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Kim Sungkyu: Solo Artist

Hello Inspirits!


This week is a free week for the Odd Spirit Mod Team and what that means is each of us gets to choose how we'd like to represent our INFINITE member. I've actually been waiting for an opportunity like this to share with all of you the incredible solo work of Kim Sungkyu.

Sungkyu was the first member of INFINITE to debut as a solo artist. His solo works are a little more focused in the direction of his rock roots. His idol Kim Jongwan of rock band Nell even helped Sungkyu with his solo music, writing, producing and arranging on both of his solo albums.

ANOTHER ME

Released: November 19, 2012.

Another Me served as Sungkyu's solo debut. The mini album features six songs, including "Shine" which was a gift to Sungkyu from his idol, Kim Jongwan. The album featured two title tracks "60 초 (60 Seconds)" and "I Need You" and topped the Gaon chart for the month of November 2012. In that same month, the physical album sales for Another Me totaled 62,958 copies, earning it the #1 spot for physical albums sales, with more than half of those copies purchased by international fans.

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60 초 (60 Seconds)


The music video follows the lyrics; a story about an intense love that grew quickly and ended just as fast. Sungkyu bookends both versions of the chorus with the line "60 seconds is all I need for this story." Group mate and INFINITE member L, starred in the music video.

"60 초" peaked at #16 on the charts.


**I just need to say that Sungkyu with red hair is so many kinds of yes!


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I Need You


The second track off of Another Me to get a music video, is the slowed down, emotional lament "I Need You". The song is about a low point in ones life when the world seems to have turned it's back on you, including those you love. Sungkyu is crying out for the support of the one person who can make things alright for him.
"Can't you hold me? Can't you hold my hand? I need you now. I need you now Please help me so that I can say goodbye to everyone. And bid farewell with a smile. I need you."
The song is a beautiful and emotional piece which Sungkyu's voice is perfectly matched for.


27

Released: May 11, 2015

27, Sungkyu's second mini album also features six tracks; title tracks "너여야만 해 (The Answer)" and "Kontrol" and 4 other songs, all of which placed high on the Gaon charts. The intro song "27" placed lowest at #41. The entire album was produced by Nell's Kim Jongwan who also worked on the music and lyrics as well. The album itself peaked at #1 on the Korean charts and #8 overall on the Billboard World chart.


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너여야만 해 (The Answer)


This gorgeous song is heightened by the addition of violins, which elevates the emotional climax of the piece. Sungkyu sings about losing the love of his life and the constant and burning need to get her back. There are multiple examples of poignant lyrics throughout the piece, such as:

"I've never wanted or even imagined myself without you."
"From your brown hair to your pale toes - I need all of you to be mine."

My favorite lyrics occur towards the end of the bridge when Sungkyu sings in perfect English:

"Cause I belong to you. And I wish you belong to me."
Followed by the Korean lyrics:
"I need it to be you. I won't have it any other way. From my own moments and into eternity, I hope that it will be you. I hope that is how it will be."

"너여야만 해 (The Answer)" Earned Sungkyu his first solo wins; on The Show on 5/19 and the on Show! Music Core on 5/32. The song peaked at #3 on the Korean singles charts.


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Kontrol


Instead of telling you about the song, I'm going to share the full, translated lyrics with you.
"I'll deal with all the hurting myself. So just promise me this. Just promise me one thing. Your spot will always stay the same; so if you miss it, don't worry about it and come back to me."
"Come back. Day by day I'm spending with endless tears. Come back to me, who waits for you. Comeback. The waiting is endless inside of me. The only one who can stop it is you."
"I'll deal with all the waiting myself. So just remember this. Just remember one thing. I'll keep my shoulder empty for you; so whenever you need it again, don't worry about it and come back to me."
"Come back. Day by day I'm spending with endless tears. Come back to me, who waits for you. Comeback. The waiting is endless inside of me. The only one who can stop it is you."
"I won't ask anything. I won't ask why you left me alone, why you left, why you did that. Why is that important anyway? Really, that's all I need."
"Come back. Day by day I'm spending with endless tears. Come back to me, who waits for you. Comeback. The waiting is endless inside of me. The only one who can stop it is you."
"Come back. I only have you. Day by day, in my heart, it's always you."
The music video is as stirring as the lyrics and Sungkyu's emotional vocals mess me up every time I hear the song. "Kontrol" peaked at #8 on the Gaon singles chart.

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Another track on 27 is "Daydream" with features both TABLO and Kim Jongwan. I included this live performance just to show you that not only is Sungkyu an AMAZING singer, but he's a pretty darn good rapper too. During live concert performances of "Daydream" Sungkyu sung his parts and rapped TABLO's parts as well.

All in all, 27 was a great success for Sungkyu, earning him multiple awards at the end of the year ceremonies in 2015.

7th Annual Melon Music Awards:

NOMINATED - Top 10 Artists
WON - Best Rock Song "너여야만 해 (The Answer)"
WON - Best Solo Male Artist

7th Philippines Kpop Awards:

WON - Best Collaboration of the Year "Daydream" Feat. TABLO and Jongwan

Kpop Meetings Germany Awards:

WON - Best Male Artist

International K-Music Awards:

WON - Best Male Solo



For those of you interested, I have made playlists for each of his albums with lyric videos where applicable. I do not own any of these videos. Credit to onwers.

Another Me

27


I have ordered both albums (I CANNOT WAIT FOR THEM TO GET HERE) and when they arrive, I will post my unboxing for all of you interested to see what comes inside.

Well, that's it for me. I hope you enjoyed learning about Lord Snuggy's solo music as much as I love listening to it. I highly encourage you to check out his live performances and other work. You can check out myTOP SUNGKYU LIVE STAGESif you're looking for a good place to start.

Before I sign off, I'll leave you with one last piece of ear candy.


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What You Want

Kanto Feat. Kim Sungkyu

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Love it, Love it, Love it! 60 sec is my favorite song of Sungkyu!
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Yay!!!!
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wow I don't know what to say or think he's beautiful
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He is. He so is.
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