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Jang Dong-woo
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Dongwoo in August 2015.
Background information
Native name
장동우
Born (1990-11-22) November 22, 1990 (age 29)
Guri, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • dancer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2010–present
LabelsWoollim
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJang Dong-u
McCune–ReischauerChang Tong-u

Jang Dong-woo (Hangul: 장동우; hanja: 張東雨; born November 22, 1990[1]), commonly known as Dongwoo is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actor. He is the main rapper of South Korean boy band Infinite [2] and Infinite H.[3]

Biography[edit]

Jang Dong-woo was born on Guri, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. He was trained under JYP Entertainment for years. He is a former schoolmate of EXO's eldest, Xiumin.[4] Prior to debut, he and Hoya performed as a back-up dancer for various music promotion show Epik High’s Run.

On February 15, 2013 Dongwoo graduated from Daekyeung University's Practical Music program. He along with members Sunggyu, Hoya, Sungyeol and L, received the 'Proud Daekyung University Student award'.[5][6]

On September 2, 2016, it was announced that Dongwoo's father had died from a chronic illness.[7][8]

Career[edit]

2010: Debut with Infinite[edit]

Dongwoo debuted as a member of South Korean boy group Infinite in 2010. The group officially debuted on June 9, 2010.[9]

2012–14: Solo activities and Infinite H[edit]

In September 2012, Dongwoo, along with former Infinite member Hoya, formed a sub-unit called Infinite H,[10] releasing their first extended play titled Fly High in early-2013. The sub-unit has a different musical direction and style concept from Infinite, placing their focus on each member's rap and performances ability.

In January 2012, he was featured in Baby Soul and Yoo Ji-a single, "She Is a Flirt".[11] The same year he performed with Sunggyu and Baby Soul on Immortal Songs 2 for the song "Woman On the Beach".[12]

In August 2013, he and Hoya starred in Tasty’s "Mamama" music video. The duo contributed to the lyrics of the song.[13]

In November 2014, he featured on Nicole's extended play First Romance, track titled "7-2-Misunderstanding".[14][15]

2015–2019: Solo activities[edit]

Dongwoo made his debut as a musical actor, in the musical In The Heights. Dongwoo plays the role of main lead "Usnavi" along with Yang Dong-geun, Jung Won-young and Key. The musical was produced by SM C&C, a subsidiary of S.M. Entertainment, and ran from September 4 to November 22 at 'Blue Square'.[16][17][18] In 2015, he along with B1A4's Baro featured in Ami's track Hurts down to bones.[19]

In October 2016, he released his first self-produced song with vocals featured by Yoon So-yoon, titled "Embedded in Mind". The song was for webtoon Lookism.[20]

On April 15, 2019, Dongwoo enlisted for his mandatory military service, serving as an active duty soldier.[21]

Discography[edit]

EP[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[22]
Bye 7

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR Gaon KOR Billboard
As lead artist
"Embedded in Mind"
(ft. Yoon So-yoon)
2016 71 KOR: 42, 070+ Non album-single
"TGIF" 2018 N/A Top Seed
"News" 2019 N/A Bye
As featured artist
"She's a Flirt"
(Baby Soul and Yoo Ji-a ft. Dongwoo)
2012 N/A Non album-single
"7-2-Misunderstanding"
(Nicole Jung ft. Dongwoo)
2014 N/A First Romance
"Hurts Down to Bones"
(Ami ft. Dongwoo)
2015 N/A Non album-single
"I Swear"
(Nam Woo-hyun ft. Dongwoo)
2018 N/A Second Write..

