Kim Hae-sol (born April 13, 1989), known as Zion.T (Hangul: 자이언티), is a South Korean hip hop and R&B singer signed to The Black Label, a subsidiary label of YG Entertainment managed by Teddy Park and Kush. He has released a studio album, Red Light (2013), and two extended plays. He has also been featured on tracks by well-known K-pop artists such as G-Dragon and Zico.
Zion.T at the MBC Radio DJ Concert in September 2015
|Birth name||Kim Hae-sol|
|Born||April 13, 1989|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Hae-sol|
In an exclusive interview with Kpopeurope in 2014, Zion.T explained that he chose his stage name because "I am a Christian and so the “T” in my name is representative of the cross."
In a 2017 CBS No Cut News interview, Zion.T said he was influenced by American musician T-Pain:
"There was a time when T-Pain's style of hip hop vocals were in. I really like T-Pain, so I used to emulate him a lot. [Evident in his debut single 'Click Me'.] This is something only my friends know, but I even had the nickname 'Zion.T-Pain.'"
Zion.T made his musical debut in 2011, collaborating with Korean hip hop artists such as Dok2, Crucial Star, Simon D, Primary, and Gray. His first single, "Click Me", featuring Dok2, was released in April 2011.
In December, he released the EP Mirrorball ("미러볼") with the title track "Miss Kim (미스 김)".
In 2014, he promoted the digital single "Yanghwa BRDG", which became a hit and contributed to his rising mainstream success as an artist in Korea. The song's honest, personal nature connected with a wide range of audiences.
On February 1, 2015, he collaborated with Korean R&B singer Crush on the single "Just (그냥)". The same year, he released the digital singles "Zero Gravity (무중력)", "Eat (꺼내 먹어요)" and "No Make Up (노메이크업)" and featured on singles by SHINee's Jonghyun, Yankie, and Psy.
That July, he participated in the biennial music festival event hosted by MBC variety show Infinite Challenge, which resulted in a spike in domestic sales of his previously released singles. For the event, Zion.T partnered with Infinite Challenge cast member Haha to perform under the name "Eutteugeottasi (으뜨거따시)" with the song "$ponsor", later released in an album of the songs performed at the event.
Zion.T capped off the year with two wins at the annual Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best Vocal Performance (Male), for "꺼내먹어요 (Eat)"; and Best Collaboration, with Crush, for the song "그냥 (Just)", beating out more well-established artistes in an idol-focused industry.
In 2016, following the end of his contract with hip hop label Amoeba Culture, he signed with The Black Label, a sub-label of YG Entertainment. On February 1, 2017, Zion.T released his first EP under The Black Label, OO.
In December 2017, he released his collaboration with veteran singer Lee Moon-se, the song "Snow". The song was very well received by the public, and topped all major music charts in South Korea. Lee Moon-se said he listened to Zion.T's song for more than 200 times to faithfully represent his song, and showed great affection towards Zion.T and his musical career.
- Red Light (2013)
|2016||Show Me The Money 5||Mnet||Judge/Producer with KUSH|
|2018||Hidden Singer (Season 5)||JTBC||Participant|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||Best R&B & Soul Album||Won|
|2015||Top 10 Artists||N/A||Won|
|Artist Of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Performance - Male||Won|
|Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Collaboration & Unit||Won|
|2016||25th Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang Award||N/A||Won|
|Hallyu Special Award||Nominated|
|30th Golden Disk Awards||Digital Daesang||Nominated|
|Global Popularity Award||Nominated|
|5th Gaon Chart Music Awards||R&B Discovery of the Year||Won|
|2017||Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Performance - Male||Nominated|
|Album Of the Year||OO||Nominated|
|Top 10 Artists||N/A||Nominated|
|Best R&B/Soul Award||Nominated|
|2018||32nd Golden Disk Awards||Digital Bonsang||Nominated|
|Global Popularity Award||N/A||Nominated|
|27th Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang Award||Nominated|
|Hallyu Special Award||Nominated|
|7th Gaon Chart Music Awards||Song of the Year – February||Nominated|
|Song of the Year – December||Nominated|
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- [뮤직톡톡] '무한도전'이 뒤흔든 음원차트…이건 예고편. entertain.naver.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
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- Lee, Eun jung (2016-03-17). "Zion T does new contract with YG Entertainment".
- K, J. (2017-01-31). "Watch: Zion.T Drops Eccentric And Charming MV For Self-Composed Track "The Song"". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- Watch: 이문세, 자이언티와 컬래버.."'눈' 200번 이상 들었다". 2018-01-14.
- "자이언티, 최우수 알앤비&소울 음반상.."불참 죄송"" (in Korean). Chosun. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- "Zion.T readies new album with YG". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
- "EXO wins third consecutive Grand Prize at Seoul Music Awards". Korea Herald. 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
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