9. Kim Tae-hyung
BTS – V
V was born on December 30, 1995, in Daegu, South Korea. He was debuted as a BTS member on June 13, 2013, and the group released the single album 2 Cool 4 Skool, with title track “No More Dream”. His first credit for music composition was in the album The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Part 1, where he co-composed and co-wrote for “Hold Me Tight”. He released his solo track, “Stigma”, in the album Wings. Later, he covered “Hug Me” and “Someone Like You” by Adele.
He made his acting debut through KBS2’s historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, in 2016. He dropped his first solo track outside BTS, titled “Scenery”, which was released through BTS’s SoundCloud page on January 30, 2019. The song was composed and written by himself. He also released his second single, which is also his first English song, titled “Winter Bear”, on August 9, 2019. He co-produced the song together with his fellow member RM, as well as Big Hit producers like Hiss Noise and ADORA. V, himself, autographed the cover artwork under his pseudonym, Vante. Recently, V and the other BTS members just finished their vacation and will be starting their official schedule.
K.A.R.D – J.Seph
J.Seph was born on June 21, 1992, in Cheongju, South Korea. He was planned to debut in a duo group with BM, but the plan changed. Later, he was confirmed to be a K.A.R.D member on December 2, 2016, under DSP Media. He represents the letter A from the Ace card. His role models are rapper Beenzino and Simon Dominic.
Prior to their official debut, the group would release three project tracks and reveal their hidden member, KARA’s Heo Young-ji. The three project tracks include “Oh NaNa” (feat. Heo Young-ji) in December, 2016, “Don’t Recall” in February, 2017, and “Rumor” in April, 2017. K.A.R.D was officially debuted on July 12, 2017, and released their first EP, Hola Hola, which includes their previous project tracks. Recently, K.A.R.D is preparing for their comeback on September 22, 2019, with the digital single Dumb Litty.
10. Park Soo-young
Red Velvet – Joy
Joy was born on September 3, 1996, in Jeju Island, South Korea. In 2012, she auditioned and was scouted through SM Global Audition in Seoul. She was introduced as the fourth member of Red Velvet on July 29, 2014, and was debuted on August 1 with the digital single “Happiness”.
In 2015, she joined the MBS reality show We Got Married, and was partnered with BTOB’s Sungjae (they were known as SungJoy couple). She made her acting debut through tvN’s music drama, The Liar and His Lover, in 2017. She also released OSTs for that and other dramas, like MBC’s Tempted, and KBS’s The Ghost Detective. Recently, Joy was nominated as Beauty Icon of the Year at the Brand of the Year Awards in May, 2019. Red Velvet also just made their comeback on August 20, releasing their seventh EP, The ReVe Festival: Day 2 (as second part of The ReVe trilogy), with title track “Umpah Umpah”.
After School – Lizzy
Lizzy was born on July 31, 1992, in Busan, South Korea. She was Son Dam-bi’s back dancer in 2009 and was hinted to be an After School member when she joined them at their first fan-meeting, wearing a mask to hide her identity. She was officially debuted and joined After School when they released their third single, “Bang!”, on March 25, 2010, under Pledis Entertainment. Later, she was included in their trio sub-unit, Orange Caramel, and they released their debut mini-album, The First Mini-Album, with tile track “Magic Girl” in June, 2010.
She was briefly on SBS’s Running Man in 2011 and made her acting debut through MBC’s sitcom All My Love in the same year. She continues to make appearances in dramas like MBC’s Rascal Sons. She was debuted as a solo singer and released the trot single “Not An Easy Girl” on January 23, 2015. On May 1, 2018, she left the agency as her contract expired, and joined Celltrion Entertainment a week later. She then changed her stage name to Park Soo-ah in July, 2018. Recently, she was cast in the app drama Kim Seul-gi Genius and tvN’s Ugly Miss Young-ae 17.
It is proven that having same name doesn’t mean having the same fate. However, each of these artists have tried their best to pursue their careers in the entertainment industry. Let’s keep supporting them until the end! Did we miss anyone? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!