Lee at MOKO
|Born||May 15, 1990|
Busan, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||I Jong-hyeon|
Lee Jong-hyun (May 15, 1990) is a South Korean musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He is the lead guitarist and vocalist of South Korean rock band CNBLUE.
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner Mongolia under Gwanggaeto the Great. Its capital, Seoul, is a major global city and half of South Korea's 51 million people live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the world.
CNBLUE is a South Korean pop rock band formed in 2009. The band consisted of Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk (drums), and Lee Jung-shin (bass). First bassist Kwon Kwang-jin left the band after they released their debut Japanese extended play Now or Never in 2009, and was replaced by Lee Jung-shin.
He made his acting debut in an omnibus movie Acoustic in 2010, followed by his television debut in the Korean drama A Gentleman's Dignity in 2012. He appeared in television dramas Orange Marmalade (2015), Lingerie Girls’ Generation (2017) and Evergreen (2018).
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Acoustic is a 2010 South Korean omnibus film depicting stories of love, hope, and music among twenty-somethings - all set within the Hongdae area of Seoul.
A Gentleman's Dignity is a 2012 South Korean romantic comedy television series starring Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ha-neul, Kim Su-ro, Kim Min-jong, and Lee Jong-hyuk. It aired on SBS from May 26 to August 12, 2012 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.
Lee Jong-hyun was born on May 15, 1990,in Busan, South Korea. His family consists of his parents and two older sisters. He lived in Busan before his family moved to Japan when he was four years old. His family moved back to Busan and he finished his elementary school and middle school there.
Busan, formerly known as Pusan and now officially Busan Metropolitan City, is South Korea's second most-populous city after Seoul, with a population of over 3.5 million inhabitants. It is the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern Korea, with its port—Korea's busiest and the fifth-busiest in the world —only about 120 miles (190 km) from the Japanese islands of Kyushu and Honshu. The surrounding "Southeast Economic Zone" is now South Korea's largest industrial area.
He was an ulzzang at "BESTNINE" alongside Mblaq's Lee Joon, fellow member Jung Yong-hwa, and Block B's Jaehyo before debut.
Ulzzang, also spelled as eoljjang, is a popular South Korean term literally meaning "best face" or "good-looking". A person desiring ulzzang status would gain popularity on the internet through entering contests where their photos are judged and chosen by voters. The trend is unisex and is practised by both males and females.
Jung Yong-hwa is a South Korean musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the leader, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band CNBLUE. Jung made his television debut in You're Beautiful (2009), and has since starred in television dramas Heartstrings (2011), Marry Him If You Dare (2013), The Three Musketeers (2014) and The Package (2017). On the music front, Jung also made his solo debut with the album One Fine Day in 2015.
The talent scouter from FNC Music (currently known as FNC Entertainment) who visited Busan to see Jung, came across Lee in the street, and suggested him to audition at the company. On his way to his audition, he met his current fellow CNBLUE member Jung at the Seoul Station. They then met Kang Min-hyuk, also a current fellow member of CNBLUE, at FNC Music where they auditioned. Eventually, only the three of them passed the auditions and Lee began training in bass technology at FNC Academy.
FNC Entertainment is a South Korean entertainment company established in 2006 by South Korean singer and record producer Han Seong-ho. The label operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house. The label previously known as FNC Music, which only managing musicians and later changed its name to FNC Entertainment in 2012 and began to broaden their business field of entertainment. It has since January 2012, been based in its own company offices in Cheongdam-dong.
Kang Min-hyuk is a South Korean musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is the drummer of South Korean rock band CNBLUE.
Before Lee embarked on his musical career, he was a judo athlete who won a gold medal in a judo championship amongst athletes in his hometown when he was in high school. However, he decided to give up on sports upon realizing that this was not the field that he would excel in after losing in a match in just a few seconds. He then started to focus on music. At first, he learned singing, then piano. Then, upon watching English singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton playing the guitar, he was inspired to learn to play the guitar.
Eric Patrick Clapton, is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". He was also named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.
