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Bang Si-Hyuk (방시혁), also known as "HitmanBang (stylized as "hitman" bang) is a South Korean lyricist, composer, producer, and record executive. He is the founder and co-CEO of HYBE Corporation and Big Hit Music (formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment).

One of the fifty richest people in South Korea according to Forbes Asia, Bang Si-Hyuk is the only billionaire in the South Korean entertainment industry. As of July 2021, he is reportedly worth an estimated $3.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Early life and education[]

Bang Si-hyuk was born to Bang Geuk-yoon, former president of the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Corporation at the Korea Social Insurance Research Institute,[1] and his wife, Choi Myung-ja.[2] He has a younger sister.[3]

Bang developed a passion for music from an early age, having grown up in a musical home, but was discouraged from pursuing a career in the industry by his parents.[4][5] Bang formed a band with his friends while in middle school and wrote and performed songs he composed. He attended Kyunggi High School before graduating from Seoul National University with a degree in aesthetics.[6]

His distant relative, Bang Jun-hyu+k, is the founder of Netmarble, South Korea's largest mobile-gaming company,[7] while his maternal uncle, politician and former journalist Choi Kyu-sik, was appointed as the South Korean ambassador to Hungary in 2018.[8]

Career[]

Bang debuted as a composer while in college. In 1994, he won the Yoo Jae-ha Music Contest and began his career in earnest writing and producing songs. He met Park Jin-young in 1997, and the pair often partnered together as a songwriting duo. When Park founded his company JYP Entertainment, Bang joined him as a composer, arranger and producer. One of their early successes was the first-generation group g.o.d. Some of g.o.d's most famous songs arranged by Bang include "One Candle" and "Road". He's stage name "Hitman" originated from this period, when g.o.d enjoyed success as one of the country's best-selling and most popular boy bands of the early 2000s, earning himself and Park a reputation as "hit makers". Besides g.o.d, Bang has produced or composed for many other artists, including veterans Im Chang-jung and Park Ji-yoon, singer-actor Rain, groups Wonder Girls, 2AM, Teen Top, and the R&B singer Baek Ji-young.

In 2005, Bang left JYP and founded his own company, Big Hit Entertainment, where he continued to write, compose and produce for its artists. Under the Big Hit label, he signed up RM, at age 15, who would go on to lead the boy band BTS. He co-wrote six songs for BTS in their 2016 album WINGS. Its success garnered Bang the Best Producer Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Songwriter Award at the Melon Music Awards that year. In June 2018, he was named one of Variety's International Music Leaders due to BTS' achievements.

In April 2019, Bloomberg estimated Bang's worth to be about $770 million. The Big Hit IPO filed in October 2020 was the largest seen in South Korea in three years and skyrocketed Bang's net worth to $2.8 billion, making him the only billionaire in South Korea's entertainment industry and the sixth-richest person in the country. The success of the IPO, together with the commercial success of BTS that year, Bang's steps into diversification with apps like Weverse, and acquisitions of companies like Source Music and Pledis Entertainment among others, landed him on the 2020 edition of Variety500, an annual index of the 500 most influential business leaders in the global media industry.

In June 2021, Forbes Asia published its annual list of Korea's 50 Richest People. One of only two newcomers to the ranking, Bang was listed as the 16th richest person in South Korea. On July 1, following an organizational restructuring, HYBE Corporation announced Bang's resignation as CEO of the company to return his focus to music production. He was replaced by Park Ji-won, but retained his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bang is worth an estimated $3.2 billion as of July 2021.

Bang was featured on the cover of the April 2022 issue of Time magazine, together with BTS, following the release of the outlet's annual list of the 100 Most Influential Companies in March. Later that month, he received an honorary doctorate in Business from Seoul National University (SNU) — he is the first figure in the entertainment industry to be awarded such—in recognition of his "contribution to the development and innovation of the nation's cultural and entertainment industry" and for his "role in turning K-pop into a global pop music culture".

Comparing K-pop and the music scene in the West[]

When asked by Time magazine about the perception that in the K-pop industry, material is assigned by adults or committees to young artists, Bang expressed that in the West, there exists a fantasy where good music comes only from rock stars who act true to their individuality. An artist in the West usually works under the radar for many years before getting picked up by a major label. In Korea, more time is spent as a trainee, and good performances can appeal to an audience as well as original music can. It cannot be said for certain which system is better.[9]

Philanthropy[]

In October 2022, Bang donated 5 billion won (approximately $3.5 million) to the Community Chest of Korea.[10] On February 17, 2023, Bang donated 200 million won to help 2023 Turkey–Syria earthquake, by donating money through Save the Children.[11]

Production discography[]

