Seungri Seungri
Korean Idol, singer/dancer/composer.
Seungri Seungri
Lee Seung-hyun, known by his stage name Seungri or V. I, is a South Korean singer, dancer, actor, record producer and composer, best known as a being a member of popular South Korean boy group Big Bang. Before joining the group, he was a member and leader of a dance team in Gwangju. He first appeared on television on the reality television series Let's Cokeplay: M. Net Battle Shinhwa, a show in which Shinhwa attempted to create a boy band that could be a "second Shinhwa".
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  • 2016
    Age 25
    Seungri's Japanese debut film, High & Low: The Movie, is set to hit theatres July 2016, where he is cast as the son of a Korean mob boss.
    More Details Hide Details After passing his college entrance exams, Seungri was accepted by Chung-Ang University and began his college education in the spring of 2010, along with Yuri and Sooyoung of Girls' Generation. In 2012, he dropped out of Chung-Ang University after being placed on academic probation several times due to his demanding schedule with Big Bang. After dropping out of Chung-Ang University, he decided to continue his studies by enrolling at Gukje Digital University so he could take online classes and attend his schedules at the same time. Seungri have also helped establish two branches of a music and dance academy called "Plug In Music Academy," also known as "Seungri Academy." The dance academy is located in Gwangju, Daejeon, Mokpo, and Seoul. Students of the academy learn how to sing, dance, and act. Some of the past students of the academy includes 2NE1's Minzy, Kara's Goo Hara, TVXQ's Yunho, B.A.P's Zelo, and Seungri himself.
  • 2015
    Age 24
    In 2015, Seungri joined label-mate Sean for a briquette charity.
    More Details Hide Details He had previously promised fans to deliver and donate 30,000 briquettes but donated a total of 130,000. He brought along notable celebrities to the charity, including F.T. Island's Choi Jonghoon and Jung Jooyoung of JJY.
    For most of 2015, Seungri toured extensively with his band for their MADE 2015 World Tour to promote their new materials.
    More Details Hide Details Kicking off with two shows in Seoul on April 25 and 26, the tour gathered 1.5 million fans around the world, making it the largest tour by any Korean act.
    In May 2015, FC MEN announced through their instagram that Seungri would be joining their celebrity soccer club.
    More Details Hide Details He was given the forward position and the number 11.
  • 2014
    Age 23
    Returning to acting, Seungri took a supporting role in his first television drama with the 2014 Angel Eyes alongside labelmate Ku Hye-sun, playing the role of Teddy who returns to Korea after living abroad with the dream of becoming an emergency rescue worker.
    More Details Hide Details The drama received medium ratings during its broadcast.
  • 2013
    Age 22
    Recording for Seungri's second Korean EP Let's Talk About Love took over two years, where the artist also involved himself with the production of the album. The EP was released on August 19, 2013, debuting at number one.
    More Details Hide Details Yielding the singles "Gotta Talk to You" (Korean: 할말 있어요, Revised Romanization: Na Jigeum Halmal Isseoyo) and the title track, Seungri promoted Let's Talk About Love in South Korea until the end of September. The album sold over 77,000 copies. He released his first Japanese album, also titled Let's Talk About Love, in October of the same year, selling over 14,000 copies in its first day and topping the charts in Japan. The Japanese album contained songs from the Korea EP Let's Talk About Love as well as from VVIP, all of which were recorded in Japanese. The album included the new song, "The Feelings Painted in the Sky" (Japanese: 空に描く思い), which was later used as the theme song for Seungri's first Japanese television drama Yubikoi ~Kimini Okuru Message~. In September, Seungri joined Popular Women 100 as a co-host alongside comedian Hiroshi Yamazaki, becoming the first international celebrity to clinch a hosting spot on a regular cable show in Japan.
  • 2012
    Age 21
    His next solo fanmeeting was on September 9, 2012 held in Osaka.
