Bang Si-hyuk

Bang Si-hyuk (born August 9, 1972), known professionally as "Hitman" Bang (stylized as "hitman" bang), is a South Korean lyricist, composer, producer, and record executive. He is the founder and co-CEO of Big Hit Entertainment.

Bang Si-hyuk
Also known as"Hitman" Bang
Born (1972-08-09) August 9, 1972 (age 47)
South Korea
Years active1994–present
LabelsBig Hit Entertainment
Associated actsPark Jin-young
Alma materSeoul National University
Known forCo-CEO and founder of Big Hit Entertainment
Net worth$770 million
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBang Si-hyeok
McCune–ReischauerPang Sihyŏk

Early lifeEdit

Bang's passion for music began early, as he grew up in a musical home. However, he was discouraged from pursuing a career in music by his parents.[1][2] He went to Kyunggi High School before graduating from Seoul National University.[3]


Bang debuted as a composer while in college.[3] He met Park Jin-young during the mid-1990s, and the pair often partnered together as a songwriting duo. When Park founded his company JYP Entertainment, Bang joined him as a composer, arranger and producer.[2][4][5] One of their early successes was the first-generation group g.o.d.[4] They were largely responsible for the production of g.o.d's debut album Chapter 1, with Park serving as the producer and primary songwriter while Bang arranged the instrumentation and music.[6] Some of g.o.d's most famous songs whose soundtrack was arranged by Bang include "One Candle" and "Road". His stage name "Hitman" originated from this period, when g.o.d enjoyed success as one of the country's best-selling and most popular boy bands of the early 2000s, earning himself and Park the reputation as "hit makers".[4] Besides g.o.d, Bang has also produced or composed for artists such as veterans Im Chang-jung and Park Ji-yoon, singer-actor Rain, groups Wonder Girls, 2AM and Teen Top, R&B singer Baek Ji-young and many others.[4][7]

In 2005, Bang left JYP Entertainment and founded his own company Big Hit Entertainment, which later became home to boy bands BTS and TXT. He continues to write, compose and produce, and most recently co-wrote six songs in BTS' critically acclaimed album Wings, released in October 2016. The success of Wings garnered him the Best Producer Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Songwriter Award at the Melon Music Awards that year. In June 2018, he was named one of International Music Leaders by Variety due to BTS' achievements.[8]

In April 2019, Bloomberg estimated Bang's worth to be about $770 million.[9]

Production discographyEdit

Year Artist Album Notes
2007 Wonder Girls The Wonder Years
2009 Taegoon 1st Mini Album
2010 2AM Saint o'Clock
2011 Homme Homme by Hitman Bang
Lee Seung-gi Tonight
Teen Top Roman with Composer Park Chang Hyeon
2013 BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool Co-produced with Pdogg
O!RUL8,2? Co-produced with Pdogg
2014 Skool Luv Affair
Skool Luv Affair Special Addition
1st Japan Single Album: No More Dream
2nd Japan Single Album: Boy In Luv
Dark & Wild
3rd Japan Single Album: Danger
1st Japanese Album: Wake Up
2015 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1
4th Japan Single Album: For You
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2
5th Japan Single Album: I NEED U
6th Japan Single Album: RUN
2016 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever
2nd Japanese Album: Youth
2017 WINGS: You Never Walk Alone
Love Yourself 承 Her
2018 Love Yourself 轉 Tear
Love Yourself 結 Answer
IZ Angel "Angel" with Supreme Boi, co-composed "Granulate" with Kim Do Hoon.
2020 GFriend 回:Labyrinth

Lyrics and compositionEdit


Year Award Category Work(s) Result
2009 Melon Music Awards Songwriter Award[10] N/A Won
2010 Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Most Influential Stars Award[11] Won
2011 Korea Music Copyright Awards Best Lyricist (Ballad)[3] Won
Best Songwriter (Ballad)[3] Won
Masterpiece Award[12] Won
2016 Asia Artist Awards Best Producer Award[13] Won
Melon Music Awards Songwriter Award[14] Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Special Awards – Best Executive Producer[15] Won
2017 Golden Disc Awards Best Producer Award[16] Won
Gaon Chart Music Awards Producer of the Year[17] Won
Korea Content Awards Presidential Commendation Award[18] Won
2018 Seoul Music Awards Producer Award[19] Won
MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards Producer Award[20] Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Producer of the Year[21] Won
Edaily Culture Awards Frontier Award[22] Won


