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Yang Yo-seob

Yang Yo-seob
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Yoseob in 2017
Background information
Born (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea

Yang Yo-seob (born January 5, 1990), more commonly known as Yoseob, is a South Korean singer and musical actor. He is the main vocalist of the boy group Highlight.


Yang was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 5, 1990,[1] in a small family with one older sister, Yang Hae-yeon.[2] He first gained interest in music and started practicing singing after listening to Brian McKnight's music. He then listened to a lot of music of a similar style, but realized that he should not be biased towards a certain genre and started listening to dance music and rock as well. When he was in high school, he joined a school band where he performed a lot of hard rock and metal during their performances. Yang wanted to try modern rock; however, his seniors at that time said that it would ruin the mood and ultimately not be a success.[2]

Yang became a JYP Entertainment trainee, but left after receiving a bad grade from practice reviews. He moved agencies, to M Boat Entertainment (a former sister company of YG Entertainment) where he was trained for five years before transferring to Cube Entertainment where he became a member of Beast. While still a trainee at Cube Entertainment, he became a backup dancer for AJ, his soon-to-be group member and former high school friend, now known as Lee Gi-kwang, in the music videos and live performances of "Wiping the Tears" and "Dancing Shoes".[3]

Yang is the main vocalist of Beast.[3] He released a digital single together with Dalmatian's Daniel titled "First Snow and First Kiss" [4] and participated in singing original sound tracks (OSTs) for various Korean dramas such as "Happy Birthday" for More Charming by the Day[5] and "I Cherish That Person" for My Princess.[6] and "Loving You" - for All My Love. Yang has also participated in various TV shows, including KBS' "Oh! My School".

Yang Yoseob attended Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts, formerly known as Dong-Ah Broadcasting College, and graduated in 2014.[]

Yang began his mandatory military service on January 24, 2019, as a conscripted police officer.[7]



The group has released two studio albums, eight Korean EPs and various singles. Yang is the main vocalist of Beast.[]

Solo career

Along with fellow Beast member Junhyung, MC Lee Hyukjae, Moon Heejun (formerly of H.O.T.) and Kim Sook, Yang welcomed Japanese tourists for the "Visit Seoul 2010" campaign, where Korean celebrities and Japanese tourists explored Seoul through MBC's Star Guide Doshiraku to boost visibility of Seoul's famous landmarks and cuisine.[8] On July 16, 2010, Yang participated in the official soundtrack of the Korean drama More Charming By The Day as part of its promotional campaign, with the song "Happy Birthday".[5]

On November 29, 2010, Yang released a digital single together with Dalmatian's Daniel titled "First Snow and First Kiss". Both were friends from their trainee years at M Boat Entertainment and had released a UCC series, "To Pick On Mr. Daniel", which became a hot topic when it was selected as number one amongst the weekly TOP 5 UCCs by a sports newspaper.[4] He also became a permanent cast member on KBS' Oh! My School (a.k.a. 100 Points out of 100), along with other idols such as MBLAQ's Lee Joon, Secret's Hyoseong, T-ara's Soyeon, Miss A's Min, and Simon Dominic.[9]

Yang was cast in his first musical as Ji Yong in Kwang Hwa Moon Love Song. The musical started its performances on March 20, 2011, and ended on April 10, 2011.[10] He also contributed to the soundtrack of My Princess, with the song "Cherish That Person" which was released on February 7, 2011.[6] On May 1, 2011, KBS announced plans of creating a new singing variety program featuring an all idol cast titled Immortal Songs 2 - Sing the Legends; Yang was one of the artists cast in the original line-ups.[11] He received first place on the show's pilot episode with his performance of "Eomma (, lit. Mother)", which helped silence the critics that had dismissed his singing abilities as just a hype.[12] However, on June 8, 2011, the show announced that Yang would leave the show due to his conflicting overseas promotions schedule with Beast.[13] He expressed that although he felt extremely stressed competing against his peers, he felt regret having to leave. Yang said "when we decided on the withdrawal, I did feel some relief. It was too nerve-wracking and burdensome. However, at the same time, I felt regret. I don't think I was able to show my all. If another opportunity came by to be on the show again, I would definitely take it. I think I will. I want to show different sides of myself."[12]

Yang was featured in Bang Yong-guk's first solo track, "I Remember" which was jointly composed by Bang and One Way's Chance. The track has gained a lot of interest from netizens and become a hot topic. Yang was not able to sing "I Remember" with Bang Yongguk live.[]

On September 27, 2011, KBS' 'Poseidon' released part one of their original soundtrack series which featured Yang's vocals. His song, "No", was a collaboration piece between Rado (of Huh Gak's "Hello") and production duo Ji In and Wontag, the men behind MBLAQ's latest releases. The song features sorrowful lyrics of a man who has no choice but to let go of his lover.[14]

Yang released his solo album on November 26, 2012. All five songs were produced by fellow band member, Jun Hyung, including the title song, "Caffeine". A music video for "Caffeine" was released two days later, on November 28. A music video for his song "Even then, I" was released on February 14, 2013, as a valentines gift for his fans.[]

Yang was chosen as one of the judges and coaches in Mnet The Voice Korea Kids or Voice Kids for short. The contestants were between the ages of 6-14 years old.[15] He was also chosen as the most desired coach by the contestants of Voice Kids.[16]

Yang joined MBC's I Live Alone, a real-variety show that showcases the daily lives of single celebrities (men) who live alone.[17]

In December 2013, he starred as the title character in a Seoul production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and was mentioned in the New York Times.[18]

