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I’ve learned to look back and appreciate my times of trial, as they are also what made me.

–V, 2017.12.10, South Korea

Kim Tae-hyung (김태형), better known by his stage name V (뷔), is a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer and actor under Big Hit Music. He is a member in the boy group BTS, and has the positions of vocalist, dancer and visual.

As a solo artist, he has released two self-composed digital singles, "풍경 (Scenery)" and "Winter Bear" in 2019. He then made his official solo debut with his first mini album Layover on September 8, 2023.

He made his acting debut under his birth name on 2016 with the drama 화랑 (Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth).[9]

Early life and education

V was born Kim Tae-hyung on December 30, 1995 in Daegu, South Korea, and grew up in Geochang County. He is the eldest of three children, with a younger brother and sister. V first aspired to be a professional singer in elementary school,and eventually began taking saxophone lessons in early middle school as a means of pursuing the career. V initially became a trainee for Big Hit Entertainment after passing an audition in Daegu.

After graduating from Korean Arts High School in 2014, V enrolled in Global Cyber University—he graduated in August 2020 with a major in Broadcasting and Entertainment. As of 2021, he is enrolled at Hanyang Cyber University, pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Advertising and Media.


2013–present: BTS

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V shooting "Singularity" comeback trailer in 2018.

On June 13, 2013, he made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet's M Countdown with the track "No More Dream" from their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. He was first credited for music composition in The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 when he co-wrote and co-produced the song "Hold Me Tight". He also contributed to writing lyrics for the song "Boyz with Fun", co-composed by fellow member SUGA. For the song "Run", V's melody was used with Jung Kook's original lyrics for the next album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2. He then did the same for a solo single called "Stigma" from the album Wings, which charted at 26 on the Gaon Music Chart and 10 on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. V has also released, unofficially, a cover of "Hug Me" with BTS bandmate j-hope as well as a cover of "Someone Like You" by Adele.

In May 2018, his second solo song, "Singularity" was released as the trailer for BTS' then upcoming third LP, Love Yourself: Tear. A month after its release, The Guardian added "Singularity" to its "Top 50 songs for the month of June 2018" playlist. Billboard included it in their Critics' list of the "Top 50 BTS songs" at number 28. The track made its UK radio debut on BBC radio on October 25. Overall, "Singularity" was generally well-received by critics and as a result, was mentioned on several year-end Critics' Choice lists. The New York Times ranked it twentieth on its list of "The 65 Best Songs of 2018", alongside "FAKE LOVE". LA Times Pop Music Critic Mikael Wood named it the fourth "best and most replay worthy song of 2018". Guardian Music Critic Laura Snapes included it as one of her favorite tracks in their “Best Music of 2018: Albums and Tracks" list.

On October 24, V became one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit medal, awarded to him by the President of South Korea along with the other members of BTS for their role in the spread of culture.

V, together with bandmate j-hope, collaborated with Swedish singer Zara Larsson on a song called "A Brand New Day" for the soundtrack album of their mobile game BTS World. It was released on June 14, 2019 and debuted at number 1 on World Digital Song Sales Chart. Eight months later, he collaborated with bandmate Jimin for the song "Friends" and he also participated in the composition and writing of his solo song, "Inner Child" on their album Map of the Soul: 7.

2016–present: Solo activities

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V shooting Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth in 2016.

In 2016, V made his acting debut with a supporting role in KBS2's historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth under his real name. He also collaborated with fellow BTS member Jin for the Hwarang soundtrack entitled "It's Definitely You". On June 8, 2017, he released "4 O'CLOCK", a song he co-produced with fellow BTS member RM, to celebrate BTS’ fourth anniversary.