  1. ^ Hwang, Mi-hyeon (April 28, 2011). 방시혁, 서울대 강의 "완전체아이돌 나올 것" [Bang, Shi-hyuk, Seoul National University Lecture "A complete idol will emerge"]. Osen (in Korean). Retrieved July 16, 2019 – via The Chosun Ilbo.
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  3. ^ a b c d Seo, Ha-na (April 24, 2018). [Who Is ?] 방시혁 빅히트엔터테인먼트 대표이사 [[Who Is?] Bang Si-hyuk, CEO of Big Hit Entertainment]. Business Post (in Korean). Retrieved July 16, 2019.
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  6. ^ "1집 Chapter 1" [First album Chapter 1] (in Korean). Naver Music. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  7. ^ 방시혁 "가수 자질?···무대 지배하는 사람" [Bang Si-hyuk, "A singer's qualities?...A stage master"]. Yonhap News (in Korean). April 11, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2019 – via SBS News.
  8. ^ Aswad, Jem; Benjamin, Jeff; Bliss, Karen; Trakin, Roy; Parisi, Paula (June 4, 2018). "International Music Leaders of 2018". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Lee, Yoojung; Kim, Sohee; Pei, Yi Mak (April 9, 2019). "The Mastermind Behind BTS Has Built a $770 Million K-Pop Fortune". Bloomberg News. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Lee, Soo-hyun; Moon, Wan-shik (December 16, 2009). 방시혁, 멜론뮤직어워즈 '송라이터상' 수상 [Bang Si-hyuk won the Melon Music Awards Songwriter Award]. Star News (in Korean). Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Moon, Wan-shik (August 26, 2010). 방시혁, 2010엠넷20's초이스 '가장 영향력있는 스타' 선정 [Bang Si-hyuk selected as 'Most Influential Star' in 2010 Mnet 20's Choice]. Star News (in Korean). Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  12. ^ 방시혁, 한국음악저작권대상 작품상 수상 [Bang Si-hyuk won the Korean Music Copyright Award]. 10 Asia (in Korean). December 5, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
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  17. ^ Hwang, Soo-yeon (February 22, 2017). [6th 가온차트]"더 없이 공정했다"..엑소 4관왕·블랙핑크 3관왕(종합) [[6th Gaon Chart] "It was perfectly fair" .. EXO's 4 crowns, Black Pink's triple crown(Comprehensive)]. Herald POP (in Korean). Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  18. ^ Doo, Rumy (December 4, 2017). "BTS producer Bang Si-hyuk receives Presidential Citation". The Korea Herald. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  19. ^ Yoon, Jung-mi (January 25, 2018). [2018 서가대] 방시혁 올해의 제작자상 수상 '방탄도 함께 축하' [[2018 Seoul Music Awards] Bang Si-hyuk, winner of the Producer of the Year Award, 'celebrates with BTS']. News1 (in Korean). Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  20. ^ Herman, Tamar (November 6, 2018). "BTS Performs Alongside Charlie Puth at 2018 MGAs". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  21. ^ Devoe, Noelle (December 10, 2018). "Why Wasn't BTS At The 2018 MAMAs Premiere? Don't Worry, They'll Make It Up To You". Elite Daily. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  22. ^ Kim, Yeonji (January 23, 2018). '이데일리문화대상' 방시혁, "K팝 세계화와 세계 진출에 큰 힘 될 것" ['Edaily Culture Award' Bang Si-hyuk, "It will be a great force for K-pop globalization and global advancement"]. Daily Sports (in Korean). Retrieved August 6, 2019 – via JTBC News.