    More Details Hide Details Seungri later appear in the Nihon TV special drama Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Japanese broadcasting company, NTV. Seungri worked along with, Hey! Say! JUMP's Ryosuke Yamada and Daiki Arioka, popular Taiwanese actress Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese idol group Fahrenheit's former member Wu Chun, and famous Hong Kong actor and MC Eric Tsang, Haruna Kawaguchi and Kiritani Kenta. The two-hour-long drama premiered in January 2013, winning the Best Drama SP (Excellence Awards) at the Tokyo Drama Awards. Seungri's career took a setback when he became embroiled in a sex scandal with a Japanese woman when bed photos were published by the Japanese tabloid magazine Friday, with the title of "Famous Hallyu Idol Group 'Big Bang's Seungri's Bed Photos Leaked." The woman claimed that Seungri had a one-night stand with her and had a habit of choking during sexual intercourse, causing the artist to step out of Big Bang's promotional activities for self-reflection. He would revisit the scandal one year later on SBS talk show Incarnation, discussing how it helped him grow up and how fans began to view him more as an adult.
    In 2012, Seungri started his first Japanese promotions by appearing on variety shows, such as Yomiuri TV's Yoshimoto Jounetsu Comedy and Run for Money.
    More Details Hide Details He was also chosen as the special MC on Fuji TV's Sakigake! Ongaku Banzuke Eight, interviewing celebrities such as Oguri Shun, Exile's Akira, Miori Takimoto, Takei Emi, Perfume, and even Korean singer Se7en and his own bandmates. Seungri had his first Japanese Show, Seungchan's Complete Victory Declaration on Space Show TV. The first episode was broadcast in August. That same month, he held his first solo fan meeting in Tokyo. Daesung showed his support to him by appearing on stage to sing "Fantastic Baby" with him.
  • 2011
    Age 20
    In February 2011, Seungri participated in a special Lunar New Year's titled King of Idols, broadcast by SBS, where top idol stars came together to play various games and select the "King and Queen."
    More Details Hide Details Seungri and After School's U-ee were eventually crowned the King and Queen of the Idols.
    Seungri also won the SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Award in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Promotional activities were cut short in order for Seungri to focus on Big Bang's comeback.
    Seungri's first extended play, VVIP, was released on January 20, 2011 and promoted with two singles: "VVIP" and "What Can I Do."
    More Details Hide Details To establish an identity away from Big Bang through his music, Seungri involved himself in the production of the album, composing and writing six out of the seven songs. "VVIP" and "What Can I Do" won a triple crown on M! Countdown.
  • 2009
    Age 18
    When promotional activities for Remember ended, Seungri returned to acting and starred in his first film, Why Did You Come to Our Home?, playing the love interest of Kang Hye-jung. His next musical, Shouting, was performed in 2009 alongside bandmate Daesung, who was unable to perform at the last minute due to a car accident.
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  • 2008
    Age 17
    Seungri became the first member of Big Bang to act in a musical with Sonagi in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He also ventured into hosting, becoming a host for MBC's music program Show! Music Core alongside Daesung. After filming wrapped up, Seungri went back into the studio with Big Bang to record for their second Korean studio album. Remember (2008) went on to yield two singles: the number one single, "Sunset Glow" (Korean: 붉은노을; Revised Romanization: Byulkeun Noeul) and "Strong Baby," which is performed solely by Seungri. In order to shed the "youngest member" look from Big Bang, he promoted the single with a more mature look complete with a stylized dance. He won his first triple crown for "Strong Baby" on Inkigayo. Buoyed by the two songs Remember went on to sell over 200,000 copies.
  • 2006
    Age 15
    Seungri debuted as the youngest member in 2006 with the boy band Big Bang under YG Entertainment before embarking on a solo career, adopting the stage name of V.I when performing in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details His first extended play, VVIP (2011), yielded two singles: "VVIP" and "What Can I Do." The latter peaked at number seven on the Gaon chart, and the album sold over 44,000 copies. His second Korean EP Let's Talk About Love (2013) fared better and was supported by "Gotta Talk to You" (Korean: 할말 있어요, Revised Romanization: Na Jigeum Halmal Isseoyo), which charted at number three on the Gaon chart. The EP was later re-released in Japan as his first full Japanese studio album, containing previous materials from the two EPs recorded in the country's native language. Seungri also ventured into acting, first in the musical Sonagi (2008) before appearing in films such as Nineteen and Why Did You Come to Our Home? (both released in 2009). He branched into television drama with the Japanese Nihon TV special drama Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (2013) and the South Korean television drama Angel Eyes (2014).
  • 1990
    Born on December 12, 1990.
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