Roy Kim in 2018
July 3, 1993
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Roi Kim|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Sang-u|
Kim Sang-woo (Korean: ; born July 3, 1993), known professionally as Roy Kim (Korean: ), is a South Korean singer-songwriter and radio presenter. He began his singing career after winning the television talent show Superstar K 4 in 2012.
Kim officially debuted with the studio album, Love Love Love (2013), which included the hit single "Bom Bom Bom." The album garnered Kim awards for best new artist at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards and the 2014 Golden Disc Awards. Kim followed up his first album with the studio albums, Home (2014) and The Great Dipper (2015), and the extended play, Blooming Season (2017). He has also contributed to soundtracks for television series including Reply 1994, Pinocchio, Another Miss Oh, and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. As of July 2019, Kim has sold over 12 million digital downloads in his native country (see Roy Kim discography).
In April 2019, Kim was booked as one of the suspects in Burning Sun scandal by the SMPA (Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency) and currently is under investigation. He admitted to spreading hidden camera photos taken without consent which he had downloaded from the internet.
Roy Kim was born Kim Sang-woo in Seoul, South Korea, on July 3, 1993. His father is a former executive of Seoul Takju, a prominent makgeolli liquor manufacturer. His mother is an artist. Jung Yoon-hye, formerly of the girl group Rainbow, is Kim's cousin.
Kim was accepted to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2012, but he delayed his enrollment to audition for Superstar K 4. He entered his freshman year at Georgetown in 2013 and alternated between attending school in the United States and pursuing his music career in South Korea. He was majoring in sociology, which he said is "helpful for writing lyrics." In May 2019, Kim denied preparing for Georgetown graduation ceremony, and returned to Korea to face the Burning Sun scandal's investigators after finishing his final exam. Despite the investigation, the university granted an undergraduate degree to Kim.
In 2012, Kim auditioned for Mnet's television talent show Superstar K 4 (the South Korean equivalent of American Idol). He was ultimately the season's winner, out of nearly two million applicants. Following his win, he performed at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong.
In June 2013, Kim released his first album, Love Love Love, which included the "mega-hit" single "Bom Bom Bom." The single topped the Gaon Digital Chart for two weeks and Billboard's K-pop Hot 100 for three weeks after its release. The album's title track, "Love Love Love" reached #2 on the Gaon chart and #4 on the Billboard chart. Following the release of his first album, Kim won several awards, including Best New Male Artist at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards, 20's Booming Star at the 2013 Mnet 20's Choice Awards, and Rookie of the Year and the Popularity Award at the 2014 Golden Disc Awards.
Kim released his second album, Home, in October 2014. The album's lead single, also named "Home," was a success, topping South Korea's real-time music charts upon its release and reaching #2 on the Gaon Digital Chart. That month, Kim embarked on a South Korean tour to promote the album. In November, he contributed to the soundtrack for the television series Pinocchio, with the song, "Pinocchio," for which he won Best Original Soundtrack at the 2015 APAN Star Awards and Favorite Foreign Artist at the 2015 Hito Music Awards in Taiwan. Kim also became the first foreign artist to perform at the Hito Music Awards since they were established in 2003.
In December 2015, Kim released his third album, The Great Dipper. The album's title track was a ballad, which was a departure from Kim's previous acoustic folk singles. At the end of the year, Kim performed at three solo concerts in Seoul, all of which had sold out before the release of his album.
Kim released his first extended play, Blooming Season (Korean: ), in May 2017. In February 2018, he released the single "Only Then," which topped Korean music charts upon its release, and which received a Platinum certification for digital sales by Gaon in November. For the song, Kim won Best Ballad at the 2018 Melon Music Awards, Best Male Artist at the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and a Digital Bonsang at the 2019 Golden Disc Awards.
On April 2, 2019, the South Korean police issued a summon for Kim in regards to his alleged involvement in the Burning Sun scandal and the distribution of non-consensual sex videos. He was accused of sharing obscene materials on a mobile chat with several other fellow entertainers, including Seungri and arrested singer Jung Joon-young. As of April 4, Kim was booked as a suspect by the SMPA (Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency) and is under investigation. On April 11, he admitted to spreading hidden camera photos taken without consent which he had downloaded from the internet. Students in Georgetown University petitioned the school to take a tough stand against Kim's behavior and suspend him. In May 2019, Kim denied preparing for Georgetown graduation, and returned to Korea to face the investigators after finishing his final exam. The school stated that it would conduct its own investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kim. Later on, the school granted an undergraduate degree to Kim despite the scandal.
