Jo Sung-mo (Korean조성모; born March 11, 1977) is a South Korean pop ballad singer. He debuted in 1998 with the album To Heaven, and went on to release several of the all-time best-selling albums in South Korea.[1]

Jo Sung-mo
Jo Sungmo from acrofan.jpg
Jo in 2012.
Background information
Born (1977-03-11) March 11, 1977 (age 42)
OriginSouth Korea
GenresPop ballad
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1998–present
Korean name
Hangul
조성모
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJo Seong-mo
McCune–ReischauerCho Sŏngmo

BiographyEdit

Jo Sung Mo was born in Seoul in 1977.

Shortly after high school, he was part of a dance group called 4004 (also called 4Angels). The dance group never had an official debut before disbanding.

Jo Sung Mo debuted in September 1998. He chose an unconventional method of releasing no information about the album or himself featuring actors (Lee Byeong Heon and Kim Ha Neul) in his debut instead of personally appearing in the video. It became known as the "mysterious concept".[1]

His gamble paid off, and he became widely popular. Listed as one of the top sellers of Korean albums of all time, he earned the title "Crown Prince of Ballads".

Jo Sung Mo entered mandatory enlistment on March 30, 2006, and completed his service on May 23, 2008.

Jo Sung Mo got married in 2010 to former model and designer, Goo Min Ji. They met in 2007 and dated for 3 years prior.[2] They had their first child, a boy, on October 26, 2015.

His fanclub goes by the name Sungmo Maria

ControversyEdit

In 2015, Jo was taken to court over breech of contract and substandard performances for his 2014–2015 concert tour. He was originally agreed to hold 18 concerts, but he stopped after 16 due to a discrepancy with the performance agency over money. On October 25, 2015, the Seoul Central District Court ruled against Jo and ordered him to pay 100 million won ($890,000 US) to the production house.[3]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[4]
To Heaven
  • Released: September 4, 1998
  • Label: GM (지엠)
  • Formats: CD, cassette
4
  • KOR: 775,126+[5]
For Your Soul
  • Released: September 1, 1999
  • Label: GM
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1
  • KOR: 2,047,152+[6]
Classic
  • Released: January 26, 2000
  • Label: GM
  • Formats: CD, cassette
2
  • KOR: 1,599,111+[7]
Let Me Love
  • Released: September 1, 2000
  • Label: GM
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1
  • KOR: 2,042,096+[8]
No More Love
  • Released: September 9, 2001
  • Label: GM
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1
  • KOR: 979,697[9]
A Singer (歌人) 1
My First
  • Released: February 2, 2005
  • Label: Warner Music Korea
  • Formats: CD, cassette
5
Classic 1+1 Grand Featuring
  • Released: November 8, 2005
  • Label: Heaven Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1
Second Half
  • Released: April 9, 2009
N/A* N/A*
*2009 data not available.

Compilation albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[4][13]
Don't Forget To Remember
  • Released: October 10, 2002
  • Label: GM
  • Formats: CD, cassette
8
The Essential Jo Sung Mo
  • Released: June 25, 2014
  • Label: CJ E & M Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[13]
Meet Brave
  • Released: August 11, 2010
  • Label: CJ E & M Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 N/A*
Wind of Change
  • Released: March 24, 2014
  • Label: Synnara Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9
*2010 sales data not available.

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Program name Channel Note
2009 Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 KBS2 Cast member[17]
2012–13 The Last Audition of My Live KBS2 Singing competition judge[18]
2013 Hidden Singer 2 JTBC Guest singer[19]
2014 Final Adventure MBC Cast member
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra Mnet Cameo
2016 Fantastic Duo SBS Guest singer

FilmEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Golden Disc AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref
1999 Album Grand Prize For Your Soul Won [20]
Album Main Prize Won
2000 Album Grand Prize Let Me Love Won
Album Main Prize Won
2003 Album Grand Prize A Singer Won
Album Main Prize Won
2005 My First Won

KBS Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref
1999 Best Song Award "For Your Soul" Won [21]

Mnet Asian Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref
1999 Best Ballad Performance "For Your Soul" Won [22]
Best Male Artist Nominated
2000 Music Video of the Year "Do You Know" Won [23]
Best Male Artist Nominated
Best Ballad Performance Won
2001 Best Male Artist "Goodbye My Love" Nominated [24]
2003 "Piano" Nominated [25]
Best Ballad Performance Won
2004 Best OST "By Your Side" (Lovers in Paris OST) Won [26]
2005 Best Male Artist "Mr. Flower" Nominated [27]

Seoul Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref
1998 New Artist Award Not applicable Won [28]
1999 Grand Prize For Your Soul Won
Main Prize Won
2000 Grand Prize Let Me Love Won
Main Prize Won

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "조성모 소개" [Introduction to Jo Sungmo]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. ^ 20, K. Do June; 2015 (June 20, 2015). "Jo Sung Mo to Become a Father After 5 Years of Marriage". Soompi. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jo Sung-mo ordered to pay 100m won compensation". The Korea Times. October 25, 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "February 1999 K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "March 2000 K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "September 2009 K-Pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "February 2001 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "September 2001 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Record Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "2003 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
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  12. ^ "January 2006 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "2002 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "June 2014 Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "March 2014 Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "<노래 인생> 조성모 '음악은 16년간 손에 안잡힌 애인'" (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "조성모·현진영·손호영, '내마오' 심사위원 확정". SBS Sports (in Korean). August 24, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  19. ^ "'히든싱어2' 조성모, 2라운드 '투 해븐' 부르고 탈락". YTN (in Korean). October 27, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "역대수상자 | 골든디스크" [Golden Disc Previous Winners]. Golden Disc Awards (in Korean). Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  21. ^ "설특집 '다시 부르는 그때 그 노래' 6부 10대가수(2)". YTN Radio (in Korean). February 11, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  22. ^ "1999 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived October 9, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  23. ^ "2000 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived August 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  24. ^ "2001 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  25. ^ "2003 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  26. ^ "2004 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  27. ^ "2005 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  28. ^ "역대 수상자" [Past Winners]. Seoul Music Awards (in Korean). Retrieved April 25, 2018.