Yang left I Live Alone in which he received much love as the youngest member of the show after a short six months on broadcast due to his responsibilities and schedules as a member of Beast. He said that due to their Japan Tour 2014, along with their upcoming comeback planned to be in April 2014, he would be unable to participate in the show.[19]

It was announced in March 2014 that Yang would be participating in the musical-remake of the 2004 hit romantic comedy drama series Full House as the lead character, Lee Young-jae. The musical was on stage in April 2014.[20]


Extended plays

Songwriting credits

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2009 Beast Is the B2ST BEAST "Beast Is the B2ST" Yes BEAST No Shin Sa Dong Tiger, Choi Gyu Seong
"Bad Girl" Yes BEAST, Lee Sang Ho, Shin Sa Dong Tiger No Lee Sang Ho, Shin Sa Dong Tiger
2010 My Story BEAST (Yoseob & Junhyung) "Thank To" Yes Yong Jun-hyung Yes Yong Jun-hyung, Shinsadong
2016 Highlight BEAST "Practice" Yes Yong Jun-hyung, Gyuberlake Yes Gyuberlake
BEAST (Yoseob Solo) "Come Out" Yes Gyuberlake Yes
2017 Can You Feel It? HIGHLIGHT "Beginning" Yes Yong Jun-hyung, Gyuberlake Yes
The Emperor: Owner of the Mask OST Yoseob "The Tree" Yes Gyuberlake Yes
2018 ? (White) "Where I Am Gone" Yes Yes
"Star" Yes Yes
"Beginning (Solo ver.)" Yes Yes
"Yang Yoseob" Yes Yes
"Consolation" Yes No 1601
Outro HIGHLIGHT "Wind" (Yoseob & Dongwoon) Yes Son Dong-woon, Gyuberlake Yes Son Dong-woon, Gyuberlake
2019 20 Full Moons Yoseob "With you" Yes Gyuberlake Yes Gyuberlake
"Moonlight" Yes Yes


Variety shows

Year Network Title Role Note
2013 Mnet The Voice Kids - Korea Judge/Coach Himself
MBC I Live Alone Cast Episode 28-45
2015 tvN Let's Eat with Friends Cast

Television dramas

Year Channel Title Role Notes
2012 KBS2 My Daughter Seo-young Yang Yo-seob Cameo - Episode 25
2015 tvN Let's Eat 2 Yang Yo-seob Cameo - Episode 16

Musical theatre

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Gwanghwamun Sonata Ji Yong Lead Role
2013 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph
2014 Full House Lee Young-jae
Zorro Zorro
2015 Robin Hood Prince Philip
Cinderella Prince Christopher
2017 Those Day Moo Young

Radio show

Year Title Role
2018-2019 Yang Yoseob's Dreaming Radio MBC FM4U


Korean tours

  • 2018 YANG YOSEOB Solo Concert <?> - Kyunghee University Grand Peace Palace, Seoul (June 16-17, 2018)[21]

Awards & nominations

Golden Ticket Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Himself Musical Rising Star Award[22] Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 "Caffeine" Best Dance Performance - Male Solo Nominated

SBS MTV Best of the Best

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 "Caffeine" Best Male Artist Won

Golden Disc Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 "?" Bonsang (Album)[23] Nominated

MBC Entertainment Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 Himself Best Newcomer Award (Radio) Won


  1. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. ^ a b "BEAST|My Name is..." 10Asia (in Korean). Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ a b "'' , "() - - (in Korean). Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Dalmatian's Drama & BEAST'S Yoseob join together for a 'Kiss', in their Digital Single". Daum News (in Korean). November 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ a b "BEAST's Yang Yoseob takes part in 'More Charming By the Day' OST". Newsen (in Korean). July 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Beast's Yang Yoseob supports Lee Kikwang's "My Princess" with the OST "I Cherish That Person"". Newsen (in Korean). February 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ " ? ", 1? 24? ? ? "()". entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ ""Visit Seoul 2010" Korean Stars and Japanese tourists explore Seoul in MBC's Star Guide Doshiraku". East-01 (in Japanese). January 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "'100 points out of 100' Yang Yoseob, "I'm Kikwang and Doojoon's friend" witty PR causes laughter". Review Star (in Korean). January 15, 2011. Archived from the original on February 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "BEAST Yang Yoseob takes on a musical". ENS (in Korean). February 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "KBS will be making a new idol singer competition program". Naver (in Korean). April 29, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Yang Yoseob regrets leaving 'Immortal Songs 2?". Newsen (in Korean). June 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "BEAST's Yoseob leaves 'Immortal Songs 2'..Which idol singers are coming up?". Nate (in Korean). June 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ "allkpop.com" (in Korean).
  15. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/12/b2sts-yoseob-seo-in-young-and-yoon-sang-to-coach-young-contestants-on-voice-korea
  16. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/12/b2sts-yoseob-chosen-as-the-most-desired-coach-by-the-contestants-of-voice-kids
  17. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/10/b2sts-yoseob-and-jun-hyun-moo-are-joining-i-live-alone
  18. ^ Heartthrobs Rule the Korean Stage
  19. ^ http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/03/07/2014030700003.html
  20. ^ http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&oid=311&aid=0000314498&sid1=001&lfrom=twitter
  21. ^ "'V?' "6? 16·17? " ". mydaily. May 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "2011 Golden Ticket Awards". Interpark. January 19, 2012. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ "33rd Golden Disc Awards Announces Nominees". Soompi. December 7, 2018.

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