Choi Whee-sung (Korean최휘성; born February 5, 1982), better known by his stage name Wheesung, is a South Korean R&B singer, record producer, and musical theatre actor. In 2017, Wheesung set up an independent label called Realslow Company, and also promotes under another stage name Realslow.

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Wheesung in 2018
Choi Whee-sung

(1982-02-05) February 5, 1982 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Years active1999–present
Musical career
LabelsDR Entertainment (1999–2000)
M-Boat/YG Entertainment (2002–2006)
Orange Shock Agency (2006–2009)
Pop/UP Entertainment (2009–2011)
YMC Entertainment (2012–2016)
Realslow Company (2017)
Associated actsA4 (에이포)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationChoe Hwi-seong
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Hwisŏng


1982: Early life and educationEdit

Wheesung was born on February 5, 1982.[1] He was an avid dancer in high school, where he was part of a rock band; he began singing in his final year.[2]

He initially attended the Sun Moon University, under the journalism major but dropped out. Wheesung subsequently attended the Gukje Digital University and Kyung Hee University's Graduate School of Communication.[3]

1997-1999: Dance Team and Group DebutEdit

He started his career in 1997 as a member of a back dancing team ING.[4] Wheesung began his career in 1999 with the short lived Korean boy group, A4. He left after the band's first album debut, citing musical differences between himself and the other members of the band. After that, He joined a rock band, MAME, as vocalist for a short while. And, he participated the MBC College Music Festival (MBC 강변가요제) in 2000.[5]

2000–2006: Solo Debut and YG EntertainmentEdit

In 2000, he signed onto M Boat, a former sister company to YG Entertainment. He underwent a few years of vocal training under the label and released his first solo album Like A Movie in 2002.[2] The album became very popular after receiving praise from many well-known artists, including Seo Taiji and Shin Seung Hun. In 2003, he released his second album, It's Real. It proved to be as popular as his first, making him the best selling artist of 2003 in Korea. Unlike his debut album, It's Real wasn't restricted to R&B and it included different musical elements like pop and hip-hop.

2006-2009: Orange Shock AgencyEdit

Wheesung left YG Entertainment after his contract expired in March 2006. He signed a new contract that is reportedly worth 1.5 million won with his new company Orange Shock Agency.

Wheesung has collaborated with many artists. In late 2008, Wheesung has collaborated once again with Lee Hyori who featured as his girlfriend in his music video of "별이 지다.." (Fading Star) in the "With All My Heart and Soul" album. In 2009, Wheesung seeks help from producer Lee Hyun-do, they will collaborate to produce the new album which the release date has been set in August 2009.

2009-2011: POP/UP EntertainmentEdit

In April 2009, Wheesung is the MC/host of a new Mnet TV show called "Pre Star-1 Show. This show gives opportunities for new talented singers to introduce themselves, a platform for them to reach out to more fans. Every month about nine or ten teams will be introduced on and the team which receives most response from the netizens will be chosen onto the show. The chosen team/singer will also be given the chance to perform with popular stars.[6] Wheesung's Pre-Show 1 Show’ started airing on 24 April on Mnet Cable Channel.

Wheesung had participated in several Kpop concerts in Los Angeles, California, which include the Hollywood Bowl, and the Victory Concert. On June 19, 2009, Wheesung and Lena Park held a concert in Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall.[7] After the concert, Wheesung planned to stay in Los Angeles for a month to work on his new album with producer Lee Hyun-do. The new album will go back to the r&b/hiphop style similar to "With Me" and "Incurable Disease". The new album is set to be released in August 2009. Wheesung also claimed in an interview that he wants to visit Pink's Hot Dogs while in LA. On June 27 and July 4, Wheesung performed at "Insomnia Concert" and club Le Cercle in LA. On July 11, he performed at the HALO nightclub in Hollywood.

In June 2009, Wheesung changed his label again from Orange Shock to POP/UP Entertainment, which houses stars like JK Kim Dong Wook and group M to M.[8] Wheesung has decided to change his label because former producer, Park Gun Tae, concentrated more on producing and working by himself. Wheesung gave thanks to Park Gun Tae for his growth as an artist and hopes to learn from him as a little brother, no longer as an artist under a producer.

2011-2016: YMC Entertainment and Military serviceEdit

In 2011, he transferred to Tae Jin Ah's YMC Entertainment.[9] Soon after joining YMC Entertainment, he recruited female singer Ailee. On 7 November 2011, he enlisted for mandatory military service. He served 21 months of active service after completing five-week of basic training course at a boot camp in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province.[10]

On 11 July 2012, Wheesung was granted a 9 nights, 10 days temporary leave from the army to undergo surgery for a herniated disc as well as other medical conditions such as bilateral shoulders dislocation, psoriasis and alopecia.[11]

August 9, 2013, Wheesung was discharged from the military.[12]

2017–present: Realslow Company and new stage nameEdit

In 2017, Wheesung parted ways with YMC Entertainment last year after his contract with the agency came to an end. He set up an independent label called Realslow Company, and he will now be promoting under the stage name Realslow.[13]

Realslow is a stage name used by Wheesung when he was an underground singer. Wheesung gained attention in the early 2000s as an underground musician before he debuted in 2002. The name references his love and passion for R&B music, which still struggles to have much popularity in Korea. Through this new name and label, Wheesung aims to return to his roots and produce some soulful R&B music.[14][15]


Studio albumsEdit

  • Like a Movie (2002)
  • It's Real (2003)
  • For the Moment (2004)
  • Love... Love...? Love...! (2005)
  • Eternal Essence of Music (2007)
  • Vocolate (2009)