V released his first full solo track outside of BTS, "Scenery", on January 30, 2019 through the group's SoundCloud page. The ballad was written and composed by V—he also photographed the cover artwork—and produced by Big Hit producer Docskim, with additional contributions from two other Big Hit producers, Pdogg and Hiss Noise. It broke SoundCloud records for reaching 100 million streams from 20 million in over fourteen days, the shortest time for the platform. Over the course of the two weeks following its release, "Scenery" broke the daily streaming record nine times.  Seven months later, he released his second solo song and his first full English song entitled "Winter Bear" through SoundCloud, accompanied by a self-directed music video via BTS' YouTube channel on August 9. He co-produced the track together with RM, Hiss Noise, and Adora. He also photographed the cover artwork using his pseudonym Vante.

In 2020, V participated in a song titled "Sweet Night" for the soundtrack of the JTBC drama Itaewon Class which was released on March 13, 2020. Produced, written and sung by V, the indie pop song is entirely in English. The song received generally favourable reviews for its composition, vocal performance and warm lyrics, and debuted at number 2 on Billboard's U.S. Digital Song Sales chart, the highest debut for a Korean soloist in the chart's history. On December 25, 2020, V released a solo track titled "Snow Flower" featuring Peakboy.

On September 8, 2023, he will make his first official debut with his mini-album "Layover".

Impact and influence

V coined the phrase "I purple you" during BTS' fanmeeting in November 2016. Ever since then, purple has become a symbol of BTS and their fans. UNICEF also used the phrase for their anti-bullying campaign in collaboration with BTS.

In 2018, Eugene Investment & Securities Co., Ltd. conducted analytical research on Google search trends relating to the K-pop industry. "V" ranked first on the chart, meaning it was the number one most searched keyword for the past five years in South Korea. In a survey conducted by Gallup Korea, V was chosen as the 4th most preferred idol of 2019; he was previously ranked 9th in 2018.

Various artists have cited him as an influence and role model, such as The Boyz's Younghoon, Hyun Jun (former The Boyz's Hwall), Golden Child's Jaehyun, K-TIGERS ZERO's Hyunmin (former Rainz's Byun Hyun-min), ATEEZ's Yeosang and Mingi, former D-CRUNCH members Jungseung and Dylan, XEED's Bao (formerly of Lucente), NewKidd's Yunmin, Boy Story's Hanyu, TXT's Beomgyu, and former Wanna One member Park Ji-hoon.


V possesses a baritone singing voice that has received a generally positive critical reception, with particular praise for his vocal range and "husky" tone. He gained wider vocal recognition for his performance of his solo song "Stigma", and was praised for his falsettos that showed off his vocal range and unique musicality. V's tonality on "Singularity", the opening track of BTS' Love Yourself: Tear (2018), was noted as a prominent "tone setter" on the album by music critic Blanca Méndez. Similarly, Katie Goh of Vice deemed it as "one of V's best vocal performances." Karen Ruffini of Elite Daily stated in their article that "V... has no problem producing super soothing, low tones that are a key element in the overall sound for BTS," with Tamar Herman from Billboard also noting that V's lower range is a prominent piece of BTS' music. V's musicality is heavily influenced by his love for jazz and classical music. Eric Benet and Ruben Studdard are among his inspirations.

As a performer, V's style is known for its "duality", or his ability to evoke various emotions on stage. British journalist Rhian Daly, writing for NME, particularly noted this when discussing V's performance of "Singularity" during the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself World Tour, describing his movements as "precise and deliberate". Crystal Bell from MTV noted V's performances often work with live cameras in concert venues, and how he utilizes them to create subtle expressions during performances.