Lee debuted with CNBLUE in South Korea on January 14, 2010 with their lead single "I'm a Loner". Before their Korean debut, they debuted as an indie band, with Lee being the leader, in Japan in August 2009. Jung Yong-hwa then took over his place following the band's Korean debut. They made their major debut in Japan in October 2011.
Lee, together with Jung, composed many of the band's released songs, such as "Blind Love", "Lie", "Rain of Blessing", "Kimio", "My Miracle", "Come On", "No More", "These Days" etc., which all gained positive feedback. "Come On" ranked number 5 on Oricon's Weekly singles chart while "Blind Love" ranked number 4. "Get Away", one of his compositions, was used as the ending theme song for the Japanese broadcast of American TV series Gossip Girl .
Lee released his first solo single "My Love" in 2012, as part of the soundtrack for SBS drama A Gentleman's Dignity , which he starred in. The song was written by Lee himself. "My Love" debuted at number four on the Gaon Digital Chart.It eventually became the 34th best-selling song in South Korea that year with 2,187,150 digital downloads. The song earned Lee five award nominations, ultimately winning "Best OST" at the 2013 Seoul Music Awards.
In December 2013, Lee and his fellow label-mate Juniel formed a duo called "Romantic J" and released a digital single album titled "Love Falls".Inspired by the movie Music and Lyrics , the song was compose by Lee, with lyrics written by Juniel. The single peaked at #27 on the Melon Chart. The duo subsequently promoted the song through Mnet's M Countdown and SBS MTV's The Show .
On August 2, 2015, Lee held his first solo fan meeting in Japan at the Tokyo International Forum and met with 10,000 fans.
Lee made his solo debut in July 2016, with the studio album Sparkling Night . The album debuted at number seven on the weekly Oricon Albums Chartand number nine on Billboard Japan magazine's Hot Albums, eventually selling 13,529 copies. Lee then embarked on the "Welcome to Sparkling Night" tour, his first series of solo concerts. The first two concerts took place from August 9–10 at the Osaka International Convention Center in Osaka, followed by a concert on August 13 at the Nagoya Congress Center in Aichi, and two final concerts from August 17–18 at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo.
In 2010, Lee made his acting debut in the omnibus film Acoustic alongside fellow member Kang Min-hyuk.
On May 27, 2012, Lee made his small screen debut in SBS weekend drama A Gentleman's Dignity .He earned positive reception for his debut role and won the "New Star" award at the year-end SBS Drama Awards.
In May 2015, Lee starred in the fantasy high-school drama Orange Marmalade , alongside labelmate Seolhyun from AOA, where he plays a vampire.He also joined the fourth season of the Korean reality show We Got Married , pairing with actress Gong Seung-yeon. Shortly after, he reunited with Gong in the youth historical drama My Only Love Song .
In 2017, he starred in the teen drama Lingerie Girls’ Generation in which he played a former gangster of Daegu who turned to be a kindhearted local handy man.The same year, he was cast in the Japanese film Ikiru Machi, which is about the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
In 2018, Lee starred in the fantasy romance drama That Man Oh Soo opposite Kim So-eun.
In June 2016, Lee and fellow CNBLUE member Jung Yong-hwa were accused of insider trading of FNC stocks based on information that their label, (FNC Entertainment), was signing popular comedian, host, and television personality Yoo Jae-suk. While Jung was acquitted of all charges, Lee was fined. Lee apologized and stated that he bought the stocks without verifying the information, but once he realized legal issues could result from the purchase, he held onto the stocks.
On March 12, 2019 Lee's agency issued a statement that Lee was not connected to alleged chat rooms and sexual activities, which Jung Joon-young was part of.However, on March 14, it was reported that Lee was involved in the Burning Sun scandal with Jung in a one-to-one chatroom where Jung had shared sexual hidden camera footages of himself as Lee engaged in "inappropriate sexual conversations, and inappropriate conversations degrading women". On March 15, 2019, Lee admitted that he watched sex videos shared by Jung and he had made disparaging remarks about the women filmed. Investigation is still ongoing.
