Junhyung in May 2018
December 19, 1989
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Yong Jun-hyeong|
|Revised Romanization||Yong Jae-sun|
Yong Jun-hyung (Hangul: ; born December 19, 1989), commonly known as Junhyung, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor. He was a member of the K-pop boy band Highlight (formerly known as Beast) from 2009 until 2019, when he departed the group after admitting to viewing illicit videos. The police have stated that he is only being considered a witness at this point in time in the Burning Sun scandal.
As a solo artist he released one extended play, Flower (2013), and one full-length album, Goodbye 20's (2018). His also starred in the Korean dramas Monstar (2013) and Coffee, Do Me a Favor (2018).
Junhyung was born in Seoul, South Korea. He changed his birth name Yong Jae-soon (Korean: ) to his current name when he was in 6th grade. In 2007, he joined the boy band Xing, which included Kevin Woo, a now-former member of U-KISS. Junhyung was known by the stage name Poppin' Dragon while in Xing.
Junhyung debuted under Cube Entertainment as a member of the boy band Beast in 2009. The group released their first extended play Beast Is the B2ST on October 14, 2009. The group released a total of eight extended plays and three studio albums.
In 2010, Junhyung was featured as a rapper in songs by other artists, including Hyuna's debut single "Change," the Asian remix of Amerie's "Heard 'em All," and G.NA's single "I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better." In 2011, Junhyung was featured on the songs "Heartsore Story" by Wheesung, "A Bitter Day" by Hyuna, "Be Quiet" by Kim Wan-sun, and "Don't Act Countrified" by ALi.
Junhyung released his first solo single, "Living Without You," on February 3, 2012. The song reached #8 on the Gaon Digital Chart. That summer, he made a cameo appearance on the sitcom Salamander Guru and The Shadows. Later that year, Junhyung produced fellow Beast member Yang Yo-seob's debut solo EP, The First Collage, and was featured on the lead single, "Caffeine."
In February 2013, Junhyung released the single "You Got Some Nerve" with LE of EXID and Feeldog of Big Star. The song reached #13 on the Gaon Digital Chart. Starting in May, Junhyung starred in the Korean drama Monstar, alongside Ha Yeon-soo and Kang Ha-neul. The series aired on Mnet and wrapped up in August. Junhyung won Best New Actor at the 2013 Korean Drama Awards for his depiction of a teen idol in the series.
In 2015, Junhyung starred in the Cube Entertainment online reality series, Yong Jun-hyung's Good Life, alongside his songwriting and music production partner Kim Tae-joo. From 2016 to 2017, he co-hosted the third season of the variety show Hitmaker alongside comedian Jeong Hyeong-don. In 2017, Junhyung was also a cast member on the first season of the variety show It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets. He returned to the show for the second season in 2018.
Junhyung released his first solo full-length album, Goodbye 20's, on May 9, 2018. The album debuted at #2 on the Gaon Album Chart. That year, he also starred in the Korean drama, Coffee, Do Me a Favor, which is based on the webtoon of the same name.
On March 11, 2019, Jun-hyung was accused of being part of group chatroom with Jung Joon-young where Jung shared hidden camera footage and sexually explicit images. On March 12, it was revealed that Jun-hyung's part in the group chat was actually edited in, and it has been confirmed that Jung and Jun-hyung have a one-on-one chat room with each other, but Jun-hyung was no part of the group chat where the hidden camera footage and photos were shared. On March 14, Jun-hyung announced he was leaving Highlight, after he admitted to watching illegal videos sent to him by Jung, who is under investigation for secretly filming women during sex; a part of the Burning Sun scandal. The police stated that he is being considered only as a witness at this point in time.
On April 2, Around Us Entertainment announced Jun's military enlistment through an official statement.
|2015||Yong Jun-hyung's Good Life||Cube TV||Himself||With Kim Tae-joo|||
|2016-2017||Hitmaker Season 3||MBC Every1||Host||Co-hosted with Jeong Hyeong-don|||
|2017-2018||It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets||MBC||Cast member||
Ep. 1-4 (Season 1)
|2012||Salamander Guru and The Shadows||SBS||Joker||Cameo|||
|2013||Monstar||Mnet||Yoon Seol-chan||Lead role|||
|2018||Coffee, Do Me a Favor||Channel A||Im Hyun-woo||Lead role|||
|2013||7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Hot Cover Music - "Past Days"||Monstar||Nominated|
|20's Booming Star - Male||Nominated|
|6th Korea Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Ha Yeon-soo||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Won|
|2018||MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards||Artist of the Year||N/A||Nominated|||
|Song of the Year||"Sudden Shower" (Feat. 10cm)||Nominated|
|Male Artist Award||N/A||Nominated|
|Rap/Hip Hop Music Award||"Sudden Shower" (Feat. 10cm)||Nominated|
|Genie Music Popularity Award||N/A||Nominated|
|Melon Music Awards||Top 10 (Bonsang)||Nominated|
|Best Ballad Track Award||"Sudden Shower" (Feat. 10cm)||Nominated|
|Korea Popular Music Awards||Best Digital Song||Nominated|||
|Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang||Nominated|||
|K-wave Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Golden Disc Awards||Bonsang (Digital)||"Sudden Shower" (Feat. 10cm)||Nominated|||
|Gaon Chart Music Awards||Song of the Year (March)||Nominated|