Im Chang-jung

Im Chang-jung (Korean임창정; born November 30, 1973) is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor.[3] He is often referred by Koreans as "the original multi-entertainer" for being active in all three fields: music, film and entertainment. He made his acting debut in 1990 and his singing debut in 1995. Im has since released 16 full-length albums[4] and is known for his hit songs that are vocally challenging to sing.[5] He is the only artist in South Korea who have songs that reached number one on the local music charts in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.[6]

Im Chang-jung
20161009 임창정 김창렬의 올드스쿨 공개방송.jpg
Im in 2016.
Born (1973-11-30) November 30, 1973 (age 47)
Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
EducationChungAng University – Theater and Film[1]
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actor
Years active1990–present
AgentYES IM Entertainment[2]
Korean name
Hangul
임창정
Hanja
任昌丁
Revised RomanizationIm Chang-jeong
McCune–ReischauerIm Ch'ang-chŏng

Personal lifeEdit

Im married professional golfer Kim Hyun-joo in 2006.[7] The couple, who have three sons together, divorced in 2013.[8] Im married a woman named Seo Ha-yan in 2017. The couple have 2 children together.[9]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[10][11]
Already to Me
(이미 나에게로)
  • Released: April 1, 1995
  • Label: KingPin
  • Formats: CD, cassette
No data No data
Because I'm Not with You
  • Released: May 10, 1996
  • Label: KingPin
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Again
  • Released: May 16, 1997
  • Label: Interpark
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Become a Star
(별이 되어)
  • Released: April 13, 1998
  • Label: Cheonil
  • Formats: CD, cassette
5
Story Of...
  • Released: March 29, 1999
  • Label: Cheonil
  • Formats: CD, cassette
2
White
  • Released: February 10, 2000
  • Label: Cheonil
  • Formats: CD, cassette
2
www.love.7th
  • Released: November 1, 2000
  • Label: Seoul Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
2
Different Color
  • Released: July 25, 2001
  • Label: Laful Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. Goodbye August (8월에 이별)
  2. Real Love
  3. Foolish (미련)
  4. I Think That All Day (온종일 하는 생각)
  5. Legends Of The Fall (가을의 전설)
  6. Why Wait (기다리는 이유)
  7. Parting (이별)
  8. The Day She Lost Contact (날 버린 그녀가 요즘 연락을 한다)
  9. Comfort (위로)
  10. Not Yet In Me (내안에 아직)
  11. I Miss You (보고싶어)
  12. What! What! (뭔데! 뭔데!)
  13. I Deserve You (너에게 모자란 나)
  14. Wishes (바램)
  15. Say It (말해요)
  16. Epilogue (에필로그)
2
C.J.2002
  • Released: April 26, 2002
  • Label: Laful Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. Sunshower (여우비)
  2. No Choice
  3. Sad Soliloquy (슬픈 혼잣말)
  4. You As You (너를 너로써)
  5. Love Punch (러브 편치)
  6. Send Me (나를 보내며)
  7. Leave Me One (내게 남을 한사람)
  8. Sad And Good Lover (슬퍼도 좋은 연인)
  9. One Day
  10. Leave (떠나라)
  11. Sad Soliloquy (슬픈 혼잣말) inst
32[a]
Bye
  • Released: June 5, 2003
  • Label: Warner Music Korea
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. Misunderstanding (오해)
  2. A Shot of Soju (소주 한 잔)
  3. Scattered Days (흩어진 나날들)
  4. I’m going (내가 가요)
  5. Why! (왜!)
  6. I Have A Lover (난 연인이 있다)
  7. Bye
  8. Advice (조언)
  9. The Next You Want (니 옆이고 싶어서)
  10. Already With Me (이미 나에게로) Remix
  11. My Love (나의 연인) Remix
  12. A Shot of Soju (소주 한 잔) inst
16[b]
Return to My World
Track listing
  1. You And Others (너란 사람은)
  2. If you want or not (원하던 안 원하던)
  3. Long time no see (오랜만이야)
  4. Then A Miss (그때가 그리워요)
  5. I Think Your Laughing Again (그대 생각하며 한번 웃고)
  6. Marriage Blues (결혼전야)
  7. Deceased’s Name In Your Heart (가슴에 고인 이름)
  8. To Hyun Ju (현주에게)
  9. Sad Lovers (슬픈 연인)
  10. Something Not Alone (혼자가 아닌 걸)
  11. To Your Ex-Boyfriend
  12. In The Club
3 No data
Ordinary Song, Ordinary Melody
(흔한 노래... 흔한 멜로디...)
  • Released: March 20, 2014
  • Label: NH Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. It Will Be Sent (보내야 했을까)