The proceeds collected from "LEE JONG HYUN Solo Concert in Japan - METROPOLIS" which was held in June 2018 were donated for the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Kumamoto Earthquake through the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Lee enlisted in his military service in August 2018.
|2012||SBS||A Gentleman's Dignity||Collin Black|
|2013||KBS2||Drama Special – Adolescence Medley||Yang Yeong-woong||Cameo, Ep 2-3|
|2014||LINE TV||One Sunny Day||Couple guy||Cameo, Ep 4 & 8|
|2015||KBS2||Orange Marmalade||Han Si-hoo|
|2017||NAVER TVcast, Netflix||My Only Love Song||On Dal|
|KBS2||Lingerie Girls’ Generation||Joo Young-choon|
|2018||OCN||That Man Oh Soo||Oh Soo|
|2010||Acoustic||Kim Seong-won||segment: Bakery Attack|
|2015||We Got Married||MBC||Cast member (with Gong Seung-yeon)|
|Fluttering India||KBS||Cast member (with Changmin, Kyuhyun, Min-ho, Suho and Sung-kyu)|
|Cool Kiz on the Block||KBS||Ep.125: The Tenth Sport, Judo (2015.10.20)|
|2016||Battle trip||KBS||Ep.10: "The Real Men's Trip" with Joonyoung & Taejoon,|
|2017||King of Mask Singer||MBC||Contestant as "All Together Cube One Wheel" (Episodes 101–102)|
|Law of the Jungle||SBS||Season 34, Cook Islands with Kim Byung-man, JB (Got7), Solbin (Laboum)|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
| JPN |
|2010||"High Fly" (with Kang Min-hyuk)||102||—||Acoustic OST|
|2012||내 사랑아 ("My Love")||4||2||A Gentleman's Dignity OST 2|
|2013||사랑이 내려 ("Love Falls") (with Juniel)||27||52||Romantic J: Winter Special Digital Single Album|
|2014||사실은 말야 ("Young Love") (with Melody Day)||76||Digital Single|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
Note – Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 Chart was established in August 2011. Releases before this date have no chart data.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|1st Solo Concert in Japan ～Welcome to SPARKLING NIGHT～ Live at Tokyo International Forum||13||24|
|2012||5th Korea Drama Awards||Best OST||"My Love" ( A Gentleman's Dignity OST)||Nominated|
|14th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Nominated|
|4th MelOn Music Awards||TStore Best Song||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||A Gentleman's Dignity||Won|
|2013||22nd Seoul Music Awards||Best OST||"My Love" ( A Gentleman's Dignity OST)||Won|
F.T. Island, also known as Five Treasure Island, is a South Korean rock band formed by FNC Entertainment in 2007. The band consists of Lee Hong-gi, Lee Jae-jin, Song Seung-hyun, and Choi Min-hwan. Oh Won-bin left the band in 2009, and was replaced by Seung-hyun while Choi Jong-hoon retired from the entertaiment industry on March 14, 2019.
Bluetory is the Korean debut mini-album by South Korean pop-rock idol band CNBLUE. It was released on January 14, 2010, under FNC Music and distributed by Mnet Media. After being signed to the record label, the quartet was sent to Japan, where it independently released two mini-albums. While working with the band, frontman Jung Yong-hwa was cast in the television drama You're Beautiful (2009), where he first garnered recognition.
Ear Fun is the third Korean mini-album by the South Korean pop rock band CN Blue. It was released on March 26, 2012 with the track "Hey You" as the promotional single.
"Come On" is a song by the South Korean rock band CN Blue, written by Jung Yong-hwa, translated in Japanese by Kenji Tamai and composed by Lee Jong-hyun. It was released on August 1, 2012 in 3 different editions: CD+DVD, Regular edition and Lawson store limited edition. It is the third major single of the group under Warner Music Japan and their sixth overall.
Lee Jung-shin is a South Korean musician, singer, rapper, and actor. He is the bassist of South Korean rock band CNBLUE, which debuted in January 2010 in South Korea.