Year Artist Album Notes
2007 Wonder Girls The Wonder Years N/A
2009 Taegoon 1st Mini Album
2010 2AM Saint o'Clock
2011 Lee Hyun You Are the Best of My Life
Homme Homme by "Hitman" Bang
Lee Seung-gi Tonight
Teen Top Roman With composer Park Chang-hyeon
2012 Lee Hyun The Healing Echo N/A
2013 BTS 2 COOL 4 SKOOL Co-produced with Pdogg
O!RUL8,2?
2014 Skool Luv Affair N/A
Skool Luv Affair Special Addition
NO MORE DREAM -Japanese Ver.-
BOY IN LUV -Japanese Ver.-
DARK & WILD
DANGER -Japanese Ver.-
WAKE UP
2015 화양연화 Pt.1
FOR YOU
화양연화 Pt.2
I NEED U (Japanese Ver.)
RUN -Japanese Ver.-
2016 화양연화 Young Forever
YOUTH
WINGS
2017 YOU NEVER WALK ALONE
LOVE YOURSELF 承 'Her'
2018 LOVE YOURSELF 轉 'Tear'
LOVE YOURSELF 結 'Answer'
IZ Angel "Angel" with Supreme Boi; co-composed "Granulate" with Kim Do-hoon
2019 TXT The Dream Chapter: Star N/A
BTS MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA
BTS World: Original Soundtrack
TXT The Dream Chapter: Magic
2020 GFriend 回:Labyrinth
BTS MAP OF THE SOUL : 7
TXT The Dream Chapter: Eternity
GFriend 回:Song of the Sirens
BTS MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 ~ THE JOURNEY ~
TXT Minisode1: Blue Hour
GFriend 回:Walpurgis Night Co-wrote "MAGO"; production and writing credits in "Apple" and "Labyrinth"
ENHYPEN Border: Day One N/A
2021 Border: Carnival
TXT The Chaos Chapter: Freeze
SEVENTEEN Your Choice
TXT The Chaos Chapter: Fight or Escape
ENHYPEN Dimension: Dilemma
2022 Dimension: Answer
LE SSERAFIM Fearless Executive Producer
TXT minisode 2: Thursday's Child N/A
ENHYPEN Manifesto: Day 1
LE SSERAFIM Antifragile Executive Producer
2023 TXT The Name Chapter: Temptation N/A
LE SSERAFIM Unforgiven Executive Producer

Credits[]

◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer, W = Writing, C = Composer, P = Producer

BTS Discography[]

Year Album Song W C P R.
2013 2 COOL 4 SKOOL "We Are Bulletproof Pt.2" [12]
"Skit: On the Start Line" [13]
"No More Dream" [14]
"길 (Road/Path)" [15]
O!RUL8,2? "N.O" [16]
2014 Skool Luv Affair "상남자 (Boy In Luv)" [17]
Skool Luv Affair Special Addition "Miss Right" [18]
DARK & WILD "Danger" [19]
"이불킥 (Embarrassed)" [20]
2015 DANGER -Japanese Ver.- "MISS RIGHT -Japanese Ver.-" [21]
WAKE UP "Danger -Japanese Ver.-" [22]
"BOY IN LUV -Japanese Ver.-" [23]
"NO MORE DREAM -Japanese Ver.-" [24]
"N.O -Japanese Ver.-" [25]
화양연화 Pt.1 "I Need U" [26]
"Skit: Expectation!" [27]
"쩔어 (Dope)" [28]
"흥탄소년단 (Boyz with Fun)" [29]
화양연화 Pt.2 "Run" [30]
"Butterfly" [31]
"Whalien 52" [32]
"Ma City" [33]
"Skit: One Night in a Strange City" [34]
"고엽 (Autumn Leaves)" [35]
"Outro: House of Cards" [36]
2016 화양연화 Young Forever "Butterfly (Prologue Mix)" [37]
"불타오르네 (Fire)" [38]
"Epilogue: Young Forever" [39]
"House Of Cards (Full Length Edition)" [40]
YOUTH "Introduction: Youth" [41]
WINGS "피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)" [42]
"Lie" [43]
"Stigma" [44]
"Awake" [45]
"21세기 소녀 (21st Century Girl)" [46]
"둘!셋! (그래도 좋은 날이더 많기를) (2! 3!)" [47]
2017 YOU NEVER WALK ALONE "봄날 (Spring Day)" [48]
"Not Today" [49]
"A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone" [50]
LOVE YOURSELF 承 'Her' "Intro: Serendipity" [38]
"DNA" [39]
"Best Of Me" [40]
"Pied Piper" [41]
"MIC Drop" [42]
"고민보다 Go (Go Go)" [43]
"Skit: 망설임과 두려움 (Skit: Hesitation and Fear)" [44]
"MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) (Feat. Desiigner)" [45]
2018 FACE YOURSELF "Intro: Ringwanderung" [46]
LOVE YOURSELF 轉 'Tear' "FAKE LOVE" [47]
"Airplane Pt.2" [48]
"Anpanman" [49]
"So What" [50]
"FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix)" [51]
LOVE YOURSELF 結 'Answer' "Euphoria" [52]
"Serendipity (Full Length Edition)" [53]
"Epiphany" [54]
"IDOL" [55]
"DNA (Pedal 2 LA Mix)" [56]
"IDOL (feat. Nicki Minaj)" [57]
2019 MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA "작은 것들을 위한 시 (Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)" [58]
"Jamais Vu" [59]
BTS World: Original Soundtrack "Heartbeat" [60]
Lights/Boy With Luv "Boy With Luv (Japanese Ver.)" [61]
2022 Proof "상남자 (Boy In Luv) (Demo Ver.) " [62]
"흥탄소년단 (Boyz with Fun) (Demo Ver.)" [63]
"봄날 (Spring Day) (V Demo Ver.)" [64]
"For Youth" [65]

