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–V, 2017.12.10, South Korea
Kim Tae-hyung (김태형) known by his stage name, V (뷔) is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is one of the vocalists, lead dancers and visual of BTS.
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.
2013–present: BTSOn 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 Jungkook'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, 2018, 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 Korean culture.
2016–present: Solo activitiesIn 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 BTS' SoundCloud page. The song was first teased at the 2019 Seoul Music Awards, and later on BTS' Twitter page. The ballad song was written and composed by V (who also photographed the cover artwork), produced by Big Hit Entertainment producer Docskim, and featured additional contributions from 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, setting the record at 11 million streams in one day. The song received generally favorable reviews following its release, with particular praise directed to the nostalgic and sentimental qualities of the lyrics, which were equated to a diary entry.
Impact and influence
V crosses his arms, his right hand holding a microphone, and looks left V in Kobe, Japan during The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage Tour, March 23, 2016. 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 he ranked as the 9th most preferred idol of 2018.
Various artists have cited him as an influence and role model, such as The Boyz's Younghoon and Hwall, Golden Child's Jaehyun, Rainz's Byun Hyun-min, Ateez's Yeosang and Mingi, D-Crunch's Jungseung and Dylan, Lucente's Bao, NewKidd's Yunmin, Boy Story's Hanyu, TXT's Beomgyu, and former Wanna One member Park Ji-hoon.
V is a baritone. 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." Tamar Herman from Billboard said that "with a wide range and a deep tone, V’s expressive vocals are a mainstay to BTS' sound."
See also: BTS Discography
- "It's Definitely You" from Hwarang OST Part.2 (with Jin) (2017)
- "Sweet Night" from Itaewon Class OST Part.12 (2020)
See also: Unofficial songs
- "Beautiful" (with J-Hope, Jimin and Jungkook) (2013)
- "A Typical Idol's Christmas" (흔한 아이돌의 크리스마스) (with Jin, Suga, J-Hope and Jimin) (2013)
- "95 Graduation" (with Jimin) (2014)
Live cover songs
|2018||Burn The Stage: The Movie||Himself||Screening in select Theatres|
|2019||BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul||Released for one day only|
|Bring The Soul: The Movie|
|2016||Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth||KBS2||Seok Han-sung (Supporting Role)|
|2015||Star King||SBS||Guest with RM (Ep.413)|
|Hello Counselor||KBS2||Guest with RM (Ep.223)|
|My Pet Clinic||-||Guest with Jimin and J-Hope (Ep.6)|
|2016||Star King||SBS||Guest with J-Hope (Ep.433)|
|Celebrity Bromance||Naver TV Cast||Cast (Ep.1-4)|
|2014||Show! Music Core||MBC||Special host (Episode November 8)|
|2015||Special host (Episode May 9)|
|2016||Music Bank||KBS2||Special host (Ep.814)|
|Inkigayo||SBS||Special host with J-Hope (Ep.869)|
|2017||Music Bank (Singapore Special)||KBS2||Host|
|Inkigayo Super Concert in Daejeon||SBS|
|2012||"I'm Da One"||Servant||Pre-debut, Jo Kwon's music video|
|2016||"Stigma"||Kim Tae-hyung||Wings short film #3|
|2018||"Singularity"||Himself||Love Yourself: Tear comeback trailer|
◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer
BTS and Solo Discography
|No More Dream||Outro: Circle Room Cypher||◯||✖||✖|||
|The Most Beautiful Moment|
in Life, Part 1
|Hold Me Tight||◯||◯||✖|||
|Boyz with Fun||◯||◯||✖|||
|The Most Beautiful Moment|
in Life, Part 2
|The Most Beautiful Moment|
in Life: Young Forever
|Run (Ballad Mix)||◯||◯||✖|||
|Run (Alternative Mix)||◯||◯||✖|||
|Unofficial songs||4 O'CLOCK||◯||◯||◯|||
|Map of the Soul: 7||Inner Child||◯||◯||✖|||
|Itaewon Class Original Soundtrack||Sweet Night||◯||◯||◯|||
Awards and nominations
|2017||Melon Music Awards||Best OST||"It’s Definitely You" (with Jin)||Nominated|
|2018||Soompi Awards||Best Idol Actor||Seok Han-sung in Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth||Won|
|Best Acting Ensemble||Cast of Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth||Won|
|Best Soundtrack||Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Original Soundtrack||Nominated|
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