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Nam Hyun-joon
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Nam on SBS Radio in 2020
Born 30 January 1979 (1979-01-30) (age 42)
South Korea
Other names Poppin' Hyun Joon
Occupation Dancer, rapper, singer
Known for Popping techniques
Spouse(s) Park Aeri
Musical career
Genres Dance, Urban, Hip hop
Years active 1998–present
Labels Star Empire, Happy Face
Associated acts Young Turks Club, A-Force
Nam Hyun-joon
Hangul 남현준
Hanja
Revised Romanization Nam Hyeonjun
McCune–Reischauer Nam Hyŏnjun
Stage name
Hangul 팝핀현준
Revised Romanization Pappin Hyeonjun
McCune–Reischauer P'app'in Hyŏnjun

Nam Hyun-joon (Hangul: 남현준; born 30 January 1979), often referred to as Poppin' Hyun Joon (Hangul: 팝핀현준), is a South Korean dancer, rapper and singer. Best known for his popping techniques, he is considered a pioneer of South Korean breakdancing.

Biography

Nam Hyun-joon is famous for his explosive popping moves including:ticking, animation, tutting, and gliding. He is considered to be one of the most well-known poppin dancers worldwide breakdance leagues. Due to his well-known dancing abilities, he often trains stars and hired as a dance choreographer. He has been in several dance groups, including Cyborg G, FREEZE, and Newest35.

Hyun-joon married Korean folk singer Park Aeri in December 2010. He came back September 2015 in six years.

Fame

Following the disbandment of Young Turks Club, Hyun-joon made the decision to pursue professional dancing. His skill and smooth moves gained recognition from many Korean celebrities, most notably V.O.S member Choi Hyun-joon. Hyun-joon is influenced by the dance group Seo Taiji and Boys and was eventually featured in the music video "Amen" by Lee Juno.

Hyun-joon released a song titled 'Lion's Roar' in 2005 which lyrically describes his hardship and determination for dance. He steadily gained popularity in Korea during this time and performed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is involved in a dance group called Nam Hyun-joon and Kids, which is a play on the name Seo Taiji and Boys.

Following the success of his previous single, Hyun-joon released his first hip-hop album, One & Only, in 2007. A music video for the lead single, "Don't Stop", was released and the song was promoted on televised music shows.

In late 2014 Hyun Joon won the National Creative-Economy Award for his artist entrepreneur company Poppin HyunJoon Art Company (PAC) and often appears in mainstream TV with his wife Park Aeri to promote the fusion combination of Arirang and Poppin.

On 31 July 2014, it was announced that Nam Hyun-joon had parted ways with Star Empire Entertainment for Happy Face Entertainment.

Filmography

Films

  • Fly, Daddy, Fly (2006)
  • Kung Fu Hip Hop (2008)
  • The Wrath of Vajra (2013)

Dramas

  • Over the Rainbow (2006)
  • Poppin Hyun Joon – Poppin Dance Lecture (2007)
  • Kungfu hip hop (2008)

Variety show

  • King of Mask Singer (2020, MBC)

Discography

Singles

  • Don't Stop (2005)

Albums

Title Album Details Peak chart
Positions
Sales
KOR
One & Only
  • Released: 8 May 2007
  • Label: Star Empire Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • KOR: —

Award and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2020 18th KBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award (Reality Category) Mr. House Husband 2, Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend (with Park Ye-ri [ko]) Won
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