Mini albumsEdit

Lyrics and compositionsEdit



  • 2014: Zorro as Zorro
  • 2016: All Shook Up as Elvis
  • 2017-2018: All Shook Up as Elvis

Variety showsEdit

  • 2009: Mnet & tvN, Wheesung's Pre Star 1Show, MC
  • 2017-2018: tvN, My English Puberty, (나의영어 사춘기), E1-E8
  • 2018: Channel A, Galaxy, (우주를줄게), E1-10
  • 2018: Mnet & tvN, The Call , E1-5、8
  • 2018: tvN, A Battle of One Voice: 300, (하나의 목소리 전쟁: 300), E3、5
  • 2018: MBC plus, New Music God (창작의신)
  • 2018: TV Chosun, Neighbour Album (동네앨범)


Year Name [16][17][18][19]
2003 Wheesung It's Real Movement
2004 Wheesung It's Real Movement II
Wheesung Theater Concert Like his Diary
솔트레인 2004 Concert Gummy SE7EN BIGMAMA
2004 JTN Live Concert 4th Wheesung & Gummy Gummy
2005 Good Friends Concert Gummy SE7EN BIGMAMA
2005 4Color Story Concert Kim Jang-hoon Fly to the Sky M To M
2006 Wheesung Concert Poison
Love Love Love Wheesung Birthday
BIG4 Concert FT Island M To M SG Wannabe
2007 2007 Whee Show Welcome to Realslow World
26th Happy Whee's day
BIG4 Concert SG Wannabe Vibe SeeYa
2008 2008 Whee Show
Happy Whee's Day Birthday Party
2008 JTN Live Concert 9th Wheesung & MC THE MAX MC THE MAX
2008 The Soul Concert Gummy Park Hyo Shin Jung Yup
2009 2009 Wheesung Concert The Man
2009 The Soul The Vocalist Concert Bobby Kim Kim Bum Soo
2009 Dream Concert
2010 Wheesung Real Slow is Back Concert
2010 The Soul The Vocalist Concert Bobby Kim Gummy [20]
The Great Moment Season 1 Leessang Jeong In Gummy Lee Young Hyun
2010 JTN Live Concert 7
2011 Wheesung & Kim Tae Woo 2011 Two Men Show Soul Twins & Encore Kim Tae Woo [21][22]
Wheesung & Kim Tae Woo 2011 Two Men Show Soul Twins Encore Kim Tae Woo
2013 Wheesung & Gummy Do It Live Tour Concert Gummy
2014 Wheesung Live Tour Concert 2014 Whee Show [23]
2014 JTN Live Concert 3月
2014 Valentine's Day Kiss Concert Gummy
2014 Someday Concert 3rd Ailee
2014 Someday Concert 4th Shin Yong Jae
The Voice Concert Ailee Kim Bum Soo Shin Yong Jae Yoon Jong Shin
JTBC Hidden Singer Concert
2015 Wheesung Live Tour Concert 2015 Whee Show [24]
2015 Wheesung & Ailee Concert Back to School Ailee [25]
Wheesung & Gummy US Soulmate Concert Gummy
Legend Concert Wheesung
2015 The Plaza Countdown Party
Someday Festival 2015
2016 2016 Wheesung Live Concert On Air
Seong Nam Concert with Wheesung
Wheesung & K.Will Bromance Show K.Will [26]
Wheesung & Yoon Min-soo Concert Yoon Min-soo
Wheesung & Zion.T Voice II Men Concert Zion.T
Wheesung & Bada Peoplegate The Best Emotion of Concert Bada
Wheesung x Gummy x Kim Kyung-ho Summer Dream Concert Gummy Kim Kyung-ho
Wheesung & ALi Concert Cantare Festa ALi
2016 JTN Live Concert Wheesung & Lucky J Lucky J
젊은외침 통일 콘서트 Bada San.E Verbal.J Sool J
신사들의 품격 Yoon Hyung-Ryul Lee Chang-min Han Ji-sang
2017 2017 Wheesung Live Concert On Air
2017 Wheesung National Tour Concert Get Sexxy
Insomnia with Wheesung Concert
Wheesung & Kim Tae-woo Voice II Men Concert Kim Tae-woo (singer)
2018 Wheesung Concert Get Sexxy Encore
Wheesung Concert
Wheesung & Gummy Concert Gummy
Star Pack Concert 5 K.Will Ailee
2018 Dream Concert
Wheesung Real Healing Concert
Wheesung & Lyn Summer Concert Lyn
2018 DMC Festival Super Concert
Wheesung & Jung In Forest Live (TV Chosun) Jung In
Wheesung & Fany Concert Fany
2018 Realslow Wheesung Fan Meeting
Mini K-Pop Concert by WheeSung National Theater, Abu Dhabi
2018 Wheesung Realslow Concert Get Sexxy Season 2 & 2019 Encore


Years Awards
  • 13th Seoul Music Awards: Best Newcomer
  • 17th Golden Disk Awards: Best Newcomer
  • 2002 KMTV Music Awards: Best Newcomer
  • 10th MBC Gasugayo: Best Newcomer
  • 10th 한국인기연예대상:Best Newcomer
  • 2002 SBS Gayo Daejun: Best R&B Artist
  • 17th Korea Entertainment Arts Awards: Best R&B Artist
  • 2011 Asia Model Awards: BBF Popular Singer Award
  • SBS MTV Best of the Best: Best Male Solo
  • Seoul Success Awards: Top 10 Singer Award
  • Korea Culture & Entertainment Awards K-POP Singer Award
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards: Voice Award
  • 2019 Korea Arts Culture Award: Best music producer [30]


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