  2. Which Day (어느 하루가)
  3. Ordinary Song (흔한 노래)
  4. Fool (바보)
  5. Forget Death (죽어라 잊어도)
  6. Reveal (토로 [吐露])
  7. Your Happiness (너는 행복)
  8. The Last Handshake (마지막 악수)
  9. When We Broke Up (우리가 헤어질 때) # Happy Man (행복한 남자)
  10. Your Smile (너의 미소)
  11. Shall We Dance (임박사와 함께 춤을)
  12. Which Day (어느 하루가) inst
  13. Ordinary Song (흔한 노래) inst
  14. Shall We Dance (임박사와 함께 춤을) inst
8
I'm
  • Released: September 6, 2016
  • Label: NH Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. I’ll Sing Again (노래 한번 할게요)
  2. After Parting (이별 후)
  3. Stop There (그 곳에 멈춰서)
  4. Reconciliation (화해)
  5. Now Let Me Be (이제 날 놓아줘)
  6. Most Beautiful Time In Life (내 생에 가장 아름다운)
  7. Put Down (그마저 내려놓는)
  8. There Is Another Inspiring Way (또 설레이는 이 길)
  9. The Sun (순심이)
  10. You Go Up (너에게 달려간다)
  11. People I’ve Loved (내가 저지른 사랑)
  12. Only One In The World (세상에 하나뿐인 나)
  13. People I’ve Loved (내가 저지른 사랑) inst
  14. Although Time Passed (지나고도 같은 오늘) inst
2
There Has Never Been a Day I Haven't Loved You
(하루도 그대를 사랑하지 않은 적이 없었다)
  • Released: September 19, 2018
  • Label: NH Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Karaoke (노래방)
  2. Please Don’t Share (나눠갖지 말아요)
  3. There Has Never Been A Day That I Haven’t Loved You (하루도 그대를 사랑하지 않은 적이 없었다)
  4. From Now On (이젠 그러려고)
  5. The Day I Called Today (지금이라 부르던 그때)
  6. Her (그 사람)
  7. Looks Good (예쁘더라)
  8. Friends 10 Years, Love 1 Year (친구 10년 사랑 1년)
  9. Same Day As Yesterday (Reminisce [지나고도 같은 오늘 (또 생각이나서)])
  10. Love Again (또 다시 사랑) 2018 Ver
  11. That Person Is Me (나란놈이란) 2018 Ver
  12. Leave Me Alone (그냥 냅둬)
  13. There Has Never Been A Day That I Haven’t Loved You (하루도 그대를 사랑하지 않은 적이 없었다) inst
  14. Leave Me Alone (그냥 냅둬) inst
14
Never Ending
(십삼월)
  • Released: September 6, 2019
  • Label: NH Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. All My Life (일월)
  2. Love Letter (이월)
  3. Dear You (삼월)
  4. Empty (사월)
  5. May Be (오월)
  6. Stranger (유월)
  7. Last Summer (칠월)
  8. Moon Blue (팔월)
  9. September Song (구월)
  10. Mistakes (시월)
  11. Again (십일월)
  12. Happy Ending (십이월)
  13. Never Ending (십삼월)
  14. Never Ending (십삼월) inst
  15. September Song (구월) inst
14
Love Should Not Be Harsh On You
(힘든건 사랑이 아니다)
  • Released: October 19, 2020
  • Label: YES IM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Love Should Not Be Harsh On You (힘든 건 사랑이 아니다)
  2. Already Forgot You (이미 널 잊었어)
  3. The Little Things (소확행)
  4. Flower Path (꽃길을 걸어요)
  5. I Wanna Go Back (돌아가고 싶다)
  6. Not Sure If You Are Okay (괜찮은지 몰라서)
  7. Where Are We (우리는 어디에)
  8. LOL (ㅎ ㅎ ㅎ)
  9. Young Moments of My Love (젊은 날 그 사람)
  10. Letting Go (널 버릴 거야)
  11. 3rd Batter Up (3번 타자)
  12. Not Sure if You Are Okay (with Sunmin) (괜찮은지 몰라서)
  13. Love Like Magic (내 사랑 마법자)
  14. Love Should Not Be Harsh On You (힘든 건 사랑이 아니다) inst
  15. Love Like Magic (내 사랑 마법자) inst
TBA

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[11]
Best Man (친한사람)
  • Released: November 24, 2014
  • Label: NH Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
14
Love Again (또 다시 사랑)
  • Released: September 22, 2015
  • Label: NH Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8
Do You Know That Person? (그 사람을 아나요)
  • Released: October 23, 2017
  • Label: NH Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
18

SinglesEdit

Title Single details
Brave Brothers 10th Anniversary Project, Part 01
(용감한형제 10주년 앨범 Part.1)
Track listing
  • Even After I Got Hurt (그렇게 당해놓고) (ft. Maboos of Electricboyz)
  • Even After I Got Hurt Inst. (그렇게 당해놓고 Inst.) (ft. Maboos of Electricboyz)
  • Released: December 30, 2013
  • Format: CD, digital download
A Guy Like Me (나란놈이란)
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Format: CD, digital download
Open the Door (문을 여시오)
  • Released: October 30, 2013
  • Format: CD, digital download
We Were...(with Xia)
  • Released: December 15, 2017
  • Format: CD, digital download

