Kim Gun-mo (Korean: 김건모; born January 13, 1968) is a South Korean singer-songwriter, who is considered the country's most successful musical artist of the 1990s. His 1995 album, Wrongful Encounter, previously held the Guinness World Record for the best-selling album of all time in South Korea. Since his debut in 1992, Kim has released 13 full-length albums and has won numerous awards, including Album of the Year at the Golden Disc Awards for three consecutive years from 1994 to 1996. In 2011, he received a presidential commendation from the South Korean government for his contributions to popular culture.
Kim in 2012
|Born||January 13, 1968|
|Origin||Busan, South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Geon-mo|
Kim was born on January 13, 1968 in Busan, South Korea. He was interested in music from a young age and started playing the piano when he was four years old. He attended elementary school, middle school, and high school in Seoul and graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts. He served in the South Korean Navy in the late 1980s.
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Kim debuted with Kim Gun Mo 1 in 1992, which was followed by his second album Excuse in 1993. His third album Mis-Encounter came out in 1995. In the following year, he released Exchange. As one of the most popular Korean entertainers, Kim holds the record for biggest selling album in Korea with his third studio album, which sold over 3.3 million copies. Kim's albums rank consistently high on Korean music charts; his 8th album, ‘He-story,’ was the best-selling album of 2003. His most famous songs include "Excuse", “Mis-Encounter”, and “Jjangga”. In 2004, he released his 9th album Kim Gun Mo 9 which is reminiscent of his first album. This album was his second restarting point in his music career. In the following year, he came up with BE Like...which was also a huge success in Korea. His most recent work was released in 2008, entitled, Soul Groove.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Sleepless Rainy Night
(잠못드는 밤 비는 내리고)
|Style Album 11: Scarecrow
(Style Album 11: 허수아비)
|Autobiography & Best
(자서전 & Best)
|* Chart positions not available prior to 1999.|
"—"denotes release did not chart.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1994||Album of the Year||Excuses||Won|
|2001||Best Ballad Performance||"Sorry" (미안해요)||Won|
|2003||Best Male Artist||"Wedding Invitation" (청첩장)||Nominated|
|2011||Best Vocal Solo Performance||"Today is More Sad Than Yesterday"||Nominated|
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- Cumulative sales of Autobiography & Best:
- Cumulative sales of 50:
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