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Mark Lee (born on (1999-08-02)August 2, 1999), better known mononymously as Mark (Hangul: 마크) is a Canadian rapper and singer-songwriter based in South Korea. He is best known as a member of the South Korean boy group NCT and its sub-units NCT U and NCT 127, and formerly NCT Dream. He debuted with NCT U on April 9, 2016 with the debut single "The 7th Sense". He is a member of upcoming SM Entertainment super group, SuperM.

Mark Lee
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Mark Lee in October 2018
Born
Mark Lee

(1999-08-02) August 2, 1999 (age 20)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Other namesLee Min-hyung
EducationSchool of Performing Arts Seoul
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
이민형
Hanja
Revised RomanizationI Minhyeong
McCune–ReischauerYi Minhyŏng
Stage name
Hangul
마크
Revised RomanizationMa Keu
McCune–ReischauerMa K'ŭ

CareerEdit

2013–2015: SM RookiesEdit

In December 2013, Mark was introduced as a member of SM Rookies, a pre-debut training team managed by SM Entertainment.[1]

In 2014, Mark appeared on Exo 90:2014, a reality TV Show starring Exo, alongside other members of the SM Rookies program, where they performed songs and recreated music videos of prominent 90s K-pop idols.[2]

In 2015, Mark appeared on Disney Channel Korea's The Mickey Mouse Club as a Mouseketeer alongside other members of the SM Rookies program, some of which are currently in NCT Dream. The show aired from July 23 to December 17, 2015 and was hosted by Leeteuk of Super Junior.[3]

2016–present: NCT and solo endeavorsEdit

In April 2016, SM Entertainment confirmed Mark alongside five other members of the SM Rookies program to debut as members of NCT and its first subgroup, NCT U. On April 9, Mark, alongside Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten and Jaehyun debuted with the digital single "The 7th Sense", of which he and Taeyong participated in the writing of.[4]

In July 2016, SM confirmed Mark as a member of NCT's second subgroup, NCT 127, alongside Taeyong, Taeil, Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin and Haechan. NCT 127 made their official debut with NCT #127 and title track "Fire Truck" on July 10, 2016.[5]

In August 2016, SM confirmed Mark as a member of NCT's third subgroup, NCT Dream, alongside Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle and Jisung. The group made their official debut on August 24, 2016 with the single "Chewing Gum".

In September 2016, Mark featured on Henry Lau's "Going Through Your Heart", an original soundtrack for the KBS drama, Sweet Stranger and Me.[6] This marked his first solo endeavor since debuting under NCT.

In January 2017, Mark joined High School Rapper, a survival hip hop reality TV show which aired on Mnet.[7] He made it to the finals and performed an original song, "Drop" featuring labelmate, Seulgi of Red Velvet. He subsequently placed 7th overall.[8]

In July 2017, Mark collaborated with Exo's Xiumin on single, Young & Free. The single was released through Season 2 of SM Entertainment's digital music project Station.[9] In the same month, Mark appeared in the first season of the music variety show Snowball Project. He teamed up with Park Jae-jung and released "Lemonade Love" on July 21, also through SM Station, which was produced by former labelmate Henry Lau and Yoon Jong-shin.[10][11]

In February 2018, Mark was names as one of the main emcees of the music program Show! Music Core. He subsequently left the program in January 2019 to focus on activities with NCT 127.[12] In May 2018, he became a regular cast member on the MBC reality TV show It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets.[13] In October 2018, Mark released the song "Dream Me" with Red Velvet's Joy for the soundtrack of the KBS drama The Ghost Detective.

On December 31, 2018, Mark became the first member to officially graduate from NCT Dream.[14]

On August 7, 2019, Mark was confirmed as a member of SuperM, a "K-pop supergroup" created by SM Entertainment in collaboration with Capitol Records. The group's promotions are scheduled to begin in October and are aimed at the American market.[15][16]

DiscographyEdit

SongsEdit

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[17]
US
World

[18]
As lead artist
"Drop" (두고가)
(featuring Seulgi)
2017 93 KOR: 46,443[19] School Rapper FINAL
Collaborations
"Young & Free"
(with Xiumin)
2017 31 6 SM Station Season 2
"Lemonade Love"
(with Park Jae-jung)
197 17 SM Station Season 2
Soundtrack appearances
"Going Through Your Heart"
(with Henry)
2016 Sweet Stranger and Me OST
"Dream Me" (나라는 꿈)
(with Joy)
2018 The Ghost Detective OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

FilmographyEdit

Television showsEdit

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2017 High School Rapper Mnet Contestant [7]
Snowball Project Naver TV Cast member [10]
2018–2019 Show! Music Core MBC Co-host with Ong Seong-wu and Kang Mi-na [12]
2018 It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets MBC Main cast Ep. 8–10 (Season 2) [13]

Music videosEdit

Title Year
"Young & Free" (with Xiumin) 2017
"Lemonade Love" (with Park Jae-jung)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 18th MBC Entertainment Awards Rookie Award in Music / Talk Show – Male Show! Music Core Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jeon, Won (December 13, 2013). "'SM루키즈' 마크·지성·한솔 전격공개, 안무가 토니테스타 극찬" (in Korean). MyDaily. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Kim, Sara (October 4, 2014). "[어저께TV] '엑소902014' K팝 시험, 90 반갑고 2014 새롭고" (in Korean). Osen. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Hwang, Geung-ji (July 9, 2015). "디즈니채널, 한국판 '미키마우스클럽' 제작 'SM 루키즈 출연'" (in Korean). TV Report. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Son, Ji-hyoung (April 6, 2016). "NCT U confirms lineup, set to unveil singles 'The 7th Sense,' 'Without You'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "NCT 127 전곡 음원 공개, 보너스트랙까지 총 7곡 수록". Herald Corporation (in Korean). July 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Henry And NCT's Mark Plus Kim Jong Kook To Sing OST For "The Man Living In Our House"". Soompi. October 24, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "NCT's Mark To Audition For Mnet's New Hip Hop Show "High School Rapper"". Soompi. January 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Watch: "High School Rapper" Reveals Final Winner And Performances With Special Guests". Soompi. April 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "엑소 시우민·NCT 마크, 'SM스테이션'으로 스페셜 듀오 결성" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  10. ^ a b ""눈덩이 출격"...박재정X마크, '레모네이드 러브' 오늘(21일) 발표". n.news.naver.com (in Korean). July 21, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Parc Jae Jung And NCT's Mark Are The First Team-Up For SM And Mystic Entertainment's New Variety Show | Soompi". www.soompi.com. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  12. ^ a b "옹성우·미나·마크, '음악중심' 新 MC 발탁 [공식]". Herald Corporation (in Korean). January 26, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "MBC 측 "NCT 마크 '이불밖은 위험해' 출연 논의중"". May 3, 2018.
  14. ^ ""[공식입장] NCT 마크, 올해 마지막으로 NCT DREAM 졸업…졸업송 수록"" (in Korean). August 26, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  15. ^ Jeff Benjamin (7 August 2019). "Super M, 'The Avengers Of K-Pop,' Unveiled By SM Entertainment And Capitol Music Group". Forbes. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  16. ^ "SM Entertainment and Capitol Records Team Up to Launch Super M". Billboard. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Gaon Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean).
  18. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard.
  19. ^ Cumulative sales for "Drop":
  20. ^ Cumulative sales for "Young & Free":

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