Album appearancesEdit

Title Year Album
Gone with the Wind
(바람과 함께 사라지다)
2013 Hot Summer Cool Music

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Title Year Album
슬픈연가 (환규의 테마) 1997 Beat OST
언제나 같은 생각 2012 Ji Woon-soo's Stroke of Luck OST
Way Back Home (집으로 가는 길)
Goodbye 2014 Three Days OST
Wait (기다리라 해요) Gunman in Joseon OST
It will be Alright (괜찮아질텐데) 2015 Sweet, Savage Family OST
You Tell Me (그대 내게 말하길) 2017 Man to Man OST
Repeatedly (되풀이) 2021 Penthouse 2 OST
This Is What I Am (이게 바로 나야)

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role
1990 North Korean Partisan in South Korea Jeon Sae-young
Rose Motel
1992 From Seom River to the Sky Goo Dae-hoon
Walking All the Way to Heaven
1994 The Rules of the Game Client 1
1997 Beat Hwan-gyu
1998 Extra Park Bong-soo
If the Sun Rises in the West Kim Beom-soo
2000 The Happy Funeral Director Jae-hyun
Jakarta Blue
2001 My Boss, My Hero Hyeok-sam (cameo)
2002 Bet on My Disco Bong-pal
Sex Is Zero Jang Eun-shik
2003 Reversal of Fortune Police officer (cameo)
The Greatest Expectation Chang-shik
Romantic Assassin Ghost in armor (cameo)
2004 To Catch a Virgin Ghost Yang-yi
2005 Cracked Eggs and Noodles Dae-gyu
All for Love Kim Chang-hoo
2006 Aachi & Ssipak Ssipak (voice)
2007 Miracle on 1st Street Pil-je
Underground Rendezvous Young-tae
Scout Ho-chang
Sex Is Zero 2 Eun-shik
2009 Fortune Salon Seung-won
2010 Twilight Gangsters Bang Joon-seok
Romantic Debtors[26] Detective Bang Geuk-hyun
2011 Shotgun Love[27] Sang-yeol
2012 Rain and Rain Soo-hyun
The Traffickers[28] Young-gyu
2013 Tumbleweed Chang-soo
2014 The Con Artists Chef (cameo)
2015 Untouchable Lawmen[29] Lee Jung-jin
2017 Roman Holiday In-han
2018 Gate Gyu-cheol

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
1991 Eyes of Dawn Gil-soo MBC
1992 Days of Sunshine KBS2
1994 Ladybug KBS2
1996 Three Guys and Three Girls MBC
1997 New York Story SBS
2010 The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry Jerry Oh (cameo) MBC
2012 Ji Woon-soo's Stroke of Luck[30][31] Ji Woon-soo TV Chosun
2017 Witch at Court Investigated man (special appearance) KBS2
2019 Dazzling a swindler (cameo, Ep. 5) JTBC

Variety showEdit

Year Title Role Network
2009 Invincible Baseball Team Infielder, pitcher KBS2
Superstar K Season 1 host Mnet
2014–15 Law of the Jungle in Costa Rica Cast member SBS

Musical theatreEdit

 
Im in Le Passe-Muraille in 2012
Year Title Role
2009 Bbalae (Laundry)[32][33] Solongo
2010–2011 Radio Star[34] Park Min-soo
2012 Le Passe-Muraille Dusoleil

Awards and nominationsEdit

As a singerEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 Golden Disc Awards Bonsang (Main Award) "Again" Won [35]
Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Award) Won
KBS Music Festival Daesang (Grand Prize) "Again" Won
1999 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Award) Won
2000 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Award) Won
Mnet Music Video Festival Best Ballad Performance "My Love" Nominated
2001 Golden Disc Awards Bonsang (Main Award) "Reason to Wait" Won [35]
KBS Music Festival Top 10 Singers Won
Seoul Music Awards Bonsang (Main Award) Won
2002 Mnet Music Video Festival Best Ballad Performance "Sad Monologue" Nominated
2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Male Artist Nominated
2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Vocal Performance "Love Again" Nominated
Seoul Music Awards Performance Award Won
2016 Melon Music Awards Best Ballad Award "The Love I Committed" Won
2017 Golden Disc Awards Digital Bonsang (Main Award) Won [35]
2018 Golden Disc Awards Ballad of the Year Award Himself Won

As an actorEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
1997 Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Beat Won [36]
1998 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Won
2002 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Bet on My Disco Nominated
2003 Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [37]
Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) Sex Is Zero Won
2008 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Scout Won
Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated [38]
2012 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Film The Traffickers Won

NotesEdit

  • ^ The April 2002 and May 2002 charts are not available online. The peak chart position is from June 2002.
  • ^ The June 2003 chart is not available online. The peak chart position is from the cumulative chart for the first half of 2003.

ReferencesEdit

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