Steve Seungjun Yoo

Yoo Seungjun, also known asSteve Yoo, is a former Korean American pop star, whose career in South Korea ended in 2002 due to controversies around his mandatory military service .He was noted for his high-energy dancing style, rapping, and singing ability.

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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's Career

1997: Debut

Yoo made his Korean debut as a singer in 1997. His first albumWest Sidewas a hit with the debut single "Gaui" ("gaui" is the Korean word for "scissors" - in this context it translates to "nightmare" as Koreans use the word to describe the rigid sleep paralysis which sometimes accompanies bad dreams). Along with another single "I love you Noona", he wonBest Newcomer of the Yearin many award ceremonies. Yoo gained popularity with his signature dance move of "Gawi", in which he and his backup dancers lined up diagonally to perform the same moves in unison. In the summer of 1998, he released second album1998 V2 for SALEwith "Na Na Na" as its lead song, where it and the music video topped the charts. Many consider this album as the most successful of his career, as it won himBest Artist of the Yearin multiple award ceremonies. In 1999, he went on to release his third albumNow Or Never, which contained the hit single "Passion". During this time, he began to expand his career into China and Taiwan, with the release of single "Can't Wait", which was a collaboration with Taiwanese singer Yuki. In 2001, he released the single "Wow".

2002: Deportation controversy

Yoo had repeatedly stated on television that he would fulfill his mandatory military service . But in 2002, just before he was to be drafted, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. As a result, the South Korean government considered it an act of desertion, and deported him, permanently banning him from entering the country. In 2011, in response to an announcement by South Korean television network Seoul Broadcasting System , on holding a public vote on whether Koreans think Yoo should be allowed to come back to Korea, he stated that that he has no plans to return.


Yoo resides in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Christine Oh, and their newborn baby.[citation needed]Several years after the military enrollment controversy brought an end to his singing career in South Korea, Yoo began a music career in Mainland China, hoping to regain his popularity through different demographics. In an attempt to salvage his career, Yoo begged for forgiveness by appearing on national television show "tvN" to justify his actions. However, it met with little success in swaying public opinion.[citation needed]

In 2007, he released his 7th albumYoo Seungjun Vol. 7 - Rebirth of YSJproduced specifically in mind for fans who stood by him through the highs and the lows of his career. The album was produced under the collaboration of production teams from U.S., China, and Korea.He released various singles such as "Missing U", "Breakin' Love", "One For Me", and "Fireworks".

He earned a role in an untitled Taiwanese drama loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis 's novelLess Than Zero. In June 2008, Steve Yoo signed a 15-year contract with Jackie Chan 's entertainment management company to become an actor. He has since been attempting to establish a name for himself in Mainland China, while continuing his singing and acting career.

In February 2010, Yoo made his movie debut in Jackie Chan 'sLittle Big Soldieras Prince Wen.

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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's Early life

Yoo born on December 15, 1976, in Seoul , South Korea . His family moved to the United States when he was thirteen, and where he resides in Buena Park, California . He attended Sunny Hills High School . He made demo tapes of his rapping and dance skills and sent these to Brothers Entertainment, where he was eventually scouted and left California to start his career as a singer.

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 Steve Seungjun Yoo's Discography


  • 1st -WEST SIDE(1997)
  • 2nd -1998 V2 for SALE(1998)
  • 3rd -Now Or Never(1999)
  • 4th -OVER AND OVER(1999)
  • Gold Techno Remix(2000)
  • 5th -Summit Revival / 고지탈환(2000)
  • 6th -Infinity(2001)
  • Promise to Jun(2006)
  • 7th - "Rebirth of YSJ/리버스 오브 와이에스제이" (2007)

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