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HIGHLIGHT (BEAST) Members Profile & Facts

HIGHLIGHT (BEAST)
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Highlight (하이라이트), formerly known as BEAST, is a South Korean 4-member Kpop boy group under Around US Entertainment. The group members consist of Doojoon, Yoseob, Gikwang, and Dongwoon. The group initially debuted as BEAST on October 16, 2009, with the mini album “Beast Is The B2ST”. They later rebranded and debuted as Highlight on March 20, 2017, with EP “Can You Feel It?”.

HIGHLIGHT/BEAST Profile

DebutOctober 16, 2009 | March 20, 2017 
Active Years2009–present
HIGHLIGHT MembersDoojoon, Yoseob, Gikwang, and Dongwoon
GenreK-Pop
StatusActive
LabelAround US Entertainment
Oldest MemberDoojoon
Youngest MemberDongwoon
Former MemberHyunseung and Junhyung
Fandom NameLight (라이트)

HIGHLIGHT/BEAST Facts:

– Highlight debuted on October 16, 2009, as Beast or B2ST with 6 members.
– Beast was initially under Cube Entertainment but the members established their own agency Around US Entertainment and re-debuted as Highlight in 2017.
– They initially received backlash as Beast, with the media calling them a “recycled group”.
– The group was made through the “MTV B2ST” TV documentary series.
– The debut EP sold over 50,000 copies, a great feat to achieve for a rookie group of their time.
– They were the only rookie group in 2010 to sell over 100,000 albums.
– In April 2012, they collaborated with Jim Rickey for a sneaker brand, Beast X Jim Rickey, and were directly involved in the designing process.
– In April 2016, Hyunseung left the group due to differences in music tastes.
– In March 2019, Junhyung left the group after the controversy over watching an illegally filmed video.

Major Work

– Their most popular songs include “BODY”, “Plz Don’t Be Sad”, and “Feel Your Love (48.6Hertz)”.

Awards

– They have won the Popular Male Group Award, Album Bonsang, Song of the Year (Daesang), Artist of the Year (Daesang), and Album of the Year (Daesang).
– They are the most awarded group at the Golden Disc Awards, the Seoul Music Awards, and the Melon Music Awards.
– They won the Rookie of the Month award in December 2009 by South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Website:
HIGHLIGHT / HIGHLIGHT JAPAN

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Merchandise Page: highlightgoods
Twitter: Highlight_AUent / Highlight_japan
Instagram: highlight_auent
YouTube: OFFICIAL HIGHLIGHT
SoundCloud: HIGHLIGHT
Naver Blog: 하이라이트 (HIGHLIGHT)

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

HIGHLIGHT Members Profile

1. Doojoon

Yoon Dujun (HIGHLIGHT)
Yoon Dujun
Stage NameYoon Dujun (윤두준)
Birth NameYoon Dujun (윤두준)
PositionLeader, Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Face of the Group
BirthdayJuly 4, 1989
Active Years2009–present
Age34 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignCancer
Height178 cm (5’10”)
Weight67 kg (147 lbs)
NationalityKorean
Blood TypeA
MBTIINTP

Doojoon Facts:

– His role models were Shinhwa. (Asiana Entertainment Magazine)
– He likes playing games in teams. (10asia)
– He was about to become a member of 2AM or 2PM as he was a JYP trainee.
– He ate beef cutlets first thing after getting discharged from the army. (KBS World TV)
– He is the worst drinker among members.
– Doojoon got interested in music by watching BigBang’s documentary.
– He taught himself the piano.
– His favorite word is “Action”. (Harper’s Bazaar)
– His favorite Japanese phrase is ‘O-genki desu ka’ (How are you doing?) from the movie ‘Loveletter’.
– He wanted to be closer to SHINee’s Minho and ZE:A’s Dongjun.
– He usually wakes up at 9 O’clock. (Singles)
– He uses a diffuser in his room with a woody scent. (Allure Korea)
– He doesn’t like novels. (JTBC)
– He adores his nephew a lot.
– His clothing style is loose clothes.
– Doojoon is ranked 60th in Korea in the game “World of Warcraft”. (Marie Claire Korea)
Read More Facts About Yoon Dujun

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: beeeestdjdjdj
YouTube: 방랑자윤두준CITYESCAPE

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

2. Yoseob

Yang Yoseob (HIGHLIGHT)
Yang Yoseo
Stage NameYoseob (요섭)
Birth NameYang Yoseob (양요섭)
PositionMain Vocalist
BirthdayJanuary 5, 1990
Active Years2009–present
Age34 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignCancer
Height168 cm (5’6”)
Weight59 kg (130 lbs)
NationalityKorean
Blood TypeB
MBTIINFJ

Yoseob Facts:

– He liked to eat late night snacks during their debut days which earned him the title “Shikshin”. (T-News)
– He thinks he has steel vocal chords. 
– He’d prefer living naked than exposing his private life. (Marie Claire)
– Yoseob wanted to be closer to SHINee’s Jonghyun and CNBLUE’s Jung Yonghwa.
– His highest score for bowling is 298 points.
– His group members call him stingy.
– He thinks of rose scent when he thinks of his fandom Light. (Allure Korea)
– He prefers mint chocolate over hawaiian pizza.
– His best trait is being a cutie.
– He can’t take spice well. (Jaefriends)
– His dimples are the cutest part of his face.
– He’d take 7 million krw rather than happy memories.
– He really likes the Japanese author Keigo Higashino. (JTBC)
– His happiest moment in the day is when he works out. (The Star Magazine)
– In his elementary school’s traditional Korean percussion class, he played the lead kkwaenggwari (small gong).
– When Yeoseob was leaving JYP, all the trainees cried. (Mobidic)
Read More Facts About Yang Yoseob