Other artists[]

Album Song Artist Writing Composer Producer Ref.
TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

References[]

  1. 방탄소년단 탄생시킨 방시혁의 아버지 방극윤 전 이사장 “나는 기타 하나 사준 것 밖에 없습니다”
  2. [방시혁 대표의 어머니 최명자 여사] 온유하며 강인한 어머니의 사랑이 이룬 결실
  3. [쿠키人터뷰] ‘히트 메이커’ 방시혁 “미쓰에이 보고 충격 받았다”
  4. 방시혁, 서울대 강의 "완전체아이돌 나올 것"
  5. "Bang Si-hyuk: from 'hitman' to 'motivator'"
  6. [Who Is...?] 방시혁 빅히트엔터테인먼트 대표이사
  7. "[기업 포커스] 손 맞잡은 '친척' 방준혁·방시혁"
  8. 文정부 첫 재외공관장 인사, 60명 교체…'非외교관' 공관장 증가(종합)
  9. "The Mastermind Behind BTS Explains the K-Pop Group's Success"
  10. "HYBE founder Bang Si-hyuk donates $3.5 million to Community Chest of Korea"
  11. "방시혁, 튀르키예 시리아 지진 피해자 위해 2억원 기부"
  12. Information of the Song "We Are Bulletproof Pt.2" on Melon
  13. Information of the Song "Skit: On the Start Line" on Genius
  14. Information of the Song "No More Dream" on Melon
  15. Information of the Song "Road/Path" on Genius
  16. Information of the Song "N.O" on Melon
  17. Information of the Song "Boy In Luv" on Melon
  18. Information of the Song "Miss Right" on Melon
  19. Information of the Song "Danger" on Melon
  20. Information of the Song "Embarrassed" on Melon
  21. Information of the Song "MISS RIGHT -Japanese Ver.-" on Melon
  22. Information of the Song "Danger -Japanese Ver.-" on Melon
  23. Information of the Song "BOY IN LUV -Japanese Ver.-" on Melon
  24. Information of the Song "NO MORE DREAM -Japanese Ver.-" on Melon
  25. Information of the Song "N.O -Japanese Ver.-" on Melon
  26. Information of the Song "I Need U" on Melon
  27. Information of the Song "Skit: Expectation!" on Melon
  28. Information of the Song "Dope" on Melon
  29. Information of the Song "Boyz with Fun" on Melon
  30. Information of the Song "Run" on Melon
  31. Information of the Song "Butterfly" on Melon
  32. Information of the Song "Whalien 52" on Melon
  33. Information of the Song "Ma City" on Melon
  34. Information of the Song "Skit: One Night in a Strange City" on Melon
  35. Information of the Song "Autumn Leaves" on Melon
  36. Information of the Song "Outro: House of Cards" on Melon
  37. Information of the Song "Butterfly (Prologue Mix)" on Melon
  38. 38.0 38.1 Information of the Song "Fire" on Melon
  39. 39.0 39.1 Information of the Song "Epilogue: Young Forever" on Melon
  40. 40.0 40.1 Information of the Song "House Of Cards (Full Length Edition)" on Melon
  41. 41.0 41.1 Information of the Song "Introduction: Youth" on Melon
  42. 42.0 42.1 Information of the Song "Blood Sweat & Tears" on Melon
  43. 43.0 43.1 Information of the Song "Lie" on Melon
  44. 44.0 44.1 Information of the Song "Stigma" on Melon
  45. 45.0 45.1 Information of the Song "Awake" on Melon
  46. 46.0 46.1 Information of the Song "21st Century Girl" on Melon
  47. 47.0 47.1 Information of the Song "2! 3!" on Melon
  48. 48.0 48.1 Information of the Song "Spring Day" on Melon
  49. 49.0 49.1 Information of the Song "Not Today" on Melon
  50. 50.0 50.1 Information of the Song "A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone" on Melon
  51. Information of the Song "FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix)" on Melon
  52. Information of the Song "Euphoria" on Melon
  53. Information of the Song "Serendipity (Full Length Edition)" on Melon
  54. Information of the Song "Epiphany" on Melon
  55. Information of the Song "IDOL" on Melon
  56. Information of the Song "DNA (Pedal 2 LA Mix)" on Melon
  57. Information of the Song "IDOL (feat. Nicki Minaj)" on Melon
  58. Information of the Song "Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)" on Melon
  59. Information of the Song "Jamais Vu" on Melon
  60. Information of the Song "Heartbeat" on Melon
  61. Information of the Song "Boy With Luv (Japanese Ver.)" on Melon
  62. Information of the Song "Boy In Luv (Demo Ver.)" on Genius
  63. Information of the Song "Boyz with Fun (Demo Ver.)" on Genius
  64. Information of the Song "Spring Day (V Demo Ver.)" on Genius
  65. Information of the Song "For Youth" on Melon
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