
Another Me
  • Released: November 19, 2012
  • Label: Woollim Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1[13]11,198 [14]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Filmography[edit]

Drama[edit]

YearTitleTypeNetworkRole
2012The Thousandth ManDramaMBCHimself (Cameo)
2013Pure LoveDramaKBSLee Hoon (Young)

Variety Shows[edit]

YearTitleNetworkNotes
2010You are my oppaMnetPre-debut reality show
2010ScandalMnet-
2011Sesame PlayerMnet-
2011Birth of a FamilyKBS-
2012Ranking KingMnet-
2011 - 2013Weekly IdolMBCMC for Infinite's Jeju Island Special and Tasty episode
2012Immortal Song 2KBS2Appeared for 8 episodes
2013Happy Together 3KBS2"Weak Men" episode
2013Lee Soo Geun and Kim Byung Man’s High SocietyJTBC-
2013Radio StarMBC"Interesting People" episode
2013The Genius: Rules of the GametvNReality Program
2013Infinity ChallengeMBCSummer Variety Camp
2013Running ManSBSAppearance with Infinite's L
2013The Sea I WantedKBS2Pilot show
2014Running ManSBSEpisode 179 & 180
2014This is INFINITEMnet-
2014The Genius: Rules of the Game 2tvNGuest
2014Happy Together 3KBS2Guest
2014We Got MarriedMBCGuest

References[edit]

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