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: yysbeast
YouTube: 서비웨이

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

3. Gikwang

Lee Gikwang (HIGHLIGHT)
Lee Gikwang
Stage NameGikwang (기광), AJ
Birth NameLee Gikwang (이기광)
PositionMain Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Visual
BirthdayMarch 30, 1990
Active Years2009–present
Age34 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignCancer
Height 172 cm (5’7″)
Weight58 kg (128 lbs)
NationalityKorean
Blood TypeA
MBTIN/A

Gikwang Facts:

– He rarely consumes junk food and doesn’t drink alcohol as well as doesn’t smoke.
– Gikwang’s role models are BIGBANG‘s Taeyang, Omarion and USHER.
– He did not know the difference between a swing and a seesaw in his childhood.
– He loves working out. (Mobidic)
– He prefers girls with round features and some flesh rather than girls with sharp features.
– He is the laziest member.
– He used to be called the next Rain.
– In his language, “Good-bam” means “goodnight” and “hi-yeom” and “bye-yeom” meaning “hi” and “bye”.
– He loses weight faster among members. (Singles)
– He takes spice well. (Jaefriends)
Read More Facts About Gikwang

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: gttk0000
Twitter: 900_330

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

4. Dongwoon

Son Dongwoon (HIGHLIGHT)
Son Dongwoon
Stage NameDongwoon (동운)
Birth Name Son Dongwoon (손동운)
PositionLead Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae
BirthdayJune 6, 1991
Active Years2009–present
Age33 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignGemini
Height 181 cm (5’11”)
Weight74 kg (163 lbs)
NationalityKorean
Blood TypeA
MBTIN/A

Dongwoon Facts:

– He said exercise is something he can only do out of motivation. (Style:X Magazine)
– He is a fan of Kim Taehee and was in her fanclub as well.
– His favorite author is Bernard Werber. (T-News)
– He enjoys doing magic tricks. (FANBATA ENTER)
– His favorite Japanese word is ‘Itadakimasu’ (Thank you for the meal).
– Dongwoon wanted to be friends with SHINee’s Key, FT Island’s Jaejin, MBLAQ’s Mir, KARA’s Nicole, 2AM’s Jinwoon and miss A’s Min.
– He has lost his initial determination the most out of the members. (Showterview with Jessi)
– He uses about 10 incense sticks a day. (Allure Korea)
– He is ranked 2000th in Korea in the game “World of Warcraft” with the character named ‘Druid’.
– He watches the “Travel Thirsty” channel on Youtube a lot. (Marie Claire Korea)
Read More Facts About Son Dongwoon

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Twitter: @beastdw
Instagram: @highlight_dnpn
YouTube: 손동니

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

Former Members:

5. Hyunseung

ABLE (Jang Hyunseung)
ABLE (Jang Hyunseung)
Stage NameABLE (에이블)
Birth NameJang Hyunseung (장현승)
PositionLead Vocalist 
BirthdaySeptember 3, 1989
Active Years2009–present
Age34 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignVirgo
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
NationalityKorean
Blood TypeB
MBTIN/A

Hyunseung Facts:

– He doesn’t like to do aegyeo.
– He hates places with a lot of people.
– His favorite Japanese word is ‘Kawaii’ (Cute).
– He considers himself as a stubborn person. (Elle Girl Korea)
– He doesn’t like going to a club.
– He wants to work with the Mine Field’s artists.
– He doesn’t like synchronized choreography.
– He has a curt manner when he dates. He doesn’t cling to girls.
– He was known as the 4D Prince.
– Hyunseung listens to 070 Shake, Kanye West, Baek Yerin, CAMO, GIVEON, WILLOW, and Olivia Rodrigo the most.
– He doesn’t believe in blood type theory. (Rolling Stone Korea)
Read More Facts About Hyunseung

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: ableflavor

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

6. Junhyung

Junhyung (ex. HIGHLIGHT)
Junhyung
Stage NameJunhyung (준형) 
Birth NameYong Jae-soon (용재순)
Legal NameYong Jun Hyung (용준형)
PositionMain Rapper
BirthdayDecember 19, 1989
Active Years2005–present
Age34 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Height176 cm (5’9”)
Weight65 kg (143 lbs)
NationalityKorean
Blood TypeO
MBTIINFP

Junhyung Facts:

– He used to nag at the dorm a lot. (10asia)
– His favorite Japanese word is ‘Ohayo’ (Good morning) the best.
– Junhyung wanted to be friends with SHINee’s Onew and MBLAQ’s Seungho.
– He thinks it’s impossible for a person who write love songs to write love songs if he hadn’t love before. (Cube Cafe) 
– He watches YouTube vlogs of travelling abroad during his free time.
– He had the nickname B2ST’s Umma.
– He is friends with Sunggyu of Infinite and Super Junior’s Heechul.
–  He is the 2nd Kpop idol (after G-Dragon) who earns the most song royalties (for his self composed songs).
Read More Facts About Yong Jae-soon

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: bigbadboii
Threads: @bigbadboii
Twitter: Joker891219

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

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