'Home' Chapter 1

Kangta
강타
씬플레이빌 8월호 강타.jpg
Kangta in 2018
Born
Ahn Chil-hyun

(1979-10-10) October 10, 1979 (age 41)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Composer
  • Record producer
  • Actor
  • Radio personality
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active1996–present
LabelsSM
Associated acts
Websitekangta.smtown.com
Kangta
Hangul
강타
Revised RomanizationGangta
McCune–ReischauerKangt'a
Birth name
Hangul
안칠현
Hanja
安七炫
Revised RomanizationAn Chil-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerAn Ch'irhyŏn

Ahn Chil-hyun (born October 10, 1979), known professionally as Kangta (stylized as KangTa or sometimes in all caps), is a South Korean singer, composer, songwriter, record producer, actor and radio personality. He is well known as a member of South Korean boygroup H.O.T..

Career[]

1996–2001: H.O.T.[]

Kangta was discovered at Lotte World, a theme park, when he was only 13 years old. He debuted as a back-up dancer together with future band member Moon Hee Jun for singer Yoo Young-jin. Kangta eventually decided to become a singer with Moon Hee Jun and three others, Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony An, and Lee Jae Won to form H.O.T. in 1996. The group disbanded in 2001, after the group contract expired and they decided not to renew it.

2001–03: Solo debut[]

Soon after H.O.T. disbanded in March 2001, Kangta made his solo debut after renewing his contract with S.M. Entertainment. He released his first solo album "Polaris", which became a huge hit; it was followed by his second album "Pinetree" in 2002. His first solo concert took place in the summer of 2003.

2004–08: Acting roles and military service[]

Kangta received several offers and has accepted a drama offer in China. In 2004, he starred in a drama called Magic Touch of Fate together with Taiwanese actors and actresses, Ruby Lin and Alec Su. Kangta portrayed the role of the evil magician Jin-Xiu

Soon afterwards, Kangta returned to Korea and released his much-awaited third album. In 2005, Kangta released "Persona", which included tracks that were very different from his previous two albums. The main single of the album, "Persona" had a similar melody to Babyface's "The Loneliness". Kangta surprised his fans when he said he wanted to become an actor. A month later, he starred in a KBS drama, Loveholic.

In 2006, Kangta was chosen as a runner up for Best Korean Singer overseas, according to Arirang International Broadcasting. A poll was issued over the internet, allowing only people outside of Korea to vote. Shinhwa's song "Once In A Lifetime" won by 60% of the vote, beating Kangta, who came in second with 20.3 percent.[citation needed]

Kangta also acted in his second Chinese drama,[1] Love In The City 2. In Love In The City 2 Kangta portrayed the life of a successful CEO with a dull life. In March Kangta was announced to be starring in JTBC's 2012 drama Happy Ending as Kim So Eun's love interest.[2]

In 2007, he filmed two dramas and Love in the city 2 aired on October 1, 2007. In January 2007, Kangta took part in the Hallyu Festival in Osaka which also featured Jun Jin and Lee Min-woo of Shinhwa, SG Wannabe and actor Song Seung-heon at the Osaka Dome.[3]

Kangta enlisted for mandatory military service in April 2008 for 21 months of active duty. During which time he starred in military musical, Mine with rapper Yang Dong-geun. It is about the true life story of Lieutenant Lee Jong-myung, who lost his legs in a land mine explosion near the demilitarized zone, in June 2000, when he saved fellow soldier, Sul Dong-seob from the minefield.[4]

2010: Chinese debut[]

After two years and five months of hiatus from the entertainment industry due to Korean military service, Kangta released his first Chinese extended play, Breaka Shaka. The lead single was released on September 13[5] and the EP was released on September 14. The EP marked Kangta's entrance to the Chinese market.

2016: 'Home' Chapter 1[]

In March 2014, Kangta, alongside labelmate BoA, was appointed as a de facto creative director of S.M. Entertainment.[6]

In October 2016, S.M. Entertainment announced that Kangta would hold a concert to celebrate his 20th debut anniversary titled Coming Home, as a part of SM Entertainment's concert series The Agit. The concert will be held from November 4 till November 6 at SMTown Theatre.[7] On October 11, S.M. Entertainment confirmed that Kangta currently preparing his new album.[8][9] On the same day, it was confirmed that Kangta would appear on JTBC's A Hyung I Know and would be aired on October 29.[10] Kangta released his first Korean extended plays 'Home' Chapter 1 on November 3. The album contains five tracks, with the lead single titled "Diner".