See also: BTS Discography

Mini albums



Solo songs credited as BTS

See also unit songs credited under BTS: Units

Unofficial songs

See also: Unofficial songs

Original songs

Adapted songs

Cover songs



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Burn The Stage: The Movie Himself Screening in select Theatres
2019 BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul
Bring The Soul: The Movie
2020 Break The Silence: The Movie
2022 BTS Permission to Dance on Stage - Seoul Live broadcast and screening in select global theatres
BTS Permission to Dance on Stage - LA Disney+ release
2023 BTS: Yet To Come in Cinemas Screening in select Theatres
j-hope IN THE BOX Guest; Documentary film; Weverse and Disney+ release

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
2016 화랑 (Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth) 석한성 (Seok Han-sung) Supporting role

Variety shows

Year Title Notes
2015 놀라운 대회 스타킹 (Star King) Guest with RM (Ep.413)
안녕하세요 (Hello Counselor) Guest with RM (Ep.223)
My Pet 상담소 (My Pet Clinic) Guest with Jimin and j-hope (Ep.6)
2016 놀라운 대회 스타킹 (Star King) Guest with j-hope (Ep.433)
꽃미남 브로맨스 (Celebrity Bromance) Cast (Ep.1-4)
2022 인더숲: 우정여행 (In the SOOP: Friendcation) Cast (Ep.1-4)
2023 서진이네 (Jinny's Kitchen) Cast (Ep.1-11)
유 퀴즈 온 더 블럭 (You Quiz on the Block) Guest (Ep.210)
런닝맨 (Running Man) Guest (Ep.671)
슈취타 (Suchwita) Guest (Ep.18)

Music shows

Year Title Notes
2014 쇼! 음악중심 (Show! Music Core) Special host (Episode of November 8)
2015 Special host (Episode of May 9)
2016 뮤직뱅크 (Music Bank) Special host (Ep.814)
인기가요 (Inkigayo) Special host with j-hope (Ep.869)
2017 뮤직뱅크 in Singapore (Music Bank in Singapore) Host with Park Bo-gum and Red Velvet's Irene
인기가요 슈퍼콘서트 인 대전 (Inkigayo Super Concert in Daejeon) Host with BLACKPINK's Jisoo and GOT7's Jinyoung

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes
2012 "I'm Da One" Servant Pre-debut, Jo Kwon's music video
2018 "Daydream" Himself Deleted scene, j-hope's music video
2019 "Winter Bear" Directed by himself
2021 "교포머리 (Gyopo Hairstyle)" Waiter Cameo, Peakboy's music video
2022 "MORE" Statue Cameo, j-hope's music video
2023 "Love Me Again" Himself Music videos for solo debut
"Rainy Days"
"Slow Dancing"
2024 "Love wins all" Boyfriend Cameo, IU's music video


Year Title Role Notes
2016 "Stigma" 김태형 (Kim Tae-hyung) WINGS Short Film #3, BU content certified
2018 "Singularity" Himself LOVE YOURSELF 轉 'Tear' comeback trailer


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

Artist Album Song W C P R.
BTS No More Dream "Outro: Circle Room Cypher" [10]
Jimin and V Unofficial song "졸업송 Pt.2 (95 Graduation)" [11]
BTS The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.1 "Hold Me Tight" [12]
"흥탄소년단 (Boyz with Fun)" [13]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.2 "Run" [14]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever "Run (Ballad Mix)" [15]
"Run (Alternative Mix)" [16]
Wings "Stigma" [17]
RM and V Unofficial songs "네시 (4 O'CLOCK)" [18]
V "풍경 (Scenery)" [19]
"Winter Bear" [20]
BTS Map of the Soul: 7 "Inner Child" [21]
V Itaewon Class Original Soundtrack "Sweet Night" [22]
BTS Unofficial song "In the SOOP" [23]
BE "Blue & Grey" [24]
"Skit" [25]
V Unofficial song "Snow Flower (feat. Peakboy)" [26]
BTS Proof "흥탄소년단 (Boyz with Fun) (Demo Ver.)" [27]
"Spring Day (V Demo Ver.)" [27]

