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Post  Admin on Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:39 am

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Kangta (강타) (born October 10, 1979) is a South Korean singer, first known as the lead singer of legendary boy band H.O.T. (High-five of Teenagers). Kangta, his stage name, is the symbol for great hit in Hangul as An Chilhyun (안칠현) is his real name.

He has been a vigorous songwriter and composer, having written over 100 songs[1] for H.O.T.'s albums as well as for other groups and singers like NRG and Fly to the Sky. When H.O.T. disbanded in March 2001, a legion of loyal fans was in rage. However a couple of months after the group disbanded, Kangta surprised many people by becoming the first member to debut solo. He released his first solo album "Polaris", which became a huge hit; it was followed by his second album "Pinetree" in 2002. His first solo concert took place on August 24, 2003.

In 2006, Kangta was chosen as a runner up for Best Korean Singer overseas, according to Arirang International Broadcasting. A poll was issued over the internet, allowing only foreigners to vote. Shinhwa's song "Once In A Lifetime" won by 60% of the vote, beating Kangta, who came in second with 20.3 percent

In 2007, he filmed two dramas and Love in the city 2 aired on October 1, 2007.

In 2008, Kangta was initially scheduled for military service at the beginning of the year, but SM Entertainment helped him defer it to April so he could release his last album "Eternity" as a memoir for his fans. The album was released on March 12, 2008 and was his first in three years.[2] On March 29 and March 30, Kangta held his last solo concert at Yonsei University's main auditorium. His previous solo concert was five years ago. His concert, "Eternity", was aimed at looking back at his last twelve years as a singer and thanking his fans.[3][4] On April 1, 2008, Kangta officially began his military duties in Euijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province.[5] Kangta is currently enlisted in the Korean army for two years, which every male is required to service in. He is expected back in mid-2010.

Pre-debut & H.O.T.
Main article: H.O.T.
Kangta was discovered at Lotte World, a theme park, when he was only 13 years old. He debuted as a back-up dancer together with Moon Hee Jun (another H.O.T. member) for singer Yoo Young Jin. Kangta eventually decided to become a singer with Moon Hee Jun and three others, Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony An, and Lee Jae Won to form H.O.T. in 1996.

S (Supreme)
Main article: S (group)
After planning for years, Kangta worked with his celebrity friends Shin Hye Sung from Shinhwa and Lee Ji Hoon to form the project group "S", standing for "Supreme". They released their first solo project album called "Fr. In. Cl." or Friends in Classic. They have won several awards since then. Their title track, "I Swear" was written, composed, and arranged by Kangta while Shin Hye Sung wrote the English lyrics.

Kangta & Vanness
Main article: Kangta & Vanness
Early 2006, Kangta collaborated with Vanness Wu of F4 from Taiwan, and formed Kangta & Vanness. Their first debut was in Thailand ending the ceremony for the 2006 MTV Asia Awards. They released their single "Scandal" and have been busy promoting their single all over Asia. "Scandal" was a success over Asia and a repackaged version was released in mid-July. In September 12, they held a showcase in Malaysia , Berjaya Times Square and were shocked to see so many fans turning up. They sang a few songs live and it has made the fans happy and overjoyed. A total number of few hundred fans were very lucky and managed to get their album autographed by both Kangta and Vanness. It was a successful event. In "Heart to Heart", Kangta announced that he would be entering the Army in early 2008, so he and Vanness will be putting their activities on hold.

Acting
Kangta received several offers and has accepted a drama offer in China. In 2004, he starred in a drama called Magic Touch of Fate together with Taiwanese actors and actresses, Ruby Lin and Alec Su. Kangta portrayed the role of the evil magician Jin-Xiu.

Soon afterwards, Kangta returned to Korea and released his much-awaited third album. In 2005, Kangta released "Persona", which included tracks that were very different from his previous two albums. The main single of the album, "Persona" had a similar melody to Babyface's "The Loneliness". Kangta surprised his fans when he said he wanted to become an actor. A month later, he starred in a KBS drama, Loveholic.

Kangta also acted in his second Chinese drama[6], Love In The City 2. In Love In The City 2 Kangta portrayed the life of a successful CEO with a dull life.
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During the promotion events of Kangta's third album "Persona", he was contracted to become the spokesperson for a Korean MP3 player.

As group 'S', Kangta, Shin Hyesung, and Lee Jihoon were in a commercial for IVY Club.

Filmography
2002: Emergency Measures 19 (Cameo)


Drama
2005: Magic Touch of Fate
2005: Loveholic (KBS)
2007: Love In The City 2 (CCTV)
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