2021: 25th Anniversary Project[]

S.M. Entertainment announced that Kangta will begin preparations for his 25th Anniversary Project throughout 2021. He first released the digital single "Freezing" on March 24.[11]

Personal life[]

He is an experienced songwriter and composer, having written over 100 songs[12] for H.O.T.'s albums as well as for other groups and singers like NRG and Fly to the Sky.

On February 4, 2020, it was confirmed that Kangta is in a relationship with actress Jeong Yu-mi.

Group projects[]

S (Supreme)[]

After planning for years, Kangta worked with his celebrity friends Shin Hye Sung from Shinhwa and Lee Ji Hoon to form the project group "S", standing for "Supreme". They released their first solo project album called "Fr. In. Cl." or Friends in Classic (2003). They have won several awards since then. Their title track, "I Swear" was written, composed, and arranged by Kangta while Shin Hye Sung wrote the English lyrics.

On 14 October 2014, it was announced that group 'S' would be making a comeback after over a decade with a new mini-album titled Autumn Breeze, scheduled to be released on October 27. SM Entertainment stated that "Kangta wrote and produced all the songs on the upcoming album. Kangta’s unique music style and the trio’s harmonious voices will create beautiful ballads that will satisfy the fans". On October 18, the group performed their new song Without You (하고 싶은 거 다) at SM Entertainment's agency-wide concert SM Town in Shanghai.The music video for the song Without You was released on October 24, starring Yuri of Girls' Generation. The group is slated to be on Korean singing program Immortal Songs 2 on November 3 as part of their promotions.

Kangta & Vanness[]

Early 2006, Kangta collaborated with Vanness Wu of F4 from Taiwan, and formed Kangta & Vanness. Their debut was in Thailand ending the ceremony for the 2006 MTV Asia Awards. They released their single "Scandal" and have been busy promoting their single all over Asia. "Scandal" was a success over Asia and a repackaged version was released in mid-July. On September 12, they held a showcase in Malaysia, Berjaya Times Square.

On Arirang TV's talk-show "Heart to Heart", Kangta announced that he would be entering the Army in early 2008, so activities have been put on hold.

Discography[]

Studio albums[]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
Polaris N/A[a]
Pine Tree
  • Released: August 21, 2002
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A[b]
Persona
  • Released: March 4, 2005
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A
Eternity
  • Released: March 12, 2008
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A[c]

Compilation albums[]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
KOR
Kangta & Best
  • Released: October 3, 2006
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A

Live albums[]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
KOR
1st Concert Pinetree: 20020824 Live
  • Released: March 28, 2003
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A

Extended plays[]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
Chinese
Breaka Shaka
  • Released: September 14, 2010
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment, Avex Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
N/A
Korean
'Home' Chapter 1
  • Released: November 3, 2016
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment, KT Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13

Singles[]

As lead artist[]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Korean
"Polaris" 2001 N/A Polaris
"Memories" 2002 Pine Tree
"Persona" 2004 Persona
"Eternity" 2008 Eternity
"Diner" 2016 'Home' Chapter 1
"Cough Syrup" (감기약) 2021 non-album single
"Freezing"
Chinese
"Breaka Shaka" 2010 Breaka Shaka
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: Gaon Chart was established in February 2010. Releases before this date have no chart data.

As featured artist[]

Title Year Peak
positions
Album
KOR
"I Want"
(Fly to the Sky featuring Kangta and BoA)
2001 N/A Promise
"할말이 너무 많아요 (Something To Tell You)"
(Chu Ga-yeoul featuring Kangta)
2007 Vol. 2 There's So Much I Want To Say Promise
"7989"
(Taeyeon featuring Kangta)
Girls' Generation
Gaon Chart was established in February 2010. Releases before this date have no chart data.

Soundtrack appearances[]

Title Year Peak
positions
Album
KOR
"White" 2001 N/A Christmas Winter Vacation in SMTown.com – Angel Eyes
"The First Noel"
"Seom" 2002 Resurrection of the Little Match Girl soundtrack
"Perguntas" Air City soundtrack
"Blue" Summer Vacation in SMTown.com
"여름날의 추억"
"보내는 글여" 2002 Winter Vacation in SMTown.com – My Angel My Light
"Silver Bell"
(with Hye-sung and Isak N Jiyeon)
"연가" 2003 2003 Summer Vacation in SMTown.com
"그림으로 떠나는여행"
(with Lee Ji-hoon and Dana)
"The Christmas Song" 2003 Winter Vacation in SMTown.com
"미쳐가나봐" 2004 2004 Summer Vacation in SMTown.com
"Just One"
(with Moon Hee Jun and Isak N Jiyeon)
"한 여름밤의 고백 (Summer Night Love)" 2006 2006 Summer SMTown
"White Christmas" 2006 Winter SMTown – Snow Dream
"지난 여름밤의 이 야기 (Last Year Summer Night Story)" 2007 2007 Summer SMTown – Fragile
"Still My Heart" Dear My Love soundtrack
"White Wonderland" 2007 Winter SMTown – Only Love
"Arrow" 2011 Athena soundtrack
"For The First Time" 2011 Winter SMTown – The Warmest Gift
"Magic"
(with Shin Seung-hoon, Baek Ji-young and Gil)
2012 The Voice of Korea
"Dear My Family"
(with SMTown artists)
I AM. soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: Gaon Chart was established in February 2010. Releases before this date have no chart data.

