Artist of the week – Hong Kyung Min

Our featured artist this week is Hong Kyung Min. He’s been around for many years, debuting back in 1997. Hong Kyung Min is one of a few singers in Korea that is good at many different styles of music, from rock to dance to ballad. That is why his title songs on each album may have a very different sounds, which is very refreshing. When I first got into k-pop, Hong Kyung Min has a nickname "Korea’s Ricky Martin". During those days, he concentrated on Latin Dance music. After coming back from the army last year, Hong has released his 6th and 7th album, and also a remake album. Now he is mainly focused on ballads. Let find out more about him:


Date of birth : February 9th, 1976
Physique : 175cm, 58kg
Blood type : AB
Hobbies : Internet surfing, computer games
Talent : Cooking
Favorite color : Black
Habit : Drinking water before singing


Hong Kyung-min made his debut as a rock-ballad singer in 1997 with the song “Now.” Although he was recognized as a talented singer with his strong husky voice successfully appealing to many music lovers, his place in the pop music market wasn’t significant in the beginning. However, in 2000 when Hong released his 3rd album with the title song “Shaky Friendship,” the response was great putting him on top of stardom. Different from rock singers with loud high-pitched tones, Hong Kyung-min’s mid-to-low voice color and stable tone approached listeners with a more comforting sensation. Breaking away from the rock style of music, the successful factor of Hong’s 3rd album was the converting of style to more Latin dance music. As his new music gained more popularity, Hong Kyung-min was nicknamed as “the Ricky Martin of Korea.” Since then on, Hong Kyung-min has been steadily popular among music lovers even after a 2-year-hiatus due to serving in the military. Having finished full military service in the beginning of 2005, Hong Kyung-min is actively performing new tracks of his album in various broadcast shows and live stages.


Dedicate (1st album, 1997) : Into Memories, My Weary Soul, Renounce
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Free Throw II Shot (2nd album, 1998) : For My Love, I Will, A Promise for Myself
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Third Album (2000) : Shaky Friendship, Letting You Go
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Fourth Album (2001) : Take It, First Time, Today Different From Yesterday
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Forever and a Day (5th album, 2001) : I’m Sorry, After
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The Hong Kyung Min Best – 1997-2002 History (Best Hit album, 2002) : Various Hits from his 1st to 4th albums
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Listen & Repeat (6th album, 2005) : Tonight, To My Friend, Our Story, When I Miss You
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Emotion in Memory (Remake Album, 2005) : One More Tonight
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Evolution of Rhythm (7th album, 2006) : The Time is Back, Play Ball, Curtain Call, Love Hurts, Lady Come Lady Go, Even Though I Fall in Love Again, Returning Home, Telephone
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Credits to KBS World