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Recipient Result
APAN Star Awards 2020 Best OST "Sweet Night" Won
2022 "Christmas Tree" Nominated
MAMA Awards 2022 Best OST Nominated
Song of the Year "Christmas Tree" (initial nominee) Nominated
Melon Music Awards 2017 Best OST "죽어도 너야 (It's Definitely You)" (with Jin) Nominated
Prêmio Anual K4US 2022 OST of the Year "Christmas Tree" Pending
Seoul International Drama Awards 2022 Outstanding Korean Drama OST Nominated
Soompi Awards 2018 Best Idol Actor Seok Han-sung in 화랑 (Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth) Won
Best Acting Ensemble Cast of 화랑 (Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth) Won
2019 Best Choreography "Singularity" Won

State honors

Country or Organization Year Honor or Award
National Tax Service Gyeonggi-do 2022 Conscientious taxpayer from Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do

World records

Publication Year World record
Guinness World Records 2021 Fastest time to reach 1 million followers on Instagram
Fastest time to reach 10 million followers on Instagram


  • His nicknames are: TaeTae, Blank Tae, CGV
  • He is 28 years old in the US age and 30 years old in the Korean age.
  • His zodiac sign is Capricorn
  • His favorite number is 10
  • He loves bright weather
  • His favorite season is Fall
  • His favorite colors are black, white, green and grey.
  • His favorite foods are: any type of meat and Japchae.
  • Before he received his stage name, he had the choice of picking either Six, Lex, or V, and he chose V, because it stands for victory
  • He used to play the saxophone, since his dad said that a singer should play at least one instrument
  • His favorite subject in school is Music
  • He and Jimin used to be classmates in high school
  • V's role model is his dad who takes care of V and his siblings and listens to everything they say.
  • If he wasn't a performer he would be a saxophonist or a farmer.
  • He has a pet dog named SoonShim.
  • He loves Panda Express.
  • He ranked 1st place in "The Most Handsome Faces of 2017".
  • He got a adorable puppy named Yeontan/큰탄 in early 2018.
  • He is very sociable and he has a lot of friends who are also idols. Some example are: Baekhyun (EXO), Park Bo Gum (who supported him before he became successful) and more.
  • People used to say he has 4D, called him 'alien', but Taehyung doesn't like it.
  • He used to post pictures with his signature name Vante, a combination of V his stage name and Ante from his favorite photographer Ante Badzim.
  • His voice is most distinguishable from other members for its deep, husky vocal range.
  • He almost debuted as a rapper in BTS rather than a vocalist.
  • He can speak fluent Korean and Japanese, as well as basic English.
  • When V's teaser image was released, 5 fan clubs were created.
  • He has his driver's license.
  • He is the pickiest eater out of all of the members.
  • He is known for his love of classical and jazz music.
  • When he has concerns, he shares them with Jimin and Jin.
  • His favorite clothing brand is Gucci.
  • He has been named the most fashionable in the group.
  • He has an interest in the visual arts, including photography and painting.
  • His motto include: "Live life coolly as much as you can," and "Since life happens only once, waking up at ease in the morning and working to your best ability is the best thing you can do."
  • He likes amusement parks.
  • He is ambidextrous.
  • His family has been hit with poverty before.
  • His three requirements for happiness are family, health, and honor.
  • He says that his ideal date includes going to an amusement park or a nearby nature park.
  • His favorite type of skinship is holding hands.
  • He has a bad habit of biting his nails.
  • He likes to search for obscure good songs in his free time.
  • He likes to watch anime.
  • He loves playing the saxophone.
  • He describes himself as a monkey.
  • If he had a superpower, it would be to talk to cars.
  • He hates wearing shoes.
  • He stated that he wants to marry his first love. His ideal type is someone who takes care of him and does a lot of aegyo. He wants someone who is charming and wears chic clothing and wide pants.
  • He is afraid of heights.
  • His Spotify playlist is titled: V's Join Me.
  • He likes the painting 'Starry Night' by Van Gogh. He has a picture of it hanging in his dorm room as well a phone case of it.
  • He mentioned when he was younger, he went to the zoo and got spit on by a chimpanzee.
  • His BT21 character is a red anthropomorphic heart named Tata. They wear a blue onesie with yellow polka-dots.
  • He loves dogs a lot.
  • His favorite singer is John Legend.
  • His favorite hair color is red. [28]
  • He became part of the dance lineup when they started preparing for their Love Yourself: Tear comeback.
  • He came up with the infamous saying "보라해" (Borahae, I purple you). This phrase, as well as the color purple itself, has great significance and has become a trademark for BTS/ARMY. Purple is seen as a color that indicates long-lasting trust, love, and affection. This phrase is BTS' way of showing their love and trust for ARMY.
  • In 2017, he was in a television series called Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth.
  • He is close friends with Park Seo Joon and Park Hyung Sik as they all three starred in a South Korean television series .
  • He ranked 1st place in 100 Most Handsome Men of 2018[29].
  • His favorite items are: his computer, big dolls, clothes, shoes, accessories, and anything unique.
  • He has one single eyelid and one double eyelid.
  • He clenches his teeth while he sleeps.
  • He can only drink one glass of beer before he gets drunk.
  • He doesn’t like coffee, but loves hot cocoa.
  • He can dance in high heels.[30]
  • He has a habit of collecting ties.[31]
  • According to Yahoo Taiwan poll, V is the most popular BTS member in Taiwan.
  • He can climb a tree but he can’t get back down.
  • Has a total of 5 ear piercings. (2 on the right, and 3 on the left)
  • He has been officially recognized by the KMCA (Korean Music Copyright Association) as a songwriter/producer; as he wrote and composed his song "Scenery" himself.
  • He is the member with the most pets, having 5 in total. (4 dogs and 1 cat)
  • He revealed in a Weverse reply that he has a chronic medical condition called cholinergic urticaria, whereby the afflicted person gets too warm, their skin breaks out in hives.



