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Kim Gun-mo (Korean김건모; born January 13, 1968)[1] is a South Korean singer-songwriter, who is considered the country's most successful musical artist of the 1990s.[2] His 1995 album, Wrongful Encounter, previously held the Guinness World Record for the best-selling album of all time in South Korea.[3][4] Since his debut in 1992, Kim has released 13 full-length albums[5] and has won numerous awards, including Album of the Year at the Golden Disc Awards for three consecutive years from 1994 to 1996.[6] In 2011, he received a presidential commendation from the South Korean government for his contributions to popular culture.[7]

Kim Gun-Mo
Kim Kun-Mo.jpg
Kim in 2012
Background information
Born (1968-01-13) January 13, 1968 (age 51)
OriginBusan, South Korea
GenresK-pop, ballad
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1992–present
Korean name
Hangul
김건모
Hanja
金健模
Revised RomanizationGim Geon-mo
McCune–ReischauerKim Kŏnmo

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Early lifeEdit

Kim was born on January 13, 1968 in Busan, South Korea.[1] He was interested in music from a young age and started playing the piano when he was four years old.[8] He attended elementary school, middle school, and high school in Seoul[1] and graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts.[9] He served in the South Korean Navy in the late 1980s.[10]

CareerEdit

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.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[11][12]
Sleepless Rainy Night
(잠못드는 밤 비는 내리고)
  • Released: October 29, 1992
  • Label: Line Production
  • Formats: CD, cassette
No data*
Excuses
(핑계)
  • Released: October 1, 1993
  • Label: Line Production
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Wrongful Encounter
(잘못된 만남)
  • Released: January 1, 1995
  • Label: Line Production
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Exchange
  • Released: May 17, 1996
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Myself
  • Released: December 1, 1997
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Growing
  • Released: November 19, 1999
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1
Another Days
  • Released: May 5, 2001
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1
Hestory
  • Released: February 27, 2003
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
1
Kimgunmo
  • Released: September 3, 2004
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
N/A
Be Like...
  • Released: June 16, 2005
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
N/A
Style Album 11: Scarecrow
(Style Album 11: 허수아비)
  • Released: March 15, 2007
  • Label: Geoneum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
N/A
Soul Groove
  • Released: August 7, 2008
  • Label: Media Line
  • Formats: CD
7
Autobiography & Best
(자서전 & Best)
  • Released: September 27, 2011
  • Label: Media Line
  • Formats: CD, digital download
10
* Chart positions not available prior to 1999.
"—"denotes release did not chart.

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[12]
50
  • Released: November 19, 2016
  • Label: Music&NEW
  • Formats: CD, digital download
12

FilmographyEdit

Variety showsEdit

Year Title Role
2016–present My Ugly Duckling Himself[21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Golden Disc AwardsEdit

Year Category Work Result
1994 Album of the Year[6] Excuses Won
1995 Wrongful Encounter Won
1996 Exchange Won

Mnet Asian Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Work Result
2001 Best Ballad Performance "Sorry" (미안해요)[22] Won
2003 Best Male Artist "Wedding Invitation" (청첩장)[23] Nominated
2011 Best Vocal Solo Performance "Today is More Sad Than Yesterday"[24] Nominated

Seoul Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Work Result
1994 Grand Prize[25] N/A Won
2001 N/A Won

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  20. ^ Cumulative sales of 50:
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