Music videos[]

Title Year Director
Korean
"Polaris" 2001 N/A
"Confession" 2002 N/A
"Memories" 2002 N/A
"Propose" 2002 N/A
"Persona" 2004 N/A
"Eternity" 2008 N/A
"Diner" 2016 N/A
Chinese
"Breaka Shaka" 2010 N/A

Produced album[]

Songwriting and composing crs[]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music Notes
Cred With Cred With
2001
Polaris
Kangta
"Polaris" Yes Yes
"My Life" Yes Yes
"In Your Eyes" Yes No
"Still" Yes Yes
"Last Summer Night" Yes Yes
"Blue Moon" Yes No
"Polaris" Yes Yes
2002
Pine Tree
"Happy Happy" Yes Lee Yoon-jae No
"Memories" Yes Yes
"Propose" Yes Yes
"Summer" Yes No
"The Best" Yes Yes
"Autumn" Yes No
"Memories#2" Yes Yes
"Flower" Yes Yes
"2032 in Cuba" Yes Yoon Hyo-sang No
"Nocturne" Yes Yes
"One Snowing Day" Yes Yes Song Kwang-sik
"Pine Tree" Yes Yes
No.1
BoA
"Waiting" Yes No
"Beat It" Yes No
2005
Persona
Kangta
"Persona" Yes Yes
"Illusion" Yes Yes
"Agape" Yes Yes
"Paralysis" Yes Yes
"Just One Day" Yes Yes
"Blue Snow" Yes No
"Always" Yes No
"Prayer" Yes No
2007
2008
Girls' Generation
Eternity
Kangta and Taeyeon "7989" Yes Yes
2010
Breaka Shaka
Kangta
"Remember" No Yes
"Habit" No Yes
2016
'Home' Chapter 1
"Diner" Yes Yes

Tour and Concert[]

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Emergency Act 19 Himself
Resurrection of the Little Match Girl Special Guest Star
2012 I AM. Himself Documentary of SMTown in New York
Secret Garden Oscar Chinese-language remake of the 2010 South Korean drama.
2015 SMTown The Stage Himself Documentary film of SM Town [21]
2016 Mad Monk Ji Gong TBA

Television dramas[]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2005 CCTV Magic Touch of Fate Jin Xiu (金修) Main role
KBS Loveholic Seo Kang Wook Lead role
2007 CCTV Love In The City 2 Zhang Wei Qi Lead role
2011 SCTV Pepper and Kimchi (辣椒与泡菜)
BTV Di Jin (帝锦) Ling Xuan
2012 JTBC Happy Ending[22] Goo Seung Jae Supporting role
2016 TBA Circle of Friends
2017 TBA Tri-Path Journey

TV show[]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2012–2013 The Voice of Korea Mnet Judges Seasons 1 and 2, did not return for season 3
2019 Super Hearer tvN Hearer Ep 1–8[23]

Radio Show[]

Year Title Role Note
2011 KBS 2FM 'Freedom Declaration' DJ Solo DJ
2016–2018 MBC Starry Night Solo DJ

Awards[]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[]

Year Category Work Result
2001 Best Male Artist "Polaris"[24][25] Won
Best Ballad Performance Nominated
2002 Best Male Artist "Memories"[26] Nominated
Best Ballad Performance Nominated
2005 Best R&B Performance "Persona"[27] Nominated
Overseas Viewers' Award "Mask"[28] Won

Notes[]

  1. ^ According to the Music Industry Association of Korea (MIAK), which stopped compiling data after 2008, Polaris peaked at number one on the monthly chart of August 2001.[13]
  2. ^ According to the Music Industry Association of Korea (MIAK), which stopped compiling data after 2008, Pine Tree peaked at number one on the monthly chart of August 2002.[15]
  3. ^ According to the Music Industry Association of Korea (MIAK), which stopped compiling data after 2008, Eternity peaked at number five on the monthly chart of March 2008.[18]

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