Once part of legendary group H.O.T., now, Jang Woo Hyuk is pursuing his solo career so we could not miss him during our KMusic Male Soloist Week.
Born on May 8th, 1978, Jang Woo Hyuk debuted with H.O.T., under SM Entertainment, in 1996, with the album titled “We Hate All Kinds of Violence.” In H.O.T. he was known as the Hammer Boy because of his famous dance from the group’s debut song “Candy.”
Despite H.O.T’s huge popularity, the group disbanded in 2001, and Jang Woo Hyuk, together with members Tony An and Lee Jae Won left SM Entertainment and created a trio JTL. However, heartbroken fans were not sure what to think about the new trio at first, and many of JTL’s music videos were boycotted. Everything changed when they held a guerilla concert with over 12,000 atendees.
The trio officially disbanded in 2003, and this is the point when Jang Woo Hyuk’s solo career began. He first created a dancing academy Newest Entertainment, to help talented kids develop their dancing skills.
To release his first solo album “No More Drama” in May 2005, Jang Woo Hyuk underwent a ten-month dance training course to amaze his fans even more. His song “Flip Reverse” was actually a Korean cover of Blazin’ Squad‘s song under the same title. Not long after that, he joined the military to fulfill his mandatory service, and left on December 18th, 2009.
Fans did not have to wait long, as he released his extremely successful album “I Am The Future” in May 2011, with such hits as “Time is [L] Over” and “Weekend Night.” A few months later, Jang Woo Hyuk released another album, titled “Back To The Memories” for which he collaborated with artists such as Ben, Nusoul and Urban Zakapa‘s Jo Hyunah.
Even though he has been uploading videos onto his official YouTube channel from time to time, there is no news about a comeback, so let’s keep our fingers crossed to see him performing again soon.
Article by: Karolina
Edited by: Angelspatience