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  1. BTS' V and Ante (aka #Vante) have inspired a new wave of budding photographers
  2. "V said that fans called him “CGV” [also the name of a cinema franchise] because they say he has facial features that are so perfect that they look like they were made with computer graphics (CG)." from Soompi
  3. V's profile on BTS Official Website
  4. V's Profile on Naver (deleted)
  5. V on Weverse (February 14, 2024)
  6. V's profile on BTS Japan Official Fanclub [1]
  7. V's post in Weverse (October 19, 2021)
  8. YouTube: BTS (방탄소년단) MBTI Lab 1
  9. BTS’s V Debuting as an Actor Using His Real Name
  10. Information of the Song "Outro: Circle Room Cypher" on Melon
  11. 95 graduation by Jimin & V of BTS on Soundcloud
  12. Information of the Song "Hold Me Tight" on Melon
  13. Information of the Song "Boyz with Fun" on Melon
  14. Information of the Song "Run" on Melon
  15. Information of the Song "Run (Ballad Mix)" on Melon
  16. Information of the Song "Run (Alternative Mix)" on Melon
  17. Information of the Song "Stigma" on Melon
  18. 네시 (4 O'CLOCK) - R&V on Soundcloud
  19. 풍경 by V of BTS on Soundcloud
  20. Winter Bear on Bangtan Blog
  21. Information of the Song "Inner Child" on Melon
  22. Information of the Song "Sweet Night" on Melon
  23. Korean Music Copyright Association (KOMCA). Enter "IN THE SOOP" or "100003014323" in the field "Title and/or Alternative title" and hit enter.
  24. Information of the Song "Blue & Grey" on Melon
  25. Information of the Song "Skit" on Melon
  26. Snow Flower by V of BTS (feat. Peakboy) on Soundcloud
  27. 27.0 27.1 @BIGHIT_MUSIC on Twitter: #BTS #방탄소년단 #BTS_Proof Tracklist CD 3 (May 10, 2022)
  28. (Buzzfeed Puppy interview 2018)
  29. “Most Handsome Men in the World 2018”
  30. (Star King 151605)
  31. (DNA Comeback Show)