|2013||MBC FM4U||Kim Shin-young's Hope Song at Noon||Temporary co-host with Jung Joon-young (January 28 - March 3)|
|Roy Kim and Jung Joon-young's Best Friend||May 6 - August 18|
|2014||MBC Standard FM||Younha's Starry Night||Temporary host (September 29 - October 5)|
|2015||Jung Joon-young's Simsimtapa||Special host (October 7-8)|
|Melon Radio||RoyStar FM||December 1, 8|
|KBS Cool FM||K-Pop Planet||December 13|
|2016||SBS Power FM||Jang Ye-won's A Night like Tonight||Special host (August 1-7)|
|2001||Show! Lucky Train||KBS2||Guest||Pre-debut|
|2012||Superstar K4||Mnet||Contestant, winner||15 episodes (1-15)|
|Superstar K4 Backstage||Himself||7 episodes (October 19 - December 7)|
|Beatles Code Season 2||Guest||2 episodes (December 3, 10)|
|Superstar K4 Top 12 Talk Concert||Himself||1 episode (December 7)|
|Live Talk Show Taxi||tvN||Guest||2 episodes (268-269)|
|2012-13||Superstar K4ever Special Track||Mnet||Himself||8 episodes (December 21 - February 8)|
|2013||Yoon Do-hyun's MUST||Performer||1 episode (January 12)|
|Turn to the King||OGN||Guest||1 episode (167)|
|Star Family Show Mamma Mia||KBS2||Guest||1 episode (3)|
|Hello Counselor||Guest||1 episode (124)|
|The Age of Bands||Mnet||Performer||1 episode (4)|
|Roy Kim's Love Love Love||Host||1 episode (June 27)|
|Entertainment Weekly||KBS2||Interviewee star||1 episode (1482)|
|You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||Performer||1 episode (195)|
|Concert 7080||KBS1||Performer||1 episode (424)|
|Open Concert||Performer||1 episode (985)|
|2014||Connection 2014||XTM/OnStyle||Narrator||Co-narrator with Bae Suzy (June 13 - July 4)|
|I Live Alone||MBC||Guest||1 episode (63)|
|Somesing||SBS||Host, performer||Co-host with Kang Ho-dong, Kim Jung-eun, and Kim Yeon-woo (September 9-10)|
|First Day of Work||tvN||Cast member||5 episodes (1-5)|
|2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2||Guest||3 episodes (361-363)|
|Hello Counselor||Guest||1 episode (194)|
|You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||Performer||1 episode (246)|
|Open Concert||KBS1||Performer||1 episode (1035)|
|Magic Eye||SBS||Guest||1 episode (18)|
|Space Sympathy||EBS1||Performer||1 episode (1080)|
|2015||You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||KBS2||Performer||2 episodes (277, 299)|
|Unique Entertainment News||OBS||Interviewee star||1 episode (1680)|
|2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2||Himself||1 episode (404, voice only)|
|K-Bap Star: Who's Your Mama?||SBS||Guest||1 episode (September 29)|
|Radio Star||MBC||Guest||1 episode (402)|
|Open Concert||KBS1||Performer||1 episode (1079)|
|Running Man||SBS||Contestant||1 episode (272)|
|Hello Counselor||KBS2||Guest||1 episode (254)|
|Two Yoo Project - Sugar Man||JTBC||Guest, performer||1 episode (10)|
|Concert 7080||KBS1||Performer||1 episode (536)|
|2016||Open Concert||Performer||1 episode (1088)|
|Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend||KBS2||Guest, performer||2 episodes (235-236)|
|EBS Space Sympathy||EBS1||Performer||1 episode (1203)|
|I Live Alone (TV series)||MBC||Guest||1 episode (160)|
|King of Mask Singer||Contestant||6 episodes (65-70) as "Romantic the Dark Knight"|
|Wednesday Food Talk||tvN||Guest||1 episode (72)|
|Daddy and Me||Cast member||5 episodes (6-10)|
|People of Full Capacity||MBC||Guest||1 episode (34)|
|Enter-K||YTN||Interviewee star||1 episode (July 24)|
|Problematic Men||tvN||Guest||1 episode (72)|
|Talents for Sale||KBS2||Guest||1 episode (14)|
|You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||Performer||1 episode (331)|
|Celebrity Bromance||MBig TV||Cast member||Co-starred with Jung Joon-young (August 9, 16, 23, 30)|
|Live Talk Show Taxi||tvN||Guest|
|2017||2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2||Guest||3 episodes (486-488)|
|Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend||Guest, Performer||1 episode (295:Final winner)|
|I Can See Your Voice||Mnet||Guest||1 episode (Season 4 Ep 6)|
|Please Take Care of My Refrigerator||JTBC||Guest||Celebrity Guest alongside Jung Yong-hwa (Season 2, Episode 124,125)|
|Paik Jong-won's Three Great Emperors||SBS||Guest||1 episode (81)|
|Battle Trip||KBS2||Guest||1 episode (49)|
|Happy Together||Guest||1 episode (499)|
|Hello Counselor||Guest||1 episode (326)|
|Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend||Guest, Performer||1 episode (304)|
|Fantastic Duo||Contestant, Performer||2 episodes (21, 22)|
|2018||Begin Again||JTBC||Cast member||Season 2|
|2013||"The Day to Love"||Lee Seung-chul|
|2015||Girls' Education Campaign at KCON 2015||UNESCO/CJ E&M|||
|2016||The Happy Place of Sharing and Donation, G+Star Zone||Gangnam District, Seoul|||