Code Name Blue is a Japanese album by the South Korean rock band CNBlue. It was released in August 29, 2012 as the group's third Japanese album and their first major album under Warner Music Japan.
Re:Blue is the fourth Korean mini-album by South Korean rock band CNBLUE. It was released on January 14, 2013 with the track "I'm Sorry" as the promotional single.
N.Flying is a South Korean rap rock band formed by FNC Entertainment in 2013. The band released their first digital indie single Basket in Japan on October 1, 2013. The band made their Korean debut on May 20, 2015 with a single album and it’s lead single "Awesome". In February 2016, they made their Japanese debut with ″Knock Knock″. Their fifth member, Yoo Hwe-seung (vocalist) joined the band in June 2017.
"White" is a song by South Korean rock band CNBLUE. It was released on April 8, 2015, as their ninth single under Warner Music Japan and 12th single overall in Japan. The song was conceived by guitarist Lee Jong-hyun in midst of the CNBLUE 2014 Arena Tour "Wave" concerts. The song was written by band members Lee Jong-hyun and Jung Yong-hwa, in addition to miwa. Portraying a message of hope, "White" combines the band's rock style and infuses a synthesizer to create a sound distinctive from the band's previous work.
2gether is the second studio album by South Korean pop rock idol band CNBLUE. It was released on September 14, 2015, under FNC Entertainment. After ending domestic promotions for Can't Stop (2014), the band concentrated on individual activities; most notably, frontman Jung Yong-hwa released his debut solo album One Fine Day (2015) in January. The remaining band members sought out opportunities in television, particularly in acting, variety show appearances, and MCing. In August 2015, it was announced that CNBLUE would release its second studio album after an absence lasting one year and seven months. With 2gether, the band decided to change the direction of its music; it stripped itself of the acoustic tracks it was known for and explored electronic dance music in order to create a particular color and form a distinctive sound.
One Fine Day is the debut solo studio album by South Korean vocalist and CNBLUE member Jung Yong-hwa. It was released on January 20, 2015, under FNC Entertainment and distributed by CJ E&M. As CNBLUE's promotions for their mini-album Can't Stop (2014) came to a close, the label announced plans for Jung to release a solo album within the year. Since the album's inception, he sought to distance himself from the band's sound and include various musical styles on the record. Ultimately, he conceived a collaborative album with an array of musicians.
Blueming is the sixth extended play by South Korean band CNBLUE. It was released on April 4, 2016, under FNC Entertainment and distributed by LOEN Entertainment. The band began developing the record within the same time period as "Cinderella" from 2gether (2015). Writing and recording for the album commenced in midst of the 2015 CNBLUE Live "Come Together" concert tour. Upon its completion, the band's record label announced that the quartet would release a mini-album.
Sparkling Night is the debut Japanese-language solo studio album by South Korean guitarist and CNBLUE member Lee Jong-hyun. It was released on July 27, 2016, under Warner Music Japan.
"My Love" is a song by South Korean musician Lee Jong-hyun of CNBLUE. After being cast to play the role of Collin on Seoul Broadcasting System's (SBS) television series A Gentleman's Dignity, the song was released as the fifth installment of drama's original soundtrack on July 8, 2012, under Hwa & Dam Pictures and distributed by CJ E&M Music. A pop song accompanied with a steel-string acoustic guitar, the lyrics reflect the sentiments of Lee's character of "longing for a loved one".
7ºCN is the seventh mini-album by South Korean pop-rock idol band CNBLUE. It was released on March 20, 2017, under FNC Entertainment and distributed by LOEN Entertainment.
"You, My Star" is a song by South Korean musician Jung Yong-hwa of CNBLUE. Written in dedication to his fans, the song was released in December 23, 2013, under FNC Entertainment. Two days prior, Jung performed the song on the year-end music program SBS Gayo Daejeon. "You, My Star" debuted and peaked at number 22 no South Korea's national Gaon Digital Chart; all proceeds went to the label's charity Love FNC.