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Song Album
2013 "Mamama" (as co-lyricist) Spectacular[24]
2014 "Last Romeo" (as co-lyricist) Season 2
"Alone" (as co-lyricist)
2015 "Pretty" (as co-lyricist) Fly Again
"Aren't You Going Somewhere?" (as co-lyricist)
"Bump" (as co-lyricist)
"Sorry I'm Busy" (as co-lyricist)
2015 "Footsteps" (as co-lyricist) Reality
"Between Me and You" (as co-lyricist)
"Take Care of the Ending" (as co-lyricist)
2016 "One Day" (as co-lyricist) Infinite Only
"True Love" (Rap making with Hoya)
"Zero" (Rap making with Hoya)
"Embedded in Mind" (featuring Yoon So-yoon) Non-album single
2018 TGIF (as co-lyricist & composer) Top Seed
Pray (Maetal's Sorrow) (rap lyrics)

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2011 Wara Store Tooniverse Himself (voice)[25]

Musical[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2015–2017 In the Heights Usnavi [26]
2018 Altar Boyz Luke [27]
Iron Mask Louis XIV

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. ^ "Infinite Biography". Infinite Official Homepage. Woollim Entertainment. Archived from the original on September 22, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "INFINITE H talk future plans, girls". Kpop Herald.
  4. ^ "인피니트 동우 성종, 후배 JIN 응원… 깨알 레몬 사탕 언급 '폭소'". bnt news. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "인피니트 동시졸업, "같은 대학, 학과 졸업 이례적"". TV daily news. TV daily news. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "5 Infinite Members to Graduate from University Together". enewsWorld. February 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "[단독] 인피니트 동우, 오늘(2일) 부친상…비보에 급거 귀국". September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  8. ^ "Dongwoo attends father's funeral". Kpop Herald.
  9. ^ 포토엔,인피니트,긴장되는 첫 무대~ (in Korean). Newsen. June 9, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  10. ^ "INFINITE's Dongwoo and Hoya to promote next year as INFINITE H with release of album". allkpop. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  11. ^ "베이비소울+유지아, 티저영상서 인피니트 동우 강렬 카리스마 발산(동영상)". The Star.chosun.com.
  12. ^ "Lovelyz profile". KBS world radio. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  13. ^ "MAMAMA". Allkpop. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  14. ^ "Nicole Releases Her Solo Album Track List Featuring INFINITE's Dongwoo". Kpopstarz. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  15. ^ "Former KARA member Nicole to make solo debut". Kpop Herald.
  16. ^ "첸 동우 성규 루나 키 등…뮤지컬 '인 더 하이츠' 캐스팅 [스포츠투데이]" [SHINee, INFINITE, EXO, and f(x) Members Cast in Musical "In the Heights"]. Asiae News. Archived from the original on July 10, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "Kpop idols to star in musical 'In the Heights'". Kpop Herald.
  18. ^ "엑소 첸·샤이니 키·인피니트 성규·동우·에프엑스 루나, 뮤지컬 '인 더 하이츠'서 만난다". tvdaily. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  19. ^ "인피니트 동우와 B1A4 바로, 빅스 라비는 왜 만났을까". isplus. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  20. ^ "장동우 마음에 묻다, "외모지상주의를 위해 같이 작업한 BGM입니다…노래의 사랑이 우리 아버지에게도 닿을거라 믿는다" 첫 자작곡 발매 소감". Chosun.
  21. ^ "인피니트 장동우, 오늘(15일) 현역 입대.."만감교차"" [Infinite's Jang Dong-woo joins active duty today (15th)]. Daum (in Korean). April 15, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  22. ^ "Bye – Week 10, 2019". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  23. ^ "2019 Monthly Album Chart – March". Gaon Chart. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Tasty Confirms August 8 for Comeback Date, 'MAMAMA' MV Teaser Revealed". Kpopstarz. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  25. ^ Lee, Nancy. "Infinite Members Become Voice Actors for 'Wara! Store' Cartoon". enewsWorld. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  26. ^ "첸·성규·동우, 국내 초연 뮤지컬 '인 더 하이츠' 캐스팅". OSEN. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  27. ^ "拼盤演唱會級的陣容!藝聲、東雲、東雨、燦盛等人大舉出演日本音樂劇《Altar Boyz》". KoreaStarDaily.

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